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A Flexible Plan for Reliable Electric Service and Cleaner Air

John Moore
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Power plants are responsible for about 40 percent of our country's carbon dioxide emissions that drive climate change. We can cut carbon pollution from these plants while keeping the lights on. America has a more than 40-year track record showing...continued | comments (1)

U.S. Navy Is Suspect in Pacific Whale Strandings

Zak Smith
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Almost a year to the day after a mass stranding of beaked whales in Crete, Greece, a very similar story is unfolding in Guam. Last year, my colleague Michael reported on a mass stranding of beaked whales along the...continued | comments (3)

Montana Delays Massive Coal Mine Proposal: Needs More Information from Arch Coal on the Proposed Otter Creek Mine

Amanda Jahshan
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Otter Creek Valley, July 2014 Photo Credit: Alexis Bonogofsky (http://www.eastofbillings.com/) Last week Montana Department of Environmental Quality put the brakes on Arch Coal's proposed Otter Creek Mine project. The agency says the proposal won't move forward until the company...continued | comments

Latin America Green News: Mexico announces post-2020 emission reductions, Latin American cities commit to climate action, Panama creates Environment Ministry

Maria Martinez
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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. March 21st - March 27th, 2015 Climate Change Mexico became the first developing country and emerging economy to announce its emission...continued | comments

The Burden: New Documentary Illustrates Impacts of Fossil Fuels on the U.S. Military

Peter Lehner
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For the men and women who serve in the military, fossil fuels are a liability. In The Burden, a 40-minute documentary that recently premiered at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C., veterans and fighters from every stratum of the...continued | comments

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 (1)

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

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