Gina-Marie Cheeseman

Gina-Marie Cheeseman, freelance writer/journalist/copyeditor about.me/gmcheeseman Twitter: @gmcheeseman

The Link Between Factory Farms and Racism

Factory farms produce meat from large numbers of animals housed in close quarters in confined spaces. Not only is it harmful to animals and human health, but also tied to racism. A Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) is a large scale animal agriculture operation with over 1,000 animal units, which equates to 1,000 beef cattle, 700 dairy cows, 2,500 pigs weighing over 55 pounds, …

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Fracking Needs More Transparency

Why we need more transparency in fracking operations. California's Central Valley irrigated with produced water.

Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, is a controversial method used to extract natural gas and oil from shale rock formations. It is controversial because it can cause big environmental problems, including poisoning local water wells. A new report looks at companies that use fracking. The joint report by As You Sow and investment advisory firm Boston Common Asset Management reviewed the 30 biggest …

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The Rapidly Growing Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

A growing divestment movement gains traction worldwide

There is a movement that has the potential to help the world reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That movement is the rapidly growing divestment from fossil fuels. More than 1,000 institutions that represent over $8 trillion in assets have committed to divestment. By the end of 2014, only 181 institutions with $50 billion worth of assets committed to divestment. There are over 43 cities that …

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Trump Signs Executive Orders to Expedite Permitting For Pipelines

Trump fast tracks unnecessary fossil fuel pipelines

If the Trump administration had an energy motto, it would be “drill, baby drill.” The administration has demonstrated its affinity for fossil fuel companies over and over. Recently, President Trump signed two executive orders that speed up the permitting process for oil and gas pipelines. It’s a decision made just a week after the KMCO chemical plant explosion in Crosby, Texas killed one person …

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States, Cities, and Counties in the U.S. Commit to 100 Percent Clean Energy

Cities and states commit to renewable energy with their own Green New Deals

The Green New Deal introduced into Congress is effectively dead, but that does not mean that ambitious plans to tackle climate change are dead in the U.S. States, cities, and counties have developed plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with commitments to 100 percent clean energy.

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