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Portland bridge danglers delay Shell ice-breaker leaving for Arctic oil drilling - by John Englart (Takver)
Portland, Oregon: Climate change protestors with Greenpeace and Rising Tide set up a blockade to stop the Finnish ice-breaker Fennica, hired by Shell, to leave port with needed parts for their Arctic oil drilling program in the Chukchi Sea.
Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:06PM
Food & Water Watch Calls on SEC to Reject GMO Salmon Stock Filings - by via Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C., July 28, 2015—Food & Water Watch called on the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) today to reject the stock registration filings of AquaBounty Technologies (ABTX), the maker of genetically engineered salmon, based on misleading and erroneous claims the company is making in its attempts to join the NASDAQ stock exchange. The letter (see PDF) asks SEC to compel AquaBounty to revise the document to apprise investors of new scientific evidence showing that GMO salmon cannot ...
Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:55AM
Analysis: Republican Attacks on Endangered Species Up 600 Percent Per Year - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— Over the past five years, Republicans in Congress have launched 164 attacks on the Endangered Species Act — a 600 percent increase in the rate of annual attacks over the previous 15 years, according to a new analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity.
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:17PM
Nuclear Shutdown News July 2015 - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and all of the US nuclear industry, and spotlights those who are working for a nuke free future.
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:43PM
Evidence mounts for litigation of major Carbon polluters with climate change - by John Englart (Takver)
The world is moving rapidly on withdrawing the social licence of carbon polluters. As the impacts of climate change become clearer and the urgency for rapid action impresses itself on the public psyche in the lead up to the Paris climate talks in December 2015, the major carbon polluters will increasingly find it more difficult to operate with social support.
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:00PM
TMT (30-meter telescope) on sacred Hawaiian land is illegal and destructive - by DLi
"We Are MaunaKea" is a rallying cry for native Hawaiian and environmental activists who oppose the controversial TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope)project atop Hawaii island's highest peak. Native Hawaiians consider the "white mountain" to be sacred grounds, where religious ceremonies are held and any desecration of the "piko"(navel) of the entire Hawaiian cultural origins is considered "kapu." or forbidden. Moreover, activists proclaim that there are numerous legal and environmental violations on ...
Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:41PM
Marshall Islands sets ambitious post 2020 climate change targets, urges Australia to lead - by John Englart (Takver)
The small island nation of the Republic of the Marshall Islands submitted it's climate target on 21st July 2015. It is the first small island state to set an emissions reduction target for 2025, and the first developing country to adopt the simpler and more robust absolute economy-wide target that is usually expected of industrialized countries.
Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:29AM
House of Representatives Ignores Will of the People in Passage of Anti-labeling DARK Act - by via Center for Food Safety
July 23, 2015 (Washington, DC)--Center for Food Safety today expressed deep disappointment in the House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 1599, a bill that preempts state and local authority to label and regulate genetically engineered (GE) foods. Instead the bill, backed largely by House Republicans, codifies a voluntary labeling system approach, blocks FDA from ever implementing mandatory GE food labeling, and would allow food companies to continue to make misleading “natural” claim...
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:38PM
House Passage of DARK Act Hinders Public’s Right to Know - by via Food & Water Watch
Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:29PM
Thousands of L.A.-area Oil Wells Under State Investigation for Pollution Dangers - by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity today urged California officials to release results from an investigation into thousands of oil industry injection wells in the Los Angeles area that may be contaminating water and threatening public health.
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:58PM
Nurses Invite Pope Francis to Meet to Discuss Health Effects of Climate Crisis - by via National Nurses United
Leaders of unions representing leading nurses and other healthcare workers in 18 countries from every major continent are requesting a meeting with Pope Francis during his upcoming visit to the U.S. to discuss ways to work together to combat the alarming health effects of the climate crisis and other environmental degradation.
Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:40PM
Obama Imperils Arctic, Ignores Public Outcry by Approving Shell's Drilling Permits - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Obama administration today gave Shell the last permit it needs to begin controversial and dangerous oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, despite strong public opposition and continuing failures of the company’s equipment. Shell’s first attempt to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean ended with the embarrassing grounding of its drillship in 2012, and last week Shell’s critical icebreaker was sent back to Oregon to repair a large gash in its hull.
Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:33PM
DARK Act Remains Catastrophic for Farmers and Consumers Despite Proposed Changes - by via Center for Food Safety
Bill will result in denial of consumers’ rights, elimination of state and local rights, market confusion, and legal uncertainty.
Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 4:35PM
Fracking-Harmed Pa. Residents Demand Action from Gov. Wolf - by via Food & Water Watch
Scranton, Pa. – Individuals whose fracking-related health complaints were ignored by the state Department of Health (DOH) gathered outside the Scranton Courthouse today to discuss a letter calling on Governor Wolf to provide immediate help to their families and place a moratorium on fracking in Pennsylvania.
Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 4:27PM
Agriculture Committee Throws Consumers and Farmers Under the Bus In Passage of DARK Act - by via Center for Food Safety
July 14, 2015 (Washington, DC)—Center for Food Safety (CFS) today expressed disappointment in the House Agriculture Committee’s adoption of H.R. 1599, which would not only prohibit all labeling of GE foods, but also to make it unlawful for states or local governments to restrict GE crops in any way. If it becomes law, the bill would prohibit any future state and local laws related to GE foods, and also undemocratically nullify numerous state and counties laws that have existed across the ...
Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 2:57PM
Oil Train Derailment in Montana Closes Highway, Forces Evacuations - by Center for Biological Diversity
CULBERTSON, Mont.— Three tank cars continued to leak crude oil on Friday in rural, northeastern Montana in the wake of a 21-car derailment that downed a power line, closed a major highway and forced the evacuation of a town. Emergency workers responding to the Thursday evening derailment said cleanup of the leaking crude could not begin until the arrival of a Texas-based Burlington Northern Santa Fe hazardous materials team. The wreck is the latest in a string of derailments this year expos...
Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:44AM
Deep-sea Mining Regulations Need Stronger Environmental Protections - by Center for Biological Diversity
KINGSTON, Jamaica— Scientists and conservationists are calling on the International Seabed Authority, now meeting in Jamaica, to adopt stronger-than-proposed protections for wildlife and oceans in setting environmental standards for deep-sea mining projects. The Center for Biological Diversity, which recently sued the United States government for issuing deep-sea mining permits that circumvent the ISA’s nascent environmental review process, warns that the current push to start strip-minin...
Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:16PM
DARK Act To Be Voted On In The House Next Week!! Say No to GMO! - by via Pamm Larry, LabelGMOs
Let’s not let Monsanto, Syngenta and the Grocery Manufacturers bypass the will of 90% of the population. Vote NO on HR 1509, YES on the DeFazio bill HR 913. We want real labeling, not a greenwashing program.
Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:25PM
Who Are The World's Major Treekillers (Deforesters)? - by SNS
Deforestation is the biggest cause of violent weather patterns and climate freezing and heating. Some countries such as Korea after the war and Haiti have had such poverty that they were virtually totally deforested. Deserts have been created by past treekillers. Because the average tree evaporates 42 gallons of moisture daily, creating mist, then clouds and f inally rain, trillions more trees are indispensable for planetary survival as well as the most prolific source of free food and ani...
Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:48AM
NEA Opposes California's Phillips 66 Oil-train Project Over Risks to Students - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— Out of concern for the safety and wellbeing of students and teachers, the National Education Association today opposed the proposed Phillips 66 oil-train offloading facility in San Luis Obispo County. If approved the project would bring millions of gallons of hazardous crude oil nearly every day through highly populated areas near hundreds of schools.
Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:23PM