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Jan. 16, 2022: 418.23 ppm
This time last year: 415.08 ppm
10 years ago: 388.93 ppm
Pre-industrial base: 280 Safe level: 350


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  • A Cleaner Way to Remove CO2
  • Synthetic Leaves Suck Out CO2
  • Dos and Don’ts of Pesticide Use
  • Danger: Seismic Airgun Blasting
  • Confronting Ocean Acidification
  • What Our Agencies Don’t Tell Us
  • Map Showing the Lost Rainforests
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  • Pesticides and Farm Worker Safety
  • The Mushroom That Can Eat Plastic
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  • Can We Restore the Gulf of Mexico?
  • The PFAs in Clark's Marsh, Michigan
  • Know The Clean Drinking Water Facts
  • Wipes Are Tearing Up Our Sewer Systems
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  • Companies Reducing Their Carbom Footprint
  • To Clear City Smog, Chile Pushes Electric Taxis
  • Parisians Want to Recover a River Now Buried Under the City
  • Louisiana Plastics Plant Put On Pause is a Win For Activists
  • Cities Take Action to Limit Loud and Polluting Lawn Care
  • Plastic Pellets Flow From the Mississippi Into the Gulf
  • How About a Little Radioactivity in Your Fertilizer?
  • Sustainable Concrete: Do What the Romans Did
  • NY Fracked Gas Plant Rejections Set Precedent
  • Slaughterhouses Are Polluting Our Waterways
  • Amazon and Others Destroy Unsold Products
  • Plastic Pollution is in All Areas of the U.S.
  • Tropicana Sued Over Malic Acid Presence
  • Drinking Water With ‘Forever Chemicals’
  • Did We Really Need a Clean Water Rule?
  • Uranium Mining in the Grand Canyon
  • Insects Could Vanish Within a Century
  • Canada is Banning Single-Use Plastics
  • Declining: The Dirt Beneath Our Feet
  • Wiping Out the Boreal Forest - Literally
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  • NRDC Warns of Up to 40% Food Waste
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    Environmental Impact News
    (for the past 2 months)

    • • What the Future Looks Like for Natural Gas
      New York City Puts it to the Test

      Jan. 18, 2022, (Energy Central) -On December 15, 2021, the New York City Council voted to ban natural gas heating and cooking appliances in some new construction buildings under seven stories in 2023, while others determined to be unfeasible by permitting authorities as well as taller buildings will need to comply in 2027. Hospitals, commercial kitchens and laundromats will be exempt from the ban.

      This makes New York the largest city in the country to pass such a ban, and the governor of New York state has already expressed interest in extending the ban state-wide.

    • • British Government Admits: Climate Change Curbs Inadequate
      Its Efforts to Insulate the
      UK From Climate Change Impacts
      Don't Tow the Mark

      Jan. 17, 2022, (BBC NEWS)-The costs of climate change to Britain are "high and increasing", it says, and could reach many billions of pounds a year.

      Ministers say they'll have to go much further and faster to curb the worst impacts.

      It means climate change must be built into all long-term decisions, such as new housing or infrastructure.

    • • Work Continues on Removing Lead Water Lines in Benton Harbor
      More than 400 Water Service
      Lines Have Been Replaced or
      Verified to be Free of Lead

      Jan. 16, 2022, (AP NEWS)-City officials also are reviewing bids from contractors for removal of an estimated 3,900 lead service lines, Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services said this week in a release.

      Accelerated work is expected to start in March. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has directed that all of the city’s lead lines be replaced by spring 2023, officials said.

      Service lines connect city water mains to homes and businesses. Lines made of lead are a source of lead contamination in drinking water.

    • • 315,000-Gallon Diesel Spill Kills Thousands of Animals in Louisiana
      Regulators Were Aware that the
      Pipeline Was Seriously Corroded
      More Than a Year Before the Spill.

      Jan. 14, 2022, (Earther GIZMODO)-A decades-old pipeline spilled 315,000 gallons (1.2 million liters) of diesel into an environmentally sensitive area in Louisiana last month, killing thousands of animals, the AP reported Thursday. The spill happened a little over a year after a safety inspection found that the pipeline was severely corroded—but the pipeline’s owners chose to delay repairs and keep it operational.

    • • Microplastic Fibers From Your Electric Dryer
      Clean Clothes, Dirty Environment

      Jan. 13, 2022, (ZME Science)-We know washing machines release thousands of microfibers (a common type of microplastics) into the water. But tumble dryers are also a problem. A new study found that dryers are the main source of microfiber pollution into the atmosphere, with each dryer responsible for releasing up to 120 million microplastic fibers into the air each year.

    • • Air Pollution Contributed to 1.8 million Excess Deaths in 2019
      It Was the Unseen Pandemic

      Jan. 10, 2022, (ZME Science)-If you’re living in a city, the air you breathe is almost certainly affecting your overall health. A new study found that 86% of the people living in cities worldwide (about 2.5 billion) are exposed to levels of fine particulate matter that largely exceeded the suggested guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO). Overall, almost air pollution claims almost 2 million lives a year, a figure that may yet increase.

    • • Global Heating Could Lead to an Increase in Kidney Stone Disease
      This According to Children’s
      Hospital of Philadelphia

      Jan. 10, 2022, (The Guardian)-Rising temperatures due to the climate crisis will lead to a rise in people suffering from kidney stones – a painful medical condition exacerbated by heat and dehydration, according to a new study.

    • • An Imported Tree Fuels Patagonia’s Terrifying Summer Fires
      Pine Trees and Climate Change
      Transform the Region’s Fire Patterns

      Jan. 4, 2022, (National Geographic)-In Patagonia, that ultimate wild frontier at the end of the world, the arrival of summer used to come as a blessing. Snow receded. Lakes filled with fresh, clear snowmelt. The landscape came alive with color.

      Recently, though, summer has become a cause for fear. A series of fires last March nearly devoured La Comarca Andina, a fairy-tale forest in the Patagonia Mountains of Argentina. Along the 42nd parallel, the fires burned through more than 54,000 acres in just a few days. Three people died. Three hundred houses burned.

    • • Scotland’s Peat Bogs Breathe Again
      Satellite Technology Will Monitor
      the Health of These Vital Carbon
      Sinks and Help Restore Them

      Jan. 4, 2022, (The Guardian)-Flanders Moss bog is slumped on the flat, farmed landscape of the Carse of Stirling in Scotland like a jelly fungi. It wobbles when you walk on it, and a metal pole goes down eight metres before reaching hard ground. This lowland-raised bog is a dome of peat fed mainly by rainfall and it acts like a single organism – the whole thing has to be looked after for any part to be in really good shape. If it is drained in one area it will affect the water level across the entire bog.

    • • Cereal Offenders: Potentially Harmful
      Ingredients in ‘Healthy’ Breakfast Food
      What's Healthy and What Isn't?

      Jan. 3, 2022, (EWG)-Many breakfast cereals claim to be a healthy way to start the day. Their boxes feature cute, colorful characters and catchy slogans that attract children, and their promise of a “complete” breakfast with whole grains, fiber and vitamins captures adults’ attention.

      Cereal can be part of a balanced and nutritious breakfast. But many contain excess sugar, potentially harmful additives like food dye and added nutrients that undermine their nutritional value.

    • • France Bans Plastic Wrapping for Most Fruits and Vegetables
      All Plastic Will be Gradually Phased Out

      Jan. 3, 2022, (ZME Science)-A new law banning plastic wrapping for a large number of fruits and vegetables has come into force in France with the New Year, hoping to end with what the government has described as the “aberration” of overwrapped apples, bananas, and carrots. The move is part of a country-wide effort to gradually phase out all single-use plastics by 2040 and establish France as a leader in this field.

    • • Burninig Our Trash in a Volcano?
      There are Good Reasons
      Not Use that Method

      Jan. 3, 2022, (ZME Science)-It’s true that lava is hot enough to burn up some of our trash. When Kilauea erupted on the Big island of Hawaii in 2018, the lava flows were hotter than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,100 Celsius). That’s hotter than the surface of the planet Venus, and hot enough to melt many rocks. It’s also as hot as waste incinerators, which usually burn garbage at 1,800 to 2,200 F (1,000-1,200 C).

    • • Massive Sewage Spill Closes California Beaches
      Two to Four Million Gallons
      of Untreated Sewage into
      a Canal, in Carson, California

      Dec. 31, 2021, (REUTERS)-A massive spill of raw sewage in California on Friday forced the city of Long Beach to close all swimming areas at nearby beaches, officials said.

      7.6 million to 15 million liters of raw sewage leaked into the Dominguez Channel, which empties into the Los Angeles harbor, it was discovered on Thursday, according to a press release from the City of Long Beach.

    • • Paris Has an In-Seine Idea
      They Want to Make the Seine Swimmable

      Dec. 21, 2021, (Bloomberg CityLab)-A new project launched in Paris might help the city finally achieve a long-held but elusive goal: making the River Seine clean enough to swim in.

      Paris may have one of the most beautiful urban rivers in the world, but attempts to render the Seine safe to enough to plunge into have been falling short since as far back as 1988, when then-Mayor Jacques Chirac made a never-fulfilled promise to swim in it within five years.

    • • Walmart Illegally Dumps 1m Toxic Items in Landfills Yearly, Lawsuit Claims
      Cal. Attorney General Accuses Walmart
      of Failing to Properly Dispose
      of Items Including Batteries,
      Cleaning Supplies and Electronic Waste

      Dec. 20, 2021, (The Guardian)-Walmart illegally dumps more than 1 million batteries, aerosol cans of insect killer and other products, toxic cleaning supplies, electronic waste, latex paints and other hazardous waste into California landfills each year, state prosecutors have alleged.

    • • Another Good Reason to Go Organic
      An Organic Diet Can
      Flush Out Pesticides

      Dec. 18, 2021, (ZME Science)-To feed the almost 8 billion people around the world (and furthermore, ensure rich and diverse diets for the richer countries), we’re spraying our crops with an impressive amount of pesticides. In one way, this is extremely helpful, drastically reducing the negative impact of pests and diseases that have plagued our crops for millennia. But there’s a downside to pesticides as well: we may end up ingesting them, and they could be harmful to our health.

    • • Sorry, Lead Pipes: Hate to See you Go
      US Planning to Replace All Lead
      Water Pipes from Coast to Coast

      Dec. 17, 2021, (THE CONVERSATION)-The Biden administration has released a plan to accelerate removal of lead water pipes and lead paint from U.S. homes. As a geochemist and environmental health researcher who has studied the heartbreaking impacts of lead poisoning in children for decades, I am happy to see high-level attention paid to this silent killer, which disproportionately affects poor communities of color.

    • • The Orca Carbon Capture Plant
      What’s It Like to Capture CO2?

      Dec. 17, 2021, (greener ideal)-In September 2021, the Swiss company Climeworks opened the first carbon capture plant in Iceland. Named Orca after the Icelandic word for energy, this plant permanently removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and securely stores it underground.

      This technology has exciting implications for environmental health and sustainable industry. Here’s everything you need to know about the Orca carbon capture plant.

    • • Toxic PFAS Chemicals Have ‘Made a Mockery of Our Environmental Regulations’
      Students and Professors at a Vermont
      College have Taken their Research Skills
      into Communities to Spur Action

      Dec. 17, 2021, (The Revelator)-Wherever you look for PFAS, you’ll find them.

      “They’re on Mount Everest; they’re in the Mariana Trench; they’re in polar bears; they’re in penguins; and they’re in just about every human population on Earth,” says David Bond, a cultural anthropologist and professor at Bennington College, who’s been investigating the “forever chemicals.”

    • • Stricter Regulation of Lead in Drinking Water
      It’s a Biden Administration Promise

      Dec. 16, 2021, (NY Times Climate Forward)- The EPA on Thursday will announce its intention to propose stricter limits on the amount of lead allowable in drinking water and to begin replacing millions of lead pipes that snake throughout the country and pose a significant public health threat.

      Lead is a neurotoxin that can damage the brain and kidneys and interfere with red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of the body. It poses particular dangers to children, whose nervous systems and brains are still developing.

    • • Amazon Has a Big Plastic Problem
      And it’s Getting Worse

      Dec. 16, 2021, (ZME Science)-The plastic packaging waste produced by Amazon last year soared by almost a third amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a report by the marine NGO Oceana, Amazon generated about 599 million pounds of plastic waste, a 29% increase from 2019 estimates, stemming from the many packages delivered during the pandemic.

    • • Bus Are Evolving to Eat Plastic
      Humans Can’t Seem to Stop
      This Pollution, But Maybe Bugs Can>?

      Dec. 14, 2021, (The Guardian)-Microbes in oceans and soils across the globe are evolving to eat plastic, according to a study.

      The research scanned more than 200m genes found in DNA samples taken from the environment and found 30,000 different enzymes that could degrade 10 different types of plastic.

    • • Virginia’s Governor-Elect Wants Abandon Cap-and-Trade.
      Youngkin's Plan to Ditch Regional CO2-
      Cutting Program Could Hit a Roadblock

      Dec. 13, 2021, (Grist)- Last year, during the height of summer temperatures and under the eye of a Democratic governor, Virginia became the latest state to join a program to cut greenhouse gas emissions from coal, gas, and other power plants.

      Now, however, Republican Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin has vowed to yank Virginia out of the agreement by executive action, arguing that the program — known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI — costs the state too much money.

    • • Mississippi Tests Floating Trash Traps in Coastal Bayous
      All Other Methods Have Been Unsuccessful

      Dec. 12, 2021, (AP NEWS)- Mississippi is using BP oil spill money in a test to see whether floating trash traps placed in coastal waterways can make a big reduction in the amount of litter in the Mississippi Sound.

      The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality wants to learn “if these traps can substantially reduce the amount of litter which enters the Mississippi Sound from upland areas,” executive director Chris Wells said.

    • • EPA Takes Steps to Curb Methane Emissions
      A New Rule Could Keep 41 Million
      Tons of Methane Out of our Environment

      Dec. 10, 2021, (ENVIRONMENT AMERICA)-On Nov. 2, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new rules that would significantly reduce methane emissions. Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gases, warming the Earth 28 times faster than carbon dioxide.

      When methane regulations were weakened under the previous administration, more than 17,000 supporters of Environment America and our national network spoke up to restrict this gas, slow climate change and preserve the quality of our air.

    • • The Navy Water Crisis in Hawaii
      EPA Called Upon to Lead Tests

      Dec. 10, 2021, (AP News)- A U.S. senator called on the Environmental Protection Agency to take the lead in testing to determine whether it’s safe to drink water that the Navy provides to and around Pearl Harbor.

      U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz said the EPA should step in after the Navy disputed the Hawaii Department of Health’s analysis of fuel contamination at a well that provides drinking water to the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s water system.

    • • ‘Zero Day’ for California water?
      Unprecedented Water Restrictions
      Send a Sharp Warning

      Dec. 10, 2021, (THE CONVERSATION)-On Dec. 1, 2021, California triggered headlines heard around the world when officials announced how much water suppliers would be getting from the State Water Project. “California water districts to get 0% of requested supplies in an unprecedented decision,” one headline proclaimed. “No state water for California farms,” read another.

    • • Company Fined After Exposing Montana Workers to Arsenic
      Illinois-based U.S. Minerals Is the Culprit

      Dec. 10, 2021, (AP News)-• A company that turned mining waste into roofing materials at a Montana plant was fined and ordered to conduct medical monitoring of workers on Friday, after pleading guilty to a criminal charge that it exposed employees to arsenic.

    • • Cambo Oil Field Development Off Shetland to be Paused
      Shell Has Dropped Out

      Dec. 10, 2021, (BBC News)-• Siccar Point Energy's decision comes a week after Shell pulled out of the North Atlantic development.

      The move has been welcomed by climate change campaigners who have long been critical of the project.

    • • Car & Gas Industries - 100 Years of Poisoning the Planet
      They Knew the Dangers,
      But That Didn’t Stop Them

      Dec. 8, 2021, (THE CONVERSATION)- On the frosty morning of Dec. 9, 1921, in Dayton, Ohio, researchers at a General Motors lab poured a new fuel blend into one of their test engines. Immediately, the engine began running more quietly and putting out more power.

      The new fuel was tetraethyl lead. With vast profits in sight – and very few public health regulations at the time – General Motors Co. rushed gasoline diluted with tetraethyl lead to market despite the known health risks of lead. They named it “Ethyl” gas.

    • • Plastic Use in Farming Threatens Food Safety
      Food and Agriculture
      Organization Says Most Plastics are
      Burned, Buried or Lost After Use

      Dec. 7, 2021, (The Guardian)-The “disastrous” way in which plastic is used in farming across the world is threatening food safety and potentially human health, according to a report from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

    • • New Ammonia Production Method
      Could Cut 2% of Greenhouse Gas Global Output
      Certain Salts Can Be Turned
      into Precious Ammonia Without
      Any Fossil Fuel Input.

      Dec. 7, 2021, (ZME Science)-About 50% of the world’s food production relies on ammonia fertilizer, an important source of nitrogen that is essential for plant growth. In some fields, it is not uncommon to see 90 kg (200 pounds) of ammonia per acre for each growing season.

      Elsewhere, ammonia is a valuable ingredient used to make pharmaceuticals, plastics, textiles, explosives, and much more. In other words, ammonia provides an essential service to modern society. There’s just one problem: ammonia production is hugely taxing on the environment, being responsible for about 2% of the global CO2 output. Its carbon footprint is equivalent to all the greenhouse gas emissions released by South Africa.

    • • The Scourge of Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers
      We Don’t Need to Sacrifice our
      Mental and Physical Health Blowig Leaves

      Dec. 5, 2021, (Sierra Magazine), By Michael Shapiro -On a sunny autumn morning, our neighbor and her woodwind quintet were rehearsing in her backyard. I was outside with our two black cats, enjoying the crisp fresh air and the uplifting rendition of Mozart’s Divertimento No. 14. Then, in a yard a couple of houses down the street, leaf blowers roared to life, fortissimo, their ear-splitting cacophony drowning out all other sounds. Propelled by the leaf blowers’ 200-mph winds, noxious exhaust drifted down the block.

    • • Paris Plans to Make the Seine Swimmable
      With the 2024 Summer
      Olympics Looming, a New Plan Could
      Curb Sewage Pollution for Good

      Dec. 4, 2021, (Bloomberg CityLab) -A new project launched in Paris might help the city finally achieve a long-held but elusive goal: making the River Seine clean enough to swim in.

      Paris may have one of the most beautiful urban rivers in the world, but attempts to render the Seine safe to enough to plunge into have been falling short since as far back as 1988, when then-Mayor Jacques Chirac made a never-fulfilled promise to swim in it within five years.

    • • Ecuador: Nature (Not Corporations) Have Have Rights
      Ecuador's Highest Court Enforces
      Constitutional ‘Rights of Nature’

      Dec. 2, 2021, (Center for Biological Diversity)-In an unprecedented case, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador has applied the constitutional provision on the “Rights of Nature” to safeguard the Los Cedros cloud forest from mining concessions. The court voted seven in favor, with two abstentions.

      In the wake of the ruling, which was published Dec. 1, the Constitutional Court will develop a binding area of law in which the Rights of Nature, the right to a healthy environment, the right to water and environmental consultation must be respected.

    • • Mail-In Lead Tests - Will They Work?
      Can They Assure
      People Their Water Is Safe?

      Dec. 1, 2021, (Bloomberg CityLab)- An ad on a bus shelter in downtown Newark, New Jersey, tells passersby to watch their mail for a free at-home kit to test their water for lead.

      The campaign — and tests — are the final step in the city’s push since 2016 to clean up drinking water after lead levels were found to be among the highest of any major city in the U.S. Similar to the crisis in Flint, Michigan, Newark has had to repair and replace aging infrastructure, and then rebuild trust with residents to convince them the water coming out of their taps is safe.

    • • The Best Ethical Sneakers
      Some Brands Are Much
      More Ethical than Others

      Dec. 1, 2021, (greener ideal) - Most of the popular sneaker brands are far from ethical and repeatedly buying from these brands doesn’t help our environment in the least.

      The hazardous pollution and sweatshop labor characteristic of the fast-fashion industry takes a huge toll on our ecological systems. As consumers, we owe it to the environment to make more sustainable choices and help reduce the burden on it.

    • • Transforming One of NYC’s Dirtiest Freeways Into Green Space
      The Noxious Cross Bronx
      Expressway Could Get an Upgrade
      Thanks to New Fed. Funding

      Nov. 30, 2021, (The Guardian) -It’s an appalling freeway. It’s loud, congested, and contributes to some of the nation’s highest asthma rates.

      But now, after years of organizing from community groups and state lawmakers, there’s federal funding to develop a plan: cover portions of the highway with green space and reconnect neighborhoods separated by the structure.

    • • The Worst Toxic Waste You’ve Probably Never Heard of
      Nurdles Now Plague Our Oceans

      Nov. 29, 2021, (The Guardian) -When the X-Press Pearl container ship caught fire and sank in the Indian Ocean in May, Sri Lanka was terrified that the vessel’s 350 tonnes of heavy fuel oil would spill into the ocean, causing an environmental disaster for the country’s pristine coral reefs and fishing industry.

      The biggest impact was not caused by the heavy fuel oil, nor the hazardous chemicals on board, which included nitric acid, caustic soda and methanol. The most “significant” harm, according to the UN, came from the spillage of 87 containers full of lentil-sized plastic pellets: nurdles.

    • • Deadly Fungal Disease Found in California Salamanders
      Scientists Fear Unchecked Wildlife
      Trade Will Increase Disease Spread

      Nov. 29, 2021, (GoldRushCam)- A scientific study published today revealed the emergence of a deadly fungus in two terrestrial salamander species in California, signaling a need to end the dangerous wildlife trade. This is the first study to document the disease in these species.

      The findings, published in the academic journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science, showed that arboreal salamanders and Santa Lucia Mountains slender salamanders suffered high mortality rates when infected with the chytrid fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd.

    • •  Greenpeace: a Half Century on the Frontline of Environmental Photo Activism
      Check Out the Photo Library

      Nov. 29, 2021, (The Guardian) -Fifty years ago, a ship named the Greenpeace set out to confront and stop US nuclear weapons testing at Amchitka, one of the Aleutian Islands in south-west Alaska.

      Two years later a small boat called the Vega, crewed by David McTaggart, Ann-Marie Horne, Mary Horne and Nigel Ingram sailed into the French nuclear test site area at Moruroa, French Polynesia in the southern Pacific Ocean. Photographers had been using their images for years to publicise situations around the world.

    • • A Green Ammonia Electrolysis Breakthrough
      The Process Could
      Finally Kill Haber-Bosch

      Nov. 29, 2021, (NEW ATLAS)- Scientists at Australia's Monash University claim to have made a critical breakthrough in green ammonia production that could displace the extremely dirty Haber-Bosch process, with the potential to eliminate nearly two percent of global greenhouse emissions.

      Click now to read or listen to the story.
    • • Senegalese Women Are Protesting a Ban on Plastic
      Restrictions on Single-Use
      Bags are Expected to Disproportionately
      Impact Women-Owned Businessess

      Nov. 29, 2021, (Bloomberg CityLab)- Discarded plastic is hard to ignore in Senegal. The litter can’t go unnoticed on a boat ride to the Unesco World Heritage Site Goree Island or on the shoreline of la Baie de Hann in the capital of Dakar.

      The Senegalese government has responded by becoming one of the latest African countries to expand a ban on single-use plastics starting Dec. 31.

    • • Carbon Offsetting: a Beginner’s Guide
      A General Introduction to Becoming
      More Involved in Environmental Preservation

      Nov. 29, 2021, (greener ideal) -Individuals are responsible for roughly 5% of all carbon emissions. However, human activities account for almost all the increases in global green house emissions in the last 150 years. It doesn’t sound like much. In fact, you could argue, if you as an individual contribute that little to greenhouse gas emissions, what’s the point of cutting back or even offsetting?

    • • Rally in Belgrade Demands End to Alarming Air Pollution
      Serbia’s Autocratic President and His
      Populist Government have Dismissed the
      Environmental Protests As Political

      Nov. 28, 2021, (AP)- Thousands of people rallied in Belgrade on Sunday to demand an end to Serbia’s alarming levels of air pollution. The rally came a day after another environmental protest in which demonstrators blocked bridges and roads in different parts of the country and scuffled with riot police.

    • • Sweden Calls For Crypto Mining Ban to Protect its Climate
      Bitcoin Alone Produces Emissions Comparable to a Medium-Sized Country

      Nov. 25, 2021, (ZME Science)- Swedish government officials are asking the European Union (EU) to impose a blanket ban on energy-intensive cryptocurrency mining, so the EU can deliver on its climate targets. The call was made in an open letter signed last week by the directors of Sweden’s Environmental Protection Agency and the Financial Supervisory Authority.

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    Explore the air quality anywhere in the world
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    Air pollution continues to pose one of the biggest threats to human health, with 90% of the global population breathing unsafe air.
    The latest data compiled by IQAir, published in the 2019 World Air Quality Report and the most polluted cities ranking, reveals the changing state of particulate pollution (PM2.5) around the world during 2019.
    The new dataset highlights elevated air pollution levels as a result of climate change events, such as sandstorms and wildfires, and pollution gains from the rapid urbanization of cities, in regions such as Southeast Asia.
    While some achievements have been made in air quality monitoring infrastructure globally, there are still huge gaps in access to data around the world.
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    Oil Spill History
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    "Birds and Oil Don't Mix"

    • • Massive Spill Hits Southern California’s Beaches
      About 3,000 Barrels of Oil Leaked from a Broken Pipeline Off the California Coast

      Oct. 3, 2021, (Bloomberg Green)-California beaches in Northern Orange County were closed and wetlands contaminated by a huge oil spill caused by a broken pipeline off the coast.

      About 3,000 barrels of oil leaked from the pipeline and washed up on beaches and wetlands in Huntington Beach, a popular spot for Southern California surfers and beach goers. The beach’s ocean and shoreline have been closed indefinitely, the city said in a statement Sunday.

    • • Mystery: Origin of the Oil Killing Brazilian Sea Turtles?
      Oil Is Killing Brazil’s Turtles
      Where Is It 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 b lack 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.

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    • • 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.

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    • • 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.

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    • • 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.

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      (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.

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      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.

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      deep in the archives.
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    # 1 - Portland, Ore

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

    # 2 - San Francisco, Cal.

    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.

    Boston

    It'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.

    Berkeley

    A great place to find an abundance of organic and vegetarian restaurants is also on the cutting edge of sustainability. Berkeley is recognized as aleader 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

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    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?

    Redox Power Systems Logo

    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:

    *Always consult with a professional
    before making your choice.