2015 was the hottest year on record, and lakes are warming up even more rapidly than the ocean or the atmosphere. A new study has found that normally frigid Lake Superior is one of the more rapidly warming lakes among 235 measured. The average temperature increase of 0.61 degrees per decade doesn’t sound threatening, but even […]
Voters in Washington state banned ivory sales as well as products from ten endangered species when they passed the Washington Animal Trafficking Initiative 1401 (I-1401) last month. The ballot measures means Washington now joins California, New Jersey and New York as the only states that have restrictions on the trade of exotic wildlife parts such […]
The results of a new survey reaffirm that the climate debate is mostly settled among scientists, with 92 percent of them believing that human-caused climate change is occurring. The survey, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, focused solely on scientists in an attempt to test whether climate change doubters actually come from the scientific […]
Reproductive health professionals describe increasingly evident link between toxic chemicals and health issues A new report published by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) outlines how increased exposure to toxic chemicals is threatening human reproduction and health. Exposure to toxics such as air pollutants, pesticides and plastics have been linked to miscarriage, stillbirths, […]
A new study out of Michigan State University found a correlation between a state’s “environmentalism” and lower greenhouse gas emissions between 1990 and the present. Emissions typically rise with population and economic strength, but the study found that greater environmentalism can neutralize those emissions without inhibiting growth. The research used Congressional voting data to determine […]
State legislators in California have passed the strongest legislation addressing plastic microbead pollution. The bill, AB 888, was officially signed into law by Governor Brown on October 8, 2015. Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic commonly used as exfoliants in personal care products like soap. The beads commonly evade water treatment plants, and pollute waterways. […]
Last week the EPA proposed new rules to reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas sites by preventing leaks and capturing lost gas. Benefits to the environment and human health are estimated up to $550 million, which outweighs the projected cost to industry of $320 to $420 million by 2025. Methane is a greenhouse […]
Congratulations to Oregon Rep. Keny-Guyer and Sen. Chris Edwards on passage of the Toxic Free Kids Act. (SB 478).
An exhaustive EPA report issued on June 23, 2015, “Climate Change in the U.S. – Benefits of Global Action,” finds that reducing greenhouse gas emissions could prevent the deaths of thousands of Americans and save hundreds of billions of dollars.
There have been numerous clean energy developments in recent months, and we have compiled online resources related to different clean energy policies for your convenience. 1. State Plans To Achieve 100 Percent Renewable By 2050 Researchers from Stanford and U.C. Berkeley have created specific state-by-state plans outlining how to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by […]