Obama administration cancels fracking leases outside New Mexico’s sacred Chaco Canyon

Chaco Canyon

Photo by Debra Atlas

For those who’ve never been there, Chaco Canyon, a National Historical Park and a UNESCO World Heritage site located in northwestern New Mexico, between Albuquerque and Farmington, is an amazing collection of ancient Native American ruins and pueblos. Archeologists continue to excavate throughout the area as they uncover even more artifacts and as yet unknown villages to add to the area’s mystique.

But Chaco, which is only accessible by a daunting, poorly maintained 21 mile washboard-type road, has been threatened by the possibility of fracking nearby. The real possibility of damage from this has spurred environmentalists and local citizens to speak up and speak out. Continue reading

Gorgeous wilderness area – first to be designated by Congress in five years

Photo by xray10, flickr

Photo by xray10, flickr

Who knew there were sand dunes in Michigan?  And such beautiful wilderness!

This week Congress passed and sent to President Obama for his signature the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act, which permanently protects 32,557 acres along the mainland shore of Lake Michigan. This newest addition to the National Wilderness Preservation System will be known as “Sleeping Bear Dunes Wilderness,” which includes portions of two islands, forests, miles of beach and spectacular sand dunes rising hundreds of feet above Lake Michigan.

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The campaign for mandatory GMO labeling heats up

GE food graphicToday more than 200 organizations and businesses called on President Barack Obama to uphold his 2007 campaign pledge to require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.

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Combating Climate Change – a new look with Al Gore and Jeff Skoll

Al Gore at Google Hangout 2013

Former Vice President Al Gore at the Google Hangout 

A fascinating online meeting billed as Combating Climate Change took place Tuesday June 11th. Sponsored by The Climate Reality Project (the non-profit founded by former Vice President Al Gore), it featured Gore and Jeff Skoll, the Executive Producer of the film An Inconvenient Truth. In 2006, this eye-opening film launched a worldwide conversation, some would say controversy, regarding the effects of climate change. Now, on  the film’s seventh anniversary, these two came together, with moderator Dr. Kiki Sanford to give an update on what was discussed in the film.

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