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Will NAFTA Be the Deciding Factor in Keystone XL?

Will NAFTA Be the Deciding Factor in Keystone XL? | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Thanks to NAFTA, signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994, the State Department will likely be able to do little more than stall the pipeline’s construction. In its simplest form, NAFTA removes barriers for North American countries wishing to do business in or through other North American countries, including environmental barriers. The goal of the agreement was to promote intra-continental commerce and help the economies of all involved in the agreement.

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SkyTruth Testifies Before Congress on Fracking Disclosure Rules

SkyTruth Testifies Before Congress on Fracking Disclosure Rules | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The hearing was entitled “DOI Hydraulic Fracturing Rule: A Recipe for Government Waste, Duplication and Delay.” SkyTruth’s testimony addressed the need for public disclosure of chemicals used in fracking.

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97 Percent of Scientists Agree Climate Change is Man-Made

97 Percent of Scientists Agree Climate Change is Man-Made | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

A new analysis of scientists’ articles on global warming and climate change has found almost unanimous agreement that humans are the main cause.

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Part II: How the Media Help the Koch Brothers and ExxonMobil Spread Climate Doubt

Part II: How the Media Help the Koch Brothers and ExxonMobil Spread Climate Doubt | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Formed in 1989... the Global Climate Coalition included the oil industry’s trade association, the American Petroleum Institute; oil giants British Petroleum, Chevron, Exxon, Mobil, Shell and Texaco; and the Big Three automakers, DaimlerChrysler, Ford and General Motors.

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New Buycott App Makes Voting with Your Dollar Easier Than Ever

New Buycott App Makes Voting with Your Dollar Easier Than Ever | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered whether the money you spend ends up funding causes you oppose? Thanks to the new Buycott app, you can organize your consumer spending to support causes you care about, and oppose those that you don’t—all by using your smart phone.

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Frac-Sand Mining's Promise of Economic Prosperity Fails to Materialize

Frac-Sand Mining's Promise of Economic Prosperity Fails to Materialize | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The true economic impact of frac-sand mining on rural Wisconsin communities may fall short of industry claims promising sustained prosperity and economic opportunity …



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400 ppm

400 ppm | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

AL GORE - For the first time in human history, concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary global warming pollutant, hit 400 parts per million (ppm) in our planet’s atmosphere. This number is a reminder that for the last 150 years—and especially over the last several decades—we have been recklessly polluting the protective sheath of atmosphere that surrounds the Earth and protects the conditions that have fostered the flourishing of our civilization. We are altering the composition of our atmosphere at an unprecedented rate.

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Moving Beyond Coal in Central Appalachia

Moving Beyond Coal in Central Appalachia | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Energy efficiency is one such area where the economic return on investment could be substantial, creating thousands of jobs and supporting new and existing businesses while saving people money that can be reinvested locally.

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Taxpayers Billed Nearly $100 Billion for Extreme Weather in 2012

Taxpayers Billed Nearly $100 Billion for Extreme Weather in 2012 | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

With all the debate on the federal budget in Congress, climate change rarely gets mentioned as a deficit driver. Yet dealing with climate disruption was one of the largest non-defense discretionary budget items in 2012... In fact, it was eight times the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s total budget and eight times total spending on energy.

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Dozens of U.S. Cities Join the Bike-Sharing Bandwagon

Dozens of U.S. Cities Join the Bike-Sharing Bandwagon | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

At the start of 2013, the U.S. was home to 22 modern public bike-sharing programs. By spring 2014, that number will likely double as a flurry of cities joins the more than 500 bike-sharing communities worldwide. With the expansions of current programs and new openings ...

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New Yorkers Tell Obama: No Keystone XL, Yes Renewables

New Yorkers Tell Obama: No Keystone XL, Yes Renewables | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

SANE ENERGY PROJECT —Yesterday, when President Obama came to New York City for a fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria hotel, more than 500 people were there to greet him. They came in force with signs and banners to remind him of their opposition to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline ... 

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Town Board Gives Residents Cold Shoulder Over Anti-Fracking Petition

Town Board Gives Residents Cold Shoulder Over Anti-Fracking Petition | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The group knocked on every door in the town, garnering signatures for a ban on fracking from 68 percent of contacted residents. Signatories crossed party lines—50 percent of Republicans signed—age, sex and geographic area. Residents delivered the 840 petition

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Will the Colorado River Get Fracked?

Will the Colorado River Get Fracked? | EcoWatch | Scoop.it
More than a hundred thousand active oil and gas wells in the Colorado River already exist, and approximately a hundred thousand new wells—all to be fracked—are proposed.
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Is Your State Home to One of the 20 Worst Water Polluters?

Is Your State Home to One of the 20 Worst Water Polluters? | EcoWatch | Scoop.it
We focus on the issues of water, air, food, energy and biodiversity, promoting the work of more than 1,000 grassroots environmental organizations and activists worldwide, and showcasing the insights of world-renowned environmental leaders.
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Bedbugs, Bean Leaves and Biomimicry

Bedbugs, Bean Leaves and Biomimicry | EcoWatch | Scoop.it
Modern methods of controlling pests have consisted mainly of poisoning them with chemicals. But that’s led to problems. Pesticides kill far more than the bugs they target, and pollute air, water and soil ...
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Big Oil Gets a Much Needed Reality Check

Big Oil Gets a Much Needed Reality Check | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

For the first time, world renowned economists, scientists and academics have come together to present peer-reviewed, easy to understand facts about the tar sands that counter misinformation spread by the oil industry’s glossy PR machine … 

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Global Environmental Leaders: Yi Xiaohua Balances Tourism and Conservation in Rural China

Global Environmental Leaders: Yi Xiaohua Balances Tourism and Conservation in Rural China | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

When Yi heard about the Ford International Fellowships Program, she was ecstatic. “I felt like my dream would come true,” she said, and resolved to sharpen her English language skills over the next year and to decide what, precisely, she wanted to study …

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How Renewable Energy Can Transform New York State

How Renewable Energy Can Transform New York State | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

They demonstrated how this translates into job growth, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, energy independence and security, improved water and air quality, protection of public health, lower health care costs and stabilization of energy costs …

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U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Monsanto, Rules Against Farmers

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Monsanto, Rules Against Farmers | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

“The Court chose to protect Monsanto over farmers. The Court’s ruling is contrary to logic and to agronomics, because it improperly attributes seeds’ reproduction to farmers, rather than nature...”

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Exposed: Lung Cancer Risks from Fracked Natural Gas in NYC Kitchens

Exposed: Lung Cancer Risks from Fracked Natural Gas in NYC Kitchens | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

At a public forum last night, leading voices in politics, public health, the environment and workers’ rights analyzed the threat to New York City residents from increased radon levels that would be found in natural gas from new regional sources being promoted by Mayor Bloomberg.

 

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Industrial Fluoride Additive in Tap Water Impacts Your Health and Pocketbook

Industrial Fluoride Additive in Tap Water Impacts Your Health and Pocketbook | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Although never studied for safety or efficacy, hydrofluorosilicic acid is added to public water supplies as a purported cavity preventive. The industry-funded group that regulates water additives, NSF International, allows several toxins in HFSA, including arsenic ...

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Will Ohio's Landfills Become a Dumping Ground for Radioactive Fracking Waste?

Will Ohio's Landfills Become a Dumping Ground for Radioactive Fracking Waste? | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

State lawmakers consider whether to approve a controversial proposal by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to allow the disposal in Ohio landfills of radioactive-laced drill cuttings from deep-shale oil and gas drilling in Ohio and nearby states.

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U.S. State Department Exposed For Pushing Biotech Seed Industry's Global Agenda

U.S. State Department Exposed For Pushing Biotech Seed Industry's Global Agenda | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

"This report provides a chilling snapshot of how a handful of giant biotechnology companies are unduly influencing U.S. foreign policy and undermining our diplomatic efforts to promote security, international development and transparency worldwide ...

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Carbon Emissions: How Does Your State Score?

Carbon Emissions: How Does Your State Score? | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

U.S. ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION — Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions vary significantly across states, whether considered on an absolute or per capita basis. The overall size of a state, as well as the available fuels, types of businesses, climate and population density play a role in both total and per capita emissions ...

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