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Rolling Bombs: Millions of Latinos Live Next Door to a Public Menace, Oil Trains

Javier Sierra | Posted 11.04.2014 | Green
Javier Sierra

Since 2005, the oil train traffic in North America has increased 40 fold. At any given moment, some nine million barrels of crude oil are being transported around North America. Yet we haven't seen any real improvements in the safety of these trains.

Breaking Big Oil's Grip

Michael Brune | Posted 11.04.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Eat enough donuts and your health will suffer, regardless of how much you paid for them. Likewise, the more oil we consume, the worse the consequences will be for our climate, our environment, and our democracy. High prices simply add insult to the ongoing injury.

Why Fossil Fuels Are Dirty Politics as Well as Dirty Energy

Carl Pope | Posted 11.04.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

Why is it that extracting coal, oil and natural gas so often ends up being at odds with the rule of law and the premises of democracy? Is Richard Berman right -- does the industry have a choice between winning dirty and losing clean?

As Scientists Sound the Alarm on Climate, a Reason for Hope

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.04.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

As the world's leading scientists hold up a danger sign, hundreds of thousands of Americans who are moving their communities beyond coal are pointing the way to a solution. This is not a time for cynicism and despair -- it's a time for hope, determination, and action.

Kate Sheppard

Enviros Tentatively Hopeful About A Potential Upton Upset

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

Climate activists in Michigan are hoping to pull off an upset in the House race that pits incumbent Republican Fred Upton against Democrat Paul Clemen...

Found in the Flood

Michael Brune | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Although we can't prevent more powerful storms, we are far from powerless. We still have time to take action to limit the climate disruption that makes storms more severe. But let's be clear: That time is limited.

Quiz: Is an Electric Car Right for You?

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

A poll last year found that nearly half of American households could purchase an EV for their next car; it would be a great fit for their driving needs, and they would have a place to charge it with electricity. We're talking about many millions of people. Are you one of them?

Exxon's First Prick of Conscience?

Michael Brune | Posted 12.20.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Exxon Mobil's vice president of public and government affairs published a critique of divestment that concluded by saying that destroying our planet's climate by recklessly extracting and burning fossil fuel reserves is necessary to relieve global poverty.

Kate Sheppard

Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Owner Wins Climate Leadership Award

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.17.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -– The company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline was recognized this week for leadership on climate change -– to the shock o...

Momentum Builds in Louisiana, the Latest Front in the Fight Against Coal Exports

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.17.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

If constructed, the facility could see some six to eight million tons of coal and refinery waste exported overseas every year (that's about six coal-fired power plants worth of coal).

Obama's Lucky Thirteenth

Michael Brune | Posted 12.13.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

California may be famous for its beaches, but what really defines the state's geography are its many mountain ranges. On Friday, President Obama permanently protected one of those mountain ranges by designating almost 350,000 acres of the Angeles National Forest as our newest national monument.

Cruising for Moose in Maine

Peter Mandel | Posted 12.13.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

It feels like we're flying all over the state of Maine -- and, at one point, we set down on a whim to taxi over to a village where a man sells us homemade root beer out of a refrigerator on his front porch. The only problem is that, although we swoop and dive, circle and fly, we just can't find any moose.

College Students Continue to Lead the Way on Clean Energy

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.10.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

All this good clean energy news lately, and I haven't talked about the recent college victories! Last month, thanks to tremendous student activism, officials at the University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill and the University of Georgia announced significant steps related to moving beyond coal.

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument -- The Wild Is Where You Find It

Dan Chu | Posted 12.09.2014 | Green
Dan Chu

In a wise move, President Obama recently designated about 350,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains, east of Los Angeles, as our country's newest national monument. It's a decision that came as the result of years of collaboration.

Electric Vehicles Reach Highest Percentage of US Auto Sales to Date

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 12.07.2014 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

As a way to slash oil use and emissions, we need people to switch from driving to transit, biking and walking -- meaning fewer auto sales and less driving overall. But for the millions who will continue to drive in the near future, we need them to switch to EVs, which are significantly cleaner than conventional vehicles.

If a Tar-Sands Project Fails in the Forest...

Michael Brune | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

No rational reason exists for doing this to our planet -- unless you count greed. Sadly, some people do. But even if you are willing to destroy 50,000 square miles of boreal forest just to make a profit, there's no way to justify destroying our future in the process.

Secrets of the Past in a Rugged Landscape

Dan Chu | Posted 11.24.2014 | Green
Dan Chu

Unless action is taken, the area's cultural treasures -- as well as its stunning scenery, exceptional recreational opportunities, and ecological health -- will only continue to be degraded and destroyed.

California Governor Jerry Brown Among Tens of Thousands Who Celebrated National Drive Electric Week in 152 Cities

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 11.24.2014 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

In 152 cities and 39 US states, more than 90,000 people attended events last week associated with the 2014 National Drive Electric Week.

A Shout Heard 'Round the World

Michael Brune | Posted 11.24.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

After this week, no one ever needs to feel alone in this fight. We are millions of people, all around the world. Together, we have power that even the wealthiest corporations in the world will be unable to resist.

One Woman's Amazing Work for Wilderness

Michael Brune | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

We're right in the middle of Wilderness Week, and this year it's a special one because we just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act -- which is still a high-water mark for the protection of our most precious wild places.

Massachusetts Promotes Electric Vehicles in Three-City Tour

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Massachusetts and all the other states have a long way to go to reaching the zero emission vehicle goals. In fact, Massachusetts alone will need to sell an average of nearly 27,000 plug-in cars per year between 2015 and 2025 to meet the goal. In the last year, it sold just over 2,000.

Kate Sheppard

Green Groups Announce Ad Buy Against Iowa Republican Joni Ernst

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and the political arm of the Sierra Club are targeting Iowa Republican candidate Joni Ernst ...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Conservation Groups File Complaint Over Leaking Dominion Virginia Power Coal Ash Ponds

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three conservation groups accused Dominion Virginia Power Wednesday of illegally discharging coal ash waste into the Potomac River. F...

Outraged Miami Residents Confront Walmart Developer in Kendall

Grant Stern | Posted 11.12.2014 | Miami
Grant Stern

Walmart is looking to fill a gap in their chain's lockdown coverage of southwest Miami by building a SuperCenter into one of only three endangered pine rocklands habitats in all of Florida, as part of Coral Reef Commons.

The Voice of Bart Simpson Wants You to Check Out Electric Cars Next Week

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 11.12.2014 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

I knew the fourth annual National Drive Electric Week would be big, but I didn't realize it would be this big! We're having free events in 135+ cities September 15-21 to share the fuel cost-saving, clean-air, and fun-driving benefits of electric vehicles.