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Obama Administration Reportedly Lifting Moratorium on California Offshore Fracking
In the waning days of his administration, President Obama appears to be doubling down on fracking.
Posted: Fri May 27, 2016 2:57PM
Obama Administration OKs Offshore Fracking in California
LOS ANGELES, May 27, 2016 — The Obama administration today finalized plans to allow oil companies to resume offshore fracking and dumping fracking chemicals mixed with wastewater in California’s wildlife-rich Santa Barbara Channel.
Posted: Fri May 27, 2016 2:34PM
Shell Pipeline in Northern California Has History of Oil Spills, Documents Show
TRACY, Calif., May 24, 2016 — A Shell pipeline that just spilled at least 21,000 gallons of oil near the Northern California city of Tracy has leaked at least twice before in the past year, according to state documents uncovered by the Center for Biological Diversity.
Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 11:44AM
Who Owns the Sky? The Climate in the Globalization Trap
The bad news is that there are more inconvenient truths. Climate change is present, not future. Globalization and protection of the atmosphere do not go together. Climate policy has a policy. Economic profit dominance always has priority over climate protection. The logic of the financial markets to which climate protection often falls victim must be broken. A whole bundle of measures is necessary. Climate protection must go hand-in-hand with fighting poverty.
Posted: Tue May 24, 2016 4:07AM
New UK Report Supports Strong Action on Antibiotics in Ag
WASHINGTON, May 20th, 2016 — A report commissioned by the government of the United Kingdom (see PDF) recommends reducing “the extensive and unnecessary use of antibiotics in agriculture” in order to curb the global spread of infections. The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance released its final report this week, calling for quick movement to ban or restrict the use of antibiotics in animals that are vital for human health, among other measures.
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 3:37PM
Just Released Graphic Photos Expose Carnage of Deadly California Driftnet Fishery
Government Forced to Release Images Showing Dead Dolphins, Whales, Sharks and Sea Turtles
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 10:15AM
House Passes Most Environmentally Destructive Defense Authorization Act in History
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 — In a partisan vote today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which, if enacted into law, would gut protections for several endangered species, including the American burying beetle and lesser prairie chicken, and remove the Clean Water Act’s ability to control destructive invasive species. The must-pass legislation now moves to the Senate for further consideration.
Posted: Thu May 19, 2016 5:20PM
Study: Biodiversity Essential to Protect Ocean Fishes From Climate Change
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2016 — Biodiversity is essential to maintaining the health of our oceans in the face of climate change and ensuring an adequate supply of the fish that billions of people around the world rely on for protein, particularly in developing countries. That’s the conclusion of important new research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study suggests that maintaining biodiversity by reducing overfishing in reef ecosystems is crucial not...
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 1:53PM
California Announces Plan to Allow Oil Industry to Pollute More Underground Water
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 12, 2016 — California oil regulators today proposed exempting another underground water source from protection under state and federal laws. If approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the proposed “aquifer exemption” would allow the oil industry to inject waste fluid into the Round Mountain aquifer in Kern County.
Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 5:31PM
Adopt a Redwood Tree as a Green Gift for Graduates
Honor a High School or College Graduate by Planting a Tree in their Name
Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 9:36AM
38 Arguments Against TTIP
TTIP (Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership) agreement continues an old thinking instead of everyone sharing in the profits of a few. The ISDS (Investor-State-Dispute Settlement) private arbitration courts enable corporations to sue states and could have a chilling effect on labor and environment protection. The German Judges Union called the agreement unnecessary and the additional protection of foreign investors "nonsense." The Alternative Trade Mandate worked out by 50 European NGOs...
Posted: Mon May 9, 2016 6:08AM
TTIP and CETA Must Be Prevented
Under TTIP, TPP and TiSA, corporations can sue states for lost profits. The German Judges Union calls additional protection of foreign investors "nonsense" that undermines democracy and the constitutional state and could lead to an avalanche of lawsuits and the chilling of labor and environmental protection. Jonas Sjostedt is the chairperson of the Swedish Left Party.
Posted: Thu May 5, 2016 11:53AM
Oil Industry Continues Efforts to “Buy” California’s Electoral System
Environmental Groups Condemn Big Oil’s Activity in Two Key Legislative Races
Posted: Wed May 4, 2016 3:01PM
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
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