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Daily Green Roundup - May 31, 2012

31 May 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

A “troubling milestone”: for the first time in at least 800,000 years, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have crossed the threshold of 400 parts per million, a sign that greenhouse gas emissions are increasing at an alarming rate. [Washington Post]

 A huge pipeline spill has released 22,000 barrels of oil and water in northwest Alberta, one of the largest spills in North America in recent years. [Globe and Mail]

A new UN report says a global move to a low-carbon economy could lift millions from poverty and create between 15 million and 60 million new jobs. [Guardian]

American Electric Power gave up on its $1 billion push to save Big Sandy, a coal plant in eastern Kentucky. AEP had planned to retrofit the 49-year-old plant, but will be unable to install required pollution controls in time to comply with new federal environmental regulations. [New York Times]

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