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Carbon Dioxide Levels Topped 400 PPM Throughout Northern Hemisphere In April, WMO Says

Published: 
Wed, 05/28/2014 (All day)

Carbon dioxide levels throughout the northern hemisphere hit 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history in April, an ominous threshold for climate change, the World Meteorological Organization said on Monday.

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U.S. officials cut estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil by 96%

Published: 
Mon, 05/26/2014 (All day)
Category: 
Energy

Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96% the estimated amount of recoverable oil buried in California's vast Monterey Shale deposits, deflating its potential as a national "black gold mine" of petroleum.

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Promising solution to plastic pollution - Harvard's Wyss Institute creates bioplastic made from shrimp shells

Published: 
Sun, 05/25/2014 (All day)
Category: 
Waste

For many people, “plastic” is a one-word analog for environmental disaster. It is made from precious petroleum, after all, and once discarded in landfills and oceans, it takes centuries to degrade.

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8 Incredibly Efficient Cars That Drive Thousands Of Miles On Just One Gallon--Designed By Students

Published: 
Thu, 05/22/2014 (All day)
Category: 
Transportation

The winning entry in the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas, a competition that challenges undergrads and high-schoolers to build fuel-efficient vehicles, got an amazing 2,824 mpg.

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Jane Kleeb vs. the Keystone Pipeline

Published: 
Mon, 05/19/2014 (All day)
Category: 
Energy

Terry Van Housen had a question. What he wanted to know from the 30 or so other Nebraska farmers and ranchers gathered in February at the York Community Center was this: What do you do with 10,000 dead cows?

That was the number of cattle Van Housen figured could be at risk if the Obama administration permitted the proposed 1,700-mile XL leg of the Keystone pipeline to cut across their state. Bulldozers would dig a trench not far from Van Housen’s feedlot, completing the final phase of the Keystone project and streamlining the current flow of oil from the bitumen mines of Northern Alberta toward refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas. If the pipe were to leak, Van Housen said, his cattle could die.