IT’S TIME FOR EVERY ALLY TO SHOW UP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE...

Sep 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   The temporary halt to the pipeline’s construction must be made permanent. By Tom Goldtooth and Annie Leonard   THE NATION.COM People against the Dakota Access Pipeline chant in opposition on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at a site where a roadway was being constructed to begin the process of building the pipeline. (AP Photo / Tom Stromme) Over the last month, thousands of Native Americans from across the country have converged to camp in and around the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota to oppose the construction of the multibillion-dollar Dakota Access oil pipeline. The pipeline, which would transfer crude oil to existing pipelines in Illinois, would come within a half-mile of the reservation and cross culturally significant ancestral sites. It would also run under the Missouri River, an important water source for...

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SNOWSTORMS AND RAGING WILDFIRES IN THE SAME REGION ON THE SAME DAY: WELCOME TO GEOENGINEERING...

Sep 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] September 24th, 2016 By Dane Wigington Guest writer for Wake Up World Climate engineers are increasingly desperate to hide the accelerating planetary meltdown with short term chemically nucleated cool-downs. Engineered cool-downs have been a major component of the climate engineering assault for many decades. The chemical cool-downs create the headlines the power structure needs to continue the population’s confusion and division in regard to the true state of the climate. Yellowstone National Park is the latest example of chemically ice nucleated deception. (The photo above was taken in Yellowstone National Park on Monday, September 12, 2016.) The Yellowstone event is not unique, a chemically nucleated “snowstorm” in South Dakota that occurred on October 4th of 2013 killed up to 100,000 cattle. This event occurred while it was 85 degrees and raining in Chicago and...

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THE LAST TIME SUMMER WAS THIS HOT, HUMAN BEINGS HADN’T YET LEFT AFRICA (VIDEO)...

Sep 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Juan Cole / Informed Comment  @ TRUTHDIG Summer of 2016 was not only hotter than any summer on record, i.e. since 1880.  We have enough proxies for global average temperature to know that it was hotter than any summer since at least 1016, when Genoa launched a campaign against Muslim Sardinia and Norway not only got a new king but it mattered in global affairs.  But that “at least” is a trick.  Eminent climate scientist Michael Mann says there is “tentative but compelling evidence” that it was hotter this past summer than it has been at any point in 100,000 years.  In 100,000 before present, the great human migration out of Africa of 60,000 years B.P. had not yet occurred.  (A few small bands went to the Middle East in the...

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THE PATENT THAT COULD DESTROY MONSANTO AND CHANGE THE WORLD …...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] ECOSNIPPETS.COM   If there’s anything you read – or share – let this be it. The content of this article has potential to radically shift the world in a variety of positive ways. And as Monsanto would love for this article to not go viral, all we can ask is that you share, share, share the information being presented so that it can reach as many people as possible. In 2006, a patent was granted to a man named Paul Stamets. Though Paul is the world’s leading mycologist, his patent has received very little attention and exposure. Why is that? Stated by executives in the pesticide industry, this patent represents “the most disruptive technology we have ever witnessed.” And when the executives say disruptive, they are referring to it being disruptive to the chemical...

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Did the EPA and CDC Mislead Local and State Officials and the Public on Safety of Mosquito Pesticides Used to Fight Zika Virus?...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Naled, an insecticide being used in community mosquito spraying in the U.S., was banned by the EU in 2012 due to “unacceptable risk.” Beyond Pesticides Bangkok, Thailand – January 31, 2016 : Unidentified people fogging DDT spray kill mosquito for control Malaria, Encephalitis, Dengue and Zika in village at Bangkok Thailand. Photo Credit: PongMoji / Shutterstock.com Beyond Pesticides has urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately alert local and state mosquito control officials, elected officials, and the public throughout the U.S. to the fact that EPA’s key data reviews on the safety of widely used mosquito control pesticides, including naled and synthetic pyrethroids, are outdated and incomplete and the scientific literature raises safety concerns. In a letter to EPA, Beyond Pesticides said, “As local and state officials implement mosquito abatement programs to address the Zika...

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THE BIGGEST THING A PRESIDENT’S EVER DONE ON CLIMATE IS IN THE HANDS OF 10 JUDGES...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Revisit the history before the Clean Power Plan goes to court. CLIMATE PROGRESS Mountains of coal; wind turbine. CREDIT: FLICKR USER WACKELIJMROOSTER The Obama administration’s biggest action to cut carbon emissions from the power sector will get its biggest test next Tuesday when the full en banc D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hears West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency. The case will decide whether the EPA violated the law when it finalized its carbon rule — the Clean Power Plan — to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector under the Clean Air Act. This is a significant case, and the D.C. Circuit took the somewhat unprecedented step of having the full court (that’s what en banc means) hear the case instead of the court’s normal three-judge panel — previously scheduled for a hearing last June. This signifies both...

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Did the EPA and CDC Mislead Local and State Officials and the Public on Safety of Mosquito Pesticides Used to Fight Zika Virus?...

Sep 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Naled, an insecticide being used in community mosquito spraying in the U.S., was banned by the EU in 2012 due to “unacceptable risk.” Beyond Pesticides Bangkok, Thailand – January 31, 2016 : Unidentified people fogging DDT spray kill mosquito for control Malaria, Encephalitis, Dengue and Zika in village at Bangkok Thailand. Photo Credit: PongMoji / Shutterstock.com Beyond Pesticides has urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately alert local and state mosquito control officials, elected officials, and the public throughout the U.S. to the fact that EPA’s key data reviews on the safety of widely used mosquito control pesticides, including naled and synthetic pyrethroids, are outdated and incomplete and the scientific literature raises safety concerns. In a letter to EPA, Beyond Pesticides said, “As local and state officials implement mosquito abatement programs to address the Zika...

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ASLA LAUNCHES GUIDE TO RESILIENT DESIGN...

Sep 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT     BY Jared Green Resilient design / ASLA A new online guide launched today by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) explains how communities can better protect themselves from natural disasters through resilient landscape planning and design. According to the guide, the goal of resilient landscape planning and design is to retrofit communities to recover more quickly from extreme events, now and in the future. In an era when disasters can cause traditional, built systems to fail, adaptive, multilayered systems can maintain their vital functions and are often the more cost-effective and practical solutions. The guide is organized around disruptive events that communities now experience: drought, extreme heat, fire, flooding, and landslides. Biodiversity loss is an underlying threat also explored. The guide includes hundreds of case studies and resources demonstrating multi-benefit...

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THE SEC IS REPORTEDLY INVESTIGATING EXXON...

Sep 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Samantha Page Climate Reporter at @ThinkProgress. The fraud case against the oil and gas giant just went federal. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/LM OTERO The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is reportedly investigating Exxon on allegations that the company is not accounting for the longterm risks of climate change. According to multiple reports, Exxon might not be accurately valuing its assets during the current spate of low oil prices or, in the longer term, in the face of climate change disruptions and decreased fossil fuel use. It is illegal to misrepresent financial information, including asset values, to shareholders. “This is a remarkably important development” — Bill McKibben, 350.org According to the Wall Street Journal, the SEC requested information in August from Exxon and its auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. The agency has also been reviewing documents received during the New York attorney...

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$90 Billion Whistleblower Suit Filed Against Four of America’s Largest Chemical Companies...

Sep 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment The companies are accused of selling billions of dollars worth of harmful isocyanate chemicals and intentionally concealing their dangers to consumers. By Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch   VIA ALTERNET Lake Jackson, Texas MAY 31, 2016: Dow Chemical company’s new Texas Innovation Center built in 2015. Photo Credit: Ric Frazier / Shutterstock.com Four of the country’s largest chemical companies have been accused of selling billions of dollars worth of harmful isocyanate chemicals but intentionally concealing their dangers to consumers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the past several decades. BASF Corporation, Bayer Material Science LLC, Dow Chemical Company and Huntsman International LLC have been named in a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuitbrought by New York law firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP on behalf of the U.S. government. EcoWatch learned that the recently unsealed whistleblower...

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POLITICIANS ARE PUTTING FOSSIL FUELS AHEAD OF YOUR HEALTH (AGAIN)...

Sep 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Victoria Fleischer   THINK PROGRESS The Clean Power Plan represents America’s most significant action to addressing the growing threat of climate change. And while the need to act is clearer than ever, implementing the plan has proven to be a contentious fight. Announced by the Obama administration in August 2015, the plan is the first national mandate to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. It’s expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Each state has their own emissions goal and can independently determine the best way to reach their target. Yet, 27 states have teamed up with fossil fuel companies to sue the Environmental Protection Agency over the plan. The Supreme Court granted a stay in February, meaning the program is paused until the legal challenges are resolved....

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VIDEO: ALMOST EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS IS OUTDATED...

Sep 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   The clean energy revolution is now unstoppable. THINK PROGRESS BY JOEL ROMM Europe’s biggest floating solar panel array at a UK reservoir. CREDIT: Matt Dunham, AP. Back in May, I began a series, “Almost everything you know about climate change solutions is outdated.” It’s now in its fifth month because the clean energy revolution keeps making big advances in real time that are ignored or misreported by major media outlets like the New York Times. Fortunately, some of the most sophisticated and credible energy and financial institutions have been analyzing the trend in detail. These include Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the International Energy Agency, and Goldman Sachs to name but three. Coal And Gas To Begin ‘Terminal Decline’ In Less Than A Decade, Bloomberg Says A stunning new forecast on “peak fossil...

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HOW BIG PHARMA’S INDUSTRIAL WASTE IS FUELING THE RISE IN SUPERBUGS WORLDWIDE...

Sep 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Madlen Davies, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism | Report Factories that produce antibiotics are releasing untreated waste fluid containing active ingredients into surrounding areas, leading to bacteria in the environment becoming resistant to the drugs. (Photo: Global Environment Facility / Flickr) Pharmaceutical companies are fuelling the rise of superbugs by manufacturing drugs in factories that leak industrial waste, says a new report which calls on them to radically improve their supply chains. Factories in China and India — where the majority of the world’s antibiotics are produced — are releasing untreated waste fluid containing active ingredients into surrounding areas, highlights the report by a coalition of environmental and public health organisations. Ingredients used in antibiotics get into the local soil and water systems, leading to bacteria in the environment becoming resistant to...

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PROPOSED EXPORT OF ENRICHED URANIUM RUN COUNTER TO U.S. COMMITMENT, CRITICS SAY...

Sep 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] President Barack Obama, left, followed by Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Chinese President Xi Jinping, leave the room after posing for a “family photo” of world leaders attending the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, Friday, April 1, 2016. Jacquelyn Martin/AP It’s not the first time that the administration has been accused of failing to fulfill one of its nuclear weapons-related commitments. In this case, in 2012, the United States, Belgium, France and the Netherlands declared at a summit meeting in South Korea that they would begin phasing out the use of highly-enriched uranium (HEU) for making medical isotopes, with the understanding that by a 2015 deadline, the material would be replaced with less concentrated uranium that could not be used by terrorists to construct a nuclear weapon. That proposed phase-out didn’t occur. In fact, a...

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GHOST FORESTS ARE EERIE EVIDENCE OF RISING SEAS...

Sep 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock coastal ghosts By John Upton GRIST Cross-posted from Climate Central Jennifer Walker stepped off her kayak into a wall of riverside grass. She steadied herself and stooped to scoop soil into a jar, then disappeared into the thicket for more. Analysis of amoeba fossils in the researcher’s samples may help to explain why, jutting above the head-high marsh grass a couple hundred feet further back, a cedar forest was dead. Bare trunks of dead coastal forests are being discovered up and down the mid-Atlantic coastline, killed by the advance of rising seas. The “ghost forests,” as scientists call them, offer eerie evidence of some of the world’s fastest rates of sea-level rise. ghost-forest-2 Ted Blanco/Climate Central Forests provide habitat and protect against global warming, but they’re declining worldwide because of land clearing,...

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SHOULD NEW YORK CITY ABANDON ITS WATERFRONT?...

Sep 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Rockaway Park, NYC, a few weeks after Hurricane Sandy. cgc76 Wet behind the piers By Ben Adler GRIST Even under the best-case scenarios for climate change, much of New York City will be under water in 100 years. The city would be smart to retreat from its waterfront, according to experts quoted in a recent alarming feature article in New York magazine. But should the city really abandon its coastlines? And, given current political realities, how could it even do so? The article, written by Andrew Rice, suggests that waterfront areas where new high-rise offices, apartment buildings, and parks are being developed — such as the far west side of Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn’s Williamsburg, and Queens’ Long Island City — will be inundated and uninhabitable circa 2100. The crucial point Rice makes is...

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NEW PATENT BOOSTS HOPE FOR CARBON CAPTURE...

Sep 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Tim Radford / Climate News Network Emissions from coal-fired power plants have massively increased carbon dioxide ratios in the atmosphere. (UniversityBlogSpot via Flickr) LONDON—A technology that could in theory catch 90% of carbon dioxide from coal-fired power stations has been patented by US government scientists. Employing an enzyme-based membrane fabric 10 times thinner than a soap bubble, it could separate carbon dioxide from nitrogen or oxygen and speed up its dissolution in water by a factor of 10 million. And its triumphant designers say that, in laboratory trials, it does the job—at a cost-effective $40 a ton. “If we applied it to a single coal-fired power plant, then over one year we could avoid CO2 emissions equivalent to planting 63 million trees and letting them grow for 10 years,” says Susan Rempe,...

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FRANCE BECOMES FIRST COUNTRY TO BAN PLASTIC SILVERWARE, PLATES AND CUPS...

Sep 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Kristin Falzon   ECO WATCH France is taking another big step towards being more environmentally conscious by implementing a controversial new law that will ban plastic cutlery, plates and cups. The measure was part of the Energy Transition For Green Growth bill that was passed in 2015 and went into effect last month. But producers of disposal plates, cups and cutlery will have until 2020 to make sure their products are made with biologically sourced materials and can be composted. The ban was initially proposed by the Europe Ecologie-Greens Party to help cut the energy used in making plastic in addition to the waste it creates. While the move is sure to please environmentalists, opponents argue that product bans hurt consumers. Pack2Go Europe Secretary General Eamonn Bates told The Associated Press the company is...

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Researchers Just Released the Longest GMO Study Ever: Here’s What They Found...

Sep 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Hard Science   FUTURISM.COM In Brief American researchers have conducted a 14-year study on GM crops. They found GMO farms could increase the use of weed killers while decreasing the use of pest killers. THE IMPACT OF GMOs Genetically-modified crops are a contentious topic in developed societies because of the ongoing debate on the benefits and environmental drawbacks of creating our own versions of naturally occurring organisms. Now, researchers have conducted a tremendous study in the field — the longest review of genetically modified crops and pesticide use yet. The team, which included four academics led by economist Federico Ciliberto of the University of Virginia, studied data taken from 5,000 soybean and 5,000 maize farmers in the U.S. And unlike typical studies that look at data from one or two years, this was a 14-year study...

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Army Corp Of Engineers Approves Yet Another ILLEGAL Pipeline Through Endangered Ecosystems...

Sep 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  by Jafari Tishomingo  COUNTER CURRENT NEWS.COM   The U.S Army Corp of Engineers has OK’d the final permits for the Sabal Trail, a pipeline that traverses trough environmentally sensitive parts of north central Florida. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimated that some 1,200 acres would be destroyed or impacted during construction. Later, the agency changed that projection to less than 900 acres.Then the EPA changed their minds again and dropped significant environmental concerns over the project that included whether the potential for sinkholes and damage to the aquifer had been downplayed by Sabal Trail and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In some cases, the EPA claimed impacts to wetlands are considered temporary and by temporary meaning it could only 50 years to revegetate. The complete Sabal Trail project will be a $3.2 billion,...

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Why the Dakota Access pipeline fight may be a turning point in U.S. environmental politics...

Sep 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Earth Journal By Ron Meador REUTERS/Andrew Cullen A sage tie, which has spiritual significance for Native American Plains tribes, hangs at the Seven Council camp, one of three encampments that have grown on the banks of the Cannon Ball River over the last month with the purpose of stopping construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. In about two weeks’ time, Indian-led opposition to the Dakota Access oil pipeline has grown in stature from a somewhat local, perhaps desperate struggle to what may well prove a watershed event in modern American history, marking significant shifts in environmental politics and  pipeline policy. Given the Obama administration’s newfound willingness to give it more federal review, announced last Friday, it seems at least possible that the 1,172-mile pipeline, said by its...

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WHAT DESIGNERS CAN LEARN FROM INDIGENOUS CULTURES IN THE COMING YEARS...

Sep 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Steven Bingler   COMMONEDGE.ORG Scientists have now confirmed that a significant rise in sea levels will occur over the next several decades, creating extreme, and in some cases catastrophic, changes in our coastal landscapes. Millions will be faced with moving to higher ground. This “climate retreat”—which will be the planning issue of our time—is already underway.   On Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, more than 800 Quinault Indian Nation tribal members are being forced to abandon their traditional clamming, crabbing and salmon fishing businesses, and resettle on safer land. Fawn Sharp, the Nation’s president recently lamented:  “Our ancestors were good stewards of the land, yet we seem to be paying the price for others who don’t share the same values.”   For thousands of years, indigenous planners like those in the Quinault Nation relied on...

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TIME TO DRIVE FACTORY-FARMED FOOD OFF THE MARKET...

Sep 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Time to Drive Factory-Farmed Food Off the Market By Martha Rosenberg and Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association | Op-Ed (Photo: Oikeutta eläimille; Edited: LW / TO) After a decade of exposing and demonizing Monsanto and genetically engineered foods, including an intense four-year battle to force mandatory labeling of GMOs (a battle rudely terminated in July when Congress rammed through the outrageous DARK Act), the US food movement stands at the crossroads. Should we keep badgering Monsanto’s minions in Washington for the right to know what’s in our food, a sentiment shared by the overwhelming majority of consumers? Or should we focus more on single-issue reforms, such as banning neonicotinoid bee-killing pesticides, better nutrition in schools, taxes on soda, and an end to the reckless use of antibiotics in animal feed? A growing number...

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10 Things You Need to Know About the New U.S. Chemicals Law...

Sep 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The updated Toxic Substances Control Act brings new hope for protecting Americans’ health and environment. Here’s what it does—and doesn’t—do. By Elizabeth Grossman / Ensia   VIA ALTERNET pictogram for chemical hazard: toxic substances Photo Credit: Bjoern Wylezich/Shutterstock “This is a big deal,” said President Barack Obama as he signed into law the bill that updates — for the first time in 40 years — the nation’s main chemical safety legislation. Called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act to honor the late senator for whom this was a special cause, the law revises the Toxic Substances Control Act that gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency authority to regulate chemicals used commercially in the United States. As Obama noted at the June 22 signing ceremony, TSCA was supposed to ensure that chemicals used in the U.S. were safe...

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LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL BACKS PLANNING FOR 100 PERCENT RENEWABLE ENERGY...

Sep 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Samantha Page Climate Reporter at @ThinkProgress. Solar electrical panels are installed on the roof of a home in Glendale, CA. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/REED SAXON The Los Angeles City Council took a major step Friday toward making the city run on clean energy alone. The Council directed the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to develop a plan for going 100 percent renewable, including looking at where, when, and how the city should allocate resources to achieve that goal. In the motion, Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Mike Bonin wrote that “the city has an opportunity to re-create its utility in a way that recognizes the potential for a fossil-free future, demonstrates global leadership in its commitment to clean energy, and protects ratepayers from the increasing costs of carbon-based fuels.” It passed unanimously, 12–0,...

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HOW DIGITAL TRACKING OF ROGUE FISHING CAN SAFEGUARD VAST OCEAN RESERVES...

Sep 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dot Earth – New York Times blog By Andrew C. Revkin In 2015, a Taiwanese-owned fishing vessel agreed to pay $2 million in fines and fees after the Global Fishing Watch system identified fishing patterns (the knotty track) in its movements in a marine protected area in the Republic of Kiribati. In 2015, a Taiwanese-owned fishing vessel agreed to pay $2 million in fines and fees after the Global Fishing Watch system identified fishing patterns (the knotty track) in its movements in a marine protected area in the Republic of Kiribati.Credit Globalfishingwatch.org Photo The Sheng Chi Huei 12, a Taiwanese fishing vessel. The Sheng Chi Huei 12, a Taiwanese fishing vessel.Credit Benjamin Lowy/Reportage, for The New York Times The capacity to use digital tools to rein in illegal fishing in distant oceans got...

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HOW TPP THREATENS OUR PROGRESS ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

Sep 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Van Jones   SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE David Lester drives a tractor through a flooded street in Breaux Bridge, La. Photo: Molly Hennessy-Fiske, TNS Photo: Molly Hennessy-Fiske, TNS David Lester drives a tractor through a flooded street in Breaux Bridge, La. In the past month, wildfires forced tens of thousands of people across California to evacuate their homes. Over the same period, historic floods in Louisiana destroyed or damaged more than 60,000 homes, uprooting families and ruining lives. Whether fire or water, we know that human-induced climate change is making natural disasters more frequent and more intense. So why are some in Washington pushing hard for a policy that would make climate change considerably worse? This fall, Congress is likely to vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership — an agreement among 12 nations along...

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THE RISE OF THE WATER PROTECTORS...

Sep 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] I write this in the heat of the struggle to block Dakota Access’ nefarious pipeline. I just returned from Standing Rock and jumped into protests for the Iowa reach of the pipeline. For over two years we at the Science & Environmental Health Network have been immersed in all forms of resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) — political, legal, media, and yes, direct action. In August I joined many of my friends and colleagues at Standing Rock where I served as an on the ground lawyer. For a while I was the only lawyer at the camp and was involved in everything from issuing the call for international observers to interpreting legal decisions and their consequences. Injunctions, temporary restraining orders and hydrostatic testing permits are not the usual topics of ordinary mortals’ conversations....

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24 States Are Suing Federal Govt to Stop Clean Power Plan—Even Though Majority of Their Voters Want It...

Sep 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment The Clean Power Plan seeks to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants two to three percent a year. By Rich Robinson / AlterNet Big pollution in polish coal power plant. Photo Credit: Doin Oakenhelm/Shutterstock As litigators prepare oral arguments for the 24-state suit to stop the federal government from implementing the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a Citizen Cabinet survey finds that two-thirds of registered voters in the states party to the suit (67 percent) actually favor the Plan. Eight states were also surveyed, including three are party to the lawsuit; in all three – Florida, Ohio, and Texas – two-thirds or more also support the plan. In Oklahoma, which filed a lawsuit independently from the multi-state case, 68 percent of registered voters also favor the plan. Across the country as a whole,...

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WHAT OBAMA’S CLIMATE LEGACY TELLS US ABOUT EXECUTIVE POWER...

Sep 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Bill Scher  CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE President Barack Obama recently sat with the New York Times to discuss his legacy on climate, and was asked about his failure to enact legislation to cap greenhouse emission. He responded: “Here, in 2016, we’ve actually achieved more carbon emissions [reduction] that we would have under the cap-and-trade bill that … went down in [Congress].” This is correct, though more context is needed. The cap-and-trade bill that passed the House but never reached the Senate floor aimed to cut greenhouse gas emissions, from their level in 2005, 3 percent by 2012 and 17 percent in 2020. If those reductions were steady, there would have been a 6.5 percent cut by 2014. Blocked by Congress, Obama leveraged executive power. For example, vehicle fuel-efficiency standards have been raised. Stricter...

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