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Study Backs Environmentalist Worries About Natural Gas

LNG shipNatural gas is often touted as a “bridge” fuel to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions during a transition from coal-fired power plants to renewable sources of energy. But natural gas offers few short-term benefits over coal, according to a study released last week by Energy Innovation, as long as the natural-gas infrastructure continues to leak methane.

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Hundreds Of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

PEOPLES-CLIMATE-MARCHToday [21 Sep 2014] hundreds of thousands turned out for the People's Climate March in New York City and in other cities around the world demanding action to combat climate change.

The marchers would not be sympathetic to Ascendant's $640,688 drop in profits reported earlier this week due, in part, to Belco plant inefficiencies which cause them to burn excessive quantities of fossil fuel. 

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California passes bill to ban plastic bags

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On August 30th, the state of California banned the use of disposable plastic bags after the legislature passed a law prohibiting the use of these in supermarkets, shops and pharmacies.

This represents a significant milestone in the global movement to reduce the volume of single-use bags.

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Wind turbines kill around 300,000 birds annually, house cats around 3,000,000,000

Bermuda-feral-catsWe love birds! We really do! That's why we think it's important to keep things in perspective and do the things that will really help them and make a difference. Many people have this obsession with wind turbines killing birds, probably because it's a really great story. As a meme, it really strikes the imagination because wind turbines are this green thing, right, so killing birds is antithetical to what they're supposed to be doing...

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The biggest solar power station in the world - but for how long?

The largest solar panel power plant in the world (626GWh) is located in the desert about 160 kilometers southwest of Phoenix. The plant was just completed in April 2014 and that has a lot to do with why it's in the number 1 position. Swanson's Law (really just an observation) tells us that the cost for the panels that make up a PV plant halve roughly every two years - meaning that every two years companies can build plants double the size for the same price.

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Communities getting fed up with fracking

A fight over fracking is looming in Texas. Another stand-off is shaping up in Colorado. Yet drillers' reactions couldn't be more different.

In Texas, drillers are doing their noisy in-your-face fracking as usual. Meanwhile, on a small farm about an hour from the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the oil industry is giving fracking a makeover, cutting back on rumbling trucks and tamping down on pollution.

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