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France: Greenwashing - Dirty secret revealed from Australia at Engie Group AGM
Don't you like corporate greenwashing? French company Engie have this marvellous vision and plan outlined at their AGM for reducing CO2 and transitioning to renewable energy to tackle climate change. Except nobody told their Australian subsidiary companies who want to invest millions of dollars in upgrading turbines at Loy Yang B coal power station which will either lock in carbon and particulate pollution from burning brown coal for years to come, or end up being stranded assets.
Posted: Wed May 4, 2016 7:06AM
EPA Uses Industry-funded Studies to Determine Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer
PORTLAND, Ore., May 2, 2016 — An EPA analysis relying heavily on unpublished, industry funded studies has determined that glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, is “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” The EPA determination, released to the public on Friday, stands in sharp contrast to a finding last year by the World Health Organization’s cancer-research arm that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen.
Posted: Tue May 3, 2016 3:08PM
Chernobyl + 30
Thirty Years after the nuclear cataclysm at Chernobyl, the disaster continues.
Posted: Mon May 2, 2016 3:52PM
Palm Oil Home Invasion In Everything From Snack Foods to Pet Foods
The link between livestock expansion and deforestation is not because the land that underlies tropical forests makes better pastures or produces higher crop yields. In fact, just the opposite is true. The soils of newly cleared tropical forest land are generally of poor quality, leading to low crop yields and sustaining few animals per hectare. But these lands are inexpensive or even free for the taking, usually increasing considerably in value once they are cleared. Palm oil expansion has re...
Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:58AM
Australian environment ministers agree urgent action needed on climate change
In a late night conference call on Wednesday night 20 April 2016 between Australian Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, Queensland State Environment minister Steven Miles and Environment ministers from other Australian states it was agreed that what is currently happening on the Great Barrier Reef with extensive and severe coral bleaching is alarming and is an issue of concern not just to Queenslanders but to all Australians.
Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:33AM
West Coast Fisher Denied Endangered Species Act Protection in Bow to Timber Industry
PORTLAND, Ore., April 14, 2016 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today denied Endangered Species Act protection to West Coast fishers, mid-sized forest carnivores that were proposed for federal protection in October throughout their range in California, Oregon and Washington. Following pressure from the timber industry, the Service withdrew the proposed protection despite overwhelming scientific evidence that the survival of the rare carnivores is threatened by logging, toxic chemicals u...
Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:32PM
Obama Administration's Weak New Offshore-drilling Rules Fail to Protect Oceans, Climate
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2016 — Nearly six years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded and gushed oil into the Gulf of Mexico for three months, the largest oil spill in U.S. waters, the Obama administration today announced new rules for offshore oil and gas operations. The rules focus on standards for blowout preventers and largely adopt what is already common industry practice; they do not go nearly far enough to protect oceans, wildlife or climate from the risks of offshore drilling.
Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:29PM
West Coast Water Quality Standards Not Strong Enough to Fight Ocean Acidification
OAKLAND, Calif., April 13, 2016 — A new scientific paper published today in the journal Ocean & Coastal Management concludes that current water quality criteria are inadequate to address ocean acidification on the West Coast. This paper and a related report published last week call for major changes in how California, Oregon and Washington deal with ocean acidification triggered by the high carbon emissions that are also causing climate change.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:02PM
#XochicuautlaAlert: Statement on San Francisco Xochicuautla
On Monday, April 11, 2016, around 800 State of Mexico riot police at the service of Grupo Higa laid siege to the Otomí community of San Francisco Xochicuautla, destroyed the camp set up in defense of the forest, used heavy machinery to illegally tear down the house of Dr. Armando García Salazar, and violently dragged out at least 25 men, women and children who were inside the house, including 64-year-old Isabel Hernández, a member of the Supreme Indigenous Council of Xochicuautla.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:00AM
#AlertaXochicuautla: Pronunciamiento sobre San Francisco Xochicuautla
El lunes 11 de abril de 2016, por lo menos 800 granaderos del estado de México al servicio de Grupo Higa sitiaron la comunidad otomí de San Francisco Xochicuautla, destruyeron el campamento levantado en defensa del bosque, usaron maquinaria pesada para derribar ilegalmente la casa del doctor Armando García Salazar, y con harta violencia echaron fuera a aproximada 25 personas que se encontraban en la casa, entre ellas la compañera Isabel Hernández de 64 años, integrante del Consejo Supre...
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:56AM
Monarchs Are Not on the Road to Recovery
Endangered Species Act protection essential to monarchs’ survival
Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:27PM
French bank Societe Generale funding new #coal in Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic National Committee to Combat Climate Change (CNLCC) has written to French Bank Societe Generale, among others, over their funding of the new Punta Catalina coal plant. A contract was signed by the bank on 23 December 2015, just 11 days after the Paris Agreement on climate change was concluded at COP21. The coal project is mired from corruption allegations in Brazil affecting the firm contracted to build the plant, plus transparency allegations in the Dominican Republic,...
Posted: Thu Apr 7, 2016 11:45PM
EPA Analysis: 97 Percent of Endangered Species Threatened by Two Common Pesticides
PORTLAND, Ore., April 7, 2016 — The Environmental Protection Agency’s first rigorous nationwide analysis of the effects of pesticides on endangered species finds that 97 percent of more than 1,700 animals and plants protected under the Endangered Species Act are likely to be hurt by malathion and chlorpyrifos. Another 79 percent are likely to be hurt by diazinon. The results released this week are the first in a series of biological evaluations the EPA must complete as part of a settlemen...
Posted: Thu Apr 7, 2016 4:23PM
BLM OKs Industrial Solar Project That Would Block Bighorn Sheep Movement in Mojave
BARSTOW, Calif., April 5, 2016 — The Bureau of Land Management today issued a decision allowing the Soda Mountain Solar project to move forward on developing more than 2,813 acres of public land directly adjacent to the Mojave National Preserve that would cut off a vital route for desert bighorn sheep and damage other desert resources.
Posted: Wed Apr 6, 2016 2:48PM
Green Sea Turtles Recovering on U.S. Coasts
WASHINGTON, April 5, 2016 — The success of green sea turtles’ recovery on the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific coasts warrants downgrading their status from “endangered” to “threatened,” according to today’s announcement by National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in response to a petition from the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs. But the agencies emphasized that the growing threat of climate change and sea-level rise — particularly on low-lying nesti...
Posted: Wed Apr 6, 2016 2:39PM
Pau France: Climate resistance to #StopMCEDD deepwater oil conference Day 1
The Oil and Gas companies are holding a conference on deepwater oil and gas and how to be more efficient to further exploit deep sea fossil fuels. About 500 climate change activists have blockaded and disrupted the first day of the conference.
Posted: Tue Apr 5, 2016 10:25AM
Australia: Queensland approves Adani coal leases endangering Great Barrier Reef
This Sunday morning (3 April) the Queensland Mines Minister Anthony Lynham and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk issued a joint statement for approval of mine leases for the Carmichael coal mine and rail project in Queensland's Galilee Basin. Their statement was widely condemned by environment, climate and indigenous organisations.
Posted: Sun Apr 3, 2016 2:55AM
EPA Set to Approve Use of Toxic Pesticide Dicamba for Newest GE Crops
PORTLAND, Ore., April 1, 2016 — The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a plan today to approve the use of dicamba on cotton and soybeans that are genetically engineered to tolerate the pesticide. Dicamba has been around for decades, but this new EPA decision would allow the herbicide to be sprayed directly on cotton and soybean crops – opening the door for annual dicamba use to jump from less than 1 million pounds to more than 25 million on these two crops.
Posted: Fri Apr 1, 2016 9:43PM
Groups Sue to Force FDA to Act on Chemical in Food Packaging
March 31, 2016 - The Natural Resources Defense Council and Center for Food Safety, on behalf of themselves and four other public health and environmental organizations, sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today to force it to act on a petition to ban perchlorate in food packaging. The groups filed the petition in December 2014. The agency missed a June 2015 deadline to respond to the petition.
Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:53PM
Lawsuit Challenges FDA's Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon
SAN FRANCISCO, March 31, 2016 — A broad coalition of environmental, consumer and commercial and recreational fishing organizations today sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approving the first-ever genetically engineered food animal, an Atlantic salmon engineered to grow quickly. The man-made salmon was created by AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. with DNA from three fish: Atlantic salmon, Pacific king salmon and Arctic ocean eelpout. This marks the first time any government in the w...
Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:21PM