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Industry pushes back on the Lake Erie Bill of Rights

Industry pushes back on the Lake Erie Bill of Rights

We wrote a couple of weeks ago about the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, an initiative that requires the Toledo City Charter be amended to ensure the Lake Erie watershed has legal rights to “exist and flourish,” and provides a right for citizens to sue private actors that threaten the Lake’s health. While the Bill of Rights has been praised by environmental groups and the activists responsible for its passage have been invited to speak at the UN General Assembly next week, farmers and industry groups have actively worked to oppose it. 

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The Green Mountain State of Vermont Is the Greenest

The Green Mountain State of Vermont Is the Greenest

The consumer website WalletHub issued its annual report yesterday on the Greenest States and this year’s winner is the Green Mountain State, Vermont.  WalletHub set out to recognize the greenest states and call out those doing a poor job of caring for the environment by comparing the 50 states on 27 key metrics, such as the number of LEED-certified buildings per capita to the share of energy consumption from renewable resources.  They also ranked the least green states and this year the state of Louisiana ranked at the very bottom.  

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Interview of the Week: Lois Schiffer, the Former Top Environmental Enforcer

Interview of the Week: Lois Schiffer, the Former Top Environmental Enforcer

Lois Schiffer is one of the leading environmental lawyers in the United States, having served as the General Counsel of NOAA during the Obama Administration, and as the Assistant Attorney General for Environment and Natural Resources at the Justice Department during the Clinton Administration, as well as teaching environmental law at Georgetown Law for 30 […]

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Interview of the Week: Valerie Craig of the National Geographic Society

Interview of the Week: Valerie Craig of the National Geographic Society

Valerie Craig is the Deputy to the Chief Scientist and VP Operating Programs for the National Geographic Society and is talking with us this week about their exciting Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge with Sky Ocean Ventures.

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Windex launches bottle made from 100% recycled ocean plastic, but is it enough?

Windex launches bottle made from 100% recycled ocean plastic, but is it enough?

As Greenbiz recently reported, SC Johnson has unveiled plans to start producing one of its top home cleaning products in bottles made entirely from recycled plastics collected from the world’s oceans. The 100% recycled ocean plastic bottle will hold Windex Vinegar home cleaning products, with as many as 8 million units set to hit the […]

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The Green New Deal: What’s In It?

The Green New Deal: What’s In It?

There has been some confusion and even disinformation about what is IN and what is not in the Green New Deal bill, H.R. 109.  We will summarize it for you here.

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Light Bulb Efficiency Rollback Will Be Costly

Light Bulb Efficiency Rollback Will Be Costly

The Trump Administration’s anti-environment policies are so extreme, they are now even proposing to roll back energy efficiency standards for light bulbs.  In 2017, the day before President Trump took office, the Energy Department issued a rule to expand the types of light bulbs required to meet stronger efficiency standards. According to the web site Utilitydive.com, experts at the Appliance Standards Awareness Project calculated that the changes would cause consumers to lose $12 billion a year in electricity savings by 2025.

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Navy Denies Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Claims

Navy Denies Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Claims

Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer last week denied claims for financial compensation from 4400 claims (some claims were made on behalf of groups of people) that alleged people exposed were made ill by contaminated drinking water at the Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.   The claims have been filed since 1999, and all together the claims totalled $963 billion, with one claim alone for $900 billion.  Stars and Stripes reported that the health benefits for impacted persons are not impacted – they can still receive free health care for claims related to exposure.

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Confusion Over Compostables Is Landing Them In Landfills

Confusion Over Compostables Is Landing Them In Landfills

Compostable cups, bags and cutlery were supposed to be the answer to single-use plastic products, but recent news reports say that instead they are causing problems for recycling plants and also ending up in landfills where the conditions are not right for them to decompose.  According to The Wall Street Journal and the Daily Caller, in order to decompose, compostables need high heat and moisture — they were actually intended to be sent to specially designed disposal sites, where they will break down properly and can add nutrients to the soil. 

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U.S. Farms Poisoning Drinking Water Supplies

U.S. Farms Poisoning Drinking Water Supplies

The Wall Street Journal published a stinging critique of big agriculture’s impact on rural drinking water supplies, which they say are being spoiled “by fewer, more-intensively worked farms, bigger cows and shifting crop mixes.”  As a result, these large farms are more productive than ever, but as a result, the percentage of U.S. drinking water with nitrates concentrations above safe levels is rising.

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Remembering MLK: He Planted the Seeds of the Environmental Justice Movement

Remembering MLK: He Planted the Seeds of the Environmental Justice Movement

Today, as we look back at the life and legacy of Dr. King, we remember that although he tragically died before the environmental movement had begun, his call for justice and civil rights inspired other movements like our own.  Former Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech honoring King at the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011, that “Dr. King, in addition to his many other achievements, helped to plant the seeds for what would become our nation’s now-thriving environmental justice movement. 

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EPA Criminal Cases At 30 Year Low

EPA Criminal Cases At 30 Year Low

The advocacy group Public Employees for Environment Responsibility (PEER) announced on Monday that criminal cases brought by the Department of Justice for cases originating at the Environmental Protection Agency have plummeted in the Trump Administration to only 166, and of those, only 62 resulted in prosecutions, the lowest number since 1992. 

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