Tag Archives: environment

National Fire Preparedness Level Increased as Fires Rage in the West

The Waldo Canyon Fire rages near Colorado Springs

As fires continue to rage in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, and other western states, the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho yesterday raised the  national fire preparedness level to “4” on a scale of 1 to 5. The heightened level indicates increased strain on federal resources battling the fires throughout the Rocky Mountain region and west. President Obama visited the beleaguered city of Colorado Springs on Friday to …

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What Does Sustainability Mean in a Service Industry?

Defining sustainability for the service industry

Discussion of sustainability efforts in the marketplace often revolves around the manufacturing sector. However, goods-producing industries accounted for only about 12 percent of jobs in the United States in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Service providers, meanwhile, made up about 78 percent of American jobs. Certainly, a fast food franchise, IT consulting firm or nursing home doesn’t have the environmental impact …

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How We Wrecked the Oceans

Today is World Oceans Day. On World Oceans Day we should celebrate all that the oceans mean for life on Earth, it’s beauty and bounty. But tomorrow and every day thereafter  we need to work to stop and reverse the damage we have wrought upon them. Related articles The Ocean: Heart of the Planet(ecology.com)

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A Brief History of Science and Implications for the Environment

Science is the key to societal betterment; it is also crucial to environmental action. Throughout history, cultures that have embraced science have flourished, while societies that have eschewed science have declined.  Now science is driving efforts to find more sustainable means of producing goods and providing services. Science offers balanced and objective technical information on environmental issues. An ever-growing body of scientific research indicates that the Earth’s climate …

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Whats the Fracking Problem?

Fracking operations like this pose a hazard to human and ecosystem health

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” has been associated with water contamination, global warming-causing air pollution, health problems, falling property values and even earthquakes. Each year fracking pumps billions of gallons of water and chemicals deep underground under high pressure to force open cracks and release natural gas. Natural Gas Fracking Problems Exposed According to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the chemicals used in fracking fluids include over 750 different …

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BP: Crime and Punishment

It appears that justice may be catching up to BP in the wake of the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. A total of at least 4.9 million barrels of oil are estimated to have been spilled making it the worst marine oil spill in U.S. history. The company is being accused of lying about the extent of the oil leak …

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