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Tennessee Governor Vetoes Ag-Gag Anti-Whistleblower Bill

Tennessee Governor Vetoes Ag-Gag Anti-Whistleblower Bill | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

EARTH ISLAND JOURNAL — Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has vetoed his state’s “ag-gag” bill that would have criminalized undercover investigations at horse stables and factory farm facilities ...

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The Other Side of the Taj Mahal

The Other Side of the Taj Mahal | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

CHARLES DEPMAN — Industrial pollution and sewage are immediate problems, but much larger issues sit upstream: dams and diversions. These are especially complex problems as India tries to feed and power its burgeoning population ...

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FDA Sued for Concealing Records on Arsenic in Poultry Feed

FDA Sued for Concealing Records on Arsenic in Poultry Feed | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

FOOD & WATER WATCH — The lawsuit follows on the heels of a new study led by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, which found that feeding arsenicals to chickens likely increases consumers’ exposure to inorganic arsenic, a...

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Improve Your World: No Fracking, Yes Renewable Energy

Improve Your World: No Fracking, Yes Renewable Energy | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

SANDRA STEINGRABER — Well, then, what if we divorced the fossil fuel industry, and, over the next two decades, transitioned entirely to wind, water and solar energy while, at the same time, reducing our per capita energy consumption by half.

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Add Wind Power to Grid to Save Billions and Reduce Climate Chaos

Add Wind Power to Grid to Save Billions and Reduce Climate Chaos | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

AMERICANS FOR A CLEAN ENERGY GRID — Adding more wind power to the grid in the PJM region can lower gas and coal consumption and reduce regional wholesale energy market prices, saving nearly $7 billion per year ...

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Fugitive Methane Emissions: The Climate Implications of U.S. Shale Gas Exports

Fugitive Methane Emissions: The Climate Implications of U.S. Shale Gas Exports | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE — In addition to habitat disruption and impacts on local air and water quality, one of the most significant implications of natural gas production is fugitive methane emissions ...

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Mayflower Residents to John Kerry: Listen to Joe Biden, Reject Keystone XL

Mayflower Residents to John Kerry: Listen to Joe Biden, Reject Keystone XL | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

"ALL RISK, NO REWARD" COALITION —Residents of Mayflower, AR who were victims of Exxon’s Good Friday tar sands spill that coated their neighborhood in toxic tar sands traveled to DC to hand-deliver a letter to Secretary Kerry asking that he reject Keystone XL. The members of the Remember Mayflower Coalition stood in front of the State Department to appeal to Secretary Kerry, urging him to consider the recent spill—and the subsequent devastation—and listen to the Vice President’s opinion on the pipeline as he makes his final analysis of Keystone XL.

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Republican Senators Boycott Vote on EPA Nominee Gina McCarthy

Republican Senators Boycott Vote on EPA Nominee Gina McCarthy | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

ECOWATCH — “This latest attempt by Republicans in the Senate to derail progress to protect our air, our water and the health of our families is nothing short of cowardly ...

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Taxpayers Footing the Bill for the Nuclear Renaissance in Florida

Taxpayers Footing the Bill for the Nuclear Renaissance in Florida | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

ADAM CHIMIENTI — Actually, it is doubtful that most even knew about the nuclear cost recovery legislation that has been hidden in the energy bills of customers of Florida Power and Light and Progress Energy since 2006.

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Appalachians Rally in DC to Demand Clean Water and an End to Mountaintop Removal

Appalachians Rally in DC to Demand Clean Water and an End to Mountaintop Removal | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

APPALACHIA RISING — Citizens from across the country traveled to the nation’s capitol today to urge an end to mountaintop removal coal mining, a radical form of strip mining in Appalachia that has destroyed more than 500 mountains and buried or...

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Al Gore Tells Obama: Cancel Keystone XL

Al Gore Tells Obama: Cancel Keystone XL | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

OIL CHANGE INTERNATIONAL — “I still hold out hope that he will be as positively surprising in his policy initiatives this year as he was in his speeches ...

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EPA Approves New Pesticide Highly Toxic to Bees

EPA Approves New Pesticide Highly Toxic to Bees | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

BEYOND PESTICIDES — In addition to risks to bees, sulfoxaflor is also classified as “suggestive evidence of carcinogenic potential” based on the incidence of tumors and carcinomas in mice and rats ...

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Scientists Warn of Emerging Impacts from Arctic Ocean Acidification

Scientists Warn of Emerging Impacts from Arctic Ocean Acidification | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

WORLD WILDLIFE FUND — The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme, which commissioned the research, said in a press release that the Arctic Ocean

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Clean Energy Proponents Fight Rollbacks in Renewable Energy Policies

Clean Energy Proponents Fight Rollbacks in Renewable Energy Policies | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

SIERRA CLUB — Earlier this year, the Louisiana Public Service Commission abandoned new energy efficiency rules in a bid to rollback progress on clean energy and efficiency. Not only did the commission scrap a program that will help citizens ...

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Part I: How the Media Help the Koch Brothers and ExxonMobil Spread Climate Disinformation

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

UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS — When it comes to climate, the Oil Eight share the same goals as their corporate underwriters: sow doubt about the reality or seriousness of global warming ...

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Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Record High of 400ppm

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Record High of 400ppm | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

TCKTCKTCK — Scientists are particularly alarmed at the fast-pace of rising emissions levels. Some of them have expressed hope that this moment could provide leaders with a much-needed wake-up call ...

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U.S. Fails to Follow Suit as Global Community Agrees to Eliminate Flame Retardant Chemical

U.S. Fails to Follow Suit as Global Community Agrees to Eliminate Flame Retardant Chemical | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW — Because lawmakers have repeatedly failed to fix the 1976 U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act, the U.S. EPA remains unable to protect people and wildlife from hundreds of hazardous chemicals ...

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Polluting Hog Farm Threatened With Lawsuit for Violations of Clean Water Act

Polluting Hog Farm Threatened With Lawsuit for Violations of Clean Water Act | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

WATERKEEPER ALLIANCE — The groups allege that swine waste has been mismanaged at the facility and is unlawfully being discharged into wetlands, ditches, streams, rivers and groundwater without a permit ...

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How Big Oil Uses the Republican Party to Subvert American Democracy

How Big Oil Uses the Republican Party to Subvert American Democracy | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

ROBERT F. KENNEDY, JR. — With low cost disruptive technologies like cheap, fast and efficient electric vehicles, and solar and wind technologies poised to displace Big Oil, the industry is using its hold on the Republican Party to permanently ...

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Food Imports from China Under Scrutiny for Fraud and Lack of Inspection

Food Imports from China Under Scrutiny for Fraud and Lack of Inspection | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

THE CORNUCOPIA INSTITUTE — Just last week, news reports described a Chinese government campaign to break up a fake meat operation, leading to arrests of more than 900 people accused of passing off more than $1 million of rat meat as mutton ...

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35 Arrested Protesting Frac-Sand Mining Facilities

35 Arrested Protesting Frac-Sand Mining Facilities | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

WINONA AREA CITICZENS CONCERNED ABOUT SILICA MINING / WINONA CATHOLIC WORKER — On April 29, more than 100 people shut down silica sand mining operations simultaneously at two facilities in the city of Winona ...

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Toxic Algal Blooms Pose Health Risks to Wildlife, Pets and People

Toxic Algal Blooms Pose Health Risks to Wildlife, Pets and People | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

AMERICAN RIVERS — While not all algal blooms produce toxins, those that do, like blue-green algae, can kill wildlife and family pets, and make people sick ...

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New Yorkers Call on Gov. Cuomo to Protect Thriving Tourism Industry from Fracking

New Yorkers Call on Gov. Cuomo to Protect Thriving Tourism Industry from Fracking | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

NEW YORKERS AGAINST FRACKING — “If Governor Cuomo is serious about creating a thriving tourist industry that continues to grow our economy and upstate jobs then he will realize that fracking is incompatible with that future ...

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BREAKING: Another Coal Export Terminal Bites the Dust

BREAKING: Another Coal Export Terminal Bites the Dust | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

POWER PAST COAL —"This is another huge victory for the people of Oregon and another blow to the coal companies. The evidence is in that dirty coal export plans are not viable in the Pacific Northwest. Now families across ...

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Extreme Energy and Planetary Decline

Extreme Energy and Planetary Decline | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

TOMDISPATCH — The very definition of success—more middle-class consumers, more car owners, more shoppers, which means more energy used, more fossil fuels burned, more greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere—is also, as it never would have been...

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