Mat McDermott

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Prince William, Destroying Ivory Art Won’t Stop Poaching

Crushing the legacy of human creativity embodied in the royal collection would serve no purpose.
Mat McDermott
2.17.14
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Dolphins Deserve the Rights of Non-Human Persons, Says Romanian Politician

If it passes, it could also define other species as non-human persons as well.
Mat McDermott
2.7.14
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Extreme El Niños Expected to Double, Thanks to Climate Change

Yet more evidence that climate change will produce more extreme weather.
Mat McDermott
1.21.14
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For One Day, Denmark Whipped Up Enough Wind Power to Run the Entire Country

Wind power supplied a record 54.8 percent of the Denmark's electricity last month.
Mat McDermott
1.21.14
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China Exports One Smoggy Day to LA Each Year

Pollution doesn't respect national boundaries.
Mat McDermott
1.21.14
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South Africa's Rhinos Were Poached in Record Numbers for the Sixth Year Straight

Thirteen years ago, nine rhinos were killed. In 2013, there were over a thousand.
Mat McDermott
1.17.14
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Spring's Ever-Earlier Arrival Is a Boon for Invasive Species

As the climate warms, invasive species have an edge over natives.
Mat McDermott
1.14.14
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Florida's Mangroves Are Expanding Thanks to Climate Change

Fewer extremes in cold weather mean mangrove forests are spreading northwards.
Mat McDermott
1.2.14
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Just Because You Give Someone Cleaner Technology Doesn’t Mean They’ll Use It

In rural Mali, cleaner cookstoves simply don't meet users' needs.
Mat McDermott
12.27.13
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The Malaria Killing Machine Is Finally Weakening

Treatment efforts over the past 12 years have saved 3.3 million lives.
Mat McDermott
12.15.13
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Climate Change Will Hit New Jersey Hard

The Mid-Atlantic states could see a foot more sea level rise than the global average by 2100.
Mat McDermott
12.6.13
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There Are No Substitutes for the Metals in Your Smartphone

Not one metal has an ‘exemplary’ substitute for all its major uses, says report.
Mat McDermott
12.3.13
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