New York residents try to “buy back” their pro-fracking senator

NY residents buy back their senator 1If the politicians won’t stand up to the oil industry about fracking, consumers will. Case in point: Residents of New York state’s “Southern Tier” delivered a $202,000 giant fake eight by three foot check to Senator Libous’ (R-NY) Binghamton district office today to “buy their senator back” from pro-fracking business interests and from big oil and gas lobbyists. That’s the same amount of money Sen. Libous took in campaign contributions from fracking oil and gas interests in the last two years, according to the good government group Common Cause.

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BP’s debacle laid out in new documentary

BP Gulf oil disasterJust saw a documentary produced by or for the BBC on the disastrous Gulf oil spill of 2010. This hour-long documentary features the five major attempts and failures to avert this enormous environmental disaster and the key players involved in the oil company’s eventual success.

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Chemical-free desalination and fracking – a viable solution?

Atlantis Technologies has announced a new, low-cost technology that eliminates the use of chemicals for fracking

Among the many environmental issues related to fracking – a process in which high pressure water is injected into the ground to drill for and extract resources such as oil and gas – are the amount of water required and the serious chemicals used in it.

Atlantis Technologies, a southern California start-up company, recently announced it had created “a low-cost, chemical-free desalination system that can remove salt from oil, gas, mining, and industrial waste water.”

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Help arrives for oil-soaked penguins of Nightengale Island

Rescue teams are beginning to aid oil-soaked penguins of Nightengale Island

Three weeks after the freighter MS Olivia grounded and began spewing oil in territory of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic Ocean, rescue teams have now arrived to provide critical aid and cleaning operations for the large colony of northern rockhopper penguins that call that area their home.

After delays forced by bad weather and treacherous seas, teams from The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SACCOB) have been setting up the specialized equipment, materials and medical supplies necessary to help with feeding and cleaning the oil-soaked penguin population.  Member of the SACCOOB were impressed with the rescue efforts of islanders, praising them for their efforts under difficult conditions and with very limited resources.

For more on this crucial rescue operation of the penguins immortalized in the movie Happy Feet and how you can help, see

Norway’s grandparents apologize for Canadian tar sand project

Norway's elders speak out against the extraction of oil from Canada's tar sands

On Wednesday, April 6th, the Edmonton Journal – Alberta, Canada’s largest daily newspaper – will print a letter from the Norwegian Grandparents Climate  Action  (Besteforeldreaksjonen) to the citizens of Canada.

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Little Known Facts About Glass and Recycling

The following is a reprint of a story by  Elizah Leigh, a respected eco-journalist and wordsmith. Posted by permission from the author.

Glass is one of our most fascinating and recyclable materials. The more you know about it, the better you’ll be able to reuse it.

RECYCLED GLASS MONTAGE Little Known Facts About Glass and Recycling

Long stretch of oil seen in Gulf of Mexico

Boat travels through oil spotted in West Bay just west of the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River Friday October 22, 2010. photo by Matthew Hinton / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE

Environmentalists have repeatedly said there’s still oil out there and that the government was too quick to re-open fishing areas of the Gulf. Now there’s proof.

Louisiana fishermen have found a miles long string of floating oil that’s heading towards fragile marshes on the Mississippi River delta. According to the Times Picayune “boat captains working the BP clean-up effort said they have been reporting large areas of surface oil off the delta for more than a week but have seen little response from BP or the Coast Guard, which is in charge of the clean-up.”

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California legislature fails to ban plastic bags

Single use plastic bags end up littering roadways across the U.S.


Even with backing from key environmental groups, California’s state Senate failed to pass a ban on single-use plastic bags that consumers continually get from retail outlets in the state.   

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Senate fails to take on climate change legislation

Party lines seem more important to US Senators than climate change

In what can only be seen as a major failure on the part of our country’s top politicians to put the welfare of their constituents ahead of their own interests, the U.S. Senate has allowed a majority of its members to block that august body from taking up a comprehensive  clean energy and climate change bill.

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Electrolux to recycle from the Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is filled with plastics Electrolux plans to recycle


Vacumn giant Electrolux has announced plans to collect and recycle plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The company says project Vac from the Sea makes sense since there’s not enough  recycled plastic on land to fill consumer demand, so they plan to use the scooped-up plastic and recycle it into appliances like their vacuum cleaners.This first-of-its kind venture is both visionary and fraught with challenges

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