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text Marin-Based Wildlife Group Slams EPA Pick by joanna
Turtle Island Restoration Network, a Marin-based wildlife organization, is raising a red flag over Donald Trump’s proposed appointment of Scott Pruitt as the head of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)....
Posted: Fri Dec 9, 2016 2:51PM
text Kern County Approves Sprawling 8,000-acre Grapevine Development by Center for Biological Diversity
BAKERSFIELD, Calif., December 6, 2016 — The Kern County Board of Supervisors today approved Tejon Ranchcorp’s disastrous Grapevine project, despite criticism from the Center for Biological Diversity about the harm the project will do to wildlife and nearby communities. The 8,000-acre development will straddle the San Joaquin Valley and Tehachapi Mountains and create a new city of up to 12,000 dwelling units and up to 5.1 million square feet of commercial real estate....
Posted: Thu Dec 8, 2016 6:38PM
text Oil Company Applies for First New Offshore Fracking Permit in California by Center for Biological Diversity
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., December 8, 2016 — Federal officials this week announced receipt of a new permit application to frack an oil well in federal waters off the coast of California. If approved it would be the first offshore frack near the California coast since the federal government lifted a moratorium on the controversial oil-extraction process earlier this year....
Posted: Thu Dec 8, 2016 5:09PM
text New Study: Mounting Evidence Supports Eating Less Meat for Health of People, Planet by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— A new systematic review of dietary patterns and sustainability published in the latest edition of Advances in Nutrition provides additional evidence that diets lower in animal-based foods and higher in plant-based foods are better for the health of people and the planet. The review highlights the urgency of addressing sustainability in national food policy as a matter of food security: “Long-term food security can be ensured only if we consider the sustainability of our food suppl...
Posted: Tue Dec 6, 2016 1:59PM
text Forest Service Agrees to Halt Oil, Gas Leasing in Los Padres National Forest by Center for Biological Diversity
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., December 6, 2016 — The U.S. Forest Service is halting new oil and gas leasing throughout the Los Padres National Forest, which prompted a federal court today to stay ongoing litigation against the agency by conservation groups. The leasing suspension will allow the Forest Service to consider the risks of fracking and drilling in the southern and central California forest to air and water quality and endangered animals like the California condor....
Posted: Tue Dec 6, 2016 1:32PM
text Army Corps of Engineers Denies Easement to DAPL to drill under Lake Oahe and Missouri River until EIS is Completed by via Water Protector Legal Collective/NLG
December 4, 2016 - Today, the United States Army Corps of Engineers announced that it is denying an easement to Dakota Access, LLC (Dakota Access) to drill under Lake Oahe and the Missouri River for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) until an Environmental Impact Statement is completed and alternative routes are explored. “The Water Protector Legal Collective applauds the Obama Administration’s decision to deny the easement, but calls for a permanent stop to DAPL. We also recognize that this d...
Posted: Mon Dec 5, 2016 5:52PM
text EPA Petitioned to Acknowledge Extensive Fluoride/Brain Risk Evidence by Fluoride Action Network
Groups delivered 2500 pages of scientific evidence to EPA showing fluoride/brain risks that warrants EPA's banning the unnecessary addition of fluoride chemicals into public water supplies...
Posted: Sun Dec 4, 2016 11:36AM
text Important Martin's Beach meeting re: public access by Repost
I'm writing to let you know of an important opportunity to speak out on behalf of public access to Martins Beach, south of Half Moon Bay....
Posted: Fri Dec 2, 2016 12:31PM
text Fukushima quake rock's Japan's and the globe's psyche. by Michael Steinberg
On Tuesday, November 22, at 5:39 a.m., a strong earthquake hit Japan's southeast region, including the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, causing widespread panic and immediate tsunami warnings....
Posted: Thu Dec 1, 2016 4:46PM
text Ukraine is a growing nuclear waste dump in the center of Europe by BonLeon
According to the report prepared by the NNWE experts on Nuclear and Radiation Safety in Ukraine for 2016, Ukraine is currently standing one step away from another massive manmade disaster....
Posted: Thu Dec 1, 2016 1:19AM
text New Australian 'biodiversity' law 'a direct assault on Aboriginal laws, culture, religion by Ghillar, Michael Anderson
Legislation has been passed in the Australian state of New South Wales which allows farmers to clear land at will. Farmers welcome it, an Aboriginal leader sees it as a declaration of war. Ghillar Michael Anderson writes that it is a direct assault on Aboriginal laws, culture, religion and spirituality....
Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:14AM
text Lawsuit Launched to Protect Wildlife Habitat From Off-road Vehicle Park Expansion by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif., November 23, 2016 — A coalition of environmental and community groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the proposed expansion of an off-road vehicle park in Livermore into a key wildlife corridor and biodiversity hotspot known as Tesla Park. Approved by the Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission Oct. 26, the expansion of the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area into Tesla would nearly triple its size to 4,675 acres and put t...
Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:58PM
text Contra Costa Citizens For Eucalyptus Trees at Demonstration in Defense of East Bay Forests by CCC4EucTrees
On Sunday, October 30, 2016 the newly founded Contra Costa Citizens FOR Eucalyptus Trees joined the protest of the Coalition to Defend East Bay Forests outside of the annual meeting of the Claremont Canyon Conservancy, an organization that promotes the deforestation of the East Bay Hills. The following is the statement they distributed. For more information about the issue see https://defendeastbayforests.wordpress.com/...
Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:33AM
text Militarized Police Endanger Lives of Standing Rock Water Protectors With Water Cannon Attack in Freezing Overnight Conditions by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, November 21, 2016— Militarized police last night launched a dangerous water cannon attack in sub-freezing temperatures on peaceful water protectors opposing construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline at Standing Rock, N.D. The attack injured dozens and threatened the lives of American Indians and their allies, most of whom are camping without access to electric heat, by purposely subjecting them to hypothermic conditions....
Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:15PM
text Trump's New Interior Department Transition Team Leader Believes Burning Fossil Fuels Is a 'Moral' Imperative by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, November 21, 2016 — President-elect Trump today again shook up his anti-environmental transition team, naming the director of a pro-Big-Oil think tank to lead his Interior Department advisory group....
Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:12PM
text Excessive Force by Police Injures 300 Water Protectors at Standing Rock by via Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council
November 20, 2016 - The Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council responded to a mass casualty incident that began at 6pm yesterday evening. Approximately 300 injuries were identified, triaged, assessed and treated by our physicians, nurses, paramedics and integrative healers working in collaboration with local emergency response. These 300 injuries were the direct result of excessive force by police over the course of 10 hours. At least 26 seriously injured people had to be evacuated by ambulance...
Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:43PM
text Appeal Challenges Nestlé's Unrestricted Water Siphoning From San Bernardino National Forest by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES, November 17, 2016 — The Story of Stuff Project, California-based Courage Campaign Institute and Center for Biological Diversity today formally gave notice of their intent to appeal a federal court's ruling in September that allowed Nestlé to continue to remove an estimated 36 million gallons of water from Strawberry Creek in the San Bernardino National Forest based on a permit that expired 28 years ago....
Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:43PM
text Feds Block Offshore Arctic Drilling, Allow New Oil and Gas Leases in Gulf by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, November 18, 2016 — A new offshore oil and gas plan from the U.S. Department of the Interior blocks two drilling leases in the Arctic, but allows a new lease in Alaska’s Cook Inlet and 10 new leases in the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years – a step that will worsen climate change by ensuring significant greenhouse gas pollution for the next 70 years....
Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:36PM
text Citing Climate Crisis, Trump Presidency, San Francisco Supervisors Ban Fossil Fuel Extraction on City-owned Lands by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO, November 16, 2016 — The San Francisco Board of Supervisors yesterday approved legislation prohibiting new fossil fuel leases on city-owned property in an effort to combat climate change. The legislation by Supervisor John Avalos originated with 350 Bay Area analyst Jed Holtzman, who discovered the city was leasing to Chevron an 800-acre property that it inherited in Kern County. City finance officials say converting the property to a solar array could generate more revenue than...
Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:26PM
text As Commercial Crab Season Opens, Fishermen Urged to Implement Gear Modifications to Prevent Whale Entanglements by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif., November 14, 2016 — As the commercial Dungeness crab season opens in California Nov. 15, the Center for Biological Diversity is urging fishermen to comply with recommended gear modifications to help reduce the risk of whale entanglements. The season’s opening days put whales at high risk because more available crab means fishermen are on the water as many days as possible....
Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:23PM