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Britain’s Green Investment Bank Loans $1 Billion in First Months of Business

Britain’s Green Investment Bank Loans $1 Billion in First Months of Business

Photo via Shutterstock In order to help reduce carbon emissions by 2020, the UK government recently opened the Green Investment Bank (GIB) in Edinburgh, making it the first bank in the world focused

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Brown University Joins Growing Movement to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Brown University Joins Growing Movement to Divest from Fossil Fuels

As a college student, you would hope to attend an institution that values enlightened ideals and sound investments. However, at many universities across the country, portions of large endowments have long

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State Department Steps in to Block Access to 3D-Printed Liberator Gun Blueprints

State Department Steps in to Block Access to 3D-Printed Liberator Gun Blueprints

It has only been a couple of days since the Liberator 3D-printed gun was successfully fired in Texas by Defense Distributed. But after the gun was downloaded over 100,000 times in just two days, the State

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Blueprints for 3D-Printed Liberator Gun Have Been Downloaded 100,000 Times in Just Two Days

Blueprints for 3D-Printed Liberator Gun Have Been Downloaded 100,000 Times in Just Two Days

There are those who will only let their firearms be taken away from their cold, dead 3D printers. Defense Distributed, a group of IT professionals, students, and engineers located in the US and Germany,

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California Bill Introduced to Lower Sales Tax on Plug-in Electric Vehicles

California Bill Introduced to Lower Sales Tax on Plug-in Electric Vehicles

Many of us would love to own a shiny new car, especially if that vehicle were at the forefront of cutting-edge technology. Electric vehicles seem like an enlightened way to get around without having to

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Obama to Appoint Anthony R. Foxx, the Mayor of Charlotte, the Next Transportation Secretary

Obama to Appoint Anthony R. Foxx, the Mayor of Charlotte, the Next Transportation Secretary

Five months after re-election, President Obama is finally filling out his second term cabinet appointments. White House officials say that the president is planning to nominate Anthony R. Foxx, the mayor

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Track the Single Use Plastic Bag Ban Movement with This Interactive Map

Track the Single Use Plastic Bag Ban Movement with This Interactive Map

There isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to the single use plastic bag issue since the finer points of each problem can be different and unique to each location. What this interactive map showcases are

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USDA Whistleblowers Warn of Chemical Hazards in Poultry Plants

USDA Whistleblowers Warn of Chemical Hazards in Poultry Plants

Recently, states such as New York, Montana, North Dakota, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri have passed  laws that seek to outlaw or limit undercover farm investigations that have been dubbed "ag-gag bills" by

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EPA Wants State Department to Reassess Their Analysis of the Keystone XL Pipeline

EPA Wants State Department to Reassess Their Analysis of the Keystone XL Pipeline

In March, the State Department issued a controversial analysis of the Keystone XL Pipeline that stated the project would have no significant impact on the environment. Needless to say, this raised the

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Europe’s Carbon Market Failures Expose Flaws in the Cap and Trade System

Europe’s Carbon Market Failures Expose Flaws in the Cap and Trade System

There once was a time when cap and trade plans looked like our best hope for limiting carbon emissions. But recent fluctuations in the European carbon market seem to indicate trouble in paradise. The

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US Department of Energy Seizes $21 Million from Fisker Automotive

US Department of Energy Seizes $21 Million from Fisker Automotive

In this economy, it isn't just students and homeowners who are having trouble paying back their loans. In a statement on Monday, the US Department of Energy said that it had seized $21 million from

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Google Announces Renewable Energy Data Center Plan

Google Announces Renewable Energy Data Center Plan

Photo via Shutterstock Google has long been at the forefront of technological advancement, and now the Silicon Valley giant has come up with a plan that could potentially take the renewable energy

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Kansas Seeks to Outlaw Sustainable Development Through State Law

Kansas Seeks to Outlaw Sustainable Development Through State Law

A new Kansas state house bill introduced by the Committee on Energy and the Environment is seeking to outlaw sustainable development. Although some believe that green infrastructure can ensure a high

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Germany Quadruples Energy Surplus Over the Last Two Years

Germany Quadruples Energy Surplus Over the Last Two Years

Solar power photo from Shutterstock For a country phasing out its nuclear plants, you might expect a downturn in energy production. But Germany has actually seen its power output quadruple between

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Exxon Will Not Pay for Cleanup of 12,000 Barrels of Crude in Arkansas as Leak is Not “Oil”

Exxon Will Not Pay for Cleanup of 12,000 Barrels of Crude in Arkansas as Leak is Not “Oil”

Photo via Shutterstock Due to a thirty-year-old law, Exxon will not be paying into the federal fund that will pay for the cleanup of 12,000 barrels of crude oil that leaked from its Pegasus Pipeline in

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Global Wind Power Production to Break 300,000 MW This Year, Could Top 425,000 MW by 2015

Global Wind Power Production to Break 300,000 MW This Year, Could Top 425,000 MW by 2015

Photo via Shutterstock After reaching record levels of production in 2012, the world's wind power capacity is projected to grow to reach 300,000 MW by the end of 2013. With major projects announced in

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Denmark Now 25 Percent Powered by Offshore Wind, Aims to Double Capacity by 2020

Denmark Now 25 Percent Powered by Offshore Wind, Aims to Double Capacity by 2020

Photo via Shutterstock Denmark has an impressive track record when it comes to the adoption of renewable energy, and the nation has been working quickly to develop its substantial offshore wind

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China Sets Forth a 3-Year, $16-Billion Plan to Fight Extreme Pollution in Beijing

China Sets Forth a 3-Year, $16-Billion Plan to Fight Extreme Pollution in Beijing

The air quality in Beijing has been hovering above the “very unhealthy” and “hazardous” levels since the beginning of this year and there has been mounting frustration with the government in China

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Obama Administration to Move Forward with Regulations Requiring Cleaner-Burning Gasoline by 2017

Obama Administration to Move Forward with Regulations Requiring Cleaner-Burning Gasoline by 2017

Photo via Shutterstock Today, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to push ahead with regulations that will require the production of cleaner gasoline and impose fleet-wide pollution limits

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Scientists Find that 2011 Oklahoma Earthquake May Have Been Caused by Fracking

Scientists Find that 2011 Oklahoma Earthquake May Have Been Caused by Fracking

Oklahoma is no stranger to small earthquakes, but a series of larger earthquakes in 2011, including one that reached a 5.7 magnitude, had some people wondering whether hydraulic fracturing had anything to

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Melbourne Becomes a Certified Carbon-Neutral City

Melbourne Becomes a Certified Carbon-Neutral City

“We’re already one of the world’s most livable cities, our challenge now is to ensure we are one of the world’s most sustainable cities,” says Melbourne’s Environment Portfolio Chair

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United States Infrastructure Scores D+ in New ASCE Report

United States Infrastructure Scores D+ in New ASCE Report

Infrastructure photo from Shutterstock Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers releases a report on the state of the nation’s infrastructure - and every year the United States

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President Obama Proposes $2 Billion in Funding to Replace Fossil Fuels

President Obama Proposes $2 Billion in Funding to Replace Fossil Fuels

Now that the sequester is in full swing, President Obama is proposing new sources of funding to finance his clean energy ambitions. The White House is urging Congress to divert $2 billion from oil and gas

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Secretary Salazar Approves 900 MW of New Solar Energy Developments in California

Secretary Salazar Approves 900 MW of New Solar Energy Developments in California

Photo via Shutterstock California is already leading the way in the US in terms of solar power, with over 1 gigawatt of solar energy generation already at work in the state. Now, California has

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Whole Foods Market Requires Suppliers to Label Products with GMO Ingredients by 2018

Whole Foods Market Requires Suppliers to Label Products with GMO Ingredients by 2018

Whole Foods customers asked for it, and they got it. Last week at the Natural Products Expo West, Whole Foods Market announced that by 2018, all of their suppliers must either make their products with

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London Unveils $1.51 Billion Bicycle Master Plan With 15-Mile Bike Highway

London Unveils $1.51 Billion Bicycle Master Plan With 15-Mile Bike Highway

London bikes photo from Shutterstock London is about to get a Holland-style bike-ability makeover, as Mayor Boris Johnson just announced a $1.51 billion master plan to improve the city's bicycle

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Greece Installed 300MW of Solar PV in January Alone!

Greece Installed 300MW of Solar PV in January Alone!

Even during an economic and political crisis, Greece has reason to boast. The country installed an amazing 300 MW of solar PV in the month of January alone, a third more than was installed last year and

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Southern Leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline is Already Halfway Finished

Southern Leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline is Already Halfway Finished

Recently, the State Department released a report claiming that the Keystone XL pipeline would have no significant impact on the environment. However, the study did not factor in the tremendous impact that

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Announces Plan to Make Los Angeles “Coal-Free” by 2025

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Announces Plan to Make Los Angeles “Coal-Free” by 2025

Following in the footsteps of other cities around the world, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a plan to make the city coal-free by 2025. Los Angeles relies on two aging out-of-state coal

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Environmentalists Baffled at State Department Claim that Keystone XL Would Have Little Environmental Impact

Environmentalists Baffled at State Department Claim that Keystone XL Would Have Little Environmental Impact

Rumors have been circulating as to whether or not the President would approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. On Friday, the State Department released a study suggesting that the pipeline, which is slated to

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