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Week of August 22nd - August 28th

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In Delhi, India, a smog tower has been installed to help lessen the pollution in the air 

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Maine bans PFAs, known as forever chemicals, and is the first state to do so

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Elephants being put to work while young and giving rides for tourist while drunk or high will not be acceptable in Sri Lanka anymore

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The water hyacinth, an invasive plant in Kenya that is known to cause problems within the country, is being put to good use as bioenergy

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Green Forests Work, a nonprofit, is planting millions of trees on the land of old coal mines in order to revive the ecosystem

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Greenland campaigns against further gas and oil exploration as the potential impacts on the environment and climate were not worth the financial gains

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The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has claimed that atmospheric CO2 levels are the highest they have been in 800,000 years

Week of August 15th - August 21st

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Ice sheets in Greenland experienced precipitation in the form of rain for the first time, which connects climate change to this occurrence. 

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A delta case found in New Zealand shuts down the whole country

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The drought of Lake Mead has caused the Colorado River to be under a water shortage for the first time in history

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Seagrass beds, which are important to marine ecosystem, are uprooting themselves due to human noise pollution

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The death toll in Haiti due to a 7.2 earthquake is rising over 2,000

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Oysters are being used to clean the ocean waters of pollutants, from the Mediterranean to New York harbor, due to a research team from Corsica University

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Researchers are connecting the bad surface water quality to the close proximity to hydraulic fracturing, which is a first time study. 

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Beyond Leather creates a vegan leather called Leap which usesleftovers of apples from production of juice and cider

Week of August 8th - August 14th

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COVID has been detected in Wuhan, China, after not having a case for a year

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Over 500 wildfires are burning Greece causing a climate crisis for the country

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Research of the death of a 2018 Maui dolphin revealed that the dolphin was infected by a new strain of morbillivirus

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Smoke enters the North Pole for the first time due to wildfires in Siberia 

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Lululemon founder purchases Canadian Islands that contains crucial habitats and at risk species in order to help conserve the environment

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Cows consumption of a natural polyester from plants allows the microbes within the stomach of the animal to contribute to the break down of plastics

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Pakistan attempts to reduce smog by planting 10 billion trees

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Sunscreens that risk damaging coral reefs are prohibited in marine parks in Thailand

Week of August 1st - August 7th

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Japan revealed that the medals awarded at the Tokyo Olympics were created from recycled materials as part of a 2 year effort.

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The Spotted Lanternfly that is usually found in India, China, and Vietnam is invading the Eastern US

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LEGO creates prototype bricks out of recycled plastics to reach a sustainable goal by 2030

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Including insect protein as part of animal feed has been connected to lowering deforestation 

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A physical CD copy of singer-songwriter Lorde’s new album will not be made due to concerns of contributing to landfills

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Australia has set new records with its wind farms, increasing generation by 20%. 

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A lawsuit deal involving the quality and safety of drinking water concerning First Nations has come to an 8 billion dollar deal with Canada to improve the water system across Canada

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New York aims to help low income households with utility bills by investing 52.5 million dollars into community solar energy

Week of July 25th - July 31st

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Rolls Royce plans to run their jets on renewable fuels by 2050

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3rd major ice thawing in Greenland is equivalent to distribute 2 inches of water over Florida

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Columbia River experiences a salmon crisis as extreme water temperatures are weakening and suffocating the species

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Whatcom County, Washington, is the first in the US to ban future infrastructure of fossil fuels

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Oregon signs a bill for 100% clean electricity by 2040

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In Kaptagat, Kenya, degraded forests will be planted with 350,000 seedlings to obtain forest cover

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Delugan Meissl Associated Architects (DMAA) design building complex focusing on developing green spaces for humans in Germany

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The power of the digital world allows Sri Lankans to help troubled baby birds