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  • 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.

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

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

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

    Click now for the sad
    story from
    EcoWatch.

  • Ban Fracking 
  • The Force of Mother Nature
  • Amphibious Architecture?
  • Minimize Pesticides
  • Palm Oil is Killing Borneo
  • 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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Environmental Impact News

(Domestic News Stories)

(Click for International Stories)
 
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Click to read more from
    the Washington Post.

  • Surprise! Hurricane Prediction Is Getting Harder
    Why Hurricane Michael’s Power
    Caught Forecasters Off Guard

    Oct. 11, 2018 -Hurricane Michael was a sly storm, one that seemed almost unexceptional at first. It followed its predicted path with seeming obedience, but then burst into sudden fury as it approached the Florida Panhandle, reaching wind speeds at the cusp of Category 5 strength and leaving mud and rubble in its wake.

    It was, in other words, a hurricane: the product of multitudinous forces that blend heat, wind and moisture into a potent threat, with a whopping dose of chance thrown in. Influences on the formation, direction and strength of hurricanes can involve faraway events like dry air from Saharan dust storms, the heated waters of El Niño in the Pacific, the undulations of the jet stream.

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

  • Are We Just Not Getting Enough Mercury?
    EPA’s Latest Proposal:
    More Mercury In Fish and People

    Oct. 9, 2018 -This administration’s attempts to roll back clean air, clean water, climate, and other environmental safeguards are numerous and sometimes overwhelming. Yet, continued public watchfulness is necessary, as evidenced by the Environmental Protection Agency’s most recent proposal to weaken the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. This rule has been in place since 2011 to limit the release of toxic mercury and other hazardous air pollution from coal-fired power plants. Rolling back this safeguard would be disastrous for public health and wildlife.

    Click to read more (and take action)
    from the National Wildlife Federation.

  • A Trump Surprise: Addressed Ocean Garbage Pollution
    Trump Signs a Good Bill To Clean Up Ocean Garbage

    Oct. 12, 2018 -While everyone was distracted by Kanye West spouting inanities in the Oval Office, some actual work was done in the White House yesterday. Two senators showed up for the signing of a bill that garnered unanimous support in the Congress to clean up plastic pollution in the oceans.

    Click to read more from
    Earther Gizmodo.

  • Pennsylvania’s Water Pollution Exposed in Documentary
    “Downstream” Documentary Looks at
    Pollution In Pennsylvania’s Water

    Oct. 11, 2018 -A new documentary wades into the issues around the pollution and protection of Pennsylvania’s waterways. The film, from Point Park University’s School of Communication Environmental Journalism program and WQED Multimedia in Pittsburgh, is called “Downstream.”

    Written and produced by award-winning journalist Gina Catanzarite, the film highlights threats to clean water like acid mine drainage leaking from abandoned coal mines, industrial pollution along rivers, sewage overflow when it rains, and the lead in old pipes. Kara Holsopple talked with her recently to learn more about the film.

    Click to read more from The Allegheny Front.

  • Non-Chemical Ways to Clean the Air -Try Some
    12 Ways to Get Clean Air Without Chemicals

    Oct. 8, 2018 -Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, the quality of the air you breathe can have a big impact on your health. Studies have tied poor outdoor air quality to lung cancer, strokes and heart disease. In fact, air pollution causes 3.3 million deaths worldwide each year, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.

    However, the air inside your home is typically even more polluted than the air outside, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says. And research shows we spend most of our time indoors, which is all the more reason to start cleaning our indoor air.

    Click to read more from Mother Nature Network.

  • N.J. Prize Winner For the Most Environmental Improvement
    NJ Most Improved On Energy;
    Plants And Climate Change

    Oct. 6, 2018 -New Jersey was the most improved state in the nation for energy efficiency this year, according to the 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.

    The 12th annual report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, released Thursday, rated Massachusetts the best and California second best for energy policies.

    Click to read more from
    the Atlantic City Press.

  • Yellowstone’s Eruption Comes With Unpleasant Surprises
    Geyser Eruption at Yellowstone Unleashes
    ’Clearly Historic' Collection of Human Garbage

    Oct. 5, 2018 -Geyser eruptions at Yellowstone National Park are moments of rarefied beauty; spectacular reminders that we live on a geologically-dynamic planet. A recent eruption was also a reminder that we’ve turned said planet into a dumpster.

    On Sept. 15, Ear Spring—a typically quiescent thermal pool on Geyser Hill in Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin—shot hot water and rocks up to 30 feet into the air. But that isn’t all the spring coughed up. A subsequent survey of the landscape around the vent revealed a “strange assortment” of “foreign objects,” including a surprisingly large collection of coins.

    Click to read more from
     Earther-Gizmodo.

  • Ohio Residents Have Had Enough Fracked Wastewater
    Ohio Residents Fed Up With Fracking Wastewater

    Oct. 5, 2018 -Much of the wastewater from Pennsylvania’s fracking industry is trucked across the border to Ohio. Last year, Pennsylvania and West Virginia contributed nearly half of the more than a billion gallons of frack waste that were injected into underground wells in Ohio. Residents in at least one county say they’ve had enough.

    Click to read more from
     The Allegheny Front.

  • Want More Hazards? Just Follow the Pipeline
    The Dangerous Work Of Building Pipelines

    Sep. 28, 2018 -Building oil and gas pipelines can be dangerous work. And the fatality rate on the job reflects that. For the last 10 years, oil and gas extraction workers have had one of the highest fatality rates in the nation. In 2016, pipeline construction workers died on the job 3.6 times more often than the average American worker.

    The safety of the workers who build and maintain pipelines is the subject of an article by journalist Antonia Juhasz in the latest issue of Pacific Standard Magazine. It’s called “Death on the Dakota Access; An investigation into the deadly business of building oil and gas pipelines.”

    Click to read more from
     The Allegheny Front.

  • Farms and Feedlots Runoff Badly Polluted Iowa’s Waterways
  • Hurricane Florence Not Yet Finished With N.C. Disaster
    North Carolina Is Facing a Public
    Health Crisis After Florence

    Sept. 20, 2018 -Hurricane Florence unleashed unfathomable amounts of disgusting—and dangerous—substances into the environment. There’s literal pig excrement, animal carcasses, and coal ash. These are already entering floodwaters, and there’s likely more pollution to come. After all, flooding in the Carolinas may continue to worsen.

    Click now for the rest of
    the story from Earther Gizmodo.

  • Nat. Gas Pipeline Down While P.U. Commission Investigates
    Pipeline Explosion: Part of Line
    Shut Down During Investigation

    Sept. 12, 2018 -Energy Transfer Partners has shut down part of the Revolution Pipeline as officials investigate why a section of it exploded in a Beaver County residential neighborhood on Monday.

    “Right now the line has been isolated and depressurized and it will remain that way throughout the investigation,” company spokeswoman Alexis Daniel said. “As part of that investigation we will perform another inspection of the area all along the route.”

    Click to read the complete
    article from The Allegheny Front.

  • Investigating Beaver County Pa Pipeline Explosion
    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.

  • Mass. Courts Assert Their Right to Regulate CO2
    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.

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Environmental Impact

(International Stories)

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  • 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.

  • 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.

    Click for the PDF from the
    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.

    Click now to read more
    from Mother Nature Network.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Wars Over Scarce Water Supplies Are Coming
    Here’s Where the Post-Apocalyptic
    Water Wars Will Be Fought

    Oct. 17, 2018-A U.N. report just published said we have about a decade to get climate change under control(unlikely to happen). As new research points out, we even know where on Earth the inevitable water wars are most likely to take place.

    Published today in Global Environmental Change, the paper identifies several hotspots around the globe where “hydro-political issues,” in the parlance of the researchers, are likely to give rise to geopolitical tensions, and possibly even conflict.

    Click for more from the Gizmodo News,
    including an important graphic.

  • A Nobel Prize Winner Talks About Taxing Carbon
    William Nordhaus Talks About Who’s
    Getting His Pollution-Tax Ideas Right

    Oct. 13, 2018 -William D. Nordhaus, the Yale economist who shared the Nobel in economic science this week, has pointed words for some of the experiments so far with his theories on taxing polluters to fight climate change.

    “It was a catastrophic failure in the European Union,” he said just days after not only being awarded the Nobel, but also seeing his life’s work embraced in a landmark United Nations assessment of the global threat of climate change. That document, approved by more than 180 nations, described Professor Nordhaus’s ideas as essential for slowing the carbon dioxide emissions that are rapidly warming the atmosphere.

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

  • Environmentally , the Danes Have Got It Together
    The New Danish Climate Plan
    — Together For A Greener Future

    Oct. 12, 2018 -As noted in earlier Clean Technica posts about the Danish government’s plan to phase out diesel and gas cars by 2030, a full plan for emission reductions over the next 12 years would be revealed this week. And indeed it was. The plan is called “Together for a greener future.” This plan is the second of two parts.

    The first part was the “Energy — for a green Denmark” which was boosted considerably in the rare consensus by all parties in parliament in July where for instance the plans for adding 8 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind power was tripled to 24 GW.

    Click to read more from CleanTechnica.

 
  • Protesters in Germany’s Mining Region Get Their Way
    Protesters Battle Police In
    a Fight For an Ancient Forest

    Oct. 8, 2018 -For six years, a group of protestors in northwest Germany took a unique approach to try to save an ancient forest from destruction—they lived in it.

    But in mid to late September, those protesters were forced out by police. Now, the ancient forest is caught in a legal battle between environmental groups trying to prevent deforestation and German energy company RWE, which wants to clear large swaths of the forest for brown coal mining operations. As of last week, a German court has temporarily blocked RWE from clearing portions of the forest.

    Click to read more from
    National Geographic, and see photos.

  • A New Strategy For Atmospheric CO2 Removal
    Carbon Engineering Claims Direct Air
    Capture of CO2 Costs Less Than $100 Per Ton

    Oct. 5, 2018 -Lots of people believe all this global warming and climate change stuff is nothing to worry about. When the world finally gets down to the real nitty gritty — when Florida sinks below the waves, for example — humanity will “science its way” out of the situation thanks to some bold new technology. One such possibility is direct air capture — a process that removes carbon from the atmosphere so it can be sequestered or turned into carbon neutral fuels.

    Carbon Engineering, a corporation based in Canada, has built a demonstration facility for its direct air capture technology. Based on its experience to date, it has put together a peer reviewed report published in scientific journal Joule that claims the cost of removing carbon directly from the atmosphere can be as low as $94 a ton.

    Click to read more from the CleanTechnica.

  • Just Cool It (with paint that is)
    Polymer Paint Passively Cools Down Any Surface

    Sept. 29, 2018 -Heat-waves are on the rise all over the world, becoming more frequent and more intense. Developing countries are the hardest hit: not only are heat waves more extreme than in other parts of the world but cooling methods are also more difficult to implement due to cost. In such situations, passive cooling — which doesn’t require electricity or any kind of energy input — is the way to go.

    Plastics and other cheap polymers are actually excellent heat radiators, which would make them ideal for passive daytime radiative cooling (PDRC) if scientists could figure out how to get these normally transparent surfaces to reflect sunlight without using silver mirrors.

    Click to read more from the  ZME Science.

  • Want to Fight Climate Change? Just Look Down
    Environmental Impact of the Global
    Apparel and Footwear Industries

    Sept. 27, 2018 -Based on a full study of the environmental impact of the global apparel and footwear industries, this summary provides metrics-based guidance for companies committed to making viable changes to reduce their impacts.

    The role of the global apparel and footwear industries has shifted far beyond meeting a basic human need. The relationship with fashion in our modern lives has had a significant collateral impact on our planet’s resources. As we face urgent environmental and social challenges caused by climate change and resource depletion, the efficacy of solutions will depend on the creativity, innovation and boldness so characteristic of the fashion industry. It’s time for players to change the trajectory. This report encourages actors in the industry to set ambitious, evidence-based environmental impact reduction goals to drive meaningful change to secure a more sustainable fashions future

    Click to read more from  Quantis International.

  • View a Graphic Map Showing Worldwide Forest Loss
    A New Map Reveals the Causes of Forest Loss Worldwide

    Sept. 13, 2018 -If a tree falls in the forest, will another replace it?

    Of the roughly 3 million square km of forest lost worldwide from 2001 to 2015, a new analysis suggests that 27% of that loss was permanent — the result of land being converted for industrial agriculture to meet global demand for products such as soy, timber, beef and palm oil. The other 73% of deforestation during that time was caused by activities where trees were intended to grow back, including sustainable forestry, subsistence farming and wildfires, researchers report in the Sept. 14 Science.

    Click now for the map from Science News.

  • 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 Re Reducing CO2 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 Farmers/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.

  • World Should Quickly Wake Up to Plastic Pollution
    Tons of Plastic Trash Enter the Great
    Lakes Every Year – Where Does It Go?

    Aug. 20, 2018 -Awareness is rising worldwide about the scourge of ocean plastic pollution, from Earth Day 2018 events to the cover of National Geographic magazine.

    But few people realize that similar concentrations of plastic pollution are accumulating in lakes and rivers. One recent study found microplastic particles – fragments measuring less then five millimeters – in globally sourced tap water and beer brewed with water from the Great Lakes.

    Click now to read more from
    the Conversation.

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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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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.

Click now to get there.

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



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

Your Cities, Yourselves


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

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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

(More companies will be added to this page shortly)


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.