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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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IPCC Report Warns Climate Change is Happening Now and Nobody Will be Spared

IPCC Report Warns Climate Change is Happening Now and Nobody Will be Spared

The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report Monday on the impact of climate change at their gathering in Yokohama, Japan. Climate Change 2014:

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Wind Power Costs are Almost Exactly the Same as Natural Gas, New Study Shows

Wind Power Costs are Almost Exactly the Same as Natural Gas, New Study Shows

The electricity costs of wind energy and natural gas are virtually identical when the price of carbon emissions is included, according to a new study on the federal tax credit for wind power. Researchers

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White House Announces Plans to Fight Global Warming by Targeting Methane Emissions

White House Announces Plans to Fight Global Warming by Targeting Methane Emissions

While the Obama Administration has thus far focused on reducing carbon emissions to tackle climate change, pressure has been mounting to do something about methane pollution. Although methane accounts for

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Britain’s Booming Offshore Wind Industry Could Shield Country Against Russian Gas Volatility

Britain’s Booming Offshore Wind Industry Could Shield Country Against Russian Gas Volatility

Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions, but is also vital to national security, says UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey.

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Climate Change Deniers Win in the Battle to (Not) Address Global Warming

Climate Change Deniers Win in the Battle to (Not) Address Global Warming

Scientists don’t usually play into dramatics, but earlier this month The American Association for the Advancement of Science practically shouted from the rooftops about the dangers of climate change.

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Nepal May Lease Unclimbed Himalayan Peaks to Private Companies

Nepal May Lease Unclimbed Himalayan Peaks to Private Companies

Since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's famous ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953, the mountain has seen a flood of climbers looking to follow in their icy tracks. While the influx of foreigners has led

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White House Launches Climate Science Data Website to Help Communities Prepare for Climate Change

White House Launches Climate Science Data Website to Help Communities Prepare for Climate Change

President Obama said he wouldn't wait for an intransigent Congress to take action on climate change - and the White House is following up on this promise by launching the Climate Data Initiative. The

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European Union Approves Universal Cell Phone Charger Law, Cutting 51,000 Tons of E-Waste Every Year

European Union Approves Universal Cell Phone Charger Law, Cutting 51,000 Tons of E-Waste Every Year

Image via Shutterstock Chances are, if you have owned more than one mobile phone in your life there is a drawer in your home dedicated to a collection of defunct chargers. In order to cut down on

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Paris Gets Tough on Pollution as Friday’s Air Quality Rated Worse than Beijing’s

Paris Gets Tough on Pollution as Friday’s Air Quality Rated Worse than Beijing’s

Paris photo from Shutterstock A cloud of smog has enveloped Paris - and on Friday air pollution levels were actually worse than notoriously smoggy Beijing. The French capital is taking emergency

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Report Exposes How Marijuana Cultivation Leads to Environmental Devastation

Report Exposes How Marijuana Cultivation Leads to Environmental Devastation

In the wake of Washington and Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana, concerned cannabis users are beginning to realize that their high comes at a price to the planet. In an enormous buzzkill

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Nine Chinese Cities More Polluted than Beijing

Nine Chinese Cities More Polluted than Beijing

Beijing's suffocating smog has been grabbing global headlines for the past year. And the disturbing images coming from the Chinese capital have spurred Premiere Li Keqiang to declare a "war on pollution."

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Norway Set to Become First Nation With One Electric Vehicle For Every Hundred Cars

Norway Set to Become First Nation With One Electric Vehicle For Every Hundred Cars

At some point in April, the Nordic nation of Norway will become the first country in the world with one electric vehicle on the road for every 100 cars. Last September Norwegian auto buyers took to the

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