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text Lke Tahoe water - by Charlie Peters
Drought, EPA, Audit, Senator Gaines, Attorney General, AB 32 climate Change,
Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:49PM
text 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
text 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
text Bad Memory? - by Beeline
Just in case you guys forgot-today is EARTH DAY
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:36PM
text 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
text CA Approves Plan Allowing Oil Companies to Continue Contaminating Underground Water - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Oil companies can continue dumping millions of gallons of waste fluid a day into scores of protected California aquifers under a plan approved today by the state’s Office of Administrative Law.
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:24PM
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
text Lawsuit Targets 30-year Plan for Marine Terminal Receiving Ships Full of Dangerous Crude - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Environmental groups sued the California State Lands Commission on April 17 for approving a 30-year plan for refinery operations at a Suisun Bay marine terminal that will receive hundreds of tankers full of dangerous crude oil feedstocks, including highly explosive Bakken crude.
Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:30PM
text The Clean Energy Blockade - by Emily Nuntrely
The oil and battery industries have spent over $73 Billion on disinformation and lobby campaigns to keep it from happening. Kleiner Perkins, Elon Musk and a cartel of Silicon Valley VC’s that control the battery market, will stop at nothing to sabotage it. The most powerful thing in the galaxy, our Sun, is powered by it. You can get it from any organic material, or body of water, anywhere, in any country, any place on Earth. If the word is even mentioned once in any blog, anywhere on th...
Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 2:42PM
text Comments on the European Commission's approach to investor-state arbitration - by Gus Van Harten
Gus Van Harten is an associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.
Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 11:05AM
text 250 Native Elk Die Inside Fenced-in Area at Point Reyes National Seashore - by Center for Biological Diversity
POINT REYES, Calif.— The National Park Service has acknowledged that that more than 250 tule elk died inside the fenced Pierce Point Elk Preserve at California’s Point Reyes National Seashore from 2012 to 2014, likely due to lack of access to year-round water. While nearly half the elk inside the fenced area died, free-roaming Point Reyes elk herds with access to water increased by nearly a third during the same period.
Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:04AM
text Endangered Sperm Whale Washes Ashore at Pacifica Beach - by Joanna Nasar
A sperm whale washed ashore in Pacifica, the cause of its death is still unknown. Sperm whales are endangered and off the coast of California on of the main threats to their survival is the California driftnet fishery for swordfish, which sets out huge mega nets and indiscriminately catches, harms or kills whatever happens to swim into those nets.
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:31AM
text Mendocino County Suspends Contract With Rogue Federal Wildlife-killing Program - by Center for Biological Diversity
MENDOCINO, Calif.— In response to legal pressure from a coalition of animal protection and conservation groups, Mendocino County officials agreed today to suspend the renewal of the county’s contract with the notorious federal wildlife-killing program known as Wildlife Services, pending an environmental review that will include consideration of nonlethal predator control methods. The county’s decision came after the coalition, and a Mendocino resident, filed a lawsuit against the county...
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:57PM
text Questions Remain After UC's Tree Removal at People's Park - by Molly Batchelder
This letter was sent on 3-27-15 to UC Capital Projects Project Manager, David Johnson, as well as Christine Shaff, Communications Director at UC Berkeley Real Estate, two individuals directed to handle public concerns regarding the recent tree removal at People's Park. Both emails bounced back. The letter addresses some of my concerns after reading the HortScience Arborist Report and reasons for recommended tree removals.
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:22PM
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
text California Salmon and Wildlife Win Court Protection From Logging - by Center for Biological Diversity
YREKA, Calif.— A federal court has halted a logging plan in northern California that would have harmed old-growth forests and federally protected fish and owls. The decision by the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, stems from a lawsuit filed by three conservation groups against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service in 2013 for approving a “habitat conservation plan” for Fruit Growers Supply Company that allowed it to log thousan...
Posted: Tue Apr 7, 2015 9:23AM
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

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