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Historic UN climate change deal requires every nation to cut emissions—but will it be enough?

Historic UN climate change deal requires every nation to cut emissions—but will it be enough?

Early this Sunday, UN representatives from around the world reached the first-ever climate change agreement that commits all 196 nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Unprecedented in its inclusion of

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Why Does Gas Get Cheaper in Winter?

Why Does Gas Get Cheaper in Winter?

Have you ever noticed that U.S. gas prices are cheaper on average in wintertime than summertime? Have you got a pet theory as to why that might be? It turns out it's not a case of market forces trying

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President Obama Pledges $3 Billion to Help Countries Threatened By Climate Change

President Obama Pledges $3 Billion to Help Countries Threatened By Climate Change

President Obama just announced that the US will pledge up to $3 billion over the next four years to help poor countries adapt to climate change. The move comes days after the president signed a historic

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Climate Change Blamed for Alarming 26% Increase in Ocean Acidity

Climate Change Blamed for Alarming 26% Increase in Ocean Acidity

The effects of climate change seem to know no bounds: new research shows carbon emissions have dramatically increased the acidity of our oceans to the point where our entire food web is at risk of

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Amazon Deforestation Jumped a Devastating 29% in 2013

Amazon Deforestation Jumped a Devastating 29% in 2013

The Amazon Rainforest saw a 29 percent jump in deforestation last year, spelling bad news for one of the world’s most important forests and the future of humanity. According to the Guardian, final

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Making Small Adjustments in Your Home Can Combat Climate Change

INFOGRAPHIC: How Making Small Adjustments in Your Home Can Combat Climate Change

Small actions taken by many people can lead to great change, and it's startling to see how some of the smallest changes can result in enormous benefit to all. Did you know that switching out just one

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Sweden Now Recycles a Staggering 99 Percent of its Garbage

Sweden Now Recycles a Staggering 99 Percent of its Garbage

Sweden now recycles or reuses an incredible 99 percent of its waste, an improvement on the already impressive 2012 figure of 96 percent. The country uses a waste management hierarchy system that focuses

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America’s Dirtiest Power Plants Could Be Exempted from the Clean Power Plan

America’s Dirtiest Power Plants Could Be Exempted from the Clean Power Plan

  World Cup fever is in the air - but in Santiago, Chile it’s literally polluting the skies. The governor of Santiago recently put a call out to citizens not to light their barbecues during

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Google Streetview Cars Track Down Stray Methane Emissions that Contribute to Climate Change

Google Streetview Cars Track Down Stray Methane Emissions that Contribute to Climate Change

Google has added another item to its lengthy list of services, and this one is something you really wouldn’t expect. Google’s Street View cars that map roads across the world are also being used to

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6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

  Sick of solar panels and wind turbines being expensive because of all those fossil fuel subsidies? Looking for a way to reduce that electric bill, lower your carbon footprint, and show off

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Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields

Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields

Natural gas flaring is basically another excuse for the oil and gas industry to avoid proper regulation and do whatever they want in order to make more money. Releasing dangerous toxins into the

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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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Madrid Launching Smart Parking Meters That Charge Based on Vehicle Pollution

Madrid Launching Smart Parking Meters That Charge Based on Vehicle Pollution

Madrid is one of the most polluted cities in the European Union, however city officials are fighting back against air pollution by launching the first smart parking meter system to charge based on vehicle

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Audi’s Traffic Light Recognition Technology Could Save Up to 238 Million Gallons of Fuel While Reducing Emissions

Audi’s Traffic Light Recognition Technology Could Save Up to 238 Million Gallons of Fuel While Reducing Emissions

Everyone knows how annoying it can be to hit every red light on a daily commute, and how stopping and accelerating for those pesky red lights also costs you more at the pump. Fortunately, Audi's new

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Beijing Passes First Regulations to Reduce Air Pollution

Beijing Passes First Regulations to Reduce Air Pollution

The famously smoggy Chinese capital of Beijing is finally doing something to curb its appalling air pollution. By a vote of 659-23, the Beijing Municipal People's Congress passed a new law that for the

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How the Super Bowl Causes a Drop in Household Energy Use

How the Super Bowl Causes a Drop in Household Energy Use

Photo via Shutterstock With the number of athletes and fans traveling to a gigantic stadium filled with bright lights, epic half-time shows, and enough confetti to carpet a billion hamster cages, the

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Over 80 Percent of Earth’s Ecosystems are at Risk Unless Climate Action is Taken

Over 80 Percent of Earth’s Ecosystems are at Risk Unless Climate Action is Taken

A new study finds that more than 80 percent of ice-free land is at risk of ecosystem transformation by 2100 unless global warming is limited to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) above

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United States Government Shutdown Cuts Down on Emissions

United States Government Shutdown Cuts Down on Emissions

US Capitol photo from Shutterstock President Obama has been pushing an environmental agenda since he stepped into office in 2008. He has made statements, called for the lease of more federal land for

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Textile Recycling an Important Step to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, EPA Reports

Textile Recycling an Important Step to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, EPA Reports

Photo via Shutterstock Increasingly cities have become wise to the need for wide-scale recycling of plastics, glass, paper and even electronics and paints. In the meantime, in many areas,

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Obama Administration Cracks Down on Power Plant Emissions

Obama Administration Cracks Down on Power Plant Emissions

The Obama administration made climate change history this morning by enacting the first federal carbon limits on the nation's power companies. Refusing to bow to pressure from the coal industry, the

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MIT Study: Air Pollution Kills 200,000 Annually

MIT Study: Air Pollution Kills 200,000 Annually

A new study from MIT's Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment finds that air pollution causes 200,000 early deaths every year in the United States. The team examined ground-level emissions from

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Danish Researchers Develop More Climate Friendly Fuel Cells for Hydrogen Vehicles

Danish Researchers Develop More Climate Friendly Fuel Cells for Hydrogen Vehicles

When it comes to hydrogen fuel cells, they are worth their weight in platinum. A team of researchers at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Copehagen has developed technology that allows the

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MAN’s New Concept S Cargo Truck is More Efficient, Larger and Safer

MAN’s New Concept S Cargo Truck is More Efficient, Larger and Safer

Articulated trucks are famously inefficient and can be dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. The European Commission recently announced plans to change the rules governing the size of trucks to make

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EADS E-Thrust Electric Airliner Could Transform Air Travel by 2050

EADS E-Thrust Electric Airliner Could Transform Air Travel by 2050

The European aerospace consortium EADS has unveiled its electric airliner, the E-Thrust, which could radically transform commercial aviation by 2050. Developed in partnership with Rolls-Royce to increase

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Indonesian Fires Cause High Levels of Smog in Singapore

Indonesian Fires Cause High Levels of Smog in Singapore

Photo via Shutterstock Singapore has been blanked by a thick layer of smog, which could last for weeks, due to record high levels of air pollution and forest fires started by land-clearing farmers on

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US Navy to Use Low-Emission Switchgrass Fuel to Power Fighter Jets

US Navy to Use Low-Emission Switchgrass Fuel to Power Fighter Jets

Photo via Shutterstock With ambitious long-term energy goals, US Navy is at the forefront of alternative energy use and energy efficiency. Now, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy

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Ventus: The Computer Game that Uses Crowd-Sourced Info to Map Global CO2 Emissions

Ventus: The Computer Game that Uses Crowd-Sourced Info to Map Global CO2 Emissions

While not everyone can become a full-time climate activist, it is still possible to contribute to the battle against global warming. Researchers from Arizona State University have created an online

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How Does Your Electricity Use Compare to the Rest of the World?

How Does Your Electricity Use Compare to the Rest of the World?

The United States has been doing a good job of cutting carbon in recent years. Emissions are down 12% in the last 5 years, and half of those cuts have come in the power sector where natural gas, wind and

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Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Alarming 400 Parts Per Million Milestone

Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Alarming 400 Parts Per Million Milestone

Photo via Shutterstock For the first time in up to five million years, the concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is about to reach 400 parts per million (ppm). Former NASA scientist James

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Buckle Up: Scientists Warn of Rougher Flights Caused by Climate Change

Buckle Up: Scientists Warn of Rougher Flights Caused by Climate Change

Photo via Shutterstock For the last few decades scientists have warned governments about climate change and the less obvious consequences of a warmer planet. So far we know that icy landscapes will

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