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Alaskan Environmental Groups Fight Back Against Massive Timber Sale

Alaskan #Environmental Groups Fight Back Against Massive Timber Sale

Tongass Timber

The Sawtooth Rainforest, a temperate rainforest that forms part of the Tongass National Forest, just outside Skagway, Alaska. IMG: Kevin Harber via Flickr CC.

The infamous Tongass timber warthat was dormant for many years may be reigniting again soon in southeast Alaska. The massive, multi-year Big Thorne project proposed by the U.S. Forest Service would harvest tens of millions of board feet of…

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Environmental Delays Hit Coal India’s Plan for 20 Mines

Environmental Delays Hit Coal India’s Plan for 20 Mines

A coal mine in India.

Coal India faces setbacks acquiring land and environmental clearances.
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Coal India was delayed this week in their plan to build twenty new coal mine projects due to difficulties acquiring land and environmental clearances. The coal minister made this announcement earlier this month.

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is struggling to pull through on his campaign promise to…

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Environmental Regulations in California May be Waived for Tesla

#Environmental Regulations in California May be Waived for #Tesla


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Elon Musk and Tesla are in the planning phases for establishing a Gigafactory, which has ensued a bidding war. The factory was originally set to be near Reno, Nevada, but now several other states have joined the bidding war for the honor, including California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico.

California really is pursuing the factory, trying to win…

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Big Businesses Up the Ante in Environmentally Focused Corporate Social Responsibility

Big Businesses Up the Ante in Environmentally Focused Corporate Social Responsibility #CSR


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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is something that many major corporations have always put an enormous emphasis on, but CSR programs with a focus on the environment are relatively new. Happily, more big businesses are beginning to embrace environmentally focused CSR, which not only allows for the clout of major corporations to improve…

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Water Supply in Toledo Still Suspended

Water Supply in #Toledo Still Suspended #environment

Toledo, Ohio

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In Toledo, Ohio, population 400,000, the mayor recently instructed citizens to avoid drinking tap water for a second day. The city officials issued a warning earlier this month explaining that tests showed a reading of microcystin above the standard for consumption. The algae on Lake Erie are assumed to have caused the toxin.

Interestingly, the city advised…

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Republicans Accuse ‘Billionaires Club’ of Illicitly Funding Environmental Causes

Billionaires Club

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Late last month, the Republican members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works released a 92-page report that alleges a “far-left environmental machine” that “exerts tremendous sway” over policies that hurt the economy.

The Republicans involved in the report claim that there is an “elite group of liberal millionaires and billionaires” pumping funds into an…

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Florida Governor Rick Scott Reveals Environmental Plan

Florida Governor Rick Scott Reveals Environmental Plan

West Palms Beach, Florida

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Rick Scott, governor of Florida, presented a new proposal this week that aspires to spend more than $1 billion improving water quality around Florida. The proposal would also expand land conservation efforts throughout the state. If the proposal is accepted, Gov. Scott plans to spend $500 million over the next ten years to protect the state’s…

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E-Waste in Developing Countries Endangers Environment and Locals

E-Waste in Developing Countries Endangers #Environment and Locals


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Rising levels of hazardous electronic waste is putting workers in developing countries and the environment at risk. Though some of the disused computers, cellphones, televisions, and other products are locally generated, the majority of the e-waste is being sent there from the developed world, especially the U.S.

According to a studypublished in June by the journal…

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Pennsylvania, North Carolina Question EPA Carbon Plan

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a hearing earlier this month about the groundbreaking proposal it originally rolled out in June. While environmentalists are ecstatic about the limits to greenhouse gases included in the proposal, skeptics say it will kill many jobs and drive up electric rates. North Carolina’s…

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Australia Approves Large Coal Mine, Environmental Impact Huge

#Australia Approves Large Coal Mine, #Environmental Impact Huge


Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. IMG: via Shutterstock.

Greg Hunt, Australia’s Minister for the Environment, recently approved a $16.5 billion resources project that will go towards creating one of the largest coalmines in the in the world in Australia. The massive “Carmichael Project” will be overseen by the Indian mining company Adani, and will create new underground…

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