United States

Clean Power Plan can save Americans billions on bills

Yet another report touts the benefits of the US Clean Power Plan, this one highlighting savings the plan could deliver to Americans. The report comes in advance of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalizing the Clean Power...

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America retires its 200th coal power plant marking a global milestone

Campaigners in the US, and around the world, are celebrating today as the country marks the shut-down of its 200th coal power plant. The milestone comes after a settlement to retire five Iowa coal power plants. Representing a huge v...

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Australians see impacts of unconventional gas boom first hand in US

A group of Australian farmers and politicians, as well as medical and legal professionals, have witnessed the impacts of fracking first hand during a visit to the Marcellus Shale region of the United States, raising yet more concern...

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Lower emissions, lower bills and more jobs all part of Clean Power Plan’s future

Carbon dioxide emissions from America’s power plants are declining as the economy is improving, according to the latest benchmarking analysis on US power plant pollution. The report was prepared  by Ceres, a nonprofit focused on lea...

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Republicans distance themselves from reality as they attack American climate action

Republicans in the US Senate and Governor’s offices continue to lampoon the Obama administration’s plans addressing climate change despite facts showing the overwhelming benefits for Americans. On Wednesday, the Senate&#...

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Subnational leaders run their own show with Pan-American climate agreement

Leaders from North and South America brought their regions one step closer to an “equitable, low carbon economy” as they signed a “landmark” Pan-American climate agreement today. Representatives from Brazil, Mexico, the U.S. and Can...

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US-Brazil climate deal caps off month of global climate progress

On the same day that China and several other nations announced their commitments to address the climate crisis, the United States and Brazil added to that momentum by announcing a deal of their own. During President Dilma Rousseff&#...

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Presidential candidate endorses fossil fuel phase out by 2050

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is the first American presidential candidate to commit to making the US powered by 100% green energy by 2050. O’Malley said yesterday that, “given the grave threat that climate change poses t...

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Obama greenlights Shell’s Arctic drilling plans casting doubt over his climate legacy

President Barack Obama’s reputation as a climate leader took a hit on Monday when his administration gave its blessing for Shell to begin drilling exploratory oil wells in the Arctic. The move contradicts recent positive actions the...

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Hawaii sprints forward in race to 100% renewable energy

Hawaii’s state legislature set a new standard in the global transition to renewable energy this week by passing a bill requiring the state to get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045. This historic bill makes Hawaii...

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NRDC reports “tar sands invasion” threat to West Coast economy, environment and health

Tar sands growth in the West Coast could worsen air pollution and undermine national and international efforts to combat climate change, according to a recent report. The Natural Resource Defence Council’s (NRDC) latest analysis rev...

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New emissions target puts California on forefront of climate fight

California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order on Wednesday that sets his state on track to have the most aggressive climate change targets of any North American government. The order requires California to slash its carb...

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Diverse calls for climate action erupt globally as Earth Day nears

With Earth Day approaching, the calls for action to address climate change have taken many forms. Officially, Earth Day is April 22nd, but for the past week it’s been clear that the demands for climate action can’t be contained to j...

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Divestment campaigners turn up the heat on Harvard

Harvard students are targeting university buildings in a protest against Harvard’s continued investment in fossil fuel companies. On Sunday, roughly 200 students blocked the main door of Massachusetts Hall—the location of Harvard Pr...

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White House highlights health costs of climate change

The Obama administration is aiming to make the health impacts of climate change a top priority. In a push set to correspond with National Public Health Week, the White House announced a comprehensive set of actions related to climat...

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White House highlights health costs of climate change

The Obama administration is aiming to make the health impacts of climate change a top priority. In a push set to correspond with National Public Health Week, the White House announced a comprehensive set of actions related to climat...

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Canadian election ousts pro-Keystone leaders

Supporting volatile fossil fuels comes with political consequences, as demonstrated by yesterday’s historic election in the heart of Canada’s tar sands country. An election day surprise ended the 44-year reign of Alberta’s conservat...

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California’s drought a preview of climate impacts to come

As California suffers through its worst drought in 1,200 years, conditions in the Golden State have reached a breaking point. In an unprecedented move, California Governor Jerry Brown announced the state’s first-ever mandatory water...

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Obama’s climate convictions questioned as Shell gets go-ahead for Arctic drilling

After taking a big step forward on climate by announcing new commitments to cut carbon pollution, the Obama administration has taken a step back by approving risky oil drilling in the Arctic. On Tuesday, the Interior Department rein...

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American climate commitment on the table ahead of Paris talks

Today, the United States followed through on its commitments in the global fight against climate change by officially submitting a target to slash carbon emissions as part of this year’s upcoming climate negotiations in Paris. The n...

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