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Time to Pull the Plug on a $30 Billion Nuclear Fuel Boondoggle

Elliott Negin | Posted 03.16.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

It sounded like a good idea back in 2000. Two decades after the Cold War ended, the United States and Russia each agreed to dispose of 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium -- enough for about 20,000 warheads -- by combining most of it with uranium to create mixed-oxide fuel for commercial nuclear reactors.

Climate Change This Week: The Heat Is On, A Wind Power Tree, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Japan Meteorological Agency is the first of 4 major global temperature recordkee...

Climate Change This Week: Foul Fracking Fumes, Solar Sponge, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.07.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Why the US China Climate Deal Is Real - because their rapid development of fo...

Climate Change This Week: Bishops Bugle, Latin Solar Salsa, the Price of Heat, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.22.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Many orchids are now endangered or going extinct, as we destroy their special habitats. As it is, our exploding populations are changing the climate and irreversibly extinguishing much of the beautiful tapestry of life on Earth, and our mega life support systems, our ecosystems.

Climate Change This Week: New Solar Record, Murder, a Flying Donut, And More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.14.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. * * Vier Pfoten/Four Paws/RHOI/Rex/AP Palm Oil is Lethal for Mother and Child: Thi...

Climate Change This Week: The Munchkin Dilemma, Solar Cash Crop and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.06.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Climate action is economically good and patriotic: clean energy is becoming as cheap as, and less economically volatile than, fossil fuels, and builds US energy independence.

Climate Change This Week: the Pepsi Hijack, Cooling Mirrors, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.31.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. An Inspiring Conversation on Addressing Climate Change National Scientific Adviso...

Climate Change This Week: Lightning Increasing, Solar Cloth, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.24.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Stephen Colbert takes the Polar Plunge here, highlighting the dim lights who don't ...

Climate Change This Week: A BIG Climate Pact, Cheap US Solar Soon All Over, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.17.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. South Florida and Sea Level Rise - A Slow Motion Catastrophe - latest in the This I...

Nuclear Weapons Lab Used Taxpayer Funds To Obtain More Taxpayer Funds

Center for Public Integrity | R. Jeffrey Smith | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washingto...

Controversial U.S. Energy Loan Program Has Wiped Out Losses

Reuters | Posted 01.13.2015 | Green

By Nichola Groom Nov 13 (Reuters) - The controversial government program that funded failed solar company Solyndra, and became a light...

Climate Change This Week: Ikea Sells Solar, IPCC's Urgent Report, and More

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.10.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Screen capture of Facebook Timeline Photos Stephen Colbert: The Republicans' Inspi...

5 Reasons Chicago Is a Clean Energy Powerhouse

Amy Francetic | Posted 01.04.2015 | Green
Amy Francetic

Recently U.S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary David Danielson visited Chicago and spoke at a new tech incubator on Chicago's South Side. During Dr. Danielson's remarks, he declared Chicagoland an "emerging regional powerhouse" for clean energy.

Climate Change This Week: Coal's Creepy Cancer, Saving Capitalism From Polluters and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.01.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Ari Phillips at Climate Progress. Three major companies - Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly Clark - announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying or leasing solar panels for their homes. Sunny news, indeed!

Climate Change This Week: Driving Fast n' FREE on Solar, Record Rising Seas, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.20.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The EV Revolution Is Here! Takeaways: If we covered the 800 million US parking spaces with solar panels, the output would be three times the US ...

Climate Change This Week: The Walrus Sings, Renewables Rising, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.13.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Altaeros Energies is developing turbine-equipped tubular helium balloons that float up to 2,000 feet in the air to capture wind energy. (From Altaero...

Climate Change This Week: Solar Sunflower, Banks Bank on Clean Energy, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Oct 2, 2014 How unusua...

Leaking Nuclear Waste Tank Won't Be Emptied For At Least A Year

AP | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A new deal allows a radioactive waste storage tank to continue leaking for more than a year before its contents are pumped out...

Climate Change This Week: 400,000 Call For Climate Action, Hottest August on Record and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.26.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills to promote more CA electric cars, while New York Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled plans for $1 billion in energy retrofits for municipal buildings and pressuring landlords into reducing energy use.

Climate Change This Week: Energy Efficiency Saves Trillions, US Birds at Risk, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.20.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the U.S. is experiencing well above normal warmer temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.

Climate Change This Week: Solar Jobs Rise, So Does Global Heat, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.13.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, the jet stream has once again wobbled down into the US, bringing unusually cool but refreshing weather to much of the US as California and Alaska bake.

The Duh Moment: Switch to Clean Energy ASAP

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

What's the rush on renewable clean energy? It's connect-the-dots time! Here's my graphic line of connecting dots: 1. Almost all scienti...

Climate Change This Week: CA Solar Dream, Power Plants Punch, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.08.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Sep 8, 2014 How unusua...

Climate Change This Week: Rising Health Risks and Heat, Rising Renewables, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.30.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US is cooler than normal, but the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, which is hotter than normal.

Climate Change This Week: China Out Competes US on Solar, Droughts and Chills, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.22.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.