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Peru Backpedals with Stunning New Anti-Environment Law

On July 11, 2014, in a move that will most certainly negatively impact its credibility as the host of this year’s UN climate conference (COP20), President Ollanta Humala of Peru signed an anti-environment bill into law that frees multinational companies of zoning restrictions and limitations related to mining activity in the country. Calling it a…

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The Great Abatement: Cleaning Up Asbestos

It may be surprising to learn that asbestos is not completely banned. It was widely used in construction and mechanics for much of the 20th century; the first restrictions were put in place only in the 1970s. In fact, asbestos is still permitted in manufacturing as long as it composes less than 1 percent of…

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World Environment Day: Successes of Countries

When the United Nations General Assembly established June 5th as World Environment Day in 1972, UN members probably had no idea how influential their efforts would be around the world. According to its website, “World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.” Its outreach…

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Global Security Risk: Climate Change

The very real and critically pressing issue of climate change continues to gain steam across all fronts. In a follow-up report to a similar study they released in 2007, an advisory board of retired U.S. military admirals and generals have now entered the fray to help sound the alarm. The current group of 16 three…

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Urban Development and Climate Change

In a study just released by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), researchers project that until the year 2030 urban areas around the world will grow by a total of nearly 42 square miles every day. To put that daily growth into perspective, 42 square miles is the equivalent of about 20,000…

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Victory in the Cherokee National Forest

Covering a span of more than 655,000 acres, the Cherokee National Forest is one of our nation’s natural treasures. As such, this magnificent forest, which serves as much of the natural border between Tennessee and North Carolina, deserves to be protected. For years, environmental groups have worked diligently to protect the forest from environmentally unsound,…