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Tr$$p, Zinke to Auction Away 700,000 Acres of Western Public Lands for Fracking
WildEarth Guardians: "While oil and gas companies get rich, Americans are shouldering the cost of climate change, air pollution, water contamination, lost wildlife habitat and degraded sacred lands,"... "This administration has made abundantly clear that the American public and their lands are nothing more than a 'burden' to industry." ... fracking can mean thousands of semis tearing up rural roads and kicking up dust, massive increases in air pollution and greenhouse gases, and large-scale water consumption. There are also concerns about water contamination from frack fluids, earthquakes from wastewater disposal, and the social impacts on communities that result from an influx of new people... Visit Website ]
Dec 12, 2017, 2:38pm

Environment
Dying Ecosystems
Robert Hunziker: Earth’s ecosystems support all life, though collapsed ecosystems would be like stepping outside of the international space station not wearing a space suit. Pop! Bam! Gone! ... The Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger… The twin perils brought by climate change – an increase in the temperature of the ocean and in its acidity – threaten its very existence. ... When the coral dies, the entire ecosystem gets hit. Fish that feed on the coral, use it as shelter, or nibble on the algae die or move away. The bigger fish that feed on those fish disappear. But the cascading effects don’t stop there. Birds that eat fish lose their energy source, and island plants that thrive on bird droppings are depleted. And, of course, people who rely on reefs for food, income or shelter from waves lose their vital resource... Visit Website ]
Dec 11, 2017, 3:58pm

Environment
Recent Slaughter in Colorado Highlights the Prairie Dog’s Plight
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume: Prairie dogs are a keystone species originally found throughout the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain states of the US. Though once quite common, over the past century their population has plunged by over 98% due to the activites of the US Occupation, with cascading effects to other fauna and flora. Despite this, they too still need to be defended. ... Earlier this month, in Longmont, Colorado, a prairie dog colony was exterminated for no urgent reason and against the wishes of local residents. ... Prairie dogs are a “keystone species,” meaning that they have a disproportionately large effect in their ecosystem relative to their abundance.... Visit Website ]
Dec 5, 2017, 11:29am

Environment
A Tiny Island Used as a Nuclear Dumpsite Is About to Be Submerged by Water
Joe McCarthy: The atoll's problems began in the 1940s and 1950s when the U.S. began using it for nuclear bomb tests. The people of Enewetak were evacuated and 67 nuclear bombs were dropped, devastating wildlife, spreading nuclear toxins far and wide, and creating massive craters. ... The Marshall Islands are around six feet above sea level, and large parts of Enewetak are at risk of being submerged in the years ahead ... "It's important to recognize that the Marshall Islands are doubly screwed," Gerrard said. "They were the site of nuclear explosions by the U.S., and one of the things that they left behind was this nuclear dome and the other thing is the country is going underwater because of greenhouse gas emissions for which the U.S. is major contributor."... Visit Website ]
Nov 28, 2017, 3:36pm

Environment
Fukushima Darkness, Part Two
Robert Hunziker: ... it is believed that official reports of Fukushima radiation-induced sicknesses and deaths are horribly underreported and/or intentionally manipulated to show few, if any, cases. Based upon numerous testimonials obtained by independent journalists and researchers in Japan and U.S, attorneys, there is considerable evidence of radiation-induced deaths and sicknesses. ... Radiation exposure shows up years later as one of several illnesses. This gives the nuclear industry an advantage of time lapses in its position statements about the safety of nuclear energy. ... the Abe administration keeps a tight lid on the reality and the potency of Fukushima Daiichi radiation. And, when faced with the prospect of not knowing what to do, bring on the Olympics!... Visit Website ]
Nov 24, 2017, 10:59am

Environment
Fukushima Darkness (Part 1)
Robert Hunziker: The radiation effects of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant triple meltdowns are felt worldwide, whether lodged in sea life or in humans, it cumulates over time. ... The impact is now slowly grinding away only to show its true colors at some unpredictable date in the future. That’s how radiation works, slow but assuredly destructive, which serves to identify its risks, meaning, one nuke meltdown has the impact, over decades, of a 1,000 regular industrial accidents, maybe more ... In short, nothing much has changed in nearly seven years at the plant facilities... Visit Website ]
Nov 24, 2017, 10:37am

Environment
New Study: "Natural Gas" Has No Climate Benefit, Will Make Things Worse
I've seen this report referenced several times, but none of those mentions is getting traction. So time to repeat. The idea that methane, so-called "clean natural gas" or "clean energy," is a bridge fuel that can make our climate problem better — is a lie. ... If you want to eliminate all carbon emissions from burning fossil fuel, you don't start burning a different fossil fuel. You stop burning all fossil fuels, including methane. ... That's just common sense. It makes even more sense when you consider that the Big Oil barons who own the oil companies also own many of the methane companies... Visit Website ]
Nov 21, 2017, 4:57pm

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The shipping industry needs to clean up its act. Here’s where it can start.
Maria Gallucci: What can the industry do to play its part in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels? ... To meet that target, all cargo ships will need to be “zero-emissions” by 2050. That requires ditching cheap, but noxious, bunker fuel and replacing it with promising — though still early-stage — alternatives such as battery storage, sustainable biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells, and wind-sail technology. ... Cargo ships can instantly lower their fuel consumption — and thus their emissions — by simply slowing down. As a rule of thumb, a 10-percent drop in speed will reduce power demand by nearly 30 percent... Visit Website ]
Nov 20, 2017, 11:27am

Environment
Save the Columbia, Save the Salmon
In their traditional language, the Yakama know the River as the Nch’í Waná and see protecting her and the Núsux (Salmon) as a matter of survival. ... The Columbia Salmon and Trout were already struggling. Dams, overfishing and polluted waters are just three examples of human activity that have had a devastating impact on the rivers fish life. ... Dams, for instance, have prevented access to at least 55% of the natural spawning grounds for the River fish. The Columbia is also one of the most consistently overfished bodies of water in the United States according to the Pacific Fishery Management Council. ... In 2014 the Columbia River Keeper’s identified many of the major pollutants in the River. Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) which are industrial products or chemicals that were banned as long ago as 1979 still contaminate our rivers.... Visit Website ]
Nov 17, 2017, 3:32pm

Environment
New Report Details Racial, Economic Injustice of Pollution Trading Programs
WASHINGTON – New analysis published today details the disproportionate burdens of air and water contamination and serious human health effects placed on low-income communities of color by market-based pollution trading schemes. The report, from the advocacy organizations Food & Water Watch and Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, shows that under many of these plans – like California’s notorious “cap-and-trade” program – localized pollution and public health impacts actually increase in lower-income minority communities... Visit Website ]
Nov 16, 2017, 3:18pm

Environment
Uncontacted People Still Being Massacred in Amazonia
Lewis Evans: Ten indigenous people – including women and children – were murdered in the Javari Valley region of the Amazon in September this year, according to reports. Their bodies were alleged to have been mutilated and dumped in a river. The attack was believed to have been carried out by gold miners, two of whom were later recorded bragging about it in a local bar. ... It’s in all our interest to prevent the annihilation of uncontacted tribes. Their knowledge is irreplaceable and has been developed over thousands of years. They are the best guardians of their environment, and evidence proves that tribal territories are the best barrier to deforestation... Visit Website ]
Nov 16, 2017, 2:53pm

Environment
Ousted Standing Rock Leader on the Pipeline Protest That Almost Succeeded
Phil McKenna: In his first interview since losing re-election, Dave Archambault II speaks candidly about the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and threats to tribal sovereignty. ... The highlight was when our tribal communities came together and showed support. That was where I saw for the first time tribes across this nation, from around the world, come to Standing Rock and stand together. ... We could never anticipate what was going to happen, but it was about time that the federal government finally listened to indigenous people. After all these centuries, it felt like they heard us and they put a temporary stop [to the pipeline].... Visit Website ]
Nov 14, 2017, 3:59pm

Environment
Controversial Monsanto Weed-Killer Banned in Europe
Faced with mounting outrage over the alleged health risks associated with glyphosate, including cancer, experts balked at renewing the licence. States voting in favour of the renewal included Denmark, Britain and the Netherlands. The nine voting against included Belgium, France and Italy. Five states abstained, including Bulgaria, Poland and Portugal. ... Greenpeace and other environmental campaigners, meanwhile, are calling for the compound to be banned throughout the continent. They cite a 2015 study by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer which concluded glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic."... Visit Website ]
Nov 10, 2017, 1:48pm

Environment
A Dripping Wet Chemical Planet
Robert Hunziker: Each and every year an avalanche of toxic chemicals, amounting to 250 billion tonnes, drips over Earth, which, over time, will sanitize all life, turning the planet into a massive gooey glob that glistens dazzlingly orange, not vividly blue. Already, scientists categorize Earth as a “toxic planet. ... the UN, says about pesticides: “The current assumption underlying pesticide regulation – that chemicals that pass a battery of tests in the laboratory or in field trials are environmentally benign when they are used at industrial scales – is false,’ say the scientists. ... , it’s a myth that pesticides are essential to feed a fast-growing population... Visit Website ]
Oct 31, 2017, 4:00pm

Environment
Hidden Danger of Ecological Collapse
Robert Hunziker: The loss of insects casts a very long dark shadow over the 21st century. Consider: First, global warming and now massive insect decline at a heart-stopping rate of decline. Is human society, en mass, committing suicide? The answer could be yes, humankind is committing harakari in the wide-open spaces for all to see, but nobody has noticed. Until now, as insect losses forewarn of impending ecosystem collapse. ... The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself. - Franklin D. Roosevelt Visit Website ]
Oct 24, 2017, 4:07pm


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