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Global Environmental Leader: Samuel Duo Helps Build Liberia's Sustainable Community

Global Environmental Leader: Samuel Duo Helps Build Liberia's Sustainable Community | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

When Duo completed his PhD in May, 2011, he returned to Liberia, where the state of the economy was abysmal. Most businessmen had fled the country and few enterprises were intrepid enough to do business with the struggling country.

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From Fracking to Renewable Energy, Interactive Website Tracks Legislation State by State

From Fracking to Renewable Energy, Interactive Website Tracks Legislation State by State | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker—a new online database of energy-related state legislation pending in all 50 states, from solar to natural gas and everything in between.

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Proposed Coal Export Terminals Putting People and Planet at Risk

Proposed Coal Export Terminals Putting People and Planet at Risk | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

There are currently two active coal export proposals in Washington and one proposal in Boardman, OR, that would export a total 100 million metric tons per year if built.

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Bipartisan Toxic Reform Bill Introduced in Senate

Bipartisan Toxic Reform Bill Introduced in Senate | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Under the current law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which has been in effect since 1976, only approximately 200 of the 80,000 chemicals approved for sale in this country have undergone safety testing ...

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Summer Heat: Mass Action to Stop the Climate Crisis

Summer Heat: Mass Action to Stop the Climate Crisis | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

We believe that mass action can breathe life into even the most hardened political fights, and so these actions will all aim to bring thousands of people to stand together—perhaps sometimes on the wrong side of the law.

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How Big Energy is Destroying the Planet for Record Profits

How Big Energy is Destroying the Planet for Record Profits | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Call it irony, if you will, or call it a nightmare, but Big Oil evidently has no qualms about making its next set of profits directly off melting the planet. Its top executives continue to ...

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Lobster Boat vs. Coal Ship

Lobster Boat vs. Coal Ship | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The captain of the Energy Enterprise called us on the radio, shortly after we spoke to the police. He said the ship was carrying American coal from West Virginia, and he didn't understand what were protesting.

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High School Students Rally to Protect Seneca Lake from Fracking Infrastructure

High School Students Rally to Protect Seneca Lake from Fracking Infrastructure | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

For their class project, the students chose to focus on the plans of an out-of-state corporation, Inergy, which include a proposal for an industrial gas storage and transport hub on the shores of nearby Seneca Lake ...

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Steingraber Calls Out Illinois Fracking Regulations

Steingraber Calls Out Illinois Fracking Regulations | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Before environmental lobbyists and legislators push a hydraulic fracking bill through the Illinois legislature, they need to sit down with farmers in Clinton County and learn how well regulations ...

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After One Arrest, Sit In Continues Demanding Moratorium on Fracking

After One Arrest, Sit In Continues Demanding Moratorium on Fracking | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

"Here’s what we’ve learned in New York: Regulations cannot prevent well casings from leaking as they age and fail. Or keep methane from migrating through underground faults. Or eliminate the 24/7 noise pollution from drilling. Regulations cannot keep benzene from rising out of boreholes. There is no good storage solution for radioactive wastewater. And the jobs fracking provides are temporary and toxic," said Dr. Sandra Steingraber.

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Democratic Governors Received $3.5 Million in Dirty Energy Money in Last Five Years

Democratic Governors Received $3.5 Million in Dirty Energy Money in Last Five Years | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

As revealed in our new report, The Democratic Governors Association Dirty Energy Money, some of America’s biggest oil and gas companies have donated approximately $3,555,281 to the Democratic Governor’s Association (DGA), since 2008.

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Could Federal Bill Lead to Death of Plastic Bags?

Could Federal Bill Lead to Death of Plastic Bags? | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

On Earth Day, the bill, Trash Reduction Act of 2013 was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. If passed, the bill would place a five-cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags in every retail location across the country.

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Concerned Citizens of Illinois Protest Fracking Regulation Bill

Concerned Citizens of Illinois Protest Fracking Regulation Bill | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Twenty concerned citizens occupied Illinois Gov. Pat. Quinn’s office Tuesday to protest his support of a state bill to regulate hydraulic fracturing. After being refused a request for a meeting ...

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Sit In Continues Demanding a Moratorium on Fracking in Illinois

Sit In Continues Demanding a Moratorium on Fracking in Illinois | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

As a sit in movement continues at the office of Gov. Quinn in Springfield, IL, besieged southern Illinois residents who have been left out of backroom legislative negotiations over a controversial and admittedly flawed regulatory fracking bill are calling on the nation to contact Gov. Quinn and Lt. Gov. Madigan to put a moratorium on drilling to investigate its full climate and health impacts.

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Five Arrested at Mountaintop Removal Protest

Five Arrested at Mountaintop Removal Protest | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

“Alpha is only profitable because they’re allowed to gamble with our lives—and we’re the ones who pay the cost of their negligence and toxic pollution ...

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March Against Monsanto This Saturday

March Against Monsanto This Saturday | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Instigated and driven completely by grassroots activists, this global day of action hopes to demonstrate that, when many people ban together for justice and transparency, they can fight back against the powerful few ...

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Is Outrage Over Monsanto Protection Act a Turning Point for the Food Movement?

Is Outrage Over Monsanto Protection Act a Turning Point for the Food Movement? | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The law—conveniently snuck into the must-pass budget bill—requires the USDA to ignore a court order and allow the planting of new genetically engineered crops while the agency conducts further review, after which time it’s likely too late to undo...

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New Fracking Rules Leave Drought-Ridden States High and Dry

New Fracking Rules Leave Drought-Ridden States High and Dry | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Proposed standards that the U.S. Department of Interior announced last week for hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands are hugely important, especially in the arid West where water is gold.

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Fracking Economics Revealed as Shale Gas Bubble, Not Silver Bullet

Fracking Economics Revealed as Shale Gas Bubble, Not Silver Bullet | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

“Given the true potential, limitations, and both financial and environmental costs of the energy panaceas being touted by industry and government proponents, it will simply not be possible to drill and frack our way to ‘energy independence' ...

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100+ March for Ban on Fracking and End to Democratic Governors Taking Dirty Money

100+ March for Ban on Fracking and End to Democratic Governors Taking Dirty Money | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

A coalition led by Americans Against Fracking, 350.org, Democracy for America and Food & Water Watch, among others marched at the Spring Policy Conference of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) calling for a ban on fracking and...

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House Votes to Fast Track Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

House Votes to Fast Track Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

H.R. 3 marks the seventh time the House of Representatives has voted on a bill that would circumvent the nation’s most crucial environmental laws, in order to force approval of Keystone XL. But today’s vote saw fewer Representatives ...

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A Guide to Food Industry Front Groups: How Corporate Lobbyists Control Public Discourse

A Guide to Food Industry Front Groups: How Corporate Lobbyists Control Public Discourse | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

With growing concern over the negative impacts of our highly industrialized and overly-processed food system, the food industry has a serious public relations problem on its hands. Instead of cleaning up its act, corporate lobbyists are ...

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Countdown to Nuclear Ruin at Paducah

Countdown to Nuclear Ruin at Paducah | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Disaster is about to strike in western Kentucky, a full-blown nuclear catastrophe involving hundreds of tons of enriched uranium tainted with plutonium, technetium, arsenic, beryllium and a toxic chemical brew.

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Why Colorado Residents Can’t Keep Fracking Industry Out of Their Backyards

Why Colorado Residents Can’t Keep Fracking Industry Out of Their Backyards | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The city manager told the council that he thought the city had done a stellar job of answering all questions except the questions concerning public health. But he said that shouldn’t concern the council since the public’s health was a matter of state and federal concern. It was not their responsibility.

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Victory: Science and Integrity Defeat Big Fluoride in Portland

Victory: Science and Integrity Defeat Big Fluoride in Portland | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Fluoridation proponents had a massive near-million dollar war chest. They used their nearly four to one funding advantage and media clout to flood Portland with misleading ads and editorials touting fluoridation as an urgently needed tool for solving the “dental crisis” in the city’s ...

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