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Carbon Pollution, Climate Policy, and the Built Environment: Transportation (Part II)

In last week’s installment of the Carbon Pollution, Climate Policy, and the Built Environment blog series, we discussed the impact of transportation infrastructure on carbon emissions.

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Ecuador Forced to Abandon Innovative Plan to Save Yasuni National Park

In 2007, when large oil deposits were discovered in the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) field, northeast of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, President Rafael Correa presented an ambitious and innovative plan to the UN to preserve the land and keep the oil in the ground. He asked the international community to help Ecuador raise money to offset the lost oil revenues. There was widespread international support for the plan, and the money started to roll in.

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Earth Overshoot Day 2013

Today—August 20—is Earth Overshoot Day 2013, the day when humanity officially exhausts nature’s budget for the year. From this day forward, the planet will be operating under an ecological deficit, using more resources than the planet can produce and emitting more carbon dioxide than the planet can filter out.

Originally developed by the New Economics Foundation, Earth Overshoot Day has been falling a few days earlier each year, an indication of ever-increasing consumption patterns. In 1993, Earth

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Carbon Pollution, Climate Policy, and the Built Environment: Transportation

As part of the Carbon Pollution, Climate Policy, and the Built Environment blog series, this entry focuses on the U.S. transportation sector, the second largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the U.S. In 2011, 28% of the total U.S. GHG emissions came from transportation, primarily from carbon dioxide emissions from fuel combustion in motor engines. GHG emissions from transportation increased 19% between 1990 and 2010.

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The Future of Green: The Hyperloop

**This is the second installment of our new blog series: The Future of Green. Every other Friday we will post a blog about a cutting-edge and futuristic innovation in the world of green technology. Technology is one of several barriers that stand between today’s society and a sustainable future. The innovators we highlight through The Future of Green are shattering those barriers. Make sure to tune in every other Friday for a glimpse into the future of energy and sustainability.

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A Billion Acts of Green: Slaying Vampire Energy

Back in 2010, Earth Day Network launched A Billion Acts of Green®, an effort to collect one billion individual acts of environmental service and help people commit to living more sustainably. The campaign was a massive success. On Earth Day 2012, we reached our goal of one billion Acts of Green, completing the world’s largest environmental service campaign.

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Chinese Students Visit EDN, Learn About History of Earth Day

On Tuesday, Earth Day Network was fortunate enough to host a group of students from the Little Swan Art Center in Xian, China. The students—ages 9-19—listened to a presentation about Earth Day and its history, snapped some photos with Earth Day Network staff members, and took a tour of our office building’s green roof.

At the end of the visit, the students presented Earth Day Network with some impressive prints, paintings and drawings. Each student received an Earth Day T-shirt.

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Carbon Pollution, Climate Policy, and the Built Environment: Introduction

“We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.”
- President Obama

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The Evolving Challenges of Conservation

In an effort to preserve the immense biodiversity on our planet, conservation efforts have traditionally focused on individual species as part of a reactive approach to dwindling population numbers. However, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List Index shows that most of the species numbers are still declining, despite these targeted conservation efforts. Given this, conservationists and Earth Day Network are seeking new ways to solve this ongoing challenge in the face of new and evolving threats like climate change.

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2012: The Year of Broken Climate Records

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) State of the Climate report was released on Tuesday, and its findings were alarming. Hundreds of researchers and climate scientists from around the globe contributed to the report, which assessed global temperatures, ocean temperatures, sea level rises, arctic sea ice cover, greenhouse gas emissions, climate-related weather events and dozens of other variables—all of which painted a bleak picture of the current state of our climate.

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