Summer is here and everything's looking up: temperatures, fuel prices, and electrical bills are all
climbing. What can you do about it?
Check out the Sierra Club's Smart Energy Summer. Each week we'll feature an energy issue and give you information and advice to help you get through the
summer without having a meltdown.
This week, our focus is on Efficiency and Conservation. To get started, read our Top 10 Summer Energy Tips.
Then, test your Energy IQ with our Efficiency and Conservation Quiz.
Last week, the Supreme Court announced that it would consider a case that will decide
whether the Clean Air Act requires the Bush administration to regulate carbon dioxide and the other heat-trapping gases that cause global
After the Environmental Protection Agency announced its refusal to regulate global warming emissions in 2003, a coalition of states, cities, and
environmental groups including the Sierra Club, filed the lawsuit. Last summer, a split decision in a lower court set up the appeal that brought this case to
the Supreme Court. Ultimately, the Supreme Court will decide whether or not the EPA is required under the Clean Air Act to regulate the pollutants that cause
While the Supreme Court is considering whether EPA should regulate global warming emissions, members of Congress are introducing legislation that would
actually reduce global warming emissions to a safe level. Urge your member of Congress to
cosponsor the "Safe Climate Act" which was recently introduced by Rep. Waxman (D-CA).
The House of Representatives just passed a bill to allow drilling in the Arctic Refuge. Even twenty years down the road, when this
oil would be at or near peak production, gas prices would only be affected by about a penny per gallon...and the pristine Arctic Refuge and the
wildlife that depend on it for their survival would have been sacrificed for virtually nothing!
We need your immediate
support to keep drilling out of the Arctic and preserve our last protected wild areas.
Some places are so precious they should be off-limits to oil drilling and industrial development, and the Arctic Refuge is one of them.
She wears a hot-blue biking miniskirt with a sparkly
rainbow cape and rainbow leg warmers, and she calls herself Rabbi Yikes. A comic book superhero? Nope, she's the real thing. She and her caped cohorts may
not be able fly faster than a speeding bullet, but they can and do bicycle from town to town. When they arrive, they fan out to the Chamber of Commerce and
City Hall in their costumes and ask what needs to be done before springing into action. In Asheville, North Carolina, they cleaned up a riverfront and turned
it into bike lanes. In New Orleans, they helped with demolition and cleanup projects. Best of all, their tribe is increasing: When they took their first trip
six years ago, there were fifteen of them; now there are more than 250.
Find out more in Sierra magazine’s "One Small Step: Who Is That Caped
In the late 1980s, author Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and zoologist Mark Cawardine traveled the world for a BBC radio series in which they sought out some of the world’s most endangered species. The radio series was eventually turned into a book called Last Chance to See -- a wise and funny look at the saddest topic imaginable: Extinction.
Which brings us to the blog, Another Chance to See, which is the brainchild of a man named Gareth Suddes. As Suddes wrote in his introductory post in July 2004: “So many of the fascinating creatures they had described were teetering on the very brink of extinction back in the late 1980s, one had to wonder how they were doing now, some 15 years later. I thought a blog might be a good way to bring the stories up-to-date.” Sadly, the updates are not always encouraging. A recent survey of northern white rhinos, for instance, found only four.
With the federal government dragging its feet, states like Minnesota and Pennsylvania are taking the lead in reducing mercury and global warming
Read about it in the July/August edition of The Planet.
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