Environment

Katrina 10: Social Justice and Climate Justice Movements Merge in New Orleans

Katrina 10: Social Justice and Climate Justice Movements Merge in New Orleans
Louisiana’s coast continues to erode at the rate of approximately one football field-sized piece of land every 39 minutes. And each day Club Desire is one day closer to disappearing. Such facts make Johnston’s fight to restore the club and turn it into a community center — and the voices that gathered in New Orleans to combat social and environmental injustice — more important than ever.
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Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster Fights for the Environment From the Hudson to Antarctica

Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster Fights for the Environment From the Hudson to Antarctica
Jon Bowermaster spent ten years kayaking oceans and waterways all around the globe in an effort to document and understand the relationship between humans and the oceans for a National Geographic project. Understandably, he has a lot of stories to tell and shared many when DeSmog recently sat down to talk with hi
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Ticking Clocks and Bombs: Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Expected Soon

Ticking Clocks and Bombs: Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Expected Soon
There are strong rumors that President Obama will soon announce his decision, possibly within days or by the end of August, on the Keystone XL pipeline. He will either throw his support to the private Canadian oil company that wants to build the pipeline into our country to send the dirtiest, high-carbon oil from the tar sands region of western Canada all the way to our Gulf for processing. Or the President will stand for what is in the best interest of America’s future.
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Islamic Leaders Issue Powerful Declaration Making Moral Case For Climate Action

Islamic Leaders Issue Powerful Declaration Making Moral Case For Climate Action
A symposium of Islamic leaders from 20 different countries meeting in Istanbul today released a Climate Change Declaration that presents the moral case for the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims to “tackle habits, mindsets, and the root causes of climate change, environmental degradation and the loss of biodiversity.”
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Lifting Ban On U.S. Crude Oil Export Would Enable Massive Fracking Expansion

Lifting Ban On U.S. Crude Oil Export Would Enable Massive Fracking Expansion
In a recent Washington Post editorial supporting oil industry efforts to lift the existing ban on exporting crude oil produced in America, the editors stated:“The most serious objection to lifting the ban comes from environmentalists who worry that it would lower fossil fuel prices and lead to more oil consumption.”
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Open Letter: Considering Divestment Options for a Cleaner World

Open Letter: Considering Divestment Options for a Cleaner World
An open letter from Deb Nelson, Executive Director of The Social Venture Network. The fossil fuel divestment conversation began four years ago and has become the fastest growing divestment movement in history. The country of Norway, Stanford University, the World Council of Churches, Seattle, and hundreds of other institutions have divested. 400 college campaigns, 100 foundations and over 2,000 individual investors have pledged to accelerate the transition to a new energy economy.
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The US Has Installed More Than Twice as Much Solar/Wind as Fossil Fuel Electricity So Far In 2015

The US Has Installed More Than Twice as Much Solar/Wind as Fossil Fuel Electricity So Far In 2015
Throughout the entire first half of 2015, solar and wind energy accounted for 2,518 megawatts of new electricity generating capacity brought online in the US — some 65 percent of all new capacity added so far this year. Coal accounted for a mere 3 MW during that time period, while natural gas accounted for 1,173 MW (there was no new oil). That’s less than half the amount of solar and wind energy added January to June. Wind alone, at 1,969 MW, was more than all fossil fuels combined.
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Coloradans Rejoice and Despair Over EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Coloradans Rejoice and Despair Over EPA’s Clean Power Plan
As expected, today, the Obama administration announced the release of final rules creating the Clean Power Plan. In announcing the CPP, President Barack Obama said this generation is the first “to feel climate change – and the last that can do something about it.”
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Environmental Group Launches Lawsuit Against Federal Government Over Pipeline Safety Planning

Environmental Group Launches Lawsuit Against Federal Government Over Pipeline Safety Planning
One of the country's largest environmental groups has accused the federal government of failing to follow pipeline safety planning laws, alleging that for more than two decades the Department of Transportation (DOT) has illegally allowed companies to operate oil pipelines that cross waterways without adequate preparation for spills and other disasters. The National Wildlife Federation, which filed a notice of its intent to sue on Tuesday, accused the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), part of the DOT, of failing to properly enforce the Oil Pollution Act, enacted by Congress in the wake of the Exxon Valdez spill.
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Moving & Shaking: Oklahoma Earthquake Crisis Needs Stronger Response

Moving & Shaking: Oklahoma Earthquake Crisis Needs Stronger Response
When will the shaking and rattling finally wake people up to the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in populated areas? Do people here feel so beaten down by the prevailing political power structure and the oil and gas industry they will actually allow their homes to be damaged and possibly even destroyed to line the pockets of millionaire energy executives? Will they even risk the safety of their children?
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