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Americans Unite to Sue EPA Demanding Protection of Bees

Americans Unite to Sue EPA Demanding Protection of Bees | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Last week, the beekeeping industry filed legal action against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) for approving a new bee-harming pesticide ...

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Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry?

Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry? | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Peak oil has generated headlines in recent years, but the real threat to our future is peak water. There are substitutes for oil, but not for water. We can produce food without oil, but not without water ...

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Minnesota Communities Declare Independence from Frac-Sand Mining

Minnesota Communities Declare Independence from Frac-Sand Mining | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

In Minnesota, local governments are arguing strenuously to maintain local control over large-scale silica mining for fracking within their communities. Since the state ...

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Explosion Rocks Fracking Well in West Virginia

Explosion Rocks Fracking Well in West Virginia | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

An explosion at a nearby gas drilling well pad jostled John Pitcock awake around 4 a.m. Sunday morning. The Pitcocks have been plagued by noise, lights, dust, emissions and truck traffic after a neighbor leased his land to a drilling company ...

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Keystone XL's Petcoke Byproduct Could Single Handedly Wreck the Climate

Keystone XL's Petcoke Byproduct Could Single Handedly Wreck the Climate | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

There are many reasons that the Keystone XL pipeline will clearly exacerbate the problem of climate pollution … but one that is often overlooked (at our peril) is the problem of petroleum coke a.k.a. “petcoke.” Petcoke is a refining byproduct of ...

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Rowers' Epic Journey Reveals How Climate Change Is Transforming the Arctic

Rowers' Epic Journey Reveals How Climate Change Is Transforming the Arctic | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Four modern day explorers from Vancouver, BC, began a world first expedition on July 1, to row the 3,000 kilometer Northwest Passage in a specially commissioned human-powered boat—a feat only possible now due to the melting ice in the Arctic ...

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Crude Oil Transport Train Explosion Incinerates Surrounding Neighborhoods

Crude Oil Transport Train Explosion Incinerates Surrounding Neighborhoods | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The inherent risks of transporting crude oil have once again been brutally and painfully exposed after a massive explosion in Quebec, Canada left part of an affected town looking like a war zone. At least five people died when a crude oil train ...

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Carbon Offsets Could Create Loophole for Industry to Pollute as Usual

Carbon Offsets Could Create Loophole for Industry to Pollute as Usual | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The denuded clearing is on a tract of private forestland owned by timber giant Sierra Pacific Industries that is close to being approved as a sort of carbon bank under California’s new cap-and-trade scheme.

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Toxic Dump to Expand in Low-Income Neighborhoods As Violations Persist

Toxic Dump to Expand in Low-Income Neighborhoods As Violations Persist | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The toxic dump, considered the largest west of the Mississippi River, has been the subject of debate among local residents after it was fined in March for failing to report more than 70 toxic waste spills to California’s Department of Toxic...

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Fracking Industry's Faulty Claims Cast Doubt on Shale Investments

Fracking Industry's Faulty Claims Cast Doubt on Shale Investments | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The way that oil and gas companies describe their prospects in their financial statements matters because investors—and not just the uber-wealthy ones but also pension funds, university endowments, average folks with retirement savings ...

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Declaring Our Independence from Carbon Pollution

Declaring Our Independence from Carbon Pollution | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

If we want to solve climate change, we have to stand up and get involved. We have to talk with our friends, families and networks, and help them ...

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Expect an 'Angry Summer' of More Wildfires, Drought and Extreme Heat

Expect an 'Angry Summer' of More Wildfires, Drought and Extreme Heat | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The Southwest is facing first-hand the role of climate change in increasing wildfires, droughts and extreme heat. The region is trending towards drier and warmer conditions in recent years, consistent with climate change projections that show ...

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EPA Approves Use of Invasive Species for Biofuel

EPA Approves Use of Invasive Species for Biofuel | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved a final rule which would allow for biofuels made from two well known invasive species to qualify for credits under the Federal Renewable Fuels Standard.

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EU Climate Chief Adds Voice to Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

EU Climate Chief Adds Voice to Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Connie Hedegaard has urged the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank to take a lead role in eliminating public finance support for fossil fuels ...

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Organizations Urge U.S. Rejection of Smithfield Takeover

Organizations Urge U.S. Rejection of Smithfield Takeover | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Today, a letter addressed to members of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. was delivered by a broad coalition of farm, community and consumer organizations, urging the members to recommend ...

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An Open Letter to President Obama from Gasland Director Josh Fox

An Open Letter to President Obama from Gasland Director Josh Fox | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

We thus respectfully request a meeting with you. More specifically, I wish to introduce you to members of seven families from disparate regions across the nation who have all had their lives ruined by drilling and fracking operations.

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China to Hand Down Death Penalty for Serious Pollution

China to Hand Down Death Penalty for Serious Pollution | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Last week, Chinese authorities announced that courts were now able to hand down the death penalty in cases of serious pollution.

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Enbridge Seeks Exemption to Fast Track Pipeline Before Opposition Builds

Enbridge Seeks Exemption to Fast Track Pipeline Before Opposition Builds | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Since Flanagan South doesn’t cross an international border, it doesn’t require State Department approval, the current point of contention for Keystone XL. However, Enbridge is trying to use a regulatory shortcut ...

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Fossil Fuel Chemical Supplier Shut Down By Fracking Protesters

Fossil Fuel Chemical Supplier Shut Down By Fracking Protesters | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Momentive is one of the largest worldwide distributors of “resin coated proppants,” a necessary component for high-volume slickwater hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. These chemicals are ...

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Obama Administration to Rely on 'Clean Coal' and Unproven Sequestration to Combat Climate Change

Obama Administration to Rely on 'Clean Coal' and Unproven Sequestration to Combat Climate Change | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Ernest J. Moniz has a long history of supporting coal-powered electricity, staking his arguments in favor of coal on a technology that remains entirely unproven: carbon capture and sequestration (CCS).

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Major Fossil Fuel Divestments Strengthen Renewable Energy Movement Worldwide

Major Fossil Fuel Divestments Strengthen Renewable Energy Movement Worldwide | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

"As the stated climate goals become reality, these resources are worthless financially, but it is also true that they do not contribute to sustainable development in the extent and the pace we want. Exposure to fossil fuels is ..."

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Apple Plans to Build Solar Farm in Nevada

Apple Plans to Build Solar Farm in Nevada | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

According to several news items from reliable sources, Apple is teaming up with Nevada utility NV Energy to build a solar farm to support its data center in Reno, NV. This would be ...

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The Toxic Legacy of Waste Injection Wells

The Toxic Legacy of Waste Injection Wells | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

According to ProPublica, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “has not counted the number of cases of waste migration or contamination in more than 20 years.”

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Bay Area Battles Chevron's Dangerous Tar Sands Refinery

Bay Area Battles Chevron's Dangerous Tar Sands Refinery | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

350BayArea.org, joined by local groups and unions, last week announced plans for a massive protest Aug. 3 at California's Chevron Richmond oil refinery. The largest greenhouse gas polluter in the state ...

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Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Waste Dump

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Waste Dump | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

So, why would anyone consider dumping radioactive poisons that will remain deathly dangerous for hundreds of thousands of years next to such an integral part of the our Great Lakes ecosystem? The answer begins with ...

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