Eco-Logical: A Group for Environmentalists

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Eco-Logical: A Group for Environmentalists

Eco-Logical is a group for anyone who cares about clean air, drinkable water, a sustainable economy, and environmental justice.

Location: The Irreplaceable Earth
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Global surface cooling caused by Atlantic warming

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday. 1 Reply

Antarctica melting twice as fast

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Saturday. 3 Replies

Methane Bomb

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 21. 1 Reply

Abnormal Arctic

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 17. 6 Replies

Antarctic process melts Arctic

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jul 31. 1 Reply

Methane, more scary than we thought

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 31. 30 Replies

Mass Extinction of Ocean Species soon to be Inevitable

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 26. 12 Replies

signs of climate tipping points

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 23. 25 Replies

Scorched Earth Coming

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 11. 6 Replies

How to save our future

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 9. 2 Replies

Good news

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jul 7. 27 Replies

Systemic Pesticides Underestimated

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 2. 1 Reply

Countries at most risk from Climate Change

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 22. 22 Replies

Sour oceans = more toxic phytoplankton

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 19. 0 Replies

Melt of West Antarctic Ice Sheet Unstoppable

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 10. 12 Replies

Another Positive Feedback we'd missed

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 8. 2 Replies

Carbon Budget Is Now Zero

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 23. 0 Replies

Texas is turning into desert too

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 20. 0 Replies

East Antarctic Ice Sheet not so stable

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 9. 1 Reply

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Comment by A Former Member on March 17, 2009 at 2:52pm

Green Your Coffee
Your choice of coffee can have a global impact, one cup at a time.

You may be surprised to learn that your daily choice of coffee can have a global impact. Here are three simple suggestions to help you make a difference, one cup at a time.

Look for Fair Trade Certification. When you buy coffee that is fair-trade certified, you are guaranteeing that the farmers who grew the beans are paid a fair price, are provided much-needed credit and given technical assistance, such as help in making the transition to organic growing.

Select organic coffee. It is worth the small cost premium to use organic coffee beans, too, which eliminate your exposure, and that of the environment, to hazardous pesticides that are commonly applied to conventional crops.

Look for shade-grown beans. Coffee was originally a shade-loving plant, and was traditionally cultivated underneath existing trees in a process that protected the native forest. Today, many farmers continue to raise coffee beneath shade trees, and the plants provide sanctuary to important migratory birds, many of which are now threatened. These are many of the same birds that fill American yards with song during the warm months.

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Comment by A Former Member on March 11, 2009 at 3:39pm


Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War

The Ludlow Massacre of 1914 has long been known as one of the most notorious events in all of American labor history, but until the publication of Killing for Coal, it was still possible to see this slaughter simply as an episode in the history of American industrial violence. In Thomas Andrews's skilled hands, it becomes something much subtler, more complicated, and revealing: a window onto the profound transformation of work and environment that occurred on the Western mining frontier in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Anyone interested in the history of labor, the environment, and the American West will want to read this book.
--William Cronon, author of Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

Listen to an interview with the author here.
Comment by A Former Member on March 11, 2009 at 2:28pm

The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America's Schools

This is more than just an article. The site has multiple articles and ongoing contirbutions, as well as interactive maps and videos.
Comment by A Former Member on March 9, 2009 at 12:22pm
Energy and Society: The Relationship Between Energy, Social Change,...

Preface

Anybody is pretty presumptuous who sets out to publish a revision of a book that has been on the market for twenty years. I am, but I think that a lot of people who didn’t read it the first time should have! And, I want to bring the evidence for the thesis up to date. I was glad to find how well the basic ideas had held up and how much of the evidence relevant to it supports it without much modification. Three of the chapters dealing with basic theory are reproduced almost without change. All the others have been rewritten so that modification could be made where it was necessary, and more recent proof introduced where it has permitted elaboration now backed by empirical evidence.

Energy will be a major revolutionary factor in human life in the future, as it has been in the past. All of us, who think they know things that may help to avoid the problems that changes in its sources and declines in its availability will create, owe it to our fellows to do our bit. So, presumptuous or not, I have done what I thought I should.

Editor's Note: This preface was found with the rest of the revised manuscript which was “discovered” in the Spring of 2008 by Robert Cottrell, son of Fred Cottrell. It was not signed or dated, It was a part of the working papers.
Comment by A Former Member on March 6, 2009 at 10:09am
TAKE ACTION

Our planet is warming at an alarming rate, but scientists say we can solve the climate crisis if we act quickly. That's why it's so important for President Obama to strengthen the target he has set for reducing global warming pollution by the year 2020.

Unfortunately, Obama's current proposal is to return to 1990 pollution levels by 2020. This would be a significant reduction, but not nearly enough, fast enough.

Let there be no mistake: if we fail to reduce pollution much more swiftly than the Obama administration is contemplating, we face the prospect of irreversible climate impacts that could devastate human civilization. In addition, the faster we cut emissions, the more jobs we can create by switching to a clean energy economy. That's why we're joining with our allies in asking you to take action today.

Help President Obama and congressional leaders strengthen their goals for reducing global warming pollution:

http://www.1sky.org/pollution-targets

Why hasn't Obama strengthened his target? After all, he has made global warming a top priority and said his decisions will be grounded in science. A recent speech from Obama's top climate negotiator provides the answer. Speaking about the 2020 target, the negotiator said: "At the same time we are being guided by the science and doing the math, we cannot forget that we are engaged in a political process and that politics … is the art of the possible."

Any climate targets will have to pass Congress. President Obama is concerned there isn't enough political support for the strong pollution reductions that are needed--that corporate lobbyists and Washington insiders are more likely to pay attention to policy details like a 2020 emission reduction than citizens and voters like us.

Let President Obama and congressional leaders know we'll provide the grassroots support that will make stronger pollution reduction targets possible.

On behalf of the 1Sky team,

Gillian Caldwell,
Campaign Director, 1Sky
Comment by A Former Member on March 5, 2009 at 2:40pm
I just posted a similar action alert from EarthJustice the other day. This one is from the Sierra Club.

A panel of federal judges has just ruled in favor of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a controversial legal case focused on mountaintop removal coal mining. The ruling threatens to open the floodgates on a new wave of mountaintop removal coal mines. This would allow coal mining companies to blow up mountains and bury neighboring streams with coal mining waste without acting to minimize stream destruction or conducting adequate environmental reviews.

As a result, Appalachia could now be facing up to 100 new permits for mountaintop removal coal mining operations to bury streams, which would destroy huge swaths of the Appalachian Mountains.

Watch the video of Ashley Judd speaking out against mountaintop removal and then join her by asking the Obama Administration to ban mountaintop removal coal mining.

Learn more about mountaintop removal.

Check out our info brochure on mountaintop removal.
Comment by A Former Member on March 5, 2009 at 2:34pm
Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency is considering reversing a Bush administration decision that has prevented California and other states from taking action to reduce global warming pollution from cars.

This is a tremendous opportunity for real progress towards solving the climate crisis. And to help make this crucial decision, the EPA wants to hear from you. Will you submit a comment?

Tell the EPA to grant California a waiver to set motor vehicle global warming pollution control standards:

http://www.RepowerAmerica.org/epawaiver

This is a really big deal.
Comment by A Former Member on March 3, 2009 at 10:17am
Tell the President: Mountaintop Removal Mining is Destroying Appala...

They blew the top off West Virginia's Cherry Pond Mountain a few weeks ago, and pushed it into streambeds to get the coal. Appalling? Yes. But hundreds of thousands of acres of mountains and forests and more than 2,000 miles of streams have already been destroyed by this vicious form of strip mining.

What makes Cherry Pond different is the timing.

Cherry Pond is just the most recent victim of mountaintop removal mining. A panel of federal judges may turn dynamiters loose across Appalachia. On February 13, they ruled against Earthjustice and said: The Clean Water Act—as written—won't protect streams in this ancient mountain range.

About 100 mountaintop removal mining permits were on hold pending this case. The ruling potentially opens the floodgates for more destruction in Appalachia. These permits will destroy 432 valleys and 213 miles of streams in Kentucky and West Virginia alone. We need your help to change the rules and silence the explosions.

Tell President Obama to prevent this irreversible destruction and work quickly to undo changes in Clean Water Act rules that allow industries to bury streams and other waters under their wastes by calling it "fill" material.

Mountaintop removal mining destroys entire forests and threatens nearby communities with floods and poisoned drinking water. It's been described by locals as "strip mining on steroids." No one should ever again have to hear the sound of a mountain torn apart by mountaintop removal mining, with coal companies bent on quick profit whatever the cost.

Thirty-six years ago, a coal slurry impoundment dam in Logan County, West Virginia burst, sending 132 million gallons of black water into Buffalo Creek Hollow, killing 125 people, injuring 1,121 and leaving over 4,000 people homeless. The tragedy made abundantly clear the dangers of allowing coal companies to sacrifice Appalachian headwater streams as garbage dumps for their industrial waste.

But the court says current law does not stop them. So, please, join with us. Ask President Obama to undo rule changes to the Clean Water Act and end the Bush administration's attack on our mountain communities. Act quickly—because once the mountaintops and headwater streams are gone, they're gone for good.

Sign now
Comment by A Former Member on February 28, 2009 at 7:03pm
Water Footprinting

Water is necessary for all life on Earth. It’s also necessary to produce the goods and products we consume. Just how much water goes into making your hamburger or the jeans you’re wearing? It’s called a “water footprint” and as global water supplies dwindle, some are trying to raise awareness about the water cost of our daily consumption. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with Derk Kuiper, executive director of the Water Footprint Network. He also speaks with Michael Kobori of Levi-Strauss to find out what his company is doing to curb its water use.

Listen to or read the interview here.
Comment by A Former Member on February 27, 2009 at 5:22pm
Environmental Studies Enrollment Soars

With his emphasis on renewable energy and green jobs, President Barack Obama has picked an issue that resonates with his core supporters — young people.
 

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