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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
President Barack Obama vetoed the Republicans’ Keystone XL pipeline bill Tuesday, rejecting Congress’ attempt to take the project’s fate out of his hands — and leaving the GOP on track for an override vote that will most likely fail. Obama’s veto message was delivered within hours of the legislatio...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
A disconcerting report released last week revealed that New York City could see a 6-foot rise in sea levels by the end of this century. It would make nearly half a million New Yorkers vulnerable to flooding, and waterfront properties would be virtually uninhabitable. But what if climate c...
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Posted by on in Clean Technology
Earlier this week, during a disappointing Tesla earnings call, Elon Musk mentioned in passing that he’d be producing a stationary battery for powering the home in the next few months. It sounded like a throwaway side project from someone who’s never seen a side project he doesn’t like. But...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
If you live in Portland, your lights may now be partly powered by your drinking water. An ingenious new system captures energy as water flows through the city’s pipes, creating hydropower without the negative environmental effects of something like a dam. Small turbines in the pipes spin in the flo...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
Overuse of the fertilizer has wasted a valuable natural resource and caused serious pollution. Researchers are warning that inappropriate management of phosphate fertilizer and animal manure in China has resulted in serious water pollution and substantial waste of phosphorus, a non-renewable inorga...
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Posted by on in Animals
The environmental impacts associated with large scale dams often have significant negative impacts on the environment. The Three Gorges Dam is no different. The creation of the dam and associated reservoir has impacts both upstream from the dam and downstream. It affects species in the area, some en...
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Posted by on in Animals
HONG KONG'S HARBOR is a slate-grey stretch of water ringed by skyscrapers and teeming with boats, ferries, million-dollar cruisers and traditional Chinese junks. Beneath the waves, amongst the fish who daily dodge the fishermen's net, lives an astonishing creature. The local pink dolphin is bright...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
After years of local battles across the state of Colorado, the fracking debate is about to come home to roost. On Feb. 10, a coalition of youth, businesses, community and religious leaders announced their opposition to fracking — which is currently in the planning stages not only in Denve...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
Sarah Moffitt Thursday 29 January 201509.00 EST Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Shares 829 Comments 51 New research published this week reveals that vast stretches of the ocean interior abruptly lost...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today launched a major new campaign aimed at saving the declining monarch butterfly. The Service signed a cooperative agreement with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), announced a major new funding initiative with the National Fish and Wildlife Found...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its latest Synthesis Report, summarizing the scientific research on the causes and impacts of global warming, and how we can mitigate its consequences. The report included various graphs showing how we’re changing th...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
A new paper published in Global Change Biology summarizes the results of a 23-year experiment monitoring how global warming is impacting certain ecosystems. At the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, the scientists have monitored ten 30-square meter plots of meadowland since 1989. ...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
In recent years China has accelerated its efforts in water conservation and water efficiency as the country's freshwater resources have become increasingly stressed as a result of regional droughts and years of booming growth, rapid development, and heavy industrialization. According to a recent sta...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
China's recent plastic bag ban has been immediately accepted by consumers. In a country where billions of plastic bags are used each day, the government's top-down policy move will likely benefit the country's environment and energy security well before market forces or consumer-led efforts are able...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
Beijing will issue a new urban planning strategy by the end of this year that will for the first time contain a plan to preserve large and green "air corridors".   An urban air corridor is a new field being researched by ecological departments both at the city and national levels. Liu Chunla...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
A turning point has been reached in the world's bid to curb global warming The presidents of the world's two most polluting nations agree: something should be done about climate change. And they're just the leaders to do it, per the terms of what President Barack Obama called a "historic agree...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Sea-level rise may not be eating away at Colorado’s borders, but climate change exposes other critical vulnerabilities in the state, according to a new report. Rising temperatures likely will take a toll on cattle and crops, for example, and could more often leave junior water rights holde...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
The President’s Climate Action Plan stated a goal for the Federal government to consume 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 – more than double the current goal of 7.5 percent.  The path to that goal was then established in the December 2013 Presidential Memorandum, Fede...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Human influence on the climate system is clear and growing, with impacts observed on all continents. If left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems. However, options are available to adapt to climate change and i...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
Up to 10 million gallons (38 million liters) of crude oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has settled at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, where it is threatening wildlife and marine ecosystems, according to a new study. The finding helps solve the mystery of where the "missing" oil ...
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