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Gov. Inslee Wants To Cap And Tax Emissions From Washington State’s Major Polluters


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has big plans for carbon reductions in his state, as outlined in climate change and transportation proposals announced by the governor’s office this week.
On Tuesday, Inslee announced a proposed tax on the carbon emissions for Washington’s major polluters. The proposal, which is part of Inslee’s transportation plan, would force major polluters [...]

5 Things You Need to Know About Alaska’s Bristol Bay


President Obama just took action to protect one of Alaska’s most powerful economic engines and one of America’s greatest national treasures: Bristol Bay.
Today, he signed a Presidential Memorandum that withdraws these beautiful and pristine waters from all future oil and gas drilling. “These waters are too special and too valuable to auction off to the [...]

Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks


Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration announced on Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State because of concerns over health risks, ending years of uncertainty over the controversial method of natural gas extraction.
State officials concluded that fracking, as the method is known, could contaminate the air and water and pose inestimable dangers [...]

The Men Who Planted Trees


An hour before sunup the Bani River uncoils through the dark Sahel in bright silver curves, a reflection of a day not yet dawned, hardships not yet known, hopes not yet broken. Onto such a magical surface the Bozo fishermen of Sindaga shove off with bamboo poles and float downstream in redwood pirogues, one silent [...]

One Texas City Plans To Get Over Half Of Its Power From Renewables By 2025


Plenty of Texas’ politicians may be ignoring climate change, but individual cities and municipalities in the state are still making moves toward renewable energy. The latest gambit is coming out of Austin, where last week the city passed a new plan to get 55 percent of its power from clean energy by 2025.
The proposal lays [...]

Climate Change Takes A Village As The Planet Warms, A Remote Alaskan Town Shows Just How Unprepared We Are


It’s a Wednesday morning in late August, the first day of classes at the Shishmaref School. The doors of the pale blue building haven’t opened yet, and the new principal is hurriedly buttering toast in the kitchen for the students’ breakfasts. Teachers are scrambling to make last-minute adjustments to their classrooms, while anxious kids, ranging [...]

Koch Group On The EPA: ‘At Least The CIA Isn’t Torturing Americans’


The American Energy Alliance is testing out a new tactic for fighting the Environmental Protection Agency: comparing the agency’s proposed regulations to torture tactics committed against terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay.
In a short blog post and comic posted Friday, the pro-fossil fuel non-profit said the EPA’s proposed limits on smog-forming pollutants and carbon dioxide were [...]

Indigenous Voices: A Call to Keep the Oil in the Ground


I walk a small path, surrounded by an infinite number of trees, plants and the scent of flowers. My lungs fill with pure, fresh air when I take a deep breath. My bare feet touch the ground, damp from yesterday’s rain. This is my home. This is where I grew up. This is what I [...]

Earth faces sixth ‘great extinction’ with 41% of amphibians set to go the way of the dodo


A stark depiction of the threat hanging over the world’s mammals, reptiles, amphibians and other life forms has been published by the prestigious scientific journal, Nature. A special analysis carried out by the journal indicates that a staggering 41% of all amphibians on the planet now face extinction while 26% of mammal species and 13% [...]

Defense Bill Passes, Giving Sacred Native American Sites To Mining Company

John McCain, Jeff Flake

The U.S. Senate passed a measure authorizing the nation’s defense programs Friday, and along with it managed to give lands sacred to Native Americans to a foreign company that owns a uranium mine with Iran.
The $585 billion National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 is one of the must-pass pieces of legislation that Congress moves every [...]

President Obama Earns “C” on Mountaintop Removal Mining Report Card


If you listened only to President Obama’s critics in the coal industry and public officials from coal states, you’d probably think that environmentalists and others concerned by the many harmful impacts of coal and other carbon fuels would be well pleased with the administration.
But, the fact is, for all the complaints from the coal industry [...]

Chemicals Released During Natural Gas Extraction May Harm Human Reproduction and Development


Unconventional oil and gas (UOG) operations combine directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” to release natural gas from underground rock. Recent discussions have centered on potential air and water pollution from chemicals used in these processes and how it affects the more than 15 million Americans living within one mile of UOG operations. Now, [...]

Fossil fuel companies grow nervous as divestment movement grows stronger


Though fossil fuel companies may wave their hands dismissively at the divestment movement, some nervous actions of late show more concern than they let on. Consider this curious incident here in Lima, as the United Nations climate talks entered their second week. Shell’s chief climate change advisor was slated to present a panel, cosponsored by [...]

This guy thinks mushrooms can save the planet and he’s not even tripping


“On a scale of ‘Button Mushroom’ to ‘Mature Mushroom,’” says Peter McCoy without irony, gesturing toward a room full of curious Seattleites, “what’s your familiarity with mycology?”
McCoy sits comfortably at the front of the event space at Seattle’s Hillman City Collaboratory, a slim 29-year-old with a deep, steady voice, a well-worn camo cap, and the [...]

Fracking Linked to Miscarriages, Birth Defects and Infertility


As the level of concern about fracking rises—what chemicals are being used in these “unconventional oil and gas UOG operations, whether they are getting into the water and air, and whether information on them is being withheld from communities—a new study adds more evidence that the concern is justified. It asserts that fracking increases the [...]

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