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Solar Energy Becomes Largest Source of New Electricity Capacity in India

Wed, 2017-11-22 11:25

The solar sector has surpassed coal as the largest generator of new electricity in India, accounting for 39 percent of new electricity production in 2017, according to new data.

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Poland Facing Massive Fines for Logging in Europe’s Oldest Forest

Tue, 2017-11-21 14:21

Europe’s top court has issued a warning to Poland to stop its illegal logging of the Białowieża Forest or face fines of nearly $120,000 per day, according to several news outlets. The ecosystem is the last remnant of Europe’s primeval forest and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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A Troubling Look at the Human Toll of Mountaintop Removal Mining

Tue, 2017-11-21 06:00

For years, the coal industry has dismissed the idea that mountaintop mining adversely affects people living nearby. But research by Indiana University’s Michael Hendryx provides stark evidence that this widespread mining practice is leading to increases in disease and deaths in Appalachia.

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Nebraska Approves Keystone XL, But Requires Different Route Through State

Mon, 2017-11-20 12:45

Nebraska regulators have given the final approval for the Keystone XL pipeline to run through their state, eliminating the last major regulatory obstacle preventing the completion of the 1,179-mile pipeline system that would help carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to refineries in Texas.

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As Oceans Warm, the World’s Giant Kelp Forests Begin to Disappear

Mon, 2017-11-20 06:00

Kelp forests — luxuriant coastal ecosystems that are home to a wide variety of marine biodiversity — are being wiped out from Tasmania to California, replaced by sea urchin barrens that are nearly devoid of life.

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Countries Pledge to End Coal-Fired Power by 2030

Thu, 2017-11-16 14:20

Nearly 20 countries have agreed to phase out coal from power generation before 2030, launching the Powering Past Coal Alliance at the United Nations’ climate talks in Bonn, several news outlets reported.

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How the Alaska Pipeline Is Fueling the Push to Drill in the Arctic Refuge

Thu, 2017-11-16 06:00

The Republican-led Congress and the Trump Administration are working to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. A key impetus is the need to feed petroleum into the 40-year-old Alaska Pipeline, as low production and sluggish flows hamper its operations.

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Bluefin Tuna Recovery in Mediterranean Threatened by Push for Higher Catches, Experts Say

Wed, 2017-11-15 13:06

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) is considering loosening catch restrictions on bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean Sea and eastern Atlantic Ocean, a move that could imperil an ongoing recovery of the stock.

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Solar Power Rapidly Expands, But So Does Oil Use, in New World Energy Outlook

Tue, 2017-11-14 11:50

Solar power will surge globally in the coming decades, but oil demand will also continue to grow, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency.

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In Drive to Cut Emissions, Germany Confronts Its Car Culture

Tue, 2017-11-14 06:00

Despite its green image, Germany is being held back by its national love of the gasoline-powered car. To truly transition to renewable energy, experts say, Germans must start moving beyond private autos and embrace new digitally-run systems of shared mobility.

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Global Carbon Emissions Once Again on the Rise

Mon, 2017-11-13 12:30

Global carbon emissions have risen 2 percent in 2017, to 37 billion tons, ending a three-year period of no growth that some experts had hoped meant that greenhouse gas emissions had peaked, according to a new analysis by 76 scientists in 15 countries.

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