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January 3, 2015

17 Recent Environment Headlines to Blow your Mind.

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While I write a bunch of stories up, and have some help from our community of writers, we seem to be attracting mostly relationship and yoga articles.

With so much going on, on our blue dot, I can’t possibly keep up. So, in the meantime, here’s some of the headlines that shocked, pleased, riveted and engrossed me over the last month or so.

  1. The energy industry spent $721 million on November’s elections (eaglefordtexas.comIt’s little wonder solar, which is expanding rapidly in China, Germany, and other leading nations, is slowed here in the face of natural gas and coal (and fracking of each).
  2. GOP kills Florida solar, takes the sun out of Sunshine State (peoplesworld.org)
  3. Meat industry bristles at suggestion of sustainable dietary guidelines (pbs.orgA new pyramid?
  4. Chicken farmer who spoke out about factory farm abuses immediately audited by Perdue – The farmer faces potential disciplinary actions in what some speculate was an act of retaliation (salon.com)
  5. The entire state of New York is going to ban fracking, citing health risks. (nytimes.com)
  6. President Obama took one of the biggest environmental actions of his presidency today, closing millions of acres of Bristol Bay to fossil fuel extraction that his predecessor had sought to lease for drilling. (washingtonpost.com)
  7. Supertrawlers to be banned permanently from Australian waters – Any longer than 130m can’t fish. “Supertrawlers are part of a global problem that’s led to the devastation of the world’s fisheries, marine life & local livelihoods, and we don’t want that kind of fishing in Australia.” (abc.net.au)
  8. For the first time in almost 200 years, wild bison are back east of the Mississippi (onearth.org)
  9. EBay Just Became The Latest Tech Company To Leave Conservative Group ALEC, citing the conservative group’s “extreme agenda” that includes “denying the science of climate change” (thinkprogress.org)
  10. The Pope Thinks Climate Change Is a Major Threat. So Do American Catholics. Most Catholics say global warming is a “crisis” or a “major problem.” (motherjones.com)
  11. Peru Is Now Giving Free Solar Power To Its 2 Million Poorest Citizens (minds.com)
  12. A Toast to the Safe Drinking Water Act | Its radical idea—tap water should be safe to drink—has been a huge, underappreciated success. (slate.com)
  13. SeaWorld CEO Steps Down Amid Tanking Revenues – Company announces undisclosed number of layoffs after volley of public criticism for its treatment of killer whales, underscored in 2013 documentary “Blackfish”
  14. Obama: Keystone XL could contribute to ‘disastrous’ climate change – President Obama spoke in dismissive terms of the Keystone XL pipeline Monday during an interview on “The Colbert Report Monday (washingtonpost.com)
  15. United Nations Calls for an End to Industrialized Farming (globalwarming-arclein.blogspot.com)
  16. plastic beauty microbeads toothpaste
    Environmental groups try again for microbead ban in California (sfgate.com)
  17. Ecuador indigenous leader found dead days before planned Lima protest – Shuar leader José Isidro Tendetza Antún missing since Nov 28. Activists believe death linked to opposition to state-Chinese mine project. (theguardian.com)

 

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