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United States’ Bold Vision for 2015 Paris Climate Deal Calls on Developing Countries to Limit Emissions

United States’ Bold Vision for 2015 Paris Climate Deal Calls on Developing Countries to Limit Emissions

The United States recently submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change its bold vision for an international climate deal in Paris, France in December 2015. The 11-page

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Snowden Leaks Reveal the U.S. Spied During Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009

Snowden Leaks Reveal the U.S. Spied During Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009

Edward Snowden's massive data leak has uncovered stunning secrets concerning the NSA's dubious behavior. The government agency seems to have an eye on every aspect of domestic and foreign policy,

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Russia is Jailing Environmentalists Who Speak Out Against the Sochi Olympics

Russia is Jailing Environmentalists Who Speak Out Against the Sochi Olympics

Russia has gone through great pains to present the Olympic Games in Sochi as an environmentally responsible event. Yet the environmental damage from Olympic construction has been hard to ignore. And now

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‘Stop Keystone XL’ Protest Vigils Held Across the United States

‘Stop Keystone XL’ Protest Vigils Held Across the United States

Hundreds gathered on a chilly night at Lafayette Square across from the White House to tell President Obama to keep his climate promise and stand up to the fossil fuel industry by rejecting the dirty tar

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Keystone XL Impact Report Leaves Environmentalists Disappointed

Keystone XL Impact Report Leaves Environmentalists Disappointed

Image © Shutterstock A long-awaited report from the US State Department claims that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is unlikely to add to global greenhouse gasses in any significant way -- not

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President Obama Calls for ‘Year of Action’ in 2014 State of the Union Address

President Obama Calls for ‘Year of Action’ in 2014 State of the Union Address

A confident, relaxed President Barack Obama delivered a rousing State of the Union address to both chambers of Congress and the American people Tuesday night that struck a populist tone resonating

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Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Unlikely to Include Ambitious Environmental Promises

Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Unlikely to Include Ambitious Environmental Promises

 Image © Shutterstock If you were hoping to hear Obama announce plans to aggressively tackle climate change or promote green energy in this year’s State of the Union address, you’d better prepare

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The NSA Wants to Cool Data Snoop Centers with Americans’ Poop

The NSA Wants to Cool Data Snoop Centers with Americans’ Poop

Image via Shutterstock The US National Security Agency has received a lot of criticism for monitoring the public's actions and violating their privacy. Now, it turns out, they not only want your cell

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Cape Wind Project Moves Forward With Siemens Wind Turbine Deal

Cape Wind Project Moves Forward With Siemens Wind Turbine Deal

The first offshore wind project in the United States moved a step closer to reality this week when Cape Wind Associates inked a deal with German wind turbine manufacturer Siemens to provide 3.5 megawatt

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Scientists Want to Tax Meat to Cut Methane Emissions, Slow Global Warming

Scientists Want to Tax Meat to Cut Methane Emissions, Slow Global Warming

A group of scientists aren't waiting for the world to follow Al Gore's lead by going vegan to save the planet. Instead, they want to tax meat in order to reduce livestock methane emissions, a potent

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EPA Official Sentenced for Scamming Agency Out of $900k by Claiming to be a Spy

EPA Official Sentenced for Scamming Agency Out of $900k by Claiming to be a Spy

Photo © Shutterstock John C. Beale, a former senior advisor for the US Environmental Protection Agency, was sentenced to 32 months in prison Wednesday for defrauding the agency out of nearly $900,000

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133 Developing Nations Walk Out of COP 19 Climate Talks Because of Stubborn Industrialized Countries

133 Developing Nations Walk Out of COP 19 Climate Talks Because of Stubborn Industrialized Countries

In Warsaw, 133 representatives from developing nations walked out of COP 19 climate negotiations. Their exit follows a refusal from industrialized countries such as the United States, Canada, Norway, and

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Extreme Weather Costs the Global Economy $200 Billion a Year

Extreme Weather Costs the Global Economy $200 Billion a Year

In another stark reminder that the economy and environment can't be separated, a new World Bank report finds that climate-related damage from extreme weather events such as Typhoon Haiyan has cost the

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Majority of Red-State Americans Accept Climate Change, Want Government Action

Majority of Red-State Americans Accept Climate Change, Want Government Action

Personal experience of climate change trumps climate denial in red state America. That's the extraordinary conclusion of a new study that finds Republican lawmakers are vastly out of step with their

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2013 on Track to Be One of the Warmest Years on Record

2013 on Track to Be One of the Warmest Years on Record

In a statement on the status of the climate in 2013 released on Wednesday, the World Meteorological Association says this year is shaping up to be among the top ten warmest since records began in 1850.

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Philippines Delegate Goes on Hunger Strike at U.N. Climate Change Conference

Philippines Delegate Goes on Hunger Strike at U.N. Climate Change Conference

With his country still reeling from Super Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines delegate Naderev "Yeb" Saño made an emotional plea for meaningful action at the COP19 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Warsaw,

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Governments Give $500 Billion to Climate Change-Causing Fossil Fuels Industry

Governments Give $500 Billion to Climate Change-Causing Fossil Fuels Industry

Governments around the world are contributing to catastrophic climate change and blocking renewable energy alternatives by subsidizing the fossil fuel industry. A new report from British think tank the

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President Obama Issues Executive Order to Prepare the United States for Climate Change

President Obama Issues Executive Order to Prepare the United States for Climate Change

In a decisive action some feared would never come, President Obama today signed an executive order that will begin to prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change. The order comes just one

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Poachers Kill Over 300 Elephants by Dumping Cyanide in Zimbabwe Watering Holes

Poachers Kill Over 300 Elephants by Dumping Cyanide in Zimbabwe Watering Holes

A few weeks ago Inhabitat reported that three men were arrested in Zimbabwe for pouring cyanide into a watering hole and killing 81 elephants. Now, the death toll has risen to include over 300 elephants,

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Monsanto Hires Former Senator Blanche Lincoln as Washington Lobbyist

Monsanto Hires Former Senator Blanche Lincoln as Washington Lobbyist

If a senator fails to win a reelection bid, all hope of a political career is not lost. Like former Arkansas Democrat Sen. Blanche Lincoln, they can open their own lobbying group and attract big players

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Bipartisan Deal Could End Government Shutdown Tonight, Prevent U.S. Default

Bipartisan Deal Could End Government Shutdown Tonight, Prevent U.S. Default

US Capitol photo from Shutterstock More than two weeks after disagreements over the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) forced a partial shutdown of the federal government, it appears that relief may

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Some States Petition to Re-Open National Parks During Government Shutdown

Some States Petition to Re-Open National Parks During Government Shutdown

Photo via Shutterstock When the government shut its doors, the national parks closed down with it, which means that no one can see the Statue of Liberty, check out the presidents at Mount Rushmore or

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90% of America’s Nuclear Regulators to be Furloughed Today

90% of America’s Nuclear Regulators to be Furloughed Today

Image via Shutterstock As the government shutdown continues to drag on, there have been some troubling new developments; the Nuclear Regulatory Commission just announced that it expects to furlough

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Russia Charges 14 Greenpeace Activists With Piracy for Activism in the Arctic

Russia Charges 14 Greenpeace Activists With Piracy for Activism in the Arctic

The Russian government announced on Wednesday that they would be charging 14 Greenpeace activists with piracy for their activism in the Arctic. Two weeks ago, a group of 30 people staged a protest aboard

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Israeli Parliament to Install Rooftop Solar in 2014

Israeli Parliament to Install Rooftop Solar in 2014

Knesset image via Shutterstock Israeli financial daily Globes recently reported that the Middle Eastern nation's parliament is planning to install solar energy panels on the roof of its legislative

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Who is the Greenest Candidate for NYC Mayor?

Who is the Greenest Candidate for NYC Mayor?

The New York City mayoral race has been heating up with candidates making their final attempts to woo voters before the primary election tomorrow . So far, most of the candidates have been pretty quiet

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App Alerts Users to Drone Strikes

App Alerts Users to Drone Strikes

In a time when military strikes can be controlled from remote location, without ever having to engage with the enemy directly, it is easier than ever to become distanced from the realities of war. So data

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UN Climate Panel Cites 95 Percent Certainty that Humans are Responsible For Global Warming

UN Climate Panel Cites 95 Percent Certainty that Humans are Responsible For Global Warming

A leaked draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's next big climate report finds near unanimous certainty that greenhouse gas emissions from humans are primarily responsible for global

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China’s Climate Change Initiatives Are Leaving the US in the Dust

China’s Climate Change Initiatives Are Leaving the US in the Dust

While US lawmakers continue to debate whether climate change even exists, sweeping climate change reforms are starting to emerge from a surprising source—the People’s Republic of China. From massive

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Marshall Islands Leaders Ask John Kerry to Come See Climate Change Devastation Firsthand

Marshall Islands Leaders Ask John Kerry to Come See Climate Change Devastation Firsthand

The small Pacific Island nation of the Marshall Islands is demanding that the US take decisive action on climate change in the next 12 months, fearing that without policy changes it will be wiped off the

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