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South Florida City Votes To Secede In Last-Ditch Effort To Avoid Being Swallowed By The Sea


One small city in South Florida is willing to secede from the state if it means the threat of sea level rise will finally be taken seriously.
The city commission of South Miami, FL — a city that sits just west of the University of Miami in Coral Gables — passed a resolution this week that [...]

Green groups say EPA underestimates methane leaks from fracking


D.J. Parker has been selling methane-trapping systems to oil and gas producers for over 30 years, and as unconventional drilling technologies like hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have skyrocketed across the U.S., particularly under Barack Obama’s administration, Parker’s business has grown.
“Over the last 15 years we’ve seen a marked increase in voluntarily capturing emissions,” said Parker, [...]

10 Architectural Schemes That Could Help Us Adapt To Rising Seas


We dream of drowning cities. Popular culture is overflowing with depressing yet strangely romantic images of our future waterworld—from books like The Drowned World to films like 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow. We’re drawn to works that dramatize the effects of climate change, perhaps because we take some glee in seeing how bad it [...]

This Glacier in Iceland Is Fighting to Stay Alive


Every glacier melts. Liquified glacier water trickles down rivers and streams during warm seasons; the cold seasons’ falling snow usually replaces the loss and, eventually, compresses into ice. But the last century’s changing climate has helped melt to outpace snowfall, and glaciers around the world are dying.
Doomed glaciers are thought to melt in place, like [...]

Island Nation Sets Up World’s First Crowdfunded Marine Protected Area


The Pacific island nation of Palau made waves in the ocean conservation world earlier this year with an announcement that they plan on turning their territorial waters into a no-take marine protected area. Part of the solution to supporting this project will rely on crowdfunding, a growing staple of fundraising.
Palau’s waters are home to over [...]

Fracking Ban Ballot Initiatives Intensify


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 [...]