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Dangerous Levels of Methane Found While Testing Natural Gas Leaks in D.C.

Dangerous Levels of Methane Found While Testing Natural Gas Leaks in D.C.

By Tina Sigurdson A team of scientists using portable methane detectors reported last week that it has detected 5,893 leaks of methane, the main component of natural gas, from gas utility lines in Washington D.C. Last February, the team, composed of researchers from Duke and Boston Universities and led by Robert Jackson, a professor at […]

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    Transporting Fossil Fuels: Rail vs. Pipeline is the Wrong Question

    Transporting Fossil Fuels: Rail vs. Pipeline is the Wrong Question

    Debating the best way to do something we shouldn’t be doing in the first place is a sure way to end up in the wrong place. That’s what’s happening with the “rail versus pipeline” discussion. Some say recent rail accidents mean we should build more pipelines to transport fossil fuels. Others argue that leaks, high […]

    How Cheap China-Manufactured Goods Impact U.S. Air Quality

    How Cheap China-Manufactured Goods Impact U.S. Air Quality

    Cities like Los Angeles have been getting an extra smog-filled day per year, and a new study suggests that our demand for products made across the Pacific Ocean have a lot to do with it. A study published by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences suggests that large amounts of pollution that travel from China—and the environmental and health […]

    Dangers of Water Privatization Emerge In the Wake of West Virginia’s Chemical Spill

    Dangers of Water Privatization Emerge In the Wake of West Virginia’s Chemical Spill

    By Matt Wasson It took a few days after a state of emergency was declared across nine West Virginia counties—and one-sixth of the state’s population was told not to drink or bathe using their tap water—for the national news media to discover a story of national importance occurring in the political backwaters of Appalachia. Filings by the West Virginia […]

    Groups Seek to Stop Illegal Swine Waste Pollution in North Carolina

    Groups Seek to Stop Illegal Swine Waste Pollution in North Carolina

    The Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation and Waterkeeper Alliance issued a Notice of Intent to sue the current and former owners and operators of the Stilley swine feeding operation this week to stop illegal discharges of swine waste into groundwater, wetlands and streams that flow to the Trent River. [slideshow_deploy id=’346814′] The Stilley Facility, which confines more […]

    Palm Oil Company Ordered to Pay $30 Million for Illegal Rainforest Destruction

    Palm Oil Company Ordered to Pay $30 Million for Illegal Rainforest Destruction

    By Alicia Graef An Indonesian court issued a big blow to a palm oil company for illegally destroying forest land in Sumatra’s protected Leuser Ecosystem, which provides critical habitat for orangutans and other endangered species. In what’s being called a groundbreaking verdict, the court found palm oil company PT Kallista Alam guilty of illegally burning large areas of the Tripa peat […]

    Neil Young Stands With First Nations on Anti-Tar Sands Tour

    Neil Young Stands With First Nations on Anti-Tar Sands Tour

    By Emily Saari Rock legend Neil Young launched a week long concert tour in Canada this week in solidarity with First Nations fighting against oil sands development in their territories.  Neil Young’s latest tour, Honor the Treaties and also featuring Diana Krall, is a music tour with a political message. [youtube //www.youtube.com/embed/h5wueetIZn0?rel=0 expand=1] Young is using his […]

    Major Antarctic Glacier Melting Irreversibly, Reaching Tipping Point

    Major Antarctic Glacier Melting Irreversibly, Reaching Tipping Point

    A major Antarctic ice mass, the Pine Island Glacier, is melting irreversibly and could add as much as a centimeter to global sea level rise over the next 20 years alone, according to new research published in Nature Climate Change. Ice flow velocities at the surface of Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica. Regions in red […]