Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Vermont Law School is searching for environmental advocates!

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Vermont Law School is searching for environmental advocates who will devote their careers to protecting our most precious resource. The online Master of Environmental Law and Policy is designed for both law and non-law students to truly understand the laws and policies shaping global environmental solutions. Vermont Law School prepares graduates to become agents of change in the environmental field by studying cutting-edge topics including climate change, energy, pollution prevention, natural resources protection, and land use.

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Vermont Law School has been ranked #1 in environmental law by U.S. News & World Report 14 times since the ranking began.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Big Coal Gets Desperate

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The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
May 29, 2012: In This Issue
º Solar Hat Trick
º Bag Ban Is in the Bag
º A Flyover for Coal
º Rocky Mountain Rambles
º Computron and Doctor Asthma

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Rocky Mountain Rambles
Rocky Mountain Rambles

Looking for high adventure? Visit the spectacular Rocky Mountains with Sierra Club Outings. Jagged peaks, serene lakes, expansive forests, and wildlife await!
Day hike and backpack Montana's rugged Bitterrootsassist on a fall service project in Aspen, Colorado, or learn about organic farming and hike in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Seeking something else? Select from over 150 more adventures at Sierra Club Outings.

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Coal Will Say Anything
Computron and Doctor Asthma

Did you see all five episodes of our hilarious 80s TV overdub series Coal Will Say Anything videos featuring Mr. Coal Guy? The two latest, Computron and Dr. Asthma, join Bob Ross and others. Warning: In addition to instilling the urge to fight coal, these videos may lead to a strong desire to feather your hair.

1) Ben Schmerler from Fair Trade USA on a program to help mango farmers in Haiti.   2) Evan Gillespie on the Sierra Club's My Generation Campaign, increasing local clean energy in California.
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Keep Keystone XL out of the Transportation Bill

The transportation bill must pass in order to replace expiring legislation for roads and jobs. Unfortunately, right-wing negotiators are trying to hold it hostage to force through approval of the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline and block any protections against toxic coal ash.

Email your senator today to say that you support a clean transportation bill!

Pro-Coal Citizens-for-Hire

Pro-Coal Citizens for HireOn May 24, hundreds of citizens jammed EPA hearings in Chicago and Washington, D.C., to support the agency's proposed regulations on carbon pollution emissions. While the proceedings were happening, the Environmental Law & Policy Center in Chicago learned that a pro-coal group had posted an online ad offering $50 (and lunch!) to anyone who would wear an "Count on Coal" t-shirt to the Chicago hearing. The ad was quickly yanked once the Tweets began ricocheting around cyberspace.

Tell the EPA that you want strong carbon-pollution protections.

Solar Hat Trick

Go Solar with Sungevity and the Sierra ClubThe Sierra Club is partnering with Sungevity, one of the country's leading residential solar providers, to help homeowners go solar easily and affordably. The new partnership will help families save money on electricity, reduce pollution, and support the Sierra Club.

Each person who goes solar with Sungevity and the Sierra Club will receive a $750 cash gift card, plus Sungevity will contribute $750 to the Club. The partnership is available to new residential solar customers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York. You can get a free iQuote here. Leases for rooftop solar systems are available for as little as $0 down.

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Beyond Coal

Say No to Diesel in Fracking Fluids (We're Just Funny That Way)

Support a Ban on DieselIn 2011, the natural gas industry was caught red-handed, secretly pumping over 32 million gallons of diesel fuel and diesel fuel by-products into the ground and threatening our drinking water -- after the industry denied using diesel in their fracking fluids!

In response, the EPA has proposed draft regulations for the use of diesel in fracking. But we need the agency to take it a step further and ban the use of diesel and diesel by-products in fracking fluids. Help us get 25,000 letters to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson by May 31 to show widespread support for a ban on diesel.

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Climb Every Mountain

Chelsea GriffieShe was the first African American woman to climb El Capitan, but Chelsea Griffie insists the feat was no big deal. What is important to the rock climber and backpacker? Inspiring kids to get outdoors and empowering women of color to follow her lead: "I see my role as much like the Wizard of Oz," says Griffie. "I might teach a bit, but I'm also there to remind folks of what they had all along; they just didn't see it."

Read our interview to learn how Griffie became fascinated with mountains and which peak she plans to tackle next.

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Bag Ban Is in the Bag

Bag Ban Is in the BagThe last state to enter the union became the first to ban plastic bags after Honolulu County joined Hawaii's other three counties in banning non-biodegradable plastic bags and paper bags that are not at least 40 percent recycled.

And it couldn't have happened without a coalition of groups and activists leaning on local governments to tackle the bag problem. Earlier this month, Sierra Club Conservation Director Sarah Hodgdon witnessed how this historic victory unfolded. "I was struck by the clout the Club's Hawaii Chapter wields in state politics," she writes. "They are a force to be reckoned with."

Land of the Free

Land of the FreeOn May 15, the White House announced that members of the U.S. military and their families are now eligible for free annual passes to national parks and monuments. The Sierra Club applauds this move in support of our nation's men and women in uniform and their families.

For the past six years, the Club has been helping connect veterans, service members, and their families with the great outdoors by offering a 10 percent discount on all National Sierra Club Outings and stays at our lodges and huts. The discount is open to active duty military personnel and their accompanying family members, as well as to National Guard/reservists, honorably discharged veterans, and retirees.

A Flyover for CoalA Flyover for Coal

Sierra Club Oklahoma took to the streets and skies on May 17 to call on Oklahoma Gas & Electric to use less coal and more renewable energy. 

Clean-energy lovers rallied outside the OG&E shareholders' meeting and hired a plane to fly over with a banner reading "OG&E Move Beyond Coal." They made the news and turned a lot of heads!

Sierra Club Board of Directors Announces New Officers

Allison ChinThe Sierra Club's all-volunteer national board of directors has elected new officers, and Allison Chin of Virginia was named president. Chin is a lifetime member of the Sierra Club and a longtime environmental activist who most recently served as Sierra Club treasurer and served as president from 2008-2010.

The other newly announced officers are David Scott of Ohio (returning vice president), Lane Boldman of Kentucky (returning secretary), Donna Buell of Iowa (treasurer), and Jessica Helm of New York (fifth officer).

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May 27, 2012
L.A. Bans the Bags
plastic bags

Last week, Los Angeles became the largest city in the U.S. to ban disposable plastic bags from supermarket checkouts. Over the past several years, dozens of cities across the country have taken similar steps to encourage people to bring their own bags when they shop for…

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Radioactive Tuna
bluefin tuna

Though it may not be evident in the Japanese sashimi and sushi rolls they typically end up in, Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) are one of the world's quickest and largest fish, growing up to 10 feet long and weighing nearly 1,000 pounds. From April to August, the…

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For the Love of Elephants
A Touching Memoir About Finding Love, and Saving
Animals, in Africa

Being at home in nature has never been a problem for Dame Daphne Sheldrick. In her new book, Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), she recounts her life in Kenya surrounded by the African wilderness and its creatures.

Central to the…

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Connections: Sharing Green Strategies
Greentowns Helps People Plug In to Green Happenings

Forget those "greenest cities" lists: green efforts are sprouting up everywhere. On, 15,000 communities of all sizes log their environmental initiatives in nine categories: building, energy, lifestyle, connections, water, land and conservation, food,…

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Winning for the Water
An Interview with U.S. Water Polo Player Betsey Armstrong

Betsey Armstrong is a 29-year-old goalkeeper on the U.S. Water Polo team who's headed to her second Olympic Games—the 2012 Games in London—this July. Since attending the University of Michigan, Armstrong not only became serious about water polo, she developed an…

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Rising Waters and Political Wrangling
Virginia's Middle Peninsula is a Microcosm of Climate Change Impacts and Skepticism

Growing up on Virginia's Middle Peninsula, Lewis Lawrence remembers an island in the middle of the Ware River with tree trunks the size of five-gallon buckets. That island has long since vanished beneath the sea. The patch of six counties jutting into the Chesapeake Bay…

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E 's Green Home Picks: Airing Out
Room-Brightening Baskets, Air Purifiers and Smarter Surge Protectors

A Little Aloha

By the front door, in the bathroom, in the kid's room—a stylish, sturdy basket is one of a home's most necessary de-cluttering items. These baskets ($24-$30) made by Hawaiian-based Etsy shop ManilaExtract from recycled burlap coffee bags and lined with…

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Chemicals in Umbilical Cord Blood

Dear EarthTalk: A few years back a study found over 200 chemicals in the umbilical cord of newborns, particularly African American, Asian and Hispanic babies. What are the causes of this phenomenon and what can be done about it?

—Bettina Olsen, New York, NY

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Predatory Birds Make Comeback

Dear EarthTalk: I understand there is good news about the recovery of bird species like the Peregrine Falcon, Bald Eagle and others owed to the 1972 ban on DDT. Can you explain?

—Mildred Eastover, Bath, ME

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May/June 2012

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