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Ohio rebels against Obama climate change agenda with energy bill

Ohio energy billThe coal-heavy state of Ohio rebelled against Barack Obama's climate change agenda on Friday, becoming the first state to roll back measures promoting wind and solar power and energy efficiency.

The bill signed into law by Ohio's governor, John Kasich, puts a two-year freeze on measures requiring power companies to obtain some of their electricity from wind and solar power, and reduce demand for electricity.

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Seminary divests from fossil fuels, calling oil ‘profoundly sinful’

Union Theological seminary

New York's Union Theological Seminary voted unanimously to become the world’s first seminary to divest from fossil fuels, taking with it the school’s $108.4 million endowment and calling the globe's addiction to oil "profoundly sinful."

The move follows the divestments of dozens of churches around the world and a call from Pope Francis for Christians to become better stewards of the earth in an effort to slow the "catastrophic threat" of climate change.

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Scotland emissions down 26.4 percent from 1990

scotland reduces emissionsThe Scottish government said Tuesday it's reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25 percent since 1990 and is on pace to hit 42 percent by 2020.

"Scotland has the world's leading climate change targets," Scottish Minister for Environment and Climate Change Paul Wheelhouse said in a statement. "With a target of 42 percent by 2020 we are ahead of the United Kingdom at 34 percent and well ahead of the EU at 20 percent."

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Supreme Court water pollution ruling may deny Marine vets' claims

Camp LejeuneVictims of contaminated water that wasn't discovered for decades lost their effort to sue polluters at the Supreme Court on Monday in a case that could set back thousands of former Marines and their families with similar claims.

The justices ruled 7-2 that North Carolina's law requiring lawsuits to be brought within 10 years of the contamination is not superseded by a federal law designed to give victims a two-year opportunity to file claims after the pollution comes to light. At least four states have similar laws.

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Will Fracking Cause Our Next Nuclear Disaster?

frackingThe idea of storing radioactive nuclear waste inside a hollowed-out salt cavern might look good on paper. The concept is to carve out the insides of the caverns, deep underground, then carefully move in the waste. Over time, the logic goes, the salt will move in and insulate the containers for thousands of generations.

"The whole game is to engineer something that can contain those contaminants on the order of tens of thousands of years," Tim Judson, the executive director of the Nuclear Information Resource Service (NIRS), told Truthout. NIRS is intended to be a national information and networking center for citizens and environmental activists concerned about nuclear power, radioactive waste, radiation and sustainable energy issues, according to Judson.

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In Norfolk, evidence of climate change is in the streets at high tide

Norfok rising sea levelAt high tide on the small inlet next to Norfolk’s most prestigious art museum, the water lapped at the very top of the concrete sea wall that has held it back for 100 years. It seeped up through storm drains, puddled on the promenade and spread, half a foot deep, across the street, where a sign read, “Road Closed.”

The sun was shining, but all around the inlet people were bracing for more serious flooding. The Chrysler Museum of Art had just completed a $24 million renovation that emptied the basement, now accessible only by ladder, and lifted the heating and air-conditioning systems to the top floor. A local accounting firm stood behind a homemade barricade of stanchions and detachable flaps rigged to keep the water out. And the congregation of the Unitarian Church of Norfolk was looking to evacuate.

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Hundreds more fatalities if Keystone XL isn’t built? Not exactly

Keystone XL pipeline reportOn Friday, the State Department revised its January report on the environmental impacts of building or not building the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, including the number of potential injuries and fatalities if Canadian oil would move by rail instead.

The New York Times reported that the revisions projected “hundreds more fatalities and thousands more injuries than expected over the course of a decade.”

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