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Obama’s new “Waters of the United States” rule limits water pollution and protects wetlands

Obama’s new “Waters of the United States” rule limits water pollution and protects wetlands

A new EPA water ruling will protect streams and wetlands that are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction. The rule, expected to be released this week, is a clarification of the Clean Water Act,

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Feds launch pollinator task force to protect butterflies and bees from further population decline

Feds launch pollinator task force to protect butterflies and bees from further population decline

The US Federal Government has unleashed its new action plan to save honeybees, butterflies, and other pollinators currently at risk. While the plan, created by the US Pollinator Task Force, makes some

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Peak number of coal plants are shutting down in 2015, ushering in a greener era

Peak number of coal plants are shutting down in 2015, ushering in a greener era

In 2014, 39% of American electricity is generated from the burning of coal, down from 52.8% in 1997. Though the fuel source has been steadily declining from its late 20th century peak due to competition

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INFOGRAPHIC: The most interesting environmental lawsuits in the world

INFOGRAPHIC: The most interesting environmental lawsuits in the world

When it comes to protecting the environment, political action and grassroots movements tend to get the most attention. But environmental lawsuits have proven to be an important - if unglamorous - way to

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8 Water-saving solutions for your home

8 Water-saving solutions for your home

The drought in California is breaking records, and recent data suggests that the state may have just one year of water left. Local agencies have taken on a number of large-scale projects to ensure that

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Keystone XL to emit 1.37 billion tons of greenhouse gases, EPA finds

Keystone XL to emit 1.37 billion tons of greenhouse gases, EPA finds

If President Obama was looking for any additional reasons to veto the senate's recent vote in favor of Keystone XL, the EPA just handed him 1.37 billion. That's the number of metric tons of additional

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Abandoned oil and gas wells are leaking methane across the USA

Abandoned oil and gas wells are leaking methane across the USA

After the State of the Union and the touting of the abundance of natural resources, you'd probably think our natural gas game in the U.S. is strong. Meanwhile, the big environmental organizations are

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Obama’s new methane regulations ignore 90% of oil & gas industry emissions

Obama’s new methane regulations ignore 90% of oil & gas industry emissions

Barack Obama’s new plan for cutting methane emissions will fall short, according to critics, because it won’t require oil and gas companies to repair existing leaky equipment. Instead, the new

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Obama’s plan for methane regulations targets oil and gas industry

Obama’s plan for methane regulations targets oil and gas industry

Barack Obama will officially add methane to his list of climate offenders in the new plan he’ll outline in his upcoming State of the Union address. New methane regulations are the key to reaching

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eBay becomes 100th company to cut ties with climate-denying organization ALEC

eBay becomes 100th company to cut ties with climate-denying organization ALEC

eBay just announced on Twitter that it will not renew its membership with the controversial climate change-denying political group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). With this action, eBay

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EPA Proposes Stricter Controls on Ozone Emissions Under the Clean Air Act

EPA Proposes Stricter Controls on Ozone Emissions Under the Clean Air Act

This week the EPA announced a proposal for a drastic cut in ground-level ozone standards in the U.S. in a bid to prevent air-quality-related health issues and reduce environmental impacts. Currently, the

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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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House Passes Bill that Prohibits Expert Scientific Advice to the EPA

House Passes Bill that Prohibits Expert Scientific Advice to the EPA

While everyone's attention was focused on the Senate and the Keystone XL decision on Tuesday, some pretty shocking stuff was quietly going on in the House of Representatives. The GOP-dominated House

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Petition: Don’t Put a Climate Change Denier in Charge of U.S. Environmental Policy!

Petition: Don’t Put a Climate Change Denier in Charge of U.S. Environmental Policy!

When Senate majority is handed to the GOP, a Republican will become the chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee. And Senator Jim Inhofe, one of the most outspoken climate change deniers in

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Is Your House Trying to Kill You?

Is Your House Trying to Kill You?

If you live in a house built before 1978, there’s a good chance it’s secretly plotting to kill you. According to a recent survey, Homes built before this time were commonly coated in lead-based paint

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5 Egregious Eco Crimes Committed by the Koch Brothers

5 Egregious Eco Crimes Committed by the Koch Brothers

1. World's 14th Worst Air Polluter In their report Toxic Release Inventory, the Political Economy Research Institute finds that Koch Industries, which is 84 percent owned by Charles G. and David H. Koch

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Cutting Carbon Emissions Will Pay for Itself, MIT Study Shows

Cutting Carbon Emissions Will Pay for Itself, MIT Study Shows

As politicians begin to use economic arguments to support cutting carbon emissions, a new study from MIT has confirmed that the flow-on health benefits of emissions reductions could save billions of

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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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President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

Adding to a string of great green initiatives coming out of the White House recently, President Obama recently announced the creation of a new Pollinator Health Task Force. The Task Force will address

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Report: Cost of Climate Change to Auto Industry Drastically Exceeds Cost of New EPA Standards

Report: Cost of Climate Change to Auto Industry Drastically Exceeds Cost of New EPA Standards

A new report refutes the argument that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed carbon pollution regulations will create an economic catastrophe. The study examines the impact of the EPA rules

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EPA Calls for Massive 30% Cut in Power Plant Emissions by 2030

EPA Calls for Massive 30% Cut in Power Plant Emissions by 2030

On Monday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the most significant action to combat climate disruption in American history with a new rule calling for a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions

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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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An American Home or Business Goes Solar Every Four Minutes!

An American Home or Business Goes Solar Every Four Minutes!

Buried at the very bottom of a fact sheet released at yesterday's White House Solar Summit is a striking statistic: "Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar, supporting workers

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82,000 Tons of Toxic Coal Ash Spill Into North Carolina River

82,000 Tons of Toxic Coal Ash Spill Into North Carolina River

Coal ash photo by Brian Stansberry A retired Duke Energy coal plant in Eden, North Carolina recently leaked 82,000 tons of toxic coal ash into the nearby Dan River. The contaminated fluid traveled

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Obama Administration Announces the Creation of 7 “Climate Hubs” to Assist Farmers

Obama Administration Announces the Creation of 7 “Climate Hubs” to Assist Farmers

Although the Senate finally passed the long-awaited Farm Bill on Tuesday, the Obama administration has plans to bypass the sluggish, gridlocked legislative branch to help farms face climate change. The

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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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Study Estimates US Emits 50 Percent More Methane than EPA Claims

Study Estimates US Emits 50 Percent More Methane than EPA Claims

Cow photo via Shutterstock As a top industrialized nation, the United States is responsible for spewing a great deal of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. But a study published last week in the

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Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to EPA’s Regulation of Power Plant Emissions

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to EPA’s Regulation of Power Plant Emissions

Photo via Shutterstock The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge that could threaten the Obama administration's progress towards limiting emissions from some of the nation's largest

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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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BP Attempts to Shrink Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Estimate, Reduce Fines

BP Attempts to Shrink Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Estimate, Reduce Fines

The BP Deepwater Horizon trial has been pottering on in the New Orleans Federal Court since February, and as it enters its second phase today, BP will attempt to argue down government estimates as to how

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