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Where Toxic Air Pollution From
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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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PFAS Chemicals Damage Our Health
Pesticides and Farm Workers
Download the Transit App
About Those Toxic Chemicals
Map Showng the Lost Rainforests
Why Toilet Paper Usage Matters
Your Auto Needs a Professional Wash
Danger: Seismic Airgun Blasting
Clean Up Your Act - Your Cleaning Act
Pittsburgh to Tackle Its Water Lead
A Pesticide List of Dos and Don’ts
Help End Food Waste
Are Puerto Rico’s Corals Repairable?
The World's Cleanest Cities
The Dirty Dozen Foods to Avoid
Carbon Offset Credits
Paying Back Koch Industries
Confronting Ocean Acidification
Fossil Fuel Facts You Should Know
Chicago Urban Agriculture
Synthetic Leaves Suck Out CO2
What Our Agencies Don’t Tell Us
Singapore's Marina Barrage
Breaking Down Toxic PFAS
Earth’s Rocky Future
Reshaping Renewables & the Grid
Fact: Fracking Threatens Your Water
C’mon Congress - Get the Lead Out
Coal Ash: Hazardous to Human Health
Can We Reinvent Cement
Cancer Causing Radon in Your Home?
Headed for the Last Roundup®?
Mangroves May Store More Much CO2
How Do I Reduce My CO2 Footprint?
Can We Restore the Gulf of Mexico?
Declining: The Dirt Beneath Our Feet
NRDC Warns of Up to 40% Food Waste
Mass Bleaching: Bad For Young Coral
Avoid Hurricane Surge Flooding
Fuel Usage Comaprison
What to Know About Ground Water
Insects Could Vanish Within a Century
A Cleaner Way to Remove CO2
The Greenhouse Gas Story in Detail
Ocean Plastics Pollution
Head & Shoulders Above the Rest
Transportation Emissions in the U.S.
Australia’s Ecosystems Collapsing
Arsenic In Babies’ Cereal
The Goldman Environmental Prize
Green Fire Documentary
NOAA Carbon Tracker
Palm Oil is Killing Borneo
How Your State Makes Electricity?
Your Car's Carbon Footprint
Diesel School Buses & Health
What Is Amphibious Architecture?
Why We Must Minimize Pesticides
Tropical Deforestation
Dirty Water = Dirty Fish
Intercactive Power Grid Maps
Dirty Dozen Endocrine Disruptors
Palm Oil Scorecard
Clean Power Companies
Why Go Organic?
The Real Cost of Carbon
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Environmental Impact News (for the past 90 days)

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Domestic News Stories

International Stories are directly below this section.

  • Vermont Gas Service: Ambitious Green House Gas Elimination Plan
    VGS Plans to Eliminate
    Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 2050

    Nov. 14, 2019  (vermontbiz) — Company unveils immediate plans to double energy efficiency savings and dramatically increase renewable natural gas for all customers.

    Vermont Business Magazine VGS announced today an ambitious and comprehensive strategy to transform the company and eliminate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. The company outlined three key strategies to achieve the near-term goal of a 30% greenhouse gas reduction in customers’ homes and businesses by 2030: doubling energy efficiency savings with a $20 million upfront investment; significantly expanding renewable natural gas for customers; and strengthening partnerships to advance projects such as district energy in Burlington and Middlebury, and a net zero home pilot program.

    Ratepayers will be part of the process and would see an average $3 monthly increase on their bills. Rendall noted that ratepayers have seen their annual costs go down about $250 over the last 10 years, not even accounting for inflation.

  • Learning From History’s Mistake on the Colorado River
    ‘Science Be Dammed’:
    Learning From History’s
    Mistake on the Colorado River

    Nov. 13, 2019  (The Revelator)— In late October we joined a group of academics and water managers who gathered at the University of Arizona to hash over a pressing set of questions: As water scarcity overtakes the Southwest, what do we know about the Colorado River, and what do we need to know?

    The meeting was a far cry from the way participants’ forebears approached this question nearly a century ago, when the leaders of the seven U.S. states that must share the Colorado River’s precious waters gathered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to hash out the final details of the Colorado River Compact.

    The negotiators famously brokered a deal allocating far more water than the river has to offer — a deal we’re paying the price for today.

  • California Landfills - Say "Excuse Me" When You Belch Methane
    California Landfills are Belching High Levels of Climate-Warming Methane

    Nov. 13, 2019  (ScienceNews)— Landfills, pipelines or dairy farms: The largest sources of methane released to the atmosphere can now be spotted from the sky.

    A team of researchers used airborne remote sensing to pinpoint the exact locations of some of California’s biggest belchers of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Of those concentrated “superemitters,” landfills were the biggest sources in the Golden State, followed by dairy farms and the oil and gas industry.

    About 34 to 46% of California’s methane emissions comes from 564 point sources, small surface features or bits of infrastructure no more than 10 meters in diameter that still emit large amounts of the gas, the team found.

  • Not All Things Go Better With Coke Ovens
    Clean Air Group Calls
    for Stronger Rules for Coke
    Ovens in Allegheny County

    Nov. 8, 2019  (Allegheny Front)— An clean air advocacy group is calling for the Allegheny County Health Department to make good on a promise from May, 2018 to strengthen air regulations for coke ovens that would help reduce hydrogen sulfide emissions.

    Hydrogen sulfide, or H2S, is the gas with the infamous rotten egg smell that people all over the region notice. Even at low levels, the gas can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches and fatigue and contributes to asthma attacks.

    Click now to read or listen to the story.

  • What's That? Don't Like PFAS In Your Drinking Water?
    Neville Island Residents Could Have
    Been Drinking PFAS-
    Contaminated Water for a Month

    Nov. 8, 2019  (Allegheny Front)— Neville Township residents may have been drinking water contaminated with toxic levels of PFAS chemicals for as long as a month, township officials said at a working board meeting Thursday.

    Further immediate risk has been removed, according to township and state officials. But township and Allegheny County officials said they don’t know what chances there are of a similar accident happening again to the more than 1,000 Neville residents or in other municipalities across the county.

  • We Warned You That Keystone Was Not Safe
    Keystone Pipeline Leaks
    383,000 Gals. of Crude Oil,
    Renewing Debate on Its Expansion

    Nov 1, 2019  (inhabitat)—About 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) of oil has leaked out into the environment from the controversial Keystone Pipeline system. It is the second significant Keystone Pipeline leak in the past two years along the line that transports Canadian tar sands oil 2,600 miles from Canada then southward into the United States. This particular oil leak occurred with the Keystone 1 Pipeline that runs in the northeast region of North Dakota.

    Once the leak was discovered, crews of the Alberta-based company TC Energy, formerly known as TransCanada, shut down the leak to investigate the cause.

    Click now for the full story and a slideshow.

  • On Who's Side Is General Motors?
    General Motors Sides
    With Trump in Emissions Fight,
    Splitting the Industry

    Oct. 28, 2019  (NY Times Climate Forward)-Breaking with some of their biggest rivals, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota said Monday they were intervening on the side of the Trump administration in an escalating battle with California over fuel economy standards for automobiles.

    Their decision pits them against leading competitors, including Honda and Ford, who this year reached a deal to follow California’s stricter rules. It represents the latest twist in one of the Trump administration’s most consequential rollbacks of regulations designed to fight climate change. It has also opened a rift among the world’s biggest automakers — the very industrial giants that the Trump administration maintains it was trying to help with regulatory relief.

    Think about it when you're considering your next automobile purchase.

    Click now for the full story

  • Promises Mean Nothing When It Comes to Burning Away Natural Gas
    Despite Their Promises,
    Giant Energy Companies Burn Away
    Vast Amounts of Natural Gas

    Oct. 16, 2019  (NY Times Climate Forward)- When leaders from Exxon Mobil and BP gathered last month with other fossil-fuel executives to declare they were serious about climate change, they cited progress in curbing an energy-wasting practice called flaring — the intentional burning of natural gas as companies drill faster than pipelines can move the energy away.

    But in recent years, some of these same companies have significantly increased their flaring, as well as the venting of natural gas and other potent greenhouse gases directly into the atmosphere, according to data from the three largest shale-oil fields in the United States.

  • America is Failing to Protect Its Rainforests
    Another Forest, This
    Time Alaska’s Tongass,
    May Be Destroyed — All for Profit

    Oct. 16, 2019  (National Resources Defense Council(NRDC))-Today the U.S. Forest Service announced it will be seeking public comment on a draft environmental impact statement (expected later this week) for its plan to open up protected areas of Alaska’s old-growth Tongass rainforest to logging and road-building.

    “As a global climate crisis demands that we take urgent conservation and climate-mitigation measures, the Trump administration wants to do the opposite—and lay waste to some of our country’s most unspoiled wildlands that absorb massive amounts of carbon,” says Niel Lawrence, Alaska director for NRDC.

    The Tongass stores more carbon per acre than almost any other forest on the planet, which makes preserving it a matter of real urgency in the fight against climate change.

  • Florida Coral Reefs In Trouble - Can an Rx Save them?
    Proposed Florida Bill Could
    Require Prescription For Sunscreens
    In Effort To Save Coral Reefs

    Oct. 18, 2019  (inhabitat)-In a bid to protect the Sunshine State’s reefs from coral bleaching, a new legislative bill has been proposed that requires a physician’s prescription for sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, on grounds that these chemicals are harmful to marine coastal environments. The two ingredients are found in roughly 80% of all commercially available sunscreens. Discouraging their widespread use can help protect Florida’s fragile coral ecosystems.

    Following in the footsteps of Hawaii and Key West, all over-the-counter sunscreens will need to be free of both these ingrdients. If approved, the bill will take effect in 2020.

  • To Lower Greenhouse Gasses, Consider a Heat Pump
    Heat Pumps Could
    Help Lower Greenhouse Gasses

    Oct. 16, 2019  (NY Times Climate Forward)-It was a long, blistering summer, but many of us will soon be turning the heat back on. That means a lot of greenhouse gas emissions.

    In the United States, heating homes and businesses produces about 560 million tons of CO2 per year, or about a 10th of the country’s emissions. But there’s something that might drastically cut down on both your heating bills and your carbon footprint, no matter where you live: a heat pump.

  • Curious About Auto Emissions? Check the Map
    The Most Detailed Map of
    Auto Emissions in America

    Oct. 10, 2019  (NY Times Climate Forward)-Transportation is the largest source of planet-warming greenhouse gases in the United States today and the bulk of those emissions come from driving in our cities and suburbs.

    The map will show a year’s worth of CO2 from passenger and freight traffic on every road in the country. A dropdown allows you too select the area you wish to examine.

  • Don't Like Plastics in Your Seafood? Neither do Otters and Orcas
    Plastic In Your Seafood?
    Otters and Orcas
    Have the Same Problem

    Oct. 2, 2019 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)- It was a dark and slippery early morning on the Oregon Coast when researchers scrambled down the rocky shore in the small town of Yachats. M

    They kept one eye on the crashing waves while scanning for two species of Pacific Northwest sea life that are now being checked for microplastics — fibers and fragments less than 5 millimeters long. A very low tide on Saturday accounted for the pre-dawn alarm to collect mussels and whelks that prey on the mussels.

    Click now to read or listen to the story.

  • They're Saying My Laundry is Not So Smart?
    One Thing You Can Do:
    Smarter Laundry

    Oct. 2, 2019 (NY Times Climate Forward)-On average, American households do about 300 loads of laundry every year. Heating the water and running the machines can consume enormous amounts of energy, and that means plenty of greenhouse gas emissions.

    While efficiency has improved significantly in the past couple decades, one study estimated the nation’s residential laundry carbon dioxide emissions at 179 million metric tons per year. That’s equal to the total annual energy use of more than 21 million homes.

  • San Jose Says Bye-Bye to New Natural Gas Lines
    San Jose Becomes the Largest City in the US to Ban New Natural Gas Lines

    Sept. 18, 2019 (GIZMODO)-In California, more and more cities are moving to ban the expansion of natural gas lines in a bid to prevent further climate change. On Tuesday, San Jose became the latest—and also the largest—city to issue a ban, which will go into effect come 2020.

    Mayor Sam Liccardo and city council members unanimously approved a proposal to ban new gas lines in residential buildings, a move comes just a few months after the nation’s first natural gas ban in new buildings in Berkeley. Since that vote in July, other cities like Menlo Park and Santa Monica have done the same. These bans have typically only covered new buildings, which prevents cities from growing their long-term dependence on gas. If cities want to be serious about decreasing their greenhouse gas emissions, this is a necessary first step toward eventually cutting off gas completely.

    Click now for the story.

  • Why Wildlife is Not Shouting, “Build That Wall!”
    How the Border Wall
    Could Harm Wildlife

    Sept. 13, 2019 (LOE.org)-Amid outcries about its immigration policy, the US government is moving forward with an expansion of the border wall with Mexico. Biologists are raising the alarm that the wall can be a dead-end for migrating animals, including some bird species. Living on Earth Host Bobby Bascomb reports from the border on how construction of the wall can disturb nesting birds and damage sensitive habitat.

    Click now to read or listen to the transcript.

  • Bad News for Alaska's Birds: Alaska Is Open For Drilling.
    Alaska’s Last Vast Wild
    Place Is Open For Drilling.
    Will the Birds Survive?

    Sept. 10, 2019 (National Geographic)- In late June our floatplane lifted off from Deadhorse, Alaska, at the top of the state, and arrowed west. As it gained altitude the industrial spraddle of the Prudhoe Bay oil field shrank beneath the plane’s pontoons. Soon there was nothing below but land the color of wet cardboard, an earth still waking from its long winter.

    About 110 miles to the west, the plane skidded down on a half-frozen lake. We pitched our tents and ringed the camp with an electrified bear fence against curious grizzlies. Then, Martin Robards and Peter Detwiler—a scientist and a senior field technician for the Wildlife Conservation Society, respectively—headed out across the tundra. Robards wore a Remington 870 shotgun slung over his shoulder (bears, again).

  • Why Would Want Our Beaches to Be Safe for Swimming?
    Study: Hundreds of beaches Found
    Not Safe For Swimming

    Sept. 9, 2019 (Environment Florida )- A study published this summer by our national research partner, Environment America Research & Policy Center, found that more than 500 beaches across the country had pollution levels that could make swimmers sick on at least one-quarter of the days tested.

    “We must invest in water infrastructure that prevents pollution so that all of our beaches are safe for swimming,” said John Rumpler, senior director of our national network's Clean Water program. “Rain barrels, rooftop gardens, more green space—these simple measures absorb stormwater and prevent pollution of our waterways.”

    Environment Florida is urging Congress to pass the Water Infrastructure Sustainability and Efficiency (WISE) Act, which would fund projects that reduce runoff pollution and help prevent sewage overflows.

  • Addressing the Major Cause of Climate Change (or Not)
    In Curbing Transportation
    Sector Emissions, Will States
    Prioritize Community Needs?

    Sept. 9, 2019 (The Baltimore Sun)-Transportation is now the sector most responsible for the carbon emissions that cause climate change and exacerbate extreme weather. And tailpipe pollution exposes communities of color disproportionately to harmful toxins, causing asthma, heart problems and even premature death.

    Yet, transportation is still critical to reach jobs, education, health care and other services. In Baltimore, communities of color continue to be stranded from economic opportunity and social mobility due to decades of discriminatory land use and transportation planning decisions, including the decision to cancel the Red Line project.

    The Red Line was a planned east–west mass transit light rail line for Baltimore. Although it had been granted federal approval to enter the preliminary engineering phase, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared on June 25, 2015 that he would not provide state funds for the project.

  • Who's Got the Cleanest Air? Not the U.S.
    Trump Keeps Falsely Saying
    the US Has The 'World's
    Cleanest and Safest Air.' But...

    Sep. 4, 2019  (Business Insider)-Trump is, once again, falsely claiming that America has the cleanest air in the world: On Wednesday he tweeted that the US has the "purest air on the planet."

    US air is not the cleanest in the world. In fact, it's gotten dirtier on Trump's watch.

    Plus, air doesn't belong to any one country, making it tough to determine whose is cleanest. If there were a prize for cleanest air, it would probably go to Australia or New Zealand.

  • Why Should There Still Be Lead Paint in NYC Schools?
    Lead-Paint Concerns Remain As
    NYC Kids Head Back To School

    Sept. 4, 2019 (gothamist)-Amy Wilder had felt lucky. After touring a number of public schools in her district earlier this year, her four-year old son got a pre-K spot at her top pick — P.S. 84 on the Upper West Side.

    Then, in July, the Department of Education released detailed data on hundreds of elementary-school classrooms with lead-paint hazards after conducting inspections over the summer, prompted by an investigation by WNYC that initially found loose lead-paint chips and high lead-dust levels in four schools. It was the first time the DOE had ever made a list of test results public

  • Taming the Flame With Plant-Based Fire Retardants
    Plant-Based Fire Retardants
    May Offer a Less Toxic
    Way to Tame the Flame

    Aug. 26, 2018 (Science News)-Using compounds from plants, researchers are concocting a new generation of flame retardants, which one day could replace the fire-quenching chemicals added by manufacturers to furniture, electronics and other consumer products.

    Many traditional synthetic flame retardants have come under fire for being linked to health problems like thyroid disruption and cancer (SN: 3/16/19, p. 14). And flame retardants that leach out of trash in landfills can persist in the environment for a long time.

  • Depressed About Air Pollution? You’re Not Alone
    Air Pollution Linked to Bipolar Disorder, Depression

    Aug. 20 2017 (National Geographic)-Air pollution takes a massive toll on our health. The World Health Organization links it to deadly diseases like lung cancer and stroke, and new research suggests that polluted regions see more cases of neurological disorders like depression and bipolar disorder.

    In the United States, scientists found counties with the worst air quality, as indicated by the Environmental Protection Agency, had a 27 percent increase in bipolar disorder and 6 percent increase in depression, when compared to the national average.

  • Taxing Gas Drillers to Pay for Infrastructure
    Poll: Broad Support for Wolf’s
    Plan to Tax Gas Drillers
    to Pay for Infrastructure

    Aug. 16, 2018 (Allegheny Front)-A new poll from Franklin and Marshall College finds widespread support among Pennsylvania voters for Governor Tom Wolf’s plan to pay for infrastructure upgrades by taxing natural gas drilling companies.

    The poll shows more than two-thirds of respondents either “strongly” or “somewhat” favor Wolf’s Restore PA plan.

    The proposal calls for $4.5 billion in infrastructure initiatives over four years, funded by a severance tax on natural gas — a tax paid based on how much gas is produced from wells. It would target things like mitigating flooding, addressing blight and expanding broadband access.

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International Stories

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  • What the Climate Change Future Can Mean For Our Children
    The Climate Change Health Risks
    Facing a Child Born Today:
    A Tale of Two Futures

    Nov. 14, 2019  (Inside Climate News)— A child born today faces two possible futures. In one, the world continues to burn fossil fuels, making the child more likely to develop asthma from air pollution, at greater risk of vector-borne diseases, and more vulnerable to anxiety as extreme weather events threaten his community.

    In the other, those risks are diminished because the world has responded quickly and adequately to climate change, with a large-scale shift away from fossil fuels.

  • Campers Owe it to Mother Nature to Clean Their Act
    This Coyote Almost Died
    Because Humans Can't
    Pick Up After Themselves

    Nov. 14, 2019  (MotherNatureNetwork)— No one knew exactly how long the coyote had been roaming the grassy fields and wooded ravines at Bronte Provincial Park.

    But everyone knew one thing for sure: Catching her was a matter of life and death.

    The plastic jug stuck to her head meant that she could neither eat nor drink. In the midst of a powerful Canadian snowstorm, it would assure a slow and painful end.

    Volunteers from the community, led by the Oakville & Milton Humane Society, scoured the park in Ontario, Canada — even as the storm raged, blanketing trails and roads in snow.

  • Much More Plastic Than Baby Fish in Coastal Nurseries
    Plastics Outnumber Baby Fish
    7-To-1 in Some Coastal Nurseries

    Nov. 13, 2019  (ScienceNews)— Plastics can enter the food web at an unexpected point: larval fish as small the tip of a pencil.

    Larval fish congregate in ocean slicks — ribbons of calm water that form naturally on the ocean’s surface — to feast on an abundance of prey. Prey-sized plastics also accumulate in these fish nurseries, outnumbering the fish 7-to-1 and ending up in the stomachs of many, researchers report online November 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    “This is perhaps the most vulnerable life stage of pelagic fish,” says Anela Choy, a biological oceanographer at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif., who wasn’t involved in the study. She has documented plastic accumulation in the deep sea, and says this new study raises important questions about the effects of plastic ingestion at such a fragile life stage.

  • What's That? Don't Like PFAS In Your Drinking Water?
    Neville Island Residents Could Have
    Been Drinking PFAS-
    Contaminated Water for a Month

    Nov. 8, 2019  (Allegheny Front)— Neville Township residents may have been drinking water contaminated with toxic levels of PFAS chemicals for as long as a month, township officials said at a working board meeting Thursday.

    Further immediate risk has been removed, according to township and state officials. But township and Allegheny County officials said they don’t know what chances there are of a similar accident happening again to the more than 1,000 Neville residents or in other municipalities across the county.

  • CO₂ Was Not Always the Cause of Monsoon Intensity
    Geology, Not CO₂,
    Controlled Monsoon Intensity in
    Asia’s Ancient Past

    Nov. 8, 2019  (Science News)— Shifting tectonic plates, not atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, controlled the strength of the powerful East Asian monsoon throughout its history, scientists say. The monsoon is a seasonal system of winds that brings heavy rains to a vast swath of Asia, from India to Taiwan, each summer. The rains are a vitally important source of water for agriculture. Some previous research has suggested that past eras known to have had high atmospheric CO2 levels and warmer temperatures might also have been times of fluctuating monsoon intensity. The implication that monsoons are far more sensitive to climate change than once thought is alarming in a warming world: Dramatic change in monsoon intensity in the near future would threaten food security for over a billion people.

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  • Hey, Canada - Get the Lead Out
    Lead in Some Canadian Water Worse than Flint, Investigation Finds

    Nov. 5, 2019  (USA TODAY)— Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been unwittingly exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water, with contamination in several cities consistently higher than they ever were in Flint, Michigan, according to an investigation that tested drinking water in hundreds of homes and reviewed thousands more previously undisclosed results.

    Residents in some homes in Montreal, a cosmopolitan city an hour north of the U.S.-Canada border, and Regina, in the flat western prairies, are among those drinking and cooking with tap water with lead levels that exceed Canada’s federal guidelines. The investigation found some schools and day care centers had lead levels so high that researchers noted it could impact children’s health. Exacerbating the problem, many water providers aren’t testing at all.

    But, it wasn’t the Canadian government that exposed the scope of this public health concern.

    Click now for the full story.

  • The U.K. Doesn't Want the Country to Go Frack Itself
    Fracking Halted in the U.K. After Government Pulls Support

    Nov 2, 2019  (BBC News)—The government has called a halt to shale gas extraction - or fracking - in England amid fears about earthquakes.

    The indefinite suspension comes after a report by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) said it was not possible to predict the probability or size of tremors caused by the practice.

    Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said it may be temporary - imposed "until and unless" extraction is proved safe.

    Labour, Lib Dems and the Green Party want a permanent ban.

    Click now for the full story.

  • 'It's a Gas' Does Not Mean It's Funny in India
    Millions of Masks Distributed
    to Students in 'Gas Chamber' Delhi

    Nov. 1, 2019  (BBC News)-A Supreme Court-mandated panel imposed several restrictions in the city and two neighboring states, as air quality deteriorated to "severe" levels.

    Dangerous particulate levels in the air are about 20 times the World Health Organization (WHO) maximum.

    The city's schools have also been closed until at least next Tuesday.

    Click now for the full story.

  • Danes Approve Russian Gas Pipeline to Europe
    Denmark Approves Russian Gas Pipeline to Europe

    Oct. 30, 2019  (ALJAZEERA)-Denmark on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, removing the last major hurdle to completion of the Russian-led project that has divided opinion in the European Union.

    The Danish permit was the last needed for the 1,230-km-long (765-mile) pipeline from Russia to Germany.

    The U.S. and several eastern European, Nordic and Baltic countries have expressed concern that the project, led by Russian state-owned Gazprom, will increase Europe's reliance on Russian gas.

  • Earthquakes in the Netherlands? Blame Gas Drilling
    Earthquakes Jolt the Netherlands.
    Gas Drilling Is to Blame.

    Oct. 24, 2019  (NY Times)-GRONINGEN, the Netherlands — Driving through fields of low-lying Dutch farmland you pass an occasional odd cluster of silvery pipes and tanks. They are the only visible sign that deep below this northeast corner of the Netherlands is one of the world’s largest natural gas fields.

    Unless you stop by one of the nearby farmhouses weakened by earthquakes linked to gas extraction. At her handsome home in the village of Appingedam, Nicole van Eijkern pointed to sagging external walls and cracked ceilings. Heavy beams buttress her house, inside and out, and it is scheduled to be torn down.

    “In 10 years it went from a good house to a ruin,” she said.

  • The Cost of Desalination
    More Water Can Be
    Made From the Sea,
    but at What Cost?

    Oct. 22, 2019  (NY Times)- Desalinated seawater is the lifeblood of Saudi Arabia, no more so than at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, an international research center that rose from the dry, empty desert a decade ago.

    Produced from water from the adjacent Red Sea that is forced through salt-separating membranes, it is piped into the campus’s gleaming lab buildings and the shops, restaurants and cookie-cutter homes of the surrounding planned neighborhoods.

    Click now for the full story.

  • Have You Ever Heard of Green Hydrogen?
    Unprecedented Momentum
    For Green Hydrogen

    Oct. 11, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)-Hydrogen from renewable energy could play a central role in the global energy transformation, according to the latest report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

    Hydrogen: a renewable energy perspective estimates that hydrogen from renewable power, so called green hydrogen, could translate into 8 percent of global energy consumption by 2050. 16% of all generated electricity would be used to produce hydrogen by then. Green hydrogen could particularly offer ways to decarbonize a range of sectors where it is proving difficult to meaningfully reduce CO2 emissions.

  • Groundwater Pumping Threatens the World’s Rivers
    Too Much Groundwater Pumping Is
    Draining The World’s Rivers

    Oct. 9, 2019  (ScienceNews)-Humankind’s collective thirst is slowly desiccating landscapes worldwide, a study of groundwater finds.

    Water stored in aquifers underground makes up the vast majority of accessible freshwater on Earth. Its abundance has fueled forays into drier locales, such as California’s Central Valley, enabling a boom in crop production. Overall, about 70% of the groundwater being used worldwide goes to agriculture. But surface waters — rivers and streams — rely on groundwater, too. When people pump too much too quickly, natural waterways begin to empty, compromising freshwater ecosystems.

    A study in the Oct. 3 Nature finds that this ecological tipping point, what scientists call the environmental flow limit, has already been reached in 15 to 21 percent of watersheds tapped by humans. Most of those rivers and streams are in drier regions like parts of Mexico and northern India where groundwater is used for irrigation.

  • 20 Companies Are Responsible for 1/3 of All Carbon Emissions
    Revealed: the 20 Firms Behind
    a Third Of All Carbon Emissions

    Oct. 9, 2019  (The Guardian)- New data shows how fossil fuel companies have driven climate crisis despite industry knowing dangers:
    • Half a century of dither and denial – a climate crisis timeline
    • Why we need political action to tackle the oil, coal and gas companies - video explainer

    The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era.

    New data from world-renowned researchers reveals how this cohort of state-owned and multinational firms are driving the climate emergency that threatens the future of humanity, and details how they have continued to expand their operations despite being aware of the industry’s devastating impact on the planet.

  • Is Geo-Engineering a Safe Approach to Fighting Climate Change?
    In a Climate Crisis, Is Geo-engineering Worth the Risks?

    Oct. 6, 2019  (Science News)- Geo-engineering ideas — tinkering with the climate to delay or halt the worst effects of global warming — have been around for decades. Few such ideas have progressed past the thought experiment stage, due in part to concerns that the cure could be worse than the disease. But as dire warnings about climate change’s impacts increasingly dominate the news, geo-engineering may once again be getting a closer look.

    Not everyone is sure this is a good idea. When it comes to ocean seeding, for example, “there is considerable uncertainty and disagreement … whether this would do more harm than good,” says David Karl, an oceanographer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Vast algal blooms could alter the geochemistry of the deep ocean, he adds. “It is with great caution that anyone should be deliberating altering the nutrient balance of the sea for any reason.” Similarly, proposals to tinker with incoming solar radiation to cool the planet might significantly shift weather patterns and negatively affect crops.

    Click now to see what they are.

  • Brazil Is Not the Only Place Failing to Proterct Its Forests
    Indonesian Enforcement Questioned
    As Fires Flare Up
    On the Same Concessions

    Oct. 3, 2019  (MONGABAY)- At least three companies whose concessions were burned in the 2015 fires that razed huge swaths of forest in Indonesia are also caught up in this year’s fires, prompting calls by the government for a stern crackdown on repeat offenders.

    The fires this year, mostly on Sumatra and Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo, have burned 328,000 hectares (810,505 acres) of forest to date. They’ve also generated huge clouds of smoke that have sickened nearly a million people and caused the deaths of several, including a 4-month-old baby and a newborn.

  • Eliminating Single-Use Plastics in Your Travels
    How to Take Your Next
    Trip Without Single-Use Plastics

    Oct. 1, 2019  (National Geographic)- By Marie Mcgrory

    Avoiding single-use plastics like bottles and bags is hard enough at home, and can be especially difficult while traveling. When you’re on the go and trying to pack light, it’s easy to grab a plastic-wrapped sandwich and bottle of water. But eliminating single-use plastics on a trip might be easier than you think—even in a foreign country without potable water.

    I took on this challenge in Belize, a country that is no stranger to ecotourism. Its government recently announced a ban on major single-use plastics like bags and straws to go into effect by Earth Day 2019. And UNESCO has removed the Belize Barrier Reef from its list of World Heritage in Danger, after years of efforts to restore the reef’s long-term health.

  • Helping Animals Hurt By the Amazon Fires
    Inside the Efforts to Help
    Animals Hurt By the Amazon Fires

    Sept. 26, 2019  (National Geographic)- Nearly every day for the past 35 days, biologist Raúl Ernesto Rojas and a group of volunteers have been out looking for animals on the edges of the flames roaring around Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Mostly, they find only charred bodies or bones. For any unseen survivors, they leave corn and fresh water cradled in palm husks.

    The dead animals aren’t a surprise. Nothing in the Amazon is adapted to deal with the fires raging across parts of Bolivia and Brazil, as well as Peru and Paraguay—most set intentionally to clear forest for agriculture. To date in the Chiquitanía region around Santa Cruz, six million acres of forest—an area the size of Vermont—have burned, according to the city’s government. It’s not clear just how much of the Brazilian Amazon has burned this year, but the country’s National Institute for Space Research says the fires are unprecedented.

    Click for the story and some disturbing images.

  • Preserving Plant Diversity
    Connecting Our Dwindling Natural
    Habitats Could Help
    Preserve Plant Diversity

    Sept. 26, 2019 (Science News)- An ecological experiment so big it can be seen from space suggests that connecting isolated habitats with natural corridors can help preserve plant diversity.

    The 18-year-long project revealed that linking fragments of restored longleaf pine savanna by a natural passageway boosted the number of plant species by 14 percent in those patches by the end of the experiment. This increase stems from higher plant colonization rates and lower extinction rates in connected versus unconnected fragments, researchers report in the Sept. 27 Science.

    “This study shows that corridors can, in principle, have lasting, positive effects on shrinking ecosystems,” says Jens Åström, an ecologist at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research in Trondheim who wasn’t involved in the study. “It’s rare to have ecological experiments viewable from Google Earth,” he says.

  • The Real Problem With Beef
    It Might Not Be Terrible
    For Human Consumption, But...

    Oct. 2, 2019 (NY Times Climate Forward)-An extensive study confirms that red meat might not be that bad for you. But it is bad for the planet, with chicken and pork less harmful than beef.

    The potentially unhealthful effects of eating red meat are so small that they may be of little clinical significance for many people.

    This finding, just released in multiple articles in the Annals of Internal Medicine, is sure to be controversial. It should certainly not be interpreted as license to eat as much meat as you like. But the scope of the work is expansive, and it confirms prior work that the evidence against meat isn’t nearly as solid as many seem to believe. (While I had no role in the new research, I co-wrote a commentary about it in the journal.)

  • Can Chinese Govt. Pledges Be Trusted?
    Chinese Firms To Build More
    Coal Power Plants In Asia
    Despite Beijing’s Pledge
    For Greener Initiatives

    Sept. 18, 2019 (South China Morning Post) - China, which has pledged that projects built under its Belt and Road Initiative will be green and sustainable, will fund more fossil fuel power projects in Southeast Asia even as western, Japanese and South Korean financiers increasingly walk away from them over sustainability concerns.

    This will be the case until the host nations – such as Indonesia – have come up with good enough financial incentives and expanded power transmission and distribution infrastructure to make mass renewable energy projects viable, according to Martin David, Asia-Pacific head of projects practice group at international law firm Baker McKenzie.

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    about this discouraging news.

  • Can a Climate Conscious Diet Include Meat or Dairy?
    Can a Climate Conscious
    Diet Include Meat or Dairy?

    Sept. 18, 2019 (Inside Climate News)-Two new studies are making the case that people in high-income countries need to cut back on livestock-based foods, but they're also suggesting that one-size-fits-all recommendations won't work in all cases.

    Though each advocates a major transformation in how the world eats and produces food in order to slow climate change—including a shift toward plant-based diets—they also say that consuming meat and dairy products in certain parts of the world, by certain populations, is critical for meeting nutritional goals.

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    your climate news hunger.

  • There's Womb For That Carbon Dioxide
    Air Pollution Can
    Reach the Placenta Around
    a Developing Baby

    Sept. 17, 2019 (Science News)- Breathing in polluted air may send soot far beyond a pregnant woman’s lungs, all the way to the womb surrounding her developing baby.

    Samples of placenta collected after women in Belgium gave birth revealed soot, or black carbon, embedded within the tissue on the side that faces the baby, researchers report online September 17 in Nature Communications. The amount of black carbon in the placenta correlated with a woman’s air pollution exposure, estimated based on emissions of black carbon near her home.

    “There’s no doubt that air pollution harms a developing baby,” says Amy Kalkbrenner, an environmental epidemiologist at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee who was not involved in the new work. Mothers who encounter air pollution regularly may have babies born prematurely or with low birth weight.

  • Coral Reproduction May Be Hampered by Climate Change
    Climate Change May Be Throwing Coral Sex Out of Sync

    Sept. 13, 2019  (Science News)- Bad timing for coral sex might be an under-appreciated threat of climate change.

    Spawning is out of sync for at least three widespread coral species in the Red Sea, says Tom Shlesinger, a marine biologist at Tel Aviv University. And warmer seawater temperatures could be playing a role.

    Records from the 1980s suggest that whole swaths of corals from particular species typically let colorful egg-sperm bundles float out of their tiny mouths and up into the water on the same few nights a year, Shlesinger says. Released in a big synchronized cloud, the sex cells separate from one another, gaining a chance at fertilization during the brief time that they survive on their own in seawater. It’s “a wonder of nature,” he says.

  • Bees Are Not the Flyers Affected By Neonicotinoids
    Birds Fed a Common
    Pesticide Lost Weight Rapidly
    and Had Migration Delays

    Sept. 12, 2019  (Science News)- The world’s most widely used insecticides may delay the migrations of songbirds and hurt their chances of mating.

    In the first experiment to track the effects of a neonicotinoid on birds in the wild, scientists captured 24 white-crowned sparrows as they migrated north from Mexico and the southern United States to Canada and Alaska. The team fed half of those birds with a low dose of the commonly used agricultural insecticide imidacloprid and the other half with a slightly higher dose. An additional 12 birds were captured and dosed with sunflower oil, but no pesticide.

    Within hours, the dosed birds began to lose weight and ate less food. Birds given the higher amount of imidacloprid (3.9 milligrams per kilogram of body mass) lost 6 percent of their body mass within six hours. That’s about 1.6 grams for an average bird weighing 27 grams. Tracking the birds (Zonotrichia leucophrys) revealed that the pesticide-treated sparrows also lagged behind the others when continuing their migration to their summer mating grounds.

  • Key Facts About Safe Drinking Water
    Key Facts About Safe Drinking Water

    Sept. 12, 2019  (World Health Organization (WHO))-
    • In 2017, 71% of the global population (5.3 billion people) used a safely managed drinking-water service – that is, one located on premises, available when needed, and free from contamination.
    • 90% of the global population (6.8 billion people) used at least a basic service. A basic service is an improved drinking-water source within a round trip of 30 minutes to collect water.
    • 785 million people lack even a basic drinking-water service, including 144 million people who are dependent on surface water.
    • Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces.
    • Contaminated water can transmit diseases such diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio. Contaminated drinking water is estimated to cause 485 000 diarrhoeal deaths each year.
    • By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas.
    • In least developed countries, 22% of health care facilities have no water service, 21% no sanitation service, and 22% no waste management service.

  • China’s 2019 CO₂ Emissions: Gruesome
    Why China’s CO2 Emissions Grew 4% During First Half of 2019

    Oct. 3, 2019  (CarbonBrief)- China’s CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and cement production grew by an estimated 4% in the first half of 2019, analysis of preliminary data suggests.

    Power-sector emissions, which had driven the rebound in overall emissions since 2017, flattened off. However, there was a surge in real estate and infrastructure construction that saw emissions from steel and cement expand rapidly.

    Click now to learn why.

  • Maps Showing How Much of the Amazon is Burning
    How Much of The Amazon Is Burning, How It Compares To Other Years

    Aug. 29, 2019 (National Geographic)-Thousands of fires are burning across a southern swath of the Amazon. They belch smoke and soot, blanketing those who live downwind with thick, dirty air, hurting wildlife in their path and destroying part of one the most important carbon storehouses left on the planet.

    About 76,000 fires were burning across the Brazilian Amazon at last official count, an increase of over 80 percent over the same time period last year, according to data from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE). Since then, even more fires have appeared in the satellite imagery that scientists use to assess the extent and intensity of burning, and they expect the number to increase over coming months as the dry season intensifies.

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    on this burning issue.

  • Yes, We Have No Bananas
    The Banana is One
    Step Closer to Disappearing

    Aug. 12, 2019 (National Geographic)- A fungus that has wreaked havoc on banana plantations in the Eastern Hemisphere has, despite years of preventative efforts, arrived in the Americas.

    ICA, the Colombian agriculture and livestock authority, confirmed on Thursday that laboratory tests have positively identified the presence of so-called Panama disease Tropical Race 4 on banana farms in the Caribbean coastal region. The announcement was accompanied by a declaration of a national state of emergency.

    The discovery of the fungus represents a potential impending disaster for bananas as both a food source and an export commodity. Panama disease Tropical Race 4—or TR4—is an infection of the banana plant by a fungus of the genus Fusarium.

    Click now for more on this story.

  • Not the Thin Blue Line, But the Thick Gray Line
    The Thick Gray Line: Forest
    Elephants Defend Against Climate Change

    Aug. 19, 2018 (NY Times Climate Forward)-Poaching destabilizes nations, disrupts ecosystems and threatens biodiversity. A recent study suggests still another consequence: Some types of poaching may also accelerate climate change.

    Forest elephants — the smaller, endangered relatives of African savanna elephants — promote the growth of large trees that excel at storing carbon, according to research published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

    Click to read more.

  • Satellite-based Emissions Monitoring (Not Just CO₂
    Beyond Carbon:Satellite-based
    Emissions Monitoring Can
    Track Much More Than CO2

    Aug. 19, 2019 (Energy Central) -This recent blog from environmental tech nonprofit WattTime brings up an important point: In addition to reducing emissions for the sake of climate action, millions of lives can be saved in the near-term and beyond by cleaning up the air we breathe to lower cardiac and respiratory illnesses.

    WattTime is embarking on a Google-backed global emissions monitoring project that will focus on CO2 in order to guide and enforce emissions-reduction regulations, but they also hope to expand that project to look at other pollutants—from sulfur dioxide to mercury—to improve health on a global scale.

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Oil Spill History
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"Birds and Oil Don't Mix"

  • Mystery: Origin of the Oil Killing Brazilian Sea Turtles?
    Oil Is Killing Brazil’s
    Turtles. No One Knows
    Where It’s From

    Oct. 12, 2019  (TIME)- More than a month since oil started washing up on some of Brazil’s most touristic beaches, dotting sand with black patches, killing sea turtles and scaring off fishermen, the origin of the crude is still a mystery.

    “We don’t know the oil’s origin, where it came from or how it got here,” Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said at an offshore exploration auction in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.

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  • One Dead in Gulf of Mexico Rig Accident
    One dead in Gulf of Mexico
    Rig Accident - But No Pollution

    July 21, 2019 (UPI) -There is no pollution associated with an explosion on a drilling platform about 12 miles off the coast of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, a regulator said.

    The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said it was notified by oil and gas operator Fieldwood Energy of an explosion on its Echo Platform.

    Fieldwood said one contract worker was killed and three other employees were treated for injuries at an onshore medical facility.

    Click now for the whole story.

  • 14-Year-old Oil Leak in Gulf: Far Worse Than Taylor Energy Says
    New Estimate for an Oil Leak:
    1,000x Worse Than Rig Owner Says

    June 25, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) -A new federal study has found that an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that began 14 years ago has been releasing as much as 4,500 gallons a day, not three or four gallons a day as the rig owner has claimed.

    The leak, about 12 miles off the Louisiana coast, began in 2004 when a Taylor Energy Company oil platform sank during Hurricane Ivan and a bundle of undersea pipes ruptured. Oil and gas have been seeping from the site ever since.

    Click now to read all about it.

  • It’s Been Nine Years Since the Deepwater Horizon Incident
    Nine Years After Deepwater Horizon

    April 16, 2017 (National Wildlife Federation) - It has been nine years since BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana, killing eleven men and unleashing an 87 day-long torrent of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. National Wildlife Federation has taken an active role in Gulf recovery, advocating for science-based decision-making to benefit wildlife and their habitats as Gulf leaders invest recovery funds into restoration.

    While there are still decades of recovery ahead, significant strides have been made over the last eight years to restore the Gulf for coastal communities and wildlife. As we reflect on the lives lost and the damage wrought, we should also consider how we can prevent a similar disaster from happening in the future.

    Click now for the complete story

  • Torrey Canyon Oil Spill - Learning From History
    Torrey Canyon Disaster –
    the UK's Worst-Ever Oil
    Spill 50 Years On

    Mar. 18, 2017 (The Guardian) - “I saw this huge ship sailing and I thought he’s in rather close, I hope he knows what he’s doing,” recalled Gladys Perkins of the day 50 years ago, when Britain experienced its worst ever environmental disaster.

    The ship was the Torrey Canyon, one of the first generation of supertankers, and it was nearing the end of a journey from Kuwait to a refinery at Milford Haven in Wales. The BP-chartered vessel ran aground on a rock between the Isles of Scilly and Land’s End in Cornwall, splitting several of the tanks holding its vast cargo of crude oil.

    Click now for the complete story

  • The Prospect of Cuba Drilling In The Gulf Concerns Tampa Bay.
    Advocates of Gulf Oil-Drilling
    Ban Worried By Talks With Cuba

    Aug. 18, 2016 (Tampa Bay Times) - Progress in international talks over who owns a piece of the Gulf of Mexico has raised the specter of a Deepwater Horizon tragedy along local shores.

    A few hundred miles from the west coast of Florida is a 7,700-square-mile area of the Gulf of Mexico known as the Eastern Gap, thought to be rich with oil but with no clear owner.

    The U.S., Cuban and Mexican governments are now negotiating how to split the area among the three nations. Once that happens, each country can drill for oil in its allotted portion.

  • Shell Oil Mimics BP With 90,000 Gal. of Crude
    Shell Oil Spill Dumps Nearly 90,000 Gallons of Crude Into Gulf

    May 13, 2016 (EcoWatch) -An oil spill from Royal Dutch Shell’s offshore Brutus platform has released 2,100 barrels of crude into the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

    The leak—roughly 88,200 gallons—created a visible 2 mile by 13 mile oil slick in the sea about 97 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, according to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

    Officials said that the accident occurred near Shell’s Glider field, an underwater pipe system that connects four subsea oil wells to the Brutus platform, which floats on top of the water with a depth of 2,900 feet.

    Click now for more
    (if you can bear it).

  • Blowout Highlights Gulf Drilling Dangers
    Blowout Highlights
    Gulf Drilling Dangers

    July 25, 2013 (Mother Nature Network) -Flames erupted from an offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, torching a natural gas plume that had been leaking since a blowout earlier in the day. All 44 rig workers were evacuated before the fire began, according to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, but the rig continued spewing gas until Thursday morning, when its scorched frame finally collapsed enough to cut off the leak.

    Click now for the whole story.

  • Obama White House Lifts Deepwater Drilling Ban
    Obama White House Lifts Deepwater Drilling Ban

    Oct. 12, 2010 (CBS News) -The Obama administration on Tuesday lifted the deep water oil drilling moratorium that the government imposed in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the disastrous BP oil spill.

    The administration has been under heavy pressure from the industry and others in the region to lift the six-month ban on grounds it has cost jobs and damaged the economy. A federal report said the moratorium likely caused a temporary loss of 8,000 to 12,000 jobs in the Gulf region.

    While the temporary ban on exploratory oil and gas drilling is lifted immediately, drilling is unlikely to resume immediately. Drilling companies must meet a host of new safety regulations before they can resume operations, officials said.

    Click now for more
    if you can bear it.

  • Enter the No-Spin Zone of the Deep: the BP Live Feed
    The No-Spin Zone of the Deep

    June 5, 2010 (Christian Science Monitor) - It was the last thing BP wanted: An open, high-definition live video feed – a "spillcam," if you will – showing in excruciating detail the massive oil geyser fouling the Gulf of Mexico, a situation admittedly caused by the giant extractive firm.

    But after a series of PR disasters – waffling, obfuscating, misplaced optimism, a gaffe-prone CEO – the decision by BP, under pressure from Congress, to put the live feed on the air reaped some unexpected plaudits for the company.

    Click now for the complete
    story from the archives.

  • Can We Restore the Gulf of Mexico?
    Gulf Oil Spill:
    Dispersants Have Potential
    to Cause More Harm Than Good

    May 11, 2010 (CISTON PR Newswire) -The chemical dispersants being used to break up the oil leaking into the gulf following the explosion of British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig have the potential to cause just as much, if not more, harm to the environment and the humans coming into contact with it than the oil possibly would if left untreated.

    That is the warning of toxicology experts, led by Dr. William Sawyer, addressing the Gulf Oil Disaster Recovery Group, a group of lawyers working to protect the rights and interests of environmental groups and persons affected by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The group represents the United Fishermen's Association and the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN), among others.

    Click now to learn more.

  • Exxon Valdez: The Story That Never Goes Away
    20 Years After Exxon Valdez
    Oil Spill, Alaskan
    Coastline Remains Contaminated

    Mar. 24, 2009 (Democracy Now) - Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, one of the worst environmental disasters in history. The Exxon Valdez spilled between 11 and 38 million gallons of crude oil into the fishing waters of Prince William Sound.

    The spill contaminated more than 1,200 miles of Alaska’s shoreline and killed hundreds of thousands of seabirds and marine animals. It also dealt a staggering blow to the residents of local fishing towns, and the effects of the disaster are still being felt today. We speak with Riki Ott, a community activist, marine toxicologist, former commercial salmon fisherma’am and author of two books on the spill. Her latest is Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Spill.

    Click now for the story
    deep in the archives.

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America's Greenest Cities

Provided by Mother Nature Network

# 1 - Portland, Ore

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

# 2 - San Francisco, Cal.


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.


Safer Habitats Table of Contents

Clean Air Council Climate Emergency Network Common Dreams Earthworks
Env. Impact Assessment Environmental Working Group Florida Black Bears Fly California
Gold Rush vs Salmon Habitat Guardian Sustainable Business Los Angeles Mass Transit Mass.gov
Sierra Club UNLV Recycling Virginia Dept of Env. Quality Your Cities, Yourselves
     
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Organizations for Safer Habitats

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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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