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The University of Texas (UT) at Austin has withdrawn a prominent study of the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” the controversial process used for extraction of natural gas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

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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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Australia to Join EU Carbon Emission Market (Allowing Companies to Pay to Pollute)

Australia to Join EU Carbon Emission Market (Allowing Companies to Pay to Pollute)

Industrial Chimney photo from Shutterstock Carbon trading markets are controversial since they allows companies to essentially 'pay to pollute'. However, Australia has just announced that it plans to

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The Canadian Government Ruthlessly Works Out the Cost of a Polar Bear

The Canadian Government Ruthlessly Works Out the Cost of a Polar Bear

The polar bear is the largest land predator on the planet. Its sheer size, power, grace, cuteness (when young) and its endangered status has made it an emblem of the environmental movement and a source of

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New Report Lauds Intel, HP, Apple for Manufacturing with Conflict-Free Minerals

New Report Lauds Intel, HP, Apple for Manufacturing with Conflict-Free Minerals

In a world where consumers are becoming increasingly socially conscious, "conflict minerals" are to electronics what blood diamonds are to jewelry. A new report released by Enough Project, a think tank

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Federal Government Suspends Nuclear Power Permits Until Waste Issue is Resolved

Federal Government Suspends Nuclear Power Permits Until Waste Issue is Resolved

Cooling Tower photo from Shutterstock Nuclear waste issues have been plaguing the US federal government for decades - and they finally came to a head this year. In June, a US Court of Appeals ruled

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Is DEFRA Not Doing Enough to Battle Bee-Killing Pesticides In the UK?

Is DEFRA Not Doing Enough to Battle Bee-Killing Pesticides In the UK?

It has long been theorized that the use of certain pesticides has contributed to the declining bee population around the world. In order to counter and further prevent the detrimental effect to the UK's

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6 Ways in Which London 2012 has Failed to be ‘The Green Olympics’

6 Ways in Which London 2012 has Failed to be ‘The Green Olympics’

1. The unsustainable games London's bid for the Olympic Games revolved entirely around sustainability. Their concept, "Towards a One Planet Olympics", was based on the notion that if the entire world's

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USGBC’s LEED v4 Plays High Stakes With Industry Special Interests

USGBC’s LEED v4 Plays High Stakes With Industry Special Interests

With a flurry of controversial discussions surrounding the 4th installment of LEED (formally known as LEED 2012), the USGBC has found themselves on a collision course with powerful construction

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Pakistan Rejects Foreign Aid for Combating Climate Change

Pakistan Rejects Foreign Aid for Combating Climate Change

Lahore Skyline photo from Shutterstock Although Pakistan is a relatively small contributor to global warming (approximately 0.8% of global C02 emissions), it is reported to be one of the world's 10

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Legislation for Team USA Uniforms To Be Made in America Introduced in the Senate

Legislation for Team USA Uniforms To Be Made in America Introduced in the Senate

Members of Congress are not letting Ralph Lauren's "made in China" Olympic uniform snafu go away quietly. In fact, having Team USA's Olympic uniforms made in the US is one of the only thing Democrats and

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