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Cowboy Indian Alliance Sets Up Camp in DC, Says No Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Posted April 22, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Today, the Cowboy Indian Alliance set up camp on the National Mall in Washington, DC with a ceremony, march with riders on horseback, and erection of a tipi on the mall—the beginning of a weeklong encampment and events calling on...continued

IPCC Report Reactions: Act Now, Agree Later

Posted April 22, 2014 by Chelsea Phipps in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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A recent report by the world’s leading scientists has concluded that immediate action is needed globally if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. But with a global agreement on climate change not expected until 2015, we...continued

My place on the earth

Posted April 22, 2014 by Kaid Benfield in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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    Move your cursor over the images for credit information. Kaid Benfield writes about community, development, and the environment on Switchboard and in other national media.  Kaid’s latest book is People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener,...continued

Pebble Mine: Delivering Congratulations, Not Petitions, to Rio Tinto

Posted April 21, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Compared to our meetings in 2011, 2012, and 2013, this year’s meeting in London with Rio Tinto’s leadership about the proposed Pebble Mine had a very different feel.   Earlier in the week, after four years of discussions with NRDC and...continued

The Losing Economics of Investing in Aging Coal Plants: Part 2

Posted April 18, 2014 by Noah Long in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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This entry is the second of a two-part follow up to the blog I posted last fall. The first entry focused on the national story of coal's decline, this entry focuses on the west. Investors already projected another bleak year for...continued

Four Years after BP Oil Disaster Many Lessons Remain Unlearned

Posted April 18, 2014 by Frances Beinecke in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Four years ago this weekend, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 men and sending 170 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.  I flew over the site after the blowout and was stunned by the vast reach...continued

Kansas City Power & Light to Double its Energy Efficiency Investment in Missouri - if the State allows it

Posted April 18, 2014 by David Weiskopf in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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NRDC, along with several other environmental groups and the Missouri Division of Energy, has just reached an agreement with Kansas City Power & Light that would approximately double the benefits of energy efficiency for people in the Kansas City region....continued

Get dirty so we can keep Earth clean

Posted April 17, 2014 by Evan Feeney in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment

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Cartoons don’t rot kids’ brains; cartoons with no message rot kids’ brains. Shows like Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender (of which I have watched the entire series… twice) and Legend of Korra actually have a pretty good message: the Earth...continued

Let's HEEL Our Broken Food System

Posted April 17, 2014 by Emily Martin in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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My husband loves sandwiches.  In fact, he says they’re his absolute favorite food.  Whether it is a turkey sandwich or an ice cream sandwich, that’s what he’ll order if it’s on the menu when we go out to eat!  (Sigh.)...continued

Revival in the face of drought: The return of spring run Chinook salmon to the San Joaquin River

Posted April 17, 2014 by Monty Schmitt in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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  Despite California’s drought, today the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP) is releasing 54,000 juvenile spring-run Chinook salmon into the San Joaquin River. This marks the first time in 60 years that spring-run Chinook will make the journey from...continued

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