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North Dakota’s Measure 5: Conservation in the Oil Boom

Update: On Tuesday November 4 North Dakota voters rejected Measure 5 with a resounding 79.4 percent voting against the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment. Oil prices on Tuesday slumped to a three-year low, slashing profits of energy companies operating in the Bakken.  North Dakota’s oil patch Locals call it the “oil patch.” With the magic of advanced hydrofracking technology and…

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Biologist are concerned about the effect Tar Sands productions has on the Boreal Forest and wildlife.

EarthTalk: Tar Sands and Bird Migration

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How is it that migrating birds are being negatively affected by oil extraction in Canada’s Boreal forest?  – Jennifer Chase, Fort Lauderdale, FL Each year tens of million of migratory birds “overwinter” in the Canadian Boreal forest, a vast tract…

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Fossil fuel divestment is our one chance to save a better world for our children

Divestment from Fossil Fuels is Our Only Hope

Fossil fuel divestment is one of the fastest growing movements on Earth and it continues to gain momentum. Since the divestment movement was launched three years ago, more than 650 individuals and 180 institutions, including 50 new foundations, which hold over $50 billion in total assets, have pledged to divest from fossil fuels. Whether in the form of mutual funds,…

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U.S. Greenhouse Gas emissions are up in 2013, a principal source of the increase is from large industrial facilities, according to the EPA

Large Industrial U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise 20M Metric Tons

Greenhouse gas emissions from large U.S. polluters rose 0.6 percent in 2013, driven in the main by an increase in burning coal to generate electrical power, according to the fourth year of data from the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.

Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster has awakened the public to the dangers of moving oil by trains - but can it lead to the end of oil trains?

The End of Oil Trains?

This week people from across North America and around the world are commemorating the one year anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster. There is growing concern about the dangers shipping oil by rail and increased public calls to reign-in oil trains. The environmental and emotional legacy of the Lac-Mégantic disaster On July 6, 2013, a runaway train carrying crude oil…

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Forget About Tar Sands Oil

There are two principal issues at play within the tar sands oil controversy.  First and foremost, the extraction of tar sands oil is a process that releases significantly more greenhouses gasses into the atmosphere than conventional drilling methods. As a primer for those not privy to this situation, the oil industry has revamped old methods of extracting oil from sediment…

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EPA Tackles Air Pollution with New Cleaner Fuels Rule

Taking a systems approach to tackle the problem of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, the EPA’s new Tier 3 motor vehicle emissions rule reduces the sulfur content of fuels for passenger cars and trucks, which in turn will improve human and environmental health and sustainability by cutting down on a range of pollutants.