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Trump Administration Plans To Open 1.9M Acres of TX Forests and Grasslands to Drilling

Trump Administration Plans To Open 1.9M Acres of TX Forests and Grasslands to Drilling

The Trump Administration is poised to open nearly 2 million acres of land in U.S. national forests in Texas to oil and gas drilling and fracking, which would allow lease holding companies to drill more than 1,000 horizontal wells and 500 vertical wells over a 20-year time period,

Why This Matters:  This is yet another senseless Trump rollback that would do significant environmental damag

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Fox News Host Tucker Carlson Equates Climate Migrants to “Pollution”

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in a news segment on Monday night created a firestorm over racist remarks in which he claimed that proposals to allow many more climate refugees to enter the U.S. would result in overcrowding and would “despoil” and “pollute” our country. 

Why This Matters:  Millions of people around the world — including Americans — are already suffering due to climate change and it has created a refugee crisis.  According to the proposal’s proponents, since 2009, a climate-related disaster has displaced about one person every second due to severe weather events, famine, drought, and rising sea levels, and other climate impacts.  The United Nations believes that 22.5 million people worldwide have been displaced due to climate change since 2009 and that number could rise to 200 million forcibly displaced people by 2050. We will be confronted with this problem regardless of whether Congress passes a law allowing the government to deal with it directly.  

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Warren Proposes Big Changes in Ag Sector to Help Farmers and Fight Climate Change

Warren Proposes Big Changes in Ag Sector to Help Farmers and Fight Climate Change

On Wednesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren, rolled out yet another policy plan with big implications for combatting climate change — this time aiming at overhauling the way the government subsidizes the agricultural sector in order to incentivize conservation and stabilize farm incomes for family farmers. 

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Pristine Patagonia Oiled in Major Spill

Pristine Patagonia Oiled in Major Spill

At the southernmost tip of South America, ten thousand gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the sea off the coast of Chile’s Patagonia, in one of the most pristine areas of the world.

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Here We Go Again: Harmful Algal Bloom Forms in Lake Erie

Here We Go Again: Harmful Algal Bloom Forms in Lake Erie

As has happened every year since 2002 starting in mid-July, a sizeable and harmful algal bloom has now formed in the Western Basin of Lake Erie, and NOAA on Monday issued a bulletin that the bloom “extends from Maumee Bay up to 13 miles north along the Michigan coast, and up to 15 miles east along the Ohio coast. Surface scum has been observed offshore of the Michigan coast.”  NOAA warned everyone out on the water or the beach in this area not to swim and to keep pets out as well anywhere where the green-colored scum is forming.   If you or your pet does come into contact, be sure to wash off right away and don’t let your pet lick the exposed fur.  

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Interview of the Week: Dune Ives

Interview of the Week: Dune Ives

Dune Ives is the Executive Director of the Lonely Whale Foundation, a non-profit organization raising awareness for ocean health. At the Lonely Whale, Dune designs and leads change-making ocean conservation initiatives to address key drivers of environmental degradation and species decline. I (Miro) sat down with Dune to learn more about Lonely Whale’s latest campaign, […]

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One Alarming Thing: Plastic Particles Found In Rainwater

One Alarming Thing: Plastic Particles Found In Rainwater

It’s raining plastic!  A recent study of the chemical composition of rain in the Boulder to Denver corridor and in the mountains of Colorado that was conducted by a scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey produced some surprising and disturbing results — 90 percent of the samples collected contained plastics, mostly fibers and blue in […]

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One Superhero Thing: Aquaman Joins The Fight Against Ocean Plastic

One Superhero Thing: Aquaman Joins The Fight Against Ocean Plastic

Jason Momoa, of Game of Thrones and more recently Aquaman fame, has joined the fight against ocean plastic.  And for his true fans, if you wondered why he shaved his beard, it was all for a good cause — to raise awareness about single-use plastic water bottles.  Time to make a change, he says.  His […]

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Environmental Justice Is Essential to Climate Justice, and Now it Has A Caucus

Environmental Justice Is Essential to Climate Justice, and Now it Has A Caucus

Earlier this week, I (Monica) attended the Sunrise Movement rally in DC, which most people think of as a movement of young people demanding immediate and drastic action on climate change.  But listening to the leaders of the movement, who are much more diverse than the traditional “green” groups, one thing was abundantly clear — […]

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Blueland: Reducing Single Use Plastics With Reusable Bottles and Cleaning Tablets

Blueland: Reducing Single Use Plastics With Reusable Bottles and Cleaning Tablets

An ambitious startup called Blueland launched two weeks ago with a simple concept, but the company is hoping to revolutionize the way we buy cleaning products.  They are selling a set of durable, reusable plastic bottles along with tablets that dissolve in water that can be re-ordered, thus eliminating the need to buy household items in single-use plastic containers.  Blueland is convinced that its customers over time can eliminate the need for 100 billion single-use plastic bottles in the U.S. alone.

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De Blasio Getting Tough on Pollution – Is He Running Too?

De Blasio Getting Tough on Pollution – Is He Running Too?

Mayor Bill De Blasio of New York City, who is allegedly mulling whether to throw his hat into the Presidential race, used Trump Tower as a backdrop for an event on Monday highlighting a tough new law that reduces emissions from buildings, which has been dubbed the NYC’s GND. 

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Tyson Foods Recalls 12 Million Pounds of Contaminated Chicken

Tyson Foods Recalls 12 Million Pounds of Contaminated Chicken

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) ordered Tyson Foods to recall nearly 12 million pounds of frozen chicken strips because they may be contaminated with pieces of metal. There were six incidences of consumer complaints of metal in the chicken, three of which resulted in injury. 

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