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Protestors Temporarily Block the Removal of Toronto’s Jarvis Street Bike Lane

Protestors Temporarily Block the Removal of Toronto’s Jarvis Street Bike Lane

Photo: Carlos Osorio / Toronto Star The city of Toronto clearly underestimated the passion of cyclists when it decided to remove the popular Jarvis Street bike lane. When large street scrubbing trucks

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Obama Calls for Climate Action After Winning 2012 Presidential Election – Here’s What’s Next for the Environment

Obama Calls for Climate Action After Winning 2012 Presidential Election – Here’s What’s Next for the Environment

President Obama photo from Shutterstock President Obama won the 2012 US election last night, and in a powerful victory speech he called for climate action to address a nation that is “threatened by

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President Obama’s Re-Election is a Victory for Clean Air and Clean Energy

President Obama’s Re-Election is a Victory for Clean Air and Clean Energy

Sky photo from Shutterstock Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, declared Tuesday’s re-election of President Barack Obama a major victory for the environment.

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Three Green Ballot Measures That Won Big On Election Night

Three Green Ballot Measures That Won Big On Election Night

Photo by Shutterstock By now, most of America has started to shake the Election Night hangover. While it was the wee hours of the morning before President Obama delivered his victory speech, many other

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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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Can President Obama Renew the Wind Energy Tax Credit Before it Expires?

Can President Obama Renew the Wind Energy Tax Credit Before it Expires?

For the past several months, the American wind energy industry has been at a near standstill, as political uncertainty clouded the industry's future. On December 31, a federal tax credit that makes wind

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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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The Loudest Internet Voice on Hurricane Sandy Doesn’t Believe in Climate Change

The Loudest Internet Voice on Hurricane Sandy Doesn’t Believe in Climate Change

The Wikipedia page for Hurricane Sandy received over half a million views in the past week, and one Floridian man named Ken Mampel has dedicated great time and effort to maintaining the page himself. The

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Hurricane Sandy Forces Mitt Romney To Eat His Words About Rising Oceans

Hurricane Sandy Forces Mitt Romney To Eat His Words About Rising Oceans

Remember that patronizing remark Presidential candidate Mitt Romney made about climate change and rising ocean levels? It was at the 2012 Republican National Convention, where Romney probably felt

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How Hurricane Sandy Could Impact the 2012 Election

How Hurricane Sandy Could Impact the 2012 Election

The mass destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy will almost certainly have an impact on the presidential election -- the question is, how? And to what extent? First, there's the logistical challenge of

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Climate Change: What the Presidential Candidates Don’t Want to Talk About This Election

Climate Change: What the Presidential Candidates Don’t Want to Talk About This Election

When it comes to climate change, everyone knows that the US is a deeply divided country -- particularly with respect to the science behind the theory. Despite evidence from multiple independent,

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Daniel Libeskind to Transform Maze Prison in War-Torn Ireland Into Center For Peace

Daniel Libeskind to Transform Maze Prison in War-Torn Ireland Into Center For Peace

We may think of Ireland as the origin of Guinness and St. Patrick's Day, but the country's history is far darker than many Americans realize. For centuries, Nationalists who believe Ireland should be

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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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UK’s New Environment Secretary Appointment Raises Cause for Concern Among Green Groups

UK’s New Environment Secretary Appointment Raises Cause for Concern Among Green Groups

Yesterday UK Prime Minister David Cameron reshuffled his cabinet in the first major restructuring since the coalition Conservative-Lib Dem government came to power in 2010. One of the major cabinet

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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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Freewheelin Pedal-Powered Buses To Provide Transport At 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions

Freewheelin Pedal-Powered Buses To Provide Transport At 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions

It seems that both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions will have a healthy, fun and green way to navigate host cities during the political events; health insurance company Humana Inc has

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Brickstarter Makes It Easy to Say ‘Yes In My Backyard’ for Funding Community Projects

Brickstarter Makes It Easy to Say ‘Yes In My Backyard’ for Funding Community Projects

The team of developers at Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, know that urban landscapes are full of potential for innovation. But initiatives aimed at change and progress can often find themselves

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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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California Approves $8 Billion For the First High Speed Rail in the United States!

California Approves $8 Billion For the First High Speed Rail in the United States!

After years of debate, skyrocketing costs and persistent concerns related to state’s fiscal crisis, the California State Senate voted 21-16 on Friday to approve the United States' first high-speed rail

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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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WTO Panel Rules Against Dolphin-Safe Tuna Labeling

WTO Panel Rules Against Dolphin-Safe Tuna Labeling

On Wednesday the World Trade Organization ruled against the sale of cans of tuna labeled “dolphin safe,” arguing that the practice discriminates against Mexican fishermen and that the United

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Bill Introduced in Congress Will End $113 Billion in Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Bill Introduced in Congress Will End $113 Billion in Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Yesterday legislation dubbed the “End Polluter Welfare Act” was announced in Congress by Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN). The bill will put an end to as much

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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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Donald Trump Claims Scottish Government “Betrayed” Him With Wind Farm Plans

Donald Trump Claims Scottish Government “Betrayed” Him With Wind Farm Plans

A war of words between Donald Trump and the Scottish government is escalating over plans to install wind turbines near Trump’s golf course, set to open this summer near Aberdeen. Trump claims

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How the Media Dropped the Ball on the Solar Trust of America Story

How the Media Dropped the Ball on the Solar Trust of America Story

When news broke earlier this week that Solar Trust of America (a big solar company backed by the US Department of Energy) had filed for bankruptcy, conservatives predictably took to the airwaves to

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London Mayor Accused of Using Dust Suppressants to Lower Pollution Levels Before Olympics

London Mayor Accused of Using Dust Suppressants to Lower Pollution Levels Before Olympics

Mayor Boris Johnson has come under fire for his office’s recommendation that municipal trucks spray saline solution along busy streets to reduce air pollution levels before the upcoming London Olympics.

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Capitol Building to Generate Clean Energy via Hot Air Turbines in House Chamber

Capitol Building to Generate Clean Energy via Hot Air Turbines in House Chamber

The United States Capitol building is one of the most impressive buildings in Washington D.C. It's also the meeting place of the United States Congress and the legislature of the federal

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$500 Million in U.S. Food Aid is Wasted Annually Due to Red Tape and Subsidies

$500 Million in U.S. Food Aid is Wasted Annually Due to Red Tape and Subsidies

A report issued yesterday charges that $500 million of American food assistance -- a large part of our foreign policy -- is wasted annually due to red tape and American agribusiness profit. According to

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Japan Shuts Down Second-to-Last Nuclear Reactor

Japan Shuts Down Second-to-Last Nuclear Reactor

In the wake of the world's worst nuclear disaster in a generation, yet another nuclear reactor in Japan was taken offline for maintenance on Monday, leaving only one of the country's 54 nuclear reactors

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