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Climate Progress 2015-03-01 14:45:20
For Julia Trigg Crawford, watching TransCanada construct the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline on a corner of her 600-acre farm was ?gut-wrenching.? Crawford, who lives in Direct, Texas, had been trying since 2011 to keep the pipeline company off her property. But she ultimately lost, the portion of her land needed for the pipeline condemned through eminent domain — …


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Climate Progress 2015-02-27 19:00:59
CREDIT: Shutterstock Science standards that treat climate change as fact are no longer banned in Wyoming, now that a bill reversing the state’s ban has been passed by the House and Senate. Last March, Wyoming became the first state to reject the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which were developed by 26 states and multiple science and education organizations and serve …


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Climate Progress 2015-02-27 17:08:21
CREDIT: shutterstock Starting in April, solar users across Arizona will be subject to an additional rate charge of about $50 per month. This new “demand charge” will be based on a solar users’ peak power demand during the month and will be levied regardless of how much electricity is offset by their residential solar units. The Salt River Project (SRP), one …


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Climate Progress 2015-02-27 15:21:53
CREDIT: HARYADI CH/SHUTTERSTOCK Last week, the New York Times revealed that one of the few actively publishing researchers who don’t think humans cause global warming, Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon, secretly took $1.2 million from the fossil fuel industry — even referring to academic papers as “deliverables” in an exchange with a funder. This was big news: an alleged breach of ethical standards …


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Climate Progress 2015-02-26 22:07:06
Miners shovel coal at a north China mine near a power plant and chemical factory. CREDIT: AP/Oded Balilty China cut its coal consumption 2.9 percent in 2014, the first drop this century. Domestic coal production fell 2.5 percent. As we reported last year, the Chinese government announced in November it would cap coal use by 2020. The new data raise the possibility the …


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Climate Progress 2015-02-26 21:00:59
CREDIT: Shutterstock Food waste is costing the global economy billions each year, and governments should act quickly to reduce it if they want to save money and scale back their carbon emissions, according to a new report. The report, published this week by the U.K.-based Waste & Resources Action Program (WRAP), found that if countries made a point of reducing their food …


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Climate Progress 2015-02-26 15:53:52
CREDIT: shutterstock Two Texas lawmakers have proposed a pair of bills that would prevent the state from funding programs which attempt to implement the ideas of Agenda 21, a non-binding and voluntary United Nations plan for sustainable development signed by the United States and 178 other governments in 1992. According to the Texas Tribune, the bills proposed by Republican state lawmakers Rep. …


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Climate Progress 2015-02-26 14:18:08
Solar City employees install a solar panel on a home in south Denver. CREDIT: AP Photo/Ed Andrieski If you to want to install solar panels on your roof but haven’t yet because it’s too expensive, Google really wants to help. The search giant, valued at $370 billion, is once again boosting its investment in SolarCity’s residential solar power model by $300 million, …


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Climate Progress 2015-02-25 21:45:47
If we stay on business-as-usual CO2 emissions, we will turn the normal climate of our southern neighbors into “severe drought.” Would it then be incumbent upon us to change our immigration policy? (Via NASA) Immigration policy and the funding of the Homeland Security Department are front page news. But here is a rarely-asked question raised by a new NASA study that …


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Climate Progress 2015-02-25 18:00:06
This Aug. 21, 2009, file photo shows an algae bloom in the reservoir behind Iron Gate Dam on the Klamath River near Hornbrook, Calif. CREDIT: AP Photo/Jeff Barnard, File Toxic algae’s newest enemy might soon be the Environmental Protection Agency, if legislation passed by the House of Representatives Tuesday becomes law. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), would direct the …


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Climate Progress 2015-02-25 17:28:16
The Abu Darweesh Mosque in Amman, Jordan. CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons/David Bjorgen Unlike many of its Middle Eastern neighbors, Jordan is not blessed with copious oil and gas resources. In an already fragile region, subject to the whims of the international oil market and regional unrest, Jordan relies on fossil fuel imports to meet around 95 percent of its energy demand. Not only …


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Climate Progress 2015-02-25 14:49:21
Alberta tar sands, 2010. CREDIT: flickr/ NWFblogs Keystone XL is not the only deciding factor in the future of tar sands extraction. The outsized debate over the Keystone XL pipeline, which entered a new era yesterday after Obama wielded his veto pen against legislation approving its construction, is not the only element in the debate over whether the greenhouse gas-intensive tar …


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Climate Progress 2015-02-24 21:08:57
Protesters opposing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline create a blockade in Richmond, Virginia Monday, February 24, 2015. CREDIT: Richmond People’s Climate March Ten people were arrested in Richmond, Virginia on Monday while protesting a natural gas pipeline that’s being proposed to run through Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. The protesters had created a blockade at an intersection near the headquarters of Dominion Virginia …


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Climate Progress 2015-02-24 20:36:34
Dozens of demonstrators rally in support of Obama’s pledge to veto any legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline, outside the White House in Washington on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. CREDIT: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana A two-month legislative battle over the Keystone XL pipeline has come to its tentative end. President Obama on Tuesday vetoed a bill to approve construction of the controversial …


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Climate Progress 2015-02-24 17:42:58
CREDIT: Courtey of UGE As part of its first major retrofit in 30 years, two custom-designed wind turbines have started generating power for the Eiffel Tower. Located above the World Heritage Site’s second level, about 400 feet off the ground, the sculptural wind turbines are now producing 10,000 kWh of electricity annually, equivalent to the power used by the commercial areas …


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Climate Progress 2015-02-24 14:11:54
Survey crews in boats look over tanker cars as workers remove damaged tanker cars along the tracks where several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire along the James River near downtown Lynchburg, Va., Thursday, May 1, 2014. CREDIT: AP Photo/Steve Helber Virginia environmental officials have proposed a $361,000 civil fine against CSX Transportation Inc. as punishment …


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Climate Progress 2015-02-23 21:31:58
This aerial Feb. 17, 2015 file photo photo made available by the Office of the Governor of West Virginia shows a derailed train in Mount Carbon, W Va. CREDIT: AP Photo/ Office of the Governor of West Virginia, Steven Wayne Rotsch After a CSX Corp. train carrying 3 million gallons of crude oil derailed and exploded in West Virginia last week, …


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Climate Progress 2015-02-23 18:53:03
In this Oct. 17, 2014, file photo, a thick blanket of smoke is seen against the setting sun as young ragpickers search for reusable material at a garbage dump in New Delhi, India. CREDIT: AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File India’s extreme air pollution is cutting three years off the lives of some of the country’s residents, according to a new study. Researchers for …


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Climate Progress 2015-02-23 18:14:06
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. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, center, smiles as she speaks about Keystone XL, accompanied by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., left, sponsor of the Keystone XL pipeline bill, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., …


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Climate Progress 2015-02-23 14:33:21
In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 photo, signs of coal ash swirl in the water in the Dan River in Danville, Va. CREDIT: AP Photo/Gerry Broome Duke Energy is facing multiple criminal charges for years of dumping coal waste into North Carolina’s rivers. Federal prosecutors charged Duke with nine counts of misdemeanors under the Clean Water Act late Friday, saying that …


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