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What Happened To Global Warming?

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Climate change has become a non-starter in Washington

My, what a difference two years makes. Believe it or not, that's how long ago presidential candidates on both sides of the fence campaigned on promises of addressing climate change. In office a year later, President Obama said he was "committed to making sure that we get an energy policy that makes sense for the country and that helps us grow at the same time as it deals with climate change in a......read more

French Court Strikes Down Carbon Tax

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Council says "Non, merci" to tax on emissions.

Living Light by David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang (aka “The Living“) is a permanent outdoor pavilion in the heart of Seoul with a dynamic skin that glows and blinks in response to both data about air quality and public interest in the environment. The skin of the pavilion is a giant map of Seoul with the 27 neighborhood (gu) boundaries redrawn based on existing air quality sensors of the......read more

Toxic Beauty

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By Kacper Kowalski

Aerial photography of nature - and the destruction of nature - are earily and beutifully captured by Polish photographer Kacper Kowalski in his series Toxic Beauty.  The series placed second in the 57th annual World Press Photo Awards for 2014 in the category of Nature.  We see a lot of areal images, and Kowalski's eye for textures and colors are among the finest.   Views from the......read more

Want Safer and Cheaper Solar Panels? Just Add Salt

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Researchers switch out a toxic chemical in solar cells for a salt found in tofu

Solar power may be one of the cleanest energy sources, but one way of producing solar cells is actually quite toxic. A new study points to a safer and cheaper method, using an ingredient that is also used to make tofu. Researchers at the University of Liverpool discovered that a salt used to produce the fermented bean curd, as well as to de-ice roads, could be a new ingredient in making solar......read more

Smiling Planet Plates

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100% recycled, no BPA, no phathalates, no lead and no toxic inks. $14.00

Husband and wife team Olivia Haveiland and Freddy Deane created Smiling Planet to make 'earth friendly plates and things for kids.' It was a natural step for Olivia, whose family has been manufacturing fine porcelain for over 150 years. We happen to love the artwork - and the plates are 100% recycled, BPA free, phthalate free, and PVC free. The price is right too.   Wonder Full World, 8"......read more

Water Tight

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EPA tightens regs on drinking water toxicity.

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced standards on a new set of toxic chemicals in drinking water, including perchlorate, a compound found in rocket fuel and fireworks that has already seeped into the drinking water supplies of 26 states.  The decision to control perchlorate and other chemicals in drinking water reverses a 2008 Bush administration ruling that deemed the......read more

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