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Traditional qamutik (sled) on Cape Dorset. Photo: Ansgar Walk / Wikimedia Commons.

First Americans lived on Beringia for thousands of years

Scott Armstrong Elias

7th March 2014

The ancestors of America's Indians lived in Beringia - the land exposed during the last ice age that is now the Bering Strait - for millennia, genetic studies have determined. Scott Armstrong Elias reports. more...
A regular Sunday shopping in Chennai, India. Photo: McKay Savage via Flickr.com.

Gandhi's nightmare has come true

Subhankar Banerjee

18th March 2014

The era of mass consumption has reached India, bringing about a frenzy of over-consumption, pollution and ecological havoc. But so long as there's money to be made, asks Subhankar Banerjee, why worry about climate change? more...
Bridger Mountains. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair.

Defender of the Rockies

Jeffrey St. Clair

3rd March 2014

For sheer guts, vision and results, a single organisation stands out among the US's environmental defenders - the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. Jeffrey St. Clair met its leader, Mike Garrity, winner of 2014's Grassroots Activist Award. more...
On its way to Drax? A loader picking up trees from a clearcut for Enviva near the Ahoskie mill, North Carolina. Photo: Dogwood Alliance.

Biofuel and biomass 'sustainability standards' are pure greenwash

Almuth Ernsting

10th March 2014

Who and what are biofuel sustainability standards designed to benefit? They are meant to safeguard forests and communities, writes Almuth Ernsting - but their real purpose is to protect the biofuel industry ... more...

Rising sea levels threaten Los Angeles

Tim Radford

2nd March 2014

As much of California and the western US endures a severe drought, the city of Los Angeles is at increasing risk from rising sea levels. Tim Radford reports on the risks to the 12,000 square mile conurbation. more...
Native American or Palestinian, Awa, Inuit, Dayak or Bushman, the struggle against colonialism is one. Quanah Parker - Comanche. Photo from firstpeople.us.

Indigenous peoples of the world, unite!

Dr Sarah Marusek

13th March 2014

The struggle for collective rights unites all Indigenous peoples from North America to Palestine, writes Sarah Marusek - as does their common narrative of resistance to colonialism, imperialism and capitalism. more...
Daniel Hahn with his sexually invigorated but sterile male flies.

Pesticide-free fly control breakthrough

The Ecologist

27th February 2014

A new discovery will make a pesticide-free means of protection against fruit flies and other damaging pests cheaper and more effective. more...
Solar PV hard at work on a hotel roof in Hawaii. The state has resisted proposals for heavy charges for solar connections to the power grid. Photo: ShellVacationsHospitality via Flickr.com.

America's corporate revolt against clean energy

Trip Van Noppen

3rd March 2014

The US's fossil fuel industry is scared at the growth of solar power, and its ever-declining market cost. So it's fighting back, reports Trip Van Noppen, doing its best to quash solar growth by imposing new costs and restrictions. more...
March 23, 2011 - The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan conducts a wash down while the ship is operating off the coast of Japan, to remove potential radiation contamination. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle Carlstrom.

The US Navy knew: Fukushima's 'hard rain' on USS Ronald Reagan

Harvey Wasserman

27th February 2014

A telephone transcript released under the Freedom of Information Act shows: the US Navy knew that the USS Ronald Reagan took major radiation hits from the Fukushima atomic power plant after its '3/11' meltdowns and explosions. more...
Anti-nuclear protesters at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA, 16 April 2011. Photo: Brian Stansberry / Wikimedia Commons.

President Obama - pardon the 'Oak Ridge Three' anti-nuclear activists!

Kevin Alexander Gray

19th March 2014

After a peaceful protest against nuclear weapons showed up shoddy security at a $19 billion nuclear bomb factory site, writes Kevin Alexander Gray, Uncle Sam got mad - against the protestors, now jailed for up to five years. Will Peace Prize winner Obama set them free? more...
Water permit hearing poster for uranium mining in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Photo: via White Plume.

Protect our sacred water!

Ben Whitford

3rd March 2014

The curse of Uranium has fallen once again on the Black Hills of South Dakota, ancestral home to the Lakota Indians - now fighting a massive mining project that threatens land, rivers and groundwater. But this time, writes Ben Whitford, the Lakota are not alone ... more...
Pylon. Photo: Richard Parmiter via Flickr.com.

Electricity use in the US is falling - still

Steven Nadel

25th February 2014

Electricity usage in the US has been declining since 1993, writes Steven Nadel. Among the reasons for the fall, improved energy efficiency is emerging as a key factor, especially post-2007. more...

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Photo: Teymur Madjderey via Flickr.com.

Time to wake up to the Climate Denial Beast

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

26th February 2014

The truth is often extraordinary - perhaps because it is so rare that we are told it. This disturbing speech by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse shines the bright light of truth on the US's huge, shadow-dwelling climate denial industry. more...
Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, is a forceful advocate of deregulation in the fracking sector. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Exxon CEO seeks to halt fracking project in 'his backyard'

Rebecca Leber

22nd February 2014

The Big Oil CEO's day job is to promote fossil fuel extraction and deregulate the industry. But when his $5 million property was threatened by a nearby fracking rig - he joined a lawsuit to block it. more...
Bold Nebraska draws the line - ranchers and farmers have built a renewable energy powered barn in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline. Photo: 350.org via Flickr.com.

Nebraska court decision halts Keystone XL pipeline

Sophie Morlin Yron

21st February 2014

The Keystone XL pipeline was dealt a blow in a Nebraska court this week when a key enabling law was ruled 'unconstitutional' - bringing the controversial project to a standstill in the state. more...
The 'Seven Wonders' Creation Museum near Mount St. Helens, Oregon. Photo: hansen.berlin via Flickr.com.

God's plan for climate change

J P Sottile

5th March 2014

How, and why, does the US Right and its evangelical 'Christian' wing campaign for mal-education, ignorance, corporate dominance, and the profligate consumption of fossil fuels? J P Sottile explores an alien planet ... more...
CSG drill rig, Pilliga Forest, July 2011. Lock the Gate Alliance, Photo by Kate Ausburn.

Time to end the Cheney / Halliburton loophole

The Daily Take, the Thom Hartmann Program

15th February 2014

The US fracking industry has a dirty secret. It has secured a total of seven loopholes and exemptions that give it the power to pollute at will - and citizens have no comeback. Now it's time to fight back! more...
A boy from the Lower Omo stands on the riverbank. Photo: © Survival

Congress over-rules USAID to protect abused Ethiopian tribes

The Ecologist

12th February 2014

The US Congress has outlawed the use of aid to Ethiopia to evict tribal peoples in the SW of the country - where violent expulsions are under way to clear land for cash-crop farming. more...
AGM-114 Hellfire Anti-Tank missiles and Hydra 70mm rockets. Photo: LH_Wong via Flickr.com.

Iraq: 935 lies, a tyrant and weapons of mass destruction

Felicity Arbuthnot

28th February 2014

The suffering is far from over in Iraq, reports Felicity Arbuthnot. It's new dictator is being supported by massive shipments of horrific weapons, while the country remains poor and devastated country, and a covert US re-invasion is under way ... more...
An encampment in of rural people evicted by soy barons is bunt out, Paraguay.

GM crops are driving genocide and ecocide - keep them out of the EU!

Helena Paul

5th February 2014

The unfolding human and ecological disaster of GM agriculture in the Americas must send the EU a powerful message, writes Helena Paul. We don't want it here, and we should stop buying the products of GM-driven genocide and ecocide abroad. more...
Grizzly bear with bison carcass, Yellowstone National Park. Photo: YellowstoneNPS via Flickr.com.

Yellowstone grizzlies face trophy-hunting threat

Anna Taylor

31st January 2014

Yellowstone's Grizzly bears are facing multiple threats, writes Anna Taylor - from proposals to remove their protection under the US Endangered Species Act, and shortages of key foods caused by climate change. more...
Guaranteed GMO-free. Image: the Non-GMO project.

GMO labeling - the tide is turning

Dr Mae Wan Ho

4th February 2014

While GM labeling is slowly gaining ground, the Non-GMO, GM-Free, and Organic labels are taking US health food markets by storm. Dr Mae Wan Ho reports ... more...
Rally to Support GMO food labeling at Connecticut State Capitol, 21st May 2013. Photo: CT Senate Democrats via Flickr.com.

US food industry: labelling laws are 'unconstitutional'

Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins

25th January 2014

A leaked document reveals plans by the US's Grocery Manufacturers Association to sue the first state that passes a GMO labeling law. Vermont will be the decisive battle-ground, report Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins. more...
An AP1000 reactor is under construction at Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Georgia. Units 1 and 2 pictured here. Photo: Nuclear Regulatory Commission via Flickr.com.

Toshiba's nuclear project - cheaper than Hinkley C?

David Toke

17th January 2014

Toshiba, the 60% owner of NuGen, has announced it will build 3 AP1000 reactors at Moorside, England - much faster and cheaper than Hinkley C. But the whole proposition, writes David Toke, is seriously implausible. more...
Volunteers Bethany Whisman and Blake Kenney hand out bottled water on Jan. 11, 2014, at Poca High School, W.Va. Photo: Staff Sgt. De-Juan Haley / National Guard via Flickr.com.

They poisoned the river for a 'clean coal' lie

Trish Kahle

16th January 2014

On January 9 thousands of gallons of a toxic chemical used to produce “clean coal”, spilled into Elk River, leaving 300,000 with no water supply. Trish Kahle asks - how could this happen? more...

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