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As oil trains derail across the United States, a windswept - and vulnerable - stretch of Montana’s Glacier National Park underscores the folly of transporting crude by rail.
There are "significant construction flaws" in some newer, double-walled storage tanks at Washington state's Hanford nuclear waste complex, which could lead to additional leaks, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Clearfield County residents got their wish, at least for now, when state officials agreed on Friday to stop spreading biosolids, or treated sewage sludge, on game lands near their homes.
Demand for food free of genetically modified organisms is growing fast and nowhere stronger than in British Columbia. Products that display both an organic and non-GMO certification are out-selling their competitors five to one at Whole Foods Markets.
The increasingly successful movement to eliminate genetically modified crops - GMOs - from food is turning out to be organic's false friend. The non-GMO label has become a cheaper alternative to organic.
Health Canada insists a chemical found in hamburger buns and doughnuts — as well as yoga mats and shoe soles — is safe to eat.
Invasive species aren’t just species—they can also be pathogens. Such is the case with the West Nile virus.There were more than 5,500 cases reported in 2012, and the scary thing is that as the climate warms, West Nile will continue to spread.
The weather bureau says Perth’s record-smashing summer was “madness” and it has used temperature and rainfall data to lash out at climate change sceptics.
Republicans in the House of Representatives have rolled out draft legislation to overhaul the federal law that controls commercial chemicals, the Toxic Substances Control Act.
While one of the newer double-walled nuclear waste storage tanks at a Washington state complex has leaked, six others have "significant construction flaws" that could lead to additional leaks, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Scientists are trying to understand if the unusual weather in the Northern Hemisphere this winter — from record heat in Alaska to unprecedented flooding in Britain — is linked to climate change. One thing seems clear: Shifts in the jet stream play a key role and could become even more disruptive as the world warms. This winter’s weather has been weird across much of the Northern Hemisphere. Record storms in Europe; record drought in California; record heat in parts of the Arctic, including Alaska and parts of Scandinavia; but record freezes too, as polar air blew south over Canada and the U.S., causing near-record ice cover on the Great Lakes, sending the mercury as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius in Minnesota, and bringing sharp chills to Texas.
In an effort to bolster US companies and protect them from foreign competition inside the United States, Nixon began erecting tariffs on a range of goods imported into the US. If this Nixon economic plan spread to other countries, the entire global program to install “free trade” and mega-corporate emperors on their thrones for a thousand years could crash and burn.
Yesterday morning, I took a break from press calls and preparations for this weekend's big XL Dissent protest in Washington, D.C. to go back and watch some of the original videos we made during Tar Sands Action, the two weeks of sit-ins in August 2011 that helped turn the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline into the highest profile environmental fight in recent memory.
In a video from the first day of the protests, Gus Speth, a former White House official and co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, says, "We have to draw a line in the sand somewhere and this is a perfect place to draw it. It's a new, controversial, unconventional fossil resource with tremendous potential to harm the global climate, and for Obama to do something in his own power which doesn't require Congress, that would be electrifying and send a powerful signal around this country and around the world that we are going to act."
He continues, "Power responds to a demand and we have to let that demand be heard. It's time to step outside the system and do some things we haven't done before."
Speth was arrested that day and spent two nights in D.C. central cell block. He sent a message out from jail that read, "The only thing we need is more company.""It’s time to step outside the system and do some things we haven’t done before."
And boy, did he get it. Over the two weeks of Tar Sands Action, 1,253 people were arrested during daily sit-ins protesting the pipeline. Since then, arrests have continued across the country, from the Tar Sands Blockade in Texas, to young people in Michigan (who are still fighting charges), to more civil rights and environmental leaders back at the White House. Those that have gone to jail have been joined by tens of thousands more protesters in the streets during events like Forward on Climate, which brought more than 40,000 people to the Capitol last February.
This weekend will be the largest single act of civil disobedience yet. More than 1,000 students and young people are expected to take part in the XL Dissent protest at the White House. More than 300 of them are planning on risking arrest. If the action goes according to plan, it could turn out to be the largest youth-led act of civil disobedience at the White House in a generation.
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I've had the chance to talk with some of the students involved in XL Dissent and the thing that continues to strike me is how level-headed and pragmatic they are. They're risking arrest this weekend not because they're wild-eyed radicals, but because they agree with Speth that power responds to a demand, and that getting that demand heard often requires working outside traditional channels.
Howard Zinn wrote, "Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it."
After years of greening campuses, pushing for recycling and carbon neutrality, and educating their classmates about the threat of climate change, students are increasingly adopting protest as a tool for social change. From the fossil fuel divestment movement to the increasing levels of direct action and civil disobedience, young people are finding powerful ways to make an impact and stand in solidarity with the frontline communities who are feeling the impacts of our dirty energy economy and the climate crisis.
President Obama should know something about the power of principled protest. As he recounts in his autobiography Dreams From My Father, his first public speech was at a college rally pushing for divestment from apartheid South Africa.
As the president looks out from the windows of the White House this Sunday at the hundreds of student activists getting taken away from his fence in handcuffs, many of them divestment organizers back on campus, perhaps it will remind him of the reasons that got him into politics in the first place.
Keystone XL is more than an environmental issue: It's a test of character. The young people taking part in XL Dissent are demonstrating theirs. Now, it's time for the president to show his.
Jamie Henn is co-founder of the activist group 350.org, where he serves as Communications Director and East Asia Coordinator.
Suppliers of non-GMO ingredients say more big companies are likely to follow General Mills and Post Foods in switching to non-GMO ingredients in some of their products. They also say there will be enough supplies of non-GMO corn and soybeans to meet the increased non-GMO demand.
GM tomato developer is now skeptical about the promises of GM food
Non-GMO status provides greater transparency to consumers
Recent media reports have said that Monsanto, which is known as the leader in developing genetically modified crops, is focusing on traditional plant breeding—not genetic engineering—in the company’s Seminis vegetable seed business.
Two spotted seals orphaned as pups in the Arctic are now thriving at UC Santa Cruz's Long Marine Laboratory, giving scientists a rare opportunity to learn about how these seals perceive their environment. In a comprehensive study of the hearing abilities of spotted seals, UCSC researchers found that the seals have remarkably sensitive hearing in both air and water.
Trees, woodlands and hedgerows do much more than enhance the appearance of Britain's rural landscapes, writes Mike Townsend. They diminish flooding, reduce erosion, assist water infiltration, enhance biodiversity - and we need more of them!
Recently a group of local farmers in Oregon's Rogue Valley joined together to create the Our Family Farms Coalition (OFFC). Their first priority: pass the Family Farms Measure (15-119) on May 20, 2014 and keep genetically engineered crops out of Jackson County.