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Looking to Nature in the Search for Global Soil Solutions – October 25, 2016

Ray of Hope Prize winners mimic Andean nurse plant to help restore depleted soils

Soil is the unsung-hero of our food system. We depend on it to grow the food we put in our bodies, yet we treat it poorly, compacting it with tractors, depleting it of nutrients, and filling it with chemicals. The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that globally, 25 percent of soil is degraded. Team BioNurse, a project of the Ceres Regional Center for Fruit and Vegetable Innovation in Chile, has come up with a creative way to help combat this degradation, one that turns to nature for inspiration.

photo of soil and sweet potatoesPhoto by US Department of AgricultureTeam BioNurse's nature inspired design… more

by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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Can California Finally Ditch Single-Use Plastic Bags? – October 11, 2016

Proposition 67, facing fierce industry opposition, puts the issue before voters

Two years ago, the Golden State took a strong stance against plastic pollution when Jerry Brown signed SB 270, which made California the first state in the country to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. While environmental groups celebrated the victory, a group of American plastic bag manufacturers quickly organized, gathering hundreds of thousands of signatures to put the ban on hold and place the issue before voters on the 2016 ballot.

Next month, Californian voters will come face-to-face with that effort when they vote on Proposition 67, also known as the “California Plastic Bag Ban Veto Referendum.”

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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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Feds Move Oil & Gas Lease Auctions Online in Effort to Avoid Opposition – August 24, 2016

23.8 million acres of leases in Gulf of Mexico are being auctioned today amid protests from community activists and environmentalists

This morning, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will auction 23.8 million acres of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico. Today’s sale is the agency’s first attempt at auctioning oil and gas leases using an online, livestream auction format, eliminating in-person observation by the public.  

photo of the Maersk Developer in Gulf of Mexicophoto by JournoJen, on Flickr An oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. BOEM is auctioning 23.8 million acres of oil and gas leases in the Gulf today.

Environmental activists say this move to an online system is aimed at stifling the… more

by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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Oakland City Council Votes to Ban Coal Exports in Big Win for Local Advocates – June 28, 2016

Councilmembers cite strong concerns about public health and safety

The Oakland City Council took a strong stand against coal last night. Following a long and often emotional city council meeting — during which whistles and cheers were at times met with boos and yelling — the council passed an ordinance prohibiting the storage and handling of coal and petcoke at Oakland facilities, and a resolution that would specifically apply the ordinance to the Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal (OBOT), which is being built on the old Oakland Army Base.

Photo of Port of OaklandPhoto by Tony WebsterThe Oakland City Council voted 7-0 to ban coal storage and handling in Oakland.

The meeting drew… more

by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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Environmental Justice Activists in Alabama Fight $30 Million Defamation Lawsuit – June 9, 2016

ACLU cites First Amendment, files for dismissal of suit that has ‘chilling effect’ on free speech

Free speech is enshrined in the American ethos. It is a core principle of the Constitution, protected by the First Amendment, and has been defended for centuries in the courts. In Uniontown, Alabama, however, a group of concerned citizens-turned-environmental justice activists are facing a challenge to their basic right to speech, for the simple act of speaking out against the disposal of millions of tons of coal ash in a local landfill.  

photo of Esther CalhounPhoto courtesy of ACLUEsther Calhoun is one of four Uniontown residents being sued for expressing concerns about a local landfill.

In April, Green Group Holdings and Howling Coyote, owners… more

by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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