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China Now Handing Down Death Penalty to Worst Polluters

In what appears to be a clear case of “desperate measures for desperate times,” Chinese authorities have recently given courts the authority to hand down the death penalty for serious cases of pollution. This is in response to public outrage over the despoliation of the environment.

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New York City Tackles the Perils of Climate Change

New York City May Michael Bloomberg cited the perils of climate change and the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in his call for a $19.5 billion initiative that would include new coastal protections and zoning codes for the city as well as new standards for telecommunications and for providing fuel.

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San Francisco Partners with ‘Sharing’ Startups to Save Lives During Disaster

Technology is changing the way people respond to emergencies. When Hurricane Sandy resulted in dead and backed-up phone lines, people turned to social media to call for help, reassure the stranded and coordinate rescue. More than a thousand people even offered their homes for free to those in need using short-term lodging service Airbnb.

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Justice Dept., Arkansas Take on ExxonMobil over Pegasus Pipeline Spill

The U.S. Department of Justice, along with Arkansas, filed a joint lawsuit that could give ExxonMobil a slight slap on the wrist for the March pipeline spill of about 5,000 barrels of heavy Canadian crude oil in the Mayflower residential neighborhood.

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Why the Carbon Bubble Will Burst

The economic consequences of a warming world will be severe, but there’s still time to lessen them despite a carbon bubble, says Forum for the Future.