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Mining Showdown in Andes Over Unique Páramo Lands

by CHRIS KRAUL
High-altitude neotropical ecosystems known as páramos are increasingly at risk in Colombia and elsewhere in South America as major mining companies seek to exploit rich deposits of gold and other minerals. Such projects, scientists warn, could have serious impacts on critical water supplies. READ MORE

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Unsustainable Seafood: A New Crackdown on Illegal Fishing

by RICHARD CONNIFF
A recent study shows that a surprisingly large amount of the seafood sold in U.S. markets is caught illegally. In a series of actions over the last few months, governments and international regulators have started taking aim at stopping this illicit trade in contraband fish. READ MORE

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A Public Relations Drive to Stop Illegal Rhino Horn Trade

by MIKE IVES
Conservation groups are mounting campaigns to persuade Vietnamese consumers that buying rhino horn is decidedly uncool. But such efforts are likely to succeed only as part of a broader initiative to crack down on an illicit trade that is decimating African rhino populations. READ MORE

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On Fracking Front, A Push To Reduce Leaks of Methane

by ROGER REAL DROUIN
Scientists, engineers, and government regulators are increasingly turning their attention to solving one of the chief environmental problems associated with fracking for natural gas and oil – significant leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. READ MORE

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Scientists Focus on Polar Waters As Threat of Acidification Grows

by JO CHANDLER
A sophisticated and challenging experiment in Antarctica is the latest effort to study ocean acidification in the polar regions, where frigid waters are expected to feel most acutely the ecological impacts of acidic conditions not seen in millions of years. READ MORE

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