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The reelection of Barack Obama gives the world a fighting chance to step back from the precipice of runaway climate chaos

What Obama’s Victory Means for the Earth

We narrowly dodged a bullet in the 2012 presidential election. Americans were presented with the choice between Mitt Romney’s fossil fuel reliant 19th century view of energy and Barack Obama’s cleaner 21st century low carbon vision. Even more significant than the Obama victory is the fact that Romney was denied the world’s most powerful office. The election of Romney would…

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The Latest Environmental News Headlines

Enviro News Wrap: Environmental Pioneer Russell Train Dies; Global Fracking Protest; Shell Halts Arctic Drilling, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Russell Train, a pioneer of Environmentalism in the US, died recently. Mr. Train’s main contribution was his role in creating the Environmental Protection Agency. The US has three options to choose from if it wants to be energy independent; a focus on…

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Breaking News: EPA Issues First Limits on Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Power Plants

In a move that could effectively end construction of any new conventional coal-fired power generation in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today has proposed the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. “Today we’re taking a common sense step to reduce pollution in our air, protect the planet for our children, and move us…

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Clean coal may sound nice - but it is a fallacy

The Farce of Clean Coal

Clean coal is a farce by any reasonable person’s evaluation. Despite President Obama’s recent speech supporting “clean coal” as a component of our energy future, the reality is coal is neither clean nor cost effective. The coal industry has long touted low costs of coal as a major argument for their business. However it seems no study has actually examined…

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World governments make effort to reduce their carbon emissions

Governments around the World are Acting to Reduce their Footprints

The sixteenth Conference of the Parties (COP16) in Cancun is the latest UN effort to get the international efforts to reduce global warming and climate change on political and community agendas. Although COP16 is not expected to produce a binding agreement, many governments have adopted initiatives to diminish their environmental impacts and carbon footprint. Understand the international efforts to reduce global warming European Union (EU) The EU’s commitment…

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Environmental News Wrap: Big Coal Fights Oversight; All-Gas Engine Rivals Prius; UN Biodiversity Summit Ends

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: After helping to defeat the campaign for national Climate Change policy in the US, the Coal Industry is fighting the US government over regulating old, dirty coal fired power plants. New EPA rules would target small and super dirty plants and would retire many coal…

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2nd World Agroforestry Congress Opens in Kenya

Agriculture, climate change, conservation of natural resources and biodiversity, and and socio-economic development are all coming together in Nairobi, Kenya as participants from around the globe attend the 2nd World Agroforestry Congress.