Carbon Dioxide Levels Just Hit Their Highest Point In 800,000 Years

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The concentration of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that drives climate change, hit 402 parts per million this week — the highest level recorded in at least 800,000 years.The recordings came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, which marked another ominous milestone ...

5 Things You Should Know About the State of Walking and Biking in the U.S

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While walk and bike commute rates aren’t changing rapidly, since 2005 walking to work has ceased a long-term decline, and biking to work has started to rise after many years of stagnation. All graphics: Alliance for Walking and Biking.The Alliance for Biking and Walking released its big biannual ...

The beautiful electric carriage tearing New York City apart

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Here in New York City, politicians, activists, and celebrities are renewing a hundred-year-old battle between automobiles and horse-drawn carriages. This time, however, the war isn’t over the future of personal transportation: it’s about the 68 horse-drawn carriages that offer tourists meandering rides around Central Park.The rides are a ...

Groups rally against ocean seismic blasts

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Opposition is growing against allowing airguns that shoot dynamite-like underwater blasts to survey for oil and gas deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean floor. On Tuesday, the nonprofit Oceana announced that 110 local elected officials and 155 conservation and animal welfare groups have joined their campaign against seismic airgun ...

Video Tour of an Overnight Train

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Travel blogger Kelley Ferro recently trained on one of our awesome overnight trains. Check out her video tour above of the epic Southwest Chief which connects Chicago and Los Angeles!If you don't know anything about the Southwest Chief, it's one of Amtrak's long-distance trains. In fact, it's an ...

22 Ridiculous London Cycle Lanes That Hate Cyclists

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Even if it means riding into the back of cars, like on this flagship ‘Cycle Superhighway’ on Poplar High Street.These coaches are parked on Prince Albert Road in Camden every day, honest. Even the Google Streetview van caught them.

Ugo Bardi on Resource Depletion: The Banquet of Consequences

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"Growth is the problem; not the solution" says Ugo Bardi, Professor of Physical Chemistry at Italy's University of Florence and author of the recent book Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet. In this week's podcast, Professor Bardi and Chris discuss resource depletion and ...

Eat the Invaders Program Is Working in Jamaica

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica is reporting a big decline in sightings of lionfish, the voracious invasive species that has been wreaking havoc on regional reefs for years and wolfing down native juvenile fish and crustaceans.Some four years after a national campaign got started to slash numbers of ...

We Have What We Need To Solve the Climate Crisis

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Today, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Chance released the final portion of their Fifth Assessment Report. Their conclusion is clear: we have all the tools we need to solve the climate crisis, but we must act quickly and decisively to stave off climatic disaster.Solving this crisis will ...

Up To 1,000 Times More Methane Released At Gas Wells Than EPA Estimates, Study Finds

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An analysis of a number of hydraulic fracturing sites in southwestern Pennsylvania has found that methane was being released into the atmosphere at 100 to 1,000 times the rate that the Environmental Protection Agency estimated. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,

China water contamination affects 2.4m after oil leak

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China's biggest oil company has been blamed for water contamination affecting over 2.4 million people in Lanzhou.State media said the city's environmental protection chief, Yan Zijiang, blamed it on a leak from a pipeline owned by a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation. Lanzhou Petrochemical Co., is the ...

How Much Does It Cost To Charge An Electric Car?

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There are many reasons for considering making an electric car the next car you buy or lease. Besides the many environmental benefits, the promise of energy security, the silky-smooth driving experience with instant torque available without delay and low maintenance, one of the best characteristics of electric vehicles ...

Uncle Sam Wants You to Drive: 5 Tax Breaks for Cars in the U.S. Tax Code

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It’s April 15. If you bought an electric car in 2013, you can claim a tax break today. If you bought a plug-in hybrid, you can get a tax break today. But if you don’t own a car and walk to work instead? Sorry, Charlie.Bought a shiny new ...

Big Win for Sea Turtles in Puerto Rico

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A newly hatched leatherback sea turtle takes to the sea on a beach in Puerto Rico. (Photograph by IrinaK, shutterstock; International Mapping)Last spring Puerto Rico bucked a decades-long trend by protecting 3,000 acres of pristine beaches and mangroves along the Northeast Ecological Corridor. A new law marks an ...

Green growth cannot make a sustainable world

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Policies can be that little bit greener. Business models can incorporate more corporate social responsibility. But the underlying structures of unsustainable economies and lifestyles remain the same. In discussions of the future of economic growth, 'business as usual' is not an option. The alternative, say many, is 'green ...

Novel Open Source Seed Pledge aims to keep new vegetable and grain varieties free for all

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Jack Kloppenburg (left), professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, Irwin Goldman (center), chair of the Department of Horticulture, and Claire Luby (right), graduate student in the UW’s Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics program, fill envelopes with non-patented seeds in the Horticulture office in Moore Hall.This ...

On April 17 We Defend our Seeds and Fight Against the Seed Industry

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This year we dedicate the 17th of April, international day of peasant struggles, to the defense of seeds. Seeds are an essential basis for achieving food sovereignty because almost everything in agriculture depends on them: What we can plant and how it is grown; the quality and nutrition ...

Electric car numbers double in one year

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If the past three years' growth rates are sustained, then more than one million electric vehicles will be out and about worldwide as early as the beginning of 2016.The number of electrically powered automobiles worldwide climbed to just over 400,000 in early 2014. This figure was determined in ...

8 Fascinating Facts about Bicycling and Walking in the United States

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Today marks the release of the brand new 2014 Alliance Benchmarking Report, a massive compendium of data and research on walking and bicycling in all 50 states, 52 of the most populous cities, and 17 midsized cities.The Alliance produces the Benchmarking Report every two years in partnership with ...

Study: Long Commutes Are Just As Stressful As Low Pay

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Decades ago, cruise ship company Cunard began advertising with a now-famous tag line: "Getting there is half the fun". It was catchy, but also grimly ironic, since Cunard was part of the same corporate cluster that ran the Titanic and the Lusitania.Few would claim that getting "there" is ...

SmartWalk Turns Any Surface Into A Subway Tracker

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Need a ride? This new service will project real-time schedules for public transit onto city sidewalks and buildings.In 2012, the company TransitScreen launched a new service that makes choosing a method of public transportation much easier. The company’s digital signage aggregates real-time information for any mode of public ...

Is There Such a Thing as a 'Feminine' Way to Ride a Bike?

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Walking around in a woman’s body, as anyone who’s done it knows, means that you are subject to an ever-shifting set of societal expectations, restrictions, and judgments about how to dress and behave. Put that woman’s body on a bicycle, and things get even more complicated. (Men have ...

Tennessee Passes Ban on Bus Rapid Transit

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Tennessee lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to ban the construction of bus rapid transit anywhere in the state. The impetus for the vote was a proposal to build a $174 million BRT system in Nashville called The Amp, which would’ve ran on a 7.1 mile route and served rapidly ...

IPCC Report: The Scientists Have Done Their Bit. Now? It's Up to Us

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So, there we have it. The seven-year task undertaken by hundreds of the world's leading scientists, who sifted through thousands of the latest peer-reviewed studies examining the causes, impacts and mitigation options of climate change, is over. The last of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change's (IPCC) three ...

Community-Led Action in Transition Villages Leads to Rapid Changes

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One of the most fascinating recent studies into the impact of Transition was Local Communities Leading the Way to a Low Carbon Society, a report published by AEIDL (Association Européenne pour l’Information sur le Développement Local.It looks at Transition, permaculture and ecovillage networks, what it calls the "Silent ...

More than 100 scientists and economists call for rejection of Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

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Today, more than 100 scientists and economists called on President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that would bring some of the world’s dirtiest fuel from under Canada’s Boreal forest to the Gulf Coast mainly for export. They write ...

Why You Should Explore Cities by Bike

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One of the best things about seeing a cit by bike is feeling the wind in your hair while you explore diverse neighborhoods, such as Washington, DC's Chinatown, pictured here."Some people think that it is all about the bike, but we all know that it isn't. When we ...

Build a Free Library

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First of all, this was the first project that I’ve ever completed. It’s a little rough around the edges, but I didn’t expect to be perfect from day one. I made plenty of mistakes and even trashed a little bit of wood, but I learned from those mistakes ...

Extreme Weather Has Driven A Ten-Fold Increase In Power Outages Over The Last Two Decades

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A new report from Climate Central has found that major power outages have increased ten times over since the early 1980s — and extreme weather is by far the biggest culprit.The analysis defined a “major power outage” as a loss of electrical power for at least 50,000 people ...

U.S. immigrants 41x more likely to bicycle

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Bicycle commuting is a relatively common in many parts of Europe, China and India, but less so elsewhere. While it is gaining support in the United States — a federal tax break for bicycle commuters became law in 2008 — it remains significantly less popular here than abroad.In ...

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