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  • 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.

  • Hillcorp Threatens Our Polar Bears
    Polar Bears at Risk: Sign to Stop
    Risky Offshore Drilling in the Arctic

    America’s threatened polar bears den along its coast. The bears use its increasingly rare sea ice to hunt. And, soon, a Texas-based oil company could ruin this special place.

    Hillcorp, headquartered in Houston, just received approval from the Trump administration to drill within the Beaufort Sea’s barrier islands.

    It is the first such project ever approved entirely within these federal, publicly-owned waters. Under the plan, Hillcorp would build a nine-acre artificial island for drilling and on-site oil production in the offshore waters not far from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    Click now for the petition
    from Environmental Action.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Ban Fracking 
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Usage Comparison
  • 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).

  • Cleaner Way to Remove CO2
  • 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
  • Great Barrier Reef  Bleaching
  • Arsenic In Babies’ Cereal
  • The Nano Membrane Toilet
  • The Goldman Env. Prize
  • Green Fire Documentary
  • NOAA Carbon Tracker
  • Asbestos Exposure Teatment
  • Palm Oil is Killing Borneo
  • Monsanto Strikes Again - In Your Gut!
    Maseca Flours Test Positive for Weedkiller
    and GMOs. What Should Consumers Do?

    Oct. 18, 2018 -On October 9, the Organic Consumers Association reported that samples of Maseca white and yellow corn flour tested positive for concerning levels of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller.

    Testing also revealed that some Maseca flour samples tested as high as 94.15 percent for the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMO). That’s a startling finding, given that GMO crops are not allowed to be grown commercially in Mexico.

    Those findings can mean only one thing—Mexico-based Gruma, which owns the Maseca brand, is importing GMO corn from the U.S. to produce its flour, sold all over the world, including in Mexico and the U.S.

    Click to read more from
    the Organic Consumers Assoc.

  • Your Car's Carbon Footprint
  • Dirty Money
  • Diesel School Buses & Health
  • The Force of Mother Nature
  • Amphibious Architecture?
  • Minimize Pesticides
  • 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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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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  • 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 Agree to 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

    Center 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 Wins
    TransCanada 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.

    Click to listen or read the story

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The U.S. Could Learn From Other Countries 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.

  • Who’s Watching Out for the Danger in Cosmetics?
    Cosmetics Safety Needs a Makeover

    Feb. 9, 2019 NY Times -Thousands of chemicals, in billions of dollars worth of products, are being governed by regulations that haven’t been updated in decades.

    In a 1988 hearing, Congress took the cosmetics industry to task for a rash of health and safety problems. Cosmetologists were reporting serious respiratory and nervous system damage. At least one woman had been permanently disfigured by flammable hair spray. And according to government data, nearly 1,000 toxic chemicals were lurking in countless other personal care products. Cosmetics companies were not doing enough to ensure that these products were safe, and the Food and Drug Administration did not have enough power to adequately police them.

  • 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.

  • Golf Balls Are Creating Microplastic Pollution
    Golf Balls Are Creating Microplastic Pollution

    Jan. 25, 2019 Living On Earth - John Dykstra of EHN.org and DailyClimate.org wants to talk about a high school science project for the ages.

    This is a high school junior at Carmel High School in California. With some friends she began diving and snorkeling off the Monterey Peninsula, one of the most beautiful coastal sites in the country. It's also a site of some of the most prestigious golf courses in the US. And near those golf courses, she and her friends found 50,000 golf balls along the beach, and in the shallow water offshore. The most important part of that is what's in the golf balls. They have a plastic coating that degrades into microplastics that are recognized as a serious threat to the world's water, corals, and other marine life.

  • What? You Don’t Like Exploding Gas Pipelines?
    Ohio Pipeline Explosion Injures
    Two, Damages Three Homes

    Jan. 22, 2019 The Allegheny Front - Residents in Noble County, Ohio, about a two hours drive west of Pittsburgh, are recovering after a natural gas pipeline explosion rocked their community on Monday morning. Two people were injured, and three homes were damaged.

    The mother of a 12-year old boy who suffered second degree burns on the back of his head, neck and legs says she is thankful he’s alive today. The family did not want to be identified. They’re staying at a hotel because the only thing left of their home after the explosion and fire is the basement.

  • Is There Better Way to Repel Mosquitos?
    Bacterial Compounds May Be as Good as
    DEET At Repelling Mosquitoes

    Jan. 16, 2019 Science News -Molecules made by bacteria keep mosquitoes at bay. The compounds are a newfound potential stand-in for DEET, a ubiquitous chemical used in most commercially available mosquito repellents in the United States.

    In lab tests, the molecules were as effective as DEET in stopping Aedes aegypti mosquitos, which can carry Zika, dengue and yellow fever, from snacking on artificial blood, researchers report January 16 in Science Advances. Tests suggest the compounds also deter two other mosquito species: Anopheles gambiae, a major malaria carrier, and Culex pipiens, which can carry the West Nile virus.

  • Will PennEnergy Be Told to Get the Frack Out of There?
    Pittsburgh Suburb Is Deciding Whether
    to Allow Fracking Beneath Local Park

    Jan. 15, 2019 The Allegheny Front - About 200 people packed a public hearing in the bedroom community of Franklin Park Monday night to voice their opinions on a proposal to frack beneath a local park.

    Findlay Township-based PennEnergy is planning on building a Marcellus Shale gas well in neighboring Economy Borough that would go horizontally into Franklin Park. The borough council is considering whether to lease 81 acres of land beneath Linbrook Park to the company for the project. The proposal would net the borough, one of the most affluent in Allegheny County, $283,500 plus royalties.

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Are Up in Washington State)
    Washington State’s Greenhouse Gas
    Emissions Spiked 6% In Most Recent Tally

    Jan. 15, 2019 Seattle Times - Washington legislators a decade ago wrote into law a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. But the latest tally of the state’s emissions shows we’re trending in the wrong direction to meet that target and more aggressive emissions goals years ahead.

    Emissions spiked about 6.1 percent from 2012-2015, due in part to increasing fossil-fuel-generated electricity and a booming economy, according to a new Washington Department of Ecology inventory of greenhouse gas emissions published Monday.

  • A Green New Deal for a Green New Meal
    A Call for the Food Movement to Get Behind the Green New Deal

    Jan. 14, 2018 Organic Consumers Assoc -The final months of 2018 will likely be remembered as the decisive moment when the global grassroots awakened to the life-or-death threat posed by global warming. With violent weather and climate disasters becoming the norm, and international scientists finally shedding their customary caution to report that we must drastically slash (by at least 45 percent) global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, hundreds of millions of ordinary people across the world seemed to simultaneously wake up.

    Young climate activists under the banner of the Sunrise Movement in the U.S. and the Extinction Rebellion in the UK and other countries, sat in at politicians’ offices. They blocked streets and roadways. They demanded immediate and bold action.

  • IARC and EPA Differ on Glyphosate Toxicity
    How did the US EPA and IARC
    Reach Diametrically Opposed Conclusions
    On the genotoxicity Of Glyphosate-Based Herbicides?

    Jan. 14, 2019 Environment Europe -The US EPA considers glyphosate as “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A).” EPA asserts that there is no convincing evidence that “glyphosate induces mutations in vivo via the oral route.” IARC concludes there is “strong evidence” that exposure to glyphosate is genotoxic through at least two mechanisms known to be associated with human carcinogens (DNA damage, oxidative stress). Why and how did EPA and IARC reach such different conclusions?

    In reference to the “strong evidence” of genotoxicity in its summary statement, the IARC Working Group highlighted a study in an exposed, human population (presumably Bolognesi et al, in which “markers of chromosomal damage (micronucleus formation) were significantly greater after exposure than before exposure in the same individuals.”

  • Batteries Replace Gas and Coal and in three States
    Batteries Replacing Gas in California,
    Coal in Colorado and Indiana

    Jan. 11, 2019 Renewable Energy World -How storage will power a low carbon energy transformation has begun to emerge across the country –surprisingly led by utilities in the Midwest and West as they pursue an economic mix of renewables and battery storage to shut down and replace existing fossil-fuel plants.

    In just the past few months, in rather remarkable speed characteristic of disruptive change, utilities in California, Colorado, and Indiana have announced or advanced plans to replace more than 2.4 gigawatts of existing coal and gas with batteries and renewable energy, including two of the largest battery storage projects ever proposed.

  • Trump Administration Thinks Mercury Pollution Is Okay
    Trump’s EPA To Weaken Rule
    Limiting Coal Plant Mercury Emissions

    Huffington Post, Jan. 10, 2019 - President Donald Trump’s administration announced Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency is relaxing Obama-era rules preventing coal-fired power plants from releasing mercury and other dangerous pollutants into the air.

    The proposed change — which EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler signed on Thursday and will be up for 60 days of public comment before a final ruling goes into effect — does not outright repeal the 2011 mercury limit regulation but paves the way for doing so by stating the program’s effectiveness should be judged only by “the benefits that can be directly translated into dollars and cents,” as The New York Times put it.

  • Arctic Drilling Continues During the Govt. Shutdown
    The Government Isn’t Letting the Shutdown
    Get In The Way of Arctic Drilling

    Jan. 8, 2019 VOX -As the partial government shutdown stretches on and on, leaving piles of garbage in national parks to grow and scientific experiments in limbo, the Interior Department is deploying its staff to advance fossil fuel extraction on public lands.

    The Bureau of Land Management, the office at Interior that handles permitting for oil and gas on 700 million acres of public lands, is closed for the shutdown. Yet it’s still continuing its work on permitting mining and drilling, as Elizabeth Harball at Alaska’s Energy Desk first reported Friday.

  • Coal Not the Only Culprit as CO2 Continues to Rise
    U.S. Carbon Emissions Surged
    in 2018 Even as Coal Plants Closed

    NY Times Climate Forward, Jan. 8, 2019 - America’s carbon dioxide emissions rose by 3.4 percent in 2018, the biggest increase in eight years, according to a preliminary estimate published Tuesday.

    Strikingly, the sharp uptick in emissions occurred even as a near-record number of coal plants around the United States retired last year, illustrating how difficult it could be for the country to make further progress on climate change in the years to come, particularly as the Trump administration pushes to roll back federal regulations that limit greenhouse gas emissions.

  • DC & 9 States Collaborating On Carbon Emissions Reduction Policy
    DC & 9 States Collaborating On
    Carbon Emissions Reduction Policy

    Clean Technica, Jan. 7, 2019 - Washington, D.C., Virginia, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont are working together to formulate a policy proposal to reduce transportation carbon emissions.

    The point of the collective effort is to reduce air pollution, improve transportation to underserved people and develop economic opportunities.

    The collaborators have a goal to generate the low-carbon regional policy in one year, after which they can decide if they are going to adopt it.

  • NYC Starts the New Year Right By Banning Polystyrene Foam
    New York City Bans
    Polystyrene Foam Starting in 2019

    inhabitat, Jan. 4, 2018 - New York City has officially become the largest jurisdiction in the United States to ban polystyrene foam food and beverage containers. On January 1st, the city’s new policy went into effect after a five-year lobbying and litigation effort from the plastics industry to upend the city’s environmental initiative.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • Fossil Fuel Industry Loves Geoengineering - Why Shouldn’t We?
    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.

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  • 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.

  • The Way to Go for Plastics in the Future
    A New Chemical Process Could Turn
    1/4th of Our Plastic Waste Into Clean Fuel
    Feb. 13, 2019 M.I.T. Technology Review -

    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.

  • 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.

  • What’s Getting In to Those Diapers and Sani-pads?
    Toxicants in Diapers and Sanitary Pads

    Feb. 8, 2019 Living On Earth -An international team of scientists tested single-use diapers and sanitary pads for toxic chemicals, and has discovered phthalates and volatile organic compounds in every brand tested. These chemicals are known to cause a variety of health complications, including birth defects and endocrine disruption. Jodi Flaws, a co-author on the paper, joins Living on Earth’s Bobby Bascomb to talk about these toxic substances and how they impact health.

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  • Will More Self-Driving Cars Add to the Pollution Problem?
    Self-driving Cars Could Make City
    Congestion a Whole Lot Worse

    Feb. 1, 2019 M.I.T. Technology Review - If you think traffic in cities is bad now, just wait until autonomous vehicles arrive, cruising around to avoid paying pricey parking fees.

    Perverse incentives: Driverless cars will snarl up city roads because cruising will cost less than parking, Adam Millard-Ball, associate professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writes in Transport Policy. Even worse, because cruising is cheaper at lower speeds, they’ll slow traffic to a crawl as they kill time, he says: "They will have every incentive to create havoc."

  • Plastic and Plankton Living Side-by-side
    Striking Photos Reveal Plastic
    and Plankton Side-by-side

    Jan. 29, 2019 National Geographic -CONVERGING CURRENTS AT the surface of the ocean create some of the best places to find life. It's there that tiny plankton hang out—and where plankton float, hungry fish follow.

    It's also there that researchers are finding a new, and now ubiquitous, ocean resident—plastic (see the images).

  • Microplastics: An Unwelcome Addition to the Water Supply
    Microplastics Discovered in Key
    Drinking Water Supplies

    Jan. 28, 2019 Earther Gizmodo - The one thing we humans have done an incredible job of leaving behind is plastic. Microplastics, in particular, are seemingly everywhere these days: in sea turtles, table salt, and even beer. Now, a new study offers evidence that microplastics may be infiltrating our groundwater supply, too. Illinois-based researchers found mthem in springs and wells from two aquifers in the state.

    This latest study, published in the journal Groundwater last week, claims to be the first to find microplastics in fractured limestone aquifers, which make up about a quarter of the drinking water supply worldwide. Because of their geology, these aquifers are highly porous, so they can easily absorb water from the surface above—and all that comes with it.

  • Mining Collapse: Well, Brazil Be Dammed
    A Tidal Wave of Mud

    Jan. 20, 2019 NY Times -There are 88 mining dams in Brazil built like the one that failed — enormous reservoirs of mining waste held back by little more than walls of sand and silt. And all but four of the dams have been rated by the government as equally vulnerable, or worse.

    Even more alarming, at least 28 sit directly uphill from cities or towns, with more than 100,000 people living in especially risky areas if the dams failed, an estimate by The New York Times found.

  • ”Bubbly” Burst for Prosecco Lovers
    Prosecco Production Takes a Toll On
    Northeast Italy’s Environment

    Jan. 18, 2019 Science News -Sorry to burst your bubbly, prosecco lovers, but skyrocketing demand for the sparkling wine might be sapping northeastern Italy’s vineyards of precious soil — 400 million kilograms of it per year, researchers report in a study posted online January 10 at bioRxiv.org

    That’s a lot of soil, but not an anomaly. Some newer vineyards in Germany, for example, have higher rates of soil loss, says Jesús Rodrigo Comino, a geographer at the Institute of Geomorphology and Soils in Málaga, Spain, who was not involved in the study. And soil erosion isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it can help generate new soils to keep an ecosystem healthy.

  • Can Induced Rain Help Smog-Choked Bangkok?
    Smog-Choked Bangkok Is Going to Make It Rain

    Jan. 14, 2019 Earther Gizmodo - In the capital of Thailand, a bout of toxic air has gotten so bad that officials are planning to literally make it rain to combat the smog.

    Over the weekend, air quality in parts of Bangkok veered into the “very unhealthy” category, with particulate matter levels as high as 227. Anytime the air quality index rises above 150 is no bueno, but these levels of air pollution affect everyone, regardless of age or existing health issues. Air across the city stayed in the “unhealthy” range through the weekend.

  • The Pros and Cons of Desalination
    Desalination Pours More Toxic Brine
    Into The Ocean Than Previously Thought

    Jan. 14, 2019Science News - Technology meant to help solve the world’s growing water shortage is producing a salty environmental dilemma.

    Desalination facilities, which extract drinkable water from the ocean, discharge around 142 billion liters of extremely salty water called brine back into the environment every day, a study finds. That waste product of the desalination process can kill marine life and detrimentally alter the planet’s oceans, researchers report January 14 in Science of the Total Environment.

  • Deforestation and Mass Extinction in Haiti
    Documenting Deforestation and
    Mass Extinction in Haiti

    Jan. 11, 2019 The Allegheny Front - A Caribbean island once full of lush trees and teeming with wildlife is nearly completely deforested and undergoing a mass extinction event.

    Haiti is closer to losing its rich biodiversity than almost any other country in the world, according to new research from Temple University scientist Blair Hedges. He’s spent decades in the rain forests of Haiti, studying new and rare species. Although he’s had many surprises over the years, he said he was shocked by the results of his latest study.

  • A Better Method For Handling Sea Trash?
    4 Ways to Tackle Ocean Trash
    Besides Ocean Cleanup’s Broken System

    Science News, Jan. 4, 2019 - Cleaning up ocean pollution is no simple task, as an effort to fish plastic out of the Pacific Ocean is revealing.

    In September, scientists launched a 600-meter-long boom meant to herd plastic debris from the great Pacific garbage patch into a net (SN Online: 9/7/18). The trash accumulation, which is twice the size of Texas, swirls in waters between California and Hawaii.

  • Rising Cancer Rates In Tropical South India
    Kerala’s Ambitious Organic Pledge

    Living On Earth, Jan. 4, 2019 - Rising rates of cancer in the tropical south Indian state of Kerala have alarmed doctors and the public, and many blamed high levels of chemicals in food. So the government is working to make Kerala’s food supply all-organic by 2020. Living on Earth’s Helen Palmer takes a trip to Kerala to discover what’s involved.

  • How Did Plastic Straws Take Over the World?
    How Plastic Straws Took Over the World

    Jan. 2, 2019 National Geographic - At the beginning of July 2018, Seattle became the largest U.S. city to ban plastic straws.

    They’re not alone.

    Starbucks plans to phase out plastic straws by 2020. McDonald’s recently announced it will ban plastic straws at its U.K. and Ireland restaurants. Bon Appétit Management, a food service company with 1,000 U.S. locations, announced last May it will phase out plastic straws. Alaska Airlines will be one of the first airlines to phase out plastic straws and stirrers, in part thanks to an environmentally conscious girl scout.

    These groups are responding to public outcry demanding action against a product that, on one hand, seems very simple—but which is harming the world’s oceans, experts warn.

  • How Extreme Weather Is Affecting Wildlife
    Wildlife Struggle to Cope with Extreme Weather

    ENN Network, Dec. 21, 2018 - The mass death of flying foxes in extreme heat in North Queensland last month underscores the importance of University of Queensland wildlife research released today.

    A study led by UQ School of Earth and Environmental Science researcher Dr Sean Maxwell has synthesized more than 70 years of research to quantify the responses of various species.

    “The growing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as cyclones, droughts and floods is causing unpredictable and immediate changes to ecosystems and obstructing existing management efforts,” Dr Maxwell said.

  • The Long Range Affect of Wild Fires
    Wild Fire Pollutants Affect Crop
    and Vegetation Growth Hundreds
    of Kilometers from Impact Zone

    ENN Network, Dec. 21, 2018 - The startling extent to which violent wild fires, similar to those that ravaged large swathes of California recently, affect forests and crops way beyond the boundaries of the blaze has been revealed.

    A pioneering new study by Professor Nadine Unger of the and Professor Xu Yue of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics in Beijing, has revealed that pollutants released by the devastating wild fires can affect crop and vegetation growth hundreds of kilometers from the fire impact zone.

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America's Greenest Cities

Provided by Mother Nature Network


# 1 - Portland, Ore.

Portland
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.


Boston
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.



Eugene
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.


Cambridge

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.


Seattle
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.

Chicago

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.

Austin

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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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.

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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.