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Bill Couzens | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
Bill Couzens

Senate bill S.697, legislation to reauthorize and modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act, will create stumbling blocks for states that wish to protect their citizens and their families from harmful chemicals.

Healthy Forests Mean a Healthy Future for All of Us

Kathy Abusow | Posted 03.22.2015 | Green
Kathy Abusow

Forests benefit the world, and each of us, every day in countless ways that are all too easy to overlook. On this year's International Day of Forests, let's make a promise to do more to ensure healthy, productive forests for future generations.

Rainwater Harvesting Pioneer Wins International Water Prize

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.20.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

By empowering poor farmers, reviving traditional knowledge and building small rainwater ponds, Indian activist Rajendra Singh has brought five rivers and a thousand villages back to life over the past 30 years. On August 26, Sweden's King Carl Gustav will present the highly reputed Stockholm Water Prize to the rainwater pioneer.

Three Key Lessons From São Paulo's Water Crisis

Mark Tercek | Posted 03.19.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Solving São Paulo's water crisis will require drastic short-term actions. But for other cities in which growth is out of sync with water supplies, one relatively simple strategy can go a long way toward avoiding a similar crisis: employing nature as an ally. Cities that invest in protecting their watersheds can achieve three goals.

Why We Celebrate Rivers

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Please take a moment to think about what you can do to protect the arteries of our planet. We can all avoid products that waste and pollute valuable water. We can educate our children about a way of life that respects the ecosystems of our planet.

Give All NYC Animals the Shelters They Deserve

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.06.2015 | New York
Matthew Bershadker

While Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island have their own vital full-service municipal shelters, Queens and the Bronx only have inadequate "animal receiving centers." These centers do not provide shelter, medical, or adoption services for homeless animals. Instead, dogs and cats brought to these centers are transported to already overtaxed shelters in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Can Brown Regulate Fracking in Kern?

Tom Hayden | Posted 03.06.2015 | Green
Tom Hayden

Brown has staked his opposition to a ban or moratorium on fracking by arguing for what he calls "the toughest regulations in the country" aimed at the oozing center of California's oil industry, in Kern County. The effectiveness of those regulations has come under fire from many environmentalists.

Give Spay/Neuter Options to Those Who Need Them Most

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 02.23.2015 | Los Angeles
Matthew Bershadker

Could you imagine having to give up your pet because you couldn't afford to spay or neuter it? Sadly, in underserved communities in and around the greater L.A. area, the biggest obstacles to spaying and neutering pets -- which is critical to preventing animal homelessness, suffering, and unnecessary euthanasia -- come down primarily to issues of economics and geography.

Non-violent 'Terrorism'?

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
The Center for Constitutional Rights

Should non-violent animal rights activists really be charged as "terrorists"? The fur lobby says yes. Common sense and the Constitution say otherwise.

The 'Best' We Can Do for Homeless Animals

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 02.19.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Created and hosted by journalist and animal advocate Jill Rappaport, Best in Shelter With Jill Rappaport documents her year-long search for remarkable shelter dog contestants, focusing on hard-to-adopt animals such as pit pulls, older animals, and animals with disabilities. While the program ultimately declares "winners," all the selected animals find loving homes.

It's (Way Past) Time to End Greyhound Racing in America

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 02.12.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

It's always appalling to see animals abused and betrayed for profit, especially when the activity is legal and defended as a "sport." That's the reality of greyhound racing, but the reasons this detestable industry still exists defy not just our humane values, but common sense as well.

Android Ad's Unlikely Animal Pals Will Warm You Up Inside

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.07.2015 | Green

We already know that lots of people adore different animal species interacting with each other. So it's no surprise that the new ad for Google's An...

This Tower Of Power Is A Weather Machine

XPRIZE | Posted 02.06.2015 | Technology
XPRIZE

Wind turbines are a great way to generate electricity...until the wind stops blowing. Maybe what we really need is a way to manufacture wind to keep those turbines spinning all the time.

'Green News Report' - February 5, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.05.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

Utility vs. Solar battle gets uglier; Galapagos declares emergency over grounded ship... PLUS: Wind pattern behind California's drought also struck at ocean food chain... and much, MUCH more!

Cat Battles Snow Drift Like Nobody's Business

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.05.2015 | Green

This cat does to a snow drift what we'd like to do to winter. Watch Rudiger take on a 4-foot wall of the white stuff that piled up recently in fron...

Saving The Least Protected Habitat On Earth

Mark Tercek | Posted 02.04.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

It's possible for people and wildlife to thrive side by side on the plains. The key is to work collaboratively with everyone who has a stake in this precious resource, from ranchers to nomadic herdsmen, from energy companies to government policy-makers.

'Green News Report' - February 3, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.03.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

In today's news report: EPA gives Obama reason to reject Keystone XL pipeline; Feds must account for rising sea levels; Scarborough calls liberals 'science deniers'; Extreme weather whiplash from Boston to San Francisco.

Q&A: Putting African Communities in Charge of Wildlife Protection

Mark Tercek | Posted 02.03.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Recognizing that his family's efforts would only succeed in the long term if local communities embraced wildlife protection, in 2004 Ian Craig co-founded the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), which equips and empowers community conservancies to improve their own lands and livelihoods.

Mitch McConnell's Misguided Coal Crusade

Elliott Negin | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Elliott Negin

Flush from victory last November, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell threw down the gauntlet. "What the administration has done to the coal industry is a true outrage," he said, referring to the loss of mining jobs in his home state of Kentucky.

'Green News Report' - January 29, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.29.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

IMF calls for end to fossil fuel subsidies; PLUS: Some good news: fracking banned in Scotland, and great 'Fox News' for a change!... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

'Green News Report' -- January 27, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.27.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hits, misses and hype in a not-so-historic Blizzard 2015!; The influenc...

The Heat Is On: Via Campesina and Allies Challenge Climate Capitalism

Salena Tramel | Posted 01.26.2015 | Green
Salena Tramel

A new report by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indisputably confirms what many scientists had predicted: 2014 is officially the hottest year on record.

Appointment With The Climate Psychologist

David Saddington | Posted 01.27.2015 | Green
David Saddington

Bar the standard dinner party no-go areas of sex, religion and politics climate change doesn't follow far behind on the list of topics that might get you un-invited from the next social gathering.

Big Coal Destroys the Great Barrier Reef and Caley Wetlands

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

Instead of protecting it, the Queensland and Australian federal government have traded the crown jewel of the Seven Wonders of the World for exporting more heat-trapping gas and coal and more poisonous mercury vapor.

'Green News Report' - January 22, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

President Obama's State of the Union focuses on climate change; Republicans' sneaky move to give the Keystone XL pipeline a new name; Yellowstone River pipeline spill spews oil and cancer-causing benzene; PLUS: Yes, Republicans vote climate change is not a hoax -- but there's a catch.