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Scientists Warn of Sperm Count Declines Linked to Pesticide Exposure

Scientists Warn of Sperm Count Declines Linked to Pesticide Exposure | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

BEYOND PESTICIDES — The researchers counted semen quality according to concentration of sperm over an area, their motility and ability to move, as well as their shapes. Researchers targeted ...

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The Low-Down on How Sequestration Would Impact Environmental Health

The Low-Down on How Sequestration Would Impact Environmental Health | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION — If sequestration, the series of automatic budget cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011, goes into effect as scheduled on March 1, it will have a disastrous impact on ...

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Latest Move on Fracking Shows Democracy is Alive and Well in NY

Latest Move on Fracking Shows Democracy is Alive and Well in NY | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

PAUL GALLAY — Years from now, New Yorkers will be glad Governor Cuomo decided to take a hard look at fracking instead of rushing to embrace this dangerous new form of drilling before its health and environmental impacts were ...

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Pirates of Greed Get Away with Murder: Appeals Court Favors Japanese Whale Poachers

Pirates of Greed Get Away with Murder: Appeals Court Favors Japanese Whale Poachers | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY — The Institute for Cetacean Research, which is an arm of the Japanese government, is really a pirate organization masquerading as a scientific research group ...

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Shell Abandons 2013 Arctic Drilling

Shell Abandons 2013 Arctic Drilling | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

ECOWATCH — After a year of embarrassing failures and accidents, Royal Dutch Shell announced yesterday it would not drill in the Arctic this year ...

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Colorado’s Bully Governor Says He Will Sue Fort Collins to Overturn Fracking Ban

Colorado’s Bully Governor Says He Will Sue Fort Collins to Overturn Fracking Ban | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

GARY WOCKNER — Now seven days later in a televised interview, the Democratic Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, also says he will direct the State of Colorado to sue Fort Collins to ...

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Gold Mine Planned for Southwest Alaska Threatens Environment and Local Communities

Gold Mine Planned for Southwest Alaska Threatens Environment and Local Communities | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

ALASKANS FOR RESPONSIBLE MINING — The Kuskokwim region is at a crossroads. A massive gold mine is planned at Crooked Creek, a tributary of the Kuskokwim. With an estimated 27 year production run churning out more than one million ounces of gold per year, the Donlin Gold mine would require...

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Will American Taxpayers Continue to Foot the Bill for BP's Gulf Oil Disaster?

Will American Taxpayers Continue to Foot the Bill for BP's Gulf Oil Disaster? | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

OIL CHANGE INTERNATIONAL — This essentially means that the American tax payer would be paying the largest payout from the spill. They are paying twice over: first for a devastated Gulf and now out of their pocket.

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Rising Sea Levels Could Spark Largest Migration of Displaced People in History

Rising Sea Levels Could Spark Largest Migration of Displaced People in History | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

THE HUNGRY TIDE — Kiribati is expected to be one of the first countries to disappear as a result of climate change. Sea level rise and increasing salinity are threatening the homes and lives of 105,000 residents spread over ...

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Millions of Acres of Land—Larger Than California and Florida Combined—Already Leased to Oil and Gas Industry

Millions of Acres of Land—Larger Than California and Florida Combined—Already Leased to Oil and Gas Industry | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL — Since it has been reported that more than ninety percent of oil and gas wells are fracked, there is a lot of new fracking slated for our future—tens of millions of acres of new fracking.

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Gulf Residents Ask DOJ to Hold BP Fully Accountable

Gulf Residents Ask DOJ to Hold BP Fully Accountable | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION — One of the main issues at hand is whether or not BP is guilty of “gross negligence.” With everything the public knows about the failed tests, the intentional misrepresentations about the size of the spill ...

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Wind Surpasses Nuclear: Proof Positive Renewables Can Power the Planet

Wind Surpasses Nuclear: Proof Positive Renewables Can Power the Planet | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

EARTH POLICY INSTITUTE — China’s overall wind energy resource is staggering. Harvard researchers estimate that China’s wind generation potential is 12 times larger than its 2010 electricity consumption ...

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Three Coal-Fired Power Plants to Retire in Major Climate and Clean Energy Victory

Three Coal-Fired Power Plants to Retire in Major Climate and Clean Energy Victory | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

SIERRA CLUB — Today a coalition of citizen groups, states and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a landmark settlement agreement with American Electric Power requiring AEP to stop burning coal by 2015 at three power plants in ...

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Tell Attorney General Holder: No Tax Write-Offs for BP for Spilling Oil

Tell Attorney General Holder: No Tax Write-Offs for BP for Spilling Oil | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

OIL CHANGE INTERNATIONAL — We need your help to tell Attorney General Eric Holder that we won’t stand for our government allowing BP to take a tax write-off for devastating the Gulf ...

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Illinois Fracking Bill Contains Industry-Friendly ALEC Language

Illinois Fracking Bill Contains Industry-Friendly ALEC Language | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

DESMOGBLOG — Illinois is the next state on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)'s target list for putting the oil industry's interests ahead of the public interest...

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Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting With Disaster

Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting With Disaster | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

THE REV. LEAH SCHADE — Brasch is one of the grown-ups who is trying to tell us the truth about this racket and reveal the ugly underside of fracking-roulette. Whether anyone will listen, only time will tell ...

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A Deadly Mix: Whales and Sonar

A Deadly Mix: Whales and Sonar | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

DAVID SUZUKI — Sonar is a problem worldwide, affecting large areas of marine habitat. Naval exercises using sonar have been linked to whale and marine mammal stranding in ...

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Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies Topped $620 Billion in 2011

Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies Topped $620 Billion in 2011 | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

EARTH POLICY INSTITUTE — The energy game is rigged in favor of fossil fuels because we omit the environmental and health costs of burning coal, oil and natural gas from their prices. Subsidies manipulate the game even further.

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The Hagy Story: Loopholes Shield Fracking Industry While Families Pay the Price

The Hagy Story: Loopholes Shield Fracking Industry While Families Pay the Price | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

LAUREL PELTIER — The Hagys' water contamination lawsuit demonstrates how the natural gas industry has built a near-perfect "federal legal exemption's framework" that when combined with lax or absent state regulations and the legal system’s high costs, inherently approves of citizen collateral damage with no restitution.

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100 Million+ Americans Exposed to Toxic Drinking Water

100 Million+ Americans Exposed to Toxic Drinking Water | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP — A new Environmental Working Group analysis of 2011 water quality tests by 201 large U.S. municipal water systems that serve more than 100 million people in 43 states has determined that all are polluted with unwanted toxic...

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PART I: One Man's Stand Against the Keystone XL Pipeline

PART I: One Man's Stand Against the Keystone XL Pipeline | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

MICHAEL BISHOP — My name is Michael Bishop and I am a landowner in Douglass, Texas in Nacogdoches County. I am the victim of eminent domain by a foreign, private corporation. I received a letter from TransCanada in 2008 informing me that ...

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VIDEO: Facing Climate Change—How Ocean Acidification is Impacting Oyster Farmers

VIDEO: Facing Climate Change—How Ocean Acidification is Impacting Oyster Farmers | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

FACING CLIMATE CHANGE — Kathleen Nisbet and her father, Dave, farm oysters in Washington's Willapa Bay. They recently shifted some of their business to Hawai'i, after ocean acidification started killing baby oysters in local hatcheries ...

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Groups Find Flaws in Fracked Gas Export Plan

Groups Find Flaws in Fracked Gas Export Plan | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

SIERRA CLUB — The increased demand for natural gas in the domestic and global markets would mean more fracking by oil and gas companies, which already exploit exemptions from ...

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Atomic Dominoes Fall While Tanks Leak at Hanford

Atomic Dominoes Fall While Tanks Leak at Hanford | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

HARVEY WASSERMAN — This may yet become the first year in decades that the U.S. has fewer than 100 operating commercial reactors. It will also be the biggest year worldwide for the booming Solartopian industries that are transforming ...

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Yet Another University Entangled with the Fracking Industry

Yet Another University Entangled with the Fracking Industry | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

FOOD & WATER WATCH — The University of Tennessee should not join the world of frackademica, and instead, should seek out research opportunities that can help wean the U.S. off its fossil fuel addiction and make clean, renewable energy ...

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