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Map: Obama's Offshore Drilling Plan | InsideClimate News

Map: Obama's Offshore Drilling Plan | InsideClimate News | Environment | Scoop.it
The Obama administration announced plans Tuesday to open up parts of the Arctic and waters off the mid- and south Atlantic coasts to drilling.
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BP Appeals Spill Ruling That May Spell $18 Billion Fine - Bloomberg

BP Appeals Spill Ruling That May Spell $18 Billion Fine - Bloomberg | Environment | Scoop.it
BP Appeals Spill Ruling That May Spell $18 Billion Fine
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Narendra Modi, Favoring Growth in India, Sweeps Away Environmental Rules - NYTimes.com

Narendra Modi, Favoring Growth in India, Sweeps Away Environmental Rules - NYTimes.com | Environment | Scoop.it
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Oopsie! $1 Billion in UN Funds to Fight Climate Change Built Coal Power Plants Instead

Oopsie! $1 Billion in UN Funds to Fight Climate Change Built Coal Power Plants Instead | Environment | Scoop.it
The U.N. apparently had no idea.
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Coral Triangle could be last bastion for planet's beleaguered reefs | Johnny Langenheim

Coral Triangle could be last bastion for planet's beleaguered reefs | Johnny Langenheim | Environment | Scoop.it
Johnny Langenheim: Major reef system in south-east Asia could be unusually resilient to climate change, Catlin Seaview Survey suggests
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Obama to Pledge $3 Billion for New UN Climate Change Fund - Bloomberg

Obama to Pledge $3 Billion for New UN Climate Change Fund - Bloomberg | Environment | Scoop.it
Obama to Pledge $3 Billion for New UN Climate Change Fund
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Tracking Frackers From the Sky

Tracking Frackers From the Sky | Environment | Scoop.it
Citizen scientists eyeing Pennsylvania's natural gas drillers in aerial images may help determine if there is a link between fracking and certain illnesses
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Global natural gas boom alone won't slow climate change

Global natural gas boom alone won't slow climate change | Environment | Scoop.it
A new analysis of global energy use, economics and the climate shows that expanding the current bounty of inexpensive natural gas alone would not slow the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Recent advances in gas production technology based on horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing -- also known as fracking -- have led to bountiful, low-cost natural gas. Because gas emits far less carbon dioxide than coal, some researchers have linked the natural gas boom to recent reduct
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Gulf Coast chambers split with national parent, urge U.S. Supreme Court to deny BP's oil spill settlement appeal

Gulf Coast chambers split with national parent, urge U.S. Supreme Court to deny BP's oil spill settlement appeal | Environment | Scoop.it
The New Orleans Chamber of Commerce told the U.S. Supreme Court this week their national parent organization has turned its back on hundreds of Gulf Coast members in choosing to support BP's challenge to its oil spill settlement. The group said reversing the agreement would cause "incalculable" damage and urged the court not to hear BP's appeal.
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The hundreds of local chambers exposed an issue with the nature of the US Chamber's membership. 

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New Research Shows Pollution Inequality in America Even Worse Than Income Inequality

New Research Shows Pollution Inequality in America Even Worse Than Income Inequality | Environment | Scoop.it
If you are poor or non-white, inequality is in the air you breathe.
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Three Measures of Environmental Inequality"Using data on industrial air pollution exposure in the United States, we compute three measures of environmental inequality: the Gini coefficient of exposure, the ratio of median exposure of minorities to that of non-Hispanic whites, and the ratio of median exposure of poor households to that of nonpoor households. Comparing inequalities in states and Congressional districts, we find that relative rankings by the three measures vary considerably. We conclude that different measures of environmental inequality may be appropriate for different analytical purposes"

The Gini coefficient measures the inequality among values of a frequency distribution (for example levels of income). A Gini coefficient of zero expresses perfect equality, where all values are the same (for example, where everyone has the same income). A Gini coefficient of one (or 100%) expresses maximal inequality among values (for example where only one person has all the income).

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What a Park’s Design Does to Your Brain – Next City

What a Park’s Design Does to Your Brain – Next City | Environment | Scoop.it
This scientist wants to enable designers and planners to maximize the serenity of urban green space.
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Judge Puts BP's Top Fine at $13.7 Billion for Gulf Oil Disaster; U.S. Sought $18 Billion - Bloomberg

Judge Puts BP's Top Fine at $13.7 Billion for Gulf Oil Disaster; U.S. Sought $18 Billion - Bloomberg | Environment | Scoop.it
Judge Puts BP's Top Fine at $13.7 Billion for Gulf Oil Disaster; U.S. Sought $18 Billion
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EPA releases for comment Revisions to the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; Subpart J Product Schedule Listing Requirement

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Portions of gulf re-open to fishing after BP oil spill closure | Undercurrent News

Portions of gulf re-open to fishing after BP oil spill closure | Undercurrent News | Environment | Scoop.it
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Gansler eyes lawsuit over well contamination

Gansler eyes lawsuit over well contamination | Environment | Scoop.it
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler , encouraged by whopping awards and settlements in other states, could join what one analyst calls a "nationwide cascade" of litigation against the oil industry for its use years ago of a gasoline additive that has contaminated groundwater across the state.
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Study committee calls for Maine to act on ocean acidification - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Study committee calls for Maine to act on ocean acidification - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Environment | Scoop.it
A report to legislators says more research and local efforts are needed to deal with the threat to shellfish, including lobsters and clams.
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Climate change adaptation comes of age in U.N. talks: TRFN

Climate change adaptation comes of age in U.N. talks: TRFN | Environment | Scoop.it
BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In Peru, where two weeks of U.N. climate talks begin Monday, melting glaciers and more extreme weather such as hot spells and flash frosts are already harming crops
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Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems?

Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems? | Environment | Scoop.it
With floating islands and other inventions, eco-entrepreneur Bruce Kania thinks so.
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Europe's cycling economy has created 650,000 jobs

Europe's cycling economy has created 650,000 jobs | Environment | Scoop.it
Cycling industry employs more people than mining and quarrying with potential for a million jobs by 2020, says new study
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Online petition against using BP funds for beachfront convention center gets 26,000 signatures

Online petition against using BP funds for beachfront convention center gets 26,000 signatures | Environment | Scoop.it
Alabama man starts online petition against the use of BP restoration funds for a $58.5 million convention center at Gulf State Park.
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Metal Madness: Lead Doesn't Just Poison Birds, It Scrambles Everything They Need to Survive

Metal Madness: Lead Doesn't Just Poison Birds, It Scrambles Everything They Need to Survive | Environment | Scoop.it
It's well-known that high levels of lead kill birds. But now it's becoming clear that amounts commonly encountered by waterfowl and raptors can mess up their digestion, brains, hearts, vision and other body processes critical for their survival in the wild.
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New York – Restoring Quality Habitat and Combating Invasive Plants at Times Beach | Coastal Engineering News & Subscription List

New York – Restoring Quality Habitat and Combating Invasive Plants at Times Beach | Coastal Engineering News & Subscription List | Environment | Scoop.it
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