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Coal Export Terminal Plan Nixed by Oregon Agency

This is the latest in a series of wins for opponents of coal company plans to move coal through the Pacific Northwest on the way to Asian markets. But two major plans in Washington State, out of six original proposals, are still pending.

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China, The Nature Conservancy Work to Curb Pollution

It might seem like a strange partnership between a nonprofit and a huge nation, but it might work. TNC’s Conservation Blueprint project identified 32 regions that the organization and the Chinese government believe are most vital to the country’s environmental future.

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Shrugging Off the Libertarian Fantasy

The point is that the Libertarian view of big government and massive government intervention as the source of all evil is not realistic or grounded in the way a complicated and globalized world works.

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Sponging Up Solar Energy

This new sponge-like structure is a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam, which all works to create a “porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits the structure’s surface, it creates a hotspot in the graphite, drawing water up through the material’s pores, where it evaporates as steam. The brighter the light, the more steam is generated.”

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More Utilities Are Shifting to Renewable Energy

“Renewables — including wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, waste heat and small-scale hydroelectric — accounted for a whopping 49 percent of new U.S. electric generating capacity in 2012, with new wind development outpacing even natural gas,” writes Jon Wellinghoff, partner at Stoel Rives LLP and former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in the report

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ExxonMobil to Comply with LGBT Executive Order

Exxon, which according to government records won more than $480 million in federal contracts in 2013 and more than $8 billion since 2006, has long resisted pressure from civil rights groups and shareholders to enumerate LGBT protections in its formal equal opportunity corporate policy.

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No Tesla Charging Stations? Chinese Business Man Builds His Own

Zong needed a way to get his new Tesla home from the dealership; his idea evolved to a “demonstration of the power of Internet-based organizing and a grassroots alternative to government-backed charging-facility projects,” the Caixin report says.

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World Bank: Climate Change Policies Will Boost Global Economy

“Climate change poses a severe risk to global economic stability, but it doesn’t have to be like this,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “We believe it’s possible to reduce emissions and deliver jobs and economic opportunity, while also cutting health care and energy costs. This report provides powerful evidence in support of that view.”

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Target Pushes ‘Long-Term Value’ in 2013 Sustainability Report

“It’s about making sure the partnerships we take, the processes we follow and the products we sell are helping us create long-term value that goes beyond Target and into the communities we see,” said John Mulligan, interim president and CEO of Target.

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Oakland City Council Moves on Coal Transport Ban

Cities do not have the power to prohibit fossil fuel shipments because only the federal government can regulate railroads, so it’s an easy stance to take — it’s a resolution not a law. However fierce local opposition to fossil fuel exports carried on trains through West Coast port areas is putting a severe crimp in industry plans.