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Climate change pact creates impetus for renewable energy push

The historic agreement by nearly 200 countries on climate change was the biggest step ever taken on a world stage to curb global warming. It’s being called “the deal to save the world,” an “opportunity to showcase American ingenuity,” and more. As Vice President Joe Biden might put it, this is a BFD. Many in […]

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Bright future for renewable energy around the globe

The world’s sources of renewable energy — solar, wind, hydro, and more — are on a path to overtake coal as the world’s most used energy. A new report from the International Energy Agency, “World Energy Outlook 2015,” predicts that “renewables will overtake coal as the largest source of electricity generation by the 2030s.” “Renewables […]

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Obama’s bold steps on climate change can’t wait

With his new Clean Power Plan, President Obama is taking his boldest action yet on the issue of saving the planet. The new rules are the first ever to impose limits on carbon pollution from power plants. The approach aims for a 32 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, from 2005 levels, by 2030. “We’re […]

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Environment success story comes clean in Chicago

With the alarming news that even a two-degree Celsius rise in temperature could mean a rise of 10 feet in sea levels over the next 50 years, let’s look at some good news in the environmental arena. In Chicago, an eco-friendly soap manufacturer is planning the world’s biggest rooftop greenhouse, according to a story in […]

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Could Pope Francis save the world on climate change?

The year 2015 may prove to be the year that the pope figures out how to save the Earth. In the coming months, Pope Francis might be able to accomplish what other politicians haven’t been able to do — lead the world on the issue of global warming. In 2015, the pope has a full […]

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U.S.-China pact best hope of global climate agreement

The agreement between the United States and China gives the best chance in a long time of forming an actual world plan to combat climate change. This pact is more than nine months in the making. U.S. and Chinese officials have been working behind the scenes to develop an agreement in which each country promises […]

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The social cost of carbon

A report released March 13 by three environmental groups makes the case that the social cost of carbon is far higher than the $37 per ton estimated by the U.S. government. The costs of carbon — the including harm to human health, decreased farm productivity, and a growing rise in sea levels — should be […]

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