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[1THING] Blog: Archive for June, 2015

[ Feds force Shell to scale back plans, but Arctic Ocean risks remain ]

Tim Woody

In a move to protect marine mammals, the Obama administration today told Royal Dutch Shell that it would not be allowed to simultaneously drill two exploratory wells less than 15 miles apart in the Arctic Ocean. The announcement forces Shell to scale back its drilling plans for this summer.

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[ Path to the Paris Climate Conference ]

Even without Congress, the federal executive branch and states are playing a major role in U.S. progress to address climate change. In the next decade, existing state policies and federal rules such as the Clean Power Plan will cut carbon pollution by 1.1 billion metric tons, or 27 percent from 2005 levels.

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[ States, executive branch cutting pollution even while Congress resists climate action ]

Even in the face of congressional obstruction, state governments and federal rules are playing a major role in U.S. progress to address climate change, a new report said today. In the next decade, existing state policies and federal measures such as the Clean Power Plan will cut carbon pollution by 1.1 billion metric tons, or 27 percent from 2005 levels.

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[ Rep. Grijalva Applauded for Reintroduction of Military-Conservation Bill for Sonoran Desert ]

Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society and the Arizona Wilderness Coalition commend Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-Dist.

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[ Congressional hearing should spur action to improve renewable energy permitting on public lands ]

While the subject of the hearing zeroed in on whether the Bureau of Land Management is doing enough to ensure bonds to pay for restoring project sites from renewable energy companies are up to date, it underscored the significant progress that has been made—and the key opportunities that r

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[ Report: Rising sea levels will do costly damage to national parks & other sites ]

The report, released by the Interior Department on June 23, assessed 40 national parks, monuments and other coastal sites and found that $40 billion in infrastructure and other resources was at risk due

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[ Major Step Forward for Yakima Basin Water Supply and River Restoration Plan: Sen. Maria Cantwell Introduces Legislation for Precedent-Setting Water Deal ]

Emily Linroth

The legislation will support efforts to make droughts like the one the Yakima Basin is experiencing this year less of a hardship for both farms and fish.

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[ Report: Solar energy benefits vastly outweigh costs ]

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The Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center report, Shining Rewards: The Value of Rooftop Solar Power for Consumers and Society, found that the value of solar energy, on average, was higher than the average local residential retail electricity rate. In other words: utilities were likely underpaying solar panel owners, not subsidizing them. 

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[ Shining Rewards ]

A review of 11 recent analyses shows that individuals and businesses that decide to “go solar” generally deliver greater benefits to the grid and society than they receive through net metering. Decision-makers should recognize the great value delivered by distributed solar energy by preserving and expanding access to net metering and other programs that ensure fair compensation to Americans who install solar energy.

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[ New research shows outdoor time boosts kids’ brainpower ]

Add yet another item to the long list of ways that nature helps kids: A new study of second, third and fourth graders in Spain found that more green space, especially around schools, is associated with imp

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