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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

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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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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

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Australian Ministry Wants to Cull Great White Sharks After Series of Attacks

Australian Ministry Wants to Cull Great White Sharks After Series of Attacks

Over the past year Australia has seen a series of shark attacks, with five deaths attributed to the Great White Shark. On Saturday, the latest victim - 24-year-old surfer Ben Linden - was fatally wounded

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City of San Francisco to Stop Buying Mac Products After Apple Drops EPEAT Green Electronics Certification

City of San Francisco to Stop Buying Mac Products After Apple Drops EPEAT Green Electronics Certification

When the news broke that Apple removed all 39 of its certified desktop computers, laptops and monitors from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)'s list of green electronics,

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Apple Rejoins EPEAT Green Electronics Registry After Public Outcry

Apple Rejoins EPEAT Green Electronics Registry After Public Outcry

Earlier this week Apple announced plans to pull EPEAT Green Electronics Certification from all 39 of its certified desktop computers, laptops and monitors, however today the company did a 180 on its

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Environmentalists Protest US Navy War Games Due to Sinking of Three Ships

Environmentalists Protest US Navy War Games Due to Sinking of Three Ships

Thanks to films like Battleship, we all know that war games are a crucial part of the US Navy's defense strategy. They provide ships' crews with the necessary training and expertise that they will need

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Scotland’s Fife Council Calls for a Ban on All Wind Farm Applications

Scotland’s Fife Council Calls for a Ban on All Wind Farm Applications

Wind Turbine photo from Shutterstock It's been a troubling month for wind power in the UK - the government announced plans to cut subsidies for onshore wind farms by 2020, and now the Scottish council

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UK Government to Scrap Subsidies For Onshore Wind Farms By 2020

UK Government to Scrap Subsidies For Onshore Wind Farms By 2020

Onshore wind farms have had their share of controversy in the UK like they have in many other countries. However the UK government has now decided to side with those that object to the renewable energy

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Toronto Becomes the Latest City To Ban Plastic Bags

Toronto Becomes the Latest City To Ban Plastic Bags

Plastic bag photo from Shutterstock On Wednesday, a last-minute motion led the Toronto City Council to ban plastic shopping bags in this city of 2.5 million. On January 1, 2013, Toronto will become the

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Rio+20: New UN Report Says Mankind’s Future is Not Sustainable

Rio+20: New UN Report Says Mankind’s Future is Not Sustainable

A new UN report issued in advance of the upcoming Rio+20 Conference calls for urgent environmental measures to protect not only the environment - but also ourselves. The report states that population

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Hawaii Officially Becomes the First U.S. State to Ban Plastic Bags!

Hawaii Officially Becomes the First U.S. State to Ban Plastic Bags!

Plastic Bag photo from Shutterstock Los Angeles may have recently become the largest city to ban plastic bags, but Hawaii just knocked it out of the park by banning plastic bags statewide! Honolulu

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Due To Industry Pressure FDA Delays New Sunscreen Labeling Rules for 6 Months

Due To Industry Pressure FDA Delays New Sunscreen Labeling Rules for 6 Months

The FDA announced on May 11 that they’ll be delaying implementation of pending sunscreen regulations that were supposed to mandate how sunscreens are labeled and marketed.  These changes that would

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US Consumers Willing To Pay Higher Utility Bills For Clean Energy

US Consumers Willing To Pay Higher Utility Bills For Clean Energy

According to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, Americans are willing to pay for slightly higher electricity bills for clean energy. The survey, led by researchers from Yale and

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EPA to Rule on Whether Greenhouse-Gas-Emitting Palm Oils Can be Used as Biofuel

EPA to Rule on Whether Greenhouse-Gas-Emitting Palm Oils Can be Used as Biofuel

Palm Oil photo from Shutterstock There's been a great deal of buzz lately about palm oil — the edible oil largely sourced in Indonesia and Malaysia from the fruit of the oil palm, which can also be

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President Obama Says Climate Change Will Be a Campaign Issue

President Obama Says Climate Change Will Be a Campaign Issue

During President Obama’s first term in office, observers have noted that the terms “global warming” and “climate change” have gradually been scrubbed from the

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Mexico’s House of Representatives Passes Landmark Climate Law

Mexico’s House of Representatives Passes Landmark Climate Law

Mexico is poised to become the second nation in the world (behind Great Britain) to pass sweeping climate change legislation that calls for dramatically reducing carbon emissions over the next four

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Lloyd’s of London Report Forsees Disaster in Arctic Development and Drilling

Lloyd’s of London Report Forsees Disaster in Arctic Development and Drilling

Lloyd’s of London market and the Royal Institute of International Affairs have released a new report which predicts huge risks for those looking to invest in the Arctic. The companies believe that if

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Obama Administration Announces New Clean-Energy Initiatives for the Military

Obama Administration Announces New Clean-Energy Initiatives for the Military

The US military spends up to $20 billion on oil every year, and as oil prices climb that amount is steadily increasing. But oil doesn't just cost the Pentagon in the form of tax dollars -- it presents

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NASA Climate Scientist Compares Climate Change to Slavery

NASA Climate Scientist Compares Climate Change to Slavery

This week, NASA climate scientist James Hansen described climate change as a “great moral issue” similar to the movement to end slavery. He linked the climate change debate with the 19th century

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Arizona Uranium Feared to Be Contaminating U.S. Beef Supply

Arizona Uranium Feared to Be Contaminating U.S. Beef Supply

Two years ago, a Navajo cattle rancher found an old uranium mine on his grazing land in Arizona. Even after the rancher notified federal officials, who discovered that levels of radioactivity were still

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Rick Perry Slams UK Program to Educate Texas Climate Skeptics

Rick Perry Slams UK Program to Educate Texas Climate Skeptics

Texas Governor Rick Perry has attacked the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office for its contribution to an initiative that tried to “educate” Texas politicians on climate change. Two state senators from

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EPA Introduces Carbon Limits on New Power Plants

EPA Introduces Carbon Limits on New Power Plants

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed setting federal limits on carbon emissions from new power plants, a move could spell the beginning of the end for conventional coal-fired power

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Denmark Announces Plans to Produce 100% of its Energy From Renewable Sources By 2050

Denmark Announces Plans to Produce 100% of its Energy From Renewable Sources By 2050

Here at Inhabitat, we are big fans of Denmark - not only did the country give the world LEGO bricks, but it has also fostered innovative green designers and major renewable energy projects. This week, the

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