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EU Climate Commissioner Wants to Double Renewable Energy Share by 2030

EU Climate Commissioner Wants to Double Renewable Energy Share by 2030

The Climate Commissioner for the European Union, Connie Hedegaard, told reporters today in New Delhi that she believes the European Union should pledge to double their renewable energy supply by 2030 and

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President Obama Visits the Washington Auto Show and Swoons Over Ford’s Plug-In Hybrid Electric

President Obama Visits the Washington Auto Show and Swoons Over Ford’s Plug-In Hybrid Electric

President Obama decided to make a quick visit to the Washington D.C. Auto Show this week in order to applaud American automobile manufacturers for their recent green transportation successes. While at the

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New Emails Show BP Was Aware of Possibility of Oil Spill in Gulf But Kept it Secret

New Emails Show BP Was Aware of Possibility of Oil Spill in Gulf But Kept it Secret

On Friday, as part of a federal investigation, BP released a series of internal e-mails sent directly after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and started to leak oil into the Gulf of Mexico that seem

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House Transportation Bill Slashes Bike and Ped Funding in Favor of Big Oil

House Transportation Bill Slashes Bike and Ped Funding in Favor of Big Oil

The House Transportation Bill will be revealed today, and it already has alternative transportation activists across the country up in arms about the amount of funding being cut for federally mandated

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Clean Energy Executives Say Grid Parity Without Subsidies Could Be Just 3 Years Away

Clean Energy Executives Say Grid Parity Without Subsidies Could Be Just 3 Years Away

Some of the largest countries on Earth made it clear this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that, in many cases, renewable energy is just a few years away from reaching grid parity

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Advisors in Japan Say Post-Disaster Nuclear Checks are “Insufficient”

Advisors in Japan Say Post-Disaster Nuclear Checks are “Insufficient”

Despite the rush to get reactors back online and convince the public that Japan’s nuclear power generation facilities are safe, an advisor says the current checks of nuclear reactors in the country

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New Energy-Efficient Battery Charging Standards in California Will Save 1 Million Tons of Carbon Emissions

New Energy-Efficient Battery Charging Standards in California Will Save 1 Million Tons of Carbon Emissions

We have all heard the phrases “phantom power” and “vampire energy” about a million times, and yet the problem still exists – many people forget to unplug battery chargers and

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President Obama’s Latest Speech Touts American-Made Energy but Gets Stuck on Oil and Gas

President Obama’s Latest Speech Touts American-Made Energy but Gets Stuck on Oil and Gas

Listening to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night we cheered for his green ambitions as he laid out a plan to energize the American economy with the manufacturing of clean

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Obama’s State of the Union Address Sets Forth a Green Blueprint for America

Obama’s State of the Union Address Sets Forth a Green Blueprint for America

President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address to the nation last night while standing firm on his believe that American ingenuity will carry us safely into a secure future. His overall

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Japanese Homes and Business Sold 2,150 Gigawatt-Hours of Solar Energy Back to the Grid in 2011

Japanese Homes and Business Sold 2,150 Gigawatt-Hours of Solar Energy Back to the Grid in 2011

Small businesses and homeowners in Japan sold an amazing 2,150 gigawatt hours of solar energy back to utilities last year - a figure that shows a fifty percent increase since 2010. The surge in solar is

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Bulgaria Officially Bans Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas

Bulgaria Officially Bans Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas

The country of Bulgaria just thwarted Chevron and took a big step forward for the environment by banning hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) for natural gas, making it the second European nation to do so

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Investors Ask the Bank of England to Ditch Carbon-Heavy Investments

Investors Ask the Bank of England to Ditch Carbon-Heavy Investments

Investors, environmental groups, and academics sent a letter to the Bank of England (which is responsible for keeping England's economic stability) this week, urging it to assess the risk that carbon

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EPA to Provide Clean Drinking Water to Families Near Fracking Sites in Pennsylvania

EPA to Provide Clean Drinking Water to Families Near Fracking Sites in Pennsylvania

Showing concern for the dangerous impact of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) on ground water reserves, the EPA has decided to provide clean drinking water to four families in Dimock, Pennsylvania who

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Wikipedia, Reddit Blackouts Successful – 24 Senators Retract Support for SOPA/PIPA Bills

Wikipedia, Reddit Blackouts Successful – 24 Senators Retract Support for SOPA/PIPA Bills

Though the Motion Picture Association of America called yesterday’s protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) an “irresponsible” publicity

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SOPA and PIPA Protests Could Save Online Publishing and the Jobs that Depend on It

SOPA and PIPA Protests Could Save Online Publishing and the Jobs that Depend on It

You might have noticed today that some of your favorite internet haunts are looking kind of gloomy, and that's because websites like Wikipedia, Google and Reddit are protesting two bills - the Stop Online

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President Swiftly Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Plan from TransCanada

President Swiftly Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Plan from TransCanada

The Obama Administration is expected to announce a rejection of a Canadian oil firm's Keystone XL pipeline application. The Keystone XL pipeline has made headlines over the past year as environmentalists

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EPA Announces Online Tool For Tracking Large Stationary Polluters, Power Plants Lead the Pack

EPA Announces Online Tool For Tracking Large Stationary Polluters, Power Plants Lead the Pack

Information is power and as it turns out power equals emissions. Or at least that's what a new comprehensive database of the United States' 6,700 biggest stationary emitters put together by the

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Study Reveals That Climate Change is Now a Factor for Investment Bankers

Study Reveals That Climate Change is Now a Factor for Investment Bankers

All successful venture capitalists know that if you want to make a smart investment, you must take into account all possible factors. With that in mind, it seems that the world of finance is now waking up

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Official Doomsday Clock Moves One Minute Closer to End of World Due to Climate Change, Nuclear Proliferation

Official Doomsday Clock Moves One Minute Closer to End of World Due to Climate Change, Nuclear Proliferation

A well-known group of scientists decided yesterday that Earth's doomsday is now one minute closer due to global inaction on climate change and the ongoing threat of nuclear disaster. The decision was made

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Japan May Nationalize Its Nuclear Power Plants

Japan May Nationalize Its Nuclear Power Plants

Japan's Yomiuri newspaper has reported that the Japanese government is looking to nationalize the nation's nuclear power plants. Trade and industry minister Yukio Edano announced the still unfinalized

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Republican Congressman Calls for the End of the $7,500 Electric Vehicle Tax Credit

Republican Congressman Calls for the End of the $7,500 Electric Vehicle Tax Credit

On December 30th, Republican congressman Mike Kelly from Pennsylvania introduced H.R. 3768, a piece of legislation that would repeal the $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicle buyers. Representative Kelly

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EU Environment Commissioner Says Resource Waste Will Lead To A New Recession

EU Environment Commissioner Says Resource Waste Will Lead To A New Recession

At first the recession saw a reduction in global emissions as industries around the world made cutbacks - however now, in a bid to survive, many companies are making cheaper, more environmentally damaging

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Congress Passes Bill That May Slow the Incandescent Light Bulb Ban

Congress Passes Bill That May Slow the Incandescent Light Bulb Ban

Tucked inside the massive 1,200-page spending bill that's currently sitting on President Obama's desk is an agreement that overturns part of the incandescent light bulb ban. The agreement could seriously

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Grand Canyon National Park Plans to Ban the Sale of Plastic Bottles in 2012

Grand Canyon National Park Plans to Ban the Sale of Plastic Bottles in 2012

Keeping our national parks beautiful should be a nation-wide effort, and the Grand Canyon National Park is hoping to take a step in the new year that would make that easier for everyone by banning the

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Coal and Natural Gas Industries Stand Off Over New EPA Mercury Regulations

Coal and Natural Gas Industries Stand Off Over New EPA Mercury Regulations

Today the EPA is expected to reach a final decision on the Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR), which will, for the first time, limit mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants across the United States.

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COP17: Talks in Durban End With Failure to Cut Current Global Emissions

COP17: Talks in Durban End With Failure to Cut Current Global Emissions

The UN Climate talks in Durban ended early Sunday morning in overtime as nations around the world struggled to agree on how to prevent catastrophic climate change and ensure the future of the human race

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COP17 UPDATE: Durban’s Last Day and No Agreement is Signed

COP17 UPDATE: Durban’s Last Day and No Agreement is Signed

As the COP17 conference in Durban winds to a close today, we’re still left without a major global agreement on how to reduce emissions and stall global climate change. The focus today has been on a

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COP17 DURBAN UPDATE: Developing Countries Snag Talks on Issue of Carbon Markets

COP17 DURBAN UPDATE: Developing Countries Snag Talks on Issue of Carbon Markets

On this second to last day of COP17, a new piece of the puzzle that explains why this year's United Nation Climate Talks are likely to end in a stalemate tomorrow, has emerged. Developing nations from

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DURBAN UPDATE: Agreement in COP17 Climate Talks Will Likely Not Be Reached

DURBAN UPDATE: Agreement in COP17 Climate Talks Will Likely Not Be Reached

Representatives from over 190 countries across the world are still gathered in Durban, South Africa and though the conversation about the impending climate crisis continues, many have lost hope for an

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State of California Shows up the Fed’s Emissions Targets With Impressively Ambitious AB32 Cap and Trade Program

State of California Shows up the Fed’s Emissions Targets With Impressively Ambitious AB32 Cap and Trade Program

In 2013 California will go where no U.S. state has gone before - it will start a comprehensive emissions limiting program by employing the mandatory use of carbon credits throughout the state for large

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