Environmental News

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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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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Canadian Warming, Calving Ice Sheets, Shrinking Glaciers, Dolphins Not Getting It On as Climate Warming Continues

Sobering, unsettling, and at times startling climate change-related news emerged in Antarctica, Canada, Iceland, and Australia this past week.

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Trump Administration Rolls Back Light Bulb Efficiency Standards

Trump's attempt to rollback lightbulb efficiency standards will cost Americans money and impact human health

The light-emitting diode, more commonly known as an LED light bulb, is incredibly efficient. They use at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting, according to the Department of Energy. Widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh, which is equivalent to the annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants and savings of over $30 billion. …

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U.S. Companies Making a Splash In Water Resource Management

The Colorado River is a crucial source of drinking water for at least 30 million people

Water scarcity is a big problem in the U.S. The Colorado River supplies drinking water to 30 million Americans in seven states and Mexico, plus irrigation water for farmers. The river is drying up in places. Lake Mead in Arizona may be dry by 2021 as a result because the Colorado River supplies 97 percent of its water. The lake supplies drinking water for …

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