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The Vampire, the Preacher's Daughter, and Me: Behind the Scenes of Years of Living Dangerously

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This coming Sunday, May 4, Showtime will air the fourth episode in its Years of Living Dangerously climate series, which includes me and features the ...

How The Sierra Club Is Making It Easier For Corporate Fleets To Go Tar-Sands-Free

Michael Marx | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Michael Marx

Already, 19 companies, including Walgreens, Whole Foods, and Columbia Sportswear have committed to take action on tar sands fuel for their vehicle fleet and shipping operations. Other companies interested in taking action on tar sands have expressed confusion over the chain of custody for petroleum.

Supreme Court: One State's Coal Pollution Not Allowed to Make Another State's Families Sick

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

In a huge victory for public health, today the Supreme Court issued its opinion in a case considering the EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution rule, which ...

Ohio Legislator Accused of Insulting Veterans In Hearing

The Huffington Post | Andrew Perez | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics

A Republican lawmaker in Ohio insulted veterans in a hearing he led this month on renewable-energy standards, according to a veteran in attendance. ...

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Groups Ask U.S. Trade Rep To Drop Complaint Over India's Solar Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of environmental organizations is calling on the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to drop a complaint over India's solar ...

Students Sit-In, Rally to Get Washington University to Cut Ties With Peabody Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

If you're looking for clean energy inspiration, we've had lots of it this past week, courtesy of a phenomenal group of Washington University (St. Loui...

The One Thing to Remember on Earth Day

Michael Brune | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

As the Club entered the 21st century, we realized that simply saving the places we loved wouldn't be enough. If we fail to address the threat of climate destruction, we could see much of the progress we have achieved -- John Muir's legacy -- undone.

Big Victory for Public Health: Court Upholds Mercury, Toxic Air Pollution Protections

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld limits on dangerous emissions of mercury and toxic air pollution from power plants. This was a big victory for clean air, clean water, and the health of our families.

Choose Wisely...

Michael Brune | Posted 06.15.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

The Climate Action Plan that President Obama announced last year is full of good ideas, and his administration has already done more to address carbon pollution than any other has. Unfortunately, a hard look at the numbers shows that all this progress could be undermined by one bad choice -- expanding fossil fuel production.

Rachel Carson's Legacy

Bob Musil | Posted 05.29.2014 | Green
Bob Musil

Today, fifty years after Rachel Carson's death from breast cancer in the spring of 1964, Carson's influence is intense, her legacy a living one. She continues to be attacked by right-wingers like Rush Limbaugh who hope to tarnish her reputation and hence her political heirs.

Inhaling Ozone Is Like Getting a Sunburn on Your Lungs

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

I can only imagine the fear that must grip a parent when their child suffers an asthma attack, and I can only imagine how much time and energy they spend doing everything they can to avoid triggers for these potentially deadly attacks. A major trigger is smog pollution -- also known as ground-level ozone.

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, ...

HECO Continues to Stall Solar Installations in Hawaii

Anne Smart | Posted 05.27.2014 | Hawaii
Anne Smart

Despite customers' pleas for solar interconnection, HECO continues to drag its feet. In the game of solar love, that's no way to win over someone's heart.

North Carolinians Want Coal Ash Safeguards Now

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The controversy continues almost two months after a Duke Energy spill of toxic coal ash into the Dan River. First, the Waterkeeper Alliance discovered...

Finding Common Ground Outdoors

Michael Brune | Posted 05.24.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Spending time outdoors can be personally healing, but it's also something that can bring people together, regardless of differing backgrounds, political beliefs, or experience.

Kate Sheppard

25 Years After Exxon Valdez Spill, Environmental Advocates Say Oil Laws Outdated

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Twenty-five years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Prince William Sound has not fully recovered. Oil from the 10.8-million-gallon...

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Groups Launch Ad Blitz Defending Vulnerable Lawmakers

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON—Environmental groups are launching a multi-million dollar television advertising blitz to defend vulnerable members of Congress in four s...

A Victory for the Mendocino Coast

Rep. Jared Huffman | Posted 05.21.2014 | Green
Rep. Jared Huffman

The environment and economy of the North Coast just scored a big victory. Last Tuesday, President Obama designated the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument, protecting these pristine and breathtaking coastal lands.

Victory in Georgia: Students Continue to Make Progress Against Campus Coal Plants

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.20.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The UGA students are not patting themselves on the back just yet -- their push now is to get the school's administration to retire the coal boiler by 2018 and commit to clean energy for campus.

It's Time to Hold Accountable Advocates Who, in Pursuit of Their Values, Put Us at Risk

David Ropeik | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
David Ropeik

Golden rice is still not in use anywhere, because of opposition to GM (genetic modification) technology. Now two German economists have quantified the price of that opposition, in human health, and the numbers are truly frightening.

Clueless Oil Man Accidentally Pitches Sierra Club On Drilling Scheme

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics

Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune appears to have received quite the pitch this week. Brune posted an exchange to Facebook on Friday th...

Agencies Dodge Responsibility for Human Cost of Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.14.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week, we got some disappointing news - a judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers isn't responsible for considering the health effects of coa...

Gen. Jim Jones Didn't Disclose Industry Ties Before Testimony at Keystone XL Hearing

Steve Horn | Posted 05.13.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

The irony of it all: Jones may have drawn more attention to his testimony by not disclosing his ties than he would have by being transparent about them up-front, as required by the House.

It's Not About the Pipe

Michael Brune | Posted 05.11.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

In this first-ever national debate over a pipeline, the arguments are getting heated. So maybe it's a good time to take a couple of steps back to remind ourselves why we care. Just why is this pipeline such a big deal? That question has several answers, but they start with this: It's not about the pipe. It's about what the pipe would carry.

Michael McAuliff

NAFTA 20 Years On: Trade Deal Allowed Export Of Environmental Disasters

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A report due to be released Tuesday aims to offer an object lesson to President Barack Obama: Free trade deals have high costs in uninte...