December 18, 2014

Not Just Public Lands: Defense Bill Also Incentivizes Fracked Gas Vehicles

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog DeSmogBlog recently revealed how Big Oil’s lobbyists snuck expedited permitting for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) on public lands into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015, which passed in the U.S. House and Senate and now awaits President Barack Obama’s signature. A follow-up probe reveals that the public lands giveaway was not the Read More

December 18, 2014

Tanker Spills Thousands of Gallons of Oil Into Bangladeshi Mangrove Forest

After being rammed by a cargo vessel in the Chandpai dolphin sanctuary, an oil tanker has spilled thousands of gallons of oil into the Bangladeshi Sundarbans, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sundarbans is so-called for the native Sundari trees, the mangrove species Heritiera fomes, that make up the largest deltaic mangrove forest in the Read More

December 18, 2014

CCF Guard Dog Program Protects Cheetahs and Livestock Alike

Our Livestock Guarding Dog program has been officially scaled up! The Cheetah Conservation Fund has increased the number of breeding dogs and, naturally, our puppy numbers have increased dramatically this year. In the last four months alone, we’ve had five litters of puppies born—and are expecting another litter around Christmas Day. (What a great present!) Read More

December 18, 2014

Peter Gwynne Recants Infamous Newsweek Article on ‘Global Cooling’

On April 28, 1975, Newsweek published an article entitled “The Cooling World,” which posited that the Earth was entering a state of global cooling and that meteorologists were divided only on the cause and extent of the trend. On Wednesday, the article’s author, Peter Gwynne, wrote a thoughtful piece on how outdated the article is Read More

December 18, 2014

Why We Need to Rethink Plastic, and Soon

Christmas is just around the corner, and the shopping stampede is on. From vacuum cleaners to tinsel to electronic gadgets, most objects that people buy are made of plastic. Our plastic dependency seems to grow, despite increased awareness of the effects on health and the environment. Last week, researchers from the 5 Gyres Institute published Read More

December 17, 2014

Solar Sunflower Generates Electricity, Heat, Water & Refrigeration

Swiss company Airlight Energy has developed the Sunflower Solar Harvester, an all-in-one renewable solution for remote communities located beyond the grid. As its name suggests, the design is modeled on a sunflower, and like a sunflower, the face tracks the sun as it moves across the sky. The “petals” of the face are reflectors that Read More

December 17, 2014

Proposed Legislation Aims to Keep Invasive Asian Carp From Reaching Great Lakes

Last Friday, three members of Congress introduced legislation to defend the Great Lakes from Asian carp, an invasive species that has been wreaking havoc on marine ecosystems as it works its way up the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Environmentalists are concerned that the fish could cause serious ecological and economic damage if it migrates Read More

December 17, 2014

Incredible Footage of SharkBoat Crew Diving With Great White Shark

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As part of its mission to research and protect the waters around Costa Rica’s Cocos Island, the Shark Boat crew recorded some incredible footage of a Great White Shark. Check out this magnificent creature as it glides through the water like a boss: And here’s Ocean Ramsey and Kimi Warner free diving with a Great White, with Read More

December 17, 2014

Over 16,000 Miles of Virginia Rivers Are Polluted, Says Report

Every other year, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality publishes a water quality assessment of its rivers. On Tuesday, the DEQ announced that the state now has 3,000 more miles of polluted rivers than it did in 2012. The current draft of what is sometimes referred to as the “Dirty Waters” list is waiting approval Read More

December 17, 2014

Obama Signs Memorandum to Protect Bristol Bay From Oil & Gas Drilling

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum to prohibit oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. According to the White House, Bristol Bay is “one of the world’s most valuable fisheries” and provides 40 percent of America’s seafood. It also supports an annual $2 billion in commercial fishing as well as $100 Read More

December 17, 2014

Gov. Cuomo Will Ban Fracking in New York State, and Why It’s Long Past Due

On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ended years of uncertainty and delay by announcing that he would officially ban hydraulic fracturing in the state. The announcement came during Cuomo’s year-end cabinet meeting in Albany. Regarding the decision, the Governor later told reporters, “I don’t think I even have a role here,” as it was Read More

December 17, 2014

In Last 4 Years, Republicans Voted Against the Environment 551 Times

The United States House of Representatives ended its legislative session last week, leaving behind a troubling trail of anti-environment votes over the four years of Republican House majority. A staggering 551 votes, with 234 in the last two years, were counted by the minority staff in a December 1st count. According to the report, the Read More