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Obama Announces Government Emissions Targets

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The largest consumer of energy in the US aims for 28% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

President Obama announced yesterday that his administration will aim to reduce the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions 28% over the next decade. “As the largest energy consumer in the United States, we have a responsibility to American citizens to reduce our energy use and become more efficient,” said President Obama. “Our goal is to lower costs, reduce pollution, and shift......read more

House of the Rising Sun

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Government announces plans to install solar panels at the White House.

Last month, Bill McKibben (author of "Eaarth") and 350.org tried to get solar panels installed on the White House. They were quietly rebuffed by the White House and we thought that was it. Not so. Yesterday the Department of Energy announced that solar panels and a solar water heater will be installed at the presidential mansion by next spring. The announcement, which comes just in......read more

U.S. Strengthens Offshore Drilling Laws

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New measures aim to improve worker and environmental safety.

NPR reports that the Obama administration released a new set of rules for offshore drilling operators that create tougher requirements for well design, cementing practices, blowout preventers, and employee training. In effect, the rules will improve the safety of drilling operators and lessen the chance of another disaster like the one in the Gulf. With the federal ban on offshore drilling in......read more

Climate Bill Autopsy

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In The New Yorker, Ryan Lizza dissects the failed attempt to legislate carbon emissions.

In a widely distributed article in The New Yorker this week, Ryan Lizza documents the rise and fall of the climate bill introduced in the Senate by the “tripartisan” trio of John Kerry, Joe Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham ("KLG"). In it, Lizza provides a fascinating and troubling account of the messy legislative process that killed the bill. Entitled "As the World Burns,"......read more

Obama's Environmental Concessions

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After a "humbling" midterm election, the President rethinks energy policy, cap-and-trade and EPA regulation.

After a midterm election that saw the House of Representatives shift from Democratic to Republican control, it's become abundantly clear that comprehensive climate legislation is going to be incredibly difficult if not impossible to pass. That's all the more evident when you consider that two dozen members of Congress who voted for the Waxman-Markley climate legislation a short while......read more

Obama Climate Plan Slated for July

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Enviro groups and states delay lawsuit to hear the White House climate strategy

Lawyers representing states and environmental groups were expected to launch a legal blitz against the Environmental Protection Agency this week for delaying on climate rules. But on Monday it was announced that they will delay legal action to see if the White House unveils a climate policy strategy. We may not have to wait long. As John Upton notes at Grist, Obama recently told donors that......read more

White Arkitekter: Visitor Centre Vattenriket

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A stunning wetlands nature center in Sweden

In a nature reserve just outside of Kristianstad, Sweden architecture firm White Arkitekter has created this landmark public building that maximizes views of the wetlands wilderness outside. Dubbed the "Naturum Vattenriket," the visitor center is situated in a nature reserve, a summer refuge for a variety of waterfowl. Because of the wetlands location, the building is raised......read more

Opportunity Knocks

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Exhibition by talented Korean artist/designer to open in Brussels next month.

Among the cost-cutting measures in its 2010 budget, the White House has 86’d longstanding subsidies to the oil and gas industries—casualties of both the swollen deficit and a larger initiative towards clean energy. And that initiative, an Obama talking point since the campaign trail, is being presented as more than just an environmental opportunity. In order to get the public and congress......read more

Black Mamba "White Woods"

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Snowy, surrealistic music vid directed by Josh Hassin.

"White Woods," the lead single off Black Mamba's first record, is a a dreamy and delicate number. With this surrealistic video, filmed in the Laguna Mountains near the Mexican border, director Josh Hasslin deftly matches the mood of the tune. If this isn't a perfect visual interpretation of a song, then we don't know what is. ...read more

Ango White Space Lamp

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Angus Hutscheson's surreal glowing orb made of silk cocoons. $860.00

Made from randomly configured silk cocoons, the White Space lamp by Thai manufacturer Ango emits an ethereal, diffuse light. The empty cocoons are gathered by silk farmers and attached to a hand-soldered wire matrix, offering a poetic juxtaposition of natural and manmade materials. Designed by Ango main main Angus Hutcheson. ...read more

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