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Three U.S. retailers pledge to avoid fish from embattled Ross Sea (Safeway, Wegmans, and Harris Teeter)
(03/14/2012) The Ross Sea, a massive bay off Antarctica, has been dubbed the world’s last ocean due to its pristine state, long-untouched by industry and fisheries. However, over the last 15 years New Zealand commercial fisheries have entered the sea, seeking the slow-growing Antarctic toothfish which is usually sold as the high-end Chilean sea bass. Now as conservation groups plead for nations to grant the Ross Sea protected status, Greenpeace has begun a campaign to get good retailers to steer clear of stocking Antarctic toothfish. To date, Safeway, Wegmans, and Harris Teeter has all pledged not to source from the Ross Sea. Antarctica: Ross Island in the Ross Sea. Photo by: Bigstock.Little is known about the Antarctic toothfish, this one was captured and photographed underwater in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Photo by: Paul Cziko, supported by US-NSF through the DeVries-Cheng Lab at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Norway pays Brazil $1B to fulfill pledge for curbing deforestation

September 16, 2015, | “The Norwegian government has fulfilled its billion dollar commitment to Brazil for the South American country’s success in reducing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.  In a statement issued Wednesday, Norway announced it would complete payment to Brazil’s Amazon Fund by the end of the year. Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment Tine Sundtoft commended Brazil’s progress and said it has become a model for efforts to combat climate change.”

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Norway Pays Brazil $1 Billion to Reward Brazil for Reducing Deforestation Norway ponies up $1 billion to fulfill pledge to Brazil for success in reducing deforestation. The money has been paid in the Brazilian Amazon Fund.

Hawaii Taps the Ocean to Generate Carbon-Free Power

September 15, 2015, | “The world’s most abundant source of energy is solar—the sun shines everywhere—and most of that potential power falls on the ocean. Now, a Hawaii-based company has built the world’s largest power plant to harvest that energy from the ocean and convert it into electricity. The 105-kilowatt ocean thermal energy conversion demonstration plant went online last month in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. It cost about $5 million to build and only generates enough electricity to power 120 homes. But the project is a big step toward a future where ocean thermal energy could replace carbon-spewing fossil fuel power plants.”

Oceanic heat exchange technology, different than wave power.
The ocean thermal technology heralds a new wave of renewable energy projects.
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The Leap Manifesto isn’t radical. It’s a way out of Canada’s head-in-the-sand politics

September 15, 2025, | “Every political class considers themselves inclusive, diverse, open-minded. But present ideas that stray outside the boundaries of sanctioned debate, imposed by power and a patrolling press, and watch how quickly they stoop to bullying. Consider the response to the Leap Manifesto, a declaration released this week by an unprecedented coalition of Canadian authors, artists, national leaders and activists in the midst of a federal election. It lays out a vision – bolder than anything on offer from political parties – to transition the country off fossil fuels while simultaneously improving the lives of most Canadians. Climate change is presented not just as an existential crisis but an opportunity – indeed, imperative – to make the political and economic system more just and fair.”

The Leap Manifesto isn’t radical. It’s a way out of Canada’s head-in-the-sand politics | Martin…
A powerful movement in Canada, animated by a compelling and positive vision for the climate and economy, can force the hand of whichever government comes to…|By Martin Lukacs
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Should companies have to recover their plastic?

September 14, 2015, | “5 Gyres sat with the president of ASIPLA, the Chilean version of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the company Cambiaso, the largest plastic bag recycler in South America to hear how they want to frame the National Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) bill. We heard familiar arguments about waste management and recycling and opposition to product bans. The big questions is: is the role of brand manufacturers to get their stuff back.”

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HUGE NEWS! California microbead bill AB 888 has just passed the senate and will now go forward to become law! No more microbeads in CA! THANK YOU so much to all you guys for calling! Hurray!
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Federal Court Overturns EPA Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticide

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September 10, 2015, | “Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected U.S. EPA’s approval of the neonicotinoid insecticide “sulfoxaflor.” The Court concluded that EPA violated federal law when it approved sulfoxaflor without reliable studies regarding the impact that the insecticide would have on honeybee colonies. The Court vacated EPA’s approval, meaning that sulfoxaflor may not be used in the U.S. unless, and until, EPA obtains the necessary information regarding impacts to honeybees and re-approves the insecticide in accordance with law.”

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VICTORY! We just received great news that a federal court has thrown out EPA’s approval of a controversial pesticide that is killing bees! This is a huge sigh of relief to beekeepers across the U.S. whose livelihoods depend on healthy bee colonies.
The pesticide, sulfoxaflor, has been linked to widespread bee colony collapse, which is why the beekeeping industry teamed up with Earthjustice to challenge EPA’s approval of the pesticide. Since 1 in 3 bites of food depends on pollinators such as honeybees, this court victory also greatly benefits our food system.
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Get Monsanto’s Minions Out of the Executive Branch

September 9, 2015, | “President Barack Obama, 93% of voters want genetically engineered food labeled. When you were running for president in 2007, you promised us you’d do that. It’s right here in this video:  You also promised: ‘We’ll tell ConAgra that it’s not the Department of Agribusiness. It’s the Department of Agriculture. We’re going to put the people’s interests ahead of the special interests.'”

Thanks to Shanti Martin for letting us know about something we can join in to support.
This petition has received 2,445 signatures asking President Obama to live up to his campaign promise “to tell ConAgra that it’s not the Department of Agribusiness….

Ten Carbon Majors Support Global Climate Deal

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September 7, 2015, | “Ten of the world’s largest fossil fuel producers support an international deal at this year’s UN climate conference, COP21, in Paris that will limit climate warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to the nonprofit Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP.”

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Anglo American, BG Group, and BHP Billiton; as well as Italy’s Eni SpA, Russia’s Gazprom, Spain’s Repsol,…
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California to List World’s Most Commonly Used Herbicide as Carcinogen

September 4, 2015, | “California’s Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will list glyphosate — a widely used herbicide dangerous to people and linked to the dramatic decline of monarch butterflies — as a chemical known to cause cancer. Earlier this year the World Health Organization found that glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, was a probable human carcinogen based on extensive research.”

California to list ‪#‎RoundUp‬, world’s most common ‪#‎herbicide‬, as a ‪#‎carcinogen‬! …finally …
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California’s Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will list…
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Third U.S. City Goes 100% Renewable

September 3, 2015, | “Aspen is one of three U.S. cities to run on 100 percent renewable energy as of today, according to city officials. The Colorado mountain town is best known for its posh ski resorts, but this beautiful town also has established itself as a leader in environmental stewardship.”

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Aspen is one of three U.S. cities to run on 100 percent renewable energy. First two cities to reach the goal were Burlington, Vermont and Greensburg, Kansas
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The California Assembly Passed a Bill Wednesday that Prompts the State’s Public Employee Pension Funds to Divest From Coal

September 3, 2015 | “The California Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that prompts the state’s public employee pension funds to divest from coal. The bill passed the Assemby with a vote of 43 to 27, and will require the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) — which combined are responsible for $476 billion in assets — to remove all holdings in companies that get at least half of their revenue from coal mining. The divestment would have to be completed by July 2017. If signed into law, the measure would be the first of its kind in the United States.”

Good news for the Earth
If signed into law, the measure would be the first of its kind in the country.
Robert Brothers ~ “Yay California! ‘The California Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that prompts the state’s public employee pension funds to divest from coal.'”