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On Climate Change, Who’s Hoaxing Who?

Inhofe says, “The idea that our advanced industrialized economy would ever have zero carbon emissions is beyond extreme and further proof that the IPCC is nothing more than a front for the environmental left.”

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ExxonMobil, MIT Hook Up on $25 Million Energy Initiative

ExxonMobil will collaborate with MIT on a “wide range” of projects, including research to improve and expand renewable energy sources and find more efficient ways to produce and use conventional hydrocarbon resources.

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Shell Seeks 5 More Years for Arctic Drilling

Despite spending eight years and $6 billion — with no oil production to show for its efforts — Shell Oil is asking the U.S. government for another five years to drill in the Arctic.

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Climate Change: Ready for a New Era of Extreme Weather?

“Our preparedness deficit is the result of years of inaction and under-investment at the federal, state and local levels,” says Collin O’Mara, NWF president and CEO. “It’s time for our elected officials to reinvest in our natural defenses and this report offers a blueprint for bipartisan, market-based solutions.”

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Intelligent Readers and the Climate Crisis

In succinct and accessible language, this short but powerful book pulls no punches: climate change is the most critical threat to the planet today, and also the most complicated global issue. And, “like any critical threat it requires an emergency response.”

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Federal Agencies Launch Great Lakes Restoration Plan Part II

“The new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan lays out the steps we need to take to get us closer to the day when all Great Lakes fish will be safe to eat, all beaches will be safe for swimmers and harmful algal blooms will not threaten our drinking water supplies,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

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McKinsey Touts Bioenergy as Coal Replacement

McKinsey writers Marco Albani, Nicolas Denis and Anna Granskog assert that biomass-based energy should not be counted out just yet. “Although today it fails to compete on cost with other renewables such as wind and solar, we believe bioenergy not only has the potential to significantly improve but could even become cost competitive with coal.”

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Southwest to Fly with Forest Waste Biofuel

The airline’s recent agreement with Colorado’s Red Rock Biofuels will have a double benefit: The low carbon renewable jet fuel — made using forest residues or remnants — will help reduce the risk of destructive wildfires in the Western United States.

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GE, Nike, BoA Cut from 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index

“Both the importance and the understanding of sustainability has grown dramatically over the past decade and a half,” said David Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the S&P Dow Jones Index Committee. Over the span the indices have become “the leading benchmark in the field,” he continued.

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How Cities Can Battle Climate Change with Resiliency Planning

“We can’t predict the next disruption or catastrophe. But we can control how we respond to these challenges. We can adapt to the shocks and stresses of our world and transform them into opportunities for growth,” the 100 Resilient Cities’ site says. While shocks include events like earthquakes, fires and floods, stresses include high unemployment, inefficient public transportation, endemic violence or chronic food and water shortages. The 100 Resilient Cities Challenge aims to help cities be better prepared for adverse events and better able to deliver basic services in both good and bad times.