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EPA's Clean Power Plan

President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency recently took a significant step in combating climate change by proposing the Clean Power Plan, a series of standards that would limit the amount of carbon emissions released from power plants. However, these restrictions to cut carbon pollution output by 30% below 2005 levels would not be put into place until 2030, therefore ignoring the urgent need to prevent widespread climate change.

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Get Vending-Machine Healthy!

Too often we associate healthier foods with less satisfying meal choices—just look at our obesity rates. According to the Food Research and Action Center, more than two-thirds of US adults and one-third of US children are overweight or obese. Instead of concentrating our consumption on fruits and vegetables in correct proportions, as a nation we are gobbling down sugar and high-fructose corn syrup in as many different forms as we can get our hands on.

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Topsy Turvy Bus

Hi everyone! My name is Naomi Tamura and I have the honor of interning here at the Earth Day Network this fall. I am a freshman at American University planning to study international relations with a focus on the peace process in the Middle East. This past summer I worked at Camp Galil, a Jewish, labor Zionist summer camp in southeastern Pennsylvania. One of our main values at Galil is the idea of collective responsibility towards our environment.

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Passenger Pigeon Centenary

September 1, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. This bird’s population numbered 3 to 5 billion individuals before European settlement of North America and was still numbering in the billions in the 1860’s then, in less than 50 years it was completely extinct. How is this possible?

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Women’s Equality Day

Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, 94 years after the 19th amendment secured women’s right to vote in the United States.

Since that momentous day, women have continued to eagerly push through barriers and make history. They have opened doors into the workforce and continue to break through the proverbial glass ceiling in countless sectors. Young women now are more likely to have a college degree than men—a huge social shift from even a few years prior.

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August 19th heralds Earth Overshoot Day

According to the Global Footprint Network, on August 19th humanity’s footprint will be bigger than the Earth’s ability to regenerate those resources in this year: Earth Overshoot Day. In 1961, most countries’ biocapacity was bigger than its footprint, but ever since the 1970’s we have started to overstep our limits. Each year Earth Overshoot Day has come earlier in the year as we deplete our world’s resources. In 2000 Earth Overshoot Day was in October. 14 years later and now it comes 2 months earlier.

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Tell the EPA that you support the Clean Power Plan Rule

Recent EPA hearings have seen massive public attendance as well as hundreds, testifying in support of stronger safe-guards and regulations on carbon emissions.

The Obama administration has promised to take action against global climate change and to work towards a more sustainable energy economy.

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Southwest Airlines Upcycling Project Turns Energy Savings into Shoes and Soccer Balls

Earth Day Network partner Southwest Airlines has announced the launch of LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose, a global sustainability initiative to upcycle 43 acres of used leather seat coverings into new products that benefit communities by providing skills training, employment and donated products, while saving fuel and reducing carbon emissions.  

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The Impacts of Our Actions

Deforestation is a clear threat to many ecosystems worldwide. This is perhaps most evident in the Amazon rainforest, whose rich biodiversity is being threatened by illegal loggers. While the loss of plant and animal species should already be enough to worry and in some cases even enrage us, but there is far more to the deforestation of the amazon than this.

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