Swiss Supermarkets Stop Sales of Glyphosate over Health Concerns

June 3, 2015, sustainablepulse.com | “Coop stated last week that ‘Even if the (Swiss) Federal Office for Agriculture (BLW) judges glyphosate can be continued to be sold without a health hazard for the population, we decided on Monday 18th May to no longer sell any glyphosate-based products in Coop supermarkets and Coop Building & Hobby hardware stores.’ It is a preventive measure. ‘…we don’t sell the concentrate, but only a very diluted form, the ready-made products. These concentrations are up to 48 times lower than the range used in agricultural products.'”

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Swiss supermarket giants Coop and Migros have announced that they will no longer sell products that contain glyphosate, following the World Health Organization’s…
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Pulp and Paper Giant APRIL Ends Deforestation

June 2, 2015, greenpeaceblogs.org | “Today Indonesia’s second largest pulp and paper producer agreed to turn off the bulldozers and protect the forest and high carbon peatlands and begin respecting the rights of local communities. This is a major breakthrough and we commend APRIL and parent company the Royal Golden Eagle Group for taking this step.”

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Indonesia’s second largest pulp & paper company, Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) announces end to deforestation.
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California Set To Give Solar Panels To Low-Income Families For Free

May 27, 2015, www.iflscience.com | “California is the best state in the country if you want to go solar – but only if you’re rich enough. Due to the steep upfront costs of around $15,000, only those from middle- to upper-income families can afford to install solar arrays. A novel initiative is, however, looking to change that. This new project hopes to help disadvantaged communities see the sun in a different light.”

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The Grid Alternatives project aims to get polluting companies to pay for putting solar panels on the roofs of those who cannot afford them.
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Interior Department Approves First Solar Energy Zone Projects

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June 1, 2015, www.doi.gov | “As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the approval of the first three solar energy projects to benefit from the streamlined permitting process of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Western Solar Plan. When built, the three solar energy projects on public lands in Clark County, Nevada, will generate up to 440 megawatts of energy – enough electricity to power roughly 132,000 homes – and are expected to create up to 1,900 construction jobs.”

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Today, Interior approved three new solar projects on public lands in Nevada that’ll generate up to 440 megawatts of energy — enough to power about 132,000 homes. Learn more: http://on.doi.gov/1KyOyRL ‪#‎ActOnClimate‬

Seismic testing off Clyde River cancelled for 2015

May 27, 2015, www.cbc.ca | “An energy consortium of three companies has cancelled its plans to conduct seismic testing off of Baffin Island this summer.  The hamlet of Clyde River, Nunavut has been fighting to get a court injunction to stop the seismic testing. Clyde River’s mayor Jerry Natanine says he’s surprised by the companies’ decision to postpone the project.”

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Clyde River, Nunavut, is declaring victory after an energy company cancelled this summer’s plans for offshore seismic testing.
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Oil And Gas Giant BP Cuts Ties With Conservative Group ALEC

March 24, 2015, thinkprogress.org | “BP did not point to any particular issues behind its defection. In recent years ALEC, whose members include Republican politicians as well as businesses, has been behind ‘model legislation’ to limit renewable energy in states. The group has also condemned the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, and fought against the Affordable Care Act.”

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It is not sure whether BP broke ties because of ALEC’s views on denial of global warming or not, but it is becoming increasinly unpopular to back companies that are climate change deniers.
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How Indigenous Kayactivists Protest Against Shell

The Lummi Youth Canoe leads kayaktivists to shores the Duwamish people used to inhabit for thousands of years. ALEX GARLAND

May 19, 2015, www.popularresistance.org | “Saturday’s action against the towering Arctic drilling rig now squatting in the port’s Terminal 5—originally Duwamish waters—was different, for lots of reasons.  It began early in the morning at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, where Duwamish chairwoman and elder Cecile Hansen prepped starchy biscuit mix to feed more than 50 mouths for the protest, her glasses soon flecked with flour. Native leaders and participants had traveled from all over to lead kayaktivists in native canoes that day, some coming in from Alaska. And Hansen, who can’t be much more than five feet tall, has been fighting for federal recognition of the Duwamish people for much of her life.”

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MIT study suggests solar power technology is up to the task now, not tomorrow

May 12, 2015, m.dailykos.com | “MIT has released a pretty comprehensive study on solar energy, appropriately titled: The Future of Solar Energy. The study explores the practicality of solar-powered energy being able to help achieve carbon emissions goals. One of the more important findings of the study was the plausibility of achieving the technological touchstones needed.

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Here comes the sun MIT has released a pretty comprehensive study on solar energy, appropriately titled: The Future of Solar Energy . The study explores the …
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Alberta’s oil patch now in uncharted waters with NDP premier

Syncrude's Mildred Lake oil sands upgrader vent's into overcast skies as trucks haul dirt out of a former tailings pond north of Fort McMurray, Alberta on Tuesday, April 27, 2014. (Amber Bracken for The Globe and Mail)May 6, 2015, www.theglobeandmail.com | “The Alberta oil patch is in uncharted political territory after the NDP’s unprecedented rise to power. The energy sector, the province’s dominant industry and one that’s been friendly with the Progressive Conservatives, will find itself dealing with a left-of-centre premier and ruling party that have been among its harshest critics on issues of royalties, taxes and environmental policy.”

A look at Alberta’s oil patch and the election
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The Tesla battery heralds the beginning of the end for fossil fuels

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May 5, 2015, www.businessinsider.com | “While wind and solar power have made great strides in recent years, with renewables now accounting for 22% of electric energy generated, the issue that has held them back has been their transience. The sun doesn’t shine at night and the wind doesn’t blow year-round — these are the mantras of all those opposed to the progress of renewables. Now the renewable-power billionaire Elon Musk has just blown away that final defense.”

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Fossil fuels are no longer the cheapest source of energy.
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