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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Diesel School Buses & Health
  • The Force of Mother Nature
  • Amphibious Architecture?
  • Minimize Pesticides
  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • We Need to Make Our Plastics Renewable and Biodegradable
    Renewable and Biodegradable Plastic Polymers

    Solar Thermal Magazine, Dec. 18, 2018 - We need to find new ways to make all those great products that rely so heavily on. Everything from our cell phones and laptops to our vehicle interiors.

    A team of University of California San Diego biologists and chemists has been granted $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop new methods for manufacturing products based on algae.

  • The Price We Pay for So-called Clean Coal
    Hundreds of Workers Who
    Cleaned Up the Country’s Worst Coal Ash
    Spill Are Now Sick and Dying

    National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Dec. 17, 2018 - Ten years after the disaster at a Tennessee power plant, the cleanup crew is seeking justice. At the same time, the Trump administration is weakening protections for this toxic pollution.

    Michael McCarthy had a new job, a baby at home, and another on the way. At age 45, he was, by his estimation, “fit as a fiddle.” Then, three days before Christmas 2008, more than 1.5 million tons of coal ash, a byproduct of coal combustion, broke out of a Tennessee power plant, pouring into the Emory and Clinch rivers and covering 300 acres, including the small community of Swan Pond, with a thick gray sludge.

    The muck, which contained toxic substances such as arsenic, lead, mercury, and radium, flooded about two dozen houses. McCarthy’s home was not one of them, but he was part of the crew handling the cleanup, an effort that lasted years.

  • Air Pollution and the Income Gap
    How Air Pollution Widens the Income Gap

    The Allegheny Front, Dec. 15, 2018 - Air pollution affects our health, and it turns out, has a big impact on income inequality, according to a study published earlier this year.

    One of its authors is Nicholas Muller, the Lester and Judith Lave Professor of Environmental Economics and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He spoke with The Allegheny Front’s Kara Holsopple about his research that concludes that air pollution actually contributes to the widening gap between Pittsburgh’s haves and have-nots.

  • Trump and Zinke: Get the Frack Out of Our Public Lands
    Trump, Zinke to Auction Away 700,000
    Acres of Western Public Lands for Fracking

    EcoWatch, Dec. 12, 2018 - President Trump and Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke are continuing their onslaught against American public lands this holiday month and moving forward with plans to auction off 700,000 acres for fracking, endangering clean air and water, the climate and sacred lands.

    "First it's our cherished national monuments, now Trump and Zinke are set to give away even more public lands to the fossil fuel industry," said Becca Fischer, climate guardian for WildEarth Guardians. "Rather than giving back this holiday season, this administration is proving that it will stop at nothing to put our public lands in the hands of dirty energy executives and sell off our rights to clean energy and a healthy environment."

  • Can Alaska Remain a Pristine State?
    In the Blink of an Eye, a Hunt
    for Oil Threatens Pristine Alaska

    Dec. 3, 2018 the New York Times -It is the last great stretch of nothingness in the United States, a vast landscape of mosses, sedges and shrubs that is home to migrating caribou and the winter dens of polar bears.

    But the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — a federally protected place of austere beauty that during a recent flyover was painted white by heavy snowfall — is on the cusp of major change.

  • The Positive Things Can We Do With CO2
    Turning Carbon Dioxide Into
    Sustainable Chemicals and Fuels

    Solar Thermal Magazine, Dec. 1, 2018 - For decades, scientists have searched for effective ways to remove excess carbon dioxide emissions from the air, and recycle them into products such as renewable fuels and sustainable chemicals. But the process of converting carbon dioxide into useful chemicals is tedious, expensive, and wasteful and thus not economically or environmentally viable.

    Now a discovery by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) shows that recycling carbon dioxide into valuable chemicals and fuels can be economical and efficient – all through a single copper catalyst.

  • Access to Clean Water Still Isn’t Universal
    Engineers Are Plugging Holes
    In Drinking Water Treatment

    Nov. 25, 2018 -Off a gravel road at the edge of a college campus — next door to the town’s holding pen for stray dogs — is a busy test site for the newest technologies in drinking water treatment.

    In the large shed-turned-laboratory, University of Massachusetts Amherst engineer David Reckhow has started a movement. More people want to use his lab to test new water treatment technologies than the building has space for.

    Click to read more from Science News.

  • Let's Not Be Turkeys for the Turkey Industry
    What Turkey Producers Don't Want You to Know

    Nov. 15, 2018 -The purveyors of factory farm turkeys hope you haven’t heard about the latest turkey salmonella outbreak in 35 states, causing 63 hospitalizations and at least one death.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

    The outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading has been identified in various raw turkey products, including ground turkey and turkey patties. The outbreak strain has also been found in raw turkey pet food and live turkeys, indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry."

    Click now for more from
    the  Organic Consumers Association

  • Can California Reinvent its Fire Policies
    California Must Reinvent Its Fire Policies, or the Death And Destruction Will Go On

    Nov. 15, 2018 -Reducing the escalating destruction from fires will mean rethinking development patterns, forest management, early warning systems, and more.

    future The Camp Fire, which has killed 56 and counting, is one of more than a dozen blazes still burning in the state and comes amid a two-year stretch of exceedingly devastating infernos. Decades of development along wilderness boundaries, antiquated forest management practices and shifting climate conditions—including scorching summer temperatures, low humidity, and high winds—have turned vast areas of California into dry tinderboxes that burn fast and fiercely when set alight.

    Click now for the complete
    story from M.I.T. Technology Review

  • Food Safety Alert! Burgers and Salmonella
    Outbreak of Salmonella
    Infections Linked to Ground Beef

    Nov. 15,2018 -CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections linked to ground beef produced by JBS Tolleson, Inc.

    At A Glance: Reported Cases: 246 States: 25 Hospitalizations: 59 Deaths: 0 Recall: Yes

    Click for more from
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • U.S. Judge: Keystone XL is a No-No
    US Judge Halts Construction
    of Keystone Xl Oil Pipeline

    Nov. 9, 2018 -A federal judge in Montana halted construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday on the grounds that the U.S. government did not complete a full analysis of the environmental impact of the TransCanada project.

    The ruling deals a major setback for TransCanada and could possibly delay the construction of the $8 billion, 1,180 mile (1,900 km) pipeline.

    Click to read more from CNBC.

  • Can Robotic Scientists Fix the Environment?
    A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New
    Materials to Advance Computing and Fight Pollution

    Nov. 7, 2018 -In a laboratory that overlooks a busy shopping street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a robot is attempting to create new materials.

    A robot arm dips a pipette into a dish and transfers a tiny amount of bright liquid into one of many receptacles sitting in front of another machine. When all the samples are ready, the second machine tests their optical properties, and the results are fed to a computer that controls the arm. Software analyzes the results of these experiments, formulates a few hypotheses, and then starts the process over again. Humans are barely required.

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

  • Are Utilities and Regulators Getting Serious About Decarbonization?
    Opportunity, Or What Happens When Utilities and
    Regulators Get Serious about Decarbonization

    Nov. 6, 2018 -Utilities across the country are increasingly taking a proactive role on initiatives to advance clean energy and grid modernization. But to hear a utility CEO like Kipp focus unequivocally on one of the most critical drivers for the growth of solar and storage was striking — and yet another sign of the sector’s ongoing transformation.

    The educational nonprofit, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) — has long supported a collaborative and incremental approach to energy industry change. Bringing our 100-year-old electric power system into the 21st century will take time, particularly to ensure we have an economically robust industry that provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable power for all customers.

    Click to read more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Bayer Demonstrates No Compassion for People They’ve Hurt
    Bayer CEO: Roundup Weedkiller
    Cancer Victims Are 'Nuisances'

    Nov. 7, 2018 -There are about 8,700 lawsuits pending against Monsanto, by people who allege that exposure to Roundup weedkiller is responsible for their cancer. Most of the people behind these lawsuits have stories not unlike the one told by Dewayne Johnson, during his landmark jury trial which resulted in a unanimous decision against Monsanto.

    Like Johnson, many of these people have non-Hodgkin lymphoma—or they have family members who have already died from the disease. They face long, grueling trials as they go up against the biotech behemoth.

    Click now to learn more from
    the Organic Consumers Association.

  • A Gulf Oil Spill That Happened in 2004 is Still With Us
    One of the Worst (and long-lived)
    Oil Spills in U.S. History

    Oct. 21, 2018 - An oil spill that has been quietly leaking millions of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico has gone unplugged for so long that it now verges on becoming one of the worst offshore disasters in U.S. history.

    Between 300 and 700 barrels of oil per day have been spewing from a site 12 miles off the Louisiana coast since 2004, when an oil-production platform owned by Taylor Energy sank in a mudslide triggered by Hurricane Ivan. Many of the wells have not been capped, and federal officials estimate that the spill could continue through this century. With no fix in sight, the Taylor offshore spill is threatening to overtake BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster as the largest ever.

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  • 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 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.

  • The Carbon Footprint of Your Grocery Purchases
    Greenhouse Gas From Food
    Production – The Elephant In the Room

    Solar Thermal Magazine, Dec. 18, 2018 - This is question for those of us that consume meat and dairy products. So if you eat a vegan diet, well done! For those non vegan readers that are concerned about climate change we pose the question. Would you change your dietary habits to reduce your co2 footprint?

    Shoppers greatly underestimate the difference their food choices can make to climate change, but they’ll favor items with a lower carbon footprint if they’re given clear information on the label, according to new research from the University of Technology Sydney and Duke University.

  • The Effect of Air Pollution on Solar Panel Capability
    Is Air Pollution Lowering
    Solar Power Capability?

    Solar Thermal Magazine, Dec. 17, 2018 - Have you been to China? Recently? How did you like the air quality? It is noticeably bad and for sure bad for you. What looks like a foggy or cloudy day is really just the man made air pollution from industry and coal power generation.

    The dirty air causes massive damage to human health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution contributes to around 1.6 million premature deaths per year in China alone, and over 7 million worldwide. Victims suffer strokes, heart attacks or lung diseases. It also affects Solar Panel Efficiency.

  • New Solar Desalination Keeps Components High, Dry and Gunk-free
    A New Desalination Technique Can
    Kill Germs and Avoid Gunk Buildup

    Science News, Dec. 11, 2018 - A new design for sun-powered desalination technology may lead to longer-lasting devices that produce cleaner water.

    The trick boils down to preventing a device’s components from touching the saltwater. Instead, a lid of light-absorbing material rests above a partially filled basin of water, absorbing sunlight and radiating that energy to the liquid below. That evaporates the water to create pure vapor, which can be condensed into freshwater to help meet the demands of a world where billions of people lack safe drinking water

  • Is There Hope for the Coral Species After all?
    Nearly 200 Great Barrier Reef
    Coral Species Also Live In the Deep Sea

    Science News, Dec. 11, 2018 -Nearly 200 species of Great Barrier Reef corals have found a second home in the deep ocean. That’s six times as many species as previously thought to be living in the dark, cold waters off northeastern Australia, researchers report December 11 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

    Perhaps more important than the number of species cataloged at those depths is the fact that every coral evolutionary family is represented, offering a potential boon for conservation efforts.

  • Antibiotic Use on Oranges Gets Trump Administration’s Approval
    Antibiotic Oxytetracycline Allowed Across Nearly
    Half a Million Acres of Citrus Fruits in Florida, California

    Dec. 10, 2018 Center for Biological Diversity -The Trump administration has approved the use of the medically important antibiotic oxytetracycline as a pesticide on citrus fruits like grapefruits, oranges and tangerines anywhere they are grown. The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision, released late Friday, comes just days after the agency approved residues of the antibiotic on fruit.

    The EPA’s latest decision paves the way for up to 480,000 acres of citrus trees in Florida to be treated with 388,000 pounds of oxytetracycline per year to combat citrus canker and citrus greening disease. Estimates also indicate 23,000 citrus acres are likely to be treated each year in California.

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Significantly Up in 2018
    Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accelerate
    Like a ‘Speeding Freight Train’ in 2018

    NY Times Climate Forward, Nov. 5, 2018 - Greenhouse gas emissions worldwide are growing at an accelerating pace this year, researchers said Wednesday, putting the world on track to face some of the most severe consequences of global warming sooner than expected.

    Scientists described the quickening rate of carbon dioxide emissions in stark terms, comparing it to a “speeding freight train” and laying part of the blame on an unexpected surge in the appetite for oil as people around the world not only buy more cars but also drive them farther than in the past — more than offsetting any gains from the spread of electric vehicles.

  • Cutting Emissions to Prevent Heat Deaths
    Cutting Emissions Could Prevent Tens of
    Thousands of Heat Deaths Annually

    Nov. 27, 2018 -One of the largest economic costs from unchecked climate change in the United States will arise from premature deaths.

    That’s according to the latest National Climate Assessment, a major review of climate risks and responses released last week by a consortium of US federal agencies. A graphic in the final chapter shows that annual economic damages from climate change could add up to nearly $700 billion by 2090, if nations fail to make meaningful changes to address the dangers.

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    story from  Technology Review.

  • Some Franks Unhappy About Pro-Environmental Policies
    French Police Fire Tear Gas at Fuel Price Protesters

    Nov. 24, 2018 -PARIS, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas and used water cannon to disperse protesters in Paris who are angry over rising fuel costs and President Emmanuel Macron's economic policies, the second weekend of "yellow vest" protests that have caused disruption across France.

    Several hundred protesters had converged on the Champs Elysees where they faced police sent to prevent them from reaching the nearby presidential Elysee Palace.

    Some protesters sang the national anthem while others carried signs with slogans saying "Macron, resignation" and "Macron, thief".

    Click to read more from News Trust.

  • Is Venezuela Doing Anything Right?
    Venezuela Is Leaking Oil Everywhere

    Nov. 24, 2018 -From a distance, the scene is beautiful, a dark pool shimmering under the midday sun, reflecting billowing clouds. But when you close in on the dirt-packed trail leading toward a trio of storage tanks, a pungent odor makes it clear. It’s not pretty; it’s an oil spill.

    In this one spot in the Orinoco Belt, a region in Venezuela named for the river that flows above the world’s largest deposits of crude, so many barrels have escaped from underground pipes that a 2,150-square-foot pit around the tanks is filled to the brim. The country is pockmarked with these messes, as Petroleos de Venezuela’s infrastructure rots after years of neglect, scant investment and corruption scandals under the regimes of the late Hugo Chavez and his successor as president, Nicolas Maduro.

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    from Bloomberg Quint.

  • What Plastics Are Doing to Precious Sealife
    Sperm Whale Found Dead With
    13 Pounds of Plastic In Its Stomach

    Nov. 21, 2018 -A dead sperm whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had consumed a horrifying collection of plastic trash, including 115 drinking cups, 25 plastic bags, plastic bottles, two flip-flops and a bag containing more than 1,000 pieces of string.

    In all, the plastic contents of the whale’s stomach weighed 13.2 pound (six kilograms).

    Click now to read the painful story from
     National Geographic, and see the video.

  • Mining of Precious Metals and the Human Costs
    Dust and Danger for Adults —
    and Kids — In Bolivia's Mines

    Nov. 17, 2018-Working in Bolivia's mines is a family business.

    That's what Italian photographer Simone Francescangeli saw when he traveled to the city of Potosí of about 250,000 to document the daily lives of miners. They're part of a centuries-old enterprise to extract silver, tin, zinc and gold from the mountains. He was struck by the harsh and sometimes dangerous conditions the miners work in — and by the number of children he saw working in the mines. Some were teenagers. One youngster said he was 11 years old.

    In Potosí, many children work in mines, often joining their fathers or other family members in the tunnels when they're not in school, says Andrea Marston, a researcher at University of California, Berkeley who studies Bolivian mining cooperatives. The money they earn allows them to play a part in supporting their families.

    Click for the story from the
    NPR News, and view vivid photos.

  • A New DOW Study - Not Favorable
    Dastardly Dow

    Organic Bytes, Nov. 16, 2018 - We’ve known for a while that Monsanto buried the truth about Roundup weedkiller, by ignoring concerns by its own scientists. Now it seems Dow Chemical Co. has been using the same playbook.

    Dow (renamed DowDuPont after its 2017 merger with DuPont) likely knew for decades that its widely used chlorpyrifos insecticide is harmful to humans—especially children and developing fetuses. But the company hid that information from regulators, both in the U.S. and EU, according to a new study, published in the journal Environmental Health.

  • Your Brakes are Not Giving the Planet a Break
    Car Tires and Brake Pads
    Produce Harmful Microplastics

    Nov. 12, 2018 -There’s a big problem where the rubber meets the road: microplastics.

    Scientists analyzed more than 500 small particles pulled from the air around three busy German highways, and found that the vast majority — 89% — came from vehicle tires, brake systems and roads themselves. All together, these particles are classified by the researchers as microplastics, though they include materials other than plastic.

    Click now to read the story from Science News.

  • Yet Another Price Paid For De-forstation
    Malaysia Is Ground Zero
    for the Next Malaria Menace

    Nov. 10, 2018 -People infected with monkey malaria are found across Southeast Asia near forests with wild monkeys. In 2017, another species of monkey malaria parasite, P. cynomolgi, was found in five Malaysians and 13 Cambodians. And by 2018, at least 19 travelers to the region, mostly Europeans, had brought monkey malaria back to their home countries.

    The rise of monkey malaria in Malaysia is closely tied to rapid deforestation, says Kimberly Fornace, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After testing blood samples of nearly 2,000 people from areas in Sabah with various levels of deforestation, she found that people staying or working near cut forests were more likely than people living away from forests to have P. knowlesi infections, she and colleagues reported in June in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Stepping over felled trees, humans move closer to the monkeys and the parasite-carrying mosquitoes that thrive in cleared forests.

    Click now for more from Science News

  • China: Green Power Play or Global Power Move?
    China’s Giant Transmission Grid Could
    Be the Key to Cutting Climate Emissions

    Nov. 8, 2018 -In early February, Chinese workers began assembling a soaring red-and-white transmission tower on the eastern edge of the nation's Anhui province. The men straddled metal tubes as they tightened together latticed sections suspended high above the south bank of the Yangtze River.

    The workers were erecting a critical component of the world’s first 1.1-million volt transmission line, at a time when US companies are struggling to build anything above 500,000 volts. Once the government-owned utility, State Grid of China, completes the project next year, the line will stretch from the Xinjiang region in the northwest to Anhui in the east, connecting power plants deep in the interior of the country to cities near the coast.

    Click to read more
    from M.I.T. Technology Review.

  • Can We Re-invent Air Conditioning?
    Countering the Threat from Room Air Conditioners

    Nov. 5, 2018-As incomes grow and more people move to cities, and as global temperatures rise, the world is buying more air-conditioners. And as more air-conditioners spin up — you guessed it — they cause more warming, both through the energy they consume and the gases they release.

    In fact, the number of air-conditioning units worldwide could surge to 4.5 billion by 2050 from about 1.2 billion today, a new report warns. By the end of the century, household air-conditioning alone could elevate global temperatures by as much as a half-degree Celsius.

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    Rocky Mountain Institute.

  • A Good Use of CO2 for a Change?
    New Devices Could Help Turn
    Atmospheric CO2 Into Useful Supplies

    Oct. 30, 2018 -New chemical-recycling devices might help combat climate change by making good use of heat-trapping gas produced by burning fossil fuels.

    These electrochemical cells convert carbon monoxide into useful compounds much more efficiently than their predecessors, researchers report online October 25 in Joule. If combined with existing technology that harvests carbon monoxide from carbon dioxide, the devices could help transform CO2 captured from pollution sources, like power plant flue gas stacks. That could reduce the warming effect of carbon emissions and produce chemical supplies for manufacturing and space travel.

    Click now to read more
    from Science News.

  • What’s Happened to Haiti’s Forests?
    Haiti is Now Almost Completely Deforested

    Oct. 30, 2018 -If you want to see just how destructive runaway deforestation can be to a major landmass, you need look no further than Haiti. The Caribbean nation was once covered in trees, with 60 percent of its landmass forested. Today, the country's original primary wooded areas are almost barren. It's an environmental catastrophe of immense proportions, reports Phys.org.

    Now a new analysis of how this deforestation is affecting the animal species that once called these jungles home is equally as stark. Researchers are calling it a "mass extinction."

    Click now to read more
    from Mother Nature Network.

  • Children: Take a Breath of Air - or Maybe Not
    More than 90% of World's Children
    Breathe Toxic Air, as India Prepares
    for the Most Polluted Season

    Oct. 29,2018 -Around 93% of the world's children under 15 years of age breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk, accounting for 1.8 billion children, according to a report published by the World Health Organization ahead of its first global conference on air pollution and health in Geneva.

    In 2016, 600,000 children were estimated to have died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air.

    Air pollution is one of the leading threats to health in children under 5, accounting for almost one in 10 deaths among this age group, the report reveals.

    Click to read more from CNN.

  • How to Reduce Your Pet's Carbon Pawprint
    Meat-eating Cats and Dogs
    Have a Big Environmental Impact

    Oct. 29, 2018 -There’s an unfortunate truth when it comes to pets and the environment: The sweet dog or cat sleeping next to you on the couch is an eco-outcast. Well-loved pets and their owners contribute to a $47 billion pet industry filled with bacon-flavored treats, ergonomic beds, chamomile shampoo — and a mini-mountain of pet waste.

    Research out of UCLA shows that our meat-eating furry friends create the equivalent of about 64 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, which has about the same climate impact as a year's worth of driving from 13.6 million cars. Meat-based diets require more energy, land and water to produce, and do more environmental damage in terms of erosion, pesticides and waste, the study notes.

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    from Mother Nature Network.

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  • Too Much Artificial Light Is Bad For Man and Beast
    The Negative Effects of
    Artificial Light on Wildlife

    Oct. 27, 2018 -Our society is dependent on artificial light solutions to function; they’re essential to the running of our homes, offices and roads.

    Not only is artificial light damaging to our health, contributing to light pollution and using a huge amount of energy, but it is also dangerous to the survival of many species of wildlife.

    Click now to read more
    from Greener Ideal.

  • The E.U. Recognizes the Single-Use Plastic Blight
    The EU Just Voted to Completely
    Ban Single-Use Plastics

    Oct. 24,2018 -Let’s all welcome the European Union (EU) to the anti-plastic pollution movement. Will the U.S. wake up and do the same?

    On Wednesday, EU lawmakers voted 571 to 53 in favor of a complete ban on 10 single-use plastics including straws, cutlery, and coffee stirrers. This adds the EU to the growing list of governments committed to helping the world address its plastic waste problem.

    Click to read more from Futurism.com.

  • China’s Got Some Ozone Explaining to Do
    More Evidence Identifies China as The Source
    of Mysterious Ozone-Destroying Emissions

    Oct. 28, 2018 -For years, a mystery puzzled environmental scientists. The world had banned the use of many ozone-depleting compounds in 2010. So why were global emission levels still so high?

    The picture started to clear up in June. That's when The New York Times published an investigation into the issue.

    China, the paper claimed, was to blame for these mystery emissions. Now it turns out the paper was probably right to point a finger.

    Click now to read the whole
    story from Science Alert.

  • Harvesting Water From Thin Air - Wins an Xprize
    The Latest Xprize Winner Harvests
    Drinking Water From The Air

    Oct. 20, 2018 -Judges have chosen the winner of the Water Abundance Xprize, and it might just be vital to solving some of the world's most difficult shortages. The Skysource/Skywater Alliance has earned $1.5 million for WEDEW (Wood to Energy Deployed Water), a system that converts air into drinking water using natural resources for power. The heart of the technology imitates clouds by cooling warm air and collecting the condensation in a tank. A biomass gassifier, meanwhile, vaporizes wood and other organic material to generate the necessary power for the system.

    Click now to read the whole
    story from enGadget.


America's Greenest Cities

Provided by Mother Nature Network


# 1 - Portland, Ore.

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

# 2 - San Francisco, Cal.

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

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

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

# 4 - Oakland, Calif.

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

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

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

# 6 - Cambridge, Mass.


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

# 7 - Berkeley, Calif.

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

# 8 - Seattle, Wash.

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


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

# 10 - Austin Tex.


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

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The Guardian sustainable Business

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

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

Gold Rush vs Salmon Habitat

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

Environmental Working Group

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

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

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

Your Cities, Yourselves

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

Virginia Dept. of
Environmental Quality

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

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1366 One Step Closer to
Opening US Solar PV Wafer Facility

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

Disclaimer: There are many sites that focus on treatment, but we lack the credentials to recommend the best ones*. We've provded a short list:
• Mesothelioma Justice Network
• MesotheliomaLawyerCenter.org
      • Treat Mesothelioma.org
• Mesothelioma Staging System

• Mesothelioma Help Now
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