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U.S. Natural Gas Flaring Emissions Equivalent to One Million Additional Cars on the Road

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As President Obama continues to push for climate change action by reducing carbon pollution, is he literally burning up his global warming plan by also promoting hydraulic fracturing for shale gas? A new report from the Ceres group of sustainable investors underscores the devastating environmental and financial impact of flaring. The report finds that the U.S. fracking industry wasted approximately $1 billion last year in North Dakota alone through the practice of gas flaring. In May of this year, 29 percent of natural gas was wasted on flaring in the state—and all that wasted gas adds up to emissions equivalent to an additional one million cars on the road.

Tesla Helps Co-Directors of Fracking Documentary Tour the U.S.A Emissions-Free

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What better way to showcase your new fracking documentary than an emissions-free tour across the U.S. in an electric hotrod? Co-Directors Melissa Troutman and Josh Pribanic of Public Herald have teamed up with Tesla to test the company’s nationwide Supercharger system as they travel the nation in a Tesla Motors Model S. They’re showcasing their investigative documentary Triple Divide, which demonstrates the horrors and dangers of hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking“) in rural Pennsylvania.

Swarms of tiny gelatinous blobs on U.S. beaches could help the fight against climate change

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The East Coast of the United States has been getting some strange new visitors on its beaches. Originally thought to be a weird new variety of jellyfish, the tiny, clear blobs have a closer relationship to humans than to jellyfish. The gelatinous lumps appearing along the coast of New England have been identified as salps—small, blobby creatures that may play a protective role in climate change.

Passive House U.S. Introduces PHIUS+ Certification

A new certification system combining the Passive House standard with the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index will issue its first certificates in January 2012, according to Katrin Klingenberg, cofounder and executive director of Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS).

Ford’s Interceptor Sedan is the Most Fuel-Efficient Police Vehicle in the U.S.

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Ford just announced that its Interceptor police sedan is the most fuel-efficient law enforcement car sold in the United States, with an EPA rating of 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The Ford special service sedan is able to beat out other police vehicles from Chevrolet and Dodge due to its fuel-efficient four-cylinder 2.0L EcoBoost engine.

U.S. considers allowing hunter to kill nearly extinct black rhino

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“Killing it to save it” seems to be the misguided logic a Texas man is using to justify his plans to hunt a Black Rhino in Namibia. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is evaluating the hunter’s application for a permit to import the carcass of an endangered black rhino back into the U.S. Corey Knowlton paid $350,000 for the right to kill a black rhino from the Dallas Safari Club, according to The Guardian. Knowlton told WFAA “I’m a hunter… I want to experience a black rhino. I want to be intimately involved with a black rhino. If I go over there and shoot it or not shoot it, it’s beyond the point.”

IKEA’s wireless charging furniture to hit U.S. stores in late spring

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IKEA wowed the world with common sense design when the Wireless Charging Collection was revealed earlier this year. In a time when people are so reliant on their smart phones and other electronic devices, many are clamoring for the opportunity to make life easier with a lamp that can passively charge those gadgets wirelessly. In a press release, IKEA has announced that the first products in the Wireless Charging Collection will be available in select U.S. stores in late spring of this year. The lamps and other accessories range in price from $9.99 to $119, representing a variety of styles. In addition to furniture and lighting pieces, IKEA’s wireless line also includes a number of USB ports, which are essentially little plugged-in platforms that allow a user to charge their smartphone by setting it down on the charging pad, making is faster and more convenient than fiddling with a charging cable.