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We live at the corner of communication and the environment.
We live at the corner of communication and the environment.

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NEB releases interactive pipeline incident map http://buff.ly/1E3TSLY
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Bullitt Center ‘Dramatically Increases the Scale’ of Net-Zero Buildings

The six-storey, 52,000-square-foot, net-positive office building that houses the Seattle-based Bullitt Foundation is the first of its size in the U.S. and “stands as a shining example” of what others can achieve, Interface’s Jean Nayar reports in a recent blog post.
The building was designed to the Living Building standard, which mean it had to generate as much energy as it consumed and use rainwater for all purposes, including drinking water.
“Other buildings have been designed to meet these sustainable standards, but they are small—usually 2,000 to 6,000 square feet,” said Earth Day founder and Bullitt Foundation President Denis Hayes.
“We wanted to dramatically increase the scale and felt it was doable. Even if we set out and failed, we thought it was still a heroic leap. So we decided, why not aim for the moon and give it a shot? We wanted to be taken seriously, not only by the academic community, but also by those who actually build.”
Bullitt Center tenants include the International Living Future Institute, the organization that sets the Living Building certification.

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‘Death spiral’ awaits unless tar sands/oil sands can cut costs

The cost of "made in Fort McMurray" oil is making extraction less and less viable, says Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. president Steve Laut. But is Fort Mac ready for the kind of belt-tightening he has in mind?

http://buff.ly/1AnmKgr
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Even new-model tanker cars--that have been recently inspected--are going off the rails, creating "apocalyptic" oil spills.

West Virginia, Northern Ontario, Virginia, Alberta....the damage list goes on. Seems like there's really no safe way to transport this stuff.

http://buff.ly/1zTixfC
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3 Signs You're in Climate Change Denial

Do you see climate change as a problem for "our grandchildren"? Do you think climate change affects people in other places? You could be in climate change denial.

http://buff.ly/1DBcanp
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Tony Abbott’s caucus is revolting...but what the heck, they're the best he's got.
(Ba-dum ching! We're here all week. Try the veal.)

Seriously, the Australian PM and renowned climate denialist is having caucus troubles, which could cripple him as the country's leader. Get out your handkerchiefs and cue the violins. . http://buff.ly/1A5Hivz
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Want more arsenic or thallium in your drinking water?

Some central California fracking operators are only too happy to oblige. They've been illegally injecting toxic water into nearby aquifers, in an area that's already highly polluted.

3 billion gallons of highly toxic water, to be specific.


http://buff.ly/15TqNFY
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While nations drag their feet on climate change, these cities push forward.

At the community level, people recognize the need for radical change rather than the incremental approach taking place at the national level.

Does your city make the list? If not, who can you call today to start pushing for climate change action?

http://buff.ly/1BrYbhl
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In case you missed it: 2014 really was the hottest year on record.

Whatever the weather where you live, the global climate is now well above the 20th century average, and getting hotter all the time, says the NCDC State of the Climate summary:
http://buff.ly/1zAiQBK*
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Here's a revolutionary concept: streets for people, not "careening hunks of metal"!

(And hey, fewer vehicles = fewer GHG emissions = happier planet!)
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