Environment

Tobacco Apologist Steve Milloy's EPA Human Testing Scare Campaign

Oh, the irony. A guy who built his career -- and fortune -- by muddying the science on the health effects of smoking is now accusing the E.P.A. of harming lungs and causing heart problems.
Steve Milloy, the former Big Tobacco flack who now runs the trashy haven for climate denial JunkScience.com, is waging a veritable war on the E.P.A. for their research on the effects of smog (or soot, or fine particulates, or PM 2.5 if you want to get really technical) on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
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Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Challenges Shell in Legal Hearing

The ACFN participated in a Fort McMurray rally today, asking for individuals, organizations and communities across Canada to stand in solidarity with their tribe.
"We are here today because a legal challenge may be the only remaining piece of law that can stop the destruction of our land," said Allan Adam, chief of the ACFN. "We are thankful for the mountain of support we've been receiving. People understand the significance of this challenge and what we must do for our land."
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Non-Profit Study: Coal Investments, Shale Gas, a Bad Bet

In a missive titled "White Paper: Financial Risks of Investments in Coal," As You Sow concludes that coal is becoming an increasingly risky investment with each passing day. The fracking boom and the up-and-coming renewable energy sector are quickly superseding King Coal's empire as a source of power generation.
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Disney Ends Destructive Environmental Practices

After several years of talks, the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) scored a major victory this month, when they were finally able to convince the Disney Corporation to give up their destructive environmental printing practices.
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One More Chance to End Climate Silence

It's almost like President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have already forgotten that this summer Americans experienced some of the most severe droughts in history and massive wildfires. 
Yet here we are with only one Presidential debate to go and not once has either candidate uttered the words "climate change" in the two previous national debates. It ...
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Fracking Your Future: Shale Gas Industry Targets College Campuses, K-12 Schools

In Pennsylvania - a state that sits in the heart of the Marcellus Shale basin - the concept of "frackademia" and "frackademics" has taken on an entirely new meaning.
On Sept. 27, the PA House of Representatives - in a 136-62 vote - passed a bill that allows hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" to take place on the campuses of public universities. Its Senate copycat version passed in June in a 46-3 vote and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett signed it into law as Act 147 on Oct. 8.
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Who's Funding the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta in CA?

Restore the Delta (RTD) on October 17 responded to an attack by the "Coalition for a Sustainable Delta," an agribusiness "Astroturf" group they said is bankrolled by billionaire Stewart Resnick, the owner of the giant Paramount Farms in Kern County.
RTD, a coalition of farmers, fishermen, environmentalists and business owners dedicated to a fair water policy in California, dismissed "Coalition" claims accusing Restore the Delta of being a front group for Delta developers out to pave over the Delta for profits.
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Northwest Tribes Speak Out Against Coal Export Terminals

The New York Times ran a must-read piece for anyone concerned about coal companies targeting American taxpayer-owned public lands, carting it by rail over to coastal ports throughout the Pacific Northwest, loading it onto Panamax barges, and then shipping it overseas to sell at a steep discount to Asian markets.
The article looks at the battle over the Northwest export terminals through the lens of the local American Indian tribes, who worry about the impacts on local fishing rights and the threats to sacred sites.
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Why Wind in VT Protects VT Air Quality

There is a new popular trope about where Vermont's air pollution comes from, that's intended to imply that installing wind in Vermont does nothing to protect our air quality.
Some people are going to ask why I'm being so persistent on this issue. It's simple:
We face an imminent, unprecedented planetary emergency.
Due to the chemical composition of the source of warming gases, at 6 degrees C temperature rise, the earth will have air and water so acidic, it will be incompatible with most life forms - including humans. We are currently on track for 7 degrees C. Every moment we...
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40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

40 years ago today, President Nixon signed the Clean Water Act. This has been the means by which we have, as a nation, dramatically reduced the toxic pollutants industry releases.
By the 1970s, Lake Superior was toxic. Now its remarkably clean and Duluth's tap water is known for its purity and great taste.
Republicans have been trying since it was introduced to weaken and eliminate it. Especially under the Bush Administration.
"The Clean Water Act has been instrumental in improving our environment and economy for people across the nation," said Jan Goldman-Carter, senior manager, Wetl...
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