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Phoenix in the Climate Crosshairs We Are Long Past Coal Mine Canaries PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 14 March 2013 08:09

By William deBuys

If cities were stocks, you’d want to short Phoenix.

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175661/

Of course, it’s an easy city to pick on. The nation’s 13th largest metropolitan area (nudging out Detroit) crams 4.3 million people into a low bowl in a hot desert, where horrific heat waves and windstorms visit it regularly. It snuggles next to the nation’s largest nuclear plant and, having exhausted local sources, it depends on an improbable infrastructure to suck water from the distant (and dwindling) Colorado River.

In Phoenix, you don’t ask: What could go wrong? You ask: What couldn’t?

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 08:12
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Nuclear Industry Withers in U.S. as Wind Pummels Prices PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 11 March 2013 21:05

 

A glut of government-subsidized wind power may help accomplish a goal some environmentalists have sought for decades: kill off U.S. nuclear power plants while reducing reliance on electricity from burning coal.
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Breaking: NY Assembly Passes Two Year Fracking Moratorium, Senate Expected to Follow PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 21:04

 by Steve Horn  march 5 2013  Desmogblog

http://www.desmogblog.com/2013/03/06/breaking-ny-assembly-passes-two-year-fracking-moratorium-senate-expected-follow

 

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In a roll call vote of 95-40, the New York State Assembly has passed a two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), the toxic horizontal drilling process through which oil and gas is procured that's found within shale rock basins across the country and the world.

The bill, if passed by the Senate and signed off by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, would close the state's doors to the oil and gas industry's desire to begin operating in New York's portion of the Marcellus Shale basin until May 2015. New York has had a moratorium on the books since 2008.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 21:08
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Where Is Everybody? Why It’s So Tough to Get Your Head Around Climate Change Climate Change as History's Deal-Breaker PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 03 March 2013 20:16

By Tom Engelhardt   @TomDispatch.

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175656/ March 3, 2013.
 

Two Sundays ago, I traveled to the nation’s capital to attend what was billed as “the largest climate rally in history” and I haven’t been able to get the experience -- or a question that haunted me -- out of my mind. Where was everybody?

 

First, though, the obvious weather irony: climate change didn’t exactly come out in support of that rally. In the midst of the warmest years and some of the warmest winters on record, the demonstration, which focused on stopping the Keystone XL Pipeline -- it will bring tar-sands oil, some of the “dirtiest,” carbon-richest energy available from Alberta, Canada, to the U.S. Gulf Coast -- was the coldest I’ve ever attended. I thought I’d lose a few fingers and toes while listening to the hour-plus of speakers, including Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island, who were theoretically warming the crowd up for its march around the (other) White House.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 09:15
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Climate Change Added to U.S. Government “High Risk” List PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 18 February 2013 10:21

By Carey L. Biron

Agriculture Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Service (FFAS) Michael Scuse (left) speaks to farmers about the drought conditions being felt across the country. Credit: USDA photo by Jacob Maxwell

Agriculture Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Service (FFAS) Michael Scuse (left) speaks to farmers about the drought conditions being felt across the country. Credit: USDA photo by Jacob Maxwell

WASHINGTON, Feb 15 2013 (IPS) - For the first time, a U.S. government auditor has added climate change to a list of issues that pose the greatest financial risk to the government and country. It is also warning that Washington is markedly unprepared to deal with the scope of the problem.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2013 10:23
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A GMO fail: Monsanto foiled by feds, Supreme Court, and science PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 18 February 2013 10:11

 

 

By Tom Laskawy 

http://grist.org/article/gmo-fail-monsanto-foiled-by-feds-supreme-court-and-science/

 

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It’s been a good week if you enjoy a little GMO schadenfreude. The FDA has reportedly bowed to public pressure to extend the comment period on its approval of genetically engineered salmon, and Illinois, Maryland, and Iowa are the latest states to buck GMOs by introducing labeling bills into state legislature.

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U.S. Missing Goal on Critical Emission Cuts PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 08 February 2013 08:12

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tours flooded areas in Burlington, North Dakota in June 2011. Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Patrick Moes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tours flooded areas in Burlington, North Dakota in June 2011. Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Patrick Moes

WASHINGTON, Feb 7 2013 (IPS) - Environmentalists here are warning that the United States is not on track to meet a target of a 17-percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2020, despite President Barack Obama’s stated commitment.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 13:36
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Action Alert: Genetically Engineered Salmon FDA Seeks Public Comment PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 10:53

By  cornucopia January 9th, 2013

http://www.cornucopia.org/2013/01/action-alert-genetically-engineered-salmon/#more-7160

Comments due February 25, 2013

FDA poised to approve genetically engineered salmon despite unknown risks to human health.
Inevitable accidental release of transgenic fish into the wild could devastate native fish populations and ecosystems!

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The DNA of the top fish has been genetically engineered to produce growth hormones all the time for its entire life. People who eat this fish will be eating this DNA, along with the growth hormones.

Despite overwhelming opposition from citizens and public interest groups to genetically engineered (GE) food, including 400,000 public comments opposing GE salmon, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced December 26, 2012 that it is prepared to give transgenic salmon its final stamp of approval.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 10:58
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No bad apples: Grocery store cuts waste and cost by selling imperfect fruit PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 26 January 2013 15:55

 

By Dana Gunders Grist

http://grist.org/food/no-bad-apples-grocery-store-cuts-waste-and-cost-by-selling-imperfect-fruit/Cross-posted from Switchboard, NRDC's staff blog

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On the surface, it’s a common display. A bin of apples with a sale sign greets customers as they enter the grocery store. Behind the scenes, however, it’s unchartered territory. Those apples are too small to be considered sufficient quality, or grade, for retail grocery stores. They were destined to be juice, cattle feed, or maybe even landfill waste until a few crafty folks and a bold supermarket decided to break the grade barrier.

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Fracking shakes up the Earth PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 18 January 2013 06:44

By GEOFF ABERS, Commentary

 http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Fracking-shakes-up-the-Earth-4200545.php#ixzz2IL2x28Ho

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 

In the debate over the environmental risks tied to hydraulic fracturing, the state has overlooked one threat that could give New Yorkers a jolt: the potential for wastewater disposal to trigger earthquakes.

New York sits on massive natural gas reserves trapped in shale rock underground. To extract that gas, energy companies cycle a mix of fluids underground under pressure in a technique called hydraulic fracturing. The main risk of earthquakes comes not from the fracking process itself, but from the disposal of millions of gallons of wastewater which are often pumped back even deeper underground. Recent rises in the practice of wastewater injection have coincided with a surge of earthquakes in relatively quiet parts of the country over the last four years, as detailed in a 2012 National Academy of Sciences report.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 January 2013 07:27
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