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Headlines: 2014 on Track to Becoming One of Hottest on Record, Warm Water Melting Antarctica’s Ice Shelves Faster than Predicted, Surveys Find Less Marine Microplastic than Expected, Lincoln Electric System Announces Major Renewable Energy Purchase, Gorgeous Photos of a Backyard Wilderness Worth Saving

Headlines: Conservation Victories in the Midterm Elections, Conservation Pays Off: U.S. Water Usage Lowest in Decades, Every Branch of the United States Military is Worried About Climate Change, Major Companies See Renewable Energy as a Good Investment, Ending the Long Delay in Pollution Controls on Ozone

U.S. fuel economy reaches all-time high

The Administration announced that “the average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. hit a record high last year, rising 0.5 miles per gallon over 2012 and averaging 24.1 mpg, nearly 5 mpg higher than 2004 levels. The vehicles tracked include new cars and SUVs sold in the U.S.

Pentagon report emphasizes security risks of climate change and lays road map for how military will adapt and mitigate

The Pentagon has released a report “stating decisively” that climate change is a threat to the national security of the U.S., and asserts that we must act now to adapt to and mitigate climate change.  The release of the 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap illustrates the increasing importance that our Department of Defense is placing on addressing climate change, with our Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, stating in the forward that “politics or ideology must not get in the way of sound planning”.

Election to Cost Nearly $4 Billion, Projects the Center for Responsive Politics, Topping Previous Midterms

This midterm election will be more expensive than any previous midterm election, with candidates and parties spending about $2.7 billion, and outside groups close to $900 million. The CRP projects that Republicans will outspend Democrats overall, with the largest gap in spending coming from outside groups that hide all their donors, where “secretive liberal groups” will have spent roughly $28 million and comparable conservative groups will have spent about $113.6 million.

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