By Brian Clark Howard – National Geographic – April 22, 2016

The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, was a milestone event for the planet. An estimated 20 million people took to the streets across the U.S. to raise awareness about the impacts of human activities on the environment.  Since then, the annual tradition has grown to involve
billions of people around the world. This year, Earth Day turns 46. To mark this anniversary and to show how much has changed since 1970, we assembled 46 of the most significant accomplishments of the environmental movement since the first Earth Day. For full article, click here.

Olive Heffernan – Nature – April 21, 2016

A global science body set up to assess the ecological health and biodiversity of the planet is struggling to solve its own lack of diversity: a
monoculture of natural scientists on its staff. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was established in 2012 to assess scientific and local knowledge on the state of the natural world. From the outset, the United Nations body planned to recruit a mixture of specialists to help to inform its reports: from natural scientists and economists to social scientists, anthropologists, environmental philosophers and indigenous peoples such as fishers and farmers with local knowledge about their environment. For full story, click here.

By Mike Lee – E&E Publishing. LLC – April 21, 2016

Kinder Morgan Inc. yesterday canceled a natural gas pipeline through New England that drew protests from environmentalists, politicians and both Democratic presidential candidates, saying it couldn't get enough customers to sign up for the project. The $3.3 billion Northeast Energy Direct pipeline was originally planned to connect Kinder's Tennessee Gas system to utility companies and power generators in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut. It would have involved building 188 miles of 30-inch pipeline from Wright, N.Y., across Massachusetts and New Hampshire to Dracut, Mass. For full story, click here.

By Chris Mooney – The Washington Post – April 20, 2016

The conclusions are in from a series of scientific surveys of the Great Barrier Reef bleaching event — an environmental assault on the largest coral ecosystem on Earth — and scientists aren’t holding back about how devastating they find them. Australia’s National Coral Bleaching Task Force has surveyed 911 coral reefs by air, and found at least some bleaching on 93 percent of them. The amount of damage varies from severe to light, but the bleaching was the worst in the reef’s remote northern sector — where virtually no reefs escaped it. For full story, click here.

By Zahra Hirji – InsideClimate News – March 1, 2016

Communities facing rising sea levels are likely to see the cost of flood damage increase faster than water levels, concludes a new study. Three scientists in Germany made this sobering conclusion while developing a new analysis tool to help coastal communities worldwide understand and calculate the estimated economic costs of rising sea levels driven by climate change. For full story, click here.