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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
Nearly 200 nations have reached a deal to limit the use of greenhouse gasses in a major effort to fight climate change. The agreement announced Saturday morning caps and reduces the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, in a gradual process beginning in 2019. Experts say cutting ...
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Posted by on in General Environment
In recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court has solidified the concept of corporate personhood. Following rulings in such cases as Hobby Lobby and Citizens United, U.S. law has established that companies are, like people, entitled to certain rights and protections. But that’s not the only instance of e...
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Posted by on in General Environment
What set COP21 apart from previous U.N. climate negotiations was not only its ultimate success in reaching the first global agreement to tackle climate change, but also the impressive display of business support for climate action. But despite the high-profile business presence December in Paris, t...
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Posted by on in Animals
Twenty-nine sperm whales were found stranded on shores around the North Sea, an area that is too shallow for the marine wildlife. Only recently were details of the animals’ necropsy released. However, scientists were deeply disturbed by what they found in the animals’ stomachs. According ...
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Posted by on in Oil Spill
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was one of the largest environmental disasters in history, releasing roughly 4 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. For Atlantic bluefin tuna, it occurred at the worst time of year, during peak spawning season, when eggs and larval fish that are parti...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Searing summers, rising seas, devastating storms and deadly floods. These are just some of the current and anticipated impacts of climate change. The recent "Paris Agreement," signed by 191 governments under a United Nations convention, calls for curbing greenhouse gas emissions. The goal is to keep...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Earlier this month, the United States ratified the Paris climate accord. But new research shows that the US will likely fall short of the environmental pledges made in that agreement, unless new measures to cut greenhouse gases are passed. That’s bleak news ahead of a presidential election that coul...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Dean Scott, the senior climate change reporter for Bloomberg, moderated a panel discussion this weekend at the 2016 conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists. The topic at hand was the upcoming U.S. elections and what it means for climate change policy, particularly if Donald ...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
For decades, retail moguls Kris and Douglas Tompkins bought up huge swaths of South American wilderness in hopes of preserving ancient forests and the creatures that live in them.  Now, nearly a year after her husband’s death, Kris, who spent 17 years as chief executive at the outdoor apparel ...
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Posted by on in Energy Efficiency
A new report has shown that a widespread conversion to solar-LED lighting in developing countries could create 2 million new jobs.   Many homes throughout the developing world still rely on dirty fuels to provide simple things like indoor and outdoor lighting. Fuel-based lighting such as...
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Tagged in: LED lighting Solar
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Posted by on in Climate Change
The same hotspot in Earth's mantle that feeds Iceland's active volcanoes has been playing a trick on the scientists who are trying to measure how much ice is melting on nearby Greenland. According to a new study in the journal Science Advances, the hotspot softened the mantle rock beneath Gree...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
As Obama prepares to leave the White House, he leaves behind a strong, yet unfinished, climate change legacy. Recently, the US and China formally joined the Paris Agreement, a global carbon-reduction initiative adopted by 190 countries last December. It was a major joint announcement that show...
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Posted by on in Environmental Heroes
Thousands of Americans continued to protest in North Dakota Saturday to demand the federal government stop the construction of an oil pipeline near Native American land. The Department of Justice is currently reviewing the case after a federal judge denied the tribes’ request to stop const...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
Tropical island nations should team up to ban coral-killing sunscreen products, following the example of Hawaii, a conference has heard.Chemical compounds in sunscreen lotions cause irreparable damage to reefs, which are crucial to the livelihoods of 500 million people in the tropics, scientist and ...
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Posted by on in Environmental Heroes
A sheriff’s department in North Dakota filed charges against the U.S. Green Party presidential candidate, Jill Stein, for damaging equipment during protests on Tuesday over construction of an oil pipeline. Stein was part of a group protesting the Dakota Access pipeline and spray-painted constructio...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
The US and China - together responsible for 40% of the world's carbon emissions - have both formally joined the Paris global climate agreement. After arriving with other leaders of G20 nations for a summit in the city of Hangzhou, Mr Obama said: "History will judge today's effort as pivotal." CO2 ...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
President Obama will expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world’s largest marine protected area. Building on the United States’ global leadership in marine conservation, today’s designation will more than quadruple the size of the existing marin...
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Posted by on in Transportation
'What an amazingly awesome country', Elon Musk tweeted in response to the plan' Norway will ban the sale of all fossil fuel-based cars in the next decade, continuing its trend towards becoming one of the most ecologically progressive countries on the planet, ...
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Posted by on in Forestry
'This is an important victory in the fight to protect the rainforest' The Norwegian parliament pledged the government’s public procurement policy will become deforestation-free after a committee of MPs recommended imposing regulations to ensure the state did "not contribute to deforestati...
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Posted by on in MyBlog
Though the 10 states taking part in CARB’s zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) program are mostly in the Northeast, the region is far from the best when it comes to getting electric cars on the road. A lack of purchase incentives, inadequate charging infrastructure, and limited EV&...
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