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Nick Visser
Nick Visser is a journalist covering the environment for The Huffington Post.

His work has previously appeared in The Seattle Times, The Advocate magazine and on KUOW, Seattle's NPR affiliate. He's also spent time in the middle east as a reporting fellow with The Jordan Times. You can find him on twitter @nvisser.

Entries by Nick Visser

Australia Pressed UN To Ignore Great Barrier Reef In Key Climate Report

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 5:47 AM

A key paper about the threats of climate change to World Heritage sites intentionally left off any mention of the Great Barrier Reef after the Australian government raised an objection, according to a report from the Guardian.

The reef, which is experiencing 

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Our Most Iconic Places Are Under Dire Threat From Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 1:48 AM

Dozens of the Earth's most cherished World Heritage sites are under dire threat from climate change -- and some may be damaged beyond saving, warns a report UNESCO released Thursday.

The agency, alongside the Union of Concerned Scientists and the United Nations Environment Program,...

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Elizabeth Warren To Donald Trump: I’m Right, You’re Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 10:31 PM

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday night resumed her stream of disdainful tweets directed at presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Warren, a fierce defender of the middle class, sent several tweets attacking Trump's meandering statements surrounding the federal minimum wage, and linked to 

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Most Americans Don't Know Puerto Ricans Are American

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 1:02 AM

Fewer than half of Americans know Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, a new poll shows. The results reflect a stark reality about the nation's awareness of the Caribbean territory and the island's financial crisis.

The Economist-YouGov survey of 2,000 U.S. citizens...

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Inside GoPro's Family Of Athletes, A Horde Of The Fearless

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 12:48 AM

Small talk between adrenaline junkies is a humbling thing to listen to.

"You know, when I was kayaking down that waterfall in Bali..."

"I don't get arrested that often, but I've seen the inside of a few police stations."

"Remember when...

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Teen Sues Mall, Cop After Being Thrown Like A 'Doll' During Arrest

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2016 | 8:28 PM

A teenager in Washington state has sued a local mall and an off-duty police officer working for the business after she was violently arrested after riding her bike in a parking lot in 2014.

This video contains footage some readers may find upsetting.

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SpaceX Lands Reusable Falcon 9 Rocket (UPDATE)

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 12:05 AM


SpaceX successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket on an unmanned drone ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean early Friday morning. The landing, which founder...

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Bill O'Reilly Tells Former Mexican President Border Wall Is 'Actually Humane'

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 2:42 AM

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly continued his ardent support for a proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday, telling the country's former president such a structure "is actually...

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230억이나 들여서 사막으로 돌고래를 나르겠다는 말에 사람들이 화났다

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2016 | 4:05 PM

2천만 달러(228억1,000만 원)를 들여 애리조나 사막에 돌고래 파크를 만들겠다는 계획이 환경 운동가들의 분노를 샀다.

대체 왜 돌고래를 사막으로? 돌고래랑 수영을 하고 싶어서라고 한다. 대규모 온라인 서명 운동이 일었다.

멕시코의 야생 동물 파크 체인 돌피나리스는 미국에 지점을 열겠다는 계획을 올해 발표했다. 이 지점이 문을 열게 되면 방문객들은 피닉스...

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Kenya Lights A $100 Million Ivory Bonfire To Save Elephants (UPDATE)

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 2:29 AM

The Kenyan government has spent the past month assembling ivory from some 10,000 elephants into a dozen pyres. These captured tusks intended for trade have gathered dust for decades, but authorities destroyed them all in a spectacular message to poachers.

Authorities torched the stockpile, weighing...

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Yale Keeps Residential College Named After White Supremacist

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 8:42 PM

Yale University won't change the name of its Calhoun residential college, despite months of student protests aimed at removing the building's ode to John C. Calhoun, a white supremacist who called slavery a "positive good."

Yale President Peter Salovey announced the decision Wednesday, saying...

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Dolphins Are Getting Shipped To The Desert Just So We Can Swim With Them

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 1:39 AM

A plan to open a $20 million dolphin park in the Arizona desert has drawn the ire of environmentalists and sparked a massive online petition.

Dolphinaris, a Mexico-based wildlife parks chain, announced plans to open a U.S. outpost earlier this year. If opened,...

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Climate Scientists Are Like 'Doomsday Street Preachers,' Fox Guest Says

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 2:36 AM

Fox News, ever reliant on pseudoscience and false bias, sunk to new lows during a segment on Sunday when reporting on the landmark climate accord signed Friday at the United Nations headquarters.

The "Fox & Friends" segment hosted by Steve Doocy featured an interview with Marc Morano, the filmmaker behind the lambasted, denialist documentary "Climate Hustle." Also on set was a stuffed armadillo in a cage.

Doocy starts by pulling back a cover and revealing the armadillo, which his guest says was used by scientists to demonstrate both an assertion from the 1970s that the earth was cooling and, more recently, the ongoing global warming phenomenon. This alleged flip-flop demonstrates scientists ongoing inaccuracies, Morano says.

(Aside from one study released in 2011 that found the creatures are moving due to changing temperatures, the armadillo isn't often linked to climate change.)

The men exchange oft-repeated diatribes against the established scientific consensus that the earth is warming and humans are the prime cause. Despite 2015 being the hottest year on record, Morano incorrectly argues that the climate changes in cycles and all is well. 

Doocy also plays several clips of Prince Charles speaking about the dire threats the phenomenon poses to humanity, before the denialist duo link such concern with that of "doomsday street preachers ... most people thought [were] crazy."

Doocy: "That's like Jack Bauer on '24': 'We're running out of time!' As it turns out, we didn't run out of time."

Morano: "No, and this happens repeatedly, every time they give a deadline..."

Doocy: "This is a tactic, a tactic."

Morano: "It's a tactic of a doomsday street preacher on the corner that most people thought was crazy, and now it's gone mainstream. We have elite scientists at NASA that give us deadlines, they pass, and they just cross it out and give us a new deadline and say we must act. It's silliness."

Scientists have long warned man-made climate change will lead to a sweeping scourge of harmful effects, including an uptick in extreme weather, sea level rise and the collapse of ecosystems like the Great Barrier Reef.

Take a look at the entire clip above.

H/T Raw...

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South Africa Won't Sell Its $2 billion Rhino Horns Stockpile

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 12:44 AM

South Africa has decided to drop future plans that may have allowed the legal sale of its $2 billion rhino horn stockpile.

The country, which has the largest population of rhinos in the world, was mulling a proposal to petition the current ban. Advocates for...

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Los Angeles Mayor Pledges $138 Million To Help The Biggest Homeless Population In The U.S.

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 11:26 PM

Behind the Hollywood glamor, Los Angeles has the United States' largest chronically homeless population, which has swelled to more than 12,000 people. Now, the city plans to increase funding by more than $100 million to tackle the issue.   

Mayor Eric Garcetti's plan for...

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Most Of Us Believe In Global Warming, But That’s Not Enough To Stop It

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 1:25 AM

More Americans than ever believe in global warming, according to a new poll Nat Geo WILD released just ahead of Earth Day.

The survey published Wednesday found 94 percent of Americans believe our planet is warming and 87 percent that humans contribute at...

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Nike Ends Johnny Manziel Endorsement Deal

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 9:10 PM

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has lost his endorsement deal with Nike ESPN reports.

The move from his biggest sponsor, apparently made sometime after the end of the NFL season, is the latest in an ongoing collapse of professional support for the...

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Hardly Anyone Trusts The Media Anymore

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 2:57 AM

Only 6 percent of people say they have a great deal of confidence in the press, about the same level of trust Americans have in Congress, according to a new survey released on Sunday.

The study mirrors past reports that found the public's trust...

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New York Post Lobs GOP Endorsement To Donald Trump, Because ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 11:13 PM

The New York Post on Thursday endorsed GOP front-runner Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination.

The tabloid's editorial board cited the "plain-talking," "born and bred" New Yorker's "common-sense sensibilities" and said Trump had the skills and know-how "to live up to his campaign slogan:...

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The Great Barrier Reef Is Screwed If Climate Change Continues

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 2:24 AM

The Great Barrier Reef could lose the ability to protect itself from future bleaching events if climate change continues unabated, a new report warns.

The study, published in the journal Science on Thursday, says that this would occur if ocean temperatures...

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