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The surprising way air pollution levels in the Middle East are affected by years of conflict

The surprising way air pollution levels in the Middle East are affected by years of conflict

A new study has revealed significant changes in air pollution levels in the Middle East, with economic crisis, humanitarian catastrophe, and war being contributing factors. High resolution satellites have

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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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Apache protesters: “John McCain is a traitor” for selling holy land to foreign mining company

Apache protesters: “John McCain is a traitor” for selling holy land to foreign mining company

In Arizona, a heated struggle over a patch of land has pitted Native Americans against Republicans in Congress as Apache seek to regain continued protection for an area considered holy to their people.

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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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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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Environmentalists outraged as protected Florida mangroves razed for boat show

Environmentalists outraged as protected Florida mangroves razed for boat show

Along much of the Gulf Coast, the wetlands—and the mangrove trees that populate them—are vital not only in terms of coastal ecosystems, but also as a defense against sea level rise and the storm

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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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Street artist SPY spells CRISIS with 1,000 euros

Street artist SPY spells CRISIS with 1,000 euros

Sprawling across a weathered stone wall in downtown Bilbao, the glittering installation sparkled and glinted in the sun, appearing at first like a mass of sequins. But a step closer, and pedestrians

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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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House votes to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

House votes to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill, 247-180, to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan until litigation on the plan has finished. The bill, called the Ratepayer Protection Act (H.R. 2042) goes to

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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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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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Can the Republican Party accidentally save the environment?

Can the Republican Party accidentally save the environment?

You can certainly cause climate change without actually believing in it, but is it possible to save the environment while still denying climate change even exists? A new video by The Guardian suggests

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Ekklesia is a modern temple that revives ancient Greek public political discourse

Ekklesia is a modern temple that revives ancient Greek public political discourse

It is an installation made with cardboard tubes with a metallic appearance atop a mosaic made of 96,000 wooden pieces. During the Fallas festival in Valencia held every year the ultimate goal of these

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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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Jeb Bush meets with coal industry barons in private, press-free forum

Jeb Bush meets with coal industry barons in private, press-free forum

Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will deliver the keynote speech and meet with potential donors at the upcoming Coal & Investment Leadership Forum. Off limits to the press, the

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The CIA shuts down program that gives scientists access to vital climate change data

The CIA shuts down program that gives scientists access to vital climate change data

The CIA will no longer allow climate change scientists access data from spy satellites and subs to study global warming. The program, called MEDEA -- Measurement of Earth Data for Environmental Analysis

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ISIS claims it will not destroy ancient architecture in Palmyra

ISIS claims it will not destroy ancient architecture in Palmyra

As violence escalates in the ISIS-occupied city of Palmyra in Syria, the Islamic State group claims they will not bulldoze the ancient city’s architectural wonders. Stated in audio from an apparent

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California Assembly votes to ban all products with toxic plastic microbeads

California Assembly votes to ban all products with toxic plastic microbeads

California has just voted in favor of what could become the strictest ban in the U.S. on all products that contain plastic microbeads—the tiny gritty flecks found in a wide array of toothpastes and

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House Republicans vote to restrict National Science Foundation climate change research

House Republicans vote to restrict National Science Foundation climate change research

Last month, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology voted along party lines to cut funding allocations that enable NASA to study changing climate patterns through their Earth Science program.

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Peak number of coal plants are shutting down in 2015, ushering in a greener era

Peak number of coal plants are shutting down in 2015, ushering in a greener era

In 2014, 39% of American electricity is generated from the burning of coal, down from 52.8% in 1997. Though the fuel source has been steadily declining from its late 20th century peak due to competition

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New bill could cut $135 billion in subsidies to fossil fuel companies

New bill could cut $135 billion in subsidies to fossil fuel companies

Recently presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, together with Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison proposed a bill entitled the "End Polluter Welfare Act," in which they seek to bring an end to the federal

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House Republicans seek to slash millions in funding for NASA’s study of earth science

House Republicans seek to slash millions in funding for NASA’s study of earth science

When Obama unveiled his proposed fiscal budget for the year 2016, not only did he request billions in funding for clean energy development and incentives, but he also set aside $1.947 billion for the

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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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In Maryland, Tesla’s competition could help them get back in business

In Maryland, Tesla’s competition could help them get back in business

Tesla's been fighting for the right to do business in a number of states recently, but the electric car maker has gained some footing in Maryland, thanks to an unusual ally. The Maryland Automobile

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