October 24, 2014

Loophole Allows Fracking Companies to Avoid Permits for Use of Dangerous Chemicals

A loophole in federal water quality laws has allowed fracking companies to evade regulations requiring companies to get permits before using substances or methods that could expose dangerous chemicals to drinking water, according to a new report  by the Environmental Integrity Project.  The Safe Water Drinking Act mandates heavy regulations on the use of diesel, Read More

October 24, 2014

Endesa Cancels Dam Project on Chile’s Futaleufú River

Endesa, a multinational company that owns the rights to Chile’s Futaleufú River, has cancelled a project that would have built three hydroelectric dams on the river, according to the Chilean financial press.  This news was reported by the Futaleufú Riverkeeper, Patagonia’s first Waterkeeper program and one of over two hundred Waterkeeper programs that seek to Read More

October 24, 2014

European Union Agrees to Reduce Greenhouse Emissions 40 Percent by 2030

On Friday, European Union leaders agreed to a new emissions benchmark: A 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030. At a gathering in Brussels, EU leaders also agreed upon new targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency, with an enforceable standard of a 27 percent market share of renewable energy for Read More

October 24, 2014

Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Herbicide Approval

On Wednesday, a coalition of farmers and environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the United States Environmental Protection Agency, alleging that its approval of the herbicide Enlist Duo puts human health and animals at risk. The lawsuit was filed by the Center for Food Safety and by Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental firm, on behalf of Read More

October 24, 2014

How to Make Sustainable Furniture Choices

(This article, from CustomMade, originally appeared in Made. It has been reprinted here with permission.) For budget-conscious consumers, frequent movers, or first-time renters, furniture meant to stand the test of time doesn’t exactly sound feasible. A $30 coffee table, $200 bed frame, and $150 dresser may sound enticing, but as many of us have found Read More

October 24, 2014

What Is the Cost of Climate Change?

What is the cost of climate change – of adapting to the new reality of a warmer planet and mitigating against its future impacts?  A report this year in the journal Global Environmental Change, partly addresses this question. It estimates the total value of our global ecosystems, currently threatened by climate change and other forms Read More

October 23, 2014

Why Policymakers Need to Consider a ‘Worst Case Scenario’ Sea Level Rise

Sea levels are rising, that’s an indisputable fact. But by how much and why exactly, those are grayer issues. In the former case, it’s because there are several variables that can affect the rise: warming waters, glacial and ice sheet melts, land subsidence, erosion and overdevelopment, to name a few. In the latter case, most Read More

October 23, 2014

In Texas, a Tug of War Between Development and Drought

A new report from Texas A&M’s Institute of Renewable Natural Resources suggests that Texas’ rapid development may be costing it its water supply. The Texas A&M report claims that the state’s water woes can in part be traced to its population boom. Between 1997 and 2012, the number of Texans grew by 36 percent. In Read More

October 23, 2014

Brazil Creates Rainforest Reserve That’s Larger Than Delaware

On Tuesday, the Brazilian government announced it was placing a massive section of the Amazon under federal protection.  The reserve, known as Alto Maues, will cover an area of 668,000 hectares (1.65 million acres) – which is larger than the U.S. state of Delaware – and will be off-limits to all logging and development. The Read More

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October 23, 2014

Utah Oil and Gas Industry Sites are Seeping Chemical Emissions

A recent study in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics indicates that drilling pads at oil and natural gas hydraulic fracturing sites are leaking and emitting a wide variety of chemicals across Utah’s Uintah Basin. As The Denver Post reports, the basin is the site of many active studies on emissions, with reports indicating that the Read More

October 23, 2014

South Miami Votes to Secede From the State of Florida Over Climate Change Inaction

After years of inaction by the state of Florida, the city commission of South Miami has voted on a measure for not just the city, but for the entirety of South Florida to secede and become its own separate, self-governed state. As ThinkProgress reports, the resolution would define a new 51st state of South Florida that Read More

October 23, 2014

Marine Protection Areas and Krill on Top of CCAMLR Agenda

With West Antarctica now among the fastest warming places on the planet, scientists and delegations have gathered in Hobart, Australia for an annual meeting to discuss conservation measures for the Southern Ocean, with a large focus on marine protection areas (MPAs) and krill.  At the 33rd meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Read More

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