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Is a 1.5°C climate change limit still achievable? - by John Englart (Takver)
While we ponder whether we will overshoot the already dangerous level of 2 Degrees Celsius of warming on the way to 4C or 5C degrees warming by the end of the century, scientists have assessed whether it is still possible to restrict global warming to just 1.5C degrees. The short answer? Yes, it is technologically possible, but requires substantial and immediate emissions reductions with no room for further delay or obstruction.
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 7:29AM
Climate Change Resistance: Seattle rises to oppose Shell's Arctic oil drilling plans - by John Englart (Takver)
Over the last week Royal Dutch Shell has faced stiff public opposition in Seattle to it's Arctic oil exploration program with the arrival of the Noble Explorer and Polar Pioneer oil drilling rigs for maintenance and provisioning in Seattle. Activists say risk of an oil spill is too environmentally dangerous in the Arctic, and exploiting Arctic oil will push global warming past the 2C (3.6F) global average temperature limit that has been internationally agreed.
Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 11:28PM
Martha Huckabuy from St Rose Community One Voice on the need for fenceline air monitoring (audio/mpeg 10.9MB) - by wtulnews
Martha Huckabuy of St Rose Community One Voice describes her experiences living next to the Shell / IMTT oil transport facility, which has doubled in size in the past year, as the United States exports more and more oil to other nations. Martha and st Rose was disturbed by noxious odors from the Shell / IMTT facility and testifies to the Natural Resources committee of the Louisiana house of Representatives on the need for fenceline monitoring
Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 9:26AM
Groups Sue Obama Administration Over Weak Tank Car Standards - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— In the wake of a spate of fiery derailments and toxic spills involving trains hauling volatile crude oil, a coalition of conservation organizations and citizen groups are challenging the U.S. Department of Transportation’s weak safety standards for oil trains. Less than a week after the DOT released its final tank car safety rule on May 1, a train carrying crude oil exploded outside of Heimdal, N.D. Under the current standards, the tank cars involved in the accident would n...
Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 7:02PM
Nurses Join Teachers, Parents and Students to Voice Opposition to Phillips 66 Oil Train - by via California Nurses Association
Registered nurses will join with parents and students for three days of events opposing the Phillips 66 Oil Train Project, which starts this Thursday by urging the Templeton School Board to oppose the controversial Phillips 66 proposal to add five additional rail shipments a week of dirty tar sands crude oil through the center of San Luis Obispo County to Phillips’ Santa Maria refinery. Photo: 2014 oil train derailment in Seattle, Washington. Photo Credit: Flicker user, EcologyWA
Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 9:03AM
Petition Seeks Emergency Moratorium on Imports of Salamanders for Pet Trade - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Save the Frogs today filed a formal petition to the Interior secretary seeking an emergency moratorium on the import of salamanders for the pet trade to prevent introduction of the deadly fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) into the United States. Bsal is a highly virulent pathogen from Asia spreading through the salamander pet trade and killing wild salamanders; it has already nearly wiped out wild fire salamanders in the Neth...
Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 8:33AM
Desmoines Water Works Suing Drainage Districts Over Nitrate Pollution (audio/mpeg 3.7MB) - by Jesse Rafert
The Desmoines Water Works is suing drainage districts for not properly regulating nitrate pollution. This may have an impact on the "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico, which is caused in part by agricultural runoff in the Mississippi River.
Posted: Thu May 7, 2015 10:31PM
On the End of Capitalism - by Ulrike Herrmann
Capitalism will collapse in a chaotic and brutal way... The bridge from capitalism to the new "post-growth economy" is lacking. Hardly anyone reflects about the process of transformation... If the climate should be spared, fly8ing cannot be a human right. The unpleasant R-word that threatens growth will be unavoidable again: renunciation. This cannot be limited to flying since energy consumption can only be reduced by producing less.
Posted: Mon May 4, 2015 8:37AM
Growing global demand for air conditioning as climate change causes extreme heatwaves - by John Englart (Takver)
The latest study of extreme weather events has concluded that 3 out of 4 heatwaves and extreme heat events and nearly one in five heavy rainfall events, on a global scale, can be attributed to human contributions to global warming through greenhouse gas emissions. As temperatures continue to rise, the percentage is set to increase even further. The increase in global demand for air-conditioning adds a further urban heat feedback and demand for energy.
Posted: Sat May 2, 2015 6:02AM
California: 40 percent emissions reduction below 1990 levels by 2030 climate change target - by John Englart (Takver)
Governor Brown announced a major greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 per cent reduction on 1990 levels by 2030, which will boost opportunity for a successful agreement at the Paris climate change talks in December. California's commitment now matches Europe's. But Gov Brown's continued support for fracking is a major climate concern of environmental groups.
Posted: Sat May 2, 2015 2:40AM
Tesla storage Battery launch a revolutionary energy solution for climate change - by John Englart (Takver)
In a remarkable 20 minute presentation on Thursday night, Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Paypal and Tesla Motors, launched a scalable battery storage system aimed at multiple markets: from personal home use, small business to utility scale electricity storage.
Posted: Sat May 2, 2015 2:23AM
Court Challenge Filed to Stop Uranium Mining Next to Grand Canyon National Park - by Center for Biological Diversity
PHOENIX, Ariz.— A coalition of conservation groups announced today they are appealing a lower court decision that opens the door to new uranium mining at the Canyon uranium mine, located only six miles from Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim.
Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:38PM
Myths of Free Trade: Attac Refutes TTIP Arguments - by Attac.de
TTIP and CETA are far more than trade agreements. They help strengthen the power of transnational corporations and weaken democratic institutions. Attac promotes just trade instead of free trade. Labor rights, environmental standards and democracy must have priority over one-sided trade interests. Attac does its utmost for political and economic conditions that set distribution justice and quality of life at the center, not blind growth at any price. The TTIP agreement between the EU and ...
Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:57PM
Recovery Plan for California Tiger Salamander Calls for Protection of 34,000 Acres - by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES— In accordance with a settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a draft recovery plan (see PDF) for the endangered Santa Barbara County population of the California tiger salamander. The plan calls for purchase and permanent protection of up to 34,000 acres of the salamander’s breeding ponds and adjacent uplands.
Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:35PM
On Earth Day Pocan and Schakowsky Introduce Strongest Federal Fracking Ban in the U.S. - by via Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. — On Earth Day, U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), members of the Safe Climate Caucus, introduced the Protect Our Public Lands Act, H.R. 1902. The legislation is the strongest anti-fracking bill introduced in Congress to date and would ban fracking on public lands.
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:13PM
Nearly 80% of Surveyed US Companies Fail to Meet Requirements of Conflict Minerals Law - by Amnesty International
Nearly 80 per cent of U.S. public companies analyzed by human rights groups are failing to adequately check and disclose whether their products contain conflict minerals from Central Africa, a new report by Amnesty International and Global Witness reveals.
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:01PM
New Study: Common Pesticides Pose Significant Risk to Wild Bees - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— A study published today in the journal Nature finds that the use of neonicotinoids, the most widely used insecticides in the United States, has serious consequences for wild bees. The study, conducted in Sweden, finds that in field conditions, neonicotinoid use as a seed coating reduces wild bee density, solitary bee nesting and bumblebee colony growth; it concluded that the “contribution of pesticides to the global decline of wild bees may have been underestimated.” The fin...
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 4:48PM
President Obama’s Earth Day Climate Message Inconsistent With His Support for Fracking - by via Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. – As President Obama prepares to travel to South Florida’s Everglades tomorrow to deliver an Earth Day speech on climate change, the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch is highlighting the disconnect between the President’s statements on climate and his administration’s promotion of fracking on “protected” federal lands – including some in the Everglades region. In March, the Obama administration released toothless regulations that encourage new fracking ...
Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 6:48PM
Politics Faded Out the Constitutional Offensiveness of Trade Agreements - by Axel Flessner, J Baertner and S Liebrich
The arbitration jurisdiction with the ISDS mechanism is the most controversial point of the two trade agreements. US corporations could file lawsuits against the German prohibition of gas production through fracking. They could demand compensation in the billions from the states. States could be deterred by the threat of lawsuits from environmental and labor protective regulations. These agreements are not trade bills but bills to increase corporate profits and privilege foreign investors...
Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:20AM
Coalition Challenges Expansion of Hazardous Herbicide Containing Agent Orange Ingredient - by via Center for Food Safety
San Francisco, Calif. — A coalition of conservation, food safety, and public health groups filed a motion today challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s decision to expand the use of “Enlist Duo” on genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy crops to nine additional states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and North Dakota.
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:37PM