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INFOGRAPHIC: Could we end our fossil fuel addiction by 2050?

INFOGRAPHIC: Could we end our fossil fuel addiction by 2050?

Scientists say that unless we change our ways quickly, we could be seriously screwed when it comes to climate change. But since we are reliant on fossil fuels, is it even possible to move away in time?

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The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL Pipeline is no stranger to news headlines. Unfortunately, the headlines often mention the economy and only some vague kind of connection to the environment. In reality, the Keystone XL

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Renewable energy costs to drop 40 percent in next two years

Renewable energy costs to drop 40 percent in next two years

A new report released by the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi has exceptionally good news for the future of renewable energy. Costs are set to drop by almost 40 percent in

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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 proposes offshore oil and gas drilling in Atlantic Ocean

Obama proposes offshore oil and gas drilling in Atlantic Ocean

Just days after the White House announced historic plans to protect the Arctic refuge from oil exploration, Obama has proposed that a region of the southern Atlantic be opened up to offshore drilling. The

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Despite falling oil prices, renewables still cost less

Despite falling oil prices, renewables still cost less

Despite falling oil prices, a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows that renewable energy is highly competitive with fossil fuels. But solar power isn’t where the

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Harvard snubs divestment activists by investing more ‘blood money’ in fossil fuels

Harvard snubs divestment activists by investing more ‘blood money’ in fossil fuels

“Blood money,” they’re calling it, and it’s a lot of blood—a total of $79.5 million that Harvard ploughed into oil and gas companies during the third quarter of 2015. That’s up by about a

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New York’s fracking ban is the cue for eco-activists to mobilize

New York’s fracking ban is the cue for eco-activists to mobilize

The ban on fracking in New York State is a great catalyst to inspire grassroots environmental groups to come together. Shortly after Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to ban fracking due to health and

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Stanford profs urge university to fully divest from funding fossil fuels

Stanford profs urge university to fully divest from funding fossil fuels

Three hundred Stanford University professors have called on their university to divest itself from all financial interest in fossil fuels. In a letter sent to Stanford's president and board of trustees on

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New study revisits old news: keep fossil fuels in the ground

New study revisits old news: keep fossil fuels in the ground

If Nature publishes it, will people finally listen? That may be what researchers from the University of London are hoping, because the international science journal has published a new study telling us

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Air pollution causes more human deaths than other environmental causes

Air pollution causes more human deaths than other environmental causes

A new study from EurActiv France has found that over 400,000 deaths annually around the globe can be linked to air pollution. That's more than any other singular environmental health concern.

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The Everglades were fracked and you didn’t even hear about it

The Everglades were fracked and you didn’t even hear about it

Earlier in 2014, Texas-based Dan A. Hughes Co. was fined $25,000 for acid fracking near the everglades. Though the method of using hydrofluoric acid to loosen limestone bedrock has been used for a while

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New study confirms ‘Limits to Growth’ prediction of imminent global collapse

New study confirms ‘Limits to Growth’ prediction of imminent global collapse

The book Limits to Growth - a 1972 harbinger of the "death of the planet" - was largely dismissed in its time time as being improbable at best and at worst, alarmist. But new research shows that the book

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New York just banned fracking!

New York just banned fracking!

New York just became the first state with sizable shale gas reserves in the United States to ban fracking. In a press conference on Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York cited health and safety

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Green Climate Fund promises paradigm shift in clean energy funding

Green Climate Fund promises paradigm shift in clean energy funding

Here's good news for tackling climate change: the Green Climate Fund has announced it will only invest in energy projects that depart from “business as usual” and have a major impact to

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Saying “NO” to the Keystone XL pipeline is just the first step in our environmental revolution

Saying “NO” to the Keystone XL pipeline is just the first step in our environmental revolution

If you've checked Facebook in the past week or so you probably know that the Keystone XL Pipeline bill failed in the Senate, despite aggressive attempts by Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to ensure its passing.

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Sweden expands its hydrogen vehicle refueling station network

Sweden expands its hydrogen vehicle refueling station network

Sweden is installing a permanent hydrogen fuel filling station in the city of Gothenburg. The new station will make it possible to travel by hydrogen-fueled vehicle the whole length of the roughly

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Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years

Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years

The Niger Delta has seen oil spills before, with leaky oil pipes being a regular event. However, local fisherman were shocked at the scale of the latest spill from Shell's facility at Bonny Island in

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Tar Sands Development Financially Unsustainable, Report Shows

Tar Sands Development Financially Unsustainable, Report Shows

We’ve known for a long time that the Canada’s Tar Sands represent an environmental disaster, both in the present and future, but with a recent drop in North American oil prices it’s looking like

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UK’s Chief Scientist Compares Fracking to Thalidomide and Asbestos

UK’s Chief Scientist Compares Fracking to Thalidomide and Asbestos

The U.K. government's chief scientific adviser, Mark Walport, argues in his flagship annual report that there are many examples throughout history where the hasty adoption of new technology has had

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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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Solar and Wind Energy are Finally Cheaper than Fossil Fuels in the United States

Solar and Wind Energy are Finally Cheaper than Fossil Fuels in the United States

Solar and wind energy have long struggled to compete with conventional energy sources on two fronts: dispatch and cost. However, new U.S. industry data outlined in the New York Times reveals the cost of

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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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US Forest Service Green Lights Fracking in East Coast’s Largest National Forest

US Forest Service Green Lights Fracking in East Coast’s Largest National Forest

Despite the objections of environmental groups and Virginia's Governor Terry McAuliffe, the U.S. Forest Service has left the door open to allow fracking in the East Coast's largest national forest with

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INFOGRAPHIC: Could the Entire World Really Run on Solar Power?

INFOGRAPHIC: Could the Entire World Really Run on Solar Power?

It's pretty safe to say that we all know that we have to find an alternative to fossil fuels as soon as possible, and the most viable answer to the planet's energy needs is visible to us any time we look

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Senate Republican Majority, Keystone XL, Tom Wolf, and Why We Need to Get Rid of Fossil Fuels

Senate Republican Majority, Keystone XL, Tom Wolf, and Why We Need to Get Rid of Fossil Fuels

The senate is now ruled by the Republican, climate-denying majority, the controversial and climate-damning Keystone XL Pipeline is probably gonna be approved, fracking for shale gas is going to become

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Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Likely to Pass Thanks to GOP Senate Wins

Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Likely to Pass Thanks to GOP Senate Wins

Yesterday's Republican Party gains in the Senate put the passing of legislation that would give the go ahead to the Keystone XL pipeline within the party's reach. After six years of debate on the

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Wind is the World’s Cheapest Source of Energy According to EU Report

Wind is the World’s Cheapest Source of Energy According to EU Report

A report prepared for the European Commission has found that onshore wind power provides the cheapest source of energy once external factors such as air quality, health impacts and expenditure, and the

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Air Pollution Levels in China Reach 20 Times the Safe Limit for Human Health

Air Pollution Levels in China Reach 20 Times the Safe Limit for Human Health

China is known for having some of the world’s worst air pollution, but air quality in the country recently hit a new high at 20 times greater than the safety limit for human health. The Guardian reports

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New Fusion Reactor Concept Could Generate Unlimited Clean Energy Cheaper Than Coal

New Fusion Reactor Concept Could Generate Unlimited Clean Energy Cheaper Than Coal

Fusion energy is often associated with Hollywood fantasy - think Tony Stark's miniature Arc Reactor in "Iron Man." But could a virtually unlimited source of zero-emission power actually become a reality?

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