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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.

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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.

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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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In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, file photo, a crew member with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., photographed through a car window, works on a drilling platform on a farm near Mead, Colo.

In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, file photo, a crew member with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., photographed through a car window, works on a drilling platform on a farm near Mead, Colo.

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Energy company Anadarko Continue →

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Amazon Peru, photo by Pearl Vas  (CC BY 2.0)

Amazon Peru, photo by Pearl Vas (CC BY 2.0)

Rising Voices will be launching a microgrant competition next month for digital citizen media projects in the Amazon region which is home to many indigenous communities. Thanks to Avina Americas, Continue →

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‘Why love one but eat the other?’, this is the theme of the poster campaign initiated by the Vegetarian Society of Singapore to promote vegetarianism. The posters feature a house pet and a farm animal to encourage the public to Continue →

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Capybara. Photo from Pierre Poulquin on Flickr under the Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC 2.0).

A drought that has left more than 20,000 animals dead —among them capybaras, spectacled caimans, and cows— in Paz Continue →

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India Just Massively Boosted Its Solar Target For 2015

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 2, 2014

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Bloomberg reports that India just increased the amount of solar power plant licenses it plans to award next year by 30 percent — a move that adds one additional gigawatt of capacity to Continue →

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On Monday, someone who just watched Fox News wouldn’t know that a U.N. panel’s report said that “breakdown of food systems” and “violent conflict” are likely impacts of even low levels of climate change over the Continue →

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Chief Tayac of the Piscataway tribe, from left, Naiche Tayac, and William of the Lakota Nation march near the White House in Washington during a rally calling on President Barack Obama to reject Keystone XL Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.

Chief Tayac of the Piscataway tribe, from left, Naiche Tayac, and William of the Lakota Nation march near the White House in Washington during a rally calling on President Barack Obama to reject Keystone XL Sunday, Feb. 17, Continue →

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When the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases a report, it’s safe to say it’s a pretty big deal. For the one released Monday, more than 1,271 people were nominated to partake in its writing, of Continue →

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We Love to Talk, But Do We Speak Out?

by Janine Mendes-Franco on April 1, 2014

I was an idealistic teenager when I first paid the price of speaking my mind. Considering that the backdrop was religion class in a prestigious, all-girls Catholic school, I suppose I should not have been surprised. Long story short, I Continue →

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Koch Brothers Quietly Seek To Ban New Mass Transit In Tennessee

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 1, 2014

A rendering of Nashville's Amp bus system.

A rendering of Nashville’s Amp bus system.

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The Tennessee Senate passed a bill last week that, if approved, would broadly ban mass transit projects in the region, an anti-transit effort that’s gotten some help Continue →

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Whaling ship Nisshin Maru berths in Kagoshima City, Japan. Photo by wdeon. Shutterstock

Whaling ship Nisshin Maru berths in Kagoshima City, Japan. Photo by wdeon. Shutterstock

There has been online elation on Australian social media following the news that on 31 March 2014 the International Court of Justice has found against Japan’s so-called Continue →
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A massive protest in Maoming, a city in affluent Guangdong province in southern China, on March 30, 2014 against a chemical project ended in scuffles with police, leaving some protesters injured. 

An amateur YouTube video showed hundreds of protesters Continue →

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Starting in April, millions of California households will received a $30 to $40 climate credit on their electricity bills. On Monday the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Air Resources Board made the announcement, which is Continue →

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A vintage windmill in a cotton field in West Texas, with modern wind turbines in the background.

A vintage windmill in a cotton field in West Texas, with modern wind turbines in the background.

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Wind power set a new record in Texas last Friday, heralding wind’s growing competitiveness with natural gas.

As CleanTechnica reports, instantaneous Continue →

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Ohio Senate Republicans Launch Attack On State’s Renewable Energy Law

by ThinkProgress » Climate on March 31, 2014

Wind farm in Paulding County, Ohio.

Wind farm in Paulding County, Ohio.

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After multiple failed attempts to roll back Ohio’s clean energy and energy efficiency standards, Republicans in the state senate aren’t giving up, releasing another bill on Friday that takes aim at Continue →

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Massive Explosion Rocks Washington State Natural Gas Plant

by ThinkProgress » Climate on March 31, 2014

Joe Lusignan of the Benton County Sheriff's Office briefs the media on the evacuation.

Joe Lusignan of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office briefs the media on the evacuation.

CREDIT: Screenshot via Tri-City Herald and Bob Brawdy

A liquefied natural gas pipeline plant suffered an explosion and fire at 8:20 a.m. PDT in Plymouth, Continue →

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