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Unregulated Farm Pollution, Not Billboards, Is the Real Scandal

When Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before a Senate committee this morning, she heard a lot about billboards.
Not just any billboard. She heard about one particular billboard in Olympia, Washington, that warns that “unregulated agriculture is putting our waterways at risk.”

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That particular billboard was financed by a coalition of environmental groups and Indian tribes that was funded, in part, by the EPA.
For some legislators, it’s a “scandal” that a coalition receiving public funds would highlight the sad fact that farmers can pollute streams and get away with it. In the view of one senator, the billboard was a “malicious” attack on farmers, financed by EPA.
The real scandal is not the billboard or who paid for it, but that farm pollu爱上海419 千花坊官网tion is largely exempt from the federal Clean Water Act.
Unregulated farm pollution is a major threat to Washington’s endangered salmon, but there is little regulators c[……]

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Will the Paris Climate Agreement Deliver?


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Anything above 1.5 degrees Celsius is a death sentence for us and for the planet.

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THE PARIS AGREEMENT
A historic event took place on Earth Day 2016. It was a decisive moment for the planet. On Friday, April 22nd around 60 heads of state gathered at the United Nations in New York for the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement. 175 governments took the first step of signing onto the deal and according to the White House at least 34 countries, representing 49% of greenhouse gas emissions have formally ratified the Paris Agreement. It was ‘the largest ever single-day turn-out for a signing ceremony,’ indicating ‘strong international commitment to deliver on the promises.
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I was at COP21 in Paris when negotiators finally agreed the Paris Agreement, the first legally binding global climate deal: the culmination of 21 years of international negotiation and United Nations Framework Conventio[……]

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Watch Racing Extinction: It Will Change the Way You View the World

On December, 2, 2015 Discovery Channel premiered Louis Psihoyos’ new film, Racing Extinction, in 220 countries around the world. This riveting film covers the planet’s sixth and currently ongoing mass extinction, named the Anthropocene Extinction, which is largely the result of mankind. Psihoyos details what many scientists and experts believe are the causes behind this vast dying off of the world’s species – the international wildlife trade and the fossil fuel industry. His goal is to unveil the horrific events damaging our planet’s health and wildlife, but boiled down to digestible bites to promote education and action.
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The Empire State Building was illuminated for three hours with video and photos of the world’s endangered species in a collaborative effort of the Oceanic Preservation Society and the filmmakers of “Racing Extinction.” Photo credit: Oceanic Preservation Society
Psihoyos won an Oscar for his 2009 film, The Cove, a feature-length docum[……]

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We Still Aren't Doing Enough to Protect Orcas


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Is SeaWorld fun? Many of us, especially those of us who grew up on the West Coast, have formative memories of seeing the whales at SeaWorld. The animals leap and twirl to aahs and oohs from the audience. People are splashed by the massive waves; families watch the trainers hold out fish for the whales to jump for; and generally, the company conveys a vision of happy, beautiful and immense mammals cohabiting entertainingly with what seem like their human protectors.
This bucolic scene could not be further from the truth. While anti-orca exploitation has been around for some years, it has generally been seen as a fringe movement. In fact there’s a Portlandia segment making gentle fun of orca enthusiasts who seek to set them free. But more and more awareness is breaking into the mainstream: that lovely, leaping orca is actually being held in downright abusive conditions.
Indeed, orca confinement, even at such well-brand[……]

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If Agroecology Is So Great, Why Aren't All Farmers Doing It?

After a half century of pioneering work by farmers and scientists, agroecology has finally penetrated international policy circles. This is due to agroecology’s widespread s419交友 爱上海论坛官网uccess on the ground and the tireless efforts of agroecologists, food activists and policy advocates determined to break corporate agriculture’s chokehold on the politics and the purse strings of our food system.
Last month, Friends of the Earth (FoE) published Farming for the Future: Organic and Agroecological Solutions to Feed the World – which was released on the heels of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems’ (IPES) report, From Uniformity to Diversity: A paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems.
The two publications reflect a widespread push by civil society to advance agroecology as a solution to the rural poverty, hunger, erosion, agricultural pollution and greenhouse gas emissions attributed to ind[……]

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Obscured Oceans: What We Don't/Can't See, We Harm

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I was a child of the early 1980s. Looking back, perhaps with a certain ethereal fondness, it seemed like life was simpler, values were different, people were more in tune with their surroundings; and certainly, more in-tune with each other (no cell phones here!).
My 2 1/2 year-old son on the other hand, is growing up in a world where climate change is real, investing in wildlife conservation is a must, and where biological diversity is falling precipitously and at unprecedented rates.
Roughly two months ago we went out on the ocean, on a boat, to go whale watching, to see some of the most majestic animals on the planet, and long lived. To see one of the biggest brains in the ocean, that somehow manages to live off one of the smallest edible life-forms in the ocean. To see an animal that causes no harm to humans, but almost came to extinction by the hands of humans.
This boating trip that was two months ago? You would have[……]

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This Company Is Basically A Hospital For Sad, Damaged Clothes

This article is part of HuffPost’s “Reclaim” campaign, an ongoing project spotlighting the world’s waste crisis and how we can begin to solve it.
As discarded clothing piles up in landfills around the country, a handful of companies are trying to save some of those garments and give them new life. 
The Renewal Workshop is one of these. It takes shirts, jackets and other items damaged during manufacturing, then repairs and resells them for 30 to 50 percent off the original price, co-founder Nicole Bassett told The Huffington Post. Its goal is to prevent imperfect items, which traditional retailers can’t sell in stores, from being tossed in the trash. 
The Renewal Workshop is currently raising funds on Indiegogo and will begin selling these so-called “renewed” garments on its website in late October. 
Companies fighting clot北京419论 上海贵族宝贝hing waste have their work cut out for them. The average American throws out 70 pounds of clothing or household textiles a[……]

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These New Emojis Will Make You See Food Differently

This article is part of HuffPost’s “Reclaim” campaign, an ongoing project spotlighting the world’s waste crisis and how we can begin to solve it.
Now you can help raise awareness about food waste with every text.  
In late September, food delivery service Hungry Harvest released a new emoji keyboard featuring odd-looking fruits and vegetables. The characters, which don’t look like the food you’d normally see in your local supermarket, include oddities such as a two-headed carrot and a misshapen strawberry giving a thumbs-up.
Hungry Harvest hopes its Ugly Produce! app (for iOS 10.0 or later) gets people texting and talking more about these kinds of foods so that they don’t go to waste, as they too often do. They might look strange, but they’re perfectly fine to eat.
“We’ve got ‘perfect’ fruits and veggies in our keyboards,” Hungry Harvest staffer Ritesh Gupta told ThinkProgress in an interview about the app. “Why don’t we yet have ones that have more[……]

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Trump Vows To Back Out Of The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Effectively Killing It

Donald Trump plans to pull the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on his first day in office, putting the future of the sweeping trade deal in jeopardy.
He announced his plan to back out of the deal, which his presidential election opponent Hillary Clinton had also denounced, in a video message posted to Twitter. 
The TPP was one of President Ba爱上海419 爱上海论坛官网rack Obama’s most con千花坊官网 上海龙凤网troversial foreign policy moves. The agreement aimed to promote free trade while putting pressure on countries faltering on human rights, but it was widely panned by green and labor rights groups. Critics say the deal favors major corporations and wouldn’t improve conditions for vulnerable workers in places like Vietnam and Malaysia.
.@transition2017 update and policy plans for the first 100 days. pic.twitter.com/HTgPXfPWeJ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2016

The leaders of 12 nations ― including the U.S., Australia and Japan― agreed to the TPP las[……]

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Interior Chief Ryan Zinke Vowed To Fight Budget Cuts. He's Changed His Tone.

WASHINGTON — On March 3, just one day after arriving at his new post on horseback and wearing a cowboy hat, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke addressed his staff at the agency’s Washington headquarters. He spoke of building teamwork, having the right tools for the job and needing to reorganize the department for future challenges.
The former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL also vowed to “fight” his boss, President Donald Trump, on the looming Interior Department budget cuts.
“I’m going to fight for the budget,” Zinke told his employees. “I looked at the budget. I’m not happy. But we’re going to fight about it, and I think I’m going to win at the end of the day and make sure that our values are articulated, too.”


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At that time, the Trump administration was looking to slash 10 percent of the agency’s budget, as E&E News reported. On Thursday, however, the White House unveiled its “America First” budget proposal, which ca[……]

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