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Climate Progress 2015-01-25 18:07:40
U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wave to the media before a meeting in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. CREDIT: AP Photo/Manish Swarup President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Sunday that the two countries will work together to fight global climate change, laying out a set of goals that the two countries …


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Climate Progress 2015-01-25 17:02:10
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a Republican who is considering a run for president in 2016. CREDIT: AP Mocking President Obama’s plans to fight climate change, former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee said Saturday that beheadings in eastern Syria by the terrorist group ISIL pose a “greater threat to an American than a sunburn.” Speaking at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des …


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Climate Progress 2015-01-23 17:33:01
CREDIT: shutterstock On January 29, the Department of Interior (DOI) will auction off the largest area of federal waters in the nation for the development of offshore wind power. More than 742,000 acres, or over 1,160 square miles, will be offered for wind development off the coast of Massachusetts. While the U.S. is yet to install its first offshore wind turbine, …


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Climate Progress 2015-01-23 16:33:02
General Motors CEO Mary Barra talks about the 2016 Chevrolet Volt hybrid car at the North American International Auto Show, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Detroit. CREDIT: AP Photo/Tony Ding The future of fuel-efficient cars looks a little brighter after a round of grants announced this week by the Department of Energy. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced Thursday that the Department …


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Climate Progress 2015-01-23 16:14:07
ST. BERNARD PARISH, LOUISIANA — The two powerhouse industries in the state of Louisiana — fossil fuels and seafood — have been locked in a fraught dance for decades, intimately tied together but frequently at odds in the same shrinking coastal estuaries. Ties between the two worlds are everywhere. The exhibit in New Orleans? aquarium celebrating the diversity of Gulf …


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Climate Progress 2015-01-23 14:59:04
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., with Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, right, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., left, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015,.With Congress under full GOP control for the first time in eight years, Republicans said their first priority would be a bill to …


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Climate Progress 2015-01-22 21:11:25
Pump jacks border a cotton field in Kern County, CA. CREDIT: Earthworks Two communities in California are being exposed to at least 15 different kinds of pollutants from oil and gas development, according to a new report. And experts don’t yet know how the pollution is affecting residents’ health. The report, published Thursday by environmental group Earthworks, used infrared cameras to record …


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Climate Progress 2015-01-22 21:03:38
CREDIT: Shutterstock Five national environmental groups have teamed up to push the Environmental Protection Agency toward crafting rules that would limit greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes, arguing that without regulation, airplanes will eventually become one of the largest contributors to climate change in the United States. The Sierra Club, Earthjustice, Friends of the Earth, the National Resources Defense Council, and the Center …


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Climate Progress 2015-01-22 20:16:21
Indian soldiers practice ahead of Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. U.S. President Barack Obama will be the chief guest at this year’s parade. CREDIT: AP/Saurabh Das What city is more heavily polluted, Delhi or Beijing? The answer: Delhi, which according to the World Health Organization suffers from the worst air pollution in the world. Having visited …


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Climate Progress 2015-01-22 19:20:30
The oceans — where over 90% of global warming heat ends up — have literally warmed up off the charts of NOAA. The big climate news last week was NOAA and NASA announcing that 2014 was the hottest year on record, breaking the highs of 2005 and 2010. But the bigger story got buried: Global warming has continued unabated in recent …


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Climate Progress 2015-01-22 18:42:11
DULAC, LOUISIANA — Shortly after the sun rose over the southern coastal bayous of Louisiana, a group of United Houma Nation tribal members and environmental advocates, many of whom had just returned from fishing and crabbing trips, gathered to discuss a threat that looms larger every day. ?The seas are rising and so are we,? they chanted at the end …


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Climate Progress 2015-01-22 16:54:11
Wednesday was a big day for Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). In the morning, he officially took the gavel as chairman of the Senate’s Environment Committee. In the afternoon, he took the Senate floor for a long speech about how human-caused climate change is fake. Here’s the video: In sum, the speech has everything. References to the oft-debunked


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Climate Progress 2015-01-22 14:28:16
In this Dec. 17, 2014 photo, workers tend to oil pump jacks behind a natural gas flare near Watford City, N.D. CREDIT: AP Photo/Eric Gay Almost 3 million gallons of saltwater drilling waste spilled from a North Dakota pipeline earlier this month, a spill that’s now being called the state’s largest since the North Dakota oil boom began. The brine, which leaked …


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Climate Progress 2015-01-21 22:38:40
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), one of Congress’ most outspoken climate deniers, voted for a resolution that states that “climate change is real and not a hoax.” CREDIT: Office of Senator Jim Inhofe The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted 98-1 to approve a resolution stating that “it is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.” Then, …


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Climate Progress 2015-01-21 19:59:59
In this April 25, 2014 photo, Bryant Gobble, left, hugs his wife, Sherry Gobble, right, as they look from their yard across an ash pond full of dead trees toward Duke Energy’s Buck Steam Station in Dukeville, N.C. Records obtained by The Associated Press show that Duke and North Carolina environmental regulators have known since 2011 that groundwater samples taken …


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Climate Progress 2015-01-21 19:56:01
CREDIT: Shutterstock States have a new ally in their search to figure out how they’ll reduce emissions under the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate change targets. A new initiative launched Wednesday by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Heising-Simons family will help states come up with plans for emissions reductions that meet the standards of the Clean Power Plan, which was proposed in June …


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Climate Progress 2015-01-21 16:59:32
Fly fishing in Idaho. CREDIT: Shutterstock Even though the outdoor recreation industry, by its own reckoning, employs far more Americans than the oil and gas, timber, and mining industries combined, the federal government does not measure or track the huge impacts of the outdoor economy. Seeking to fill that gap, and to bolster the economic arguments favoring smart land conservation policies, leaders in …


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Climate Progress 2015-01-21 15:56:55
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — Flying due south from the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, the Louisiana coast looks at first just as it did decades ago, with thick, marshy wetlands broken only by freshwater lakes and streams. Within minutes, however, that landscape gives way to a different scene: tufts of grass clinging to tiny slivers of land, the wild curves of …


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Climate Progress 2015-01-21 15:54:34
CREDIT: shutterstock A group of California scientists published a study this week comparing forest surveys from the 1920s and ’30s to recent U.S. Forest Service data. What they found was not encouraging for the future of the state’s renowned large trees. Published on Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study found that drought, changes in …


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Climate Progress 2015-01-21 15:42:27
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). CREDIT: AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File The official website for House Republicans has posted on YouTube a doctored version of President Obama’s State of the Union address which cuts out comments where the President was critical of Republican rhetoric on climate change, ThinkProgress has learned. In the website’s “enhanced webcast” of the State of the Union speech, President Obama’s …


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