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Category: Environment

GOP Presidential Candidates Struggle With Oregon

by Hannah Gais | Jan 5, 2016 | Blog, Environment, Politics

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore On Saturday, January 2, a group of armed anti-government protesters seized a building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon, aggrieved by the federal government’s treatment of ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond. The father-and-son duo were convicted of arson in 2012 after admitting that two fires they lit in […]

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Did Canada’s Tar Sand Pipe Dream Just Die?

by Lou Dubose | Dec 9, 2015 | Environment, The Interval

photo: Flickr user buen viaje Did the U.S. media miss a big environmental story while the world is focused on Paris? (And the neo-fascism of Donald Trump.) Maybe the biggest single-source climate victory in the past decade. On Monday, Canada’s daily Globe and Mail reported that the Northern Gateway Pipeline is “probably dead.” Nobody outside […]

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Cool Planet Investing

by The Washington Spectator | Oct 29, 2015 | Environment

In September, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a carbon cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse emissions, delivering on a bi-national agreement he reached with President Obama in November 2014. The United States and China together account for one-third of global greenhouse emissions. In the United States, the process of reducing emissions to the agreed-upon 25-28 percent […]

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Will Obama’s Legacy Include Chemical Plant Safety?

by Taylor Smith-Hams | Aug 23, 2015 | Environment

  In April 2013, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed 15 people and decimated a community. This tragedy prompted President Obama to issue an Executive Order (EO) on August 1, 2013, directing federal agencies to establish new chemical-plant safety regulations. Two years later, serious questions remain about when the rules will […]

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Nuclear Age Began 70 Years Ago Today

by Janette Sherman | Jul 16, 2015 | Blog, Environment

  Seventy years ago today, on July 16, 1945, the first atomic bomb was detonated at the Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range in New Mexico–known from that day in 1945 as the “Trinity Site.” Trinity was the code name for the first detonation, chosen by J. Robert Oppenheimer, the technical director of the Manhattan Project […]

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