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Taking Note | California Leads the Way on Climate Change - New York Times (blog)

Taking Note | California Leads the Way on Climate Change - New York Times (blog) | Environment | Scoop.it
With its new climate law, the state is again ahead of the rest of the country.
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Maryland Takes the Lead on Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings | Earthjustice

Maryland Takes the Lead on Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings | Earthjustice | Environment | Scoop.it
Maryland is now one of the nation’s top five states for energy efficiency, thanks to the advocacy of Earthjustice, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and a groundbreaking decision from the state’s Public Service Commission.
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We're encouraging every State to adopt this standard of Clean & Renewable Energy Sources! Tell Yours!

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Flood-Causing Deluge Amounts to Just Drops in California Drought

Flood-Causing Deluge Amounts to Just Drops in California Drought | Environment | Scoop.it
A Pacific storm that left Northern California a mess and caused at least two deaths was not enough to make more than a “minor dent” in a historic dry period.

Via Grant W. Graves
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Soil is so hard that it can't absorb this downpour which gives rise to flooding.

Very unfortunate for CA that it's not experienced precipitation in such a long time.

Upside, the dried up waterbeds will, hopefully, retain some of this.

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Survivors of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Disaster Fear Being Forgotten

Survivors of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Disaster Fear Being Forgotten | Environment | Scoop.it
Three years after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant meltdown, over 100,000 residents remain displaced.
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The longer it takes for the government to attempt to restore the land, residential and commercial bldgs, etc. from the radiation fallout, the less likely it is that they'll ever be able to effctvly do so. It rains in Dai-ichi so that the radioactive particulates that were initially in the top soil will leech to deeper soil levels and so on. I'm praying for these people and the rest of the world - Pacific Ocean's water aren't self-contained you know.

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Can collective consumerism help cut energy bills?

Can collective consumerism help cut energy bills? | Environment | Scoop.it
New schemes enable consumers to increase their power in the energy market by grouping together to negotiate a cheaper rate

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Now's the time -- support clean energy

Now's the time -- support clean energy | Environment | Scoop.it
Congress must decide whether to continue helping the clean energy sector or prolong our dependence on dirty fuels that harm our health and environment. Tell Congress to renew policies that help lead us to a clean energy future!
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Burning cows: Extreme weather and America's perilous food supply - Salon

Burning cows: Extreme weather and America's perilous food supply - Salon | Environment | Scoop.it
Burning cows: Extreme weather and America's perilous food supply
Salon
Their research increasingly suggests that violent weather will become the new normal in America's breadbasket — a shift with potentially profound implications for our food supply.
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Take a hint from China's concern over the arability of their land due to pollution and heavy precipitation and rising Sea levels.

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Illegal Oil and Gas Leases Once Again Threaten the Badger Two-Medicine, Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness | Earthjustice

Illegal Oil and Gas Leases Once Again Threaten the Badger Two-Medicine, Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness | Earthjustice | Environment | Scoop.it
Federal District Court Judge Richard Leon in Washington, D.C. ruled today on a Louisiana oilman’s bid to drill for natural gas in the heart of the Badger-Two Medicine area of Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front. The judge has ordered the U.S. Forest Service to “submit, and to stick to, an accelerated and fixed schedule” for determining whether to lift the suspension.
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Court Lays a Smackdown on the EPA for Its Pesticide Inaction | Earthjustice

Court Lays a Smackdown on the EPA for Its Pesticide Inaction | Earthjustice | Environment | Scoop.it
When a court opinion starts off with a sentence like this, you know it is going to be a good read: “Although filibustering may be a venerable tradition in the United States Senate, it is frowned upon in administrative agencies tasked with protecting human health.”
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It goes where the winds take it...

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Mysterious Siberian Crater Found at "End of the World" May Portend Methane Climate Catastrophe

Mysterious Siberian Crater Found at "End of the World" May Portend Methane Climate Catastrophe | Environment | Scoop.it
Oblique view of crater shows an elevated rim but around a deep hole. This morphology is indicative of a methane explosion, not a meteorite impact or surface collapse into a sink hole.
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I've already spoken about methane gas releases by industries within residential and institutional areas and its impact on air, land and water quality.

Well, here's a whole other consequence of methane gas build-up as a result of these releases.

#DemandPlanetRestoration #SaveOurPlanet #RenewableEnergyNow

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Here’s What Climate Change Will Do To The American Economy In 7 Charts

Here’s What Climate Change Will Do To The American Economy In 7 Charts | Environment | Scoop.it
Seven charts from the new "Risky Business" study show how climate change will wreck everything from agriculture to labor productivity to human health.
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Symposium: The greenhouse gas cases and the importance of deference | eBusiness Planet

View the article s original source Author: Amanda Leiter The following contribution to our greenhouse gas cases symposium comes from Amanda Leiter, Associate Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law.
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Agree - it is the responsibility of the regulatory entity to revise/amend policies as new information and technologies arise that threaten our nation's air, water and soil.

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Victims of climate change can now make the West pay - The Hindu

Victims of climate change can now make the West pay - The Hindu | Environment | Scoop.it
Victims of climate change can now make the West pay
The Hindu
Science is increasingly pointing a finger at human actions as being responsible for the perils of climate change.
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Dark Money - Who funds Climate Change Deniers in the United States? - Bay Area Indymedia

Dark Money - Who funds Climate Change Deniers in the United States? - Bay Area Indymedia | Environment | Scoop.it

The major findings of this study reveal that Conservative foundations have bank-rolled the climate change denial countermovement. Although the Koch brothers and ExxonMobil have publicly reduced funding from 2007, this occurred at the same time as a dramatic rise in funding through untraceable sources such as Donors Trust. Most funding for climate denial efforts is now publicly untraceable.

 


Via jean lievens
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COnservative Foundations and individuals are the drivers behind the climate denier 'spokespersons.'

Their megaphone drowns out any populist outcry for governments to take responsibility for anthropogenic climate changes.

Please circulate the Drexel Institute's findings to your listserves.

Thank you.

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