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Unity College Board Of Trustees Votes To Divest From Fossil Fuels

Published on November 9, 2012 by in Home

  by Stephen Mulkey, President of Unity College thinkprogress.org    We are running out of time.  While our public policy makers equivocate and avoid the topic of climate change, the window of opportunity for salvaging a livable planet for our children and grandchildren is rapidly closing. The way forward is clear, though for many confrontation-averse

 
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Air Pollution, Carbon Decreased Last Year

Published on August 31, 2012 by in Home

Progress on air pollution in the U.S. ; but, we are still waiting in Ontario for the McGuinty government to close down the remaining, unnecessary coal plants. by Gina-Marie Cheeseman Care2       There is some good news when it comes to air pollution, a recent report found. Sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide emissions are

 
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Nuclear, coal power face climate change risk-study

Published on June 5, 2012 by in Home

  Risk of power cuts rises in coming decades as world warms Falling river flows, higher water temps main threats Shift to gas can curb water use   by David Fogarty Reuters   SINGAPORE, June 4 (Reuters) – Warmer water and reduced river flows will cause more power disruptions for nuclear and coal-fired power plants

 
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The Road to Rio: Fossil Fuels vs. Renewable Energy

Published on May 23, 2012 by in Home

Bill McKibben 350.org   In just a few weeks, world leaders are converging on Rio for a landmark “Earth Summit” to talk about sustainability issues — but it’s time for them to stop talking and start doing. And we know where they can begin. This year our governments will hand nearly hundreds of billions of dollars

 
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Help keep the Atlantic Ocean off-limits to Big Oil!

Published on May 22, 2012 by in Home

NRDC   The Obama Administration is considering a proposal to open up most of the U.S. Atlantic Ocean — from New Jersey to Florida — to high-intensity seismic exploration for the first time in 30 years. Please send a message right away to the Obama Administration to oppose this disastrous plan. The proposal calls for

 
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Why I Must Write About Fracking

Published on May 15, 2012 by in Home

Mike Ludwig Truthout   The controversial gas drilling technique known as “fracking” is quickly changing the landscape in Washington and our own backyards. Last week, Truthout launched a new section called “Gas Rush: Fracking In Depth,” where you can find all of our groundbreaking coverage of America’s gas boom and the environmental problems caused by

 
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Special treatment for oil industry means poor environmental laws

Published on May 4, 2012 by in Home

By Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer West Coast Environmental Law   We’ve been clear that the roll-back of Canada’s environmental laws – legal environmental protection that Canadians have worked for decades to put in place – can only benefit the oil and gas, mining and other big industrial players, at the expense of our communities and

 
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Report Finds Pipeline Oversight Wanting

Published on May 1, 2012 by in Home

By DAN FROSCH NY Times   A report issued on Monday by the National Wildlife Federation asserts that federal laws regulating oil pipelines are inadequate in several crucial areas and that local regulations do not provide sufficient protection against safety and environmental risks. The report, which focuses on the Great Lakes region, said that current

 
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North Sea Gas Leak: Experts Assess Climate Impact of Ongoing Accident

Published on April 9, 2012 by in Home

By Elizabeth Grossman InsideClimate News   The sizeable leak from a plugged well raises fresh concerns about accidents and methane’s role in global warming. The French energy company Total estimates that its North Sea Elgin field gas well is leaking about 200,000 cubic meters of natural gas per day, enough, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, to

 
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Scientists: Increase in US Earthquakes Almost Certainly Manmade

Published on April 9, 2012 by in Home

By Joe Romm, ThinkProgress   A U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) team has found that a sharp jump in earthquakes in America’s heartland appears to be linked to oil and natural gas drilling operations. As hydraulic fracturing has exploded onto the scene, it has increasingly been connected to earthquakes. Some quakes may be caused by the original fracking —

 
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Eco-Policies of Alberta’s Next Government?

Published on April 7, 2012 by in Home

Speed up oil sands, give $300 in petro proceeds to each citizen, says surging Wildrose party. By Geoff Dembicki 5 Apr 2012, TheTyee.ca    Explosive new public opinion research suggests Danielle Smith’s libertarian-leaning Wildrose Party will form a majority government in Alberta later this month. Blowing apart more than four decades of Progressive Conservative rule

 
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The Fracking Frenzy’s Impact on Women

Published on April 5, 2012 by in Home

  By Sara Jerving PR Watch    Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has generated widespread media attention this year. The process, which injects water and chemicals into the ground to release “natural” gas and oil from shale bedrock, has been shown to contribute significantly to air and water pollution and has even been linked to earthquakes. But

 
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Perils and Price Rise in Hunt for Natural Gas

Published on April 4, 2012 by in Home

Elgin Leak Points to Drilling Risks By Marco Evers, Spiegel Online  The Elgin natural gas drilling operation was highly dangerous but fruitful — until it sprung an unexpected leak that nearly caused an environmental disaster. The out-of-control situation highlights increasingly risky “extreme drilling” efforts to extract the valuable fuel from deep below the North Sea. It all began

 
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How Ottawa runs on oil

Published on April 4, 2012 by in Home

Suddenly Western money and influence are driving everything that happens in the nation’s capital by Paul Wells and Tamsin McMahon, with Alex Ballingall Macleans on Friday, March 23, 2012 In July 2006 Stephen Harper had been Prime Minister for half a year and it was time to deliver his first speech to a foreign business

 
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The end of baseload? It may come sooner than you think

Published on March 23, 2012 by in Home

By Giles Parkinson on 20 February 2012   One of the principal architects of Germany’s push into renewable energy technologies, Hans-Josef Fell, believes that the country could achieve 100 per cent renewables in its electricity sector by 2030 – and may do it quicker. The rest of the world could follow soon after. Fell, a Greens politican

 
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