Your weekly news roundup on everything environment   Environmental Action Connects the Dots in Miami On May 5th, people around the world volunteered, documented, educated and protested as part of an international day of action to help the world “connect the dots” between extreme weather and global warming.  Since Miami will be one of the first metropolitan areas to be affected by sea level […]

Have you seen this? When we started a campaign asking GM to stop funding the Heartland institute with friends at the Heartland Institute, we expected it would take a while to get the attention of the multi-billion dollar auto maker. But just last week, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson has publicly responded that he is going to review the company’s funding of […]

UPDATE: Senate defeats Keystone XL pipeline. The final vote was held in the Senate yesterday —  and we did it. We won!  While the vote came down to the wire with 11 Democrats crossing party lines to vote for the measure, it fell short of the 60 needed by four votes, two of which were Republicans who were absent for the vote.  The 11 […]

Fracking — the drilling process technically known as hydraulic fracturing where water, chemicals and sand are blasted at high velocity into underground fissures to release natural gas — has been linked to contaminated drinking water, flammable tap water and even earthquakes. But politicians' interest in tackling this environmental threat is underwhelming at best.  That's because any attempt to question fracking's safety draws the ire of uber-lobbying […]

If it weren’t such an urgent problem, it would be ironic: Global warming, caused by the massive burning of oil, is melting the Arctic⎯exposing tundra, permafrost and forests that were previously inaccessible. And in response, the big oil companies want to move into this new frontier and…that’s right: Drill for more oil. Sadly, it’s not an ironic punch line, It’s a […]

By Lars Christopher Nøttaasen (Flickr: Colorful Old Oil Barrels)When you get right down to it, most of the pollution in America today comes from oil: Drilling for oil pollutes our oceans and land even when it doesn’t spill. And when it does (and it always will, as long as you drill), the effects are permanent and devastating. Burning oil — […]

Great news! As you read in our last newsletter, President Obama announced new clean car standards that will nearly double the fuel efficiency of cars in our country—from 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016 to 54.5 mpg by 2025.The new standards will help reduce pollution, free us from our dependence on oil and save us money at the pump. This […]