Climate Change

Cutting Coal Pollution by 20% is Just One Way Obama is Making Climate History

Cutting Coal Pollution by 20% is Just One Way Obama is Making Climate History

President Barack Obama on Monday will announce the most significant action to combat climate disruption his administration has taken and the boldest move to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in American

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The Ocean Has Become So Acidic it’s Dissolving Baby Oyster Shells

The Ocean Has Become So Acidic it’s Dissolving Baby Oyster Shells

When we talk about the acidification of the oceans, we sometimes focus on the impact that it will have in the future. But for Taylor Shellfish Farms, a fifth-generation farm in Oregon that harvests

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How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

Have you ever thought about how the design of our cities, towns, and communities has wide ranging effects on both our own lives and on larger global issues? Yes, simply by changing the way we design our

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Las Vegas Water Czar Warns Other U.S. Cities to Gear Up for Climate Change

Las Vegas Water Czar Warns Other U.S. Cities to Gear Up for Climate Change

Former “water empress” Patricia Mulroy knows a thing or two about the effects of climate change. As the former head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, she was forced to deal with drought and

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Fracking Bust: Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Reserves Slashed by Whopping 96%

Fracking Bust: Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Reserves Slashed by Whopping 96%

New information released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) suggests that fracking in America is more bust than boom. The controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale rock

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California’s Severe Drought Will Cost the Agricultural Industry Nearly $2 Billion

California’s Severe Drought Will Cost the Agricultural Industry Nearly $2 Billion

A new study by the University of California Davis Center for Watershed Sciences finds that the worst drought in state history could cost the agricultural industry $1.7 billion this year and eliminate

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MOSS is a Solar and Wind Powered Prefab Office That’s Perfect for the Backyard

MOSS is a Solar and Wind Powered Prefab Office That’s Perfect for the Backyard

Vetterlein has thought of every last detail to ensure the Micro Office Systems Space concept has a small environmental impact while still providing a comfortable and professional working environment for

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Report: Solar Power Could be the World’s Top Energy Source by 2050

Report: Solar Power Could be the World’s Top Energy Source by 2050

A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that solar energy could become the biggest generator of electricity worldwide by 2050 if the right policies are put in place. The paper,

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China to Levy Unlimited Fines Against Major Polluters

China to Levy Unlimited Fines Against Major Polluters

The Chinese legislature has voted in favor of changes to its environmental policies for the first time in 25 years. The new law gives government the ability to levy unlimited fines against polluters in a

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Nuclear Power Plant and Thousands of People Threatened in Nine San Diego County Wildfires

Nuclear Power Plant and Thousands of People Threatened in Nine San Diego County Wildfires

Dozens of homes and thousands of acres have burned as not one, but nine wildfires ripped through the San Diego County landscape. Universities, attractions like Legoland and tens of thousands of people

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Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Instead of a true facade, full-height windows, curtains, benches, and planters separate rooms and amenities. A living room and kitchen occupy the ground floor. Ascending the painted steel staircase leads

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Kiribati Farmer Fails Bid to Become World’s First Climate Change Refugee

Kiribati Farmer Fails Bid to Become World’s First Climate Change Refugee

Ioane Teitiota from Kiribati in the South Pacific has lost his latest bid to be recognized as the world's first climate change refugee. Since 2010, Mr. Teitiota, 37, has claimed he is the victim of

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Could Hyper-Evolved ‘Designer’ Coral Reefs Survive in Warmer Oceans?

Could Hyper-Evolved ‘Designer’ Coral Reefs Survive in Warmer Oceans?

Coral reefs aren’t just home to a whole ecosystem of sea life, they also protect nearby land from wave surges - but the 2014 National Climate Assessment reports that reefs are in big trouble.

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White House Solar Panels Fire Up for the First Time Since Jimmy Carter Left

White House Solar Panels Fire Up for the First Time Since Jimmy Carter Left

As President Obama makes his way to California to preach the gospel of solar power, his words have become action back home in Washington D.C. After years of waiting, the White House solar array is now

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Actor Ed Begley Jr. Builds Massive Home Underground Rainwater Harvesting System in LA

Actor Ed Begley Jr. Builds Massive Home Underground Rainwater Harvesting System in LA

"Six Feet Under" and "Arrested Development" fans may be surprised to know that well-known actor Ed Begley Jr. is also a staunch environmental campaigner. Together with his wife Rachelle Carson-Begley, he

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Stanford Becomes First Major U.S. University to Divest from Coal Companies

Stanford Becomes First Major U.S. University to Divest from Coal Companies

This week Stanford University became the first major U.S. university to officially divest from coal companies. The Stanford Board of Trustees voted that the university's $18.7 billion endowment would not

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Annie Leonard of “The Story of Stuff” Named New Executive Director of Greenpeace USA

Annie Leonard of “The Story of Stuff” Named New Executive Director of Greenpeace USA

Annie Leonard, the creator of the viral video "The Story of Stuff," has just been named Greenpeace USA's new executive director. A longtime environmental activist, Leonard has proven her gift for crafting

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Virgin Atlantic Saves Millions in Fuel Costs by Redesigning the Humble Food Tray

Virgin Atlantic Saves Millions in Fuel Costs by Redesigning the Humble Food Tray

Industrial design consultancy MAP just saved Virgin Atlantic millions of dollars in fuel costs by simply redesigning the airline's in-flight meal tray. By streamlining the tray's design, the British firm

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UN Chief Calls for ‘Bold’ Action to Curb Global Warming

UN Chief Calls for ‘Bold’ Action to Curb Global Warming

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is calling on countries around the world to take strong measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight global warming. "I am asking them (world

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Landmark White House Report Warns Americans That Climate Change Poses an Imminent Threat

Landmark White House Report Warns Americans That Climate Change Poses an Imminent Threat

A landmark report to be formally launched at the White House tomorrow will warn Americans that climate change is not a far-off, future doomsday event--it's a clear and imminent danger. Compiled by over

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Eggpicnic Prints: Bringing Awareness of Bird Extinctions Through Art

Eggpicnic Prints: Bringing Awareness of Bird Extinctions Through Art

Did you know that according to recent findings by Bird Life international, 1 in every 5 bird species could be extinct in the next 50-80 years? Take a quick look at the birds around you the next time you

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MAT-TER Architects Unveil Plans for Typhoon-Resilient Guiuan National High School in the Philippines

MAT-TER Architects Unveil Plans for Typhoon-Resilient Guiuan National High School in the Philippines

MAT-TER Architects designed the typhoon-resilient school as part of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that crowdsourced design concepts for an affected area where Typhoon Haiyan destroyed 4,500 schools.

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Study Warns Methane from Melting Arctic Permafrost is ‘Certain to Trigger Additional Warming’

Study Warns Methane from Melting Arctic Permafrost is ‘Certain to Trigger Additional Warming’

A new study finds that melting Arctic permafrost from man-made global warming is releasing large amounts of methane into the atmosphere - and the resulting feedback loop is "certain to trigger additional

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14 Stunning Photos of the Earth Remind Us How Important Conservation Is for All of Us

14 Stunning Photos of the Earth Remind Us How Important Conservation Is for All of Us

Great Barrier Reef Comprised of nearly 3,000 reefs and islands and stretching over 1,400 miles, The Great Barrier Reef provides a home to thousands of different species. Tropical fish, sea turtles,

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Report: President Obama Likely to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

Report: President Obama Likely to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

Rolling Stone is reporting that President Obama will likely reject the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline that has become a symbol of the bitter partisan divide in Washington and the battle between

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14 Awe-Inspiring Aerial Photographs Capture the Beauty of the Earth

14 Awe-Inspiring Aerial Photographs Capture the Beauty of the Earth

©Yann Arthus-Bertrand/Altitude Heart in Voh in New Caledonia "Heart in Voh" is a heart-shaped mangrove swamp in New Caledonia. Located in tropical coastal regions, these mangrove swamps contain rich

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The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

Image via Shutterstock CLIMATE CHANGE While 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is occurring and greenhouse gas emissions are the main cause, political will has not been strong

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Ancient Tundra Landscape Discovered Beneath Greenland’s Ice Sheet Provides Climate Change Clues

Ancient Tundra Landscape Discovered Beneath Greenland’s Ice Sheet Provides Climate Change Clues

Ever wonder where the 'green' in ice-covered Greenland comes from? According to Icelandic lore, viking explorer Erik the Red gave Greenland its name to lure settlers after discovering the territory in the

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Anything’s Possible: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fell 10 Percent Since 2005

Anything’s Possible: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fell 10 Percent Since 2005

Here's some good news on the climate change front: Greenhouse gas emissions in the United States fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012 and dropped 3.4 percent in 2012 alone, according to the U.S.

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Lady Gaga Accused of Wasting 356,000 Gallons of Water to Fill Swimming Pool During California’s Drought, Denies Accusation

Lady Gaga Accused of Wasting 356,000 Gallons of Water to Fill Swimming Pool During California’s Drought, Denies Accusation

Rumors are swirling around claims that Lady Gaga wasted 356,000 gallons of water to fill a swimming pool at Hearst Castle in drought-stricken California. Lady Gaga recently used the pool to film a video

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