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What CCAAP Can't Do: Protect NC from Duke Energy Coal Ash

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:28

Late last night, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory released his so-called “Comprehensive Coal Ash Action Plan” claiming the legislation will “close loopholes in state law to strengthen the state’s ability to regulate coal ash ponds.” But comprehensive review of the proposed plan conducted by environmental experts and public interest attorneys reveals that it categorically fails to live up to the hype and meaningfully protect North Carolinians from poisoned drinking water as well as another tragic and toxic coal ash spill.

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What CCAAP Can't Do: Protect NC from Duke Energy Coal Ash

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:28

Late last night, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory released his so-called “Comprehensive Coal Ash Action Plan” claiming the legislation will “close loopholes in state law to strengthen the state’s ability to regulate coal ash ponds.” But comprehensive review of the proposed plan conducted by environmental experts and public interest attorneys reveals that it categorically fails to live up to the hype and meaningfully protect North Carolinians from poisoned drinking water as well as another tragic and toxic coal ash spill.

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New Seed Survey Report Highlights Privatization Concerns

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:24

The U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance today released A Preliminary Report on Seeds and Seeds Practices in the US in celebration of La Via Campesina's International Day of Peasant Solidarity – April 17.

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New Seed Survey Report Highlights Privatization Concerns

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:24

The U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance today released A Preliminary Report on Seeds and Seeds Practices in the US in celebration of La Via Campesina's International Day of Peasant Solidarity – April 17.

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Report Finds Top Banks Moving Away From Coal: Citigroup and Barclays Seen as Laggard

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:21

Today, Rainforest Action Network (RAN), Sierra Club and BankTrack released the fifth annual coal finance report card, “Extreme Investments, Extreme Consequences,” which tracks the financiers of the worst-of-worst coal companies. The report shows that even as high-profile bankruptcies and costly environmental cleanup settlements illustrate the growing risks involved with lending to coal companies, U.S. banks provided $31 billion in financing for coal in 2013.

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Report Finds Top Banks Moving Away From Coal: Citigroup and Barclays Seen as Laggard

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:21

Today, Rainforest Action Network (RAN), Sierra Club and BankTrack released the fifth annual coal finance report card, “Extreme Investments, Extreme Consequences,” which tracks the financiers of the worst-of-worst coal companies. The report shows that even as high-profile bankruptcies and costly environmental cleanup settlements illustrate the growing risks involved with lending to coal companies, U.S. banks provided $31 billion in financing for coal in 2013.

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Spring-run Salmon Release Marks Progress in Restoring San Joaquin River

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:19

Today, for the first time in over 60 years, spring run Chinook salmon returned to the San Joaquin River when the San Joaquin River Restoration Program released 54,000 juvenile into California’s second largest river. The salmon release is part of a long-term effort to revive the River’s historic salmon fishery and create a healthier waterway for the communities of the San Joaquin River Valley while improving water management in one of the most productive agricultural regions in the nation.

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Spring-run Salmon Release Marks Progress in Restoring San Joaquin River

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:19

Today, for the first time in over 60 years, spring run Chinook salmon returned to the San Joaquin River when the San Joaquin River Restoration Program released 54,000 juvenile into California’s second largest river. The salmon release is part of a long-term effort to revive the River’s historic salmon fishery and create a healthier waterway for the communities of the San Joaquin River Valley while improving water management in one of the most productive agricultural regions in the nation.

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44,000 Endangered Species Condoms Given Away to Celebrate 44th Earth Day

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:17

In honor of the 44th Earth Day celebration, the Center for Biological Diversity is distributing 44,000 free Endangered Species Condoms across the country. The condoms will be given away next week by more than 500 volunteers in all 50 states and at dozens of Earth Day events on college campuses nationwide and in major cities like New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Miami, Atlanta and New Orleans.

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44,000 Endangered Species Condoms Given Away to Celebrate 44th Earth Day

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:17

In honor of the 44th Earth Day celebration, the Center for Biological Diversity is distributing 44,000 free Endangered Species Condoms across the country. The condoms will be given away next week by more than 500 volunteers in all 50 states and at dozens of Earth Day events on college campuses nationwide and in major cities like New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Miami, Atlanta and New Orleans.

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Vermont Makes Huge Advance for your “Right to Know”

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:33

The Vermont Senate today voted 28-2 to approve legislation that would require foods produced using genetic engineering (GE) to be labeled in Vermont. Minor changes made by the Senate must still be approved by the state House, which previously approved the measure (107-37). Pending the governor’s signature, the law would take effect July 1, 2016.

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Vermont Makes Huge Advance for your “Right to Know”

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:33

The Vermont Senate today voted 28-2 to approve legislation that would require foods produced using genetic engineering (GE) to be labeled in Vermont. Minor changes made by the Senate must still be approved by the state House, which previously approved the measure (107-37). Pending the governor’s signature, the law would take effect July 1, 2016.

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Major Victory in Effort to Limit Oil Drilling in Ecuadorian Amazon

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:24

Despite tremendous odds, supporters of a pioneering effort to keep Ecuador's largest oil reserve permanently in the ground have gathered more than enough signatures to qualify for a national vote on the issue in a special election.

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Major Victory in Effort to Limit Oil Drilling in Ecuadorian Amazon

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:24

Despite tremendous odds, supporters of a pioneering effort to keep Ecuador's largest oil reserve permanently in the ground have gathered more than enough signatures to qualify for a national vote on the issue in a special election.

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Sanders Applauds Vermont Senate Vote on Food Labels

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:16

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today welcomed a Vermont Senate vote to require labels on food containing genetically-modified ingredients.

“I am very proud that Vermont is taking the lead in a growing national movement to allow the people of our country to know what is in the food they eat. GMO labeling exists in dozens of countries around the world and should exist in the United States,” Sanders said.

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Sanders Applauds Vermont Senate Vote on Food Labels

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:16

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today welcomed a Vermont Senate vote to require labels on food containing genetically-modified ingredients.

“I am very proud that Vermont is taking the lead in a growing national movement to allow the people of our country to know what is in the food they eat. GMO labeling exists in dozens of countries around the world and should exist in the United States,” Sanders said.

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Vermont Lawmakers Pass Country’s First No-Strings-Attached GMO Labeling Law

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:59

Today, by a vote of 28 to 2, the Vermont state senate passed H.112, a bill to require mandatory labeling of foods sold in Vermont that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill also makes it illegal to call any food product containing GMOs “natural” or “all natural.” Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require four or five other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont’s law contains no “trigger” clauses, making it the first “clean” GMO labeling law in the country.

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Vermont Lawmakers Pass Country’s First No-Strings-Attached GMO Labeling Law

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:59

Today, by a vote of 28 to 2, the Vermont state senate passed H.112, a bill to require mandatory labeling of foods sold in Vermont that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill also makes it illegal to call any food product containing GMOs “natural” or “all natural.” Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require four or five other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont’s law contains no “trigger” clauses, making it the first “clean” GMO labeling law in the country.

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LePage Veto of Solar Bill Is Sustained By Maine Senate

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:28

Statement of Dylan Voorhees, NRCM Clean Energy Director

“It is extremely disappointing that the governor’s opposition to solar energy is holding Maine back on the opportunity for more jobs and cleaner air. His rejection of LD 1252—aided today by his legislative allies in the Senate—means Maine will likely fall further behind in solar energy investments and creation of good quality, clean energy jobs.

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LePage Veto of Solar Bill Is Sustained By Maine Senate

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:28

Statement of Dylan Voorhees, NRCM Clean Energy Director

“It is extremely disappointing that the governor’s opposition to solar energy is holding Maine back on the opportunity for more jobs and cleaner air. His rejection of LD 1252—aided today by his legislative allies in the Senate—means Maine will likely fall further behind in solar energy investments and creation of good quality, clean energy jobs.

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