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Erin Brockovich has once again spoken out about against the Porter Ranch gas leak. Since the environmental calamity was first detected on Oct. 23, the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility has spewed more than 93,000 metric tons of methane, a potent greenh...
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Posted by on in Solar
Across the planet, economies have been either dependent on or addicted to fossil fuels for 150 years, but there appears to be global momentum towards better energy use and more sustainable approaches, according to a new study in Nature Energy journal. Catherine Mitchell, professor of energy policy ...
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Posted by on in Human Health
The last time a top Chicago-based EPA official was ousted from her post, it was for being too aggressive about fighting pollution in Michigan. Mary Gade was forced out as the agency's regional administrator in 2008 amid an outcry from politicians angered and embarrassed by a series of leg...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
A group of beached whales have, naturally, attracted much attention in Skegness, England — after all, it's not every day people get to see a massive deep sea mammal up close. The images are surreal.   WARNING: Graphic images below However, the latest developments in the ongoing story of...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
This story originally appeared on the Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The world’s run of record-breaking hottest years is extremely unlikely to have happened without the global warming caused by human activities, according to new calculations. Thirteen o...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
The Los Angeles River has once again come to life, supercharged with rainwater. Freeways have flooded. And California’s Sierra Nevada mountains — the so-called “snowy mountains” — are living up to their name. This is all thanks to the huge ocean-atmosphere event Jet Propulsion Laboratory cli...
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Posted by on in Human Health
Hundreds have been forced to evacuate   Shapiro, 43, moved her family 15 miles away in early December and said her son’s health quickly improved.When Robyn Shapiro’s 18-month-old son started suffering from nosebleeds last fall, she knew it was time to leave her home in Porter Ranch, the L...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $3.8 million to support research, education, and extension projects that will assist current organic producers and those transitioning into organic farming. The funding is available through the Organic Transitions Program,...
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Posted by on in Biofuels
Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is a dangerous greenhouse gas, accelerating global warming. Cost-effective, proven technologies are available to cap emissions from the oil and gas industry, but federal regulators have yet to take comprehensive action. Environmental advocates surveyin...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
President Obama tied climate change to soaring economic hope rather than damaging catastrophes in his final State of the Union address, delivered to a nation that remains gripped with partisan rancor over the basis for climbing temperatures. He only indirectly mentioned the global agreement reached...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
One of the biggest stories of 2015 was the sharp decline of oil prices, which fell this year to levels not seen in more than a decade. "After plunging from more than $100 a barrel to nearly $50 a barrel last year, U.S. oil prices fell 30 percent in 2015 to $37.04 a barrel," the Wall Street Jou...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
The hottest year in recorded history is coming to a close with a wave of extreme weather and ecosystem shifts, from unprecedented flooding in the UK to dangerous deluges in South America. Looking back at 2015, it is clear that such extremes are not the except...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
As the year draws to a close, Carbon Brief takes a look at 2015’s top climate stories through the medium of numbers. Here are our top 15. 1. 1.5 Degrees Celsius Limit Over the last 12 months, after years of taking the back seat, the idea of a 1.5C limit to global temperatures m...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
by Marie Alt I've got to admit (and many of you already know) I tend to be a glass half empty person (repeatedly taking on well-heeled polluters and recalcitrant politicians hasn't really helped my condition), but even I can see that 2015 was a banner year for the environment. In fact, we may have ...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
When Republicans took over both chambers of Congress in January, party leaders vowed they would prove to the country that Republicans could govern. They promised to stop with the self-made crises, such as government shutdowns, and rack up legislative accomplishments. So in the first year of a GOP-co...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the world, threatening freshwater supplies and ecosystems, according to a new NASA and National Science Foundation-funded study of more than half of the world's freshwater supply. Using more than 25 years of satellite temperature data and ground measur...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
When then-Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) first pushed the idea in 2010, it was easy to find Virginians who favored oil and gas drilling along the Virginia coast, even in this tourism-dependent city of 450,000. The Virginia Beach City Council voted 8 to 3 that year in support of the giant offshore rigs...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
As the COP21 climate negotiations draw to a close in Paris, complicated questions remain about how the accord will be carried out over the coming years. Negotiators from 195 countries seem close to hammering out a deal that could limit global warming to a maximum of 2° Celsius (3.6° Fahre...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
To rousing cheers and tears of relief, envoys from 195 nations approved Saturday an accord to stop global warming, offering hope that humanity can avert catastrophic climate change and usher in an energy revolution. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius ended nearly a fortnight of gruelling UN neg...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
I’m over Greenland headed home to San Francisco and just got the news that a strong climate agreement has been reached back in Paris. Peeking out the window to see ice caps brought a tear to my eyes, when I realized they don’t actually have to melt. We will share details on the agreement in th...
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