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
Members: 334
Latest Activity: Nov 15

Welcome to Eco-Logical: A Group for Environmentalists

 

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Discussion Forum

Frack under the Ohio River

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Randall Smith Oct 2. 2 Replies

Methane, more scary than we thought

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Oct 1. 31 Replies

Carbon Hot Spots

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 29. 0 Replies

Rethinking the economics of CO2 emissions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 19. 0 Replies

Canada's Northwest Territories burning six times more forest than usual

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 4. 2 Replies

Climate variability snuffing out

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 1. 0 Replies

Global surface cooling caused by Atlantic warming

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 25. 1 Reply

Antarctica melting twice as fast

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 23. 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

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

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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.
Comment by A Former Member on February 27, 2009 at 1:56pm
Marketplace: Sustainability

These are usually pretty good spots on NPR. If you don't listen to them, you should take the time to check them out online.

Also check out The Greenwash Brigade.
Comment by A Former Member on February 27, 2009 at 12:25pm


The Climate Change Lobby

The number of lobbyists seeking to influence federal policy on climate change has grown more than 300 percent in five years, with a slew of new interests from Main Street to Wall Street adding to the challenge of addressing global warming, according to a new Center for Public Integrity report, The Climate Change Lobby. The report provides a first-of-its-kind look at the universe of special interests shaping debate in the United States and how it has sharply expanded between 2003 — when Congress previously voted on climate change — and 2008.

Among the report’s findings:

More than 770 companies and organizations hired some 2,340 lobbyists to work on climate change and spent at least $90 million lobbying in 2008. The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity — a group of 48 companies — topped the list of those solely focused on the issue, spending $9.95 million.

In 2003, 70 percent of the interests weighing in on climate were energy companies and manufacturers. But by 2008, those sectors made up only 45 percent of the total, despite their strong growth, because so many new interests had joined in the fray.

Finance, insurance and investment firms, with virtually no presence in the climate debate on Capitol Hill in 2003, last year had as many lobbyists as alternative energy firms — about 130. Their interest is in shaping the rules of a market-based “cap-and-trade” system.

The Climate Change Lobby features a fully searchable database of climate lobbyists, using disclosure reports filed with the U.S.
Senate’s Office of Public Records, as well as brief profiles of some of the most prominent lobbyists. Learn more about this latest project and share it with others.
Comment by A Former Member on February 26, 2009 at 5:34pm
ThisIsReality.com

About the Reality Campaign
In reality, there is no such thing as "clean" coal in America today. Coal cannot be called 'clean' until its CO2 emissions are captured and stored safely.

Let's be clear: there are no US homes, factories, shopping centers or churches powered by coal plants that capture and store their global warming pollution.

Today, coal power plants emit carbon dioxide (CO2), the pollutant causing the climate crisis. A third of the America's carbon pollution now comes from about 600 coal-fired power plants. And of the more than 70 proposed new coal power plants, barely a handful have plans to capture and store their CO2 emissions. If these dirty plants are allowed to be built, this will mean an additional 200 million tons of global warming pollution will be emitted in America each year. Until coal power plants no longer release CO2 to the atmosphere, coal will remain a major contributor to the climate crisis.

Scientists indicate that we can avoid the worst climate impacts if we turn CO2 emissions around in the next few years. The Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, in 2007, said, "If there's no action before 2012, that's too late. What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment." For coal to maintain a role in America's energy mix, the industry must act quickly to stop emitting CO2.

The Reality Coalition is a project of the Alliance for Climate Protection, Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the League of Conservation Voters, and tells the truth about coal today — it isn't clean. We are challenging the coal industry to come clean — in its advertising and in its operations. You can learn more about the reality of "clean" coal here or take action and help stop misleading coal campaigns.




Video link on Youtube.com.
Comment by A Former Member on February 26, 2009 at 12:02pm
(This is not a current interview, but still currently relevant and worth listening to. Or you can click on the title and read it, too.)

Full of Gas
August 29, 2008
Energy independence should be a topic for wide-ranging discussion about science, economics and lifestyle. But David Fiderer, an energy banker and Huffington Post blogger, says reporters are allowing politicians to hijack the conversation, making it about left and right all the while leaving reality out of the picture.

Comment by A Former Member on February 26, 2009 at 9:02am


President Obama is listening. One of the first things his new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, Lisa Jackson, did was to acknowledge that Americans want cleaner cars: cars that go farther on a gallon of gas and emit less global warming pollution.

The EPA is now considering whether to reverse the Bush administration's decision to block California and more than a dozen other states from implementing landmark standards to cut global warming emissions from our vehicles -- and the EPA is asking us what we think.

Next week, we'll be delivering photos of Sierra Club members from around the country holding car keys and saying, "EPA is the key to cleaner cars." Will you add your photo and tell the EPA we want clean cars?

Click here to get started:
action.sierraclub.org/cleancars

(Above photo taken from site. Also, here's an idea: See if you can include the Atheist "A" symbol in your photo, like on a shirt or cap, or on a picture behind you, etc. Just for fun and added visibility.)
Comment by A Former Member on February 25, 2009 at 10:35am
TAKE ACTION

Regulating Coal's Carbon Emissions


Last week's major news was the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcing that it will reconsider the midnight memo issued by former Administrator Steven Johnson, meaning that new coal-fired power plants could soon be forced address their carbon dioxide pollution, the main cause of global warming.

Now the coal-fired power plants are starting to fall in response. First was AES announcing that it's pulling plans for its 320-megawatt Shady Point coal plant in Oklahoma. Then on Friday, EPA rejected Northern Michigan University's air permit for its proposed coal plant in Marquette and ordered Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality to consider regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

We're expecting these announcements to keep coming as the cost of dirty coal power is increasing due to impending carbon regulations.

You can help stop one planned coal-fired plant -- the Desert Rock facility in Arizona.

Tell the EPA to hold off on the permit for the proposed 1,500-megawatt plant while deciding on carbon regulations.
 

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