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Court: EPA Failed to Protect U.S. Waters From Aquatic Invasive Species - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANN ARBOR, Mich.— In a 3-0 decision that has ramifications for waters across the country — from Long Island Sound to the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico to San Francisco Bay — the U.S. Court of Appeals’ 2nd Circuit today ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed its responsibility under the Clean Water Act to protect U.S. waters from aquatic invasive species introduced by ship’s ballast water discharge. Ballast water invaders cost citizens, businesses, industry an...
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 4:52PM
Soylent Scream - by Mauro Oliveira
Humanity is racing towards extinction much faster than all but a few well educated people realize. A cult classic movie from the 1970s starring Charlton Heston just may have hit the center of the target that science today refers to as 'The 6th Great Extinction'. Comparing dates and events in the movie with real world facts reveals a startling and grave scenario taking place on planet Earth.
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 9:42AM
TTIP: Attack on Democracy and the Constitutional State - by Elisabeth Beer and Thilo Bode
A mass demonstration is planned for Saturday October 10 in Berlin against the TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. A parallel private ad hoc arbitration system is created that will meet sometimes in hotels and is ruled by corporate lawyers. Labor and environmental protections could be called trade barriers. Corporations are given special rights to sue governments for lost profits in 3-judge arbitration courts whose decisions cannot be appealed. Corporations can sue st...
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 4:51AM
Victory in Alaska: Shell Pulls Out of Arctic After Failing to Strike Oil - by Center for Biological Diversity
CHUKCHI SEA, Alaska— Royal Dutch Shell has announced an end to its Arctic oil exploration “for the foreseeable future” after failing to strike oil at its Burger Prospect site in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, located in remote federal waters within the Arctic Circle. The public and conservation groups have long opposed drilling in the Arctic — where an oil spill would be impossible to clean up — and have criticized the Obama administration’s approval of Shell’s permits.
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 3:03PM
Groups Sue to Overturn Controversial Wyoming Data-Censorship Laws - by via Center for Food Safety
CHEYENNE, WY (September 29, 2015) – A diverse coalition of conservation, press, academic and animal-protection groups filed suit today in federal court seeking to strike down a pair of Wyoming state laws that stifle freedom of speech and make citizen science illegal in the state. The suit claims that in violation of Americans’ constitutional rights, the laws punish communication to government agencies of photos and data taken on open land, criminalizing otherwise lawful advocacy in an att...
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 3:00PM
Environmental, Animal Protection Groups Join Fight to Halt Florida's Black Bear Hunt - by Center for Biological Diversity
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Local, state and national animal-protection and environmental organizations filed a “friend of the court” brief today in support of a lawsuit to stop the impending trophy hunt of Florida black bears, an iconic and rare Florida species with a long history of threats to its survival.
Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:17PM
Court Ruling Means Greater Protections for California Sea Otters - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— A judge on Friday upheld the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to end its program that relocated California sea otters from a significant portion of southern California coastal waters, important to the survival of the species, to an island off the coast with the goal of creating a second healthy population. As a part of this program, the Fish and Wildlife Service created a “no-otter zone” in response to complaints from fishermen that moving otters to a new locat...
Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:35PM
San Luis Obispo Residents to Protest Oil Industry Aquifer Exemption Hearing - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.— San Luis Obispo County residents and members of the Center for Biological Diversity will protest today outside a state-run “aquifer exemption” hearing aimed at helping an oil company get federal permission to dump oil waste fluid into the county’s underground water. There are at least 100 water-supply wells within a mile of this oilfield.
Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:00AM
Nuclear Shutdown News September 2015 - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear power industry, both in the US and worldwide, and highlights the efforts of those who are working to create a nuclear free world.
Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:02PM
Prime Wildlife Habitat in Bay Area Spared From Urban Sprawl - by Center for Biological Diversity
LIVERMORE, Calif.— More than 30 acres of biologically rich grasslands, including critical habitat for the endangered vernal pool fairy shrimp in the Bay Area, won’t be developed — at least for now — following the Livermore City Council’s unanimous vote to deny the Garaventa Hills housing development. The council’s decision on Monday not to certify the final California Environmental Quality Act approval of the development plan came after the Center for Biological Diversity urged th...
Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:26PM
Navy Agrees to Limit Underwater Assaults on Whales, Dolphins - by Center for Biological Diversity
HONOLULU— A federal court on September 14 entered an order settling two cases challenging the U.S. Navy’s training and testing activities off the coasts of Southern California and Hawaii, securing long-sought protections for whales, dolphins and other marine mammals by limiting Navy activities in vital habitat. The settlement stems from the court’s earlier finding that the Navy’s activities illegally harm more than 60 separate populations of whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions.
Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 3:20PM
Landmark New Rules to Protect California’s Whales, Dolphins and Sea turtles from the Drift - by Joanna Nasar
The Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) adopted a new strict rule for California’s drift gillnet fishery to protect nine vulnerable marine species.
Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:17PM
USDA and EPA Should Cancel Next Week’s Water Pollution Trading Workshop in Nebraska - by via Food & Water Watch
Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch
Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 11:39AM
California to List World's Most Commonly Used Herbicide as Carcinogen - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California’s Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will list glyphosate — a widely used herbicide dangerous to people and linked to the dramatic decline of monarch butterflies — as a chemical known to cause cancer. Earlier this year the World Health Organization found that glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, was a probable human carcinogen based on extensive research.
Posted: Fri Sep 4, 2015 2:26PM
1 Million CA Students Attend School in 1-Mile Impact Zone for Derailing Oil Trains - by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif.— More than 1 million California children attend school within a one-mile evacuation zone of railroads used by oil trains, according to a new analysis (http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/oil_trains/methodology.html) by the Center for Biological Diversity. Oil trains have experienced a dramatic increase in explosions and derailments across the country in recent years.
Posted: Thu Sep 3, 2015 4:53PM
The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina - by Ted Rudow III, MA
New Orleans The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 storm that devastated the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, killing more than 1,800 people, forcing more than a million people to evacuate. The words that Dickens gave us centuries ago: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"
Posted: Tue Sep 1, 2015 3:14PM
State maintains loophole for cancer-causing pesticides - by via Californians for Pesticide Reform
Sacramento, CA, August 24, 2015 - Late Friday, state officials responded — and again signaled delay — on implementing restrictions for the use of the cancer-causing pesticide Telone. This comes on the heals of repeated requests to end the practice of “banking” allowances for hazardous pesticide use from year-to-year. And across the state, children are returning to school, some of them in very close proximity to fields where heavy amounts of the Telone are used.
Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 3:02PM
Nuclear Shutdown News August 2015 - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the US nuclear industry, and highlights the efforts of those who are working for a nuclear free world.
Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:36AM
Endangered Species Act Recovery Plan Set for Two Unique Bay Area Plants - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced recovery plans (see PDF) today for the pallid manzanita, a fire-adapted shrub with only two naturally occurring populations remaining in the world — in Alameda and Contra Costa counties — and Baker’s larkspur, an attractive purple wildflower with only one small remaining population, in western Marin County.
Posted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 2:57PM
USGS Finds Widespread Contamination of Neonicotinoids in U.S. Streams - by via Center for Food Safety
August 19, 2015 (Washington, DC)--Center for Food Safety today commented on a new nationwide study released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) showing widespread detection of neonicotinoid insecticides in U.S. streams. According to the study, at least one neonicotinoid was detected in 53% of the stream samples collected. Neonicotinoids are a class of pesticides known to have acute and chronic effects on honey bees and other pollinator species and are considered a major factor in overall pop...
Posted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 2:36PM