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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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Obama leans on farmers to aid in the fight against climate change

Obama leans on farmers to aid in the fight against climate change

When we think about climate change and sources of pollution, fossil fuels and dirty industries are the culprits that usually dominate the conversation. Agriculture, though, contributes substantially to

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Obama announces $15 billion agenda to modernize American energy infrastructure

Obama announces $15 billion agenda to modernize American energy infrastructure

President Obama recently laid out the roadmap that will see American energy infrastructure modernized to make it more resilient to pending problems such as extreme weather events and a domestic energy

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Tell world leaders to ban glyphosate, which has been linked to cancer, autism

Tell world leaders to ban glyphosate, which has been linked to cancer, autism

The World Health Organization recently declared that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp, “probably” causes cancer. Scientific experts around the world agree that the

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PETITION: Tell Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker that climate censorship is not OK

PETITION: Tell Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker that climate censorship is not OK

Strange things are afoot in the state of Wisconsin, where a state agency has banned its employees from "working on or speaking about climate change." Florida's state Department of Environmental Protection

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Obama finally admits climate change is a public health issue

Obama finally admits climate change is a public health issue

pic When talking about climate change, the causes and environmental impacts typically take center stage. The crucial piece missing from the conversation on a political level is the human toll—until

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U.S. aims for 28 percent cut in emissions by 2025 in promise to UN

U.S. aims for 28 percent cut in emissions by 2025 in promise to UN

+ FACT SHEET: U.S. Reports its 2025 Emissions Target to the UNFCCC

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PETITION: Tell presidential candidates to stop lying about climate change!

PETITION: Tell presidential candidates to stop lying about climate change!

In 2016, the American people will select a new president, and that person will face some of the most difficult challenges this world has ever seen. Climate change and the human impact on it are arguably

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U.S. approves $350,000 hunt of endangered black rhino in Namibia

U.S. approves $350,000 hunt of endangered black rhino in Namibia

A hunter who last year paid $350,000 at a Dallas auction to hunt an endangered Black Rhino in Namibia has been permitted by U.S. authorities to bring the so-called trophy back to the United States. The

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

France now 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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BP is the latest company to ditch ALEC

BP is the latest company to ditch ALEC

Following in the footsteps of major companies like eBay, Google, Microsoft and AOL, oil giant BP has announced that it is leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) behind. In a statement,

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Report: Wind could supply a third of the USA’s electricity by 2050

Report: Wind could supply a third of the USA’s electricity by 2050

A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind and Water Power Technologies Office titled "Wind Vision: A New Era of Wind Power in the United States" finds that wind energy could supply 35

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Hydrophobic paint takes the piss out of public urination in St. Pauli

Hydrophobic paint takes the piss out of public urination in St. Pauli

Areas popular with tourists and drinkers are often, pretty, well, smelly. Massive quantities of garbage, loud crowds and late-night acts of public urination can make party neighborhoods feel pretty

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Tesla inches closer to opening showrooms in New Jersey

Tesla inches closer to opening showrooms in New Jersey

Tesla celebrates a small win this week in New Jersey, where the Senate Commerce Commission voted unanimously (6-0) to approve a bill that would make an exception to the dealers-only car sales rule that

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Senate fails to override Obama’s Keystone XL veto

Senate fails to override Obama’s Keystone XL veto

The Senate put one more nail in the Keystone XL Pipeline’s coffin yesterday when it failed to override President Obama’s presidential veto of the project. With a two-thirds majority needed for the

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The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL Pipeline is no stranger to news headlines. Unfortunately, the headlines often mention the economy and only some vague kind of connection to the environment. In reality, the Keystone XL

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US approves farming of genetically modified apples to reduce food waste

US approves farming of genetically modified apples to reduce food waste

The next wave of GMO food is about to hit store shelves in America. The US government has approved the planting of genetically modified apples which could hit store shelves within the the next few years.

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Congress passes Keystone XL bill despite Obama’s veto promise

Congress passes Keystone XL bill despite Obama’s veto promise

The Keystone XL pipeline just got one step closer to reality as Congress passed a bill approving the controversial project this afternoon. The bill passed with a vote of 270-152, and it will now head to

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Could WA’s proposed ban on orca captures end marine parks forever?

Could WA’s proposed ban on orca captures end marine parks forever?

Killer whales in the entertainment industry have been the source of heated controversy for some time. In Washington state, lawmakers are now discussing the possibility of implementing a ban on the capture

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Obama seeks billions in funding for clean energy development and emissions cuts in 2016 budget

Obama seeks billions in funding for clean energy development and emissions cuts in 2016 budget

President Obama's fiscal budget for 2016, which was release on Monday (2/2) afternoon proposes an impressive $7.4 billion in funding for clean energy technologies as well as the creation of a $4 billion

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SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line

SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line

The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project has passed its final environmental review by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Record of Decision (ROD) carrying the approval is

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Chinese cities ban bacon smoking due to smog concerns

Chinese cities ban bacon smoking due to smog concerns

In the Chinese province of Sichuan, government officials have unveiled “the criminal culprit” responsible for the increasingly severe air pollution in the area: bacon. Smoked pork is a key component

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President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address calls climate change the greatest threat to future generations

President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address calls climate change the greatest threat to future generations

second-to-last State of the Union address http://www.whitehouse.gov/sotu (is there a direct link to the archived video?)   Obama confirmed prior news reports that he would use the speech to

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EU vote clears the way for GM crops in Europe

EU vote clears the way for GM crops in Europe

The European Union just opened the door for genetically modified crops in Europe after the Member Elected Parliament voted to allow countries to decide whether or not to grow them. If the crop has already

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American Farm Bureau prepares for climate change-driven drought

American Farm Bureau prepares for climate change-driven drought

Although the American Farm Bureau is tied to conventional agriculture and its conservative base, the organization is worried about climate change, and it's preparing for the future impact that global

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Obama’s veto on Keystone pipeline will likely hold

Obama’s veto on Keystone pipeline will likely hold

Good news for the environment: President Obama’s veto on the Keystone XL pipeline bill will likely stand, with the Senate being about four votes shy of being able to override his decision. Senator

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Why is Canada refusing to protect 76 endangered species?

Why is Canada refusing to protect 76 endangered species?

Canada has chosen to reject an agreement to protect 76 endangered plant and animal species from international trade. Documents recently released from the 2013 Convention on International Trade in

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Nebraska Supreme Court approves Keystone pipeline

Nebraska Supreme Court approves Keystone pipeline

The Keystone pipeline is one step closer to reality after a Nebraska court approved the route of the controversial project. The decision comes after six years of legal and political battling and could

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Air pollution causes more human deaths than other environmental causes

Air pollution causes more human deaths than other environmental causes

A new study from EurActiv France has found that over 400,000 deaths annually around the globe can be linked to air pollution. That's more than any other singular environmental health concern.

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