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Why the Dakota Assess Pipeline Doesn’t Make Economic Sense

By Mark Paul is a postdoctoral associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. Originally published at TripleCrisis Last week, Donald Trump signed an executive order to advance approval of the Keystone and Dakota Access oil pipelines. This should come as no surprise, as Trump continues to fill his administration with climate deniers, ranging from the negligent choice of Rick Perry as energy secretary to Scott Pruitt as the new head of the Environmental...

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Is Online Shopping Better for the Environment Than Going to the Store?

By Robin Scher a freelance writer from South Africa currently based in New York. Follow him on Twitter @RobScherHimself. Originally published at Alternet What’s greener, driving to the mall or having your products delivered to your doorstep? Hooked on online shopping? It’s all right, you’re not alone. In 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that second quarter online retail sales had risen by 15.8 percent from the previous year. Globally, these sales figures are said to be growing at a rate...

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China Foreign Minister: “I Have Suggestion For My American Friends: Brush Up On The History Of World War Two”

While Trump has been busy focusing on the US judicial system in recent days, letting the simmering conflict with China over trade and the disputed South China Sea islands slide to the back burner, China has remained on the diplomatic offensive, and in overnight remarks cited by Reuters, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the United States "needs to brush up on its history about the South China Sea, as World War Two-related agreements mandated that all Chinese territories taken by Japan had...

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ClimateGate 2 – NOAA Whistleblower Claims World Leaders Fooled By Fake Global Warming Data

Dr John Bates' disclosures about the manipulation of data behind the so-called 'Pausebuster' paper is the biggest scientific scandal since 'Climategate' in 2009 when, as Britain's Daily Mail reported, thousands of leaked emails revealed scientists were trying to block access to data, and using a 'trick' to conceal embarrassing flaws in their claims about global warming. Britain's Mail on Sunday today revealed astonishing evidence that the organisation that...

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TEPCO Admits Fukushima Radiation Levels Reach Record Highs As Hole In Reactor Discovered

With just 3 years left until the 2020 Olympics, Japan is likely desperate to reassure the world's athletes that all is well, but an admission from TEPCO - the Fukushima nuclear plant operator - that they discovered a hole at least one square meter in size beneath the reactor's pressure vessel, and lethal record-high radiation levels have been detected, will not likely reassure anyone. Radiation levels of up to 530 Sieverts per hour were detected inside an inactive Reactor 2 at the...

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Greenland Ice Sheet Melting 600 Percent Faster Than Predicted by Current Models

This Real News Network report focuses on one of what is becoming a large number of instances where climate models have underestimated the speed of climate change. [embedded content]DIMITRI LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris for The Real News. According to independent analyses by NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Earth 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880. This makes 2016 the third year in a row to set a new record...

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Enjoying the Hot Tub, Kermit?

You know, the old amphibian metaphor — intended to show that humans are sometimes unable to react well to gradual threats — about how a frog placed in boiling water will jump out, but a frog placed in cold water that is slowly heated will stay put and boil to death.- NY Times, 11/18/15 ***************************      Kermit the Frog   ***************************** Source:  World Economic Forum

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Amazon Signs 50-Year Lease On 900-Acre Air Cargo Hub To House 40 “Prime Air” Jets

Watch out FedEx, here comes Amazon Prime Air.  And, if history is any guide, Amazon may be quite happy to provide your cargo services at a discount to costs, which we suspect your shareholders, unlike Amazon's, will find to be sub-optimal.  According to the Consumerist, Amazon has signed a 50-year lease on a 900-acre cargo hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport intended to house a fleet of 40 Prime Air jets.  Amazon is expected to invest $1.5 billion in...

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‘Biggest Oil Find’ of 2016 Puts Crown Jewel Texas Oasis in Crosshairs for Fracking

By Sharon Kelly, an attorney and freelance writer based in Philadelphia who has reported for The New York Times, The Nation, National Wildlife, Earth Island Journal, and a variety of other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @SharonKellyEsq REEVES COUNTY, TEXAS — Travelers crossing the long stretch of arid desert spanning West Texas might stumble across an extraordinarily improbable sight — a tiny teeming wetlands, a sliver of marsh that seems like it should sit by the ocean but actually...

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Dakota Access Pipeline Set For Completion After Army Approval

With environmentalists already furious at Donald Trump for his recent executive orders to reincarnate the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines, their anger is set to overflow following news that the completion of the latter may be just a matter of months, if not weeks. As Reuters reports, while the 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline is nearly complete, just one "hotly contested" section under North Dakota's Lake Oahe that's been the topic of massive protests, remains unbuilt. The tribe has...

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