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Americans in Biggest Cities Driving Less – December 5, 2013

"The driving boom is over"

Even if you saw agitating, bumper-to-bumper traffic during your morning commute, know that the numbers say things are changing.

The average American drives 7.6 percent fewer miles today than when per-capita driving peaked in 2004, according to a report issued today by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (PIRG). The study is a review of data from the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration and Census Bureau on the nation's 100 most populated, urbanized areas, which are home to more than half of the U.S. population.

From 2006 to 2011, the average number of miles driven per resident fell in almost three-quarters of the country's largest city's, according… more

by: Ecowatch

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Can Genetically Modified Foods Trigger Gluten Sensitivity? – November 26, 2013

New study links GMOs to conditions that either may trigger or exacerbate gluten-related disorders

A new report links genetically modified organisms (GMOs) with gluten-related disorders and suggests GMOs might be an important environmental trigger for gluten sensitivity, estimated to affect as many as 18 million Americans.

GMO corn fieldPhoto by Lindsay EyinkA GMO corn research field. The report has found that some GMO foods can cause an imbalance in gut flora.

The report, released by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), cites U.S. Department of Agriculture data, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency records, medical journal reviews and international research. The authors say the data link GMOs to five conditions that either may trigger or exacerbate gluten-related disorders, including… more

by: Ecowatch

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Koch Brothers Could Make $100B Profit if Keystone XL Pipeline is Built – October 21, 2013

New report reveals billionare brothers own up to 2 million acres in Alberta's tar sands region

The progressive think tank International Forum on Globalization (IFG) released a report today investigating how Koch Industries and its subsidiaries stand to make as much as $100 billion in profits if the Keystone XL pipeline is built. The report, Billionaires’ Carbon Bomb: The Koch Keystone XL Pipeline, finds that the Kochs hold up to 2 million acres in Alberta and have spent upwards of $50 million on Congress and think tanks that heavily push for the pipeline.

map of Koch holdingsImage courtesy International Forum on GlobalizationA Google map showing the Koch assets in the tar sands region as well as interests along… more

by: Ecowatch

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Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant to Shut Down in 2014 – August 29, 2013

Entergy's decision to dismantle the plant ends a nasty legal battle between the company and the state of Vermont

In the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, the nuclear energy sector has seen a downturn, enduring bad press and changing financial trends as well as racking up a running list of safety issues in plants around the world. 

photonameEntergy cited low gas prices due to the fracking boom as reason for the closure.

Nuclear energy opponents have seen a series of successes recently, from the closing of San Onofre in California to the Paducah plant in Kentucky in May. Yesterday, Entergy Corp. announced it would decommission Vermont Yankee in 2014, the state’s only nuclear power plant. 

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by: Ecowatch

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President Obama’s Climate Action Plan: Not Even Close – August 16, 2013

White House blueprint on tackling global warming has zero chance of stabilizing the climate

In June, after more than four years as president, President Obama finally proposed a climate action plan for America. True to form, the president gave an eloquent speech, with strong words for those still in denial about the severity of the crisis we face: “We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.”

President Obama wiping sweat from his brow
President Obama during his climate speech at Georgetown University on June 23.

Unfortunately for all of us, the blueprint he presented is more PR than plan, and has zero chance of stabilizing the climate. To the contrary, it promises even… more

by: Ecowatch

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