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Deforestation Rates Fall

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Global forest loss slowed over the past decade, with less logging in the Amazon and widespread tree planting in China.

The world's net rate of forest loss has slowed markedly in the last decade, with less logging in the Amazon and China planting trees on a grand scale. Yet forests continue to be lost at "an alarming rate" in some countries, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Its Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 finds the loss of tree cover is most acute in Africa......read more

Lights Off For Earth Hour

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Global eco-mobilization event takes place this Saturday, March 27th at 8:30 p.m. local time.

On Saturday night, hundreds of millions of people around the world will shut off their lights in a global call to action on climate change. Since its beginnings in Australia three years ago, Earth Hour has gone global, with thousands of communities and nearly a billion people taking part. Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, the Earth Hour event has been criticized for not effectively......read more

Collapsible Shipping Containers

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Cargoshell aims to revolutionize global shipping.

Aside from the Internet, no single invention might be as important to globalization as the shipping container. No joke. Before that advent of standardized containers in the 1950's, trans-oceanic shipping was hugely labor intensive and slow, because every ship and air shipment presented a brand new challenge. By contrast, standard shipping containers they allow cargo to be moved in massive......read more

Let's Take A Page From The Netherlands

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The Citizens Sued The Govt To Cut Emissions And They Won

Dutch climate activists just won a landmark case that will require their country to cut emissions faster—and similar lawsuits are now before other nations. By Ben Schiller If governments won't respond to the threat of climate change on their own, perhaps the legal system will force them into it. That's the possibility raised by a first-of-its-kind verdict in a court case in the......read more

Beyond Coal: The Audacity of Action

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Former Sierra Club chief Carl Pope discusses the EPA's new emissions limits

Carl Pope for The Huffington Post: The U.S. passed the half-way mark in its pathway Beyond Coal Friday, when the Obama Administration announced rules requiring new coal-fired power plants to meet pollution standards requiring that their pollutants -- including for the first time carbon dioxide -- be kept out of the air. This formalizes the reality that coal is no longer an economically or......read more

The Case for a Carbon Tax

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A carbon fee is the least invasive and most efficient way to reduce emissions, economist argues

Every day, we make lifestyle and consumer decisions that affect how much carbon is emitted into the atmosphere. Where we live, how we get around, and what we eat are but a few of them. These decisions, while personal, have global impact. Economists refer to the public effects of personal decisions as "externalities." How we as a society encourage people to make the right decisions (in this case,......read more

A Republican Case for Climate Action

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Three former EPA administrators, all of whom served for GOP presidents, argue for action on emissions

In a political culture as polarized as America's, it's easy to assume that Republicans and Democrats are divided on every issue, including those pertaining to the environment. Of course the truth is murkier than that. There are Republicans who support climate action, and Democrats who don't. A NYT op-ed from three former EPA administrators, all of whom served under GOP presidents, comes from the......read more

Obama Lays Out Climate Action Plan

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NRDC President Francis Beinecke on how the White House climate strategy will curb emissions and protect ecosystems

NRDC President Francis Beinecke for the Huffington Post: President Obama has announced a robust plan for tackling climate change and reducing dangerous carbon pollution. This marks an historic turning point. No longer will power plants be allowed to dump unlimited amounts of carbon into our atmosphere, threatening our health and environment. Instead, we can clean up our skies and leave future......read more

Alternatives for Obama's Climate Change Program

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There's more to climate action than emissions regulations, author Amy Larkin argues

To we green-minded types, President Obama's emphatic inaugural address statements on climate change were welcomed with open ears. Looking ahead, most analysts predict that the EPA will flex its regulatory muscle to stem emissions, and others see the distinct possibility of Obama using executive power to install a cap-and-trade system for power plants. In a new HuffPo article, Amy Larkin, author......read more

Goats as Lawn Mowers

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Furry farm creatures are the new emissions-free lawn maintenance alternative.

In Portland, OR, a new "eco-landscape management" technique is shunning gas-guzzling lawn mowers in favor of a furry, four-legged alternative. At an empty two-acre lot in midtown Portland, a herd of goats is happily working to keep grass and weeds under control. The emissions-free mowers can trim just as much grass as a gas mower, without the requisite fossil fuels and noise pollution.......read more

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