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Pennsylvania Nuns Build Chapel in Middle of Cornfield in Effort to Block Pipeline

Catholic order files religious freedom lawsuit to keep Atlantic Sunrise pipeline off their land

Catholic nuns in Pennsylvania are resisting plans to build a $3 billion pipeline for gas obtained by fracking through its land by creating a rudimentary chapel along the proposed route and launching a legal challenge, citing religious freedom. Photo by Mark Dixon…
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Northernmost Population of Italian Wall Lizards in North America Discovered in Boston

Species is the first known lizard to make its way to the city

On a warm, sunny, late June afternoon, Colin Donihue, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the department of organismic and evolutionary biology, spots a greenish-colored lizard scrambling into a large compost pile in the Fenway Victory Gardens, a seven-and-a-half-acre public gardening…
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California Lawmakers Extend Controversial Climate Program

Environmental groups divided on bill, which extends state's carbon market to 2030

California lawmakers extended the state's climate legislation Monday night, in what is being considered a victory for Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to lower greenhouse emissions. The legislation, a package of bills that extends California's plan to address climate change, passed with a…
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Putting the Climate Necessity Defense in Front of Juries

By denying climate activists the right to present their cases to a jury, judges are cutting democracy out of political trials

Political activists challenging the ascendancy of President Donald Trump are increasingly availing themselves of the criminal legal system as a means of defending their ideas and confronting government repression. From Inauguration Day protesters who have pledged to go to trial to combat…
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New Documentary Brings Viewers Beneath the Waves to See the Coral Bleaching Crisis

In Review: Chasing Coral

One of the difficulties of challenging climate change deniers, as well as with building public support and momentum for climate action, is that some of global warming’s most devastating effects occur out of the public eye in corners of the planet usually…
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EU Calls for Immediate Logging Ban in Europe’s Last Primeval Forest

Last year Polish government tripled logging operations at Białowieża forest, a UNESCO world heritage site

Europe’s last major parcel of primeval woodland could be set for a reprieve after the EU asked the European court to authorize an immediate ban on logging in Poland’s Białowieża forest. (Read more about how logging has decimated the forest.) Photo courtesy…
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Voices

Lori Marino
A neuroscientist and behavioral biologists explains why scientists make the best advocates.
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Ken Ward
The direct action activist, who faces a felony conviction for cutting a valve on the TransCanada pipeline, write about why he has no regrets.
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Current Issue

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The Butterfly Effect

How nature restoration programs in Oregon’s prisons are helping inmates find a new purpose in life.
By Nancy Hill

Forecast: Uncertain

Myanmar is being battered by the worst impacts of global warming. Does it have the capacity to adapt?
By Kendra Pierre Louis

Hope for a New Trade Agenda

Holding NAFTA negotiators accountable for policies that truly benefit working people and the planet.
By Aaron Lehmer-Chang

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