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Boeing successfully completes test flight with green diesel

Boeing successfully completes test flight with green diesel

Boeing has completed the world’s first flight using green diesel. On December 3,...

U.N.F.C.C.C. head urges climate action as Lima Conference begins

U.N.F.C.C.C. head urges climate action as Lima Conference begins

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christ...

Philippines houses world’s largest solar-powered mall

Philippines houses world’s largest solar-powered mall

A mall in the capital city of the Philippines is now sporting a 1.5-megawatt sol...

U.S., China announce significant emissions reduction cuts

U.S., China announce significant emissions reduction cuts

The Governments of the United States and China have announced that they will be ...

Best Eco Cars of 2014

Best Eco Cars of 2014

Eco-friendly cars, also referred to as green cars, are vehicles that have a less...

Largest wind farm in Southeast Asia goes online in the Philippines

Largest wind farm in Southeast Asia goes online in the Philippines

The largest wind farm in Southeast Asia, a 150-megawatt installation in the Phil...

SPI Solar to acquire 360 MW worth of solar power projects in China

SPI Solar to acquire 360 MW worth of solar power projects in China

Solar Power, Inc. is set to become one of the largest solar developers in China....

Business

tenKsolar expands manufacturing capacity in Thailand

tenKsolar expands manufacturing capacity in Thailand

Friday, 19 December 2014

tenKsolar is establishing new production lines in Thailand for their manufacture of their solar modules. tenKsolar, which is based in Minneapolis, des...

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Technology

Bacteria producing sweet-smelling compound for greener fuels

Bacteria producing sweet-smelling compound for greener fuels

Tuesday, 02 December 2014

A sweet-smelling chemical compound primarily used in fragrances and flavoring is being studied for its potential as a clean and green biofuel. Methyl ...

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Politics

U.N. chief hails results of C.O.P. 20

U.N. chief hails results of C.O.P. 20

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the results of the recently concluded Conference of the Parties in Lima, Peru. The Secretary-Gener...

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Living Green

Incandescent bulbs now entering their homestretch

Incandescent bulbs now entering their homestretch

Saturday, 06 December 2014

Nearly 125 years after the invention of the light bulb – technology that revolutionized the world’s way of life and living – the phased ban on sale of...

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Renewables

Low-Carbon

Seven eco-friendly home heating solutions

Seven eco-friendly home heating solutions

Friday, 12 December 2014

Environmentally friendly home heating solutions are valuable for the planet, and can lower your utility bills. With the numerous home heating alternat...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Groups against Keystone crude oil pipeline fight 24 hour deadline

Groups against Keystone crude oil pipeline fight 24 hour deadline
The Keystone project is the planned pipeline that will run through 1,700 miles of space, from Alberta, Canada to refineries in the Texas Gulf Coast.

Groups fighting the Keystone Pipeline will march to the Senate today to deliver thousands of messages to stop it from voting for the project's continuation, following an earlier denial from United States President Barack Obama.

The Keystone project is the planned pipeline that will run through 1,700 miles of space, from Alberta, Canada to refineries in the Texas Gulf Coast. Its purpose is to transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day to those refineries. It will take about $7 billion to build.

Last month, United States President Barack Obama denied the project. But the same month, a bill authored by Senators John Hoeven, Richard Luger and David Vitter was filed in the Senate to authorize project owner TransCanada to proceed.

According to the environment groups, the Senate could vote as early as today to overturn Mr. Obama's rejection of Keystone XL last month.

The signature drive is a nationwide effort to get half a million signatures to be sent to U.S. Senators. The campaign began on 12 noon of Monday and will last 24 hours.

A broad coalition of environment groups which includes The Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, League of Conservation Voters and Friends of the Earth, among others is seeking signatures. Each has devoted space on its own Web page for the signature campaign.

Seven hours into the petition drive, Sierra Club announced having reached the goal of sending the Senate over 500,000 messages opposing Keystone.

"If approved and built, this pipeline, Keystone XL, would carry one of the most carbon-intensive sources of oil on the planet," a message from the Climate Reality Project signed by Al Gore states.

Defenders

Defenders of Keystone argue that the project will provide jobs, while some suggest that an inclusive strategy of utilizing varied energy resources will benefit the U.S. in a time when renewables are still only emerging as a major energy source. (See a related exclusive EcoSeed story here).

But groups like Friends of the Earth are quick to emphasize the costs. "The pipeline would endanger people all along its path, while benefiting Big Oil alone. Every single oil industry claim about positive economic impacts has been proven false by independent review."

Mr. Gore, meanwhile, said stopping the pipeline and the fuel that it will carry is the same as caring about the climate.

"After extensive research, the E.P.A. estimates that annual carbon pollution from the Keystone XL pipeline could be at least 82 percent higher than average crude refined in America - if not more. That's the same amount of pollution as adding 4.8 million cars to our roads: an additional 27 million metric tons of carbon pollution," Mr. Gore said.

The signature campaign will last until 12 noon, Tuesday. At 3:00 p.m., environmental groups will deliver boxes containing the 500,000 plus signatures directly to Senators Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, and Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, in Washington D.C. (Eric Dorente)



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