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Voices of the Earth (Environmental Music Video)

  http://youtu.be/YTRSc1WMT04 Here’s one more beautiful and animal-related quick post for the day. It’s another beautiful environmental music film (EMF) from Kristen Farquhar. “Voices of the Earth,” as you’ll see, is all about the many beautiful creatures of the Earth that are threatened or have been killed off by humans. This is a really beautiful

Animal Love (Picture)

  Here’s another fun and cute animal quickie for Easter — an adorable picture of a loving cat and deer. Image source unknown (retrieved from Facebook).

Cheap Solar Energy Threatening Fossil Fuel & Nuclear Lobby in Germany

  Yep, times have changed. Aggressive renewable energy (especially solar) policies have made rooftop solar power more competitive than fossil fuels or nuclear energy in Germany. And that has the fossil fuel and nuclear industry pulling all the strings they can to try to kill this democratized electricity revolution in Deutschland. [repostus hash=515137636ca1caa273dbc6674e6767bf title=German%20Solar%3A%20Mission%20Too%20Well%20Accomplished%2C%20from%20Perspective%20of%20Fossil%2FNuclear%20Lobby%20(Reader%20Comment) host=Clean%20Technica

Obama: Time to End Oil Subsidies

  Obama has been railing on the nonsensical subsidizing of oil companies in every speech I’ve seen or read from the past month or so — that would make about half a dozen. It’s common sense — oil companies getting $4 billion a year in energy subsidies while making record profits shouldn’t be getting that

Compassion & Giving Benefit Us First

  “The first beneficiary of compassion is always oneself. When compassion, or warmheartedness, arises in us and our focus shifts away from our own narrow self-interest, it is as if we open an inner door. It reduces fear, boosts confidence and brings us inner strength. By reducing distrust, it opens us to others and brings

Was Climategate Cyber-Terrorism?

  It was obvious to me the second I heard about “climategate” that it was a crime (on the part of the hacker). But it hadn’t crossed my mind that it could be “cyber-terrorism” — now, it seems painfully obvious that it very well could be. Don Shelby of the Minnesota Post delved into this

Climate Science Not to Be Censored in Texas Report

  The fossil fuel industry, the think tanks it funds, and the politicians it supports have a strong influence on communication of climate change and even climate science in the U.S. This has result in many an edited statement and even report. Luckily, a recent battle in Texas has resulted in favor of science. “A

Thai Climate Activists Sue Prime Minister

Thailand has been nailed by catastrophic floods this year. We’ve covered the story several times. Apparently, a lot of Thai activists are upset with the Prime Minister’s handling of these floods and are suing. “Thai climate change activists from the Stop Global Warming Association on Wednesday led 300 flood victims in suing Prime Minister Yingluck

Humane Society Rescues 43 Animals from NC Breeder

A goat, a rabbit, six dogs, and 35 domestic and exotic cats have been retrieved from a rural breeder’s home in North Carolina, thanks in part to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). “The cats include domestic breeds and Savannah cats, which is a hybrid produced by breeding domestic cats to wild African

Arsenic from Coal Ash Leaking into Groundwater, Report Finds

  Coal is one of the top contributors (if not the top contributor) to global warming and climate change. However, coal is also just plain dirty. It harms us in numerous ways. One of the latest findings is that arsenic (nasty stuff) is leaking into groundwater from coal ash disposal sites. “The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) has

Person-to-Person Vegan Outreach

  Into helping to protect animals from horrid factory farming and massacre? Want to do more than just go vegetarian or vegan yourself? Vegan Outreach does great work meeting with people one-on-one and distributing useful, important informational materials. But it relies a lot on donations to get the word out. Note the correlation between annual

Canada Doesn't Believe Canada's Own Tar Sands Spin

  Of course they don’t. Who would? But you know they’re doing everything they can to keep that a secret, given their recent withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol (because of the tar sands, no doubt). “In public, Canada’s environment minister says tar sands are “sustainable”, in private the government says there is no “credible scientific information”

Skip The Gifts

  Wish you could do more for the world? Tired of receiving presents that you have no need for and just add to our world’s growing piles of waste? Encourage your friends and family to skip the gifts (or return them if it’s too late for that) and donate to a charity of your choosing.

80 Taiwan Environmentalists Protest Outside Nuclear Power Plant

  Nuclear power isn’t popular anywhere (well, except in nuclear industry board rooms, I guess). And it is something that gets people motivated enough to physically protest. The latest such protest seems to have been in Taiwan. “About eighty environmental activists protested outside the fourth nuclear plant in New Taipei City Tuesday as a safety

16% of Species in Finding Nemo Endangered

  Pixar’s Finding Nemo is a classic, already. Unfortunately, many of the species in the film are endangered. A new study by the International Union for Conservation of Nature actually finds that 16% of them “face the threat of extinction.” “The analysis of 1,568 species is not just a whimsical look at American popular culture

Cost of Electronics Going Up Due to Extreme Weather

  “If a new PC or hard drive is on your holiday wish list, you may be in for a rude surprise: supplies are running low and prices have skyrocketed, all because of an extreme weather event that took place halfway around the world,” Andrew Freedman of Climate Central notes. “One wouldn’t normally think of

Bullfighting Now Banned in Venezuela's Capital, Caracas

  The movement to ban bullfighting got another win last week. From the League Against Cruel Sports: “The Venezuelan Supreme Court has taken the decision to annul the Ordinance on Bullfights (1988) in the capital city Caracas, making it the first area of the country to effectively introduce a ban on bullfighting. This is a

Climate Deniers — to the Moon! (New Solution to Stop Global Warming)

  If only it were a viable solution. The idea did come up at a round-table global warming discussion in California last week, though. More from Mark Hertsgaard over on Grist: The proposal came yesterday during a freewheeling panel discussion among California Gov. Jerry Brown, Virgin Group Chair Sir Richard Branson, and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

$10 Billion — Cost of U.S. Floods in 2011 Related to Global Warming

  No, no single weather event can be definitively linked to global warming, statistically. But everyone knows what global warming has been predicted to cause, and everyone can see it’s happening. More from Think Progress: CoreLogic “estimates flood losses in the U.S. this year at approximately $10.67 billion, based on various flooding and storm events recorded

Invasive Biomedical Research on Chimps Not Needed

  Invasive biomedical research on chimpanzees is “largely unnecessary”, according to a new landmark report by the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine. So, let’s stop doing it! “Nearly 1,000 chimpanzees remain in six U.S. laboratories, with about 500 of them owned by the federal government,” the Humane Society notes. “The cost to federal taxpayers is

GOP Trying to Strip EPA of Offshore Drilling Oversight

  Oh, the wonderful nature lovers of the Republican party…. Going right back to the ideology that caused the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, “House Republicans are trying to sideline the role of the Environmental Protection Agency in overseeing offshore oil drilling, after Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA, RDSA.LN) complained about the

Chiquita Dropping Tar Sands

  Chiquita (yes, the banana company) has agreed to drop the use of fuel that comes from oil refineries that use oil from Canada’s dirty tar sands. Chiquita is working with ForestEthics to get off this dirty energy source. Kudos to Chiquita! (And, of course, a big “Thank You” to ForestEthics.) “Chiquita accounts for roughly

Keystone XL NOT a Big Job Creator

Studies NOT conducted by TransCanada, the company wanting to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline Republicans in Congress have pushed through for expedited review with a payroll tax cut bill, show that the climate-change-disaster-of-a-project would create between 5000 and 6000 temporary jobs (State Department Study) or only 500 to 1,400 temporary jobs but that the long-term result

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