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US Beaches Fall Victim to Federal Budget Again - by Surfrider Foundation
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Mar. 5, 2014—The White House released the federal budget for FY2015 yesterday that proposes to eliminate all funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) BEACH Act grant program that supports water-testing programs at beaches around the country.
Posted: Sat Mar 8, 2014 3:45AM
Organic Farmers Pay the Price for GMO Contamination - by Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. — This week, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture wraps up its comment period on the feasibility of genetically engineered (GMO) and non-GMO crops to coexist, Food & Water Watch in partnership with the Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing (OFARM) releases survey results (see PDF) that clearly show contamination from GMO crops is happening and it’s non-GMO farmers who are paying the price.
Posted: Mon Mar 3, 2014 7:13PM
More Whales Slaughtered in Whale Sanctuary - Bob Barker under attack for the third time - by SSCS Australia report
Today, Sunday March 2, at approximately 10:05 AEDT, Sea Shepherd located the factory vessel of the Japanese whaling fleet, the Nisshin Maru, at 74°23’ S, 178°55’ W inside the Ross Sea Dependency, with a dead, protected Minke Whale onboard, and blood running from the side of the ship. Slabs of whale meat were also photographed on the deck, along with the severed head of a recently butchered whale.
Posted: Sun Mar 2, 2014 1:24AM
L.A. City Council votes to write fracking moratorium - by Dan Bacher
In a historic vote, the LA City Council voted unanimously to write a moratorium on fracking. Congratulations go to all of the people who helped make this happen, including Adam Scow, Lauren Steiner, Conner Everts, Food and Water Watch and Californians Against Fracking and many others. Below is the press release from Californians Against Fracking. Photo courtesy of Food and Water Watch.
Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:56PM
Los Angeles City Council Approves Moratorium on Fracking within City Limits - by Environment California
Sacramento—The Los Angeles City Council has just voted to approve and ordinance to place a moratorium on fracking within Los Angeles’ city limits. The ordinance authored by Councilmember Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin passed unanimously.
Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:54AM
Harnessing the wind to fight the storms of climate change - by Takver - Climate IMC
How Offshore wind turbines can win a david and goliath battle with hurricanes. Here is a lateral idea: build large offshore wind farms that provide electricity from day to day, but also substantially decrease damaging hurricane or tropical cyclone wind speed and storm surge.
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:44PM
Decolonizing Pipeline Resistance: Interview with Freda Huson - by Lee Veeraraghavan
As the battle over the Keystone XL pipeline intensifies in the United States, the Canadian province of British Columbia faces similar battles of its own. Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, if approved, would transport diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to the Pacific Coast.
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:16AM
California Solar Jobs Grew 8% in 2013 - by Environment California
California has more than 47,000 people employed manufacturing and installing pollution-free solar energy, according to a national Solar Jobs Census released on February 11 by The Solar Foundation. According to the analysis, California continues to rank 1st in nation for total solar jobs, with approximately one-third of all solar jobs in the country. Growth in the state’s solar jobs is expected to surge by over 22% by the end of 2014.
Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:00PM
New Poll Shows Californians Aware of Drought, Want Action - by Steven Maviglio
Strategies to Stretch Local Water Supplies Favored
Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:00AM
FracNatural The Unconventional Energy Boost - by Tomas DiFiore
Two studies: One study is based on algorithms of expansion under economic models with unquantified terms such as 'prudent development' of the Monterey Shale. And one study is based on the geologic strata, actual well numbers, production records per well, core analysis by industry logs, source rocks vs migration and trapping timescales, production trends over the course of time, maturity of fields and known reservoir assets vs new exploration, and shifting company profiles and investments.
Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:44PM
Sea Shepherd Locates Japanese Whale Poaching Fleet in Ross Sea, Prepares for Interception - by SSCS Australia report
Sea Shepherd vessels have again located the Japanese whaling fleet in the Ross Sea area near Antarctica, disrupting whaling and are on course to intercept the vessels to maintain disruption to the commercial whaling operation.
Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 5:39PM
US Ski Team Member Andrew Newell & 105 Winter Olympians Call For Climate Action - by Protect Our Winters (POW)
February 10th, 2014
Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:17PM
The Olympic Winter Games: Catalyst for Climate Solutions - by Sam Bliss
The snow-challenged Sochi Olympics contribute to climate change rather than work to fix it, but the Games should be a force for reducing emissions and slowing global warming
Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:06PM
1,000+ Health Professionals Call on President Obama to Act on Fracking - by Environment America
Washington, D.C. – On February 20, Environment America Research & Policy Center and its state affiliates delivered letters (see PDF) from more than 1,000 doctors, nurses, and other health professionals to President Obama and state decision-makers asserting that fracking should be stopped, given the overwhelming threats to public health. The letters come as public awareness of the health and environmental impacts of fracking is on the rise. For example, in a peer-reviewed study published las...
Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:13PM
Nuclear Power Will Set Us Back in the Race to Curb Global Warming - by Environment America
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On February 19 Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced final approval for $6.5 billion in loan guarantees for Southern Company to build two more reactors at the Vogtle nuclear site in Georgia. In 2010, when these loan guarantee was first proposed, Environment America released a critical report: The Nuclear Bailout: President Obama’s high risk gamble on new reactors undermines the fight against global warming (see PDF).
Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:02PM
Kasich Administration Caught Up in Fracking Conspiracy Cover-up - by Sierra Club
Columbus, OH – In an attempt to bury a story about a planned administration spanning conspiracy to promote fracking in public parks, a secret communications plan was leaked by Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s administration to reporters late Friday afternoon.
Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:22AM
Frac King Drills Democracy In Corporate Civil Rights Case - by Tomas DiFiore
No Horizontal Drilling, No Hydraulic Fracturing, No Drilling For Oil, No Exploring For Natural Gas In Mora County, New Mexico. Mora County passed an ordinance in April 2012, that bans drilling for oil and gas, bans the use of water for hydraulic fracturing, and declares that corporations aren't people. A Ban ... To Eliminate The Constitutional Rights And Privileges Of Corporations, sounds fine.
Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:27AM
Comment on the Keystone XL Pipeline - Open until March 7, 2014 - by www.citizen.org
Nature is our partner and basis for future survival, not a free good, external or sink. According to environmental economist Hans Christoph Binswanger, the three crises - mass unemployment, environmental destruction and trade balance - can only be solved by abandoning the model of quantitative growth and embarking on qualitative growth. A job in education costs 1/10 what a joy in a capital intensive industry like chemical dyes costs.
Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:07PM
EPA Releases Guidelines on the Use of Diesel Fuel in Fracking Fluid - by Environment California
Sacramento, CA. – On February 11, as we learn more every day about the chemicals used in fracking that threaten our environment and health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a long-awaited guidance for regulating the use of diesel fuel in fracking fluid under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Investigations show that diesel fuel, known to be hazardous to human health, has been used in fracking operations in California.
Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:31AM
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Coho Salmon From Logging on Oregon's State Forests - by Center for Biological Diversity
PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity on February 13 filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Oregon Department of Forestry for logging that is hurting threatened coho salmon and damaging stream health on the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests (see PDF). According to the notice, logging on steep landslide-prone slopes and hauling timber on badly designed roads is polluting streams with sediment and harming the fish.
Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 12:10AM