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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

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

Paperwork Reductions or Life-Saving Standards?

Posted April 15, 2014 by Scott Slesinger in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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EPA priorities: Does this make sense to anyone? Appropriators and the Administration need to decide what is more important -- health and the environment or paperwork reduction. The hazardous waste industry has been working over a decade to replace its...continued

AP Flood Insurance Story Needs Clarification

Posted March 31, 2014 by Rob Moore in Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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It’s been a disappointing month on the National Flood Insurance front.  The House and Senate passed legislation to reinstate dangerous flood insurance subsidies for certain types of properties, which the President signed into law last week.  To cap it all...continued

Your neighborhood (or mine, or anyone's) after nature's jungle takes over

Posted March 31, 2014 by Kaid Benfield in The Media and the Environment

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  Remember that book from a few years ago, The World Without Us?  It depicted the post-apocalyptic ruins of civilization once the buildings and infrastructure began to wear down and there was no one around to tame the inevitable reclaiming...continued

Warning: Koch Kool-Aid Impairs Ability to Perceive Reality

Posted March 28, 2014 by Franz Matzner in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Black is white.  Left is right.  Up is down. Clean energy jobs and healthy air are partisan issues.  Welcome to the world of the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers and their big polluter allies – a reality in which millions of dollars...continued

Cheers to protecting the streams and wetlands that make great beer possible

Posted March 25, 2014 by Karen Hobbs 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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As craft brewers know, you can’t make great beer without clean water.  And you can’t guarantee clean water without having safeguards in place that protect small streams and wetlands from pollution.  For more than a decade, that’s been pretty tough...continued

Willie Nelson's America the Beautiful Video Against Mountaintop Removal Mining

Posted March 24, 2014 by Allen Hershkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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NRDC released a video yesterday supported by Willie Nelson’s iconic song America the Beautiful which Willie donated for use in order to draw attention to the scourge of mountaintop removal coal mining that continues to ravish Appalachian communities. This...continued

NRDC and allies strike back against environmental assault by North Carolina lawmakers

Posted March 20, 2014 by Rob Perks in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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What's the matter with North Carolina? There are countless stories about how the new crop of lawmakers in Raleigh -- led by the Republican majority in the state legislature and the governor's mansion -- have over the past year launched an...continued

Winnetka Stormwater Tunnel: What About The Other 99 Percent of Pollution?

Posted March 12, 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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Confirmation bias is selectively using facts that support one’s position while ignoring the ones that don’t.  The Winnetka Home Owners Association (WHOA) is using confirmation bias to support its claims that stormwater does not contribute to beach closures in Winnetka. ...continued

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