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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Rare Colorado, Utah Wildflowers Threatened by Oil Shale Mining - by Center for Biological Diversity
DENVER— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today in federal court in Denver challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to deny Endangered Species Act protection to two imperiled wildflowers that live only on oil shale formations in Colorado and Utah. Oil shale and tar sands mining and traditional oil and gas drilling threaten 100 percent of known White River beardtongue populations and over 85 percent of the known Graham’s beardtongue populations.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:57PM
Kentucky's Proposed Tar Sands Mining Puts People, Water, Wildlife at Risk - by Center for Biological Diversity
LOUISVILLE, Ky.— The Center for Biological Diversity today called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny permits for a tar sands mining project in Logan County, Ky., that would include strip-mining wetlands and streams in pursuit of these particularly dirty and dangerous fossil fuels.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 12:05PM
Endangered Gulf of Mexico Sea Turtles Splash into Jindal’s Presidential Bid - by Joanna Nasar
Conservation groups are taking a hard look at Gov. Bobby Jindal’s environmental record in advance of his expected campaign announcement in June. Turtle Island Restoration Network published an op-ed this week in the Houston Chronicle highlighting how Jindal has failed to protect the endangered sea turtles in his home state of Louisiana.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:45AM
New Study Shows Toll of Illegal Fishing on Sharks and Ray Species at Cocos Island National - by Joanna Nasar
A new study published this week in Conservation Biology (available here) investigates Costa Rica’s ability to adequately enforce and protect it’s crown jewel of marine protected areas (MPAs) – Cocos Island National Park – from illegal longline fishing. The study, “Shifting elasmobranch community assemblage at Cocos Island—an isolated marine protected area,” was authored by R. White Easton, Mark C. Myers, Joanna Mills Flemming, and Julia K. Baum.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 9:36AM
Proposed Bill Major Step Forward for Preventing Fiery Oil Train Derailments - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— In response to the recent spate of fiery derailments that have highlighted the dangers posed by oil trains, Senators Maria Cantwell, (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein, (D-Calif.), Tammy Baldwin, (D-Wis.), and Patricia Murray, (D-Wash.), have proposed a bill that would remove the most dangerous tank cars from service, increase track inspections, and help to ensure that first responders have the equipment needed to respond to derailments.
Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:51PM
Indigenous Land conflict in Brazil – Support needed NOW - by Ardaga - Huu-té Dschaam Dscheu
The once ~5 to 6 million Indigenous People in Brazil are down to less than 1 million. And those brave survivors of a genocide machine of half a millennium are still being brutalized and deceived by state and parallel authorities. And while the media reports nothing on it, Indigenous people are fighting for survival, their legal lands and against spree killings right now. This is a brand new eyewitness report. And a plea for YOUR support!
Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:06AM
New Report Links World's Most Commonly Used Herbicide to Cancer - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— A new report by the World Health Organization has linked the world’s most commonly used herbicides to cancer. Glyphosate — widely known as Roundup and marketed by Monsanto — has also been linked to the decline of many wildlife species, including the monarch butterfly. The WHO determined that glyphosate and two other insecticides, malathion and diazinon, are “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:49PM
Hawaii Green Sea Turtles Remain ‘Threatened’ Despite Petitioners Efforts to Delist - by Joanna Nasar
Climate Change, Development & Hawaii Longline Fishery Listed as Threats to Population
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:53PM
Juvenile Green Sea Turtle ‘Gina’ Migrates Over 310 Miles from Cocos Island to Golfo Dulce - by Joanna Nasar
First evidence of habitat connectivity accomplished by collaborative tagging efforts (Photos and Map Available).
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:46AM
Obama Administration's Weak New Fracking Rule Endangers Public Lands, Climate - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— Interior Secretary Sally Jewell today released a weak new rule for hydraulic fracturing on public lands that does little to reduce fracking pollution’s dangerous contribution to global warming and damage to America’s air, water and wildlife.
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:44AM
Misguided Border Security Bill Threatens Public Lands - by Center for Biological Diversity
TUCSON, Ariz.— Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) today jointly introduced the “Arizona Borderlands Protection and Preservation Act” in the U.S. Congress. A press release from Sen. McCain’s office claims that the bill is necessary to grant border security personnel full access to federal lands along the Arizona-Mexico border, including national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and monuments.
Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:33PM
Rock Palmero III from TELS 2015 on the decades of litigation from LA oil and gas fields (audio/mpeg 42.6MB) - by WTUL News and Views
An introduction to Legacy Lawsuits in the energy sacrifice zone of the United States, the Louisiana coast.
Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:08PM
March 2015 is “Say No To Palm Oil Month” - by Tomas DiFiore
The recent NPR story on All Things Considered about the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program and Doctor Ian Singleton, which was quite well done, made the claim that it is “illegal logging and land clearing for palm plantations” that threatens Orangutan habitat on Sumatra (Indonesia). There are many forms of legal pathways to deforestation used by Indonesia to expand plantations: the Plasma expansion for existing palm plantations, (the Small Holders option), legal interpretations of th...
Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:26PM
Fukushima Four Years Later - by Tara Dorabji
Audio from antinuclear activst in Fukushima.
Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:36PM
Democracy for Sale: Stop Fast Track and TTIP! - by Elisabeth Beer, Alexandra Endres & H Boediek
The investment protection clause of the TTIP grants investors special protection regarding their so-called "legitimate expectations." Businesses can sue when they feel restricted in their business activity by new laws in the public interest. Financial services are an important sector for US investors. "Regulatory chill" is also an important theme. Life-saving generics will be denied and fracking companies can sue when foreign investors are set above everything. An "Alternative Trade Mandate"...
Posted: Mon Mar 9, 2015 4:33AM
Another Oil Train Derails and Catches Fire in Ontario - by Center for Biological Diversity
GOGAMA, Ont.— An oil train derailed and caught fire early this morning in Ontario near the town of Gogama, the second such incident in Ontario in three weeks, and the fourth oil train wreck in North America in the same time period. Since Feb. 14, there have also been fiery oil train derailments in West Virginia and Illinois. The Illinois wreck occurred just two days ago, and the fire from that incident is still burning.
Posted: Sat Mar 7, 2015 10:32PM
Hermosa Beach Voters Win Limits to Harmful Oil Development - by Californians Against Fracking
In La Habra Heights, residents remain committed to stopping extreme oil extraction and vote against Measure O, which would have overturned a longtime ban on oil drilling.
Posted: Fri Mar 6, 2015 4:50PM
Hermosa Beach Voters Defeat Measure to Overturn Oil Drilling Ban - by Dan Bacher
“Despite the oil industry’s aggressive efforts, the people of Hermosa Beach voted to protect their communities, their air, their water and their health from further exposure to the risks of dangerous oil drilling,” said Adam Scow of Californians Against Fracking and California Director of Food & Water Watch. “The victory is yet another example of how Californians are standing up in growing numbers to protect their homes, schools and our state’s vulnerable water supplies."
Posted: Fri Mar 6, 2015 2:20PM
Save Mother Earth. 43 Ways To Reforest The Planet - by FN
Meat is the food which most harms the earth. Fruit is the food which most helps it. Vegetables are linear. Fruit and nut trees are spherical.
Posted: Fri Mar 6, 2015 8:36AM
New Orleans: City Park for Everyone coalition speaks out against golf course construction (audio/mpeg 15.4MB) - by WTUL News & Views
Members of the City Park for Everyone coalition speak out about the golf course construction that just began in the park. (11:11 audio)
Posted: Fri Mar 6, 2015 7:39AM