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The conservation of the environment is in our Constitution.

José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, chief of mission for the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., on concerns over the impact of incoming American tourism on Cuba's ecosystems

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Climate change is an imminent threat to polar bears. -

You probably knew that already, but a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey has found that if greenhouse gas emissions continue at current rates, the species could see a population crash by 2025. Slate

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Germany is shuttering five of its largest coal-fired plants. -

The move could help the country meet its goal of bringing carbon dioxide emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels in the next five years. The Guardian

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Oklahoma energy companies can be sued over earthquakes. -

The state's supreme court ruled yesterday that a woman injured in a 2011 quake can sue the companies she says caused the tremor by injecting wastewater into wells. The decision paves the way for other suits holding the industry responsible for seismic activity. MarketWatch

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UNESCO says Great Barrier Reef is not "in danger" (yet...) -

Despite leaving the ecosystem off its World Heritage in Danger list, the agency said the reef faces serious threats from climate change and pollution from farms and coal ships. UNESCO emphasized the need for Australia to ramp up protections before it reviews the matter again in 2020. Sydney Morning Herald

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The European Union will limit emissions from mid-size power plants. -

The new rule, expected to get formal approval later this year, will reduce sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and dust pollution from about 143,000 plants that had previously escaped regulation. Reuters

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Miami cut down mangroves for a boat show. -

Critics were right to be worried about the impact the International Boat Show would have on marine life in Florida's Biscayne Bay. To make room for the boats, city workers illegally ripped out red and black mangroves, which protect fish and prevent erosion and flooding, from 300 feet of shoreline. D'oh! Miami Herald

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The United States and Brazil just became partners in renewable energy. -

As part of a new climate partnership, the two countries agreed today to obtain 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2030. Brazil also pledged to restore almost 30 million acres of rainforest—an area about the size of Pennsylvania. The Guardian

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Oil train derailments put California's minority neighborhoods at greater risk. -

Adding to the list of problems with transporting crude oil by rail, a new report finds that more than three quarters of the people living within the state's so-called blast zones are nonwhite. Reuters

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China announces its climate action plan. -

Ahead of the Paris climate summit, Prime Minister Li Kegiang reaffirmed a November agreement to cap emissions by 2030. China plans to cut CO2 emissions 60 percent below 2005 levels and increase renewable energy consumption 20 percent by 2030. BBC

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It's official: New York has banned fracking. -

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his intentions in December, but today the state formalized its ban on hydraulic fracturing. The decision comes after a seven-year environmental and health review found that current safety measures don't protect water, air, wildlife, or public health. Associated Press

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