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Could this Rock Be the Key to Fighting Climate Change?

Could this Rock Be the Key to Fighting Climate Change?

A mysterious green rock called olivine could be the key to fighting climate change. The unique mineral has a curious property - it's able to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere - and it could potentially turn

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INFOGRAPHIC: The most interesting environmental lawsuits in the world

INFOGRAPHIC: The most interesting environmental lawsuits in the world

When it comes to protecting the environment, political action and grassroots movements tend to get the most attention. But environmental lawsuits have proven to be an important - if unglamorous - way to

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One-fourth of cars are causing 90% of air pollution we breathe

One-fourth of cars are causing 90% of air pollution we breathe

It's no secret that "clunkers" on the road contribute to greenhouse gas emissions at an alarming rate. A new study from the University of Toronto confirms what ecologists have theorized for some time:

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Could Audi’s new carbon-neutral diesel drive out dirty oil?

Could Audi’s new carbon-neutral diesel drive out dirty oil?

Watch out oil barons, Audi recently announced it has invented a new diesel fuel that could revolutionize the automobile industry and dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Even more remarkable, the

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Can drones plant one billion trees?

Can drones plant one billion trees?

Can Drones Plant One Billion Trees? By Steve Daly Each year, the earth loses about 26 billion trees to lumber, mining, agriculture, and development. About 15 billion

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Why are state governments shutting down community seed libraries?

Why are state governments shutting down community seed libraries?

All across the United States, from Boston, Massachusetts to Oakland, California, seed libraries and seed swaps help local gardeners and benefit communities in numerous ways. Seed libraries allow people to

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The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

Image via Shutterstock CLIMATE CHANGE While 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is occurring and greenhouse gas emissions are the main cause, political will has not been strong

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Earth Day: How it began, and how it helps the planet

Earth Day: How it began, and how it helps the planet

Earth Day is April 22nd, and to get prepared for the big day, here are a few Earth Day facts that you may not know. Founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, the first

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How Earth Day came to be

How Earth Day came to be

As Earth Day approaches this Sunday, many of us will contemplate our concerns over climate change, environmental destruction or dangers to our food supply, but do you know how this holiday first came to

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14 Stunning photos of the Earth remind us how important conservation is for all of us

14 Stunning photos of the Earth remind us how important conservation is for all of us

Great Barrier Reef Comprised of nearly 3,000 reefs and islands and stretching over 1,400 miles, The Great Barrier Reef provides a home to thousands of different species. Tropical fish, sea turtles,

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This ring is made of smog harvested from Beijing’s polluted skies

This ring is made of smog harvested from Beijing’s polluted skies

Last October we wrote about Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, who developed a vacuum cleaner that can suck urban smog right out of the air. Now the designer is turning that smog vacuumed from the skies of

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San Diego County is building a massive $1 billion desalination plant to address drought

San Diego County is building a massive $1 billion desalination plant to address drought

As the drought in California reaches desperate proportions, San Diego County has undertaken to build the largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere, one which will transform 50 million gallons

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Could a giant blob be causing our crazy weather?

Could a giant blob be causing our crazy weather?

Yup. You read that right. Scientists say a "blob" in the Pacific Ocean could be to blame for the drought in the West and the East's seemingly endless season of snow. Apparently, about 1,000 miles off the

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Vancouver will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy

Vancouver will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy

Vancouver, Canada, has become the latest city to commit to running on 100 percent renewable energy. Following on from a City Council vote in favor of making the switch on 26 March 2015, the city

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Obama finally admits climate change is a public health issue

Obama finally admits climate change is a public health issue

pic When talking about climate change, the causes and environmental impacts typically take center stage. The crucial piece missing from the conversation on a political level is the human toll—until

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Western Canada could lose up to 70 percent of its glaciers by 2100

Western Canada could lose up to 70 percent of its glaciers by 2100

If climate change continues on its current path, Western Canada will lose as much as 70 per cent of its glaciers in the next 85 years. A new study recently published in the journal Nature Geoscience shows

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Polar bears cannot thrive on land, study says

Polar bears cannot thrive on land, study says

Polar bears can't survive on land, but they're trying to. They have to. It's not news that sea ice is melting due to climate change. Polar bears now have to look elsewhere for food instead of their

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‘The Burden’ film shows how the U.S. military is fighting for a clean energy future

‘The Burden’ film shows how the U.S. military is fighting for a clean energy future

America's dependence on fossil fuels is the greatest long-term national security threat facing the nation. That is according to a new documentary called "The Burden" that held its world premiere in

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California’s drought is so bad that the Eastern US is shipping its snow west

California’s drought is so bad that the Eastern US is shipping its snow west

As California enters its fourth year of drought, there's still no relief in sight. According to NASA, the state has just one year of water left, and in a last ditch effort cities are drilling wells to tap

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U.S. aims for 28 percent cut in emissions by 2025 in promise to UN

U.S. aims for 28 percent cut in emissions by 2025 in promise to UN

+ FACT SHEET: U.S. Reports its 2025 Emissions Target to the UNFCCC

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Antarctica records what may have been its hottest day ever

Antarctica records what may have been its hottest day ever

While the north eastern US was deluged with snow over the past few months, much of the world was experiencing some of the warmest winters on record. Now, the coldest place on Earth—Antarctica—has

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PETITION: Tell presidential candidates to stop lying about climate change!

PETITION: Tell presidential candidates to stop lying about climate change!

In 2016, the American people will select a new president, and that person will face some of the most difficult challenges this world has ever seen. Climate change and the human impact on it are arguably

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Beijing to shut down all major coal plants by 2016

Beijing to shut down all major coal plants by 2016

Beijing is finally going to kick what’s left of its coal power habit. China’s capital city recently announced plans to shut down the last of its remaining coal plants by 2016 - in favor of gas-fired

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Alaska’s glacial melt could create the world’s sixth largest coastal river

Alaska’s glacial melt could create the world’s sixth largest coastal river

The glaciers are melting. That's the old news. The update is that, in Alaska, there has also been a massive amount of rainfall. The combination of rain and glacial melt create a flow of freshwater that is

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California is tapping water that rained 20,000 years ago to deal with epic drought

California is tapping water that rained 20,000 years ago to deal with epic drought

California has been making headlines for the gravity of its drought. The Los Angeles Times reported that January was the driest month on record since 1895. Other sites including this one have explained

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UN committee announces support for fossil fuel divestment movement

UN committee announces support for fossil fuel divestment movement

The arm of the United Nations that deals with climate change negotiations announced recently it will be supporting the campaign for fossil fuel divestment. According to the Guardian, the United Nations

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Climate change identified as the root of California’s hot, dry winters

Climate change identified as the root of California’s hot, dry winters

As hot and dry weather continue to be the norm in California this winter, a recently published paper places the blame for the drought squarely on anthropogenic climate change. The study was

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The oceans stalled global warming, but they’re about to unleash the heat

The oceans stalled global warming, but they’re about to unleash the heat

Despite the recent floods, droughts and extreme winter weather, the effects of climate change have pretty much been on hiatus for the past few years. But according to Nafeez Ahmed at the Ecologist, about

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Infamous climate change denier Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon loses funding amid bribery scandal

Infamous climate change denier Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon loses funding amid bribery scandal

It looks like funders are abandoning Dr. Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon, after the prominent U.S. climate change denier may have failed to disclose petroleum companies were paying him. The Guardian reports

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