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The North Pacific Trash Gyre

We as first world humans produce trash, and lots of it. There’s no denying this fact. Most of us live in a globalized economy that thrives on industrial energy consumption and equally massive levels of polluted output. We strive to make things cheaper and more abundant so that more people can improve their lives through consumerism and strengthen the global economy

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Comparing the National Environmental Policy Act to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context

Much of American environmental legislation is outdated and in need of reform. Still authoritative today are the Clean Water Act of 1972, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, and the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. The list goes on despite incredible scientific and technological advances of this century that definitively prove current environmental problems and offer means of mitigating these problems.

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USCAN Conference: An Intern's Perspective

It was a warm Tuesday morning in Chicago two weeks ago and you could feel the humidity in the air.  I was excited, nervous, and a little skeptical about attending my first conference.  Two other Earth Day Network interns and I were granted the incredible opportunity to fly out to Chicago and represent Earth Day Network at the annual USCAN Conference.  After a long day of traveling and a well needed night of sleep, I headed out around 6:45am, to ensure I would make the first 7:30am networking breakfast on time.

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Moving Beyond Plastic

“If you believe in something, you have to persist and you have to have a thick skin.” said Jean Hill in her 2010 interview with the New York Times.  In the spring of the same year, at a town meeting, she proposed the ban of selling single-serving bottled water in Concord, Massachusetts. The bottled water industry was not pleased but Ms.

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Land Management and Carbon Sequestration

As we all know, the current carbon dioxide (CO2) storage imbalance between the atmosphere stock and the ground storage stock is an imminent and immediate threat to our world’s economies and ways of lives.

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Climate Change’s Impact on the Latino Community

As Climate change continues, Climate Justice is moving to the forefront of the political and social agendas of Latino Americans across the country. The impoverished background of many Latino immigrants coupled with the group’s rapid expansion In the United States has left nearly 50% of the race living in areas that do not meet NAAQS (National Ambient Air Quality Standards). They are the most disproportionately harmed minority group in terms of climate and environmental justice issues in comparison to others.

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Acting on Climate Change: Emotion versus Reason

“Deforestation is bad!”

“Overfishing will destroy us!”

“Protecting our planet’s atmosphere is the right way to go!”

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Women’s Potential to Lead the World to a More Sustainable Environment

There’s no denying that climate change affects everyone… everywhere.  But did you know poorer, low-lying countries actually suffer more as a result of climate change?  Did you known that within this already disadvantaged group of people, women and their children in rural areas are the most vulnerable when it comes to climate change? 

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Putting a Stop to Poaching

Yesterday the Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs held a hearing to discuss and critique the Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) new rule issuing an almost complete ban on the commercial trade of goods containing ivory without proper documentation proving the good’s antiquity, and limiting trophy hunting of African elephants to 2 tags per person annually.

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Climate Change and Policy in the Americas

At a roundtable event held last week by the Organization of American States (OAS), a number of individuals involved in the study of climate change and the policy surrounding it gathered in the Hall of the Americas to discuss the threats and opportunities this large-scale change in our planet’s environment poses to the region. Dr.

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