Browsing the "pollution" Tag

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


Hydraulic Fracturing Hypocrisy: Exxon CEO Says No to Fracking

February 22nd, 2014 | by Rhonda Winter

The dangerous gas mining process of hydraulic fracturing is threatening the fresh water supply on our planet. And though petrochemical companies still try to feebly claim that fracking is safe, in a most revealing move, Exxon's CEO is now fighting to stop hydraulic fracturing on his own land


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


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


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


Mexico City’s Green Revolution

November 30th, 2012 | by Brett Gustafson

At Ecolocalizer we are always looking for the ways that the spirit of humanity is continually find its way back to nature. I ran across this article today, and was very inspired to read about how the people in Mexico City are bringing green back to a city that has been notoriously dangerous and polluted for decades.


Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land Movie Explores the Dangers of Fracking

November 23rd, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Hollywood is finally tackling the deadly drilling process known as fracking in the upcoming drama, "Promised Land". Gus Van Sant's latest film highlights a small rural community that is struggling economically, as they fight back against a large corporate gas company intent on poisoning their local farmland with hydraulic fracturing. The timely story not only illustrates the destructive environmental impact of fracking, but also explores our nation at the crossroads where big business and the powerful strength of small-town community converge


Sure, in My Backyard (SIMBY): The Toxic Politics of Ship-dismantling

July 24th, 2012 | by Dr Vandana Prakash

The Exxon-Valdez is in the news again -- this controversial ship is set to be disassembled, and its scheduled dismantling is bringing light to important issues such as how to preserve the health of workers and how to protect the environment from the ships toxic elements.



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