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Mi’kmaq Warrior Society Shuts Down Houston Fracking Company

“Even the corporate monsters are envious of what we have, because we have all the love…” More information at Halifax Media Co-op.

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Margo Tamez, Environmentalism Failures, and Indigenous Dignity

Climate action in the U.S. will not come from some mass conversion of the largely white middle-class deniers, whose representatives even now hold the nation hostage in hopes of preventing universal health care. Neither will the righting of human relations with the planet be delivered by an enlightened political class of city […]

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Selfish Monologue: On Reassessing Committments & Refining Attentions

Yesterday, I sent out my fourth email newsletter since devoting myself full time to the freelance life four months ago. I wrote: Daniel Katz (right), co-founder of the Rainforest Alliance, chastised the national green groups at SXSW ECO last week for failing to network in the nation’s grassroots organizations — […]

Constance Okollet
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SXSW ECO: ‘Climate Wise Women’ Hold Key To A Just Climate Movement

Prior to 2007, life in Constance Okollet’s small Ugandan village was tranquil. It was, as she told a gathering at SXSW ECO in Austin on Tuesday, an “easy” life. “We had a lot of food. Our bodies were healthy. We used to eat wild food,” she said. But in 2007, […]

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Can Advertising Save The World?

Amid crisis of confidence in corporations, ‘The Naked Brand’ argues advertising should focus on transparency (First published at Guardian Sustainable Business.) “Traditional advertising, I think, is finished,” Patagonia’s founder Yvon Chouinard says in the documentary film, The Naked Brand, which premiered on cable TV for the first time last month. Drawing on […]

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Attendees At Austin Climate Symposium Hear Scientist’s Call To Action

Texas has a tough climate. Throughout human habitation here, people have regularly suffered through extended periods of drought followed by violent flooding and storms. But, with all things being equal, things have always managed to return to something we know as normal. So why should we care about climate change, Katharine Hayhoe, director […]

Hector Zertuche
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Lone Star Green: Policing The Oil Patch

Hector Zertuche’s first environmental crime occurred around 2009 when he discovered a truckload of oilfield drilling muds dumped on the banks of the Nueces River outside Sandia. “We matched the tracks to a nearby resident,” the Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Deputy told me recently. “But we messed up. We cited […]

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Solar Must Power 10 Percent Of World Needs By 2025

Despite the U.S.’s failure to sign on to the Kyoto Protocol all these years, many U.S. cities have pledged to chart a course for 20-percent renewable power by 2020. However, even these cities will have to considerably ramp up their solar supply to meet a new call for a massive […]

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IPCC: Humans Wrecking The Planet; Humans: /Shrug/

The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report’s summary for policy makers (pdf) released today — the first installment of the UN-affiliated body’s fifth report — is in many ways exactly what one would expect: a further tightening of what we already knew. The takeaway at Twitter speed? The world is […]

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Eagle Ford’s Fracking Dumping Ground Learning To Stick Up For Itself

Frio County, Texas, Struggles with Fracking’s Leftovers (First published at the Texas Observer.) On a gravel road in rural Frio County, sheriff’s deputies are doing something they never thought they would—enforcing state environmental laws in the oilpatch. The truck drivers they were ticketing were certainly surprised. “No, I don’t understand,” a […]

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Lone Star Green: Population blame excuses our failures, discounts our creativity

When The Population Bomb exploded on the scene in 1968 with breathless warnings that humans were breeding themselves into a global environmental catastrophe, it got a lot of people talking about the earth’s finite resources for the first time. It also launched many heated public discussions about ways to force […]

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‘Dirty’ Deely Coal Plant Explosion Punctuates Rate-Hike Debate In SA

Greg Harman An explosion at a San Antonio power plant this week either bolstered the utility’s case for rate hikes to keep up with infrastructure maintenance demands or those of some critics who say the aged J.T. Deely coal plant — scheduled for decommissioning ahead of schedule in 2018 — […]