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Fugitive methane emissions could wipe out any climate benefits of burning natural gas instead of coal

EDF, Chevron Agree Natural Gas Fracking Here to Stay, Part Ways on Fugitive Methane Emissions and Short-Term Impacts of Shale Boom

Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) sat down with Chevron’s Vice President of Policy and Planning Rhonda Zygocki on Monday at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco to discuss, among other things, the recent boom in natural gas hydrofracking (or simply “fracking”). Natural gas as “magic bullet” Zygocki spoke of a “fundamental shift in the energy landscape” over…

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Deforestation is a major contributor to anthropogenic carbon emissions

EarthTalk: Global Warming and Deforestation

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that cutting and burning trees adds more global warming pollution to the atmosphere than all the cars and trucks in the world combined?     — Mitchell Vale, Houston, TX By most accounts, deforestation in tropical rainforests adds more…

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The latest environmental news headlines

Enviro News Wrap: Ethanol Support; Gates Foundation; NOAA Cleared in Climategate Investigation, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: The US government is not easing its support for ethanol, especially with rising oil prices. In 2011 we are going to have more ethanol coming out of the pump with oil than ever. The Gates Foundation is working to get everyone on Earth fed. One…

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Environmental News Wrap: Shell in Nigeria; Climate and Weather; Koch Bros. Seeks Total Domination, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: The government in the Netherlands is highlighting the environmental record of Shell’s operations in Nigeria. Oil companies get away with a lot in foreign countries and there are few things that the home country can do to hold companies like Shell accountable. Climate Change is…

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Environmental News Wrap: Cancun Ends on a High Note; the Clean Air Act Turns 40, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: The COP16 UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico has concluded with an agreement that improves on past agreements. Although, the agreement still does not save us from Climate Catastrophe. Commentary from the British Economist. Commentary from the NYTimes. The Guardian used the platform of…

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow: EDF Oil Spill Video Illustrates the Tragic Irony Unfolding in the Gulf

Originally published at CleanTechies.com by David Yarnold, executive director of Environmental Defense Fund From a comfortable distance the BP oil disaster is depressing and horrific. But up close, it’s worse. Two days in the Gulf of Mexico left me enraged – and deeply resolved. Both the widespread damage and the inadequacy of the response effort exceeded my worst fears. I’d…

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Environmental News Wrap: May 4-May 9

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: The Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) is supposed to regulate toxic chemicals in the USA but has failed to do so more many reasons. The Environmental Defense Fund makes the case for updating TSCA and outlines their plan. A Supreme Court ruling in April of…

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