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· February, 2015

Stories about Environment from February, 2015

Oil and Water Don't Mix—Except in Trinidad

Residents noticed a strong smell of oil coming from their taps - but why was was the water supply still operational if authorities could not contain the threat?

5 Bills Threatening the Amazon That Brazil's Congress Might Consider in 2015

Demarcation of indigenous lands and mining in protected areas are among the subjects that will be discussed in the Brazilian legislature this year, experts told Infoamazonia.

How Did Palm Oil Become Such a Problem—and What Can We Do About It?

Production of palm oil is devastating for the environment. Solutions are complex, but they exist.

Your Social Media Photos Could Help Protect Whale Sharks and Other Species

Open source software solutions like Wildbook allow scientists to tag and photo-identify individual animals through photos and videos posted on platforms like Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and Vimeo.

Arrival of Yellow Dust Marks Start of Spring Headaches for Japan

Fukuoka in Japan is experiencing its first "yellow dust" day of the season, three months early.

Peru's Achuar and Kichwa Indigenous Communities Defend Their Territory From Oil Pollution

"The communities are not saying put an end to oil exploitation, but they are saying that there are problems to be solved [...]"

Can Istanbul Be Saved from Overdevelopment?

Build, build, build. Turkey's largest city is under a redevelopment siege threatening the buildings and communities that are part of its fabric.

Take a Stroll Through the Backstreets of Japan

One Japanese YouTube user, satobo3104, has joined the Slow TV movement and uploaded hundreds of videos documenting walks through old neighbourhoods all over Japan.

Slovakia's ‘Batman’ Is Leading the Fight Against Illegal Advertising in Bratislava

The entrepreneur, husband and father is on a mission to destroy unlicensed makeshift billboards in the city of Bratislava, which has become cluttered with outdoor advertisements.

Suffocating Sandstorms Hit Iran

Arseh Sevom speaks to environmental researcher Sam Khosravi to discuss the origin and solution of the sandstorms plaguing Iran.

Nepal Is Home to the World's Leading Tiger Conservation Park

Chitwan National Park has become the world's first tiger refuge to be accredited by the new Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CA|TS) from the Tigers Alive Initiative.

Guinean Bloggers Aren’t Satisfied With Government’s Handling of Ebola Epidemic

"In the fight against the disease, it is clear that the approach taken by the authorities has been haphazard and there has been a lack of communication from the beginning."

5 Communities Sticking It to Fossil Fuel Companies—and Winning

From Chile's Maule coast to the Australian city of Marrickville, residents have been fighting to protect their communities from fossil fuel projects.

Nepalese Are Finding the Humor in Their Country's Gas Shortage

Liquefied petroleum gas is the second most popular source of energy for cooking and heating in Nepal, but it's hard to come by these days, much to the consumers' frustration.

Why Are So Many Environmental Activists Being Murdered?

In 2012, the globally reported murder rate approached three per week. Growing violence against environmental activists is leading to a search for solutions.

The Flood of the Half-Century — and You Probably Haven't Heard About It

The flooding has displaced nearly 200,000 people in Malawi, destroyed crops and brought fears of disease. In a region already prone to flooding, the future may hold even worse.

A Marvelous Display of Yellow in Ecuador

The blooming of the Guayacan trees means spring has arrived in Ecuador, bringing thousands of people from all over the world to the region's most colorful natural display.

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