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Kate Sheppard

Whatever Happened To All That Enthusiasm For 'Clean Coal?'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't that long ago that "clean coal" was all the rage. John McCain touted it on the campaign trail in 2008. So did Barack Obama. Th...

Country's Largest Public Power Provider Takes Major Step to Move Beyond Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Today the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced it will retire coal boilers are three of its coal plants in Alabama and Kentucky. Retiring these ...

Overwhelming Support for Climate Action at EPA Listening Sessions

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Last week, I rode a bus from Indianapolis to Chicago for one of eleven listening sessions on the carbon pollution standards being proposed by the Envi...

DC Kids Explore Nearby Nature Along the Billy Goat Trail

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Jackie Ostfeld

We arrived at the picnic area near the Billy Goat trailhead and the kids made sandwiches and ate lunch before we started on our hike. Some of the youth got a good work out running through the park to catch falling leaves before they made landfall.

Veterans Day: Get Outside

Stacy Bare | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Stacy Bare

People always ask me the best way to say thank you to a veteran or service member and their families in what can often be an awkward exchange that muddles the heartfelt gratitude of the non-veteran. My answer is always the same: get outdoors.

Want to Win the Climate Debate? Stop Debating.

Lucy Emerson-Bell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Lucy Emerson-Bell

The deniers do not care that 97 percent of scientists agree that climate change is anthropogenic because only 97 percent of scientists agree, not 100 percent. Even with mass consensus, there are still those three percent and those three percent are key to legitimizing the debate.

The "Electrifying Movement" that Continues to Fight Coal Exports

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

There are a handful of decisions that are going to be made in the U.S. this decade that will be pivotal in the fate of our climate. The six proposed c...

The Secret Behind L.A.'s Literature

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

A '20s renaissance developed around Jake and his bookstore next to the downtown library and in his Echo Park digs. Later after the war Anais Nin, and presumably Henry Miller and Bukowski, hung around in the very same hills of Echo Park.

Bringing Wolves Back: Snatching Victory From the Jaws of Defeat

Dan Chu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Dan Chu

We must allow the recovery of wolves to continue under the Endangered Species Act; the job is far from done. Bringing back wolves restores predator-prey interactions that preceded humans and shaped the wild special places that we all love today.

Toys 'R' Us Mocks Nature in Holiday Ad

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 12.28.2013 | Green
Jackie Ostfeld

Now more than ever, we need companies who really care about children to stand up and encourage kids and families to get outdoors.

Unhappy Anniversary

Michael Brune | Posted 12.28.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

A year has passed since Sandy, the second-costliest storm in U.S. history, slammed into the Eastern Seaboard, causing $65 billion in damage. On the day of this unhappy anniversary, though, we can't really say the disaster is behind us.

Kate Sheppard

'No Reason' To Believe Keystone XL Environmental Report In State Department Documents

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.25.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -– State Department documents released to an environmental group are raising new questions about the hiring of a government contractor to...

Asheville Votes to Move Beyond Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.23.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Chicago. Los Angeles. Austin. Asheville. Wait, what? That's right, Asheville, North Carolina, can now join the ranks of cities that have chosen to mov...

Fracking: The Other EPA Shutdown

Michael Brune | Posted 12.17.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

Sometimes we overlook that the EPA (and the rest of our government, for that matter) is made up of people who take pride in serving their community and doing a good job. Unfortunately, when it comes to hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the EPA has let down its guard.

Celebrating the 1,000th Sierra Club Solar Home

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.17.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

It's been more than two years since my husband and I installed solar panels on the roof of our home in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. As the months hav...

U.S. Court: Transcanada's Keystone XL Profits More Important Than Environment

Steve Horn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

After protestors succeeded initially in delaying Keystone XL, Big Oil has chosen a "new normal" stealth approval method: the non-transparent NWP 12.

Coal by Numbers

Michael Brune | Posted 12.08.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

Great news: In the past three years, 150 coal-fired power plants either have been retired or have announced a retirement date. Plant number 150 was Brayton Point in Massachusetts.

150 Plants Retired: Another Major Milestone Hit in Moving Beyond Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Today, the Sierra Club and a growing coalition of over 100 allies announced the retirement of the nation's 150th coal plant. This is a huge milestone ...

Paul Blumenthal

The New Campaign Finance Reformers Look To Jump-Start A Movement

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

COLUMBIA, Md. -- The 2014 election is over a year away, but even so Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) found himself standing in late July in the recessed liv...

Tar Heels Continue to Pressure School to Divest

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

If you're like me, you're looking for some positive news as the government shutdown and stalemate continues to affect millions of Americans. Let me he...

Top 5 Best Experiences From the Best Interns on Earth

Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz | Posted 12.02.2013 | Green
Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz

1. Seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time 2. Camping in the city of Chicago 3. Getting kissed by a wolf 4. Watching the sunset in Seq...

Wendell Berry and Bill Moyers to Talk Coal, Climate This Week on PBS

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.01.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Beginning October 4, PBS will air a special conversation between two of the people I admire most in the world - Kentucky farmer and author Wendell Ber...

5 Things You Need to Know About the Big New Climate Report

Michael Brune | Posted 11.27.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

There is a lot of bad news: Several effects of climate disruption have accelerated during the past decade, such as the loss of Arctic sea ice, the melting of big glaciers, and the rise of sea levels.

Plug In Day 2013: This Weekend Check Out an Electric Car

Michael Marx | Posted 11.27.2013 | Green
Michael Marx

Ever wondered what it's like to drive an electric car? Ever wanted to talk to someone who is not a car dealer about how these cars are charged, which cars are the most reliable or lowest in emissions?

Big Clean Energy News Just Keeps Coming: "Solar is the Most Economical Option," Says Energy CEO

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.26.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

On the heels of last week's release of carbon pollution safeguards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which requires future power plants ...