HOW THE WATER CRISIS IN THE WEST RENEWED THE DEBATE ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF DAMS...

May 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Abrahm Lustgarten / ProPublica   VIA TRUTHDIG     Glen Canyon Dam is located in Page, Arizona. (Jacqueline Poggi / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) This piece originally ran on ProPublica. Wedged between Arizona and Utah, less than 20 miles up river from the Grand Canyon, a soaring concrete wall nearly the height of two football fields blocks the flow of the Colorado River. There, at Glen Canyon Dam, the river is turned back on itself, drowning more than 200 miles of plasma-red gorges and replacing the Colorado’s free-spirited rapids with an immense lake of flat, still water called Lake Powell, the nation’s second largest reserve. When Glen Canyon Dam was built — in the middle of the last century — giant dams were championed as a silver bullet promising to elevate the American...

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FARMING’S DIRTY NEEDS HAVE A DEADLY EFFECT...

May 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network     Fertilizers are a major contributor to air pollution in the United States, Europe, Russia and China. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Farming is a dirty business—so dirty now that, according to new research, air pollution from agriculture in the form of fine particles of lung-choking dust outweighs all other human sources of that kind of pollution. These particles are calculated to cause around 3.3 million deaths a year worldwide—and most of this lung-penetrating murk is from fertilisers. Back in 1950, the world produced 20 million tons of artificial fertilisers, but farmers now spread on their fields every year around 190 million tons. Ammonia from the nitrogen-based compounds gathers in the air, and combines with the...

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FIVE MOMENTS OF CLIMATE PROGRESS SINCE ‘AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH’...

May 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART Here’s something to smile about. Check out five climate successes in the past decade. The Climate Reality Project, founded and chaired by former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore, is dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis.   This story is produced in partnership with The Climate Reality Project as part of the campaign to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of An Inconvenient Truth. Ten years ago, An Inconvenient Truth brought the issue of climate change out into the open and into mainstream culture like never before. People began asking tough questions about our climate and wanted to know what they could do to make our planet a safer, healthier place for us all. And 10 years later, we can see the results. Advertisement Last...

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HOUSE PASSES ZIKA BILL THAT WON’T FIGHT THE VIRUS BUT MAY PUT MORE PESTICIDES IN YOUR WATER...

May 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Natasha Geiling CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock   Despite the fact that Congress has yet to pass a fully-funded Zika emergency bill, the House of Representatives passed the Zika Vector Control Act Tuesday evening, a bill ostensibly aimed at helping to fight the potential spread of the Zika virus throughout the United States. But House Democrats and environmental organizations are crying foul, arguing that the bill uses the threat of Zika as a cover for rolling back crucial EPA regulations that protect bodies of water from pesticides. “The reality is that the majority has been pushing this legislation for years under whatever name is convenient at the time,” Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) said during the floor debate Tuesday. “This bill has nothing to do with combating Zika.” Opponents of the bill noted that...

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THE WORLD’S LARGEST CRUISE SHIP AND ITS SUPERSIZED POLLUTION PROBLEM...

May 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE GUARDIAN As Harmony of the Seas sets sail from Southampton docks on Sunday she will leave behind a trail of pollution – a toxic problem that is growing as the cruise industry and its ships get ever bigger At full power the Harmony of the Seas’ two 16-cylinder engines would each burn 1,377 US gallons an hour of some of the most polluting diesel fuel in the world. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters John Vidal   When the gargantuan Harmony of the Seas slips out of Southampton docks on Sunday afternoon on its first commercial voyage, the 16-deck-high floating city will switch off its auxiliary engines, fire up its three giant diesels and head to the open sea. But while the 6,780 passengers and 2,100 crew on the largest cruise ship in the world...

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What’s the True Cost of Fracking? This Eye-Opening Infographic May Surprise You...

May 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment There are significant pros and cons, making fracking a highly controversial issue. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet KERN COUNTY, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 26, 2013: Pumpjacks extract oil from an oilfield in Kern County, CA. About 15 billion barrels of oil could be extracted using hydraulic fracturing in California. Photo Credit: Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com Arsenic. Cadmium. Chromium. Radon. Lead. These are just a few of the toxins used in hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, a controversial drilling process to retrieve oil and natural gas from shale deposits under the surface of the Earth. Concerns about the process have been mounting, as studies have linked it to a host of environmental and public health problems, from increased infant mortality and low birth weight babies to the release of cancer-causing radioactive gas, contamination of drinking...

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PORTLAND BANS CLIMATE-DENYING TEXTBOOKS FROM ITS SCHOOLS...

May 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Katie Valentine CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: shutterstock   Climate education in Oregon just took a big step forward. Last week, the Portland Public Schools board voted to eliminate the use of any textbooks or other materials that are “found to express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities.” “A lot of the text materials are kind of thick with the language of doubt, and obviously the science says otherwise,” Bill Bigelow, a former Portland public school teacher, told the Portland Tribune. “We don’t want kids in Portland learning material courtesy of the fossil fuel industry.” In his testimony to the board, Bigelow quoted from the book Physical Science, published by Pearson. “‘Carbon dioxide emissions from motor vehicles, power plants and other sources, may contribute to global...

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DESIGN ADVOCACY AND MATERIAL SUSTAINABILITY...

May 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dora Vanette   METROPOLIS MAGAZINE The Downtown Houston Childcare Center, designed by Kirksey Architecure with the goal of providing flexible learning spaces and utilizing natural materials and textures Photo by: Slyworks Photography Throughout 2015, Metropolis’s publisher and editor in chief, Susan S. Szenasy, led the Metropolis Think Tank series of conversations on the seismic cultural shifts reshaping our society and the importance of injecting a new humanism into design and architecture in order to better deal with emerging challenges. As part of these ongoing discussions, Szenasy engages key industry leaders and gives a voice to different knowledge groups that participate in these processes—from architecture firms and clients to researchers and consultants. On August 26, she talked with the principals of Houston-based Kirksey Architecture about architects as design advocates, master builders, and how material sustainability and building codes...

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THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW BAD IT IS: INDIA ENDURES SEVERE HEATWAVE – VIDEO...

May 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   India  THE GUARDIAN AP via THE GUARDIAN Residents of India’s north-western cities struggle to cope as record temperatures hit the country. Temperatures climbed to 45C on Friday in the city of Ujjain while the city of Phalodi reported temperatures of 51C. Local governments have set up free water stations for residents and visitors but one man in Ujjain says the tanks are running out rapidly because of the high demand for water Indians demand government action after temperatures hit 51C...

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TRUMP’S NEWEST ENEMY: ENVIRONMENTALISTS...

May 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Emily AtkinCLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Paul Sancya Mary Dickens holds a sign outside a Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump campaign rally in Boca Raton, Fla., Sunday, March 13, 2016.   Donald Trump has officially taken aim at the environment. And environmentalists are starting to aim back. The billionaire and presumptive Republican presidential nominee fired first shots on Friday, when he announced his key energy policy adviser: U.S. Congressman Kevin Cramer, a North Dakota Republican who loves drilling for oil and denies human-caused climate change. Cramer is staunchly opposed to president Obama’s landmark climate change regulations, and is widely expected to advise Trump to repeal them. Trump fired once more on Tuesday, telling Reuters that he would, at minimum, “renegotiate” the U.N. global climate accord, an agreement between nearly 200 nations to keep...

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THIS COUNTRY JUST SET A MAJOR RENEWABLE ENERGY RECORD...

May 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Evelyn Anne CrundenCLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: shutterstock The Aldeadávila Dam, on the border between Portugal and Spain.   Last week, Portugal set a record for renewable energy use. Through a combination of hydroelectric, solar, and wind power, electricity use in the country was completely covered for four consecutive days. The news was reported by the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association (APREN) in collaboration with ZERO System Sustainable Land Association. According to their measurements, from 6:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 to approximately 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, Portugal was able to rely entirely on renewables for an impressive 107 hours, the longest the country has ever been able to go. Renewable energy records like these are something Portugal has been striving for: The country is working to create a dramatic shift in how...

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AN ORAL HISTORY OF “AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH”...

May 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Supported by Cool Effect  VIA GRIST Al Gore got stuck on a scissor lift. Studio execs fell asleep at a screening. And everybody hated the title. The amazing true story of the most improbable — and important — film of our time. A decade ago, climate change was a huge problem with a small audience. Unless you were among a handful of brave policymakers, concerned scientists, or loyal Grist readers, it’s fair to say the threat of a rapidly warming world took a back seat to High School Musical, MySpace, and whether or not Pluto was a planet (yes, those were all a thing in 2006). Then, An Inconvenient Truth happened. Somehow, a film starring a failed presidential candidate and his traveling slideshow triggered a seismic shift in public understanding of climate change....

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We May Be About to Witness One of the Great Privatizations of America’s Public Lands...

May 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] How the raid on Malheur screened a future raid on real estate. By William deBuys / TomDispatch   VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: e X p o s e/ Shutterstock.com It goes without saying that in a democracy everyone is entitled to his or her own opinions. The trouble starts when people think they are also entitled to their own facts. Away out West, on the hundreds of millions of acres of public lands that most Americans take for granted (if they are aware of them at all), the trouble is deep, widespread, and won’t soon go away. Last winter’s armed take-over and 41-day occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon is a case in point. It was carried out by people who, if they hadn’t been white and dressed as cowboys, might...

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LONG BEACH FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST MONSANTO...

May 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TRUTHDIG posted by emma niles   The Port of Long Beach. (via Flickr) Following the lead of six other West Coast cities, the city of Long Beach on Thursday filed paperwork to sue Monsanto, alleging that the agrochemical giant is responsible for chemical contamination of its water sources, including the Port of Long Beach. The Long Beach Post reports: According to the complaint, PCBs find their way to Long Beach waters when they leach, leak, off-gas and escape their intended applications, causing runoff during naturally occurring storm and rain events, after being released into the environment. … The city said it continues to “incur significant costs related to PCBs in its storm water and the sedimentary deposits in the Port of Long Beach and adjacent ocean floor areas,” according to a release. In...

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Can Entrepreneurship Save the Planet?...

May 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Watch a clip of the new documentary ‘Time to Choose’ from Oscar-winning filmmaker Charles Ferguson. By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet Photo Credit: Falco Ink. Climate change is the greatest crisis that humanity faces, and an opportunity to implement radical changes in infrastructure. Academy Award-winning documentary director Charles Ferguson’s new film TIME TO CHOOSE captures the scope of global innovation in response to climate change. In our journey to create a sustainable future and world for the better, Ferguson investigates the steps we can take to stop the global threat. The films’ scope across five continents, investigates the costs of fossil fuels and industrialized agriculture – and their drivers. From the poisoned waters of Appalachia, dangerous coal pits of China, deforestation in Indonesia the red night skies of Nigeria’s gas lands, the effects of...

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THE WORLD’S LARGEST FLOATING WIND FARM WILL BE OPERATIONAL NEXT YEAR...

May 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Norwegian company Statoil is building the world’s largest offshore floating wind farm near Scotland – and it’s set to start producing energy as early as 2017. The Hywind Scotland Pilot Park wind farm will feature five turbines generating six megawatts of power each. Statoil has pioneered Hywind turbine technology – a different way to construct wind turbines so they’re sturdy even in stormy ocean conditions. Statoil was an oil company before they pursued wind, and they based their approach to turbine design on oil rigs. Hywind turbines are essentially steel cylinders stabilized by ballast and connected to the ocean floor, making them more economical than traditional offshore wind turbines. Statoil tested their technology with one turbine back in 2009, and they say that the new Pilot Park will “demonstrate cost efficient and low...

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NEW THREAT FROM ANTARCTIC GLACIER COULD RAISE SEA LEVELS BY NEARLY 10 FEET...

May 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Tim Radford / Climate News Network   VIA TRUTHDIG     Totten Glacier is expected to melt far faster than previously thought. (Esmee van Wijk / Australian Antarctic Division) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—One of Antarctica’s great glaciers could become unstable if global warming continues at the present pace. As warm seas wash the ice shelf, the land-based mass of ice could begin to retreat, cross a critical threshold in the present century and then withdraw 300 kilometres inland. In the course of doing so it would spill tremendous quantities of water into the oceans: enough to raise global sea levels by 2.9 metres and threaten cities that are home to billions.  And here is the bad news: glaciologists have known for decades that West Antarctica’s ice sheets are unstable....

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THOMAS RAINER: THERE ARE NO MULCH CIRCLES IN THE FOREST...

May 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT by Jared Green Planting in a Post-Wild World / Timber Press Instead of laying down a layer of mulch to separate plants, let native plants grow into beautiful, layered masses, said Thomas Rainer, ASLA, co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World, at the Potomac Chapter of ASLA Gala in Washington, D.C. Rainer believes it’s possible to both boost biodiversity and achieve beauty through the use of “designed plant communities.” It’s possible to avoid creating a “weedy, looking mess,” but still harness the “adaptive ability of plants.” In fact, only by taking this approach can landscape architects and designers “reconstruct natural habitats in our cities,” which Rainer thinks should be their goal for the 21st century. In the near future, Rainer sees a largely urban world dealing with the challenges of a...

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INSIDE THE LOOMING DISASTER OF THE SALTON SEA...

May 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Climate by Alejandro Davila Fragoso CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Alejandro Davila Fragoso Dead tilapia lines the shores of the Salton Sea, California’s largest lake. Located in Imperial County, the manmade Salton Sea is drying up fast, threatening the fate of fish, migratory bird species and even public health as exposed playa will create dust bowls, harming an area known for high asthma rates and high levels of air pollution.   BOMBAY BEACH, CALIFORNIA — The lake is drying up, uncounted dead fish line the shore, and the desert town is losing people. It could be the plot of a post-apocalyptic movie set in the future, but this is actually happening here and it has been going on for years. It wasn’t always like this, of course. There was a time when this town was...

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TRUMP’S BIZARRE CLIMATE BELIEFS WOULD JEOPARDIZE MEANINGFUL GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION...

May 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: LM Otero, AP   Donald Trump’s climate science denial and dubious deal-making skills just raised the stakes of this election to “existential.” As Reuters reported Tuesday, the presumptive GOP nominee said he would seek to renegotiate the Paris Climate Agreement, “spelling potential doom for an agreement many view as a last chance to turn the tide on global warming.” For the mainstream media, Trump’s dangerous recklessness on the gravest national security threat the nation faces was mostly lost amid the incessant barrage of jaw-dropping things Trump has said to Reuters (and others), including that he would love to talk with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. “He’s said one stupid, reckless thing after another,” GOP strategist Mike Murphy told MSNBC Tuesday night, “The guy has a chimpanzee-level...

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Which Candidate Could Rally the Nation Behind Policies That Would Have Real Impact on the Climate Crisis?...

May 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment The dangers of runaway climate change make this U.S. presidential race pivotal. By Sarah van Gelder / Yes! Magazine   VIA ALTERNET May 17, 2016 hillary clinton bernie sanders donald trump Photo Credit: jctabb (l), Trevor Collens (m), Joseph Sohm (r)/Shutterstock The burning of Fort McMurray in the Canadian province of Alberta is a terrifying glimpse of what a climate crisis looks like. While scientists are cautious about attributing any one event to global warming, the months without rain followed by unusually high temperatures are exactly the sort of conditions associated with a warming planet—and they set the conditions for big fires. The dangers of runaway climate change make this U.S. presidential race pivotal. Our next president must be someone who understands the science, can build support for a clean energy future, and...

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CHILDREN IN FARM COMMUNITIES PAY A STEEP PRICE FOR THE FOOD WE EAT...

May 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Civil Eats About the Writer Elizabeth Grossman is a senior reporter for Civil Eats focused on environmental and science issues. She is the author of Chasing Molecules, High Tech Trash, Watershed and other books. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Scientific American, Environmental Health Perspectives, Yale e360, Ensia, High Country News, The Pump Handle, Chemical Watch, The Washington Post, TheAtlantic.com, Salon, The Nation, and Mother Jones. Photo courtesy of Bread for the World. Children in Farm Communities Pay a Steep Price for the Food We Eat The evidence linking pesticide exposure to childhood cancers and learning and behavioral problems has grown increasingly strong. By Elizabeth Grossman on May 10, 2016 Filed Under: Food Justice, Pesticides Subscribe  993  268 Tumblr1 Google +2  15 If you’re an urban parent, you might...

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WAVE IMPACTS SPEED GREENLAND ICE MELT...

May 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     An aerial view of icebergs in Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord. (Mark Garten/UN Photo) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Seismic waves that race through Greenland’s bedrock may help answer questions about the pattern of melting and freezing over the Northern Hemisphere’s biggest single sheet of ice. Scientists need answers because Greenland remains a puzzle: the glaciers may be accelerating their pace towards the sea—but, despite rising temperatures, the interior is not losing ice, according to a second study. And a third study presents a new paradox: there may be little ice melt over most of the icecap, but changing climatic conditions suggest that less snow is falling. There is enough ice packed on Greenland to raise global sea levels by...

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GET READY FOR A WAVE OF GREEN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE, AMERICA...

May 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]     On Thursday, climate activists in the US began a week of direct action to “Break Free” from fossil fuels. By Zoë Carpenter THE NATION Arctic Offshore Drilling Activists in Portland, Oregon, protest the departure of a Shell icebreaker for the coast of Alaska. July 29, 2015. (AP Photo / Don Ryan) It’s been almost two weeks since a wildfire broke out near Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, forcing the evacuation of 90,000 residents from the tar-sands boom town. Swathes of spruce and pine forest continue to burn, fueled by dry conditions that scientists link to climate change. With 2,400 homes and thousands of acres of forest destroyed, it will be a long time before the region recovers. But oil companies operating in Alberta have already resumed oil-sands production. It’s against that...

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SOME OLD SPECIES ARE WELL-SUITED TO SURVIVE CLIMATE CHANGE...

May 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     The cane toad is one of the lucky winners of evolution’s lottery. (Shek Graham via Flickr) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Swiss biologists believe they have identified the factors that could make vertebrate species withstand the shocks of climate change. In what sounds like an evolutionary tautology, the creatures most likely to possess resilience and staying power are also most likely to be those that have already been around the longest, and survived earlier phases of environmental change. This arrival at a general principle echoes another recent and more specific finding: that those African antelopes most endangered by climate change are those already most threatened by other pressures. That global warming, and attendant climate change, poses a threat...

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E.O. WILSON CALLS FOR PRESERVING HALF OF THE EARTH...

May 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT by Jared Green Half Earth / Liveright In his latest book, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, famed biologist and author E.O. Wilson makes the case for both preserving and restoring half of the Earth, which he believes is possible if we set aside some of the richest places of biodiversity on land and in the oceans. These arks can protect up to 85 percent of all current life as the planet’s human population continues to grow from the current 7 billion to an expected maximum of 11 billion in coming decades. He believes humans have a moral obligation to be stewards of the millions of species that also call the planet home. And if we do not undertake such an ambitious conservation effort now, there could be potentially massive negative...

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AMID DILMA ROUSSEFF’S IMPEACHMENT, BRAZIL PREPARES TO ROLL BACK ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS...

May 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Jan Rocha / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     Damaging new roads and other projects are likely to be nodded through in Brazil. (Lucas Kenzo 436 via Wikimedia Commons) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. SÃO PAULO—Taking advantage of Brazil’s present political turbulence, as the battle to impeach President Dilma Rousseff reaches its climax, reactionary politicians are quietly rolling back environmental and indigenous protection laws in defiance of the country’s commitments under the Paris Agreement. Environmentalists say that if the bill known as PEC 65/2012, now at the Senate committee stage, is approved, it means that major infrastructure projects will be able to go ahead regardless of their impacts on biodiversity, indigenous areas, traditional communities and conservation areas. Instead of a careful if somewhat slow licensing process which...

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SCIENTISTS JUST PINPOINTED ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF FRACKING’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT...

May 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Climate by Alejandro Davila Fragoso CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: BILL DICKINSON/FLICKR View of the New River bridge in Fayette County, West Virginia. Wolf Creek, a tributary of the New River, has traces of fracking waste chemicals that are affecting the local ecosystem, according to a new study. Researchers discovered the chemicals near a fracking fluid waste site. The New River is a local water source.   A dumping site for fracking fluids long suspected to be leaching into Wolf Creek, a West Virginia waterway with ties to a county’s water supply, has indeed contaminated the creek with multiple chemicals, a new U.S. Geological Survey study has found. The “study demonstrates definitively that the stream is being impacted by [unconventional oil and gas extraction] wastewaters,” Denise Akob, USGS scientist and lead author of the study,...

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Leonardo DiCaprio Stands With Great Sioux Nation to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline (Video)...

May 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment The campaign to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) gains steam with DiCaprio and actors from the upcoming “Justice League” film joining the cause. By Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch  VIA ALTERNET BERLIN – FEBRUARY 13: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends ‘Shutter Island’ Premiere during day three of the 60th Berlin Film Festival at the Berlinale Palast on February 13, 2010 in Berlin, Germany Photo Credit: Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com The campaign to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) continues to gain steam with Leonardo DiCaprio and actors from the upcoming Justice League film joining the cause. Dakota Access—a subsidiary of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners LP—has proposed a $3.7 billion, 1,168-mile pipeline that will transfer up to 570,00 barrels of crude oil per day from the North Dakota Bakken region through South Dakota and Iowa into Illinois....

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ALMOST EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS IS OUTDATED, PART 1...

May 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Schalk van Zuydam, AP Almost everything you know about climate change solutions is outdated, for several reasons. First, climate science and climate politics have been moving unexpectedly quickly toward a broad consensus that we need to keep total human-caused global warming as far as possible below 2°C (3.6°F) — and ideally to no more than 1.5°C. This has truly revolutionary implications for climate solutions policy. Second, key climate solutions — renewables, efficiency, electric cars, and storage — have been advancing considerably faster than anyone expected, much faster than the academic literature anticipated. The synergistic effect of all these light-speed changes is only now beginning to become clear (see, for instance, my recent post, “Why The Renewables Revolution Is Now Unstoppable”. Third, the media and commentariat have...

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