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Obama Drills a Hole in His Climate Policy

Here are two facts that cannot be reconciled: The planet has experienced the warmest January-through-March on record, and the Obama administration has authorized massive new oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

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AUDIO: ‘The Amazon Is Not for Sale’: a Poem About the Destruction of the Environment for Profit

L.E. Goldstein’s lyrical lines fill the imagination with the beauty of an area that is quickly becoming one of the many casualties of a world overrun with capitalist greed and corruption.

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Fracking Chemical in Water

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Hawaii Goes Green and Other Big Renewables Stories

By an overwhelming margin, the Hawaii Legislature has just passed a bill to have 100 percent of the state’s energy come from renewable sources by 2045.

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Warren Buffett Is Betting Big on Wind Energy in Nebraska, and Other Planet-Saving News

Wind power is on a roll in the U.S. despite a fickle Congress and the machinations of Big Coal and Big Gas to keep all the subsidies for themselves. And one of the world’s most successful investors, Warren Buffett, has noticed.

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10 Ways to Prove You Love the Earth on Earth Day

I was a junior in high school on April 22, 1970, on the first Earth Day, when environmentalism meant something different than it does now.

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Surf’s Up

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California and Martian Water

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Spain Could Be First Net Carbon Zero G-20 State (Video)

CleanTechnica reports that Spain got nearly 70 percent of its electricity from plants that did not generate carbon dioxide in March. The two biggest non-carbon energy sources were nuclear and wind.

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California

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Jerry Brown—Drought and High-Speed Rail

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Climate Change

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Three-Eyed Billy Embraces the Apocalypse

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California Agriculture Water Hog

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Why California’s New Mandatory Water Restrictions Aren’t Enough

Gov. Jerry Brown has announced a historic executive order to reduce the state’s water usage by 25 percent—but one expert has doubts about its potential for real impact without stricter measures for agriculture.

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Noam Chomsky: Nuclear Weapons and Unchecked Climate Change Are Leading Us Toward Doomsday

“It’s now 70 years since the end of the most horrific war in history,” the renowned intellectual said in a recent talk. “It ended with the use of an ultimate weapon which can bring human history to an end.” He added, soberingly: “We’ve been living under that shadow ever since.”

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE


Global Temperature

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To Solve California’s Water Crisis, We Must Change the Nation’s Food System

California’s terrifying drought is putting one-third of the U.S. produce market at risk, but fixing the problem will require a shift from industrial farms to local ones.

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California’s Water Supply Could Dry Up Within a Year

California’s State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday expanded emergency regulations regarding the state’s use of water.

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Why Did Christie Settle With Exxon?

Last week, Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s administration settled New Jersey’s long-standing environmental lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. for pennies on the dollar.

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Idiotic Climate Change Denial

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Dear Sweden: Your Dispute With Saudi Arabia Makes This a Good Time to Adopt Electric Cars (Video)

You wonder if part of the friction between Sweden’s new left-wing government and Saudi Arabia is between a strong female leader like Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and the geriatric male chauvinist leadership of Saudi Arabia, who won’t even let women drive.

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Why You Should Dump Your Oil, Coal and Gas Stocks If You Ever Want to Retire

What is the total value of big energy corporations’ oil, gas and coal fields—which give them their stock prices and are counted as assets for borrowing purposes? Those hydrocarbon resources are actually worth zero.

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TV Meteorologists Should Say It Loud and Clear: Climate Change Is Here

The corporate television newscasts spend more and more time covering the increasingly disruptive, costly and at times deadly weather. But they consistently fail to make the link between extreme weather and climate change.

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Will Prison Eventually Kill America’s Activists as It Did Oscar Wilde?

When a magistrate sentenced the literary genius to two years of hard labor for the crime of being gay, he said it was the maximum punishment allowed by law. That turned out to be truer than the judge might have imagined. It killed him.

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Renewable Energy Is Skyrocketing, From Solar Mosques to Wave-Powered Naval Bases (Video)

Here are some of the green energy good news stories of the past few weeks.

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Risk Reward

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AP/Esteban Felix

In the Race to Replace Panama, a Canal Tears Nicaragua Apart

The government says the transoceanic canal will be good for the economy, but foes warn of pollution and displacement.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



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Why Is Huge Trade Deal Being Kept Secret?

The trade rules of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership between the United States and 11 Asian nations would cover nearly 40 percent of the world economy—but don’t ask what they are. Access to the text of the proposed deal is highly restricted.

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‘Secret’ Trade Pact Stirs Up Suspicion

Even members of Congress can’t find what’s in the agreement being negotiated by the U.S. and 11 other nations, critics of the accord say.

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Drilling

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Obama Plans to Allow Drilling on America’s East Coast

The Obama administration put forth a five-year plan Tuesday that would allow oil and gas drilling in a giant area off the East Coast.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE



Obama, Modi and India’s Solar Future

During his recent visit to India, Barack Obama pressed unsuccessfully for India to set specific carbon limits.

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A 21st Century Left Rises: Syriza’s Victory and Its Relevance for the U.S. and the World

A question looms large in the wake of the Greek elections: Can democracy defeat the rule of the 1 percent?

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE



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Following the Hottest Year on Record, Republicans Remain Clueless on Climate Change

We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. We also know that President Obama can expect little help from Republicans in Congress—some of them cynical, others clueless—in facing the most daunting environmental challenge of our time.

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Keystone XL Pie in the Sky

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Watch the Planet Get Hotter and Hotter

Last year was the hottest on record. That’s sad. Even sadder, this animation from Bloomberg showing a pretty clear trend from 1880 onward.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE



Google’s Mix-and-Match Phone Is Becoming a Reality

Google announced that its planet-friendly Project Ara phone has taken a leap forward in development and will be on trial sale in Puerto Rico later this year.

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE



Study: We Have to Leave Fossil Fuels Where They Are or Climate Change Will Reach Dangerous Levels

It may seem like a no-brainer, but now there’s scientific evidence to support the idea that if humans want to avoid catastrophe, we’ll have to stop tapping into underground fossil fuels.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



Why Was 2014 Hottest Year on Record? The Humans Did It

A Japanese team has confirmed that 2014 was the hottest year on record. Moreover, ten of the warmest years have occurred since 1998.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Poised to Veto Keystone Pipeline Legislation

He might be viewed by some as a lame duck cornered by an antagonistic Congress eager to shut him down, but President Obama is apparently still willing to flex his executive powers when it comes to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would stretch from the U.S.-Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 READ MORE



Wind Supplied 98 Percent of Scotland’s 2014 Household Power and Other Amazing Green Energy Stories

Scotland is well on its way to getting 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2022.

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Climate Deniers, Like Big Tobacco, Thrive Behind a Smoke Screen of Doubt

It has been just over 50 years since U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released the groundbreaking report, “Smoking and Health.”

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What the U.S. Can Learn From Cuba’s Food Revolution

Long before President Obama’s historic opening, American and Cuban foodies have been exchanging cutting edge ideas in agriculture and health.

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Groundbreaking Biofuel Project Could Clean Up Mines Worldwide

If researchers succeed in using algae to harvest precious heavy metals in polluted water and simultaneously producing biofuel, toxic sites around the world could be made clean and ecologically well again.

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE



Here Are 5 Countries Where Solar Power Is Making a Revolution

Ironically, developing countries of the global south who don’t have enough electricity can leapfrog conventional power and go straight to solar and wind.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE



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New York State Bans Fracking

When natural gas companies first pressed into New York in 2008, state environmental regulators barely understood the process of “hydraulic fracturing.”

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE



Here Are 6 Reasons Lower Oil Prices Won’t Stop Solar, Wind and Electric Cars

Some observers have alleged that lower oil prices will slow down the green energy revolution.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Congress Screws Native Americans With Fine Print

Somehow U.S. lawmakers have used a defense spending bill to sell Native American burial ground to mining giant Rio Tinto. Yay, capitalism!

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdig’s Books of the Year: Part One

Whether on climate change, soaring wealth inequality, or the surveillance state, this has been a year of calls to action.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE


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