Oceans

Puerto Rican Cities Sue Fossil Fuel Companies in Major Class-Action, Climate Fraud Case

Puerto Rican Cities Sue Fossil Fuel Companies in Major Class-Action, Climate Fraud Case

Nearly 25 years ago, oil major Shell predicted in an internal 1998 report that a class-action lawsuit would be brought against fossil fuel companies following “a series of violent storms.” That prediction is finally coming true: A group of Puerto Rican communities, which were ravaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, are suing Shell and other fossil fuel […]

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    Arctic Carbon Transportation Route Discovered by Scientists

    Arctic Carbon Transportation Route Discovered by Scientists

    In the Arctic, a previously unknown carbon transportation route has been discovered by scientists that has the capability of binding as much as 3.97 million tons of particles rich in carbon dioxide annually from the Kara and Barents Seas and storing it in the deep waters of the Arctic for thousands of years, a press […]

    World’s Largest Wind Farm Goes Live

    World’s Largest Wind Farm Goes Live

    The world’s largest wind farm generated its first electricity off the coast of Norway Sunday at 12:55 p.m. local time. This isn’t the win for the climate you might think, however; the wind farm was built by Norwegian state oil company Equinor to power its North Sea oil and gas production.  “I am proud that […]

    Sinking Nation Tuvalu Calls for Treaty Ending Fossil Fuel Use at COP27

    Sinking Nation Tuvalu Calls for Treaty Ending Fossil Fuel Use at COP27

    In the late 1960s, when the nations of the world were concerned about the spread of a potentially civilization-ending technology, they came together and signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Now, in the face of a civilization-threatening climate crisis, a vulnerable island nation wants to do the same thing for the fossil […]

    Trash Gathered at National Parks Reveals Need to Speed Plastic Phaseout

    Trash Gathered at National Parks Reveals Need to Speed Plastic Phaseout

    From July 1 to September 30 of this year, more than 500 citizen scientists recorded the litter they encountered at national parks and federal lands across the country as part of the Plastic-Free Parks TrashBlitz. Now, the results are in and they indicate that policy makers need to speed up their timeline for getting single-use […]

    Marine Life and Ocean Threats 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Marine Life and Ocean Threats 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Quick Key Facts Marine environments cover 70% of Earth. Over 50% of oxygen on the planet comes from oceans. Top threats to oceans include pollution, noise and climate change. Plastic pollution is expected to outweigh all fish in the oceans by 2050. Prescription drugs, agricultural runoff, industry discharge and even sunscreen chemicals can alter the […]

    Greenpeace Report: ‘Most Plastic Is Just Not Recyclable’

    Greenpeace Report: ‘Most Plastic Is Just Not Recyclable’

    We can’t recycle our way out of the plastic pollution crisis.  That’s the definitive conclusion of a new Greenpeace report released Monday that found that only five to six percent of plastics in the U.S. were actually recycled, a major decline from the still relatively low highs of 9.5 percent in 2014 and 8.7 percent […]