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Diverse voices speak out against delay of methane pollution rule

By Lexi Lehman

July 11, 2017

On Monday, more than 150 speakers testified before the Environmental Protection Agency at a public hearing concerning the proposed two-year delay of implementing the methane pollution rule.

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Tagged with: fracking, epa, methane


This World Oceans Day, protect oceans from mining

By Payal Sampat

June 8, 2017

This week, delegates from around the world are meeting at the United Nations for the first UN Oceans Conference, to discuss the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: the conservation of oceans, seas and marine resources.  

We are subjecting our oceans to a barrage of assaults, many of which we are all familiar with - rising temperatures, overfishing, acidification. Less well-known are the dual threats to oceans from mining: the ongoing pollution of marine ecosystems by mine waste and the irreversible harm to deep-sea ecosystems that would result from proposed deep-seabed mining.  

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Tagged with: deep sea mining, oceans, international seabed authority


Trump makes historic mistake withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement

By Lexi Lehman

June 7, 2017

On Thursday, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, significantly weakening American leadership in the global effort to fight climate change. After ignoring advice from his peers, scientists, business leaders, activsts and citizens, President Trump said he based he planned to negotiate for a 'better' deal. However this is not possible.

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Tagged with: climate change, trump


Trump’s EPA ignores science, paves the way for Pebble mine

By Bonnie Gestring

May 15, 2017

Friday, the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency reversed course on the agency’s long standing efforts to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay and America’s most valuable wild salmon fishery.

In announcing a deal with Canadian-based Northern Dynasty to settle the company’s legal fight, the EPA has agreed to drop its 2014 proposed determination to protect the salmon fishery from the Pebble copper-gold-molybdenum open-pit mine proposal.

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Tagged with: mining, pebble mine, alaska, our bristol bay


Court approves seismic testing in Florida panther habitat

By Nadia Steinzor

May 4, 2017

One of the first lessons everyone has to learn in life is the meaning of “no.” As in, there are some things you just shouldn’t do because of the consequences and harm to others.

By seeking to drill any time, anywhere, the oil and gas industry clearly doesn’t think this concept applies to them. Unfortunately, Earthworks and its partners recently lost a legal battle to show them it does, and to make sure that public agencies put the public interest ahead of corporate interests. 

In late April, a US District Court judge in Florida ruled that the National Park Service (NPS) hadn’t violated federal environmental laws when it decided Burnett Oil could conduct seismic testing for oil in the Big Cypress National Preserve. 

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Tagged with: fracking, florida, big cypress, panther


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