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EU mulls economic measures for US after Trump’s withdrawal from Paris agreement
The EU is considering taking economic measures in response to President Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement. These could include halting trade talks, forging closer ties with Russia, and imposing heavy carbon taxes on US exports. [...]
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☻GOP congressman confident ‘God will take care of climate change’☻
As concern surrounds Donald Trump’s decision on a key climate deal, one Republican Congressman believes God will “take care of” the global rise in temperature attributed to emissions. [...]
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Coral Bleaching Run Rampant, Threatens Entire Oceanic Ecosystem
Look out, Marlin and Nemo, as new reports indicate that continued devastation of the Earth’s coral reefs has destroyed half the world’s coral ecosystems in the last 30 years. New surveys of the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef, have revealed it to be ravaged by coral bleaching. [...]
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America is Tired
The major takeaway from the US Presidential election, and from the events which have shaped the first two weeks of Donald Trump’s Presidency - both his actions and the reactions of his opponents - is that America is tired. It is not difficult to see why since the US has for decades been behaving in a way that was guaranteed [...]
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Louisiana Climate-Deniers Who Refused Sandy Victims, Now Want Federal Flood Relief
As residents of Louisiana this week struggle to recover from "one of the worst floods in modern history," there is a chance that federal aid may not be so forthcoming thanks to a trio of Bayou State Republicans, who back in 2013 voted against helping victims of another storm: Sandy. House majority whip Rep. Steve Scalise, Rep [...]
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Humans are Poisoning the Ocean – and It’s Poisoning Us Back
It's no secret that we have trashed, poisoned, and warmed oceans at an unprecedented rate via human-caused climate change and pollution.It seems that oceans may be paying us back in kind, according to a new study that found levels of bacteria responsible for life-threatening illnesses spiking in the North Atlantic region. [...]
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Raimond de Hullu’s vision for Oas1s green buildings
Tarzan would feel right at home in these conceptual houses that blend into the forest. If you live or work in a city, chances are your view doesn’t contain much green. There may be a few trees lining the streets, but it’s nothing like architect Raimond de Hullu’s vision for urban development. In his mind, buildings and [...]
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World’s Banks Driving Climate Chaos with Hundreds of Billions in Extreme Energy Financing
Turning their backs on climate science and the consensus of governments and civil society across the globe, the world's biggest banks are dangerously advancing the climate crisis by pumping hundreds of billions of dollars into the world's most polluting fossil fuel industries, according to a new report published Tuesday. [...]
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Renewable Windfall as Germany’s Green Energy Meets 90 Percent of Demand
Germany, the fourth-largest economy in the world and a leader in renewable energy, produced so much energy this weekend from its solar, wind, hydro, and biomass plants that power prices went into negative territory for several hours. Consumers were being paid to use energy. [...]
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Extra $1.44 trillion needed to rectify US infrastructure problems
Small things can make all the difference, but so can $3.32 trillion – the amount required by the American Society of Civil Engineers to rectify the US’ major infrastructure weaknesses. Even worse, ignoring the problem will only make it more expensive. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released a study an [...]
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In This Passionate Anti-Fracking Town, Civil Disobedience Just Became Protected Civic Duty
Order sanctioning citizen direct action called "one of the boldest moves to stop the natural gas industry's attacks on our communities, climate and democracy." For one community attempting to stop fracking wastewater injection wells, civil disobedience just became a sanctioned civic right. [...]
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New study shows leaked fracking wastewater in West Virginia has fertility-threatening chemicals
Fracking is causing more disruptions than just earthquakes in West Virginia, according to a new study. The chemicals in leaked wastewater created from hydraulic fracturing is causing negative health effects there ‒ specifically when it comes to fertility. [...]
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“No Safe Pipelines”: TransCanada Admits Keystone Spill Bigger than First Claimed
The oil spill that shut down a portion of the Keystone 1 pipeline in South Dakota last weekend is much bigger than initially estimated, TransCanada admitted on Thursday—almost 100 times bigger, in fact.The fossil fuel company said the "potential volume" of the spill in Freeman, discovered by a passerby on Saturday, was about 1 [...]
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Russia grappling with new economic realities
As the world's media attention is currently fixed on the conflict in Syria, and to a lesser extent Ukraine, there has been an ongoing economic conflict occurring against Russia. Economic sanctions against Russia have turned out to be a double edged sword, hurting European exporters and manufacturers as much as Russian importe [...]
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Another Green Victory: Copenhagen Set to Divest from All Fossil Fuels
The Copenhagen City Council on Tuesday is expected to approve a vote to divest the city's investment fund, worth 6.9 billion kroner, or roughly $1 billion USD, from all its fossil fuels holdings. If the vote passes, the Danish capital will sell off its stocks and bonds in coal, oil, and gas in its continued effort to become "the [...]
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Rapid, Affordable Energy Revolution is Possible, Says New Report
While the dangers of a power system based on the burning of fossil fuels are increasingly apparent, a new report on Monday argues that a rapid, affordable energy transformation is, in fact, within our grasp. Within 15 years, the United States could slash greenhouse gas emissions from power production by nearly 80 percent belo [...]
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2015 Officially the Hottest Year on Record
The final tally is in: 2015 was the hottest year in recorded history—by a record-breaking margin. On Wednesday, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the official record for last year's runaway temperatures, which by NOAA's calculation hit an average of 58.62 degrees Fahrenheit (14.79 de [...]
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