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It has been over two and a half decades since the first climate scientist initially testified before the US Senate that global climate change was happening and being caused by human activity. In a symbolic climate change vote this week, the US Senate has almost entirely accepted that climate change is real and not a […]

California Governor Calls for 50% Renewable Energy by 2030

by John Johnston January 7, 2015
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Governor Jerry Brown has called for substantially increasing California’s renewable energy, alternative fuels, and building efficiency goals. In his inaugural address this week, for his unprecedented fourth term in office, Brown proposed increasing the state’s renewable energy goals from one-third by 2020 to 50% by 2030. In addition to the increased renewable energy target, Brown […]

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New York State to Prohibit Fracking Over Public Health ‘Red Flags’

by John Johnston December 17, 2014
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After an exhaustive multi-year study into the public health, environmental and economic impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the state of New York has announced it will prohibit the controversial drilling process. Fracking involves the injection of high-pressure water, sand, and chemicals deep into the ground to crack shale rock in order to free and extract […]

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Nearly 90% of Aussies Support the Renewable Energy Target: Poll

by John Johnston December 2, 2014
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Nearly 90% (89%) of Australians support the sunburnt country’s current Renewable Energy Target, according to a WWF-commissioned poll. Australia’s Renewable Energy Target requires 41,000 gigawatt hours of power to come from renewables by 2020. The current federal government, headed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, is planning to backtrack on the target, so the new poll […]

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World Bank Pledges to Invest Heavily in Clean Energy, Less in Coal

by John Johnston November 24, 2014
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The World Bank has in the past been one of the biggest funders of fossil fuel projects, and has been accused of contributing to climate change in that way. However, now World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has said the bank will invest heavily in clean energy and only fund coal projects “in circumstances of […]

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US Senate Rejects Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline, By 1 Vote

by John Johnston November 20, 2014
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The United States Senate has this week voted on and rejected a bill to approve the development of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, that would deliver tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the US Gulf Coast. Unlike many of the Senate decisions in recent years, going into it the final result was not […]

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New IPCC Report Issues Starkest Climate Change Warning Yet

by John Johnston November 3, 2014
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In its starkest warning yet, a comprehensive new synthesis report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this week has concluded that climate change will inflict “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts,” unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut sharply and rapidly. The new climate change report is actually a synthesis of 3 large working group reports released […]

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LED Inventors Win Nobel Prize: ‘Greatest Benefit to Humankind’

by John Johnston October 8, 2014
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The 2014 Noble Prize in Physics has been won by the three scientists responsible for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, commonly known as LEDs. The Nobel Prize statement emphasised that the invention has enabled bright, energy-saving, environmentally friendly white light sources. It also noted that this particular award is in the spirit of the prize because it […]

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Munich Aiming for 100% Renewable Electricity by 2025

by John Johnston October 1, 2014
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The third largest city in Germany, Munich, has become a world leader in sustainability. Munich is aiming for 100% renewable electricity by 2025 – just 11 years away now. If Munich achieves its goal, it could become the first city with a population of over a million to do so. Overall, Europe has a target […]

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DiCaprio to UN Climate Summit: ‘You Can Make History, or Be Vilified By It’

by John Johnston September 24, 2014
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Why is it that celebrities are often the ones to represent “concerned citizens” in front of the United Nations? No doubt because it does tend to bring a lot of attention to the important and pressing issues represented, such as climate change and gender equality – to name just two very recent examples. In any case, famous […]

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