September 20, 2014

Ohio Court Rules 6-1 to Allow Strip-Mining in State Wildlife Area

This week, Ohio’s Supreme Court decided a parcel of the Brush Creek Wildlife Area can be legally strip-mined for coal.  The case has proven a legal snare for its appellants, the Ohio Department of National Resources (ODNR), whose desire to strip-mine the land was denied by the appeals and common pleas courts that had previously Read More

September 20, 2014

Japan Will Continue Antarctic Whaling Despite IWC Restriction

Japan has announced that it will continue whaling in the Southern Ocean despite new restrictions placed on its whaling program by the International Whaling Commission (IWC). The IWC, an intergovernmental regulatory body, implemented a global moratorium on commercial whaling in 1986. Yet Japan has continued to hunt whales by utilizing a loophole in the IWC’s Read More

September 20, 2014

Exclusive Video: Prelude to The People’s Climate March

On the eve of the People’s Climate March, nearly 100,000 people will participate in the biggest climate event in history. In the lead up to the march, Planet Experts’ own reporters are in the field and interviewing activist and environmental leaders to learn what is at stake, not just for tomorrow but also for the Read More

September 20, 2014

Nearly 100,000 Expected to Gather for Tomorrow’s People’s Climate March

On Sunday, September 21, nearly 100,000 people are expected to converge on Manhattan for the People’s Climate March, the largest climate activism event the world has ever seen. Sister events are taking place all over the world as well. “The heads of state are gathering, but we don’t have a voice, the people don’t have Read More

September 19, 2014

Obama Administration Unveils Sweeping Clean Energy Initiative

One week before the international climate summit in New York, the Obama administration has unveiled over 50 public and private initiatives to grow solar power and improve energy efficiency in the U.S. These initiatives include a six-year job training program that will teach 50,000 people, including veterans, to become solar panel installers. In addition to Read More

September 19, 2014

Scientists Invite Florida Gov. Rick Scott to Climate Change Summit

Last month, Florida Governor Rick Scott gave a handful of scientists 30 (actually 20) minutes to explain why his state needs a climate change plan. He left without asking a single question. Now 42 scientists are inviting the governor to attend a climate summit where they can discuss the issue in its full, dire details. Read More

September 19, 2014

Sockeye Salmon Make a Comeback in Idaho’s Redfish Lake

The endangered sockeye salmon is returning to central Idaho’s Redfish Lake, marking a tentative victory for state and federal wildlife authorities.  Redfish Lake is located in the Stanley Basin, 6,800 feet above sea-level. It was named for the sockeye, which historically thrived in the region. But a dam on the Salmon River, built in the Read More

September 19, 2014

New Bill Would Stop Coal Companies From Denying Benefits to Miners With Black Lung

New federal legislation would reform existing laws that provide benefits to coal miners suffering from pneumoconiosis, also known as “black lung.” Over the twentieth century the U.S. government passed several laws protecting miners’ rights and health, but in the last 40 years coal companies have devised ways of avoiding payment to their suffering workers. The Read More

September 19, 2014

Republicans Argue Climate Science With Obama’s Top Science Advisor

On Wednesday, John Holdren appeared before the Republican-led House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Dr. Holdren is an alumnus of MIT and Stanford University and currently serves as President Obama’s Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that did not deter the House Committee from treating him with palpable, smirking disdain. Read More

September 19, 2014

Getting the Message Right on Climate Change

The climate is again taking center stage for Climate Week New York in what will hopefully be a consistent and persuasive drumbeat of media attention leading up to the 2015 Paris summit. As a relative newcomer to Twitter, I was thrilled by the vibrant community the climate movement has built on the microblogging platform. This Read More

September 18, 2014

China and Africa Need to Have an Ivory Conversation

Patrick Bergin, the CEO of the African Wildlife Foundation, is heading to China to begin a series of talks aimed at improving China-Africa relations. Bergin discussed the AWF’s mission in a recent interview with Saving the Wild: “The reason we’re going to China is because AWF and the Aspen Institute are driving a China-Africa dialogue Read More

September 18, 2014

Capitalism the Root of the Climate Change Problem, Says Naomi Klein

In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism v. The Climate, Naomi Klein makes the bold and unpopular argument that unregulated capitalism is deterring any serious climate change legislation.  It was an unfortunate coincidence, Klein writes, that serious conversations about cutting greenhouse gas emissions began at the same time that globalization was taking off. In Read More

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