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The Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign marks its 179 coal plant retirement

Beyond Coal: One Less Coal-Burning Power Plant

Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign Marks 179th Coal Plant Retirement In response to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforcement of air quality violations, White Pine Electric Power announced last week its commitment to stop burning coal at its small 60-megawatt power plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The plant’s two online units will convert immediately to natural gas. The facility has until 2023 to install best-in-class…

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Ethanol has increased America's carbon footprint and created a host of other problems

EarthTalk: The Unrealized Promise of Ethanol

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I thought that putting ethanol in our gas tanks was going help fight climate change, but lately I’ve heard reports to the contrary. Can you enlighten?   – Bill B., Hershey, PA Ethanol and similar “biofuels” made from corn and other…

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U.S. Greenhouse Gas emissions are up in 2013, a principal source of the increase is from large industrial facilities, according to the EPA

Large Industrial U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise 20M Metric Tons

Greenhouse gas emissions from large U.S. polluters rose 0.6 percent in 2013, driven in the main by an increase in burning coal to generate electrical power, according to the fourth year of data from the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.

EPA report finds that our air isn't as clean as we thought.

Sierra Club Launches Bad Air Alert Text System

EPA report finds air not as healthy as previously thought In late August the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its latest smog pollution policy assessment with an unsettling finding. What were thought as “safe” levels of smog pollution are not so safe after all. The report recommends revising the current health-based national ambient air quality standard for ozone from 75 parts per billion…

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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genomes in Bid to Thwart Leaf Rust

Now in the public domain, genome maps for Coffee arabica and coffee eugenioides could boost climate change adaptation efforts across the world’s coffee belt. That includes breeding coffee plants resistant to coffee leaf rust, which is decimating production, as well as the livelihoods of farmers, their families and communities.

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WMO: Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Reach Record High

Atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations reached a new record high in 2013, with carbon dioxide (CO2) levels rising more than in any year since 1984, according to the World Meteorological Association’s latest annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.

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Risk of Southwest Megadrought Higher than Thought

The risks of prolonged “megadrought” across the U.S. Southwest, as well as arid/semi-arid regions around the world are substantially higher than believed, according to scientists from Cornell, the University of Arizona and the U.S. Geological Survey.