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“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 ...
Architecturally, a keystone is the wedge-shaped piece at the crown of an arch that locks the other pieces in place. Without the keystone, the building blocks of an archway will tumble and fall, with no support system for the weight of the arch. ...
The howling winds and increased precipitation and the consequent loss of lives and devastation that Super Typhoon Odette surely brings is another grim reminder that all of us, here and abroad need to act fast to fight climate change.Three ...
When President Obama laid out ambitious plans in June for combating climate change, coal
miners like Roger Horton heard what they considered the latest fusillade in the administration's "war on coal
Until his retirement two weeks ago, ...
To meet current U.S. coal
demand through surface mining
, an area the size of Washington, DC--about 68 square miles--would need to be mined every 81 days, according to a new study.
We talk a lot about the external costs of mountaintop
The solar industry is growing drastically every year, while fossil fuels continue to be phased out. This is why it`s frustrating to hear people say that renewable energy is not ready to compete with fossil fuels as a means to power our country. ...
There is ample evidence from around the world of extreme weather conditions arising from the devastating effects of climate change. But there is still plenty of denial among those who design and implement environmentally sensitive ...
The history we grow up with shapes our sense of reality--it's hard to shake. If you were young during the fight against Nazism, war seems a different, more virtuous animal than if you came of age during Vietnam. I was born in 1960, and so the ...
A lopsided legislative hearing held by the House Natural Resources committee last Friday is further proof that fans of mountaintop
aren’t giving up without a fight.
The hearing focused on legislation recently introduced by ...