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The Corporations Funding the Lawyers to Fight the Clean Power Plan

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Lawyers from coal-dependent states, led by West Virginia, are challenging President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Joining their effort is an army of industry-funded law firms that specialize in fighting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Together, they will argue that the ...

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5.6 magnitude quake strikes New Zealand

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Published time: May 04, 2015 02:57
Edited time: May 04, 2015 03:29
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A 5.6 magnitude earthquake has struck 30km north west of Wanaka, on the South Island of New Zealand. Hundreds of people felt tremors, registered by the local geological hazard information service as “severe.”

There were no immediate reports of damage after the initial quake struck at 2:29pm local time. The USGS registered the depth of the quake at 10km.

A second and lighter 3.4 tremor followed about 10 minutes later. It was located 20km west of Wanaka at a depth of 11km.

“It gave us all a bit of a shock,” Wanaka Tourism Office general manager James Helmore told Fairfax NZ News, as shaking persisted for some 15 seconds.

“There may be some minor damage in plastering” he said, but there was none he could see at that moment.

Local media is also reporting evacuation at the Wanaka Puzzling World attraction park.

“It was significant, we evacuated quick because we didn't know whether it was going to get worse,” Heidi Landsborough of Puzzling World said. “It was a bit difficult because we had a few people who thought it was part of the experience.”

GeoNet geohazards information manager Kevin Fenaughty told Fairfax NZ News that no structural damage is expected as a result of this earthquake. Moderate shaking was also felt in Dunedin, Alexandra and Queenstown on the South Island.

New Zealand partially lies on the eastern margin of the Australia plate which is one of the most seismically active areas of the world, due to the convergence of the Australia and Pacific plates.

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Fracking linked to rise in Texas quakes

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Another slam-dunk for the anti-fracking lobby, as new evidence draws a more direct link between hydraulic fracturing and earthquakes in North Texas. The study is the first time researchers were able to move past ‘possible’ and into ‘most likely’ causes. ...

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The Stain of Big Oil Is Smearing Earth… and Our Culture

This week marks the 5th anniversary of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster. The company continues to be hounded by the legal fallout, including criminal convictions, and it is desperate to do whatever it can to cleanse its public image. This is ...

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Worst may not be over from Fukushima — “Effects of radiation have become much more severe”

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University of South Carolina, Apr 15, 2015 (emphasis added): Dwindling bird populations in Fukushima… as several recent papers from University of South Carolina biologist Tim Mousseau and colleagues show, the avian situation there is just getting worse… They recently published ...

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Oklahoma knew fracking caused earthquakes but stayed quiet to appease energy industry

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Oklahoma has suspected for years that fracking caused earthquakes, but they stayed quiet about the connection under pressure from the oil industry. The Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) finally admitted a possible link in more than a year ago between oil ...

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Fracking ban goes into effect in its birthplace

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An unprecedented ban on fracking went into effect Tuesday in Denton, Texas, a town of 123,000 located on top of the natural-gas goldmine that is the Barnett shale formation, the birthplace of the much-maligned oil and gas extraction method. Denton ...

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Fracking a ‘Violation of Our Basic Human Rights’, Argues New Report

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RICHARD HEASMAN A hard hitting report commissioned by the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation was delivered this week to David Cameron and called on the government to investigate the impact of fracking on the rights of individuals. The report cites human ...

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Two US Sailors Dead After Fukushima Radiation Exposure

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Tahlequah Daily Press, Aug 7, 2014: USS Ronald Reagan… passed through radiation plumes and clouds… the ship and most of those onboard, tested positive for radiation exposure… Serio, now a broadcast journalism major at [CSUN], has recently written a column… on ...

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​Fukushima radiation detected 100 miles off California coast

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Scientists have found traces of leaked radiation from Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident off the coast of California. Radiation experts, though, say the levels are harmless. Trace amounts of isotopes linked to Fukushima radiation were detected about 100 miles (160km) ...

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First Texan City Bans Fracking

Voters in Denton, Texas approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on Tuesday, making the city the first in Texas to outlaw the controversial gas-extraction process. The ban is likely to garner legal challenges, but, for now, supporters celebrating ...

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Fracking triggered 400 earthquakes in Ohio

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A new study on the practice of hydraulic fracturing has found a direct connection to some 400 micro-earthquakes in an Ohio town. This is the second report on the Utica Shale this year. The town is one of very few ...

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9 Good Reasons to Ban Fracking Immediately

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The natural gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, has simultaneously become a cash cow for unimaginably wealthy energy companies, a brutally efficient destroyer of limited natural resources depended upon by the rest of us, and ...

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Twisted Beaks: Scientists Exploring Mysterious Deformities Focus on New Virus

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Jane Kay Anchorage, Alaska – Home from work, Sandra Talbot headed straight for her favorite spot, a window overlooking the bird feeder. The winter light sparkled off the snow cushioning the white spruce and birch forest around her house. She ...

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Regulators Shut Down Toxic Fracking Sand Mine They Say Was ‘Running Wild’

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The incident illustrates lack of local oversight at the beginning of shale gas extraction cycle Deirdre Fulton Wisconsin regulators have shut down a frac sand mine for operating without a permit, dumping polluted wastewater into an unlined pond, and generally ...

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Fukushima fallout in California 1000x Greater than Expected: What You can Do

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A government expert called the Fukushima fallout in California ‘a thousand times greater than we expected’ several days after the Fukushima explosion, but you are likely just now hearing about it. Christina Sarich The estimations of fission products (i.e. carcinogenic ...

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Ahead of Global Frackdown, Movement to Ban Deadly Gas Drilling Gains Momentum

On Saturday, October 11, the global anti-fracking movement will come together to call for a ban on fracking with one unified voice. You can plug in to an action near you, or plan your own. (Image: www.globalfrackdown.org)

Wenonah Hauter Just over a week ago, I had the pleasure of participating in the People’s Climate March, along with our allies and thousands of citizens from around the world. We stood together in New York City to demand that our ...

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Top Experts Warn Of ‘Inevitable’ Fukushima Disaster In California

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Since the catastrophic meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March of 2011 irreparably altered the state of the planet for the known future, the incident has been shrouded in nothing but bureaucratic cover ups and government-backed disinformation. Now, within our own ...

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Stop Fracking Our Oceans, Californians Say

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Miyoko Sakashita Contaminated water, polluted air, increased earthquake risk: As fracking has expanded across America, this dangerous form of oil and gas production has caused massive harm to our environment and public health. Now the oil industry is ramping up ...

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Report: Drillers Illegally Using Diesel Fuel to Frack

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An analysis by an environmental group finds hundreds of cases in which drillers used diesel fuel without obtaining permits and sometimes altered records disclosing they had done so Naveena Sadasivam A new report charges that several oil and gas companies have been ...

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War, Big Oil and the Inconvenient Truths About Military Air Shows

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Dr. Gary G. Kohls The Big Oil cartels have, for decades, been poisoning the Gulf of Mexico, the Persian Gulf and many other ocean floors with millions of gallons of toxic crude oil via their risky, and very leaky deep ...

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New Jersey Groups Denounce Frack Waste Ban Veto

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The Frack Waste Ban Bill (S1041) was passed by New Jersey’s legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support, then it landed on the desk of Governor Chris Christie for his approval. Unfortunately for residents of the state, our drinking water, and the ...

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Judge Throws Out Colorado City’s Fracking Ban

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Fort Collins voters put a five-year ban on fracking in November, but a judge ruled that it ‘impeded the state’s interest’ Andrea Germanos Developing… Voters in Fort Collins, Colorado last year sent a clear message: no fracking in our city. But their ...

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Boss Who Ordered Employees to Dump Fracking Waste in River Hit With Prison Sentence

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Contractor given 28-month prison sentence, $25,000 fine by U.S. district judge Andrea Germanos The owner of a Youngstown, Ohio-based company was sentenced on Tuesday to over two years in prison for ordering his employees to repeatedly dump toxic fracking waste into a ...

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The Fukushima Health Crisis

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Over 3 years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster, there is virtually no health research being conducted or released on harm to the Japanese.  An April report by a UN committee tried to sweep the issue under the rug, predicting any harmful effects of the catastrophe ...

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UN And Japanese Covering Up Fukushima Peril

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Japanese and United Nations authorities have placed “a cone of silence” over medical information an endangered Japanese public is entitled to have about the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown. “It is obvious that there is collaboration between the World Health Organization(WHO) ...

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Colorado Judge Lets Fracking Trump Public Health

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Boulder County district court judge strikes down city of Longmont’s fracking ban Andrea Germanos A Colorado district court judge on Thursday invalidated the city of Longmont’s fracking ban, a decision celebrated by oil and gas industry and denounced by critics who say ...

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Fukushima lessons: US nuclear plants ‘must be better equipped for offsite disasters’

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US nuclear plants must be better prepared in case of emergencies, especially those connected with natural disasters, says a new nuclear report, adding that such a nuclear tragedy as the Fukushima disaster should be a lesson for the country’s plants. ...

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In the Wake of Fukushima: “Why I Left Tokyo”? Eastern Japan Contaminated with Radiation. “Metro Tokyo Should no Longer be Inhabited”

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Doctor Shigeru Mita, who recently moved to Okayama-city, Okayama prefecture, to open a new clinic there, wrote a short essay in the newsletter published by Association of Doctors in Kodaira, metropolitan Tokyo. Although the target readers for this essay were not the ...

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Pennsylvania Fracking Regulators ‘Woefully’ Unprepared, Says State Audit

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Environmental group: “The auditor general has confirmed what Pennsylvania residents have long been experiencing: The impacts of gas development are real, intense, and not being addressed.” Lauren McCauley Placing the health and wellbeing of Pennsylvania residents at great risk, the state’s ...

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New York State of Fracking: Court cases. A governor’s moratorium. Pending health study.

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A quick guide to the state of fracking in New York. Naveena Sadasivam New York is one of a handful of states around the country that currently has at least temporarily halted fracking. Since 2008, when the state was first ...

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Fukushima: Bad and Getting Worse

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There is broad disagreement over the amounts and effects of radiation exposure due to the triple reactor meltdowns after the 2011 Great East-Japan Earthquake and tsunami. The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) joined the controversy June ...

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CA Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers

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State’s drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as California aquifers have been intentionally polluted due to exemptions for oil industry. Abrahm Lustgarten California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites ...

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Ukraine to turn Chernobyl into ‘biosphere radiologic reserve’

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The site of the worst nuclear power plant accident in history will be turned into a “biosphere radiologic reserve,” a Ukrainian minister has announced. The plan comes as a result of EU demands to expand reserve territories in the country. ...

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24 People Arrested Blocking Entrances to FERC to Protest Proposed Fracked Gas Export Facility

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Protesters call upon President Obama and federal regulators to reject proposed Cove Point facility and halt approvals on all pending liquefied natural gas export terminals nationwide Residents impacted by shale gas infrastructure and their supporters blocked the entrances to the ...

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A Fracking Boondoggle

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The public would pay a heavy price for a $4 billion gas export terminal in Maryland at Cove Point. Tracy Fernandez Rysavy A few years ago, Tammy Manning and her family moved to Franklin Forks, Pennsylvania, 10 miles from the ...

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Fukushima Disaster Will Never End, Dr. Caldicott Warns

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Sherwood Ross  The Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown disaster “is not over and will never end,” warns Dr. Helen Caldicott, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and holder of 21 honorary doctorate degrees. “Radioactive fallout which remains toxic for hundreds to thousands of ...

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Fukushima builds ‘ice wall’ to contain leaks

Experts to freeze earth around crippled Japanese nuclear plant to stop radioactive water contamination. Officials at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan have shown an underground wall of ice they are building to stop radioactive water from leaking ...

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Leak at Fukushima Nuclear Plant Threatens Dangerous Meltdown

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Trouble is looming at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, as a leak has forced the shutdown of a cooling system that could cause temperatures to exceed dangerous levels. Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) was forced to switch off the ...

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California Charged with ‘Rubber-Stamping’ Pesticides Linked to Bee Deaths

Attorney: “Unless halted, the use of these pesticides threatens not only the very survival of our pollinators, but the fate of whole ecosystems.” Lauren McCauley Environmental groups on Tuesday called out the state of California for illegally pushing new agricultural uses for ...

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Groups Challenge California’s Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticides

Today, environmental and food safety groups challenged California’s illegal practice of approving new agricultural uses for neonicotinoid pesticides despite mounting evidence that the pesticides are devastating honeybees. Pesticide Action Network, Center for Food Safety, and Beyond Pesticides, represented by Earthjustice, ...

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5 Shocking Places Where Fracking Is Taking Off

As the oil and gas boom continues, these areas are devastated. Tara Lohan By now, many people have heard about the booming Bakken Shale in North Dakota where there is a mad rush for oil, enabled by the use of ...

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Global warming? Government’s own data says US in decade-long cooling period

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New government data suggests that the average temperature in the United States has cooled by approximately 0.7 degrees Fahrenheit during the last decade. The statistics come courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which for nearly a decade has ...

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Court Rules That New York Towns Can Ban Fracking

The ruling is a boon to the more than 170 municipalities in New York that have already passed bans or moratoriums. In a precedent-setting case decided on June 30 by the New York Court of Appeals, local communities have triumphed ...

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Aggressive Tactic on the Fracking Front

A Pennsylvania gas company offers residents cash to buy protection from any claims of harm. Naveena Sadasivam For the last eight years, Pennsylvania has been riding the natural gas boom, with companies drilling and fracking thousands of wells across the ...

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New York Towns Can Ban Fracking, Court Rules

Big Victory as Court Upholds Small Towns’ Right to Ban Fracking New York Court of Appeals says local communities can ban controversial oil and gas drilling Nadia Prupis In a victory for fracking opponents, towns in New York today won the right ...

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New Study Promotes Agenda 21-Style “Land Grabs”

by Kevin Samson – When one thinks of “redistribution of wealth,” one would typically understand that to mean a system designed to take from the wealthy and give to the poor. Controversial in its own right. However, with the United ...

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The Fight to Ban Gold Mining and Save El Salvador’s Water Supply

Gold-digging multinationals are fueling political violence and environmental devastation in El Salvador, but communities are fighting back. Julia Paley “For us, the mine is death.” Those words, spoken by the president of a rural grassroots organization, capture the intensity and ...

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US Corporations have Dumped 206 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals into America’s Waterways

Research from Environment America shows that 2012 was a bigger year for toxic chemical dumping than most of us could have imagined. Industrial facilities across the U.S. dumped more than 206 million pounds of toxic chemicals into waterways in 2012, according to the “Wasting Our Waterways” report. The figures ...

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Activists Demand Halt to Rubber-Stamping of Fracked Gas Exports

Marching and chanting with signs like “Gas exports: Worse than Coal” and “FERC: My safety matters,” dozens of protesters launched a week-long picket outside the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. today to challenge the agency’s handling of ...

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Coca-Cola forced to close India bottling factory over excessive water use

Years of protests have forced Indian officials to finally close a Coca-Cola bottling factory in the northern province of Uttar Pradesh for extracting groundwater above legal limits and polluting the environment with toxic effluents. Coca-Cola’s Mehdiganj plant in Varanasi used ...

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Genetically Modified Crops Fueling Decline of Monarch Butterflies: Report

New study links loss of milkweed habitat as a result of herbicide resistant crops to monarchs’ falling numbers The monarch butterflies’ numbers have been plummeting in recent years, and a new study has pointed to the likely main culprit: loss of its ...

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Frack Rattle and Roll – How Regulators Ignore Science and Cave to Oil & Gas Companies

When one thinks of earthquakes, what comes to mind is usually the vast fault line straddled lands of southern California or the great subduction zones off the coasts of Chile and Japan. Surely, it isn’t the cattle fields of Texas ...

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Let towns, cities decide on fracking

Tuesday, the New York State Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a case that poses a simple question: Can cities and towns in the Empire State fend off potentially devastating environmental and economic damage by banning hydraulic fracturing through their zoning code? ...

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Fracking, Coal, and the Question of Social Reproduction

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I live in fractivist country. While there are vibrant pockets of fractivism essentially anywhere hydraulic fracturing occurs – from New Mexico to Pennsylvania – New York State fractivists have the esteemed honor of actually preventing (at least, thus far) the expansion of fracking in New York State.

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Message from Mexico: U.S. Is Polluting Water It May Someday Need to Drink

Indeed, by the standard often applied in the U.S., American regulators could have allowed companies to pump pollutants into the aquifer beneath Mexico City.

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Water Is Invaluable

Mary Grant | A range of private players in the water arena, including water service companies like American Water, are part of a relatively new corporate effort to coordinate public outreach about the “Value of Water.” It is a fairly clever PR ...

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How Water Is Being Used to Enslave People

Dave Hodges, Activist Post |  Much has been written about the past wars that have been fought over oil (e.g. Gulf War 1), the wars that are presently being fought over oil (e.g. Arab Spring) and the wars which will be fought over oil ...

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The Coming Water Wars

The powers of financial capitalism had (a) far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a ...

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477 dead, many homeless in Philippines typhoon

NEW BATAAN, Philippines: A quarter million people were homeless and 477 confirmed dead after the Philippines’ worst typhoon this year, officials said Thursday, as the government appealed for international help. Typhoon Bopha ploughed across Mindanao island on Tuesday, flattening whole ...

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Energy and Transportation Solutions

Edwin M. Basye, Activist Post |  achieve solutions to societies current problems, I believe that reliance on individual responsibility and action is more effective than reliance on government policies and programs. Information is the key. When people are aware of possible solutions, ...

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Hurricane Sandy emergency checklist – Here’s what you need to get NOW

Natural News | Called a “monster storm,” Hurricane Sandy is much more than a hurricane. It’s a hybrid monster storm system that weather experts are now warning could cause $1 billion in damage when it strikes the U.S. eastern seaboard early Tuesday morning. ...

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375k told to evacuate NY ahead of storm

Press TV | New York authorities have ordered mandatory evacuation of hundreds of thousands of residents as Hurricane Sandy closes in on the US east coast. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Sunday that some 375,000 people in a ...

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Google to use renewable wind energy

David Pomerantz  | When’s the last time you felt really good about something a corporation has done for the environment? If you’re like me, it’s probably not recently. Big companies usually grace Greenpeace’s blog for destroying the environment. Today though, ...

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More proof that Fox News mislead its viewers

Stephen C. Webster, Raw Story | When it comes to reporting on what scientists say about climate change, the Union of Concerned Scientists told Raw Story that their research shows Fox News can be counted upon to mislead its viewers. ...

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Study: Heat Waves Result of Global Warming

A group of climate researchers that includes NASA researcher James Hansen claim that high-profile heat waves in 2010 and 2011 are likely the direct consequences of global warming. Hansen and his colleagues argue in a paper published in the Proceedings of the ...

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22 Mile Oil Plume Found Below Surface Of Gulf

by Dan Charles | npr Scientists have mapped out, for the first time, the underwater path that some petrochemicals took after gushing from BP’s oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s an important new piece in a huge scientific ...

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Threat to jobs could cause huge setback in climate change battle

By Jez Abbott Horticulture Week The planned cuts involve 270 Government staff, many of whom hold the key to tackling climate change, flood management, urban drainage and coastal management, according to the institute. The Northern Ireland Planning Service aims to ...

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Global warming: The final century powered by fossil fuels

By Thomas Fuller There is no doubt that the 21st Century will be the last century powered by fossil fuels. The vigorous debate going on right now is whether the transition will occur at a rapid or leisurely pace–but there’s ...

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Lancaster University Invests in £7.4 million Wind Turbine Scheme

The largest UK university wind turbine project in the country, costing £7.4million, is to meet the energy needs of 7,000 students The project, comprising two 2.3MW turbines, will cut carbon emissions at Lancaster University by more than 38 per cent ...

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Obama’s green plan must include Native Americans

To accomplish the green energy goals he talked about in his inaugural address, President Obama must work with Native Americans. “Each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet,” the president ...

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Obama to order review of state’s emissions bid

By Zachary Coile, Robert Selna President Obama, in his first major environmental act since taking office, will order the Environmental Protection Agency today to move swiftly on a request by California and other states to set the nation’s toughest vehicle ...

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‘Historic’ UK climate laws ushered in

Three laws aimed at fighting climate change come into force in Britain today. by JOEL TAYLOR The legislation provides the world’s first legally binding targets for a country to reduce carbon emissions. Its aim is to cut 1990 greenhouse gas ...

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Top Ten Ways to Reduce Plastic Consumption

By Neil McLaughlin | By now you have likely heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a tragic byproduct of the plastics industry and consumerism that is an island of garbage floating in the northern Pacific Ocean. Originally the size ...

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Revealed: Brown’s £1bn power windfall

By Juliette Jowit | Rising energy prices are on course to net the government a windfall of over £1bn thanks to a little-known scheme designed to promote the development of renewable energy. The disclosure of the substantial sums made through the ...

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U.S. Food and Water Supply Poisoned by Perchlorate

By Joanne Waldron | According to a report by the Organic Consumers Association, a toxic chemical that is a byproduct of rocket fuel is rapidly poisoning the food and water supply in the United States. Known as perchlorate, this chemical ...

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Identity Politics in Climate Change Hell

By George Monbiot | If you want a glimpse of how the movement against climate change could crumble faster than a summer snowflake, read Ewa Jasiewicz’s article, published yesterday on the Guardian’s Comment is Free site(1). It is a fine ...

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Wasted Food Is Also Wasted Water

The world’s growing food crisis — which triggered riots and demonstrations in over 30 developing nations early this year — is being aggravated primarily by wastage and overconsumption. IPS | “Obesity is a much bigger problem than undernourishment,” said Professor ...

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Colony Collapse Disorder Debunked: Pesticides Cause Bee Deaths

By Heidi Stevenson | The great mystery of bee deaths has been solved. Colony Collapse Disorder is poisoning with a known insect neurotoxin. Clothianidin, a pesticide manufactured by Bayer, has been clearly linked to die offs in Germany and France. ...

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Distortions, Falsehoods, Fabrications

monbiot.com | So here we go again. For the second time, Channel 4 has been fiercely criticised by the broadcasting regulator for a programme attacking environmental science. For the second time the director was Martin Durkin. Ten years ago, his series ...

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Channel 4 to be censured over controversial climate film

Watchdog finds documentary was unfair to scientists but did not mislead viewers Owen Gibson, media correspondent, The Guardian The former chief scientist Sir David King and the IPCC complained about Channel 4’s film The Great Global Warming Swindle. Photograph: Owen ...

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EPA Won’t Act on Emissions

By Juliet Eilperin and R. Jeffrey Smith | The Bush administration has decided not to take any new steps to regulate greenhouse gas emissions before the president leaves office, despite pressure from the Supreme Court and broad accord among senior federal ...

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Planet Burns While G8 Fiddles

By Ramesh Jaura | While the world’s major industrialised nations expressed satisfaction over their three-day summit meetings that concluded Wednesday, non-governmental organisations, after some early and limited approval, were deeply disappointed with the outcome on the whole. “The summit (in ...

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Bush signs G8 deal to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

guardian.co.uk | George Bush today paved the way for his successor in the White House to strike an historic deal on climate change when he finally signed up to a G8 statement vowing “to consider and adopt” a target of at ...

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World’s top scientists say G8 must lead way on carbon capture

G8 governments must lead the way in developing technology to catch carbon emissions from coal-fired power stations as part of immediate action on climate change, scientists urged today. The national science academies in the G8 countries – along with those ...

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10 reasons why organic can feed the world

By Ed Hamer & Mark Anslow | 1. Yield Switching to organic farming would have different effects according to where in the world you live and how you currently farm. Studies show that the less-industrialised world stands to benefit the ...

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Species Going Extinct Faster than Scientists Thought

By Rich Stacel | According to the latest research, species around the world are going extinct faster that previously thought, at a rate not seen since the extinction of the dinosaurs. The Living Planet index which was released today shows ...

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Iraq War May Have Increased Energy Costs by $6 Trillion

By Geoffrey Lean | The invasion of Iraq by Britain and the US has trebled the price of oil, according to a leading expert, costing the world a staggering $6 trillion in higher energy prices alone. The oil economist Dr ...

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Reasons for Starting Your Own Garden

NaturalNews | The Season of Spring is lavish with its abundance. Before we even ask, nature blesses us with every shade of color and profusion of green. Far and wide, beauties of nature are bursting forth with new growth and ...

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3.5 Million Tons of Plastic Floating in the Pacific

David Gutierrez | A mass of plastic debris twice the size of Texas is still growing in the Pacific Ocean, fueled primarily by plastic trash generated on the land. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch consists of 3.5 million tons of trash, ...

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Hundreds killed by Burma cyclone

BBC News | A tropical cyclone has killed at least 351 people in Burma and damaged thousands of buildings, according to state television. Parts of the Irrawaddy region were hit particularly badly, with three out of four buildings reportedly blown ...

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Bush backs modified crops

By Andrew Ward and Daniel Dombey | George W. Bush on Thursday stepped up pressure on the European Union and other governments to lift restrictions on genetically modified crops to help ease the crisis in global food supplies. The US president ...

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We Must Imagine a Life Without Oil

By Mark Hertsgaard – The Nation | It used to be that only environmentalists and paranoids warned about running out of oil. Not anymore. As climate change did over the past few years, peak oil seems poised to become the next big ...

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Green Scare State Terrorism

By Stephen Lendman – RINF | In May 2005, FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism John Lewis told a Senate panel that ecoterrorism is “one of today’s most serious domestic terrorism threats.” Then the FBI’s James Jarboe estimated that two ...

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US air force calls for mission to combat climate change

By David Adam | The US air force will this week call for the world’s top scientists to come together in a 21st-century Apollo-style programme to develop greener fuels and tackle global warming. It wants universities, governments, companies and environmental groups ...

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‘Sustainable’ bio-plastic can damage the environment

By John Vidal | The worldwide effort by supermarkets and industry to replace conventional oil-based plastic with eco-friendly “bioplastics” made from plants is causing environmental problems and consumer confusion, according to a Guardian study. The substitutes can increase emissions of greenhouse ...

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The Biofuels Scam and Food Shortages

By Mike Adams | It was one of the dumbest “green” ideas ever proposed: Convert millions of acres of cropland into fields for growing ethanol from corn, then burn fossil fuels to harvest the ethanol, expending more energy to extract ...

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Earth Day: Is the impact worth the build-up?

By Heather Clancy | At the high-tech industry conference where I spent most of my day holed up in meetings on Monday, there was nary a mention of Earth Day. Surprised? I was, but that’s naive little ole me. Then ...

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Exposed: the great GM crops myth

By Geoffrey Lean Major new study shows that modified soya produces 10 per cent less food than its conventional equivalent. Genetic modification actually cuts the productivity of crops, an authoritative new study shows, undermining repeated claims that a switch to ...

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VIDEO: Real alternative energy

Is there an alternative to petroleum? Here’s one possibility: Bio-diesel. The raw material – used cooking grease – is currently being wasted. BioLiberty.Net, a group of Gulf War veterans, is developing a production system that converts grease to a fuel. ...

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