Friday, July 22, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Clean Energy March Sending Message to DNC
Thousands will be marching in the streets of Philadelphia on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, calling for a Clean Energy Revolution. Convened by Americans Against Fracking and Food and Water Watch, the march has been endorsed by more than 800 organizations.
Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, with Green Justice Philly, said the Democratic Party platform will be finalized on Monday, and environmentalists want delegates to strengthen the environmental plank.
“We’d like the Democratic National Committee to have no fracking in its platform, a strong endorsement of fighting against climate change, and strong backing of renewable energy,” he said.…
Thursday, July 21, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Green Your Trip To The Beach
Summer time, for many, means a beach vacation. Next time you take a trip to the shore, use these helpful tips from The Environmental Media Association to make your visit as green as possible:
Use Sunscreen Without Oxybenzone in it! Preferably Organic Sunscreen
According to The Guardian, Oxybenzone, a common ingredient in sunscreen, has been known to bleach baby coral. According to the article, “Between 6,000 and 14,000 tonnes of sunscreen lotion winds up in coral reef areas each year, much of which contains oxybenzone.” Our planet’s coral reefs are being ravaged by bleaching, which is why we must do everything to help prevent it.…
Friday, July 15, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on House Bill Fires Broadside at Environment
Environmental groups say the appropriations bill to fund the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that passed the U.S. House on Thursday contains dozens of anti-environmental riders that would end efforts to clean up pollution and slow climate change.
Riders are attachments to a bill used to say what a government agency cannot spend money on. Martin Hayden, vice president of policy and legislation for the environmental law firm Earthjustice, thought last year’s House appropriations bill – with 60 riders – set a record that would be hard to beat.…
Thursday, July 14, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Compostable Coffee Pods
TreeHugger is reporting that a roastery in Ontario, Canada, is selling 100 percent compostable coffee pods that are actually compatible with Keurig devices. The PurPod, as it’s called, fully disappears in a compost site after roughly 84 days.
The PurPod was developed by Club Coffee, a big 110 year old Canadian coffee distributor with help from the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre at the University of Guelph. The BDDC developed a bioplastic made from coffee chaff, the skin of the coffee bean that comes off during the roasting process.…
Friday, July 8, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on New Pipeline Safety Rules Also Cut Emissions
The public comment period ended yesterday for a major overhaul of the nation’s gas pipeline safety rules. The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, or PHMSA, began the process almost six years ago after a fire killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes in San Bruno, California. Holly Pearen, senior attorney with the Environmental Defense Fund, said if adopted, the rules will apply to more than 300,000 miles of existing transmission pipelines.
“The integrity assessments that are proposed would be incredibly helpful from a public safety standpoint and from an environmental standpoint.…
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Keep Your Home Cool Without Air Conditioning
It’s hot out, and it’s only going to get warmer. You probably want to crank up the AC or sit in front of a fan all day, but there are plenty of ways to stay cool without racking up your electric bill.
The Huffington Post has come up with 12 Brilliant Ways To Keep Your Home Cool Without Air Conditioning. Check them out here.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on July is UV Safety Month
The UV Index predicts the strength of solar rays. July is UV safety month, so be sure to check your UV Index everyday. You’ll know how strong the sun’s rays will be and you’ll avoid sun overexposure. Check your UV Index: https://www.epa.gov/enviro/uv-index-search.
Find out what else you can do to help protect yourself and your family from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/sun-safety.htm…
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Volkswagen Settlement
If you drive a Volkswagen or Audi 2-liter diesel vehicle, you may be affected by the June 28 settlement with WV. The settlement requires Volkswagen to offer owner of any affected vehicle the option to have the company buy back the car and to offer lessees a lease cancellation at no cost, and potentially other options to reduce emissions. Read more about the settlement and how to find out what you can do.
Friday, July 1, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Groups Call for End of Federal Coal Leasing Program
Community leaders, environmentalists and public health advocates rallied in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, calling on the U.S. Department of Interior to reform the federal coal-leasing program. During a public listening session, they said the program is broken, outdated and ignores the threat of climate change.
Randy Francisco, a senior organizing representative for the Sierra club, said these sessions were the first opportunity the public has had to weigh in on the climate impact of coal mined on public lands.
“This review should acknowledge scientific consensus that the vast majority of fossil fuels must remain in the ground in order to avoid the worst effects of climate disruption,” he said.…
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on How to Offset Air Travel
If you care about our planet, and need to travel by air, an option for reducing your individual air travel carbon footprint is by purchasing carbon offsets. But, what’s the best way to do that? Marie in San Pedro, California, recently asked the Sierra Club’s Mr. Green that exact question-how to cancel out the carbon emissions from her air travel. Find out what Mr. Green had to say here.…
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Study Shows Clean Power Plan Saves Money
Implementing a clean power plan could cut carbon emissions and save Pennsylvania consumers money, according to a new study by the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Opponents of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan maintain that enforcing mandatory reductions in emissions from power plants would bankrupt the nation.
But Marilyn Brown, the study’s author, says there are cost effective ways to go about it.
“What we’re showing is in fact if done wisely, we can save consumers money and also prevent fossil fuels from heating up the planet,” she states.…
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Sysco Goes Cage-Free
The world’s largest food supplier, Sysco Corporation, has committed to using 100 percent cage-free eggs in its entire U.S. supply chain by 2026. The company, which made $48.7 billion in sales last year, will be the first of its kind to go cage-free.
Get the full story from EcoWatch here.…
Friday, June 24, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Largest Sources of Methane Pollution Identified
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas leaked by hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas production.
And a new report from the Center for American Progress pinpoints the who’s who of methane pollution in Pennsylvania and throughout the Appalachian Basin.
The Center says 11 companies emitted half of the methane pollution from onshore oil and gas production in 2014 – more than 48 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, or CO2e.
“We looked at the Appalachian Basin and found that Atlas Energy is emitting the most methane pollution in the oil and gas sector, followed by EnerVest Operating Company,” says Alison Cassady, the Center’s director of domestic energy policy.…
Thursday, June 23, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Guide to Low-Cost Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles used to be quite pricey for most people, but that’s really not true anymore. Drivers now have quite a few choices when purchasing a green (or semi-green) vehicle and the options can sometimes be overwhelming.
So, the Sierra Club has created a guide to some of the more affordable plug-in models, new and used, with a cap at $30,000 after federal tax credits.
Pennsylvania offers state rebates on plug-in vehicles which bring down the cost even further. Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids still carry a premium, but prices have fallen dramatically owing to better battery technology, government subsidies, and market competition.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on PA Falling Short of EPA Water Milestones
Pennsylvania is falling behind in its efforts to clean up water flowing into the Chesapeake Bay.
Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia are supposed to achieve 60 percent of court ordered Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction goals by 2017.
But according to Harry Campbell, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Pennsylvania office, an assessment released Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency shows the state is only on track to meet that goal for reducing sediment pollution.
“But is languishing significantly behind on its efforts to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, mainly from agricultural runoff sources,” he adds.…
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | By The Wilderness Society | No Comments
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Monday, July 18, 2016 | By The Wilderness Society | No Comments
A new report released from Carbon Tracker Initiative focuses on what the future federal coal program could look like, if the country were to meet its goals under