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NMSU researcher creates material to help slow climate change

A New Mexico State University researcher has invented a new material he says can effectively capture and remove carbon dioxide from the air, a critical step in slowing climate change. Carbon dioxide is a major greenhouse gas, along with methane, that climate scientists blame for a global warming trend. Removing carbon dioxide generated by burning fossil fuels, especially in power ...

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Florida governor bans “climate change”

In a bizarre news break, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting released a report that states employees in Florida’s environmental agency are banned from using the terms “climate change” and “global warming,” among other phrases. According to The Hill, the overreaching censorship policy went into effect when Gov. Rick Scott (R) took office in 2011. People who worked at the ...

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Oregon Senate advances climate change measure

SALEM, Ore. — A bitterly divided Oregon Senate advanced a climate change bill Tuesday, handing resigning Gov. John Kitzhaber the final legislative victory of his nearly four decades in Oregon politics on his last full day in office. Republicans were unsuccessful in several attempts to derail the measure, which aims to spur investment in alternative transportation fuels. It was a ...

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Pope’s climate-change stand deepens conservatives’ distrust

NEW YORK— Conservative distrust of Pope Francis, which has been building in the U.S. throughout his pontificate, is reaching a boiling point over his plan to urge action on climate change — and to do so through a document traditionally used for the most important papal teachings. For months, Francis has been drafting an encyclical on the environment and global ...

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Pope Francis takes a stance against hydraulic fracturing

Pope Francis isn’t shy to take on unprecedented political stances for a man of his clerical status. Last July, in reference to forest reduction and land that cannot give the bounty of life it once could, the Pope called this exploitation of the planet, “our sin.” Additionally, he has condemned modern habits of consumerism for destroying the planet and has ...

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EDITORIAL: Clean energy expanding, even in Kentucky

Renewable energy

Despite declining oil prices, clean-energy investment rose worldwide last year by 16 percent to $310 billion. China led the way, reports Bloomberg Energy Finance, increasing its investment in low-carbon energy to $89.5 billion. Investment in clean energy reached $66 billion in Europe and $51.8 billion in the United States, the most here since 2012. Bloomberg reports that Japan is the ...

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Senate Democrats look to tweak bill on Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON — Democrats plan to use Senate consideration of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to get Republicans on the record about climate change and to resurrect parts of a bipartisan energy efficiency bill doomed by pipeline politics last year. But Republicans readied additions of their own, such as lifting a ban on crude oil exports. Other possible tweaks could attempt ...

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Big threat for Obama’s climate efforts from GOP-run Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress this week. The GOP vows to move fast and forcefully to roll back his environmental rules and force his hand on energy development. The GOP’s first order of business: the Keystone XL pipeline. The Republican-led House ...

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Gas flares in Eagle Ford Shale continue upward

Bakken Oil Well Flare

SAN ANTONIO — State records show that gas flaring in the most profitable shale field in the U.S. is on pace to surpass to 2013 levels of waste and pollution in South Texas. The San Antonio Express-News reported Sunday that the Eagle Ford Shale burned off more than 20 billion cubic feet of natural gas in the first seven months of ...

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