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  • Protecting Indigenous Rights
    A Pipeline Eco Engineer Protests

    Apr. 20, 2018 -Romilly Cavanaugh once worked as an environmental pipeline engineer for Trans Mountain, a unit of Kinder Morgan that’s now trying to expand a Canadian tar sands oil pipeline. After she quit she became alarmed by global warming, and on March 20 she joined 200 protestors trying to block pipeline construction. She now awaits trial for criminal contempt of court.

    The pipeline would nearly triple oil sands flowing to the Port of Vancouver and would cross First Nations territory. Worried by strong opposition, Kinder Morgan wants government legal and financial guarantees to continue.

    Interesting that the name "Kimder Morgan" translates to "children's rights."

    Click now for the story from Living On Earth.

  • Avoid These “Dirty” Foods
    These "Dirty Dozen" Foods Are Loaded
    With Pesticides, According to a New Report

    Health-conscious shoppers are no strangers to the nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables, but a 2018 report from the Environmental Working Group offers another reason to think twice about what you’re picking up at the grocery store. In their annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, the nonprofit, nonpartisan environmental organization found that strawberries top the list with the most pesticide residues for the third year in a row. One-third of all strawberry samples contain 10 or more pesticides; one berry contained 22 pesticide residues alone.

    Click now for the full list.

  • The Clean 15
    These Food Are Least Likely to Contain Pesticides

    The Environmental Working Group suggests 15 foods that are likely to be safe.

    1.Sweet corn, 2.Avocados, 3.Pineapples,
    4.Cabbage, 5.Onions, 6.Frozen sweet peas,
    7.Papayas, 8.Asparagus, 9.Mangoes,
    10.Eggplant, 11.Honeydew, 12.Kiwifruit,
    13.Cantaloupe, 14. Cauliflower, 15. Grapefruit

    Click now for more information.

  • Paying Back the Koch Bros.
    Don’t Buy Koch Made
    Products Which Include...

    • Paper Products: Angelsoft, Brawny, Dixie, Mardi Gras, Quilted Northern, Soft n Gentle, Sparkle, Vanity Fair

    • Wood:Georgia-Pacific (largest plywood manufacturer in US – also owns most of the paper companies above).

    • Textiles & Plastics:Polarguard, Stainmaster, Dacron, Lycra, CoolMax/SolarMax, Thermolite, and more.

    • Chemicals, Coal, & Oil: Crude oil processing, Flint Hills Resources, lots of other commodities handled.

    • Nitrogen:One more reason to make your own fertilizer – Koch Industries produces many synthetic fertilizers.

    Click now for much more from insteading.com.

  • Lead Exposure - Big Problems
    US Deaths from Lead Exposure are
    10x Higher than Thought, Study Suggests

    Mar. 12, 2018 -Lead exposure may be responsible for nearly 10 times more deaths in the United States than previously thought, according to a new study.

    The researchers concluded that nearly 412,000 deaths every year in the US can be attributed to lead contamination. That figure is 10 times higher than previously reported by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle.

    Click now for whole the story from CNN.

  • Florida’s Frightening Phosphates
    Its Significant Threats to
    Florida’s Water and Wildlife

    Processed phosphates — little-discussed but widely spread throughout the food chain — pose a serious threat to our environment. Phosphate rock mining, along with the inorganic fertilizers and animal feed supplements for which phosphate is mined, pollute our air, contaminate our water and destroy invaluable wildlife habitat - Especially in Florida.

    Because in fact, the state of Florida is home to the majority of phosphate-mining operations in the United States — and the United States is the world’s third-leading producer of phosphate rock. Thus it’s not all that surprising that Florida hosts the world’s largest phosphate strip mine —100,000 acres wide.

  • Confronting Ocean Acidification
    Our Oceans's Chemistry Is Changimg

    As more carbon pollution is absorbed by the ocean, our ocean is becoming more acidic. This affects the way animals grow and survive—which of course hurts the animals that eat them and the people who fish for them.

    Click now to learn how you can help.

  • Artificial Glaciers To the Rescue!
    Ice Stupas: Artificial Glaciers

    The idea behind artificial glaciers is to freeze and hold the water that keeps flowing and wasting away down the streams and into the rivers throughout the winter. Instead, this ice will melt in the springtime, just when the fields need watering.

    The concept of artificial glaciers is not new to Ladakh. Our ancestors used to have a process of ‘grafting glaciers' in the very high reaches of mountains. In recent years, one of our senior engineers Mr. Norphel, has been working on a similar idea for water conservation.

  • Fossil Fuel Facts You Should Know
    CLIMATE 101: What Are Fossil Fuels?

    Fossil fuels are non-renewable sources of energy (such as coal, oil, and natural gas) formed in the earth over hundreds of millions of years from the buried remains of plants and animals. They’re are burned to generate heat and electricity. But burning fossil fuels also releases greenhouse gases (GHGs) like carbon dioxide. These gases trap extra heat in the atmosphere,causing temperatures to rise and our climate to change.

    Click now for the complete report
    from The Climate Reality Project.

  • Shakespeare on a Carbon Tax
    Whether 'tis nobler
    in the lungs to suffer...

    July 22, 2016 - If we're going to allude to Shakespeare in the debate over a carbon tax, let's bring out the iambic pentameter. A reader responds.

  • Chicago Urban Agriculture
    Chicago Urban
    Agriculture Mapping Project

    It's an ongoing collaboration between individuals, organizations, businesses and institutions that seeks to inventory and map urban agriculture across the Chicago Metropolitan Area, including small residential gardens to commercial urban farms.

  • Synthetic Leaves Suck Out CO2
    Sucking CO2 Right Out of the Sky

    What about all the carbon we've already poured into the atmosphere? If only there were a device that could take some of it back out.

    Click now for a 5-minute video.

  • Are EVs Environmentally Better?
    Electric Cars are Not Necessarily Clean

    May 11, 2016 - Electric cars are great for eliminating oil from transportation, because very little U.S. electricity is generated by burning petroleum. But electric cars may or may not help the country combat climate change—and it all depends on where the electricity comes from.

    Click now for more from Scientific American.

  • Tropical Deforestation
    What Are the Impacts?

    Stretching out from the equator on all Earth’s land surfaces is a wide belt of forests of amazing diversity and productivity. Tropical forests include dense rainforests, where rainfall is abundant year-round; seasonally moist forests, where rainfall is abundant, but seasonal; and drier, more open woodlands.

    Tropical forests of all varieties are disappearing rapidly as humans clear the natural landscape to make room for farms and pastures, to harvest timber for construction and fuel, and to build roads and urban areas.

    Although deforestation meets some human needs, it also has profound, sometimes devastating, consequences, including social conflict, extinction of plants and animals, and climate change—challenges that aren’t just local, but global.

  • Dirty Water = Dirty Fish
    Avoid Mekong-River Farm-Raised Fish

    Not all farm-raised fish is dangerous to eat. But fish raised in the polluted Mekong River risks your health with each tender morsel.

  • Power Grid Maps
    Interactive Power Grid Maps

    Learn where all the power grids are located thoroughout the country. Can be viewed by energy source.

    Click now to augment the maps.
    Note: Maps may be slow to generate.

  • Dirty Dozen Endocrine Disruptors
    Avoiding 12 Hormone Altering Chemicals

    There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies: increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones.

    Click for a list of the 12 worst
    and some tips on how to avoid them.

  • The Case for Solar Farms
    The Case For Solar Farms on
    Landfills or Unusable Lands

    In the U.S. several landfills have already been converted into solar farms. The project also provides the opportunity to convert an unusable land and turn it into something that can become the asset of the community.

  • H2O Consumption: Shocking Facts
    Water Consumption: Shocking Facts

    Water is a finite resource, as water wars in California can attest. Reducing our water footprint is essential to conserving this life-giving substance.

  • Palm Oil Scorecard
    Getting Away from
    Forest- Destroying Palm Oil

    The Palm Oil Scorecard analyzes 10 companies in each of three major consumer product manufacturing sectors—packaged food, personal care, and fast food.

    Click here informtation that
    might shape your buying habits.

  • Clean Power Companies
    Clean Power Companies:
    Our Neighborhood Earth Keeps Score

    Our Neighborhood Earth is creating a list of clean power companies. Click here to see what we have so far.

  • Green Coffee Beans
    There's an Awful Lot of Coffee that
    Can Kill (the planet, that is)

    There is more to eco-conscious coffee culture than bringing your own mug.

    Is being picky about your roast is not greenwashed indulgence? Sarah Weiner, founder of the Good Food Awards (goodfoodawards.org) says sustainability and quality are directly linked when it comes to good brews 

    Click here and your
    ears might 'perc' up.

  • Why Go Organic?
    Is Organic Worth the Price Difference?

    There may never be an end to arguments over whether organic food is more nutritious. But a new study is the most ambitious attempt so far to resolve the issue — and it concludes that organic fruit and vegetables offer a key health-safety benefit.

  • Video Cam IconThe Real Cost of Carbon
    What Carbon Really Costs
    (A video from Reggie Watts)

    Big Oil and Big Coal are not just handing you a hefty bill for your gas and energy usage. There is another bill we are all picking up thanks to their carbon pollution, and it is a doozy.

    Click now to watch this video.
    We should all know know what
    carbon is actually costing us.

Interactive Map:

Where Toxic Air Pollution From Oil and Gas
Industry Is Threatening Millions of Americans


Gulf Threat Map

June 15, 2016 -Two leading national environmental groups—Clean Air Task Force (CATF) and Earthworks—unveiled a suite of tools Wednesday designed to inform and mobilize Americans about the health risks from toxic air pollution from the oil and gas industry.

For the first time, Americans across the country—from Washington County, Pennsylvania, to Weld County, Colorado to Kern County, California—can access striking new community-level data on major health risks posed by oil and gas operations across the country. Click the map to read the whole story and access the interactive map.

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  • Asbestos Rules Must Not Be Violated
    Oregon Company Fined For
    Numerous Asbestos Safety Violations

    July 11, 2018 -Oregon regulators have fined a Washington County company for violating asbestos rules more than 100 times.

    The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality fined the company, Oregon Environmental LLC of Cornelius, more than $436,804. It also revoked the company’s license to handle asbestos.

    Asbestos was a common component in building materials for houses and buildings before 1980. When asbestos is improperly removed, its fibers become airborne. People who breathe those fibers are at risk of cancer and other diseases.

    Click now for the the story
    from Oregon Public Radio.

  • How Our Sunscreens Can Harm Coral
    Many Common Sunscreens May Harm
    Coral. Here's What To Use Instead

    July 2, 2018 -Hawaii’s governor David Ige is expected to sign the world’s first ban on the sale of sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate this week. The state is banning the products because of concerns they may be harming one of the state’s biggest attractions — coral reefs.

    While it doesn’t kick in until 2021, the move is already prompting a public health pushback.

    That’s because up to 70 percent of sunscreens on the U.S. market contain oxybenzone. Up to 8 percent contain octinoxate, which often shows up on labels as octyl methoxycinnamate. Say that three times fast.

    Click now for more of the
    story from Oregon Public Radio.

  • Maybe Natural Gas Is Not All That Great For the Environment
    Study Shows Methane Emissions Cancel
    Near-Term Climate Benefits of Natural Gas

    June 29, 2018 -A new study published today in the journal Science finds climate-damaging methane emissions from the nation’s oil and gas industry are nearly 60 percent higher than Environmental Protection Agency estimates — effectively negating the near-term benefits of burning more natural gas.

    As the U.S. shale boom has grown, natural gas has been hailed as the cleanest-burning fossil fuel. It is displacing coal as the fuel of choice for electric power generation, and it’s often pitched as a bridge to a cleaner energy future. But natural gas is mostly methane, and methane leaks out of wells, pipelines, and storage tanks.

    Click now to read or listen to the
    story from The Allegheny Front.

  • Methane Emissions in the U.S. Much Higher Than Thought
    Methane Emissions In US 60%
    Higher Than Previously Reported

    June 22, 2018 - CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research In Environmental Sciences, is a collaboration between NOAA and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Its latest study, published in the journal Science, finds the US oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons of methane from its operations each year. That is 60% more than previously estimated by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

    “This study provides the best estimate to date on the climate impact of oil and gas activity in the United States,” co-author Jeff Peischl, a CIRES scientist working in NOAA’s Chemical Sciences Division in Boulder, Colorado, according to Science Daily. “It’s the culmination of 10 years of studies by scientists across the country, many of which were spearheaded by CIRES and NOAA.”

    Click now to read more from CleanTechnica.

  • Allowing Water to Poison Our Population
    Study Shows: Threshold for Harmful Chemicals
    in Drinking Water Lower than Thought

    June 21, 2018 - A government study found that chemicals found in drinking water around the country could pose risks to human health at lower levels than the government currently recognizes, potentially opening the door for more states to begin cleaning up or regulating the chemical.

    The report released Wednesday by a branch of the Office of Health and Human Services examined a category of chemicals commonly called PFAS that have been used to make non-stick products, firefighting foam and water-repellant coatings.

    Click now to read more
    from ABC News.

  • Bristol Bay Should Remain “Salmon Country”
    Saving Bristol Bay Alaska

    June 21, 2018 - In December 2017, Pebble submitted its first major federal permit application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Filing for this application kick-started the federal permitting and environmental review process. Per this initial permit application, Pebble seeks to develop the first 1.2 billion tons of its nearly 11 billion-ton deposit and set the stage for future expansion and the construction of an industrial mining district in Bristol Bay..

    North America's salmon powerhouse, is threatened by the massive proposed gold and copper mine. Working closely with commercial fishermen, tribes, sportsmen and women, local businesses and many others across the country Trout Unlimited works to protect these iconic and productive rivers and the people they support.

    Click here to learn about Pebble's mine plan.

  • Not All Things Go Better With Koch
    How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public
    Transit Projects Around the Country

    June 19, 2018 - Last year Americans for Prosperity spent $711,000 on lobbying for various issues, a near 1,000-fold increase since 2011, when it spent $856. Overall, the group has spent almost $4 million on state-level lobbying the past seven years, according to disclosures compiled by the National Institute on Money in State Politics, a nonpartisan nonprofit that tracks political spending.

    Comment From this Website's Editor:  They have succeeded in fooling the taxpayer into thinking that they, too, can become prosperous Americans.

    Click now to read the whole
    story from The New York Times.

  • More Toxicity for the State of Michigan
    Detroit Lake Hit With 3rd Toxic
    Algae Advisory Of The Year

    June 15, 2018 - For the third time this season — and the second time in three days — the Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory due to high levels of cyanotoxins at three different locations.

    Samples taken June 13 show toxin levels above the safe recreation threshold at Blowout Arm, Heater Creek and at Detroit Dam’s log boom, according to data posted by the City of Salem. Toxin levels also were elevated in Big Cliff Reservoir.

    Click now to read the whole
    story from The Statesman Journal.

  • Raptors to the Rescue
    Pest-Ridding Birds Is More Effective
    Than Poisons — And Less Expensive

    June 4, 2018 - Rodents were digging into the dirt levees that protect Ventura County from flooding. It was more than just annoying: If they caused any of the county’s 40 miles of levees to breech, the results could be life-threatening. As dam safety inspector for the county’s Watershed Protection District, Novak was responsible.

    He’d been using poisons since the 1980s to prevent pocket gophers and ground squirrels from burrowing through dams and levees, weakening the structures and risking their collapse. But a 2005 countywide ordinance enacted limited the use of rodenticides after bait traps accidentally caused the deaths of local mountain lions and other wildlife, causing public outcry. Novak was allowed to poison rodents at levees and dams, but he was under pressure to seek alternatives.

    Click now to read the whole
    story from The Revelator.

  • Arctic National Wildlife No Refuge
    Companies Push to Start Oil Drilling
    in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    June 1, 2018 -Following Congress’s move to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil and gas production, a long-sought goal of the Republican Party, fossil fuel companies are moving forward with their plans to develop the wilderness and hope to survey the region by winter. Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation, two Alaska Native companies, as well as one oil company have applied for a permit to begin seismic surveying on the refuge’s coastal plain.

    However, despite promises that the process would be as environmentally sensitive as possible, documents obtained by the Washington Post indicate that the Fish and Wildlife Service rejected the initial plan as “not adequate,” noting its “lack of applicable details for proper agency review.”

    Click now to read more from Inhabitat.
    Story includes a slideshow.

  • Is It the Plastic that Made Milwaukee Famous?
    Study Finds Tiny Bits of Plastic
    in Beer Samples, Including in Milwaukee

    May 14, 2018 -A new study has found an ingredient you might not have expected in beer: Microscopic bits of plastic.

    The study published last month in the peer-reviewed journal, PLOS One, showed microplastics turned up in 33 water samples last year in seven cities that tap the Great Lakes, including the City of Milwaukee.

    The others were Chicago; Duluth, Minn.; Holland and Alpena, Mich.; and Buffalo and Clayton, N.Y.

    Click now for the story
    from The Journal Sentinel.

  • Neste MY Renewable Diesel
    Neste Sells 1 Billionth
    Gallon of Renewable Diesel

    May 14, 2018 -In Texas, Neste U.S., Inc. (NEF.F, NESTE.HE, NTOIF, NTOIY) is celebrating its 1 billionth gallon of Neste MY Renewable Diesel sold in North America which has effectively helped reduce more than seven million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in the Earth’s atmosphere. This is the equivalent of removing 1.6 million passenger vehicles from the road for one year.

    Click now for more
    from AltEnergy Stocks.

  • Shouldn’t We Be Painting Our Roofs?
    Fiddling With the Roof

    May 9, 2018 - Why are most roofs dark in color? It would seem that because we build so many of them that it would be prudent to make them reflective.

    The short answer is: Yes, making our roofs lighter and more reflective could help cool our cities and partly offset the worst effects of global warming.

    Click now for to read more from
    the  NY Times Climate Forward.

  • A Better Way to Capture CO2
    Bio-Inspired Membrane Captures 90%
    of CO2 in Power Plant Emissions

    May 8, 2018 -Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a new biologically inspired membrane that can capture carbon dioxide from power plant smoke. Sandia fellow and University of New Mexico regents’ professor Jeff Brinker said, “Our inexpensive method follows nature’s lead in our use of a water-based membrane only 18 nanometers thick that incorporates natural enzymes to capture 90 percent of carbon dioxide released. This is almost 70 percent better than current commercial methods, and it’s done at a fraction of the cost.”

    Click now for the story
    and slideshow from Inhabitat.

  • California Defends Right to Curb Tailpipe Emissions
    California Is Ready for a
    Fight Over Tailpipe Emissions

    Apr. 30, 2018 - California and a coalition of 16 other states and the District of Columbia sued the Trump administration on Tuesday over its plan to roll back greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars, trucks and S.U.V.s.

    Click now for more from the NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Lyft Is Making Their Rides Carbon Neutral
    Lyft Co-founders Realize the
    Importance of Climate Change

    April 19, 2018 -If you use ride-sharing services but still worry about their impact on the environment, Lyft has got you covered. The company has just announced that it will invest millions of dollars to offset its carbon emissions. Co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green said in a blog post that the ridesharing company will become “one of the world’s largest voluntary purchasers of carbon offsets” as they make all their trips carbon neutral from now on. According to Zimmer and Green, while all cars will be cleanly powered at some point in the future, climate change isn’t waiting, so they’re taking action.

    Click now for the Inhabitat story.

  • Fuel Economy Standards?
    How U.S. Fuel Economy Standards
    Compare With the Rest of the World’s

    Apr. 3, 2018 -On Monday, the Trump administration formally declared that Obama-era fuel economy rules for automobiles were too strict and would likely be weakened in the months ahead.

    So how strict are the current rules? While the Obama-era standards for cars and light trucks were on pace to become some of the most aggressive in the world by 2025, they were still less stringent than those set by the European Union, according to an analysis by the International Center on Clean Transportation, which compared standards for different countries.

    Click now for more on this story from the NY Times.

  • The Better Way to BioFuel Production
    Genetic Engineering Break
    Through For Cellulosic Biofuel Production

    Apr. 2, 2017 -One of the challenges to making biofuels from feedstock like grass or trees, is that first the cellulose structure of plants must be broken down and converted in sugars. This process takes time and adds to the cost of the final product. Researchers around the world have been working to speed this process up to help provide biofuels to replace fossil fuels.

    It was more than 10 years in the making, but when it came to uncovering the secrets of the molecular structure of enzymes, perseverance paid off. By studying and comparing the workhorse cellulose-degrading enzymes of two fungi, researchers from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have pinpointed regions on these enzymes that can be targeted via genetic engineering to help break down cellulose faster.

    Click now for more of the story from Solar Thermal Magazine.

  • Fossil Fuel Financing Under Trump
    Extreme Fossil Fuel Financing
    Has Surged to $115Bn Under Donald Trump

    March 28, 2018 -Financing for extreme fossil fuels like tar sands swelled in 2017 under Trump, according to a new report. Banking on Climate Change 2018 tracks 36 of the largest banks in the world to discover they poured $115 billion into these polluting projects, up 11 percent from 2016, according to the Rainforest Action Network (RAN).

    Click now read the story and view a slideshow from Inhabitat.com.

  • A Texas Oil Patch Is Moving Right Along
    The Ground Under a West Texas Oil
    Patch Is Moving ‘at Alarming Rates’

    Mar. 23, 2018 -Local residents, infrastructure, and oil and gas pipelines could be at risk from the ground heaving and sinking in West Texas after years of fossil fuel production, according to a new study from Southern Methodist University (SMU) scientists. In an SMU statement, research scientist Jin-Woo Kim said, “This region of Texas has been punctured like a pin cushion with oil wells and injection wells since the 1940s and our findings associate that activity with ground movement.”

    Click to read more from Inhabitat.

  • Can’t Get Enough Uranium?
    Big Firms Push to Overturn Uranium
    Mining Ban Near Grand Canyon

    Mar. 10, 2018 -The US mining industry has asked the supreme court to overturn an Obama-era rule prohibiting the mining of uranium on public lands adjacent to the Grand Canyon.

    The National Mining Association (NMA) and the American Exploration and Mining Association (AEMA) filed petitions on Friday asking the court to reverse the 2012 ban on new uranium mining claims on more than 1 million acres of public land surrounding Grand Canyon national park.

    Click now for the story from The Guardian story.

  • Ozone in Utah - a Real Problem
    Utah’s Looming Ozone Issue Creating
    More Impetus for Stronger Oil and Gas Controls

    Mar. 4, 2018 - Utah’s leaders have a challenge on their hands. Unhealthy ozone levels brought on by oil and gas pollution mean counties in the state’s Uinta Basin don’t meet our nation’s clean air standards.

    Ozone, the main component in smog, is a serious public health risk that causes asthma attacks and respiratory damage especially in children and the elderly. Studies suggest oil and gas development is significant contributor to wintertime ozone pollution in the Uinta basin.

    Click now for the more
    from The Energy Collective.

  • Ben & Jerry’s: Clean Up Your Act
    Time for Ben & Jerry's to
    Clean Up Its Own Swamp?

    Mar. 1, 2018 -From the Organic Consumers Association:

    A big “thank you” this week to the Tucson, Arizona, Organic Consumers Association members who convinced their local co-op, Food Conspiracy, to stop selling Ben & Jerry’s.

    Several of our supporters emailed Food Conspiracy’s store manager and its board of directors. Within hours, the co-op posted this message on Facebook:

    Click now for the story and
    see what was posted on Facebook.

  • Auburn California Cleanup - No Butts About It
    “Butt Lady” Picks Up1,000,000
    Littered Cigarette Butts in 3.5 Years

    Feb. 25, 2018 -Cigarette butts account for an estimated 1.69 billion pounds of trash each year – and a good number of them never even find their way into proper trash receptacles. Instead, many of them are ingested by aquatic creatures, wildlife, and pets, or simply left to languish in streets everywhere as litter. Sick and tired of seeing her town of Auburn, California marred by the toxic trash, resident Sally Dawly decided that she would make it her aim to pick up every stray butt she encountered — and she kept count. Incredibly, after 3.5 years, Dawly has collected over one million thoughtlessly discarded cigarette butts.

    “I got tired of going on my walks and seeing cigarette butts everywhere,” Dawly told her local news station. “I’m just overwhelmed and shocked that I had to pick up this many. I keep track on a daily basis of how many I pick up and I just keep going.”

    Click now to “pick up” this article from the Inhabitat.

  • Michigan Flooding - Dam Safety Affected
    Flooding in Michigan Affects Dam Safety

    Feb. 23, 2018 -Continued high flow events in the north-central United States, particularly in the state of Michigan, is causing concerns with dam safety. Two recent incidents highlight the challenges.

    In the first, the earthen spillway dam at the Irving hydro plant in Michigan has failed, according to a report from the Barry County Emergency Management Department on Feb. 23.

    According to Grand Rapids News, western Michigan has been experiencing severe flooding due to heavy rain and warm temperatures melting snow.

    Click to read more from HydroWorld.com.

  • Romaine Lettuce Might Not Be Safe
    CDC: E. coli Outbreak
    Could be Linked to Romaine Lettuce

    Jan. 6, 2018 - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, are investigating reports of E. coli illnesses in 13 states possibly linked to romaine lettuce or other leafy greens, according to a statement issued by the CDC

    Click now for the freghtening article from USA Today.

  • A Hidden Cause of California’s Smog Problem
    Fertilized Soils May Be
    Contributing Up to 40% of the Problem

    Feb. 1, 2018 - Despite its progressive environmental policies, the state of California actually has the worst air quality in the nation, according to a 2017 report from the American Lung Association.

    More specifically, California’s Central Valley, which produces one third of the country’s vegetables and two thirds of its fruits and nuts, is home to some particularly nasty air, thanks to its bathtub-like topography, which traps air pollution in the region. Just in the past month, the Central Valley saw, by some measures, its worst period of polluted air in nearly 20 years, which researchers have attributed primarily to smoke from wildfires that ravaged areas of Southern California, as well as the typical culprits—vehicle emissions and residential wood-burning.

    Click now to read more from Mother Jones.

  • Clean Energy From Fossil Fuels and Biomass
    A Fossil Fuel Technology That Doesn't Pollute

    Jan. 2, 2018 - Engineers at The Ohio State University are developing technologies that have the potential to economically convert fossil fuels and biomass into useful products including electricity without emitting carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

    Click now for more on this story from ENN.

  • Flint: Let's Get the Lead Out!
    Flint Accused Of Violating Agreement
    To Replace Lead Service Lines

    Dec. 28, 2017 - The city of Flint, Mich. which has been reeling for years over lead seepage from its pipes into its tap water, is accused of violating the terms of a major settlement agreement aimed at improving its water quality. Advocacy groups say the city is failing to disclose information about its efforts to replace its lead pipes.

    Click now for the tragic story from OPB News.

  • So What’s Wrong With Drilling in the Arctic Refuge
    Drilling in Arctic Refuge Gets
    a Green Light. What’s Next?

    Dec 20, 2017 - President Trump on Wednesday was poised to sign the new tax bill, passed by Congress, which lifts a decades-old ban on oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska. Here’s a look at what might happen now.

    Click now to read more
    from The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Yale University and Carbon Charges
    Yale Launches Carbon Charge
    for Campus Buildings and Departments

    Dec. 11, 2017 - After three years of study, discussion, and experimentation, Yale University has implemented a carbon charge that affects more than 250 buildings and nearly 70% of campus carbon dioxide emissions.

    Click now for the story from Yale News.

  • Re-thinking Air Conditioning - Some Refelction Needed
    How High-Tech Mirrors
    Can Send Heat into Space

    Nov. 28, 2017 - SkyCool’s advanced materials could reinvent air-conditioning and refrigeration—cutting costs and greenhouse gases in the process.

    Click now to read the whole
    story in the M.I.T. Technology Review.

  • Microsoft's Carbon Emissions Pledge
    They Pledge to Cut Carbon
    Emissions 85% by 2030

    Nov 14, 2017 - Microsoft, has expressed that climate change is an urgent problem that demands a global response from all industries. They are committed to doing their part and have been taking steps to address and reduce their carbon footprint for nearly a decade. In 2009, Microsoft set its first carbon emissions target.

    In 2012, they became one of the first companies to put an internal global carbon fee in place, which enables us to operate 100 percent carbon neutral. Last year, they put in place targets to get more energy from renewable sources.

  • Trump May Lift Uranium Mining Ban Near Grand Canyon
    Forest Service Suggests Trump Could
    Reopen Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon

    Nov. 5, 2017 - The US Forest Service recently submitted a report (PDF) to the Trump administration, suggesting that an Obama-era order could be revised to allow uranium mining on National Forest land, reopening old tensions in an area that sustains tribal interests, mining operations, and outdoor activities.

    Click to read the story, from
    Ars Technicag.

  • Rebuild Puerto Rico with Microgrids
    How Would That Work?

    Oct. 4, 2017 - Puerto Rico presents a near perfect opportunity to rebuild the electricity infrastructure from scratch in accord with technologies of the present — solar panels, batteries, wind turbines, and perhaps small generators — optimally combined in steps of 250 kW and up to 5 MW.

    Such a microgrid solution can be deployed community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, shopping mall by shopping mall, office complex by office complex…and then replicated across the island. Later, the individual microgrids can be linked to each other for backup, redundancy, resilience, and superior economics for the overall system. The resulting topology of a federation of microgrids will be more resilient to future storms, more reliable, and will be consistent with the trends in Electricity 2.0.

    Click now for the rest of the article.

  • Preparing for More Major Storms
    By Adaption or by Mitigation?

    Sept. 26, 2017 - Staff Writers Zach Murdock and Elizabeth Djinis did a nice job in the Sarasota Herald Tribune (Preparing for More Irmas, 9/17/2017) explaining that hurricane Irma represents the new normal: the strongest storms should get stronger in the coming decades as the ocean temperatures warm; creeping sea level rise will make storm surges and inundation worse, particularly for low-lying areas; and storms that do form are likely to bring more precipitation with them.

    Read te article by This Spaceship Earth

  • Want to Keep Fertility Rates Down?
    Let 'Em Drink Flint River Water

    Sept. 23, 2017 - A recent study found that lead-poisoned water in Flint, Michigan, possibly led to a substantial drop in the number of babies born there.

    A group of researchers found that after Flint leaders decided to save money by switching the town’s water supply source in 2014, the city saw an unprecedented rise in miscarriages and stillbirths.

    Click now to have a sip of this story.

  • Environmental Impact and Injustice
    People of Color Are Living
    With More Polluted Air Than Whites

    Sept. 14, 2017 - Air pollution can contribute to asthma and heart disease. And it puts children at greater risk of developmental and behavioral problems.

    But not everyone is equally likely to be exposed to air pollution.

    While regulations and cleaner energy have meant the air’s getting a little cleaner for everyone, a new study by University of Washington researchers shows that, at every income level, people of color are still exposed to more air pollution than white people.

    Click to read the aritcle from OPB.

  • Allegheny Front in Statewide Energy Collaboration
    Enabled by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

    Sept 13, 2017 - The Allegheny Front joins WITF (Harrisburg), WESA (Pittsburgh), and WHYY (Philadelphia) to form a regional news collaboration funded with a $652,902 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

    The collaboration, led by WITF, expands the StateImpact Pennsylvania reporting project to produce multimedia reports on the energy industry, the economic and environmental impacts of energy choices and the effects of energy production on the health of communities. The CPB grant will support journalists at the partner media outlets for two years, with station support continuing in outlying years.

  • Greenhouse Gasses Linked to Fossil Fuel Ind.
    New Study Links Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    Directly to Fossil Fuel Companies

    Sept 12, 2017 - Less than two years ago, documents surfaced showing that in the 1970s ExxonMobil knew about the damage that fossil fuel emissions were causing to the environment and how they were contributing to global warming. Just a few weeks ago, these reports surfaced again when a recent study led by Harvard researcher Naomi Oreskes showed how the global oil giant had engaged in a decades-long misinformation campaign to cover up the damage that it and other fossil fuel companies were inflicting on the planet.

  • Wind & Floods Not the Only Prroblem With Harvey
    Hurricane Floods & Toxic Chemicals

    Sept. 8, 2017 - Southeast Texas has thousands of oil and chemical industrial sites, and hurricane flooding is suspected of releasing toxic chemicals. Broken sewage systems and poorly protected superfund sites also pose health risks. Living on Earth host Steve Curwood spoke with the Sierra Club’s Cyrus Reed about the limited data so far.

    Click to read the transcript.

  • Nothing Like a Little Plastic in Your Tap Water
    Plastic Found in 94 %
    of US Tap Water Samples

    September 7, 2017 - Plastic is one of, if not the most useful and convenient materials we use today. You can spot it everywhere, and it's an integral part of modern life. But now the world is full of it, and the latest study reveals it's even in our drinking water.

    Click to read the
    article from PC Magazine.

  • The Emerging Demand for “Greener” Aluminum
    Encouraged by Rise in
    Worldwide Sales of Aluminum

    Aug. 31, 2017 - In 2015, Ford kicked off a battle in the U.S. auto industry. The body of its iconic F-150 truck went from being made of steel to being made of aluminum. Ford touted the benefits of aluminum in its advertising. Its lighter weight shaved 700 pounds off the F-150, improving fuel efficiency, and reducing tailpipe emissions.

  • Carbon Capture Game Changer?
    Potential Carbon Capture Game
    Changer Nears Completion

    August 30, 2017 - On a small lot between Houston and the Gulf Coast, in an industrial zone packed with petrochemical factories and gas pipelines, a little-known company is finalizing construction of a demonstration power plant that could represent a genuine energy breakthrough.

    Read more by clicking now.

  • Harvey and Houston’s Polluted Superfund Sites
    How They Threaten
    to Contaminate Floodwaters

    August 29, 2017 - As rain poured and floodwaters inched toward his house in south Houston, Wes Highfield set out on a risky mission in his Jeep Cherokee. He drove in several directions to reach a nearby creek to collect water samples, but each time he was turned back when water washed against his floorboard.

    Click for more,
    including a very troubling 'sign.'

  • Environmental Havoc From Blackstone Pipeline
    Federal Filings Show More
    ViolationsThan Other Big Pipelines

    August 17, 2017 - In the energy business, it’s one of the biggest projects going today: construction of a 710-mile pipeline to transport natural gas from America’s most prolific shale deposit in the eastern U.S. to consumers in the Midwest and Canada. Even Blackstone Group LP has agreed to take a sizable stake.

    But it holds another, more dubious, distinction. The Energy Transfer Partners LP pipeline has racked up more environmental violations than other major interstate natural gas pipelines built in the last two years, according to a Bloomberg analysis of regulatory filings during that period. And that’s all since U.S. regulators approved the $4.2 billion project in February.

  • Natural Gas is Not the Cleanest Fuel
    Energy Giants Censured for Claiming
    Natural Gas Is ‘Cleanest’ Fossil Fuel

    August 17, 2017 - A standard talking point from the fossil fuel industry and its lobbyests has been that natural gas is a cleaner alternative to conventional energy sources like coal and oil. This is at least partially responsible for many people — including former President Barack Obama and his Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz — believing that natural gas can act as a “bridge fuel” in the eventual shift from coal and oil to renewable sources of energy.

    But the truth is a lot more complicated than a talking point, something which a Dutch advertising watchdog has recognized as it takes two fossil fuel companies to task over misleading ads about natural gas being the “cleanest of all fossil fuels.”

  • Carcinogen in Water Supply for 250,000,000 Folks
    New Report Finds 'Erin Brockovich'
    Carcinogen in Water Supply

    Aug. 15, 2017 - In 2016, an EWG report found that chromium-6—a cancer-causing compound made notorious by the film "Erin Brockovich"—contaminated the tap water supplies of 218 million Americans in all 50 states. But our just-released Tap Water Database shows the problem is even worse than that.

    Click now for the scary story.

  • Those Dangerous Drifting Particles
    From PRI's Environmental News Magazine

    Aug. 11, 2017 - Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are toxic air pollutants produced by combustion linked to lung cancer and other serious health problems. They’re mostly seen as a local bad air issue, but recent findings suggest that these tiny particles travel long distances and significantly increase overall health risks.

    Click to read on,
    and listen to the L.O.E. segment.

  • Hilcorp: Good to Work For But Big Violator
    As Hilcorp Plans to Drill in the Arctic,
    a Troubling Trail of Violations Surfaces

    AUG 10, 2017 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska—In the energy industry, Hilcorp has built a reputation for fast growth, big profits and making people rich. This 28-year-old Houston-based company has kept a low public profile while becoming one of the top five privately held oil and gas producers in the United States. Founder Jeffery Hildebrand has become a billionaire, rising up the ranks of the hundred richest Americans. Employees, who got six-figure bonuses for meeting output goals, rave online about their employer, which Fortune magazine has lauded as one of the 100 best companies to work for five years in a row.

    In regulatory circles, however, and among environmentalists, Hilcorp has become known for different reasons. As the company has bought up older oil and gas fields from bigger companies, a business strategy known as "acquire and exploit," it has amassed a troubling safety and environmental track record in Alaska and several other states.

  • Budget Cuts Could Threaten Our Drinking Water
    Funding to Forecast Toxic Algae
    Blooms Could Be at Risk

    August 7, 2017 - Algae has become a major focus of scientific research on Lake Erie. Since 2002 toxic algal blooms — more accurately known as cyanobacteria, an ancient life form that produces chlorophyll, but can also release deadly toxins — have been plaguing the lake’s shallow western basin.

    In 2014 a massive harmful algal bloom overwhelmed the drinking water intake for the city of Toledo and sparked a nearly three-day shutdown of the city’s water system, when nearly half a million residents were warned not drink the water or even bathe in it.

    Click to see what is or
    what is not being done about
    this threatening problem.

  • Landowners Upset Over NG Pipeline Boom
    Natural Gas Boom Fuels Climate
    Worries, Enrages Landowners

    Aug. 4, 2017 - New and expanded pipelines — comprising 2,500 miles of steel in all — would double the amount of gas that could flow out of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The cheap fuel will benefit consumers and manufacturers, the developers promise.

    But some scientists warn that the rush to more fully tap the rich Marcellus and Utica shales is bad for a dangerously warming planet, extending the country’s fossil-fuel habit by half a century. Industry consultants say there isn’t even enough demand in the United States for all the gas that would come from this boost in production.

  • WSJ - The Real Fake News About Carbon
    Wall Street Journal Coverage of
    the Carbon Bubble— Slim, Lame, & Misleading

    Aug. 1, 2017 - Overall, the picture the WSJ provides is that the carbon bubble may have been an issue back in 2013, but it’s probably nothing to worry about and most likely just a mirage or propaganda from the “climate-change lobby.” Ah, yes, those lobbyists working on behalf of … climate change? Or maybe they are lobbyists working to maximize 350.org and Greenpeace revenue?

    In any case, the WSJ editorial board doesn’t seem particularly interested in what may be the biggest investment risk of the century.

    Click for the entire story.

  • Largest-ever 'Dead Zone' in Gulf of Mexico
    Blame the Meat Industry

    Aug 1, 2017 - The global meat industry, already implicated in driving global warming and deforestation, has now been blamed for fueling what is expected to be the worst “dead zone” on record in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Toxins from manure and fertiliser pouring into waterways are exacerbating huge, harmful algal blooms that create oxygen-deprived stretches of the gulf, the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay, according to a new report by Mighty, an environmental group chaired by former congressman Henry Waxman.

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  • Fast Food is Not Your Friend
    Fast-food Wrappers are Full of Chemicals

    July 31, 2017- When you make the conscious decision to eat fast food, you know you're choosing to eat food with ingredients you normally wouldn't want to consume. You may not realize, though, that the packaging may be adding unwanted things to your food, too.

    In order to keep the water, oil and other liquids that can soak through food packaging at bay, synthetic chemicals that resist heat and grease are added to the wrappers and boxes. But these chemicals, known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), can leak into food, a new study shows. And they have been found in almost every American who has been tested for them, as well as in animals like polar bears, which should never get near fast food or its packaging, a previous study showed.

  • The Blue Greenway -Fixing Toxic Sites
    Cleaning Up Toxic Sites
    Shouldn’t Clear Out the Neighbors

    July 28, 2017 - San Francisco has embarked on a project to transform its industrial southeast waterfront into a bike-friendly destination called the Blue Greenway. When completed, the Blue Greenway will be a 13-mile network of parks, bike lanes and trails along the southeastern edge of the city.

    Read all about it by clicking here.

  • Clean Up the Mining Industry
    Why We Need to Clean Up Mining if
    We Want a Renewable Energy Economy

    July 27, 2017 - A massive open-pit copper mine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about solar power.

    But the construction of photovoltaic panels actually requires a wide range of metals and minerals to build. Nineteen, to be exact, including silica, indium, silver, selenium and lead. Most can be found or produced in Canada.

    And as demand for solar panels continues to rapidly increase in coming years — up to a 17-fold global increase between 2015 and 2050, according to the International Energy Agency — significant quantities of these metals and minerals will be required.

  • Like a little Glyphosate With That Ice Cream?
    Traces of Controversial Herbicide
    Found in Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

    July 25, 2017 - A growing number of foods commonly found in kitchens across America have tested positive for glyphosate, the herbicide that is the main ingredient in the popular consumer pesticide Roundup, which is widely used in agriculture. But few brands on that list are as startling as the latest: Ben & Jerry’s, the Vermont ice cream company known for its family-friendly image and environmental advocacy.

    Click to see why you should think twice
    before ordering a Ben & Jerry's.

  • Cleaning Up the Ohio River
    A Bold New Vision For Restoring
    America’s Most Polluted River

    July 21, 2017 - In many ways, the Ohio River is an unsung resource for the region it serves. The Ohio’s near-thousand-mile course flows through Pennsylvania and five other states before emptying into the Mississippi.

    It’s a source of drinking water for more than five million people. But its long legacy as a “working river” has also made it the most polluted in the country. Today, many cities and towns along the Ohio are rethinking their relationship to the river—and weighing how a large-scale restoration effort could be critical to the region’s future. But just how do we get there?

    Click now and see
    some possible solutions.

  • Organic Labeling Needs Better Enforcement
    Ferreting Out the Fraudulent Few,While
    Demanding Higher Standards & Enforcement

    July 18, 2017 - A recent series of articles by a Washington Post reporter could have some consumers questioning the value of the USDA organic seal. But are a few bad eggs representative of an entire industry?

    Consumers are all for cracking down on the fraudulent few who, with the help of Big Food, big retail chains and questionable certifiers give organics a bad name. But they also want stronger standards, and better enforcement—not a plan to weaken standards to accommodate "Factory Farm Organic."

  • Chester PA, Pipeline Damages Drinking Water
    Sunoco Halts Drilling Where Pipeline
    Construction Damaged Drinking Water

    July 14, 2017 - Sunoco has agreed to halt drilling operations related to the Mariner East 2 pipeline construction in Chester County where several dozen residents have been without water for the past week. Aquifer intrusion by horizontal directional drilling is to blame.

    The West Whiteland Township residents who rely on private drinking water wells have experienced cloudy water or loss of water completely. More than 100 community members gathered at the West Whiteland Township building on Thursday night to discuss the situation with both township and Sunoco officials.

  • Pollution: A Weapon of Oppression
    How the Poor Pay the Major Cost of Toxic Air

    Jan. 13, 2017 - It’s no secret that pollution is a danger to our health. Air pollution, specifically, has been linked to asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart attack, diabetes, pulmonary cancer, birth defects, leukemia, and premature death. While it is nearly impossible for anyone to avoid air pollution altogether, the concentrations of air pollution are disproportionately worse for some. The logical solution to avoiding these highly polluted areas would seem to be simply not living near them, but not everyone has that choice.

    Click now for article from The Humanist.com.

  • Can EPA Repeal the Clean Water Rule?
    Do His Arguments Hold Water?

    July 10, 2017 - As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt unsuccessfully sued to kill the rule, which he has called “the greatest blow to private property rights the modern era has seen.”

    Now he is seeking to accomplish by administrative fiat what he failed to achieve in court. However, he faces a stiff challenge from supporters of the rule, and the courts may not buy his arguments for wiping a rule off the books.

  • Steelmaker, Employer and Polluter
    Not All Things Go Better With Clairton Coke

    July 14, 20167 People who live in and around Clairton, about 15 miles south of Pittsburgh, are suing US Steel, claiming air pollution from its Clairton Coke Works has lowered property values. The Allegheny Front’s Julie Grant visited Clairton to understand how this source of good jobs could also be the cause of health and environmental problems.

  • Warning About Antimicrobial Triclosan
    Warning About Antimicrobial Triclosan
    It's a Mouthful, But Not the One You Want

    July 14, 2017 - Two hundred scientists and health professionals signed a statement calling for more caution in using triclosan and triclocarbon. These common antibacterials are in thousands of products from building materials to toothpaste, and impact hormonal systems in animals.

  • What's Wrong Wth Deep Injection Wells?
    Deep Injection Wells Would
    Waste Water And Money

    July 12, 2017 - “Don’t waste water.” That message has been hammered into our heads since we were children. Yet, to our dismay, a few weeks ago, without public notice, Governor Scott’s hand-picked board members at the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) decided to go it alone on a plan to dispose of billions of gallons of untreated freshwater permanently by pumping it deep into the earth - water needed for the Everglades, Florida Bay and our drinking water supply.

  • Microsoft's A.I. For Earth
    Microsoft Will Offer Its A.I. Smarts
    to Benefit the Environment

    July 12, 2017 - Microsoft just announced a new initiative called AI for Earth. Headed by Microsoft's chief environmental scientist Lucas Joppa, the program will help researchers and organizations use AI to solve the major environmental issues we face today. Leaders of projects focusing on water, agriculture, biodiversity and climate change can apply for access to Microsoft's cloud and AI computing resources and it's putting down $2 million towards the initiative this year.

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  • Attempting to Save the Great Barrier Reef
    Researcher Wants to Brighten Clouds
    to Rescue the Great Barrier Reef

    July 16, 2018 -Within days, oceanographer Daniel Harrison will become a father for the first time. Worried that his son may never experience the kaleidoscopic marvels of the Great Barrier Reef, he has devised an ingenious plan to help save it.

    Dr Harrison is developing a technology known as “cloud brightening” – encouraging clouds over the reef to deflect more of the sun’s rays back into space, which would hopefully curb rising sea temperatures that cause coral bleaching.

    Click now for more
    from The Sydney Morning Herald.

  • China, Sick of Pollution, Does Something About It
    China’s Falling Emissions
    Raise Climate Hopes

    July 12, 2018 -Say it softly, but a look at China’s falling emissions of carbon dioxide may suggest that there could be some good news on the climate change front.

    Over recent years China has supplanted the US as the world’s biggest emitter of climate-changing greenhouse gases, mainly because of the country’s booming economy and its reliance for energy on coal, the most polluting of fossil fuels.

    Click now for the the story
    from The Climate News Network.

  • Air Pollution Doesn’t Just Cause Breathing Problems
    Study Shows: Air Pollution
    Plays Significant Role in Diabetes

    June 30, 2018 -Air pollution caused one in seven new cases of diabetes in 2016, according to a US study, which found even low levels raised the chances of developing the chronic disease.

    Diabetes has primarily been associated with lifestyle factors like diet and a sedentary lifestyle, but research by the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis said pollution also plays a major role.

    The study estimated that pollution contributed to 3.2 million new diabetes cases globally in 2016 -- or around 14 percent of all new diabetes cases globally that year.

    Click now for the story
    from YAHOO News.

  • A New Respect for the Urban Tree
    Urban Trees Match Rainforests as Carbon Stores

    June 29, 2018- Not just decorative, urban trees do much more: they enrich civic life, moderate climate change and save the taxpayer millions.

    London researchers have identified a new reason for preserving urban trees. Woodland in the world’s great cities, originally intended to enhance the streets, can store as much carbon as a comparable stand of tropical rainforest.

    Click now to see why from
    the Citizen’s Climate Network.

  • Earth’s Ozone Layer is Not Out of the Woods, Yet
    Earth's Ozone Layer Still
    In Trouble, Study Finds

    June 28, 2018 -There's more evidence that the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is recovering and that humans' efforts are making a difference. At the same time, however, a 2018 study suggests the ozone layer is surprisingly thin at lower latitudes, where solar radiation is stronger and billions of humans live.

    Thanks to a satellite instrument built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, scientists were able to accurately measure the levels of chlorine molecules, which deplete the ozone layer after they break off from human-made chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). The result is a 20 percent reduction in ozone depletion than there was in 2005, the first year that NASA made measurements of the ozone hole using the Aura satellite.

    Click for more on this
    story from Mother Nature Network.

  • Belize Coral Reef Now Out of Danger
    A Victory for Coral: UNESCO Removes
    Belize Reef From Its Endangered List

    June 27, 2018 -It was a drop of good news about the world’s oceans: The Belize Barrier Reef, the largest barrier reef system in the Northern Hemisphere, has been removed from the United Nations list of endangered world heritage sites.

    UNESCO, the world body’s educational, scientific and cultural agency, said its heritage committee voted Tuesday to remove the reef from its list of threatened sites because it no longer faced immediate danger from development.

    Click now for the story
    from Ny Times Climate Forward.

  • Using CO2 to Fight Climate Change?
    New Fuel From CO2 Can Slow Climate Change

    June 27, 2018- New fuel from CO2, the source of all fossil fuels, can help to slow climate change. And maybe the carbon dioxide would not need burying for so long.

    North American scientists may be one step nearer the dream solution to low-carbon energy, new fuel from CO2, if they can suck it straight from the air and convert it directly into gasoline, diesel or jet fuel.

    That is, they could deliver instant fossil fuels. They could do what nature has done – all coal, oil and natural gas began with carbon dioxide absorbed by living tissue – without the time and expense of deep burial for a hundred million years or so.

    Click now for a further explanation
    from the Citizen’s Climate Network.

  • Where Are Those CFCs Coming From?
    Mystery of Banned CFCs Resurgence May Be Solved

    June 26, 2018 - The world recently learned that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), an ozone-damaging industrial gas banned under the 1997 Montreal Protocol, have made an unexpected comeback, with significant emissions detected in the atmosphere.

    The source of these banned gases has remained unclear. Now, documents and research gathered by the New York Times and independent investigators suggest that the CFCs, specifically CFC-11, may be coming from factories in China that manufacture foam for buildings and appliances. “You had a choice: Choose the cheaper foam agent that’s not so good for the environment, or the expensive one that’s better for the environment,” factory owner Zhang Wenbo told the New York Times. “Of course, we chose the cheaper foam agent. That’s how we survived.”

    Click now for more on this story from Inhabitat.

  • Ozone Recovery, Anyone? How About China?
    Chinese Factories are Producing Banned
    Chemicals that Could Delay Ozone Recovery

    June 25, 2018- A study published last month found that atmospheric levels of ozone-damaging chlorofluorocarbons were unexpectedly rising again, hatching a scientific mystery over who was producing chemicals that were outlawed years ago.

    The culprit? The New York Times reports that one major source appears to be Chinese factories that have continued to use CFC-11 to produce foam insulation, citing “interviews, documents, and advertisements” collected by it and independent investigators, including the Environmental Investigation Agency. Several sources in the piece emphasized that there could be illegal production elsewhere as well.

    Click now for more of this story
    from M.I.T. Technology Review.

  • Argentina Proudly Displays Its Plastic Waste
    Glowing Labyrinth Made From Plastic
    Waste Pops Up in Buenos Aires

    June 22, 2018 - Over 15,000 plastic bottles were temporarily given a new lease on life as a glowing labyrinth in Vatican Square, one of Buenos Aires’ most celebrated public spaces. Designed by environmental art collective Luzinterruptus, the Plastic Waste Labyrinth calls attention to the staggering amount of waste generated everyday in a thought-provoking installation. Commissioned by the Department of Environmental and Public Areas of Buenos Aires City Government, Ciudad Verde, the immersive artwork was installed for one week and open 24 hours a day as part of Global Recycling Day.

    Click now for more from
    CleanTechnica, including a slideshow.

  • Canadian and American Fish Could Be At Risk
    Farmed Fish Threaten British Columbia’s
    Wild Salmon Population

    June 18, 2018 - Something fishy is going on in the coastal waters of Canada’s British Columbia, and it may prove to be the final nail in the coffin of the already endangered wild salmon in this part of the world.

    Over the past few years, the salmon in British Columbia have become infected with a particularly nasty infection called the piscine reovirus. The virus, which has plagued commercial salmon fisheries in Norway since 1999, causes inflammation in fish heart and skeletal muscles, making it difficult for salmon hearts to pump blood. Marine Harvest, the Norwegian company that grows one-fifth of the world’s farm-raised salmon, listed this inflammation as the second largest cause of death of its fish in a 2012 Annual General Report.

    Click now to read the
    story from The Revelator.

  • Let There Be Light - But How Much Artificial Light?
    Big Cities, Bright Lights: Ranking
    the Worst Light Pollution on Earth

    June 21, 2018 - The amount of artificial lighting is steadily increasing every year around the planet. It’s a cause for celebration in remote villages in Africa and the Indian sub-continent that recently gained access to electricity for the first time, but it is also harming the health and well-being of residents of megacities elsewhere that continue to get bigger and brighter every year.

    Health impacts of this artificial illumination after daylight hours range from depression to cancer, including a range of sleep disorders.

    A less tangible effect: 80 percent of people on Earth have lost their view of the natural night sky due to the overpowering glow of artificial lights.

    Click now to read the whole
    story from The Revelator.

  • What’s “Mine” Could be Yours
    Toxic Chemicals Found in Small,
    Furry Animals Decades After Mine Closure

    June 15, 2018 -The environmental impact of large-scale industrial activity can be felt long after the activity stops. A new study published in the journal ScienceDirect found that decades after the closure of the Giant Mine — located on the outskirts of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories province of Canada — small animals still carried significant amounts of toxic chemicals, such as arsenic, in their fur. While high levels of arsenic had been documented in the soil, plants and fish near the Giant Mine, scientists had not previously documented the impact on small mammals.

    Understanding the potential toxicity of these animals is important, as these creatures are still hunted for their furs and food, through which humans could also absorb the dangerous chemicals.

    Click now for more from Inhabitat.

  • Clean Jet Fuel – Forever
    Clean Jet Fuel From a Concentrated
    Solar Thermochemical Process

    June 12, 2018 -According to the David Suzuki Foundation, air travel accounts for somewhere between 4 and 9 % of the climate change impact of human activity. Air travel is predicted to continue to grow globally at very high rates. You have only to look at the major airports around the world that currently under expansion to see that this is a growing problem.

    What if we could find a way to make clean jet fuel that is carbon neutral to the environment?

    Click now to see how we can do just that
    (from Solar Thermal Magazine).

  • An Affordable Way to Remove CO2
    Maybe We Can Afford to
    Suck CO2 Out of The Sky After All

    June 7, 2018 -While avoiding the worst dangers of climate change will likely require sucking carbon dioxide out of the sky, prominent scientists have long dismissed such technologies as far too expensive.

    But a detailed new analysis published today in the journal Joule finds that direct air capture may be practical after all. The study concludes it would cost between $94 and $232 per ton of captured carbon dioxide, if existing technologies were implemented on a commercial scale. One earlier estimate, published in Proceedings of the National Academies, put that figure at more than $1,000 (though the calculations were made on what’s known as an avoided-cost basis, which would add about 10% to the new study’s figures).

    Click now for more from M.I.T. Technology Review.

  • Something Cool About Microsoft’s Data Center
    Microsoft is Running an
    Undersea Data Center to Keep It Cool

    June 6, 2018 -Microsoft has submerged an entire data center 100 feet below the surface of the ocean near the UK’s Orkney islands. It is powered by wind, solar, and tidal sources, and will be keep cool by using the frigid ocean water as a heat sink.

    The logic is sound: Bringing data centers close to hubs of computing power benefits customers, enabling smoother web surfing or game playing by cutting down the back-and-forth between users and servers. Microsoft says nearly half the world’s population lives within 150 km (120 miles) of the ocean. And because oceans are uniformly cool below a certain depth, keeping the machines under the sea would cut down the cooling costs that make up a large chunk of the operating budget of data centers.

    Click now for the story
    from Quartz Media.

  • Darwin Would Not Approve
    Darwin’s Paradise Hit by Plastic Waste

    June 5, 2018 -The Galapagos Islands, which were the founding of Charles Darwin’s theories on natural selection, are facing a new threat – plastic waste.

    UK’s ITV network has revealed how the plastic pollution in the surrounding oceans is now a plaything for sea lions.

    Since the middle of the last century, this archipelago 600 miles from the coast of Ecuador has been protected from the excesses of human influence.

    Click now to read more
    from Greener Ideal.

  • Canada Aquires Kinder Morgan Pipeline -Why?
    Canada’s Acquisition of Kinder
    Morgan Pipeline is Based on
    False Assumptions of Chinese Demand

    June 5, 2018 - Canada’s federal government just made a bad deal for the Kinder Morgan pipeline, spending $4.5 billion up front and a projected minimum of another $7.4 billion with little likelihood of an upside. Demand won’t be seen from China in the long term, the cost was at a premium, they have seriously annoyed a natural ally in BC while favoring a province which doesn’t like them, and they are walking into further climate conferences with an oil-soaked albatross around their necks.

    Click for the article from CleanTechnica.

  • Plastic Bags Get a “Chile” Reception
    Chile Leads Way on National Bag Ban

    May 31, 2018 -The South American country is to set to become the first nation in the world to invoke a complete ban on plastic bags.

    A bill that was focused solely on the Patagonia region is now set to encompass the whole of the country if a third reading in the Chamber of Deputies is accepted.

    Click now for more of the story
    from National Geographic.

  • Air Conditioning is Warming the World
    The World Wants Air-Conditioning.
    That Could Warm the World.

    May 15, 2018 - More than crickets and fireflies, more than baseball and cookouts, perhaps nothing signals the arrival of summer in the United States like the soft familiar whir of air-conditioning.

    But there is growing concern that as other countries adopt America’s love of air-conditioners, the electricity used to power them will overburden electrical grids and increase planet-warming emissions.

    The number of air-conditioners worldwide is predicted to soar from 1.6 billion units today to 5.6 billion units by midcentury, according to a report issued Tuesday by the International Energy Agency. If left unchecked, by 2050 air-conditioners would use as much electricity as China does for all activities today.

    Click now to read more
    from The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • CFCs - They’re B-a-c-k!
    'Someone in East Asia' Has Been Blasting
    CFCs at The Earth's Ozone Layer Again

    May 20, 2018 - CFCs are coming back to wreck the Earth’s ozone layer, and no one knows exactly where they’re coming from.

    It’s been 31 years since the Montreal Protocol was signed banning the use of what was then considered one of the most useful chemicals we’d ever invented.

    CFCs – chlorofluorcarbons – once powered everything from our fridges to our deodorant cans. They were widely used because they were easily controlled, were great for fighting fires and – so we thought – not particularly toxic.

    Click now for more from Business Insider News.

  • What Inaction on Water Shortages Could Bring
    NASA Study Shows Water Shortages
    Could Worsen Without Action

    May 16, 2018 - In a recent “first-of-its-kind” study led by NASA, scientists found major changes to freshwater availability — changes that could impact water shortages over the course of the century. For the study, published this week in Nature, scientists drew on 14 years of satellite observations combined with data on human activity to track freshwater trends in 34 regions worldwide. And, according to hydrologist Jay Famiglietti, “What we are witnessing is major hydrologic change.”

    Click now for the story
    and slideshow from Inhabitat.

  • Pesticide Peril in Paradise
    How Pesticides Are Affecting
    Agriculture in South India

    Kerala, India, May 11, 2018 - To learn more about why that state’s food supply is going organic and how that ambitious target can be achieved, L.O.E. return to Kerala, India.

    Part of the success will depend on Keralans who have taken up organic gardening as a hobby, or even a second career. They tend to their rooftop gardens, care for their backyard livestock, and sell extra produce at large organic markets where their healthy chemical free food sells for premium prices. Living on Earth’s Helen Palmer has the story.

    Click now for a transcript
    from the Living On Earth podcast.

  • Nine Uncomfortable Canadian Energy Facts
    Canada: Not Leading the Way on Renewables

    May 9, 2018 -Canadians are global energy pigs; we’re high emitters of carbon and certainly aren’t leaders in renewable energy.

    In addition “aspirational” plans by Canadian politicians won’t deliver promised emission reductions on climate change without major reductions in energy consumption.

    These are just some of the hard energy facts contained in Canada’s Energy Outlook, a new and encyclopedic report by David Hughes, one of Canada’s foremost energy experts.

    Click now for the report from Resilience.

  • CO2 Levels Highest in 800,000 Years
    With 410 PPM,Scientists
    Predict Deadly Consequences

    May 8, 2018 -We have a pretty good idea of what Earth's atmosphere has looked like for the past 800,000 years.

    Humans like us — Homo sapiens— evolved only about 200,000 years ago, but ice-core records reveal intricate details of our planet's history from long before humans existed. By drilling more than 3 kilometers deep into the ice sheets over Greenland and Antarctica, scientists can see how temperature and atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels have changed since then.

    Click now for the
    frightening story from Business Insider.

  • Just What Is China’s Energy Policy?
    Confusion (not Confucius) Reigns
    Over China’s Energy Policy

    May 7, 2018 -China’s energy policy seems perplexing: coal use reductions at home, while abroad it is helping to build coal-fired power plants.

    It’s quite easy these days to find yourself muddled over China’s energy policy: it does seem often to amount to tackling domestic pollution and climate change, but chasing lucrative contracts abroad, despite the environmental impact.

    Click now for the complete story
    from the Climate News Network.

  • Have We Passed the Acid Test?
    Is Acid Rain Still a Thing?

    May 2, 2018 - You remember acid rain, right?

    The fight to protect forests, streams and lakes from the effects of what is now often referred to as acid deposition is one of the great environmental success stories in the United States and Western Europe. But acid rain is still a problem in some parts of the world, notably India and much of Asia.

    In case you’ve forgotten, acid rain is produced primarily by emissions of sulfur dioxide and oxides of nitrogen from coal and other fossil-fuel-burning power plants and vehicles. The gases react with water vapor to form acids, which are washed out of the air by rain, snow, hail or even fog.

    Click now for more from the NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Majority of the Planet Breathes Polluted Air
    90% of the World is Breathing Highly
    Polluted Air, World Health Org. Says

    May 2, 2018 - Nine out of 10 people are breathing air containing high levels of pollution, contributing to an estimated 7 million deaths from exposure to particles in polluted air annually.

    This was among the chief findings from new data collected by the World Health Organization. Signs of improvement and measures to reduce pollution were also highlighted, but a significant gap between rich and poor countries exists.

    Click now for more from Yahoo News.

  • Getting Ready for the Next Heat Wave
    How to Prepare Cities and
    Citizens For More Killer Heat Waves

    May 2, 2018 - Heat waves are among the world’s deadliest natural disasters, killing more Americans than hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes combined. And they’re only expected to get worse, as human-caused climate change ratchets up their frequency and intensity.

    Click now for more from M.I.T. Technology Review.

  • Saving Australia's Great Barrier Reef
    Australia is Investing Over $377
    Million to Save the Great Barrier Reef

    May 1, 2018 - The Great Barrier Reef provides $6.4 billion AUD to Australia‘s economy every year — and the government just announced plans to protect that asset with what they say is the largest ever single investment in the reef. They’ll pour over $500 million AUD, or around $377 million, to save “the planet’s greatest living wonder.”

    Click now for more from Inhabitat.

  • Air Pollution? What Air Polution?
    Air Pollution Contributed to More
    Than 6 Million Deaths In 2016

    Apr. 18, 2018 -The annual State of Global Air Report was published on Tuesday by the Health Effects Institute (HEI) and it found that over 95 percent of the world's population is breathing unhealthy air. Long-term exposure to air pollution contributed to the deaths of 6.1 million people in 2016 with strokes, heart attacks, lung disease and lung cancer causing many of them. Air pollution is now the fourth-highest cause of death worldwide, trailing smoking, high blood pressure and diet, with the majority of deaths recorded in poorer nations.

    Click now for the story from Forbes Magazine.

  • Cutting Down Trees for Biomass?
    Hardwood Forests Cut Down to Feed Drax
    Power Plant, Channel 4 Dispatches Claims

    Apr. 16, 2018 -Huge areas of hardwood forest in the state of Virginia are being chainsawed to create 'biomass' energy in Britain as the government attempts to reach targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in efforts to tackle climate change, an investigation by Channel 4 Dispatches has found.

    Click now for more on this story from the Ecologist.

  • Who Pays the Price of Dangerous Air?
    More than 95% of World's Population
    Breathe Dangerous Air, Major Study Finds

    Apr. 17, 2017 -More than 95% of the world’s population breathe unsafe air and the burden is falling hardest on the poorest communities, with the gap between the most polluted and least polluted countries rising rapidly, a comprehensive study of global air pollution has found..

    >Cities are home to an increasing majority of the world’s people, exposing billions to unsafe air, particularly in developing countries, but in rural areas the risk of indoor air pollution is often caused by burning solid fuels. One in three people worldwide faces the double whammy of unsafe air both indoors and out.

    Click now for more of the story from The Guardian.

  • Methane - We’re Watching You
    An Eye in the Sky Could Detect
    Planet-Warming Plumes on the Ground

    Apr. 11, 2018 -Tom Ingersoll, a longtime satellite entrepreneur, admits being startled by a call he received last year: A nonprofit foundation wanted to build a satellite and launch it into orbit to help fight climate change. “I thought, ‘Wow, that’s kind of crazy.’”

    In February, he signed on as the project’s manager, after having taken a long look at the technologies required. “It’s hard, but we could probably pull it off,” he said.

    Click now to read more
    from The NY Times.

  • Dismayed by High CO2 - Ask the Fish
    Baby Fish Led Astray by High CO2 in Oceans

    Apr. 11, 2017 -Baby fish will find it harder to reach secure shelters in future acidified oceans – putting fish populations at risk, new research from the University of Adelaide has concluded.

    Published today in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, the researchers described how barramundi larvae in high CO2 conditions, predicted for the turn of the century, turn away from the ocean noises they would normally be attracted to. They are instead attracted to other sounds – noises produced by the wrong sort of habitats and or ‘white noise’.

    Click now for more of the story from Environmental News Network.

  • Plastics Now Threaten the Whale Population
    Yet Another Dead Whale Is Grave
    Reminder Of Our Massive Plastic Problem

    Apr 9, 2018 -A sperm whale was found washed ashore dead after swallowing 64 pounds of plastic debris. The male sperm whale was found on the Murcian coast in southern Spain in late February, reminding us how critical plastic waste in the oceans has become.

    Click now for more from  Forbes Magazine.

  • Desert Air Can Be a Source for Fresh Water
    Fresh Water Harvested from Desert Air

    June 13, 2018 - Researchers have successfully carried out trials on a new water harvester that can extract drinkable water from the air – offering a solution to people living in water-deprived areas.

    The team from UC Berkeley experimented with a prototype water harvester and were able to deliver drinkable water with only sunlight as power.

    “There is nothing like this,” said Omar Yaghi, who invented the technology underlying the harvester and trialled it in the Arizona desert.

    Click now to read the
    good news from Greener Ideal.

  • Plastic Bags Converted to Roads
    A Company In Ghana is Turning Plastic Bags Into Roads

    Apr. 7, 2018 -Only two percent of plastic trash in Ghana is recycled, according to a video from the World Economic Forum (WEF) – but one local company is hoping to change that statistic. , which focuses on industrial processing, is turning plastic bags into pavement blocks that can be used to build roads. And it’s not just plastic bags than can be utilized, but just about any kind of plastic garbage.

    Click now for more on this
    story (and slideshow) from Inhabitat.

  • China “Rains” Supreme
    China’s New Rain-Making System
    Could Increase Rainfall by Billions ff Cubic Feet

    Apr. 2, 2018- China needs water — and their answer to the issue is a massive weather modification system being developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported the country is testing technology that could increase rainfall in the Tibetan Plateau by as much as 10 billion cubic meters, or around 353 billion cubic feet, every year.

    Click now for more from Inhabitat.

  • Coral Reefs Need U.V. Protection
    Scientists Made a Liquid ‘Umbrella’ to Protect
    Coral Reefs From Sun Damage

    March 27, 2018 -Researchers have crafted a new liquid substance that can be sprayed onto the surface of the water above vulnerable coral reefs, shielding them from intense UV and visible light beaming down from the Sun. In doing so, the spray may help to defend reefs from extreme bleaching events. 50,000 times thinner than a human hair, the biodegradable spray is made from a natural lipid and calcium carbonate, a key component of coral reefs. “It is white so it reflects and scatters all the light which hits the ocean surface,” study researcher Andrew Negri told the Sydney Morning Herald.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow from Inhabitat.com.

  • A Good Use for Carbon
    Proton' Battery Uses Cheap Carbon Instead of Lithium

    Mar. 9, 2018 A big challenge for the EV and renewable energy revolution is that the much-needed batteries are made from lithium, a relatively rare and pricey metal. Rather than focusing on other metals like magnesium, a team of scientists from RMIT University in Melbourne have figured it out to build rechargeable "proton" batteries from abundant carbon and water. If commercialized, the technology could allow for cheaper Powerwall-type home or grid storage to back up solar panels or windmills.

    Click now for the more from engaget.com.

  • Rome Not Fiddling Around With Diesel Fuels
    Rome Joins the Diesel-dumping Bandwagon

    Mar. 1, 2018 -Nero’s not fiddling while fossil automobile fuels are burned.

    The city just announced plans to ban oil-burning cars within the city by 2024. That’s huge news, because roughly two-thirds of new cars sold last year in Italy were diesel, and Rome has struggled with poor air quality. The news comes on the heels of a court case in Germany that enabled cities to ban diesel vehicles.

    Click learn more from Inhabitat.

  • Taxing Cows Could Be a Gas
    Danish Environmental Council Taxes Cows — Cars Are Off The Hook

    Mar. 1, 2018 -The Danish Environmental Economics Council has released its yearly report and it shows that reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are least costly in the agricultural sector.

    The agricultural sector is summarized in CO2 equivalents, including gases like methane, perfluorocarbons, and nitrous oxide. The transportation sector includes all types of vehicles. Buildings’ primary emissions are related to heating and producing building materials like concrete.

    Click learn more from CleanTechnica.

  • German Cities Combatting Pollution
    German Cities to Try Free Public
    Transport to Cut Pollution

    Feb. 14, 2018 - “Car nation” Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines.

    The move comes just over two years after Volkswagen’s devastating “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal unleashed a wave of anger at the auto industry, a keystone of German prosperity.

    Click now for the Guardian story.

  • More to Worry About From Air Pollution
    Exposure to Air Pollution
    May Lead to Unethical Behavior

    Feb. 8, 2018 -A new study suggests that exposure to air pollution, or even imagined exposure to air pollution, may be associated with crime and unethical behaviors such as cheating. The findings, published in the journal Psychological Science, suggest that this link may be due, at least in part, to higher levels of anxiety.

    Click now for the story
    from PsychCentral News.

  • Can Waste Be Recycled Into Plastic?
    Scientists Have Figured Out How to
    Recycle Waste CO2 Back Into Plastic

    Jan. 21, 2018 - It’s been clear for a while now that there’s too much carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere, heavily contributing to a warming planet, and now scientists have come up with a new plan for dealing with all this excess CO2 – converting it into plastic.

    But don't run out and cheer just yet. There are many unanswered questions.

    Click now for the story.

  • Who’s Got the Tallest Air Purifier?
    China’s Rises to 330 Feet

    Jan. 16, 2018 -In a bid to fight off the charts level of smog, China has constructed an experimental air purifying tower said to be the biggest of its kind in the world, reports said.

    According to a report by South China Morning Post, the 100-meter (328 feet) high tower in Xian, the capital of the northwestern province of Shaanxi, is reported to be having a positive effect on the air quality in the area.

    Click now for more from International Business Times.

  • Community Friendly Waste-to-Energy
    Making Waste-to-Energy Community Friendly

    Jan. 8, 2018 - The owners of a waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen have released their design for making the roof of the plant into a community park, complete with a ski slope.

    Copenhagen recycling company Amager Resource Center and architecture firm SLA, of Denmark, have released the final design drawings of the new Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant Rooftop Park — a 16,000 square-meter combined ski slope and rooftop activity landscape that will be built on the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant as a public and nature-filled green rooftop park. Amager Bakke was opened last year.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Can Invitro Fertilization Save the Corals?
    As Corals Wither Around The World, Scientists Try IVF

    Dec. 27, 2017 - A couple hours after sunset, everyone is donning a wetsuit. In minutes, 15 to 20 dark figures are standing in a graveyard on the west coast of Guam. But they’re not here for the tombstones. They’ve come to help rescue something from dying in the waters nearby — the corals.

    Click now to read the story from OPB TV.

  • Plastic Pollution Mussleling In
    In Mussels Across the Globe, Evidence
    of the Spread of Plastic Pollution

    Dec. 27, 2017 - Scientists have discovered tiny bits of plastic in mussels in oceans across the globe, from supposedly pristine Arctic waters near Norway to the coasts of China, Chile, Canada, Britain, and Belgium, Reuters reported. The findings from several recent surveys are the latest evidence that plastic pollution isn’t just ending up in marine environments, but also in the food we eat.

    Click now to read the story from
    the Environmental News Network (ENN).

  • One Bad Method of Limiting Population
    Poor Sperm Quality Linked to Air Pollution

    Nov, 22, 2017 - High levels of air pollution are associated with poor sperm quality and could be partly responsible for the sharp drop in male fertility, according to a new study.

    A team of scientists, led by researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, studied the sperm of nearly 6,500 men and found a “strong association” between high levels of fine particulate air pollution and “abnormal sperm shape.”

    Click for the article apearing in The Guardian.

  • A New Rse in CO2 Emissions
    Where is All that Carbon Dioxide Going?

    Nov. 14, 2017 - An international team of scientists announced today at the Bonn climate talks that human emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide are again rising this year, after three years of remaining basically flat. They project that emissions will reach a record 41 billion tons in 2017, alongside a projected 2 percent rise in burning of fossil fuels.

    Click to read this story,
    reported by Phys.org.

  • Fossil Fuel Emmissions Running Amok
    Fossil Fuel Emissions Will Reach All-Time
    High In 2017, Dashing Hopes Of Progress

    Nov. 13, 2017 - Global carbon dioxide emissions are projected to rise again in 2017, climate scientists reported Monday, a troubling development for the environment and a major disappointment for those who had hoped emissions of the climate change-causing gas had at last peaked.

    Click now to read the story
    from Google Climate News.

  • Flights Suspended Due to Bad Air
    The Air is So Bad Over New Delhi
    that U.A. is Suspending Flights

    Nov. 11, 2017 - Citing New Delhi's lingering problem with severe air pollution, United Airlines said this week it would suspend flights to the Indian city for two days.

    The airline announced its decision on Friday, days after the air quality in New Delhi was rated hazardous, saying it would cancel flights from Newark, N.J., set to arrive on Saturday and Sunday, the Business Standard reported.

    For more of this story, click to
    read what else New Delhi has to worry about.

  • EU Says 'NO' to MON-SAN-TO
    EU Fails to Agree on
    Glyphosate License Renewal

    Nov. 9, 2017 - The proposal to renew the EU license for glyphosate for another five years failed to a reach a qualified majority, meaning a decision has again been postponed, according to lawmakers. The current license is due to expire on December 15, but there is an 18 month grace period.

    Click to read more from
    the Organic Consumers Assoc.

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  • What Air Pollution Can Do To Your Bones
    Analysis of Data From Two Independent Studies

    Nov. 1, 2017 - Air particulate matter is a ubiquitous environmental exposure associated with oxidation, inflammation, and age-related chronic disease. Whether particulate matter is associated with loss of bone mineral density and risk of bone fractures is undetermined.

    Two independent studies were conducted with complementary designs, objectives, and measures to determine the relationship between ambient concentrations of particulate matter and bone health.

    Click to read the Lancet Planeary Health report.

  • Tackling Carbon Emissions - the Icelandic Way
    A “Negative Emissions” Plant That
    Sucks In CO2 and Turns It Into Stone

    Oct. 13, 2017 - In a world first, a plant has managed to truly reduce our CO2 emissions by sucking it out of the air and injecting it into the ground.

    It helps if you have geothermal energy in abundance.

    Befre you jump for joy,
    click to read the whole story.

  • China Looks at Plans to Ban Petrol and Diesel Cars
    Maybe They Didn't Create the
    Climate Change Hoax After All

    September 10, 2017 - The country's vice minister of industry said it had started "relevant research" but that it had not yet decided when the ban would come into force.

    "Those measures will certainly bring profound changes for our car industry's development," Xin Guobin told Xinhua, China's official news agency.

    China made 28 million cars last year, almost a third of the global total.

    Click to read the
    article from the BBC.

  • Bolivan Hydro Can Produce Power and Clean Water
    120-MW Misicuni Hydro Reduces
    Thermoelectric Output - and More

    Sept. 8, 2017 - Ende (the National Electricity Company S.A.) developed the hydro project, now the “largest hydroelectric power plant in the country,” at a cost of US$142 million. The powerhouse contains three 40-MW Pelton turbine-generator units and will be operated by Corani, a subsidiary of Ende.The project is in the Misicuni River basin in El Paso, Quillacollo municipality, Cochabamba province.

    The Inter-American Development Bank contributed funding for this project, along with the General Treasure of the Nation and Ende. Ende says it took about half a century to complete the development of Misicuni.

  • Nothing Like a Little Plastic in Your Tap Water
    Plastic Found in 94 %
    of US Tap Water Samples

    September 7, 2017 - Plastic is one of, if not the most useful and convenient materials we use today. You can spot it everywhere, and it's an integral part of modern life. But now the world is full of it, and the latest study reveals it's even in our drinking water.

    Click to read the
    article from PC Magazine.

  • Renewables Threatened in South Africa
    Nuclear and Coal Lobbies Are the Cause

    August 17, 2017 - South Arica’s state utility Eskom is undermining the development of renewable energy in South Africa, writes Professor Hartmut Winkler of the University of Johannesburg. According to Winkler, the country’s coal and nuclear lobbies are behind the opposition to renewables. The struggle is part of a wider political confrontation over control of key parts of the South African economy.

    Click to read the
    article from The Converation.

  • The "Gifts" Bestowed by Air Pollution
    Air Pollution Linked to
    Stress, Heart Disease

    Aug. 15, 2017 - A new study reveals new details about the effects of air pollution on the human body. The study, out of China, finds that air pollution from industrial sources increases levels of five different stress hormones: cortisol, cortisone, epinephrine and norepinephrine.

    It also caused negative metabolic changes, including increases in blood sugar, amino acids, fatty acids and lipids. All of these effects were lessened by air purification systems. The study used conditions of 53 micrograms of particulate matter per cubic meter of air, well above levels in the U.S. but typical of pollution levels in some other parts of the world.

  • Benefits of Boosting Soil’s Sponginess
    Boosting Soil’s Sponge-Like
    Qualities Would Help Farmers
    and Communities Combat Floods and Droughts

    Aug. 9, 2017 - Farming practices that keep soil covered year-round can reduce the damage caused by both floods and droughts, according to a new study released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). “Turning Soils Into Sponges: How Farmers Can Fight Floods and Droughts” shows that that widespread adoption of these practices in a state like Iowa could reduce storm runoff by 15 percent and make as much as 11 percent more water available to crops on average through the end of the century, even as weather patterns become more severe..

    Click now for complete story.

  • Monsanto Confesses
    Untested Roundup Herbicide
    Could Cause Cancer

    August 9, 2017 - In secret internal Monsanto documents released last week by legal firms in the U.S. it was revealed how Monsanto scientists admitted that they were aware of the possible carcinogenic and genotoxic risk posed by their number one product, the glyphosate-based herbicide – Roundup.

  • The Ecomomic Payoffs of Carbon Neutrality
    Copenhagen, Striving To Be Carbon
    Neutral: The Economic Payoffs

    July 31, 2017 - Copenhagen, Denmark—By focusing on reducing carbon emissions and becoming more sustainable, can cities enhance their citizens’ health, well-being, and comfort, while improving their economies? City officials in Copenhagen have no doubts.

    The city is rapidly moving toward meeting the goal of its 2025 Climate Plan to become the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025, reducing or offsetting all carbon emissions. As it does so, officials are confirming the same policies that protect the climate also improve the capital city’s economy and global competitiveness.

  • Flying Is Bad for the Planet
    Can We Help Make It Better?

    July 27, 2017 - Take one round-trip flight between New York and California, and you’ve generated about 20 percent of the greenhouse gases that your car emits over an entire year.

    If you are like many people, flying may be a large portion of your carbon footprint. Over all, the aviation industry accounts for 11 percent of all transportation-related emissions in the United States.

    Click for the NY Times article.

  • Liquid Natural Gas Dead in British Columbia
    Pacific NorthWest LNG is Dead:
    5 Things You Need to Know

    July 27, 2017 - Malaysia’s Petronas has cancelled plans to build the Pacific NorthWest LNG plant on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert, B.C., in a move seen as a major setback for B.C.’s LNG dreams and as a major win for those concerned about climate change and salmon habitat.

    The project would have involved increased natural gas production in B.C.’s Montney Basin, a new 900-kilometre pipeline and the export terminal itself.

  • The Indestructable Legacy of Plastics
    Plastics Leave Permanent Indestructible Legacy

    July 24, 2017 - Timber rots, cement crumbles, metal corrodes: plastics are there for ever. By 2050 there could be 12 billion tonnes in the world’s landfills.

    US scientists have calculated yet another item on the human shopping list that makes up the modern world: plastics. They have estimated the mass of all the plastic bottles, bags, cups, toys, instruments and fabrics ever produced and tracked its whereabouts, as yet another index of the phenomenal change to the face of the planet made by recent human advance.

  • CO2 -Cut it Now or Pay Later
    Sucking Up CO2 Will
    Cost Hundreds of Trillions

    July 19, 2017 - Unless we start cutting carbon dioxide emissions soon, it’s going to cost today’s young people as much as $535 trillion to clean up the atmosphere by 2100, according to a study published on Tuesday evening. By way of context, that’s around seven times the size of the entire global economy.

    In contrast, if the world starts reducing emissions 6 percent a year by 2021, it will only cost $8 to $18.5 trillion to extract enough carbon dioxide to avoid the worst dangers of climate change, or $100 billion per year on the low end.


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  • The U.K. Could Be in Fracking Trouble
    Fracking Could Cause Earthquakes
    Across Huge Swathes of U.K.

    May 22, 2018 -Fracking on up to half the land the government has approved for shale gas extraction could trigger earthquakes, according to a leading seismologist.

    Professor Peter Styles, a former Downing Street adviser, said extracting gas from former coal mining areas “dramatically enhances” the risk of seismic activity, prompting calls for an immediate fracking moratorium.

    Click now for the complete
    story from The Independent.

  • Shiver Me Timbers - No Fracking Here
    Scottish Government Bans Fracking in Landmark Decision

    Oct. 3, 2017 -The Scottish government has announced a ban on fracking, in the face of “overwhelming” public opposition to the controversial gas extraction technique.

    Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said an immediate ban would be enacted by using planning powers to extend the current moratorium “indefinitely”, removing the need for legislation.

    Click now for the complete
    story from The Independent.

  • Man-made Earthquakes?
    Man-made Earthquakes Could
    Cripple the U.S. Economy

    Spet. 14, 2017 - Massive tanks in Oklahoma brim with unrefined oil, but they weren’t designed to handle the rash of seismic activity caused by fracking-related activity.

    Click to read the Politico article.

  • Fracking in Yellowstone?
    Massive Fracking Plan Near Yellowstone
    Threatens Wildlife, Air Quality, Climate

    Aug. 27, 2017 - The Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club lodged formal comments with the federal government Monday opposing a massive gas fracking project that spans 220 square miles of public land in Wyoming south of Yellowstone National Park.

    Click now for article from EcoWatch.

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America's Greenest Cities

Provided by Mother Nature Network

# 1 - Portland, Ore.

The city of microbrewery mania and home to megastore Powell's Books — one of the few remaining independent booksellers in the country — is No. 1 in sustainability. Declared the most bikeable city in the United States for its 200 miles of dedicated bike lanes, Portland certainly makes forgoing gas-powered travel easy. And for lessons in DIY sustainable food sources, classes are available for container gardening and cheese making, or beekeeping and chicken keeping.

# 2 - San Francisco, Cal.

San Francisco
Declared by Mayor Gavin Newsom to be America's solar energy leader, this vibrant city of cultural tolerance was a 1960s icon and epicenter for the Summer of Love. But in addition to peace, love and solar power, there's also an innovative recycling program with an artist-in-residence at the recycling facility. The artist uses his work to inspire residents to recycle and conserve. San Francisco is also the first U.S. city to ban plastic grocery bags, a concept that supports its effort to divert 75 percent of landfill waste by 2010.
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# 3 - Boston, Mass.

BostonIt's hard to think of this city without also thinking of tea — as a commodity, not a drink. Boston ranks high among the urban green elite. Sustainability efforts include a "Green by 2015" goal to replace traditional taxi cabs with hybrid vehicles, recycle trash to power homes, use more solar panels, and use more electric motorbikes for transportation.

The city's first annual Down2Earth conference was held in 2008. It's designed to educate residents about how to live the most sustainable lifestyle.

# 4 - Oakland, Calif.

Residents of this port city have access to an abundance of fresh, organic food, much of which is locally sourced. It's also home to the nation's cleanest tap water, hydrogen-powered public transit and the country's oldest wildlife refuge.

Oakland also plans to have zero waste and be oil-independent by 2020, and already gets 17 percent of its energy from renewable sources.
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# 5 - Eugene, Ore.

Known as the Emerald City for its natural green beauty, this baby boomer haven and second largest city in the state has been doing the "green" thing since the 1960s. In 2008, after only one year of service, the Emerald Express, a hybrid public transit system, won a Sustainable Transport award. Cycling is the preferred mode of transportation, made possible by the 30 miles of off-street bike paths and 29 dedicated bike routes, which total a whopping 150 miles of smog-free travel throughout the metro area.

# 6 - Cambridge, Mass.


In 2008, Prevention Magazine named Cambridge "the best walking city." Thoreau's Walden Pond can be found in nearby Concord, and education powerhouses Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University are located here. In 2002, city officials implemented a major climate protection plan and today most city vehicles are fueled by B20 biodiesel or electricity. All new construction or major renovations must meet LEED standards. And a project called "Compost that Stuff" collects and processes organic waste from residents, restaurants, bars and hotels.

# 7 - Berkeley, Calif.

A great place to find an abundance of organic and vegetarian restaurants is also on the cutting edge of sustainability. Berkeley is recognized as aBerkeley leader in the incubation of clean technology for wind power, solar power, biofuels and hydropower.

# 8 - Seattle, Wash.

The unofficial coffee klatch capitol of the country is also sustainable-living savvy. More than 20 public buildings in Seattle are LEED-certified or under construction for LEED certification. Through an incentive program, residents are encouraged to install solar panels on their homes for energy conservation. Sustainable Ballard, a green neighborhood group and sustainability festival host, offers ongoing workshops about how to live in harmony with the environment.
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# 9 - Chicago, Ill.


The Windy City has embraced land sustainability far longer than you may think. In 1909, pioneering city planner Daniel Hudson Burnham created a long-range plan for the lakefront that balanced urban growth, and created a permanent greenbelt around the metropolitan area.
This greening of the city continues through the Chicago Green Roof Program. More than 2.5 million SQF city roofs support plant life — including Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) and the city hall building. Also, about 500,000 new trees have been planted.

# 10 - Austin Tex.


Carbon neutral by 2020 — it's an ambitious goal, but Austin Energy is the nation's top seller of renewable energy among 850 utility-sponsored programs, which makes its goal to power the city solely on clean energy within reach. As the gateway to the scenic Texas Hill Country, acreage in Austin devoted to green space includes 206 parks, 12 preserves, 26 greenbelts and more than 50 miles of trails.

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The Guardian sustainable Business

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Read articles like "Famers Turn Tobacco into Airplane Fuel," Infographics on Air Pollution and Your Health, Cardboard Boxes You Sleep In, and much, much more.

Florida Black Bears are in trouble, and they can't hire their own lawyers. -but we can help.

Gold Rush vs Salmon Habitat

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Five major mining projects have been proposed for the transboundary watershed – the waters shared by British Columbia and southeast Alaska. The region is home to important salmon producing rivers that originate in British Columbia and run through Alaska to the sea. A number of environmental groups, Alaskan Natives and commercial fishermen strongly oppose some of these mining developments across the border. They argue mining could have negative impacts on the salmon and water quality, and irrevocably alter the region's economy, environment and way of life

Environmental Working Group

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Two-thirds of produce samples in recent government tests had pesticide residues. Don't want to eat bug- and weed-killers? EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce helps you shop smart. We highlight the cleanest and dirtiest conventionally-raised fruits and vegetables. If a conventionally grown food you want tests high for pesticides, go for the organic version instead. And remember - the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh risks of pesticide exposure. Dirty Dozen™ Plus highlights hot peppers and leafy greens - kale and collard greens - often tainted with unusually hazardous pesticides.
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Hydraulic Fracturing (AKA Fracking). Another assault to the environment for which we can thank Haliburton and others. Read all about this extreme method of natural gas extraction , and its impact on water quality and other serious health issues (human and other species). Click the Earthworks icon to learn more.
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100 Coal Plants Unplugged. This Sierra Club milestone, 100 coal plants defeated, marks a significant shift in the way Americans are looking at our energy choices. Read on and/or view video.
What Massachusetts is doing about Climate Change?
Flooded Village Files Suit, Citing Corporate Link to Climate Change.
The eroding village of Kivalina in the Northwest Arctic is suing Exxon Mobil and 23 other energy companies for damage related to global warming.  Read all about it.
This is the web page for Climate Emergency Network news.

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Impact reports for the high speed rail system. You can fly California without leaving the ground, or the carbon footprint associated with air travel. Includes maps of the extensive rail system. ALL ABOARD!

The Cape Wind Project will bring clean energy to Nantucket Sound. The project has been delayed by NIMBY (not in my back yard) issues by some who claim to be environmentalists.
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an assessment of the likely positive and/or negative influence a project may have on the environment. “Environmental Impact Assessment can be defined as: The process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the biophysical, social, and other relevant effects of development proposals prior to major decisions being taken and commitments made.”[1] The purpose of the assessment is to ensure that decision-makers consider environmental impacts before deciding whether to proceed with new projects.
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EIR + Facts about the Los Angeles Metro - yes, L.A. has a mass transit system. Also read about the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

Your Cities, Yourselves

Smart-growth advocates offer tips for changing your neck of the woods.

Virginia Dept. of
Environmental Quality

The Office of Environmental Impact Review coordinates the Commonwealth's response to environmental documents for proposed state and federal projects. The environmental impact review staff distributes documents to appropriate state agencies, planning districts and localities for their review and comment. Upon consideration of all comments, the staff prepares a single state response.
Discover how Networkfleet can help lower fleet fuel costs and greenhouse emissions with technology that combines GPS vehicle tracking with onboard engine diagnostics.
Monitoring the environmental impact of Pennsylvania's energy generation. A steward in validating the state's compliance with the Clean Air Act. What happens in Pennsylvania doesn't necessarily stay in Pennsylvania.
Between 2003 and 2006, the UNLV Rebel Recycling Program recycled 2,144.5 tons of materials. Paper/Fiber (cardboard, paper, books) recycled was 1,641.6 tons. The diversion of these materials from the Apex landfill to the manufacturing process resulted in a positive impact on the global environment. Click on the logo for more.
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Companies Producing Cleaner Power

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1366 One Step Closer to
Opening US Solar PV Wafer Facility

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Solar silicon wafer innovator 1366 Technologies has landed new funding led by newest partner Tokayama, and is ready to scale up to a 250-MW production line ahead of an anticipated upswing in demand.
Ten months ago 1366 moved into a new 25-MW pilot facility in Bedford, Massachusetts, to nail down process and tweak equipment for its solar silicon wafering technology to take the next step toward commercialization. In June of 2013 the firm inked a R&D deal with Japanese silicon producer Tokuyama with hints that it could expand to an equity investment.
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What if a cost-effective air pollution control technology could actually increase energy efficiency? What if it were possible to prevent harmful emissions from the combustion of any fuel, including gas, biomass, coal — even tire-derived fuel and municipal solid waste — in the flame, before those pollutants were ever formed?
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The executives at Fulton-based Redox Power Systems are making a bold bet: The homes and businesses of the future will be powered by an extraterrestrial-looking apparatus loaded with fuel cells that convert natural gas and air into electricity.
The technology promises to be more efficient and environmentally friendly than the systems that power many buildings today, but the company has to first overcome the economic and social barriers that often beset renewable energy ventures.
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Mesothelioma is a Disease Brought
On By Exposure to Asbestos

Disclaimer: There are many sites that focus on treatment, but we lack the credentials to recommend the best ones*. We've provded a short list:
• Mesothelioma Justice Network      • MesotheliomaLawyerCenter.org
      • Treat Mesothelioma.org
• Mesothelioma Staging System
     • Mesothelioma Help Now
*Always consult with a professional
before making your choice.