Environment

Eco-Friendly Energy Jobs Surge In Time for Labor Day

Eco-Friendly Energy Jobs Surge In Time for Labor Day
Environmental Entrepeneurs, an organization devoted to promoting green jobs and job creation, released a Labor Day report highlighting the ever-growing number of clean energy jobs out there helping to drive the economy.
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Escar-Go Home! Giant African Snails Invade US

Escar-Go Home! Giant African Snails Invade US
The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders.
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Not So Great Scott: FL Gov Refuses to Learn Anything from 'Lesson' with Climate Scientists

Not So Great Scott: FL Gov Refuses to Learn Anything from 'Lesson' with Climate Scientists
Republican Florida governor Rick Scott has always had a huge problem when it comes to the environment. To begin with, he has repeatedly made it clear that he does not believe in climate change, and certainly not the role that human beings play in exacerbating the problem. But, facing a fierce opponent with a stellar environmental record in this year’s gubernatorial race, Scott has had to swallow his pride and open up to the idea that he is wrong on climate change. The truth, however, is that the entire experience was more of a publicity stunt than a science lesson
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Judge Rules Dominion Violated MD Constitution with Zoning Exemptions, Frackers Promise to Get Federal Permits

Judge Rules Dominion Violated MD Constitution with Zoning Exemptions, Frackers Promise to Get Federal Permits
Earlier this month, a court decision handed down by Calvert County Circuit Court Judge James Salmon could put Dominion Resources’ timeline for its proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in jeopardy. Salmon ruled that an ordinance exempting the Lusby, Maryland-based LNG project from local zoning laws violated both a section of a state Land Use law, as well as Maryland's constitution. The facility will be fueled by gas obtained via fracking. Dominion is still confident that it'll receive the exemptions at the federal level.
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Thanks to Climate Change, Forest Service Spends Almost All its Money Fighting Fires

Thanks to Climate Change, Forest Service Spends Almost All its Money Fighting Fires
We ought to rename the U.S. Forest Service the “Forest Fire Service,” because pretty soon fighting fires is all that the agency will be able to do. Since 1995, the proportion of its budget spent on fire suppression has risen from 16 to 42 percent, according to an Agriculture Department analysis released last week.
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Meet the ‘Most Endangered’ River in America

Meet the ‘Most Endangered’ River in America
The organization American Rivers has distinguished the San Joaquin River of California with the dubious title of “most endangered” river in the nation. Since 2009 the stream has been celebrated as a path-breaking example of restoration—status that could now be threatened.
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Watch as an Ohio Congressman Bows to Economic Wonders of Coal and Fracking

Watch as an Ohio Congressman Bows to Economic Wonders of Coal and Fracking
It always pays to keep an eye—and a video camera—on congresspersons and candidates like David Joyce, a freshman Republican from Ohio’s 14th district in the northeast corner of the state. It’s a swing district which until January 2011 was represented by Steve LaTourette, who maintained his popularity and landslide victories by presenting a moderate face.
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Eyes Focused on Keystone, But Rail Cars Move More, and More Dangerously

Eyes Focused on Keystone, But Rail Cars Move More, and More Dangerously
Rail cars move more oil than pipelines like the proposed Keystone XL. And the cargo is much more concentrated. The combination spells (spills) disaster.
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Good News: A Rooftop Solar Boom is Underway

Good News: A Rooftop Solar Boom is Underway
Predicting the arrival of solar energy for electricity that is as cheap as local electricity prices is actually harder than predicting the sunrise. But Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS) new solar infographic tells this exciting crossover point is right in front of millions of homeowners across the country.
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A Ticking Bomb That Threatens Canada's Precious Waterways

A Ticking Bomb That Threatens Canada's Precious Waterways
TransCanada's proposed 2,858-mile Energy East pipeline, which would carry 1.1 million barrels of crude oil across Canada daily, would traverse at least 90 watersheds and 961 waterways between Alberta and New Brunswick, raising the prospect of a devastating spill, warns a new report from the Council of Canadians.
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