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Fracking Ban Ballot Initiatives Intensify

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County ballot issues to ban fracking could have a large impact outside those counties. And the campaign money being spent on both sides—but primarily by big energy companies—shows how much is at stake.
The highest profile and most contentious ban is the one on the ballot in Denton, Texas, north of Dallas, located in the heart [...]

How Taxpayers Subsidize the Price of Tar Sands Expansion

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Carolyn Marsh was in her living room watching television on a Wednesday night in August when she heard a loud boom from somewhere outside. Having lived in the industrial town of Whiting, Indiana––just south of Chicago––for nearly three decades, she wasn’t terribly shaken. “There’s a lot of noise constantly,” she explains.
But when the news came [...]

Study Ties Mountaintop Removal Mining Dust To Increased Risk Of Lung Cancer

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Mountaintop removal mining destroys forest ecosystems and clogs streams with often toxic mining waste. And according to a new study, it also increases a person’s risk of lung cancer.
The study, published this week in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, looks at the carcinogenic potential of the particulate matter that enters the air during mountaintop [...]

Obama’s Environmental Record Doesn’t Deserve Krugman’s Praise

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In the latest cover story for Rolling Stone, economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman offers a full-throated defense of the Obama administration, taking to task its critics from across the political spectrum. Included in the typically dour liberal’s praise: the president’s environmental policy, which “is starting to look like it could be a [...]

Lead ammo threatens condor survival

by Kera Abraham
in Monterey County Weekly

Something was wrong with Condor 444.
Melissa Clark was working from home in Pacific Grove Aug. 15, watching Big Sur condors tear into carrion via two live webcams. But 444 – nicknamed Ventana, and kind of famous as the first wild-hatched chick in the flock – wasn’t her usual [...]

Seed and Plant Swap

Bring seeds to share that you have in excess whether self-saved or purchased, to share and swap with others. Ideally we are SWAPPING, so it’s great if you can stay and hang out awhile. But you may also drop off seed, or just stop by and check it out. You don’t have to donate seed [...]

Pacific islanders on canoes blockade Australia coal export terminal

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Environmental activists teamed up with Pacific islanders in eastern Australia on Friday in an attempt to block the world’s largest coal export terminal by forming a blockade of canoes, surfboards and kayaks.
The burning of coal and other fossil fuels has contributed to climate change, they said, which causes sea level rise. That, environmentalists added, poses [...]

Whole Foods Launches Radical New Food Labeling Plan

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If an avocado is labeled “better” and an apple is labeled “best,” are you going to change your evening guacamole making plans? This is an issue Whole Foods shoppers will soon have to consider. The seemingly socially conscious supermarket chain announced today that it will begin ranking its produce either good, better,or best, based on [...]

250 Years of Campaigns, Cash and Corruption

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The history of money in American politics is one of shady characters and a dramatic battle between the forces of reform and influence that goes back more than 250 years before the birth of the super PAC. Check out this timeline for its juiciest events and milestones.
via 250 Years of Campaigns, Cash and Corruption | [...]

I Worked in a Strip Club in a North Dakota Fracking Boomtown

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At 9 p.m. on that August night, when I arrived for my first shift as a cocktail waitress at Whispers, one of the two strip clubs in downtown Williston, I didn’t expect a 25-year-old man to get beaten to death outside the joint. Then again, I didn’t really expect most of the things I encountered [...]

Why Is Chevron Trying to Buy the Government of This Northern California City?

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In August 2012, a rusted pipe inside a massive Chevron refinery in Richmond, California caused an explosion and fire that spewed toxic chemicals into the air, sending 15,000 people to the hospital for treatment.
Since then, the city of Richmond has been eager to impose new safety regulations on Chevron. A year after the fire, it [...]

“Hurt That B****”: What Undercover Investigators Saw Inside a Factory Farm

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On September 15, 2008, Lynn Becker got the phone call every hog farmer fears.
For months on end, pork producers across the Midwest had been struggling against record-low prices per head, but Becker had taken steps to protect his family’s farm against contractions of the market. He had signed a producer agreement with Hormel Foods, maybe [...]

Bird Camp for Kids

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Join us at Tuscawilla Preserve for another “Bird Camp for Kids” led by Alachua Audubon Society. This workshop is an introductory birdwatching course for children of all ages. It will feature: Bird Detective, Binocular Basics, Listening to Birds, and Introduction to Field Guides.

 

This is a fun activity for kids where they will learn many ways [...]

The Planet Just Had Its Hottest September On Record

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Last month was the warmest September globally since records began being kept in 1880, NASA reported Sunday. January through September data have 2014 already at the third warmest on record. Projections by NOAA make clear 2014 is taking aim at hottest year on record.
Remarkably, this September record occurred even though we’re still waiting for the [...]

Fracking hurts California’s water

 

From Mother Jones:
Pumpjacks extract oil from an oilfield in Kern County, in California’s ag-heavy Central Valley. Christopher Halloran /Shutterstock
I have a great idea. Let’s take one of the globe’s most important agricultural regions, one with severe water constraints and a fast-dropping water table. And let’s set up shop there with a highly water-intensive form [...]