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Ohio’s Clean Energy Programs Save Customers $2 For Every $1 They Spend

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 24, 2014

An $11 million solar panel canopy covers the parking lot across from the entrance to The Cincinnati Zoo.

An $11 million solar panel canopy covers the parking lot across from the entrance to The Cincinnati Zoo.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Al Behrman

Energy efficiency standards in Ohio that have been facing attacks from state lawmakers provide significant consumer Continue →

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How Darren Aronofsky Made ‘Noah’ His Own

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 24, 2014

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“In the beginning there was nothing, nothing but the silence of infinite darkness. The breath of the Creator flooded against the face of the void whispering let there be light and light was, and Continue →

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Evangelical climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe has just been named to TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world! A featured star on Showtime’s landmark climate series, “Years Of Living Dangerously,” Katharine joins Continue →

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84,000 Lives Threatened By Sea Level Rise In New England

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 24, 2014

Flooding in the Brox during Hurricane Sandy.

Flooding in the Brox during Hurricane Sandy.

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As New Jersey residents loft their rebuilt homes onto five foot pilings along the shore and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio promises to get work started on 500 storm-demolished Continue →

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Which U.S. Universities Are The Greenest?

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 23, 2014

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In a recently released free book by the Princeton Review, three-hundred and thirty universities in the United States and two in Canada are profiled as green four-year higher education institutions. The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges, released Continue →

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Drilling at night in the Eagle Ford shale.

Drilling at night in the Eagle Ford shale.

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Earlier this month, a coalition of county governments in Texas posted a study that air pollution would increase significantly by 2018 thanks to a local drilling boom. One week Continue →

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In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, the sun sets behind an oil pump jack and the Rocky Mountains near Fredrick, Colo.

In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, the sun sets behind an oil pump jack and the Rocky Mountains near Fredrick, Colo.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Ed Andrieski

A Texas family claiming they were sickened because of pollution from hydraulic fracturing Continue →

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In Russia, World’s First Ice-Resistant Oil Platform Starts Production

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 21, 2014

the Prirazlomnaya oil platform is towed to the Arctic seaport of Murmansk, 900 miles north of Moscow, Russia.

the Prirazlomnaya oil platform is towed to the Arctic seaport of Murmansk, 900 miles north of Moscow, Russia.

CREDIT: AP/Andrei Pronin

With Russian President Vladimir Putin on hand, the Russian Arctic offshore oil platform Prirazlomnaya, the first offshore oil Continue →

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The Jersey Shore Rebuilds Higher After Superstorm Sandy

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 21, 2014

A bulldozer in front of destroyed homes on January 13, 2013 in Lavallette, New Jersey. Clean up continues 75 days after Hurricane Sandy struck the shore in October 2012.

A bulldozer in front of destroyed homes on January 13, 2013 in Lavallette, New Jersey. Clean up continues 75 days after Hurricane Sandy struck the shore in October 2012.

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Houses all along the Jersey shore, damaged by Continue →

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Residents of coastal communities in the U.S. can soon search for how much sea level rise is expected to affect their regions by zip code, using a new interactive map.

The mapping tool, which was launched Continue →

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The New, Innovative And More Efficient Way Of Feeding People

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 21, 2014

An aquapod designed by Ocean Farm Technologies, one of the projects funded by Cuna del Mar

Don Kent, President of the Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute, was standing in the seafood aisle of a Whole Foods in the affluent San Diego neighborhood of La Jolla recently when he took out his phone and snapped a photo Continue →

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PJ Hahn, Coastal Zone Manager for Plaquemines Parish, examines oil along the shoreline of Bay Jimmy, which was heavily impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in Plaquemines Parish, La., Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

PJ Hahn, Coastal Zone Manager for Plaquemines Parish, examines oil along the shoreline of Bay Jimmy, which was heavily impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in Plaquemines Parish, La., Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

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Coal Company Cuts Off Ex-Miners From Their Health Benefits

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 19, 2014

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More than one-thousand ex-coal miners are losing their promised health benefits in eight months. Murray Energy redirected the blame in its announcement this week to the Obama administration, insisting that the largest independent coal company Continue →

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Activists on Wednesday delivered petitions with over 5,600 signatures to Connecticut lawmakers in support of legislation that would ban the disposal or storage of wastewater from fracking anywhere in the state. Supporters of the prohibition warn Continue →

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What do Texas Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis and ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson have in common? They both wanted to limit hydraulic fracturing in their neighborhoods in the Dallas-Fort Worth area — but for very Continue →

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Western Re-Run: Nevada Rancher Versus The Feds

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 17, 2014

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In the West, we’ve seen this Cliven Bundy movie before. And with every re-run, the worn out story line of the heroic independent rancher standing up to the dictatorial federal government gets more tiresome.

Bundy, Continue →

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Is This The End Of China’s Coal Boom?

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 16, 2014

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“The End Of China’s Coal Boom,” is a new, must-read chart-filled report from Greenpeace. It documents the response of China to the almost unimaginable life-shortening air pollution caused by its rapid growth in coal use.

One of its charts highlights Continue →

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Bags full of radioactive waste in an abandoned North Dakota building.

Bags full of radioactive waste in an abandoned North Dakota building.

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North Dakota recently discovered piles of garbage bags containing radioactive waste dumped by oil drillers in abandoned buildings. Continue →

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Australia is in dire straits when it comes to climate change. An obstinate government has been tenacious in the quest to perpetuate fossil fuel extraction while sidelining clean energy and climate change efforts. Meanwhile the country Continue →

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Oklahoma Will Charge Customers Who Install Their Own Solar Panels

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 16, 2014

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Matt Kasper, energy research assistant at the Center for American Progress, contributed to this piece.

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Oklahoma residents who produce their own energy through solar panels or small wind turbines on their property will now be charged an Continue →

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Appeals Court Ruling Means Americans Will Breathe Less Toxic Pollutants

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 16, 2014

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In a victory for clean air, public health, and the Obama administration, a federal appeals court has upheld Environmental Protection Agency rules requiring large power plants to reduce emissions of mercury, arsenic, and other toxic air pollutants. Continue →

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Residents of British Columbia, Canada are pushing back against Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline, a 731-mile twin pipeline project that, if given final approval, would carry tar sands oil from Alberta to Canada’s west coast.

On Saturday, Continue →

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More than 100 distinguished faculty members at Harvard have signed an open letter to college president Drew Faust, saying her recent pledge to take climate change more seriously did not go far enough.

Faust had announced Monday Continue →

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The forecast path shown above is the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's best estimate of the cyclone's future movement and intensity. The red circles indicate the destructiveness of winds, while the orange zone indicates the storm's projected 24-hour  path.

The forecast path shown above is the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s best estimate of the cyclone’s future movement and intensity. The red circles indicate the destructiveness of winds, while the orange zone indicates the storm’s projected 24-hour Continue →

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A power line brought down by a winter storm in Georgia on February 12, 2014.

A power line brought down by a winter storm in Georgia on February 12, 2014.

CREDIT: AP Photo / John Amis

A new report from Climate Central has found that major power outages have increased ten times over since Continue →

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This Airplane Will Fly Around The World Without Using A Drop Of Fuel

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 11, 2014

The Solar Impulse 2, which is due to make the first round-the-world solar flight, day and night without any fuel.

The Solar Impulse 2, which is due to make the first round-the-world solar flight, day and night without any fuel.

CREDIT: Jean Revillard for Solar Impulse 2 via AP Images

One lightweight airplane is proving that big things really Continue →

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What Is Liquefied Petroleum Gas And Why Are We Shipping It To China?

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 10, 2014

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China’s top petrochemical refiner, Sinopec Corp, will soon be importing about 34,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from the United States. In a major deal with Phillips 66 implicating the growing importance of LPG, starting Continue →

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The Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC.

The Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC.

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In crafting its upcoming rules for carbon emissions from existing power plants, the Environmental Protection Agency engaged in a consultation campaign that reached far beyond its official 11 listening sessions, Continue →

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Scientists Use Solar Power To Make More Solar Panels

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 10, 2014

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Solar power could soon be used directly in the manufacturing of new solar cells, making production of a key chemical require zero energy.

“This approach should work and is very environmentally conscious,” Chih-Hung Chang, Oregon State University chemical Continue →

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A bird stands on an oyster shell strip atop an existing reef in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.

A bird stands on an oyster shell strip atop an existing reef in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Pat Sullivan

Restoring coastal ecosystems can provide significant economic benefits and Continue →

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With wildfire season just around the corner and much of the west and southwest still dangerously dry, the Obama Administration has released its National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy.

The strategy addresses factors exacerbating wildfire danger such as Continue →

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Percent of Americans Who Believe the Effects of Global Warming Have Already Begun to Happen, by Political Ideology, from McCright and Dunlap

The good news is the video of episode one of Showtime’s climate series, “Years Of Living Dangerously,” Continue →

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 Harvard University President Drew Faust speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on the Harvard campus in 2009 in Cambridge, Mass.

Harvard University President Drew Faust speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on the Harvard campus in 2009 in Cambridge, Mass.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Charles Krupa

After mounting pressure from both students and the public, Harvard on Continue →

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200,000 Pounds Of Oiled Sand Found Along Texas Coastline After Spill

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 6, 2014

Responders work to clean the remaining oil — with pompoms, rakes and power washers — from some of the worst hit parts of Galveston Island on the northeast end. April 3, 2014.

Responders work to clean the remaining oil — with pompoms, rakes and power washers — from some of the worst hit parts of Galveston Island on the northeast end. April 3, 2014.

CREDIT: flickr/Coast Guard News

The March 22 Continue →

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The banner says: PX project, out of Maoming

Protests in Maoming in China’s southern Guangdong province over a planned paraxylene (PX) project plant continue to grow and have spread to neighboring Shenzhen. 

The demonstrations began on March 30, 2014 when about 1,000 Maoming residents rallied against the project over environmental and Continue →

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Since the days of Henry Ford and the Model T, cars have always captured the American imagination. For a time, bigger was better and gas-guzzling behemoths like Hummers were all the rage. But times have changed. Retooling the auto Continue →

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Chasing Bangladesh’s Extreme Weather

by Pantha Rahman Reza on April 5, 2014

Screenshot of the Great Bangladesh Weather Expedition Page

Screenshot of the Great Bangladesh Weather Expedition website

Bangladesh is among the topmost nations vulnerable to the impacts of climate change due to the frequency of extreme weather events and its high population density. Floods and cyclones are often deadly and cause Continue →

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What Should Happen To Coal Ash Ponds?

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 4, 2014

A screenshot of an interactive map by the Sierra Club shows some coal ash zones throughout the United States. Yellow spots mark coal ash ponds, orange spots mark "high hazard" coal ash ponds, and red spots mark coal ash "disaster sites."

A screenshot of an interactive map by the Sierra Club shows coal ash zones throughout the United States. Yellow spots mark coal ash ponds, orange spots mark “high hazard” coal ash ponds, and red spots mark coal ash Continue →

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Big Coal Cries For Help In Pacific Northwest Exports Fight

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 4, 2014

Coal trains idle on the tracks near Gillette, Wyo.

Coal trains idle on the tracks near Gillette, Wyo.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Matthew Brown

In the battle over proposed coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest, Goliath is begging for reinforcements.

During an energy forum held Wednesday in Billings, Montana, developers Continue →

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Greenpeace’s latest energy report called out Amazon as being one of the worst dirty energy transgressors. But the report also praises Apple for completely switching to renewable energy, showing that public pressure and greater transparency can Continue →

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