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Kauai Council Votes Today to Save GMO Regulation Bill – November 14, 2013

Hawai’ian island has become latest battleground in fight over genetic modification

Lawmakers in Kauai today will decide the fate of a hotly debated bill that would require agri-biotech companies to disclose details about the pesticides they are using as well as the genetically modified crops they are growing on the Hawai‘ian island.

Kauai fieldPhoto by Shane O'NeillThere has been increasing concern among Kauai residents about the health and environmental impact of the pesticides used in GMO trail plots and on the seed-corn fields.

Following the recent demise of Washington State’s GMO labeling initiative, Bill 2491 has turned Kauai into the latest battleground in the fight over genetically modified crops.

The bill has had… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Dramatic Footage of Russian forces storming Arctic Sunrise – November 8, 2013

Greenpeace video shows 'Arctic 30' being arrested after activists’ attempt to board Gazprom oil rig

The scene could have been from a fast-paced action flick — a helicopter hovers over a ship out at sea, a rope is flung down to the deck, masked gunmen drop down...  Except, the gun-battle or violent action sequence that should have followed, doesn’t. The protestors standing on the deck simply stand around with their hands up in the air, waiting to be arrested.

Greenpeace International today released dramatic, previously unseen footage of the Russian security forces boarding and seizing control of the environmental outift's ship, Arctic Sunrise, following a group of Greenpeace activists’ direct action protest attempt.

The activists had tried to… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Environmentalists Beat Back Arizona Land Swap Bill Once More – October 14, 2013

Legislation seeks to privatize prime public land for foreign mining company – Resolution Copper

A land exchange bill that proposes to swap thousands of acres of federal and private land to make way for a massive copper mine in Southeast Arizona was unexpectedly pulled off the House floor last month, much to the surprise, and relief, of anti-mining groups.

Apache LeapPhoto courtesy Arizona Mining Reform CoalitionThe bill's critics say the land exchange would imperil Apache Leap (pictured here) — a site where about 75 Apache warriors leapt to their deaths rather than face capture by the US Cavalry — that's sacred to Native Americans.

HR 687, however, is one of those zombie bills that keeps getting… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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California Poised to be First State to Ban Lead Ammunition – September 11, 2013

Bill to phase out toxic bullets and shots that poison condors and other wild animals passes state senate

California may soon become the first state in the US to ban the use of lead ammunition in hunting. The state Senate passed legislation on Monday that would require all licensed hunters in California to use non-lead ammunition starting July 2019. Lead shots are the leading cause of lead-poisoning deaths of the iconic and critically endangered California condors, golden eagles, and many other raptors and wild animals.

California condorPhoto by Sequoia HughesSpent lead ammunition are the leading cause of lead-poisoning deaths of the iconic and critically endangered California condors, golden eagles, and many other raptors and wild animals.

Assembly Bill 711 — authored… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Is the US Forest Service Trying to Help a Cash-Strapped Canadian Mining Company? – September 4, 2013

Agency has been attempting speed up decision-making on proposed Rosemont copper mine in Arizona's Coronado National Forest, say activists

The US Forest Service seems to have been unusually eager to help a Canadian mining company with a dubious track record and financial troubles set up an open pit copper mine in Arizona’s Coronado National Forest. The agency’s efforts, however, might be in vain.

Santa Rita MountainsPhoto by Nate MerillThe proposed mine site in the Santa Rita Mountains is part of an important wildlife corridor that connects southern Arizona’s sky island mountain ranges — isolated mountains that rise up from surrounding lowlands — that are home to unique plant and animal species.

A Vancouver-based mining company, August Resource Corporation and its Arizona subsidiary,more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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