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How To Stay Mercury-Free

Avital Andrews | Posted 02.04.2012 | Green
Avital Andrews

December 5 marks the beginning of the Sierra Club's Mercury Awareness Week. In anticipation of that, here are four ways to help you keep the toxic stuff out of your life.

Chicago Can't Wait, Mayor Emanuel: Residents Unveil City Hall Exhibit on Human Costs of Deadly Coal-Fired Plants

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.01.2012 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

Calling for an end to the deadly and costly pollution from the Fisk and Crawford plants on the west side of Chicago, neighborhood families supporters posted photos of their affected children, elderly and businesses at City Hall.

A Coal Strip Mine Next to a National Park?

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.31.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

When I think of Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park, the last thing I think of is a dirty coal mine.

Lucia Graves

Global Leaders Call On Canada To Fight Climate Change In New Ad | Lucia Graves | Posted 11.30.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- African leaders including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jay Naidoo of former President Nelson Mandela's cabinet, and Zwelinzima Vavi, general...

Thanks, Carl

Michael Brune | Posted 01.21.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

Fostering collaboration between environmentalists, organized labor, and business to revitalize America's manufacturing base is one of the most important parts of building our clean-energy economy, and it's a challenge worthy of a leader and thinker as extraordinary as Carl Pope.

New Horizons and Broader Visions

Carl Pope | Posted 01.19.2012 | Green
Carl Pope

This morning I announced that I was "opening up my dance card" and stepping down as chairman of the Sierra Club, the role I assumed almost two years a...

Another Congressional Attack on Clean Air

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.11.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Why should you care about the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule? Because it could save your life, or the life of someone you love.

Let's Build the Future We Want to See

Michael Brune | Posted 01.04.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

From points up and down the eastern seaboard, busloads of Sierra Club members and volunteers will travel to the White House this weekend. We won't be mingling in the Rose Garden. Instead, we'll stand, shoulder to shoulder.

End the Coal for Carbon Credits Scandal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.04.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

To imply that dirty coal should be eligible for carbon credits is an Orwellian pitch that only our present batch of Tea Party Republican candidates could make with a straight face.

Emboldened by Students Taking Action

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.31.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Yesterday, I had the great privilege of joining 30 youth clean energy leaders when they met with Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson at Howard University in Washington, DC.

Congress Ignores the People When Dismantling Public Health, Environmental Protections

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.25.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

New polling information that shows overwhelming majorities of Americans support stronger health and environmental standards, and they also think Congress should back off and let the EPA do its job.

Dreaming About Taking Back America

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 12.18.2011 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Let's keep the dialogue civil. We can reach out and try to explain to others why protecting the environment and the economy are not mutually exclusive.

What Do Banana Peels and Coal Ash Have in Common?

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.12.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Believe it or not, the banana peel you throw away has more robust protections on it than coal ash containing mercury, arsenic, hexavalent chromium and lead. If this bill passes, that horrible status quo would become the law.

Texas Aims to Pollute the Nation

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.06.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

It almost seems like Texas is proud of the fact that it has some of the worst air quality in the nation. The state recently filed yet another lawsuit against the EPA claiming that Texas should not have to comply with the common-sense Cross State Air Pollution protection.

The Return of the American Dream

Carl Pope | Posted 12.03.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

"Progress, not pollution" are the key words as Sarah Hodgdon, the Sierra Club's conservation director, joins 25 other progressive leaders who are the symbolic faces of the new American Dream Movement.

Clean Air and Clean Energy Successes -- and Some Rap

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.03.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Creative, internet-based videos are no longer something reserved for major corporations to promote products; we're now using this type of media to promote issues that the public cares about.

WATCH: DJ Steve Porter Remixes Bloomberg And Beyond Coal

Posted 11.28.2011 | Green

DJ Steve Porter, known for his remixes of infomercials and press conferences, has teamed up with the Sierra Club and their Beyond Coal campaign. Th...

Keeping Up With the Solar (and Wind) Joneses

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.23.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Earlier this year, my husband and I put up solar panels at our home -- the first solar project in our historic West Virginia town.

Time to Move -- Beyond Fossil Fuels

Michael Brune | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

One of the scariest things you'll see in the news today is the false notion that Americans must choose between jobs and healthy people.

Ads That Fight Back Against Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.16.2011 | Chicago
Mary Anne Hitt

The coal industry is learning to not take the Sierra Club lightly -- and we're hoping our local, state and national officials are learning the same lesson.

Jordan Howard

Waxman Calls House Most Anti-Environment 'In History' | Jordan Howard | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During the 112th Congress, the Republican House majority has taken aim at issues ranging from labor protections to women's right to choo...

The World Bank Still Can't Quit Dirty Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.15.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Coal plants don't come dirtier than the Soviet-era relics currently in operation in Kosovo. Despite the terrible pollution these plants spew, the World Bank has decided the only option for this young country is to lock in more of it.

Illinois EPA Moves to Protect Apple River From Massive Sewage Lagoon

Jack Darin | Posted 11.12.2011 | Chicago
Jack Darin

Local residents, Sierra Club, and our allies working to protect a headwater stream in the beautiful Apple River watershed from being converted to a manure storage lagoon have won a major victory.

WATCH: Bike And Be Happy

Posted 11.05.2011 | Green

Why not cut 33 hours of wasted time this year and ride your bike to work? According to the 2010 Annual Urban Mobility report, in a U.S. city of thr...

Jordan Howard

Green Groups Struggle With Obama's Mixed Environmental Record | Jordan Howard | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Barack Obama was elected president, environmentalists believed a new age of environmental protection and conservation had come. But...