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River Rally Rocks the Planet

River Rally Rocks the Planet

Stefanie Penn Spear I’m often asked how I manage to be hopeful for the future when I spend a great deal of time publishing news about the daunting environmental problems impacting the world. I reply that it’s because of the passion and commitment of the people I know who work hard every day to protect […]

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    BREAKING: Judge Ruling Could Expedite Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

    BREAKING: Judge Ruling Could Expedite Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

    Jeff Biggers In an alarming rebuke to fledgling U.S. EPA efforts to regulate devastating mountaintop removal mining operations today, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that the Obama administration overstepped its authority in revoking a permit last year for the largest proposed strip-mining operation in central Appalachia. Despite a growing health and human rights […]

    Paducah Closure Throws Nuclear Policy into Chaos

    Paducah Closure Throws Nuclear Policy into Chaos

      Geoffrey Sea   Environmentalists should be jubilant as the dinosaurian uranium enrichment plant at Paducah, Kentucky, nears expiration as soon as May. Based on antiquated gaseous diffusion technology, the facility is the largest single-meter power consumer on the planet, eating as much electricity as the city of St. Louis. It is likely the largest […]

    Dirty Energy

    Dirty Energy

    Stefanie Penn Spear Today’s the opening of the 36th annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF)—one of my favorite days of the year. I love the opportunity to see a wide variety of films that expands my knowledge on issues that matter. CIFF is one of the nation’s finest film festivals with more than 160 feature […]

    What is Your Clean Water Story?

    What is Your Clean Water Story?

    Marc Yaggi When was the last time you went all day without a drink of water? Humans can’t survive one week without water. Or, when was the last time you got sick from drinking water out of your faucet? There are 1.1 billion people on earth who don’t have regular access to clean and safe […]

    It’s Easy Being Green

    It’s Easy Being Green

    One of my favorite events of the year is right around the corner—the Cleveland International Film Festival from March 22 to April 1. There are many aspects of the festival I enjoy, but perhaps what I find most valuable is the opportunity to engage in conversation on the plethora of topics addressed in the documentaries […]

    Coal Plants Shut Down

    Coal Plants Shut Down

    Phil Radford Earlier this week, Edison International announced that they would shut down the Fisk and Crawford coal plants—a victory for the books! After ten years of gritty and determined grassroots work, communities in Chicago triumphed over the corporate polluter in their back yard. On the same day, citizens in Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania […]

    Profligate Use of Fossil Fuels Threatens Humankind

    Profligate Use of Fossil Fuels Threatens Humankind

    In my line of work it’s easy to harp on what’s wrong. Problems with our water, air, food and land are vast. It seems two steps forward is always followed by ten steps back. We’re constantly fighting for protection of natural resources and trying to show that we can live in harmony with nature instead […]

    Got Milk?

    Got Milk?

    Marc Yaggi In his State of the Union address, President Obama discussed changes that he made to a regulatory scheme to declassify milk from being considered an oil, which required dairy farms to implement containment measures to prevent spills. Many people might question how seemingly benign substances like milk could have an adverse impact on […]