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The Environment

Is China an Environmental Steward, Demon or Magician?

Dec 11, 2013 at 17:02 | Barry Stevens

China’s growing role as the world’s largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions is undisputed. China is the epicenter of building out environmental markets as it struggles to balance the need…

Harvard Study Challenges EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Figures

Nov 26, 2013 at 17:27 | Joao Peixe

A new study by Harvard University researchers on greenhouse gas emissions in the US claims that the level of methane leaks into the atmosphere may be 50% higher than suggested…

How to Stop the Inexorable Progress of Climate Change

Nov 22, 2013 at 17:52 | Tom Dispatch

Apocalyptic climate change is upon us.  For shorthand, let’s call it a slow-motion apocalypse to distinguish it from an intergalactic attack out of the blue or a suddenly surging Genesis-style…

The Battle Against Climate Change: Does the World Need Saving?

Nov 05, 2013 at 16:55 | Kurt Cobb

Hardly a day goes by without someone writing or saying that we need to save the Earth. My geologist friends scoff at such language for semantic reasons. The coolish, rocky…

North Dakota in Spotlight after Oil Spill

Oct 16, 2013 at 17:16 | Daniel J. Graeber

Oil production in North Dakota reached an all-time high in August. As of 2011, the U.S. Energy Department said the state was the fourth largest in the union in terms…

The Environmental Impact of the Government Shutdown

Oct 16, 2013 at 12:03 | Clint Robertson

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has had to furlough more than 16,000 of its employees—about 93 percent of its staff—due to the government shutdown. It's down to the bare-bone minimum…

North Dakota Farmer Stumbles on Massive Oil Leak

Oct 14, 2013 at 17:03 | Joao Peixe

A farming harvesting his fields in North Dakota has come across a massive oil spill, undetected long enough to become the size of seven football fields. Local media…

Why has Russia Really Charged Greenpeace Protestors with Piracy?

Oct 04, 2013 at 18:17 | RFE/RL staff

Countries don't usually charge protesters with piracy for trying to board an oil rig. But Russia has done so in a drama that constantly surprises. Here are five things to…

UN Blames Cows for Global Warming, Again

Sep 28, 2013 at 12:08 | Joao Peixe

In what is being heralded as the most comprehensive study on livestock’s contribution to global warming to date, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) once again pins the lion’s…

Ecuador vs Chevron Case Gets Down and Dirty

Sep 16, 2013 at 06:06 | Joao Peixe

The record $19 billion fine levied against Chevron Corporation by a court in Ecuador for contaminating the Amazon rainforest takes a new twist as a New York court hears a…

The Evolution of the Climate Debate: Business vs Business

Sep 06, 2013 at 17:24 | Post Carbon

This is where it gets really interesting. Since I first engaged in the climate debate in the late 1980’s it’s all been fairly slow and predictable. Environmentalists argued for action,…

Politics has Doomed the Climate Change Debate

Aug 22, 2013 at 17:07 | Charles Kennedy

It’s about the time for the next UN expert climate report to be published, but the leaked excerpts are already causing the usual flurry of predictable, polarized political ranting…

Halliburton Plead Guilty to Destruction of Evidence in 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Jul 26, 2013 at 10:43 | Climate Progress

On Thursday, the Department of Justice announced that Halliburton had agreed to plead guilty to criminally destroying evidence in the investigation of the BP Gulf oil spill in 2010.…

Why the CIA Is Worried About Geoengineering

Jul 25, 2013 at 17:52 | Charles Kennedy

The CIA is worried about the national security implications of climate change, and it’s also concerned about the potential implications of geoengineering—large-scale deliberate intervention in the Earth’s climate system.

What to Expect in the Warsaw Climate Change Talks

Jul 25, 2013 at 16:43 | ISN Security Watch

Later this year, the ninth meeting of the parties to the Kyoto Protocol will take place in Warsaw. IRIN’s Jaspreet Kindra discusses the two major emissions reduction deals that will…

Rig Fire Exposes Lingering Dangers of Offshore Drilling

Jul 24, 2013 at 15:31 | Daniel J. Graeber

A U.S. energy safety bureau said part of a drilling platform off the coast of Louisiana has partially collapsed after catching fire late Tuesday.  No injuries were reported when a…

Saving the Environment: A Job for Everyone, or Just Developed Nations?

Jul 18, 2013 at 17:19 | Economywatch

The U.S.-China split over climate change centres on the relative responsibilities of developed and major developing nations. China, along with other developing nations, argue that since advance economies continue to…

Rail v. Pipelines: No Safe Bet for Oil

Jul 08, 2013 at 17:27 | Daniel J. Graeber

The Canadian government said it was committed to a safe rail transit network following a weekend derailment in a Quebec town near the border with Maine. At least five people…

UK exposure to volatile commodity prices to intensify on climate change

Jul 06, 2013 at 15:10 | Materials Risk

Commodity price volatility is likely to intensify and become more widespread due to climate change according to new research from PwC with potentially significant costs for UK businesses.  Extreme…

On its Own Obama’s Climate Plan will Not Save the World

Jul 03, 2013 at 17:14 | Kurt Cobb

The one thing you need to know about President Obama's plan to address climate change is that the most it will accomplish is slowing very slightly the pace at which…

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