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50% of EU Residents Could Be Generating Their Own Renewable Energy by 2050

50% of EU Residents Could Be Generating Their Own Renewable Energy by 2050

By Nadia Prupis A people-powered energy revolution—an era in which people can produce their own electricity—is possible, and could happen soon, according to a new report released Monday by the environmental group Friends of the Earth Europe (FOEE). birgstockphoto.com The report, The Potential of Energy Citizens in the European Union, finds that over half the […]

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    Arctic is Caught in Rapid Melt ‘Death Spiral’

    Arctic is Caught in Rapid Melt ‘Death Spiral’

    TckTckTck By Heather Libby “The record or near-records being reported from year to year in the Arctic are no longer anomalies or exceptions. Really they have become the rule for us, or the norm that we see in the Arctic and that we expect to see for the forseeable future” – Jackie Richter-Menge, U.S. Army […]

    World’s Largest Public Bank Dumps Dirty Coal

    World’s Largest Public Bank Dumps Dirty Coal

    World Wildlife Fund The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) gave a cautious welcome yesterday to the move by the European Investment Bank (EIB), the world’s largest public financial institution, to adopt measures which, if implemented properly, should phase out its support for coal and lignite power plants. The European Investment Bank is by far the biggest […]

    Direct Action Campaigns Worldwide Target Fossil Fuel Industry

    Direct Action Campaigns Worldwide Target Fossil Fuel Industry

    EcoWatch By Lauren Berlekamp As the summer heats up, awareness is quickly escalating across the world as different direct action campaigns target a common denominator: the fossil fuel industry. Earlier this year, organizers including 350.org launched the Summer Heat and Fearless Summer campaigns, calling for a global uprising to “peacefully but firmly” stand up to […]

    U.S. Coal Exports Causing Deaths in Europe

    U.S. Coal Exports Causing Deaths in Europe

    Sierra Club Greenpeace By Justin Guay and Lauri Myllyvirta Increasing coal burning in Europe caused 2,000 additional premature deaths, with exports from the U.S. accounting for two thirds of that increase. Coal-fired power plants are silent killers. Hour after hour, these plants fill the air with toxic pollutants, including mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium and tiny […]

    Worldwide Honey Bee Collapse: A Lesson in Ecology

    Worldwide Honey Bee Collapse: A Lesson in Ecology

    Greenpeace By Rex Weyler We know what is killing the bees. Worldwide Bee Colony Collapse is not as big a mystery as the chemical companies claim. The systemic nature of the problem makes it complex, but not impenetrable. Scientists know that bees are dying from a variety of factors—pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air […]

    Victory: EU Votes to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides

    Victory: EU Votes to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides

    Beyond Pesticides Photo courtesy of Shutterstock A landmark decision by the European Commission yesterday, means that bee-killing, neonicotinoid pesticides will experience a continent-wide ban in Europe for two years. A 15-member states majority supported the ban, with eight against and four abstaining. European Health and Consumer Commissioner Tony Borg explains, “Since our proposal is based on a […]

    Dirty Energy vs. Clean Energy in the Race to Power Off-Grid Energy Markets

    Dirty Energy vs. Clean Energy in the Race to Power Off-Grid Energy Markets

    Sierra Club International By Justin Guay A war is shaping up that pits an entrenched, aging and uncompetitive fossil fuel industry against a young, innovative and increasingly competitive set of renewable energy technologies. The former relies on their entrenched status chock full of obscenely high subsidies to fight of a set of disruptive innovations that […]