Archives for June 2012

Montana Considers Restoring Buffalo Habitat

Photo: ~ Good News for Yellowstone Bison: the state of Montana is considering opening up access to tens of thousands of acres of habitat north of Yellowstone National Park in Montana.For more info, and some wonderful photos, go herehttp://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/mskoglund/wild_bison_in_yellowstone_phot.html

June 29, 2012, switchboard.nrdc.org | “The State of Montana is finally moving forward with developing a statewide bison management plan and deciding whether to restore a wild, free-roaming population of bison somewhere in Montana.”

~ Good News for Yellowstone Bison: the state of Montana is considering opening up access to tens of thousands of acres of habitat north of Yellowstone National Park in Montana.
For more info, and some wonderful photos, go here
http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/mskoglund/wild_bison_in_yellowstone_phot.html
  • Dawn Ti, Emilianne Slaydon, Shalahnia Riversong, Sheila Fine, Isabelle de Red, Ann Agranoff, Kelley Caudell, Richard Bono, Dona M. Chase, Michael Owczarski, Good Vibrations, Rita Jacinto, Nici Richter, and Asitha Aw like this.

California Budget Would Indefinitely Extend Ban on Dredge Mining

June 19, 2012, www.biologicaldiversity.org | “Suction dredge mining foes are crowing following news that an addition to the California budget bill will effectively extend indefinitely a moratorium on the controversial practice.  Opponents are vowing to sue to restore miners’ ability to used the dredges to find gold.”

California Budget Would Indefinitely Extend Ban on Dredge Mining
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Suction dredge mining foes are crowing following news that an addition to the California budget bill will effectively extend indefinitely a moratorium on the controversial practice.
  • GoodNews FortheEarth and Good Vibrations like this.

Two Years After BP Oil Spill, RESTORE Act Becomes Law

June 29, 2012, www.care2.com | “Two years, two months, and nine days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon off the coast of Louisiana, the RESTORE Act is on it’s way to becoming law. Thanks to the hard work of Senators in several Gulf Coast states, the Act was included in the final version of the Highway Bill, and was today passed by both chambers of Congress.”

~ Win-Win for Planet and People: fines paid by BP for Gulf spill will go towards ecological and economic restoration.
Two Years After BP Oil Spill, RESTORE Act Becomes Law
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The Act was included in the final version of the Highway Bill, and was today passed by both chambers of Congress.
  • Peggy Bradley Bowers, Sharon Morgan, Good Vibrations, and Lesley Labbe like this.

Keystone Ladies

World Bank Photo Collection/Flickr

June 2012, www.motherjones.com | “A few of the women fiercely defending ecosystems the world over.”

Keystone Ladies PROFILES -> 8 Women Defending Ecosystems World-wide
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A few of the women fiercely defending ecosystems the world over.
  • Alice Clift, Lynn Kalita-Hausch, Brian Sweeney, Steven Earl Salmony, Kevin Patrick Brady, Maryska Azzena, Robert L. Rose, Doris Dorsey, Katherine Kata Young, and Regina Siegel likes this.

Brazil tribes call for halt to dam project

June 28, 2012, www.aljazeera.com | “Work on part of a huge hydroelectric dam being built in the Brazilian Amazon has been halted by a tribal protest for an eighth day.  One hundred and fifty indigenous people from five different tribes are occupying a work area at the Belo Monte dam construction site, saying promises made to them by the builders and the government have not been fulfilled.”

 

“~ TRIBAL RESISTANCE TO BELO MONTE DAM BEGINS!
150 people from five different tribes have occupied the site and shut down operations in the Brazilian Amazon. Watch the VIDEO on this link that shows their strength.
For more info, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belo_Monte_Dam
Tribes say government broke promises and constructed dam that cuts the flow of river where they fish.”

Welsh recycling rates hit 48%

June 28, 2012, apps.facebook.com/theguardian| “Wales is surging ahead of the rest of the UK on recycling rates as it bids to become a “zero-waste” society, according to government figures published on Thursday.  The average household in Wales recycled 48% of their waste during the financial year 2011-12, representing a 4% increase on the previous year. The announcement puts the country firmly on track to reach its 2012-13 statutory target of 52%.”

“Welsh recycling rates hit 48%
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Figures show almost half of Wales’s municipal waste was recycled or composted in 2011-12, ahead of the rest of the UK”
  • Robert Brothers, Judith Green, Yusuf Mowlana, Good Vibrations, and Jeavonna Chapman like this.

Comprehensive Reform Protects Vital Fish for the First Time

Success! Comprehensive Reform Protects Vital Fish for the First Time

June 17, 2012, www.care2.com | “Both the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) voted to comprehensively reform industrial fishing off the East coast, including 100 percent at-sea monitoring on midwater trawlers and the first ever federal protections for river herring and shad. Prior to these votes, there had been no protections for river herring, fish that are critically important to the overall health of the ocean’s ecosystem.”

“~ first ever federal protections for river herring and shad, with the help of 65,000 signatures!
Success! Comprehensive Reform Protects Vital Fish for the First Time
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Thanks to over 65,000 Care2 members’ signatures, comprehensive reform now protects fish like river herring and shad, vital to a healthy ecosystem, for the first time.”
  • Peggy Bradley Bowers, Rosalie Anne, Good Vibrations, Shalahnia Riversong, Rita Jacinto, and Debora Hansen like this.

Federal Court Upholds EPA’s Global Warming Rules

June 26, 2012, www.nytimes.com | “A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the first-ever regulations aimed at reducing the gases blamed for global warming, handing down perhaps the most significant decision on the issue since a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that greenhouse gases could be controlled as air pollutants. ”

“~ FEDERAL APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS EPA’s GLOBAL WARMING RULES. No one expected this “complete slam-dunk,” Michael Gerrard, Columbia University.
“EPA is not required to re-prove the existence of the atom every time it approaches a scientific question.” — Three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., including one Ronald Reagan appointee.”
  • Ann Agranoff, Mariette Low, Good Vibrations, and Tara K Woolstenhulme like this.

Shadow Brook Farm’s Dutch Girl Creamery

“~ FUTURE GOAT-MILK MAKERS for the organic cheese at Shadow Brook Farm’s Dutch Girl Creamery. Here’s the link to the Kickstarter project to support goat cheese production at the farm, so that people can learn how it is made, from pasture to happy goats to table.http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1985279006/shadow-brook-farms-dutch-girl-creamery?ref=email”
Judith Green, Karin Lynn Riley, Shalahnia Riversong, Martita Rivera, and Good Vibrations like this.

Developing countries get a big investment in urban transportation

 

June 15, 2012, www.smartplanet.com| “While transportation projects are some of the most important investments a city can make they’re also some of the most expensive.  That’s why the Asian Development Bank announced at Rio+20, the United Nations conference on sustainable development, last week that they will join with seven of the world’s largest multilateral development banks to provide loans and grants totaling $175 billion over the next 10 years for urban transportation projects in developing countries.”

“Developing countries get a big investment in urban transportation | SmartPlanet
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The Asian Development Bank will provide loans and grants totaling $175 billion for transportation projects in developing countries.”