Of course, we don’t have the time to cover every single environmental news story on Planetsave everyday. But I hate leaving big stories completely off our site. Here are a number of huge environmental stories from the past week or so that I couldn’t go without sharing. Believe it or not, this is a tiny percentage of the stories I check out every week.
In just a few short weeks State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet will be launched! We’re excited to share with you a sneak preview of Chapter 1 entitled, “Charting a New Path to Eliminating Hunger,” authored by co-project directors Brian Halweil and Danielle Nierenberg….
Banking polar bear DNA, supplemental feedings and bear-resistant food storage are among measures that could be key to preserving polar bears for future generations, according to a new report by Defenders of Wildlife. With climate change threatening to push them to the brink of extinction, urgent action is needed to give the polar bears a shot at survival….
Following in Edmund Hillary’s footsteps? Don’t drink the water on your way up. Dangerous levels of arsenic and cadmium have been found in snow samples from Mount Everest….
Who needs coffee when you have drinking water that smells like cleaning solvent? Talk about a great morning pick-me-up!
Though this sounds like a joke, it unfortunately is not. Bonnie Hall, a resident of Wetzel County, W. Va., draws water from wells in the rural area where she lives. She claims that the water from one of these wells smells like “industrial-strength cleaning solvent” and places the blame on the Marcellus Shale drilling practice known as hydraulic fracturing (fracking)….
Gas drilling companies sure know to strike while the gridiron is hot.
Or at least that may be why they want to drill hydraulic fracturing wells a mere 3,000 feet from the Dallas Cowboys stadium in Arlington, Texas (for more on the devastating practice of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” read here)….
The tragic story of children born with serious birth defects in California’s pollution-rich, money-poor Kettleman City has taken some sharp and surprising turns since we last wrote about it earlier this month….
How does a $25 turkey certificate sound in place of a Christmas bonus this year? Not so great I assume.
This was the situation that Burb Wolford, a surface miner from West Virginia, faced as a result of an injury he sustained on the job working for the coal industry. Wolford experienced bruising of the brain due to rocks falling on his head like an anvil from Looney Tunes, and wanted to receive compensation for his time off. Wolford claims he was paid “maybe three extra days” and was not given a Christmas bonus, in spite of being dealt a nasty head wound. That’s where the $25 turkey certificate came in….
Every year, Barron’s – America’s premier financial magazine – releases a list of the top 25 philanthropists in the world. And joining the likes of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and former US president Bill Clinton on it this year is FK Day, the man behind World Bicycle Relief….
Establishing excellent mass transit and walkable, livable cities is another part of encouraging travel via public transit, walking and biking. And as Nicolae Duduta, Transport Research Analyst at EMBARQ (the producer of this blog) pointed out, “Europe has similar rates of car ownership as the U.S. but the car is used less often.” For example, a small portion of Europeans relative to Americans use their cars to get to work everyday. Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) tends to be a more accurate indicator of how far city residents are actually traveling to get places….
President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans have an agreement that would extend tax cuts for the middle class as well as provide billions of dollars for bonus tax cuts and estate tax relief for the richest Americans. A new Center for American Progress analysisfound that the overall agreement would “create or save 2.2 million jobs despite wasteful tax policies.” But it appears that an important piece was left out of the framework tax deal: two relatively small clean energy tax provisions that have created tens of thousands of jobs and will improve U.S. economic competitiveness while reducing pollution….
Plants, animals, even entire ecosystems are disappearing from the Earth. So what?
What does that have to do with us? We’ve got everything we need, so what’s the big deal?
The video What Is Nature Worth offers a 3-minute vision into what we’re really losing with the loss of biodiversity on our planet, Spaceship Earth….
Conservation groups, represented by Ecojustice, have won a landmark decision in the Federal Court which ruled today that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has failed to adequately protect critical habitat of B.C.’s resident killer whales.
A Halliburton Co. technician missed key signals that BP Plc’s doomed Macondo well was on the verge of blowing out because he was taking a smoking break, a federal investigative panel heard.
We’ve long known that the three underlying causes of BP’s Titanic oil disaster wereRecklessness, Arrogance, and Hubris. Now you can add smoking to the list of causes. Bloomberg has the sad story:
Reefs are the ocean’s canaries and we must hear their call. This call is not just for themselves, for the other great ecosystems of the ocean stand behind reefs like a row of dominoes. If coral reefs fail, the rest will follow in rapid succession, and the Sixth Mass Extinction will be upon us — and will be of our making….
What we’ve observed these past two years is a political party that knows nothing but scorched earth tactics, cannot begin to see any merits in the other party’s arguments, refuses to compromise one inch on anything, and has sought from the very beginning to do nothing but destroy the Obama presidency. I see no other coherent message or strategy since 2008. Just opposition to everything, zero support for a president grappling with a recession their own party did much to precipitate, and facing a fiscal crisis the GOP alone made far worse with their spending in the Bush-Cheney years. There is not a scintilla of responsibility for their past; not a sliver of good will for a duly elected president. Worse, figures like Cantor and McCain actively seek to back foreign governments against the duly elected president of their own country, and seek to repeal the signature policy achievement of Obama’s first two years, universal healthcare….
Not all of the cables aired in the latest Wikileaks focus on the tense, high-stakes diplomacy with China, Afghanistan, or the Middle East, though that stuff certainly grabs the headlines. Yet there are quiet revelations about other important diplomatic subjects as well — like Canada, for instance. And no, the news is not that our northern neighbor is boring; it’s about the concern over tar sands. Specifically, how the Obama administration is aware of how destructive tar sands oil is — and plans on moving ahead with the pipeline that will pump it across the US regardless….
The true threat of Wikileaks, and the reason it is being labeled a terrorist organization by both politicians and, disturbingly, some journalists, is not the content of its documents but the premise of its work.
Wikileaks is a “threat” because it challenges the secrecy, control and power upon which all mainstream media outlets and authoritarian regimes depend….
Greenpeace today published new maps (1) that expose the devastating consequences of forest development plans being pushed by Indonesian industries including the pulp, paper and palm oil sector, with support from some key government ministries. If allowed to advance these plans would make mockery of Indonesian President Yudhoyono’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the forest sector….
The Nigerian government will charge former Vice President Dick Cheney in a massive bribery case involving $180 million in kickbacks paid to Nigerian lawmakers, who awarded a $6 billion natural gas pipeline contract to Halliburton subsidiary KBR when Cheney was running the company. Godwin Obla, prosecuting counsel at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said indictments will be lodged in a Nigerian court “in the next three days,” and an arrest warrant for Cheney “will be issued and transmitted through Interpol.”…
Seventeen more of the wealthiest families and individuals in the United States have joined Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and billionaire investor Warren Buffett in a pledge to give at least half their wealth to charities over their lifetime and beyond….
Producing transportation fuel from Canada’s Tar Sands is more destructive, polluting, and carbon intensive than other ways of producing transportation fuel. With the help of ForestEthics, 10 large businesses and one US city have publicly announced actions they have taken to reduce the environmental and social impacts that come from fossil-fueled transportation….
There they go again. Economic meltdown. Higher consumer costs. Massive job losses. These are among the predictions of doom surrounding EPA’s current and forthcoming round of clean air protections. If they sound familiar, they should. Time and again, from the enactment of the Clean Air Act in 1970 to today, prophets of doom have predicted that disastrous consequences would flow from cleaning the air we all breathe. And time and again, those dire predictions have been wrong. The Clean Air Act has protected American health and our environment for decades while our economy has grown. It is a legislative success story that continues today….
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