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The truth about the forthcoming endangered cities

The truth about the forthcoming endangered cities

Gone are the days when the term ‘endangered’ was being cascaded to animals or di...

Elemooni: Eco-friendliness for kids

Elemooni: Eco-friendliness for kids

A new group of nano explorers could change the way children learn about positive...

R.E.S. Americas orders 166 MW-worth of wind turbines from Vestas

R.E.S. Americas orders 166 MW-worth of wind turbines from Vestas

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has received an order from Renewable Energy Sys...

N.R.D.C. fights back, counters discrediting advertisements through TV ads

N.R.D.C. fights back, counters discrediting advertisements through TV ads

New York-based environmental advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council ha...

North Caucasus hydropower to increase with three new projects from RusHydro

North Caucasus hydropower to increase with three new projects from RusHydro

Three small hydropower plants developed by RusHydroare set to begin construction...

Discrediting advertisements on carbon pollution standards outrages organizations

Discrediting advertisements on carbon pollution standards outrages organizations

The Natural Resources Defense Council, and more than two dozen organizations, is...

Supercritical steam for super productive solar thermal plants

Supercritical steam for super productive solar thermal plants

By using supercritical steam, solar thermal power plants could produce enough en...

Business

Technology

Minimizing the glare of L.E.D. lights for safer night time driving

Minimizing the glare of L.E.D. lights for safer night time driving

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

While the use of light emitting diode technology or L.E.D.s are rising – mostly due to their energy-efficiency – there is some concern that the harsh ...

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Politics

Living Green

Painless solutions to achieving sustainability democracy

Painless solutions to achieving sustainability democracy

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

This famous sustainability quote of Aldous Huxley, can tell us a lesson: to stop destroying our environment because it takes a lot of hard work to rep...

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Renewables

EDF purchases wind farm to provide clean power to Microsoft

EDF purchases wind farm to provide clean power to Microsoft

Sunday, 20 July 2014

A 175 megawatt-wind farm 60 miles southwest of the city of Chicago in Illinois has been purchased by EDF Renewable Energy. The Pilot Hill Wind Project...

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Low-Carbon

Tips on cutting costs in the construction industry

Tips on cutting costs in the construction industry

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The term ‘cost-cutting’ is usually looked upon with overriding feelings of doubt, uncertainty, anxiety, and generally as a period of impending hardshi...

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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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