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State Department Receives New Report On Climate Effects Of Keystone Pipeline

Four days before President Obama promised, during his second inauguration address, to combat climate change, officials at the US State Department received a new report by scientists which details how a particular byproduct of the Keystone XL pipeline — “Petroleum Coke” — renders the project even more dangerous to the climate than previously estimated. The […]

January 22nd

World's Rivers Becoming Saltier, Catastrophe In The Making

Rivers all over the world have been becoming saltier and saltier in recent years, potentially leading to a global crisis in the near future. The rise in salinity has been because of a variety of reasons: water use and diversion, agricultural runoff, industrial waste, mining, deforestation, and a changing climate. But now as climate change […]

January 11th

Carbon Dioxide Makes Ice Weaker, MIT Researchers Find

  A study conducted by researchers at MIT found that increased levels of carbon dioxide cause ice to weaken and make it more likely to split and fracture, regardless of the temperature. With the increase in global temperatures and CO2, the polar ice caps could melt at a faster rate than experts previously projected. The study was published […]

October 22nd

Historic "Wave Energy" Power Station Set To Begin Development In Oregon Waters

  In a little-noticed breakthrough for sustainable, non-fossil-fuel electricity generation, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last month issued the first-ever license for a wave power station in the United States. The license was issued to Ocean Power Technologies, a New Jersey–based private corporation specializing in wave energy. The first stage of the station, a […]

September 27th

Caribbean Coral Reefs "On the Verge of Collapse"

Update: Depressed by this news. Check out: “A Transformation From Environmental Grief to Environmental Action,” which will be on Google+ on Wednesday, 3/12/2004 at 11:00 am PST. The gist: environmental news can be depressing. How do you maintain your resolve to fight for a better environmental future? A new report issued by the International Union for Conservation of […]

September 13th

Fracking and the Natural Gas "Boom" — No National Standards, Secrecy, and Carcinogens

  The President of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Francis Beinecke, recently visited areas in western Pennsylvania where ‘fracking’ operations are occurring, and spoke with local residents about the impacts of these projects in their communities. My cousin — a medical professional without any affiliation with environmental organizations like Ms. Beinecke’s — also spent […]

September 7th

While Romney Mocks Sea-Level Rise, City Planners across the Country Take Action

  At the Republican national convention last week, Mitt Romney mocked efforts to address climate change, specifically deriding President Obama for seeking to address rising ocean levels.  Here’s what he said: “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans…(pause to allow for laughter) and to heal the planet.  My promise … is […]

September 7th

How to Save a Gallon of Water with Every Toilet Flush

  By Jeffrey Davis of Eco-Snobbery Sucks Did you know that your toilet accounts for over a quarter of your household water usage? According to a study, though an albeit somewhat dated one (1999), by the American Water Works Association Research Foundation, toilet flushes use 26.7% of the total water used in your household Unfortunately, […]

July 27th

Water Rich vs Water Poor Infographic

  This is a pretty stunning (and depressing) infographic and intro on the water rich vs water poor, from sister site Blue Living Ideas: Water Rich vs Water Poor (via Blue Living Ideas) The difference in lifestyles between the water rich and the water poor can be astounding.  This infographic from Seametrics highlights several differences. […]

July 24th

Veganism & the Environment (Infographic)

  We’ve covered the benefits of going vegetarian or vegan many times here on Planetsave, but I don’t think we could cover it too many times. Here’s a wonderful infographic on “veganism and the environment” that someone from the infographic company that made this for Culinary Schools:

July 13th

The Total Guide: Green Home Buying

  By Zach Richard, Content Writer at Total Mortgage Services As the dominant species on this planet, human beings owe a duty of care to future generations to preserve and protect our environment to the best of our ability. We understand that it’s tough to make time to save the environment when we hold full time […]

July 11th

New York Children at Risk from New Gas Pipeline

West Village, Tribeca  zip codes 10014, 10013, 10011 and 10001 at ‘ground zero’ of new pipeline entrance. The New Jersey/New York Expansion Project, informally known as “The Spectra Pipeline” (Spectra Energy is the Houston-based natural gas infrastructure corporation behind the project),  is a new, 30-inch-diameter pipeline that will transport up to 800 million cubic feet […]

July 2nd

How Biodiversity Loss is Like LeBron James & The Miami Heat

I saw this posted on Climate Central a few days ago and passed on reposting it. But, with Miami’s big win in Boston and the 7th game in the series happening tonight (go, Miami!), I finally thought I’d repost this one. It’s a great analogy and drives home a very important point. Check it out […]

June 9th

EPA Findings Point to Water Contamination from Hydraulic Fracturing

  Recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA ) findings have raised awareness of potentially harmful levels of water contamination that may be the result of hydraulic fracturing. Lawsuits from individuals who believe their water has been contaminated by hydraulic fracturing are coming in all across the country and support for stricter regulations is growing. Just […]

Over-Population: The Most Serious Environmental Problem for Science

  It would be difficult to drive down any popular street in this country without seeing some new development. Whether it is a new subdivision of McMansions, or a new strip mall, it seems just about every farmer’s fields are growing smaller to make more room for supermarkets, fast food chains, or housing developments. It begs […]

May 27th

New Company Will Mine Asteroids

  Director James Cameroon, Google executives Eric Schmidt and Larry Page, and other investors have grouped together to back a new space exploration and natural resources venture. The new company, Planetary Resources, plans to mine near-earth asteroids (NEAs) for various resources, such as water and precious metals. They intend to do this by developing more […]

April 24th

Fragile Earth App (Just in Time for Earth Day!)

  Collins and Aimer Media have just released the Fragile Earth app, available from the iTunes app store. Coincidentally, it was released just before Earth Day! The app works with all devices compatible with ioS4.2 and above, and it has been optimized for the new iPad. Here’s a video on the app followed by more […]

April 22nd

#1 Environmental Issue This Earth Day — Can You Guess It?

  Today, the #1 cause of numerous environmental problems, including our #1 problem of global warming (perhaps the biggest threat humanity has ever faced), is related to our food choices. I could probably write a book on it, but a great post someone shared with me yesterday and a great video someone else shared with […]

April 21st

Earth Day Infographic

  Of course, you can’t have a holiday without an infographic. So, here’s a nice Earth Day infographic that a friend of the site passed on to me — enjoy! Source: H&R Block

April 20th

Earth Day Perspective: U.S. Ranks 49th in Global Environmental Index

  As we approach the quintessential ‘green’ holiday — April 22, Earth Day — one academic study should provide important perspective on the United States role in the world. The Environmental Performance Index (EPI), a project of the Yale University Center for Environmental Law & Policy, this year ranked the United States 49th in overall […]

April 4th

We Don't Need Another Oil Disaster

This month marks the 23rd anniversary of the disastrous Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. When the Valdez ran aground, more than 11 million gallons of oil gushed out into the fragile eco-system of the sound and onto the nearby beaches. The oil covered 1,300 miles of coastline and 11,000 square miles […]

March 23rd

World Water Day: Valuing Water by Fixing the Leaks

What is essential to daily life and breaks 850 times every day: a water main somewhere in the United States.  In the time it took me to write that sentence one just broke – well, make that two – according to the “Water Main Break Clock” at WatermainbreakClock.com.  Since 2000, more than 3,793,942 water mains have […]

March 22nd

Healing the Waters Music Video

  This is a beautiful music video or Environmental Music Film (EMF) from our good friend Kristen Farquhar. The title is “The Philippines – Healing the Waters.” I meant to post it last month when it was created, but it got lost in my sea of post drafts. Check it out and share: And for more […]

March 21st

Planetary Boundaries (VIDEOS & NEW PAPER)

I wrote about a massive study on “planetary boundaries” a two and a half years ago on [former] sister site ExpertSure, Ecolocalizer back then!). One of our readers recently passed on a video on this topic to me, and I thought it might be worth a rerun. It’s the first video above. The second video […]

March 20th