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Australia PM’s resistance to climate action isolated country at G-20

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Momentum for an international agreement on combating climate change at the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris gained pace last weekend at the annual G-20 summit despite resistance from Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
As the host nation, Australia defied pressure to include climate change as an agenda item — a move criticized by some [...]

American Indian Tribe Calls Keystone XL Vote An ‘Act Of War’

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As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote this week on a bill to force approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which the House of Representatives already passed on Friday, American Indian groups who would be directly impacted by the tar sands project are converging on Washington D.C. to voice their opposition.
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, [...]

Kentucky Coal Company Falsified Water Pollution Reports, Environmental Group Alleges

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A major Kentucky coal company falsified its pollution reports in the first quarter of 2014, according to multiple environmental groups that filed an intent to sue notice against the company this week.
Appalachian Voices, Kentucky Riverkeeper, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, and the Waterkeeper Alliance sent a notice of intent to sue to Frasure Creek Mining Monday, [...]

Landrieu’s Keystone XL Hail Mary Falls Short

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After six days of political wrangling and vote-whipping, the Senate failed to pass a bill on Tuesday forcing authorization of the Keystone XL pipeline, dashing hopes of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) to add the vote to her list of accomplishments heading into a tough runoff election.
Fifty-nine senators voted for the bill, one short of the [...]

The “Impact of Giving Back” Contest

From now through January 20, submissions are open for the second White House Student Film Festival. The theme of this year’s festival is The Impact of Giving Back, and it’s open to U.S. students, grades K-12.

Students can tell their stories about paying it forward, about community service, or what making a difference looks like in [...]

Cracker Holiday Feast at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park

Blue Oven Kitchens (Val Leitner) and Hogtown Homegrown (Stephanie Hamblin) are participating in this holiday educational event! Thanks.

CRACKER HOLIDAY FEAST
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings collected some of her favorite foods in Cross Creek Cookery and it included many kinds of delicious local foods. In coordination [...]

Here’s What Big Oil Has In The Pipes If Keystone Fails

TransCanada Corp., the company seeking to build the Keystone XL pipeline, has teamed up with the world’s largest public relations firm to promote a proposed alternative pipeline that’s entirely in Canada.
Greenpeace Canada obtained documents that the U.S. public relations firm Edelman drafted for TransCanada that outline a campaign to promote Energy East, the company’s proposed [...]

Fracking To Be Allowed In Parts Of George Washington National Forest

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Environmentalists and energy boosters alike welcomed a federal compromise announced Tuesday that will allow fracking in the largest national forest in the eastern United States, but make most of its woods off-limits to drilling.
The decision was highly anticipated because about half of the George Washington National Forest sits atop the Marcellus shale formation, a vast [...]

House Passes Bill That Makes It Harder For Scientists To Advise The EPA

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While their Senate colleagues were engaged in a fiery debate over the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline, the House on Tuesday quietly passed a bill that environmentalists say would hamper the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to use the best scientific information when crafting regulations to protect public health and the environment.
The House voted 229-191 [...]

Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline By One Vote

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The U.S. Senate has narrowly rejected a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, the controversial project that would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast of the United States.
Coming into the floor debate on Tuesday, there was not certainty as to what the outcome would be [...]

Brave little Denmark leads war against coal

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Germany has been credited for paving Europe’s way to a renewables-led, zero-carbon future. But the world’s true climate champion is Denmark, which has just set the bar another notch higher than Germany by proposing to accelerate its phase out of coal-fired power plants. Denmark could be coal-free by 2025 —five years ahead of schedule — [...]

Ocean Dead Zones Are Getting Worse Globally Due to Climate Change

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Nearly all ocean dead zones will increase by the end of the century because of climate change, according to a new Smithsonian-led study. But the work also recommends how to limit risks to coastal communities of fish, crabs and other species no matter how much the water warms.
Dead zones are regions where the water has [...]

A Third of Natural World Heritage Sites Are in Danger

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A third of the United Nations World Heritage sites valued for their geology, biodiversity or natural beauty are in danger. And 8 percent of all the sites—including Everglades National Park in Florida—are now considered to be in critical condition, according to an assessment from the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The IUCN plays an advisory [...]

The Keystone XL Vote Will Come Down To A Small Group Of Senate Democrats

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The Senate’s vote next week on legislation to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline may come down to a handful of Democrats, who are now being courted aggressively by advocates on both sides of the debate.
As of Friday afternoon, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) had 59 confirmed “yes” votes for the legislation, which she co-authored [...]

Hundreds Rally Against Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline In Massachusetts

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Hundreds of residents from three Northeastern states rallied against a proposed natural gas pipeline Saturday, saying that the proposal isn’t worth the possible damage a pipeline could inflict on the environment.
About 500 people attended the Stop The Pipeline Statewide Summit in Fitchburg, MA to learn more about the proposed pipeline and to speak out about [...]