Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Window for Avoiding a Dangerous Climate Change Has Closed

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

‘Unprecedented’: Scientists declare ‘global climate emergency’ after jet stream crosses equator

Monday, June 27, 2016

Report: The World Will Run out of Breathable Air Unless Carbon Is Cut | TakePart

Seeds need an intervention

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Dear Daniel,

Seeds need an interventionAs you know, we have big problems with our food system. We're facing decreased crop diversity, poor soil health, lower nutritional content, and dying pollinators. We've witnessed increased use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers which are poisoning farm workers and communities, and much of our food supply is controlled by biotech and agrochemical corporations.

Our friends at Seed Matters are trying to solve these issues by focusing on the beginning—seeds.

Sign their petition telling the US Department of Justice and USDA to support organic seed solutions that are better for farmers, the environment, and all of us.

Today, six chemical companies control 63% of the seed market, and their combined R&D budgets are 15 times higher than all US public spending on agricultural research. These industrial chemical and pharmaceutical companies weren't even breeding or producing seed 25 years ago, but now they've taken over hundreds of independent seed companies around the world.

And with recently announced efforts to merge some of these companies, the situation is about to get even worse.

The future of our food is at stake.

Please take action so that farmers and plant breeders have access to the safe and healthy seeds they need.

US agriculture has become overly reliant on crops engineered for pesticides and synthetic fertilizers while ignoring the greater agricultural need and consumer demand for crops that have less of a negative impact on our soil, water, and health.

The control of seeds must be put back into the hands of farmers and breeders with a more diversified approach to develop cultivars that reduce agricultural impact on natural resources, reduce chemical exposure for communities, protect pollinator health, and improve the nutritional quality of our food.

Sign the letter urging USDA and DOJ to act or risk food insecurity, the future economic success of US agriculture, public health disasters, and environmental destruction.

Thanks for all you do,
MichaelAnna (signature)
Michael Stein
Food Campaigns Manager
Green America

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Truthout Enviro-News:

Elizabeth Walsh, IC Magazine: Despite their immense cultural and linguistic diversity, Indigenous peoples developed their ways of life in much the same way. By maintaining an intimate relationship with the land for generations on end, the languages, livelihoods, customs and cultures became inextricably linked to that same land.
Chelsea Skojec and Michael Sainato, Earth Island Journal: In recognition of the immense impact the continued degradation of the Everglades would have on humans and wildlife, the region is now also the focus of one of the most ambitious ecosystem restoration plans the world has ever seen.

TransCanada Files NAFTA Suit Demanding More Than $15 Billion for Keystone XL Rejection

Fields of Filth: Landmark Report Maps Feces-Laden Hog and Chicken Operations in North Carolina

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Opinion: CPP will protect communities across the US

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AWEA's Brown: Wind paves the way for US clean energy economy | Corporate PPAs with wind will continue to grow, says AWEA's Hunt | Opinion: CPP will protect communities across the US
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Industry Update
AWEA's Brown: Wind paves the way for US clean energy economy
Low-cost wind energy is leading the US transition away from fossil fuels, writes American Wind Energy Association Chairman Chris Brown. Historical commitments to wind from utilities such as MidAmerican Energy, in parallel with the increasing popularity among non-utility buyers such as Amazon and Apple, are evidence that wind is the economic choice for utility and non-utility alike.
The Huffington Post (6/20) 
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Corporate PPAs with wind will continue to grow, says AWEA's Hunt
Corporate power purchase agreements -- which accounted for 52% of all deals signed with wind farms last year -- will likely continue to grow in the years to come, according to American Wind Energy Association Senior Research Analyst Hannah Hunt. Non-utility buyers accounted for only 5% of wind PPAs as recently as 2013.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (6/21) 
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Opinion: CPP will protect communities across the US
The Clean Power Plan is crucial to the future health of Americans and their communities, writes Jay Fisette, vice chair of the Arlington County Board in Virginia. More than 50 cities and counties in the US -- Arlington County included -- have signed a brief in support of the CPP, and Arlington County has also pledged to curb its carbon pollution 75% by 2050.
The Hill (6/20) 
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Project Focus
Westar supports Kan. wind development with $350M green bond
Kansas utility Westar Energy issued a $350 million bond on Monday to support land-based wind development in the state. The funds will be used for the construction of the 280-megawatt Western Plains Wind Farm, which is expected to begin operations early next year.
SeeNews Renewables (6/20) 
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Invenergy plans 126-MW wind, solar project in N.Y.
Invenergy Wind North America is in the early stages of developing a hybrid wind and solar project in New York that will have a total capacity of 126 megawatts. The Number Three project, which could include between 35 and 50 turbines, is expected to begin operations in 2019. (U.K.) (6/21) 
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Operations & Maintenance
LM Wind, Adwen develop 88.4-meter turbine blade for offshore wind series
LM Wind Power and Adwen have joined forces to develop a 88.4-meter turbine blade that may be the largest ever produced. It will be used in Adwen's 8-megawatt AD8-180 offshore wind turbine series. "We are going where no one else has ever gone before, pushing all the known frontiers in the industry," said Adwen General Manager Luis Alvarez Rubio. (U.K.) (6/21) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Analysis: Wind development is gaining traction in N.D.
North Dakota's wind industry isn't expected to slow down anytime soon, according to this analysis. In the past 10 years, more than 400 turbines have been installed in the state, and another 550 could come online by 2018.
Grand Forks Herald (N.D.) (6/20) 
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Policy Watch
N.C. Senate OKs bill blocking wind development in military training areas
The North Carolina Senate has advanced a measure that would block wind development in military training zones. Observers say that the bill may make it challenging for developers to secure approval for wind farms in the state as large swaths of land are dedicated to military training.
WRAL-TV (Raleigh, N.C.)/The Associated Press (6/20) 
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Mo. Chamber lends support to transmission project
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has pledged to support Clean Line Energy's proposed Grain Belt Express Clean Line. "Clean Line's $500 million investment in Missouri and delivery of wind power to Missouri homes and businesses will boost our state's economy and make the state more competitive when attracting new businesses here," said Chamber CEO and President Daniel Mehan.
The Missouri Times (Jefferson City) (6/20) 
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New report highlights electric transmission benefits and savings
A recently released white paper shows how improved transmission planning could save American families and businesses up to $47 billion on their electric bills every year and provide "insurance against risks associated with future uncertainties." It's clear that a "wind rush" is well underway across much of the US. However, the grid still needs to be updated to optimize new sources of low-cost wind power. Read more.
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