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7 Climate Records Broken in 2014 Reveal Earth Is ‘Gravely Ill’

The annual State of the Climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and American Meteorological Society assembles climate studies and reports from the previous year in one package. The 25th annual report is out and the news isn’t good: indicators of climate change show up everywhere.

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Citizens Can Sue Fracking Companies for Earthquake Damage, Says Oklahoma Supreme Court

Oklahoma almost never used to have earthquakes. But in the last six years they’ve increased so much that last year the state surged past California as the most seismically active state in the continental U.S. Prior to 2009, the state averaged two quakes of greater than 3.0 magnitude annually. By 2014 that number had soared to 585, up from 109 in 2013.

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Earthquakes Tied to Fracking Boom, Two New Studies Confirm

Oklahoma was never big earthquake country, but in the last six years their numbers have surged, going from an average of two a year over 3.0 magnitude to 538 last year, surpassing California as the U.S.’s most seismically active state. Regions in Texas and Ohio that rarely felt an earthquake are now seeing wave after wave of them; eight states overall have seen big increases.

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Republican Businessman Pledges $175 Million to Convince GOP to Act on Climate Change

Wealthy Charlotte, North Carolina-based entrepreneur Jay Faison has taken on a task that is probably more formidable than building his business empire was: he plans to spend a chunk of his fortune working to convince his fellow Republicans that climate change is real, human-caused and needs to be addressed.

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Fracking Pollutes Drinking Water, Says Long-Awaited EPA Study

In 2010, Congress commissioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study the impact of fracking on drinking water. Yesterday, the EPA released the long-awaited final draft of its report, assessing how fracking for oil and gas can impact access to safe drinking water. The report refuted the conclusion arrived at by the EPA’s 2004 study that fracking poses no threat to drinking water, a conclusion used to exempt the fracking process from the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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Every Day, U.S. Factory Farms Produce Enough Waste to Fill the Empire State Building

Factory farming has been expanding in the U.S. over the last two decades, and the size of those farms has increased dramatically — dominating the market, squeezing out smaller producers and setting the agenda for farming practices — to the detriment of food consumers.

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Pipeline Spews 21,000 Gallons of Oil Along California Coast

A broken pipeline spewed oil into the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, creating an oil slick four miles long on some of the state’s most beautiful coastline at Refugio State Beach just north of Santa Barbara. An estimated 21,000 gallons of oil spilled, according to an early Coast Guard estimate. Refugio State Beach and area fisheries are closed, and it is unknown when the beach will reopen.

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Koch Brothers Claim Another State in War on Renewables

Throughout the last two decades state after state has passed renewable energy standards, often with big bipartisan majorities, as investment in technologies like wind and solar held great promise for economic growth and job creation in addition to cutting greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change and decreasing air pollution.

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Gay Marriage to Blame for California’s Epic Drought, Bill Koenig Claims

Recently the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Obergefell vs. Hodges. The decision in that case, expected in June, could legalize marriage equality across the country in the dozen states that have not done so on their own.

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Environmentalists Now Have Their Dream Presidential Candidate

[Editor’s note: It’s official, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced Wednesday that he’s running for president of the U.S. in 2016.

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Nation’s Strongest Fracking Ban Bill Introduced to Protect Public Lands

Congressmembers Jan Schakowsky of Illinois and Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, both Democrats, have made no secret of their strong opposition to fracking. Last December, for instance, as new rules were being formulated on the opening new areas of public lands to energy exploration and extraction, they introduced a bill to ban fracking entirely on public lands.

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Where Does Hillary Clinton Stand on the Environment?

There’s a cliche among those who are discouraged by the political climate that “there’s no difference between the candidates.” Now that Hillary Clinton has made her official, anticipated-for-years announcement that she will be running for president in 2016, making her the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination, it’s time to look at where she stands on environmental issues versus where the Republican field of millions—OK, dozens—stands.

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Worrying Trend: Wisconsin Joins Florida in Banning Use of the Term 'Climate Change'

The idea that you can make climate change go away by not talking about it is spreading.

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Scientists Urge Museums to Cut Ties With Climate-Denier Donors Like the Koch Brothers

The Natural History Museum is a New York-based organization that provides online and mobile programming, and exhibits intended to “affirm the truth of science” and call attention to the “political /funding climate” in the science museum community. It has no multimillion-dollar signature building, expensive exhibits with benefactors’ names next to them on gold plaques or an admission price that will set a family back $100. But it’s taking aim at those science and natural history museums that do, questioning the integrity of accepting funding from donors with an interest in and history of refuting scientific research on issues like climate change—donors like the Koch Brothers of the fossil fuel-driven Koch Industries.

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Are Insects the Next Climate-Friendly Superfood?

Maybe you’ve see little cans of chocolate-covered ants or grasshoppers in the exotic food section of your grocery and thought to yourself, “Yuck—who eats that?” Insects may not come to mind when you think of superfoods. But they could be the next hot “alternative” protein. They’re low in fat and loaded with fiber.

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Is the Tuna You Buy Contributing to the Destruction of the Ocean?

Canned tuna is one of the most consumed fish in the world, with the U.S. leading the way, despite a dip in consumption in the last 25 years. But the popularity of the fish and its value in the marketplace as its price has increased has led to practices such as illegal fishing, overfishing, and fishing methods that capture and harm other species, called bycatch.

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VIDEO: Meet the Cynical PR Hacks Obscuring the Truth on Climate Change

Director Robert Kenner’s 2008 documentary Food Inc. inspired dramatic growth in local food movements across the country with its expose of industrial-scale food production. His new documentary Merchants of Doubt takes on another threat to the health and well-being of the U.S. and the world: the glib and seasoned marketers who sell the idea that climate change is a hoax.

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What to Consider When Buying a Can of Tuna

Canned tuna is one of the world’s most popular packaged fish, but it has also long been controversial. Between issues of overfishing resulting in fishery depletion and bycatch that threatens other species including the much-publicized incidental capture of dolphins by tuna fishermen, it has gotten a bad name. With the increased awareness of the harm tuna fishing can cause, companies have stepped up to try to reassure consumers that they are paying attention to the health of our oceans.

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Is Your Coffee Maker Toxic?

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Are Mushrooms the Future of Zero-Waste Packaging?

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Plastic Bag Manufacturers Spend $3 Million to Repeal California Ban

This past September, California became the first state in the U.S. to ban single-use plastic bags when Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill sponsored by San Fernando Valley State Senator Alex Padilla, overcoming heavy lobbying and big spending from a handful of out-of-state bag manufacturers.

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7 Ways to Be Less Wasteful This Holiday Season

Piles of food, piles of presents, piles of holiday guests—it all adds up to piles of waste. And while the wrappings and boxes might temporarily make great playthings for your cats, what do you do with it all? And how do you make sure there is less of it to begin with?

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The Results Are In: The Number One Lie of the Year Is...

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Lindsey Graham: Climate Change Denial Will Be a Big Problem for Republicans in 2016

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Victory for Environmentalists: Senate Narrowly Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

The Senate voted this evening to reject the Keystone XL pipeline that would have carried Alberta tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The measure failed by a vote of 41-59. Sixty votes are required to pass a bill out of the Senate. The project has been stalled for six years due to widespread public opposition.

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Some Good Election News: Fracking Bans Pass in Texas, California and Ohio

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Developing Countries Are Investing in Renewable Energy at 2X the Rate of Industrialized Nations

A popular narrative among climate deniers and green energy pooh-poohers is that addressing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change by promoting clean energy sources is a burden on the world’s poorer countries and prevents their citizens from having access to affordable energy. A new reportClimatescope 2014: Mapping the Global Frontier for Clean Energy Investment, undermines that contention, showing that some of the world’s poorest countries are already renewable energy leaders.

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Top 10 Greenest Cities in the World

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