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No rain in California. The warmest winter on record for the state as well as the rest of the globe

Warmest Winter on Record

December 2014-February 2015: Warmest winter on record – Despite the headline-grabbing record cold and snowfall in the eastern U.S., spring comes to the northern hemisphere on the heels of the warmest winter on record. According to the latest report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the average global land and sea surface temperature for the period of December…

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Lofty Agricultural Ambitions Fall in Face of Political-Economic Realities

Broad-based international ambitions aimed at reorienting the globalized system of agricultural development are falling in the face of dominance of multinational enterprises. Nonetheless, taking a bottom-up, “grass roots” approach that supports small farms and farmers would be the best means of fostering positive, broad-based agricultural development and gains, as well as enhancing overall socioeconomic and ecological sustainability, according to the German League for Nature, Animal Protection and Environment.

Negotiating text for the COP21 climate conference was agreed to in Geneva. One more step on the road to Paris

Progress on the Road to Paris: Negotiating Text for COP 21 Agreement Published

A first step on the road to Paris – Last week the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced that important progress had been won on the road to Paris, where, at the COP 21 climate conference later this year, the goal is to reach a binding global climate treaty. Any hope of achieving such a pact rests in the hard work of…

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EPA Approves Five Low-GWP Refrigerant Alternatives

With significantly lower GWPs than refrigerants currently in use, the approval of ethane, isobutane, propane, R441A and HFC-32 as refrigerants in a range of refrigeration and air-conditioning applications is expected to reduce the risks of climate change as well as depletion of the ozone layer.

Doctors recommend cigarettes even as the science exposes the health risks of smoking cigarettes

Merchants of Doubt: Sowing the (Tobacco) Seeds of Denial

Climate change and the war of communication From the introduction of snow balls on the floor of the Senate as “scientific evidence” that global warming isn’t happening to smear campaigns aimed at actual climate scientists, the real battle over climate change is one of narrative, not science. “The one thing we’ve learned,”says Robert Kenner, director of the upcoming documentary Merchants of Doubt, “is…

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Achieving India’s Solar Energy Goals Could Create 1 Million Jobs

A report from India’s Council on Energy, Environment and Water and NRDC highlights the tremendous amount of job creation that could result from realizing India PM Modi’s renewable energy goals.

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EPA Conducting Sustainability Workshops in 22 Communities

The community workshops coincide with assisting 22 communities in 18 states make effective use of sustainability tools, such as equitable development, bikeshare program planning, and urban flood resilience enhancement.