Most and least eco-friendly states

WalletHub most-and-least-eco-friendly-states-badgeBillions of taxpayer dollars are being devoted to environmental protection efforts and energy costs., which eat up a significant portion of the average household’s take-home. Today, the personal finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2015’s Most & Least Eco-Friendly States. The report showcases the areas doing right by Mother Earth and calls out those seemingly intent on spoiling things for future generations.

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International court says Japan’s whaling is illegal

Japan's whaling program in the Antarctic sanctuary is now officially illegalIn a stunning decision and a victory for whales and whale enthusiasts, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced their binding decision today in the landmark case of Australia v. Japan, ruling that Japan’s JARPA II whaling program in the Antarctic is not for scientific purposes and ordering that all permits given under JARPA II be revoked.  Sea Shepherd Conservation Society USA and Sea Shepherd Australia, both of which have directly intervened against Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean, applauded the decision.

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International killing of whales and dolphins is a thriving business

whalesThe global business of killing whales and dolphins continues to thrive, and not just in a few countries. A new report issued by Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) reveals that that consumption or utilization of whale and dolphin meat and by-products is happening across a shocking number of countries and seems to be unchecked despite a global moratorium.

Since the moratorium on commercial whaling was introduced in 1986, more than 35,000 whales have been killed, along with hundreds of thousands of dolphins and smaller whale species. Over the last few years, WDC has helped to expose:

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Judge strikes down law allowing Keystone XL in Nebraska

Keystone XL pipeline

photo by Michael S. Williamson, courtesy of the Washington Post

A Nebraska judge ruled Wednesday that the state violated its constitution when it allowed the governor to approve the route of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, a decision that could significantly delay the $5.3 billion project.

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CVS to stop selling tobacco products

In a bold move, CVS has announced it will stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 locations across the United States.

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Washington’s GMO labeling measure too soon to call

Yes on 522 logoMajor news organizations are touting the failure of Washington state’s “Yes on 522” measure which, if passed, would require mandatory labeling for products containing genetically modified (GMO) ingredients. But it seems they’ve jumped the gun.

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Dutch the service dog is saved!

Dutch the dog 2You may remember the news last February when the service dog Dutch that had been beaten by his former owner, was sentenced to be euthanized this month. Now there’s great news:  he’s been reprieved!

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