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Bill McKibben’s Brash One-Man-Stand Against Exxon and Climate Change

There are more than 160,000 gas stations in the U. S., more than three times the number of supermarkets. Yet when 350.org founder Bill McKibben set up his one-man protest outside an Exxon gas station in Vermont and forced it to close, he did more than get arrested. Months-old news about a simmering accusation of cover-up is once more back in the headlines and in front of lawmakers.

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Despite Voting No On Parental-Leave, Ryan Pleads for Family Time

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced on Tuesday night that he will run for Speaker of the House, but only under certain conditions: “I cannot and will not give up my family time.” It’s great that Ryan wants to spend time with his wife and three children. However, his track-record concerning childcare legislation and subsidies shows he has one standard for himself and another for average Americans.

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The Federal Reserve’s Role in Saving the Planet

The Federal Reserve has a very clear mission that includes three basic objectives: maximize employment, keep prices stable and keep interest rates reasonable. The Federal Reserve is also responsible for “containing systemic risk that may arise in financial markets.” Given the objectives mentioned, take a moment to strategize on how you might convince the Federal Reserve to take a more active role in addressing climate change.

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Why Food Waste is an Urgent Global Problem

It’s a never-ending cycle: An over-plentiful food production that exists to satiate our needs and preferences — and which, in its abundance, also feeds landfills instead of families in economic need … all the while creating increasing fuel for climate change. We speak with Mathy Stanislaus of the EPA to get the straight skinny on this burgeoning problem and what the U.S. government, businesses and consumers are doing to help break the cycle.

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Victory in the Arctic: Obama Cancels Lease Sales

A few months ago, it seemed inevitable that the world’s most pristine ocean would be drilled. Today, after a massive, months-long grassroots and social media mobilization, the Arctic will be preserved, from now to the foreseeable future.

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How Corporate Climate Change Talk Differs Online, in D.C.

It’s in vogue these days for a corporation to say it stands behind climate change action. It’s another thing however, say the authors of the new website, InfluenceMap, to find one that really does support steps that offer change. The website dug deep when it looked at 100 global corporations and their public (and not so public) stance on climate change. The results were quite revealing.

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TerraPass, Moms Clean Air Force Talk Climate Change and Our Kids’ Futures

Moms Clean Air Force is a national organization of more than 500,000 parents, committed to fighting air pollution. Nancy Bsales of TerraPass had the pleasure of working with Moms Clean Air Force and speaking with Molly Rauch about the organization’s mission and how to get involved.

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In Defense of Recycling and Common Sense

In his New York Times opinion piece from Oct. 3, John Tierney marginalizes the environmental benefits of recycling and waste diversion when he posits that recycling a great number of manufactured and organic materials has no economic rationale. As leaders of the sixth largest city in the U.S. and the nation’s largest university, respectively, we not only find Mr. Tierney’s assertions faulty, but we also contend that they are based on an obsolete economic model.

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Portland’s Clean Diesel Initiative Builds New Specs for Green Construction

What do you get when you put a real estate developer, a large neighborhood association, a state environment agency and a whole lot of contractors in one room? If it’s Portland, you get dialogue and a way to accomplish green goals few would have thought were possible a few years ago.

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Volkswagen Injury and Death Stats Significantly Underreported, Say Analysts

Volkswagen is under the microscope again, this time because analysts say the yearly accident stats it gives to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration are underreported. Their proof? Other automakers’ are known to be guilty of underreporting, and VW’s reported numbers are nine times below those of its competitors. It’s a novel way of finding discrepancies, for sure.

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Maine Lobstermen Cry ‘Foul’ Over Proposed Searsport Harbor Dredging

A proposed joint federal and state harbor dredging project in Maine has the potential to destroy Maine’s robust lobster fishing industry. Other benthic sea life could also be at risk if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Maine Dept. of Transportation go forward with their plans, say local lobstermen.

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Nestlé’s Expired Permit Prompts Water Diversion Lawsuit

Yesterday, three California nonprofit organizations joined together in a lawsuit against the U.S. National Forest Service. Their beef? Nestle’s water bottling permit in the drought-stricken state expired 27 years ago.