Climate activists are rooting for Keith Ellison to head up the Democratic National Committee.

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Democratic Party insiders will vote for a new chair this weekend. The winner will get the tough job of trying to rebuild a damaged party.

Ten people are in the running, but the victor is likely to be one of the top two contenders: Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison or former Labor Secretary Tom Perez. Ellison backed Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary last year, and Sanders is backing Ellison in this race. In 2012 and 2015, Ellison and Sanders teamed up to push a bill to end subsidies for fossil fuel companies.

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Standing Rock is burning.

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About 150 people voluntarily left the last occupied resistance camp by Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., the state-issued deadline to clear camps built to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline. The remaining water protectors joined members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in setting fire to tents according to tribal tradition — one last blaze of defiance against the pipeline.

Police likely arrested around 50 people, and around 25 to 50 water protectors still remained in the evacuation zone after the 2:00 p.m. deadline. North Dakota law enforcement entered the camps again this morning to clear out anyone who still remained. Ruth Hopkins, a journalist with Indian Country Media Network, reported law enforcement pointing rifles at people and knifing tipis.

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Exxon just decided to keep a big chunk of its tar sands in the ground.

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On Tuesday, he stood in front of a room full of those employees and made his first address as administrator of the agency. Pruitt accepted welcome gifts (an EPA lapel pin and baseball hat), expressed appreciation for the staff, and insisted he would have his ears open to them. “You can’t lead unless you listen,” he said.

In his brief address, he made no mention of the toxic pollution threatening Americans’ health, but did decry the “toxic environment” polluting modern politics. He talked of working across the aisle and called for civility and “being problem solvers.”

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Here’s what the world’s biggest solar farm looks like from space

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On the Tibetan Plateau in eastern China, 4 million solar panels silently soak up the sun as part of the Longyangxia Dam Solar Park. It’s the largest solar farm in the world, spreading over 10 square miles of the high desert landscape.

The complex sprung into existence in 2013 and has been rapidly expanding ever since. Satellite imagery curated by NASA’s Earth Observatory chronicles its growth from a cluster of panels to a sprawling solar farm that looks like a giant, angular thought bubble as of January 2017.

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We explain Keystone XL, the pipeline that just won’t die

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When Obama rejected the permit for Keystone XL in 2015, environmentalists thought it was as good as dead. But within a week of taking office, President Trump revived the hugely contentious energy project on new terms. There are some big, unanswered questions about money, jobs, and oil that could quash Trump’s case for Keystone XL in 2017.

So what are the chances that this zombie pipeline will ever see the light of day? Watch our video above.

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Here are some of the most unnerving things we’ve read so far in those Pruitt emails.

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The protesters gathered in Boston’s Copley Square with some impressively nerdy signs, including “Scientists are wicked smaht” and “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.”

The rally coincided with the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, held a few blocks away, but was not sponsored by the scientific organization. In fact, scientists have often been wary of participating in political demonstrations, citing the need for science to be objective and nonpartisan.

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Congressional climate deniers are getting called on their BS at town halls this week.

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The protesters gathered in Boston’s Copley Square with some impressively nerdy signs, including “Scientists are wicked smaht” and “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.”

The rally coincided with the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, held a few blocks away, but was not sponsored by the scientific organization. In fact, scientists have often been wary of participating in political demonstrations, citing the need for science to be objective and nonpartisan.

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World Map of Solar Process Heat Specialists 2017

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Worldmap Process Heat
Industrial solar heat is far from being a standard yet, but it is more widespread than you might think. The first World Map of Solar Process Heat Specialists shows 71 companies in 22 countries which reported almost 400 reference systems. Together with additional plants included in the online portal ship-plants.info, the world market for industrial process heat comprises at a minimum 525 plants with an collector or mirror area of at least 416,414 m².  

World map design: Eilers Media / editor: solrico

The survey was jointly supported by the magazine Sun & Wind Energy and the project Solar Payback, which aims to raise awareness and improve the economic and policy conditions for solar heat for industrial processes (SHIP) in Brazil, Mexico, India and South Africa. The 3-year project is coordinated by the German Solar Industry Association, BSW-Solar, and funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Environment Ministry.

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WFP: LEEDing the Way in Sustainable Construction

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“Humanitarian response, sustainable development, and sustaining peace are three sides of the same triangle” – UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) aims to mainstream environmental management across its operations and ‘tread lightly’ on the earth. One way it has embraced environmental sustainability is in the ‘green’ methods used during recent construction and renovations in Rome headquarters, a building of 31,613 m2

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Why the People’s Climate March matters to people of color like me

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Aura Vasquez is director of climate justice at the Center for Popular Democracy.

Ever since taking power, the Trump administration has made clear it intends to wage war on the environment. It’s given the green light to both the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines and geared up to wipe away long-standing protections that keep our air and water safe. Its mission is clear: Eliminate any obstacle that stands in the way of fossil fuel companies.

Yet I refuse to see this moment as a crisis. I see it as an opportunity to bring together people from different backgrounds and different areas of the country to start building a truly national movement to defend our environment. And the People’s Climate March, happening on April 29 in Washington, D.C., is where it will take off.

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