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Global Leaders Fight for 1.5 Degrees Warming Target at COP21 Climate Talks

Global Leaders Fight for 1.5 Degrees Warming Target at COP21 Climate Talks
A coalition of vulnerable countries is pushing the global community to adopt a new 1.5 degree global warming target at the ongoing climate talks in Paris. The group of countries, known as the Climate Vulnerability Forum, argues current efforts to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius is insufficient to protect many nations from the dangers of climate change. The group came to this conclusion, which was announced on the first day of the climate talks, after two years of expert review and diplomatic consultations.
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Interesting Events You Won’t Want to Miss At The Paris COP21 Climate Conference

Interesting Events You Won’t Want to Miss At The Paris COP21 Climate Conference
The time has finally arrived. We're on the Eurostar heading to Paris for the COP21 climate conference kick-off. On Monday, the world is meeting in Paris to (hopefully) agree a deal that will curb our carbon emissions and avert catastrophic climate change.
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“We Need Not Be Polite” Hears First National Conference On Oil Train Threats

“We Need Not Be Polite” Hears First National Conference On Oil Train Threats
On November 12th, I boarded a train headed to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the first national independent gathering focused on the topic of oil trains. The trip would take me through Philadelphia where an Amtrak train crashed in May resulting in eight fatalities and over 200 injuries.
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InfoGraphics: Coal is Not the Answer to Energy Poverty and Here’s Why

InfoGraphics: Coal is Not the Answer to Energy Poverty and Here’s Why
Worldwide, the coal industry is suffering as the demand for its product weakens in the face of a surge in clean, renewable energy options and a world that can no longer afford to continue to consume this dirty fossil fuel. Here's a series of fact-filled infographics that tell the real story about coal and energy poverty.
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Despite Low Oil Prices, Renewable Power Gaining Traction — Not Fast Enough for the Climate

Despite Low Oil Prices, Renewable Power Gaining Traction — Not Fast Enough for the Climate
The shift away from coal and towards renewable sources of energy is slowly beginning to gain traction, two recently-released reports from American and global energy agencies show. “The biggest story is in the case of renewables,” International Energy Agency executive director, Fatih Birol, told the Guardian as this year's World Energy Outlook was released. “It is no longer a niche. Renewable energy has become a mainstream fuel, as of now.”
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Meet the Climate Scientists Travelling by Bike and Foot from the Poles to Paris

Meet the Climate Scientists Travelling by Bike and Foot from the Poles to Paris
Two twenty-something climate scientists are currently running and cycling their way from the Antarctic and Arctic all the way to Paris. Traveling a combined distance of 20,000 kilometres, the two scientists – plus team members joining them along the way – are working to raise awareness about climate change ahead of December’s Paris climate conference.
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Report: Fossil Fuel Industry Floats on $20 Billion in U.S. Subsidies

Report: Fossil Fuel Industry Floats on $20 Billion in U.S. Subsidies
A new joint investigative report by Oil Change International and the Overseas Development Institute reveals that, in the United States alone, the fossil fuel industry has benefited from over $20 billion per year in government subsidies between 2008-2015. The percentage of subsidies has skyrocketed during the two terms of the Obama Administration, growing by 35 percent since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. The findings are part of a broader report on subsidies given to G20 countries ahead of the forthcoming G20 Leaders Summit in Antalya, Turkey, set to take place November 15-16.
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Breaking: Trans-Pacific Partnership Ignores Climate, Asks Countries to Volunteer to Protect the Environment

Breaking: Trans-Pacific Partnership Ignores Climate, Asks Countries to Volunteer to Protect the Environment
In March, the White House was touting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on its blog stating:“Through TPP, the Obama administration is doubling down on its commitment to use every tool possible to address the most pressing environmental challenges.” Reviewing the environment section of the just-released TPP, one thing becomes quite clear. Climate change is not considered one of the “most pressing environmental challenges.”
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Sunshine State Solar Industry Fighting Koch Fueled Denier Onslaught

Sunshine State Solar Industry Fighting Koch Fueled Denier Onslaught
With its nickname “The Sunshine State,” it would make sense for Florida to lead in solar energy in the United States. But industry opposition and a climate change-denying governor have allowed the state to fall dangerously behindwhen it comes to harnessing the power of the sun.
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Ivy League Universities Pushing Oil Industry Agenda With No Accountability

Ivy League Universities Pushing Oil Industry Agenda With No Accountability
Harold Hamm isn’t the kind of guy you’d expect to be name dropping Ivy League schools. Born in Oklahoma, his education ended with his graduation from high school. Which didn’t stop him from becoming a multi-billionaire by building his own oil and gas fracking company, Continental Resources — a company that bills itself as “America’s Oil Champion.”
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