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Japan’s ‘Unprecedented Anti-Nuke Grassroots Movement’ Seeks Help

For a time, Fukushima Dai-ichi’s 2011 triple-reactor meltdown seemed to herald the demise of the global nuclear industry. Japan took all of its plants offline. Germany — with a strong anti-nuclear movement and Green Party in ascendance — closed eight of its plants and pledged to close the remaining nine […]

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Beyond Climate: Anthropocene Demands Action on Spiking Global Inequalities

Beware of plutocrats speaking of Spaceship Earth — Eddie Yuen LAWRENCE, Kansas — The “great acceleration” of our global environmental crisis — one so often condensed into the language of climate change and prescribed a restorative diet of local organic food, shuttering of polluting coal plants, and minor personal austerities […]

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‘March Against Monsanto’ inspires hundreds of San Antonians to protest despite widespread flooding

Despite city-wide flooding during the second wettest day in historic record, roughly 200 San Antonians congregated at the Alamo, the much-vaulted “shrine” of Texas liberty, to join an international day of protest chronicling a long list of alleged tyrannies perpetuated by food conglomerate Monsanto. “Welcome to the March on Monsanto,” […]

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Q&A with John Farrell: People power a threat to the ’20th-century’ utility

A conversation with John Farrell, director of the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. San Antonio’s publicly owned utility, CPS Energy, recently argued in favor of ending net-metering on the grounds that upper-income solar owners were saddling low-income residents with an unfair share of […]

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Bat Attack! Why Saving Humanity Means Saving Mexican Free-Tailed Bats

“By [2050], it is extremely likely that Earth’s life-support systems, critical for human prosperity and existence, will be irretrievably damaged by the magnitude, global extent, and combination of these human-caused environmental stressors, unless we take concrete, immediate actions to ensure a sustainable, high-quality future” – Maintaining Humanity’s Life Support Systems […]

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March Against Monsanto This Saturday

Click for full schedule (pdf) of San Antonio events. For protest info in the rest of the world, check the main March page. I wrote a bit about GMOs and Monsanto last year, but there’s a lot more information about what you are up against in this video from of Al […]

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Today’s Day of Prayer Demands Sermons on Climate Science

Every piece of this is man’s bullshit. They call this war a cloud over the land. But they made the weather and then they stand in the rain and say ‘Shit, it’s raining!’ – Cold Mountain Faith, it has been said, is evidence of things unseen. Just as hunger signals […]

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Texas Greyhound Failing Bicyclists: My Open Letter

To improve the air quality of our cities and fight climate change at home, we could use some help from the folks at Greyhound. Despite policies that allow for the transport of bicycles on their buses, Greyhound employees are not prepared to make it happen. Bike boxes are not stocked, […]

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Valero’s Dirty Record Spills Onto Charity Golf Green

Greg Harman I’ve been known to tap out some disgusted words about major SA employer, Valero Energy. There was a time the petrochemical company was buying (and begging) its way into the biodiesel universe and unwary and optimistic enviros may have thought the nation’s largest refiner could be planning to transform itself […]

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Placenta Shampoos, BPA, and Monsanto’s Genetic Empire

DON’T FORGET TO MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO IN SAN ANTO AND AROUND THE WORLD MAY 25! — We are experimental people. By that, I don’t mean we like to tinker. Though tinker we certainly do. We’re experimental people in the way that white-coated Wistar rats are experimental rats. After hundreds of thousands […]

Analysis

Nuclear Waste Dump Push and Texas

Nuclear energy may be on the ropes post Fukushima’s explosive meltdowns, but 70 years of U.S. bomb and power plant waste doesn’t dissipate so easily. Despite federal promises to the power industry to dispose of their highly toxic, long-lived poisons — and despite utilities collecting more than $25 billion in […]

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‘Clean’ Coal Sticks Its Snout Under San Antonio’s Tent

In the slow-motion planetary train wreck that is fossil-fuel-derived climate disruption — whether you call it global warming, global ‘weirding,’ or a worldwide conspiracy of the labcoat class — no one factor ranks higher in the blame game than coal. Once burned, the dark rock we level mountains for releases […]