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Connecting Dots

Posted September 20, 2014 by Shelley Poticha in Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably

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This morning, a conversation with my daughter, Hanna, helped me connect a bunch of dots in my life.  We were talking about how Kerry Washington is such a brilliant role model – she’s the first African American woman in over...continued

Latin America Green News: A climate change tower in the Amazon, greener railroad transportation in Mexico, the first 100% solar-powered city in Chile

Posted September 19, 2014 by Carolina Herrera in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, The Media and the Environment

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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. September 13th – September 19th, 2014 Climate Change A structure taller than the Eiffel Tower is set to be built in the...continued

Zombie Highway Projects

Posted September 19, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Jeff Inglis and Phineas Baxandall have co-authored a new PIRG report about “highway boondoggles” in which they profile 11 large road projects costing about $13 billion. These are projects long contemplated on paper, as part of long-range transportation plans assembled...continued

Scientists Offer Up Climate Solutions

Posted September 18, 2014 by Pamela Rivera in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Today, the Miami Herald reported on a new letter by "42 scientists from Florida colleges and universities...asking the governor and state policy leaders to convene a 'Climate Science & Solutions Summit' to be held this fall to come up with...continued

Reuters: "Documents reveal how poultry firms systematically feed antibiotics to flocks"

Posted September 15, 2014 by Jonathan Kaplan in Living Sustainably

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An in-depth investigation by Reuters, published today, confirms that the U.S. chicken industry is still reliant on a steady stream of antibiotics.   Did we already know that?  Yes, and no.  FDA tracks total sales of antibiotics approved for livestock use,...continued

Bobby Andrew to EPA: Stop the Pebble Mine

Posted September 15, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Nuclear Weapons, Waste and Energy, 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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Today we are running the final in a series of ads in Washington, D.C. urging the Obama administration to stop the proposed Pebble Mine. The ads in Politico feature Alaskans from Bristol Bay explaining, in their own words, why it’s...continued

For Michigan Farmers, Agricultural Energy-Efficiency Programs Are a Big Source of Savings

Posted September 12, 2014 by Lauren Kubiak in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Michigan’s second-largest industry is agriculture. The sector provides $92 billion annually to the state’s economy, employs a quarter of its workforce, grew during the economic downturn, and feeds millions of Americans every day. Michigan’s agricultural sector also uses an extraordinary...continued

New Refrigerator Standards Effective Monday: Doesn't get much cooler than that!

Posted September 12, 2014 by Elizabeth Noll in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

New refrigerators and freezers will use significantly less energy – with the majority of models cutting their energy use by 20 to 25 percent – under updated energy efficiency standards going into effect Monday. This latest step forward in a...continued

Disclosed USDA Documents Show "Fecal Failures" and other recent violations at Foster Farms' chicken plants

Posted September 11, 2014 by Jonathan Kaplan in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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Today NRDC posted hundreds of noncompliance reports written by USDA food safety inspectors at Foster Farms plants around the country between September 2013 and March of this year.  Most of the violations found were incredibly unsavory and include more than...continued

City issues are environmental issues. Here's why.

Posted September 11, 2014 by Kaid Benfield in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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   Cities need nature, as I wrote in an earlier essay.  But what is not so well understood is that nature also needs cities.  There is simply no way we can protect and maintain a beautiful, thriving, natural and rural...continued

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