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Deutsche Welle 
With the mantra "a picture paints a thousand words" in mind, these photos show how striking visuals can make a strong statement about environmental topics. Some have chosen to highlight the many ecological problems facing the planet with some powerful ... See more..
The Columbus Dispatch 
“Let's face it: Diesel pollution is bad for the environment, bad for public health and bad for our children,” said Susan Mudd, senior policy advocate for the Environmental Law & Policy Center, a co-sponsor of the event. “Children, whose lungs are still ... See more..
The Good Men Project (blog) 
Of course, this decision comes as no surprise, not just because of his previous signaling on the matter, but because resistance to environmental concerns is a key value of the type of populist masculinity that underpins his presidency. The connection ... See more..
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The Guardian 
Deforestation in the Amazon is increasing amid cuts to protection, putting Norway's financial aid in jeopardy, says minister. See more..
Inquirer.net 
Around 370 individuals braved mud at the UP Sunken Garden in Diliman, Quezon City on Friday, to show humanity's intrinsic “connection” to nature, as part of celebrations for the Philippine Environment Month of June. The “A Fair with Nature” free ... See more..
Myjoyonline.com 
The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Korle Klottey Constituency says each individual has a responsibility towards safeguarding the environment. Dr Zanetor Rawlings notes that the time had come for Ghanaians to realise that the environment was not just ... See more..
The Hindu 
It's their backyard and we have to implement programs that will make their environment safer,” she says. Following a second visit in July 2016, FLOAT was able to form partnerships with Zambles Surf Life Saving Inc. and the popular tourist hotel Charlie ... See more..
CBC.ca 
Environment Canada offers a heads up in the summer through storm watches and warnings, but the agency is testing a new online tool designed to give more notice about bad weather on the prairies, like the wind storm that tore through Red Deer, Alta ... See more..
Myjoyonline.com 
The Northern Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Agency Iddrisu Abu has called for more stringent punishment for foreigners who destroy the country's environment. He said the problem of illegal mining has been compounded by the invasion ... See more..
Straight.com 
That's prompted Environment Canada to issue a special weather statement about a "strong upper ridge of high pressure". "Temperatures will peak this weekend with maximums of at least 32 degrees [Celsius] expected away from the water," it states. See more..
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Overview

The effects of global climate change include higher temperatures, increases in precipitation patterns, rising sea levels, weather-related disasters, increased drought, and increased disease, and food insecurity. 1,2 The annual global temperature has increased 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1880s and two-thirds of the entire warming process has occurred since 1975. 3
On September 17, 2014, the Arctic’s sea ice cover reached its minimum extent at 5.02 million square kilometers. 4 This is the lowest recorded extent since 1979, when satellites first began tracking sea ice measures. 5 Studies show that low-income and developing countries will be hit hardest by the effects of climate change—through droughts, monsoons, and cyclones. 6,7,8
Along with climate change, deforestation is another serious threat to the global environment. Over 30% of the earth is covered in forests, and 1.6 billion people depend on forests for food, shelter, and clothing. 9 However, deforestation is occurring rapidly and 46–58 thousand square miles of forests are lost annually. 10 Forests are critical in the absorption of harmful carbon emissions and 15% of greenhouse gas emissions result from the loss of trees and forests. 11
Animal extinction and loss of biodiversity also negatively impacts the environment. More than 500 million people around the world depend on the coral reefs for food, jobs, storm protection, and income. 12 However, nearly 70% of the world’s coral reefs have been destroyed or are threatened. 13 Additionally, of the world’s 5,490 mammal species, over 1,000 are endangered or highly vulnerable and nearly 80 are already extinct. 14 This loss of biodiversity will limit the treatment of many diseases and health problems, as well as resulting in worldwide food and freshwater scarcity and a loss of agriculture and livestock. 15
Air pollution results from emissions from factories, households, cars and trucks and fine particulate matter. The rising pollution rates contribute to 16% of deaths from cancer worldwide, as well as 11% of COPD deaths and 20% of instances of heart disease and stroke. 16 Low and middle income countries are disproportionately affected by air pollution. 17 Over seven million deaths worldwide are linked to exposure to air pollution, making air pollution the world’s largest environmental health risk. 18
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1 http://data.worldbank.org/topic/climate-change
2 http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/urgentissues/global-warming-climate-change/help/facts-about-climate-change.xml
3 http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/WorldOfChange/decadaltemp.php
4 http://nsidc.org/news/newsroom/arctic-sea-ice-reaches-minimum-extent-2014
5 Ibid
6 http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/energy_around_the_world/2013/11/warsaw_climate_talks_developing_countries_will_be_source_of_greenhouse_gas.html
7 http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/sep/27/climate-change-poor-countries-ipcc
8 Ibid
9 http://www.worldwildlife.org/threats/deforestation
10 Ibid
11 Ibid
12 https://www.iucn.org/iyb/about/biodiversity_crisis/
13 Ibid
14 Ibid
15http://www.who.int/globalchange/ecosystems/biodiversity/en/
16 http://www.who.int/gho/phe/outdoor_air_pollution/en/
17 Ibid
18 http://www.who.int/phe/health_topics/outdoorair/databases/en/
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Animal Endangerment/Extinction
Animal Welfare
Climate Change
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Environmental Pollution
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Animal Endangerment/Extinction
There are currently 16,938 animal and plant species threatened with extinction around the world.1 One in three of the species on the endangered list are amphibians, one in four are mammals, and one in eight are birds.2 Approximately 65 of the species on the endangered list are no longer found in the wild but exist only in captivity or through human cultivation.3 Additionally, over 800 species have become extinct in the past 500 years through human activity.4 Pollution, deforestation, urbanization, overhunting, overfishing, and habitat destruction have all contributed to the extinction and endangerment of animal, plant, and fish species.5 Habitat destruction is the largest contributor to extinction and is responsible for 80% off the world's extinct species.6 The overexploitation of animals and fish for human food ...See More and resources has also significantly diminished dozens of species in recent years.7 Approximately 100 to 1,000 species are lost each year.8 A variety of dangerous consequences result from an increase in species extinction, the most notable is a loss of global biodiversity. Biodiversity refers to the total of an area's genes, species, and ecosystems.9 The richer a given area's biodiversity, the hardier its immune system and protection for both humans and animals.10 A loss of biodiversity equals a loss of health for the region. Increasing loss of biodiversity will also result in the scarcity of food and freshwater worldwide, and a loss of agriculture and livestock.11 Additionally, a global loss of biodiversity limits the treatment of a host of diseases and health problems whose cures come from diverse plant and animal sources.12  Show Less