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Voluntary Fracking Reporting? Bloomberg: Chemicals Not Reported, Half of All Wells "Obscured"

  In a little-noticed Aug 2012 report, Bloomberg News reported that gas and oil energy companies failed to comply with their own voluntary plan to disclose chemicals in their operations — and, further, failed to report on the very existence of half of their wells. The report analyzed the efficacy of “FracFocus.org” — a voluntary […]

September 19th

Science News Roundup: An Alien World with Two Suns, An Ancient 'In Between' Sea Creature, Visual Memories Made into Video & More! [VIDEOS]

It’s been an amazing month for news from the world of Science and technology — and this in a year full of amazing discoveries…Ahh, what a wondrous time to be alive (if only the economy was doing better, but I digress…) Topics: an extra solar planet with an extra sun, an ancient ‘in-between’ see creature, flying robots that learn how to flock, creating a video from the brain’s visual memories, and, lastly, Wangari Maathai, crusader for environmental justice (and Nobel Prize winner) dies, but her work will live on…

September 28th

Sierra Club Applauds and Echoes EPA on Green Diversity

[social_buttons] EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson called on minorities to be a bigger part of environmentalism in a speech to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council on Tuesday. Sierra Club showed their appreciation for the EPA’s remarks and highlighted their own commitment to diversity on the same day. “We applaud Administrator Jackson’s call for the environmental […]

July 23rd

EPA Calling for More Diversity in Environmentalism

In another effort to bridge the sustainability gaps in our society today, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson called for more diversity in environmentalism yesterday. Speaking to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, she stated clearly that low-income and minority groups are often hit the hardest by environmental problems. “The place where I grew up is like […]

July 22nd

Canadian Court: OK to Sue Smelly (Yet Legal) Polluters

The Quebec Supreme Court decided Thursday to allow for lawsuits against companies emitting particularly odorous pollution can be sued even if the emissions are under the legal limit. The ruling stemmed from a 1994 class action lawsuit covering 2,000 people near Quebec City who complained about the dust and smell of a local cement plant […]

November 22nd

Ecological Sustainability Requires a Cultural Revolution, Too

There’s something that’s been made increasingly apparent to me living in an ecovillage for the past year: environmental sustainability requires a change in culture. Society cannot achieve this sustainability through simplified living alone. Growing organic food, using renewable energy, and decreasing one’s ecological footprint are all positive things, no doubt, but true, holistic sustainability comes […]

September 18th

Book Review: Earth Democracy

In Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace, Indian physicist turned environmental activist Vandana Shiva calls for a radical shift in the values that govern democracies, decrying the role that unrestricted capitalism has played in the destruction of environments and livelihoods.  By no means a new release, Shiva’s book is incredibly timely as skyrocketing fuel costs […]

September 15th

Court Halts Construction of Coal-Fired Power Plant in Georgia

A Superior Court Judge in Fulton County, Georgia has ruled that construction of Dynegy’s Longleaf plant be halted until it is assured the plant will limit the amount of carbon dioxide it releases. The original permit would have allowed the plant to emit 9 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, something the court said was […]

June 30th