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Hawaii, Vermont Set Ambitious Examples for Renewables

Hawaii, Vermont Set Ambitious Examples for Renewables

June marked two huge milestones in renewable energy in the U.S., with Hawaii and Vermont passing laws setting the nation’s most ambitious renewable energy goals. Electricity generation is the nation’s largest emitter of climate-changing greenhouse gases, leading many states to set goals for how much of their power should come from low-carbon … Read More

Study: Water Use Skyrockets as Fracking Expands

Study: Water Use Skyrockets as Fracking Expands

Oil and natural gas fracking, on average, uses more than 28 times the water it did 15 years ago, gulping up to 9.6 million gallons of water per well and putting farming and drinking sources at risk in arid states, especially during drought … Read More

Action on Climate Key to Global Health, Reports Say

Action on Climate Key to Global Health, Reports Say

Whether or not the world takes action to combat climate change could make or break public health efforts in the coming decades, a new report from a group of researchers put together by the medical journal The Lancet concludes. The report, released Monday, contains numerous recommendations for national governments and the international community… Read More

Pope’s Encyclical Makes Grade in Climate Science

Pope’s Encyclical Makes Grade in Climate Science

When it comes to the science of climate change, Pope Francis’ environmentally focused encyclical makes the grade, experts said Thursday. Francis makes clear in the document that humanity bears most of the blame for the warming of the planet and he lays out the main findings of climate science -- that greenhouse gases are causing global temperatures… Read More

Pope’s Climate Encyclical: 4 Main Points

Pope’s Climate Encyclical: 4 Main Points

Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical on climate change and the environment was officially released Thursday, with high expectations that it could be a watershed moment in bolstering support for taking international action to solve what he calls in his message, “one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.” The text of document… Read More

States See Renewable Future in Offshore Wind Farms

States See Renewable Future in Offshore Wind Farms

Developers and government officials who gathered at the North American Offshore Wind Summit this week said they are optimistic that water-bound wind turbines will eventually catch on in the U.S. as they have in Europe. The Obama administration sees wind turbines in the Atlantic as a way to help wean the country’s electric power supply away from … Read More

National Parks Visits Could Rise and Fall as Temps Warm

National Parks Visits Could Rise and Fall as Temps Warm

As the balmier temperatures of spring and summer arrive, the crowds begin to swell at the vast system of national parks and other landmarks spread across the U.S., to the tune of more than 270 million visits a year. The number of people going to witness the eruption of Old Faithful or gawk at the grandeur of the Grand Canyon could go up along with … Read More

Twitter Could Shape Flood Disaster Response

Twitter Could Shape Flood Disaster Response

First the rains came. Then the floods. Then the tweets. In late January 2014, Jakarta was inundated with heavy rain. So much rain fell that the region saw 16 inches more rainfall than normal for the month. Rivers rose and punctured their banks, spilling onto the streets of the Indonesian capital. Flood waters reached over 6 feet in some areas and … Read More

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2012: Warmest March Ever Recorded You knew it was warm last month, but today it's official: it wasn't just warm; it was the warmest March ever recorded.

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