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College Divestment Campaigns Creating Passionate Environmentalists PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 10 May 2013 14:54

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Students associated with the group Brown Divest Coal protested in front of the Brown University president's office during a rally May 3. The group is demanding that the university stop investing in certain oil and coal companies.

Students associated with the group Brown Divest Coal protested in front of the Brown University president's office during a rally May 3. The group is demanding that the university stop investing in certain oil and coal companies.

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At about 300 colleges across the country, young activists worried about climate change are borrowing a strategy that students successfully used in decades past. In the 1980s, students enraged about South Africa's racist Apartheid regime got their schools to drop stocks in companies that did business with that government. In the 1990s, students pressured their schools to divest Big Tobacco.

This time, the student activists are targeting a mainstay of the economy: large oil and coal companies.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 May 2013 20:07
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U.S. Links Pesticides to Honey Bee Deaths, but Resists Ban PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 May 2013 08:01

 

Bumblebee pollinating Aquilegia vulgaris. Credit: Roo72/cc by 3.0

By Carey L. Biron||WASHINGTON, May 3 2013 (IPS) - A major study by the U.S. government’s environment and agriculture agencies has suggested a strong link between the use of certain pesticides and the widespread deaths that have afflicted honey bee populations around the world in recent years.

Still, the joint report, released Thursday, does not suggest limiting the use of these pesticides, nor does it recommend immediate action to impose a temporary ban, as was announced this week in a landmark decision by the European Union. Rather, the report offers technical tweaks while urging additional research on the issue.

"The five-to-ten-year timeframe these agencies are now saying they will follow is not fast enough." -- Pesticide Action Network's Paul Towers

Last Updated on Monday, 06 May 2013 19:50
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U.S. Activists Outraged Over So-Called ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 29 April 2013 06:07

By Matthew Charles Cardinale

A new act will require the USDA to issue temporary permits allowing farmers to continue planting genetically modified organisms. Credit: Peter Blanchard/CC by 2.0

A new act will require the USDA to issue temporary permits allowing farmers to continue planting genetically modified organisms. Credit: Peter Blanchard/CC by 2.0

 

ATLANTA, Georgia, Apr 28 2013 (IPS) - Food safety advocates are outraged over revelations that U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama approved an act that includes a provision purporting to strip federal courts of the ability to prevent the spread of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Last Updated on Monday, 29 April 2013 06:10
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Nearly 1.5 million objections to genetically engineered salmon filed with FDA PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 27 April 2013 13:44

by: Adam Russell  Apr. 25, 2013

Previously undisclosed documents reveal requests by several companies to obtain government approval to grow controversial salmon in U.S. facilities

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Earthjustice, Friends of the Earth, Center for Food Safety, and Food & Water Watch will join nearly 1.5 million people who have raised vehement objections, based on science, policy and law, to a proposal before the Food and Drug Administration to approve genetically engineered salmon, the first-ever GE animal intended for human consumption. The comment period ends Friday, April 26, at midnight.

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 April 2013 16:59
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EPA deems US state department Keystone review 'insufficient' PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 April 2013 05:18

Momentum shifts again toward pipeline opponents in the long-running battle

Keystone XL oil pipeline
The Keystone XL oil pipeline will connect Alberta's tar sands to Texas refineries. Photograph: Todd Korol/REUTERS

Leading environmental groups declared on Monday that the Obama administration's latest environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline fundamentally violated the nation's core environmental law, an unmistakable warning that they would sue the State Department if it continued to insist that the pipeline poses no significant environmental risk.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 05:21
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Emebedding The Rights Of Nature In Our Legal Code PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 21 April 2013 15:17

 

By Terry Tamminen   Scienific America http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=emebedding-the-rights-of-nature-in-2013-04

A new movement seeks to change laws to give our ecosystem legitimate legal protection. With Earth Day around the corner, it's a good time to step back and see how we've been doing since the first Earth Day in 1970, when 20 million people took to the streets to protest rivers on fire, DDT-poisoned birds, sewage on beaches, and a devastating oil spill off the pristine Santa Barbara coast.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 April 2013 15:43
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Keystone XL And Native Americans: South Dakota Tribes Fight The 'Black Snake' PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 April 2013 08:14

by LYNEE PEEPLES

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/17/keystone-xl-native-americans-tribes_n_3102454.html

 

Keystone Xl Native Americans

Marie Brush Breaker Randall speaks to truck drivers en route to the Albertan tar sands.

 

 

Debra White Plume and Marie Brush Breaker Randall stood in the middle of Highway 44, alongside more than 70 other members of the Oglala Lakota Nation. For hours, they didn't budge -- much to the chagrin of some tractor-trailer drivers bound for the tar sands region of Alberta, Canada.

"This is our land," said Randall, during the blockade in March 2012. "We have to protect" our grandchildren. Randall, then 92, appealed to the truckers attempting to pass through the sovereign territory in Wablee, S.D.: "Please stay out of our nation."

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Massive Spill from Train Derailment in MN Confirmed as Carrying Toxic Tar Sands PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 30 March 2013 04:55

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By     Tarsands Blockade

http://www.tarsandsblockade.org/tar-sands-spill-train-derailment-minnesota/

Crews work to recover an estimated 30,000 gallons of tar sands that leaked from derailed tanker train cars in Minnesota yesterday. AP Photo/Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

 

Early last evening, news outlets reported that a train operated by Canadian Pacific Railway derailed, spilling 30,000 gallons of crude oil in western Minnesota. The train originated in western Canada and was bound for Chicago.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 March 2013 05:03
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EPA Favors 'Bee-Toxic Pesticides' Over Future of Food, Groups Charge PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 March 2013 22:31

By - Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer March 22 Common Dreams

The EPA has refused to protect bees, "so we’ve been compelled to sue," said food safety group

 

Arguing that the Environmental Protection Agency has failed in its obligation to protect the nation's bee population—one of the Earth's most vital pollinators—from dangerous pesticides, a group of beekeepers and environmental groups have filed a lawsuit in federal court saying the EPA's inaction is causing great harm to biodiversity and the future of food in the U.S.

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(Saire Elizabeth via Flickr / Creative Commons License) The suit filed by the coalition aims to compel the EPA to suspend the licensing of insecticides that have repeatedly been identified as highly toxic to honey bees and that act as "significant contributors to the devastating ongoing mortality" of bees known as colony collapse disorder (CCD).

“Our country depends on bees for crop pollination and honey production. It’s time for EPA to recognize the value of bees to our food system and agricultural economy," said plaintiff Steve Ellis, a Minnesota and California beekeeper.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 March 2013 22:36
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Secretive U.S. Amendment Would Weaken Biotech Oversight PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 March 2013 07:21

 

By Carey L. Biron

WASHINGTON, Mar 19 2013 (IPS) - Food safety advocates, environmentalists and health professionals here are engaging in a fervent last-minute campaign to highlight a controversial legislative amendment they say would gut the ability of both the judiciary and the federal government to regulate genetically modified agricultural products.

The U.S. Senate is slated to vote early this week on amendments to a massive, “must pass” bill that would fund the U.S. government’s operations beyond Mar. 27 to the end of this fiscal year. That bill – a piece of stopgap legislation known as a continuing resolution – is so important that leaders in the U.S. Senate had previously suggested that they would not include any potentially controversial amendments.

These provisions are giveaways worth millions of dollars to a handful of the biggest corporations in this country.
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