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The “Significant Public Health Risk” Of Fracking: The Data Mounts

“Elevation in Cancer is Certain to Happen” The shale ‘boom’ in the United States since the mid-2000s has resulted in unprecedented growth for the oil and gas industry. This is largely the result of the technology known as ‘fracking’ — hydraulic fracturing. The process involves drilling thousands of feet below the Earth’s surface, then using explosives […]

June 8th

What Causes Global Warming?

Droughts, lengthy hot spells, heavy downpours, floods, and other extreme weather events are occurring more frequently and intensely every year. Around the world, research teams are analyzing these trends, noting the changes in temperature, rainfall, ice mass, sea level, and many other variables recorded by weather measuring devices. The trends are undeniable: the Earth is […]

May 29th

Program Offers Water Saving Help for Drought-Stricken Californians

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown issued the first-ever mandatory water reduction order in the history of the State of California.  The executive order directed the State Water Resources Control Board to impose a 25 percent reduction on the state’s 400 local water supply agencies, which serve 90 percent of California residents, over the coming year. […]

April 6th

Human Activity Has Pushed The Planet Beyond 4 Out Of 9 Boundaries For Life — Stability Of Biosphere Dangerously Compromised, Research Finds

Human activity has pushed 4 out of 9 of the processes that the stability of life on the planet is dependent upon past the point-of-no-return, according to new research from an international consortium of scientists across a number of fields. What the research means is that nearly-half of the processes that people depend on for […]

January 17th

Who Needs All Those Little Plastic Scoops, Anyway?

It’s so nice to measure out your powdered laundry detergent precisely with that little plastic scoop that the manufacturer provides in every box. Maybe one scoop for colors, two for whites, half for woolens, etc. But have you ever thought, as you threw out the little plastic scoop, that every single box or bag of […]

January 13th

World Record-Breaking 2014 Weather And Climate

It isn’t official yet, but 2014 appears to have been the hottest year on the world temperature record. In December, during the U.N. climate talks in Lima, Peru (COP20), the World Meteorological Organization announced in a provisional statement that this conclusion about 2014 weather and climate was virtually certain. WMO bases its report on datasets […]

January 1st

EcoloBlue Atmospheric Water Generator — Emergency Water Generator

Those interested in purchasing an atmospheric water generator may want to check out this recent offering from Molecule New Water Technologies* — the EcoloBlue Atmospheric Water Generator. The generators offer a potentially effective means of making oneself “water independent,” as the producers state. They are especially useful in the realm of emergency water supply — where the […]

October 29th

A Message About Your Water Bottle

Aquafina, Dasani, and Poland Spring are names on the water bottle that have come to evoke images of pristine waterfalls, swift cool streams, and shimmering, unspoiled mountain lakes. As well they should. These three carefully selected names are among the largest selling brands of bottled water in the United States. They play a vital role […]

October 26th

Greatest Environmental Hazards From Arctic Drilling (Part 3)

(The story of the Kara Sea oil well, which went from being multinational to being solely operated by Russia, continued) Now that the political dirt about arctic drilling is out of the way (Part 1 and Part 2 of this 3-part story), we’ll consider the threats from arctic drilling to the environment—the South Kara Sea between the Yamal […]

October 23rd

Happy World Animal Day? WWF Extinction Report

Today’s World Animal Day, celebrated across the globe since a 1931 convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy, conceived of it as a way to highlight the plight of endangered species. They chose October 4 because it’s the Catholic Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Since then, people have used the […]

October 4th

Take Three Minutes To Climate Watch This Weekend

It’s still Climate Week, though the marches and summit conference are over. If you’d like to spend some time doing a brief climate watch this weekend, here are a few suggestions. These short takes are the result of surveying over 500 free and publicly available videos. Each takes around three minutes or less to watch. […]

September 26th

Five Gallon Challenge Adds Drought Awareness to Ice Bucket Challenge

You probably can’t go more than five minutes on any social media platform without seeing videos of people doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has been a massively successful fundraising vehicle for the organizations working to find treatments for those with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. While there has been […]

August 28th

Mount Polley Disaster: Can BC’s Government be Trusted?

Originally Published in the ECOreport Questions arising from the Mount Polley tailings pond breach: Is BC’s Liberal government in the pockets of industry? Can large corporations be trusted to place public safety ahead of profits? Does the Federal Government have any responsibility? Can B C’s government be trusted? “How come no one has to resign?” […]

August 13th

Real-Life Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea Opens Tonight! (Video)

“Deep. Dangerous. Determined.” And now we all have a chance to go along. Today DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D opens—-the film in which James Cameron dives to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest known part of Earth’s oceans. “I’ve seen some pretty astonishing things in the depths,” says James Cameron of his dives to the […]

August 8th

The Nefarious Connection Between Agriculture and Our Rivers (Part 4 of 4)

By Brad Walker – Rivers Director, with illustrations and other contributions from Joe Mohr Part 4: Solutions In the three (1, 2, 3) previous segments of this series we have discussed the problems created on and within our rivers when special interests work together to manipulate the political system. In order to justify the destruction of […]

July 24th

Shape-Shifters, Vampires, And Chimeras Under The Sea (video)

Where did that octopus emerge from? (Gallo TED talk) Having recently visited Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31 under the sea and a water creature from long ago (Lyrarapax unguispinus), we thought it might interest you to revisit what’s hiding deep in the oceans today. For this, we turn to a classic video from oceanographer David Gallo: “Underwater […]

July 20th

The Nefarious Connection Between Agriculture and Our Rivers (Part 3 of 4)

This is part 3 of a 4 part series by Brad Walker of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment analyzing The Nefarious Connection Between Agriculture and Our Rivers. Read parts 1 and 2 Part 3: Small steps towards river repair There are currently effective Congressionally-authorized programs on the Missouri, Illinois and Upper Mississippi Rivers that […]

July 16th

The Nefarious Connection Between Agriculture and Our Rivers (Part 2 of 4)

This is part 2 of a 4 part series by Brad Walker of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment analyzing The Nefarious Connection Between Agriculture and Our Rivers. Read Part 1 Part 2: The major culprit There are many well-documented critiques of the industrialized agricultural system, so we will not dwell in detail about why […]

July 10th

Ocean Fertilization: A Dangerous Experiment Gone Right

In July of 2012, the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation  in conjunction with American businessman Russ George, carried out an audacious and completely unauthorized ocean fertilization experiment. Approximately 100 tonnes of iron sulfate were spread across the surface of an ocean eddy, some 300 kilometers off the west coast of Canada’s Queen Charlotte Islands. When details of […]

July 2nd

Epic Mission 31 Night Dive Unlocks Secrets Of “Inner Space” (videos)

Underwater habitat at Aquarius Reef Base (photo provided to Flickr courtesy of Stephen Frink, www.stephenfrink.com/) On July 2, 2014, ocean scientists who have spent the last 31 days living in an ocean-floor habitat 63 feet underwater will decompress and return to the surface. They’ve been down there on “Mission 31” intensively studying ocean acidification and climate […]

July 1st

Triclosan In Your Water? Cocaine?

Water is a controversial topic within the environmental community. Plastic used for bottled water is incomprehensible and unsustainable. However, public drinking water in the US and other developed countries does contain a ton of chlorine as well as unregulated chemicals such as triclosan (which is sort of nasty). In the UK, it was actually found recently that traces […]

Colbert & Tom Friedman Discuss Global Weirding (VIDEO)

Stephen Colbert recently sat down with Tom Friedman — an American journalist, columnist and author who is passionate about tackling climate change — for some fun + a call for climate action now. Of course, Colbert was in his fake über-conservative hat (which we get to watch for a bit longer until he takes over […]

May 26th

Fixing The Unseen Infrastructure: The Value Of Water

The Value of Water Coalition hosted an in-depth conversation at the Newseum in Washington DC on the current condition of water infrastructure in the United States, the consequences of letting leaky and failing systems worsen, and solutions to water challenges of today and tomorrow. Our water infrastructure systems, a matter of pride for over a […]

May 25th

Caution: Now Entering The "Years Of Living Dangerously"

Last week something rare and extraordinarily positive occurred on American television. Fortunately, through YouTube and 350.org, the rest of the world got to see it too. “Something positive?” a critic questions. “If climate change is as bad as you tree-hugger people claim it is, how can anything about it be positive?” The phenomenon tends to […]

April 20th

Moving Beyond The IPCC

The recently released Fifth Assessment Report from the International Panel on Climate Change paints a depressing picture of the likely impacts that climate change is likely to have on both human and natural systems in the coming decades. It has been called alarmist, and a prophecy of doom by many in the mainstream media, yet […]

April 8th

Sudden Danger In Forest Thaw (Video)

Occasional spring thaws began several weeks ago in parts of the country. As Lewis and Susan Case hiked along Felchner Brook in the placid, mid-March woods of Vermont, they thought they were just making a nice amateur video of a brief walk on a cloudy day. Suddenly, things changed. A roar smacked into the peaceful […]

March 29th

EPA And Army Corps Move Today To Safeguard Clean Water

It doesn’t take rocket science to draw a line between pollutants in small streams and wetlands and water quality downstream. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have united to propose a rule that will strengthen the Clean Water Act, applied to safeguard American water quality since 1972. The rule will […]

March 25th