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Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at an Oceans Plastics Event at United Nations Environment Program in Nairobi, Kenya, on Nov. 18, 2021. ANDREW HARNIK / POOL / AFP via Getty Images

By Jessica Corbett

In stark contrast to the U.S. position under former President Donald Trump, the Biden administration on Thursday signaled support for developing a global treaty to tackle marine plastic pollution, winning swift applause from environmental campaigners.

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A customer shops for Roundup products at a store in San Rafael, California on July, 9, 2018. JOSH EDELSON / AFP via Getty Images

By Brett Wilkins

As Big Ag fumed Monday over a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determination that herbicides including the endocrine-disrupting atrazine and carcinogenic glyphosate are likely to harm more than 1,600 protected plant and animal species, environmentalists pointed to the agency's findings as proof of the need for stricter limits on the use of the dangerous poisons.

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From lighting up the night when you return home to boosting security, installing solar flood lights is a great way to invest in your home’s functionality and safety. Solar flood lights harness their energy from the sun and don’t require wiring or electrical work, making installation a breeze even for renters. And thanks to waterproof designs and efficient LEDs, they offer a fix-it-and-forget solution to myriad lighting predicaments.

In this article, we’ll recommend four of the best LED solar flood lights and motion-detector lights on the market today.

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Climate activists gather for the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice march on Nov. 6, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

By Jake Johnson

A new COP26 draft decision text unveiled Wednesday was roundly panned by climate campaigners as badly inadequate to the task of slashing global greenhouse gas emissions, which are pushing the planet toward a catastrophic 2.4°C of warming by the end of the century.

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Demonstrators dressed as international heads of state and government in a "COP26 Hot Air Band" protest world leaders' climate inaction during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1, 2021. Chris Jackson / Getty Images

By Brett Wilkins

Chanting "shame on you," activists rallied amid a heavy police presence Monday evening outside a swanky reception for world leaders and others attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland to protest their inadequate response to the planetary emergency.

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People exit the "Beehive" building at the New Zealand Parliament on Lambton Quay in downtown Wellington, New Zealand, November 28, 2017. Smith Collection / Gado / Getty Images

By Andrea Germanos

New Zealand officials on Thursday heralded passage of a groundbreaking law requiring financial institutions to disclose climate-related risks.

"This is a landmark day," Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark said in a speech to Parliament.

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Kunming Declaration: Nature Defenders Warn Global Biodiversity Pledge Lacks Urgency

While welcoming a pledge by more than 100 countries to make "transformative change," conservationists say governments must turn "words into reality."

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Red pandas are listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List. Mathias Appel / Flickr

By Jessica Corbett

More than 100 countries on Wednesday concluded a round of negotiations on global efforts to restore and protect the variety of life on Earth by pledging "urgent and integrated action" to achieve "transformative change, across all sectors of the economy and all parts of society."

While conservation advocacy groups worldwide welcomed the "Kunming Declaration" on biodiversity, they also made clear that its 17 specific commitments must be met with immediate, bold, and concrete steps to fully address the existential crisis the natural world now faces from human activity.

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Maxar Satellite image of the FSO Safer tanker moored off Ras Issa port, in Yemen, on June 17, 2020. Satellite image (c) 2020 Maxar Technologies

By Kenny Stancil

An abandoned supertanker holding more than one million barrels of crude oil has been slowly corroding off Yemen's coast, and a new study out Monday warns that the consequences of an "imminent" spill in the Red Sea could be graver than initially thought — cutting off access to clean water and food aid for millions of people in a matter of days and completely decimating the region's fishing stocks within three weeks.

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IEN organizers wrote "Expect Us" on the statue of Andrew Jackson in front of the White House on Oct. 11, 2021. Indigenous Environmental Network

By Jake Johnson

On the heels of President Joe Biden's proclamation formally marking Indigenous Peoples' Day, a coalition of Indigenous and environmental leaders on Sunday delivered a blunt message to the White House: "We don't need performative proclamations, our communities are dying."

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Google, YouTube Ban Monetization of Climate Misinformation

"Deniers can find someplace else to spread their lies," said one digital rights activist.

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The Google and YouTube logos are seen at the entrance to the Google offices in Los Angeles, California, Nov. 21, 2019. Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images

By Brett Wilkins

Digital rights advocates on Thursday welcomed a report that Google and its YouTube video platform are prohibiting the monetization of climate misinformation.

Google advertisers and publishers and YouTube creators will be banned from receiving advertising revenue that contradicts "well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change," company officials said in a statement reported by Axios.

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By Jessica Corbett

A crude oil spill at a Marathon Petroleum refinery in Texas City outside of Houston on Wednesday — just the latest in a series of recent leaks — sparked fresh calls for rapidly phasing out fossil fuels and transitioning to 100% renewable energy.

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A green turtle swims underwater on the southern Great Barrier Reef, Heron Island, Queensland, Australia. Colin Baker / Moment / Getty Images

By Jake Johnson

The most comprehensive study of the health of the world's coral reefs to date shows that warming temperatures driven by the human-caused climate crisis wiped out a staggering 14% of the diverse underwater ecosystems between 2009 and 2018 — a trend that's likely to continue without urgent action.

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A McDonald's in Auckland, New Zealand. on Sept. 20, 2021. Hannah Peters / Getty Images

By Jenna McGuire

A prominent climate group accused the McDonald's corporation of another greenwashing stunt on Monday after the burger giant announced it would cut global greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050.

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