Environment

The Last Puff

 12/12/2016 - 03:50
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Tampa was once dubbed "Cigar City", but its last cigar factory is about to disappear, like Fidel Castro, the most iconic cigar smoker, did last week.

Among those most worried about the future of the city is Eric Newman, whose family has been making 31 brands of cigars, including Cuesta-Rey, Diamond Crown and La Unica, for three generations, reports The Washington Post.
For 121 years, the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. has produced millions of cigars and shipped them worldwide, while the rest of 149 surrounding factories shuttered their doors or outsourced overseas. 

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Monday, December 12, 2016 - 3:31am
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 Part of the walk through Cigar City display at the Tampa Bay History Center in Tampa, Florida. Photo: Christopher Collins/Wikimedia Commons

Sea Blades

 12/12/2016 - 03:24
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Wind power accounts for about five percent of all electricity generation in the nation, but a new project aims to change that. A $300 million installation off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, takes the renewable energy technology out to sea.

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Monday, December 12, 2016 - 3:08am
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Offshore windmills near Copenhagen (Denmark). In Denmark, offshore wind turbines, combined with land-based turbines already provide 40 percent of the country’s electricity. Photo: WIKIMEDIA

Spartan Diet

 12/09/2016 - 03:24
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While president-elect, Donald Trump, wants to cancel an order to build a new model of the Air Force One, arguing that it would cost more than $4,000 milion, a small Latin-American country like Uruguay is debating if it really needs a presidential plane:  

For the last two years, Uruguay’s President Tabaré Vázquez has been trying to acquire a presidential plane to travel abroad, but the Audit Court has recently rejected the purchase process because only one company submitted a bid.

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Friday, December 9, 2016 - 3:12am
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President-elect, Donald Trump, announced the need to cancel an order to build a new model of the Air Force One, that would cost more than $4,000 milion, as he said. EFE/Kevin Dietsch

Fuel friendly

 12/08/2016 - 05:53
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President-elect Donald J. Trump once called Climate Change "a Chinese Hoax". He has promised to boost the national mining industry and help coal to come back again, despite pollution and environmental hazards it may cause. And he has threatened to dismantle President Obama's effort to counter climate change.

So, it felt normal yesterday when he announced that he has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to run the Environmental Protection Agency, or the E.P.A.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 5:39am
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Donald Trump named Scott Pruitt, a Climate Change denialist, to lead the E.P.A. EFE/John Taggart

Drill To Forget

 12/07/2016 - 06:18
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 President-elect Trump last week chose as his commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, the billionaire who in 2006 owned the mine in West Virginia where an underground explosion killed 12 miners, the region’s worst coal disaster in decades. However, citizens of the depressed coal regions of West Virginia keep their optimism about their future under the government of Donald Trump.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 6:04am
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 President-elect Trump last week chose as his commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, the billionaire who in 2006 owned the mine where an underground explosion killed 12 miners in West Virginia. EFE/JOHN ANGELILLO

Puppy Saviours

 12/06/2016 - 03:28
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More than 100 "homeless" dogs in Philadelphia have been saved by the Penn Vet’s Shelter Dog Specialty Medical Treatment Project, a charity program that covers the expenses needed to treat the acute medical problems of shelter dogs in order to give them a better chance of being adopted.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 3:13am
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Dogs displaced by Hurricane Ike are sheltered at the local center set up by the Humane Society. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Tinderbox

 12/05/2016 - 05:19
A crowd gathers around flowers, notes, and candles left at the scene of the warehouse fire in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California, USA, 04 December 2016. A fire broke out in the warehouse during a musical performance on 02 December 2016. At least 33 people are confired dead, according to officials. EFE/JOHN G. MABANGLO
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At least 33 people were killed in a deadly fire that started during a ‘secret’ concert in the East Oakland warehouse (California), last Friday.

The 10,000 –square-foot building , known locally as the Oakland Ghost Ship, an artists collective, was full with old furniture and religious statues, musical instruments, velvet cushions, hanging lamps and spiritual tchotchkes.

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Monday, December 5, 2016 - 5:12am
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A crowd gathers around flowers, notes, and candles left at the scene of the warehouse fire in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California, USA, 04 December 2016. A fire broke out in the warehouse during a musical performance on 02 December 2016. At least 33 people are confired dead, according to officials. EFE/JOHN G. MABANGLO

War Cry

 12/05/2016 - 05:12
Protestors against the building of the Dakota Pipeline. Activists believe the piple will pollute waters and sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. EFE/PAUL BUCK
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Hoka-Hey, says an old Sioux war cry.

The Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday denied permission for the Dakota Access pipeline to cross under a section of the Missouri River, handing at least a temporary victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters.

The decision came after months of protests by thousands of environmental protestors, worried that the pipeline could contaminate the river, which they say provides drinking water to the tribe and 17 million other Americans.

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Monday, December 5, 2016 - 5:03am
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Protestors against the building of the Dakota Pipeline. Activists believe the piple will pollute waters and sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. EFE/PAUL BUCK

Doomsday

 12/02/2016 - 06:03
Dakota Access Pipeline Native American protest site, on Highway 1806 near Cannonball, North Dakota, August 15th, 2016. NODAPL!. Photo: Shane Balkowitsch. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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If you are following the news about the Dakota Pipeline and youd’d like to catch up on what’s happening in Standing Rock, you need to read more about the historical underpinnings of the conflict and go back to the Founding Fathers, which sounds boring, but it’s not.

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Friday, December 2, 2016 - 5:48am
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Dakota Access Pipeline Native American protest site, on Highway 1806 near Cannonball, North Dakota, August 15th, 2016. NODAPL!. Photo: Shane Balkowitsch. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Amores perros

 11/30/2016 - 05:56
Mexico could ban dog fighting soon, but this brutal practice is still legal in other countries like Japan. Photo: WIKI COMMONS
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Dog fighting is deeply rooted in the Mexican culture, but it could soon be banned. Last week, the Mexican Senate green-lighted draft legal reforms which would, if passed, see organization of events banned at the federal level. Animal rights activists have been fighting against dog fight for many years, arguing that the dogs are brutally treated.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 5:36am
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Mexico could ban dog fighting soon, but this brutal practice is still legal in other countries like Japan. Photo: WIKI COMMONS

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