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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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Activists Deliver 2 Million Public Comments Opposing Keystone XL Pipeline to Secretary John Kerry

Activists Deliver 2 Million Public Comments Opposing Keystone XL Pipeline to Secretary John Kerry

"People all across the country are concerned about this pipeline because it’s going to pollute the water. Because it’s going set off catastrophic climate change. Because it’s a security risk," Whit

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Keystone XL Fight Prompts Concerns About a Great Lakes Oil Spill

Keystone XL Fight Prompts Concerns About a Great Lakes Oil Spill

Image of Great Lakes / Shutterstock The fight to stop the Keystone XL pipeline is putting a spotlight on aging oil and gas pipeline infrastructure in the United States that could be vulnerable to

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New Nepalese Law Requires Climbers to Clean up Mt. Everest’s Shocking Garbage

New Nepalese Law Requires Climbers to Clean up Mt. Everest’s Shocking Garbage

Campers, hikers, and climbers should all follow a "Leave No Trace" approach when exploring the great outdoors. Unfortunately for Mt. Everest, a lack of this ethic has resulted in the famous peak being

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Snow-Melting Road Salt Wrecks Havoc on the Environment, Infrastructure

Snow-Melting Road Salt Wrecks Havoc on the Environment, Infrastructure

Road salt photo from Shutterstock It's been a particularly harsh winter for the Eastern United States, and many local governments have exhausted their stockpiles of salt used to melt ice on roads and

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NAS and Royal Society Scientists Answer All Your Climate Change Questions in New Report

NAS and Royal Society Scientists Answer All Your Climate Change Questions in New Report

Image of penguins on melting ice / Shutterstock A joint report released by the US National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society warns that not only is man-made global warming real, it will have

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USDA Pledges Millions to Help Honeybee Populations Recover

USDA Pledges Millions to Help Honeybee Populations Recover

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pulling out the big guns to save struggling honeybee populations, pledging millions of dollars to help ranchers and farmers nurture bee colonies for food production.

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Supreme Court Supports the EPA’s Power to Control Carbon Emissions

Supreme Court Supports the EPA’s Power to Control Carbon Emissions

Several U.S. Supreme Court justices just confirmed that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sufficient power to regulate carbon emissions. A case brought by 13 states and several power companies

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Los Angeles Launches First Bicycle Friendly Business District

Los Angeles Launches First Bicycle Friendly Business District

Los Angeles just launched the city's first Bicycle Friendly Business District (BFBD) in Northeast L.A., and it will serve as a pilot program for a larger citywide initiative in 2015-16. The public-private

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New NASA Satellite Image Shows California Drought from Space

New NASA Satellite Image Shows California Drought from Space

A newly released NASA satellite image taken from space shows the extent of California's worst drought since record-keeping started in 1885 and potentially the region's driest period in 500 years.

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United States’ Bold Vision for 2015 Paris Climate Deal Calls on Developing Countries to Limit Emissions

United States’ Bold Vision for 2015 Paris Climate Deal Calls on Developing Countries to Limit Emissions

The United States recently submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change its bold vision for an international climate deal in Paris, France in December 2015. The 11-page

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Beijing Passes First Regulations to Reduce Air Pollution

Beijing Passes First Regulations to Reduce Air Pollution

The famously smoggy Chinese capital of Beijing is finally doing something to curb its appalling air pollution. By a vote of 659-23, the Beijing Municipal People's Congress passed a new law that for the

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Oregon Prepares to Launch the West Coast’s First Offshore Wind Farm

Oregon Prepares to Launch the West Coast’s First Offshore Wind Farm

The Pacific Northwest state of Oregon is already home to America's second largest land-based wind farm -- the 845 megawatt (MW) Shepherds Flat Wind Farm. Now the state has taken a big step closer to

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USDA Says Global Warming is Hurting Agriculture, Announces “Climate Hubs” to Address the Threat

USDA Says Global Warming is Hurting Agriculture, Announces “Climate Hubs” to Address the Threat

Lengthy droughts, severe storms, epic floods and fires, and extreme temperatures have all wreaked havoc on the agricultural landscape in the past year, putting some ranchers and farmers out of business

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Obama Administration Announces the Creation of 7 “Climate Hubs” to Assist Farmers

Obama Administration Announces the Creation of 7 “Climate Hubs” to Assist Farmers

Although the Senate finally passed the long-awaited Farm Bill on Tuesday, the Obama administration has plans to bypass the sluggish, gridlocked legislative branch to help farms face climate change. The

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Farm Bill Passes the Senate with Massive Overhaul of Controversial Subsidy System

Farm Bill Passes the Senate with Massive Overhaul of Controversial Subsidy System

Farmers Market photo from Shutterstock The nearly one trillion dollar farm bill passed the senate on Tuesday, with plenty of good news for the state of agriculture, but also plenty of bad news. The

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‘Stop Keystone XL’ Protest Vigils Held Across the United States

‘Stop Keystone XL’ Protest Vigils Held Across the United States

Hundreds gathered on a chilly night at Lafayette Square across from the White House to tell President Obama to keep his climate promise and stand up to the fossil fuel industry by rejecting the dirty tar

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California Governor Urges Water Conservation Amid Worst Drought in 500 Years

California Governor Urges Water Conservation Amid Worst Drought in 500 Years

California drought / Shutterstock With no relief in sight for California's worst drought in state history and the driest period for the region in more than 500 years, Governor Jerry Brown is urging

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President Obama Calls for ‘Year of Action’ in 2014 State of the Union Address

President Obama Calls for ‘Year of Action’ in 2014 State of the Union Address

A confident, relaxed President Barack Obama delivered a rousing State of the Union address to both chambers of Congress and the American people Tuesday night that struck a populist tone resonating

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Delhi’s Air Pollution is Even Worse Than Beijing’s Smog

Delhi’s Air Pollution is Even Worse Than Beijing’s Smog

China gets all the attention when it comes to terrible air quality, but the truth is that the worst day in Beijing is really just an average day in Delhi. Though it gets far less notice, the air in

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European Union to Cut Emissions 40%, Produce 27% of Energy from Renewables by 2030

European Union to Cut Emissions 40%, Produce 27% of Energy from Renewables by 2030

The European Union just reached a landmark climate deal that is world's toughest. The compromise agreement is the result of intense negotiations between member states that delayed the unveiling of the

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Cape Wind Project Moves Forward With Siemens Wind Turbine Deal

Cape Wind Project Moves Forward With Siemens Wind Turbine Deal

The first offshore wind project in the United States moved a step closer to reality this week when Cape Wind Associates inked a deal with German wind turbine manufacturer Siemens to provide 3.5 megawatt

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FDA Demands Proof from Manufacturers that Antibacterial Soaps are Safe

FDA Demands Proof from Manufacturers that Antibacterial Soaps are Safe

Image © Shutterstock After years of research indicating that antibacterial chemicals in common household products may be causing health problems in consumers, the US Food and Drug Administration has

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UK Government Makes £90,000 Porsche Eligible for a Low-Carbon Grant

UK Government Makes £90,000 Porsche Eligible for a Low-Carbon Grant

How would you feel if your tax dollars were going to fund a £5,000 discount on a Porsche for the wealthy? UK citizens will now be able to receive a break on their £89,900 Panamera S E-Hybrid thanks to

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Two Ohio Senators Propose a State-Wide Ban on LEED Certification System

Two Ohio Senators Propose a State-Wide Ban on LEED Certification System

Ohio Senators Joe Uecker (R-Loveland) and Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) have submitted a resolution in the state senate to ban the LEED rating system in public construction projects. Both senators claim that

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Extreme Weather Costs the Global Economy $200 Billion a Year

Extreme Weather Costs the Global Economy $200 Billion a Year

In another stark reminder that the economy and environment can't be separated, a new World Bank report finds that climate-related damage from extreme weather events such as Typhoon Haiyan has cost the

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Majority of Red-State Americans Accept Climate Change, Want Government Action

Majority of Red-State Americans Accept Climate Change, Want Government Action

Personal experience of climate change trumps climate denial in red state America. That's the extraordinary conclusion of a new study that finds Republican lawmakers are vastly out of step with their

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2013 on Track to Be One of the Warmest Years on Record

2013 on Track to Be One of the Warmest Years on Record

In a statement on the status of the climate in 2013 released on Wednesday, the World Meteorological Association says this year is shaping up to be among the top ten warmest since records began in 1850.

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Three Colorado Cities Ban Fracking

Three Colorado Cities Ban Fracking

Three Colorado cities passed moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing Nov. 6 by surprisingly high margins. Residents of Boulder, Lafayette and Fort Collins all voted by significant margins to reject gas and

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