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Time for change: China flags peak in coal usage

Published on February 6, 2013 by in Home

  John Garnaut BusinessTimes.com.au   China’s decade-long boom in coal-driven heavy industry is about to end as the leadership shifts priorities towards energy conservation, say officials and policy advisers. The advisers predict China’s coal consumption will peak at only a fraction above current levels after the State Council, or cabinet, last week set an ambitious

 
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Nurses Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline, Cite Adverse Effects of Increased Air Pollution, Climate Change

Published on February 5, 2013 by in Home

  National Nurses United Press Release, 2/5/13       Citing serious adverse health concerns, National Nurses United announced today that it is joining  with environmentalists, unions and other organizations from across the country to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline – the 1,700 mile of tar sands oil pipeline from Canada to refineries in Texas.  With

 
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Deep In Canadian Lakes, Signs Of Tar Sands Pollution

Published on January 15, 2013 by in Home

     npr         An increasingly large share of U.S. oil comes from Canada’s tar sands. There are environmental consequences of this development, but until recently, Canadian regional and federal governments left it to the industry to monitor these effects. A new study follows other recent rigorous scientific studies that have found

 
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Deep In Canadian Lakes, Signs Of Tar Sands Pollution

Published on January 15, 2013 by in Home

   npr       An increasingly large share of U.S. oil comes from Canada’s tar sands. There are environmental consequences of this development, but until recently, Canadian regional and federal governments left it to the industry to monitor these effects. A new study follows other recent rigorous scientific studies that have found ecological effects

 
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Tar sands mine in Utah gets final nod from regulators

Published on January 12, 2013 by in Home

  Opposition » Environmental group vows to take its fight to court.   By Judy Fahys The Salt Lake Tribune The nation’s first fuel-producing tar sands mine, planned for the wild Book Cliffs in eastern Utah, has gotten a final go-ahead from state regulators. The Utah Division of Oil Gas and Mining released its decision

 
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It’s Official: Bitumen Mining Pollutes Northern Waterways

Published on January 10, 2013 by in Home

  Fed funded oil sands study confirms toxic PAHs alter lakes 90 km away.   By Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca     A new federally funded study on the tar sands has confirmed what a discredited industry-funded monitoring program could not: that pollution has now contaminated lakes as far as 90 km away from the massive mining project. Due

 
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Alberta lakes show chemical effects of oilsands, study finds

Published on January 7, 2013 by in Home

  Pollutants from 50 years of oilsands production found in lake 90 km from facilities   By Margo McDiarmid, Environment Unit CBC News     A new study released today shows chemicals from 50 years of oilsands production are showing up in increasing amounts in lakes in Northern Alberta. And the effects are being felt

 
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Hunger Strike Continues as Community Demands Transparency of Petrochemical Giant

Published on December 28, 2012 by in Home

    Tar Sands Blockade EcoWatch   Residents of the Houston neighborhood of Manchester are demanding today that the Valero refinery, which has been polluting the air surrounding their homes for decades, reveal exactly what toxins it is forcing residents to breathe. Community members were joined by Gulf Coast activists Diane Wilson and Bob Lindsey

 
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Poisoning the Well: How the FEDs Let Industry Pollute the Nation’s Underground Water Supply

Published on December 18, 2012 by in Home

  Abraham Lusgarten ProPublica Now, as commercial crops wilt in the dry heat and winds rip the dust loose from American prairies, questions are mounting about whether the EPA should continue to grant exemptions going forward.   Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across

 
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Q. and A.: Jeremy Irons and ‘Trashed’

Published on December 16, 2012 by in Home

    By JOANNA M. FOSTER NY Times       Just in time for the holidays, a new documentary about the ultimate fate of just about everything we lug home from the mall opens on Friday in limited release in the United States.“Trashed,” directed by Candida Brady and starring Jeremy Irons, delves into the less festive side of consumerism

 
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Pollution Limits Renewed With UN Push for Climate Aid

Published on December 9, 2012 by in Home

  By Alex Morales & Ewa Krukowska Bloomberg      The international effort to curb global warming inched forward with an agreement that extends pollution limits under the Kyoto Protocol and calls for work on a mechanism that would pay aid for climate-related disasters. The deal endorsed by ministers from more than 190 nations in Doha yesterday restrains

 
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How a Sarnia duo defended their right to fight for clean air

Published on December 8, 2012 by in Home

  By Justin Duncan, Staff Lawyer ecojustice.ca    Our case to protect a community from unsafe amounts of industrial pollution is back on track despite a year of legal wrangling from the government and a multibillion dollar oil company. Our clients Ada Lockridge and Ron Plain were in court in January, using our expertise to thwart

 
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Oilsands emissions lie at the core of Canada’s climate challenge

Published on December 6, 2012 by in Home

  Marc Huot Pembina Institute    ’Tis the season for evaluating Canada’s progress on climate change, and now that we’re in the second week of global climate talks in Doha, Qatar, the oilsands are once again drawing fire as Canada’s main climate culprit. Some may argue this label is unfair, but there’s one big reason that oilsands development deserves to be

 
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Satellites Helping to Detect Raw Sewage Runoff from Hurricance Sandy

Published on November 14, 2012 by in Home

  Megan Treacy treehugger.com       Hurricane Sandy left behind quite the mess. We’ve all seen the devastation and know about the power outages because those things are right in front of us, but there are some effects of the storm that aren’t quite as easy to detect but are just as important for human safety.

 
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Sandy Stirs Toxic-Site Worry

Published on November 12, 2012 by in Home

 As the implications of what lies ahead because we have refused to address climate change settle in, hurricane Sandy’s unexpected side effects show just how unprepared we are to deal with the unexpected. More and more people are staring to realize that the costs of tackling climate change are far less than ignoring the problem

 
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