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[ A Slew of Coal Plants Get New Lease on Life—With Gas ]

Several aging coal plants are being reconfigured to burn natural gas.

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[ How Involuntary Simplicity Could Shape Future of Limited Energy ]

Chinese shop in Beijing on September 25, 2011. (Trey Ratcliff)

Chinese shop in Beijing on September 25, 2011. (Trey Ratcliff)

As global warming compels countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, new research says the era of cheap and abundant energy will end sometime this century and prompt a new way of living: “involuntary simplicity.”

The public needs to be prepared for this “energy descent” and “a persistent step-wise downshift” in consumption, says University of Michigan environmental psychologist Raymond De Young. He discusses the topic in a report in the November edition of the journal Frontiers in Psychology.

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[ New plan for George Washington National Forest protects wildlands from future leasing ]

Some good news for the Too Wild to Drill George Washington National Forest—the US Forest Service has released their new plan for the forest, and keeping drilling out of essential parts of this wi


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[ Study: for migrating elk, moose & other species, wilderness is vital ]

New research and maps released Nov. 19 outline with new clarity the exact routes that big-game species use to migrate to winter and summer ranges.


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[ The feds’ numbers prove it: Arctic Ocean drilling is a disaster waiting to happen ]

One lease sale in the Arctic Ocean – if developed – has a 75 percent chance of a major oil spill off the northern coast of Alaska.

Would you personally do anything that had a 75 percent chance of disaster?


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To get the freshest produce
To enjoy the festive ambience
To save energy and be more sustainable
To support local business


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