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Japanese Prime Minister Announces Plans to Start Bringing Nuclear Power Plants Back Online

Japanese Prime Minister Announces Plans to Start Bringing Nuclear Power Plants Back Online

Photo via Shutterstock Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced today that Japan plans to begin restarting its idled nuclear plants later this year. All 50 of Japan's nuclear reactors were taken

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BP Reveals It Knew About Explosion Risk at the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Before It Happened

BP Reveals It Knew About Explosion Risk at the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Before It Happened

Former BP America president Lamar McKay recently revealed in court that the company knew about the risk of explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig well before it took place. Engineers expressed concern as

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Federal Government Claims BP Chose Money Over Safety in First Day of BP Oil Spill Trial

Federal Government Claims BP Chose Money Over Safety in First Day of BP Oil Spill Trial

This morning the Federal Government kicked off the first day of the BP oil spill trial by stating that the disaster, which caused millions of gallons of oil to spill into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, was

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Monsanto May Seek to Revive ‘Terminator’ Technology

Monsanto May Seek to Revive ‘Terminator’ Technology

Photo via Shutterstock Agri-giant Monsanto is headed to the Supreme Court this week for a battle against 75-year-old Indian farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman. If Bowman wins, it could be hailed as a massive

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President Obama Vows to ‘Go It Alone’ on Climate Change in State of the Union Speech

President Obama Vows to ‘Go It Alone’ on Climate Change in State of the Union Speech

During President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address, he briefly touched upon his plans for combating climate change and reducing emissions, but didn't go into any meaningful detail. However during the State

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Monsanto Has Sued Hundreds of Small Farmers, Heads to the Supreme Court

Monsanto Has Sued Hundreds of Small Farmers, Heads to the Supreme Court

Biotech Goliath Monsanto is well-known for its litigious tendencies among farmers, having sued hundreds of them over the years to the tune of over 23 million dollars, according to a recent report. Now the

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Mayor Thomas Menino Prepares Boston for Climate Change After Hurricane Sandy

Mayor Thomas Menino Prepares Boston for Climate Change After Hurricane Sandy

The damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy on New York has put the fear of climate change in the hearts of other coastal communities in the US. Having narrowly averted the worst of Sandy, Boston's Mayor Thomas

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New Study Reveals That Your Cat is a Serial Killer

New Study Reveals That Your Cat is a Serial Killer

Most of us are familiar with the savage instincts of our feline friends; some kittens playfully pounce upon balls of wool or fuzzy, rattling toy mice, while human companions of outdoor cats may have been

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Smog Continues to Blanket Beijing with Pollution Levels That Are Completely Off the Charts

Smog Continues to Blanket Beijing with Pollution Levels That Are Completely Off the Charts

Smog continues to cloak the city of Beijing with pollution levels that are off the charts. Officials warned residents not to leave their homes this week unless absolutely necessary as the toxic air

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New NASA Report Shows Scientific Consensus on Global Warming From Four Independent Institutions

New NASA Report Shows Scientific Consensus on Global Warming From Four Independent Institutions

For those who still harbor a shred of doubt about the reality of climate change, a recent report released by NASA should put those doubts to rest. According to the report, four independent institutions

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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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