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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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Pilot Study Finds Plants Sold As 'Bee Friendly' Pretreated With Pesticides

Friends of the Earth    

Many “bee friendly” home garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe’s and other leading garden centers have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees, according to a new, first-of-its-kind...

Greenwashing Fracking's Devastating Climate Impact


Several years ago, Utah public health officials realized they had a big problem on their hands—one with national implications as other states were racing to increase oil and gas drilling. Smog levels in the state’s rural Uintah basin were rivaling those found in Los Angeles...

Coal Ash Bill Would Prohibit EPA From Protecting Americans

Appalachian Voices   

There’s a move afoot in Congress to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from passing the first-ever national rule for power plants to properly dispose of coal ash—all 125 million tons of it...

Runaway Greenhouse Effect on Venus Foreshadows Earth's Climate Disaster

Climate News Network    

There is already a runaway greenhouse effect on the planet Venus: all the oceans have boiled away, the clouds rain sulphuric acid and the atmosphere at ground level is hot enough to melt lead. The only comfort is that if such...

Fracking the Ocean and California's San Andreas Fault   


To be clear, fracking has been going on in California for decades. What’s changed in recent years is the technology—which is newer, more powerful and more controversial—and the areas in which the oil and gas...

Residents Seek Environmental Justice in GA By Suing City for Decades of Sewage Dumping


White residents of Rochelle live on the south side of the city’s railroad track. African-Americans live on the other side. The city has repaired and updated its sewage pipes on the south side of the tracks but has let critically...

The Global Progress of Composting Food Waste

Yale Environment 360  

"Right now … there are over 150 communities throughout the United States that are collecting organics at curbside. It’s a national trend. It’s revolutionary...

Recent Rail Explosions Prompt City Review of Proposed Crude Oil Transport

Natural Resources Defense Council  

Last week, city officials in Benicia, CA, required a detailed investigation into Valero’s proposed crude-by-rail terminal. The decision is a setback for Valero, which had hoped to begin construction next month, and a victory...

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