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Alaska beset with wildfires

How to go solar without owning a single panel

Scientists puzzled by speed of Atlantic Ocean warming

Eco Watch - Oceanographers are puzzled by an accelerated burst of warming sea that threatens the fisheries of the American Atlantic coast.

Meanwhile, off the U.S. West coast, scientists report that they have been baffled by a mysterious “blob” of water up to 4°C warmer than the surrounding Pacific, linked to weird weather across the entire country.

Jacob Forsyth and research colleagues from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts report in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans that the ocean off the US north-east continental shelf has been warming at unprecedented levels for 13 years.

What they were startled to discover was an unexplained, and unprecedented, rise in the water temperatures that may be linked with an equally mysterious sea level anomaly: sea levels are going up, but they are going up faster off the north-east coast of the U.S. than almost anywhere else.

“The warming rate since 2002 is 15 times faster than from the previous 100 years,” says Glen Gawarkiewicz, a WHOI senior scientist and one of the authors of the report.

Recycling helps the environment but not its workers

Michelle Chen, Nation - The industries that pride themselves on being friends of the earth are often hostile to workers, according to new research on the safety conditions in recycling plants. Published by the Massachusetts Council for Occupational Safety and Health, National COSH, and other advocacy groups, the analysis of the industry shows that, despite the green sector’s clean, progressive image, workers remain imperiled by old-school industrial hazards. Workers face intense stress, dangerous machinery, and inadequate safeguards, while toiling in strenuous positions amid constant toxic exposures.

Often the sorting of recyclables requires directly handling hazardous materials and improperly disposed waste, such as plastic bags that accumulate and cause potentially deadly clogs in machines. Some cities allow dumping of “mixed” trash, leaving workers to separate metal cans from organic waste, or battery fluid from old meatloaf (cities could prevent such dangers through the slight inconvenience of simply requiring people to separate garbage beforehand).

Though they might lack proper safety training or protective gear, workers might routinely encounter used syringes, glass shards, noxious oil residue, or the odd squirrel.

In MassCOSH’s announcement of the report, former Boston recycling worker Mirna Santizo recalled, “We would find lots of glass, and needles. Sometimes workers are punctured and hurt from the needles. We would find dead animals in the bins and it really stinks.” Research shows composting and recycling workers also suffer “exposures and illnesses associated with inhaling endotoxins” emitted by rotting waste.

According to federal statistics, “The rate of nonfatal injury incidents in [recycling facilities] was 8.5 per 100 workers in 2012. This is much higher than the rate for all industries (3.5 per 100 workers) higher than the average for all waste management and remediation services (5.1 per 100 workers).”

A 2013 survey found seven in ten recycling workers suffered workplace injury or illness, including “musculoskeletal disorders such as injuries to the back and knees (reported by 57 percent of workers), and scrapes and cuts (reported by 43 percent of workers).” Between 2011 and 2013, 17 recycling workers died on the job.

The earth's fresh water loss

Jay Famiglietti, co-author, NASA Aquifer study, on PBS Newshour - We found that in the 37 world’s largest aquifers that we looked at, that over 21 of them are past sustainability tipping points, meaning that the rate of withdrawal exceeds the rate of replenishment. And of those, we found that 13 are in a pretty bad way and threatened to exceed a point at which they may not come back.

.... Around the world, we use about — about two billion people rely on groundwater as the primary water source. And it provides about half of the water that we need to irrigate agriculture. So we rely on it heavily. But we don’t manage it very well. And that’s true in the United States as well as around the world.

... Probably the worst in the Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula, and even the region above the Arabian Peninsula. Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran are regions that we have studied before.Northwestern India, really across Northern India, into Bangladesh is in pretty rough shape.

This study and other studies that we have done on the aquifer show that we have been losing about 5.5. trillion gallons of groundwater per year for the last four years during this drought. And that’s because in California right now, there’s no snow in the mountains, there’s no rainfall happening, there is very little water in our reservoirs. So, we have to rely on this groundwater, and it’s disappearing pretty rapidly.

Places to visit before they go under water

Eco Watch - Its not just low-lying island nations. “A recent study says we can expect the oceans to rise between 2.5 and 6.5 feet by 2100, enough to swamp many of the cities along the U.S. East Coast,” says National Geographic. “More dire estimates, including a complete meltdown of the Greenland ice sheet, push sea level rise to 23 feet, enough to submerge London.”

The Miami New Times reports that a Dutch sea level expert, Henk Ovink, is calling Miami, Florida “the new Atlantis” because “Miami will no longer be a land city, but a city in the sea.”

Sea level rise is caused by thermal expansion (when water warms up, it rises), melting glaciers and polar ice caps, and ice loss from Greenland and West Antarctica—all of which are caused by climate change, according to National Geographic.

Earlier this week, NASA scientists reported that a massive ice shelf in West Antarctica will be gone in a few years.

Walmart selling public water from drought-struck California

CBS Sacramento - Wal-Mart is facing questions after CBS13 learns the company draws its bottled water from a Sacramento water district during California’s drought.

According to the label, the water comes from the Sacramento Municipal Water Supply. This comes on the heels of Starbucks opting to move sourcing and production of its Ethos bottled water from California to Pennsylvania.

While the label reads Great Value, the fine print reveals the bottled water is anything but a deal, especially for Sacramento residents.

“Either they were unaware, uninformed or unintentionally did this,” said public relations expert Doug Elmets. “It could be all three of those. Whatever it is, it’s a bad move and they need to correct it and they need to do it quickly.”

According to its own labeling, the water in the gallon jugs appears to come from Sacramento’s water supply.

Sacramento sells water to a bottler, DS Services of America, at 99 cents for every 748 gallons—the same rate as other commercial and residential customers. That water is then bottled and sold at Walmart for 88 cents per gallon, meaning that $1 of water from Sacramento turns into $658.24 for Walmart and DS Services.

For comparison, the city of Sacramento says the average family uses 417 gallons of water a day.

The war against public water in Ohio

Earth Policy Institute to close

2014

The Urban Death Project, a nonprofit group founded in 2011 by architect Katrina Spade, proposes human composting as an alternative to human burial

Some evangelicals supporting environmental protection

Bill McKibben steps down as chair of 350.org

Civilization nearing collapse?

Sand beaches are disappearing around the globe

Student led campaign to pee in the shower

Sweden's different approach to waste

EPA's massive failure to enforce environmental laws

Making buildings more sustainable

Get ready for peak minerals

Methane Emissions Rising… with No End in Sight

An alternative legal way to view the environment

Natural tourism doing well

Land sinking rapidly in California's Central Valley

America loses 80,000 acres of wetlands

More asteroid strikes likely

The canary in the global mineshaft

The greening of Greenland

Butt wipes clogging sewer systems

Why so many wildfires?

The agency that helped screw up our republic is now looking at what it can do to our planet

How eroding soils are darkening our future

Koch Brothers' role in pollution

The meaning of Manhattan's leaking gas

Reducing work hours would do the climate a big favor

Disposable chopsticks harming China's forests

Does lead cause crime?


Costa Rica takes recycling seriously

Canada considers environmental activists terrorists

Making the recycled radioactive

2012...

EPA issues new rules for fine particle pollution

Things About the Earth We're in Denial About

1,300 Acres of Wetlands Proposed for Destruction in Northeast Minnesota

Tree intercropping could save Africa's soils

6000 is the number of acres of wildlands that disappear in our country every single day.

World Bank warns of economic effect of climate change

Problems we hadn't started worrying about yetMan wins $7 million in popcorn case

Cargo sailing ships coming back

Silent spring, summer, fall and winter

Nestle official says GMOs aren't necessary

Rio +20 notes

Corporations poisoning the earth... and our water

Protecting land and seas won't be enough; biodiversity still collapsing

Report: Enough is Enough: Ideas for a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources

UPPER LAYER OF ATMOSPHERE SHRANK FOR REASONS UNKNOWN

LESSONS FROM ICELAND'S VOLCANO

A YOUNG GIRL'S THOUGHTS ON THE ENVIRONMENT

A FEW UNCOMFORTABLE ECO FACTS

WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF DIRT. . . AND WE NEED IT

HOW NOT TO DEAL WITH THE ECOLOGICAL CRISIS: MAKE IT WORSE

DIVORCE IS BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Animals, birds, fish & insects

Animals
 
Insects
Sea life
  • Massive death of starfish on west coast
  • 2015


    Birds

    Air

    Ozone layer improves

    10% of China engulfed in toxic smog

    About one-third of the population lives in communities where the air does not meet federal health standards

    Beijing air pollution worst on record

    2013

    Another approach to cleaning our air

    Research finds link between air pollution & autism

    Hawaii's gentle breezes are disappearing

    Air pollution out of control in Beijing

    2012

    Federal court rules in favor of clean air action

    European Union court rules U.S, planes have to pay for emissions

    Gas drilling gives Wyoming worse smog than Los Angeles

    Obama gives in to GOP and business on smog rules

    CITIES WITH THE CLEANEST AIR

    Arctic & Antarctic

    See climate change

    2013

    Popular insecticide linked to bee deaths

    Millions of bees die in California

    One third of honeybee colonies died or disappeared last winter

    Millions of bees found dead in Florida

    Books

    World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse. By Lester Brown. Available online 

    Revisiting Silent Spring

    Why your editor remembers Silent Spring

    Buildings

    THE IGNORED GREENNESS OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION

    TEN MYTHS ABOUT BUILDING GREEN

    Chemicals

    BABIES EXPOSED TO 100 OR MORE CHEMICALS BEFORE BIRTH

    Climate change

    Climate change page

    Coal

    THE COAL SPILL THAT'S WORSE THAN EXXON VALDEZ

    Corporations

    Corporations staging major attack on science

    Drought

    See climate change

    Education

    TEN BEST COLLEGE ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS

    Environmentalists

    Passings: Barry Commoner

    Fifty years of Silent Spring

    Envronmental groups

    An environmentalist has had it with the Sierra Club

    ANTI-ENVIRONMENTALISTS ONLY ABOUT TEN PERCENT OF POPULATION

    MAJOR ECO ORGS CORRUPTED BY CORPORATE MONEY

    EPA

    EPA Fails to Protect Communities from Cancer-Causing Air Pollution

    CREW Calls for Investigation of Secret EPA Email Accounts

    What America looked like before the EPA

    A portrait of the George Washington Bridge
    in 1973 shot by Chester Higgins Jr.

    Evolution

    Only 28% of high school biology teachers dare to stick with evolution

    Extinction & species loss

    2014

    Species going extinct at rate unseen in tens of millions of years

    One third of honeybee colonies died or disappeared last winter

    Penguins disappearing

    Extinction soaring in South American forests

    Study: Oceans' acidity caused mass extinction

    914 more species added to endangered list

    Two of best known penguin species in trouble

    American bumble bees in sharp decline

    SPECIES DISAPPEARING AT EXTRAORDINARY RATE

    ONE IN FIVE PLANT SPECIES THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION

    BRITISH BIRDS ON FARMS DROP BY MORE THAN HALF IN FOUR DECADES

    BIG BEASTS DISAPPEARING FROM AFRICAN PARKS

    SNAKES DISAPPEARING IN FIVE COUNTRIES

    IT'S NOT JUST ANIMALS THAT ARE GOING EXTINCT

    CELLPHONES CITED AS POSSIBLE FACTOR IN LOSS OF BEES

    17% OF NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS IN DECLINE

    BEE COLONIES DECLINE BY ONE THIRD; PESTICIDES MAIN SUSPECT

    ONE IN FIVE MAMMALS THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION

    FOR FIRST TIME, EXTINCTION OUTPACING EVOLUTION

    SEVENTY PERCENT OF PLANTS, 20% OF MAMMALS, IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION

    OUT OF NO LITTLE ACORNS, BIG QUESTIONS GROW

    CLIMATE CHANGE MAY KILL OFF KANGAROOS

    FIREFLIES REPORTED DISAPPEARING

    QUARTER OF WORLD'S MAMMALS THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION

    EARTH MAY BE IN THE MIDST OF GREATEST EXTINCTION EVER

    ENVIRONMENTALISTS BELIEVE EPA IS HIDING KEY INFO ON BEE PROBLEM

    BUSH REGIME FINDS WAY TO GUT ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT

    TENS OF THOUSANDS OF GORILLAS DISCOVERED

    TWO THIRDS OF WORLD'S POLAR BEARS WILL DISAPPEAR BY 2050

    BUTTERFLIES ARE IN DECLINE. . . AND WHY THAT MATTERS A LOT

    BIODIVERSITY OF VERTEBRATES DROPPED BY NEARLY A THIRD IN LAST 35 YEARS

    EUROPEAN BIRD MIGRATION DROPS

    BEEKEEPERS SUFFER 35% LOSS OVER WINTER

    GIRAFFE POPULATION DOWN 30% IN DECADE

    NEARLY HALF OF EUROPE'S COMMON BIRDS DISAPPEARING

    GLOBAL WARMING COULD WIPE OUT HALF OF ALL SPECIES

    HUMANS LIVING BEYOND THEIR ECOLOGICAL MEANS

    SPECIES EXTINCTION OCCURRING 1,000 TO 10,000 TIMES FASTER THAN EXPECTED

    BUMBLEBEES MISSING IN ACTION: COULD HAVE BIG EFFECT ON OTHER THINGS

    Forests

    420 million acres of forest in danger of disappearing by 2030

    There are only two big forest areas left in the world

    2014

    Climate change has affected forests globally

    Climate Central -  After looking at 226 tree species at 81 locations around the world, two dozen experts from around the world have determined that fully 70 percent of trees are likely to suffer if conditions get drier -” and it doesn't matter whether those trees live in wet or dry habitats. Wh..

    Amazon deforestration rate lowest on record

    Tree loss in Brazilian rainforest has increased almost six fold

    WiFi killing trees, study finds


    Photo Alberto Cesar, Greenpeace

    BRAZIL CUTS DEFORESTATION ALMOST 50%

    ECUADOR COMES UP WITH UNIQUE PLAN TO SAVE RAINFORESTS

    BRAZIL DEFORESTATION RISES SHARPLY

    NEW SATELLITE PHOTOS SHOW AMAZON DEFORESTATION EXPLODING

    AFRICA LOSING ONE PERCENT OF ITS FORESTS EACH YEAR

    Fracking

    Fracking industry may be paying off scientists

    Vermont becomes first state to ban fracking...

    New Pennsyvania law requires doctors to conceal facts about gas drilling

    Recent earthquakes "almost certainly manmade"

    Ohio regulators find fracking caused earthquakes

    Former regulator warns of fracking danger

    EPA says fracking may cause water pollution

    Was Oklahama's earthquake due to fracking?

    Frackers admit they may have caused earthquakes

    Fukishima

    Record radiation found in fish off Fukushima

    Fukishima workers told to hide radiation level

    More than a third of Fukushima area children found to have growths


    Fukushima drift brings non native species to west coast


    TSUNAMI DEBRIS ARRIVES IN ALASKA

    Genetic modification

    Genetic engineering has produced super weeds, not super crops

    SCIENTISTS CALL FOR GM REVIEW AFTER PEST SURGE IN CHINA

    WEEDS ADAPT TO MONSANTO PESTICIDE CAUSING MAJOR PROBLEMS

    TESTS SUGGEST HEALTH DANGERS IN GM CROPS

    PRINCE CHARLES BLASTS GM FOOD

    GM CROPS LESS PRODUCTIVE THAN NORMAL ONES

    GM DANGERS NOT ISSUE IN U.S. LIKE IN EUROPE

    SECRET FILES REVEAL BRITISH GOVERNMENT COLLUSION WITH CORPORADOS OVER GM CROPS

    NUTRIENT VALUE OF MANY FOODS HAS DECLINED

    Geo engineeering

    The scientific and moral hazards of geoengineering

    Health

    ARE BOYS BEING ELIMINATED BY POLLUTION?

    POLLUTION CONTRIBUTES TO 40% OF GLOBAL DEATHS

    GETTING LEAD OUT OF YOUNG MAY HAVE CAUSED DROP IN CRIME

    Local

    TREES BLOCKING NEIGHBOR'S SOLAR PANELS MUST BE CUT

    Mercury

    EPA puts new controls on mercury

    TOPICS
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    Animals
    Biofuel
    Birds
    BP spill
    Climate change
    Drought
    Eco pix
    Energy
    Environmentalists

    Environmental groups
    EPA

    Essays
    Extinction
    Fish & shore creatures

    Food
    Forests
    Fracking
    Fukushima
    Insects
    Links
    Monsanto

    Nuclear
    Oceans, rivers, lakes
    Oil & gas
    Pesticides
    Plastics
    Pocket paradigms
    Politics
    Population
    Stats

    Sustain yourself
    Water
    Weather
    Wind

    ESSAYS

    A poker player's guide to environmental risk assessment

    The ignored greeness of historic preservation

    Population's loss is earth's gain

    Remineralizing the earth

    Natural areas

    A LAWYER'S VIEW OF NATURE

    BUSH REGIME PLANS TO RUN POWER AND PIPE LINES THROUGH PARKS & OTHER NATURAL AREAS

    Non profits

    Big environmental groups in tight with big anti-environmental corporations

    Nuclear
    BACK TO TOP

    Japan talks about ending nuclear power

    US cutting nuke plant drills, test evacuations

    Vermont challenges nuke plant license renewal

    Japan has no nuclear power for first time in 42 years

    How close are we to an American Fukushima?

    NRC approves two nuclear plants despite growing Fukushima concerns

    Radiation at Fukushima worse than thought

    Japanese considered evacuating Tokyo after nuclear disaster

    Temperature rises myteriously at Fukushima

    Bird population collapsing near Fukushima

    Japanese government concealing facts about Fukushima

    Federal judge says states can't protect themselves against nuclear plants

    Study: Fukushima meltdown caused American deaths

    Feds looking for replacement site for Yucca Mountain. . . maybe in your state

    American nuke plants not ready for Fukishima type event

    British government conspired with nuke industry to play down Fukushima

    Britain prepared for Fukushima to be worse than Chernobyl

    What the media doesn't tell you about American nuclear power

    Germany to close all nuclear plants by 2022

    Into Eternity: Documentary on the making of a nuclear waste facility

    Huge increase in ocean radiation near Japan

    Map of earthquakes and locations of nuke plants

    Organs of dead British nuclear workers removed to hide evidence

    AMERICAN NUCLEAR 'RENAISSANCE' COLLAPSING

    PLANNED NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS WOULD BE BUILT WITH FOREIGN LABOR

    OBAMA PLANS NUKE PLANT NEAR EXISTING ONE, FURTHER ENDANGERING POOR BLACK COMMUNITY

    VERMONT VOTES TO SHUT DOWN NUCLEAR PLANT

    THE DANGERS AND POLITICS OF OBAMA GOING NUCLEAR

    OBAMA THROWS CAUTION TO THE WINDS,LAUNCHING FIRST NEW NUKE PLANTS IN 30 YEARS

    MEANWHILE AT THE OLD NUCLEAR PLANTS

    OBAMA CANCELS NUKE PROMISE; BACKS HUGE SUBSIDIES FOR DANGEROUS ENERGY

    OBAMA, BIG BUSINESS WANTS TO NUKE US

    BRIT NUKE SAFETY BODY SAYS PLANNED PLANTS AREN'T SAFE

    THE HIDDEN STORY OF THREE MILE ISLAND

    RECOVERED HISTORY: THREE MILE ISLAND

    STUDY PROJECTS HYPER COSTS FOR NEW NUCLEAR POWER

    OBAMA'S NUKE BUDDIES JOIN WITH FRENCH FIRM TO COOPERATE "ON NUCLEAR POWER MATTERS."

    OBAMA AND NUCLEAR POWER

    Architecture 2030 - Architecture 2030 - 12,954 Nuclear Power Plants - That's how many nuclear plants the world would need to build to replace its current fossil-fuel-based energy. Even if it was physically possible to build this many plants within the seven-year timeline set by scientists to avoid dangerous climate change (it takes 8 to 12 years to get a nuclear plant on-line), the cost would be astronomical. At $6 billion per plant (a conservative figure), 12,954 plants would cost $77.72 trillion - more than the total Gross World Product of $65.95 trillion.

    NUKE EQUIPMENT FIRM SAYS YUCCA MOUUNTAIN IS 'FOOL'S ERRAND'

    THE CASE AGAINST NUCLEAR POWER

    YUCCA MOUNTAIN PROJECT SCALED BACK

    EDWARDS ONLY TOP DEM WHO OPPOSES NUCLEAR POWER

    PUSH ON FOR NUCLEAR PLANTS

    STUDY FINDS EARTHQUAKE FAULT LINE UNDER YUCCA MOUNTAIN

    Oceans, rivers, lakes

    2014

    Ocean life faces mass extinction

    Nearly 7,000 properties in England and Wales will be allowed to fall into the sea this century.

    How California's one percent is still getting its water

    Why the North Atlantic is in deep trouble

    Sea level rise threatens NYC's sea wall

    America's most endangered rivers

    2013

    Lake Erie dying again

    Possible record dead zone predicted for Gulf of Mexico

    Fish have been migrating towards the poles for 30 years

    NOAA predicts sea level rise of up to six feet by 2100

    66 Corals Declared Endangered Due to Global Warming, Ocean Acidification

    Great Barrier Reef has lost over half its coral since 1985

    Study; sea rise may be worse than expected

    Scientists find drastic slowdown in reproduction rate of micro plants in Maine waters

    Maine lobsters prematurely shedding their shells

    The danger of ocean acidification

    Chesapeake Bay has huge dead zone

    Ten dirtiest beaches in America. . .

    ATLANTIC OCEAN FOUND TO HAVE HUGE GARBAGE PATCH

    OIL SPILL CREATING HUGE UNDERSEA DEAD ZONES

    NW PACIFIC OCEAN DEAD ZONE MAY BE PERMANENT

    OCEAN DESERTS BECOME MORE BARREN

    PLACES THREATENED BY SEA LEVEL RISE TAKES ON GLOBAL WARMING

    DEAD ZONES BECOME MAJOR OCEAN PROBLEM

    DECLINE IN OCEAN OXYGEN FOUND

    SUNSCREENS MAY BE BLEACHING CORAL REEFS

    ONLY ABOUT 4% OF OCEANS UNDAMAGED BY HUMANS

    THE PACIFIC'S GARBAGE PATCH

    LA TIMES SERIES ON THE ALTERED OCEAN

    OCEANS FOUND TO BE ABSORBING FAR LESS CARBON DIOXIDE

    Oil & gas

    "Natural gas" means "fracking"

    Pennsylvania bars doctors from telling patients about dangers of fracking

    More drilling doesn't cut oil prices

    Oil & gas lobbyist threatens Obama with political retribution over pipeline

    Koch Brothers huge winners if tar sands pipeline goes through

    OFFICIAL ESTIMATES OF OIL UPPED TO PLEASE AMERICANS SAYS WHISTLEBLOWER

    EXPERT: OIL SUPPLY RUNNING OUT FAST

    OILFIELD OUTPUT DECLINING FASTER THAN THOUGHT

    DRILLING FOR OIL: WHAT BENEFIT?

    OUR OIL PAGE

    Pesticides

    Controversy deepens over bee deaths and pesticides

    PESTICIDES LINKED TO HYPERACTIVITY

    LINK BETWEEN PESTICIDES AND PARKINSON'S DISEASE FOUND

    HARMFUL PESTICIDES FOUND IN EVERYDAY FOOD PRODUCTS

    Plastic

    Rising levels of plastic in oceans

    DC's plastic bag fees reducing use

    California passes law to drastically limit plastic bags

    Caifornia to be first state to ban plastic bags

    The plastic curse in our oceans

    Three week ocean tour finds plastic everywhere

    Geologists label plastic a new rock

    Problems with plastic

    Teenager's science fair project may deliver us from plastic

    FDA SHRUGS OFF MAJOR CONCERN OVER PLASTIC BOTTLES

    CHINA BANS PLASTIC BAGS

    Politics

    BRITISH CAP & TRADE TURNS INTO A SCAM

    EPA DISSES CONGRESS' ORDER TO RESTORE ITS LIBRARIES

    SURVEY: NEARLY HALF OF EPA SCIENTISTS REPORT POLITICAL INTERFERENCE

    18 STATES SIGN PLEDGE TO PRESSURE FEDS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

    PRIVATE EYE FIRM SPIED ON ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS

    In 2007, the top Sunday TV hosts asked presidential candidates 2275 questions. Only three mentioned global warming. – League of Women Voters

    REPORT DETAILS BUSH'S MANIPULATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE INFORMATION

    Preservation

    THE IGNORED GREENNESS OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION

    Recycling

    How to know when your recycling is working

    STORES THAT RECYCLE

    RECYCLING EVERYTHING FROM A TO Z

    SEATTLE A LEADER IN RECYCLING

    Renewable energy

    CHU WANTS WORLD'S ROOFS PAINTED WHITE TO EASE CLIMATE CHANGE

    EXPERTS BEGINNING TO QUESTION WHTHER RENEWABLE ENERGY IS ENOUGH CHANGE

    USING HOT ASPHALT TO PROVIDE ENERGY

    TWENTY SOMETHING FINDS CHEAP WAY OF MAKING SOLAR CELLS IN PIZZA OVEN

    ENERGY FROM PAVEMENT HEAT

    BIOFUELS PRODUCE MORE GREENHOUSE GASES
    THAN FOSSIL FUELS

    WHY RENEWABLE ENERGY IS NOT ENOUGH

    Stats

    Seven million killed by air pollution

    Our disappearing water

    About one-third of the population lives in communities where the air does not meet federal health standards

    @Harpers - Percentage of the 84,000 chemicals used commercially in the U.S. that are kept secret under federal law: 20

    Sustain yourself

    SUSTAIN YOURSELF PAGE

    Transportation

    PORTUGAL PLANS 1300 ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATIONS

    VOLKSWAGEN WORKING ON 235 MPG CAR

    1,445.7 MILES ON ONE TANK OF GAS

    US LAGS IN WORLDWIDE BICYCLING BOOM

    STUDY LINKS INCREASING FUEL COSTS TO STEEP DROP IN TRAFFIC FATALITIES

    COMPRESSED AIR WOULD POWER 100 MPG CAR UNDER DESIGN

    YOU KNOW THINGS ARE CHANGING WHEN TEXANS START DRIVING ELECTRIC CARS

    17 NEW ELECTRIC CARS

    LIVING IN DENSE NEIGHBORHOOD CAN SAVE UP TO $2000 A YEAR IN GAS

    OLD AIR TECHNOLOGIES GET A NEW LIFE 

    WORLDWIDE, BIKING IS UP

    STUDY SHOWS BIG IMPACT OF ROAD TRANSPORTATION ON ENVIRONMENT

    FOUR MORE EUROPEAN CITIES GO FOR CONGESTION PRICING

    THE ECO SOLUTION THAT DARES NOT SAY ITS NAME. . . IN AMERICA, AT LEAST

    Trees

    FALL COLORS MAY BE DICTATED BY KIND OF SOIL

    Water

    2015

    The war against public water in Ohio

    Some western states outlaw collecting rain water on your own property

    Word: The California water crisis

    Growing almonds in California takes over twice as much water as supplying LA

    Sao Paulo may run out of water by June

    2014

    The underrated water crisis

    Dramatic ice thinning in the Arctic

    San Franciso becomes first city to ban plastic bottles

    Major cities face water shortage

    Brazil's largest city may get water only two days a week

    NASA hydrologist says groundwater crisis is global

    Michael Snyder, Activist Post

    • Approximately 40 percent of the entire population of the planet has little or no access to clean water, and it is being projected that by 2025 two-thirds of humanity will live in "water-stressed" areas.
    • According to one government report that was released last year, the global need for water will exceed the global supply of water by 40 percent by the year 2030...
    • Lake Mead has a 50 percent chance of running dry by the year 2025. .
    • According to the U.S. Geological Survey, "a volume equivalent to two-thirds of the water in Lake Erie" has been permanently drained from the Ogallala Aquifer since 1940.
    • According to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. interior west is now the driest that it has been in 500 years....
    • According to a U.S. government report, 36 states are already facing water shortages or will be facing water shortages within the next few years.
    • It has been estimated that the state of California only has a 20 year supply of fresh water left.
    • It has been estimated that the state of New Mexico only has a 10 year supply of fresh water left.
    • It is being projected that the demand for water in China will exceed the supply by 25 percent by the year 2030.
    • It has been estimated that 75 percent of all surface water in India has been heavily contaminated by human or agricultural waste.

    Pacific acidity dissolving shells of key ocean species

    Pacific ocean scallops dying off from acidity

    Alarming deaths of dolphins along East.Coast

    Other

    California droughts turns talk to drinking urine

    The coming water crisis

    Wall Street buying up huge water supplies

    Lake Powell only 42% full

    Depletion of ground water linked to great earthquake risk

    Water rationing in 140 Brazilian cities

    World faces major water shortages

    2013

    Conflicts of interest slowing Nestles' efforts to control Maine town's water

    Singapore: Where the water is rented

    Nestle draining more countries' ground water

    West coast starfish dying in record numbers

    Jelly fish taking over oceans

    20,000 gallons of water stolen from elementary school in drought stricken area

    Canadian eco-tribunal strikes down Nestle's water ripoff

    Living with the Texas drought

    Colorado River drying up

    The world's growing water problem

    Eighteen countries face serious water shortage

    Nestle pushing the privatization of water

    Nestle CEO: Water not a human right;
    should be privatized

    UN head says world will run out of water

    Underground water supply dropping at much larger rate

    China running out of water

    More than half of nation's rivers and streams are polluted

    Winter fails to bring new water to west

    America's massive water crisis

    Town bans bottled water

    2012

    The future of water

    Water battles grow

    Carribean coral reefs losing most of their coral

    A close look at the Texas drought

    Oceans turning acidic faster than in past 300 million years

    Report: Water bills to soar

    EPA slashes funds for water testing

    Waste water can be turned drinkable

    Water demand will outstrip supply in 20 years

    Study finds poisonous chemical in drinking water of 35 cities

    World Bank helping corporations seize public water

    AMOUNT OF FRESH WATER IN OCEANS INCREASING

    SOME STATES THINK THEY OWN RAIN WATER

    ONE THIRD OF U.S. COUNTIES FACE WATER SHORTAGE

    PROBLEMS AND POSSIBLITIES WITH OUR WATER SUPPLY

    TOWN BANS SALE OF BOTTLED WATER

    STUDY FINDS LACK OF FISH MEANS FISHING MUCH HARDER THAN IN 19TH CENTURY

    3.5 MILLION DIE EACH YEAR BECAUSE OF POLLUTED WATER

    WATER SHORTAGES MAY HIT NORTHERN ROCKIES

    YEMEN COULD BE FIRST COUNTRY TO RUN OUT OF WATER

    BOLIVIAN CAPITAL MAY FACE WATER SHORTAGE

    WHY IS WATER FEMINIZING FISH AND ARE WE NEXT?

    CHICAGO CONSIDERS PRIVATIZING WATER

    MERCURY FOUND IN EVERY FISH TESTED IN 291 STREAMS

    WATER WARS IN MONTANA

    OVER A BILLION PEOPLE LIVE IN WATER SCARCE AREAS

    TEXAS FACING WORST DROUGHT IN A HALF CENTURY

    BHOPAL: 30 MINUTES OF WATER EVERY OTHER DAY

    CRITICAL WORLD RIVERS LOSING WATER

    ALMOST HALF THE WORLD FACES WATER SHORTAGE BY 2030LIFORNIA DECLARES WATER EMERGENCY

    MAINE TOWN PUTS ITS WATER IN COMMON TRUST

    LAKE MEAD: THE GLOBAL WATER CRISIS COMES HOME

    WATER RATIONING IN CALIFORNIA

    NOW, PEAK WATER

    IS NATURAL GAS DRILLING ENDANGERING U.S. WATER SUPPLIES?

    HOW MUCH WATER ARE YOU REALLY USING?

    IN FACE OF WATER SHORTAGES, TOILET TO TAP RECYCLING PLANS GROW

    U.S. NEARING LIMITS OF WATER SUPPLY

    A FUTURE OF WATER WARS?

    WHY DRINKING BOTTLED WATER ISN'T THE ANSWER TO DRUG POLLUTION IN STREAMS

    AMERICA'S WATER POLLUTED BY VAST ARRAY OF DRUGS

    BOTTLED WATER 'MORALLY UNACCEPTABLE

    ASIAN COUNTRIES COULD FACE MASSIVE WATER CRISIS

    STUDY SUGGESTS INDIA HAS VASTLY OVERESTIMATED AVAILABLE WATER

    Weather

    ATLANTIC HAVING MOST HURRICANES IN A THOUSAND YEARS

    TORNADOES WAY OVER NORMAL

    Wind power

    The split in the environmental movement over wind power

    Denmark aims to get 50% of electricity from wind power

    WIND POWER CAUSING PROBLEMS FOR NEARBY RESIDENTS

    REPORT: OFFSHORE WIND POWER COULD QUADRUPLE U.S. ELECTRIC GENERATION

    WIND POWER SOARS BUT SO DO COMPLAINTS

    WIND POWER BLOWING IN NEW JOBS

    WIND TURBINES TOO CLOSE TO HOMES CAN CAUSE MEDICAL PROBLEMS

    FLOATING WIND TURBINES COULD GIVE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY A BOOST

    SHIPS TO BE POWERED BY KITES

    AN EARLIER EXAMPLE

    FILMS: Windfall, a critical look at the down side of wind power.

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    Percent decrease in the incidence of the terms “global warming” and “climate change” in major newspapers in 2011: 33 - #HarpersIndex


    AVERAGE SUMMER TEMPERATURE RECORDS

    2009

    WHAT THE PENTAGON'S DUMPING IN YOUR OCEANS

    The USDA 2007 Census of Farms reports a net increase of 75,810 US farms in 2007. USDA says, "Compared to all farms nationwide, these new farms tend to have more diversified production, fewer acres, lower sales and younger operators who also work off-farm." The Census observes an acceleration of the trend towards larger numbers of small farms, and more very large farms. The average income of farmers is around $34,000 with less than half that coming from the farm itself.

    THE WORLD'S TEMPERATURE

     

    NASA - Calendar year 2008 was the coolest year since 2000, according to a NASA analysis of worldwide temperature measurements, but it was still in the top ten warmest years since the start of record-keeping in 1880. The 10 warmest years have all occurred within the 12-year period from 1997-2008. The map above shows global temperature anomalies in 2008 compared to the 1950-1980 baseline period. Most of the world was either near normal or warmer than normal. Eastern Europe, Russia, the Arctic, and the Antarctic Peninsula were exceptionally warm (1.5 to 3.5 degrees Celsius above average). The NASA scientists attribute the relative coolness of 2008 to the persistent La Nina.

    2008

    US ENERGY USE RISES FASTER THAN POPULATION

    2007

    EARTH'S TOP 10 WARMEST YEARS

    1 - 2005
    2 - 1998
    3 - 2002
    4 - 2003
    5 - 2007
    6 - 2006
    7 - 2004
    8 - 2001
    9 - 1997
    10 -1999

    [NASA, USA Today]490

     

    us greenhouse gas emissions compared to other countries

    WORLD RESOUCES INSTITUTE

    2006

    TOP SUSTAINABLE CITIES

    FUEL CONSMPTION

    PROGRESS REPORT = America spends $200,000 a minute on foreign oil. Sixty-five percent of oil consumed in the United States comes from foreign sources, up from 58 percent in 2000. Each year, more than $25 billion for oil imports goes to Persian Gulf states. Over the last 30 years, oil market disruptions have cost the economy seven trillion dollars. Last year, 58 percent of Americans said that high gas prices in 2005 caused them "serious" or "moderate" hardship.

    2002


    FROM VITAL SIGNS 2002, PUBLISHED BY THE WORLD WATCH INSTITUTE

    HUMANS TAKE UP 83% OF EARTH'S SURFACE TO DO THEIR THING

    NY TIMES - The United States is losing two acres of mostly prime farmland every minute to development, the fastest such decline in the country's history, a new study has found. That loss has been on the edge of the outer suburbs, where some of the country's best fruit farms are being replaced by houses on large lots, linked by new roads, highways and malls, the study, by the American Farmland Trust, said. . . Using census data as well as Agriculture Department information about crops and soil, the study found that more than half of the lost farmland is being carved into 10-acre lots. Arkansas, New York, Illinois, Alabama and Mississippi top the list of states that have lost the greatest percentage of their best farmland in the last five years.

    POCKET PARADIGMS
    SAM SMITH

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    The odds of something happening at any moment are not the same as the odds of something ever happening. In ecological calculations - especially ones in which the downside could ruin your whole millennium - it is the latter odds that are important.

    When confronted with conflicting odds, remember that you don't have to play the game. There are other things to do with your time - or with the economy or with the environment - that may produce better results. Thus, instead of playing poker you could be making love. Or instead of getting jobs from some air or water degrading activity, the same jobs could come from more benign industry such as retrofitting a whole city for solar energy.

    Don't let anyone - in industry, government, or the media - define an "acceptable level of risk" for your own death or disease. They may not have the same vested interest in the right answer as you do.

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    CLIMATE MAP
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    NEW SCIENTIST ARTICLES ON CLIMATE CHANGE
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    WOMENS ENVIORNMENT DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION

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    AGRI SURF

    CORPORATE AGRICULTURE RESEARCH PROJECT
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    FOODSPEAK
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    ORGANIC CONSUMERS

    ORGANIC FARMING RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    NAT COALITON AGAINST MISUSE OF PESTICIDES
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    SUSTAINABLE FARMING CONNECTIONS
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    GE FOOD ALERT

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    Marine
    CORAL REEF ALLIANCE

    COUSTEAU SOCIETY
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    Oil
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    OIL EMPIRE
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    Population
    CTR FOR ADVANCEMENT OF STEADY STATE ECONOMY

    GROWTH IS MADNESS
    UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUND

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    RAINFOREST ACTION COALITION

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    REMINERALIZE THE EARTH

    Water
    WATER FOR ALL