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People's Park under Siege, Call for Support! - by Defenders
More support needed! People will be meeting at the People's Park stage at 9 PM this evening to discuss possible next steps. We strongly encourage everyone to come by People's Park tomorrow at 6 AM to prevent further damage to the park. Everyone is encouraged to come to People's Park tomorrow throughout the entire day, as the scheduled tree cutting will last until 3.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:39PM
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
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
People's Park: Chancellor Dirks Will Remember It For You, Wholesale - by Save People's Park Trees
This week is Spring Break; one day this week, workers from HortScience will enter the park and remove trees. On March 5th of 2012, the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission passed a resolution in favor of reinstating a community advisory board before any alterations to the park are made. This resolution was made after the UC destroyed trees and flattened berms on the west end of the park. On April 3rd of 2012, Berkeley city council unanimously passed the resolution titled: "Ensuring Commun...
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:06PM
New Report Links World's Most Commonly Used Herbicide to Cancer - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— A new report by the World Health Organization has linked the world’s most commonly used herbicides to cancer. Glyphosate — widely known as Roundup and marketed by Monsanto — has also been linked to the decline of many wildlife species, including the monarch butterfly. The WHO determined that glyphosate and two other insecticides, malathion and diazinon, are “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:49PM
after we STUPIDLY make humans extinct, what next? - by Church of Our Last Planet
We humans seem to be destroying our own species, along with many others. After we're gone, what happens next on Earth? ... If you think this is REALLY STUPID, you can express yourself on April First, in San Francisco, at the SAINT STUPID'S DAY parade.... .......
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:38PM
Hawaii Green Sea Turtles Remain ‘Threatened’ Despite Petitioners Efforts to Delist - by Joanna Nasar
Climate Change, Development & Hawaii Longline Fishery Listed as Threats to Population
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:53PM
Obama Administration's Weak New Fracking Rule Endangers Public Lands, Climate - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— Interior Secretary Sally Jewell today released a weak new rule for hydraulic fracturing on public lands that does little to reduce fracking pollution’s dangerous contribution to global warming and damage to America’s air, water and wildlife.
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:44AM
Misguided Border Security Bill Threatens Public Lands - by Center for Biological Diversity
TUCSON, Ariz.— Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) today jointly introduced the “Arizona Borderlands Protection and Preservation Act” in the U.S. Congress. A press release from Sen. McCain’s office claims that the bill is necessary to grant border security personnel full access to federal lands along the Arizona-Mexico border, including national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and monuments.
Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:33PM
California Fracking Waiting On Your Comments - LAST DAY - 03162015 - by Tomas DiFiore
Concerned about loss of farmlands and forestlands? Region 6, (all) Northern California - Farmlands, Forests, Williamson Act Lands, Oil and Gas Development, Mitigations required for approval of Well Stimulation and/or new oil or gas field development include "Termination of Williamson Act Contracts"; even purchase of 'other' forestland of equal value (productivity index).
Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:28AM
Scientists Sign On to Support the Phase Out of the California Drift Gillnet Fishery - by Joanna Nasar
Oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and 230 scientists signed on to a letter opposing the deadly California drift gillnet fishery for swordfish, which has some of the highest bycatch rates in the world. The letter specifically requests that immediate action be taken to phase out the fishery and protect the ecological integrity of California’s coastal waters.
Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:58PM
Democracy for Sale: Stop Fast Track and TTIP! - by Elisabeth Beer, Alexandra Endres & H Boediek
The investment protection clause of the TTIP grants investors special protection regarding their so-called "legitimate expectations." Businesses can sue when they feel restricted in their business activity by new laws in the public interest. Financial services are an important sector for US investors. "Regulatory chill" is also an important theme. Life-saving generics will be denied and fracking companies can sue when foreign investors are set above everything. An "Alternative Trade Mandate"...
Posted: Mon Mar 9, 2015 4:33AM
Another Oil Train Derails and Catches Fire in Ontario - by Center for Biological Diversity
GOGAMA, Ont.— An oil train derailed and caught fire early this morning in Ontario near the town of Gogama, the second such incident in Ontario in three weeks, and the fourth oil train wreck in North America in the same time period. Since Feb. 14, there have also been fiery oil train derailments in West Virginia and Illinois. The Illinois wreck occurred just two days ago, and the fire from that incident is still burning.
Posted: Sat Mar 7, 2015 10:32PM
Report Shows Hawaii Tuna Longline Fishery is a Slaughterhouse for Marine Wildlife - by Joanna Nasar
National Marine Fisheries Service data shows that the Hawaii longline fishery for swordfish is harmful to marine wildlife.
Posted: Thu Mar 5, 2015 4:42PM
Three Restoration Grants Totaling $665,237 Go to Salmon Projects in Marin - by Joanna Nasar
SPAWN Secures Funding to Complete Habitat Restoration on San Geronimo Golf Course
Posted: Mon Mar 2, 2015 3:57PM
Feds Allow Lawsuit To Shut Down Diablo Canyon To Proceed - by Michael Steinberg
On February 20 a Federal Court of Appeals in Washington DC rejected an attempt by Pacific Gas & Electric and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to quash a lawsuit filed by environmental group Friends Of the Earth (FOE).
Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:05PM
Community in Mourning after UC Berkeley Destroys 60 Trees on Historic Gill Tract Arboretum - by Gill Tract Defense
The Gill Tract community will be gathering at the Gill Tract at 5pm to mourn and plan. Early this morning, 60 trees were cut down on the southern acreage of the Gill Tract. The UC’s move to begin clearing the way for their proposed housing and shopping complex came as a shock to farmers and neighbors, as there is an active lawsuit on appeal in the county courts, contesting the development’s detrimental environmental impact. Knowing the community would mobilize to defend the trees, t...
Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:06PM
Nuclear Shutdown News February 2015 - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the continuing decline of the US nuclear industry, and the people working for better energy alternatives.
Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:22PM
Groups Applaud U.S. Dietary Guidelines' New Sustainability Focus - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— A broad coalition of 49 health, environment and animal-welfare groups urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to embrace the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s sustainability recommendations that were submitted to the agency today.
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:32PM
San Luis Obispo City to Send Letter of Opposition to Phillips 66 Oil Train Project - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.—The San Luis Obispo City Council authorized city staff Tuesday night to send a letter opposing the Santa Maria Phillips 66 rail spur project, which would bring mile-long oil trains carrying 2.5 million gallons of crude nearly every day through San Luis Obispo. The letter will be sent from Mayor Jan Marx to the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission on behalf of the city, urging it to reject the project.
Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:56PM