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James Gerken is the Green Editor at The Huffington Post. He is a graduate of Colgate University and lives in New York City.

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Earth Hour Is Nearly Upon Us, But Why Should We Care?

(16) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 10:46 AM

This Saturday, March 28, marks the ninth annual observance of Earth Hour, a symbolic event intended to raise awareness about climate change.

Cities and famous landmarks will turn out the lights for an hour Saturday, along with millions of ordinary citizens. Observed in 162 countries in 2014, the...

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This Tortoise Will Have A Happier Life, Thanks To Her New 3D-Printed Shell

(15) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 4:58 PM

Things are looking up for Cleopatra: The leopard tortoise now has a 3D-printed prosthesis to protect her deformed shell from further injury by other tortoises.


(Photo: Gary Stefanski)

Cleopatra suffers from what is known as "pyramiding" or "peaking." That means that rather than growing...

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Η φύση εντυπωσιάζει για άλλη μία φορά

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 7:15 AM

Το περιοδικό Smithsonian ανακοίνωσε τους φιναλίστ για τον 12ο διαγωνισμό φωτογραφίας που διοργανώνει κάθε χρόνο.

Φωτογράφοι από 93 χώρες έστειλαν πάνω από 26.500 φωτογραφίες και οι συντάκτες του Smithsonian επέλεξαν τους 10 φιναλίστ σε έξι κατηγορίες. Η ψηφοφορία για την ανάδειξη του νικητή έχει ήδη ξεκινήσει και τα ονόματα των...

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Here Are The Best 10 Cities To Live In If You Love Wildlife

(10) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 4:51 PM

Do you live in one of the most wildlife-friendly cities in the country?

A new list from the National Wildlife Federation ranks U.S. cities with the most park area and citizen engagement for protecting wildlife.

"The common thread between these cities is that

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Young Elephant Rescued In Vietnam Given Another Shot At Life

(6) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 3:47 PM

A rescue team in Vietnam recently saved a 4-year-old wild elephant with an infected foot and injured trunk, giving the young animal another shot at life.

Joost Philippa, a veterinarian with animal welfare NGO Animals Asia traveled to central Vietnam's Dak Lak province, where the male elephant had...

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These Photo Contest Finalists Remind Us How Stunning The Natural World Really Is

(7) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 12:15 PM

Smithsonian Magazine announced the finalists of their 12th annual photo contest last week and they are nothing short of spectacular.

Photographers in 93 countries submitted more than 26,500 photos. Smithsonian editors chose 10 finalists in six categories -- Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images and Mobile. Voting...

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This Is What Humanity's Impact On The Planet Looks Like

(89) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 2:47 PM

A new photo book from conservation experts aims to shine a light on humanity's impact on the planet and convince people to think about their contribution. Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot includes photos and essays exploring man's complicated relationship with the planet.

The book “presents the stark reality of a...

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Ringling Bros. Circus To Phase Out Elephant Acts

(518) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 8:14 AM

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, one of the United States' most famous circus companies, will eliminate elephants from its shows in the coming years, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

Feld Entertainment, the parent company for "The Greatest Show on Earth," told the AP it would...

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This Elephant Rescue Is An Important Reminder That Every Human-Elephant Interaction Isn't Bad

(17) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 4:44 PM

Construction workers and conservationists in Kenya worked together last month to rescue an elephant trapped in muck. It was a nice reminder that not every human-elephant interaction has to end in tragedy.

The young elephant was trapped in a mud pit near the town of Makindu on the border of...

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국제 북극곰의 날을 축하합시다!(사진)

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 3:32 PM

'국제 북극곰의 날(International Polar Bear Day)'을 축하합니다!

지난 2월 27일은 국제 북극곰의 날이 생긴 지 10번 째 되는 날이었다. 국제 북극곰 보호단체 '북극곰 인터내셔널(Polar Bears International)'에 의해 널리 알려진 이 날은 북극곰이라는 상징적인 동물에 대한 인식과 그들이 직면한 위협을 환기하기 위한 날이다.

인간의 온실가스 배출로...

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The Eiffel Tower Just Became A Little More Green. Here Are 8 Other Landmarks That Did It First

(4) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 9:41 AM

Two wind turbines have been successfully installed on the Eiffel Tower to offset some of the structure's energy use, renewable energy company UGE and the public service authority in charge of the iconic landmark announced this week.

The two turbines, which were placed 400 feet above ground level, are...

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라마들과의 짜릿한 도로 추격전!(동영상)

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 1:58 PM

업데이트: 탈출한 라마 두 마리 모두 잡혔다.

llama caught


이전의 상황: 26일(목요일) 미국 애라조나주 피닉스시 선시티 교외에서 두 마리의 라마가 지방 당국과 추격을 벌였다. 당국에게는 좌절스러운 일이었지만, 수많은 트위터 유저들에게는 하나의 떡밥이 됐다. 현지시간으로 오후 1시 15분 두 마리 중 한 마리는 잡힌 상태다.

지방...

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Celebrate International Polar Bear Day With These Stunning Photographs

(6) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 7:22 AM

Happy International Polar Bear Day!

This February 27 marks the 10th annual observance of the holiday. Popularized by conservation group Polar Bears International, the day is an opportunity to raise awareness for these iconic animals and the threats they face.

Arctic warming, made worse by greenhouse...

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「国際ホッキョクグマの日」って知ってる? 地球温暖化の象徴を守るために知っておきたいこと

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 5:04 AM

北極の温暖化は、人間の活動から発生した温室効果ガスの影響でますます悪化している。 そして、温暖化はホッキョクグマにとっても最大の脅威となっている。

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Llamas Elude Capture In Arizona

(30) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 2:21 PM

UPDATE: Both llamas have been brought into custody.

llama caught

Previously...

Two llamas were eluding capture in the Phoenix suburb of Sun City, Arizona on Thursday, frustrating local authorities and providing entertainment for countless Twitter users. One of the llamas was caught by around 1:15 p.m. local...

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Sea Levels Along The Northeast Rose Almost 4 Inches In Just 2 Years: Study

(602) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 3:50 PM

Sea levels across the Northeast coast of the United States rose nearly 3.9 inches between 2009 and 2010, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Arizona and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The waters near Portland, Maine, saw an even greater rise --...

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New York City Could See Up To Six Feet Of Sea Level Rise This Century: Report

(332) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 5:24 PM

Climate change is already impacting New York City with rising temperatures and sea levels, which will only worsen as the century continues, according to a report released Tuesday from a panel of scientific experts.

In its 2015 report, the New York City Panel on Climate Change found...

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Shell CEO Says Industry Needs To Be Less Aloof In Climate Change Conversation

(45) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 3:08 PM

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden believes it is time for his industry to take a more active role in the conversation about climate change and become "less aloof." Putting a price on carbon is a "crucial" part of lowering emissions and addressing climate change, he said at an...

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Boston Snow Storm Brings City To A Standstill

(25) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 9:19 AM

A major snow storm hit New England for the third time in two weeks, dumping 2 feet of snow on the city of Boston. Quincy and Rockland, south of Boston, have received nearly 30 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

By Monday afternoon, Boston snowfall...

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'Humpback Whales' Film Is An Important Reminder That Not Every Environmental Story Is Bad News

(6) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 11:51 AM

With so many of the world's biggest environmental stories dominated by degradation, loss and rapid change, it can be quite relieving to get a little bit of good news. In the case of the world's humpback whales, it's some good news the size of a bus.

"Humpback Whales," a new...

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