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Farm Bill Passes the Senate with Massive Overhaul of Controversial Subsidy System

Farm Bill Passes the Senate with Massive Overhaul of Controversial Subsidy System

Farmers Market photo from Shutterstock The nearly one trillion dollar farm bill passed the senate on Tuesday, with plenty of good news for the state of agriculture, but also plenty of bad news. The

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‘Stop Keystone XL’ Protest Vigils Held Across the United States

‘Stop Keystone XL’ Protest Vigils Held Across the United States

Hundreds gathered on a chilly night at Lafayette Square across from the White House to tell President Obama to keep his climate promise and stand up to the fossil fuel industry by rejecting the dirty tar

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Keystone XL Impact Report Leaves Environmentalists Disappointed

Keystone XL Impact Report Leaves Environmentalists Disappointed

Image © Shutterstock A long-awaited report from the US State Department claims that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is unlikely to add to global greenhouse gasses in any significant way -- not

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SolTech’s Beautiful Glass Roof Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

SolTech’s Beautiful Glass Roof Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

SolTech Energy, a Swedish company selling solutions for clean solar power, has developed a unique home heating system contained within roofing tiles made out of ordinary transparent glass. The attractive

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US Sees Slight Uptick in 2013 Carbon Emissions Despite Green Efforts

US Sees Slight Uptick in 2013 Carbon Emissions Despite Green Efforts

The US Energy Information Administration just put forth a new report that shows US carbon emissions increased 2% despite all the nation's environmental initiatives in the past year. According to the new

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Huge Chemical Spill Leaves 300,000 Without Drinking Water in West Virginia

Huge Chemical Spill Leaves 300,000 Without Drinking Water in West Virginia

Over a quarter million people in West Virginia found themselves without access to clean water in their own homes today because of a chemical spill that contaminated local water sources. The spill was

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White House and US Scientists Tackle Climate Change Dismissal Over Polar Vortex

White House and US Scientists Tackle Climate Change Dismissal Over Polar Vortex

Ever since the 'Polar Vortex' hit the East Coast, certain 'fair and balanced' outlets have used it as an excuse to claim that climate change is a made-up liberal conspiracy. In order to tackle these

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Japan Offers US $4 Billion Loan For Super Maglev Train Line Between DC and Baltimore

Japan Offers US $4 Billion Loan For Super Maglev Train Line Between DC and Baltimore

Last year Japan set to work testing the world's fastest "floating" maglev train, which can hit top speeds of over 310 mph. Now, keen to share (or show off) their feat to the rest of the world, the

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Revolution Foods Launch ‘Grow Food. Give Food.’ Campaign to Transform America’s School Meals

Revolution Foods Launch ‘Grow Food. Give Food.’ Campaign to Transform America’s School Meals

Trying to improve kid's diets is tough, even with Michelle Obama on the case. But California based Revolution Foods—a company started by two moms—is looking to transform the way America eats by

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US Government Allows Certain Wind Farms to Kill Bald Eagles for 30 Years

US Government Allows Certain Wind Farms to Kill Bald Eagles for 30 Years

The Obama administration announced Friday that it would allow certain wind farms to kill or injure bald eagles without penalty for up to 30 years, in an effort to encourage companies to invest in green

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Giant Buddha Statue Made of Recycled Materials Pops Up on Brooklyn Waterfront

Giant Buddha Statue Made of Recycled Materials Pops Up on Brooklyn Waterfront

For the past week, this enormous Buddha statue has been charming Brooklynites with its headdress made of hats, elbows made of old umbrellas and blingy necklace made of computer keyboards. The recycled

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Al Gore Goes Vegan

Al Gore Goes Vegan

Climate activist and former Vice President Al Gore has committed even more to sustainability - by going vegan. The Nobel Peace Prize winner announced that he is totally giving up animal products, and is

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Majority of Red-State Americans Accept Climate Change, Want Government Action

Majority of Red-State Americans Accept Climate Change, Want Government Action

Personal experience of climate change trumps climate denial in red state America. That's the extraordinary conclusion of a new study that finds Republican lawmakers are vastly out of step with their

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UN Reveals Billion Dollar Price Tag Associated with Environmental Crime

UN Reveals Billion Dollar Price Tag Associated with Environmental Crime

Photo of waste shipping container via Shutterstock Illegal deforestation, animal poaching and the shipping of toxic waste are all environmental crimes that cost the world billions of dollars each year,

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Runaway Global Emissions Make the Two-Degree Global Warming Limit Highly Unlikely

Runaway Global Emissions Make the Two-Degree Global Warming Limit Highly Unlikely

Global greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be eight to 12 billion tonnes higher than target levels in 2020, which means the hope of limiting global temperature increases to 2°C (35°F) this

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The MAiZE: Brett Herbst Creates Incredibly Elaborate Corn Mazes Using GPS Technology

The MAiZE: Brett Herbst Creates Incredibly Elaborate Corn Mazes Using GPS Technology

Brett Herbst might just be the King of Corn. He made his first corn maze in 1996, and since then he's created over 2,000 spectacularly elaborate labyrinths as the founder of the company MAiZE. Using

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Whales and Dolphins Face Extinction Because Japan Uses Obsolete Hunting Data

Whales and Dolphins Face Extinction Because Japan Uses Obsolete Hunting Data

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) recently released a report highlighting Japan's use of obsolete data to set hunting quotas for whales, dolphins and porpoises. Even though this year's catch

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US Makes Good on Pledge to End Coal Financing Overseas

US Makes Good on Pledge to End Coal Financing Overseas

Last June President Obama made a pledge to end coal financing abroad as part of an effort to stop climate change. After making the promise, the World Bank, where the US holds the most voting power, also

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California Breaks Ground on the First High-Speed Railway in the United States

California Breaks Ground on the First High-Speed Railway in the United States

Construction on America’s first high-speed rail system just officially began in Fresno, California! The nation’s most expensive public infrastructure project (estimated to cost $68 billion) is

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Bipartisan Deal Could End Government Shutdown Tonight, Prevent U.S. Default

Bipartisan Deal Could End Government Shutdown Tonight, Prevent U.S. Default

US Capitol photo from Shutterstock More than two weeks after disagreements over the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) forced a partial shutdown of the federal government, it appears that relief may

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Some States Petition to Re-Open National Parks During Government Shutdown

Some States Petition to Re-Open National Parks During Government Shutdown

Photo via Shutterstock When the government shut its doors, the national parks closed down with it, which means that no one can see the Statue of Liberty, check out the presidents at Mount Rushmore or

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Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to EPA’s Regulation of Power Plant Emissions

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to EPA’s Regulation of Power Plant Emissions

Photo via Shutterstock The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge that could threaten the Obama administration's progress towards limiting emissions from some of the nation's largest

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Energy Experts Say Coal Will Overtake Oil in 2020

Energy Experts Say Coal Will Overtake Oil in 2020

World coal usage is skyrocketing because of rising demand in China and India. At the World Energy Congress yesterday, energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie stated that coal would surpass oil as the key

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United States Government Shutdown Cuts Down on Emissions

United States Government Shutdown Cuts Down on Emissions

US Capitol photo from Shutterstock President Obama has been pushing an environmental agenda since he stepped into office in 2008. He has made statements, called for the lease of more federal land for

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Solar PV Cell Cost Has Decreased an Incredible 99% Since 1977

Solar PV Cell Cost Has Decreased an Incredible 99% Since 1977

Photo via Shutterstock In June 1979 President Jimmy Carter made a huge investment by installing 32 solar panels on the White House roof. At the time, the price of photovoltaic cells hovered close to

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US Surpasses Russia and Saudi Arabia as World’s Largest Oil and Gas Producer

US Surpasses Russia and Saudi Arabia as World’s Largest Oil and Gas Producer

A new Energy Information Administration report estimates that the US will end 2013 as the world's largest producer of petroleum and natural gas, with a combined production of 25 million barrels of oil a

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Farmers Build Sustainable Energy Barn Directly in Keystone XL Pipeline Path

Farmers Build Sustainable Energy Barn Directly in Keystone XL Pipeline Path

A group of Nebraskan farmers and ranchers are trying get President Obama's attention with a sustainable energy barn built directly in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline. Recently highlighted by The

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company

Automotive designer J Mays has become well-known as the design director of Ford Motor Company. Born in rural Oklahoma, Mays started working at his family's auto parts store at an early age with

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What the US Government Shutdown Means for the Environment

What the US Government Shutdown Means for the Environment

Image © Shutterstock After a prolonged debate over the Congressional budget and the effective date of the new healthcare law, Democrats and Republicans have failed to reach an agreement on

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BOOK REVIEW: $20 per Gallon

BOOK REVIEW: $20 per Gallon

We have to admit that when we saw the title of Christopher Steiner's book, we scoffed a bit. Twenty dollars per a gallon of gas seems like an outrageous, unfathomable price, even when you're a believer in

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