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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

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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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