More good news: Entire fish species can be restored if we do the work

Published on June 24th, 2017 | by

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There is some good news on West Coast fisheries, in spite of the lowest expected return of Klamath River fall-run Chinook salmon this year. The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) reported on June 19 that two key West Coast ground fish stocks that were formerly overfished, bocaccio and darkblotched rockfish, have been rebuilt. By Dan Bacher […] read more

Trump’s EPA goes to war on science – and scientists

Published on June 23rd, 2017 | by

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The message to all federal employees is, if you haven’t drunk deeply of the Trump-inspired nonsense spewed by the putative president, America has no use for you. Scott Pruitt, chief defender of the faith at the agency formerly known as the Environmental Protection Agency, is on a mission to slash the agency’s staffing levels and […] read more

Coal is dying. India shuts down 37 mines. Thanks, Obama

Published on June 23rd, 2017 | by

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It’s an article of faith in certain quarters that the only reason coal miners are out of jobs in West Virginia is because Obama hated coal and throttled it with “job-killing regulations.” The reality: The market killed coal. Natural gas and renewables are cheaper, plus coal is dirty and toxic. Nobody wants coal but Trump, […] read more

Watch coal documentary “From The Ashes” Sunday June 25 on National Geographic Channel

Published on June 23rd, 2017 | by

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Remember Gasland, the 2010 movie by Josh Fox that first alerted America to the horrors of fracking? From The Ashes does the same for coal. The documentary chronicles the rise of coal, its vital role in powering the Industrial Revolution, and the damage it has left in its wake. By Steve Hanley  The movie premiered […] read more

Delta Stewardship Council ignores public, sides with Big Ag over Delta Tunnels

Published on June 22nd, 2017 | by

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In spite of massive opposition by fishermen, family farmers, environmentalists and Delta residents who packed a room in the Holiday Inn in Sacramento today, the Delta Stewardship Council endorsed controversial conveyance and storage amendments to the Delta Plan that that project opponents say will hasten the approval of Jerry Brown’s water-stealing WaterFix this September. By Dan Bacher Only one […] read more

Trump lies to Iowa pt 1: The magical solar-powered border wall that pays for itself!

Published on June 22nd, 2017 | by

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President Trump went to Iowa last night to campaign some more, since governing is hard. Also, telling the truth is hard, and apparently Trump just can’t help himself. Let’s take a look at his lies on the environment, starting with the magical solar-powered border wall. By Jeremy Bloom Trump hates wind, but now Trump loves […] read more

Scotland is all about wind energy (Trump hates both)

Published on June 22nd, 2017 | by

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The northeast of Scotland is poised to become the global center for offshore wind scientific research, following the announcement this week from Swedish power company Vattenfall, which announced the successful projects that will take part in a €3m research program at its European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. By Joshua S Hill  The European Offshore Wind Deployment […] read more

Endangered species: Grizzly Bears back in danger. Thanks, Trump.

Published on June 22nd, 2017 | by

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today removed grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone region from the Endangered Species List. The decision comes despite serious concerns in the scientific community about a declining, isolated population with diminishing food resources and record-high mortalities, as well as strong opposition from an unprecedented number of Tribal Nations. By Sierra […] read more

Rick Perry is half right — oceans absorb heat and CO2

Published on June 22nd, 2017 | by

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As Tina Casey reports, Rick Perry understands the world’s oceans are getting warmer, but doesn’t really understand the reason why. However, the scientists at NASA and MIT do. They have released a new study detailing how the oceans absorb heat, carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, and other gases. Once absorbed, they can remain stored in the […] read more

Switching from coal to solar energy would save 52,000 lives a year in US

Published on June 22nd, 2017 | by

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New research shows that when you look at the diseases caused and exacerbated by coal pollution – asthma, lung cancer, other pulmonary diseases, heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and strokes – getting rid of coal would save 52,000 lives every year. By George Harvey  Researchers from Michigan Technological University (MTU) recently published  the study, “Potential Lives […] read more

Rick Perry on climate change – is he crazy, or is he playing Trump?

Published on June 21st, 2017 | by

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Ermigod the Intertubes are absolutely having a field day with Monday’s CNBC interview featuring US Energy Secretary Rick Perry. As chief of the Energy Department, Perry has been promoting renewable energy nonstop and merrily blowing off President Trump’s pro-coal messaging, but in less than two minutes on CNBC he undid all that hard work with […] read more

Cali native tribe turns to GoFundMe for salmon restoration project

Published on June 21st, 2017 | by

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At a time when climate change, dams and industrial water extraction for Big Ag threaten the future of California’s salmon, federal biologists agree with the Winnemem Wintu Tribe that salmon must return to the glacial waters of the McCloud River above Shasta Dam in order to survive. By Dan Bacher This June, the tribe and […] read more

Oil companies are betting the wrong way on climate change. It will cost them.

Published on June 21st, 2017 | by

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Five of the world’s six largest listed oil companies, including ExxonMobil and Shell, run the risk of wasting more than 30% of potential investment on high-cost upstream projects that are unnecessary and potentially harmful if we are to ensure the world does not warm beyond 2⁰ Celsius above pre-industrial levels. By Joshua S Hill  This is […] read more

After Peak Oil, what next? Who profits, who loses bigly?

Published on June 20th, 2017 | by

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Many people expected that peak oil  would lead to rising prices – basic supply and demand. But reality has been very different. By George Harvey  What we’ve actually seen: Prices dropped because declines in demand actually preceded declines in production. And the result is a market most people, possibly even OPEC leaders, have found unpredictable. We […] read more