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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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Israeli Parliament to Install Rooftop Solar in 2014

Israeli Parliament to Install Rooftop Solar in 2014

Knesset image via Shutterstock Israeli financial daily Globes recently reported that the Middle Eastern nation's parliament is planning to install solar energy panels on the roof of its legislative

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Will Los Angeles Move Forward with Free, Citywide Wi-Fi Service?

Will Los Angeles Move Forward with Free, Citywide Wi-Fi Service?

WiFi and Los Angeles images from Shutterstock Los Angeles could become the largest U.S. city to offer its residents free, citywide Wi-Fi service if a motion introduced by City Councilman Bob

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Barcelona’s Euronet 50/50 Project Wins European Sustainable Energy “Learning” Award

Barcelona’s Euronet 50/50 Project Wins European Sustainable Energy “Learning” Award

Over the last decade, Europe has emerged as a leader in the development of innovative environmental initiatives that encourage public awareness and engagement when it comes to sustainable living. However,

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Bike Share Revolution: U.S. Fleet More than Doubles in 2013

Bike Share Revolution: U.S. Fleet More than Doubles in 2013

San Francisco's launch of Bay Area Bike Share has pushed the United States bicycle sharing fleet above 18,000, more than double the number of bikes in service since the beginning of the year. Bay Area

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Global Warming Threats in Just 10 Major Cities Could Cost 9 Percent of the World’s GDP by Mid-Century

Global Warming Threats in Just 10 Major Cities Could Cost 9 Percent of the World’s GDP by Mid-Century

Anton Oparin / Shutterstock.com The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy will ultimately cost billions of dollars to repair, which has researchers wondering what the global cost of climate change could be.

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UN Climate Panel Cites 95 Percent Certainty that Humans are Responsible For Global Warming

UN Climate Panel Cites 95 Percent Certainty that Humans are Responsible For Global Warming

A leaked draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's next big climate report finds near unanimous certainty that greenhouse gas emissions from humans are primarily responsible for global

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom!

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom!

Inhabitat readers might remember that we interviewed California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom in 2009, back when he was the mayor of San Francisco in a live webcast that was open to any of our readers

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Basque Activists Create Green Graffiti on a Hillside to Petition the Construction of a High Speed Train

Basque Activists Create Green Graffiti on a Hillside to Petition the Construction of a High Speed Train

Villagers in the French-Basque region have found a creative way of expressing their discontent with a new railway to be constructed on a picturesque hillside at the foot of La Rhune mountain. Residents

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WXY+West 8 Team Shortlisted for Rebuild by Design Competition Aimed at Designing Resilient Coastal Communities

WXY+West 8 Team Shortlisted for Rebuild by Design Competition Aimed at Designing Resilient Coastal Communities

The WXY + West 8 team has been selected as one of ten teams to be shortlisted for the Rebuild by Design competition, which is centered around building resiliency around US coasts to withstand severe

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China’s Climate Change Initiatives Are Leaving the US in the Dust

China’s Climate Change Initiatives Are Leaving the US in the Dust

While US lawmakers continue to debate whether climate change even exists, sweeping climate change reforms are starting to emerge from a surprising source—the People’s Republic of China. From massive

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Japanese Government and Auto Industry Team Up on $1.025 Billion EV Charging Plan

Japanese Government and Auto Industry Team Up on $1.025 Billion EV Charging Plan

Japan is pushing an ambitious $1.025 billion (100.5 Yuen) plan to install a national electric vehicle charging infrastructure powered by renewable energy, and the government is enlisting the help of the

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Global Solar Power Passes 100,000 Megawatt Milestone and Continues to Increase Rapidly

Global Solar Power Passes 100,000 Megawatt Milestone and Continues to Increase Rapidly

Image via Flickr The sun is shining on solar energy across the world. In 2012, a record 31,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) was installed, pushing the total global solar power capacity past

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Offshore Wind Turbines Could Power the Entire European Union Four Times Over

Offshore Wind Turbines Could Power the Entire European Union Four Times Over

Photo via Shutterstock A new report by The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has found that the European Union, from Portugal to Finland could source their all of their energy from floating wind

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US DOE Announces Plan to Create Efficiency Standards for Computers and Servers

US DOE Announces Plan to Create Efficiency Standards for Computers and Servers

The Internet has greened many aspects of modern life, such as reducing resource extraction and emissions by digital distribution of mail, music, paper goods, and entertainment. Even so, the infrastructure

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Why the Farm Bill Fails: Congress Ignores Hungry Americans in Favor of Big-Agriculture

Why the Farm Bill Fails: Congress Ignores Hungry Americans in Favor of Big-Agriculture

How is it that in a country with a government elected to represent all of the people, we end up with legislation that favors the very tiny minority? The Farm Bill, which passed through the House last

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Los Angeles Pays Residents to Rip Out Their Lawn

Los Angeles Pays Residents to Rip Out Their Lawn

Residents in Los Angeles are getting paid some green to go green by getting rid of their green (lawns, that is). The city's Department of Water and Power is paying homeowners to tear up their

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California Increases Solar Power Installations by 26 Percent in 2012

California Increases Solar Power Installations by 26 Percent in 2012

Photo via Shutterstock California is pushing to increase its investment in solar power, setting a lofty goal of 3,000 megawatts of power by 2017. Last year, the state boosted its solar installations

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US State Department Admits that It Doesn’t Know the Actual Route of the Keystone XL Pipeline

US State Department Admits that It Doesn’t Know the Actual Route of the Keystone XL Pipeline

The State Department has reassured the world that the Keystone Pipeline will probably have very little environmental impact, which is all well and good, except for one tiny detail: the State Department

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Germany’s Solar Industry is in Peril as Big Companies File for Insolvency

Germany’s Solar Industry is in Peril as Big Companies File for Insolvency

It seems that almost every other month, Germany sets a new solar power record. However, despite the sunny outlook for the current state of power generation, the solar panel industry has been showing signs

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Fish Win Big When Dead Oil Rigs are Left to Rot in Rigs-to-Reefs Program

Fish Win Big When Dead Oil Rigs are Left to Rot in Rigs-to-Reefs Program

Though it's hard to imagine, sometimes oil and gas rigs in the ocean can be a force for good. Offshore rigs act as artificial reefs for wildlife, providing plants and sea life a place to bunker down.

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India Outlaws All Animal Testing for Cosmetics and Their Ingredients

India Outlaws All Animal Testing for Cosmetics and Their Ingredients

Photo via Shutterstock In a bold and historic move, India has become the first South Asian nation to ban all animal testing for cosmetics. On Friday the Drug Controller General announced the ban,

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Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan Targets Dirty Coal Power Plants; No Decision on Keystone XL

Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan Targets Dirty Coal Power Plants; No Decision on Keystone XL

Image via Shutterstock In a speech today President Obama unveiled the United States' new Climate Change Action Plan, which calls for a three-pronged approach to cut pollution, build resilience, and

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President Obama Says He Will Only Approve Keystone XL Pipeline if it Doesn’t Increase Carbon Pollution

President Obama Says He Will Only Approve Keystone XL Pipeline if it Doesn’t Increase Carbon Pollution

Photo via Shutterstock In a landmark speech on climate change today, President Obama offered an insight into whether he'll approve the controversial 1,700-mile pipeline, explaining that he will only

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Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

As the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continues to leak radiation, Japan is turning its sights away from atomic power and towards solar energy. At the end of 2012, the country had installed solar

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Al Gore Calls on President Obama to Veto Keystone XL “Atrocity”

Al Gore Calls on President Obama to Veto Keystone XL “Atrocity”

The biggest decision of President Obama's two-term presidency looms ahead, and environmentalists are increasingly concerned that Obama will cave to fossil fuel interests and approve the Keystone XL

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Map Reveals Who is Eating Their Fruits and Vegetables in America

Map Reveals Who is Eating Their Fruits and Vegetables in America

Just about every doctor on the planet will advise their patients to eat a good selection of fruits and vegetables each day in order to bolster their health, but for some Americans, it's simply not that

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