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Melbourne Becomes a Certified Carbon-Neutral City

Melbourne Becomes a Certified Carbon-Neutral City

“We’re already one of the world’s most livable cities, our challenge now is to ensure we are one of the world’s most sustainable cities,” says Melbourne’s Environment Portfolio Chair

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United States Infrastructure Scores D+ in New ASCE Report

United States Infrastructure Scores D+ in New ASCE Report

Infrastructure photo from Shutterstock Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers releases a report on the state of the nation’s infrastructure - and every year the United States

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President Obama Proposes $2 Billion in Funding to Replace Fossil Fuels

President Obama Proposes $2 Billion in Funding to Replace Fossil Fuels

Now that the sequester is in full swing, President Obama is proposing new sources of funding to finance his clean energy ambitions. The White House is urging Congress to divert $2 billion from oil and gas

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Secretary Salazar Approves 900 MW of New Solar Energy Developments in California

Secretary Salazar Approves 900 MW of New Solar Energy Developments in California

Photo via Shutterstock California is already leading the way in the US in terms of solar power, with over 1 gigawatt of solar energy generation already at work in the state. Now, California has

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Whole Foods Market Requires Suppliers to Label Products with GMO Ingredients by 2018

Whole Foods Market Requires Suppliers to Label Products with GMO Ingredients by 2018

Whole Foods customers asked for it, and they got it. Last week at the Natural Products Expo West, Whole Foods Market announced that by 2018, all of their suppliers must either make their products with

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London Unveils $1.51 Billion Bicycle Master Plan With 15-Mile Bike Highway

London Unveils $1.51 Billion Bicycle Master Plan With 15-Mile Bike Highway

London bikes photo from Shutterstock London is about to get a Holland-style bike-ability makeover, as Mayor Boris Johnson just announced a $1.51 billion master plan to improve the city's bicycle

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Greece Installed 300MW of Solar PV in January Alone!

Greece Installed 300MW of Solar PV in January Alone!

Even during an economic and political crisis, Greece has reason to boast. The country installed an amazing 300 MW of solar PV in the month of January alone, a third more than was installed last year and

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Southern Leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline is Already Halfway Finished

Southern Leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline is Already Halfway Finished

Recently, the State Department released a report claiming that the Keystone XL pipeline would have no significant impact on the environment. However, the study did not factor in the tremendous impact that

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Announces Plan to Make Los Angeles “Coal-Free” by 2025

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Announces Plan to Make Los Angeles “Coal-Free” by 2025

Following in the footsteps of other cities around the world, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a plan to make the city coal-free by 2025. Los Angeles relies on two aging out-of-state coal

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Environmentalists Baffled at State Department Claim that Keystone XL Would Have Little Environmental Impact

Environmentalists Baffled at State Department Claim that Keystone XL Would Have Little Environmental Impact

Rumors have been circulating as to whether or not the President would approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. On Friday, the State Department released a study suggesting that the pipeline, which is slated to

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President Obama Nominates Gina McCarthy for Head of the EPA

President Obama Nominates Gina McCarthy for Head of the EPA

Today, President Obama announced that his nominee to replace Lisa Jackson as head of the EPA is Gina McCarthy. McCarthy, who currently manages the EPA's Air and Radiation office, has played a critical

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President Obama Appoints Nuclear Physicist Ernest Moniz to Run Department of Energy

President Obama Appoints Nuclear Physicist Ernest Moniz to Run Department of Energy

This morning, President Obama announced his nomination of MIT physics professor Ernest Moniz to head up the US Department of Energy. Renewable energy advocates were dismayed at the appointing of the

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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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Study Reveals That Your Cat is a Serial Killer

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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