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Monday, July 2,2012

How Big Ag Erodes the Farm Bill's Environmental Protections

If you had to name the federal government’s biggest investment in the environment, would you pick the EPA? If you did, you’d be wrong.
Monday, July 2,2012

How the Soy Industry Is Making Factory Fish Farming Even Worse

In 2010, the CEO of the American Soy Association reported that the organization has been closely monitoring progress in the development of offshore fish farming legislation and meeting with congres­sional staff on the topic. In March 2011, it endorsed a controversial plan that would allow such fish farming or “aquaculture” in the Gulf of Mexico. In September 2011, a press release was issued announcing a new marine fish farm project that would “revolutionize sustainable agriculture.” The source of the release? The Illinois Soybean Association.
Friday, June 29,2012

‘Monsanto Protection Act’ would keep GMO crops in the ground during legal battles

It’s that exciting time of the year again when the Senate and House Appropriations Committees gets together to hash out the annual agriculture budget. I know, right? Really fun stuff.
Friday, June 29,2012

Coal Ash, Keystone XL Dropped from Transportation Bill

In the eleventh hour during negotiations on the transportation bill on June 27, language requiring approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and barring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation of coal ash waste was dropped.
Thursday, June 28,2012

U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Obama Administration's Strict EPA Fuel Standards

Court rules Obama administration can limit greenhouse gas emissions and set fuel efficiency standards
Wednesday, June 27,2012

As Colorado River Dries Up, The West Feels The Pain

The Colorado River touches the lives of Americans coast to coast. The river begins in the Rocky Mountains and flows into Mexico's Sea of Cortez. Along the way, it feeds over a dozen tributaries across the American Southwest.
Wednesday, June 27,2012

Sea Levels Rising Fast on U.S. East Coast

Sea level rise on the U.S. East Coast has accelerated much faster than in other parts of the world—roughly three to four times the global average, a new study says.
Monday, June 25,2012

Is the Clock Ticking Towards U.S. Clean Tech Crash?

The U.S. renewable energy industry may be heading towards a “clean tech cliff.” Three-quarters of the government incentive funds that have helped drive tremendous growth in industries like solar and wind are set to expire between now and 2014. For good or ill, the political decisions made between now and then will define a pivotal period for clean energy.
Monday, June 25,2012

Federal Judge Stops Half-Baked BLM Plan to Frack Colorado’s Roan Plateau

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) plan to allow drilling on the Roan Plateau in Colorado—a 50,000 acre area that the energy industry believes to contain “one of the largest gas fields in the continental United States,” according to Reuters—has been stopped by U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Krieger for failing to adequately address environmental impacts. Among the largest concerns are air-quality issues resulting from ozone emissions.
Friday, June 22,2012

Some like it hot (or cold): How weather affects carbon emissions

As we take climate change more seriously, we’ll need better ways of measuring carbon emissions. That doesn’t just mean reporting and monitoring systems, but also better conceptual models, a sense of how best to compare emissions between regions or countries.