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[ Congress aiming to cut conservation and harm wildlands ]

This year, rather than funding conservation at the levels recommended by the administration, Congress has again proposed even deeper cuts to core Department of the Interior, Agriculture and EPA programs that protect our air, land, water and wildlife.

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[ BLM approves first solar variance project in Nevada ]

The variance process required the developer to demonstrate to the BLM that no nearby solar energy zones could meet their needs and that their proposed project is in a low-conflict location.

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[ Feds force Shell to scale back plans, but Arctic Ocean risks remain ]

Tim Woody

In a move to protect marine mammals, the Obama administration today told Royal Dutch Shell that it would not be allowed to simultaneously drill two exploratory wells less than 15 miles apart in the Arctic Ocean. The announcement forces Shell to scale back its drilling plans for this summer.

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[ Why Urban Parks Matter ]

Why Urban Parks Matter

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Guest post by Catherine Nagel, executive director of EarthShare member organization City Parks Alliance

Urban parks are dynamic institutions that play a vital role in the social, economic and physical well-being of America's cities and their residents. Since the mid-19th century, with the introduction of large-scale parks in cities across America including New York, Boston, Louisville, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington, DC and San Francisco, America’s city parks have provided a respite from the stress of urban life for millions of people.

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[ The Electric Utility Revolution ]

The Electric Utility Revolution

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In 1995, only 2% of the global population had a mobile phone. Today 96% do. In just 20 years, the telecommunications industry has completely changed because of new technology. Apoorv Ghargava, an analyst at Opower, says a similar shift is happening to electricity utility companies. And it’s good news for customers and renewable energy.

For over a century, big companies have controlled our power supply. They’ve built large coal, gas, and nuclear plants and charged customers a regulated rate to generate and deliver that electricity.

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