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$700 Billion Investment in the Global Economy Could Curb Climate Change, Spur Economic Growth

$700 Billion Investment in the Global Economy Could Curb Climate Change, Spur Economic Growth

A new report released by the World Economic Forum shows that climate change is arguably the most pressing threat to the world economy. And with the world population set to increase from 7 billion to 9

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14 New ‘Carbon Bomb’ Fossil Fuel Projects Threaten to Increase Global Emissions by 20 Percent

14 New ‘Carbon Bomb’ Fossil Fuel Projects Threaten to Increase Global Emissions by 20 Percent

Photo via Shutterstock Just as scientists are warning us that we are reaching the point of no return when it comes to stopping climate change, Greenpeace has released a report showing that multiple

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President Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Address is Vague on Climate Change Agenda

President Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Address is Vague on Climate Change Agenda

Presidential inauguration speeches are tricky as they provide a relatively short amount of time to outline the POTUS' vision for the next four years, whilst paying lip service to the current concerns of

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Australia Could be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy Within 10 Years

Australia Could be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy Within 10 Years

Photo via Shutterstock It's perhaps a bit surprising that Australia—with its sunny self-presentation—is not only the world's largest exporter of coal, but at 28 billion tonnes of CO2 per year

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New Government Report Shows the Impact of Global Warming is Already Here

New Government Report Shows the Impact of Global Warming is Already Here

The impact of global warming is impossible to miss: from super storms to super droughts, there is hardly any area untouched by climate change. Globally, the average temperature has risen by 1.5 degrees -

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Japan Reverses Decision to Eliminate Nuclear Power, Pledges to Turn On Dormant Reactors

Japan Reverses Decision to Eliminate Nuclear Power, Pledges to Turn On Dormant Reactors

In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, countries around the world questioned the value of nuclear power - and Japan, reeling from the impact, vowed to become nuclear-free by 2040. Now, with the tragedy

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US Safety Agency Wants Hybrid and Electric Cars to Make More Noise

US Safety Agency Wants Hybrid and Electric Cars to Make More Noise

Most hybrid and electric cars don't combust fuel at slow speeds, which makes them virtually silent. It's a peaceful way to travel, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fears that these

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Germany Reaches a New High in 2012 With Record Solar Power Installation

Germany Reaches a New High in 2012 With Record Solar Power Installation

Solar power is booming in Germany, and 2012 has proven to be a record-breaking year for the country's already-impressive solar power generation. As part of the plan to eliminate nuclear energy and

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Canada Announces Plan to Phase Out the Penny Starting Next Month

Canada Announces Plan to Phase Out the Penny Starting Next Month

Canada has taken the plunge and announced it will soon phase out the penny from its monetary system. The iconic copper coin’s loss of face value over the past few years has made it less and less viable

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House Passes First Stage of Hurricane Sandy Relief Package

House Passes First Stage of Hurricane Sandy Relief Package

After a tumultuous week of finger-pointing and blame-gaming, the House of Representatives voted on and passed the first stage of the Hurricane Sandy relief package today. The legislation will allow for

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Congress Extends Wind Energy Federal Tax Credits For All 2013 Wind Power Projects

Congress Extends Wind Energy Federal Tax Credits For All 2013 Wind Power Projects

Wind turbine photo from Shutterstock As 2012 came to a close, many US energy companies were rushing to install last-minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expired at the stroke of

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Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Wind turbine photo from Shutterstock United States energy companies are clamoring to install last minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expires at the stroke of midnight tonight.

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University of Texas Fracking Study Discredited Over Researcher’s Financial Interests in Natural Gas

University of Texas Fracking Study Discredited Over Researcher’s Financial Interests in Natural Gas

The University of Texas (UT) at Austin has withdrawn a prominent study of the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” the controversial process used for extraction of natural gas

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EPA Chief and Fierce Defender of the Environment Lisa Jackson to Step Down

EPA Chief and Fierce Defender of the Environment Lisa Jackson to Step Down

One of the most strident defenders of the environment in President Obama’s administration, Lisa Jackson, announced yesterday that she will be resigning from her post as chief of the Environmental

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Japan May Scrap Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant Built On Active Seismic Fault

Japan May Scrap Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant Built On Active Seismic Fault

Japan is located in a seismically and volcanically active part of the world - which is why the country's decision to build nuclear power plants has always been so controversial. As the Fukushima incident

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Peru Bans Genetically Modified Foods for 10 Years

Peru Bans Genetically Modified Foods for 10 Years

Anybody planning to sneak genetically modified seeds into Peru should think twice - the country has just launched a historic ban on GMOs. Following a long struggle by the last administration's environment

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US Bans BP From New Government Contracts After Gulf Coast Oil Spill

US Bans BP From New Government Contracts After Gulf Coast Oil Spill

In the wake of the most recent $4.5 billion settlement and criminal charges, BP has now been suspended from all new government contracts within the United States. Citing a “lack of business

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Washington Steps Up with a 42-Point Plan to Battle Ocean Acidification

Washington Steps Up with a 42-Point Plan to Battle Ocean Acidification

The acidification of the oceans has been increasing at an alarming rate as carbon dioxide released into the air alters the chemistry of the oceans. But Washington State isn’t taking it lying down. In

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World Leaders Hopeful As 2012 Doha Climate Change Conference Kicks Off

World Leaders Hopeful As 2012 Doha Climate Change Conference Kicks Off

In recent years, climate change conferences have had underwhelming results - as the ones in Copenhagen and Bonn showed. However as the 18th session of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on

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What Hurricane Sandy Taught Us About America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

What Hurricane Sandy Taught Us About America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

Photo of a blacked out Lower Manhattan by Iwan Baan When Hurricane Sandy reached the eastern United States in late October, it wasn't a surprise visit - meteorologists had issued warnings about the

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After Hurricane Sandy and the Election, Will Climate Change Cease To Be a Political Taboo?

After Hurricane Sandy and the Election, Will Climate Change Cease To Be a Political Taboo?

Many people were frustrated with the lack of discussion about the environment before and during the 2012 election - there wasn't a single mention of climate change during the presidential debates (a first

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California’s “Right to Know” Proposition 37 Mandating GMO Labeling Defeated

California’s “Right to Know” Proposition 37 Mandating GMO Labeling Defeated

Although the biggest issue on the ballot this election was the question of the next president, many environmentally-minded Americans eagerly awaited the results of California’s Proposition 37. Dubbed

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How Sustainable is Mitt Romney’s Vision for America and the Environment?

How Sustainable is Mitt Romney’s Vision for America and the Environment?

The 2012 Presidential Election is tomorrow, and critical decisions regarding how the United States should tackle climate change and energy security will need to be made in the near future. Therefore, it

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California to Vote on GMO Labeling Proposal Next Week

California to Vote on GMO Labeling Proposal Next Week

Genfood photo from Shutterstock Next week, Proposition 37 will ask the people of California to decide whether they want GMO labels to be put on foods that have been genetically modified. It looks set

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Study Shows that Nuclear Power Plants in Europe are Not Ready for Disaster

Study Shows that Nuclear Power Plants in Europe are Not Ready for Disaster

The Fukushima disaster following the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 was an eye-opening event that caused many to wonder just how safe nuclear power is. Thanks to a new study commissioned as a result of

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New Study: Feds Underestimate Social Cost of Carbon Pollution by as Much as 12 Times

New Study: Feds Underestimate Social Cost of Carbon Pollution by as Much as 12 Times

Industrial Emissions photo from Shutterstock A new study just published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences calculates that the U.S. government is using a faulty model for estimating

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Whole Foods First Company to Regulate Organic Beauty Products

Whole Foods First Company to Regulate Organic Beauty Products

Whole Foods just made history by becoming the first national retailer to personally ensure that all of the body care products on its store shelves are certified organic. There are currently no federal

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Japan Announces Plans to Completely Abandon Nuclear Power by 2030

Japan Announces Plans to Completely Abandon Nuclear Power by 2030

Today the government of Japan announced plans to completely abolish nuclear power by as soon as 2030.  The declaration was spurred by last year’s Fukushima disaster, which caused officials to

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New Zealand’s Whanganui River is Granted Legal Personhood Status

New Zealand’s Whanganui River is Granted Legal Personhood Status

The lives of human beings and rivers have been intertwined since the beginning of mankind, but modern society rarely affords waterways significant protection. Which is what makes a decision by officials

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Chinese City of Guangzhou To Limit New Car Ownership Via Lottery System

Chinese City of Guangzhou To Limit New Car Ownership Via Lottery System

Photo via Shutterstock The idea that China's roads are mostly populated by bicycles is unfortunately a fading concept. In many major Chinese cities, traffic congestion is a massive problem, and cities

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