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Jun 30, 2015

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Hybrids Permitted in Carpool lanes

Jun 30, 2015: As part of a test in Phoenix, Arizona, three models of hybrid cars are being allowed to use the high occupancy lanes. Owners of Honda Insight, Honda Civic Hybrid, and the Toyota Prius vehicles will be allowed to drive in these lanes as long as they purchase new plates and a special permit. There are […]…

Cats Can Spread Bird Flu

Jun 30, 2015: Yesterday, the UN Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) issued a warning to keep cats away from areas infected by the bird flu. The Agency has evidence from Indonesia that cats can catch and carry the flu virus from eating infected animals. In the past year 30 countries reported bird flu in birds. So far the […]…

Shortness of Dark

Jun 30, 2015: Depending on who you ask, the first practical light bulb was invented by Joseph Wilson Swan of Britain in 1878, or Thomas Alva Edison of the U.S. in 1879. Edison is the official patent holder, though a debate on the subject will often put an Edison-supporting Yank on the business end of an Encyclopedia Britannica, […]…

Solar Storm Warning

Jun 30, 2015: Recommended Read: Like the quiet before a storm. This week researchers announced that a storm is coming–the most intense solar maximum in fifty years. The prediction comes from a team led by Mausumi Dikpati of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). “The next sunspot cycle will be 30% to 50% stronger than the previous […]…

“The Earth cannot wait 60 years,” says sir Richard Branson

Jun 29, 2015: The slow realization that things we take for granted, clean water, fresh air and abundant uncontaminated food, are fast becoming distant memories occurred to Sir Richard Branson, when he said at a recent news conference in London, alongside former US Vice President and climate campaigner Al Gore “I want a future for my children and […]…

High Sea Turtle Deaths in Bangladesh

Jun 29, 2015: Along the coast of Bangladesh higher than normal sea turtle deaths have been recorded in the past two weeks. The smallest of these turtles, the olive ridley’s, are endangered. Scientists have discovered 65 dead so far along a three-mile stretch of the coast, and hundreds more in the area, which is a higher than normal. […]…

NASA mission leads to a watery rave

Jun 29, 2015: Towering geysers of water — regular, Earth-like, life-sustaining water — apparently erupt from a tiny moon of Saturn, scientists announced Thursday, declaring that the ”smashing, surprising” discovery carried them closer to the Holy Grail of science: Evidence that life exists elsewhere in the universe and even in our own solar system. ”This is very cool,” […]…

Signs of Global Warming: Slideshow

Jun 29, 2015: Global warming has been an extremely hot issue lately. While surfing the internet today I found a really good slideshow of images that show proof of global warming. They show different places around the world that cause global warming or are proof of it. These are some great pictures too! Check out this slideshow at […]…

IPCC On Global Warming: It’s Happening, And It’s Our Fault

Jun 29, 2015: Last Friday, a report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) resolved the debate forever: the Earth is warming, and humans are the cause. Sea levels will riseit is a question of when and how much, and not if, says Michel Jarraud (Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization). Extreme weather, drought in some […]…

Easy Upcycling: How To Update A Mirror And Frame With A Can Of Spray Paint

Jun 29, 2015: Got a perfectly good mirror and frame... that's really ugly? Don't trash it: get a can of spray paint, and turn it into modern decor The post Easy Upcycling: How To Update A Mirror And Frame With A Can Of Spray Paint appeared first on Sustainablog.

Hundreds of New Species Discovered

Jun 29, 2015: A Filipino-French research team discovered between 150-250 new species of crustaceans and 1,500 – 2,500 new species of mollusks. They estimate that there are more than 1,200 crustaceans and 6,000 mollusks still undiscovered. To discover these new species they planned a five-year research program to explore the waters around the Philippines. The waters around the […]…

The Supreme Court Just Stopped the EPA From Making the Earth a Safer Place

Jun 29, 2015: On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down sweeping regulations that would limit emissions of mercury and other pollutants from power plants, extending a debate that has started and sputtered for nearly 20 years. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that the EPA's refusal to consider costs to energy companies in its decision to regulate emissions was an unreasonable interpretation of the Clean Air Act. "The agency gave cost no thought at all," wrote Justice Antonin Scalia, who penned the majority opinion joined by the Court's more conservative justices, adding that the EPA had strayed far beyond its bounds to interpret the language of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The ruling reversed a 2-1 decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit and rem…

Robert Redford Calls for Climate Action in United Nations Address

Jun 29, 2015: NEW YORK (June 29, 2015) – Robert Redford, the noted artist and activist, called for urgent action on climate change in an address to climate ministers at the United Nations today.  The event, which included delegates from over 193 member countries, was a key gathering in the lead up to the international climate negotiations taking place in Paris, France this December.

NRDC: Senators’ Energy Principles Point our Country in the Right Direction

Jun 29, 2015: WASHINGTON (June 29, 2015) – Forty-five Senators – including every Democrat - today asked the nation’s governors to join the federal government in updating energy policies.  In a letter, the senators outlined a series of common-sense principles, including: investing in clean energy, empowering consumers, modernizing our aging power infrastructure, cutting pollution and reducing energy waste, and investing in clean energy research and development.                                    …

NRDC Urges Administration to Act Promptly on Mercury Rule, Following Court’s Ruling

Jun 29, 2015: WASHINGTON (June 29, 2015) – The Supreme Court today returned the Environmental Protection Agency’s mercury and toxic air rule to the lower court for reconsideration, saying EPA must consider costs in deciding whether to regulate air pollution from power plants.

It’s Official—New York Bans Fracking

Jun 29, 2015: NEW YORK, NY (June 29, 2015)—The Cuomo Administration today made the state’s ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing official, following through on a December promise to prohibit the dangerous industrial activity in New York.

House votes to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Jun 26, 2015: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill, 247-180, to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan until litigation on the plan has finished. The bill, called the Ratepayer Protection Act (H.R. 2042) goes to the U.S. Senate now and coincides with a Senate a…

The Waste Biz: Recyclers Need To Focus On Worker Safety, Health

Jun 26, 2015: A new report reviews the health & safety records of recyclers, and shows that these companies have work to do on this front The post The Waste Biz: Recyclers Need To Focus On Worker Safety, Health appeared first on Sustainablog.

Silo restaurant: pre-industrial food and "food interception"

Jun 26, 2015: What's that about you may well ask? That's the same question I asked myself when I visited their website.So I decided to check it out.Walking into Silo, I'm greeted by a table laden with sourdough sandwiches stuffed with roasted veggies and behind it a large industrial installation.Sebastian, one of the staff, explains that this is the heated composter – capable of aerobically digesting (processing) the restaurant waste within a day. Everything goes into the digester: the compostable cutlery, plates, food waste….and within a day is turned into a rich compost that goes back to the farmers that supply the restaurant or is picked up by enthusiastic Brighton allotment holders.But where does the food come from?Sebastian explains tha…

What Do You Do When Your Land Sinks Into the Earth?

Jun 26, 2015: This story was originally published by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. For those wondering why California is sinking, look no further than San Luis Obispo. Not too long ago in that idyllic Central Coast city, an overdependence on groundwater became a destructive and expensive problem that today could serve as a warning to cities and counties throughout the state. More MoJo coverage of the California Drought: 7 Key Facts About the Drought Invasion of the Hedge Fund Almonds…

Alarming Decline in Monarch Population Justifies Immediate Action: NRDC Urges UN To Declare Mexican Butterfly Refuge “In Danger”

Jun 26, 2015: Advocates for monarch butterflies are heading to a World Heritage Committee meeting in Bonn, Germany, urging immediate action to increase protections for the migrating monarch butterfly population that spends the winter in Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage site. …

Freezing Food: The Least Cool (But Most Accessible) Form Of Preservation [Infographic]

Jun 25, 2015: Freezing food may not be as trendy as fermentation or canning, but it's definitely more accessible. Here's how to freeze items you may not have considered The post Freezing Food: The Least Cool (But Most Accessible) Form Of Preservation [Infographic] appeared first on Sustainablog.

Germany’s Energy Revolution goes from strength to strength as the Grafenrheinfeld nuclear reactor closes

Jun 25, 2015: One less nuclear reactor threat to the people of Europe with the early closure of the Grafenrheinfeld nuclear reactor.Germany's 33 year-old Grafenrheinfeld nuclear reactor will be shut down permanently on June 27th as the country's phase out of nuclear power continues. It's the first reactor to close since Germany passed its Atomic Energy Act in July 2011 which requires the closure of all commercial nuclear reactors by the end of 2022.The reactor is being shutdown seven months early as the disastrous economics of nuclear power and Germany's drive for clean and sustainable energy have made it impossible for its owner E.ON to operate the reactor and make a profit.E.ON and other large nuclear utilities only have themselves to blame. They faile…

These States Are Poorly Prepared for Global Warming – Is Yours on the List?

Jun 25, 2015: Every state has a plan for what to do in the event of disaster, specifically, a "State Hazard Mitigation Plan," but there's no requirement that these plans take global warming into consideration. As a result, individual states vary wildly from one another…

Now there is a new way to force action on climate change - the courts

Jun 25, 2015: Today, something incredible happened in the Netherlands. In a landmark court case, in which NGO Urgenda along with 900 concerned Dutch citizens sued the government for failing to act on climate change, the Dutch court ruled in their favour. It was a brave and necessary verdict.The Netherlands is widely known for being progressive on social issues (gay marriage, soft drugs etc) but we are unfortunately far from that when it comes to tackling climate change. The wet and soggy lowlands have been lagging behind on renewables, with only 4% – one of the lowest in Europe.But today's verdict is a game-changer in the fight against climate change. The Dutch court ruling is clear: The government has a legal duty to protect its people against the…

Statement on New York’s 2015 State Energy Plan

Jun 25, 2015: ALBANY, N.Y. (June 25, 2015)—The Cuomo Administration today released New York’s 2015 State Energy Plan, after years of analysis and robust public comment.

NRDC: Alberta Must Do More to Meet Climate Commitment

Jun 25, 2015: WASHINGTON (June 25, 2015) – The following is a statement by Anthony Swift, Canada Project Director at  the Natural Resources Defense Council, upon the announcement by officials in Alberta, Canada that it will commit to a more ambitious climate policy in coming months and strengthen its Specified Greenhouse Emitters Regulation (SGER) as a stopgap measure.

NRDC, Others Call for EPA to Create National Mercury Inventory

Jun 25, 2015: WASHINGTON (June 25, 2015) – The Natural Resources Defense Council has filed a petition calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to ascertain the amount and the uses of mercury produced, imported, or used in the United States, so the agency can then reduce or eliminate the potent neurotoxin from industrial processes and consumer products.

Remember That Weird In-Flight Mass Fainting Episode? Boeing Faces Lawsuit

Jun 24, 2015: Four flight attendants sued the Boeing Company on Tuesday, alleging that crew and passengers are sometimes exposed to toxic fumes in airplane cabins that can lead to devastating health problems. All Boeing commercial jets—with the exception of the company's newest model (the 787 Dreamliner)—use a venting system in which air is pulled through the compressor of the engine to provide pressurization in the cabin. Airbus, Boeing's rival, uses the same system. When something goes wrong in that process—like a leaking engine seal or an overfilling oil reservoir—air can be contaminated by the chemicals in the oil of the engine, mishaps known as "fume events." The four flight attendants allege that such an event occurred d…

Climate Activists Sued Their Country to Force It to Pollute Less. They Just Won.

Jun 24, 2015: This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A court in The Hague has ordered the Dutch government to cut its emissions by at least 25 percent within five years, in a landmark ruling expected to cause ripples around the world. To cheers and hoots from climate campaigners in court, three judges ruled that government plans to cut emissions by just 14 to 17 percent compared to 1990 levels by 2020 were unlawful, given the scale of the threat posed by climate change. Jubilant campaigners said that governments preparing for the Paris climate summit later this year would now need to look over their shoulders for civil rights era-style legal challenges where emissions-cutti…

Dutch citizens sue their government over climate change and win

Jun 24, 2015: In an unprecedented, landmark case 886 Dutch citizens have successfully sued their government for "knowingly contributing" to global warming, and for failing to take measures to prevent an increase of 2°C in the Earth's average surface temperature. In…

Cries of injustice from an island far away

Jun 24, 2015: "Why us? What did we ever do to deserve this?"These were the words said by Claire Anterea, from Kiribati, as she narrated her terrifying experience of Cyclone Pam during a recent climate justice and human rights workshop held in Vanuatu. Claire was joined by other Pam survivors from Pacific Island countries like Kiribati, Tuvalu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Representatives from the Philippines were also there as they have had more than their fair share of devastating super typhoons.Claire fought back tears. Earlier, she had only intended to listen, but changed her mind after learning about the latest science that paints a grim picture for vulnerable countries like Kiribati. This was followed by images and accounts of the Philippi…

Study: Air Pollution May Make Your Brain Age Faster

Jun 24, 2015: If you want to prevent cognitive decline with old age, doctors have long recommended eating well, getting enough rest, exercising, reading plenty of books, and staying socially active. Pretty soon, they might start recommending a move out to the countryside. Living in places with high levels of air pollution, such as cities and along busy highways, may accelerate aging of the brain. In a new study published in the Annals of Neurology, researchers found that over time, increased exposure to air pollution in a group of elderly women without dementia led to significant decreases in their brains' white matter, which is important for cognition. The researchers, led by Dr. Jiu-Chiuan Chen of the University of Southern California, looked in pa…

Global Warming Is Now a "Medical Emergency" That Could Wipe Out 50 Years of Global Health Gains

Jun 24, 2015: Climate change, if left unchecked, threatens to undermine the last half century of gains in global health. That's the conclusion of a study released Monday by an international commission convened by the Lancet, a prestigious medical journal based in the UK. Declaring it a "medical emergency," the authors argued that the potential impacts of global warming—such as floods, drought, heat stress, catastrophic storms, the spread of disease, and increased food insecurity—pose a "potentially catastrophic risk" to human health. The report notes that deaths from air pollution and heat waves have been on the rise. In 2010, for example, wildfires in Russia burned 2.7 million acres, doubling the amount of particulate matter in the Moscow r…

City Exiles More of Chicago's Petcoke Piles

Jun 24, 2015: CHICAGO (June 24, 2015) – The City of Chicago recently informed  a company storing massive mounds of oil refining waste on Chicago’s Southeast Side that no more of the material can ever move through one of its sites. The decision, quietly communicated to the Koch Brothers-affiliated KCBX Terminals Company last month, stands as another big win for neighbors who have been pushing for removal of controversial petroleum coke (or petcoke) facilities along the Calumet River in Chicago.

EPA Agrees Monarch Butterflies are in Jeopardy, But Refuses to Use Authority to Limit Habitat-Killing Pesticide

Jun 24, 2015: Confronted with the urgent and growing crisis of the imperiled monarch butterfly, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today utterly failed to seize an opportunity to use its authority to limit the use of glyphosate (originally marketed as Roundup), the pesticide that is destroying monarch habitat. …

Santiago shuts down as air pollution skyrockets off the charts

Jun 23, 2015: Santiago authorities declared an environmental state of emergency for the Chilean town on Monday, due to a thick layer of smog that has overtaken the city. This means that 1,300 businesses who regularly pump out high levels of contaminants have shut and…

New EPA report reveals the 180 billion dollar cost of climate change

Jun 23, 2015: The Environmental Protection Agency has just released what is being called the most comprehensive report on the impact of global emissions on climate change. Titled “Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action,” the report the of…

Climate change could reverse 50 years of global health progress

Jun 23, 2015: Climate change is (still) the greatest global health threat of the century, according to a fresh report from the 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change. The commission report, published June 23, argues that failing to slow climate change in…

San Francisco Thinks Sex Will Make Your Showers Shorter

Jun 23, 2015: This story was originally published by CityLab and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Leave it to San Francisco to turn saving water into something mildly salacious: The city's "Water Conservation is Smart and Sexy" campaign features voluptuous shots of shiny water features along with suggestive messages, such as "Replace Your Old Toilet and Get Paid for Doing It." The bus ads, billboards, and throatily narrated videos have been entertaining and educating SF residents since last year, but they recently picked up steam in the media. And last week, the SF Public Utilities Commission announced they're throwing another $300,000 into extending the campaign, for more signs about full frontal washing machines and advi…

Broad Array of Public Interest Groups Call on Subway, the World’s Largest Fast-Food Chain: Help Save Antibiotics!

Jun 23, 2015: SAN FRANCISCO (June 23, 2015) — A letter signed by nearly 60 public interest, medical, public health, environmental and animal welfare organizations was delivered to Subway Founder and CEO Fred DeLuca and Senior VP Suzanne Greco today, asking the restaurant giant to phase out meats produced with routine use of antibiotics (i.e. for growth promotion and disease prevention). As the largest fast-food chains in the world, Subway’s action on this issue would help tackle the growing health crisis of antibiotic resistance.

New devices generate renewable energy from evaporation

Jun 22, 2015: Evaporation is a key component of the Earth's water cycle, and one of the world's most dominant forms of energy transfer—and it's believed that as the climate warms, evaporation rates will increase and create an increased amount of moisture in the Yet…

Thousands of freaky sea slugs wash up on California beaches as water temperatures rise

Jun 22, 2015: Sea hares can grow up to 30 inches long and 15 pounds heavy. If you were to pick one up, however, you might find that they ooze a purplish ink. This ooze may have fooled curious beachgoers into believing they had stumbled upon remnants of a crime scene,…

Copenhagen Tests The Trash Can With A “Dignity” Shelf For Recyclables

Jun 22, 2015: Copenhagen, Denmark wants to get its bottle deposit return rates up, so it's trying to help out the homeless with a trash can designed for their dignity The post Copenhagen Tests The Trash Can With A “Dignity” Shelf For Recyclables appeared first on Sustainablog.

Climate Hope City: The Guardian unveils the ideal green city in Minecraft

Jun 22, 2015: Lush, green rooftop gardens and multi-story farms growing fruits and vegetables for the people in the city. Hydrogen-powered boats that sail down crystal-clear rivers and canals and “strange, sail-shaped constructions that suck CO2 out of the air,”…

OSPAR: the Arctic can't wait

Jun 22, 2015: Government representatives from 15 countries, including the European Union, are meeting this week in Ostend, Belgium. These countries make up the OSPAR Commission which regulates the Northeast Atlantic Ocean. A big part of the Commission's responsibility is the part of the Arctic Ocean, which begins off the coast of Iceland and runs between Norway and Greenland all the way to the North Pole.The Arctic Ocean is not only the least protected ocean in the world, but it is also one of the oceans under the most pressure. Climate change is happening at a swifter pace there than anywhere else on the planet and the receding sea ice is being exploited by huge fishing vessels (floating factories almost) and oil companies that are moving further and fu…

Then & Now: Launching a "Mind Bomb" to save the Arctic

Jun 22, 2015: Staring out at the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean, I feel a sense of past and present colliding. Forty-four years ago in these same waters off Canada's west coast, my father Robert Hunter and a group of Greenpeace co-founders sailed to stop nuclear testing on the Alaskan island of Amchitka. Today, we have just taken a similar passage on the west coast to disrupt Shell's plans for drilling in the Arctic this year.For me, staring back at the same waves my father once encountered reminds me that we live a common story. While these events are separated by time, they are essentially the same struggle. For these are the defining issues of our eras and we are the dreamers that believe we can change them.Greenpeace was founded by dreamers. Peo…

Lancet Report Affirms Tremendous Health Benefits from Climate Action

Jun 22, 2015: WASHINGTON (June 22, 2015) – The Lancet Commission on Health and Climate released a report today warning that climate change poses both the greatest threat to health in the 21st Century and the greatest opportunity to protect public health by pursuing a reduction of fossil fuels and an expansion of clean energy.

EPA Issues Clarion Call to Climate Action

Jun 22, 2015: WASHINGTON (June 22, 2015) -- The Environmental Protection Agency today released “'Climate Change in the United States:  Benefits of Global Action,”' at-once a sobering warning of the consequences of inaction and a clarion call to action.

Our love of Nutella is wrecking the Earth

Jun 21, 2015: Nutella: It's the stuff dreams are made of. OK, well, it's really just amazing on toast -- and almost everything else, but according to Segolene Royal, the ecology minister of France, the use of the palm oil in Nutella is contributing to deforestation.