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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public hearing about a proposed natural gas power plant in the Borough of Jessup, Lackawanna County. The meeting will take place from 6-9 P.M. on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at Valley View High School, 1 Columbus Drive, Archbald, PA 18403 (map). The purpose of the hearing will be to take testimony regarding an application by Lackawanna Energy Center, LLC of Chicago, for an air quality plan approval to construct and operate a 1500-megawatt natural gas fired power plant.…

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[ World Water Week: Accessible, Clean Water for all – Is it Possible? ]

World Water Week, August 23rd-28th, brings much-needed attention to humanity’s growing water crisis. Despite advancements in technology and industrialization, a staggering amount of people remains without access to clean water. Further, threats such as pollution, overpopulation, and climate change pose serious problems for the future. Here are a few distressing facts via the United Nations:

  • “Water scarcity affects more than 40 per cent of the global population and is projected to rise”
  • “2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines”
  • “Each day, an average of 5,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diseases”
  • “Approximately 70 per cent of all available water is used for irrigation”

Here in America, it’s easy to take for granted what having clean, accessible water means.…

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[ Foods Made From Trash ]

At least 30 percent of food ends up in landfills each year in the United States. Thanks to these noshes—all made from castoffs—the trash piles are a little smaller:

  • The REPUBLIC OF TEA‘s new line of Sonoma Teas is made from grape skins discarded by Northern California wineries. These refreshing drinks incorporate wine’s nuanced flavors but not its intoxicating effect. The summery Sonoma Chardonnay Iced Tea has notes of peach and pineapple. Steep one pouch to make a quart of the family-friendly beverage, ideal for picnics or pairing with light salads.
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[ Poll Finds Environment as Important as Immigration to Latino Voters ]

Latino voters are as focused on protecting the environment as they are on immigration reform, according to a new poll.

The national survey done for Earthjustice and the advocacy group GreenLatinos found 4 out of 5 very concerned about clean air, clean water and climate change.

Adrian Pantoja, a senior analyst at the polling firm Latino Decisions, says nearly 8 out of 10 of those surveyed said they have personally seen the impacts of climate change.

And he says these attitudes are likely to show up on Election Day.…

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[ Pennsylvania Schools: Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future ]

Pennsylvania schools are becoming leaders in sustainability by reducing their environmental impact, improving health and wellness, and educating on sustainability.
Learn more about what PA schools are doing to go green.
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[ Marine Biologists Remove Straw From Sea Turtle’s Nostril ]

The video of a sea turtle that had a plastic straw stuck up in its nose, with the turtle bleeding while marine researchers took out the straw, gained much worldwide attention, so much so that the YouTube video has now been viewed more than two and a half million times.

The video eventually led to a fundraising campaign to help the researchers continue their work on marine life.

The team of researchers from Texas A&M University and Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne had gone to Costa Rica for an in-water research trip and found a male Olive Ridley sea turtle with the plastic straw lodged in its nostril.…

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[ New Process Uses No Water to Frack Gas Wells ]

A new process that could be suitable for some Pennsylvania gas wells uses no water for hydraulic fracturing.

One big criticism of fracking is that drillers typically inject millions of gallons of surface water into each well.

Doug McMillan, senior vice president of operations for GASFRAC, Inc. based in Calgary, says the new process uses liquid butane or propane instead.

He points out those are hydrocarbons that occur naturally with the gas anyway – and his company uses a closed system designed not to let those products leak.…

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[ FERC May Thin Out Duplicate Gas Pipeline Proposals ]

Opponents of pipeline construction want federal regulators to say which of several near-identical natural gas pipelines don’t have to be built.

Energy companies are asking to build three 42-inch gas pipelines to carry Utica and Marcellus shale natural gas to eastern markets.

Attorney Joe Lovett, executive director of Appalachian Mountain Advocates, says all the pipelines go from the same sources to the same markets, or connected markets.

Lovett’s group has requested the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to perform an overall Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which he says will force regulators to decide which of the projects is simply duplication.…

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[ Top 10 Greenest Schools in America ]

The Sierra Club’s Sierra magazine recently released their ninth annual ranking of America’s greenest colleges. Want to know who dominates stateside? Here’s a hint: The West Coast is doing a stellar job of making sure its campuses adhere to strict environment-saving standards. The University of California system alone occupies 4 of our coveted top 10 slots.

But non-Californian colleges are just as impressive: all schools filled out an extensive survey about their sustainability practices to get scored, so this top 10 list represents the greenest of the green.…

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[ August is Tree Check Month for Asian Longhorned Beetle ]

August is Tree Check Month and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health



Inspection Service (APHIS) is urging people to check trees for signs of the invasive Asian longhorned beetle (ALB).  August is a time of peak emergence for the beetle and is most likely when the adult beetle can be seen infesting trees.

“We are asking people to take 10 minutes to look at their trees for any damage caused by the Asian longhorned beetle and to look for the beetle itself, then let us know if you see something suspicious,” said Josie Ryan, APHIS’ national operations manager for the Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program.…

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[ March Toward Cleaner Air in PA ]

Since the Clean Air Act of 1970, America’s air has gotten cleaner, but the American Lung Association’s 2015 State of the Air report finds that 44 percent of the nation still lives where pollution levels are too often dangerous to breath.

That’s more than 138 million Americans.

Enter the Obama administration’s new rules on carbon pollution designed to cut emissions by 32 percent nationwide over the next 15 years. The American Lung Association’s Janice Nolen, assistant vice president of National Policy, says people who live closest to dirty power plants have the most to gain from the Clean Energy Plan.…

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[ Making Green Music in a Solar-Powered Recording Studio ]

The music industry is generally a notorious energy consumer, using massive amounts of electricity to power the studios, amps and instruments that create the music we love. But in the tiny town of Stockbridge, Vermont, Bow Thayer is doing things differently.

The multi-instrumentalist, whose musical career spans more than two decades, recorded his most recent album in a completely solar-powered studio that he built right in his backyard.

“I moved up to rural Vermont about seventeen years ago with the romantic idea of creating a studio where I could make my music away from the city,” Bow told the Sierra Club over the phone.…

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[ Happy 99th Birthday, National Park Service! Celebrate With Waived Entrance Fees! ]

The National Park Service turns 99 years old on August 25. To celebrate, all of the country’s national parks are waiving their entrance fees and inviting everyone to join in the festivities taking place coast-to-coast.

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson created the National Park Service to formally protect and preserve these lands so people all over the world could experience America’s historic beauty and heritage for years to come. Today, the National Park Service manages over 400 national parks and memorials, which supported more than 238,000 jobs and pumped more than $26 billion into local economies last year.…

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[ Where Does Your Grocery Store Rank? ]

If you shop for seafood, you’re probably more careful than most about buying ocean-safe tuna or other sustainable choices. Unfortunately, many supermarkets nationwide are complicit in ocean destruction and connected to human rights abuses in the global seafood industry.

That’s why Greenpeace put together a scorecard on where the nation’s biggest grocery chains rank on seafood sustainability. Find out where your store falls!

Stores are ranked on a variety of factors, including their sustainability policies, advocacy efforts for protecting human rights and special marine habitat like the Bering Sea Canyons, how well they label their seafood, and whether they sell any destructively caught or endangered species.…

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[ Do You Have Any Extra Jet Engine Parts? ]

Can’t Figure Out What To Do With Your Spare Jet Engines? Make Them Into Tables.

It sure is hard to think of things to do with all those jet engines we’ve got lying around. You don’t want to just throw them away, because they’re jet engines, but you also don’t want to buy a whole new jet just to accommodate every one. Luckily, English architectural firm OS31 Architects has come up with the perfect solution: turn that jet engine into a table.…

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[ Reduce, Replay, Recycle: Pickathon’s Sustainable Stage ]

Located 20 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon, Happy Valley can be as idyllic as the name suggests, especially during the annual Pickathon Music Festival held last weekend. Organizers of the 17-year-old event have worked hard to keep it that way by enacting a number of sustainable practices and production methods, including an experiment in green stage construction. Run in partnership with professor Travis Bell and graduate students from Portland State University’s School of Architecture, the concept has provided a sustainable example for summer festivals and music venues.…

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[ Environmentally Intelligent Food Coming to a Sports Venue Near You ]

In March 2014, the San Francisco Giants announced they would be the first team in MLB history to construct an organic, edible garden at their home field, AT&T Park (it now sits below the scoreboard beyond the center field fence). But the San Diego Padres, who planted their own sustainable garden at Pecto Park in 2012, took exception to their rival team’s claim, starting an argument that became known as “Gardengate.” The friendly banter between the Giants and Padres generated enough publicity for fans to take notice of the two teams’ greening efforts.…

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[ Conservationists: Clean Power Plan Will Help Protect Pennsylvania Natural Resources ]

A plan for reducing carbon pollution in the U.S. has been finalized by the Obama administration. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan, released Monday, sets a 32 percent goal for cutting emissions from power plants by 2030.

Ed Perry, Pennsylvania coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation‘s Climate Change Campaign, calls the plan a “flexible, science-based” rule. He says he’s confident it will create “real progress” in protecting natural resources.

“Climate scientists say we need to reduce carbon pollution by 80 percent by the year 2050,” he says.…

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[ Plumber’s paradise? ]

The bad news about the dasparkhotel in Austria?  The rooms are very small with just enough room for one bed, a lamp, and a small mural.  They are also made out of old sewer pipes!

The good news is you only pay what you can afford!  Not that bad of a deal.  You can tell all your friends that you slept in a sewer pipe, too.

You can check out photos of the dasparkhotel over at Curbed.…

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[ Celebs Take to Social Media to Express Outrage Over Death of Cecil the Lion ]

Dr. Walter J. Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who admitted to killing Cecil the lion during a hunting trip to Zimbabwe, has become a hot topic of conversation on social media.

On Tuesday, Palmer issued a statement saying he regrets killing Cecil and that he blames his guides for allowing the lion’s death to occur.

“I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt.…

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[ American Dentist Identified As Killer Of Famed Lion In Zimbabwe ]

Cecil the lion was shot with a bow and arrow, then stalked for 40 hours before he was finally killed with a rifle.

An American dentist with an affinity for killing rare wildlife using a bow and arrow has been identified as the man who shot and killed Zimbabwe’s most famous lion earlier this month, local officials claim.

Dr. Walter Palmer, a dentist working in Bloomington, Minnesota, is said to have paid $55,000 to hunt the 13-year-old lion, named Cecil, according to a report from The Telegraph.…
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[ Lower PA Electric Bills Possible Under EPA Clean Power Plan ]

An Environmental Protection Agency plan to cut carbon pollution should actually save Pennsylvania families money, if meeting the plan includes energy efficiency, according to two separate analyses.

Critics of the Clean Power Plan charge it will sharply raise the cost of electricity.

But research by Georgia Institute of Technology and Synapse Energy Economics finds it would actually cut utility bills by using conservation and renewable energy.

Professor Marilyn Brown from the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy says efficiency and shifting to wind, solar and biomass should make a typical utility bill somewhat smaller.…

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[ Hunters and Anglers Favor EPA Clean Water Plan ]

A poll of national and Pennsylvania hunters and anglers has found overwhelming support, even among self-described conservatives, for a controversial EPA clean water policy.

Commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the survey found support for an EPA plan to apply Clean Water Act protections to small headwaters and wetlands – something that had been under a legal cloud.

Ed Perry, a lifelong hunter and angler, works for the federation in Pennsylvania.

“Over 85 percent of Pennsylvania hunters and anglers support the rule,” he says.…

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[ Can One Man’s Green Sports Movement Turn Fans Into Environmentalists ]

Dr. Allen Hershkowitz is the co-founder and President of the Green Sports Alliance, a coalition of hundreds of sports teams, leagues and venues committed to protecting the conditions that make life on Earth possible. 

Mother Jones has an article about his mission to bring environmental messages to America’s sports-crazed masses.

Here are a few highlights:

Back in 2004, the Philadelphia Eagles had recently moved into a brand new stadium and wanted to become more environmentally responsible. The team reached out to Hershkowitz to talk about paper, one of his areas of expertise.…

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[ Russell Simmons: NYC’s Horse Carriages Like Holocaust ]

Hip-hop mogul and animal-rights advocate Russell Simmons is comparing New York’s horse-drawn carriages to slavery and the Holocaust.

Simmons spoke Thursday at an event organized by horse carriage opponents.

The Wall Street Journal reports  that he likened horse carriages to slavery, ethnic cleansing and “people who put people in ovens.”

Simmons urged New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to follow through on his campaign promise to ban the horse carriages.

De Blasio said Simmons’ remarks didn’t bother him.

The mayor said he feels “very clear about the mission” to ban horse carriages.

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[ Neil Young Offers Support To Vermont Food Label Law ]

Neil Young is lending his support to the state’s efforts to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients

Young, who performed in concert Sunday at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, appeared earlier with Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin and donated $100,000 to a fund devoted to defending Vermont’s genetically modified organism, or GMO, labeling law from legal challenges.

Shumlin said Monday that Young’s donation was “a huge help.”

“It’s a huge gift, and we need more like them,” he said, to help defray the costs of a legal battle that Attorney General Bill Sorrell has estimated could cost the state as much as $8 million.

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[ Obama’s Alaska visit expected to highlight changes in Alaska’s Arctic ]

The region already is experiencing dramatic effects of climate change, with more intense storms, beach erosion, melting permafrost, shifting wildlife habitats and disappearing sea ice.


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[ New report sheds light on the emissions coming from public lands ]

When The Wilderness Society looked at fossil fuels from federal lands earlier this year, we revealed a blind spot in the nation’s efforts to address global


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[ Five takeaways from this year’s Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas ]

Hundreds of people interested in the future of clean energy gathered in Las Vegas recently to join discussions and hear thoughts from President Obama as part the 8th annual Clean Energy Summit.


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