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December 21, 2016 Climate & Energy

'Freakishly High' North Pole Temps Could Hit 50 Degrees Above Normal

By: Common Dreams

By Andrea Germanos Santa will likely be feeling toasty as he does his final checks on the naughty-or-nice list because temperatures at the North Pole on Thursday are forecast to be...

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December 21, 2016 Climate & Energy

A 70-Mile Crack Has Formed in the Antarctic Basin

By: Nick Marinoff

UPDATE: Scientists closely monitoring the crack just reported that it grew by another 11 miles. A rupture of the ice shelf -- which would create a mega-iceberg the size of...

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December 20, 2016 Climate & Energy
President Barack Obama speaking in 2012. (Photo: Daniel Borman / Flickr)

Obama Protects Federal Waters From Oil Companies, Trump Administration

By: Center for Biological Diversity

President Obama removed the majority of the Arctic Ocean and parts of the Atlantic from the federal government’s fossil fuel leasing program today, responding to widespread calls to preempt the...

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December 20, 2016 Climate & Energy
Offshore oil platform. (Photo: Doc Searls / Wikimedia Commons)

California Sues to Protect Coast From Offshore Fracking

By: Center for Biological Diversity

Citing risks to public health and marine life, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and the California Coastal Commission filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government's inadequate analysis of offshore fracking's threats to the California...

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December 19, 2016 Climate & Energy

Brazil's Dam Menace Looms Large Despite Recent Victory

By: Amazon Watch

By Ana Kuhn Velazquez In August we shared some good news: Brazil's environmental agency IBAMA definitively shelved plans to carve the São Luiz do Tapajós mega-dam into the heart of the Amazon...

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December 19, 2016 Climate & Energy

Solar Power Will Bring Off-Grid Kenyans Satellite TV

By: Pierce Nahigyan

Finally, off-grid Kenyans can catch up on Game of Thrones! Azuri Technologies, the UK-based provider of the PayGo Solar home systems that are revolutionizing Africa’s energy economy, has partnered with...

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December 16, 2016 Climate & Energy

Solar Is Quickly Becoming the World's Cheapest Electricity Source

By: Common Dreams

By Nadia Prupis For the first time, solar power is becoming the cheapest form of electricity production in the world, according to new statistics from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released Thursday. While...

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December 14, 2016 Climate & Energy
The BLM-managed National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska is unlike anything else in the world. Rich in resources, it is an incredible place of shallow wetlands, deep lakes, beaded streams, deep open lakes and tundra. (Photo: Bob Wick / BLM)

1.4 Million Acres of Alaska Public Lands Auctioned for Fossil Fuels

By: Center for Biological Diversity

The Bureau of Land Management today auctioned off oil and gas leases across 1.4 million acres of public lands in northern Alaska in a step that will deepen the climate...

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December 14, 2016 Climate & Energy
Scientists in an endless vista of ice, sea, and meltwater as seen from the USCG Icebreaker HEALY. (Photo: Jeremy Potter NOAA/OAR/OER)

NOAA's Arctic Report Card Reads Like a Horror Story

By: Common Dreams

By Andrea Germanos If President-elect Donald Trump's appointments of a "band of climate conspiracy theorists" weren't already stoking fears for the ever-warming planet, the latest Arctic Report Card from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) may...

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December 14, 2016 Climate & Energy
Photo: Amazon Watch

Pipe Dreams Versus People Power in Ecuador's Southern Rainforests

By: Amazon Watch

By Kevin Koenig Long before climate scientists were warning about rising global temperatures and the new imperative to keep all fossil fuels permanently in the ground, indigenous peoples in the...

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December 13, 2016 Climate & Energy
Photo: NASA

Scientists Scramble to Protect Climate Data From Trump Administration

By: Common Dreams

By Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams Anticipating the worst under the incoming administration, a group of scientists are frantically trying to archive government climate data before President-elect Donald Trump's "band...

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December 13, 2016 Climate & Energy
Rick Perry. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Energy Secretary Nominee Rick Perry Denies Climate Change, Has Connections to Dakota Access Pipeline

By: Center for Biological Diversity

Energy secretary nominee Rick Perry is a climate change denier linked to the spill-prone pipeline company trying to build the notorious Dakota Access Pipeline. “Perry's scientific illiteracy and disturbing financial...

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December 13, 2016 Climate & Energy
An oil field rig in North Dakota. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

EPA Admits Fracking Pollutes Drinking Water

By: Common Dreams

By Nadia Prupis / Common Dreams The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed on Tuesday that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, contaminates drinking water—but claimed a lack of information makes it impossible to determine how widespread...

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December 13, 2016 Climate & Energy
The Dakota Access Pipeline being installed between farms in New Salem, North Dakota. (Photo: Tony Webster / Flickr)

Digging Deeper Into DAPL After Last Week’s Double Whammy

By: Ariane Sims

The Dakota Access Pipeline was just dealt a one-two punch. On Sunday, December 4, the United States Army Corps of Engineers issued a memorandum denying the easement under Lake Oahe,...

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December 13, 2016 Climate & Energy

Youth Ask Courts To Protect Their Climate Future

By: Michael Paparian

Is 21 the Magic Climate Number? 21 is a number that's come up a lot in recent climate discussions. It took world leaders 21 years to reach the agreement on...

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December 7, 2016 Climate & Energy

Texas is the Best. And Worst. #1 in both Wind Energy and Carbon Pollution.

By: Texas Tech Climate Science Center

I live in West Texas, and some of the stereotypes are true. There are more SUVs and trucks here than you can shake a stick at. Oil wells are more...

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December 6, 2016 Climate & Energy
A pipeline in Alaska. (Photo: Luke Jones / Flickr)

There Have Been 85 Pipeline Spills in North Dakota Since 1996

By: Center for Biological Diversity

Existing pipelines in North Dakota have spilled crude oil and other hazardous liquids at least 85 times since 1996, according to an analysis released by the Center for Biological Diversity. These 85...

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December 6, 2016 Climate & Energy
The Gwich'in people of Alaska and northern Canada are fighting to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from fossil-feul interests. (Photo: Patagonia / YouTube)

Patagonia Doc Highlights Indigenous Struggle Over Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

By: Planet Editor

Socially-conscious outdoor gear company Patagonia continues its stellar stream of documentaries with The Refgue. The 15-minute-long film highlights the decades-long struggle of the indigenous Gwich'in people as they fend off fossil-fuel...

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