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Drought and war heighten threat of not just 1 famine, but 4.

Six years after its last famine, another is about to tighten its grip on Somalia. South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen are also at risk.New York Times.

Seattle plant failure dumps millions of gallons of sewage.

Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have poured into the United States’ second-largest estuary since a massive sewage treatment plant experienced equipment failures that forced it to stop fully treating Seattle’s waste.Associated Press.

Trump to sign executive order undoing Obama’s clean power plan.

Donald Trump will on Tuesday sign an executive order to unravel Barack Obama’s plan to curb global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said on Sunday, claiming the move would be “pro-growth and pro-environment”.The Guardian.

Defying Man & Nature, The Sea Otters Of Morro Bay Have Made A Comeback

“On a day of cozy coastal grays — soft cloud cover, a silver foil-wrap sea — a dozen gray fur balls brought visitors the most comfort. Bobbing 20 feet from a harbor walkway, the sea otters were part of a record number in California. They once were believed to be as extinct as the dodo bird or the Tyrannosaurus rex.” Diana Marcum reports for the Los Angeles Times March 27, 2017.

“Defunding Appalachia: Coal Communities Resist President’s Budget Cuts”

“Danny Ferguson didn’t like what he saw happening in Lincoln County, West Virginia, where he grew up. The downturn in the coal industry had hit hard, and young people had few job options beyond some fast food places.” Benny Becker and Jeff Young report for Ohio Valley ReSource March 24, 2017.

Icahn raises ethics flags with dual roles as investor and Trump adviser.

The billionaire is advising on regulations, including pressing for a change in an EPA rule that has cost an oil refinery he’s invested in millions of dollars.New York Times.

China air quality got markedly worse in Jan-Feb: ministry.

China’s air quality was markedly worse in the first two months of the year than the same period of 2016 following a series of smog outbreaks in northern China, official data published on Friday showed.Reuters.

VIDEO: Conservation versus communities in Cameroon.

In Cameroon’s Korup National Park, groups are seeking to overcome the ‘conservation or communities’ conundrum by promoting sustainable forestry and wildlife management. But it’s no easy task.Deutsche Welle, Germany.

North Dakota pipeline spill larger than previously thought.

An initial appraisal of the Belle Fourche Pipeline spill in December estimated that 176,000 gallons of oil had been released from the leaking pipe. But now, officials are saying that number was actually about three times larger – 529,839 gallons of leaked oil.Christian Science Monitor.

New Zealand anger as pristine lakes tapped for bottled water market.

A plan to extract millions of litres of water out of a Unesco world heritage site, send it by pipe to the coast and ship it to foreign markets for bottling has ignited a campaign over water resources in New Zealand.The Guardian.

This ice cream is made from food waste (it’s delicious).

The Portland-based Salt & Straw is releasing a new series of flavors crafted exclusively from food that otherwise would have ended up in the trash to bring attention to all the good food we throw away.Fast Company.

School lunch share tables fight food waste and hunger.

Some states are trying to halt the practice of share tables, which offer unopened, unwanted food to hungry students.Civil Eats.

In China, Syngenta deal feeds local GMO fears.

Acquisition is expected to bring more genetically engineered products to China, but many consumers are resisting.Wall Street Journal.

VIDEO: Detoxify your clothes.

German outdoor outfitter Vaude has vowed to eliminate hazardous chemicals from its supply chain by 2020. But are customers willing to pay more for greener textiles?Deutsche Welle, Germany.

Inspectors find safety irregularities at Creusot nuclear forge in France.

An international team of inspectors has found evidence of doctored paperwork and other failings at a forge in France that makes parts for nuclear power stations around the world.The Guardian.

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