Ask Dr. Donley: Are Sharks Being Killed for Vaccines?

by Dr. Nathan Donley / Medium.com Dear Dr. Donley, I’ve read some articles recently saying that sharks are being killed to produce coronavirus vaccines. Is this true, and if it is, is there anything I can do about it? Signed, Tell Me Some-fin good Dear Chew-sy Vaxxer, Aww jeez. Aren’t there any other shark-related questions […]

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BlackRock’s $400m Stake in Amazon Meatpackers Defies Sustainability Cred

by Fernanda Wenzel, Pedro Papini, and Naira Hofmeister / Mongabay Wall Street fund manager BlackRock administers 2.2 billion reais ($408 million) in shares in the three largest Brazilian meatpackers operating in the Amazon today. The cattle purchase and slaughter operations of JBS, Marfrig and Minerva involve 6.9 million hectares (17 million acres) of land at […]

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Triple Crisis in the Anthropocene Ocean Part One: Corrosive Seas

by Ian Angus / Climate & Capitalism Introduction. It is impossible to overstate the importance of the ocean to life on Earth. Covering 71% of the planet’s surface, it contains 97% of the world’s surface water and is central to the great biogeochemical cycles that define the biosphere and make life possible. Marine plants generate half […]

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Fires Surge in the Amazon as Deforestation Slows

by Rhett Butler / Mongabay Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon was more than 20 percent lower for the second straight month relative to the prior year according to data released today by Brazil’s national space research institute INPE. But forest loss in the world’s largest rainforest remains well above the average of the past decade. […]

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Around the World, a Fire Crisis Flares Up, Fueled By Human Actions

by Liz Kimbrough / Mongabay There have been more fires alerts around the world this year than last year, spelling dire consequences for health, biodiversity, and the economy — and human actions are mostly to blame. “The world witnessed the devastating consequences of the fires last year, from billions of wildlife lost and people losing […]

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Siberian Heat Drives Arctic Ice Extent to Record Low for Early July

by Gloria Dickie / Mongabay The record-setting heat wave that swept through Arctic Siberia in June has yielded a wide-range of deleterious effects in the expansive polar and sub-polar region, triggering raging wildfires, thawing permafrost, and now, spurring the rapid melt-out of Arctic sea ice. Last month, Siberian temperatures spiked, reaching a record average more […]

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Wild Fires Ravage Arizona’s National Forests

by Steve Horn / the guardian For residents of Tucson in southern Arizona, the Santa Catalina Mountains in the Coronado national forest are known as a hub for hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor recreation. But on 5 June lightning ignited a wildfire that has grown to engulf over 118,000 acres. The fires are still […]

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