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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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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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