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This Albino Redwood Tree Isn't Dead ? But It Came Close

An extremely rare, albino hermaphroditic redwood tree was in danger of being sent to the chipper because it was growing too close to the path of a new railroad line in Cotati, Calif. But thanks to local outcry from arborists and the community, the tree is getting a second chance at life.

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Dot Earth Blog: U.S. Coal Exports Eroding Domestic Greenhouse Gains

Continuing rise in U.S. exports of coal work against domestic reductions in CO2 emissions.






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Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think

Birds are everywhere, but the greatest concentration of different birds — the "bird mecca" of America — is not in our great parks, not in our forests, not where you'd suppose. Not at all.

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Choosing Local (Renewable) Power: One California Community a Leader in Collective Action

Community choice aggregation describes a situation where a town can become the bulk buyer of electricity on behalf of its residential and small business customers. Such local aggregations serve about 5 percent of utility customers in Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and California, but it’s Marin Clean Energy in California that stands a...

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Solar Panel Prices Expected to Rise in the US Due to New Tariffs on Chinese Panels

On Friday evening the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its preliminary findings in the antidumping duty (AD) investigations of imports of some crystalline silicon PV products from China and Taiwan. Most solar products entering the U.S. market from China and Taiwan will now face import duties....

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China Solar Projects Poised to Fuel Rebound in Panel Prices

JA Solar Holdings Co. expects solar panel prices in China to recover as developers scale up projects and government measures encourage developments....

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How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery

Food in supermarkets is increasingly connected to child labor and trafficking. Many laws aimed at ending these abuses overlook a key source of the problem: the rapid decline of fish and fauna.

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Net-Metering: The Great Debate

Effective energy policies, economies of scale and new technologies have achieved something remarkable: solar energy production is now at the scale and cost necessary to be competitive with, if not cheaper than retail electricity from utilities. Solar energy is becoming part of the mainstream. Families, schools and businesses are going solar in record numbers nationwide, even as incentives decrease. Now that we’ve built this new energy economy, it’s critical that we keep the way clear for Americans to keep going solar....

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Solar Fuels: How Close, How Real?

There’s a class of fuels that don’t use an intervening biomass to make a fuel — so, though they use biology or waste carbon, they’ve bristled at being called “biofuels." Instead, the technologies that depend on unique pathways to converting CO2 and water to fuels and chemicals prefer “solar fuels."...

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Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

Central American coffee farmers are facing off against a deadly fungus that has wiped out thousands of acres of crops. Coffee companies like Starbucks are pooling money to support them in the fight.

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