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U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are at a 20-year low

Some (cautious) good news<p>The United States' contribution to global warming is on the decline, the EPA reported this week. Greenhouse gas emissions decline 3.4 percent from 2011 to 2012, and are down 10 percent since 2005, putting them at their lowest levels since 1994.<p>The EPA attributes the decline …

China government survey shows 16 percent of its soil is polluted | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - A nationwide investigation has shown that as much as 16 percent of China’s soil contains higher-than-permitted levels of pollution, the environment ministry said on Thursday.<p>A woman works at a vegetable garden next a canal with polluted waters in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, …

Obama to challenge private companies to boost solar power use

President Obama will challenge companies Thursday to expand their use of solar power, part of his ongoing effort to leverage the power of his office to achieve goals that have been stymied by Congress. The new initiative comes as the White House is hosting a Solar Summit aimed at highlighting …

The 20 Best Cities For Solar Power As America Prepares For An Energy 'Revolution'

In a speech this week at the University of Hawaii, former Vice President Al Gore called one key factor a "game changer" in the fight against climate change. The exponential growth in photovoltaic solar panels, he said, is "unstoppable," as is the consumers' demand for lower prices in the energy …

Climate Change 101: An Introduction

Climate change is real. It is human-caused. We’re seeing the effects now.<p>And unless we start cutting carbon pollution soon, the impacts threaten to …

Climate Change

Compensation battle rages four years after BP's U.S. oil spill | Reuters

(Reuters) - Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over.<p>Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater …

What do you need to know about microgrids?

In the early days of electric service to homes, financier J.P. Morgan wanted electric light so badly he asked Thomas Edison to install a “miniplant” …

Climate Change Belongs In Classrooms, Say New National Science Education Guidelines

Only 1 in 5 students currently say they understand climate change from what they learned in school.<p>New nationwide science-education standards are coming soon, and they'll include a lesson plan that should help the next generation of youngsters understand the world they will grow up in. These new …

Will Panasonic's 'hazard pay' make a difference to air pollution in China?

The electronics giant will compensate expat workers in China for the levels of pollution they experience as businesses struggle to attract talent to the country<p>Panasonic made an announcement this month that it will pay its China-based expatriates a "hazard pay" to compensate for the dangerous air …

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On Earth Day, fight climate gloom and doom: Column

Innovation will allow us to prosper and preserve our planet.<p>When mythological Cassandra spurned Apollo, he flew into a rage, punishing her with the gift of prophecy but the curse that no one would believe her. Predictably, she went insane.<p>On this Earth Day, let's leave Cassandra behind. Let's not …

US Solar Energy Capacity Grew An Astounding 418% From 2010-2014

<b>Published on</b> April 24th, 2014 | <i>by Silvio Marcacci</i><p>30<p>April 24th, 2014 by <b>Silvio Marcacci</b><p>Solar energy’s rapid growth in America is evident – even casual …

Hōkūle’a: The Crown Jewels of Our Oceans

Changing Planet<p>In just a few weeks, the historic Hawaiian voyaging canoes, Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia, will set sail from Hawai‘i on their 47,000-nautical-mile voyage around the world. The next time these canoes will return home will be in 2017! During the next 37 months, communities from all over the …

Gravitational waves: have US scientists heard echoes of the big bang?

There is intense speculation among cosmologists that a US team is on the verge of confirming they have detected "primordial gravitational waves" – an echo of the big bang in which the universe came into existence 14bn years ago.<p>Rumours have been rife in the physics community about an announcement …

Flood alerts and coastal warnings as woman drowns in rough seas

The environment secretary is expected to chair a meeting of the government's Cobra emergencies committee on Thursday in response to floods that have torn down power lines, closed roads and flooded homes.<p>Owen Paterson said he has been chairing meetings throughout the day to ensure that the …

John Kerry urges climate action in Indonesia address

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1053000/1053437_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524790435_e68b93696e0462125af6cc105a59e92b<p><b>US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged the global community to act against climate change in a keynote speech during a visit to Indonesia.</b><p>He said …

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Climate change is an issue of national security, warns Ed Miliband

Britain is sleepwalking towards disaster because of a failure to recognise that climate change is causing the extreme weather that has blighted the country for more than a month, Ed Miliband has warned.<p>The Labour leader says in an interview with the <i>Observer</i> that climate change is now an issue of …

Weather: 'pirate burglars' using boats to raid flooded homes

Sandhurst, near Gloucester, is almost completely underwater and flooded residents fear looters will target their homes<p>Residents of the flooded village of Sandhurst are being warned that "pirate" burglars are using boats to raid evacuated houses.<p>Under the cover of darkness, men in boats have been …

Wildlife casualties of floods grow amid fears over 'polluted' wetlands

The terrible loss of lives and homes has been well documented, but the damage to populations of birds, mammals, fish and insects, and habitats, will also have a long-term impact on the ecosystem<p>Seals, moles, hedgehogs, badgers, mice, earthworms and a host of insects and seabirds are among the …

UK floods: Damage 'could have been prevented'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1054000/1054964_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524790435_43763d0f19b7f23c3992b2ea1013b7d2<p><b>Some of the damage caused by the recent floods could have been prevented if the correct water management techniques had been used, says a group of</b> …

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