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Yes, Richer Countries Produce More Waste. But Do They Have To?

Published: 
Fri, 12/12/2014 (All day)
Category: 
Waste

When it’s garbage day in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, you won’t see abandoned trash bags on the streets waiting for pickup, as you might in Manhattan. Instead, you’ll find Taiwanese citizens lining up to heave their own bags into the garbage truck each and every night.

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Copenhagen Lighting the Way to Greener, More Efficient Cities

Published: 
Thu, 12/11/2014 (All day)
Category: 
Energy

COPENHAGEN — On a busy road in the center of town here, a string of green lights embedded in the bike path — the “Green Wave” — flashes on, helping cyclists avoid red traffic lights. On a main artery into the city, truck drivers can see on smartphones when the next light will change. And in a nearby suburb, new LED streetlights brighten only as vehicles approach, dimming once they pass.

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Coal Rush in India Could Tip Balance on Climate Change

Published: 
Sun, 11/23/2014 (All day)
Category: 
Energy

DHANBAD, India — Decades of strip mining have left this town in the heart of India’s coal fields a fiery moonscape, with mountains of black slag, sulfurous air and sickened residents.

But rather than reclaim these hills or rethink their exploitation, the government is digging deeper in a coal rush that could push the world into irreversible climate change and make India’s cities, already among the world’s most polluted, even more unlivable, scientists say.

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California leads on climate change, says 50-state tool

Published: 
Tue, 10/21/2014 (All day)

California has completed the highest number of goals to prepare for climate change, followed by Massachusetts and New York, according to a first-of-its-kind 50-state tracking tool unveiled Thursday.

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Californians make big cuts in water usage, report says

Published: 
Mon, 10/20/2014 (All day)
Category: 
Water

After months of appeals to conserve water, Californians appear to be finally getting the message, making substantial cuts in water consumption in the face of the state's drought.