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A Coal Terminal in Oakland?

Activists, local residents are fighting a proposed coal export facility in one of the nation’s most polluted cities

From Oregon, to Texas, to Washington DC, environmental advocates across the United States are involved in battles against fossil fuel infrastructure expansion. So far, however, northern California has largely escaped these big industry vs. activist showdowns. Yes, there have been protests in…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – December 16, 2015

When Radical Action is Moral

What We’re Fighting for Now Is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice
By Wen Stephenson
Beacon Press, 2015, 256 pages

The first takeaway from Wen Stephenson’s book What We’re Fighting for Now Is Each Other is that the climate change crisis is truly a climate justice crisis. It is “not merely ‘environmental,’ but human,” he writes. To deny that the climate catastrophe is upon us “is to rob people, starting with the poorest and most vulnerable on the planet, of their land, their homes, their livelihoods, even their lives – and their…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Winter 2016

Remnants of the American Dream

Michael Light

 Click or tap any of these images to view all of them as a slideshow The environmental cost of high-end development doesn’t get quite as much attention as, say, mountaintop removal, or fossil fuel infrastructure. But a few minutes with Michael Light’s new book, Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain, might convince you that it should. Using aerial photography to capture from above what could never be captured from the ground, Light explores two…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Winter 2016

FDA’s Approval of GE Salmon Based on Bad Science, Say Consumer Advocates

Agency’s move sets a low bar for future approvals of genetically engineered animals for human consumption

More than 20 years after the first genetically engineered plant hit American grocery stores, the FDA has approved the first transgenic animal for human consumption: a salmon. The AquaBounty Salmon, as it is known, is an Atlantic salmon genetically engineered to grow…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – November 25, 2015

Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

President says transporting crude oil from Canada won't help the economy, lower gas prices, or increase the United States' energy security

In a huge win for environmentalists, President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline proposal today. Had transport company TransCanada's proposal been approved, the pipeline would have transected six states, carrying crude oil 1,700 miles from Canada’s Alberta tar stands to refineries on…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – November 6, 2015

Building Islands and Burying Reefs in the South China Sea

China’s land reclamation activities in the Spratly Islands are causing permanent damage to marine habitat

Island-building isn’t new. San Francisco built Treasure Island in the 1930s for the Golden Gate International Exposition. Miami’s exclusive Star Island was constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers back in the 1920s. And of course there are more recent examples, such…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – July 21, 2015

Americans Are Paying Attention to Food Waste, But Still Throw Away More Food Than They Think

New survey finds nearly three-fourths of Americans believe they toss less food than the average consumer

We all throw away food. In fact, in the United States, an estimated 40 percent of all food is trashed as it makes it way from farm to table, or more aptly, as it doesn’t. But how aware are we of our…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – June 24, 2015

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