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EPA Proposes New Climate-Friendly Refrigerants

In accordance with Pres. Obama’s National Climate Change Action Plan, the EPA is proposing new refrigerants with lower global warming potential that also don’t harm the ozone layer.

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First UN Environment Assembly Marks Environmental Coming of Age

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is taking on a higher profile in multilateral efforts to spur ecosystems-based approaches to governance and development. This includes broad-based, far reaching efforts to craft and implement climate change mitigation and adaptation plans.

Waterkeeper Alliance and the Cape Fear Riverkeeper documented an area of heavy seepage flowing from this barren area at the north end of the 1963 coal ash impoundment directly into the Cape Fear River.

Coal Ash Ponds: a Slurry of Problems Nationwide

“Do you know what your coal ash pond is doing tonight?” EarthJustice, via the Freedom of Information Act, pressured the EPA back in 2012 to release the locations of hundreds of previously unknown coal ash dump sites. The latest tally puts the number at nearly 1,400 nationwide. Coal ash. It sounds benign – even perhaps recyclable – something you might…

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$11.9 Trillion: Price Tag on Climate Change Coral Reef Impacts

Small island developing states (SIDS) are being affected disproportionately by sea level rise and the effects of climate change. They’re calling for change, releasing two research studies and urging drastic changes to reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.

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UN Aims to Transform World Energy in 10 Years

Proclaiming 2014-2024 the “International Decade of Sustainable Energy for All,” over 700 representatives gathered in NY for the inaugural SE4ALL Forum. Over the course of the three-day forum, SE4ALL members reported on progress and developments.

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Plastic Bank: First 3D Printed Items Made from Recycled Ocean Plastic

World Ocean Day: Saving the ocean from plastic pollution Sunday, June 8 was officially World Ocean Day. At a time when we find the world’s oceans in crisis from acidification, warming surface temperatures, overfishing and pollution, calling attention to the health of our oceans is of paramount importance. Last summer year we introduced our readers to the Plastic Bank, a new…

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Morocco Awards Contract to Build Largest Water Desalination Plant

The threat and rising costs of climate change are already apparent in Morocco, which is experiencing more frequent droughts and shorter growing seasons. The government is turning to seawater desalination as a means to compensate.