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Dirty Air Trumps Heart Disease as #1 Cause of Death?

A recent study by the World Health Organization comparing 1990 and 2010 statistics has found that the number one killer — heart disease — remains unchanged but that deaths caused by air pollution are rising and likely to surpass those by heart disease soon. From Reuters: A 2012 World Health Organization (WHO) study found that […]

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What is a Carbon Tax?

The Carbon Tax Center: A carbon tax is a tax on the carbon content of fuels — effectively a tax on the carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels. Thus, carbon tax is shorthand for carbon dioxide tax orCO2 tax. Carbon and hydrogen atoms are present in every fossil fuel — coal, oil and gas.  […]

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Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park and Beyond: From oil conservation to oil drilling?

For the last 2 years, Yasuni National Park has been in the news, especially at The Guardian.  The Guardian, the  Ecuadorian people, and many others view favorably President Correa’s proposal to stop drilling for oil in Ecuador’s Amazonian National Park in exchange for foreign investment in a trust handled by the UN.   See Guardian articles […]

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“Water out of place is a primary agent in both cultural and ecological instability…”

“Water out of place is a primary agent in both cultural and ecological instability; therefore, our relationship with water is related to our ability to sustain a culture and the culture’s ability to sustain the living fabric of the earth. ”  — Patchett &  Wilhelm The Ecology and Culture of Water 2008, pg 17. At […]

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Moratorium on Fracking in Illinois – SB1418/HB3086

SAFE – Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment – urges people to become educated about fracking for shale oil and join them in supporting a moratorium on fracking in Illinois, as set forth in these bills –SB1418 and HB3086.  If you support this measure, call you state representatives in the House and Senate or join […]

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A cap-and-trade initiative of 9 northeastern states toughens regulations and boosts state revenues: Energy Efficiency programs that create jobs benefit

When the nine states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade system, agreed last week to dramatically limit power plant emissions, they ushered in a stricter phase of carbon regulation for the Northeast. But they also paved the way for a boom in clean energy investment for the region. According to a recent analysis, […]

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Beijing to Curb Rampant Air Pollution

“The Beijing government put in place emergency measures on Wednesday to try to combat thick smog that has encased the city, which the Communist Party has hailed as a showcase capital, in brown and gray soot. The measures include temporarily shutting down more than 100 factories and ordering one-third of government vehicles off the streets, […]

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The human cost of coal, in photos — Sierra magazine

The human cost of coal, in photos — Sierra magazine When mining companies level West Virginia mountains to get at the coal beneath, towns disappear. When a Michigan power plant burns coal to make electricity, it triggers asthma in children nearby. When coal ash blows onto a Paiute reservation in Nevada, elders die. Sierra traveled to […]

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Humans Are a Plague on The Earth

Humans are a plague on the Earth. It’s coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. It’s not just climate change; it’s sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is […]

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Pres. Barack Obama’s Second Inaugural Address, Jan 21, 2013

We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid […]

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