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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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Cuts in Carbon Emissions Could Prevent 3 Million Premature Deaths Per Year by 2100

Cuts in Carbon Emissions Could Prevent 3 Million Premature Deaths Per Year by 2100

Photo via Shutterstock Recent studies have put striking figures on the number of premature deaths and illnesses associated with pollution; one found that air pollution is responsible for two million

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Study Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper than Coal in the US

Study Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper than Coal in the US

Photo via Shutterstock A new study reveals that wind farms are less costly than new coal-fired plants, and cost about the same, if not less, than new natural gas plants. It sounds pretty extraordinary,

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Rated at 50 MPG Starts at $29,155

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Rated at 50 MPG Starts at $29,155

This fall Honda is releasing the second hybrid version of their popular Accord sedan, the 2014 Accord Hybrid. With a 50 mpg city rating, this new hybrid is the most fuel-efficient, non-plug-in hybrid

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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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Ford Lowers 2013 C-MAX EPA Rating to 43 MPG, Customers Offered Rebates

Ford Lowers 2013 C-MAX EPA Rating to 43 MPG, Customers Offered Rebates

Ford has responded to criticism regarding the EPA ratings for its 2013 Fusion and C-MAX hybrid models by lowering the C-MAX's combined rating to 43 mpg. When Ford launched the 2013 Fusion and C-MAX

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President Obama Expresses Doubts About Keystone XL Pipeline

President Obama Expresses Doubts About Keystone XL Pipeline

Since President Obama's speech in June addressing the issue of climate change, pundits, citizens, and industry leaders have awaited the president's decision on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. The

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Honda’s New Hybrid Powertrain for Small Cars Gets 86 MPG in Japan

Honda’s New Hybrid Powertrain for Small Cars Gets 86 MPG in Japan

Today the hybrid car market is largely dominated by Toyota and most recently Ford - but Honda is getting ready to enter the segment in full force with new models like the upcoming 2014 Accord hybrid. The

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Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan Targets Dirty Coal Power Plants; No Decision on Keystone XL

Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan Targets Dirty Coal Power Plants; No Decision on Keystone XL

Image via Shutterstock In a speech today President Obama unveiled the United States' new Climate Change Action Plan, which calls for a three-pronged approach to cut pollution, build resilience, and

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Study Finds Honey Bee Food May Contribute to Colony Collapse

Study Finds Honey Bee Food May Contribute to Colony Collapse

Honeybees photo from Shutterstock Last winter, beekeepers in the United States lost an alarming one-third of their hives to colony collapse disorder. While many acknowledge that pesticides, climate

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Former EPA Head Lisa Jackson to Become Apple’s Lead Environmental Officer

Former EPA Head Lisa Jackson to Become Apple’s Lead Environmental Officer

After four years under the Obama administration as the head of the EPA, Lisa Jackson will begin a position at Apple as their lead environmental adviser. CEO Tim Cook announced the decision Tuesday at the

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Chevy Announces 2014 Spark EV Pricing Starts at $27,495

Chevy Announces 2014 Spark EV Pricing Starts at $27,495

Electric Vehicle buyers in the US looking for a good deal now have three models to choose from, as General Motors just announced that pricing for the 2014 Chevy Spark EV starts at $27,495. Buyers can also

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US Denies Link Between Bee Deaths and Pesticides Despite Europe’s Ban

US Denies Link Between Bee Deaths and Pesticides Despite Europe’s Ban

Photo via Shutterstock Just days after Europe placed a two year ban on bee-killing pesticides, the US government has released a claim that there is no clear link between widespread colony collapse and

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With a 119 MPGe Rating, the 2014 Chevy Spark EV is the Most Efficient Electric Vehicle Available in the US

With a 119 MPGe Rating, the 2014 Chevy Spark EV is the Most Efficient Electric Vehicle Available in the US

General Motors has released the official EPA ratings for the 2014 Chevy Spark electric vehicle, which goes on sale this summer in California and Oregon. The 2014 Spark EV has a driving range of up to 82

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ExxonMobil Arkansas Tar Sands Spill Reignites Keystone XL Debate

ExxonMobil Arkansas Tar Sands Spill Reignites Keystone XL Debate

Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline have long warned of the catastrophic impacts of a major spill if the infrastructure were to fail. On Friday, the nation no longer had to imagine how a tar sands

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EPA Declares More than Half of US Rivers Unfit for Aquatic Life

EPA Declares More than Half of US Rivers Unfit for Aquatic Life

Photo via Shutterstock The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared that an astounding 55 percent of rivers and streams in the country are in “poor condition for aquatic

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Coalition Sues US Government Over Pesticides Toxic to Bees

Coalition Sues US Government Over Pesticides Toxic to Bees

Photo via Shutterstock American beekeepers, conservation groups and food campaigners have filed a lawsuit against the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to protect the

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President Obama Nominates Gina McCarthy for Head of the EPA

President Obama Nominates Gina McCarthy for Head of the EPA

Today, President Obama announced that his nominee to replace Lisa Jackson as head of the EPA is Gina McCarthy. McCarthy, who currently manages the EPA's Air and Radiation office, has played a critical

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UK Home Improvement Retailers to Withdraw Products Containing Chemicals Harmful to Bees

UK Home Improvement Retailers to Withdraw Products Containing Chemicals Harmful to Bees

Bees have had a rough time in the past few years - from the Varroa mite and colony collapse disorder to factory waste contaminating their honey. Heeding the insect's buzz for help, UK home improvement

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Concord, Mass. Becomes the First US City to Ban Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles

Concord, Mass. Becomes the First US City to Ban Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles

Cities across the country have already worked towards banning plastic bags, and now Concord, Massachusetts has become one of the very first communities to ditch the single-use plastic bottle. The result

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California Vets Accelerated Renewable Energy Generation and Conservation Plan

California Vets Accelerated Renewable Energy Generation and Conservation Plan

Learning from BrightSource Solar's experience with the desert tortoise, stakeholders are vetting a plan to squeeze as much renewable energy out of the California Desert as possible without jeopardizing

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US Bans BP From New Government Contracts After Gulf Coast Oil Spill

US Bans BP From New Government Contracts After Gulf Coast Oil Spill

In the wake of the most recent $4.5 billion settlement and criminal charges, BP has now been suspended from all new government contracts within the United States. Citing a “lack of business

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The Bicyclean Uses Pedal Power to Safely Recycle E-Waste

The Bicyclean Uses Pedal Power to Safely Recycle E-Waste

The Unites States generates more electronic waste than any other nation on earth.  According to the EPA, more than 4.6 million tons entered domestic landfills in 2000, and 50-80% of our total e-waste is

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