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Big Enviro Groups Bail On State's Major Fracking Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- California passed what is arguably the toughest bill regulating hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the country on Wednesday, and Gov....

Dr. Barrasso Goes to Washington ... to Kill Federal Health Protections?

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

What happened to U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, the orthopedic surgeon who years ago pledged to respect "hard-won scientific gains" and "prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure"?

Dim and Dimmer: House Nixes Funding for Light Bulb Efficiency Enforcement (Again)

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

Burgess's amendment is more theater than anything else, given that U.S. lighting manufacturers are complying with the standards, enforcement funding or not.

Fracking 'Shock Doctrine' Unveiled as 2013 Illinois Legislative Session Nears End

Steve Horn | Posted 07.31.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

With the deadline looming rapidly, anti-fracking activists -- or "fracktivists" -- have been protesting, sitting in, testifying in committee hearings and committing acts of non-violent civil disobedience daily at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

Illinois Fracking Update

Henry Henderson | Posted 07.21.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

With almost no laws in place to protect the public from the known -- and very scary -- dangers associated with the controversial oil and gas extraction technology, communities across Illinois are in harm's way.

A More Sustainable Mother's Day

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.08.2013 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Planting a vegetable garden at home is not only a fun Mother's Day activity, but is also an excellent way to make sure that Mom has fresh produce available for the rest of the summer.

Illinois Fracking Debate: Silence Before the Storm in Springfield

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.26.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

As discussions stall in Springfield, the interests of Illinoisans are left flapping in the wind, with entire communities completely and unacceptably exposed to the array of well known risks associated with the controversial oil and gas extraction technique.

Meatless Monday: Party for Planet Earth

Ellen Kanner | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Welcome to that fabulous planetary party, Earth Day. How can you best celebrate Mother Earth? Use more twirly incandenscent lightbulbs? Walk instead of drive? Good ideas, but the biggest present you can give the planet is to show some plant-based love.

Goldman Prize: Kimberly Wasserman Nieto Is a Truly Deserving Winner

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.19.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

This year, I found it invigorating to see the award go to Kimberly Wasserman Nieto, who is one of the most committed and determined leaders in the long fight waged in my city to close Chicago's Fisk and Crawford coal plants.

City Hall Continues Investing to Give Chicago the River it Deserves

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.15.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Change comes slow. Especially when it runs headlong into 150 years of history. That is certainly the case with the Chicago River, a waterway long maligned and mistreated at the heart of this city.

Fracking vs. Democracy: State Laws Subvert Home Rule and Property Rights

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.26.2013 | Green
Henry Henderson

One of the most fascinating and disturbing issues that comes up again and again around fracking is the multitude of exemptions and entitlements that have been handed to the industry at the expense of citizens.

7 Strategies for Reducing Water Waste

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.18.2013 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

March 22, 2013 is the 20th anniversary of World Water Day. In honor of this important anniversary, this week Food Tank: The Food Think Tank is highlighting 7 Strategies for Reducing Water Waste.

Chicago Commercial Buildings Initiative: The Skyline That Makes Our City Beautiful Also Makes It Great

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.07.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Here in Chicago, the buildings are part of the solution. The skyline that makes our city beautiful is also making it great: energy efficient, sustainable, resilient and ready to face the challenges of a new generation.

City Environmental Initiatives Win Innovations Prize

Carol Kellermann | Posted 09.30.2013 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Too often, government is satisfied with regulation and enforcement. Yet in New York, the Mayor's Office has created effective collaborative mechanisms to go further, and Mayor Bloomberg and the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability deserve enormous praise.

ALEC Sham Chemical Disclosure Model Tucked Into Illinois Fracking Bill

Steve Horn | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

Illinois is the next state on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)'s target list for putting the oil industry's interests ahead of the public interest.

Fracking in Illinois: Starting With Standards

Henry Henderson | Posted 04.24.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Unless and until we have strong, protective safeguards on the books, we should not start fracking in Illinois. While we are encouraged by what is currently in bill HB 2615, we will remain vigilant for any weakening of the standards.

Anti-Whistleblower (AgGag) Laws Threaten Human Health, the Environment and Animals

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 03.31.2013 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

The industry's response to years of evidence of egregious, and often criminal, animal cruelty and of diseased and adulterated meat entering the market is to attempt to outlaw undercover investigations.

Chicago River Re-reversal Debate: Getting Infrastructure Ready for the Rigors of Climate Change

Henry Henderson | Posted 03.19.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The unplanned flow of contaminated water into Lake Michigan is a serious possibility. This situation is another mind-blowing signal that we have to rethink how we manage the Chicago River.

Fracking Fudged: Looking at Illinois Chamber of Commerce's Job and Economic Numbers

Henry Henderson | Posted 02.17.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Thursday, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce released a remarkably rosy sounding report, speculating on the impacts that fracking might have on Illinois. Having a look at the report, I was disappointed to find that it's not really all that comprehensive.

EXPO CHICAGO: A River Ran Through It

Henry Henderson | Posted 11.14.2012 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Sometimes you need a new perspective on things to see them clearly. Take the Chicago River. Many of us interact with it on a daily basis, but in a passive manner. And, yet when we do pay attention, we don't think of the river as a resource.

Pro Teams Step Up to the Plate on Climate; Fans Can, Too

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

Besides launching initiatives to cut energy, water and paper use, some leagues and teams have now taken steps to educate fans about how they can reduce their environmental impact.

U.S. Food Waste Problem Ripe for Action

Kyle Rabin | Posted 10.28.2012 | Green
Kyle Rabin

I just can't seem to escape it. I notice it everywhere... at home... at work... in between home and work. Remember that famous, whispered line from The Sixth Sense? Well, "I see food waste."

World Water Week Calls For Reduction In Food Waste

Huffington Post | Laura Rothkopf | Posted 03.20.2013 | Impact

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - World Water Week commenced this morning with a global call to action. This year's annual summit led by the Stockholm Internatio...

America's Staggering Amount Of Food Waste

Reuters | Posted 10.21.2012 | Home

Aug 21 (Reuters) - Americans throw away nearly half their food every year, waste worth roughly $165 billion annually, according to a study released ...

Major League Baseball Copes With Climate Change

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

The 12 months between June 2011 and this June were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1895. And July turned out to be the hottest month on record. What does this trend mean for the national pastime?