Women in Science: Marie Tharp pioneered mapping the bottom of the ocean 6 decades ago – scientists are still learning about Earth’s last frontier

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Despite all the deep-sea expeditions and samples taken from the seabed over the past 100 years, humans still know very little about the ocean’s deepest reaches. And there are good reasons to learn more. Tharp with an undersea map at her desk. Rolled sonar profiles of the ocean floor are on the shelf behind her. […]

Coalition sues to block Trump’s scorched-earth attack on bedrock environmental law NEPA

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A coalition of 20 organizations filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to block the Trump administration’s gutting of a law dubbed the “Magna Carta” of U.S. environmental legislation. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a five-decade old law, “embodies our nation’s environmental conscience” and “expressly commands the federal government to ‘fulfill the responsibilities of each generation as trustee […]

They tried to tame the Klamath River. They filled it with toxic algae instead.

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The Karuk people define themselves by the Klamath River, just as the Romans did the Tiber or the Egyptians did the Nile. The word “Karuk” means “upstream,” a reference to the waterway, which runs from Klamath Lake in southern Oregon, across the mountains of northern California — where the Karuk live — before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. […]

Renewable Roundup: Starve the beast is still the loudest dog whistle

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The rich have a corrupt bargain with all of the Republican factions. Cut taxes for us, and we will use those tax cuts to blow out the budget and force Democrats to agree to cut social programs under the Dog Whistle Starve the Beast. But no more. By Mokurai On July 14, 1978, economist Alan Greenspan testified […]

Winnemem Wintu leaders, journalists and legal experts to hold live panel on the Shasta Dam raise

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The Winnemem Wintu Tribe has led the resistance against the proposed Shasta Dam raise since the early 2000s, and now the Trump administration and Westlands Water District are using the cover of Covid-19 to fast-track the project in possible violation of state, federal and International law. By Dan Bacher The general public can learn more […]

EcoRight climate change news for the week of July 31

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Last. Day. Of. July. Also known as: eight days until my baby leaves for college. (I’m not crying, you’re crying.) (Okay. I’m crying.) But for real… there was some activity this week! While we still aren’t up to pre-covid levels of action, it’s nice to see action brewing. By Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN This week’s […]

Global Witness reveals 2019 was deadliest year on record for eco-defenders, with 212 murdered worldwide

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“In 2019, Global Witness recorded 212 murdered land and environmental defenders—making it the deadliest year on record for people defending their homes, forests, and rivers against climate-destructive industries.” That’s according to Defending Tomorrow: The climate crisis and threats against land and environmental defenders (pdf), an annual report released Wednesday by the watchdog group, which has published data on […]

Citizens Climate Lobby receives 2020 Keeling Curve Prize

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Citizens’ Climate is excited and grateful to receive a 2020 Keeling Curve Prize in the category of Social & Cultural Pathways. “We are thrilled to see our efforts honored in this way,” Citizens’ Climate Executive Director Mark Reynolds said. “Our staff and volunteers are working hard every day to make climate change a bridge between our […]

Governor Gavin Newsom asks Warren Buffet to make his PacifiCorp honor the Klamath Dam Agreement

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While many salmon advocates oppose several of California Governor Gavin Newson’s key water policies such as the Delta Tunnel, Sites Reservoir and the Big Ag-promoted voluntary agreements, a coalition of Tribes, fishing groups and conservation organizations today praised Newsom for urging the owners of four Klamath River dams to stick with a dam removal agreement. By Dan Bacher Newsom sent a […]

Fossil fuel giants are amplifying militarized police forces

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The same industries fueling the climate crisis and disproportionately polluting Black and brown communities across the U.S are bankrolling police foundations, groups which can help militarize local police departments.That’s according to a new investigation from transparency group Public Accountability Initiative and its LittleSis project. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams Authored by Gin Armstrong and Derek Seidman and […]

Students for Carbon Dividends organizes student government leaders

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Yesterday, Students for Carbon Dividends announced that more than 350 student government groups from colleges and universities in all 50 states, representing more than four million students, signed onto the “Students Government Leaders’ Statement on Carbon Dividends,” one of the largest statements of student body presidents in U.S. history. By Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN “We […]

Electrifying the US economy by 2035 could create 25 million green jobs

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A report released Wednesday by a new nonprofit—in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the resulting economic disaster, and calls for a green recovery from those intertwined crises that prioritizes aggressive climate policies—lays out how rapidly decarbonizing and electrifying the U.S. economy could create up to 25 million good-paying jobs throughout the country over the […]

Governor Newsom releases final water portfolio that includes Delta Tunnel, Sites Reservoir

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California Governor Gavin Newsom on July 28 unveiled a final version of his controversial Water Resilience Portfolio, a water plan that that includes the Delta Tunnel, Sites Reservoir and the agribusiness-promoted “voluntary agreements.” While the plan drew praise from agribusiness interests and water agencies — and strong criticism from salmon advocates, Tribal leaders and environmental justice leaders for the damage […]

Green technology could prevent soil erosion

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Have you ever visited the Grand Canyon? That massive hole in the ground is the result of millions of years of erosion — water washing away layer after layer of rock until an enormous canyon formed. This landform is a dramatic example of erosion. On a smaller scale, substances like soil are also susceptible to […]