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Nevermind the Naysayers, Switching to Renewable Energy is a Bargain for States

Nevermind the Naysayers, Switching to Renewable Energy is a Bargain for States

A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that there's no sticker shock when states add more clean energy to their power grids. The report

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7 Ways to Raise Your Voice (and Not Sea Levels) for World Environment Day

7 Ways to Raise Your Voice (and Not Sea Levels) for World Environment Day

Take the WED Challenge Head over to the United Nations Environment Program's WED Challenge webpage and pledge your support for one of four WED teams to commit to taking action, not just today, but every

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China to Set Absolute Carbon Dioxide Emissions Cap in 2016

China to Set Absolute Carbon Dioxide Emissions Cap in 2016

Things are suddenly looking promising for next year's UN climate change conference in Paris. Less than 24 hours after President Obama announced a proposed 30 percent cut in power plant carbon emissions by

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EPA Calls for Massive 30% Cut in Power Plant Emissions by 2030

EPA Calls for Massive 30% Cut in Power Plant Emissions by 2030

On Monday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the most significant action to combat climate disruption in American history with a new rule calling for a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions

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You’ll Never Look at Fast Food Vegetables the Same Way After Reading This

You’ll Never Look at Fast Food Vegetables the Same Way After Reading This

Temporary workers are supposed to be contracted for a short period of time - but companies are increasingly using temp work as a way to circumvent labor standards and exploit workers. Reporters from

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Cutting Coal Pollution by 20% is Just One Way Obama is Making Climate History

Cutting Coal Pollution by 20% is Just One Way Obama is Making Climate History

President Barack Obama on Monday will announce the most significant action to combat climate disruption his administration has taken and the boldest move to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in American

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Canada Loses Appeal to Sell Seal Products in the EU

Canada Loses Appeal to Sell Seal Products in the EU

The World Trade Organization reaffirmed this week that when it comes to seal hunting, European countries aren’t buying. Canada has been battling a ban that prevents any products from the country’s

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Fracking Bust: Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Reserves Slashed by Whopping 96%

Fracking Bust: Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Reserves Slashed by Whopping 96%

New information released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) suggests that fracking in America is more bust than boom. The controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale rock

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Is Canada Muzzling Journalists Over Tar Sands?

Is Canada Muzzling Journalists Over Tar Sands?

When U.S. journalist Emily Atkin flew into Fort McMurray, Alberta, to "see the tar sands," her Canadian border control interview left her uncomfortable enough to investigate the experiences of others in

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Minnesota is the First State to Ban the Anti-Bacterial Chemical Triclosan

Minnesota is the First State to Ban the Anti-Bacterial Chemical Triclosan

Scientists have known for years that triclosan has a range of awful effects, from strengthening bacterial resistance to possibly even altering our very DNA. Minnesota is the first state taking a stand

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California’s Severe Drought Will Cost the Agricultural Industry Nearly $2 Billion

California’s Severe Drought Will Cost the Agricultural Industry Nearly $2 Billion

A new study by the University of California Davis Center for Watershed Sciences finds that the worst drought in state history could cost the agricultural industry $1.7 billion this year and eliminate

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Report: Solar Power Could be the World’s Top Energy Source by 2050

Report: Solar Power Could be the World’s Top Energy Source by 2050

A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that solar energy could become the biggest generator of electricity worldwide by 2050 if the right policies are put in place. The paper,

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Stanford Becomes First Major U.S. University to Divest from Coal Companies

Stanford Becomes First Major U.S. University to Divest from Coal Companies

This week Stanford University became the first major U.S. university to officially divest from coal companies. The Stanford Board of Trustees voted that the university's $18.7 billion endowment would not

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Madrid Launching Smart Parking Meters That Charge Based on Vehicle Pollution

Madrid Launching Smart Parking Meters That Charge Based on Vehicle Pollution

Madrid is one of the most polluted cities in the European Union, however city officials are fighting back against air pollution by launching the first smart parking meter system to charge based on vehicle

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UN Chief Calls for ‘Bold’ Action to Curb Global Warming

UN Chief Calls for ‘Bold’ Action to Curb Global Warming

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is calling on countries around the world to take strong measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight global warming. "I am asking them (world

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Organic Food May Not Be as Organic as You Think

Organic Food May Not Be as Organic as You Think

When it comes to organic foods, the labels you see at the grocery store might not be as straightforward as you expect. You might assume those organic apples were grown without antibiotics, but the USDA

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United States Investing $10 Million in Wave Power Projects

United States Investing $10 Million in Wave Power Projects

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) just announced $10 million in funding to test two deep-water wave energy conversion (WEC) devices off the coast of the U.S. Navy's Marine Corps Hawaii Base in

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FDA Proposes New E-Cigarette Regulations That Ban Sales to Minors

FDA Proposes New E-Cigarette Regulations That Ban Sales to Minors

Last week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a 241-page proposal that would for the first time impose federal regulations on the use of battery-powered electronic cigarettes -- a booming

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Beverly Hills Becomes First California City to Ban Fracking

Beverly Hills Becomes First California City to Ban Fracking

Beverly Hills has become the latest city in the United States (and the first city in California) to ban hydraulic fracturing -- the controversial practice of blasting a mix of water and chemicals into

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Report: President Obama Likely to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

Report: President Obama Likely to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

Rolling Stone is reporting that President Obama will likely reject the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline that has become a symbol of the bitter partisan divide in Washington and the battle between

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An American Home or Business Goes Solar Every Four Minutes!

An American Home or Business Goes Solar Every Four Minutes!

Buried at the very bottom of a fact sheet released at yesterday's White House Solar Summit is a striking statistic: "Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar, supporting workers

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INTERVIEW: Department of Energy’s David Danielson on How America Can Win the Clean Energy Race

INTERVIEW: Department of Energy’s David Danielson on How America Can Win the Clean Energy Race

2013's government shutdown didn't stop the United States Department of Energy (DOE) from moving forward on a range of initiatives to ramp up renewable energy, promote energy efficiency, and combat

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Anything’s Possible: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fell 10 Percent Since 2005

Anything’s Possible: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fell 10 Percent Since 2005

Here's some good news on the climate change front: Greenhouse gas emissions in the United States fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012 and dropped 3.4 percent in 2012 alone, according to the U.S.

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KXL Opponents Carve Massive Anti-Pipeline Crop Art in Nebraska Cornfield

KXL Opponents Carve Massive Anti-Pipeline Crop Art in Nebraska Cornfield

Keystone XL Pipeline opponents have carved a massive 80-acre crop drawing in a Nebraska cornfield that sits directly in the path of the proposed project. Farmer Art Tanderup, who owns the land, drove the

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End of Century Temperatures to Exceed Pre-Industrial Levels by 4.8ºC Unless GHG Significantly Reduced, Warns UN Climate Panel

End of Century Temperatures to Exceed Pre-Industrial Levels by 4.8ºC Unless GHG Significantly Reduced, Warns UN Climate Panel

Unless the world acts with a sense of urgency to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, global warming is on pace to reach the catastrophic level of 4.8ºC above pre-industrial temperatures by the

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Cheap Solar PV Powers Substantial Global Renewable Energy Growth in 2013

Cheap Solar PV Powers Substantial Global Renewable Energy Growth in 2013

The falling price of solar photovoltaic systems was the main driver of an increase in global renewable energy generation in 2013, according to a new report produced by the Frankfurt School-UNEP

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INFOGRAPHIC: Americans Used More Energy, Increased Carbon Emissions in 2013

INFOGRAPHIC: Americans Used More Energy, Increased Carbon Emissions in 2013

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory just released its annual energy flow charts, and the latest infographics reveal that Americans used more energy in 2013 from all sources -- renewable, fossil and

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UN Climate Chief Calls for ‘Urgent Transformation’ of Oil and Gas Industry for a Greener Future

UN Climate Chief Calls for ‘Urgent Transformation’ of Oil and Gas Industry for a Greener Future

On the heels of the IPCC's landmark global warming report, UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres is calling on the oil and gas industry to urgently transform for a cleaner, low-carbon future. Figueres

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Will the IPCC Report Convince Climate Deniers to Take Action?

Will the IPCC Report Convince Climate Deniers to Take Action?

Unlike previous reports warning of impending doom as a result of climate change, the recent Union Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report warning that global warming is here now

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10-Cent Plastic Bag Fee Could Be Coming to New York City

10-Cent Plastic Bag Fee Could Be Coming to New York City

New Yorkers may soon have another reason to choose reusable bags over plastic ones. The NYC City Council recently introduced a proposal to enact a 10-cent fee on plastic bags at supermarkets, bodegas,

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