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$30,000 to the First Person Who Can Prove Man-Made Climate Change Isn’t Real – July 14, 2014

Physicist Christopher Keating’s challenge to climate skeptics goes viral

Think you can prove that man-made climate change is a flat-out lie fabricated by the green Left? Well, you may just be in luck. Christopher Keating, a Texas-based physicist who has taught at the University of South Dakota and the US Naval Academy, will pay $30,000 to the first person who can prove, using the scientific method, that man-made global climate change is a farce.

photoname Photo by Andrea ZeppilliKeating says he's sure he'll never have to pay up because scientific evidence for the causes
of global warming is overwhelming.

Keating set up this unusual competition out of sheer outrage that climate… more

by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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Brazil Spends Billions on “Green” World Cup, But Does Little to Protect Environmentalists – July 8, 2014

South American nation holds the dubious distinction of having the highest number of murders of environmental activists

I wouldn’t call myself an avid soccer fan, but I’ve certainly been seduced by the World Cup (not to mention Tim Howard’s beard). As a result, I’ve been disturbed by reports about the environmental toll of the world’s most popular sporting event. I’ve also been struck by the fact that Brazil is today the most dangerous place in the world to be an environmental activist. By the end of Sunday’s final match, an estimated 3.7 million people will have flocked to Brazil to support their home teams. And if statistics hold true, at least two Brazilian environmental activists will have been murdered over the course of the tournament.


by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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Louisiana Levee Authority’s Suit Against Oil & Gas Companies Survives Move to Kill It – June 20, 2014

Governor Bobby Jindal’s effort to quash the environmental damages claim might backfire

A New Orleans area regional levee board voted yesterday to continue pursing an environmental damages lawsuit against 97 (yes, 97!) oil, gas, and pipeline companies. The vote — which came almost two weeks after Governor Bobby Jindal signed off on a bill that strips the levee board of the power to file such lawsuits — was a boon to environmentalists and a bust for opponents, who had hoped the board would dismiss the lawsuit and end its contentious yearlong battle with the Louisiana governor.

levee with oil pipelinePhoto by Miles Wolf Tamboli/FlickrThe levee agency's suit argues that the damage caused by oil and gas drilling… more

by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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New Report Calls Attention to Untapped Water Savings Within California – June 11, 2014

State could save up to 13.8 million acre-feet of water a year through water-saving and recycling strategies

By now, most Californians know that we are in a serious drought. We’ve seen the headlines, heard the calls for voluntary (and sometimes mandatory) reductions in water use, and have started to think twice about leaving the water running while brushing our teeth, or taking those long, relaxing showers.

Folsom DamsPhoto by Robert Couse-BakerFolsom Dam, the source of water for about 500,000 Sacramento-area residents, was at just 18 percent of its capacity in January,prompting officials to reduce flows into the American River.

What has been less clear, however, is how California is planning for a drought-resistant future, or whether Sacramento-based policymakers will take advantage… more

by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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New Futuristic Nanofoods Sneaking Into Grocery Stores Every Week – June 9, 2014

Lack of regulation of these potentially dangerous, microscopic ingredients raises concerns about human health

Nanofoods. They may sound like an idea from a sci-fi movie or the wild musings of a mad-scientist, but in reality, nanomaterials — particles on the miniscule scale of atoms and molecules — have already found their way into our food. More likely than not, they are somewhere in your kitchen at this very moment. After all, commonly purchased products such plain yogurt, Hershey’s chocolate bars, Kraft Parmesan cheese, and Silk soymilk all contain nanomaterials, usually to either increase their shelf lives or make them appear more attractive to consumers.

a bowl of yogurt and fruit Photo by Janine/FlickrYour breakfast bowl of yogurt might… more

by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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