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Friday, November 28, 2014

The Real Cost of Fracking: How the US Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets and Food

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/27705-the-real-cost-of-fracking-how-the-us-shale-gas-boom-is-threatening-our-families-pets-and-food

Government Data Sharpens Focus on Crude-Oil Train Routes

http://truth-out.org/news/item/27700-government-data-sharpens-focus-on-crude-oil-train-routes

Scientists lobby for local cellphone battery production - Times LIVE

http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2014/11/28/scientists-lobby-for-local-cellphone-battery-production

Renewables: System stores wind and solar energy to convert into hydrogen | News | Farmers Guardian

http://m.farmersguardian.com/68892.article?mobilesite=enabled

Unsafe Levels of Formaldehyde in Air Around Arkansas’ Fayetteville Shale | DeSmogBlog

http://www.desmogblog.com/2014/11/27/unsafe-levels-formaldehyde-air-around-arkansas-fayetteville-shale

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Anti-Fracking Warriors Sandra Steingraber and Colleen Boland Released From Jail

http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/anti-fracking-warriors-sandra-steingraber-and-colleen-boland-released-from-jail

United Nations Calls for an End to Industrialized Farming

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/27636-united-nations-calls-for-an-end-to-industrialized-farming

Kicking Asphalt Driving Change Edition

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US AND CHINA TO SAVE THE PLANET...MAYBE    

Obama Adds Green To Red China and Gets A Shade Of Gray (No, Not One of the 50 Shades You're Thinking Of)

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping make a pledge to reduce future emissions. This marks the first time China has made a commitment to protect the environment. The goal: the US will cut carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent, while China will stop its emissions from further growth by 2030.

Reactions to this news have been mixed. Some say it's "historic" and a "breakthrough", some are skeptical that Beijing and Washington can make good on their pledge, and some even say it's simply too little too late.

Regardless of the outcome -- if they fall short of their goals or if the planet goes up in flames anyways -- it is definitely a huge move in a positive direction, and one that should be acknowledged as such.

Paul Krugman may be right on the money when he concludes in a NY Times Op Ed piece that: "The agreement between China and the United States on carbon emissions is, in fact, a big deal."

Krugman goes on to explain the reason it's a "big deal" is because it takes out one of the major lines of defense that have been erected by the Republican party that blockades action that would otherwise help save the planet.

There are three major defensive modes that have been inhibiting movement towards combating climate change: denial -- global warming does not exist and it's all a bunch of hogwash; scare tactics -- actions that cut emissions are bad for the economy because they lead to loss of jobs and impede growth; and, finally, there is nothing America can do as long as China keeps blasting out emissions at an ever increasing rate -- therefore anything we do is futile.

"Needless to say," writes Krugman, "I don't expect the usual suspects to concede that a major part of the anti-environmentalist argument has just collapsed. But it has. This was a good week for the planet."

While the union of Obama and Jinping on combating carbon emissions has, undoubtedly, generated a jolt of optimism the skepticism creeps in when it comes to the numbers. A series of scientific and economic reports have concluded that "in order to avoid the 2-degree temperature rise, the world's largest economies will have to drastically cut carbon emissions within just a few years — a rate far more rapid than what the United States and China have offered."

But, then again, it's better than nothing! And since China and the United States are the two biggest national emitters of carbon, if they can unite in an effort to save the planet than other countries should, hopefully, follow -- or, at the very least, some of the justification for not doing so will be destroyed.


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 OREGON CLEAN FUELS PROGRAM

 

Maybe Washington and Beijing Should Look To Oregon...

Much like Massachusetts' healthcare program was used as one of the models for the Affordable Care Act, perhaps Oregon's Clean Fuels Program should be used as a model by Washington in its efforts to clean up the environment and combat rising carbon emissions. 

The Oregon Clean Fuel Program was approved in 2009 by Oregon Legislature, and its aim is to reduce Oregon's greenhouse gas pollution by lowering the carbon content of transportation fuel used in the state.

The Clean Fuels Program also "seeks to create economic development opportunities in Oregon, increase the state's energy security and reduce air pollution for healthy communities."

The idea is to lessen Oregon's dependence on Big Oil and level the playing field for local suppliers of clean fuels. The program aims to do so by way of gradually incorporating clean fuels like electricity, biodiesel, natural gas and propane into the transportation systems of the city.

The program offers not only a way to a cleaner environmental future but a brighter economic future by supporting the local economy and creating new jobs.

This is truly a win win situation. And it's a program with well defined goals, that lays out exactly how they aim to achieve said goals -- unlike Obama and Xi's wishy-washy pledge of convenience.
 

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WASHINGTON WATCH

The EPA Invests $3 Million In Green Technology and Innovative Research

Uh...That's No Typo. That's "Million", Not "Billion." 



"When we invest in research and innovation, that return on investment builds a healthy economy and a healthy environment for all of us." -- EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

 



EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, recently announced the EPA's intention to fund nine small businesses with almost $3 million. The businesses to receive the money are located in Calif., Del., Ga., Ill., La., Ohio, N.Y., and Tenn.

 

The funding from the EPA is expected to aid the innovative businesses in bringing green technologies to the marketplace. During the announcement, McCarthy reiterated the EPA's "commitment to strengthening economic growth, supporting sustainable businesses, and combating the impacts of climate change."

 

"The small businesses receiving awards today are innovating affordable, energy efficient technologies that are strengthening our economy and building a low-carbon future while bringing a unique vision for addressing complex environmental issues like reducing harmful emissions to create a cleaner environment and enhancing recycling processes," said McCarthy.

 

The funding is made through the EPA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program -- a program that has been supporting small businessess and protecting the environment for over 30 years. The program has dished out a whopping $140 million over the last three decades and given 969 awards, allowing numerous small businesses to commericalize their solutions, provide jobs in cutting-edge green technologies that help protect human health and the envirionment.

 

SBIR past awardees have included John Rich of Nashville-based National Recovery Technologies, LLC., a small business that produced a low cost technology to recycle electronics; and Carol Ann Wedding, president of Imaging Systems Technology, a small business that developed a highly efficient, versatile water purification system, based in Toledo, Ohio.

 
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BUY NOTHING DAY VS BLACK FRIDAY

Join Adbusters And Go Cold Turkey The Day After Thanksgiving, Or Continue To Indulge? That is the Question.

Adbusters urge consumers to reconsider spending habits on one of the biggest shopping days of the year...

                                                        ...but there are just so many good deals!

"I'm not doing it for myself…I'm doing it for the economy!"


On November 29th Adbusters --  a Vancouver-based advocacy group -- challenges consumers (mainly shop-happy Americans) to go cold turkey for the 24 hours post their Thanksgiving Day binge.

Will this be hard to do? For most people, probably. Consumerism is heavily entrenched in our society and is the backbone of capitalism. Besides, isn't it a good thing that we get insanely good deals at least once a year -- this means less into Walmart's pockets after all.

Adbusters refers to this as a "gigantic psycho-financial-crisis of our times" and argues that this rampant consumerism wrecks havoc on Earth.

The question is then: do people buy what they don't need during Black Friday and more of it, is consumerism drastically catapulted to unnecessary degrees that negatively affect our planet or does it actually, and simply, allow us to get more bang for our buck on things we were planning to purchase anyways?

The Buy Nothing Day campaign is international and continues to gain momentum every year. But, then again, so does the insanity of Black Friday.

So, what side of the fence do you fall on? Will you be standing in that winding-around-the-corner kind of line outside your favorite store energetically participating in Black Friday or will you be cutting up your credit card, mounting a boycott and pledging to Buy Nothing at all on November 28th?


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WASHINGTON WATCH

Mary Landrieu Goes Out On A Limb For A Pipeline???" (No, that's too mixed a metaphor.)

"Keystone Gets Stuck in the Senate Pipeline." ("Yes, That's Better…")

14 Democrats joined 45 Republicans in support of the Keystone KL pipeline that would run the length of America down into Texas. However, in a nail biting vote the bill failed to pass, coming up merely one vote short of the 60 it needed to pass.

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu gambled with her Senate seat on Tues, 18, when she attempted to push this bill through, which has been dancing around behind the curtains of the Senate for nearly two years.

To learn more about the Keystone XL pipeline, and in a comedic manner no less, watch this entertaining as always Daily Show snippet: Jon Stewart Puts Keystone Pipeline Into Perspective.

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"We believe that despite the transformative work being done globally, changemakers must begin working together on a scale we have never seen for humanity to begin to solve the core challenges we face: poverty & rising inequality, militarism & war, ecological damage & the climate crisis."


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Toyota unveils to Asian media Mirai, its first mass-produced fuel-cell vehicle | Motioncars

http://motioncars.inquirer.net/33462/toyota-unveils-to-asian-media-mirai-its-first-mass-produced-fuel-cell-vehicle

SunEdison acquires prominent wind energy developer | Hydrogen Fuel News

http://www.hydrogenfuelnews.com/sunedison-acquires-prominent-wind-energy-developer/8520409/

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cool new infographic shows you how the US power grid works

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/11/cool-new-infographic-shows-you-how-the-us-power-grid-works/

A new free market climate bill puts Republicans in Congress between a rock and a hard place

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/11/a-new-free-market-climate-bill-puts-republicans-in-congress-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place/

How to Talk About Climate Change on Thanksgiving » EcoWatch

http://ecowatch.com/2014/11/24/talk-climate-change-thanksgiving/

On the News With Thom Hartmann: Walmart Is One of the World's Biggest Consumers of Coal, and More

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/27658-on-the-news-with-thom-hartmann-walmart-is-one-of-the-world-s-biggest-consumers-of-coal-and-more

Fracking blamed for Saturday’s 3.3 magnitude earthquake in Dallas-Ft. Worth area

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/11/fracking-blamed-for-saturdays-3-3-magnitude-earthquake-in-dallas-ft-worth-area/

Extreme weather could be ‘new climate normal’

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/11/extreme-weather-could-be-new-climate-normal/

Volkswagen unveils its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

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Volkswagen unveils its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

Volkswagen has showcased its new fuel cell vehicle at an event in California German automaker Volkswagen has unveiled plans for its new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, called the Golf SportWagen HyMotion. The new fuel cell vehicle was revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show and represents the first vehicle developed by Volkswagen to use a […]READ MORE

Fracking is given the green light in U.S. national forest

Hydraulic fracturing could soon occur in the George Washington National Forest. Last week, the United States Forest Service approved a plan that set up regulations that will allow energy companies to carry out fracking within certain regions of the enormous George Washington National Forest, which spans 1.1 million acres, straddles Virginia and West Virginia, and […]Read the full story

US invests $3 billion to fight climate change

United States pledges $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund Several countries have been growing more aggressive on the fight against climate change recently. Last week, the United States and China joined together to form one of the largest emissions agreements in history. The two countries are working together to lower emissions by a significant […]Read the full story

Toyota to release production fuel cell vehicle in January 2015

Japanese automaker announces plans to release its new fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai Toyota will be the next automaker to launch its production fuel cell vehicle in January 2015. The new vehicle, called Mirai, has been in development for several years and is equipped with Toyota's proprietary hydrogen fuel cell technology. Toyota has been aggressively […]Read the full story

BMW revises its vision of its hydrogen fuel vehicle

German automaker is making changes to its new fuel cell vehicle German automaker BMW is revising its vision on its future hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. The company has been showing interest in clean vehicles for some time, and has produced several battery electric vehicles to accommodate consumer demand. As fuel cells have become more efficient, […]Read the full story

 

 

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Monday, November 24, 2014

How Grassroots Efforts Against Fracking Are Succeeding

http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/how-grassroots-efforts-against-fracking-are-succeeding

Deforestation, "Development" Connected to Spread of Ebola in West Africa

http://truth-out.org/news/item/27504-deforestation-development-connected-to-spread-of-ebola-in-west-africa

Republicans renew push for drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge | TheHill

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/225079-republicans-set-their-sights-on-drilling-in-arctic-refuge

Hazards of Open Pits for Storing Wastewater From Fracking Is Focus of New Study | InsideClimate News

http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20141120/hazards-open-pits-storing-wastewater-fracking-focus-new-study

Senate Keystone “Yea” Votes Took In Six Times More Oil & Gas Money Than Opponents | OpenSecrets Blog

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2014/11/senate-keystone-yea-votes-took-in-six-times-more-oil-gas-money-than-opponents/

Is the Grass-Fed Really Greener? Beef Production in the Americas

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/27609-is-the-grass-fed-really-greener-beef-production-in-the-americas

The "Urbee" 3D-Printed Car: Coast to Coast on 10 Gallons?

http://truth-out.org/news/item/27430-the-urbee-3d-printed-car-coast-to-coast-on-10-gallons

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Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline by One Vote

Senate Republicans fell one vote short last week in a bid to approve the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring tar sands oil from Alberta across the United States. But environmentalists, worried that the Republican dominated Congress taking office in January will prioritize pushing it through, aren't letting their guard down...
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Canada Pledges $265 Million to UN Climate Fund

Canada joined other major developed countries last week in pledging funds toward a United Nations effort to help the world's poorest countries invest in clean energy technologies and cope with the effects of a warming world...
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Sierra Club Picks Top Ten Greenest Colleges in U.S.

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