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June 26, 2014 Cornell: Fracking fluid has increased pollution potential

Source: Star-Gazette

ITHACA — Wastewater from hydraulic fracturing could release tiny particles that bind to heavy metals and pollutants, exacerbating environmental risks during accidental spills, according to Cornell University researchers. The...

June 25, 2014 5 Dire Warnings From Bipartisan Report on Climate Change's Economic Impact

Source: National Geographic

A Tuesday report warning of dire economic consequences from climate change, from lost property to ruined crops, is the latest in a string of bipartisan efforts aimed at garnering public support to tackle the problem.

June 24, 2014 Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming

Source: NY Times

More than a million homes and businesses along the nation’s coasts could flood repeatedly before ultimately being destroyed. Entire states in the Southeast and the Corn Belt may lose much of their agriculture as farming shifts...

June 20, 2014 These 5 charts show why the world is still failing on climate change

Source: VOX

There's a fair bit of optimism in green circles that fossil fuels are dying and renewables like wind and solar are set to take over. Al Gore has a hopeful new essay in Rolling Stone along these lines, arguing that "a powerful,...

June 12, 2014 Report: Dryers waste $4B a year in energy costs

Source: USA Today

U.S. consumers are wasting $4 billion annually to power clothes dryers that, unlike other common household appliances, have barely improved their energy efficiency since the 1970s, a report today says.

June 10, 2014 Graph of the Day: Climate change as global security threat

Renew Economy - The latest report from the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî has outlined the key challenges global warming poses for the global defence sector, as it generates new threats to the...

June 5, 2014 UCS: Report highlights successful efforts to stem deforestation in 17 countries

Eurek Alert - "The rewards far outweigh the costs." The report is available in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. The îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our...

June 5, 2014 Risk posed by China mountain removal

Source: BBC News

China's campaign to bulldoze mountains to create land to build on could cause extensive environmental problems, scientists say. Researchers from Chang'an University in China have warned that dozens of mountains have already been...

June 2, 2014 Study ranks Hyundai as greenest in U.S.

Automotive News - Hyundai Motor Co., which has championed smaller engines, dethroned Honda Motor Co. as the greenest automaker in the United States, a report from the îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî said. The...

May 29, 2014 New Report Shows Decline in Carbon Dioxide and Other Pollutants from U.S. Power Plants, but State and Power Company Emissions Vary Widely

Source: Ceres

A new report on U.S. power plant emissions from the country’s top 100 electric power producers shows a downward trend in nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxides (SO2), mercury and carbon dioxide (CO2) since 2000, with CO2...

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