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U.S. Moving to Protect the Atlantic Ocean's Grand Canyons and Majestic Mountains

Brad Sewell
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Historic news: the Obama Administration announced today that it is considering permanently protecting--presumably through designation as a national monument--a unique area of ocean waters off the coast of New England. This would be the first-ever monument in the Atlantic Ocean...continued | comments

New Report: California's Climate Policies Benefit Manufacturing and Help Reduce Energy Bills

David Puzey
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California's climate and energy policies have helped improve the productivity of its manufacturers - with the state leading the nation in manufacturing output, exports, and jobs - and lowered business and household electricity bills, according to a report released...continued

Southern Resident Orcas Too Magnificent to Lose

Giulia C.S. Good Stefani
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The Southern Resident orcas are dying. NOAA identified them on a short list of species most likely to go extinct unless we take drastic action. Losing the Southern Resident orcas forever would be unforgivable. Because it is not too late...continued | comments

Tar sands pipeline companies push cockamamie schemes while arctic melts

Liz Barratt-Brown
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All is not quiet in the northern woods of Minnesota. At the border with Canada, Enbridge has constructed a brand new pipeline, called Line 3, that runs just 16 miles. It is a very short pipeline but it's long enough...continued | comments (1)

How China is Taking Major Steps to Control Shipping Air Pollution

Barbara Finamore
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In a series of announcements over the weekend and on Monday, the Chinese government took several important steps to control emissions from shipping activities, which until now have been virtually unregulated. Vessels and ports are major sources of the...continued | comments

New Life Breathed Into "Filed and Forgotten" Utility Reports: Significant Energy Efficiency Savings Available to Ohioans for Years to Come

Samantha Williams

A new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), finds there is huge potential in Ohio to save families and businesses money on their utility bills through energy saving programs. But this is no ordinary study. It...continued | comments

New England's Ocean Treasures Need Permanent Federal Protection

Brad Sewell
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Tomorrow evening, a crowd of hundreds will have a chance to learn about two truly spectacular Atlantic Ocean treasures off the coast of New England from a panel of scientists at an event hosted by National Geographic at Boston's New...continued | comments

Widespread and Increasing California Support for Climate Bills Embracing Clean Energy Economy

David Puzey
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There has been a flood of support in recent weeks for two landmark bills that would advance California's clean energy economy and continue its leadership on curbing climate change. Not unexpectedly, the oil industry is trying to derail the...continued | comments

New Paper: Government's Analysis of Airgun Surveys Is Wrong

Michael Jasny
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In court, federal agencies sometimes attempt to justify environmentally backward decision-making by pointing to their environmental impact statement, a document that requires them to take a hard look at the environmental consequences of their proposals. But what if your impact...continued | comments

TransCanada's Upland Pipeline Proposal: What in the World Are They Thinking?

Joshua Axelrod
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In the dead of summer, while the country was away on vacation, the State Department announced that it had received a new cross-border oil pipeline application from none other than TransCanada, the company behind the controversial proposal for the Keystone...continued | comments (7)

Subway moves the needle on antibiotics, but many questions remain

Lena Brook
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Subway is hearing the ever-louder cry for its leadership when it comes to reducing antibiotics in its meat and poultry supply. Last Monday, NRDC commissioned a full-size billboard near the company's corporate offices, challenging antibiotic use in its supply chain....continued | comments

The uphill battle for a river that won't make us sick

Ann Alexander
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Cleaning up the Chicago River feels a bit like kicking a rubber mattress up a hill - slow and maddening. That feeling is bolstered by the Chicago Tribune's investigative piece published yesterday rather scarily titled, "Chicago River still teems with...continued | comments (3)

Latin America Green News: 100% renewables in Chile would save lives; climate change costly for agriculture in Colombia and Mexico

Carolina Herrera
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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. Latin America Green News will be taking a break and resume after the Labor Day Holiday. August 22nd - September 1,...continued | comments

Tackling Climate Change Across Party Lines Works for America

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz
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Governor Snyder joined other state leaders in taking climate action, announcing that Michigan will develop a plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. This strong commitment from a Republican leader confirms once again that climate action is a...continued | comments (1)

How Businesses Can Better Protect Outdoor Workers, and Other Lessons from India's Historic Heat Wave

Ariel Cooper
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Increasingly erratic, extreme temperatures attributed to climate change have a devastating effect on health, and can often disproportionately impact vulnerable populations. The Ahmedabad Heat Action Plan has been gaining national and international attention as an effective early warning system and...continued | comments

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