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NASA’s Big Picture on Climate Change

NASA’s Big Picture on Climate Change

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Visitors to the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland see signs of a warming planet on NASA’s hyperwall / Erica Flock

 

When you hear “NASA”, what comes to mind? Maybe you think of the International Space Station, the Mars Curiosity rover, or the Hubble Space Telescope. These high-profile projects are all important, but they represent only a fraction of the US space program.

Because of its unique “big picture” view of our planet, NASA is undertaking extensive research on climate change too....

Teens Lead on Climate with ACE

Teens Lead on Climate

Leadership-training

Guest post by Katherine Frazier-Archila of the Alliance for Climate Education

When did you first begin to care about the environment? Do you remember what inspired you? Today we face our greatest challenge as a world in addressing climate change.

However, there’s a hopeful sign: recent polls have shown that young people, those who have the most at stake, are committed to lowering our carbon footprint and working for a fossil-fuel free future. That’s where the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) comes in....

Corn for Home Heat: A Green Idea That Never Quite Popped

Some enterprising Americans burn kernels to keep warm in winter, but there's a reason the green heating concept hasn't taken off....

Privatization threatens your public lands

When school was out for the summer in the suburbs of Manhattan where I group up, my Mom packed our little Subaru hatchback with sleeping bags, a tent, a cooler filled with fruit and sandwich meat, hiking boots, rain gear, and three kids, and headed West.  Like generations before and since,

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BLM plan for southwest Colorado puts wildlands and cultural resources at risk
Jennifer Dickson

The BLM’s Tres Rios Field Office issued a final plan today that could have balanced a number of issues, ranging from wilderness-quality lands to oil and gas leasing to protection of remarkable cultural artifacts, inc

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Reintroduction of Boulder-White Clouds Bill is No Improvement for Wilderness Lovers, Wildlife; Core wildlife areas at risk from increased motorized uses under the Simpson-Risch bill
Michael Reinemer

The bill, jointly introduced by Rep. Simpson and Senator Jim Risch (R), eliminates important wild areas that have been recommended for wilderness protection by the U.S.

114th Congress Briefing Book
Feb 26, 2015

The 114th Congress faces a multitude of environmental challenges. The Wilderness Society is working the halls of power to make sure that America's wild places are part of the legislative agenda, and to make sure that lawmakers and staff are hearing both sides of the issues.

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Tracing the Northern Gateway: View from the East
Shell Oil Refinery, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Photo credit: Ann Chen

Shell Oil Refinery, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Photo: Ann Chen

Standing on the outskirts of Edmonton and looking northeast, a cluster of twinkling lights amid tall silvery smokestacks puffing out steam and smoke rises up out of the horizon.

Driving northeast towards those lights, following along the North Saskatchewan River, you will pass through the industrial city of Fort Saskatchewan, where petrochemical processing plants and bitumen upgrading facilities line the roads heading out of town. Train tracks run alongside the road and cylindrical rust stained train cars sit dormant, waiting to be filled with petrol products and sent along their way....

New Forest Service plan protects large portions of Colorado’s Thompson Divide

The Forest Service just released a plan that protects much of Colorado’s Thompson Divide from new oil and gas leasing. For years, this spectacular area has been threatened by oil and gas development.

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Obama’s Keystone veto elicits outcry—and Hollywood applause

Keystone XL potesters gather outside the White House in 2012. The controversial project has been in limbo for six years. (Photograph courtesy 350.org)

President Barack Obama's veto of a bill approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is kicking off a new round of denunciations from critics and support from Hollywood A-listers, including Oscar winner Julianne Moore.

Obama vetoed a bill, passed by the GOP-controlled Congress Feb. 11. and delivered to the White House Tuesday afternoon, to allow a 1,179 mile pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska. His veto, only the third of his presidency, came as no surprise. White House officials had indicated he would take such action on the multi-billion project....



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