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Solar-Powered Boat Circumnavigates the Globe

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Boat's captain hopes to inspire new solutions to combat climate change

In September of 2010, the Tûranor PlanetSolar left its mooring in Monaco with the intent of becoming the first solar-powered boat to circumnavigate the globe. Last Friday, May 4, the 115-foot long catamaran fulfilled its mission when it returned to the same harbour to the delight of its crew and onlookers. "The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is much more than a ship," Immo Stroeher, the the......read more

2010 Global Climate: Hot and Wet

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Floods and high temperatures mark the year's climate data.

This is no porno. This is planet earth, where last year we saw a tie for the hottest year on record and the wettest year since record keeping began in 1880. What does this mean? Greenhouse gases are clearly affecting our planet and climate change isn't some future problem. It is here, now.  Climate scientists predict that the continuing affects of climate change will bring about not only a......read more

The Evolving Lightbulb

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The switch to efficient lighting will have a significant impact on emissions – and climate change.

Light bulbs have been around since the days of Thomas Edison, but they're not the same old bulbs anymore. Technology is improving rapidly, and with that progress comes new levels of efficiency and sustainability. In his new book 'Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization,' author Lester Brown explains that one of the easiest and quickest ways that we can reduce electricity use......read more

EPA Retains Power to Regulate Emissions

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Senate decision gives boost to President Obama's plans for broader climate legislation.

The U.S. Senate has rejected a proposed measure to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The rejected measure, tabled by oil-friendly Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski, would have rescinded the authority of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Nicknamed "the Dirty Air Act," the resolution would have passed......read more

BP: The Gulf Between Image and Reality

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By Wood Turner of Climate Counts

The devastating and escalating events in the Gulf of Mexico underscore an amazing collection of problems: reliance on polluting energy, absence of a coherent national energy plan, the problems with lax government oversight, and dozens of others. Perhaps most clearly, it shows the gulf we should have seen years ago between the image of BP and the reality of BP. This spiraling disaster might......read more

Leaked Document Exposes Obama's Climate Strategy

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Confidential memo outlines key messages the Obama administration wants to convey at UN climate talks in Mexico in November.

The Guardian has published the text a leaked document revealing the US government's increasingly controversial strategy in the global UN climate talks. The document was left on a European hotel computer and passed to the British newspaper. The text unveils the Obama's administration's hardline, "take it or leave it" approach to the agreement, signaling that the US intends......read more

The Toxic Irony Of Being Green

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A look at 350.org's planet-scale art project for the climate.

How's this for bitter irony? Most forms of the color green, the chosen emblem of environmentalism since the 1960s, are not only not ecologically responsible but potentially poisonous. Writing in the Design section of the New York Times, Alice Rosthorn says that because the color green is so difficult to create, manufacturers have to use toxic chemicals to stabilize it. That means that......read more

Dark Days on Capitol Hill

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As Congress stagnates on climate change legislation (and everything else), public approval ratings bottom out.

Of all the adjectives being applied to Congress right now, efficient isn’t one of them; two weeks ago, Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) paralyzed DC in order to prevent an extension of unemployment benefits; hundreds of bills, already passed by the House, currently stagnate in the logjammed senate; and, after a year of debate, health care reform is uncertain as ever. And yet Congress routinely......read more

Modeling Corporate Climate Action

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In the face of government paralysis, companies take action on climate change.

It’s easy to get the impression that there is no hope for climate action. Perhaps you’ve heard that the recent DC snowstorms buried any chance to pass a comprehensive energy and climate bill. Or that hacked emails have set the climate movement back a decade. We have a completely ineffectual Senate, a gun-shy EPA, and a dysfunctional global climate community. Our political leadership seems to......read more

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