INFOGRAPHIC: Everything you wanted to know about swing states

November 7, 2016 by  
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Swing states are always important in any election, but this election they are even more important than usual. Tomorrow, just 11 battleground states could decide our next president , with several traditionally “safe” states even entering the fray. This infographic shows you everything you need to know about swing states, both in this election and recent ones. And after you learn all about the importance of these purple states, don’t forget to get out there and vote, even if you don’t live in one of them, because every single vote matters. + University of San Francisco 

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Nestl plans to pump 210 million gallons of Michigan water every year – and residents are pissed

November 7, 2016 by  
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Flint , Michigan locals still can’t drink their water without using a filter. But only around 120 miles away, in Evart, Michigan , Nestlé plans to begin pumping almost double the volume of groundwater  that they are currently to sell under their branded bottled waters. Michigan residents were upset upon learning the state may approve a permit for Nestlé to pump so much more water while the foreign company pays hardly anything at all for such access. Nestlé aims to up groundwater pumping to 210 million gallons yearly in Evart. They want to pump 400 gallons of water a minute instead of 150 gallons a minute from a Michigan aquifer . But the Swiss company worth $219 billion will likely only have to shell out a mere $200 each year for the increase, and maybe pay a permit fee. They won’t have to pay much for their pumping because under Michigan state law the Nestlé bottling plant is treated as a private well. Related: How Nestle is pillaging California’s water in the 4th year of the state’s worst drought The water pumped would fill Pure Life and Ice Mountain water bottles. According to the company , Ice Mountain is “the number-one selling bottled spring water brand in the Midwest.” Nestlé says increased operations will create 20 jobs. In a message to regulators he provided to The Guardian, a Michigan man said, “Why on earth would the state of Michigan, given our lack of money to address water matters of our own, like Flint, even consider giving MORE water for little or no cost to a foreign corporation with annual profits in the billions?” A Michigan woman said, “The rape of our Michigan inland fresh water sources is a cause for concern, especially when it is done by a private company for profit.” Michigan residents sued Nestlé more than ten years ago because of a very similar permit that would have allowed the company to pump 400 gallons a minute at a Mecosta, Michigan plant. Nestlé received a settlement letting them pump 218 gallons per minute. Via The Guardian Images via Nestle,  Wikipedia and Wilson Hui on Flickr

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Can pulling carbon from air make a difference on climate?

January 1, 2016 by  
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Numerous technologies extract CO2 from the atmosphere, and new companies are entering the field. But can “air capture” scale up from a niche business to an industry that will lower atmospheric concentrations?

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Corporations Fight EPA to Keep Emissions Data Secret

October 29, 2010 by  
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Photo: Richard Harrison , Geograph, Creative Commons “There is no need for the public to have information beyond what is entering the atmosphere” As part of the EPA’s plan to begin cracking down on the nation’s largest greenhouse gas emitters next year, the agency is requiring polluting companies to disclose their emissions. These disclosures will be collected in a database, which the EPA will use to monitor companies’ pollution and their reduction achieve… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Climate Change, Like Slavery, Needs a True Cultural Shift to Stop It

October 29, 2010 by  
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photo: Agustín Ruiz / Creative Commons It may seem overly provocative to compare climate change to the scourge of human slavery, but when it comes to the sorts of cultural changes that are needed to stop them, they really have much in common. That’s what University of Michigan professor Andy Hoffman posits in a new issue of the journal

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Obama Injects $1B into FutureGen ‘Clean Coal’ Project

August 6, 2010 by  
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The beleaguered program first announced in 2003 will attempt to demonstrate the viability of "clean coal" technology, where carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants are captured and stored deep within the earth, rather than entering the atmosphere and contributing to climate change.

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