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Creating awareness on the plight of our planet's wildlife and the environment on which we all depend. 👇TAKE ACTION

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Beaty and ferocity. 🦅 The Philippine eagle is among the rarest and most powerful birds in the world. Also known as the 'monkey-eating eagle', it feeds primarily on monkeys and flying lemurs. The Philippine eagle is critically endangered, as their home continues to be destroyed by deforestation.
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Photo: Tim Flach

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A day in the life of a gelada. #WorldMonkeyDay
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Via NatGeo

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(HuffPost) - A judge has halted the destruction of a vanishing South Florida forest that environmentalists say is home to more than a dozen endangered and threatened species, blocking for now plans to bulldoze it for a development that includes a Walmart.
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The order by Judge Ursula Ungaro came just hours after the Center for Biological Diversity and three other groups sued its development, arguing that it would cause devastating and unlawful consequences to endangered and threatened species and their habitat.
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The species that could be harmed include the threatened eastern indigo snake, the threatened gopher tortoise, the endangered Florida brickell-bush and two butterflies: the endangered Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak and the endangered Florida leafwing.

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Progress! 👏🌎🌲
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(Reuters) - The World Bank will no longer finance upstream oil and gas projects after 2019, apart from certain gas projects in the poorest countries in exceptional circumstances, it said on Tuesday.
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The announcement came as French President Emmanuel Macron told dozens of world leaders and company executives at a climate summit that they were losing the battle against climate change and needed to react.

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Imagine carrying 12kg of plastic in your stomach. Via BBC #BluePlanet2

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Geladas huddle for warmth. Getting enough calories from grass, herbs, and seeds takes a lot of work, so geladas spend most of their days scooting around on their buttocks. This frees up their hands to pluck more grass. Via @natgeo
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Photo by Jeffrey Kerby & Trevor Beck Frost

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(CBS News) - Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and prosecutors from the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that three men were charged in connection to a video that surfaced in July that shows a shark being dragged behind a speeding boat.
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The three men were named in a FWC press release: Michael Wenzel, 21, and Spencer Heintz, 23, of Palmetto; and Robert Lee Benac, 28, of Bradenton.
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Each face two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty while Wenzel and Benac will also face a misdemeanor count of illegal method of taking a shark.

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"What we've got to ask ourselves as Americans is this: do we survive and prosper by destroying all our natural resources or by preserving them?"
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TAKE ACTION
1️⃣ Call your representatives – urge them to oppose opening the arctic refuge
2️⃣ Add your name to send a message – link in bio
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Video @nrdc_org

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Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier, two biologists turned photographers, captured the soul-crushing footage of a starving polar bear. Reactions from viewers varied. Here are 3 of the most asked questions about the video, via NatGeo.
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❓Why couldn't the film crew help the bear?
🔹"Some have criticized us for not doing more to help the bear, but we were too far from any village to ask for help," Mittermeier wrote in a follow-up piece about the video," and approaching a starving predator, especially when we didn't have a weapon, would have been madness. In the end, I did the only thing I could: I used my camera to make sure we would be able to share this tragedy with the world."
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❓What do we know about this polar bear from the video?
🔹This polar bear is starving. The bear's thin frame and protruding bones are clear indicators of this, and its atrophied muscles suggest it's been starving for an extended period of time. Without a full necropsy, it's nearly impossible to say whether or not the bear had some kind of disease. Some polar bears have been known to contract parasites, but like other bear species, polar bears are not that prone to diseases. Nicklen noted that the bear showed no other signs of injury and had no visible scars. When polar bears engage with one another, the encounters can be brutal. It's rare to see a bear advanced in age with few visible scars.
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"That bear is clearly severely malnourished," said Steven Amstrup, the chief scientist for Polar Bears International, in an interview Monday. "It clearly has the symptoms of starvation."
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❓Do we know what happened to the bear since it was filmed?
🔹Nicklen and Mittermeier recorded the bear in late August. They filmed it for as long as conditions were favorable. With the sun setting by day and the fall season quickly approaching, Sea Legacy was unable to continue working in the region. They do not know what became of the bear, but Nicklen believes it likely died within a day or two.

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RG @abcnews: Dozens of manatees calmly huddle together for warmth in Florida, making for a stunning sight.

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"Asante sana squash banana" 🐒🦁🎶
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These brightly colored faces belong to the largest of all monkeys: mandrills. The same species that is portrayed in The Lion King by the beloved character we all know and love—Rafiki. #FunFact: their cheeks have built-in pouches where they can conveniently store snacks for later consumption.
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Photo by Pedro Jarque Krebs

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As countries like Sweden take creative steps towards a sustainable future, the US plans to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the fossil fuel industry.
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👉Urge your representatives to oppose opening one the last truly wild places on Earth - LINK IN BIO
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Video: World Economic Forum

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Who else wants to be happily sliding into Monday like this adorable river otter? #HappyMonday

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Be the change. #StartWith1Thing

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You don't survive 200 million years without some serious adaptive skills. 🐊
Via NatGeo

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(BBC News) - Governments are being asked to move towards a legal treaty banning plastic waste from entering the sea.
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At the moment ships are prohibited from dumping plastic overboard but there's no international law against plastics flooding into the sea from the land.
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Experts say ocean plastics are an obvious subject for a global treaty: plastics present a large-scale threat. Plastic pollution doesn't recognise international borders.
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Delegates in Nairobi preparing the way for the UN's environment ministers meeting next week are said to be in broad agreement on the need for tougher action to combat the plastics crisis.

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⚠️WARNING⚠️ Macro-photographer and conservation advocate Karla Thompson shot some explicit footage of bee mating behavior. 😄🐝
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Via Center for Biological Diversity

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#DidYouKnow: There are 11,000 species of moth in the US alone. With its striking pink and yellow coloring, the rosy maple moth is one of the most beautiful moth species native to North America.
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Photo by Wayne Gammon

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From @paulnicklen: The dance we do when we speak about climate change is exhausting. Some people will simply never believe, despite irrefutable scientific evidence, bizarre weather events, and unprecedented natural disasters. So, as we head into holidays—where many of us will find ourselves debating with loved ones about important topics like climate change—do yourself a favour and search “global temperatures over the past 100 years.” Find one of the innumerable graphs and studies that show the consistent rise in temperature, download it to your phone, and share it with deniers. Most importantly, do not fight with these people. Kill them with kindness, intelligence, patience and empathy. The climate change crisis is urgent and important, but we must treat each other with respect.

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When you realize it's #Friday. 🎉🕺💃
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"This polar bear cub certainly made for entertaining viewing!" says Alaska based photographer Steve Kazlowski of the 'dancing' bear. "It was trying very hard to stand up and keep its balance, a skill it has yet to perfect! This individual is about one year old."
#savethepolarbears

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From @dereckjoubert: Ivory's only value should be as a beacon of memory to the elephant clan she was once a part of. #saynotoivory

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As the fires rage in Southern California, a man is spotted pulling over to save a wild rabbit. Not all heroes wear capes.
Via abc news

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Five orphaned baby rhinos have been reintroduced into the wild by Rhino Revolution. 🦏#savetherhino
Via BBC Newsbeat

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(WP) - Outdoor goods retailers @Patagonia, REI and the North Face are firing back against President Trump’s executive order this week that would drastically reduce the size of two national monuments in Utah.
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“The president stole your land,” reads an overlay on Patagonia’s website posted Monday afternoon. “This is the largest elimination of protected land in American history.”
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The California-based retailer has long been known for its environmental activism, but this week’s political stance — and a promise by its founder to sue the Trump administration — represents a shift, experts say, in how corporations are speaking up, not just on behalf of their executives and employees, but also their customers.

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(The Hill) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended President Trump shrink the boundaries of two more national monuments, a day after rolling back protected areas in Utah.
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A Zinke-led study into national monument declarations says that Trump should shrink Oregon and California’s Cascade-Siskiyou and Nevada's Gold Butte national monuments by small amounts.
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Zinke is also recommending Trump change management plans for six other monuments, allowing for additional grazing, ranching, fishing, hunting and other activities in those locations.
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Zinke told reporters Tuesday he is “fairly confident” Trump will accept his recommendations.

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Sharks and a crocodile come together for one massive feast off of Australia's Kimberley coast. 🐋🦈🐊

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A heartbreaking story from @paulnicklen: My entire @Sea_Legacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear. It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death. When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. There was no saving this individual bear. People think that we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed the odd starving bear. The simple truth is this—if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose bears and entire polar ecosystems. This large male bear was not old, and he certainly died within hours or days of this moment. But there are solutions. We must reduce our carbon footprint, eat the right food, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth—our home—first. Please join us at @sea_legacy as we search for and implement solutions for the oceans and the animals that rely on them—including us humans. Thank you your support in keeping my @sea_legacy team in the field. With @CristinaMittermeier #turningthetide with @Sea_Legacy #bethechange #nature #naturelovers

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Don't miss Blue Planet II's final episode, as they reveal our damaging impact on the seas. Airing December 10th at 8pm.
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(The Guardian) - The world’s oceans are under the greatest threat in history, according to Sir David Attenborough. The seas are a vital part of the global ecosystem, leaving the future of all life on Earth dependent on humanity’s actions, he says.
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Attenborough will issue the warning in the final episode of the Blue Planet 2 series, which details the damage being wreaked in seas around the globe by climate change, plastic pollution, overfishing and even noise.
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Previous BBC nature series presented by Attenborough have sometimes been criticised for treading too lightly around humanity’s damage to the planet. But the final episode of the latest series is entirely dedicated to the issue.
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“For years we thought the oceans were so vast and the inhabitants so infinitely numerous that nothing we could do could have an effect upon them. But now we know that was wrong,” says Attenborough. “It is now clear our actions are having a significant impact on the world’s oceans. [They] are under threat now as never before in human history. Many people believe the oceans have reached a crisis point.”

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Thousands of people have fled their homes as a fast-moving wildfire rages over 45,500 acres of land in Southern California.

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When your friends leave you #hanging.
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Photo by Tibor Kercz

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