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The USGS Is Mapping Human-Caused Earthquake Hazards

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Just days after Oklahoma’s government embraced the idea that human actions could, in fact, cause earthquakes, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) released a report outlining how they could potentially map people-induced earthquake hazards.
‘Induced’ or ‘potentially induced’ earthquakes (the terms are used interchangeably in the report) are earthquakes caused by human activities–typically the injection of [...]

More Than a Day at the Movies: Cinema Verde Film Festival

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Romance wasn’t the only amore in the Alachua air on February 14th this year. At the Paramount Plaza Hotel and Suites, film fans and environmental enthusiasts gathered to celebrate a different kind of love: a passion for sustainability.
The sixth annual three-day Cinema Verde Festival offered audiences the chance to experience 40 different short and full-length [...]

Hawaii Wants To Be The First State To Run Completely On Renewable Energy

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With strong trade winds, volcanic heat and abundant solar and hydropower, the Hawaiian islands have a plethora of natural resources.
Yet the state is America’s largest consumer of fossil fuels per capita, according to Hawaii’s Environmental Council for the Office of Environmental Quality Control.
A bill currently going through the state’s legislature aims to change that by [...]

John Kerry’s Mission To Save The Arctic

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John Kerry is heading north.
On Friday, the U.S. Secretary of State will travel to the Canadian Arctic city of Iqualuit, Nunavut, where he will take temporary reins of the Arctic Council, a forum that could ultimately determine the fate of the Arctic. At the biennial Arctic Council ministerial meeting in Iqualuit, Canadian Environment Minister Leona [...]

We Need The Liberal Arts More Than Ever In Today’s Digital World, Fareed Zakaria Says

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A liberal arts education is the best preparation for many careers, especially in the U.S., given today’s global technology-driven economy, CNN host Fareed Zakaria says.
“The future of a country like the U.S. rests on our ability to master how technology interacts with how humans live, work and play,” Zakaria said to The WorldPost. “And that [...]

Graphic Video Of Annual Canadian Seal Hunt Released By Animal Rights Group

WARNING: This post contains graphic content that may upset some readers.
The Canadian government in early March announced this year’s quota for its annual, and highly controversial, seal hunt. The allocation for 2015? 468,000 harp, hooded and grey seals.
In an effort to minimize inhumane treatment, the Canadian government mandates that seals can only be killed using [...]

The Top 10 Greenest Cities In America

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Big city life doesn’t have to mean overwhelming smog and environmental anguish.
In fact, according to a new study by NerdWallet.com, those seeking a greener lifestyle have several great options to choose from.
NerdWallet gathered statistics from the 150 largest cities in America to determine which are the most environmentally friendly. The analysis was based on environmental [...]

Adidas Wants To Make Shoes And Clothing Using Plastic Garbage From The Ocean

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In an effort to bolster its commitment to sustainability, Adidas announced on Monday that it would begin developing materials out of plastic ocean waste to ultimately use in its products.
In a press release, the iconic clothing corporation said it’s teaming up with the Parley for the Oceans, a group of artists, scientists, musicians, and designers [...]

Apple Makes New Commitment To Fight Climate Change, But Has A Long Way To Go

Apple on Monday released its 2015 Environmental Responsibility Report, underscoring its commitment to lessening the environmental impact of its products and operations. “We don’t want to debate climate change. We want to stop it,” the company stated in the report.
But Apple still has a long way to go when it comes to reducing its greenhouse gas [...]

Study finds high incidence of respiratory problems in oil spill cleanup workers

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Thousands of people who were hired to help clean up after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill are experiencing problems with their respiratory systems that may be tied to their exposure to the oil, according to an ongoing government study of the spill’s health impacts.
The incidence of wheezing and coughing among cleanup workers that BP [...]

Future Food 2050

A series of articles on various aspects of the relationship between food and agriculture on Future Food 2050:
Walmart targets climate-smart suppliers
The world’s largest grocer is exerting its influence on food companies to reduce their environmental impacts, says Walmart sustainability executive Kathleen McLaughlin. Kathleen McLaughlin When an Iowa corn and soy farmer named Tim Richter took [...]

Fracking and earthquakes in Oklahoma

Sarah Terry-Cobo covers energy, health care and other topics for The Journal Record. You can reach her at sarah.terry-cobo@journalrecord.com.
Here’s her story about Oklahoma’s recent earthquakes:
NORMAN – Oil and gas wastewater disposal wells are very likely triggering the majority of earthquakes in northern and central Oklahoma, said Austin Holland, state seismologist.
However, due to the large number [...]

Electric Police Cars? Seattle Uses Nissan Leafs For Traffic Enforcement

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They may not have the most intimidating presence, but electric cars can play an important role in law enforcement.
Police vehicles spend a lot of time idling or negotiating traffic, particularly in urban areas.
With adequate charging infrastructure, electric cars can be perfectly suited to certain tasks, while radically reducing the emissions of a city’s fleet.
via Electric [...]

Here’s What a Hillary Clinton Presidency Would Mean for Global Warming

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It’s strange to remember how bitterly divisive the 2008 Democratic presidential primary battle was. Hillary Clinton’s and Barack Obama’s platforms and ideological positioning were awfully similar. And on the chief difference between them — Obama’s less hawkish foreign policy — the victor wiped away that distinction by appointing Clinton as secretary of state. Now Clinton [...]

Here’s How to Avoid Losing Half of Earth’s Species

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The creeping, crawling, flying, growing, flowering life on this Earth is going extinct at least 1,000 times more rapidly than if humans were absent from the scene. Some call this the sixth mass extinction.
The causes of the crisis are many: climate change, ocean acidification (it has triggered extinction before), habitat loss, deforestation, invasive species and [...]