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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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Airbnb and other rentals linked to more frequent evictions in San Francisco neighborhoods

Airbnb and other rentals linked to more frequent evictions in San Francisco neighborhoods

According to a report released by Budget Analyst Harvey Rose, between 950 and 1,960 units in San Francisco have been removed from the housing market by hosts like AirBnB and VRBO renting out entire units

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Texas upholds ban on Tesla’s direct car sales model

Texas upholds ban on Tesla’s direct car sales model

  In many states, Tesla’s direct sales model has brought on legal challenges. Most recently, the electric car company has been doing battle in Texas, where existing laws prohibit direct sales.

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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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France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

France has just passed a trailblazing new law that requires that all new buildings constructed in commercial areas must be partially covered by either solar panels or green roofs. Not only will this bring

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Obama’s new “Waters of the United States” rule limits water pollution and protects wetlands

Obama’s new “Waters of the United States” rule limits water pollution and protects wetlands

A new EPA water ruling will protect streams and wetlands that are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction. The rule, expected to be released this week, is a clarification of the Clean Water Act,

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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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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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Expert Says “We May Have to Migrate People out of California”

Expert Says “We May Have to Migrate People out of California”

Fire, earthquakes and one of the worst droughts in recent history - these days California is not looking like the best place to settle down. In fact, things have gotten so bad that the state could run out

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WHO wants to ban disease names that offend animals

WHO wants to ban disease names that offend animals

What do swine flu, monkey pox, and paralytic shellfish poisoning all have in common? Sure, they’re all illnesses but the important commonality according to the World Health Organization is that their

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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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