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text 10th Circuit Court Rejects Navajo Coal Mine Emergency Motion - by Center for Biological Diversity
DENVER— Two days after a federal district court halted coal mining within a newly expanded area of New Mexico’s Navajo Mine, mine operators filed an emergency motion asking the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to allow that coal mining to resume. The appeals court on Thursday denied that motion, saying that the Navajo Mine’s owner, the Navajo Transitional Energy Company, “failed to make the requisite showing” justifying their request to restart coal mining.
Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:49PM
text 5 Years After Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Obama Pursues More Offshore Drilling - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— Five years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Gulf of Mexico is still reeling from the nation’s biggest oil spill yet the Obama administration is pursuing dangerous new offshore oil drilling projects in the Gulf and in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, putting more wildlife at risk and exacerbating global climate change.
Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:33PM
audio Pearl River conference (audio/mpeg 2.9MB) - by Jesse Rafert
3 minute piece on american river endangered river nomination pearl river
Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 5:52PM
text Fast Track, TPP and TTIP Should Be Scrapped! - by Thilo Bode
How scandalous that communities and states should lose sovereignty to corporations! In the TTIP negotiated in secret, corporations can sue states for lost profits. The threat of a lawsuit can have a chilling effect on labor and environmental protective regulations. A parallel private arbitration system (ISDS) is created that privileges foreign investors over labor and the environment. Philip Morris, Violea, Vattenfall, Occidental, Pacific Rim and Metalclad are flagrant examples of profit ...
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:20AM
text Groups Challenge Major USDA Change to Organic Rule - by via Food & Water Watch
Organic stakeholders filed a lawsuit in federal court, maintaining that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) violated the federal rulemaking process when it changed established procedures for reviewing the potential hazards and need for synthetic chemicals in certified organic food. A coalition of 15 organic food producers and farmer, consumer, environmental, and certification groups asked the court to require USDA to reconsider its decision on the rule change and reinstitute the agency...
Posted: Thu Apr 9, 2015 5:46PM
text Federal Judge OKs Uranium Mining Next to Grand Canyon National Park - by Center for Biological Diversity
PHOENIX, Ariz.— U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell denied a request to halt new uranium mining at the Canyon uranium mine, located only six miles from Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim. The Havasupai tribe and a coalition of conservation groups had challenged the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to allow Energy Fuels Inc. to reopen the mine without initiating or completing formal tribal consultations and without updating an obsolete federal environmental review dating to 1986. ...
Posted: Wed Apr 8, 2015 1:08PM
image American Airlines Announces on Twitter Shark Fin Shipment Ban 120_screen_shot_2015-04-07_at_1.06.24_pm.jpg original image ( 336x71) - by Joanna Nasar
American Airlines sent out tweets today announcing that they will no longer be shipping shark fins.
Posted: Tue Apr 7, 2015 12:38PM
text TTIP: Corporate Interests Against Citizens - by Maja Volland
The regulatory approaches of the EU and the US are fundamentally different. In the US, environmental- and consumer protection functions according to the principle of precaution. State regulations protect the environment and health. The obligation to provide evidence that a product is harmless lies with the manufacturer or importer... The lower cost standard will prevail when standards between the EU and the US are harmonized TTIP serves economic interests first of all and not safeguarding ...
Posted: Tue Apr 7, 2015 4:03AM
text Endangered Hammerhead Shark Fins Exported from Costa Rica, Touch Down Illegally in U.S. - by Joanna Nasar
Conservation groups PRETOMA and Turtle Island Restoration Network and have found evidence that hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) are being exported from Costa Rican ports and flown to plates in Hong Kong by way of stop-overs on U.S. soil.
Posted: Mon Apr 6, 2015 11:18AM
image World Social Forum 2015 in Tunis Joins the Cry "Nous Sommes Bardo!" 120_bardo_1_-_20150329.jpg original image ( 600x400) - by Sharat G. Lin
The World Social Forum in Tunis (24-28 March 2015) closes with resounding unity against global warming, neoliberalism, militarism, terrorism, and for the increasingly important role of women in making another world possible.
Posted: Sun Apr 5, 2015 4:08AM
image Court Rules Navy War Games Violate Law Protecting Whales and Dolphins 120_whales-cc-denis-hawkins.jpg original image ( 240x240) - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
LOS ANGELES (March 31, 2015) —A federal court today announced that the U.S. Navy’s training and testing activities off the coast of Southern California and Hawaii illegally harm more than 60 whale, dolphin, seal, and sea lion populations. The U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii, found that the National Marine Fisheries Service – the agency charged with protecting marine mammals – violated multiple requirements of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act when...
Posted: Wed Apr 1, 2015 4:44PM
text Court Rules Navy Training in Pacific Violates Laws Meant to Protect Whales, Sea Turtles - by Center for Biological Diversity
HONOLULU— A federal judge ruled on Tuesday (see PDF) that the National Marine Fisheries Service acted illegally in approving U.S. Navy testing and training activities in the Pacific Ocean that threaten widespread harm to whales, dolphins, other marine mammals and imperiled sea turtles.
Posted: Wed Apr 1, 2015 2:04PM
text Nuclear Shutdown News, March Edition - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the continuing decline of the US nuclear industry, and highlights efforts of those who are democratically working to bring about a renewable energy future. As nuclear plants in the US are approaching or surpassing their 40 year operating life, their ability to operate properly and safely lessens, creating more and more problems across the nation.
Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:22PM
text BREAKING: WikiLeaks Leaks TPP Draft!!! - by www.dailykos.com
An ambitious 12-nation trade accord pushed by President Obama would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government for actions that undermine their investment “expectations” and hurts their business, according to a classified document.
Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:46AM
image California Must Support 'No New Offshore Drilling' From Alaska, to North Carolina 120_offshore-comment-generic_v1.jpg original image ( 1200x794) - by Tomas DiFiore
China (SINOPEC) and Malaysia (Petronas) both state owned companies, under repressive regimes, own leases and drilling rights from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. America's Resources are being exploited for the sake of foreign countries. As Americans look towards renewables and clean energy, corporate international trade policies are selling the dirty polluting resources and drilling rights, to willing buyers – Asia, which have to commit to leaving their own hydrocarbon reserves in the ground.
Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:54AM
image Lawsuit Filed to Protect Rare Colorado, Utah Wildflowers Threatened by Oil Shale Mining 120_grahams_beardtongue_penstemon_grahamii_susan_meyer.jpg original image ( 1500x2000) - 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
document Kentucky's Proposed Tar Sands Mining Puts People, Water, Wildlife at Risk 3-26-2015_kentucky_tar_sands_comments.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - 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
text 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
image New Study Shows Toll of Illegal Fishing on Sharks and Ray Species at Cocos Island National 120_coco-island-2015.jpg original image ( 800x533) - 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
text 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

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