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900 miles of Great Barrier Reef is DYING

The Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching event that’s been occurring since the start of summer in the Southern Hemisphere has now spread to cover more than 900 miles of reef. By  James Ayre  As we reported previously, this is the second year in a row that the Great Barrier Reef has experienced an extreme coral […]

April 16th

GOP pushing for oil drilling in national parks

On Monday, Rep. Paul Gosar, the Republican who represents Arizona’s 4th Congressional District, launched Example #117 in the Trump-era category of No Big Surprise. By Meteor Blades (Originally appeared at DailyKos) He introduced a resolution to eliminate rules imposed in 2016 under the Obama administration that placed restrictions on existing oil and gas drilling operations on land governed […]

February 2nd

Save the salmon – Klamath River dams coming down

By Dan Bacher (How do we balance the health of an ecosystem with a healthy economy? Sometimes, it makes sense to build dams; sometimes, it makes more sense to take them down and restore the rivers to their natural state… ) The U.S. Departments of the Interior and Commerce, the States of Oregon and California, the […]

April 7th

FBI shutting down Malheur occupation holdouts — liveblog

By Jeremy Bloom The last four hold-outs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon have been refusing to leave for two weeks, since the FBI arrested the main ringleaders. It appears that the FBI has moved in and will attempt to remove them tonight. The four remaining anti-government militants — David Fry,  Sean Anderson, […]

February 10th

GOP plan Bundy-style public land giveaway to oil, mining and ranching millionaires

By Meteor Blades Two Republican Utah congressmen have introduced a deceptive public lands initiative designed to open a million acres of public land to private interests while pretending to protect other lands under a bogus “wilderness” designation where weakened environmental regulations would make that label a very unfunny joke. For 40 years, extremists have been eager to take over […]

January 21st

Malheur occupation: Natives say if the Federal Govt is giving back land, we’re first in line

By Meteor Blades As the media continue spotlighting the armed extremists occupying the federal headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, their complaints about federal government “over-reach,” and their demands that the feds “give the land back,” members of another group say that if there were to be any giveback, they ought to be first in line. They are the Burns […]

January 7th

American River steelhead numbers rebound

By Dan Bacher (Rancho Cordova) The number of steelhead showing now at Nimbus Fish Hatchery is greatly improved from last season, in spite of continuing low releases of 500 cfs from Nimbus Dam into the lower American River. This year is much different from last season, when a total of only 154 steelhead were trapped […]

December 22nd

No Fracking In New York Says DEC

Residents of New York state need not worry, there will be no fracking in New York. The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) banned the practice by issuing the final document needed to ban the practice. The state DEC has studied the controversial practice for seven years leading up to yesterday’s ban of high-volume […]

June 30th

Burlington Starts Down a Renewable Path

Burlington, Vermont has set the standard for the nation by converting all of its power sources into renewable ones. The city had a choice several years ago, to go the natural gas route or to choose renewable resources. Burlington chose right. Instead of going the easy route,  the 42,000 person city of Burlington focused its energy […]

February 24th

Burying Solar Not A Noble Cause

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones; So let it be with Caesar. Marc Antony, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 2 By Chip Martin, Special To RGB […]

October 12th