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Climate Progress 2015-03-28 16:24:36
Gwynne Taraska is a Senior Policy Advisor specializing in energy and climate policy at the Center for American Progress. CREDIT: Shutterstock On Friday, Mexico announced that it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions 22 percent below business-as-usual levels by 2030 and peak its emissions by 2026. It registered these commitments, among others, with the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, making it the …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-28 14:48:50
CREDIT: shutterstock The coldest place on Earth just got warmer than has ever been recorded. According to the weather blog Weather Underground, on Tuesday, March 24, the temperature in Antarctica rose to 63.5F (17.5C) — a record for the polar continent. Part of a longer heat wave, the record high came just a day after the previous record was set at …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-27 18:58:33
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) CREDIT: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez Just a few days before Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) became the first official candidate for president in the 2016 election, he introduced a bill which, if enacted, would repeal all federal climate change regulation in the United States. The American Energy Renaissance Act, also sponsored in the House by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), seeks to …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-27 18:58:24
A trailer park sits on the edge of Rock Springs, Wyo., in the Green River Basin in this June 14, 2001 photo. In recent years, the Green River Basin has struggled with air quality issues, due largely to the oil and gas boom. CREDIT: AP Photo/Robert W. Black When the federal government introduced stronger standards for fracking on public lands earlier …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-27 16:04:10
Click image to expand. Now updated with Thursday’s winners: Polar Bear and Wolverine CREDIT: Dylan Petrohilos Welcome back to March Sadness, ClimateProgress? educational bracket tournament of animals impacted by climate change and other environmental threats. For whichever animal wins, ClimateProgress will write a feature-length article exploring the story behind what?s ailing your chosen critter, and who is working to save them. Read …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-27 15:40:21
CREDIT: shutterstock For the second year in a row, new cars are ahead of the game when it comes to reducing their carbon footprint. According to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency, the auto industry beat out domestic greenhouse gas emissions standards by a “wide margin” in 2013, with cars getting an average of 1.4 more miles per gallon …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-27 14:29:54
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, head of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. CREDIT: AP Photo/Drew Angerer The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology issued a subpoena for Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy Wednesday, in an attempt to gain access to the administrator’s text messages and emails. The Committee — which is chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), who …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-27 12:00:19
Increasing shipments of crude oil from Canada could pose serious risks to Lake Superior, shown here. Canada’s federal government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is systematically removing regulations and putting the country’s water at risk, according to a new report released this week by the Council of Canadians. “Blue Betrayal,” written by Maude Barlow, a former UN …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-26 20:56:36
A toadstool rock formation in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. CREDIT: Shutterstock The new chair of the powerful Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is expected to secure a vote Thursday by the U.S. Senate on a controversial proposal to sell off America?s national forests and other public lands. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski?s (R-AK) amendment to Congress?s budget resolution would support …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-26 20:23:42
Beans that can take the heat might feed a warming world. CREDIT: Flipser/Shutterstock Beans: they’re not fruit (technically, they’re legumes) but when it comes to feeding a growing, warming world, they might be magical. One of the world’s oldest staple crops, beans provide cheap, stable protein for some 400 million people in the developing world. Until recently, scientists worried that the …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-26 19:37:59
The 2015 Arctic sea ice maximum is the lowest on record. Here it’s compared to the 1979-2014 average maximum shown in yellow. A distance indicator shows the difference between the two in the Sea of Okhotsk north of Japan. Via NASA. Arctic sea ice has been in a virtual death spiral for over three decades now with serious implications for extreme …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-26 17:00:43
CREDIT: Shutterstock A pro-solar conservative group in Florida cleared a major hurdle this week in its journey to make solar more accessible in the state. Floridians for Solar Choice reached 72,000 signatures on a petition that seeks to allow Floridians to purchase solar power directly from other consumers — something that isn’t currently allowed in the state. That number of signatures clears …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-26 16:16:55
Click image to expand. Now updated with Wednesdsay?s winners: Sea Turtle, Peregrine Falcon, Butterfly, and Red Knot. Today, the Sweet Sixteen begins! CREDIT: Dylan Petrohilos We’ve reached the Sweet Sixteen in March Sadness — ClimateProgress’ educational bracket tournament of animals impacted by climate change and other environmental threats. For whichever animal wins, ClimateProgress will write a feature-length article exploring the story …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-26 12:00:52
CREDIT: shutterstock For most, forests are something to be driven by or hiked through briefly. A new study shows just how much humankind has tailored these landscapes to our own devices at the expense of the rest of the natural world. The findings, published this week in the journal Science Advances, offer some of the longest-term evidence available on how ecosystems …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-25 17:36:14
The Maryland State House in Annapolis. CREDIT: Glynnis Jones On Tuesday, Maryland legislators passed legislation that would place strong limits on the extraction of natural gas in the state. The Maryland House of Delegates passed a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — in the Western part of the state, while the Maryland Senate approved a bill that would impose …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-25 16:18:24
Click image to expand. Now updated with Tuesday?s winners: Elephant, Narwhal, Moose, and Mountain Goat. CREDIT: Dylan Petrohilos Welcome back people. If you don’t already know, this is March Sadness — ClimateProgress? educational bracket tournament of animals impacted by climate change and other environmental threats. For whichever animal wins, ClimateProgress will devote resources for a deep-dive feature article exploring the story …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-25 15:05:02
CREDIT: The Natural History Museum Leading climate scientists and museum experts called on science and natural history museums to “cut all ties with the fossil fuel industry and funders of climate science obfuscation” in a letter released Tuesday. Specifically, they singled out David Koch. Koch is not only a major donor and exhibit sponsor, but he’s on the boards of both the …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-25 14:36:50
CREDIT: AP/Wikipedia Commons A few days after accusing ?global warming alarmists? like California Governor Jerry Brown (D) of ridiculing and insulting “anyone who actually looks at the real data? around climate change, newly-declared presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) upped his rhetoric against those who care about the issue. Speaking to the Texas Tribune on Tuesday, Cruz said that contemporary “global warming …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-25 14:11:47
Girls play on a soccer field near the L.V. Sutton Complex operated by Duke Energy in Wilmington, N.C. Nearly all of Duke’s $25 million fine for coal ash contamination at the plant would go into a statewide fund for public schools. Duke Energy shot back at North Carolina on Tuesday, vowing to contest the record $25 million fine handed down …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-25 12:56:53
Piles of coal are shown at NRG Energy’s W.A. Parish Electric Generating Station Wednesday, March 16, 2011, in Thompsons, Texas. The plant, which operates natural gas and coal-fired units, is one of the largest power plants in the United States. CREDIT: AP Photo The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Wednesday on a case that will decide the …


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