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BY KATIE VALENTINE This Sept. 13, 2010 file photo shows the bottom of the blowout preventer stack from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/GERALD HERBERT, FILE On Monday, nearly five years after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and sent millions of barrels...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
A global deal to phase down the powerful heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs) inched forward after a week of international negotiations in Bangkok under the Montreal Protocol, the world's most successful environmental treaty. Prospects for progress rose sharply in mid-April when ...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
BEIJING — Creating an opening for a larger international agreement, China and the United States on Wednesday announced new targets for greenhouse gas emissions that are intended to help curb global climate change. As part of the arrangement, announced by the White House, the United States woul...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
The China-US joint climate change agreement is a full pendulum swing back from the failures of five years ago. It was only in 2009 at the Copenhagen climate change summit that, despite global pressure for action and the highest political attention, an agreement that would have addressed tempera...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Every branch of the United States Military is worried about climate change. They have been since well before it became controversial. In the wake of an historic climate change agreement between President Obama and President Xi Jinping in China this week (Brookings), the military’s perspective is sig...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
The United States and China pledged Wednesday to take ambitious action to limit greenhouse gases, aiming to inject fresh momentum into the global fight against climate change ahead of high-stakes climate negotiations next year. President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would move much faster i...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
The United States may make a major contribution in November to a fund to help poor countries prepare for and combat climate change, said the foreign minister of Peru, the country hosting a round of climate negotiations in December. Peru Foreign Minister Gonzalo Gutierrez said U.S. Secretary of Stat...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
WASHINGTON (May 20, 2014)—Sea level rise, worsening wildfires and floods are putting at risk landmark historic sites around the United States, according to “National Landmarks at Risk,” a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).  The report lists 30 at-risk sites, incl...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
What did the Founding Fathers use to power the American Revolution? Pretty much one fuel source: wood. And until the late 19th century, forests remained America’s chief energy source. Since then, it’s been mostly fossil fuels — coal, oil and natural gas — with a little bit of hydroelectric, nuclear ...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Five years after being elected president and six months after winning a second term, President Obama today gave his first speech devoted solely to climate change and announced several executive actions to begin weaning the United States (historically the largest emitter of greenhouse gases) off foss...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
It can be hard for youth to deal with the overwhelming effects of climate change. But, by taking action, we can erode the hold that oil, fracking, and coal has on people and the environment. by Sarah van Gelder "The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere just hit 400 parts per million," I ...
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Posted by on in General Environment
While more than half (53 percent) of all companies in the S&P 500 Index and Fortune 500 published sustainability reports in 2011 — up from 19 percent the year before — companies in the US are less likely to obtain third-party assurance than their global peers, according to a report by the Global...
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Posted by on in Food
By Codi Yeager-KozacekCircle of Blue When it became clear last August that crippling heat and dryness would severely curtail U.S. corn production, prices for the grain shot to record highs. Now, eight months later, consumers in the United States are looking at a 3 to 4 percent inflation rate for fo...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
One quarter of the US' rivers and streams have fish with elevated mercury. At least our rivers don’t light on fire anymore. Inspired by a well-publicized fire on the Cuyahoga River in 1969, the passage of the Clean Water Act in the US led to huge reductions in water pollution. Despite those positiv...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
  OKLAHOMA CITY, With the planet heating up, many scientists seem fairly certain some weather elements like hurricanes and droughts will worsen. But tornadoes have them stumped.These unpredictable, sometimes deadly storms plague the United States more than any other country. Here in tornado al...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
  If there were any climate change denialists located in the United States, over the last nine months, their arguments have been shattered by rising temperatures and the highest average over nine months with severe drought conditions disabling many economic sectors and livelihoods....
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
The situation at the damaged nuclear reactors in Fukushima is dire. Two days ago, three workers were exposed to water containing radioactive materials 10,000 times the normal level in the basement of Reactor No. 3.  This reactor is especially dangerous because it contains MOX fuel, a mixture of...
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