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Chernobyl + 30
Thirty Years after the nuclear cataclysm at Chernobyl, the disaster continues.
Posted: Mon May 2, 2016 3:52PM
California’s Driftnet Fishery: A Costly Toll on the State Economy
The Economic Argument Against the California Driftnet Fishery’ outlines how the California driftnet fishery costs more to operate than the wealth that is created by the fishery.
Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:00PM
We Can Phase Out Fossil Fuels Within a Decade, Study Says
Thinking is the best way to travel - as we transition to a post-materialist, post-fossil and post-autistic economy.
Posted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:32AM
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
Lawsuit Challenges EPA Inaction on Dangerously Inadequate Air Pollution Plan for Alon Refinery
BAKERSFIELD, Calif., April 13, 2016 — Concerned citizens and conservation groups today sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to protect the San Joaquin Valley’s air from the polluting Alon oil refinery project in Bakersfield, Calif. Valley residents already breathe some of the nation’s smoggiest air.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:44PM
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
Alameda County Residents to Urge Planning Commission to Support Fracking Ban Ordinance
HAYWARD, Calif., April 4, 2016 — Members of Alameda County Against Fracking, Food & Water Watch and the Center for Biological Diversity will attend a county planning commission meeting tonight to urge commissioners to support an ordinance that would ban fracking and other extreme oil and gas extraction techniques.
Posted: Mon Apr 4, 2016 3:20PM
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
Fukushima + 5: The Disaster Continues
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear industry, in the US and beyond, and highlights the efforts of those who are working to create a nuclear free future. Here is this month's issue.
Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 2:36PM
San Francisco Green Film Festival - Volunteers Needed!
The San Francisco Green Film Festival (SFGFF) returns April 14-20, 2016 as the Bay Area's leading event for films and discussions about people and the planet.
Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:45AM
Energy for tomorrow, 15 pp
“The time of cheap and abundant energy comes to the end. It is the beginning of the transition of the fossil era to a post-fossil age, a transition which will be in the same measure fundamental and decisive as it was the by fossils imprinted industrial revolution of about more than 200 years ago”.1 Zerta, M. / Zittel, W. / Schindler, J. / Yanagihara, H.: Aufbruch. Unser Energie-system im Wandel. Der veränderte Rahmen für die kommenden Jahrzehnte, (Breaking-up. Our changing energy system...
Posted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 11:00AM
Victory! Latest Industry Effort to Block GMO Food Labeling Defeated in Senate
March 16th, 2016 - Today the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act failed to garner enough votes for cloture by a vote of 49-48, effectively defeating the bill. The bill introduced by Senator Roberts (R-KS) faced bi-partisan rejection. The bill would have preempted the genetically engineered food labeling laws in Vermont, Connecticut, Maine and Alaska. In its place it would have put a voluntary labeling scheme that relies primarily on QR codes, websites and call in numbers to inform ...
Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:04PM
Audubon California sponsors legislation regulating use of drones in wildlife areas
Sacramento, Calif., Mar 9, 2016 – As more and more people are taking their drones for a spin in California's open spaces, there's concern that all these flying robots might not be so great for birds and other wildlife. After tracking reports of disturbances to wildlife and habitat arising from done ruse, Audubon California decided to co-sponsor legislation that will require the state to create rules for drone use in state wildlife areas. The bill, Assembly Bill 2148, is authored by Assembly...
Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:13PM
DARK Act Returns to Congress in Latest Industry Effort to Block GMO Food Labeling
WASHINGTON, DC (March 1, 2016)—Center for Food Safety has condemned a new bill introduced by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts that passed the Senate Agriculture Committee today, which would preempt state genetically engineered (GE) food labeling laws, including the one in Vermont that is set to go into effect July 1. The draft bill was passed 14-6, and will now move out of the Committee. Three Democrats on the Committee voted to allow it to go the full Senate. Ranking Membe...
Posted: Wed Mar 2, 2016 4:59PM
Utah Lawmakers Launch Last-minute Scheme to Fund California Coal Terminal
SALT LAKE CITY, March 2, 2016 — Republican lawmakers in Utah are attempting an eleventh-hour maneuver that would use $53 million in state sales tax money to pay for a California coal-export terminal.
Posted: Wed Mar 2, 2016 4:54PM