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In Clash of Greens, a Case for Large-Scale U.S. Solar Projects

by PHILIP WARBURG
Weaning the U.S. economy off fossil fuels will involve the wide deployment of utility-scale solar power. But for that to happen, the environmental community must resolve its conflict between clean energy advocates and those who regard solar farms as blights on the landscape. READ MORE

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Undamming Rivers: A Chance For New Clean Energy Source

by JOHN WALDMAN AND KARIN LIMBURG
Many hydroelectric dams produce modest amounts of power yet do enormous damage to rivers and fish populations. Why not take down these aging structures, build solar farms in the drained reservoirs, and restore the natural ecology of the rivers? READ MORE

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Beyond the Perfect Drought: California’s Real Water Crisis

by GLEN MACDONALD
The record-breaking drought in California is not chiefly the result of low precipitation. Three factors – rising temperatures, groundwater depletion, and a shrinking Colorado River – mean the most populous U.S. state will face decades of water shortages and must adapt. READ MORE

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Why U.S. East Coast Should Stay Off-Limits to Oil Drilling

by CARL SAFINA
It’s not just the potential for a catastrophic spill that makes President Obama’s proposal to open Atlantic Ocean waters to oil exploration such a bad idea. What’s worse is the cumulative impact on coastal ecosystems that an active oil industry would bring. READ MORE

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Climate Consensus: Signs of New Hope on Road to Paris

by DAVID VICTOR
After years of frustration and failure, a more flexible approach to reaching an international strategy on climate action is emerging – and it could finally lead to a meaningful agreement at climate talks in Paris later this year. READ MORE

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