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Friday, July 27,2012

House Passes Bill Favoring Polluters over Public Health

On July 26 the U.S. House of Representatives approved the so-called “Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act” (H.R. 4078), a dangerous and irresponsible bill that would halt nearly all significant rulemaking by federal agencies until the nation’s unemployment rate drops to six percent. The bill would derail critical safeguards aimed at cleaning up our air and water, ensuring the safety of our children, protecting our wildlife and increasing the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks. The bill also contains measures that would unnecessarily gridlock the federal courts, wasting taxpayer resources and interfering with the ability of citizens to receive justice.
Wednesday, July 25,2012

As Drought Marches on, Can Chicagoans Help Save 10,000 Trees?

The middle of the United States hasn’t seen a drought as destructive as this summer’s since 1956, and the results are no joke: In the plains, corn farmers are looking on as wave after wave of heat punishes their fields. In the west, ranchers searching for grass for their cattle are coming up with nothing more than scorched earth, devastated by wildfires. In the cities, government agencies are trying to figure out how to keep thousands of young trees alive. With the help of a community group, Chicago’s come up with a plan to potentially stave off disaster: by asking the community to crowdsource watering.
Wednesday, July 25,2012

'Heat Dome' Linked To Greenland's Biggest Melt In 30 Years

Last week there were the pictures of an iceberg twice the size of Manhattan breaking off Greenland's Petermann Glacier.
Wednesday, July 25,2012

Heat brings U.S. climate debate to new boil

In North America this summer, drought, fire, and heat are putting climate back in the headlines — if not, yet, in the election-year political debate. At such moments, it’s tempting for anyone who’s been talking about the issue all along to pile on with the “see what we mean?”s and “we told you so”s. But it’s far more important to use the moment to catalyze understanding and action.
Tuesday, July 24,2012

Fracking Industry Follows Tobacco Industry’s Deceptive Playbook

A thorough and well reported Bloomberg News story today revealed that several recent academic studies on fracking were ultimately funded by the gas drilling industry itself. These studies had the imprimaturs of respected public universities including Penn State, University of Texas and SUNY-Buffalo and were cited by politicians arguing for policies that are advantageous to the fracking industry. It turns out that the studies were either sponsored by the fracking industry or were prepared by researchers with a long history of producing industry-friendly reports, or both.
Tuesday, July 24,2012

GMO sugar beets get the green light

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ruled once and for all to allow unrestricted planting of Monsanto’s GMO sugar beets. This announcement puts an end to a long court battle to force the USDA to uphold the law — a battle that some anti-GMO advocates might call Pyrrhic.
Monday, July 23,2012

Sizing Up Wind Energy: Bigger Means Greener, Study Says

One of the most popular trends in sustainable living is to go small: Live in a small house. Drive a small car. Have a small carbon footprint. So it seems contradictory that by going big—really big—energy equipment can become better for the environment.
Monday, July 23,2012

EPA Tells Beekeepers to Buzz off Despite Chronic Bee Kills Linked to Pesticides

On July 19 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it formally refused to recognize that honey bees face an “imminent hazard” and denied a request by beekeepers to immediately suspend the use of pesticides that pose harm to pollinators. The decision comes in response to a legal petition filed earlier this year by 25 beekeepers and environmental organizations, citing significant acute and chronic bee kills across the U.S. linked to neonicotinoid pesticides.
Monday, July 23,2012

Can Adding Iron To Oceans Slow Global Warming?

A noted oceanographer once quipped that if you gave him a tanker half-filled with iron, he could give you an ice age. He was only half-joking.
Friday, July 20,2012

Colorado Wildflower Copes With Climate Change

Now is the time Colorado's famed wildflowers are in full bloom. Enjoy it while you can. This annual riot of color is not immune to climate change.