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The top environmental story of 2011 — and probably 2012 too

December 30th, 2011

If you’re wondering what to worry about in the coming year, look no further than the eco-landscape.
Climate change, species extinctions, ocean acidification, forestry losses, soil erosion and air pollution. We humans, now 7 billion strong, are pushing the planet hard, creating a brew of intractable environmental issues that threaten our way of life, and ultimately our survival.
Grim? It doesn’t get much more so.
There were bright moments in 2011. A sampling:

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Students, landowners and Nobel Peace laureates tell Obama ‘Yes you can’ turn down the Keystone pipeline

September 19th, 2011

President Obama is facing significant opposition to the 1,700 mile Keystone XL pipeline, which protesters say would jeopardize the nation’s largest aquifer, the Ogalalla Aquifer, and needlessly prolong America’s dependence on fossil fuels.

At the end of the summer, hundreds protested the proposed Canada-to-Houston pipeline outside the White House during two weeks of sidewalk sit-ins. More than 1,200 people were arrested for civil disobedience, including affected landowners and high profile environmental activists like Bill McKibben, NASA’s Dr. James Hansen and actress Daryl Hannah. Leaders delivered a petition to the White House signed by more than 600,000 people opposed to the project.

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