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  • Energy From Cows Dung
    Electricity From What Cows Leave Behind

    Sep. 23, 2008 -FOR years, the cows at Green Mountain Dairy here produced only milk and manure. But recently they have generated something else: electricity.

    The farm is part of a growing alternative energy program that converts the methane gas from cow manure into electricity that is sold to the power utility’s grid.

    Central Vermont Public Service, which supplies electricity to 158,000 customers around the state, was among the first utilities in the country to draw electricity from cow manure on dairy farms. About 4,000 utility customers participate by agreeing to pay a premium for the electricity.

    Click now for more from
    The NY Times.

  • Protecting Indigenous Rights
    A Pipeline Eco Engineer Protests

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

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

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

    Click now for the story from Living On Earth.

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

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

    Click now for the full list.

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

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

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

    Click now for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Click now for much more from insteading.com.

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

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

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

  • Confronting Ocean Acidification
    Our Oceans's Chemistry Is Changimg

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

    Click now to learn how you can help.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Chicago Urban Agriculture
    Chicago Urban
    Agriculture Mapping Project

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

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

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

    Click now for a 5-minute video.

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

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

    Click now for more from Scientific American.

  • Tropical Deforestation
    What Are the Impacts?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Power Grid Maps
    Interactive Power Grid Maps

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

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

  • Dirty Dozen Endocrine Disruptors
    Avoiding 12 Hormone Altering Chemicals

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

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

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

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

  • H2O Consumption: Shocking Facts
    Water Consumption: Shocking Facts

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

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

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

    Click here informtation that
    might shape your buying habits.

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

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

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

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

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


Interactive Map:

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

 

Gulf Threat Map

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

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

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  • Beaver County Pa Pipeline Explosion Prompts Evacuation
    Pipeline Explosion In Beaver County Prompts Evacuation

    Sept. 11, 2018 -A meteor, a plane crash, a helicopter. That’s how residents of a quiet street in western Pennsylvania described an explosion along a brand new natural gas pipeline in the woods behind their homes.

    The fire shot up 150 feet in the air, damaged power lines, and sent neighbors scrambling out of their homes.

    Click now to read the
    story from The Allegheny Front.

  • Picking Up Plastics in the Pacific - the Net Result
    A Massive Net Is Being Deployed to
    Pick Up Plastic In the Pacific

    Sept. 7, 2018 — The days of the great Pacific garbage patch may be numbered.

    A highly anticipated project to scoop up plastic from the massive pool of ocean debris is poised to launch its first phase from Alameda, Calif., on September 8. The creators of the project, called the Ocean Cleanup, say their system can remove 90 percent of the plastic in the patch by 2040.

    Click for more of the
    story from Science News.

  • Massachusetts Courts Assert Their Right to Regulate CO2 Emissions
    Mass Court Says State Can Order
    Electricity Plants to Reduce Carbon Emissions

    Sept. 5 - 2018 — The Supreme Judicial Court ruled that Massachusetts has a right to make in-state electricity generators cut their carbon emissions dramatically over the next 30 years. It's the second time in two years that the state's highest court has recognized the science of climate change.

    The state Supreme Court ruled this week that utilities must comply with the state's carbon emission rules, which were passed in 2008 as part of the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA). As written, the GWSA sets all economy-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals for Massachusetts that will achieve reductions of 10-25 percent below statewide 1990 GHG emission levels by 2020 and 80 percent below statewide 1990 GHG emission levels by 2050.

    Click to read more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Is More Logging the Answer to Wildfires?
    Will More Logging Save
    Western Forests From Wildfires?

    Aug. 30, 2018 -In Redding, California, where the Carr Fire burned more than 200,000 acres and destroyed more than a thousand homes, there’s a feeling of desperation. Something has to be done to clear the dense stands of trees and thick brush in the mountains around town, or the next fire will be even worse…

    Click now to read more from Oregon Public Radio.

  • Obama’s Clean Power Plan is Trumped Again
    Trump Proposal to Replace the Clean Power Plan
    Endangers Public Health and Earth’s Climate

    Aug. 29, 2018 -In his first 19 months in office, Donald Trump has repeatedly defied established presidential norms — so flagrantly that it almost obscures the many ways he’s changed national policies for the worse. But despite all the scandals and mean-spirited tweets, it’s likely that his most enduring impact will be his administration’s systematic, reckless dismantling of ongoing efforts to curtail human-caused climate change.

    Click now to read the
    article from The Revelator.

  • Solar Power Challenged by Higher Air Pollution
    Air Pollution Can Put
    a Dent in Solar Power

    Aug. 29, 2018 -Ian Marius Peters, now an MIT research scientist, was working on solar energy research in Singapore in 2013 when he encountered an extraordinary cloud of pollution. The city was suddenly engulfed in a foul-smelling cloud of haze so thick that from one side of a street you couldn’t see the buildings on the other side, and the air had the acrid smell of burning. The event, triggered by forest fires in Indonesia and concentrated by unusual wind patterns, lasted two weeks, quickly causing stores to run out of face masks as citizens snapped them up to aid their breathing…

    When the rain stopped, drought conditions returned and the ground has continued to sink, by up to a half-meter annually, according to a new Cornell study in Science Advances.

    Click now to read more
    from The Environmental News Network.

  • Groundwater Loss is Contributing to Sinking Land
    Groundwater Loss Prompts More
    California Land Sinking

    Aug. 29, 2018 -Researchers found that in spite of heavy rains in early 2017, groundwater extraction for agriculture and human use leads to a continual sinking of land, as seen from satellites.

    Despite higher-than-normal amounts of rain in early 2017, the large agricultural and metropolitan communities that rely on groundwater in central California experienced only a short respite from an ongoing drought.

    When the rain stopped, drought conditions returned and the ground has continued to sink, by up to a half-meter annually, according to a new Cornell study in Science Advances.

    Click now to read more from
    The Environmental News Network.

  • Trump is Trumped By Federal Judge on Keystone XL Pipeline
    Keystone XL Pipeline Hit with
    New Delay: Judge Orders Environmental Review

    Aug. 16, 2018 -The embattled Keystone XL oil pipeline faces yet another delay after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to conduct a new environmental review of the project.

    Click now for the whole
    story from Inside Climate News.

  • Monsanto Must Pay Something for Its Sins
    Court Orders Monsanto to
    Pay $289 Million In Cancer Trial

    Aug. 14, 2018 -Agrochemical company Monsanto has been ordered to pay $289 million to school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, who said the Bayer subsidiary’s chemical products gave him cancer. On Friday, a California jury ruled that the company acted with knowledge that risks of cancer were possible when allowing their weedkillers, such as Roundup, to remain on the market with no hazard warnings. The $289 million sum consists of $39 million in compensatory damages with the remaining $250 million accorded for punitive damages.

    Click now to read the story from inhabitat.

  • Shocking: Wildfire Smoke is Dangerous to Human Health
    Breathing Wildfire Smoke Every Summer
    Could Have Long-Term Consequences

    Aug. 10, 2018 -The skies across much of the Northwest are choked with smoke from wildfires.

    Air quality east of the Cascade Mountains has deteriorated as wildfires burn across Oregon and Washington. In Southern Oregon, the air is hazardous. In Central Washington, air quality is unhealthy for everyone.

    “The acute effects cause irritability, nausea, shortness of breath,” said Sam Joseph, a pulmonary and critical care physician and professor at the Washington State University Elon S. Floyd School of Medicine.

    Click now to read the
    story from Oregon Public Radio.

  • Who’s to Blame for Florida’s Red-Tide Problem?
    Red Tide Is Devastating Florida's Sea Life.
    Are Humans to Blame?

    Aug. 8, 2018 -The First Thing you notice is the smell. It’s not a scent, exactly, but a tingling in the nose that quickly spreads to the throat and burns the lungs. But then you see the carcasses.

    Thousands of sea creatures now litter many of southern Florida’s typically picturesque beaches. Most are fish—mullet fish, catfish, pufferfish, snook, trout, grunt, and even the massive goliath grouper. But other creatures are also washing ashore—crabs, eels, manatees, dolphins, turtles, and more. It's a wildlife massacre of massive proportions. And the cause of both the deaths and toxic, stinging fumes is a bloom of harmful algae that scientists say is the region’s worst in over a decade.

    Click now to read more from National Geographic.

  • Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone is Frighteningly Large
    Gulf Of Mexico Dead Zone Is
    3x Larger Than Long-Term Targets

    Aug. 7, 2018 -The Gulf of Mexico dead zone – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life – seems to be a bit better here in 2018 than last summer. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts the Gulf of Mexico dead zone will be about average in dimension by the end of the summer.

    That’s good news, right? Well, not exactly. The dead zone remains 3X larger than long-term established targets. It’s clear that more nutrient strategies need to be enacted by farmers, within wastewater management infrastructures, and in home landscaping to reduce the Gulf of Mexico dead zone for coming generations.

    Click now rest of the story from
    CleanTechnica.

  • Todd Township, PA. is Not Happy About Giant Hog Farm
    Town Raises a Stink Over Factory Hog Farm

    July 27, 2018 -One industry that’s growing in Pennsylvania: hog farming. 2018 has been a record year for the number of hogs produced in the state. But for some communities that’s not good news. In one Pennsylvania town, residents are trying to keep a new hog farm out.

    Click now for more from
    The Allegheny Front.

  • Oh, What’s a Little Asbestos in Your Lungs?
    Asbestos is Still Killing People.
    Why Hasn’t Our Government Banned it?

    July 27 , 2018 -Recently, President Trump’s image showed up on the side of a pallet of asbestos. One of the largest producers of asbestos, a Russian company, posted a photo on Facebook, boasting Trump’s claim that asbestos is 100 percent safe. Many environmental and health advocates disagree.

    Asbestos, actually six silicate minerals which look like long, thin fibers, is no longer allowed to be used for insulation in the United States, but it’s still used in some commercial applications. Breathing in or swallowing these fibers has been linked to up to 15,000 deaths a year in the U.S., according to the Environmental Working Group Action Fund. In Pennsylvania, those deaths are higher than the national average.

    Click now to read more from The Allegheny Front.

  • What Could be New In Plastics - Everything!
    How Crabs and Trees Could Soon Replace Plastic

    July 25, 2018 -Wrapping food in plastic can prolong its freshness, but with petroleum-based plastics, the freshness comes at an environmental cost.

    Researchers at Georgia Tech believe they've created a potentially viable alternative to such plastics, one that's not only compostable, but could keep food fresher longer.

    And all it took was was some trees and some crabs.

    Click now to read the fascinating
    story from  Inside Climate News.

  • Manure Slipping Through Cracks? Whoa!
    Manure Slipping Through (Soil) Cracks

    From the American Society of Agronomy, July 25, 2018 -Add just enough fertilizer, and crops thrive. Add too much, and you may end up with contaminated surface and groundwater.

    It can also fluctuate depending on soil type and even if organic additions, like manure, are applied.

    Ali is lead author of a new study that shows water infiltrates deeper into cracking clay (vertisolic soils) when liquid hog manure is applied.

    Click now to read more from
     the Environmental News Network.

  • Can the World be Saved from Plastic Pollution?
    We’re Drowning in Plastic Trash.
    Jenna Jambeck Wants to Save Us

    July 24 , 2018 -When a huge floating gyre of plastic waste was discovered in the Pacific in the late 1980s, people were shocked. When whales died and washed ashore with stomachs full of plastic, people were horrified. When photographs of beaches under knee-deep carpets of plastic trash were published, people were disgusted.

    Though some of it came from ships, most, presumably, was from land. But how much was coming from where?

    Click now to read more from NPR.

  • Think Your City is Cool? Try Some of These Ideas
    5 Ways to Keep Cities Cooler During Heat Waves

    July 24, 2018 -Cities can be miserable during heat waves. All that concrete and asphalt soaks up the sun’s rays, pushing temperatures up even further. Tall buildings can block cooling breezes. Exhaust from cars and air-conditioners just adds to the swelter.

    This is known as the urban heat island effect: A large city’s built-up environment can make it 2 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the surrounding countryside during the day and up to 22 degrees warmer at night. That extra heat is becoming a serious public health problem. On average, 650 Americans die each year from heat-related causes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, and global warming is only expected to make things worse.

    Click now to see these
    ideas from  NY Times Climate Forward.

  • How About a Few Chemicals For Your Kids’ Lunch?
    Pediatricians Warn Against
    Chemical Additives In Food For Kids

    July 23, 2018 -Because children have a lower body weight, they are particularly susceptible to possible toxins

    The American Academy of Pediatrics is cautioning parents and pediatricians to avoid exposing children to eight chemicals found in food and in plastic packaging. The chemicals may be especially harmful to kids due to their small size, says the report published July 23 in Pediatrics. Pregnant women should also avoid the chemicals. And lower-income families who eat a lot of prepackaged foods could be at greater risk for exposure.

    Click now to learn more from
     Science News.

  • Are Pesticides Really Safe? - Ask Organic Consumers
    Poisoning Our Children: The Parent's Guide
    to the Myths of Safe Pesticides

    July 22, 2018 -In the U.S., there are about 80,000 registered chemicals. Of these, only a few hundred are actually tested for safety, and even that testing is considered inadequate by most toxicologists. Part of the problem is that most chemicals are tested in isolation. In real world application, however, most chemicals are combined with others, and the few studies done on synergetic effects reveal even nontoxic chemicals can become toxic when mixed together.

    While there are many sources of chemical exposure, our food is a significant one, as most conventionally farmed foods are sprayed with pesticides. The chemical industry would have you believe pesticide residues on food is of no major concern.

    Click now to see the article and
    video from Organic Consumers Association.

  • Todd Township, PA Don’t Need No Stinking’ Hog Farm
    Town Raises a Stink Over Factory Hog Farm

    July 20, 2018 -Most farms around here are still small, 100, maybe 150 cows. But Houck’s neighbor has built a factory-sized turkey barn that houses thousands of birds. The manure gets piled up outside.

    “Sometimes the smell will get so strong, it just grabs my throat. Makes it hard to breathe,” one resident said.

    The turkey barn looks like a large supermarket in the fields. In this small valley of rolling fields, hiking trails and campgrounds, it is by far the biggest structure. But not for long. Construction is starting on another large new barn. This one will house 4,800 hogs at a time. It’s being built by Aaron Warner, the brother of the turkey farm owner. The hog manure will be spread on farm fields around the area.

    Click now to read the article from the Allegheny Front.

  • Monsanto, Makers of Roundup, War on Scientists
    Learn What the Secret Documents Expose

    July 17, 2018 -DeWayne Johnson, a 46-year-old father dying of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, became the first person to face Monsanto in trial last week over allegations the company hid evidence about the cancer-causing dangers of its Roundup weedkiller.

    Johnson is the first of some 4,000 people suing Monsanto in state and federal courts claiming their cancers were caused by glyphosate-based Roundup. The litigation, and documents coming to light because of it, are shining light on the heavy-handed tactics Monsanto (now a subsidiary of Bayer) has used to deny cancer risk and protect the chemical that is the lynchpin of its profits.

    Click now for more from
     the Organic Consumers Association.

  • Would You Enjoy a Little Coal Ash in Your Drinking Water?
    U.S. EPA Eases Obama-era
    Standards on Toxic Coal Ash

    July 18, 2018 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday it has eased Obama-era standards on the disposal of toxic coal ash, a move expected to be the agency’s first revision of the standards and one that was slammed by environmentalists.

    The 2015 rule established minimum national standards for the disposal of coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants that contains materials such as arsenic and lead.

    The EPA said the revision would give flexibility to utility companies and states, which had fought against the standards calling them unduly burdensome, and save $28 million to $31 million per year in regulatory costs.

    Click now to read more from Reuters.

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

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

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

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

    Click now for the the story from Oregon Public Radio.

  • Debunking Those ‘Clean’ Natural Gas Myths
    3 Big Myths About Natural Gas and Our Climate

    July 6, 2018 -Natural gas is a growing energy source – one many are putting a lot of faith in.

    Proponents like to portray the fuel as a cuddlier cousin to coal and oil when it comes to climate because it generates less carbon dioxide when burned. But its CO2 emissions are only one piece of a far more nuanced puzzle.

    Many of the arguments in support of natural gas are based on outdated or incorrect information – sometimes going so far as to border on wishful thinking. That’s why we’re setting the record straight on some of the most common myths about natural gas and our climate.

    Click now to read about those
    myths from  The Climate Reality Project.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Can We Hide Our Sand Dunes form Big Oil and Gas?
    Oil and Gas Industry is
    Coming For Colorado's Sand Dunes

    July 25, 2018 -Southern Colorado is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the country. Where the steep, dark-green slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains hit the valley floor, they are met by towering sand dunes that sprawl across more than 30 square miles. The highest dunes rise more than 700 feet into the air -- about the height of the tallest skyscraper in many American cities. This landscape has been crafted over tens of thousands of years, as winds blowing over the mountains dropped grains of sand, which slowly morphed into the dunes we see today.

    But the area around the Great Sand Dunes -- like many other special places across America -- is now at risk.

    Click now to learn more from CNN.

  • CH4 Emissions Much Higher Than Thought
    Methane Emissions In US 60%
    Higher Than Previously Reported

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

    Click now to read more from CleanTechnica.

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

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

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

    Click now to read more
    from ABC News.

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

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

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

    Click here to learn about Pebble's mine plan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Environmental Impact

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  • Industrial Agriculture is Killing Our Forests
    New Global Study Reveals the ‘Staggering’ Loss
    of Forests Caused By Industrial Agriculture

    Sept. 13, 2018 -A new analysis of global forest loss—the first to examine not only where forests are disappearing, but also why—reveals just how much industrial agriculture is contributing to the loss. The answer: some 5 million hectares—the area of Costa Rica—every year. And despite years of pledges by companies to help reduce deforestation, the amount of forest cleared to plant oil palm and other booming crops remained steady between 2001 and 2015.

    The finding is “a really big deal,” says tropical ecologist Daniel Nepstad, director of the Earth Innovation Institute, an environmental nonprofit in San Francisco, California, because it suggests that corporate commitments alone are not going to adequately protect forests from expanding agriculture.

    Click now to read the disturbing
    article from Science Magazine.

  • Europe: Wake Up Before You Do Something Stupid
    Europe's Renewable Energy Directive
    Poised to Harm Global Forests

    Sept. 12, 2018 -Europe's decision to promote the use of wood as a "renewable fuel" will likely greatly increase Europe's greenhouse gas emissions and cause severe harm to the world's forests, according to a new paper published in Nature Communications.

    European officials on final language for a renewable energy directive earlier this summer that will almost double Europe's use of renewable energy by 2030. Against the advice of 800 scientists, the directive now treats wood as a low-carbon fuel, meaning that whole trees or large portions of trees can be cut down deliberately to burn.

    Click now to read the
    story frompays.org.

  • Europe is Not Sitting Still in Combatting Air Pollution
    The Fight Against Pollution In European Cities

    Sept. 7, 2018 — Major cities in Europe are joining the race to build a zero carbon economy, something that has us very excited. From Berlin to Paris, London, Copenhagen, Oxford and Oslo, we’re taking you on a sustainable road trip around European cities to have a look at the policies being implemented in the fight against pollution.

    Click to take the tour from
    CleanTechnica.

  • Walmart is “Semi”-serious About Reducing Carbon Emissions
    Walmart Orders 30 More Tesla Semi Electric Trucks

    Sept. 7, 2018 — Walmart, the world’s largest retail chain, has set a goal of entirely ditching conventional diesel engines for its truck fleet by 2028. By that date, it expects all its trucks will be powered by alternative fuels, including electricity.

    Last year, Walmart ordered 15 Tesla Semi electric trucks for service in the US and another 10 for its Canadian operations. This week, it announced it has added another 30 vehicles for Canada to the order. The company says 20 Tesla Semis will be added to its fleet based in Mississauga, Ontario.

    Wait, there’s more to read from CleanTechnica.

  • Plant Microbiome Could Help Future Farmers And Conservationists
    How Plant Microbes Could Feed the
    World And Save Endangered Species

    Sept. 6, 2018 — One fine Hawaiian day in 2015, Geoff Zahn and Anthony Amend set off on an eight-hour hike. They climbed a jungle mountain on the island of Oahu, swatting mosquitoes and skirting wallows of wild pigs. The two headed to the site where a patch of critically endangered Phyllostegia kaalaensis had been planted a few months earlier. What they found was dispiriting.

    Click for the hopeful
    story from Science News.

  • Canada Federal Court Halts KM Pipeline
    Major Legal Victory:
    Canada’s Kinder Morgan Pipeline Stopped

    Aug. 31, 2018 -Canada’s Federal Court of Appeals completely halted work on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline, scoring a major victory for environmentalists and Canada’s First Nations. It is unlikely that the pipeline project, which would have increased tanker traffic seven-fold, will ever be built, say Eugene Kang and Clayton Thomas Muller

    Click now to read more
    from the RealNews network.

  • Another Way Air Pollution is Bad Bad Bad
    New Study Finds Air
    Pollution Lowers Intelligence

    Aug.28, 2018 -It is well known that air pollution has negative effects on human health. Many health professionals believe it is the cause of 7 million premature deaths a year world wide. Small particulates — generally associated with burning fossil fuels — are able to cross into the bloodstream in the lungs, leading to pulmonary and cardiovascular disease.

    Researchers analyzed language and arithmetic tests conducted as part of the China Family Panel Studies on 20,000 people across the nation between 2010 and 2014. Comparing the results with records of nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide pollution, they found a strong correlation between air pollution and intelligence, according to a report in The Guardian. The data revealed that high pollution levels lead to a decrease in test scores in both language and arithmetic, with the average impact equivalent to having lost a year of the person’s education.

    Click now to read the
    story from CleanTechnica.

  • Is the World Running Out of Helium
    Helium Was Discovered 150 Years Ago
    Will We Soon Be Running Out?

    Aug. 24, 2018 -In preparation for the 150-year anniversary of the discovery of helium, we had joked that the voiceover for this video should be recorded with a helium-squeaky voice. It was not until late that I truly thought about the reality of it all. Although abundant in the universe, helium is a limited, non-renewable resource. So why do balloons remain such a staple of celebration? What else is helium used for? What happens when we run out? From how helium was first discovered in 1858 to what preservation efforts can be made today, learn the basics about this valuable resource.

    Click now the for story from
    the National Geographic, including a video.

  • Living With a Carbon Tax -How Canada is Fairing
    Living With a Carbon Tax

    Op Ed from Ken Kroes: Aug. 24, 2018 -I live in Alberta, Canada. Yes, that Alberta. The one that wants oil pipelines, is home to the tar sands, and is responsible for nearly 60 percent of Canada’s entire feeder-cattle production. You may think this is the last place on Earth that would support any kind of action to reduce carbon emissions but, lo and behold, there has been a carbon tax here for nearly two years.

    How has it worked out? I’ll let you decide.

    Alberta has a few different policies to reduce emissions from large-scale emitters and electrical-generation facilities, but it wasn’t until 2017 that it implemented the carbon tax, which is applied to heating and transportation (except farm fuels). The current rate is $30 Canadian ($23 U.S.) per metric ton and will increase to $40 Canadian in 2021 and $50 in 2022. For gasoline right now, this works out to just under 7 cents per quart. On the heating side, a typical home now sees a monthly tax of about $5 Canadian (U.S. $3.80).

    Click now to read the
    actual results from The Revelator.

  • What to Expect From Air Pollution - Hint: It’s Not Good
    Air Pollution is Shaving a Year
    Off Our Average Life Expectancy

    Aug. 22, 2018 — Breathing dirty air exacts a price — specifically, months, or even years, off of life.

    On average worldwide, air pollution shaves a year off of human life expectancy, scientists report August 22 in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. In more polluted regions of Asia and Africa, lives are shortened by 1.5 to two years on average.

    Click now to read more
    from Science News.

  • Why Forest Soil is Important to Manage Methane Emissions
    Forest Soils Are Absorbing Less Methane. Here’s Why That Matters.

    Aug. 17, 2018 -Methane is one of the big three greenhouse gasses, next to carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, and its concentration in the atmosphere has been increasing since the Industrial Revolution.

    One way that methane gets taken out of the atmoshphere is by getting absorbed into soil. But a new study suggests this pathway isn’t quite as effective as we thought.

    The study, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found we’re overestimating how much soil helps us out scrub the atmosphere of methane.

    Click now to read more from The Allegheny Front.

  • Promising New Upgrade for Desalination
    A Filter That Turns Saltwater into
    Freshwater Just Got an Upgrade

    Aug. 16, 2018 -Smoothing out the rough patches of a material widely used to filter saltwater could make producing freshwater more affordable, researchers report in the Aug. 17 Science.

    Smoothing out the rough patches of a material widely used to filter saltwater could make producing freshwater more affordable, researchers report in the Aug. 17 Science.

    Click now for more of the good
    news story from Science News.

  • The International Scarcity of Safe Drinking Water
    More Than 2b People Lack Safe
    Drinking Water. That Number Will Only Grow.

    Aug. 16, 2018 -As populations grow and climate change shrinks freshwater stores, water scarcity takes center stage. Freshwater is crucial for drinking, washing, growing food, producing energy and just about every other aspect of modern life. Yet more than 2 billion of Earth’s 7.6 billion inhabitants lack clean drinking water at home, available on demand.

    Click now for more of the
    disturbing report from Science News.

  • Could the World Be Running Out of Fish?
    Fishing Fleets Traveling Further to Catch Fewer Fish

    Aug. 10, 2018 -Industrial fishing fleets have doubled the distance they travel to fishing grounds since 1950 but catch only a third of what they did 65 years ago per kilometre travelled, a new study has found.

    Researchers from from the Sea Around Us initiative at the University of Western Australia and the University of British Columbia mapped the growth and spread of industrial fisheries since 1950 and found that global trends were dominated by the heavily subsidized fleets of a small number of countries, increasing the total area fished from 60 per cent to 90 per cent of the world’s oceans.

    Click now to read the story
    from Environmental News Network.

  • Why Geo-Engineering Might Not Solve Climate Issues
    Global Dimming May Mitigate Warming,
    But Could Hurt Crop Yields

    Aug. 8, 2018 -Shading Earth by adding a veil of particles to the upper atmosphere may help to offset global warming — but at what cost?

    Crop yields could decline, as they did following two colossal volcanic eruptions that shot sunlight-blocking sulfur particles high above the cloud layer and into the planet’s stratosphere, researchers report online August 8 in Nature. The study is the first to use real-world data to evaluate the potential consequences of such “stratospheric veil” geoengineering.

    Click now for the story from
    Science News Magazine.

  • What are the Greenest Cruise Options?
    Taking a Cruise? How to Look for the Greenest Option

    July 26, 2018 - Environmentalists have been up in arms for years about the damage cruise ships cause in the name of leisure. The ocean has suffered from their oil spills, garbage dumps and toxic fumes for so long, we are almost immune to the headlines.

    Yet, cruise ships remain one of the most sought-after holiday destinations for millions around the world.

    The idea of a few days (or weeks) on a cruise ship evokes excitement, a taste for the exotic and an air of mystery. It summons our wanderlust. Expectations of luxuriousness burst forth from the pages of a glossy brochure.

    Click now to read the
    bad part from  The Greener Ideal.

  • Impact of Supersonic Air Travel to the Enviornment
    Faster Than the Speed of Sound, but at What Cost?

    July 25, 2018 -If the next generation of supersonic aircraft takes to the skies, we’ll be able to hop on a three-and-a-half-hour morning flight across the Atlantic, dash to a meeting in central London and fly back to New York in time for dinner. All for the cost of a business-class ticket today.

    A new study from the International Council on Clean Transportation, a nonprofit group known for helping to uncover the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal, warns that a supersonic revival would only increase planet-warming emissions from air travel.

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

 
  • Folks Are Giving Up Their Lives to Save the Environment
    Murder and Intimidation of Environmental
    Activists Hits Record Levels

    July 24, 2018 -At least 207 people around the world were murdered in 2017 for standing up to agribusiness, mining and wildlife trafficking.

    The assassins came for Colombian land-rights activist Hernán Bedoya on Dec. 5, 2017, shooting him 14 times and killing him instantly.

    Bedoya, who had been defending his community against palm-oil and other industrial agriculture, was just one of a record number of environmentalists and eco-defenders who were murdered last year, according to data released today by Global Witness.

    Click now to read the article from  The Revelator.

  • Why Scientists Should Talk About the Environment
    Scientists Environment Identify Most Pressing Issues
    Posed by Chemicals in the Environment

    July 20, 2018 -Scientists have identified 22 key research questions surrounding the risks associated with chemicals in the environment across Europe.

    Chemicals released into the environment by human activity are resulting in biodiversity loss; increased natural hazards; threats to food, water and energy security; negative impacts on human health and degradation of environmental quality.

    Click now to learn more from
     Environmental News Network.

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

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

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

    Click now for more
    from The Sydney Morning Herald.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Click now for the story
    from YAHOO News.

  • What Can Hydrogen Be Used For? - It’s a “Steel”
    Sweden to Make Clean Steel Using Hydrogen

    June 29, 2018 -Making steel is not only very political it is also incredible energy intensive. Typically the dirtiest of fossil fuels have been used to provide the very high temperatures needed to melt and blend the ores and alloys involved. As the U.S. starts to fire up some of the oldest steel furnaces that exist, Sweden has partnered with industry to develop a fossil fuel alternative to making steel.

    Using hydrogen this clean steel process may change the way we manufacture steel, aluminum and other alloys. As long as a renewable process is used to generate the electricity needed to split water into hydrogen and oxygen for feedstock to this process, the emissions will be zero.

    Click now to read more from Solar Thermal Magazine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Click for more on this
    story from Mother Nature Network.

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

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

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

    Click now for the story
    from Ny Times Climate Forward.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Click now for more on this story from Inhabitat.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Click now for more from
    CleanTechnica, including a slideshow.

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

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

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

    Click now to read the whole
    story from The Revelator.

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

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

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

    Click now to read the
    story from The Revelator.

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

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

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

    Click now for more from Inhabitat.

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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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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.