Science & Environment

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Pipelines vs. community rights: a New England democracy lesson

Among neighboring towns, more than a dozen so far have called town meetings and voted to reassert community rights as the ultimate authority before approving such projects.

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Gore strikes hard (and strikes out), again

While capitalism is a major cause of the environmental problems we face, humanity needs environmental change to start happening now - we can't wait for socialism.

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Today in eco-history: Leonardo da Vinci born

On this day in 1453, Leonardo da Vinci was born. Besides being an artist, he was also a scientist and engineer, often called the exemplary "Renaissance Man."

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Do we really know what to do about the environment?

Individuals opting out of hyper-consumption alone will not save us. We face an institutional challenge; changing our economic and military system is essential.

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Hundreds arrested at White House in XL pipeline protest

In a dramatic sign of growing opposition to construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, 398 students were arrested March 2 after they chained themselves to the White House fence.

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Obama to federal agencies: triple use of clean energy by 2020

President Obama issued an executive order on Dec. 5, calling for an increase in solar, wind, and other renewable energy for federal agencies, to 20 percent by 2020 - three times more than the agencies currently use.

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World's largest landfill to become NYC's biggest solar plant

Parts of the East Coast are finally adopting solar energy projects, and New York City is leading the charge, the Fresh Kills development is seen as a major victory.

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False victory? Coal plants being closed, dirty power will replace them

"We urge the TVA not to choose to rely on natural gas. It's time to leapfrog over dirty fossil fuels that will continue to exacerbate environmental/health issues."

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New divestment movement targets fossil fuel giants

The movement, called Fossil Free, features the motto, "It's wrong to profit from wrecking the climate."

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Obama talks clean energy jobs, LA launches solar rooftop program

President Obama included  job creation in his climate change speech June 25, while Los Angeles launched the largest-ever urban solar rooftop program.

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