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Are Americans Becoming Disenchanted with Black Friday?

Retailers encourage consumers to avoid the post-Thanksgiving shopping craze and get outside instead

Black Friday is traditionally one of the biggest shopping days of the year, but this year there seems to be some backlash. REI made waves last month when it announced that it would be closing all of its 143 retail locations, headquarters and two distribution…
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by: Ecowatch – November 26, 2015

Fukushima’s 4th Anniversary Brings Hope

A renewable energy revolution soars amid radioactive ruins

The catastrophe that began at Fukushima four years ago today is worse than ever. But the good news can ultimately transcend the bad — if we make it so. An angry grassroots movement has kept shut all 54 reactors that once operated…
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by: Ecowatch – March 14, 2015

Train Carrying Volatile Bakken Crude Explodes in Northwestern Illinois

Yesterday's mishap is the third of its kind in the past three weeks

Yet another train carrying volatile crude oil from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota derailed yesterday, this time in northwestern Illinois near the historic tourist area of Galena overlooking the Mississippi River. It follows recent derailments in West Virginia and Ontario.…
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by: Ecowatch – March 6, 2015

Oil Can’t Compete With Renewables, Says National Bank of Abu Dhabi

Returns on fossil fuel investments aren’t keeping up with solar and wind, and are less likely to do so in the future, says bank report

You wouldn’t expect a bank in the oil-rich Middle East to be touting the future of renewable energy over that of oil. But that’s just what the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) is doing with its new report, “Financing the Future of…
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by: Ecowatch – March 5, 2015

Will Obama Veto the Keystone XL Bill?

Ball is in the president's court after Senate passes bill approving the controversial oil pipeline project

Yesterday afternoon, after some debate that broke no new ground, the House of Representatives passed the Senate’s version of the Keystone XL pipeline bill by a vote of 270-152, the Senate passed the bill on Jan. 29 by a vote of 62-36. The House…
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by: Ecowatch – February 12, 2015

Obama Seeks Wilderness Designation for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

If approved by Congress, it would mean exploration for onshore oil is now off limits in the region

President Obama’s Administration moved to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, known as one of the most wild and remote areas in the world. The Department of the Interior announced yesterday the release of a conservation plan that recommends additional protections for the Refuge…
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by: Ecowatch – January 26, 2015

2014 Was the Hottest Year on Record

The past year was the 18th consecutive year in the US in which the annual average temperature was above normal

Climate scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the 2014 global temperatures today, and the news they delivered is a blow to climate deniers who argue that climate change-driven global warming isn’t happening. The scientists revealed that 2014…
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by: Ecowatch – January 17, 2015

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