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Cuomo To Ban Fracking In New York State, Cites Health Risks

After years on uncertainty, on Wednesday the Cuomo administration announced that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in the state of New York. The administration concluded that the controversial method of extracting gas from deep underground could contaminate the state’s air and water and pose inestimable public-health risks. The New York Times reports: “I cannot support […]

The American Legislative Exchange Council has been a powerful arm of the conservative movement often drafting model legislation that Republicans have introduced across the country and in Congress.  And in the wake of election victories by the GOP, they have big plans: On the agenda for its environment and energy task force are draft model […]

Evolutionary biologist Sean B. Carroll explains: Fifty years ago, we were just beginning to learn some important lessons from natural disasters, epidemics, and manmade tragedies. As we gather this holiday season to take stock of all that we have to be grateful for, at the top of our list should be those who have had […]

Never mind how cold it is now; 2014 is likely to be the warmest year on record. Overall, this was the warmest October since record-keeping began in 1880. And it’s not just October that was remarkably warm. The entire year so far, since January, has also been the warmest on record—a good 1.22 degrees Fahrenheit […]

It’s his second marriage, to his second tree, although it is believed to be the tree’s first. Serial tree-hugger Richard Torres tied the knot with his second tree Sunday in a fanciful gathering in Colombia which aimed at raising environmental awareness. A beaming Torres, dressed in a stylish white suit, orange tie and large sunglasses, […]

President Obama will introduce regulations to control the release of ozone, which leads to smog and pollution. The sweeping regulation, which would aim at smog from power plants and factories across the country, particularly in the Midwest, would be the latest in a series of Environmental Protection Agency controls on air pollution that wafts from […]

You expect a Republican to be against the Keystone pipeline, but not a Democrat. And that’s why activists protested in front of Senator Mary Landrieu’s home, given that she wants a vote quickly so she can show that she’s against it, too. According to a source on the scene Monday, protesters are standing in the […]

Who can’t forget the incessant whining by Conservatives about the Department of Energy’s loan program designed to help out renewal energy start-ups? They tried to paint the government’s support of them as a waste of money and another example of the war on Coal and Big Oil. But guess what? They initial losses have been wiped out and the loan […]

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China and the United States, the world’s two biggest economies and emitters of greenhouse gas, have signed an historic climate change agreement to reduce carbon pollution. President Obama made the deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping. According to the plan, the United States will reduce carbon emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, nearly […]

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