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April 17, 2017 Climate & Energy
Meltwater flows south out of the Kaskawulsh Glacier, which has retreated a mile over the past century due to climate change. (Photo: Dan Shugar / University of Washington)

A River Vanishes, And Climate Change Is to Blame

By: Brian Klonoski

The remarkable pace of climate change has forced a Canadian glacier into such hasty retreat that a river of its meltwater has dried up and been diverted in a "geological...

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April 14, 2017 Climate & Energy
The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Claire Anderson / Unsplash)

The Climate Change Lawsuit That Could Save the Planet

By: Jedamiah Wolf

“The one thing about climate change and the fundamental rights being asserted by my 21 youth plaintiffs is that they’re really threatened by the irreversibility of their rights and the...

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April 5, 2017 Climate & Energy
Photo: DeclanTM / Flickr

By Mid-Century, CO2 Could Hit Highest Levels in 50 Million Years

By: Common Dreams

By Nadia Prupis Current carbon dioxide levels are unprecedented in human history and could reach a level unseen in millennia if their rates continue at this pace, a new report out Tuesday...

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March 27, 2017 Climate & Energy
Los Angeles is reducing emissions and conserving water by implementing cool streets and light colored roof tops along with increased tree canopy. (Photo: Josh Rose / Unsplash)

America’s Largest Cities Tackle Climate Change Despite Trump’s Anti-Environmental Agenda

By: Jedamiah Wolf

While dark clouds of climate denialism loom over the nation's capital, mayors from America's largest cities continue to champion climate policy and sustainability initiatives in their local jurisdictions. Planet Experts...

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March 14, 2017 Climate & Energy
City officials in Oslo, Norway, are attempting to enact an ambitious plan to drastically cut the city's greenhouse gas emissions—but they're being stymied by the right-wing national government. (Photo: Moyan Brenn / Flickr)

Climate Fight Pits Cities Against National Governments

By: Common Dreams

By Nika Knight Cities worldwide are setting climate goals that are far more ambitious than the targets agreed upon by national governments, leading to clashes between urban leaders and national...

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March 9, 2017 Business
A Model S is assembled at the Tesla factory in Fremont, CA, in 2011. (Photo: Maurizio Pesce / Flickr)

The Future of the American Auto Industry's Carbon Footprint

By: Jedamiah Wolf

Environmental advocates are charging up for battle with President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is expected to weaken fuel economy standards for cars and light-duty trucks. The automotive industry...

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March 9, 2017 Climate & Energy

Climate Change Puts California's Snowpack Under the Weather

By: Belinda Waymouth

Skiing in July? It could happen this year, but California’s days of bountiful snow are numbered. After five years of drought and water restrictions, the state is reeling from its...

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March 9, 2017 Climate & Energy
An artist's conception of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory. (Illustration: NASA / JPL)

Inside JPL: The Orbiting Carbon Observatory

By: Brian Klonoski

Some 15 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, where urban sprawl finally gives way to the San Gabriel Mountains, lies a place of insatiable curiosity. On the outside, there's not...

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March 8, 2017 Climate & Energy
The Dakota Access Pipeline, seen here in central Iowa in September 2016, could be operational by next week. (Photo: Carly Wycoff / Flickr)

DAPL Could Be Operational By Next Week

By: Common Dreams

By Nadia Prupis The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) could be operational by next week after a U.S. district judge in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday ruled against two tribes who had asked him...

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March 6, 2017 Climate & Energy
Higashi Ogishima Power Station in Kawasaki City, Japan. (Photo: m-louis / Flickr)

Trump’s Coal Ally: Japan's Shinzo Abe

By: Nithin Coca

Last month Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Washington D.C. to cozy up to the new American president. It's hard to find another world leader who has so openly embraced...

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February 28, 2017 Business
A new investigation reveals that Shell new about climate change for decades. (Photo: Mike Mozart / Flickr)

Shell Knew, Too: Decades of Climate Lies

By: Common Dreams

By Nadia Prupis Oil giant Shell also knew of the dangers of climate change decades ago, while it continued to lobby against climate legislation and push for fossil fuel development, a joint...

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February 27, 2017 Climate & Energy
A Tesla Model X fueling up at a charging stations. (Photo: Pixabay)

The State of Electric Cars is Strong and Getting Stronger

By: Nick Marinoff

Electric cars don’t have the reputation they probably deserve. This land has been touting renewables for over a decade, yet many of us still rely on gasoline to get around....

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February 22, 2017 Climate & Energy
Hurricane Sandy swirls over the eastern U.S. in 2012. (Photo: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS)

Don't Believe a Word I Say About Climate Change

By: W. Douglas Smith

The Trump administration has put scientists and science under siege. The only defense we have is the truth, which of course, in this day and age, places us at an...

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February 22, 2017 Climate & Energy
A conservative climate solution seeks to curb warming with a carbon tax rather than regulations. (Photo: veeterzy / Unsplash)

EPA Veteran Skeptical of Conservative Climate Solution

By: Nick Marinoff

The 2016 election has produced its fair share of conflict. Believing Hillary Clinton was a shoe-in as America’s next president, protesters have taken to the streets objecting to Donald Trump’s...

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February 21, 2017 Climate & Energy
IAEA experts visit TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in 2013. (Photo: Greg Webb / IAEA)

In Devastated Fukushima, It's Renewables Versus the 'Nuclear Mafia'

By: Nithin Coca

In March 2011, Japan experienced one of the worst natural disasters in recent history when a massive magnitude 9.0 earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people. This...

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February 18, 2017 Climate & Energy
The Dakota Acces pipeline drill pad along the Missouri River in North Dakota. (Photo: Jerry Anderson Aerial Photography)

Pipeline or Roller Coaster? A Timeline of DAPL’s Dizzying Developments

By: Ariane Sims

Even in this age of Trump where executive orders are shot out of the White House as if it were a malfunctioning ball machine on meth, reality has a way...

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February 13, 2017 Climate & Energy
Photo: DonkeyHote / Flickr

Humans' Impact On Climate Is Equal to an Asteroid Strike

By: Common Dreams

By Nika Knight As the Trump administration and Republicans in power in Congress set to work destroying environmental regulations, scientists have added urgency to the resistance with a simple new equation that shows the staggering effect human activity has had on the climate....

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February 3, 2017 Climate & Energy
A pipeline leak in Iowa spewed nearly 140,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the environment. (Photo: Hayden Irwin / Flickr)

Iowa Contains Nasty Pipeline Leak, But What's the Real Impact?

By: Nick Marinoff

What are the biggest consequences of a gas leak? That’s what residents of Worth County in Northern Iowa are likely asking themselves following a pipeline failure that caused nearly 140,000...

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