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Indigenous resistance grows strong in Keystone XL battle

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2 mentions2 days ago
On cloudy days, heavy smoke fills the air of Ponca City, Okla., with grey smog that camouflages itself into the sky. The ConocoPhillips oil refinery that makes its home there uses overcast days as a disguise to release more toxins into the air. These toxins are brimming with ...

Coal Company Cuts Off Ex-Miners From Their Health Benefits

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4 mentions2 days ago
More than one-thousand ex-coal miners are losing their promised health benefits in eight months. Murray Energy redirected the blame in its announcement this week to the Obama administration, insisting that the largest independent coal company in the U.S. is the real victim here — of the so-called war ...

Map: Is There a Risky Chemical Plant Near You?

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8 mentions2 days ago
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Last April 17, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed 15 people, injured at least 200, and destroyed dozens of homes, schools, and a nursing home. In the wake of the disaster, we wondered: Can we locate the industrial sites in your community where similar ...

Four Years After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, The Gulf Is Still Suffering

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PJ Hahn, Coastal Zone Manager for Plaquemines Parish, examines oil along the shoreline of Bay Jimmy, which was heavily impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in Plaquemines Parish, La., Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.In his 34 years living in Louisiana, Ryan Lambert can’t remember ever seeing young, dead ...

Overfishing Remains Biggest Threat to Mediterranean, Study Confirms

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Overfishing remans the most important threat to Mediterranean underwater ecosystems, “more than pollution, invasive species, or climate change”, says Enric Sala, one of the authors of the most comprehensive study made of the sea, published this week in the science journal PLOS ONE.The research, published in a paper ...

Flower Power Rises Again as Gardeners Rally 'Round the Bumblebee

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Gardeners are planting record numbers of flowers rich in nectar as the public throws itself firmly behind the plight of the endangered bumblebee. Sales of lavender, sunflowers and dahlias have risen significantly this year following reports of a dramatic decline in the population of honey, bumble and other ...

Carbon Dioxide Levels Just Hit Their Highest Point In 800,000 Years

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The concentration of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that drives climate change, hit 402 parts per million this week — the highest level recorded in at least 800,000 years.The recordings came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, which marked another ominous milestone ...

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

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Backers of the new Open Source Seed Initiative will pass out 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale, on Thursday.Backers of the new Open Source Seed Initiative will pass out 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale, on ...

Why you should be skeptical of Walmart’s cheap organic food

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Out on the mean streets of the U.S. organic foods industry, Walmart has stepped onto the corner with both guns drawn. On Thursday, the superstore behemoth announced its plan to partner with Wild Oats (which you may recognize as a former subsidiary of Whole Foods) to offer a ...

5 Things You Should Know About the State of Walking and Biking in the U.S

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– Jonathan Hawkins In response to "Bike Lanes Don't Lead to Congestion, But Some of Them Should"Select Month April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 ...

Bus travel gives other modes run for the money

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Buses are starting to give airlines, trains, and even cars a run for their money. With spiffed up coaches, internet reservations, and often significantly cheaper fares, bus travel is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to flying, taking the train and even driving your own car, according to a ...

The Bike-Powered Coffee Cart That Could Take On Starbucks

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With a solar-powered-battery powering the coffeemaker, Wheely's wants to reinvent the franchise model: sustainable, hip, and affordable--but with the power of a global brand.There are over 13,000 Starbucks in the U.S. In cities like New York, where there are over 100 locations in Midtown Manhattan alone, it feels ...

These 8 Depressing Bike Theft Statistics Show Just How Bad the Problem Is

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One of the biggest problems with stopping city bike theft is that cities don't even understand the extent of the problem. Police departments often consider the incidents a low priority and fail to pursue thieves, which in turn discourages riders from reporting later incidents. Great as cities know ...

This beautiful electric carriage is tearing New York City apart

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2 mentions5 days ago
Here in New York City, politicians, activists, and celebrities are renewing a hundred-year-old battle between automobiles and horse-drawn carriages. This time, however, the war isn’t over the future of personal transportation: it’s about the 68 horse-drawn carriages that offer tourists meandering rides around Central Park.The rides are a ...

Groups rally against ocean seismic blasts

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Add Cape Canaveral to the list of coastal communities against proposed seismic airgun testing, which would shoot dynamite-like underwater blasts to survey for oil and gas deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean floor.Earlier the same day, the nonprofit Oceana announced that 110 local elected officials and 155 conservation and ...

Video Tour of an Overnight Train

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Travel blogger Kelley Ferro recently trained on one of our awesome overnight trains. Check out her video tour above of the epic Southwest Chief which connects Chicago and Los Angeles!If you don't know anything about the Southwest Chief, it's one of Amtrak's long-distance trains. In fact, it's an ...

Pledge to Stop Using Your Cellphone While Driving

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Yesterday as I was standing on my pedals to bike through a green light, I was passed by four people in cars. Two of them were looking at their phones. One of these drivers looked up just in time to avoid hitting me, then returned her focus to ...

22 Ridiculous London Cycle Lanes That Hate Cyclists

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Even if it means riding into the back of cars, like on this flagship ‘Cycle Superhighway’ on Poplar High Street.These coaches are parked on Prince Albert Road in Camden every day, honest. Even the Google Streetview van caught them.

Ugo Bardi on Resource Depletion: The Banquet of Consequences

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"Growth is the problem; not the solution" says Ugo Bardi, Professor of Physical Chemistry at Italy's University of Florence and author of the recent book Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet. In this week's podcast, Professor Bardi and Chris discuss resource depletion and ...

Greening the Nation’s Classrooms with School Gardens

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Ask Roxanne Maietta Weinberg what she likes about her school’s garden, and the 5th grader’s emphatic response is: “Everything.”“We go outside and learn about plants and their lifecycle, and I love getting dirty when we weed and clean out the pathways,” says the student at Tustin Memorial Academy ...

Invasive Lionfish On The Decline In Jamaica After National Campaign To Save Reefs

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica is reporting a big decline in sightings of lionfish, the voracious invasive species that has been wreaking havoc on regional reefs for years and wolfing down native juvenile fish and crustaceans.Some four years after a national campaign got started to slash numbers of ...

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Today, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Chance released the final portion of their Fifth Assessment Report. Their conclusion is clear: we have all the tools we need to solve the climate crisis, but we must act quickly and decisively to stave off climatic disaster.Solving this crisis will ...

Up To 1,000 Times More Methane Released At Gas Wells Than EPA Estimates, Study Finds

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An analysis of a number of hydraulic fracturing sites in southwestern Pennsylvania has found that methane was being released into the atmosphere at 100 to 1,000 times the rate that the Environmental Protection Agency estimated. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,

China water contamination affects 2.4m after oil leak

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China's biggest oil company has been blamed for water contamination affecting over 2.4 million people in Lanzhou.State media said the city's environmental protection chief, Yan Zijiang, blamed it on a leak from a pipeline owned by a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation. Lanzhou Petrochemical Co., is the ...

Uncle Sam Wants You to Drive: 5 Tax Breaks for Cars in the U.S. Tax Code

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It’s April 15. If you bought an electric car in 2013, you can claim a tax break today. If you bought a plug-in hybrid, you can get a tax break today. But if you don’t own a car and walk to work instead? Sorry, Charlie.Bought a shiny new ...

How Much Does It Cost To Charge An Electric Car?

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There are many reasons for considering making an electric car the next car you buy or lease. Besides the many environmental benefits, the promise of energy security, the silky-smooth driving experience with instant torque available without delay and low maintenance, one of the best characteristics of electric vehicles ...

Big Win for Sea Turtles in Puerto Rico

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A newly hatched leatherback sea turtle takes to the sea on a beach in Puerto Rico. (Photograph by IrinaK, shutterstock; International Mapping)Last spring Puerto Rico bucked a decades-long trend by protecting 3,000 acres of pristine beaches and mangroves along the Northeast Ecological Corridor. A new law marks an ...

Green growth cannot make a sustainable world

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2 mentions7 days ago
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Policies can be that little bit greener. Business models can incorporate more corporate social responsibility. But the underlying structures of unsustainable economies and lifestyles remain the same.In discussions of the future of economic growth, 'business as usual' is not an option. The alternative, say many, is 'green growth': ...

Novel Open Source Seed Pledge aims to keep new vegetable and grain varieties free for all

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Jack Kloppenburg (left), professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, Irwin Goldman (center), chair of the Department of Horticulture, and Claire Luby (right), graduate student in the UW’s Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics program, fill envelopes with non-patented seeds in the Horticulture office in Moore Hall.This ...

Electric car numbers double in one year

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If the past three years' growth rates are sustained, then more than one million electric vehicles will be out and about worldwide as early as the beginning of 2016.The number of electrically powered automobiles worldwide climbed to just over 400,000 in early 2014. This figure was determined in ...
 

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