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New York City Moves to Ban Plastic Foam Containers
Offbeat  (tags: Ecology, Law, Politics, SciTech, Science, USA )

Ray
- 51 days ago - rt.com
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is moving forward on a plan to ban city food establishments from using plastic foam containers because of the harm they cause the environment. The ban will leave restaurateurs and food vendors in a bind.
The Lion's Share: Christmas Trees Recycled as Big Cat Toys
Offbeat  (tags: Animals, Ecology, Global warming, Mass media, UK )

Ray
- 54 days ago - rt.com
A British zoo has found a novel way to re-use Christmas trees after the festive season. Lions at Linton Zoo in Cambridgeshire have been given discarded pines as toys, with some heart-warming results.
Activists Slam Japan's 'Non-Lethal Whaling Program' as Ships Prepare for Antarctic
Offbeat  (tags: Animals, Ecology, Japan )

Ray
- 54 days ago - rt.com
Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd has slammed Japan's whaling research program as ships without harpoons prepare to head for Antarctic waters. Activists called the program "farcical," citing Tokyo's plan to resume killing whales in the region this year.
#AlmostEatenAlive: US Naturalist Offers Himself to 6-Meter Anaconda, Sparks Debate (VIDEO)
Offbeat  (tags: Animals, Ecology, Health, Show, South America, Thrills&Spills, Travel, USA, Violence )

Ray
- 71 days ago - rt.com
After working a decade to save the Amazon rainforests, Paul Rosalie decided that he could attract attention to the issue by filming a stunt âEUR" to be eaten alive by a 6 meter anaconda. While not actually being eaten,he certainly got the media hype.
Obama: Keystone XL Pipeline Does Not Benefit Americans
Offbeat  (tags: Canada, Ecology, Global economy, Global warming, Law, Protest, USA )

Ray
- 72 days ago - rt.com
Republican leadership in Congress has said authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline will be its first order of business next year, but President Barack Obama said the project would be of small benefit to Americans.
White Rhino on Verge of Extinction: Second-Last Male Dies
Offbeat  (tags: Animals, Ecology, USA )

Ray
- 76 days ago - rt.com
The white rhino is one step closer to extinction with the death of Angalifu at the San Diego Zoo Safari. Only five members of the heavily-poached species exist now, including one male and four females.
Monsanto Sues Hawaii County Over GMO Ban
Offbeat  (tags: Biology, Ecology, GMO, Health, Law, Monsanto, USA )

Ray
- 106 days ago - rt.com
Two biotechnology behemoths have followed through with vows to sue Hawaii's Maui County for passing a law last week that bans the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.
Fracking Banned in Its Birthplace: Texas Town Votes to Outlaw Hydraulic Fracturing
Offbeat  (tags: Ecology, Election, Energy, Fracking, Gas, Law, USA )

Ray
- 116 days ago - rt.com
Voters in Denton, Texas approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on Tuesday, making the city the first in Texas to outlaw the controversial gas-extraction process.
'Fracking Loophole' Allows Drilling Companies to Use Unregulated Toxins - Report
Offbeat  (tags: Earthquake, Ecology, Fracking, Health, USA )

Ray
- 129 days ago - rt.com
A number of US oil companies are taking advantage of the so-called "Halliburton Loophole" to circumvent federal legislature regulating diesel-based fluids in fracking, instead exploiting the environment with even more toxic chemicals, new report says.
Monsanto Still Clashing With Brazilian Soy Exporters Over Royalties
Offbeat  (tags: Agriculture, Brazil, Ecology, Global economy, Politics )

Ray
- 129 days ago - rt.com
Brazilian soy exporters are still resisting Monsanto's push for them to collect royalties from farmers reusing the biotech giant's patented seeds, some saying such a liability - even for a fee - may not be worth possible "embarrassment" to the industry.
UK Wind Farms Outshine Nuclear Power Output
Offbeat  (tags: Ecology, Global warming, Nuclear, Politics, SciTech, Science, UK, Weather )

Ray
- 130 days ago - rt.com
UK wind farms generated more energy than the nation's nuclear power stations on Tuesday thanks to a huge surge in gale-force winds in the wake of Hurricane Gonzalo, the National Grid has said.
Fracking Triggered 400 Earthquakes in Ohio, Study Finds
Offbeat  (tags: Earthquake, Ecology, Fracking, Science, USA )

Ray
- 136 days ago - rt.com
A new study on the practice of hydraulic fracturing has found a direct connection to some 400 micro-earthquakes in an Ohio town. This is the second report on the Utica Shale this year. The town is one of very few where the quakes took place on a fault.
Britain's Fracking Trespass Law Flouts UK Citizens' Democratic Rights - Naomi Klein
Offbeat  (tags: Ecology, Fracking, Politics, UK )

Ray
- 145 days ago - rt.com
Recent legislative changes, which enable fracking firms to drill beneath UK citizens' land without their permission, flout Britons' fundamental democratic rights, author and activist Naomi Klein warns.
Dallas Damage Control: Ebola-Positive Man Possibly Infected 10 in Texas
Offbeat  (tags: Africa, Biology, Ecology, Health, Obama, Robert Bridge, USA )

Ray
- 148 days ago - rt.com
US health officials are monitoring 10 quarantined people who had contact with a Liberian man infected by the deadly Ebola virus. The individuals are being checked regularly as medical officials play down the risk of an outbreak.
Sonic Cannons for E. Coast: Obama Approves Oil Exploration Despite 'Threat to Sea Life
Offbeat  (tags: Animals, Biology, Ecology, Obama, Politics, Robert Bridge, USA )

Ray
- 224 days ago - rt.com
The Obama administration has announced it is reopening the US Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, clearing the way for the use of sonic cannons to locate energy deposits - despite the threat to sea life.
 

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