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Climate Change Facts Sheet

July 3rd, 2014 | by Earth Policy Institute

The Earth Policy Institute pulls together a collection of alarming climate change facts that illustrate the need to move away from fossil fuels


U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Down 11 Percent Since 2007

October 2nd, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

Carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels in the United States peaked at more than 1.6 billion tons of carbon in 2007. Since then they have fallen 11 percent, dropping to over 1.4 billion tons in 2013, according to estimates from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Emissions shrank rapidly during the recession, then bounced back slightly as the economy recovered. But shifting market conditions, pollution regulations, and changing behaviors are also behind the decline


The Energy Game is Rigged: Fossil Fuel Subsidies Topped $620 Billion in 2011

February 28th, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

The energy game is rigged in favor of fossil fuels because we omit the environmental and health costs of burning coal, oil, and natural gas from their prices. Subsidies manipulate the game even further. According to conservative estimates from the Global Subsidies Initiative and the International Energy Agency (IEA), governments around the world spent more than $620 billion to subsidize fossil fuel energy in


What's the Environmental Impact of Your Video Games? [Infographic]

July 2nd, 2012 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

We tend to focus on cell phones and computers when we talk about e-waste, but, of course, video game consoles, and the games themselves, also use materials that, more often than not, end up in landfills. But what is the overall impact of all of those games?


The Real Costs of Bottled Water

June 29th, 2012 | by Guest Author

Bottled water is sold to us as a fresh, healthy, and pure product. Yet in reality, when you buy a bottle of water you're may just be buying back your local tap water at a mark-up of up to 1000 times the actual cost. Not only is bottled water no better for you than plain old tap water, but the environmental cost of the packaging used to beautify it is a serious issue


Governments Spend $1.4 Billion Per Day to Destabilize Climate

January 19th, 2012 | by Earth Policy Institute

We distort reality when we omit the health and environmental costs associated with burning fossil fuels from their prices. When governments actually subsidize their use, they take the distortion even further. Worldwide, direct fossil fuel subsidies added up to roughly $500 billion in 2010.



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