Nature does not negotiate: Climate catastrophe is with us now

By Kumi Naidoo As Typhoon Hagupit hits the Philippines, one of the biggest peacetime evacuations in history has been launched to prevent a repeat of the massive loss of life which devastated communities when Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the same area just over a year ago. “One of the biggest evacuations in peacetime” strikes a 

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CPA wins international Water Awards

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) is greatly honored as the recipient of the Eco Water Awards 2014 Gaia Prize presented by the Korea Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM)/Friends of Earth Korea, Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) and Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea. CPA received the award through its Secretary General, Ms. Abigail Anongos, 

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Cooperation between Ontario and Quebec on climate change and energy sets example for Canada

The David Suzuki Foundation released the following statement in response to the agreement reached last Friday between the governments of Ontario and Quebec to work together to fight climate change, improve the sharing of electricity resources and jointly assess the risks from the proposed Energy East pipeline. “Ontario and Quebec’s agreement sets an example for 

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Defenders of one of last remaining old forests need our support

KALIBUTAN By LEON DULCE Bulatlat.com MANILA – The 12,600-square kilometer Pantaron mountain range in Mindanao is home to one of the last remaining old growth or primary forests in this country. It has also been home to one of the longest and most courageous defence of its existence by the people living on it. This 

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Earth Day Network hopes to galvanize the support of more than a billion people across 192 countries this Earth Day for increasing the sustainability and reducing the carbon footprints of urban areas everywhere.   PHOTO: Matthew Rutledge/Flickr

EARTHTALK: Earth Day 2014: Greening our Cities

EarthTalk® Dear EarthTalk: What’s going on with Earth Day this year and how can I get involved?– Christine B., Boston, MA Last April 22 marked the 44th annual celebration of Earth Day, and the focus this year was green cities. “As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change 

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According to data collected by the 
American Public 
Transportation Association, Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2013—the highest
 number since the 1950s when many fewer of us owned our own cars.
Credit: Missouri Dept. of 

EARTHTALK: Public transportation on the upswing

EarthTalk® Dear EarthTalk: What’s behind the rise in public transit in the U.S. in the last few years, and how does our transit use compare with that of other developed countries? — Angie Whitby, New Bern, NC Transit ridership is indeed at its highest level in the U.S. in 57 years. According to data collected 

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With upwards of 17 million U.S. households and offices possessing Keurig coffee brewers these days, billions of K-Cups are already ending up in landfills every year.
PHOTO: Aaron Paxson, courtesy Flickr

EARTHTALK: Keurig ‘K-Cup’ coffee containers

EarthTalk® Dear EarthTalk: What is the environmental impact of those “K-Cups” everyone seems to be using nowadays to make coffee at both home and office? — Chris B., Stamford, CT K-Cups—those little one-serving coffee containers that allow people to brew one cup at a time in a specially designed Keurig brewing machine—are all the rage 

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Thousands of “green” apps now that make it easy for people to find and share information to help us all become better stewards of the natural environment. Pictured: A GoodGuide app evaluates a household product.                          PHOTO: GoodGuide

EARTHTALK: Mobile Apps for environmental stewardship

EarthTalk® Dear EarthTalk: What are some cool apps that work with a mobile phone that can help me get in better touch with the environment?– Mitchell Brown, Troy, MI Not surprisingly, there are thousands of “green” apps out there that make it easier for people to find and share information to help us all become 

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The European Union reports that by the year 2020 emissions from sectors covered by the Emissions Trading System (ETS) there will be 21 percent lower than they were in 2005 and 43 percent lower by 2030. Pictured: A coal-fired power plant in 
PHOTO: Arnold Paul

EARTHTALK: ‘Cap and Trade’ strategies to reduce carbon emissions

Dear EarthTalk: If “cap and trade” has worked so well in Europe for reducing greenhouse gas emissions there, why haven’t we tried something similar here in the U.S.? — Sandra M., Bern, NC “Cap-and-trade,” whereby big polluters must pay to emit greenhouse gases against a capped total amount that is reduced over time—has been in 

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The Union of Concerned Scientists reports that, thanks to global warming, insects previously stopped by cold winters are already moving to higher latitudes, a phenomenon that could expose an extra two billion people, mostly in developing countries, to the dengue virus over the next half century.
Credit: U.S. Department 
of Agriculture

EARTHTALK: Global warming and our health

Dear EarthTalk: How is it that global warming could cause an increase in health problems and disease epidemics? Do we have any evidence that it is already happening?  — Jim Merrill, Provo, UT Global warming isn’t just bad for the environment. There are several ways that it is expected to take a toll on human 

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