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President Obama to Unveil US National Climate Change Action Plan on Tuesday

President Obama to Unveil US National Climate Change Action Plan on Tuesday

Image via Shutterstock President Barack Obama vowed to tackle climate change during his second term as President of the United States - and now he has promised to unveil a national climate action plan

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National Space Society Launches International Initiative to Develop Space Solar Power

National Space Society Launches International Initiative to Develop Space Solar Power

It has long been theorized that the best way to harness the sun's energy is to launch solar power systems into orbit. This week, the National Space Society (NSS) announced a new international initiative

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Researchers Discover Key to Super-Durable Ancient Roman Concrete

Researchers Discover Key to Super-Durable Ancient Roman Concrete

Concrete is one of the world's most widely-used building materials, and it has an enormous carbon footprint - but researchers recently unearthed clues to a more environmentally-friendly concrete mixture

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Hans Rosling Uses LEGO Bricks to Explain Climate Change and Population Growth

Hans Rosling Uses LEGO Bricks to Explain Climate Change and Population Growth

We’ve seen LEGO bricks used to build tons of unexpected creations - from wheelchairs to chandeliers. But everyone's favorite toy brick can also be used to teach - Hans Rosling, a Swedish doctor and

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Amazing Infographic Shows Where the World’s Greenhouse Gases Come From

Amazing Infographic Shows Where the World’s Greenhouse Gases Come From

It's hard to keep track of all the greenhouse gases that are steadily collecting in the atmosphere - from auto emissions and coal plants to methane emissions from cattle and landfills. Fortunately, Ecofys

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Klaus Lackner’s Artificial Trees Soak Up CO2 Emissions Faster Than Plants

Klaus Lackner’s Artificial Trees Soak Up CO2 Emissions Faster Than Plants

As news breaks that global carbon dioxide levels are at an all-time high, one scientist is developing "artificial trees" to help cleanse the air and reduce greenhouse gas pollution. Columbia

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Study Finds Conservatives Less Likely to Buy Light Bulbs Labeled as Good for the Environment

Study Finds Conservatives Less Likely to Buy Light Bulbs Labeled as Good for the Environment

New research suggests that people with right wing views are less likely to buy light bulbs that are labeled as "pro-environment" due to the politicized nature of the carbon debate in the United States. In

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Britain’s Green Investment Bank Loans $1 Billion in First Months of Business

Britain’s Green Investment Bank Loans $1 Billion in First Months of Business

Photo via Shutterstock In order to help reduce carbon emissions by 2020, the UK government recently opened the Green Investment Bank (GIB) in Edinburgh, making it the first bank in the world focused

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Melting Arctic Seas are Turning into Giant Pools of Acid, Researchers Warn

Melting Arctic Seas are Turning into Giant Pools of Acid, Researchers Warn

Photo via Shutterstock Researchers warn that the cold Arctic seas are undergoing a process of rapid acidification as a result of rising carbon emissions. With its protective ice cap diminishing during

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TLED Bulb: Philips Unveils World’s Most Efficient Warm-Glowing LED

TLED Bulb: Philips Unveils World’s Most Efficient Warm-Glowing LED

Philips has just unveiled the world's most energy-efficient LED bulb. The TLED bulb, still in the prototype stage, is based on tube lighting technology and provides a warmer glow than conventional LEDs.

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China Announces Plans to Export Greenhouse Gases to Terraform Mars

China Announces Plans to Export Greenhouse Gases to Terraform Mars

As an extension of China's $16 billion plan to combat air pollution in its cities, today the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced an ambitious plan to export the nation's emissions to

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Obama Administration to Move Forward with Regulations Requiring Cleaner-Burning Gasoline by 2017

Obama Administration to Move Forward with Regulations Requiring Cleaner-Burning Gasoline by 2017

Photo via Shutterstock Today, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to push ahead with regulations that will require the production of cleaner gasoline and impose fleet-wide pollution limits

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New Microbe Could Turn Carbon Emissions in the Atmosphere Into Biofuel

New Microbe Could Turn Carbon Emissions in the Atmosphere Into Biofuel

Air Pollution photo via Shutterstock Scientists at the University of Georgia just announced that they have found a way to capture and transform carbon dioxide into useful industrial products. Although

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Bipartisan Senate Vote Shows Support for Keystone XL Pipeline

Bipartisan Senate Vote Shows Support for Keystone XL Pipeline

It may be a non-binding amendment, but a Senate vote last Friday that passed 62-37 in favor of the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is more than a little concerning. The proposed pipeline would

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Coal Plants Kill Thousands of People in India Each Year, Says Greenpeace

Coal Plants Kill Thousands of People in India Each Year, Says Greenpeace

Photo via Shutterstock A recent Greenpeace report found that Up to 120,000 premature deaths every year result from India's failure to properly control emissions from a growing number of coal plants

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Average Global Temperatures Poised to Soar Past 11,000-Year High

Average Global Temperatures Poised to Soar Past 11,000-Year High

Image by Airs Science Team, NASA/JPL Is it getting hot in here? Absolutely. Don't let the recent snowfall fool you: 2012 was the hottest year on record for the U.S. and the future isn't looking much

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SolSource Air: One Earth Designs Taps Google Glass Creator to Launch Portable, Affordable Solar Stove

SolSource Air: One Earth Designs Taps Google Glass Creator to Launch Portable, Affordable Solar Stove

What if boiling water were a day-long chore? For millions around the world, something as simple as making tea or cooking lunch requires hours of backbreaking work to find fuel for a lasting fire. In

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Scientists Report Dramatic Jump in Carbon Dioxide Emissions in 2012, Predict Faster Warming

Scientists Report Dramatic Jump in Carbon Dioxide Emissions in 2012, Predict Faster Warming

Global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel burning jumped dramatically over the past year, making it unlikely that global warming can be limited to 2 degrees by 2020, which was an international

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Washington State Official Says Cyclists Emit More CO2 Than Motorists and Must be Taxed

Washington State Official Says Cyclists Emit More CO2 Than Motorists and Must be Taxed

Photo via Shutterstock In a bid to raise funds for a $10 billion transportation bill in Washington State, legislators want to impose a $25 tax on all bicycles that cost more than $500. When local

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New Report Predicts the “Internet of Things” Could Offset 9 Billion Tons of Carbon Emissions

New Report Predicts the “Internet of Things” Could Offset 9 Billion Tons of Carbon Emissions

A new report shows that global greenhouse emissions could be reduced by 9 billion tons - almost a fifth - over the coming decade thanks to the widespread adoption of a massive machine-to-machine network

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Ivanpah: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Passes First Solar Capacity Test

Ivanpah: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Passes First Solar Capacity Test

The world’s largest solar thermal plant, Ivanpah, reached a major milestone this month as it achieved its first “flux”. Over 1000 heliostats (plane mirrors that reflect sunlight towards a

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New Study Shows Global Coral Bleaching Could Occur by 2056

New Study Shows Global Coral Bleaching Could Occur by 2056

JonMilnes / Shutterstock Coral bleaching occurs when sea temperatures rise and kill algae that are the source of color and food for most corals around the globe - and a new study shows that there could

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A 1.5C Temperature Rise Would Set Off Siberia’s Permafrost Carbon Bomb, Scientists Warn

A 1.5C Temperature Rise Would Set Off Siberia’s Permafrost Carbon Bomb, Scientists Warn

Yury Taranik / Shutterstock Researchers led by experts from Oxford University warn that a 1.5C temperature rise would melt Siberia's permafrost, which would in turn release hundreds of gigatonnes of

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China Announces Plans to Tax Carbon Emissions and Clean up Air Pollution!

China Announces Plans to Tax Carbon Emissions and Clean up Air Pollution!

Image: © John E. Williamson Not long after reports of China's unearthly pollution dominated headline news, the Ministry of Finance has published plans to tax carbon emissions. The idea of a carbon tax

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Sea Urchins’ Nickel Nanoparticles Could Hold the Key to Carbon Capture

Sea Urchins’ Nickel Nanoparticles Could Hold the Key to Carbon Capture

Photo via Shutterstock Scientists at Newcastle University have discovered a way of capturing carbon dioxide inspired by the technique sea urchins use to grow their shell. The creatures absorb carbon

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Haiti’s Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais Will be the World’s Largest Solar-Powered Hospital

Haiti’s Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais Will be the World’s Largest Solar-Powered Hospital

Haiti's electricity supply is intermittent, which spells big trouble for a hospital that needs round-the-clock power to keep machines running and medicines cool. “It’s not great if you’re a surgeon

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Photos Capture the Staggering Air Pollution Plaguing China

Photos Capture the Staggering Air Pollution Plaguing China

 Image: © John E. Williamson Just a couple of days ago we reported on the incredible blanket of pollution overtaking the city of Beijing. The problem has plagued the city for more than

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US National Climate Report Predicts Global Warming Will Continue to Bring Hazardous Flooding and Heatwaves

US National Climate Report Predicts Global Warming Will Continue to Bring Hazardous Flooding and Heatwaves

More extreme weather is predicted for the United States, according to a draft of the National Climate Report released by the Federal Advisory Committee. Heat waves, along with coastal and river flooding

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MIT Turns Carbon Dioxide from Bioengineered Soil Bacteria into Clean Biofuel

MIT Turns Carbon Dioxide from Bioengineered Soil Bacteria into Clean Biofuel

Scientists at MIT have genetically engineered a soil bacteria that can create fuel for cars. The bioengineered Ralstonia eutropha converts carbon into isobutanol—an alcohol that can replace or blend

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