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This August, the world watched as the Amazon burned. There were 30,901 individual fires that lapped at the largest rainforest in the world. While fires can occur in the dry season due to natural factors, like lightning strikes, it is believed that the widespread fires were started by loggers and farmers to clear land. Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, cites a different cause: the actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

DiCaprio wasn't accused of hanging out in the rainforest with a box of matches, however President Bolsonaro did accuse the actor of funding nonprofit organizations that allegedly set fires to raise donations.

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When you think of climate change, who pops into your head? I’ve asked hundreds of people this question. By far the most popular answer: I have no idea. The next most popular answer is Al Gore, then Bill McKibben, and then that’s about it.

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Let’s Name Hurricanes After Congressional Climate Deniers

Extreme weather, supercharged by climate change, has been pounding the U.S. In 2012, there were 11 climate disasters that cost more than $1...

Extreme weather, supercharged by climate change, has been pounding the U.S. In 2012, there were 11 climate disasters that cost more than $1 billion each, according to NOAA. And as I write this, Yosemite—where modern environmentalism was arguably born—is on fire.

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People Are Awesome: European Mayor Uses Tank to Crush Car Blocking Bike Lane

A publicity stunt on behalf of bicyclists involves a Lithuanian mayor destroying a luxury sedan with a tank. Sweet revenge.


Any urban bicyclist can share with you the frustration of having to avoid people and cars blocking what should be clear bicycle lanes. Sometimes it can make you want to destroy all the impediments with a tank. Today, in Vilnius, Lithuania, mayor Arturas Zuokas lived out the fantasy of every bike messenger forced to dodge a Dodge (or BMW or Toyota) on their daily route.

"I’ve had enough of these drivers parking their luxury cars on bike lanes and pedestrian crossings," said Zuokas, a former war reporter. "This tank is a good tool to solve the problem of parking in the wrong place." With that, the 43-year-old mayor rolled over a blue Mercedes that was parked in a bike lane.

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World Population to Hit 7 Billion This Year, 10 Billion by 2100

With 2.3 billion more people arriving to the globe in the next 40 years, the battle for resources is just beginning.

The globe's seven billionth citizen will be born before January 2012, according to new estimates from the United Nations. It was only 1999 when the earth's population hit 6 billion, and by 2050 we're expected to add 2.3 billion more. Despite all the financial hardships many currently face, proud parents abound. But their joy might spell trouble for the rest of us.

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The GOOD "Go Vegetarian" Wrap-Up: No Meat, No Worries

We've reached the end of our attempt to go vegetarian and vegan. Find out how we, and the GOOD community, did.

Thirty days ago the GOOD staff and community undertook the June GOOD challenge to go vegetarian. Some of us decided on pescetarian, others said they'd only eat meat on the weekends, and still others went totally vegan—the point was to limit meat consumption for the greater good. Four weeks later, we do believe this challenge was the best yet.

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