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"Norway Gives Arctic Foxes A Helping Hand Amid Climate Woes"

"One by one, the crate doors swing open and five Arctic foxes bound off into the snowy landscape. In the wilds of southern Norway, the newly freed foxes could struggle to find enough to eat, as the impacts of climate change make the foxes’ traditional rodent prey more scarce."

Source: Reuters, 03/05/2024
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"Why Is Britain Quitting The Energy Charter Treaty?"

"Britain announced this week that it would withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) over its failure to align with its net zero plans. Since the late 1990s, the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) has allowed firms and investors to sue governments whose plans to cut emissions from fossil fuels could hurt corporate profits."

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 02/28/2024

Tractor Protests Threaten To Drive EU’s Green Farming Policies Into Ditch

"It was the puddles of green sludge left by the tires of massive tractors in western Belgium’s industrial farmlands that drew the attention of biological engineer Ineke Maes. The slime was destructive algae, the result of the excess of chemicals used by farmers to boost their crops, but at a high cost to nature."

Source: AP, 02/27/2024

"Poland's New Government Deprograms Its Once Far-Right Public Media"

"It's 7:30 in the evening in Warsaw, and public news broadcaster TVP Info is about to broadcast live to millions of viewers across Poland. Producers in a crowded control room scurry in and out, sometimes stopping to peer through a narrow window into a studio where the host reads from a teleprompter."

Source: NPR, 02/23/2024

"As Use of A.I. Soars, So Does the Energy and Water It Requires"

"Generative artificial intelligence uses massive amounts of energy for computation and data storage and billions of gallons of water to cool the equipment at data centers. Now, legislators and regulators — in the U.S. and the EU — are starting to demand accountability."

Source: YaleE360, 02/13/2024

Seafood Firm Wants To Farm Octopus. Activists Say They're Too Smart For That

"Octopuses are capable of sophisticated tasks, from solving puzzles to decorating their dens to remembering people's faces. So when a company in Spain announced that it wanted to commercially farm octopuses to harvest them for seafood, the plan sparked an uproar."

Source: NPR, 02/08/2024

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