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U.S. wildfires grow while budget to fight them is depleted

The U.S. Forest Service's annual budget for fighting wildfires is rapidly dwindling; in fact, it may run out by the end of the month: the fires, on the other hand, will keep burning. Read story →
Aug 10 2014 12:45 PM 492
Culture & Celebrity

"The Sixth Extinction" or how humanity, perching on tree limb, saws it off

Writer Elizabeth Kolbert passionately describes how human destruction of ecological systems is causing a great mass extinction of biological species, including possibly humanity itself. Read story →
Aug 07 2014 11:54 AM 466
Nature & Wildlife

Four years later: Gulf still reeling from effects of BP oil spill

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium released their annual measurement from the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone - in part, the product of the infamous 2010 BP oil spill. Read story →
Aug 05 2014 12:30 PM 498
Global Warming

Europe will face deadly costs for climate inaction

Inaction on climate change will result in costly and deadly consequences for Europe. It's estimated that climate change could cost Europe more than €190 billion, be responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of Europeans, and result in a net welfare loss of 1.8% of the union's current GDP. Read story →
Jul 21 2014 03:15 PM 896
Politics

Will Germany really ban fracking?

The German government says it will soon move to ban fracking in the country until 2021, which would make it the latest nation (after France and Bulgaria) to eliminate the destructive natural gas drilling process. In a press briefing, Economy Minister S... Read story →
Jul 19 2014 06:36 PM 858
Politics

UK government admits: air pollution limits won't be met until after 2030

The UK government admits that it doesn't expect to meet EU's legal limits for nitrogen dioxide air pollution in London, Birmingham and Leeds until after 2030. That means the UK will miss EU’s deadline by over 20 years – potentially resulting in the death of thousands of people. Read story →
Jul 18 2014 11:29 AM 882
Biodiversity

Bee-killing pesticides and toxic chemicals also kills birds, new study shows

There's a lot of buzz around a recent study showing the toxic chemicals we use have a ripple effect farther up the food chain, causing birds to rapidly decline in number. Read story →
Jul 16 2014 12:04 PM 957
Business & Politics

BBC to stop give equal airtime to climate deniers

Climate change deniers, as well as people who are skeptical against other forms of established science, will from now on be given much less coverage from the BBC. The move comes after the release of an independent progress report (pdf) from the BBC Tru... Read story →
Jul 14 2014 09:01 PM 747
Renewable Energy

Solar energy powered the 2014 World Cup final

Renewable energy and football – a perfect match? For the first time ever, solar energy powered two of the FIFA World Cup stadiums in Brazil with clean energy. Read story →
Jul 14 2014 02:21 PM 918
Cars & Transportation

IKEA might soon sell electric bikes (and yes, you’ll have to build it yourself)

Besides their affordable and stylish furniture, IKEA might soon also start selling electric bikes to eco-friendly commuters in their 303 stores around the world. At least that’s what the Swedish company, most known for their flat-packed pieces of furni... Read story →
Jul 07 2014 09:17 AM 1359
Biodiversity

The U.S. will create the world's largest marine sanctuary

President Obama used his executive authority on June 17 to create the world's largest marine sanctuary. This has huge implications for the environment, as it bans commercial fishing, mining, and oil exploration in a major portion of the Pacific Ocean.... Read story →
Jun 23 2014 09:47 AM 1066
Business & Politics

Obama attacked climate change deniers in speech to students

President Obama gave a de facto follow-up to his previous climate change speech on June 14, during his commencement address at the University of California-Irvine. In a bold and positive move, he called out climate change deniers, emphasized the urgenc... Read story →
Jun 20 2014 09:31 PM 1063
Biodiversity

WWF calls for urgent action in Mozambique as hundreds of elephants are being poached every year

The elephants in northern Mozambique survived the country’s bloody civil war, but now they are being killed by the hundreds every year. An aerial-survey, commissioned by WWF-Mozambique, shows that between 480 to 900 elephants died in the area between 2... Read story →
Jun 19 2014 10:18 AM 1012
Global Warming

Experts: Economic models "grossly underestimate" costs of global warming

New research shows that our existing economic models “grossly underestimate” the costs of climate change. As a result, current carbon prices are 10 to 20 times lower than they need to be to stop catastrophic climate change. The shocking (but somewhat... Read story →
Jun 18 2014 11:57 AM 942
Business & Politics

Finland promises to cut emissions with 80% by 2050

Earlier this month, the parliament in Finland passed a new climate change act that obliges the country to reduce its emissions with 80 percent by 2050. Ville Niinisto, the Minister of the Environment, said that the new climate change legislation "is an... Read story →
Jun 17 2014 04:07 PM 1449
Business & Politics

A majority of Americans would pay more to curb climate change

A new poll shows that Americans are willing to pay more to curb climate change. The very same poll also shows that people are more likely to support politicians that seeks to address the climate crisis. According to the Bloomberg National Poll, nearly... Read story →
Jun 16 2014 12:56 PM 866
Business & Politics

Tesla Motors will allow competitors to use its electric car patents

In a rather surprising and unprecedented move, Tesla Motors, the U.S. electric car company, has announced that they will allow their competitors to use their patents. Tesla Motors is giving access to its patents in an effort to spur the global use of g... Read story →
Jun 16 2014 09:26 AM 1214
Biodiversity

Earth is heading towards another mass extinction, humans to blame

A new study warns that we are on the brink of another mass extinction, with species of animals and plants becoming extinct up to 1000 times faster than they did before humans populated Earth. “We are on the verge of the sixth extinction,” said Stuart P... Read story →
Jun 10 2014 12:35 PM 1438
Biodiversity

Gray wolf gets endangered species protection in California

The California Fish and Game Commission voted on June 4 to grant endangered species protections to gray wolves. This is the first time the state has stepped into the issue over the species, which is losing protection and being killed in several states,... Read story →
Jun 09 2014 11:26 AM 1194
Business & Politics

Nations must do more to protect environmental defenders, UN expert says

On World Environment Day, UN rights expert urges nations to fulfil human rights obligations related to environmental protection. He also urges nations to protect civil society activists working on environmental issues, to ensure the enjoyment of human rights for all. Read story →
Jun 05 2014 11:35 AM 1288
Business & Politics

Obama defends new carbon emission rules in face of growing criticism

In what could become a defining moment in environmental history, President Obama unveiled a plan on June 2 to cut carbon emissions by nearly a third within 15 years. It is the centerpiece of a larger climate action plan, and could prove to be one of th... Read story →
Jun 04 2014 11:21 AM 1042
Business & Politics

Top Chinese adviser: China to limit carbon emissions from 2016

One day after the US unveiled their plan to cut carbon emissions with 20 percent by 2030, a top senior adviser to the Chinese government said that the country will set limits to their carbon emissions from 2016. Reuters report that He Jiankun, chairma... Read story →
Jun 03 2014 06:18 PM 955
Business & Politics

US unveils historic plan to cut carbon emissions with 30 percent by 2030

Today the Obama administration announced its plan to cut 30 percent of carbon emissions from power plants by 2030. The new emission standards are historic and are called the strongest action taken by the U.S. so far to curb the effects of climate chang... Read story →
Jun 02 2014 07:39 PM 2644
Business & Politics

Norwegian coast guard board Greenpeace ship in the Arctic following 90 hour long protest

Greenpeace has been protesting against oil drilling in Arctic waters this week. This time, Greenpeace is trying to stop Norway’s reckless plans to start the world's northernmost oil drilling site – close to the Bear Island nature reserve. “If Statoil caused a major accident here the oil could reach the nesting place of a million seabirds in less than a week,” said Greenpeace activist Sini Saarela. Read story →
May 31 2014 11:07 AM 1190
Energy

IEA: Cost of power decarbonization will only increase the longer we wait

The International Energy Agency (IEA) says in a newly released report that the longer we wait, the more expensive it becomes to decarbonize our energy systems. According to the Paris-based organization, cutting carbon emissions from power generation no... Read story →
May 23 2014 03:34 PM 1223
Business & Politics

Vote green in the European Parliament Elections

Today the first polls for the European Parliament election opened. People in the Netherlands and Britain will be among the first Europeans to cast their ballots in the marathon election spanning 28 countries in four days. And this election might be the... Read story →
May 22 2014 03:22 PM 4237
Global Warming

California wildfires blaze on, striking hard and early

The Golden State is being blackened by the most menacing brushfires in nearly two decades. As climate change continues to rear its ugly head, thousands of places including homes, a university campus, a nuclear plant, and parts of military bases have be... Read story →
May 19 2014 03:07 PM 839
Renewable Energy

Renewable energy provides 6.5 million jobs globally

The number of people working in the renewable energy industry grew by 14 percent to 6.5 million people in 2013 with solar power leading the job growth. China is emerging as the top employer in the renewable energy industry, followed by Brazil and the United States. Read story →
May 15 2014 04:41 PM 2042
Global Warming

Which American cable news network cover climate change the right way?

Al Jazeera America is the U.S. cable news network that cover climate change the right way, according to new data by ThinkProgress. Read story →
May 13 2014 04:38 PM 1004
Culture & Celebrity

John Oliver and Bill Nye shows why climate debates are ridiculous

Watch this hilarious video where John Oliver and Bill Nye shows why climate debates in the mainstream media are wrong and simply ridiculous. In a fair and “statistically accurate” debate, Oliver pit three climate skeptics against Bill Nye and 96 scientists who all accept the consensus on global warming. Read story →
May 12 2014 08:44 PM 1204