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Obama’s Climate Action Plan is the strongest in US history

Obama’s Climate Action Plan is the strongest in US history

America's Clean Power Plan will—if it passes—slash carbon emissions, reduce coal power's hold on the energy sector and boost renewable energy development.

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California senators push for emergency drought relief measures

California senators push for emergency drought relief measures

California lawmakers are finally getting serious about the worsening drought in the coastal state. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer jointly introduced a bill this week that outlines a host of

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Hillary Clinton wants to increase U.S. solar power 700% by 2027

Hillary Clinton wants to increase U.S. solar power 700% by 2027

As the race to the White House heats up, Hillary Clinton is in the spotlight more than ever. Like her opponents, Clinton has begun issuing proposals for responding to climate change and the first phase

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Catholics from the Phillippines could raise 10 million signatures for Pope’s climate petition

Catholics from the Phillippines could raise 10 million signatures for Pope’s climate petition

The Philippines is the world’s third largest Catholic country and the largest in Asia, and it’s also been the site of numerous natural disasters in recent years. Church leaders there are on board with

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The energy-positive UK Solcer House proves that zero carbon living can be affordable

The energy-positive UK Solcer House proves that zero carbon living can be affordable

Great Britain’s first affordable energy positive house has just opened its doors in Stormy Down, Wales. Dubbed the Solcer House, the residence can produce more electricity than its occupants can use.

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Thailand’s $7.8 billion seafood industry is built on human trafficking and slave labor

Thailand’s $7.8 billion seafood industry is built on human trafficking and slave labor

A new investigation has uncovered the inhumane and often gruesome reality lurking behind Thailand’s fishing industry. For the past decade, hundreds of Rohingya migrants have been sold from trafficking

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Bottled water companies fight plans to reduce plastic pollution in National Parks

Bottled water companies fight plans to reduce plastic pollution in National Parks

We’re already pretty mad at some bottled water companies for sucking the water out of California and other drought-threatened areas, but this latest news is really one for the history books. In a last

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Climate change threat is as serious as nuclear war, UK minister warns

Climate change threat is as serious as nuclear war, UK minister warns

A new UK Foreign Office report warns that threats posed by climate change, especially to the world’s food supply, should be taken as seriously as nuclear war. In a devastatingly honest report on the

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Cut new national parks, says group backed by Koch brothers

Cut new national parks, says group backed by Koch brothers

The National Park Service operations budget has been cut 80 percent or nearly $190 million, in the last 4 years alone, but that's not enough for a group backed by the Charles G Koch Charitable Foundation.

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Smashing car windows to save a dog’s life is now legal in Tennessee

Smashing car windows to save a dog’s life is now legal in Tennessee

Astonishingly, each new summer season brings with it stories of dogs trapped in hot cars by their owners, as well as tales of the heroic passers-by who save them. Luckily for Tennessee residents, they no

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White House rolls out plan to install solar panels on subsidized housing

White House rolls out plan to install solar panels on subsidized housing

Solar power is a booming industry, thanks to technology that is more affordable than ever. Yet, only one percent of grid power in the United States comes from the sun. President Barack Obama seeks to

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BREAKING: BP will pay a record $18.7 billion to settle 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims

BREAKING: BP will pay a record $18.7 billion to settle 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims

BP has finally agreed to settle all federal and state claims over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill with a record $18.7 billion payment—the largest environmental fine in U.S. history. With an

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U.S., Brazil, and China make major commitments to fight climate change

U.S., Brazil, and China make major commitments to fight climate change

Three of the world’s top source of greenhouse gases - the United States, Brazil, and China - all announced new goals on Tuesday that represent a serious commitment to clean energy and the health of our

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California governor signs law mandating vaccines for all kindergarteners

California governor signs law mandating vaccines for all kindergarteners

California Governor Jerry Brown signed the controversial mandatory vaccination bill into law today, June 30, making California only the third state in the nation to enact such legislation.“The science

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Supreme Court halts Obama’s limits on power plant emissions

Supreme Court halts Obama’s limits on power plant emissions

A lot of people are thrilled with the Supreme Court right now, after the landmark decision supporting gay marriage rights, but President Barack Obama might have some mixed feelings about the justices for

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China is modeling a national parks network after U.S. example

China is modeling a national parks network after U.S. example

China is a land known for its beauty, but also a lack of practices by which to protect that beauty. The times are a’slowly changing, though, and Chinese officials are making a commitment to protect at

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UNICEF says more progress is needed to save the world’s children from poverty and hunger

UNICEF says more progress is needed to save the world’s children from poverty and hunger

UNICEF's Progress for Children report illustrates that, 15 years after the United Nation's Millenium Development Goals were established, that more and faster progress is necessary to ensure children's

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California poised to enact toughest mandatory vaccine bill in the nation

California poised to enact toughest mandatory vaccine bill in the nation

In California, an aggressive mandatory vaccination bill has passed the State Assembly and is now headed to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown. If the bill passes, it would make California only the third

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Teens design condoms that change color when exposed to sexually transmitted infections

Teens design condoms that change color when exposed to sexually transmitted infections

Sexual health and safety tools have just been kicked up a notch, thanks to a group of teenaged UK designers. The Health Category winners of the TeenTech 2015 Awards proposed the conceptual condom that

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‘Abortion drone’ to deliver drugs to Polish women denied procedure

‘Abortion drone’ to deliver drugs to Polish women denied procedure

This Saturday, a drone will be packed up with medical abortion pills and make its way over the Polish border so that women can safely terminate pregnancies in a country where the practice is severely

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Dutch citizens sue their government over climate change and win

Dutch citizens sue their government over climate change and win

In an unprecedented, landmark case 886 Dutch citizens have successfully sued their government for "knowingly contributing" to global warming, and for failing to take measures to prevent an increase of

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New EPA report reveals the 180 billion dollar cost of climate change

New EPA report reveals the 180 billion dollar cost of climate change

The Environmental Protection Agency has just released what is being called the most comprehensive report on the impact of global emissions on climate change. Titled “Climate Change in the United States:

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Pope’s official encyclical: “a bold cultural revolution” can halt climate change

Pope’s official encyclical: “a bold cultural revolution” can halt climate change

This morning, the Vatican released the official version of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change. The final draft skewers climate change skeptics and demands global cooperation of people and

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Obama Administration announces $4 billion fund to bolster renewable energy

Obama Administration announces $4 billion fund to bolster renewable energy

The Obama Administration’s support for clean energy took on a new dimension this week, as the White House announced plans to invest $4 billion to help generate capital investment for renewable energy

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Pope Francis’ leaked encyclical calls for global government action against climate change

Pope Francis’ leaked encyclical calls for global government action against climate change

We’ve long known that Pope Francis has a great many thoughts about climate change, and that he has been preparing to release a hefty encyclical to illustrate his stance and urge the world’s 1.2

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How the United States can be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2050

How the United States can be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2050

As divided as Americans are, there is at least one issue on which they can agree. 87% of Americans believe that renewable energy is an important part of their country’s future, while 74% of Americans

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G7 leaders pledge to phase out fossil fuels this century

G7 leaders pledge to phase out fossil fuels this century

In a monumental step forward against climate change, German chancellor Angela Merkel announced yesterday that the G7 leading industrial nations have agreed to phase out the use of fossil fuels by the year

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EPA announces plans to limit airplane emissions

EPA announces plans to limit airplane emissions

Although the cost of airfare has declined dramatically since the late 1970s, an invisible cost of flying is rising as more travelers take to the skies. Aviation currently accounts for only 2 percent of

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Congo president joins fight against ‘blood ivory’ with 5-ton burn

Congo president joins fight against ‘blood ivory’ with 5-ton burn

Congo-Brazzaville, the nation officially known as the Republic of the Congo, has joined the ranks of nations standing ground against illegal ivory poaching, by torching an enormous pile of seized elephant

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California is sinking as farmers dig deeper for water

California is sinking as farmers dig deeper for water

  California is sinking. We can’t mince words on this one. The dire drought conditions in the state have had a profound and devastating effect on crops in the state, spurring farmers to draw out

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