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What is the TPP? If You Don’t Know, It’s Time to Find Out

Right now, a trade deal is being negotiated between the United States and 11 other countries called the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, that would be the biggest trade deal in history. The agreement was brought to the next level this week, when President Barack Obama signed legislation giving him the authority to “fast-track” the deal. Unfortunately, many don’t even know what the TPP is. Do you? If not, this 90-second video from the Sierra Club can help.

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The Great Fall of China (Or So They Keep Telling Us)

The world keeps citing the rising number of environmental protests as a sign of China’s impending doom. It is true that the occurrence of such protests has increased by 29 percent year-on-year since 1996. But somehow, strangely, it seems as though the central government is actively encouraging outbreaks of popular protest. If it concerns the environment, that is.

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Lumber Liquidators Caught Selling Illegal Wood

Lumber Liquidators, one of the nation’s largest hardwood flooring retailers, needs be held accountable for selling timber harvested from illegal sources and putting endangered species at risk.

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The Road to COP21: How Negotiators Can ‘Make it Work’ in December

To prepare for the upcoming COP21 negotiations in Paris, French negotiators and universities have teamed up to run a variety of workshops and simulations to solicit new, innovative solutions to address the global climate change crisis. Here are three key takeaways negotiators should keep in mind this December, gained from one student’s experience at the COP 21 “Make it Work” simulation recently hosted by Sciences Po University in Paris.

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How Pain Keeps Us From Acting on Climate Change

When it comes to climate change, the cycle of pain and blame we’ve all been caught in is counterproductive. The majority of Americans share the same vision: a world with clean air and sustainable energy. Rather than being a source of pain, this vision can be a source of pride.

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Interfaith Power & Light Gets a Charge from Pope’s Encyclical

Bridging political and economic divides as well as religious faiths, Interfaith Power & Light sees Pope Francis’s climate change encyclical as a powerful call for stronger climate change action and greater renewable energy use. 3p spoke with IPL president and founder, Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, about the Pope’s message and its possible ramifications.

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India to Increase Solar Energy Five-Fold by 2022

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the nod to increasing the country’s solar capacity five-fold, to a goal of 100 gigawatts by 2022. The environmental progress doesn’t come without a pinch in the pursestrings: The 100 GW target is expected to cost around 600,000 crore, an equivalence of a whopping US$100 billion.

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On Campaign Finance: Tom Steyer Gets It

We need climate activists in public office. And that means spending some money to help climate candidates make their case during election season.

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Report Confirms: 2015 Is (Yet Another) Big Year for Solar

New solar energy installations will grow faster this year than previously expected, according to Mercom Capital, which will make 2015 another strong year for the global solar market. Releasing an update to its 2015 solar market report, Mercom predicts new installations will reach 57.4 gigawatts worldwide in 2015.

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China Pilots Its First National Park System

The Chinese government announced a plan for the country’s first national park system earlier this month. It’s modeled after the U.S. system, first established in 1872, but will it be enough to conserve the country’s natural landscapes?