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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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Philippines Delegate Goes on Hunger Strike at U.N. Climate Change Conference

Philippines Delegate Goes on Hunger Strike at U.N. Climate Change Conference

With his country still reeling from Super Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines delegate Naderev "Yeb" Saño made an emotional plea for meaningful action at the COP19 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Warsaw,

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Governments Give $500 Billion to Climate Change-Causing Fossil Fuels Industry

Governments Give $500 Billion to Climate Change-Causing Fossil Fuels Industry

Governments around the world are contributing to catastrophic climate change and blocking renewable energy alternatives by subsidizing the fossil fuel industry. A new report from British think tank the

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President Obama Issues Executive Order to Prepare the United States for Climate Change

President Obama Issues Executive Order to Prepare the United States for Climate Change

In a decisive action some feared would never come, President Obama today signed an executive order that will begin to prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change. The order comes just one

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US Makes Good on Pledge to End Coal Financing Overseas

US Makes Good on Pledge to End Coal Financing Overseas

Last June President Obama made a pledge to end coal financing abroad as part of an effort to stop climate change. After making the promise, the World Bank, where the US holds the most voting power, also

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Dutch City Boasts Three Times as Many Bikes as Cars!

Dutch City Boasts Three Times as Many Bikes as Cars!

The ancient university town of Groningen in the north of the Netherlands is one of the world's most bicycle-friendly cities. Groningen boasts around 300,000 bikes and only 75,000 cars, and it's a model

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United States Government Shutdown Cuts Down on Emissions

United States Government Shutdown Cuts Down on Emissions

US Capitol photo from Shutterstock President Obama has been pushing an environmental agenda since he stepped into office in 2008. He has made statements, called for the lease of more federal land for

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Infographic: The World’s Biggest Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Infographic: The World’s Biggest Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On the eve of the International Panel on Climate Change's fifth assessment report, it's a good time to remind ourselves that curbing greenhouse gas emissions is the best way to address climate change. In

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Nominee Ron Binz Struggles With Coal

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Nominee Ron Binz Struggles With Coal

President Obama's nominee to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Ron Binz, is in jeopardy after failing to win key supporters at a confirmation hearing this month and misleading the Senate

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George W. Bush Library Gets a “Climate Hero Award” for Achieving LEED Platinum Status

George W. Bush Library Gets a “Climate Hero Award” for Achieving LEED Platinum Status

In an ironic turn of events, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum received a "Climate Hero Award" from California Senator Barbara Boxer on Monday. While the architects who designed facility

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UNICEF Study Warns Children Will be Hit Hardest by Climate Change

UNICEF Study Warns Children Will be Hit Hardest by Climate Change

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has released a report that reveals the world's children are most at risk from the effects of global warming. More than 600 million children who live in the 10

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Infographic: Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Bill Sets Goals for a Green Future

Infographic: Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Bill Sets Goals for a Green Future

Maryland is going green in a big way by launching a series of initiatives to cut its greenhouse gas emissions, reduce waste, and increase recycling rates 85% by 2030. This infographic by Vangel outlines

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Scotland Approves Europe’s Largest Tidal Energy Project

Scotland Approves Europe’s Largest Tidal Energy Project

The government of Scotland just gave the green light to develop Europe's largest tidal energy project and the first commercial tidal turbine array in Scottish waters. MayGen Ltd. was awarded the 86

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