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Why Germany's Nuclear Phase Out is Leading to More Coal Burning

January 20, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Germany Nuclear Phase Out

In 2012 Germany's Environment Minister opened a new lignite power plant, arguing the following: “If one builds a new state-of-the-art lignite power plant to replace several older and much less efficient plants, then I feel this should also be acknowledged as a contribution to our climate protection efforts.”[read more]

A Vacation Tainted by China's Toxic Air

January 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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China and Air Pollution

Beijing is once again blanketed by record-setting air pollution -- the highest since last January’s “airpocalypse.” Levels of PM2.5 reached 671 micrograms Thursday morning, dramatically reducing visibility and prompting commuters to don industrial-strength face masks.[read more]