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As we enter 2015, the state of the climate movement is strong. Over the last year, we have grown in leaps and bounds. Together, we turned out over 400,000 people into the streets of New York City during last September’s People’s Climate March. It ...
As my colleague Mary Anne Hitt noted in her “highlights of 2014” column we’ve had some significant victories in the fight against the destruction of mountaintop
removal coal mining
in Appalachia over the past year.But there is still so ...
A major Kentucky coal
company falsified its pollution reports in the first quarter of 2014, according to multiple environmental groups that filed an intent to sue notice against the company this week.
Appalachian Voices, Kentucky ...
We know what a mess mountaintop
removal makes when the tops of mountains are literally blown off to access the coal
inside them. Forests are stripped and debris is dumped into streams and valleys, leaving behind a ravaged landscape. It`s partly ...
At the dirt road entrance to the Mingo Logan Coal
Company site along Route 17 in rural West Virginia, a white metal sign hangs, riddled with bullet holes, announcing "NO TRESPASSING" in red lettering.Kenny King doesn't much ...
A West Virginia lab technician pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge of faking water sample quality tests so that coal mining
companies could be guaranteed clean reports to submit to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the West ...
A long court battle came to an end Tuesday when a federal judge upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's denial of a permit for a large, contentious mountaintop
mine in Appalachia, the Spruce No. 1 Mine.
Judge Amy ...
In her new book, The Human Age, Diane Ackerman, best-selling author of The Zookeeper's Wife and A Natural History of the Senses, takes us on a journey into the Anthropocene: the era in which humans have both mastered and degraded the natural ...
“Zero emissions is an ambitious but achievable goal.” —UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonZero has become the most important number for humanity. Why?Any chance of stabilizing the climate hinges on transitioning to zero greenhouse ...
A study from researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) published this month provides strong new evidence that mountaintop
removal coal mining
in Appalachia is devastating downstream fish populations.
That’s hardly news for ...
The Obama administration has proposed new rules intended to limit carbon emissions from electrical power plants. The rules are objectionable to virtually all Republicans as they extend federal environmental regulation, at least ...
A few days ago, I sat down for an interview with the good folks at Living on Earth, Public Radio International`s weekly environmental news show.
We talked about RAN`s work fighting mountaintop
removal (MTR) coal mining
in Appalachia, and ...
companies have stripped the tops of mountains in Appalachia in search of the fuel. But as Amanda Starbuck tells host Steve Curwood, the Rainforest Action Network has helped convince some of the world's biggest banks to stop funding companies ...
The campaign to stop bank financing of mountaintop
removal coal mining
is gaining momentum.
For years, RAN and other organizations in the global BankTrack network have urged U.S. and European banks to stop financing the devastation ...
Last week, Rainforest Action Network and three allies testified at Bank of America`s annual shareholder meeting, urging them to drop coal
, to stop profiting from environmental destruction and human rights abuses. In the next two weeks, we`ll be ...
Rainforest Action Network (RAN), Sierra Club and BankTrack released the fifth annual coal
finance report card, Extreme Investments, Extreme Consequences, last week that tracks the financiers of the worst-of-worst coal
companies. The report shows ...
Mark Kitchell’s 1990 Oscar nominated documentary, Berkeley in the Sixties, covered the campus activism that disrupted the House Un-American Activities Committee’s hearings, launched the Free Speech Movement, fought the police at People’s Park and ...
This could be the tipping point for the horrific practice of Mountaintop
Removal coal mining
Just this week, JPMorgan Chase updated its environmental policy, revealing that it will be ending financial relationships with Mountaintop
Here in West Virginia, residents were still reeling from the chemical spill that left more than 300,000 people without usable water for days, many of them still frightened and unsure whether official assurances that they could once again drink ...
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 ...
Virginia's new governor, Terry McAuliffe, isn’t exactly an environmental champion--on the campaign trail, he expressed a desire to the coal
industry expand and accepted money from coal
companies (Alpha Natural Resources is even covering some of ...
For Mark Ruffalo, environmental activism started out with something to oppose, to be against: Fracking. It all began when the actor, perhaps best known for his role as Bruce Banner (The Hulk) in Marvel`s The Avengers, was raising his three small ...
Mary Christina Wood has an unsparing view of the state of environmental protection in the United States today: On a host of fronts -- from climate change, to mountaintop
, to the nationwide fracking boom -- the federal and state ...
Wind power is, predictably, generating more controversy each day it grows.
No surprise there. Now one of America's fastest-growing forms of new electricity, wind power is no longer a boutique industry.
But as the controversy and ...
One morning in mid-July, I drove north out of Houston at the crack of dawn, three hours up Highway 59 into the cleaner air and dense, piney woods of deep East Texas. It was Sunday, and I was on my way to church. I’d been up that way ...