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US and Canada promise to Lead World to Low-Carbon Economy

Countries previously seen as climate change villains present shared vision on cutting emissions

The US and Canada declared they would help lead the transition to a low-carbon global economy on Thursday, in a dramatic role reversal for two countries once derided as climate change villains. The shared vision unveiled by Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau…
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by: The Guardian – March 10, 2016

Former Tepco Executives Charged Over 2011 Fukushima Meltdown

Indictment marks first criminal action to be taken since disaster, which forced evacuation of 160,000 residents

Three former executives from Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) have been charged with contributing to deaths and injuries stemming from the triple meltdown in 2011 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Photo by IAEA Imagebank International Atomic Energy Agency experts visiting the Fukushima Daiichi…
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by: The Guardian – February 29, 2016

Chicago Residents File Class-Action Lawsuit Against City Over Water Contamination

Plaintiffs say ‘elevated and unsafe’ levels of lead have contaminated water supply for years due to risky construction projects

Chicago residents have filed a class-action lawsuit against the city over the safety of its drinking water, claiming that “elevated and unsafe” levels of lead have contaminated their water supply for years due to risky construction projects. Photo by Luis The lawsuit claims…
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by: The Guardian – February 19, 2016

US Clean Power Plan Setback ‘Will Not Affect Paris Climate Change Deal’

Politicians, campaigners from other countries rally to support President Obama after Supreme Court puts landmark climate plan on hold

The US commitment to cutting carbon emissions under the landmark Paris agreement remains unaffected by the setback delivered to President Obama’s climate plans by the country’s supreme court, the White House has said. Photo by Robert S. Donovan The Supreme Court put a…
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by: The Guardian – February 10, 2016

FBI Joins EPA in Investigating Flint Water Crisis for Criminal Violations

FBI spokeswoman says agency’s role is ‘investigating the matter to determine if there have been any federal violations’ in lead contamination of drinking water

The FBI is working with a multi-agency team investigating the lead contamination of Flint’s drinking water, alongside Environmental Protection Agency investigators who can tackle criminal violations of federal environmental law, officials said on Tuesday. courtesy of Flint Water StudyThe Michigan civil rights…
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by: The Guardian – February 3, 2016

Copenhagen’s Mayor Announces Plans to Divest City from Fossil Fuels

Denmark's capital will withdraw investment fund out of all holdings in coal, oil, and gas if proposal is approved

Copenhagen’s mayor has announced plans to divest the city’s 6.9 billion kroner (£700 million) investment fund of all holdings in coal, oil and gas. If his proposal is approved at a finance committee meeting next Tuesday, as expected, the Danish capital will…
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by: The Guardian – January 29, 2016

What Is Your Nitrogen Footprint, and Who Is it Impacting?

For the first time, researchers calculate average reactive nitrogen emissions for people from 188 countries

You’ve heard of managing your carbon footprint. But how about your nitrogen footprint? Emissions of reactive nitrogen into the environment have increased more than 10-fold over the past 150 years, contribute to deaths from air pollution and water pollution, and have countless other impacts…
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by: The Guardian – January 25, 2016

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