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Year After Standoff Over Nevada Cattle Trespass, Questions Remain About Unpaid Fees - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Attorney General Eric Holder today formally requesting a public update by April 5 on the status of the case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, whose livestock trespass on public lands led to a standoff last year after the Bureau of Land Management’s failed attempt to round up livestock.
Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:15PM
Voices from the Gulf: Monique Verdin My Louisiana Love (audio/mpeg 4.9MB) - by WTUL News
Monique Verdin of My Louisiana Love tells of when she first sawthe oil wash in from BP's disaster in the Gulf in 2010
Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:02PM
Bells Across the Land: Sesquicentennial Celebration of Freedom - by khubaka, michael harris
On April 9, 1865, Union Genearl Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate General Robert E. Lee to set the terms of the Confederate Army surrender, beginning the end the US Civil War, the symbolic ending of four years of bloodsheed and America's Peculicar Institution.
Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:30AM
Nurses Welcome Veto of Keystone XL Pipeline Bill - by via National Nurses United
National Nurses United today welcomed President Obama’s veto of the Congressional legislative efforts to force the construction of the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline from the forests of Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: Raji Ward RN speaks at KXL Veto Action.
Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 6:37PM
Sustainable Palm Oil Certification: Principles And Criteria In Crisis - by Tomas DiFiore
Merging the Palm Oil Plantation development index on human rights abuses and the global oil and gas development index on human rights abuses One country takes the lead, Malaysia. (Other countries that produce palm oil and oil or natural gas for export include Indonesia, Liberia, Brazil, Venezuela). Land grabs for plantations are common place, and in some instances can be reversed. Global peasant and indigenous communities are rising up against corporate greed. The affluent health and cosmetic...
Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:39AM
Nuclear Shutdown News February 2015 - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the continuing decline of the US nuclear industry, and the people working for better energy alternatives.
Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:22PM
Deforestation-Free And Zero-Deforestation, Palm Oil's Carbon Footprint - by Tomas DiFiore
Zero-deforestation, Temporary Deforestation And Sustainable Palm Oil Plantations, High Carbon Stocking and High Conservation Value Forests are concepts printed on paper from pulp likely linked to deforestation. Commodity certification standards 'Responsible' and 'Sustainable' undermine organic, fair-trade, and local food systems. Indigenous land uses and rights are acknowledged in different countries under different conditions of tenure and recorded history. Few countries acknowledge legal de...
Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:33PM
Groups Applaud U.S. Dietary Guidelines' New Sustainability Focus - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— A broad coalition of 49 health, environment and animal-welfare groups urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to embrace the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s sustainability recommendations that were submitted to the agency today.
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:32PM
San Luis Obispo City to Send Letter of Opposition to Phillips 66 Oil Train Project - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.—The San Luis Obispo City Council authorized city staff Tuesday night to send a letter opposing the Santa Maria Phillips 66 rail spur project, which would bring mile-long oil trains carrying 2.5 million gallons of crude nearly every day through San Luis Obispo. The letter will be sent from Mayor Jan Marx to the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission on behalf of the city, urging it to reject the project.
Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:56PM
TTIP: Trifling Economic Advantages at the Cost of Democracy and the Public Interest - by Werner Raza and Heribert Schmitz
The controversial investment-protection agreement establishes a parallel justice giving security to all investors.. The states would be liable for compensations for any lower profits.. The state and local governments could not pass any laws or regulations that could have a negative impact on the profits of businesses. Our democracy could become a paper tiger.. We all know our planet can only survive when we do everything in our power for a sustainable economy in all areas.
Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:04AM
USDA Approves GMO Apples Despite Opposition from Apple Industry and Consumers - by Food & Water Watch
The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ genetically engineered Arctic Apples. These apples are engineered to resist browning when sliced. The USDA’s environmental review received 73,000 comments that overwhelmingly opposed the commercialization of Arctic Apples. This decision marks the first approval of an aesthetically-improved genetically engineered food and will expand the reach of GMO products into the produce aisle, which currently only offers a sma...
Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:50AM
Advocates Urge FDA to Halt Risky GMO Mosquito Release - by Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C.— Today, the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch urged the FDA to prevent the British biotechnology company Oxitec from releasing millions of unregulated GMO mosquitoes in the Florida Keys this spring and to require the company to submit to a formal agency review (see PDF). GMO mosquitoes are not adequately regulated, either by federal or local agencies, and may pose significant risks to human health and the environment.
Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:07PM
Cherán K’eri: Political parties are dead to us in this town - by El Enemigo Común
In April, the Purépecha municipality of Cherán K’eri, Michoacán is celebrating four years of its uprising to end organized crime in its territory.
Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 3:07PM
Sespe Fracking Hearing Draws Crowd - by Save the Sespe
Locals ask DOGGR to "do the science before you do the fracking"
Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:58PM
Sierra Club Condemns State Injection Well Practices, Calls for Investigation - by Sierra Club California Press Release
SACRAMENTO—On February 6, the Associated Press reported that more than 2,500 injection wells that put aquifers that are federally protected or provide drinking water at risk in California have been permitted by a California agency. At least 46 percent of those—or 1,172—have been permitted in the last four years.
Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:50AM
Dr. Jill Stein for President - by www.jill2016.com
Imagine a presidential candidate not stuffing her pockets and legitimating the status quo of lobbyists writing laws, unending wars, tax evasion by corporations in the Cayman Islands, exploding inequality, statistical acrobatics on job creation and pipelines and coal trains! Alternatives of community centers and reduced working hours, person-oriented work, qualitative growth instead of quantitative growth, a service and caring economy, exchanging roles and true redistribution should be encour...
Posted: Mon Feb 9, 2015 5:24AM
Oilfield Surfactants Market to Increase to Over $1 Billion by 2020 due to Fracking - by Fracking News
An international analytics firm estimates that due to the growth in demand for oil field surfactants used in fracking, the surfactant market will grow to over $1 Billion by the year 2020. The companies Stepan, Azkonobel, Huntsman, Lubrizol, Dow Chemicals and BASF are some of the prominent market players in oil field surfactants.
Posted: Sat Feb 7, 2015 7:24PM
New Solar Farm in Cuba Part of Socialist Solution to Global Warming - by Steven Argue
[Photo: Solar panels donated to Cuba by the People's Republic of China in Parque Fotovoltaico.]
Posted: Sat Feb 7, 2015 3:06AM
Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary Nomination Proposed for CA Central Coast - by Sierra Club California
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA—The Northern Chumash Tribal Council, joined by other groups and individuals, on February 2 formally requested the nomination of a new “Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary” in an application to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Posted: Thu Feb 5, 2015 5:45PM
Maryland Legislators Introduce Fracking Moratorium Bill - by Food & Water Watch
Annapolis, Md. – Maryland Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo, Senator Karen Montgomery, and 46 other General Assembly members today introduced the Protect Our Health and Communities Act, a bill to enact a long-term statewide moratorium on fracking. At the same time, a new statewide group of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals, Concerned Health Professionals of Maryland (CHP-Md), released a letter to General Assembly leadership (see PDF), signed by more than 100 Maryland health profes...
Posted: Thu Feb 5, 2015 5:29PM