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15 Apparel Brands Who Have Not Signed the Bangladesh Safety Accord

15 Apparel Brands Who Have Not Signed the Bangladesh Safety Accord

Following the deaths of 1,127 garment workers in the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh on April 24, more than 40 of the world's leading apparel brands have signed the Accord on Fire &

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San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant to Close After 40 Years of Operation

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant to Close After 40 Years of Operation

Southern California Edison just announced plans to permanently close the San Onofre nuclear power plant after a 16-month battle over whether or not to restore its twin reactors. Facing political

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New Jersey Approves $447 Million Solar Power Program

New Jersey Approves $447 Million Solar Power Program

New Jersey just announced a major $447 million solar power initiative that includes an incentive for private citizens to add solar arrays to their homes. The plan proposed by Public Service Electric and

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Beijing Announces Pollution Tax on Gas to Decrease Dangerous Smog Levels

Beijing Announces Pollution Tax on Gas to Decrease Dangerous Smog Levels

Smog levels in Beijing reached dangerously high levels this past winter, and in January pollution levels were 10 to 15 times what the World Health Organization classifies as a health risk. Now China is

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UN Envoys Advised to Develop a Plan B For Failure to Meet Global CO2 Targets

UN Envoys Advised to Develop a Plan B For Failure to Meet Global CO2 Targets

Photo via Shutterstock In an effort to curb global climate change, policy makers and scientists agreed in 2010 that the total levels of CO2 emissions should not exceed 350 parts per million. That magic

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European Commission Accuses Statoil, BP and Shell of Fixing Oil Prices

European Commission Accuses Statoil, BP and Shell of Fixing Oil Prices

Photo via Shutterstock Oil giants make an enormous amount of money, but that doesn't stop them from manipulating the law to yield additional profits. Last week the offices of Statoil, BP, and Shell

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America’s First Climate Refugees are Native Alaskan Communities

America’s First Climate Refugees are Native Alaskan Communities

Alaska Glacier photo from Shutterstock For many years, climate change has displaced millions in the developing world - and now America is seeing its first climate refugees. Over 180 native communities

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Japan Takes Steps to Permanently Close First Nuclear Reactor Since Fukushima Disaster

Japan Takes Steps to Permanently Close First Nuclear Reactor Since Fukushima Disaster

Photo via Shutterstock Japan has hemmed and hawed about closing its nuclear reactors after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. At first there was talk of closing down all reactors, but the motion was whittled

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UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

A new United Nations report makes the startling assertion that disasters have resulted in $2.5 trillion in damage within the last 13 years alone. Those losses fall principally on the private sector,

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Obama Administration Sets Forth Vague Policy on the Future of the Arctic

Obama Administration Sets Forth Vague Policy on the Future of the Arctic

Alaska photo from Shutterstock Until this past Friday, the U.S. was the only Arctic nation that lacked a formal strategy in its approach to the region. In advance of Wednesday’s Arctic Council

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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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