Law
July 31, 2015

Coal Plant Owners to Pay $4.3 Million Pollution Settlement to Local Tribe

NV Energy has agreed to pay $4.3 million to the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians following allegations that its coal-fired power plant has contaminated the local water and endangered the health of nearby residents.. The proposed settlement, which is scheduled to become final on September 8, concludes a federal lawsuit that was filed in August Read More

July 31, 2015

Brigadier General: ‘Climate Change Poses Undeniable Threat to National Security’

On Thursday, USMC Brigadier General Stephen Cheney warned that “climate change poses [an] undeniable threat to national security.” With global warming already contributing to extreme weather and rising sea levels, these conditions, the retired general wrote, will “enable worldwide violence and perpetuate terrorism.” Cheney’s warning follows the recent release of a new report from the Read More

July 31, 2015

ESC: The Sweet Taste of Conservation

Written by Brenna Thompson, foundation and corporate relations officer for AWF African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has long believed that the private sector has a pivotal role to play in protecting Africa’s wildlife and wild lands, as well as improving the lives of its people. Since 1998, one of AWF’s key conservation strategies has been our Read More

July 31, 2015

Protect the Grand Canyons of the Ocean

Written by Courtney Mattison, Editor for Mission Blue Hidden below the surface of Alaska’s icy waters lie the world’s largest underwater canyons, both more massive than America’s Grand Canyon. Home to orcas, walrus and fur seals, albatross and kittiwakes, king crab, squid, salmon and coldwater corals, brittle stars and sponges, the continental slope and canyons of Read More

July 31, 2015

Asserting Indigenous Rights in Peru’s Plagued & Prolific Block 192

Written by Andrew E. Miller For over ten years Amazon Watch has campaigned on, published about and monitored the situation in Peru’s most important oil field known as Block 192 (formerly named Block 1AB). Back in 2007 we co-published A Legacy of Harm with EarthRights International and the Peruvian human rights group Racimos de Ungurahui, detailing Read More

July 30, 2015

This Is What Activism Looks Like: Greenpeace Protesters Hang From Bridge, Force Shell to Retreat

As of Thursday afternoon, 13 Greenpeace activists are still hanging from a bridge in Portland, Oregon, after successfully forcing The Fennica, a Shell icebreaker, to turn around. The Fennica is an integral part of Shell’s plan to drill for oil in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, an initiative recently approved by the US government despite its own Read More

July 30, 2015

California Coast: Get Ready for Sea Level Rise

Adaptation.  Resilience. Readiness. Whatever you call it, it’s time get our coastline ready for this “slow moving emergency.” Sea levels are rising in California as they are throughout the world.  To date the rise has been measured in inches, but it will increase noticeably  in our lifetimes.  What we know and enjoy along the California Read More

July 30, 2015

Large Oil Slick Observed Off California Coast Near Santa Barbara

GOLETA, Calif.— Emergency officials are responding to a 2-mile oil sheen off the California coast near the town of Goleta in Santa Barbara County. The slick extends to Platform Holly, an offshore drilling platform. Officials have yet to confirm the source of the slick, which follows a massive oil pipeline rupture near Santa Barbara in Read More

July 30, 2015

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Business

We hear a lot these days about Zero Waste; but, what does that mean and how does striving toward Zero Waste help a company’s bottom line? What does Zero Waste mean?  According to Zero Waste International Alliance, it means, “designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste Read More

July 30, 2015

4 Lessons Learned From Passing Microbead Legislation

Written by Brendan Terry, 5 Gyres Ambassador The Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 has been introduced in the House of Representatives and now, with many state legislatures adjourned, there is time to focus on making it and other future bills strong both through continuing pressure by passing more exemplary laws from the active state legislatures (e.g. California) Read More

July 29, 2015

International Tiger Day 2015: We Have Lost 97% of All Wild Tigers

It seems absurd that an animal as powerful as the tiger could be wiped off the planet so swiftly. For centuries, the tiger was a cornerstone of a cultural narrative, ranging across both ends of the Asian continent and symbolizing at once the majesty and the horror of the wilderness. Now, it is nearly extinct, Read More

July 29, 2015

Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks on Leading Earth Friendly Products & Making Green Goods Affordable

(This is the third installment in Planet Experts’ Trailblazing Women series.) It’s easy to laud the environmental ambitions of Earth Friendly Products, which does exactly what its name implies: Make household products that are friendly to the Earth. In 2010, the company transitioned to running on 100 percent renewable energy, reducing its carbon footprint by Read More