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Keystone XL — Americans are divided

March 13th, 2014

Dozens of national and regional groups have been fighting the Keystone XL pipeline, saying it could contaminate groundwater and will ratchet up carbon emissions, hastening climate change. But the general public may not feel the same. A recent poll showed most still believe the pipeline will create “significant” jobs and help provide oil to the US.


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Eagles, Cowboys, Indians and other sports teams seizing green ground

August 26th, 2013

Did you know that the Philadelphia Eagles are completely green-powered? Or that the Dallas Cowboys run the field when it comes to composting? Now the EPA has collected all these sustainable sports stories, raising raising the bar (admittedly it was low) on green practices for stadiums and sports leagues.


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The secret life of GM sweet corn

July 29th, 2013

Monsanto’s new GM sweet corn is either a boon to farmers that will help them feed the planet or an ominous new edible in a line up of genetically modified foods that consumers are being force fed. Actually, it could be both, or parts of each. We don’t really know, because there’s not a lot of information on GM sweet corn, or maybe there’s enough information. Take a ride with us through the corn maze to try to find out.


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Why advocates for the poor and the environment are cheering the failure of the House Farm Bill

June 20th, 2013

The House of Representative’s lopsided version of the Farm Bill has failed, and advocates for the needy and environmental programs say they are glad. Even the Secretary of Agriculture says the bill was mean-spiritedly (not in so many words of course) wouldn’t have done enough to help rural America (read: small farmers).


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Obama Administration, a step closer to approving the Keystone pipeline?

March 4th, 2013

The Obama Administration released its revised environmental assessment of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline on Friday, portraying the project as a relatively safe way to transport oil from fields in Canada and North Dakota to the US heartland and ports at Houston. The review has riled environmentalists and pleased oil interests.


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Anti-fracking groups gear up for protest in New York

January 8th, 2013

The New Yorkers Against Fracking coalition is planning a rally in Albany to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to keep fracking out of the state. Opponents of fracking in the Empire State are worried that draft rules for gas wells has paved the way for gas well permits in advance of needed scientific scrutiny.


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Travesty in Nigeria: Gold rush is poisoning children with lead

October 16th, 2012

From Green Right Now Reports Nigeria is experiencing a gold rush, but the fallout is devastating the health of its children, exposing them to lead dust that can produce convulsions, paralysis and longterm cognitive deficits. Many children have been disabled for life, and have died from the lead contamination related to gold mining, which lures [...]


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Survey shows public believes business leaders need to be well-versed in sustainability

September 20th, 2010

Americans have a waning confidence about the readiness of corporate leadership to respond to environmental issues, according to a new national survey, which shows that only 13 percent of U.S. adults are confident that corporate America has the knowledge to make decisions that consider long-term impacts on the environment.


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Survey shows public believes business leaders need to be well-versed in sustainability

September 20th, 2010

Americans have a waning confidence about the readiness of corporate leadership to respond to environmental issues, according to a new national survey, which shows that only 13 percent of U.S. adults are confident that corporate America has the knowledge to make decisions that consider long-term impacts on the environment.


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EPA to study nanoparticles’ potential for good and evil

October 1st, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Squint and you can’t see them. Try a standard microscope. They’re still not there.

And yet, they’re everywhere. Nanoparticles are in hundreds, if not thousands, of consumer products, from sunscreen to child car seats to sports socks.

So the EPA has decided to take a closer look at these eensy particles, to investigate their potential to harm humans and the environment.

Nanos, which are about 1/100,000 of the width of a human hair and have been aggregating in consumer goods faster than E coli at a feed lot, have raised concerns among environmentalists, public health officials and others. These guardians of the environment want to know more about how nanos act in water. air and soil, and also whether they can invade and damage human tissue.


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CDC’s new website helps you assess local environmental hazards

July 14th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler Green Right Now For those of us who are frustrated, daily, by the vast dispersed array of government information on environmental threats to our health, a new website assembled by the Centers for Disease Control may offer some relief. The National Environmental Health Public Tracking Network aims to help us connect to [...]


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An eco-fungicide to save your broccoli and greens

March 23rd, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Discerning diners would probably not find this much of a topic for dinner discussion, but back in the fields where their broccoli is grown, fungus can stop a good crop cold. Most farmers apply fungicides to deal with the problem, but fungicides, a subset of pesticides, can kill beneficial organisms and cause environmental damage in the course of attacking the problem invader.

Fungicides, like other pesticides, also can wind up growing better fungus as the disease adapts to fend off the poison. The fungus becomes resistant to the pesticide, and creeps back ever-more resilient. Which requires more chemical treatments; which can increase resistance; requiring more treatments…

To try to break this cycle, researchers in Canada have been developing new “green” fungicides that are less environmentally damaging because they go in for a targeted kill. This surgical approach plays off the plant’s own defense strategy by attacking the fungal infection as it ramps up to break through the plants defenses. Effectively, the new eco-fungicides, called “paldoxins,” disrupt the fungus’ response to the plant.


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