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Pennsylvania’s New Governor Will Ban Fracking In State Parks And Forests


Pennsylvania’s new Governor Tom Wolf will sign an executive order Thursday banning the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in state parks and forests, the Associated Press reports.
The order will reverse a policy implemented in 2014 by notoriously fracking-friendly former Gov. Tom Corbett, which opened up state parks and forests to the controversial well stimulation [...]

Most Americans Support Government Action on Climate Change, Poll Finds


An overwhelming majority of the American public, including nearly half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future.
In a finding that could have implications for the 2016 presidential campaign, the poll also [...]

Australia Is Heating Up Faster Than The Rest Of The World


Researchers predict Australia will warm up faster than any other country in the world.
In a report released January 27 from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization and the Bureau of Meteorology, the agencies calculate that the country will warm up to 9.18 degrees Fahrenheit (5.1 degrees Celsius) by 2090 if greenhouse gas emissions remain [...]

What Do Farmers Think about Climate Change?


As a sociologist, J. Gordon Arbuckle Jr. spends a lot of time studying what shapes farmers’ views and responses to climate change. It’s a subject that has not gotten much attention, even as more research focuses on how to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and how to make farming more resilient to the impacts of [...]

Murkowski Attacks Wilderness In Lower 48, Echoing Anti-Government Rancher Cliven Bundy


After three days of headline-grabbing claims that President Obama’s proposal to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge constitutes a “war on Alaska,” Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) aimed a shot of political payback at hunters, anglers, and outdoor businesses that operate in the lower 48 states.
With a controversial and sweeping amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline [...]

Brewing Company Carlsberg Considers Putting Beer In Cardboard Bottles


Move over boxed wine! There’s a new cardboard container ready to hit shelves. Well, almost. Beer manufacturer Carlsberg says they are working on cardboard beer bottles, aiming to release them in the next three years.
“It will be a new look and feel. It will be non-transparent, non-breakable and with a visible fiber structure,” Carlsberg’s Senior [...]

What a Warming World Means for Snowstorms


The first flakes have already begun falling from New Jersey up through Boston. More than 5,000 flights have already been cancelled. Store shelves have been cleared of bread and milk. The blizzard is coming.
An intense nor’easter is slated to drop snowfalls ranging from a few inches to around 3 feet in the worst-hit spots from [...]

Scotland Just Announced An Indefinite Ban On Fracking


The Scottish government has announced that it will place a temporary ban on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, the Guardian reported Wednesday.
Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing reportedly told the country’s parliament that the ban would allow for time for the government to conduct a public health assessment on the process. [...]

Here’s What Every Governor Thinks About Climate And Clean Energy


The new Republican majorities in the 114th Congress are mostly — 56 percent — on the record denying the reality of climate change. And barely two weeks into its tenure, the 114th is on a roll, with the new Senate Environment Committee Chair going on a rant about climate change being a hoax the first [...]

Children Given Lifelong Ban on Talking About Fracking


Two young children in Pennsylvania were banned from talking about fracking for the rest of their lives under a gag order imposed under a settlement reached by their parents with a leading oil and gas company.
The sweeping gag order was imposed under a $750,000 settlement between the Hallowich family and Range Resources Corp, a leading [...]

Indiana Solar Bill Crafted By Utilities Sparks Outrage, Raises Costs


Large utilities and state legislators in Indiana have joined together to push for a bill that undermines state oversight of the electric utility industry and makes distributed and rooftop solar less appealing to consumers. HB 1320, proposed by state Rep. Eric Koch (R), would lower the amount of money solar customers get for selling excess [...]

Court Will Decide If Fracking Companies Can Be Held Responsible For Earthquakes


Oklahoma’s highest court is about to make a decision that could really shake up the way fracking companies do business in the state.
In the coming months, Oklahoma’s Supreme Court will decide whether two oil companies should be held financially responsible for injuries suffered by a woman during a 2011 earthquake thought to have been caused [...]

Copenhagen’s climate-change adapted neighborhood


Come hell or high water, the residents of St. Kjeld, a Copenhagen neighborhood, will be ready. Actually, skip the hell part. But when the next megastorm hits the Danish capital, St. Kjeld’s residents should be safe and dry. That’s because as of December, they live in the world’s first climate-change-adapted neighborhood.
“St. Kjeld’s transformation shows what [...]

Melting Glaciers Pose a Carbon Menace


Melting glaciers dump massive amounts of carbon into the world’s oceans, a new study finds.
The organic carbon could be a temporary boon for tiny creatures at the bottom of the aquatic food chain that gobble the compound as food, but if this manna disappears because the glaciers have vanished, the overfed ocean ecosystems may collapse, [...]

Could Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Crack The Texas Tesla Sales Ban?


Tesla can’t sell its electric cars directly to customers in Texas, but CEO Elon Musk still has ambitious plans for the state.
As he often does, Musk dropped a bombshell on Twitter last week, announcing that he plans to build a test track for his “Hyperloop” transportation concept in the Lone Star State.
However, some Tesla-watchers suggest [...]