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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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Study confirms Ohio experienced the largest fracking-related earthquake ever

Study confirms Ohio experienced the largest fracking-related earthquake ever

A new study has confirmed that recent earthquakes in Poland Township, Ohio in March of 2014 were caused by hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. According to the study, fracking has caused

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President Obama to veto the Keystone XL bill

President Obama to veto the Keystone XL bill

Senate Republicans have made it clear that their first order of business as the majority party in the 114th Congress will be to ram through a bill approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline; a move

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Maui is winning the war against Monsanto

Maui is winning the war against Monsanto

Maui is winning the war against Monsanto, according to an attorney for the Sustainable Hawaiian Agriculture for the Keiki and the Aina (SHAKA) Movement. On November 4, Maui voters approved a measure that

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Senate passes lands bills protecting over one million acres of public land

Senate passes lands bills protecting over one million acres of public land

A new suite of lands bills will protect massive, sweeping areas of American wilderness, including areas in Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana and Washington. The bills will protect more than 245,000

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New York just banned fracking!

New York just banned fracking!

New York just became the first state with sizable shale gas reserves in the United States to ban fracking. In a press conference on Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York cited health and safety

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Green Climate Fund promises paradigm shift in clean energy funding

Green Climate Fund promises paradigm shift in clean energy funding

Here's good news for tackling climate change: the Green Climate Fund has announced it will only invest in energy projects that depart from “business as usual” and have a major impact to

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Thousands hit the streets of Lima to protest climate change during UN conference

Thousands hit the streets of Lima to protest climate change during UN conference

In a massive show of solidarity towards solutions for climate change, thousands of people from all walks of life paraded through the streets of Lima, Peru on Wednesday, as world leaders talk at United

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Obama appears on Colbert Report, slams Keystone XL

Obama appears on Colbert Report, slams Keystone XL

Continuing his recent efforts to reach out to young Americans in non-traditional and innovative ways—including an appearance on Zach Galifianakis' "Between Two Ferns" and a blog post on Medium—Barack

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Saying “NO” to the Keystone XL pipeline is just the first step in our environmental revolution

Saying “NO” to the Keystone XL pipeline is just the first step in our environmental revolution

If you've checked Facebook in the past week or so you probably know that the Keystone XL Pipeline bill failed in the Senate, despite aggressive attempts by Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to ensure its passing.

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Crucial UN Climate Change Talks Begin in Lima, Peru

Crucial UN Climate Change Talks Begin in Lima, Peru

UN climate change talks begin today in Lima, Peru, with national representatives meeting to hash out a draft agreement to present at the UN's Paris Summit in December, 2015. As you may recall, the 2009

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EPA Proposes Stricter Controls on Ozone Emissions Under the Clean Air Act

EPA Proposes Stricter Controls on Ozone Emissions Under the Clean Air Act

This week the EPA announced a proposal for a drastic cut in ground-level ozone standards in the U.S. in a bid to prevent air-quality-related health issues and reduce environmental impacts. Currently, the

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UK’s Chief Scientist Compares Fracking to Thalidomide and Asbestos

UK’s Chief Scientist Compares Fracking to Thalidomide and Asbestos

The U.K. government's chief scientific adviser, Mark Walport, argues in his flagship annual report that there are many examples throughout history where the hasty adoption of new technology has had

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Survey Shows Many Americans Would Rather Adapt to Climate Change than Do Something About It

Survey Shows Many Americans Would Rather Adapt to Climate Change than Do Something About It

Survey results published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week have proven dumbfounding, to say the least. The results suggested that for Americans "personal experience with weather or

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6 Steps Global Leaders Must Take to Tackle Climate Change

6 Steps Global Leaders Must Take to Tackle Climate Change

International talks due to take place in Paris in 2015 have sparked debate over how we can save the earth from irreparable damage. The goal of the talks is to limit global warming by two degrees, and

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House Passes Bill that Prohibits Expert Scientific Advice to the EPA

House Passes Bill that Prohibits Expert Scientific Advice to the EPA

While everyone's attention was focused on the Senate and the Keystone XL decision on Tuesday, some pretty shocking stuff was quietly going on in the House of Representatives. The GOP-dominated House

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Petition: Don’t Put a Climate Change Denier in Charge of U.S. Environmental Policy!

Petition: Don’t Put a Climate Change Denier in Charge of U.S. Environmental Policy!

When Senate majority is handed to the GOP, a Republican will become the chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee. And Senator Jim Inhofe, one of the most outspoken climate change deniers in

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Senate Votes to Stop Keystone Pipeline – For Now

Senate Votes to Stop Keystone Pipeline – For Now

The Keystone Pipeline is dead - for now. The US Senate voted Tuesday to block a measure that would have allowed construction on the controversial pipeline. The measure fell short by one solitary vote,

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Hurry, Tell Your Senator to Vote “No” on the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Hurry, Tell Your Senator to Vote “No” on the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

The Senate is set to vote today on the Keystone XL pipeline project, and those in favor need just one vote to make it happen, according to Yahoo. If you’re opposed to the project, you have a last-minute

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Interpol Wants You to Help Catch the World’s Worst Environmental Criminals

Interpol Wants You to Help Catch the World’s Worst Environmental Criminals

Interpol is launching the first-ever Most Wanted-style list for environmental criminals. Consisting of nine individuals suspected of all kind of eco-crimes, the list is meant to raise awareness and help

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House Votes in Favor of Keystone XL, Obama Considers Veto

House Votes in Favor of Keystone XL, Obama Considers Veto

Despite the disapproval of President Barack Obama, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted in favor of letting the Keystone XL Pipeline project go ahead. The Keystone XL would pump oil from the Tar

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President Obama Pledges $3 Billion to Help Countries Threatened By Climate Change

President Obama Pledges $3 Billion to Help Countries Threatened By Climate Change

President Obama just announced that the US will pledge up to $3 billion over the next four years to help poor countries adapt to climate change. The move comes days after the president signed a historic

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