Environment

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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Colorado Communities Drill Towards Regaining Legal Power Against Fracking Giants

Colorado Communities Drill Towards Regaining Legal Power Against Fracking Giants
A Colorado group with concerns about the environmental impacts of fracking are pushing for a fundamental change to the state’s legal system to give communities greater power over corporations. Coloradans for Community Rights has set its sights on dismantling the legal system where state laws take precedence over local rules.
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A Local Watchdog's Checklist for Tackling Environmental Issues In Your Own Backyard

A Local Watchdog's Checklist for Tackling Environmental Issues In Your Own Backyard
The environment is large, complex and cross-jurisdictional. As activists, it’s easy to jump on board with the large national and international issues—like protecting the Clean Air Act or fighting climate change—that are pursued by myriad organizations. Those causes are worthy of support, but it's easy to overlook or count out the smaller issues in your own backyard.
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10 Reasons Coal Will Always Be Dirty

10 Reasons Coal Will Always Be Dirty
Coal produces 44 percent of our electricity, and it’s the biggest single cause of air pollution worldwide. Now that this is becoming common knowledge, the industry has tried to salvage their reputation with complex marketing tactics and the touting of new technologies. But the environmental impacts of coal continue to be devastating.
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Herbie Goes Bananas & Other Bugs in the Volkswagen System

Herbie Goes Bananas & Other Bugs in the Volkswagen System
It looks like the biggest corporate scandal of 2015 will be the cheating by Volkswagen on emissions tests, which might come to be called Volksgate. The scale is breath-taking. Since 2008 Volkswagen made 11 million diesel cars designed to cheat on emissions tests. These cars could never have passed the tests. They produce 10 to 40 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxides.
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Morgan Stanley Targeted Over Coal Financing

Morgan Stanley Targeted Over Coal Financing
Earlier this year, Bank of America and Credit Agricole both announced they were moving away from financing coal, citing a number of factors, among them the threat of future regulation due to coal’s impact on the planet and human health and pressure from environmental activists. Now the Rainforest Action Network is targeting Morgan Stanley with calls to meet or beat its Wall Street colleagues’ commitments by adopting policies to end its financing for companies involved in coal mining and coal-fired power.
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