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Cold snap caused by climate change-weakened jet stream, scientists suggest


Arctic conditions in eastern United States this week may have been the result of climate change-induced stressors on the jet stream that regulates weather over the northern hemisphere, according to meteorologists.
Residents in a large swath of the country’s east have been met with sub-freezing temperatures over the past week. And overnight Wednesday, more than 5 [...]

Republicans Said China Wouldn’t Follow Through on its Climate Pledges. Looks Like They Were Wrong


Almost as soon as President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping announced their landmark climate deal last week, there was a torrent of criticism that the pact let China off the hook. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) complained that “the agreement requires the Chinese to do nothing at all for 16 years.” The [...]

California environmental groups call for tighter fracking controls


Environmental groups are renewing calls for stricter regulations on fracking now that they claim to have new evidence that almost 3 billion gallons of wastewater might have ended up in Central California aquifers that supply water for drinking and irrigation.
The State Water Resources Control Board issued orders to seven oil production companies last July to [...]

Australia PM’s resistance to climate action isolated country at G-20


Momentum for an international agreement on combating climate change at the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris gained pace last weekend at the annual G-20 summit despite resistance from Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
As the host nation, Australia defied pressure to include climate change as an agenda item — a move criticized by some [...]

American Indian Tribe Calls Keystone XL Vote An ‘Act Of War’


As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote this week on a bill to force approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which the House of Representatives already passed on Friday, American Indian groups who would be directly impacted by the tar sands project are converging on Washington D.C. to voice their opposition.
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, [...]

Kentucky Coal Company Falsified Water Pollution Reports, Environmental Group Alleges


A major Kentucky coal company falsified its pollution reports in the first quarter of 2014, according to multiple environmental groups that filed an intent to sue notice against the company this week.
Appalachian Voices, Kentucky Riverkeeper, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, and the Waterkeeper Alliance sent a notice of intent to sue to Frasure Creek Mining Monday, [...]

Landrieu’s Keystone XL Hail Mary Falls Short


After six days of political wrangling and vote-whipping, the Senate failed to pass a bill on Tuesday forcing authorization of the Keystone XL pipeline, dashing hopes of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) to add the vote to her list of accomplishments heading into a tough runoff election.
Fifty-nine senators voted for the bill, one short of the [...]

The “Impact of Giving Back” Contest

From now through January 20, submissions are open for the second White House Student Film Festival. The theme of this year’s festival is The Impact of Giving Back, and it’s open to U.S. students, grades K-12.

Students can tell their stories about paying it forward, about community service, or what making a difference looks like in [...]

Cracker Holiday Feast at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park

Blue Oven Kitchens (Val Leitner) and Hogtown Homegrown (Stephanie Hamblin) are participating in this holiday educational event! Thanks.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.


Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings collected some of her favorite foods in Cross Creek Cookery and it included many kinds of delicious local foods. In coordination [...]

Here’s What Big Oil Has In The Pipes If Keystone Fails

TransCanada Corp., the company seeking to build the Keystone XL pipeline, has teamed up with the world’s largest public relations firm to promote a proposed alternative pipeline that’s entirely in Canada.
Greenpeace Canada obtained documents that the U.S. public relations firm Edelman drafted for TransCanada that outline a campaign to promote Energy East, the company’s proposed [...]

Fracking To Be Allowed In Parts Of George Washington National Forest


Environmentalists and energy boosters alike welcomed a federal compromise announced Tuesday that will allow fracking in the largest national forest in the eastern United States, but make most of its woods off-limits to drilling.
The decision was highly anticipated because about half of the George Washington National Forest sits atop the Marcellus shale formation, a vast [...]

House Passes Bill That Makes It Harder For Scientists To Advise The EPA


While their Senate colleagues were engaged in a fiery debate over the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline, the House on Tuesday quietly passed a bill that environmentalists say would hamper the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to use the best scientific information when crafting regulations to protect public health and the environment.
The House voted 229-191 [...]

Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline By One Vote


The U.S. Senate has narrowly rejected a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, the controversial project that would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast of the United States.
Coming into the floor debate on Tuesday, there was not certainty as to what the outcome would be [...]

Brave little Denmark leads war against coal


Germany has been credited for paving Europe’s way to a renewables-led, zero-carbon future. But the world’s true climate champion is Denmark, which has just set the bar another notch higher than Germany by proposing to accelerate its phase out of coal-fired power plants. Denmark could be coal-free by 2025 —five years ahead of schedule — [...]

Ocean Dead Zones Are Getting Worse Globally Due to Climate Change


Nearly all ocean dead zones will increase by the end of the century because of climate change, according to a new Smithsonian-led study. But the work also recommends how to limit risks to coastal communities of fish, crabs and other species no matter how much the water warms.
Dead zones are regions where the water has [...]