Pacific Environment is a nonprofit organization that protects the living environment of the Pacific Rim by promoting grassroots activism, strengthening communities and reforming international policies.
Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center works collaboratively with business, government, non-government organizations, and other sectors to promote environmental protection through pollution prevention.
Park County Environmental Council
Park County Environmental Council works through advocacy and education to preserve and restore the county’s world-class rivers, diverse wildlife, landscapes and outstanding natural beauty.
The Riverkeeper mission is to conserve, protect and replenish the state’s longest and deepest intrastate waterway through strategic advocacy, restoration and education to achieve long term sustainability for the ecosystem of the entire Patuxent River basin and the people who rely on its future.
Peaceful Uprising is committed to defending a livable future through empowering nonviolent action, seeks to change the institutional and social status quo at the root of the climate crisis, and move toward a just and healthy world.
The Pembina Institute is a Canadian non-profit think tank that advances sustainable energy solutions through research, education, consulting and advocacy.
Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Pennsylvania Environmental Council protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education and advocacy.
Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association seeks to protect Pennsylvania’s special places—the farms, forests, parks and other green spaces that people love—the places that help to ensure healthy, prosperous and secure communities.
People for Puget Sound
The vision of People for Puget Sound is a clean and healthy Sound, teeming with fish and wildlife, cared for by people who live here.
People’s Alliance for Clean Energy
People’s Alliance for Clean Energy endorses and promotes conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy as central to a program to help the economy grow, to make America safer, and to protect the environment.
People's Oil & Gas Collaborative-Ohio
The People’s Oil & Gas Collaborative - Ohio (POGCO) is a nonpartisan group composed of individuals from many aspects of the oil and gas industry, real estate and various engineering and other professions who have collaborated since 2007 to provide the public and lawmakers with unbiased factual data. We believe surface owners, oil and gas employees and citizens living near operations deserve fair and equal treatment under the law with regard to health, safety and property rights.
Pesticide Action Network North America
Pesticide Action Network North America works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives.
The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems.
Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Physicians for Social Responsibility is a nonprofit organization that is the medical and public health voice for policies to prevent nuclear war and proliferation and to slow, stop and reverse global warming and toxic degradation of the environment.
Piedmont Environmental Council of Virginia
Piedmont Environmental Council of Virginia’s mission is to safeguard the landscapes, communities and heritage of the Piedmont by involving citizens in public policy and land conservation.
Plastic Pollution Coalition
Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment.
Policy Matters Ohio
The mission of Policy Matters Ohio is to create a more prosperous, equitable, sustainable and inclusive Ohio, through research, media work and policy advocacy.
Political Correction is a new project aimed at holding conservative politicians and advocacy groups accountable.
Post Carbon Institute
Post Carbon Institute provides individuals, communities, businesses, and governments with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated economic, energy, environmental, and equity crises that define the 21st century.
PostCarbon/Relocalize Rhode Island
PostCarbon/Relocalize Rhode Island is a developing project meant to support Rhode Islanders working towards a sustainable future in the midst of unprecedented growing energy and resource challenges.
Potomac Conservancy safeguards the lands and waters of the Potomac River and its tributaries and connects people to this national treasure.
The Riverkeeper’s mission is to stop pollution and to restore clean water in the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and tributaries through enforcement and community engagement.
At Power Shift 2011, we'll reclaim our democracy from big corporations and push our nation to move beyond dirty energy sources that are harming the health of people and the planet.
Practical Farmers of Iowa
Practical Farmers of Iowa is an open, supportive and diverse organization advancing profitable, ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture through farmer-led investigation and information sharing.
Prairie Rivers Network
Prairie Rivers Network strives to protect the rivers and streams of Illinois and to promote the lasting health and beauty of watershed communities.
Preserve the Dunes
Preserve the Dunes’ purpose is to protect the sand dunes of southwest Michigan from harm and destruction.
Project for Public Spaces
Project for Public Spaces is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities.
The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, teachers and community members of the world with water education.
ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
Public Campaign Action Fund
Public Campaign Action Fund is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving America’s campaign finance laws.
Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
Protecting the waters of Puget Sound now and for future generations
Rainforest Action Network
Rainforest Action Network campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action.
The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.
Rare and its partners in 50+ countries are committed to designing conservation programs that benefit both people and nature – ensuring that change is embraced and sustained.
ReClam the Bay
Our mission is to involve and educate the public about the estuary’s water quality and the importance of shellfish. We believe that by involving the public in the care, feeding and life cycles of the shellfish they will better understand what an integral role shellfish have in our lives.
Launched in 2008 in a pioneering speech by former Vice President Al Gore, Repower America is a bold campaign for a transition to clean, renewable energy in order to solve the climate crisis.
Restore the Mississippi River Delta
Restore the Mississippi River Delta is made up of campaign staff from Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, working collaboratively to restore the Mississippi River Delta.
Ride for Renewables
No tar sands on American Soil.
Rising Tide North America
Rising Tide is an international, all-volunteer, grassroots network of groups and individuals who organize locally, promote community-based solutions to the climate crisis and take direct action to confront the root causes of climate change.
River Alliance of Wisconsin
Our mission is to advocate for the protection, enhancement and restoration of Wisconsin’s rivers and watersheds.
River Network is the online hub of a network of more than 2,000 state, regional and local grassroots organizations whose primary mission is protecting our most vital natural resource—water.
River Revitalization Foundation
The mission of the River Revitalization Foundation is to establish a parkway for public access, walkways, recreation and education, bordering the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers; to use the rivers to revitalize surrounding neighborhoods; and to improve water quality.
To protect the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and safeguard the drinking water of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.
Rock the Capital
Rock the Capital is a political platform designed to engage objective and non-ideological dialogue, promote political commentary while capturing timely issues and themes with a focus on honesty, transparency and efficiency.
Rocky Mountain Wild
Our mission is to protect, connect, and restore wildlife and wild lands in the Rocky Mountain region.
Round River Conservation Studies
Round River is dedicated to conservation strategies that preserve and restore wild places.
Rural Action’s mission is to foster social, economic and environmental justice in Appalachian Ohio.
Rural Advancement Foundation International
At RAFI-USA, we:
- Promote conservation and sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity as insurance against human and natural disasters.
- Educate farmers, consumers and policy-makers about the importance of sustainable agriculture for rural and urban communities.
- Safeguard soil, water, air and rural communities through promotion of sustainable agricultural practices and sound rural development.
- Advise farmers and their communities of rights and opportunities.
- Assist agricultural communities in having a voice for their concerns and in organizational development.
- Link communities together for the common good.
The Mission of Rural Nelson is to preserve and enhance the rural quality of life enjoyed by Nelson County residents by developing broad-based support for informed growth policies that:
• Support agricultural and forestal activities;
• Preserve our historic heritage and the integrity of our natural resource systems;
• Protect affordable housing opportunities for Nelson residents;
• Encourage commercial development and design appropriate to Nelson’s rural character.
People's Oil & Gas Collaborative- Ohio
The People’s Oil & Gas Collaborative - Ohio (POGCO) is a nonpartisan group composed of individuals from many aspects of the oil and gas industry, real estate and various engineering and other professions who have collaborated since 2007 to provide the public and lawmakers with unbiased factual data.
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By Alexander Freund
Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab says he believes Tuesday's explosion in Beirut could have been caused by large quantities of ammonium nitrate stored in the port.
What Is Ammonium Nitrate?<p>Ammonium nitrate is a white crystalline salt that can be fairly cheaply produced from ammonia and nitric acid. It is soluble and often used as fertilizer, as nitrogen is needed for healthy plant development.</p><p>Ammonium nitrate in its pure form is not dangerous. It is, however, heat sensitive. At 32.2 degrees Celsius (89.96 degrees Fahrenheit), ammonium nitrate changes its atomic structure, which in turn changes its chemical properties.</p><p>When large quantities of ammonium nitrate are stored in one place, heat is generated. If the amount is sufficiently vast, it can cause the chemical to ignite. Once a temperature of 170 C is reached, ammonium nitrate starts breaking down, emitting nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas. Any sudden ignition causes ammonium nitrate to decompose directly into water, nitrogen and oxygen, which explains the enormous explosive power of the salt.</p>
Deadly Disasters<p>As ammonium nitrate is a highly explosive chemical, many countries strictly regulate its use. Over the past 100 years, there have been several disasters involving the chemical.</p><p>In 1921, for example, a massive blast occurred at a BASF chemical plant in Ludwigshafen in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. About 400 metric tons of a mixture of ammonium sulfate and ammonium nitrate exploded, killing 559 people and injuring 1,977. The plant was largely destroyed in the blast, which could be heard as far away as Munich, some 300 kilometers (186 miles) distant.</p><p>In 2015, explosions caused by ammonium nitrate ripped through the <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/china-convicts-dozens-for-last-years-giant-explosions-in-tianjin/a-36324321" target="_blank">Chinese port city of Tianjin</a>. Eight hundred metric tons of the chemical were said to have been stored along with other substances in a warehouse for hazardous materials. The blasts killed 173 people and destroyed an entire city district.</p><p>Two years earlier, in 2013, an ammonium nitrate explosion occurred at the West Fertilizer Company site in Texas, killing 14 people. And in 2001, 31 people died in Toulouse, France, in an explosion caused by the chemical.</p>
Terrorist Favorite<p>In Germany, the purchase and use of ammonium nitrate is regulated by the explosives act. This is because the cheap, highly explosive and relatively easily obtainable material has in the past been used by terrorists to carry out attacks.</p><p>For example, in 1995, U.S. conspiracy theorist and gun enthusiast Timothy McVeigh used a mixture of ammonium nitrate and other substances to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Norwegian far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik also used ammonium nitrate in a car bomb attack in Oslo in 2011.</p>
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By Michelle D. Holmes
Most Americans know about the Dietary Guidelines for Americans primarily through their colorful representations: the original food pyramid, which a few years ago morphed into MyPlate. The guidelines represent the government mothering us to choose the healthiest vegetables, grains, sources of protein, and desserts, and to eat them in the healthiest portions.
As innocuous as the food pyramid and MyPlate seem, they are actually a matter of life and death.
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