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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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Final Climate Negotiations Before COP 20 Underway in Bonn

The final round of negotiations in preparation for the COP 20 climate conference got underway yesterday at UNFCCC headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Set for December in Lima, Peru, COP 20 is an important stepping stone to forging a new universal climate agreement in 2015 at COP 21 in Paris. The “October session” aims at giving countries the opportunity “to further…

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Smog continues as the principal threat to air quality. The Los Angeles Skyline approaching LAX

EarthTalk: Threats to Air Quality

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What are some of the more dangerous threats to our air quality and what can be done to eliminate them so we can all breathe more easily?                        — Melanie Smith, Pomfret, CT The main threats to local air quality…

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Climate change and fossil fuel use is among the most deadly factors for bird populations

Environmental Concerns are for the Birds

The health of bird populations can be construed both literally and figuratively as the proverbial canary in the coal mine. According to the most recent Living Planet Report, birds are among the species that have been reduced by more than half over the last forty years.There are currently a total of 9,956 birds that are listed as endangered or worse….

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Summer 2014 warmest on record. This chard indicates land and ocean temperature departure for June-August 2014

2014 Warmest Summer on Record

It may seem counterintuitive for those living in eastern North America, but the continuing trend of warmer months globally has officially culminated with the 2014 as the warmest summer on record, according the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most recent State of the Climate report. This following last August as the warmest on record, beating the previous record set in August…

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Infographic: The High Cost of Hurricanes

The Cost of Hurricanes The past ten years has seen a spike in catastrophic hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, causing  more than $300 billion of  damage and displacing, over 2000 deaths and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. Cities along the eastern seaboard and Gulf states are becoming more vulnerable to future large hurricanes. According to Weather.com, cities such as…

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35,000 Walruses are forced ashore because there is no sea ice

Walruses Forced Onshore Due to Shrinking Sea Ice

I am the Walrus This isn’t the first time Walrus have been forced ashore en masse due to their shrinking habitat of sea ice, and undoubtedly not the last. Last week more than 35,000 Walruses “hauled out” along the coast of northwestern Alaska because nearly all the sea ice the animals use to rest on had all but completely melted away. In…

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