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Solar Expanding, but Coal is Being Replaced by Fracked Gas

The solar market in the United States is predicted to double in size this year, thanks to low component prices and increased production capacity. According to a study by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research, about 3.3 gigawatts of panels will be installed in the U.S. in 2012. Still, this leaves the U.S. in 11th place worldwide in market […]

Virginia Jumps on the Climate Change Denial Crazy Train

 Not to be outdone by their southern neighbor, the state of Virginia has omitted the words "global warming" and "sea-level rise" from a study on climate change and coastal flooding because . . . wait for it . . . those phrases are left-wing code words. Instead of using the commonly accepted and non-controversial scientific descriptions of reality, Republican State Delegate […]

BP Attacks Academic Freedom

Not that we were expecting better, but BP is using the court system to harass two scientists who have been studying BP's massively destructive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Richard Camilli and Christopher Reddy, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, volunteered after the spill to use robots to help determine how much oil was being spilled.  After giving […]

For Global Warming Skeptics, Ignorance is Not Necessarily the Issue

If you're wondering why so many seemingly intelligent people still doubt global warming — despite the massive and universally accepted scientific evidence that shows the earth is warming — it's because the smarter the skeptics are, the better they are at cherry-picking the science to reinforce their preconceptions.  So says a study published last month in Nature. The study by Yale […]

Land of the Free and Home of the Big Oil Bonanza

Every major oil company in the world has an office within a few blocks of each other in downtown Houston. To commemorate the pollution this industry has made, to challenge our government to end the $113 billion in taxpayer handouts we give them and other fossil fuels and to demonstrate a vision for a world without oil — we're hosting […]

News Roundup

Your weekly news roundup on everything environment Carbon Dioxide Reaches Troubling New Milestone The world’s air has reached a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant. Monitoring stations across the Arctic this spring are measuring more than 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. And if we don't act fast, it won't just be the Arctic, […]

News Roundup

Your weekly news roundup on everything environment Arctic Melt Releasing Ancient Methane  It turns out that It’s not just water that is released as our polar ice caps melt, but also the second most important greenhouse gas: Methane.  According to research published in the journal Nature Geoscience, thousands of sites in the Arctic where methane has been stored for many millennia, is bubbling […]

News Roundup

Your weekly news roundup on everything environment   Vermont Becomes First U.S. State to Ban Fracking Vermont became the first state to ban fracking when Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D) signed into law the nation’s first ban on hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — a natural gas drilling technique that involves blasting chemical-laced water deep into the ground to split rock apart and […]

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Your weekly news roundup on everything environment   Environmental Action Connects the Dots in Miami On May 5th, people around the world volunteered, documented, educated and protested as part of an international day of action to help the world “connect the dots” between extreme weather and global warming.  Since Miami will be one of the first metropolitan areas to be affected by sea level […]

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 Welcome to Visions for a Sustainable Future. Here we present current stories from around the world highlighting ways that people are making it more sustainable. If you have an idea for such a story, please send us a link via our Facebook page.   […]

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