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Mexico announces ambitious emission reduction target in lead up to Paris

Carolina Herrera
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Earlier today, Mexico announced an ambitious new commitment to peak its greenhouse emissions in 2026 and reduce them by 22% by 2030. With this announcement, Mexico becomes the first developing country and emerging economy to act on the Lima Call...continued | comments

Some Republicans Step Back from GOP Climate Change Wrecking Ball

Rhea Suh
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Senate Republican leaders had been eyeing a raft of votes into the wee hours Friday as a chance to put a spike in the heart of President Obama's plan to confront the dangers of climate change. Things didn't go quite...continued | comments (1)

The Pebble Partnership and the Demeaning of Independence

Joel Reynolds
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Leave it to the flailing Pebble Partnership - now consisting of just one under-funded Canadian company - to conclude that the only truly "independent" review of its uniquely reckless Pebble Mine is an "independent" review that is bought and paid...continued | comments

Washington, Minnesota, and New York Regulators Lead Utility Reform Surge

Sheryl Carter
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Utility regulators in Washington, Minnesota, and New York took actions this week to speed a clean energy transition that is urgently needed in order to cut pollution and ensure reliable service. These actions will make it easier for utilities to...continued | comments

China's War on Pollution Is Gaining Traction

Barbara Finamore
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Beijing just announced that it will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants in 2016, avoiding an estimated 30 million tons of carbon. This welcome step, carried out as part of China's national Air Pollution Action Plan,...continued | comments

Glyphosate herbicide linked to cancer - IARC World Health Organization assessment

Jennifer Sass
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The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - the cancer evaluation arm of the World Health Organization - convened a meeting of 17 scientific experts from 11 countries to assess whether certain pesticides, including glyphosate, caused cancer in humans...continued | comments

More Action Needed in National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Mae Wu
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On Friday, the White House will release its National Action Plan For Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, but it leaked out this evening. The plan was initiated in last fall's Executive Order. In the plan, even more than in the past, the...continued | comments

City Energy Project Cities' Buildings Make ENERGY STAR Top 10

Melissa Wright
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This week the federal ENERGY STAR program announced the list of the 25 cities that had the most ENERGY STAR-certified buildings in 2014, and we're proud to say that City Energy Project (CEP) cities were well represented among them. Not...continued | comments

Car(e)-free 17 days and counting

Amanda Eaken
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My recent decision to sell my car got some re-postings on the internet, and helped to draw attention to something very near to my heart - the first-ever Live.Ride.Share shared-use mobility conference in Southern California. But ditching the old Prius...continued | comments

Cars Are Getting Cleaner and Driving Job Growth

Luke Tonachel
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Investments in clean energy technologies for cars are creating jobs. Most recently, Alcoa - with the assistance of a loan from the Department of Energy - is expanding a Tennessee aluminum manufacturing facility and adding 200 jobs to meet automakers'...continued | comments

No April Fools' Joke: Xbox One Game Console Users Socked with Extra $250M in Electric Bills Thanks to Microsoft

Noah Horowitz
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Did you know Microsoft is avoiding a simple setup change that could save America's Xbox One users up to $250 million annually on their energy bills? Even when it looks like your Xbox One is off, it's still drawing significant...continued

The Night I Ate Garbage: Dinner at Chef Dan Barber's New Restaurant, WastED

Peter Lehner
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When food is wasted--not just leftovers on plates, but edible food from farms, in grocery stores, and kitchens--it gets dumped into landfills, where it becomes a source of air pollution, water pollution, and even global warming pollution. A few nights...continued | comments

Over 100 Pages Long: The List of Problems with California's Draft Environmental Report on Fracking

Giulia C.S. Good Stefani
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The Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) recently released a draft of its environmental impact report on fracking and other well stimulation--and it comes up shockingly short on various fronts. We reviewed that draft with our partners at...continued | comments

Untangling the antibiotic resistance puzzle: Expanding global use and a new herbicide risk

Carmen Cordova
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It's been an interesting week with two important studies moving the needle on our understanding of the impact of antibiotic use in agriculture on a global scale. Both give me a chance to put on my scientist hat, dive deep...continued | comments (1)

Providing input to EPA's science panel as it again tackles biomass carbon emissions from power plants

Sasha Stashwick
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The EPA's Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel--a group of experts convened to advise EPA on a scientifically sound approach to biogenic carbon accounting--held an in-person meeting today in which the public was able to offer oral comments on EPA's November 2014...continued | comments

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