By Tiffany Germain and Matt Kasper As the Heartland Institute and the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, continue to target states’ renewable energy standard (RES) with their model legislation — the Electricity Freedom Act —...
The sharp drop in Arctic sea ice area has been matched by a harder-to-see, but equally sharp, drop in sea ice thickness. The combined result has been a collapse in total sea ice volume — to one fifth of its level in 1980.
The League of Women Voters ABC invites the public to attend its March program at the Andover Senior Center Monday evening, March 11 for a presentation by Lanya Ross, principal environmental scientist with the Metropolitan Council.
"WASHINGTON – In a major victory for American agriculture, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a landmark ruling Thursday in the case Dow AgroSciences LLC v. National Marine Fisheries Service reaffirming that government decision-making must be based on science and not the misguided agenda of activist groups. House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings, House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas, and House Agriculture Ranking Member Collin Peterson praised the ruling, which focuses on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion (BiOp) relating to Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed salmon and use of agricultural crop protection products registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)."
The appellate courtfound “arbitrary and capricious” data and conclusions in NOAA’s 482-page BiOp, issued in 2008, that 27 species of salmon were jeopardized by three widely- used crop protection products and that 500 to 1,000 foot buffers were required to mitigate use of those products. The court’s stunning 23-page opinion concluded, “In sum, the Fisheries Service’s November 2008 BiOp relied on a selection of data, tests, and standards that did not always appear to be logical, obvious, or even rational.” The Court also noted that NOAA’s BiOp lacked analyses of economic or technological feasibility of its proposed mitigation measures, as is required by ESA regulations.
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:
This means that pesticides won't need stay 1 1/2 to nearly 3 football fields away from water where these salmon are raised to protect the fish from pesticide runoff. Funny I'm not a researcher but our water in our yard runs all the way down our street well over a foot ball field away. Most water runs down to some where and keeps going I thought. Anyway between this and the future Genetically Altered Salmon that won't be labeled they can keep their salmon. My salmon days are over.
Environmental Investigation Agency says ads fuel surge in ivory demand that is killing African elephants at record rates (#OPENFOLLOW Google shopping adverts fuel ivory trade, conservation group warns: Environmental ...
Yale Environment 360: After selling fewer than 750 cars in a major initiative in Israel and losing more than $500 million, the company's experience shows that electric cars are still not ready for primetime (Better Place: what went wrong for the...
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has a new piece out today on a report that investigates the web of interconnections between climate change and global insecurity, particularly in the Arab Spring.
In the keynote speech at London's annual City Food Lecture on Tuesday, Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke warned the world about the possible consequences of the global water shortage many experts believe will strike within the next several decades.
Noting that water scarcity could cut global cereal production by 30% by 2030, and that water needs already exceed supply, Bulcke called water scarcity the greatest threat to food security in the future. He urged global leaders to act soon to devise realistic solutions.
"It is only by working together with policymakers, civil society, agriculture and other stakeholders at local and international levels that we can develop effective, coherent and concrete action," Bulcke told the City Food Lecture attendees. "This is an issue that must be addressed urgently. I am convinced it can be solved. We should give water the right priority, the right value."
Nestle is the largest food company in the world by revenue, with 2012 sales of $86 billion. The company's position offers Bulcke an unusually large field of vision on the world's agricultural systems.
Author Melanie Warner talks about her new book "Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal." (Why America Has the Cheapest, Most Addictive and Most Nutritionally Inferior Food in the World http://t.co/xESYnvpIUL)...
Blue Tahoe getting a little bluer Sacramento Bee A recent trend in improved water clarity at Lake Tahoe has scientists and regional agency planners confident that 15 years of environmental measures are beginning to bear fruit.
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