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US Supreme Court Strikes Down EPA Limits on Mercury Pollution – June 29, 2015

Decision is a setback for Obama administration and Environmental Protection Agency

By Suzanne Goldenberg and Raya Jalabi

The US Supreme Court struck down new rules for America’s biggest air polluters on Monday, dealing a blow to the Obama administration’s efforts to set limits on the amount of mercury, arsenic and other toxins coal-fired power plants can spew into the air, lakes and rivers.

Photo of coal-fired power plantPhoto by Cathy, on Flickr The US supreme court struck down new rules for America’s biggest air polluters on Monday.

The 5-4 decision was a major setback to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and could leave the agency more vulnerable to legal challenges from industry and Republican-led… more

by: The Guardian

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Environmental Movement Is Having a Real Impact in the US, Study Finds – June 16, 2015

States with strong green voices perform better on cutting emissions whereas those with climate sceptic views have seen emissions rise

By Damian Carrington

The environmental movement is making a real difference in the US, according to a new research that shows states with strong green voices have significantly lower emissions of the gases that drive global warming.

Photo of Fracking ProtestPhoto by CREDO.fracking Activists protest fracking outside Governor Cuomo’s office in New York. States like New York and Vermont, with stronger environmental voices, have cut their emissions despite rising populations and affluence.

The study is one of the first to quantify the real impact of green politics on the environment. It reveals that more environmentally friendly states, such as New Yorkmore

by: The Guardian

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Latest Santa Barbara Oil Spill Is Reminiscent of 1969 Disaster – May 25, 2015

Area known as the Galápagos of the north is again choked with oil as operators exploit patchy regulation

By Andrew Gumbel

Mark Massara was eight years old in 1969, when a blowout at a Union Oil well off the California coast spilled more than three million gallons of crude along the beaches of Santa Barbara and devastated one of the northern hemisphere’s most prized ecosystems.

Photo of the Oil Platform Santa BarbaraPhoto by Glenn Beltz, on Flickr Plains All American Pipeline has estimated that up to 105,000 gallons leached into a storm drain before the supply was cut off, and that about 20,000 gallons of that travelled the extra quarter-mile to the ocean. Environmental activists expect these numbers to go up.

He… more

by: The Guardian

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Fossil Fuels Are Subsidized by $10 million a minute, according to IMF study – May 19, 2015

'Shocking' $5.3 trillion subsidy estimate for 2015 'shatters the myth that fossil fuels are cheap'

By Damian Carrington

Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3 trillion a year, equivalent to $10 million a minute every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund.

photo of Coal power plantPhoto by Robert S. Donovan, on Flickr The IMF, one of the world’s most respected financial institutions, said that ending subsidies for fossil fuels would cut global carbon emissions by 20 percent.

The IMF calls the revelation “shocking” and says the figure is an “extremely robust” estimate of the true cost of fossil fuels. The $5.3 trillion subsidy estimated for 2015… more

by: The Guardian

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Obama Pushes Climate Action on Earth Day Visit to the Everglades – April 23, 2015

'Folks don't have time' to wait in south Florida, where sea level rise threatens wildlife and local drinking water

By Tom McCarthy

President Barack Obama used an unusually picturesque appearance at Everglades National Park on Wednesday to draw attention to an ugly problem that he said was threatening the well-being of people in south Florida and around the world: climate change.

President Obama EvergladesOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza President Barack Obama and US Park Service rangers view a small alligator during a tour at Everglades National Park, Florida, on Earth Day 2015.

The president appeared in rolled-up shirt sleeves at a lectern above an obscenely green sawgrass marsh to send a message that “climate change can no longer… more

by: The Guardian

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