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Nuclear Shutdown News, December 2014 - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the continuing decline of the US nuclear power industry. As nuclear power reactors approach or surpass their planned operating life of 40 years, they have become less and less reliable and more and more threatening. What to do about this? A complete and immediate shut down of them all! NO NUKES! Here’s our December report.
Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:07PM
New York Fracking Ban Increases Pressure on Obama to Protect Public Lands From Fracking - by Center for Biological Diversity
ALBANY, N.Y.— After years of public pressure, New York today became the second state to ban hydraulic fracturing because of risks to people and the environment. The announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo adds to the pressure on the Obama administration to end fracking across the country, including on America’s public lands.
Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:59PM
Save the Bay! Is UC Berkeley Building a research center to do GMO research on SF Bay? - by BP - GMO spill anyone?
In 2007 BP entered into a $500 million contract with UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley Lab to build research facilities for BP researchers and now they plan to build right on the waterfront. Should BP be allowed access to Bay front property in light of their environmental record. What happens when GMO polution results from their research? Help Save the Bay Stop the Richmond Field Station project...
Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 5:27PM
Congressman Mark Pocan Introduces Bill to Ban Fracking on Public Lands - by Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. – On December 10, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) introduced a bill to ban fracking for oil and gas on federally owned, public lands with Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL-09). This is the strongest federal bill against fracking introduced in Congress to date. Along with the introduction of the bill, Food & Water Watch released the results of a national poll conducted by Lake Research Partners, which finds that 48 percent of Americans oppose fracking on public lands,...
Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:38PM
California Supreme Court to Review North Coast Railroad Environmental Lawsuit - by Teri Shore
For Immediate Release Patty Clary, Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs) 707.834.4833 Scott Greacen, Friends of the Eel River (FOER) 707.502.4555 Conflicting appellate court decisions create uncertainty regarding environmental assessments required of High Speed Rail and other publicly owned railroads The state’s highest court on Wednesday agreed to review an appeal of a lower court’s decision that would exempt publicly owned railroads from having to comply with California’s ...
Posted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 10:08AM
Technology and More Than 32,000 Square Miles of Area Closures Will Safeguard Atlantic Blue - by Joanna Nasar
After five years of work by Turtle Island, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and our partners, NOAA Fisheries officially announced new, stricter regulations for the U.S. Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery.
Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:42AM
Reducing Waste in the Holiday Season - by Amanda Baxter
Take a second look at how you buy and wrap your presents this holiday season. How much are you wasting?
Posted: Mon Dec 8, 2014 8:32PM
Moving Forward From Plastic Bags - by Tanner Leonhardt
Although California is making strides in respects to plastic bag waste, I feel we must completely do away with plastic bags altogether. There should no longer be an option to pay 10 cents a piece to still be able to get plastic bags for groceries and other things.
Posted: Mon Dec 8, 2014 3:28PM
Plans Halted for Widening Highway Through Ancient Redwoods in Richardson Grove State Park - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— After years of opposition, Caltrans has rescinded its approvals for a controversial highway-widening project that would endanger ancient redwood trees in Richardson Grove State Park, along Highway 101 in Humboldt County. Conservation groups and local residents this week dismissed a lawsuit they filed in federal court in July in exchange for Caltrans abandoning the project approvals and agreeing to restart the environmental review if the agency pursues the project. Caltrans ha...
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 8:22PM
Lawsuit Launched Against Offshore Fracking in California's Santa Barbara Channel - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Interior Department for violating three federal laws by rubber-stamping offshore fracking in California’s Santa Barbara Channel without evaluating its polluting effects on coastal communities or blue whales, sea otters and other marine wildlife.
Posted: Thu Dec 4, 2014 12:16PM
Thirty years on from Bhopal disaster: Still fighting for justice - by Amnesty International
On the night of 2nd December, 1984, toxic gas had leaked from a factory run by Union Carbide India Ltd spreading fumes over a large residential area in Bhopal.
Posted: Tue Dec 2, 2014 3:15PM
EPA Clean Power Plan Low-and Zero-carbon Generating Capacity – Nuclear Power Plants - by Tomas DiFiore
A long data source-linked article, a tirade against the wasteful use of money and environment for nuclear energy, focused around Tritium, and radioactive water contamination. The current EPA Proposed Rule for existing power plants covers 30 nuclear facilities in the US, and 5 under construction. The economics don't pan out, the cost benefits to society are a burden of deceit and sickness. Don't let nuclear generation of electricity win over solar and wind! This is the final opportunity to aff...
Posted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:27AM
Havasupai Tribe, Conservation Coalition Will Defend Grand Canyon From Uranium Industry - by Center for Biological Diversity
GRAND CANYON, Ariz.— The Havasupai tribe and conservation groups will fight appeals filed on November 25 by two mining lobbying groups challenging a ruling by Arizona U.S. District Court Judge David G. Campbell that upheld a ban on new uranium mining claims on about one million acres adjacent to Grand Canyon.
Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 2:48PM
Diversifying The U.S. Energy Economy Under The EPA Proposed Power Plant Rule - by Tomas DiFiore
The green renewable energy job market scenario – growing, adding long term employment at good wages! The solar industry continues to be an engine of job growth, creating jobs six times faster than the overall job market. The latest U.S. figures from The Solar Foundation, an independent research organization, show a 13 percent growth in high-skilled solar jobs spanning installations, sales, marketing, manufacturing and software development, bringing total direct jobs to 119,000 in the sector...
Posted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 7:50AM
EPA Proposed Power Plant Rule Favors Nuclear Generation Of Electricity Over Wind And Solar - by Tomas DiFiore
Between now and December 1, there is a comment period for proposed rules limiting emissions from power plants. Unfortunately, the rules currently favor natural gas and nuclear electrical generating units (EGUs) over green renewables, thereby encouraging more fracking, and generating zero-emissions carbon credits from the nuclear (EGUs) for coal. In fact, if these rules go through as written, they could encourage unconventional natural gas development (fracking) burdening Americans with this t...
Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 4:05PM
Video: Keystone PipeLIES Exposed, 18 min - by Center for Media and Democracy
Our thinking on security, strength, health, work, and prosperity must change from the extractive and destructive paradigm to caring and protection. Nature is our partner, more than an external, a free good or a sink. Lakes are more than anti-freeze, mountains are more than landfill and politicians should do more than stuff their own pockets. The future should be anticipated and protected in the present, not extrapolated from the present.
Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:35AM
Study: Airline Fuel Efficiency Grounded as Profits Soar - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— As 24 million Americans prepare for Thanksgiving air travel, a new analysis reveals that U.S. domestic airlines showed no improvement in fuel efficiency last year, highlighting the urgent need for the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the industry’s rapidly increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:31AM
Fukushima Radioactivity Detected Off West Coast - by via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Monitoring efforts along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Canada have detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident 100 miles (150 km) due west of Eureka, California. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) found the trace amounts of telltale radioactive compounds as part of their ongoing monitoring of natural and human sources of radioactivity in the ocean.
Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:54PM
Nuclear Shutdown News - by Michael Steinberg
Aging nuclear plants are shutting down more than ever, increasing the risk to our health and safety. And nukes can release the most radiation when they're shut down.
Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:23PM
Wrong Again! - by Steve Ongerth
In case you didn't know, the Blue Green Alliance is a coalition of business unions and environmental organizations that ostensibly advocates for building bridges between the labor movement and the environmental movement, with a specific focus towards "green jobs" and "sustainable development". Each year, the alliance issues a "Right Stuff Award" to "business, government, environmental, labor, and community leaders who promote a sustainable economy and environment". This year, they say, their ...
Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:16PM