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Showdown, then Breakdown, on Transportation Lawmaking in Congress

Posted August 7, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, U.S. Law and Policy

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Heading out the door for their 5-week vacation this August, Congress wrapped up a major piece of transportation business in an all-too-familiar and depressing fashion. They passed a bill applying set of band-aids to the highway trust fund, allowing it...continued

This is why the Forest Service should lead the way in sustainable groundwater management

Posted August 6, 2014 by Marcus Griswold in Living Sustainably

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Do you live in or near a National Forest or Grassland? Do you camp, fish, or paddle in one? Do you just like to know you have access to 193 million acres of forestland filled with wetlands, streams, and lakes?...continued

Florida's Governor Scott takes some steps on environment but Floridians want strong action on climate

Posted August 6, 2014 by Pamela Rivera in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Over the weekend, we learned from the Miami Herald that Florida Governor Rick Scott pledged, if re-elected, to spend at least $1 billion over the next 10 years on a variety of environmental projects that include springs restoration, land-buying programs...continued

Toledo's Toxic Drinking Water - Could It Happen in California?

Posted August 5, 2014 by Kate Poole in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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It’s enough to make your stomach turn:  thick, gooey, green glop covering portions of Lake Erie and poisoning the drinking water supplies of Toledo and its neighbors.  Credit: Ohio DNR, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/ Poor Toledo.  Could never happen here in California, right?...continued

Why is the Economy Still Weak? Blame Lending Policy that Ignores Efficiency!

Posted August 5, 2014 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Bill Irwin of the New York Times asks “Why is the economy still weak?” and blames five underperforming sectors. Housing is not only his leading culprit, but he claims that it exacerbates the weakness of the second-worst sector—durable goods consumption...continued

Are You as Water Smart as Conan O'Brien?

Posted August 5, 2014 by Steve Fleischli in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, NRDC, and the State of California have teamed up to create a new series of very funny Public Service Announcements to encourage water conservation during California’s historic drought.  This new partnership follows the debut of Conan’s first...continued

New York City's History-Making Recycling Law Turns 25 Years Old (Part II)

Posted August 5, 2014 by Eric Goldstein in Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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The 2000’s – The New Administration Stumbles at the Start Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who took office in 2002, compiled an impressive track record in addressing environmental health and sustainability issues in New York City. But he didn’t start off as...continued

Friends Don't Let Friends Waste Water

Posted August 4, 2014 by Tracy Quinn in Living Sustainably

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I was watching an episode of The Simpsons the other night and in the opening scene, Marge is nagging Homer to fix a leaky faucet. Of course, Homer puts it off and his laziness has dire consequences as the wasted water...continued

Toledo and Toxic Water - the Intersection of Climate Change and Water Quality

Posted August 4, 2014 by Rob Moore in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Toledo, Ohio shut off drinking water service to 500,000 people because of the presence of microcystin, a powerful neurotoxin excreted by blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria. Once again cyanobacteria have taken over much of Western Lake Erie, the source...continued

Toledo's Drinking Water Crisis

Posted August 4, 2014 by Karen Hobbs in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Toledo residents can breathe a sigh a relief today after a two-day drinking water ban was lifted.  Early Saturday morning, Toledo’s 500,000 residents (and 30,000 residents of southwestern Michigan) were told to stop using tap water after unsafe levels of toxins,...continued

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