Browsing the "Environment" Category

Recycling E-Waste and Our Toxic Gadget Relationships

April 21st, 2014 | by Rhonda Winter

People in the US throw away over 60 pounds of electronic each year, and all of those expensive gadgets that end up in a dump add lots of toxic pollution to our air, water and soil. Recycling, donating and reusing these devices can potentially make a huge difference, as can thinking twice before purchasing some new fangled object that you probably do not even really need.


Toxic Paris Smog is Choking Us All

March 25th, 2014 | by Elena Rodemann

The Eiffel Tower disappeared last week, hidden beneath an opaque layer of filthy Paris smog. Temporary measures have been instituted to limit more air pollution, but why don’t we prevent these problems from ever occurring


Planet is F’ed, but Look How Much Money We’ve Made

November 22nd, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Often it seems that our species is stubbornly determined to deny the reality of global warming, as well as the pervasive poisoning of our precious planet. However, cartoonist Tom Toro has managed to capture my immense frustration with the futility of this for-profit prism through which many of us still continue to view our natural environment


North Carolina Moral Mondays: Playbook for States Suffering from Extremist Agendas

July 10th, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

Political and social discontent continues to grow in North Carolina as the 10th Moral Monday grew to an estimated 3500 people on July 8th 2013. Moral monday is a movement that is organized by civil rights leaders, faith organizations, education leaders, environmental groups and women's rights advocacy groups who oppose North Carolina's new extremist legislation


Exxon Commercial: This Rancid Sludge Won’t Spew Everywhere All by Itself

April 12th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Rachel Maddow highlighted a satirical commercial featuring Exxon that is especially funny, because the bizarre scenario that it depicts is actually strangely close to reality. Comedian Andy Cobb is presented as a spokesperson for the corporate oil giant's newest method of petroleum delivery, flooding your neighborhood streets and lawns directly with their viscous toxic crude


Boycott Monsanto: Ten Easy Steps to Avoid GMO Foods & Subvert Agribusiness

March 5th, 2013 | by Scott Cooney

Monsanto is a company that does little to no good, and a whole world of bad. Such massive and largely unaccountable corporations have been economically ravaging our world by externalizing the hidden costs of their dirty business and decades of environmental destruction. So what's a concerned citizen to do? Here's how to hurt Monsanto in the only place that they care about: their wallet


Has Hanford Nuclear Site Already Leaked Millions of Gallons of Radioactive Waste?

February 26th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

The most contaminated nuclear storage site in the United States has been leaking many hundreds of gallons of radioactive waste, and the deadly leakage may actually have been happening for years. Last week Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced that at least six tanks of radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have been leaching poisonous waste into the region. Each of the faulty tanks contains hundreds of thousands of gallons of highly contaminated toxic sludge


Asheville City Council Tackles Food Insecurity and Approves Food Action Plan

January 27th, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

North Carolina's city of Asheville is the most recent town in our nation to create a Food Action Plan. These sensible strategies address difficult issues, such as food deserts, community health, food insecurity, nutrition knowledge deficits, barriers to local food production and distribution, as well as food sovereignty. The plan was approved 6-0 on January 21, 2013 by the city council; this legislation will play an active role in improving healthy food access, and will also help to build a more sustainable local food infrastructure


Shell Tried Moving its Now Grounded Oil Rig During Storm to Avoid Paying Taxes

January 8th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Late last month the Kulluk Shell oil rig was run aground on the pristine shores of Alaska's Kodiak Island while it was being towed to Seattle during a ferocious storm. Why would anyone even attempt towing something as dangerously precarious as an oil rig in the middle of a massive winter storm? The reason that the mobile offshore drilling unit was being moved out of Alaska at the end of December, in spite of hurricane force winds and treacherous 40 foot waves, was because Shell was trying to avoid paying a few million dollars in taxes


California Environmental Wins: Expanded Marine Sanctuaries & New Fracking Rules

December 20th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

This week California released its first ever hydraulic fracturing regulations, and the Obama administration also announced plans to expand two Northern California marine sanctuaries, extending the protected areas from Monterey Bay all the way to the picturesque Mendocino coast. The larger oceanic sanctuary will permanently ban oil drilling along more than 50 miles of Northern California seashore, while the proposed fracking rules will help to protect the region's water supply and fragile environment



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