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Historic Victory: 7 Kids Win Climate Change Lawsuit in Washington State

Historic Victory: 7 Kids Win Climate Change Lawsuit in Washington State
Today, in a surprise ruling from the bench in the critical climate case brought by youths against the State of Washington’s Department of Ecology, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill ordered the Department of Ecology to promulgate an emissions reduction rule by the end of 2016 and make recommendations to the state legislature on science-based greenhouse gas reductions in the 2017 legislative session.
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Bill Nye the Science Guy Takes On Climate Denialist Joe Bastardi the ‘Goebbels’ Guy

Bill Nye the Science Guy Takes On Climate Denialist Joe Bastardi the ‘Goebbels’ Guy
You might have heard that quote from outspoken American author Upton Sinclair, who once wrote: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” TV presenter and science advocate Bill Nye “the Science Guy” dusted off Sinclair’s 1935 quote in a new video, in which he challenged climate science denialist and weatherman Joe Bastardi to two $10,000 bets. Nye bet Bastardi, a regular guest on conservative media, that 2016 would be one of the top ten hottest years on record.
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Republican State Attorneys General Trying To Kill The Clean Power Plan Have Taken Millions From Dirty Energy Interests

Republican State Attorneys General Trying To Kill The Clean Power Plan Have Taken Millions From Dirty Energy Interests
27 states, led by coal-heavy West Virginia, are suing the federal government to stop the plan, and the Supreme Court issued a stay last February that bars its implementation until all legal challenges have been resolved. That means the ball is now in a D.C. Circuit Court that is not expected to make a decision on the case possibly until as late as this fall.
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Newsflash: 'Meta' Study Confirms Consensus: 97% of Publishing Climate Scientists Agree That Humans Burning the Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Climate

Newsflash: 'Meta' Study Confirms Consensus: 97% of Publishing Climate Scientists Agree That Humans Burning the Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Climate
When we published a paper in 2013 finding 97% scientific consensus on human-caused global warming, what surprised me was how surprised everyone was. Ours wasn’t the first study to find such a scientific consensus. Nor was it the second. Nor were we the last.
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Oil Giants Spend $114M to Obstruct Climate Policy, But That’s Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Oil Giants Spend $114M to Obstruct Climate Policy, But That’s Just the Tip of the Iceberg
“Despite the recent Paris Agreement on global warming, the fossil fuel industry is still systematically trying to stall progress, and using shareholder funds to do so,” warns a new report by London non-profit organisation InfluenceMap. According to InfluenceMap’s research, last year international oil giants ExxonMobil and Shell, along with three powerful industry trade associations, spent US$114 million (£80.8m) in an effort to obstruct climate legislation.
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TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline Resumes Operations Under Supervision After South Dakota Dilbit Spill

TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline Resumes Operations Under Supervision After South Dakota Dilbit Spill
TransCanada received permission from federal regulators to re-start the Keystone Pipeline a week after a 168,000-gallon spill in South Dakota. The pipeline started back up on Sunday morning at a reduced operating pressure. The incident has given ammunition to a group appealing the decision by the South Dakota Public Utility Commission (PUC) to re-certify TransCanada’s permit to build the Keystone XL Pipeline, despite President Obama’s denial of a permit needed to cross international borders.
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Immediate Action Needed to Save Pacific Northwest from Ocean Acidification: Scientists

Immediate Action Needed to Save Pacific Northwest from Ocean Acidification: Scientists
The Pacific coast of North America is becoming more acidic as human-produced carbon dioxide emissions dissolve into the water and communities from B.C. to California must take action now to offset changes that are already affecting West Coast marine life, say leading ocean scientists.
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Investors Urge Oil Companies to Stress Test Portfolios Against Two Degree Scenario

Investors Urge Oil Companies to Stress Test Portfolios Against Two Degree Scenario
Earlier this month Bill McKibben wrote that “Across the northern hemisphere, the temperature, if only for a few hours, apparently crossed a line: it was more than two degrees Celsius above “normal” for the first time in recorded history.”
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Shhhhhhh, DuPont Has Quietly Replaced One Deadly Toxin With Another

Shhhhhhh, DuPont Has Quietly Replaced One Deadly Toxin With Another
In early October 2015, a jury awarded $1.6 million to Carla Bartlett after attorneys presented ample evidence to prove that a kidney tumor that Ms. Bartlett had developed was a result of ingesting a chemical known as C8. The chemical was discharged into the Ohio River by DuPont, and it was used for decades as a chemical in the development of Teflon.
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Peabody Energy, World's Top Coal Miner, Expected to File for Bankruptcy as Stock Price Tanks

Peabody Energy, World's Top Coal Miner, Expected to File for Bankruptcy as Stock Price Tanks
Peabody Energy (BTU), the top miner of coal in the world, may soon file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The news comes as Peabody's stock closed Wednesday at a six-month low of $2.19 per share — a 46-percent fall. Peabody noted its potential bankruptcy in the company's March 16 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Form 10-K.
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