climate change

Scientists Predict Imminent Planetary Collapse

Scientists Predict Imminent Planetary Collapse

University of California – Berkeley A prestigious group of scientists from around the world is warning that population growth, widespread destruction of natural ecosystems and climate change may be driving Earth toward an irreversible change in the biosphere, a planet-wide tipping point that would have destructive consequences absent adequate preparation and mitigation. “It really will […]

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    Sierra Club Marks Milestone as 100th Coal Plant Set to Retire

    Sierra Club Marks Milestone as 100th Coal Plant Set to Retire

    Sierra Club On Feb. 29 the Sierra Club marked a major milestone in the transition to clean energy as the Fisk and Crawford facilities in Chicago became the 99th and 100th coal-fired plants to announce retirement since January 2010. These iconic Midwest Generation owned plants are two of nine coal-fired plants from Chicago to Pennsylvania […]

    Chicago’s Fisk and Crawford Coal Plants Announce Retirement

    Chicago’s Fisk and Crawford Coal Plants Announce Retirement

    Sierra Club On Feb. 29, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Midwest Generation announced the planned retirement of the Fisk and Crawford coal plants, two of the oldest and dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the nation located in the heart of Chicago’s Southwest side. According to an agreement signed by Midwest Generation, the Clean Power Coalition, and […]

    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 […]

    Shell Oil, One Step Closer to Drilling in the Arctic

    Shell Oil, One Step Closer to Drilling in the Arctic

    Greenpeace UK It’s official. On Feb. 17, Shell got a step closer to drilling for oil in our planet’s last wild ocean—the Arctic. The company’s oil spill response plan for the Chukchi Sea off Alaska was given the all clear by U.S. authorities, even though it’s a work of almost complete fantasy. While Shell prepares […]

    Groups Challenge EPA’s Air Pollution Discharge Permits for Shell’s Arctic Drillships

    Groups Challenge EPA’s Air Pollution Discharge Permits for Shell’s Arctic Drillships

    Earthjustice A coalition of groups has filed a lawsuit in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) issuance of air pollution discharge permits for Shell’s Discoverer drillship and associated fleet for use in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. The permits, provisionally approved last September, were issued Feb. 10, 2012. […]

    Biomass Energy May Accelerate Global Warming

    Biomass Energy May Accelerate Global Warming

    Southern Environmental Law Center A new study of southeastern forests in the U.S. finds that in the long run, burning wood instead of fossil fuels to make electricity can reduce heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but not soon enough to prevent worsening the conditions leading to global climate change.    The study also shows that […]

    Transportation Bill Drives Us to Deeper Oil Dependence

    Transportation Bill Drives Us to Deeper Oil Dependence

    Environment America On Jan. 31, Rep. John Mica (R-FL), chairman of the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, officially introduced a major transportation reauthorization bill. The overall plan for the bill includes proposals to open the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as well as the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, and to open […]