A new report from the University of Copenhagen states that particulate matter from burning wood and traffic causes at least 2000 heart disease related deaths every year in Denmark (population 5.7 million with a total 60,000 deaths per year). The number is based on data deriving from deaths from heart disease combined with the concentration
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
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
How many things have you printed in the past year? Yikes, not fun to think about that, eh? Printing surely isn’t the greenest activity around, and if you’re like me, you probably feel guilty any time you print extras of anything and then they go to waste. In this week’s “Going Green Tips” post, I’ve got
Believe it or not (and it would be hard not to believe it), extreme weather is increasing in the U.S., and around the world, due to global warming. And 2011 was a record year for extreme weather. Wet and dry extremes hit an all-time high, as you can see in the chart above. Unfortunately,
First of all, as I almost always feel I need to do when writing about politics, when I refer to Republicans here, I’m referring to the Republicans in office or running for office, not Republican voters (I think there’s a big difference between the two, but that voters are essentially tricked by the
On September 19 President Barack Obama announced his plan to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the next 12 years, including raising $1.5 trillion by closing special interest loopholes and other revenue raisers. This includes eliminating $41 billion in tax loopholes for the oil and gas industry (p. 63) over the next decade.
Obama is pushing strong on an issue that most Americans think needs to be addressed, but which Republicans and the wealthiest of the wealthy are (mostly) strictly against: making millionaires and billionaires pay at least their fair share in taxes.
This is a guest post by a good online friend and long-time Planetsave reader, Jim Prues, who is launching a large, positive project I want to getting fully behind. As you can tell from the article below, Jim is a very pointed, clear, and positively motivated person. Enjoy! & get involved!
It’s certainly good for politicians to listen to their constituents–it doesn’t happen enough. But, when their constituents are backed by rich influence, and when their constituents are so woefully close minded, you end up with corrupt politicians, ignorant constituents, and increasingly powerful and corrupt rich influence. Not good. The Tea Party does not realize how
Last Wednesday, it was determined that BP would be getting $13 billion in tax credits. It is not clear if BP is even going to pay any taxes at all or if it will actually get money from the government after this. Why is BP getting so much money? Because of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico….
On the anniversary of the BP oil spill, I thought I’d do another piece on some recent oil industry news. While the U.S. is struggling to decrease its debt in the midst of efforts to get the economy rolling string again, it seems there is still millions if not billions of dollars in oil and gas company income owed to the nation that is not being collected. Confused?
If you missed out on the $7,500 tax credit for your new Electric Vehicle, it’s probably because your neighbor that just bought a Hummer got the tax credit instead. Are you wondering why the guy that just rode by on his new bicycle is smiling, maybe he’s the one who got your tax credit? I know
It’s time to get angry. This is what John Kerry, not exactly the most extreme guy, is saying to us. Is it the best solution? This is what Kerry told advocates of climate legislation recently: “I want you to go out there and start knocking on doors and talking to people and telling people this