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  • Clean Up Your Act - Your Cleaning Act
    Household Cleaner Ratings and Ingredients

    EWG Guide, May 14, 2019  -EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning reviews and rates more than 2,000 popular household cleaning products with grades A through F, based on the safety of their ingredients and the information they disclose about their contents.

    In the making for more than a year, EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning, the only one of its kind, has found that hazardous industrial chemicals lurk in far too many bottles and boxes under Americans’ sinks and on laundry room shelves.

    Interested? Click now to be guided in the right direction.

  • Pittsburgh to Tackle Its Lead Water Issue Pittsburgh Agrees to Terms for Tackling
    Its Lead-Contaminated Water

    Feb. 7, 2019  National Resources Defense Council(NRDC) - Thanks to a legal agreement negotiated by local advocacy organizations, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) will now safely replace thousands of its lead water lines and take significant new steps toward protecting residents’ drinking water.

    Pittsburgh United, a coalition of labor, faith, and environmental groups, advocated for the settlement, represented by lawyers from NRDC and the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project. The agreement controls how PWSA will spend nearly $50 million in 2019 to safely remove the lead service lines. Specific requirements include improving access to tap water filters; prioritizing which lines are replaced first using public health factors, like lead levels in blood tests; and increasing discounts for low-income customers on their water bill.

  • A Pesticide List of Dos and Don’ts
    Pesticide Use Trends in the United States: Pesticides for Home and Garden Uses

    University of Florida IFAS Extension The EPA, in cooperation with the USDA and the FDA, is responsible for regulating the production and use of pesticides in the US. This document is one of a series that provides data on volumes used and sales of pesticides from the most up-to-date EPA survey available, 2006–2007.

    It focuses on the market sector for pesticides used for the home and garden. The intent of this information is only to present an objective profile and does not attempt to interpret, reach conclusions about, or make inferences regarding the data. Conclusions should not be drawn in regards to impacts on human health, the environment, or the economy.

    Click now to download the document.

  • The “Stop Food Waste” Handbook
    Food Wastage Footprint:
    How it Impacts Natural Resources

    Food and Agriculture of the U.N., Dec. 11, 2018 -Clean energy is needed to fuel a zero hunger world.

    Check out this free download that can serve as a guide to how we handle food. Some wonderful images are also included.

  • Are Puerto Rico’s Corals Repairable?
    Repairing Puerto Rico’s Corals

    Living On Earth, Dec. 28, 2018 - Roughly 10% of Puerto Rico’s corals were broken and damaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017. Corals are a first line of defense against storm surges and a critical habitat for juvenile fish but face an uphill battle against warming seas, ocean acidification and ship groundings. As Host Bobby Bascomb reports, Puerto Ricans are finding ways to give corals a fighting chance by reattaching healthy fragments.

  • 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.

  • The World's Cleanest Cities
    What Are the World's Cleanest Cities

    -While global leaders continue to drag their feet on addressing climate change, cities around the world are taking the lead. Many have taken impressive strides in setting carbon reduction plans, cleaning up polluted industries and generally making their cities clean and healthy places to live.

    Check out the list.

  • 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.

  • Carbon Offset Credits
    Offset Your Carbon Footprint

    -Take actiom with Terrapass™.Be a climate hero.

    Click now to learn how.

  • The Dirty Dozen & Clean 15
    Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15

    The same 12 items, although in a slightly different order from last year, graced the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” in its annual Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • What Our Agencies Don’t Tell Us
    Our Right to Know and Can’t Find Out

    -U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) is a nonprofit organization working for transparency and accountability in our nation’s food system, using research that goes on behind the scenes in the food industry.

    USRTK strives to illuminate issues important to consumers, and stands up for the right to know what is in our food, and how it affects our health.

    ”We believe that transparency – in the marketplace and in politics – is crucial to building a better, healthier food system.”

    Click now to educate yourself

  • Earth’s Rocky Future
    Oman’s Rocks Could Help Save the Planet

    In the arid vastness of this corner of the Arabian Peninsula, out where goats and the occasional camel roam, rocks form the backdrop practically every way you look.

    But the stark outcrops and craggy ridges are more than just scenery. Some of these rocks are hard at work, naturally reacting with carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turning it into stone.

    Veins of white carbonate minerals run through slabs of dark rock like fat marbling a steak. Carbonate surrounds pebbles and cobbles, turning ordinary gravel into natural mosaics.

    Click now for the story from
    The New York Times.

  • Reshaping Renewables & Grid
    Global Industry Report
    “Beyond Integration”

    -Electricity systems around the world are changing. DNV GL believes that a transition to a renewables-based electricity system is possible in a range of markets – but we have become increasingly concerned that the way in which this transition is taking place.

    Learn more by clicking now.

  • Fracking Threatens Your Water. Big Surprise!
    What Fracking Chemicals are Threatening
    Your Water? That’s a Secret

    Food & Water Watch, Sep. 12, 2018 -We already know enough about fracking to know that it is a threat to clean air, clean water and a livable climate. But a new report adds more to this disturbing body of knowledge—and at a time when key decision-makers can do something to rein in this destructive industry.

    A new paper from the Partnership for Policy Integrity called “Keystone Secrets” attempts to catalogue the use of dangerous chemicals in the state of Pennsylvania. Based in part on an analysis of chemical disclosure information from FracTracker Alliance, the report documents over 13,000 uses of secret chemicals in 2,500 wells between 2013 and 2017--and that’s likely to be an undercount.

  • C’mon Congress - Get the Lead Out
    Lead in U.S. Drinking Water

    SciLine,  - Drinking water is tightly regulated in the United States and, for the most part, is remarkably safe. Recent contamination episodes in Flint, Michigan, and elsewhere, however, have highlighted the fragility of this public health success story and the serious health risks lead poses in significant portions of the U.S. drinking water supply.

    Exposure to lead, even at low levels, has adverse health effects for people – especially children, pregnant women, and their developing fetuses. While these risks are widely known, lead continues to pervade the tap water of many American communities. This is due largely to the extreme difficulty and high cost of identifying, locating, removing, and preventing the many potential sources of lead across thousands of U.S. water systems, which vary widely in size, type, age, source supply, ownership, and maintenance.

  • Coal Ash: Hazardous to Human Health
    What Physicians for Social Responsibility
    Has to Say About Coal Ash

    PSR.org - What is coal ash? Coal ash is the waste that is left after coal is combusted (burned). It includes fly ash (fine powdery particles that are carried up the smoke stack and captured by pollution control devices) as well as coarser materials that fall to the bottom of the furnace. Most coal ash comes from coal-fired electric power plants.

    Why is it dangerous? Depending on where the coal was mined, coal ash typically contains heavy metals including arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium and selenium, as well as aluminum, antimony, barium, beryllium, boron, chlorine, cobalt, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, thallium, vanadium, and zinc.i How dangerous is coal ash to humans? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that living next to a coal ash disposal site can increase your risk of cancer or other diseases. If you live near an unlined wet ash pond (surface impoundment) and you get your drinking water from a well, you may have as much as a 1 in 50 chance of getting cancer from drinking arsenic-contaminated water.

  • Can We Reinvent Cement
    The Race to Reinvent Cement

    Anthropocene Magazine -If there is a signature material of the Anthropocene, it is concrete. It is the most common human-made substance. We build houses, skyscrapers, bridges, and memorials from it; we drive on it; and we even bury our dead in it. But most of us hardly give the stuff a glancing thought.

  • Cancer Causing Radon Could Be in Your Home
    How People Are Exposed to Radon

     American Cancer Society -For both adults and children, most exposure to radon comes from being indoors in homes, offices, schools, and other buildings. The levels of radon in homes and other buildings depend on the characteristics of the rock and soil in the area. As a result, radon levels vary greatly in different parts of the United States, sometimes even within neighborhoods. Elevated radon levels have been found in every state.

  • Headed for the Last Roundup®?
    15 Health Problems
    Linked to Monsanto’s Roundup

    Monsanto invented the herbicide glyphosate and brought it to market under the trade name Roundup in 1974, after DDT was banned. But it wasn’t until the late 1990s that the use of Roundup surged, thanks to Monsanto’s ingenious marketing strategy. The strategy? Genetically engineer seeds to grow food crops that could tolerate high doses of Roundup.

    With the introduction of these new GE seeds, farmers could now easily control weeds on their corn, soy, cotton, canola, sugar beets and alfalfa crops—crops that thrived while the weeds around them were wiped out by Roundup. But it's not all good news....

    Click now for the sad
    story from EcoWatch.

  • NRDC Warns of Up to 40% Food Waste
    America is Losing Up to 40% of
    Its Food From Farm to Fork to Landfill

    Sep. 26, 2018 -Back in 2012, NRDC’s work on sustainable agriculture caused them to stumble upon shocking numbers about how much food was going to waste across the United States. The further they dug, the more unbelievable they found the situation.

    NRDC released a report in August 2012 (See below)

    Click now to download the PDF from the
     National Resources Defense Council.

  • Fuel Use Comaprison
    Sun and Wind Alter Global
    Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind

    Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming. And towering symbols of that drive are appearing in the middle of the North Sea.

    Click now to read article on Germany's renewable energy approach.

  • What to Know About Ground Water
    Ground Water Protection

    Sept. 25, 2018 -What is groundwater?
    How do we protect our groundwater?
    What are groundwater contamination concerns?
    What are sources of groundwater contamination?
    Why does my water smell like rotten eggs?
    What is EDB?
    Why does it take so long to rinse the soap off my hands?

    Click to for the answers from
     Florida Groundwater(dept. of state).

  • Insects Could Vanish From the Earth Within a Century Plummeting Insect Numbers
    'Threaten Collapse of Nature'

    Feb. 10, 2019 The Guardian -The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review.

    More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.

  • Cleaner Way to Remove CO2
    Direct Air Capture (DAC)

    The DAC process starts with a “wet scrubbing” air contactor which uses a strong hydroxide solution to capture CO? and convert it into carbonate. This occurs within an air contactor structure modelled on industrial cooling tower design, which effectively contains the liquid hydroxide solution.

    The second step is called a “pellet reactor” which precipitates small pellets of calcium carbonate from the aqueous carbonate solution. This calcium carbonate, once dried, is then processed in our third step, a circulating fluid bed calciner, which heats it to decomposition temperature, breaking it apart into CO? and residual calcium oxide. The calcium oxide is hydrated with our make-up water stream in our fourth step, called a slaker, and is returned into the pellet reactor to precipitate calcium carbonate, and close the chemical loop.

  • The Greenhouse Gas Story in Detail
    CO2 and other Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a gas essential for life—animals exhale it, plants sequester it. It exists in Earth's atmosphere in comparably small concentrations, but is vital for sustaining life. CO2 is also known as a greenhouse gas (GHG)—a gas that absorbs and emits thermal radiation, creating the 'greenhouse effect'. Along with other greenhouse gases, such as nitrous oxide and methane, CO2 is important in sustaining a habitable temperature for the planet: if there were absolutely no GHGs, our planet would simply be too cold. It has been estimated that without these gases, the average surface temperature of the Earth would be about -18 degrees celsius.

    Since the Industrial Revolution, however, energy-driven consumption of fossil fuels has led to a rapid increase in CO2 emissions, disrupting the global carbon cycle and leading to a planetary warming impact. Global warming and a changing climate have a range of potential ecological, physical and health impacts, including extreme weather events (such as floods, droughts, storms, and heatwaves); sea-level rise; altered crop growth; and disrupted water systems.

    Click now for the complete
    story from Our World in Data

  • Environment America
    Learn About Environment America

    -Through this NGO, thousands of citizen members are teaming up with a professional staff to stand up for the places we love and the environmental value.

  • Climate Change is Collapsing Australia’s Ecosystems
    Ecosystems Across Australia Are
    Collapsing Under Climate Change

    The ConverstionJuly 4 2018 - To the chagrin of the tourist industry, the Great Barrier Reef has become a notorious victim of climate change. But it is not the only Australian ecosystem on the brink of collapse.

    Research, recently published in Nature Climate Change, describes a series of sudden and catastrophic ecosystem shifts that have occurred recently across Australia.

  • Arsenic In Babies’ Cereal
    Gerber Needs to Hear From You!

    -Arsenic is a toxin proven to cause cancer. It can also permanently harm a child’s ability to learn. One of the biggest sources of children’s Arsenic exposure is infant rice cereal. This is why Healthy Babies Bright Futures started a petition to tell Gerber, a leading producer of infant foods, to cut it out.

    Click for the story and the petition

  • The Nano Membrane Toilet
    Innovative Solution Using Nanotechnology to
    Convert Human Waste to Water and Ash.

    Jan. 1, 2016 -Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Some two and a half billion people worldwide do not have access to safe and affordable sanitation. In cities, 497 million people use a shared toilet outside of their home, and every day two million tonnes of human waste is disposed in water courses. This project has the potential to solve these issues.

  • The Goldman Env. Prize
    The Goldman Environmental Prize:

    It's the world's largest award recognizing grassroots environmental activist from the world’s six inhabited continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands & Island Nations, North America, and South & Central America.

    Click to read all about it.

  • Green Fire Documentary
    Green Fire
    The Documentary

    -aldoleopold.org. -The first full-length documentary about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, It highlights his extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movemment.

  • NOAA Carbon Tracker
    NOAA’s Carbon Tracker

    A CO2 measurement and modeling system developed by NOAA to keep track of sources (emissions to the atmosphere) and sinks (removal from the atmosphere) of carbon dioxide around the world.

    Click now for
    this informative page.

  • Asbestos Exposure Teatment
    Mesolthelioma: a Disease
    Attributed to Asbestos Exposure

    There are many sites that focus on this disease.

    Click now to see a brief list.

  • Palm Oil is Killing Borneo
    Vanishing Borneo: Saving One
    of the World’s Last Great Places

    -Almost a century of lead mining and smelting has poisoned generations of children in the Copperbelt town of Kabwe in Zambia

    Click for the story and how you
    can become involved in the solution.

  • Learn How Your State Makes Electricity?
    How Does Your State Make Electricity?

    NY Times Climate Forward, Dec. 24, 2018 - Overall, fossil fuels still dominate electricity generation in the United States. But the shift from coal to natural gas has helped to lower carbon dioxide emissions and other pollution. Last year, coal was the main source of electricity generation for 18 states, down from 32 states in 2001.

    But experts warn that a shift to natural gas alone won’t be enough to curb emissions and avoid dangerous global warming.

    This report gives you a state by state comparison.

  • Your Car's Carbon Footprint
    Everything You Need to Know
    About Your Car’s Carbon Footprint

    - Carbon footprint is usually measured in tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere. Your home, that cheeseburger, that restaurant (etc) havea carbon footprints. Your car has one too.

    Click now to see
    where your car stands.

  • Diesel School Buses & Health
    Exposure to Diesel
    Exhaust on School Buses

    -The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 4.5 million U.S. children have asthma. Diesel exhaust can adversely affect children with underlying respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, and infections. Diesel emissions may enhance the effects of some allergens among sensitive individuals.

    Children’s airways are not yet fully developed and have a smaller diameter than those of adults. If airways are inflamed or constricted by asthma, allergies or infections, diesel exhaust may make breathing more difficult.

    Click now to read the report
    from Environment & Human Health, Inc.

  • The Force of Mother Nature
    How Reintroducing Predators
    Can Enliven a Community

    -A short video on what happens when wolves are re-introduced to National Park overrun with deer population. The outcome is more promising than you would have thought.

    Click to watch.

  • What Is Amphibious Architecture?
    Buoyant Flood Control

    -Amphibious architecture refers to an alternative flood mitigation strategy that allows an otherwise-ordinary structure to float on the surface of rising floodwater rather than succumb to inundation.

    An amphibious foundation retains a home’s connection to the ground by resting firmly on the earth under usual circumstances, yet it allows a house to float as high as necessary when flooding occurs. Amphibious foundations make homes resilient; resilient homes are the bases for resilient communities.

    Click for a better idea on how this would work.

  • We Should Be Minimizing Pesticides
    A Case Study in Managing
    Pests and Minimizing Pesticides

    -In the process of eliminating pests, health care facilities can expose patients and employees to toxic chemicals through the inhalation, ingestion and absorption of pesticide residues. Most vulnerable to pesticides are pregnant women, infants and children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems, allergies, and sensitivity to pesticides. These populations are present in abundance at a health care facility.

    Click to read the PDF from
    Hospital for a Healthy Environment.

  • 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.

  • Why Are We Drowning in Plastic?
    We Made Plastic. We Depend
    on It. Now We’re Drowning in It.

    June 1, 2018 -This story is part of Planet or Plastic?—Nat Geo’s multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis. Learn what you can do to reduce your own single-use plastics, and take your pledge.

    Click now to read the full story
    from the National Geographic June 2018 issue.

  • 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 camThe 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.

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Gulf Threat Map

Interactive Map:

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


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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Environmental Impact News

(Domestic News Stories- Click on a link to learn more. )

International Stories are directly below this section.

  • Blueprints For Zero-Emission Buildings
    Clean Energy Engineering Experts
    Share Blueprints For Zero-Emission Buildings

    Renewable Energy World, Apr. 30, 2019  - Both new construction and retrofits can move to net-zero greenhouse gases and save money, experts report.

    Buildings account for nearly four-tenths of U.S. energy consumption through heating, cooling and other electricity use, according to the Energy Information Administration. And if that energy comes from fossil fuels, it releases more greenhouse gases that drive human-caused climate change.

    “If we’re going to make a dent in our carbon footprint, we have to attack the building industry,” said Steve Melink, president and CEO of Melink Corporation in Milford, Ohio.

  • Still No Environmental Justice For Flint Michigan Five Years After the Lead Crisis
    Began, Flint Residents Still
    Can't Trust Their Tap Water

    Earther Gizmodo, Apr. 25, 2019  - Five years. That’s how much time has passed since the City of Flint switched its water source, exposing nearly 100,000 people to lead-tainted water. That crisis continues today and has traumatized the city in a way that will take more than another five years to fix. The legacy will likely last for generations.

    That being said, Flint has come a long way since April 25, 2014, when Flint River water began flowing through the city’s pipes. This seemingly innocent move spiraled the city into a health crisis as officials failed to properly treat the water, causing the pipes to corrode and leach lead into the water supply. That tainted water no longer runs into homes as the city switched back to Detroit water in 2015, but that doesn’t mean the crisis is over.

    Interested? Click now for whole story.

  • California Saying Bye-Bye to Gas Projects
    Bye-Bye to Gas Projects
    - Hello to Renewables

    EnergyCentral, Apr. 25, 2019  - If regulators give their approval, Strata Solar will build and own a 100-megawatt/400-megawatt-hour system in Oxnard, and dispatch it on behalf of SCE.

    This system will tie for largest lithium-ion battery in the world when it comes online in December 2020; the AES Alamitos plant of the same size is due around the same time.

    SCE wants to complement the massive battery with a portfolio of smaller units, ranging from 10 to 40 megawatts, scattered around the area. Developers of those smaller include E.ON, Able Grid, Ormat, AltaGas and Enel. Swell, which aggregates fleets of home batteries into grid assets, won a 14-megawatt contract for behind-the-meter demand response.

  • Scientist Say "Don't Blame Fertilizer for the Red Tide"
    Ocean Circulation Likely to Blame For Severity of 2018 RedTide

    Phys.org News, Apr. 18,2019 -The harmful algae that causes red tide is currently at near undetectable levels in Florida waters compared with the much higher concentrations at this time last year. The red tide algae, Karenia brevis, causes respiratory issues, is responsible for massive fish kills and is often blamed for damaging tourism.

    While traces of the bloom are always present offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, a new study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans finds ocean circulation made 2018 the worst year for red tide in more than a decade.

  • Environmental Racism Going Back 40 Years Lessons From 40 Years of
    Documenting Environmental Racism

    The Revelator, Apr. 17, 2019  - This March an important new study revealed that black and Hispanic communities in the United States face a disproportionate amount of air pollution caused mostly by whites. It was the first time researchers examined not just who is harmed by pollution but also who causes it.

    For Dr. Robert Bullard, the findings weren’t a surprise. A distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy at Texas Southern University, he’s been gathering data on environmental racism since long before there was a term for it.

    Interested? Click now for whole story.

  • Kicking the Single-Use Plastic Habit
    How to Break Your
    Single-Use Plastics Habit

    NY Times, Apr. 16,2019 -Some days, we feel like we can’t escape disposable plastics. Our favorite deli wraps sandwiches in it, smoothie-cart staff serve drinks in clear cups and the office cafeteria keeps buckets of single-serve condiments and plastic utensils on display. These disposables, known as single-use plastics, are cheap, relatively strong and hygienic to use. But they cause problems around the globe.

    In 2016, the world generated 242 million tons of plastic waste, according to The World Bank. North America, which it defines as Bermuda, Canada and the United States, is the third largest producer of plastic waste, totaling more than 35 million tons.

  • Coal-ash Pollution: A Toxic Example of a National Problem Utah’s Coal-ash Pollution:
    A Toxic Example of a National Problem

    The Revelator, Apr. 15, 2019  - The three smokestacks of PacifiCorp’s coal-fired Hunter Power Plant loom in the skies on a 1,000-acre site just south of Castle Dale, Utah.

    Commissioned in 1978, the Hunter plant burns millions of tons of coal a year and generates more than 1,500 megawatts of electricity for use in nearby communities.

    But it also generates something else: greenhouse gases and toxic pollutants, including coal ash.

    Coal ash, or coal-combustion residuals, is primarily produced from burning coal in power plants. It contains mercury, arsenic and other byproducts that can pollute waterways, drinking water and the air, according to the EPA. These chemicals can cause cancer, developmental disorders and reproductive problems, says Earthjustice, a nonprofit organization that specializes in litigation of environmental issues.

  • Mercury Pollution From Fertilizers: Danger! Mercury Pollution and Fertilizer Plants

    Bradenton Times, Apr 7, 2019 -The Environmental Protection Agency requires 30 industrial facilities located in Florida to report the amount of mercury compounds disposed of or released from their plants annually. Mosaic Fertilizer LLC owns and operates 4 of the top 5 facilities for mercury compound disposals or releases in Florida.

    According to the most recent data available from the EPA Explorer Toxic Release Inventory, the Total On- and Off-site Disposal or Other Releases for Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC operations in Florida is 11,079 pounds of mercury compounds for 2017.

  • Monsanto: Guilty Again On Roundup Poison
    Jury’s Verdict: Monsanto Roundup
    Substantial Factor in Man's Cancer

    Organic Consumers Association, Mar. 19 2019 - A jury in San Francisco Federal Court began hearing the case of Edwin Hardeman vs. Monsanto. Hardeman alleges that Roundup caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer.

    Hardeman’s case follows the August 10, 2018, $289-million judgment (later reduced to $78 million) awarded to DeWayne “Lee” Johnson, a former school groundskeeper who also sued Monsanto for causing his non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Monsanto’s appeal of the $78-million judgment is still pending.

    There are more than 9,000 claims pending against Monsanto in state courts, about 620 awaiting trial in federal court. Reuters reported in November that Hardeman’s case was selected as “a so-called bellwether, or test trial, frequently used in U.S. product liability mass litigation to help both sides gauge the range of damages and define settlement options.”

  • 7 Western States Conserve Colorado River Water Amid 19-Year Drought, States
    Sign Deal to Conserve Colorado River Water

    NY Times Climate Forward, Mar. 19 2019 - Seven Western states have agreed on a plan to manage the Colorado River amid a 19-year drought, voluntarily cutting their water use to prevent the federal government from imposing a mandatory squeeze on the supply.

    State water officials signed the deal on Tuesday after years of negotiations, forestalling what would have been the first federally enforced restrictions on the river’s lower basin. But any victory may be short-lived. Climate change promises to make the American West increasingly hot and dry, putting further pressure on the Colorado and the 40 million people who depend on its water.

  • Environmental Justice: What Environmental Justice?Latino, African-American Communities Face
    Disproportionate Risk From Pollution

    hh for Biological Diversity, Mar. 15 2019 - A new study finds that African-American and Latino communities are exposed to more deadly air pollution than predominately white communities, and that most of the pollution they suffer is generated by white communities.

    The paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, found that on average Hispanics suffer 63% more fine particulate matter air pollution — one of the leading environmental health indicators in the United States — than they produce. African-American communities suffer 56% more than they produce. By comparison, non-Hispanic whites suffer 17% less exposure than they produce.

  • TransCanada Loses - Environment WinsTransCanada Loses Latest Attempt to
    Begin Keystone XL Pipeline Construction

    Center for Biological Diversity, Mar. 15 2019 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today denied yet another attempt by TransCanada to begin construction on its proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

    The court left in place a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana that blocked construction on the controversial tar sands pipeline amid an ongoing legal challenge.

  • With Friends Like U.S. Steel, Who Needs Enemies?Health Dept. Revises Order After
    US Steel Updates Repair Timeline

    The Allegheny Front, Mar. 13 2019 -After U.S. Steel said repairs at Clairton Coke Works are a month ahead of schedule, the Allegheny County Health Department on Tuesday revised an order against the company that required it to significantly curb emissions from three of its Pittsburgh-area facilities.

    The plants were releasing sulfur dioxide at a rate the health department calculated to be five times above what was allowed under their permits after a fire in December damaged Clairton’s pollution controls. The other facilities, which include U.S. Steel’s Irvin and Edgar Thompson plants, had been using coke oven gas produced at Clairton that was not going through those controls.

  • Coal Industry Has Been Telling America: Kiss My Ash Report: Coal Ash Contamination
    Widespread In U.S., PA.

    The Allegheny Front, Mar.5, 2019 - A new report finds coal ash pollution is leaking into groundwater at nine power plants around Pennsylvania and over 200 nationwide.

    The report, from the Environmental Integrity Project, found over 90 percent of sites that store coal ash are leaking levels of contamination exceeding EPA health standards.

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  • What? Lake Erie Voters Don’t Like Toxic Blooms? Voters Approve New Rights For Lake Erie

    The Allegheny Front, Mar.1, 2019 - Toledo residents who approved an environmental bill of rights for Lake Erie didn’t have long to celebrate a special election victory Tuesday. Farmers who oppose the measure are fighting back, saying the new law violates their rights.

    In August 2014, 500,000 people in Toledo and the surrounding region were told not to use their tap water for three days for drinking or cooking. Microcystin, a toxin from algae, had poisoned the city’s water distribution system.

    Listen or read the story by clicking now.

  • A Mardi Gras Without Plastic Beads? It's Time to Rethink Mardi Gras
    —Without Tons of Plastic Beads

    National Geographic, Feb. 22, 2019 -IN 2011, HOLLY Groh and her family stood on a street corner in New Orleans, giddy with anticipation as the Mardi Gras parade approached. Her husband’s family had congregated at that spot every year for decades. Her children were always entranced by the raucous, exuberant performances—and also by the shiny beads and other “throws,” the trinkets tossed by the parading “krewes.”

    But this time something felt different for Groh. The year before, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill had sullied the Gulf coast, coating beaches, plants, and animals from Texas to Florida. Groh knew that the tons of shiny plastic beads flying overhead—which were ultimately made from oil—would end up piled on the streets, clogging the gutters, and eventually lining a landfill.

    Click now for the whole story.

  • Military Families Face Dangers Other Than War Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water
    Leave Military Families Reeling

    Feb. 22, 2019  NY Times - When Army Staff Sgt. Samuel Fortune returned from Iraq, his body battered by war, he assumed he’d be safe.

    Then the people around him began to get sick. His neighbors, all living near five military bases, complained of tumors, thyroid problems and debilitating fatigue. Soon, the Colorado health department announced an unusually high number of kidney cancers in the region. Then Mr. Fortune’s wife fell ill.

    The military, it turned out, had been leaching toxic chemicals into the water for decades.

  • Is the E.P.A. Dragging Its Feet - Again? E.P.A. Will Study Limits on
    Cancer-Linked Chemicals. Critics
    Say the Plan Delays Action.

    NY Times Climate Forward, Feb. 14, 2019 -The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it will start work by the end of the year on a long-awaited plan to set national drinking-water limits for two harmful chemicals linked to cancer, low infant birth weight and other health issues.

    But environmentalists and Democratic lawmakers criticized the plan, saying it in effect delayed desperately needed regulation on a clear public health threat from chemicals that are commonly used in cookware, pizza boxes, stain repellents and fire retardants.

  • Amazon’s Virginia Data Center Uses Dirty Electricity Greenpeace Accuses AWS of Fueling
    Virginia Data Center Growth with Dirty Energy

    Feb. 14, 2019 DataCenter Knowledge - Greenpeace is once again calling out the world’s largest data center operators, accusing them of ignoring the impact of their skyrocketing growth on the environment.

    Its primary target this time is Amazon Web Services – namely Amazon’s data centers in Northern Virginia, where the giant already has more cloud infrastructure than anywhere else, and where it continues to build more.

  • What the U.S. Could Learn on Emissions Cutting How to Cut U.S. Emissions Faster?
    Do What These Countries Are Doing

    Feb. 13, 2019 NY Times Climate Forward -The United States is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions far too slowly to help avert the worst effects of global warming. But what would happen if the country adopted seven of the most ambitious climate policies already in place around the world?

    Read all about it, and view the chart.

  • The Damn Dams - We’d Love to See You Go How Removing One Maine Dam
    20 Years Ago Changed Everything

    Feb. 13, 2019 The Revelator -More than 1,000 people lined the banks of the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine, on July 1, 1999. They were there to witness a rebirth.

    Those who advocated for the dam’s removal promised that devastated fisheries would return, and the city of Augusta would benefit from new recreational opportunities and a revitalization of the riverfront. Guess what? They were right.

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International Stories

(Domestic News section is just above this one.)

  • See a Map Showng the Millions of Lost Rainforests Map Showing Millions of
    Acres of Lost Amazon Rainforest

    National Geographic, Apr 26, 2019  -Because of human activities the world continued to lose forests in 2018, according to data compiled by research group Global Forest Watch and analysts at the University of Maryland.

    Clear cutting—removing large patches of forest indiscriminately—caused the highest loss of forest cover overall. Much of that was to make room for ranching, but other commercial activities like mining and soy production were also involved. Forest loss was down overall from the previous year by nearly 50%, largely due to massive wildfires in 2016 and 2017. But without wildfires, forest loss was up by roughly 13 percent. That has implications for climate change as well as other environmental concerns, the researchers note.

    Interested? Click now for whole story.

  • The Most Littered Item in the World - No Butts About It Cigarette Butts: The Most
    Littered Item in the World

    The Revelator, Apr. 25, 2019  - We’ve known for more than 50 years that smoking cigarettes comes with health hazards, but it turns out those discarded butts are harmful for the environment, too. Filtered cigarette butts, although small, contain dozens of chemicals, including arsenic and benzene. These toxins can leach into the ground or water, creating a potentially deadly situation for nearby birds, fish and other wildlife.

    These tiny bits of trash are a very big problem. Each year trillions of cigarette butts are tossed out around the world. Beach cleanups continually find that cigarette butts are the most-littered item — even more than plastic bags.

    Interested? Click now for whole story.

  • Global Warming: Hits Ocean Species the Worst Global Warming Is Hitting Ocean Species
    Hardest, Including Fish Relied on for Food

    Inside Climate News, Apr. 24, 2019  - Sea creatures, especially those that live in shallower water near the coasts, are much more vulnerable to global warming than land animals, new research shows. The scientists found that local populations of marine animals are disappearing at double the rate of land-based species.

    That's because marine animals like fish, crabs and lobster are already more likely to be living near the threshold of life-threatening temperatures, and because in the ocean, there are fewer places to hide from extreme heat, said Malin Pinsky, lead author of a new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

    Interested? Click now for whole story.

  • U.S. Corporations Are People - In N.Z. It’s the Rivers The Maori River in New
    Zealand is a Legal Person

    Apr.22, 2019 ,National Geographic -

    “The great River flows from the mountains to the sea. I am the River, the River is me.”

    With these words, the Maori tribes of Whanganui, New Zealand, declare their inseverable connection to their ancestral river. The river rises in the snowfields of a trio of volcanoes in central North Island. The tribes say that a teardrop from the eye of the Sky Father fell at the foot of the tallest of these mountains, lonely Ruapehu, and the river was born.

  • Heavy Metal Bands Fighting foe Heavy Metal Bans Rockers Join Indigenous
    Peoples to Fight the Devastating
    Effects Of Heavy Metal Poisoning.

    Oxfam, Apr 19, 2019  -It’s 4:30 on a sunny afternoon and I—Jeff Deutsch, a heavy metal junkie who grew up on a steady diet of Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Megadeth—am about to meet a couple members of the Peruvian metal band M.A.S.A.C.R.E.

    This is no ‘80s hair band. They actually opened for Maiden and Judas Priest! They’re the real deal.)

    Interested? Click now for whole story.

  • Who's Responsible For Peru's Environmental Injustice Shredding Injustice: The Fight to Hold
    the Powerful Accountable in the Amazon

    Oxfam, Apr. 19, 2019  - Block 192 is the site of one of the worst environmental disasters you’ve probably never heard about on Fox News, CNN, or MSNBC. Extending across four large river basins in the province of Loreto, it’s the largest oil field in Peru.

    The area accounts for about 20 percent of the country’s oil production. And ever since the lucrative liquid was discovered there more than 45 years ago, oil companies and their conglomerates have extracted it from the ground, leaving the area and its rivers heavily polluted.

    Interested? Click now for whole story.

  • Not Even the Arctic is Safe From Plastics Trillions of Plastic Bits, Swept Up
    by Current, Are Littering Arctic Waters

    NY Times Climate Forward, Apr. 19, 2019  -The world’s oceans are littered with trillions of pieces of plastic — bottles, bags, toys, fishing nets and more, mostly in tiny particles — and now this seaborne junk is making its way into the Arctic.

    In a study published Wednesday in Science Advances, a group of researchers from the University of Cádiz in Spain and several other institutions show that a major ocean current is carrying bits of plastic, mainly from the North Atlantic, to the Greenland and Barents seas, and leaving them there — in surface waters, in sea ice and possibly on the ocean floor.

    Interested? Read all about it.

  • Sorry to Inform You: Those Micro-plastics Are Airborne Tiny Micro-plastics
    Travel Far On the Wind

    Science News, Apr. 15, 2019  -Plastic pollution from Paris doesn’t necessarily stay in Paris.

    Tiny bits of plastic that originated in cities were carried by wind to a remote mountain location at least 95 kilometers away, a study finds. It’s the first demonstration that micro-plastics, tiny particles ranging from a few nanometers to 5 millimeters in size, can travel far through the atmosphere.

  • Fossil Fuel Industry Loves Geoengineering - Why? US and Saudi Arabia Blocking
    Regulation of Geoengineering, Sources Say

    The Guardian, Mar.18, 2019 - The United States and Saudi Arabia have hamstrung global efforts to scrutinize climate geoengineering in order to benefit their fossil fuel industries, according to multiple sources at the United Nations environment assembly, taking place this week in Nairobi.

    The world’s two biggest oil producers reportedly led opposition against plans to examine the risks of climate-manipulating technology such as sucking carbon out of the air, reflective mirrors in space, seeding the oceans and injecting particulates into the atmosphere.

  • Fewer Insects: Not Necessarily a Good Thing What We Know And Don’t
    Know About Insect Die-Offs

    The Allegheny Front, Mar.1, 2019 - Recent headlines about declines in insect populations around the world and the threat of mass extinction are alarming. According to a recent study, three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have disappeared over the last 25 years. Scientists studying in Puerto Rico have reported astonishing losses of insects on the ground — a reported 98% loss over 35 years.

    Listen or learn by clicking now.

  • The Risk From Vinyl Floors: Don’t Let it Slide Why Kids May Be At Risk From Vinyl
    Floors And Fire-Resistant Couches

    Feb. 21, 2019 Science News - Home decor like furniture and flooring may not be notorious polluters like gas-guzzlers, but these indoor consumer products can also be significant sources of potentially dangerous chemicals.

    Kids who live in homes with all vinyl flooring or living room couches that contain flame retardants have much higher concentrations of chemicals called semivolatile organic compounds in their blood and urine than other children. Researchers reported those results February 17 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  • Black Snow: Thank You Fossil Fuel Burning The Truth About Black
    Carbon Black Snow

    Feb. 28, 2019  Solar Thermal Magazine - Have you ever wondered why snow on the ground after a few days looks dirty

    I have, and I assumed the answer was something I would rather not hear. I mean it cannot be good news right? Probably it means we are also breathing whatever is covering the white snow. Then I saw pictures of old snow in the Arctic.

    Fossil fuel combustion is the main contributor to black carbon collected at five sites around the Arctic, which has implications for global warming, according to a study by an international group of scientists that included a United States team from Baylor University.

  • Why the Fallen Snow Looks Dirty After a Few Days The Truth About Black Carbon Black Snow

    Solar Thermal Magazine, Feb. 20, 2019 -Fossil fuel combustion is the main contributor to black carbon collected at five sites around the Arctic, which has implications for global warming, according to a study by an international group of scientists that included a United States team from Baylor University.

    The five-year study to uncover sources of black carbon was done at five remote sites around the Arctic and is published in the premier journal Science Advances, a publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  • The Way to Go for Plastics in the Future A New Chemical Process Could Turn
    1/4th of Our Plastic Waste Into Clean Fuel

    M.I.T. Technology Review,Feb. 13, 2019  -The problem: The world’s landfill sites and oceans are being flooded with plastic. A mere 9% of the 8.3 billion tons of plastic produced over the last 65 years has been recycled, according to the United Nations. Over eight million tons of plastic flow into our oceans every year, harming wildlife.

    How it works: The technology works on polyolefin waste, the sort of plastic used for grocery bags, toys, and shrink wrap. This sort of plastic accounts for about 23% of plastic waste, according to researchers who describe the process in a paper published in Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. The new technique uses a process called hydrothermal liquefaction, in which very high temperatures melt pellets of polyolefin and then dissolve them in water. The by-products of this process are oil, gas, or solvents.

    Click now to read the article from M.I.T. Technology Review

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America's Greenest Cities

Provided by Mother Nature Network

# 1 - Portland, Ore

PortlandThe 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.

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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

Transboundary Watershed Map
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.