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Big Ag Spending Millions to Defeat GMO Labeling Campaigns

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Biotech and supermarket giants are spending more than $25 million to defeat ballot initiatives in two western states that would require labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms. In Colorado, DuPont and Monsanto food companies are outspending supporters of mandatory labeling by 22-1 ahead of the 4 November vote, according to state campaign finance records.
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How Cheap Wind Energy Threatens To Upend The Kansas Governor’s Race And Upset The Koch Brothers

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback once supported wind energy, but that was before petrochemical billionaires and Kansas natives Charles and David Koch became his largest campaign donors. Now, Brownback and the Kochs find themselves enmeshed in a highly competitive governor’s race, one that has become a referendum on the much-heralded notion that scaling back government and [...]

NPR Slashes Number Of Environment Reporters

National Public Radio is down to just one environment reporter, and he’s only covering the beat part time, InsideClimate News reported Friday.
As of early 2014, NPR had three reporters and an editor on the environment beat. Now they have one person, science reporter Christopher Joyce, holding down coverage of the issue, and his stories span [...]

‘Bomb trains’: A crude awakening for Richmond, Calif.

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The streets are quiet in Lipo Chanthanasak’s neighborhood on the outer edge of this city’s downtown core. Each of the small houses is painted a variation of beige and separated from the road by a neatly kept lawn, as if to highlight the scene’s utter normalcy. But half a mile west are the BNSF Railway [...]

Arctic Ice Melt Seen Doubling Risk of Harsh Winter in EU

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The decline in Arctic sea ice has doubled the chance of severe winters in Europe and Asia in the past decade, according to researchers in Japan.
Sea-ice melt in the Arctic, Barents and Kara seas since 2004 has made more than twice as likely atmospheric circulations that suck cold Arctic air to Europe and Asia, a [...]

How To Enjoy Halloween Candy Without Worrying About Ruining The Planet

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This year, Halloween candy sales could top $2.5 billion this year across the United States, with chocolate being the heavy favorite for most consumers. The problem, apart from tooth decay and the consequences of high-sugar diets, is that many of the candies Americans will be consuming in large quantities contain a little-known ingredient that may [...]

Dam-building boom could be electricity boon, environmental blight

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A dam-building boom across the developing world will bring electricity to growing, power-hungry cities across Asia, Africa and Latin America. But it can also put the world’s climate and people at risk, according to a new study by researchers aiming to reduce the host of environmental problems that can come with dam construction.
Researchers at Tübingen [...]

Our Planet’s Primal Scream — Is Anyone Listening?

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Recent headlines have sounded the alarm on the mounting impacts of climate change. Over the past few months, we have seen everything from the hottest summer on record, to historic droughts and extreme wildfires ravaging communities in California, to vanishing wildlife habitat in Alaska, to toxic algae blooming out of control and contaminating drinking water [...]

America’s Last Coal-Fired Ship Finally Stops Dumping Coal Ash Into Lake Michigan

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The 2014 season for Lake Michigan’s only coal-powered passenger and car ferry comes to a close Sunday, signaling the end of the controversial practice of dumping coal ash into the Great Lake. When the vessel resumes operations in 2015, it will no longer release the waste material into those waters.
The SS Badger, the last coal-fired [...]

Outrage Continues at Susan G. Komen’s ‘Frack for the Cure’ Pinkwashing Campaign

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in what seems to be getting to be a regular occurrence, it’s bringing unwanted awareness to the activities of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (SGK), the behemoth of breast cancer charities, founded in 1982.
Charges of “pinkwashing“—slapping their pink-ribbon logo on hundreds of items manufactured in their signature [...]

Climate Change Is Causing Mountain Goats To Shrink

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Forget melting glaciers, acidifying oceans and changing weather patterns: climate change is now going after goats.
New research has found that climate change is causing mountain goats living in the Alps to shrink. The study, which was published Tuesday in the journal Frontiers in Zoology, found that adolescent Alpine chamois mountain goats are significantly smaller than [...]

Advocates sue FDA over toxic herbicide

(Reuters) – A coalition of U.S. farmer and environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to overturn regulatory approval granted last week for an herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California, argues that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not adequately analyze [...]

We Have A Deal: European Union Agrees To Cut Its Emissions 40 Percent By 2030

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It turns out tough compromises and substantive problem-solving may be something national governments can still do.
On the subject of climate change, American politics has remained mired in gridlock after the failure of the national cap-and-trade bill in 2009. That has forced the Obama Administration to aim for a modest reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) [...]

Temple Grandin on animal welfare

Improving animal welfare is crucial to long-term sustainability, says livestock expert Temple Grandin.

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Animal scientist Temple Grandin is renowned for both her autism activism and her work to protect animal welfare in the livestock industry. A professor of animal science at Colorado State University, she has authored or coauthored more than 30 books and has [...]

Cheap Solar Power Just Became An Employee Benefit For More Than 100,000 People

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If free donuts, gym memberships, or flex pay programs aren’t your preferred employee benefit, cheap solar systems could soon be an option. On Wednesday, three major companies — Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly-Clark — announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying or leasing solar panels for their homes.
Called the Solar [...]