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Colombia Halts Hydrocarbon Exploration in World Heritage Area
BOGOTA, Colombia, March 5, 2012 (ENS) – Colombia’s Council of State has ordered a halt to exploration for oil and gas in the country’s Quindío region, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Coffee Cultural Landscape. The region produces some of the world’s highest quality coffee. Issued last week, the government decree requires …

10 States Leading the Clean Tech Revolution

June 22, 2015, ecowatch.com | “What’s the state of clean technology in America? Think renewable energy (wind, solar, hydro power, etc.), adoption of electric vehicles, green building and many other factors. As shown by this new nation-wide index, some states are rising above the pack compared to others.”

STATUS REPORT: “11 states now generate more than 10 percent of their electricity from non-hydro renewable energy sources, with three of these states—Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas—exceeding 20 percent.”
Clean Edge, a clean-tech research firm, has released their annual US Clean Tech Leadership Index, ranking all 50 states for their clean tech efforts.
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The EPA just proposed a huge crackdown on carbon emissions from trucks

June 19, 2015, www.vox.com | “On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed sweeping new regulations to slash greenhouse-gas emissions from all new heavy trucks, buses, and vans. This is a major piece of President Obama’s broader plan to tackle global warming.  The rationale sounds simple enough: Even though trucks make up just 5 percent of vehicles on the road, they account for 20 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions from transportation (since they’re constantly in use). So… we should clean ’em up.”

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This is a major piece of President Obama’s broader plan to tackle global warming.
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7 million Arctic Defenders, Greenpeace and First Nations communities fight to stop Arctic drilling and defend our coast

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“All I have is my voice, my body and the truth I speak. I can’t do this alone.
We — 7 million Arctic Defenders, Greenpeace and First Nations communities — will stop Arctic drilling and defend our coast and our climate.”
— Audrey Siegl (sχɬemtəna:t), Activist and Artist, Musqueam Nation & Greenpeace
Stand with me, as I face off against Shell and join the movement to save the Arctic.

“Facing such a massive machine from a tiny boat is terrifying, but I believe – and I bet you do too – that we all have a duty to do whatever we can to protect our sacred lands and waters. Shell may have money and massive machines, but the people united are more powerful.
Up until now Shell has tried to ignore the voices of millions of people around the world who have said yes to Arctic protection and no to Arctic drilling. But they won’t be able to for much longer, because instead of sitting idly by while Shell forces its way into the Arctic, regular people, like me, are saying enough is enough and creating an international spotlight on Shell’s drilling plans.

In April, six activists boarded and occupied Shell’s drill rig, the Polar Pioneer, for 7 days in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
In May, hundreds of kayaktivists gathered in Seattle to protest Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet.
On Monday, Greenpeace USA activists bravely paddled their kayaks out to Shell’s monster rig and formed a human blockade in front of it preventing it from leaving the port of Seattle!
And today, just when Shell thought they had a clear path to the Arctic, with your help, we were ready, and waiting.

Today I’m accompanied by the Greenpeace ship Esperanza in the Pacific Ocean on the west coast but I am here on behalf 7 million of people calling for the renewable solutions that already exist.

Because of regular people, like you and I, we’ve made it impossible for Shell to sneak up to Arctic waters and drill quietly. The movement to save the Arctic has made Shell’s drilling plans front-page news.

But the reality is that Shell could start drilling as early as July 1st, we need to do everything that we can before then to stop this madness before it starts. Please keep standing with us this summer, as the movement grows. This won’t end today, together we can take on Big Oil!

nə́c̓aʔmat tə šxʷqʷeləwən ct
We are of one heart and mind

Audrey Siegl (sχɬemtəna:t)
Activist and Artist, Musqueam Nation

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110 Scientists Band Together To Stand Up For Native Rights, Against Keystone XL in Canada

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June 17, 2015, bluenationreview.com | “A group of more than 100 scientists, ranging from economists to geophysicists, have come together to stand against development in the Alberta oil sands, Indian Country Today Media Network reports.  In a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the scientists invoked the treaty rights of aboriginal people, Native sovereignty, and scientific evidence in their statement against the extraction of bituminous crude from Alberta.”

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Native Americans are on the front lines of this fight, and they will make powerful allies in our battle to protect our planet.
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Missoula wins legal fight to take over Mountain Water Co.

June 15, 2015, missoulian.com | “Missoula won its legal fight to take ownership of Mountain Water Co. and the city’s drinking water system Monday.  In a 68-page decision, Missoula District Court Judge Karen Townsend said the city ‘carried its burden of proof’ and showed that ‘its contemplated use of the water system as a municipally owned water system is more necessary than the current use as a privately owned for-profit enterprise.'”
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Missoula won its legal fight to take ownership of Mountain Water Co. and the city’s drinking water system Monday.
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Mapping 7 million gallons of crude oil spills

June 15, 2015, www.hcn.org | “On May 19, a pipeline owned by Plains All American burst near Santa Barbara, California, ultimately spilling more than 100,000 gallons, or some 2,400 barrels, of oil. Tens of thousands of gallons of the oil slid into a storm drain and flowed into the Pacific Ocean.  The spill garnered national coverage for good reason: It killed or injured hundreds of birds, sea lions and other wildlife, sullied a long stretch of beautiful coastline and happened near where the notorious 1969 spill that inflamed a burgeoning environmental movement occurred.”

A thousand pipeline ruptures or spills reported nationwide in the past five years. Causes include lightning, corrosion (Santa Barbara spill), bigger spills resulted from valves being left open and others were caused by bad seals, heavy rains and people puncturing pipelines while digging. Of all the reported incidents, only one lists “intentional,” i.e. sabotage, as the cause.
A thousand pipeline ruptures or spills reported nationwide in the past five years.
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Environmental activism works, study shows

June 15, 2015, www.sciencedaily.com | “The environmental movement is making a difference — nudging greenhouse gas emissions down in states with strong green voices, according to a Michigan State University (MSU) study.  Social scientist Thomas Dietz and Kenneth Frank, MSU Foundation professor of sociometrics, have teamed up to find a way to tell if a state jumping on the environmental bandwagon can mitigate other human factors — population growth and economic affluence — known to hurt the environment.”

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France Bans Sale of Monsanto Herbicide Roundup in Nurseries

June 14, 2015, www.ndtv.com | “French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal announced today a ban on the sale of popular weedkiller Roundup from garden centres, which the UN has warned may be carcinogenic. The active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, was in March classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).”

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American Medical Association Calls for Public Disclosure of Fracking Chemicals

June 11, 2015, boldnebraska.org | “The American Medical Association, the largest U.S. association of physicians with over 210,000 members, this week called for full public disclosure of the toxic mix of chemicals used in the process of fracking.  Concerned about the inability to effectively monitor and track possible long term public health and environmental changes associated hydraulic fracturing, physicians today voted to adopt policy supporting the full disclosure of chemicals placed into the environment during the petroleum, oil and natural gas exploration and extraction process.”

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The American Medical Association, the largest U.S. association of physicians with over 210,000 members, this week called for full public disclosure of the toxic mix of…
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The U.N. surprises everyone with a breakthrough deal to slow deforestation

June 11, 2015, grist.org | “A surprise deal emerged from U.N. climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, this week: Diplomats managed to reach a key agreement to compensate developing nations that agree to preserve their forests. And environmental and civil society groups had generally nice things to say about the deal.”

It’s not often that happy, unexpected news emerges from climate negotiations, but that’s exactly what happened at a meeting in Germany this week.
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