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  • Stanford Divesting Coal Helps Students Seeking Domino Effect

    Stanford University’s decision this week to end investments in coal companies may bolster student- led campaigns to stop climate change that have spread to hundreds of U.S. college campuses.

  • How the Billionaires’ Shadow Government Works

    There is no shortage of billionaires -- the Koch brothers, Carl Icahn, Dan Loeb and, yes, Mike Bloomberg, to name a handful -- who are willing to use their vast wealth to push a particular political agenda or to advocate for a specific social reform. That’s hardly a revelation.

  • Keystone Foes Take Aim at Maryland Natural Gas Project

    Environmentalists fighting the Keystone XL pipeline are rallying to block a Maryland natural gas export terminal as momentum builds to use the U.S. fuel as a weapon against Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.

  • The Most Influential Climate Study Few People Know About -- It is probably the most influential paper on climate science today. But few outside scientific circles even know it exists.

  • Dumb Question: Is a Leaderless Climate Movement Like al-Qaeda?

    Bill McKibben published The End of Nature in 1989, one of the first popular books to explain global warming. In recent years, he has turned to climate change activism, founding in 2008 with seven undergraduate students to build "a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis," according to its website. The group now has about 50 employees and works with voluntary organizers in approximately 190 countries. McKibben is one of the most visible activists fighting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would deliver Canadian oil sands crude into the U.S., if approved by the Obama administration.

  • Keystone Environmental Review Didn’t Breach Rules: Report

    The U.S. State Department’s inspector general said the agency’s selection of a contractor to write an environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline didn’t violate federal conflict of interest rules, a finding that removes another hurdle for the long-delayed project.

  • Harvard Embracing Fossil Fuel Condemned by Gore on Filthy Lucre

    Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore broke from his prepared remarks two months ago at a Harvard University event honoring a deceased professor who had sparked his passion for the environment.

  • Keystone Foes Urge Obama to Repeal Tax Breaks for Oil Companies

    Bill McKibben, leader of a group that pushed President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, urged the administration to seek repeal of tax breaks for U.S. oil companies in the State of the Union speech.

  • Germany Abandons Nuclear Power and Lives to Talk About It (Bonn, Germany) — On the afternoon of April 29, 1986, West Germany's Interior Minister Friedrich Zimmermann walked out of a meeting with the Commission on Radiological Protection and spoke to a TV reporter.

  • The Triumph (and Challenge) of Climate Math

    A nerd hasn't been this popular since, well, ever. Nate Silver, the creator of the election poll statistical hub

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