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World on track for dangerous global warming this century warns PriceWaterhouseCoopers - by Takver - Climate IMC
The latest Pricewaterhousecoopers (PwC) Low Carbon Economy Index (LCEI) shows that the world is still on track for 3.7 to 4.8°C of warming by the end of the century, rather than the 2 degrees limit committed to at Copenhagen in 2009 and at subsequent climate talks. Time to take to the streets for the People's Climate March in New York City and in over 2000 locations in 150 countries around the world.
Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 3:55AM
Fracking Equals Climate Change - by Food & Water Watch
Washington D.C. – With just days before the People’s Climate March and one week until the United Nations Summit on Climate Change in New York City, Food & Water Watch released a new report (see PDF) outlining why fracking means more dangerous global warming, along with air pollution, water pollution and other problems. The Urgent Case for a Ban on Fracking provides a comprehensive review of the science behind fracking’s impacts and finds that the only path to a sustainable energy future...
Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:25PM
Federal Court Rules BP’s Reckless Behavior to Blame for 2010 Deepwater Oil Disaster - by Oceana
WASHINGTON – On September 4, a United States federal judge ruled that BP’s reckless and negligent behavior is at fault for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which killed 11 people and caused 200 million gallons of oil to flood into the Gulf of Mexico. The ruling opens up BP to billions of dollars in possible civil penalty fines, including a possible $18 billion under the Clean Water Act.
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:23PM
Lawsuit Seeks Public Records on Keystone XL's Impacts on Endangered Species - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit (see PDF) on September 9 against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the State Department to obtain public records that reveal how the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project will affect migratory birds and endangered species, including whooping cranes. Nearly 10 months ago the Center filed a Freedom of Information Act request for Keystone’s “migratory bird conservation plan” and survey data specifically referenced in th...
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:52PM
3 More NW Illinois Counties Show Insect Resistance to Monsanto's GMO Bt Corn - by Nature Bats Last
Five counties in northwestern Illinois have now shown resistance in western corn rootworms to Monsanto's GMO "Cry3Bb1" Bt protein. This trend of pest insects evolving resistance is expected to continue throughout the corn belt region of the Midwestern U.S., the result raising prices at the supermarkets. The recommendation is to avoid consumption of any and all corn products not specifically labeled "non-GMO" though even these are questionable due to pollen resistance. Humans will take longer ...
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 7:50AM
Urban Agriculture ~ U.S. Census of Agriculture 2017 - by khubaka, michael harris
Urban Agriculture remains a viable job creator, career path and catalyst for community economic development. Preparation for design methodology for the US Census of Agriculture 2017 will include a unique pilot project, California Pan African Urban Agriculture Project
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 5:57AM
Shark Scientists Focus on Finding Out Where Threatened Sharks Swim at International Bogotá - by Joanna Nasar
Shark scientists from around the globe gathered at a conference organized by the Colombian Presidential Agency for International Cooperation to learn how to effectively track the migration patterns and behavior of threatened sharks species with specialized underwater acoustic tags, as well as strengthen the Latin-American Migramar network of scientists studying marine migratory patterns in the Eastern Pacific.
Posted: Tue Sep 9, 2014 10:50AM
Unconventional Oil And Gas Production: A New Era Of Eminent Domain And Condemnation - by Tomas DiFiore
Eminent Domain, Condemnation, Inverse Condemnation... It's a hot topic, in every State of the Union. Combined with 'New Technology Concepts' of Township Drainage - Beyond Forced Pooling and Unitization – Pipelines Employ Eminent Domain and Condemnation. Yet well depletion rates and the costs of maintaining current production levels are an investment sinkhole. Dear Mr. President, that '100 years of energy independence' isn't right beneath our feet anymore, it's being exported. Leases on (und...
Posted: Tue Sep 2, 2014 11:39AM
Despite Risks, Shell Still Wants to Drill in the Arctic Ocean - by Oceana
On August 28, Shell Oil Co. filed its exploration plan to drill offshore oil and gas wells in the U.S. Arctic’s Chukchi Sea with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). This action potentially opens up drilling exploration in the region for a 2015 season. Offshore oil exploration has not been conducted in Alaska’s Arctic since 2012, when Shell had a highly publicized series of blunders during its exploration activity. Without actually being allowed to hit oil, the company received m...
Posted: Tue Sep 2, 2014 12:39AM
Neighbors Sue Minnesota Pig Factory for Creating Unlivable Conditions - by The Humane Society
On August 21 neighbors of a Minnesota pig factory served a legal complaint alleging that horrible odors from the facility have made their lives miserable, and are a nuisance under Minnesota law. The neighbors claim the foul stench from the facility has prevented them from going outdoors or opening their windows, and has isolated them from family and friends.
Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:24PM
20 Corals Protected Under Endangered Species Act Because of Global Warming - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The federal government announced today that 20 species of coral are now protected as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act because global warming, disease and ocean acidification are driving them toward extinction. Today’s decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service responds to a 2009 scientific petition by the Center for Biological Diversity seeking the Act’s protection for 83 corals in U.S. waters. Of the corals receiving protection, five occur in Flor...
Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 4:38PM
Gene Drives Are The Latest Disaster On the GMO Front - by John Thielking
Gene Drives may be a disaster in the making. Pro GMO activists often claim the technique is the ultimate solution while anti-GMO activists claim that the technique is the ultimate problem.
Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:26PM
Requiem for a Species - by Beeline
This September 1st is the 100th anniversary of the death of the very last passenger pigeon. A species that people belieived could never go extinct but went from billions to zero in a few years.
Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 12:14PM
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered CA Birds From Large-scale Desert Solar Project - by Center for Biological Diversity
BLYTHE, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity on August 21 filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Department of the Interior for failing to protect Yuma clapper rails, which are endangered marsh birds, from being killed or injured by large-scale solar projects in the California and Arizona deserts.
Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:54PM
Obama Administration Stealthily OKs Expansion of Tar Sands Transport Through Minnesota - by Center for Biological Diversity
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.— With no public input, the Obama administration has abruptly approved a scheme by Canadian tar sands giant Enbridge to sidestep the “presidential permit” and environmental review process for expanding its Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline. Enbridge had applied to double the capacity of the pipeline, also known as Line 67, that will put it on par with the amount of oil proposed for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:47PM
Turtle Island Partners with Consumer Reports to Warn Seafood Eaters About Mercury - by Joanna Nasar
Turtle Island Restoration Network Partners with Consumer Reports to Warn Seafood Eaters to Avoid Tuna & Swordfish.
Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:53PM
Calling for anti-capitalist bloc at the People's Climate March - by Some NYC @'s
On September 20, 2014, Bill McKibben's 350.org and a host of other Green NGOs are calling ( http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/a-call-to-arms-an-invitation-to-demand-action-on-climate-change-20140521 ) for a massive march through New York City to demand "the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet. A world safe from the ravages of climate change. A world with good jobs, clean air, and healthy communities for everyone."
Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:41PM
Big Oil Permanently Poisons 2 Million Gallons of California Water Each Day - by Californians Against Fracking
LOS ANGELES – At City Hall on August 13, City Councilmember Paul Koretz, Los Angeles residents and California climate and water experts called on Big Oil to stop wasting California’s water. During the worst drought in the state’s recent history, the oil and gas industry is permanently destroying millions of gallons of water and drilling deeper into the earth, threatening dwindling groundwater supplies by using fracking and other water-intensive extraction processes.
Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 3:29AM
Animal Legal Defense Fund Demands Investigation of Morro Bay Aquarium for Tax Fraud - by Animal Legal Defense Fund
MORRO BAY, Calif. — On August 13, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) sent formal complaint letters to California Attorney General Kamala Harris and the Internal Revenue Service, alleging the Morro Bay Marine Rehabilitation Center, the nonprofit arm of the Morro Bay Aquarium, committed tax fraud when it claimed nonprofit tax status based on false claims that the facility provides rehabilitation services to distressed marine animals. However, the Morro Bay Aquarium has no...
Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 3:21AM
Lawsuit Launched to Protect San Diego's Vanishing Wetlands From Airport Runway Project - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN DIEGO— Conservation groups today formally notified the Federal Aviation Administration of plans to file a lawsuit to protect sensitive wetlands and endangered species at the Brown Field Municipal Airport near the San Diego border with Mexico (see PDF). The FAA is funding a runway reconstruction project and failed to include protections for rare wildlife species that live in vernal pools at the airport, such as the San Diego fairy shrimp and San Diego button-celery. A coalition of conser...
Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:40PM