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Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields

Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields

Natural gas flaring is basically another excuse for the oil and gas industry to avoid proper regulation and do whatever they want in order to make more money. Releasing dangerous toxins into the

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NASA Launches First Mission to Track Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

NASA Launches First Mission to Track Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

NASA just successfully launched a new satellite that will track atmospheric carbon dioxide - the greenhouse gas that most climate scientists agree is the main driver of global warming. The Orbiting Carbon

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Global Renewable Energy Capacity Has Nearly Doubled to 1,560 Gigawatts Since 2004

Global Renewable Energy Capacity Has Nearly Doubled to 1,560 Gigawatts Since 2004

In the past nine years, global renewable energy capacity has nearly doubled from 800 gigawatts to 1,560 gigawatts, with solar and wind showing the biggest gains. According to the Renewable Energy Policy

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German State to Reach 100% Renewable Power This Year

German State to Reach 100% Renewable Power This Year

Germany recently smashed three solar energy records in just two weeks and set a new overall renewables record last month with 74 percent clean energy use during the middle of the day. Now the Federal

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New Report Shows that Fishermen in the US Lose $1 Billion in Wasted Catch Every Year

New Report Shows that Fishermen in the US Lose $1 Billion in Wasted Catch Every Year

Each time a fisherman casts a net, unwanted fish and marine life, known as by-catch, gets caught up in the process. Most of the animals are tossed out, although oftentimes they are already dying, if not

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Mayors from Across the Nation Sign Pledge to Address Climate Change

Mayors from Across the Nation Sign Pledge to Address Climate Change

Mayors from around the nation met this week in Dallas, Texas to discuss the issues important to their communities - and one of the major topics this year was climate change. Mayors from New Orleans to

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President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

Adding to a string of great green initiatives coming out of the White House recently, President Obama recently announced the creation of a new Pollinator Health Task Force. The Task Force will address

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Berkeley Could Soon Require Global Warming Stickers on Gas Pumps

Berkeley Could Soon Require Global Warming Stickers on Gas Pumps

Taking a page from the successful fight against Big Tobacco, Berkeley, California could soon become the first American city to require that its gas pumps are affixed with stickers warning drivers that

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President Obama Announces Executive Order to Fight Illegal Fishing

President Obama Announces Executive Order to Fight Illegal Fishing

This morning President Barack Obama announced sweeping new initiatives to combat illegal fishing and "seafood fraud." Using his executive power in the name of a major environmental issue for the second

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Vermont Becomes First State to Create Long-Term Climate Plan

Vermont Becomes First State to Create Long-Term Climate Plan

From experimenting with single payer health care to raising its minimum wage, Vermont always seems to be a step ahead of national policy. Now the forward-thinking New England state can boast the nation's

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Report: Cost of Climate Change to Auto Industry Drastically Exceeds Cost of New EPA Standards

Report: Cost of Climate Change to Auto Industry Drastically Exceeds Cost of New EPA Standards

A new report refutes the argument that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed carbon pollution regulations will create an economic catastrophe. The study examines the impact of the EPA rules

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Illinois Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics

Illinois Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics

Illinois passed a bill last Sunday that makes it the first state in the U.S. to ban plastic microbeads in soaps and cosmetics. From the end of 2018 it will be illegal to manufacture products containing

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UK Jumps on the Driverless Car Bandwagon with New Legislation

UK Jumps on the Driverless Car Bandwagon with New Legislation

The UK refuses to be left out of the driverless car revolution. Science minister David Willetts is encouraging British companies to develop self-driving cars, and to ease implementation of the vehicles

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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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