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Al Gore talks climate change

Al Gore talks climate change

Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore praised recent efforts of Harvard students involved in environment and divestment campaigns during a speech focused on the health hazards of global warming which he gave in Memorial Church on Wednesday night.

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Column: Justified civil disobedience

Over winter break, I was arrested with seven other students for staging a lock-in at the Westborough, Mass. office of the TransCanada Corporation in protest of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Column: Renewable energy is essential

In a world full of technological advancements and exponentially growing populations, it’s no wonder the planet’s nonrenewable resources are being depleted at an alarming rate.

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Column: Saturday night in Beijing

Beijing has always been good at being ‘off the charts.’ Anyone who has observed China’s remarkable economic growth or watched the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics can attest to this fact.

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Column: Bottled water is far from pure

Banning the sale of bottled water on campus might seem like an odd way to take a stand against social injustice, but few people fully understand exactly what they are sipping from their disposable plastic bottles. The issues associated with bottled water and the privatization of water in general far exceed those of roadside litter and landfills.

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Column: Illusory oil production

The Associated Press recently reported that as a result of a four-year boom in oil production, the United States could pass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer of oil. This news comes during a time when Americans are increasingly concerned about oil prices and stability in the Middle East.

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Column: Obama offers sustainable energy policy

In 2009, the Republican Party blocked a proposal for a cap-and-trade approach to carbon emissions. This would mean that CO2 emissions would be capped, and any company wanting to exceed the cap could buy credit from companies below it. It is this kind of split that separates the party line.

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Column: The climate we ask for

As Americans, we constantly congratulate ourselves on our spirit of innovation. Yet, we give our government no incentive to be forward thinking about important long-term problems like climate change. Obama and Romney aren’t talking about the environment because we haven’t really asked them to do so.

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Column: The natural gas debate

On New Year’s Day 2009, a residential drinking water well in Dimock, Pennsylvania, exploded without warning. Investigations after the incident revealed that a stray spark touched off methane fumes that had been slowly been accumulating in the well for weeks prior to the incident, causing what could well have been a lethal explosion.

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