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Climate Progress 2015-07-03 19:03:02
Nearly twelve score years ago, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Interdependence: When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of Nature and of Nature’s God …


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Climate Progress 2015-07-03 16:06:23
On Friday, Swiss Pilot André Borschberg broke at least three world records. Just before noon, Borschberg landed the Solar Impulse 2 plane in Hawaii after taking off from Japan nearly five days before. The plane was powered without a drop of jet fuel, using only electricity generated from the sun striking the photovoltaic panel across its wing. Borschberg actually broke one world …


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Climate Progress 2015-07-03 13:30:59
Claire Moser is the Research and Advocacy Associate with the Public Lands Project at the Center for American Progress. You can follow her on Twitter at @Claire_Moser. Just in time for the Fourth of July — when millions of people across the country will visit America?s national parks and other public lands — the Koch brothers are rolling out their latest …


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Climate Progress 2015-07-03 12:00:59
This week, a California-based biofuel company announced a $30 million deal with United Airlines to develop jet fuel using oils derived from animal and vegetable fats — i.e. household trash. Fulcrum BioEnergy will use the investment to develop up to five projects to produce up to 180 million gallons of this fuel per year, with United signed up to buy …


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Climate Progress 2015-07-02 19:34:14
According to a new study released by the U.S. Geological Survey, the amount of water used in controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking — is on the rise. Released Tuesday, the study found that a horizontal natural gas well in 2014 used 28 times more water than a similar natural gas well in 2000, while an oil …


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Climate Progress 2015-07-02 16:59:47
In disappointing news for watchers of global warming, an Indian government official has said the country won’t announce a target date for reducing the total amount of carbon it emits. India is the world’s third-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, which causes climate change. First reported by the BBC, the comments came from Indian environment minister Prakash Javadekar, who said that the …


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Climate Progress 2015-07-02 15:38:08
I just returned from six days of meetings in Beijing with top energy and climate experts. It’s now a widely held view in the Beijing climate community that China will peak its carbon dioxide emissions around 2025. That would be five years ahead of the official 2030 target China announced this week for the upcoming U.N. climate talks in Paris, which …


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Climate Progress 2015-07-02 15:11:41
In simultaneous press conferences in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida, the attorneys general of the states most directly impacted by the massive 2010 BP spill announced a “global deal” to settle years of litigation with the oil giant for a total of $18.7 billion. The settlement, largely split between the five Gulf Coast states, includes $6.8 billion to Louisiana, $3.25 …


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Climate Progress 2015-07-02 14:38:34
On Thursday, the German government decided to phase out some 2.7 gigawatts of brown coal-fired power in order to meet the country’s 2020 climate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent compared to 1990 levels — a target that the rest of the EU hopes to reach a decade later. After months of back and forth between members …


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Climate Progress 2015-07-02 12:00:25
On the surface, James West and Warren Gill might not seem like the most natural pair to team up in an effort to overhaul the way the world eats. West, an associate professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has spent most of his career working with human diseases — particularly lung diseases — and genetic engineering. Gill, a professor …


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Climate Progress 2015-07-01 20:46:35
Claire Moser is the Research and Advocacy Associate with the Public Lands Project at the Center for American Progress. You can follow her on Twitter at @Claire_Moser. At a campaign stop in Nevada on Monday, Kentucky Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul called for the federal government to sell off and privatize America?s national forests and other public lands. As …


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Climate Progress 2015-07-01 19:24:22
In what’s been called a “major blow” to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans, the Obama administration released a new permitting decision Tuesday which found that, due to wildlife protections, the company can’t simultaneously bore two wells into the Chukchi Sea. The oil company appears undeterred, saying it still intends to drill. The Department of Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service sent what’s called …


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Climate Progress 2015-07-01 19:02:44
Temperatures sailed across Western Europe Wednesday, as Britain recorded its hottest July day ever — 98.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Heathrow Airport. Across the English Channel, Paris saw its second-hottest day on record, with a high of 103.4 degrees Fahrenheit. The high temperatures are part of a multi-day heat wave that broke records across Spain earlier this week, with Madrid setting a …


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Climate Progress 2015-07-01 14:33:24
If you live in Oklahoma, and you’ve been injured by an earthquake that was possibly triggered by oil and gas operations, you can now sue the oil company for damages. That’s the effect of a ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which on Tuesday rejected efforts by the oil industry to prevent earthquake injury lawsuits from being heard in court. Instead …


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Climate Progress 2015-07-01 12:00:06
As expected, the 2015 wildfire season has meant more bad news for drought-stricken Western states. As of June 30, 45 wildfires large active wildfires burned from Alaska down to Arizona and as far west as Colorado. Wildfires in Southern California had driven thousands from their homes, while fires in Alaska have burned more than one million acres this year. Separate from …


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Climate Progress 2015-06-30 20:43:39
Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and the richest man in the world, plans to double his billion-dollar investments in green technology in an effort to stave off catastrophic climate change, he told The Financial Times. “Climate change is a big problem, but it’s one that if you do the right types of [research and development] you can actually avoid the ill …


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Climate Progress 2015-06-30 18:43:20
On Tuesday, Brazil and the United States announced a joint effort to address climate change and boost renewable energy during a visit by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to the White House. Specifically, both countries pledged to increase renewable energy targets to 20 percent by 2030. The target excludes hydropower, an especially contentious power source in Brazil, where large and valuable …


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Climate Progress 2015-06-30 17:45:49
When Pope Francis released his encyclical on the environment earlier this month, he faced some criticism from people who said religious leaders do not have the correct expertise to speak authoritatively about climate change. Acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is not one of those people. On Tuesday, the author and host of the late-night talk show StarTalk tweeted that despite being …


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Climate Progress 2015-06-30 13:58:41
On Tuesday, China released long-awaited final greenhouse gas targets as part of its submission to the United Nations climate talks in Paris later this year. Li Keqiang, China’s prime minister, said in a statement the country ?will work hard? to peak its CO2 emissions before 2030, which was its previous commitment as part of the United States-China joint pledge from …


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Climate Progress 2015-06-30 12:00:36
Before leaving Washington D.C. last week for a 4th of July break, a Montana Congressman quietly proposed a budget rider that would allow some of the world?s biggest coal companies to continue to dodge royalty payments owed to U.S. taxpayers. The amendment from Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT), offered on a spending bill that the House is expected to vote on in …


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