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Lawsuit Challenges Freeway-focused Merced Transportation Plan - by Center for Biological Diversity
MERCED, Calif.— The Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity filed suit in Merced Superior Court today to challenge approval of a transportation and development plan that invests heavily in highways. The plan would dramatically increase air pollution, urban sprawl and greenhouse gas emissions.
Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:54PM
Forest Service Agrees to Reconsider Wilderness Protection in Los Padres National Forest - by Center for Biological Diversity
GOLETA, Calif.— Conservation groups today praised a decision by the U.S. Forest Service to consider stronger protections for wildlife and wildlands across 221,579 acres throughout the Los Padres National Forest in the remote backcountry of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern counties.
Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:50PM
CASS: Where Are You? Check Out The Latest Gambit By CA Dept Of Ag To Spray Everywhere - by John Thielking
Is the group California Alliance to Stop the Spray (CASS) still around? If so, they need to step it up and get on this one.
Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:25AM
ALDF Petitions California to Regulate Greenhouse Emissions from Animal Agriculture - by Animal Legal Defense Fund
SAN FRANCISCO — On October 16, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a formal rulemaking petition with the California Air Resources Board to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from animal agriculture, as it does for the energy and transportation sectors. The petition calls on the agency to require factory farms to report greenhouse gas emissions to the Air Resources Board, which will “cap” these emissions. California’s groundbreaking cap-and-trade program stems ...
Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:19PM
Environmental Groups Respond to Gov. Brown’s Fracking Regulations - by Californians Against Fracking
Final draft regulations rife with industry loopholes and weak protections leave Californians vulnerable
Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:26PM
High Numbers of Sea Turtles, Whales and Seabirds Die in Hawaii Tuna Longline Fishery - by Todd Steiner
An estimated eight sea turtles, including four critically endangered Leatherback sea turtles were killed, and eight false killer whales were injured in the last three months by the Hawaii tuna longline fishery, according to the National Marines Fisheries Service newest report.
Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:49AM
Wind power is cheaper than coal, 70pp - by DG Energy
A leaked report shows wind is the cheapest energy source in Europe, beating the presumably dirt-cheap coal and gas by a mile. Conventional wisdom holds that clean energy is more expensive than its fossil-fueled counterparts. Yet cost comparisons show that renewable energy sources are often cheaper than their carbon-heavy competition.
Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:16PM
Oct. 15th is Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day - by Joanna Nasar
Turtle Island Restoration Network Calls for Action to Safeguard California Sea Turtles from the Driftnet Fishery off California's Shores
Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:05PM
Stemming Mass Wildlife Extinctions Must Drive International Biodiversity Treaty - by Center for Biological Diversity
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea— As diplomats and citizens from all over the world continue gathering at the 12th Conference of the Parties for the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity this week, they face the sobering reality that wild plant and animal species throughout the planet — indeed in every country — continue to vanish at rates not seen since the dinosaur die-off 65 million years ago. According to the Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat itself, in the recent report Glob...
Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:24AM
A Brave New Transatlantic Partnership, 32pp - by Seattle to Brussels Network
Talks between the European Union and the United States on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) took off in the summer of 2013 with many political and business leaders hailing the deal as a silver bullet against the difficult economic recovery affecting both sides of the Atlantic.
Posted: Thu Oct 9, 2014 2:02PM
Keystone Be Darned: Canada Finds Oil Route Around Obama - by Repost
Keystone Be Darned: Canada Finds Oil Route Around Obama
Posted: Wed Oct 8, 2014 6:31PM
Climate Change and the Great Inaction, 20pp - by Sean Sweeney
More information at www.climateandcapitalism.com, www.therealnews.com, www.onthecommons.org, www.worklessparty.org, www.submedia.tv, www.progresssive-economics.ca, www.storyofstuff.com and www.citizen.org.
Posted: Wed Oct 8, 2014 10:38AM
Billions of Gallons of Oil Industry Wastewater Illegally Injected into Central California - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater have been illegally dumped into central California aquifers that supply drinking water and farming irrigation, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. The wastewater entered the aquifers through at least nine injection disposal wells used by the oil industry to dispose of waste contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants.
Posted: Mon Oct 6, 2014 4:42PM
Smithsonian Institution Formulates First Official Climate Change Statement - by via Smithsonian Institution
In conjunction with the one-day symposium “Living in the Anthropocene: Prospects for Climate, Economics, Health, and Security,” the Smithsonian has released the following statement on climate change:
Posted: Sat Oct 4, 2014 1:52AM
From Scarcity to Glut? - by Norbert Nicoll
The industrial countries practice a lifestyle of non-sustainability and consume the resources of the earth too quickly. This is true for energy, raw materials and metals. We will not quickly abandon oil. Still the knowledge of its finiteness cannot be evaded. Along with better technology, unconventional black gold has given us additional time. We should use this time to develop alternative energy infrastructures.
Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 4:23AM
Interview with Naomi Klein - by Joshua Holland
"This is a crisis with spectacularly bad timing because it fell in our laps at the very moment that history was being declared over and liberals around the world were exporting this market fundamentalism. They’re telling us we can’t regulate just when we need to regulate and that we can’t invest in the public sphere just when we need to do exactly that."
Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 2:25PM
Naomi Klein Breaks a Taboo - by The Indypendent
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Klein’s much-anticipated new book, is both surprisingly hopeful and deeply personal as she deftly weaves in her story of struggling to conceive her first child while researching the potential collapse of the natural world.
Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:01AM
16th Annual, California Kwanzaa Ag Expo ~ Expression of the Best Pan-African Traditions - by khubaka, michael harris
California Kwanzaa Ag Expo, is preparing to showcase Black Agriculture collaborative partnerships the #1 Agriculture County in America, December 5-7, 2014, Fresno, California
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:06PM
People's Climate Train Leaves CA En Route to Historic Climate March in New York City - by Center for Biological Diversity
EMERYVILLE, Calif.— More than 100 people — including nuns, ministers, tribal leaders and student activists — boarded the People’s Climate Train this morning for a four-day cross-country trip en route to the large demonstration in the history of the climate movement. The train, organized by the Center for Biological Diversity, will include workshops, discussions and activist trainings as the train passes through lands threatened by the climate crisis.
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:31PM
Federal Court Rules BP’s Reckless Behavior to Blame for 2010 Deepwater Oil Disaster - by Oceana
WASHINGTON – On September 4, a United States federal judge ruled that BP’s reckless and negligent behavior is at fault for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which killed 11 people and caused 200 million gallons of oil to flood into the Gulf of Mexico. The ruling opens up BP to billions of dollars in possible civil penalty fines, including a possible $18 billion under the Clean Water Act.
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:23PM