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84% of Wildfires Human Caused 
Looking at wildfires in the U.S., researchers from the University of Colorado concluded that 84% had origins in human activity. The Smithsonian has the disturbing news: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-shows-84-wildfires-caused-humans-180962315/

Pirate Fishing Spotted by Satellite 
With the world’s ocean stocks in dizzying decline, eliminating pirate fishing takes on new importance. Now it has been shown that a little creative use of existing commercial satellites can go a long way in identifying the malefactors. Ars Technica explains: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/02/to-catch-a-thief-with-satellite-data/

Fracking Found Fraught With Spills 
A new analysis of spills associated with fracking operations suggests prior assessments have underestimated the problem. The BBC investigated: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39032748

Bee Population Declines Mapped 
A new map shows how bee populations in the U.S. are declining. This has important ramifications for agriculture and our future food supply. The Smithsonian provides details: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-map-highlights-bee-population-declines-across-us-180962268/

Solar Power Jobs Now Double Coal Jobs 
There are now twice as many people working in solar power than in the coal industry, according to a recent analysis. Vox has the story of this turnaround: http://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/2/7/14533618/solar-jobs-coal

Banned Toxins Persist in Deep Ocean 
Long-banned toxic substances have been found in startling concentrations in deep ocean environments. The BBC relates the grim news: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38957549

 

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