October 20, 2014

Ginkgo Trees Are Lovely – Let’s Stop Planting Them

Cities are heating up because of a combination of climate change, the urban heat island effect, and a loss of urban tree canopy cover. We can mitigate some of these effects and increase the resilience of urban environments  if we plant more trees. The wrong choice of trees, though, can reduce urban biodiversity and may Read More

October 19, 2014

New Study: Mountaintop Removal Dust Linked to Cancer

A new study from West Virginia University has found that dust generated from mountaintop removal coal mining promotes the growth of lung cancer tumors.  The study, published online Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, was conducted to verify previous statistical evidence linking lung cancer and coal mining operations. Michael Hendryx, a former WVU Read More

October 19, 2014

Pew Survey: China More Concerned About Environment Than U.S.

A new poll from the Pew Research Center finds that Chinese citizens consider environmental pollution a greater global threat than Americans do. Part of Pew’s Global Attitudes Project, the poll asked respondents to rank the greatest threats to the planet from amongst five categories: “Religious & ethnic hatred,” “Inequality,” “Pollution & environment,” “Nuclear weapons” and Read More

October 18, 2014

Australia Pledges to Halt Loss of Native Species by 2020

On Wednesday, Australia’s Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, admitted in a speech that the country has a legacy of “clear and significant failures” in protecting its native wildlife.  Sadly, this is an objective fact. Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world. Since European settlement on the continent, 29 of its native mammals have Read More

October 18, 2014

EPA Finds Neonicotinoid Pesticides Do Not Improve Soybean Crops

On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an analysis of the benefits of neonicotinoid pesticides on soybean seeds. In its report, the federal agency concluded that the neonics currently used (imidacloprid and thiamethoxam) have little to no influence on soybean yields.  “We have made the review of neonicotinoid pesticides a high priority,” said Jim Read More

October 17, 2014

EU Analysis Finds Wind Power Is the Cheapest Global Energy

Taking environmental and human health factors into account, onshore wind power is actually more cost-efficient than coal, gas and nuclear energy, according to a new analysis from the European Union. In the analysis, non-renewable energies are assessed based not only on their isolated financial costs, but also their impact on air quality, human health and Read More

October 17, 2014

Britain’s Migratory Bird Populations Are Declining

Almost half of the 29 bird species that migrate between the United Kingdom and Africa show long-term population declines, according to a recent report from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RPSB).  In the last 20 years, numbers of cuckoos, whinchats and spotted flycatchers have declined, as well as eight of the 11 Read More

October 17, 2014

Nobel Laureates Say Humanity Needs to Rethink How It Uses Resources

A group of 11 Nobel laureates gathered earlier this month to discuss the prospect of the Earth’s climate rising above the UN’s 2 degree Celsius ceiling it outlined for this century. At the current rate of production and consumption, the laureates agreed, mankind is not sustainable. Peter Doherty, a 1996 co-winner of the Nobel prize Read More

October 17, 2014

Pacific Islanders Blockade World’s Largest Coal Port With Canoes

On Friday, approximately 30 Pacific Climate Warrior activists rode out in canoes and blockaded tankers from entering the Australian Port of Newcastle, the world’s largest coal handling facility. The demonstration was joined by hundreds of on-shore protestors in support of the blockade, with the the Guardian reporting a notable police presence on land and in Read More

October 17, 2014

GAO Report Indicates Federal Government Not Doing Enough to Combat Ocean Acidification

A new report released on Tuesday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicates that the federal government is not utilizing enough of its budget on programs directly targeted at reducing or mitigating the effects of ocean acidification caused by pollution. As ThinkProgress reports, federal agencies are required by law under the Federal Ocean Acidification Read More

October 17, 2014

With Its Drought-Tolerant Xeriscape, SoCal Gas Walks the Talk on Water Conservation

PLAYA DEL REY, California – Less than a year ago, the Playa del Rey Natural Gas Storage Operation was fronted by a four-acre lawn that was as green and lush as any golfer’s dream. In December 2013, the company tore out a third of it, then planted over 6,000 California native and non-native drought-tolerant plants. Read More

October 16, 2014

Fracking Linked to Earthquakes in Ohio

The first known instance of seismic activity in Ohio coincided with hydraulic fracturing operations in the area, according to a new study published in the journal Seismological Research Letters. In the study, scientists report that nearly 400 small earthquakes occurred on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County, Ohio between October 1 and December 13 Read More

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