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Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

The number of people who joined the People’s Climate March this September 21 rea...

China takes big step in reducing ozone depleting gases

China takes big step in reducing ozone depleting gases

China has taken a big step towards reducing its hydrochlorfluorocarbons by closi...

Ozone layer on road to recovery – U.N.E.P., W.M.O.

Ozone layer on road to recovery – U.N.E.P., W.M.O.

The ozone layer is on the road to recovery, but unified action is still needed t...

Green vacation: Go on an eco-friendly safari

Green vacation: Go on an eco-friendly safari

The primary goal of modern-day eco-friendly African safaris is to lessen the ove...

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could lose around 2 percent G.D.P. due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could lose around 2 percent G.D.P. due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could be looking at economic losses of around 2 ...

South Asian countries face economic losses due to climate change – A.D.B. report

South Asian countries face economic losses due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Various countries in the South Asian region are looking at significant losses du...

World Bank aids Laos’ hydropower with $40 million in financing

World Bank aids Laos’ hydropower with $40 million in financing

The World Bank Group has inked two agreements for around $40 million in financin...

Business

Technology

Using a magic ratio for better, stronger and greener concrete

Using a magic ratio for better, stronger and greener concrete

Monday, 29 September 2014

A small modification to the contents of cement mix could lower the carbon emissions of the construction sector and result in stronger, more durable co...

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Politics

I.D.B., E.U., Spain to support renewable and efficient energy in the Caribbean

I.D.B., E.U., Spain to support renewable and efficient energy in the Caribbean

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Inter-American Development Bank, the European Union, and the Kingdom of Spain have inked a joint declaration that reaffirms their collaboration in...

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Living Green

Easy steps towards greener living

Easy steps towards greener living

Thursday, 02 October 2014

The health of the environment is under threat. Over-population, pollution and the gradual decline of natural resources along with other factors has no...

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Renewables

An overview of PV module manufacturing

An overview of PV module manufacturing

Thursday, 02 October 2014

PV module manufacturing is undertaken through rigorous processes of construction and testing with top-notch PV module manufacturers in India ensuring ...

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Low-Carbon

World’s first large-scale power station with C.C.S. commissioned in Canada

World’s first large-scale power station with C.C.S. commissioned in Canada

Thursday, 02 October 2014

The world’s first large-scale power station equipped with carbon capture storage, the Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage project, bega...

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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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