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Climate Policy and Job Creation

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How federal climate policy could create 2.5 million jobs.

According to a report from the Center for Climate Strategies and John Hopkins University, the implementation of a federal climate policy could create 2.5 million new jobs. With a stagnant economy and high unemployment rates, you have to ask: How can a new climate policy create that many new jobs? Job creation would occur in areas such as forestry and waste, energy supply, residential,......read more

Global Warming is Going to Be Financially Hard-Hitting

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Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Global Economy from Global Warming

More than a million homes and businesses along the nation’s coasts could flood repeatedly before ultimately being destroyed. Entire states in the Southeast and the Corn Belt may lose much of their agriculture as farming shifts northward in a warming world. Heat and humidity will probably grow so intense that spending time outside will become physically dangerous, throwing industries like......read more

The Nuclear Question

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Leading energy thinkers debate government financial support for nuclear power.

This week, the Obama administration approved financial support for two new nuclear reactors in Georgia—the first plants built in the United States since the 1970s. Do nuclear power’s virtues (zero greenhouse emissions) outweigh its vices (cost and waste disposal)? That's the question posed to a group of academics and policy wonks on The New York Times' Room For Debate ......read more

The Wilderness Act's Midlife Crisis

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As we approach the legislation's 50th birthday, it's time to rethink the wild

In September 1964, Congress passed the Wilderness Act, which created a national system of protected natural areas. As environmental legislation goes, it is uncompromising. The definition of wilderness provided by the act is "an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” But today, in the face of climate......read more

Last Call at the Oasis: Trailer

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New doc dives deep into the global water crisis

Here is the trailer for Last Call at the Oasis, the highly anticipated new documentary from Academy Award-winning director Jessica Yu. Inspired by Alex Prud'homme's book The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the 21st Century, the film is a thorough examination ofthe global water crisis, with a focus on industrial and agricultural pollution in America and the drying of the Southwest. Last......read more

Culture of Denial

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Former VP Al Gore highlights the parallels between the fiscal crisis and climate change denial

Kate Sheppard for The Huffington Post: Former Vice President Al Gore sees parallels between the last two and a half weeks of budget chaos on Capitol Hill and the climate crisis: Many will deny there's a problem -- until they are ultimately compelled to take action by forces beyond their control. "The tendency by many members of Congress to deny the reality of the government shutdown and the......read more

The Pacific Northwest in the 1970s

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Fascinating photos of Oregon, Washington, and Alaska during the height of the energy crisis

In 1971, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency embarked on a project to document the state of America's environment in images. With 15,000+ images, the Documerica Project [previously] is an important record of American life in the 1970s, before environmental legislation like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act came to be. The Atlantic's In Focus recently hosted a week of Documerica......read more

Fall & Winter

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Trailer for upcoming doc on a planet in crisis.

This looks like it's gonna be good. Fall & Winter explores the nature of a planet at the crossroads. Traveling 12,000 miles across the United States, the filmmakers interviewed a diverse group of people whose lives and work intersect in many ways, and discovered a burgeoning movement that just may be humanity's saving grace. From the filmmakers' statement: This film presents the......read more

Hydros Bottle

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Filtered water bottle helps tackle global water crisis $29.99

You abandoned single-use plastic water bottles long ago (obviously), but you've probably never seen a reusable bottle like this. The US-made Hydros Bottle includes a filter to get rid of nasties in sketchy water. "The Hydros Bottle is a filtering water bottle that turns questionable water – from public water fountains, bathroom taps, and kitchen skins – into crisp, clean water. Our......read more

House Republicans Are Blowing It

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With debt crisis looming, the GOP takes aim at environmental regs

When it comes to protecting the environment, House Republicans simply do not give a damn. Not only that, but they view economic prosperity and environmental sustainability as mutually exclusive endeavors, which is simply inaccurate and ignorant. The Interior and EPA spending bills are working their way through Congress, and Republicans are proposing massive reductions in both budgets. Boehner and......read more

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