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Loosely regulated market for biofuel credits spurs speculators and swindlers

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Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:07am

Andre Bernard made a killing selling a mirage.

As oil refineries struggled to comply with federal mandates for blending renewable fuels into the nation's gasoline and diesel supply, Bernard offered a solution: millions of dollars' worth of biofuel credits they could buy to help meet their obligation.

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Wave of Climate Migration Looms, but It “Doesn't Have to Be a Crisis

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Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:01am

As the sea creeps steadily inland in countries such as Bangladesh, and as dwindling rains put already marginal farmland out of play in Ethiopia and other places, a wave of migration triggered by a changing climate is taking shape on the horizon.

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California water district rejects Cadiz Inc.'s proposed Mojave Desert water project

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Mon, 03/26/2018 - 10:44am

A company’s controversial plan to sell groundwater from the Mojave Desert ran into new opposition as a Southern California water district voted against the proposal.

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch counts 1.8 trillion pieces of trash, mostly plastic

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Mon, 03/26/2018 - 11:41am

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is getting greater. Twice the size of Texas, the floating mass of about 79,000 metric tons of plastic is up to 16 times larger than previously thought, according to scientists who performed an aerial survey.

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IN THE COURTROOM, CLIMATE SCIENCE NEEDS SUBSTANCE—AND STYLE

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Mon, 03/26/2018 - 11:36am

CHEVRON WOULD LIKE you to know that it believes in climate change. It also believes people cause it by burning carbon-based fuel—the kind Chevron extracts from the ground, refines, and sells. In fact, Chevron believes all this so hard that today its lawyer said so, in a federal court in San Francisco. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change? Yup. They’re right.