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Threatened desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii). Photo: Roy C. Averill-Murray / USFWS Endangered Species via Flickr.com.

USA: Government gives in to illegal rancher's armed militia

The Ecologist

16th April 2014

Federal Agencies have capitulated to an armed militia protecting a Nevada rancher running his cattle on 100s of 1,000s of acres of public land reserved for 'threatened' Desert tortoises - despite multiple court orders and over $1 million in unpaid fines. more...
A sunrise industry: wind turbines in Texas. Photo: Chrishna via Flickr.com.

Wind power booms in oil-rich Texas

Ian Partridge

13th April 2014

One evening in March, wind delivered over 10,000 MW of electricity to Texas's power grid, almost 30% of total demand, reports Ian Partridge, and another 18,500 MW of capacity is under construction. So just why is Texas going so big on wind? more...
The UN's Ban Ki-moon with Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2012 Global Advocate of the Year for his work on climate change. Image: UN Photo / Rick Bajornas.

Hollywood goes big on climate change

Kieran Cooke

12th April 2014

It's billed as 'the biggest story of our time', writes Kieran Cooke. This weekend viewers of Showtime, the US cable channel, will be watching the first of an 8-part documentary series on climate change: some of the biggest names in Hollywood are involved. more...
North Atlantic Right whale three miles off Ponte Vedra Beach, FL on February 21, 2013. Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission via Flickr.com.

Lawsuit demands 50,000 square mile Atlantic whale sanctuary

The Ecologist

11th April 2014

The US Fisheries Service has repeatedly failed to give highly endangered Right whales adequate protection. Now wildlife groups are suing the Agency to demand a more than tenfold expansion of 'critical habitat' to protect the species along the US's Atlantic coast. more...
This time, it's for real. Kit Carson Cowboy Annual, 1958, front cover. Photo: Steve Bowbrick via flickr.com.

Cowboy-Indian solidarity challenges the Keystone XL

Brian Ward for SCNCC

12th April 2014

The 'Cowboy Indian Alliance' heads to Washington this month to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, Brian Ward reports on the rich history of collaborative resistance to destructive corporate power between ranchers and Native Americans. more...
Crop dusting near Ripley, Mississippi, USA. Roger Smith via Flickr.com.

'Extreme levels' of Roundup are the norm in GMO soya

Thomas Bøhn and Marek Cuhra

1st April 2014

To accommodate high levels of Roundup residues in GM soya, limits were raised 200-fold - with no scientific justification and ignoring growing evidence of toxicity. What Monsanto calls 'extreme levels' are now the norm - but only in GM crops. more...
Unit 1 of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station. Unit 2 experienced a partial core meltdown in 1979 - the worst civilian nuclear accident in United States history. Photo: Richard Owens via Flickr.com.

Three Mile Island - 35 years on

Linda Pentz Gunter

28th March 2014

Thirty-five years ago today the USA had its worst ever civilian nuclear accident with a reactor meltdown at Three Mile Island. Linda Pentz Gunter reports on the lies and cover ups about the true scale of the radiation release and its impacts on human health. more...
The radiotoxicity of nuclear waste from  uranium and thorium based fuels compared. Image: Nuclear Engineering International magazine.

Exposing the thorium myth

Jan Beránek

26th March 2014

Nuclear enthusiasts have been singing the praises of nuclear reactors that use thorium as their fuel instead of uranium. Jan Beránek analyses the claims - and finds that thorium is a mere distraction on the way to our renewable future. more...
Enbridge's ruptured pipeline near the River Kalamazoo, Michigan, July 2010. Photo: NRDC.

Vermont stands against the tar sands pipeline

Meg Berlin

31st March 2014

A 62-year old pipeline across New England could be used to carry hazardous tar sand crude oil from Canada to the Atlantic, writes Meg Berlin. But communities across Vermont are campaigning to block the project that imperils waters, people and wildlife ... more...
A recent residential development in Germany with all-solar PV roofing. Soon the whole world will be doing this - and probably adding solar walls to the mix.

Goldman Sachs - the US's solar future

Michael Mariotte / GreenWorld

25th March 2014

According to Goldman Sachs US home-owners will find it's technically and economically viable to go off-grid by 2033, writes Michael Mariotte. The big losers will be fossil and nuclear power generators. more...
On 10 March 1943 Hitler visited Army Group South's headquarters in occupied Ukraine. Photo: Heinrich Hoffmann / German Federal Archives / Wikimedia Commons.

Ukraine - the corporate annexation

JP Sottile

21st March 2014

As the US and EU apply sanctions on Russia over its annexation' of Crimea, JP Sottile reveals the corporate annexation of Ukraine. For Cargill, Chevron, Monsanto, there's a gold mine of profits to be made from agri-business and energy exploitation. more...
Sky pilot, alpine buttercup and old-man-of-the-mountain in full bloom in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Photo: John Holm / Wikimedia Commons.

Rockies flora signal warming times

Tim Radford

20th March 2014

An intensive study of the flora of one meadow in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado over 39 years reveals a consistent long term pattern of change: first flowers 6 days per decade earlier, last flowers 3 days per decades later. more...

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Pro-Europe protest in the Maidan, 27th November 2013. Photo: Evgeny Feldman / Wikimedia Commons.

Ukraine, Chevron, Condi Rice and shale gas ... join the dots

JP Sottile

18th March 2014

High principles dominate the rhetoric on freedom-loving Ukraine, writes JP Sottile. But more mundane realities - like the interests of US oil corporations and Ukraine's vast shale gas capacity - might just be part of the volatile equation. more...
Castle Bravo goes up - 1st March 1954. Photo: Government of the USA via Wikimedia Commons.

Human radiation experiments in the Pacific

Glenn Alcalay

19th March 2014

It was 60 years ago that the US devastated Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific with its Caste-Bravo nuclear bomb test, reports Glenn Alcalay. But did the US run another secret test - in which the Marshall Islanders were nuclear fallout guinea pigs? more...
A Yellowstone bison roaming the wilderness. Photo: Captain Kimo via Flickr.com.

Yellowstone bison have 'right to roam'

The Ecologist

15th March 2014

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that bison can roam outside the park boundaries for winter and early spring forage without being shot. more...
Marching against Monsanto, Denver, CO, 13th October 2013. Photo: Confrontational Media via Flickr.com.

GMOs - Throwing precaution to the wind

Pat Thomas

15th March 2014

As the UK Prime Minister welcomes the recommendations of his science advisors to 'go it alone' in Europe and embrace GMO crops, Pat Thomas wonders - whatever happened to the Precautionary Principle? more...
The damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station as seen during a sea-water sampling boat journey, 7 November 2013. Photo: IAEA Imagebank via Flickr.com.

Fukushima meltdown continues around the world

Paul Mobbs

12th March 2013

Three years after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe hit our TV screens, Paul Mobbs examines the still unfolding global disaster - and the motives of politicians whose love of nuclear power is stronger, than it is wise. more...
The MOX facility under construction in 2010. Photo: NNSANews via Flickr.com.

DOE shuts $4 billion 'plutonium-eater' reactor

Douglas Birch

12th March 2014

A nuclear reactor designed to burn up surplus Cold War plutonium has been closed by the US Department of Energy. Initially it was meant to cost $1bn. So far it has cost $4bn. To complete and operate would cost $25-34bn. more...
A field deployable hydrolysis system, designed to neutralize chemical weapons aboard the container ship MV Cape Ray, Jan. 2, 2014. Photo: US Department of Defense.

Syria's chemical weapons - lawbreakers rule supreme

Felicity Arbuthnot

13th March 2014

Syria's surrender of its chemical weapons last autumn raised the question - where to dispose of the toxic agents? Felicity Arbuthnot reports on a toxic tale of chaos, corruption, grand theft, and a growing strategic imbalance in the Middle East. more...
Twenty years from now we'll be looking at a dried up industry that blew away, leaving half a million new holes in the ground, ruined aquifers, and we'll wonder if it was all worth it. Image: Post Carbon Institute.

Snake Oil: how fracking's false promise of plenty imperils our future

Paul Mobbs

20th March 2014

Fracking is just another step on the fossil fuel treadmill, according to 'Snake Oil' by Richard Heinberg. High costs, diminishing returns and growing pollution will ultimately nail its future. Paul Mobbs urges readers - give a copy to your MP before it's too late! more...
Mendota Hills Wind Farm in northern Illinois. Photo: Dori / Wikimedia Commons.

Illinois - 1.7 million people choose 100% green electricity

The Ecologist

9th March 2014

Illinois is one of six US states that allows communities to aggregate and specify their energy purchases. Now 91 - comprising 1.7 million people - have used that power to buy 100% renewable electricity. more...
US Solar installations by quarter through 2013. Image: SEIA / GTM.

Sun shines on US solar sector

John Rogers

8th March 2014

The US Solar sector boomed in 2013, with a record breaking volume of new solar capacity added - almost 5,000MW. And as John Rogers reports, the party is set to carry on through 2014. more...
Earl Ray Tomblin, Democrat Governor of West Virginia - dedicated servant of Big Coal. Photo: iwasaround via Flickr.com.

One State, under Coal

Jeffrey St. Clair

15th March 2014

When Mike Roselle tried to give his State Governor a sample of Mountain Top Removal dust for analysis, he was not expecting to be arrested at gunpoint and banged in jail for a week on suicide watch - all without charge. more...
The salmon on your plate is not GMO - and now it's looking more likely to stay that way. Photo: Andrea Pokrzywinski via Flickr.com.

Largest US grocery stores say 'no' to GMO salmon

The Ecologist

7th March 2014

The two largest grocery stores in the United States, Kroger and Safeway, have promised to not sell GMO salmon. Over 9,000 stores nationwide have now committed to being free of the controversial fish. more...
The US military is the world's single largest consumer of fossil fuels. Pictured here is US Navy Aircraft Carrier USS John C Stennis. Photo: Defence Images via Flickr.com.

Pentagon warns of climate change 'devastation'

Steve Horn

6th March 2014

Unlike many US politicians the Pentagon is a firm believer in climate science. But although it foretells climate devastation on a global scale, reports Steve Horn, it has no credible plan to cut its own gigantic fossil fuel burn. more...

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