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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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COP17 DURBAN UPDATE: Current Pledges Will Cause a Global Temperature Change of 3.5° C

COP17 DURBAN UPDATE: Current Pledges Will Cause a Global Temperature Change of 3.5° C

As the nearly 200 representatives gathered at COP17 hurdle towards the end of the talks, researchers have released yet another study that says they are just not doing enough. A report issued during the UN

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US Defense Logistics Agency Makes Single Largest Gov. Purchase of Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Ever

US Defense Logistics Agency Makes Single Largest Gov. Purchase of Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Ever

As part of the government's push to wean the United States off of foreign oil, the US Department of Defense in coordination with the US Department of Agriculture just announced the largest single

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President Obama Announces $4 Billion in Energy Upgrades to Existing Buildings

President Obama Announces $4 Billion in Energy Upgrades to Existing Buildings

Yesterday, President Obama and former president Bill Clinton announced a combined $4 billion commitment in public and private funding for energy upgrades to existing buildings. The cash is pledged as part

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COP 17 Kicks Off as 200 Nations Converge in South Africa to Save the Climate

COP 17 Kicks Off as 200 Nations Converge in South Africa to Save the Climate

The 17th Conference of the Parties -- also known as COP17 or the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference -- kicked off today in Durban, South Africa - despite echoing doubts cast by the world's

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Stroller Brigades Push for Approval of Safe Chemicals Act of 2011

Stroller Brigades Push for Approval of Safe Chemicals Act of 2011

This past week parents across the country joined forces to support the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (S.847) that is now up for vote in Congress. Dubbing themselves the “Stroller Brigades”,

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Republican Rand Paul Attempts to Revoke Part of the Clean Air Act

Republican Rand Paul Attempts to Revoke Part of the Clean Air Act

Republican Senator Rand Paul is currently attempting to repeal one of the newest pieces of the four-decade-old Clean Air Act. So far he's sponsored a piece of legislation that seeks to eliminate the Cross

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White House Orders Review of All Energy Loans In the Wake of Solyndra Bankruptcy

White House Orders Review of All Energy Loans In the Wake of Solyndra Bankruptcy

The Obama Administration just announced that they are ordering an independent, non-partisan review and analysis of the Energy Department's entire loan portfolio. The administration's large energy loans

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House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Says US Can’t Compete With China on Green Jobs

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Says US Can’t Compete With China on Green Jobs

Cliff Stearns (R-FL) is the Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations – and he believes we’re just not going to make it in this clean energy race.

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Shutting Down America’s Dirtiest Coal Plants Will Not Affect Our Power Supply

Shutting Down America’s Dirtiest Coal Plants Will Not Affect Our Power Supply

When the EPA announced its new regulations for coal plants back in July, the right wing media had a field day saying that the new rules, which will force the nation's dirtiest plants offline, would result

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