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Monsanto Rider Slips Past Congress, Allowing the Company to Avoid Litigation Involving GMOs

Monsanto Rider Slips Past Congress, Allowing the Company to Avoid Litigation Involving GMOs

The big news in Washington last week was all about the battle over marriage equality, but while that was going on, the government passed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act (HR

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UK Horses Go On Transit Strike Until Horse Meat Contamination Scandal is Resolved

UK Horses Go On Transit Strike Until Horse Meat Contamination Scandal is Resolved

Image modified from Shutterstock photo This week the lead representative of the UK horse teamsters union traveled to London for a symposium with the Food Standards Agency regarding the unbridled anger

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Greenland Halts All New Arctic Oil Drilling Permits Due to Environmental Concerns

Greenland Halts All New Arctic Oil Drilling Permits Due to Environmental Concerns

Greenland, along with Alaska and Russia, has been a hotspot for oil companies hoping to tap into the estimated 25% of the world’s remaining oil and gas reserved in and around the Arctic Ocean. But the

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NOAA 2013 Spring Outlook Warns of More Drought, Heat and Flooding

NOAA 2013 Spring Outlook Warns of More Drought, Heat and Flooding

Record-breaking drought conditions ravaged the United States last year, impacting everything from crop production to fish populations. If there were any hopes of a reprieve this year, the NOAA’s US

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Bipartisan Senate Vote Shows Support for Keystone XL Pipeline

Bipartisan Senate Vote Shows Support for Keystone XL Pipeline

It may be a non-binding amendment, but a Senate vote last Friday that passed 62-37 in favor of the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is more than a little concerning. The proposed pipeline would

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Construction to Finally Begin on the First Offshore Wind Farm in the United States

Construction to Finally Begin on the First Offshore Wind Farm in the United States

You may have heard of the Cape Wind project, the long-stalled renewable energy project that sparked a legal battle that went all the way to the Massachusetts Supreme Court. The project is in the news

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Secretary Salazar Approves 900 MW of New Solar Energy Developments in California

Secretary Salazar Approves 900 MW of New Solar Energy Developments in California

Photo via Shutterstock California is already leading the way in the US in terms of solar power, with over 1 gigawatt of solar energy generation already at work in the state. Now, California has

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Southern Leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline is Already Halfway Finished

Southern Leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline is Already Halfway Finished

Recently, the State Department released a report claiming that the Keystone XL pipeline would have no significant impact on the environment. However, the study did not factor in the tremendous impact that

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Environmentalists Baffled at State Department Claim that Keystone XL Would Have Little Environmental Impact

Environmentalists Baffled at State Department Claim that Keystone XL Would Have Little Environmental Impact

Rumors have been circulating as to whether or not the President would approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. On Friday, the State Department released a study suggesting that the pipeline, which is slated to

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Arctic Safe from Shell Drilling – for Now

Arctic Safe from Shell Drilling – for Now

Environmentalists threw a small victory party yesterday after Shell announced that it is abandoning its 2013 Arctic drilling plans, but the company insists that this is simply a pause. While the Obama

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BP Reveals It Knew About Explosion Risk at the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Before It Happened

BP Reveals It Knew About Explosion Risk at the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Before It Happened

Former BP America president Lamar McKay recently revealed in court that the company knew about the risk of explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig well before it took place. Engineers expressed concern as

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TransCanada Boss Says Keystone XL Pipeline Will Have ‘No Impact On Climate Change’

TransCanada Boss Says Keystone XL Pipeline Will Have ‘No Impact On Climate Change’

We have heard some tall tales in our time, but this one reaches the stratosphere. On Tuesday, Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada's president for energy and oil pipelines, said that "You could shut down oil sands

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UN Warns of Harmful Resource Rush as Arctic Ice Melts at Record Rate

UN Warns of Harmful Resource Rush as Arctic Ice Melts at Record Rate

Photo via Shutterstock This week, the United Nations' Environment Programme released a new report warning that a rush for Arctic resources would threaten an already fragile ecosystem. As Arctic ice

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New Study Shows that Anti-Anxiety Meds in Waterways Alter Wild Fish Behavior

New Study Shows that Anti-Anxiety Meds in Waterways Alter Wild Fish Behavior

Photo via Shutterstock A new study has shown that pharmaceutical drugs polluting the world’s waterways may significantly change the behavior of wild fish. A study of wild perch found that the

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13 Green Design Valentines for the Designers, Architects and Visionaries We Love!

13 Green Design Valentines for the Designers, Architects and Visionaries We Love!

Shigeru Ban Roses are red, Shigeru is the man. We love cardboard architecture & we love Shigeru Ban! Forget Bieber, Gosling and Pitt. When it comes to our crushes, we're absolutely BANanas for

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Three Thousand Dairy Cows Help to Offset the Super Bowl’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Three Thousand Dairy Cows Help to Offset the Super Bowl’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Photo via Shutterstock For this year's Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, the ball won't be the only thing being passed. Three thousand dairy cows from Green Meadows Farm in Michigan will do what they do

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US Set to Surpass Saudi Arabia as World’s Top Oil Producer by 2017

US Set to Surpass Saudi Arabia as World’s Top Oil Producer by 2017

Photo via Shutterstock Oil exploration, production and transportation in the United States may suffer from endemic failures in technology, regulation and common sense, but that doesn't appear to be

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California Installed a Whopping 1 GW of Solar Power by the End of 2012

California Installed a Whopping 1 GW of Solar Power by the End of 2012

California is leading the country when it comes to customer-side solar installations, and it has a lot to be proud of in the solar energy sector. Just recently, the California Public Utilities Commission

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New Government Report Shows the Impact of Global Warming is Already Here

New Government Report Shows the Impact of Global Warming is Already Here

The impact of global warming is impossible to miss: from super storms to super droughts, there is hardly any area untouched by climate change. Globally, the average temperature has risen by 1.5 degrees -

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IBM’s Drew Clark on the Future of Smart Meters

IBM’s Drew Clark on the Future of Smart Meters

In our last Energy 101 column, we looked at some of the home energy monitoring devices currently available and explored the ways that they can help us live more efficient, eco-conscious lives. But with

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Green Design Predictions for 2013

Green Design Predictions for 2013

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org I think there's actually a chance 2013 will be a significant year in climate history — the year when the

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Congress Extends Wind Energy Federal Tax Credits For All 2013 Wind Power Projects

Congress Extends Wind Energy Federal Tax Credits For All 2013 Wind Power Projects

Wind turbine photo from Shutterstock As 2012 came to a close, many US energy companies were rushing to install last-minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expired at the stroke of

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Shell Oil Rig Carrying 143,000 Gallons of Diesel Runs Aground In Alaska

Shell Oil Rig Carrying 143,000 Gallons of Diesel Runs Aground In Alaska

A Shell drill ship carrying around 143,000 gallons of diesel ran aground off the coast of Alaska on Monday night. The ship, Kulluk, hit rocks near Kodiak Island at approximately 9 p.m. local time on

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Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Wind turbine photo from Shutterstock United States energy companies are clamoring to install last minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expires at the stroke of midnight tonight.

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EPA Chief and Fierce Defender of the Environment Lisa Jackson to Step Down

EPA Chief and Fierce Defender of the Environment Lisa Jackson to Step Down

One of the most strident defenders of the environment in President Obama’s administration, Lisa Jackson, announced yesterday that she will be resigning from her post as chief of the Environmental

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Texas Man Builds Network of Treehouses to Protest Keystone XL Pipeline on His Property

Texas Man Builds Network of Treehouses to Protest Keystone XL Pipeline on His Property

Photo by NPR In east Texas, there is an awe-inspiring network of treehouses perched eight stories above the ground. It's not an eco-resort or some dreamer's getaway - the treetop settlement was built

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Hong Kong Set to Ban High-Polluting Vehicles in Effort to Combat Smog

Hong Kong Set to Ban High-Polluting Vehicles in Effort to Combat Smog

Hong Kong is set to introduce a new clean-air measure that will ban high-polluting vehicles and offer subsidies to help owners replace diesel-powered buses and trucks. Among the banned vehicles will be

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MakerBot Removes 3D-Printable Gun Parts from Thingiverse Database after Sandy Hook Tragedy

MakerBot Removes 3D-Printable Gun Parts from Thingiverse Database after Sandy Hook Tragedy

Photo via Shutterstock Until a day ago, anyone could download 3D printing files for key gun components from MakerBot’s website. In the wake of last week’s Sandy Hook tragedy, the 3D printing firm

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Los Angeles and Burbank to Buy Solar Power from Nevada Plant

Los Angeles and Burbank to Buy Solar Power from Nevada Plant

Some California cities are looking to the Nevada desert to supply them with renewable energy. It was announced on Wednesday that the cities of Los Angeles and Burbank have agreed to sign a 20-year

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