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Plenty of Shale, Plenty of Problems

Green River BasinIn a new report, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) warns about the dangers of producing transportation fuel from oil shale, a crude oil alternative that has not yet been commercially developed in the United States.

Green Buildings, Water Partnerships Aim to Reduce India’s Energy Load

Green Business Centre at HyderabadOn June 15, the World Clean Energy Award in the category of “Services, Trade and Marketing” was awarded to two innovative projects in India: the Green Business Centre (GBC) and the Water Energy Nexus Activity (WENEXA).

Innovative Waste-to-Energy Project Profits Community

Rubbish in WaterIn a new partnership, 13 municipalities in Argentina have agreed to send their refuse to an innovative waste treatment facility that will turn it into electricity, biodiesel, water, and animal feed. The communities, in turn, will receive half of the profits from sales of these goods.

The Vatican Makes Switch to Solar

St. Peter's SquareThe roof of a large auditorium in the Vatican in Italy, the traditional hub of the Catholic Church, will soon have solar panels, according to CNN.

Swedish City Recognized for Efforts to Support Sustainable Communities

Hammarby SjöstadOne section of Sweden’s capital city is likely to become more “eco-friendly” than the rest. Hammarby Sjöstad, a waterfront district in the center of Stockholm, is following a comprehensive sustainability plan as it is redeveloped from a former industrial site into a residential area.

Meteorologists Add Climate Change to Their Forecasts

thunderstormAs the U.S. wakes up to the realities of climate change, global warming has made that most ordinary of conversation topics—the weather—a hot topic.

Disaster Responses May Lead to Peace, Say Researchers

The devastation and social disruption caused by earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters may, paradoxically, provide opportunities for building peace, say experts with the Worldwatch Institute, a Washington, D.C-based research organization.

Companies Have “Unique Leverage” to Help Environment

Office DepotWhile it can be hard to get the U.S. government and even individual consumers to “go green,” private industry has the power to significantly affect the environment in the near term, according to Gwen Ruta, director of corporate partnerships at Environmental Defense.

Car Racing Goes Green, Hopes to Educate Fans

Race CarsSome racecar drivers and enthusiasts are winning the race to be more environmentally friendly, while others are lagging behind.

Common Chemicals Dangerous to Humans in Early Development

Pregnant WomanScientists from around the world have issued a declaration cautioning that exposure to certain common chemicals before and soon after birth increases the chances of health problems later in life, including diabetes, attention deficit disorders, prostate cancer, fertility problems, thyroid disorders, and obesity.

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