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Maintaining hope in the face of an onslaught of money and denial in the 2014 midterm elections

Searching for Hope in the Wake of the Midterm Climate Fiasco

For all those who support climate action, it is hard to find a reason to hope in the wake of the 2014 midterms. The fact that most of the new slate of Republicans deny the scientific consensus on climate change and support fossil fuels warrants our despair. President Obama cautions us to avoid cynicism. As Obama said in a recent…

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North Dakota’s Measure 5: Conservation in the Oil Boom

Update: On Tuesday November 4 North Dakota voters rejected Measure 5 with a resounding 79.4 percent voting against the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment. Oil prices on Tuesday slumped to a three-year low, slashing profits of energy companies operating in the Bakken.  North Dakota’s oil patch Locals call it the “oil patch.” With the magic of advanced hydrofracking technology and…

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Earth taken before its time. Will anything change in the 2014 midterm elections?

The Complicated Environmental Alliances in the 2014 Midterms

The US midterms are right are around the corner, but an analysis of environmental alliances shows the situation is far more complicated in 2014 than it was in previous election cycles. As the political theater unfolds, the clock is ticking down and we are rapidly running out of time to curb emissions and reign in climate change. While some things…

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Floridians Want Dialogue on Clean Power Plan

Ninety-two percent of Floridians say the public should be involved in helping craft the Sunshine State’s plan to meet limits on carbon pollution from power plants proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a poll conducted by SurveyUSA for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

The leaders of California and Mexico agree to cooperate in combating climate change and wildfires

California, Mexico Sign Climate Change-Green Trade Pact

Signed by CA Gov. Brown and officials from Mexico’s environment and natural resources ministry and national forest commission, the MoU aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, combat climate change and forest fires, and spur bilateral clean energy and clean tech trade and investment.

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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.

The EPA proposes new power plant emissions standards

EPA Proposes New Power Plant Emissions Standards

Earlier this week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed plans to limit carbon emissions from power plants. The new rules fall under the Clean Air Act, mandating the EPA to reduce air pollution that harms public health. In the 2007 case Massachusetts v. EPA the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA had authority and obligation to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles….

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