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After Oregon Rejects Coal Export Plan, Long Beach Votes to Export Coal and PetKoch

Steve Horn | Posted 10.21.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogJust a day after the Oregon Department of State Lands shot down a proposal to export 8.8 million tons per year of coa...

Toledo's Troubles: Vivid Example of Why We Need to Act on Climate and Clean Water

Henry Henderson | Posted 04.22.2015 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The troubles in Toledo this weekend might seem the stuff of science fiction, but the truth is that a major American city, perched along the Great Lakes just went three days without drinking water after pollution poisoned their supply.

Blue Whales, Collateral Damage, and the U.S. Navy's Avoidable War on Whales

Joel Reynolds | Posted 08.31.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Among a wide range of potential harms, scientists have found that high-powered Navy sonar disrupts blue whale feeding, halting their deep-foraging dives, displacing them from krill patches, and silencing their calls.

EPA Carbon Standards and Iowa: Breezing Past Proposed Goals

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Green
Henry Henderson

The proposal offers an opportunity for Iowa to continue to grow its booming wind sector and implement solar and energy efficiency to a greater extent, creating a more affordable, more independent, and cleaner electric system. In fact, Iowa is already on a path to meet the emissions reduction target set by EPA.

The Good Company She Kept

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

If it's true that in life we are known by the company we keep, why not expand that company after death? Especially if you've kept remarkably good company.

Kate Sheppard

Obama's Carbon Battle: Everyone Is Suiting Up For A Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The fight over carbon reduction requirements for the fleet of existing power plants in the United States is well underway -- and the Oba...

Illinois Infrastructure: Getting Our Water Systems Up to Snuff Amidst the Climate Crush

Henry Henderson | Posted 07.09.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Across the nation, states have about $110 billion in capital available through similar water infrastructure funds, which are supported by annual federal and state appropriations. As climate impacts worsen, they are going to need to tap that cash.

How the Consumer Electronics Industry Is Thinking Green

Gary Shapiro | Posted 06.21.2014 | Technology
Gary Shapiro

We all share the responsibility of protecting our planet. Leveraging the power of innovation, the consumer electronics industry is voluntarily leading the way to improve sustainability and increase the energy efficiency of the devices we all rely on.

Kate Sheppard

Green Groups Join Forces To Direct Dollars To Pro-Environment Candidates

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund announced Monday that they are joining forces on...

Your Life Is the Lab: Toxic Chemicals in 5 Unexpected Places

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 06.14.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

When your child has a chronic health condition that threatens his life and well-being, you gain a sharp perspective on what's important in life.

Chicago Petcoke: Alderman's Shameful Switcheroo Undercuts His Neighbors, the Mayor and the Entire City

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Pope's move yesterday seems designed to revive the project that neighbors were loudly opposing. And by courting companies like Leucadia, this ordinance would be like setting out a welcome mat for more petcoke.

Kate Sheppard

U.S. Tries To Wreck India's Solar Industry While Pushing Fight Against Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration talks a lot about the need to develop renewable energy around the world to curb climate change. But right now, ...

BP's Lake Michigan Oil Spill: More Mess and Less Transparency From the Refinery Chicagoans Love to Hate

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.26.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The week of the Exxon Valdez disaster anniversary and a week after the Council of Canadians released a report highlighting the threat that tar sands oil imposes on the Great Lakes, BP did what it always does: crapped up Lake Michigan.

Kate Sheppard

Court: New Jersey Took Shortcut Out Of Emissions Program

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

An appeals court in New Jersey has ruled that the administration of Gov. Chris Christie did not follow proper procedures in pulling the state out of a...

Kate Sheppard

'Social Cost Of Carbon' Too Low, Report Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– The U.S. government uses $37 as its estimate of how much a ton of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere costs, including decrease...

Kate Sheppard

Environmentalists Say Kerry 'Has No Choice But To Reject The Keystone XL Permit'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– National environmental leaders say they are "confident" that Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama will eventually ...

John Kasich's Advisers Knew Of Plan To Target 'Eco-Left' As State Promoted Fracking Effort

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

Top advisers to Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) were aware of a plan that the state's Department of Natural Resources was undertaking to target the "eco-lef...

Mayor Emanuel Says Petcoke Is Not OK (Corral)

Henry Henderson | Posted 04.20.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Despite all the strong words from officials, none of the policies offered up in response to the sorry situation have actually threatened to wipe the petcoke piles away.

Invasive Species Attack Is An Opportunity For Chicago

Henry Henderson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

If you are serious about stopping the movement of invasive species between North America's greatest freshwater systems via our town's rivers and canals, you have to build a physical barrier.

We Must Protect Eagles and Expand Wind Power at the Same Time

Frances Beinecke | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Striking a balance between wildlife conservation and wind energy development starts with understanding threats to eagle populations, and how our actions, including operating wind farms, are affecting them.

Petcoke Blight Tells Bigger Story About Chicago's Waterways

Henry Henderson | Posted 03.12.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The landscape along Chicago's waterways has been headed for some kind of change long before the petcoke started piling up in mini-mountains.

Kate Sheppard

House Republicans Just Quietly Passed A Bill Gutting Hazardous Waste Legislation

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday overhauling the country's hazardous waste laws. The bill, called the Reducing...

Kate Sheppard

Whatever Happened To All That Enthusiasm For 'Clean Coal?'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't that long ago that "clean coal" was all the rage. John McCain touted it on the campaign trail in 2008. So did Barack Obama. Th...

Petcoke Piles: We Should All Stand Up for Chicago's Southeast Side

Henry Henderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The issue of petcoke is just beginning to make itself known. Part of the expansion of the BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana to take Canadian tar sands is the addition of the world’s second largest coker.

Petcoke Piles on the Calumet: Chicago's Newest Tar Sands Blight

Henry Henderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Lots and lots and lots of petcoke, a coal-like waste product that comes in high volumes from tar sands refining, is being dumped in massive piles near homes on Chicago's southeast side.