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Climate Progress 2014-07-25 18:43:54
Senior elephant handler Steve Koyle sprays down “Indu”, an Asian elephant at the Phoenix Zoo, Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Phoenix. With Phoenix-area daytime highs hovering around 110, zoo officials use a variety of frozen snacks and spring to keep the animals cool. CREDIT: AP Photo/Matt York Phoenix set a record high temperature of 115°F at 1:32p.m. on Thursday afternoon. Then, …


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Climate Progress 2014-07-25 17:33:22
The dry bed of the Stevens Creek Reservoir is seen on Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. CREDIT: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez Since 2004 the Colorado River basin — which provides water for seven states — has lost enough water to fill Lake Mead twice. That?s the word from a new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, …


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Climate Progress 2014-07-25 16:09:11
CREDIT: shutterstock “Smaller is baller,” “Min it to win it,” “Think shrink.” Those are the puns Google is using to promote its new competition: $1 million to whomever can invent a working power inverter for solar and other forms of renewable energy that’s roughly as small as a laptop. The company has teamed up with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers …


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Climate Progress 2014-07-25 13:54:08
Members of the Republican Governors Association speak during a press conference about Environmental Protection Agency regulations on Monday, June 16, 2014, in Houston. CREDIT: A.P. Images The governors of coal-dependent states like Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma have been among the most outspoken in their objections to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon rules for existing power plants. Numerous polls have shown that …


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Climate Progress 2014-07-25 13:17:07
A worker monitors a hydraulic fracturing site outside Rifle, Colorado. CREDIT: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley A Colorado town’s voter-approved ban on fracking in residential areas was shot down on Thursday, after a judge sided with an industry lawsuit claiming only the state government has that kind of authority over oil and gas operations. Colorado District Court Judge D.D. Mallard agreed with the Colorado …


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Climate Progress 2014-07-24 21:52:28
CREDIT: Shutterstock This week in climate science denial mockery: “I don’t want to get into the debate about climate change. But I’ll simply point out that I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There’s no factories on Mars that …


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Climate Progress 2014-07-24 21:13:12
CREDIT: AP Photo/Steve Cannon A 474-mile natural gas pipeline could run from Alabama through Georgia and into Florida as early as 2017, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott owned stock in the company that’s set to build it. BrowardBulldog.org revealed this week that a review of Scott’s financial records show investments of several million dollars “in the securities of more than two-dozen entities …


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Climate Progress 2014-07-24 20:00:49
CREDIT: shutterstock On Wednesday, The fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that it’s considering a ban on recreational and commercial fishing of Pacific bluefin tuna. After years of large-scale fishing and rising demand in the sushi industry it is estimated that as few as 40,000 adult Pacific bluefin tuna remain in the wild, around four percent of …


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Climate Progress 2014-07-24 18:30:02
CREDIT: Sunswift The Sunswift eVe solar-powered car broke a 26-year-old land speed record for electric vehicles on Wednesday at the Australian Automotive Research Center in Victoria. While the record still has to be ratified by the Fédération Internationale de l?Automobile, it would make eVe the fastest electric car to ever compete a 500 km set distance course by a significant margin, …


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Climate Progress 2014-07-24 17:30:54
CREDIT: shutterstock Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback expressed support for gradually phasing out the state’s Renewable Energy Standard (RPS) during an impromptu meeting with reporters on Wednesday morning. Later that afternoon the Republican governor’s office said he wasn’t actually proposing to phase out the clean energy policy, but meant to refer to the federal energy production tax credit (PTC), which expired last …


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Climate Progress 2014-07-24 15:53:59
A nesting California condor in Pinnacles National Park. CREDIT: AP Photo/Pinnacles National Monument A California judge has struck down plans for oil drilling near Pinnacles National Park, saying county officials failed to account for the numerous environmental risks of the drilling project when they approved it. Monterey County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wills ruled Monday that San Benito County did not adequately …


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Climate Progress 2014-07-24 15:02:22
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R). CREDIT: AP Photo / Mark Humphrey Iowa recently missed out on a $1 million federal grant to beef up its use of solar power — and State Sen. Jack Hatch, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate for governor, took Gov. Terry Branstad (R) to task over the loss on Monday. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced back in November …


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Climate Progress 2014-07-24 13:55:11
CREDIT: A.P. Images The largest wildfire in Washington state’s history is now 52 percent contained after powerful storms swept through the area on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and even hail. But now, a new threat has emerged, even as the massive fire begins to come under control — floods and landslides. On Wednesday firefighters battling the Carlton Complex blaze had to be …


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Climate Progress 2014-07-24 13:27:50
CREDIT: DEERNS International DUINDORP, THE NETHERLANDS — When most people think of harnessing renewable energy from the ocean, the gigantic spinning blades of offshore wind farms are probably the first thing that come to mind. Or maybe it’s gracefully bobbing buoys capturing wave energy or dams that skim power off rushing tides. Very few people, however, think of the oceans as …


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Climate Progress 2014-07-23 20:09:10
An aerial view of a mining site for Canadian tar sands in Alberta, Canada. CREDIT: Josh Burstein/NextGen Climate Action Twenty-one activists in Utah were arrested Monday after they chained themselves to fences and equipment at a site planned to become the first to mine tar sands in the United States. The activists, who were released on bail after spending Monday night …


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Climate Progress 2014-07-23 19:45:14
Iceberg surrounded by sea ice in Antarctica CREDIT: Eva Nowatzki, distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu A new study finds that the change in the trend of Antarctic sea ice growth over time is “not as extreme as the published literature indicates,” as one coauthor put it. The most important thing to know about Antarctica and ice is that a large part of the South Pole’s …


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Climate Progress 2014-07-23 19:29:42
A thunderstorm with heavy rains approaches downtown Chicago, Monday, June 24, 2013. CREDIT: AP Photo / Scott Eisen Add sewage in homes and maggot infestations to the list of what climate change can bring to American life. A big report in the Washington Post on Wednesday laid out how Chicago’s aging infrastructure is intersecting with climate change’s tendency to drive heavier bursts of …


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Climate Progress 2014-07-23 16:04:44
Wind turbines stand behind houses of the village of Feldheim near Berlin, Germany. CREDIT: AP Photo/Michael Sohn The European Union has introduced an energy savings goal of 30 percent by 2030, a goal that goes beyond the EU’s current energy efficiency target of 25 percent by 2030. Now, EU member countries will decide whether or not the goal will be implemented at …


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Climate Progress 2014-07-23 15:08:19
Crude oil train CREDIT: AP Photo Bloomberg reports the Obama Administration will propose new rules for transporting crude oil by rail Wednesday, aimed at reducing speeds and requiring sturdier tanker cars. The rules are a reaction to a spate of derailments and explosions that have plagued the rail transportation of crude oil in North America recently, as the drilling and tracking boom has …


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Climate Progress 2014-07-23 13:17:47
The Parr family wanted payback. For three years, they were sick — chronic rashes, bloody noses, and muscle spasms. Lisa’s lymph nodes stuck out of her neck like ping pong balls. Emma, then seven, was sent to the hospital for her symptoms. The culprit, they deciphered, was air pollution from more than 100 natural gas wells located within two miles of …


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