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Compass
How we can continue to deepen our reliance on oil, allowing pipelines to slice across our heartland and oil rigs to punch holes into the Arctic sea floor, when we see these devastating oil spill consequences again and again?
The Planet
On May 16, the Sierra Club elected Aaron Mair of Schenectady, New York, as its new president. Mair brings more than three decades of environmental activism and over 25 years as a Sierra Club volunteer leader to his position as the Sierra Club's first African American president.
Should you burn a brush pile or let it decompose?
Green Life
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
If you burn brush it releases carbon dioxide, but if you let it decompose it produces methane.
Dean Potter with his dog Whisper in September 2014.
Green Life
Monday, May 18, 2015
The speedclimbing highliner died while BASE-jumping off Taft Point in Yosemite.
Compass
Nine Tribal Nations united in Seattle this week to oppose a coal export terminal, saying this coal development threatens treaty-protected rights, resources, and sacred sites.
Coming Clean
Fracking shouldn't be happening, period. But it especially shouldn't be happening on our public lands and under outdated, inadequate regulations.
The Tennessee Chapter opposes the siting of a loud, air and water polluting industrial facility in the agriculturally zoned heart of one of the main areas supplying the Nashville eat local organic movement.
Compass
Asheville Beyond Coal is celebrating Duke Energy's announcement that it will retire the local coal plant, but activists know more must be done to ensure clean energy takes its place.
Coming Clean
On June 6, the Sierra Club will join thousands of passionate and dedicated allies in Minneapolis/St. Paul for the largest anti-tar sands event ever in the part of the country where opposition to Keystone XL first gathered steam: America's heartland.
Grizzly Bear
Green Life
Friday, May 15, 2015
If conservationists are detained for grizzly bear smuggling, don’t ask why.
Compass
Today the Obama Administration and the EPA issued a much-needed, long-overdue public health safeguard that marks the beginning of the end of regulatory loopholes in 38 states that have for decades allowed big polluters to dump huge amounts of off-the-books harmful air pollution onto neighboring communities with impunity.
Compass
Proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have called the deal “the most progressive trade bill in history.” But given the history of U.S. trade deals, that bar is set exceedingly low. Our past trade deals have led to the offshoring of hundreds of thousands of American jobs, have allowed corporations to challenge policies designed to protect our air and water in private trade courts, and have degraded our environment. If you dig in even a little bit to what we know about the TPP and the...
EcoCentro
(English version)Por Francisco Campos-López y Kyoko Ruch
Compass
Growing up in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, I witnessed the effects of climate change and pollution directly. Every year, I saw tides of the Miles River creep closer and closer to my doorstep; I witnessed shorelines being washed away; I sat and listened as teachers, skipjacks, and waterman talked about the number of dead zones in the Bay rising, and the number of oysters diminishing; and I watched defenselessly as the unique cultures of Smith, Tangier, and Poplar Island progressively wash away...
The Tribune's interest in oil contamination stories seems to be restricted to those outside SLO county.
Coming Clean
Like any big challenge, building a clean energy future requires us to meet lots of little challenges.
The developers of an export terminal on City-owned land on the Oakland waterfront have been quietly soliciting a partnership with four Utah counties to export up to six million tons of coal out of Oakland each year. This is a frightening prospect for the entire region. It would mean long, dusty coal trains through our communities and compromising health, worker safety, and climate security.
Lay of the Land
“We’d like to have a say in this,” – James Walks Along, Northern Cheyenne Tribal Historic Preservation Officer at YES meeting in Cody, April 30, 2015
The Planet
The capital and largest city in the region, Puerto Natales, is a beautiful southern Chilean town -- an isolated and obligatory stop for tourists traveling to the Torres del Paine National Park. Voted the Eighth Wonder of the World by VirtualTourist, this site is one of Chile’s greatest points of pride and the reason that Natales is globally recognized. But despite Natales’ reputation as the hotspot in Patagonia, many inhabitants fear they are facing their last hope. Environmental pressures from...
The Planet
The EPA has issued a much-needed, long-overdue public health safeguard that marks the beginning of the end of regulatory loopholes in 36 states that have for decades allowed big polluters to dump huge amounts of harmful air pollution onto neighboring communities with impunity. The new Clean Air Act rule, which will help protect some of society's most vulnerable communities from big polluters, stems from a 2011 Sierra Club petition urging the EPA to initiate a rulemaking to redress the...
Turtle trapping to remain open season
Compass
Across the country, towns and communities are organizing against the destructive practice of fracking, and passing scores of bans and moratoriums against the practice. Unfortunately, wherever local communities have been able to pass these measures, the oil and gas industry has been ready to meet them with legal challenges.
Sierra Club Radio
This week on Sierra Club Radio:Jeff Grybowski, the CEO of Deepwater Wind, on America's first offshore wind project which recently broke groundLena Moffitt, Director of the Sierra Club's Dirty Fuels Campaign, on the latest with the fight to stop the Keystone XL pipeline
Books on bikes -- check out our list!
Green Life
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Book roundup: We've got the scoop on pedal power!
by Pam Mackey-TaylorEarlier this year, Des Moines Water Works initiated a lawsuit against drainage districts in Sac, Buena Vista and Calhoun Counties because those counties have failed to reduce the nitrates being carried through tiles lines into the Raccoon River.   The nitrates reached dangerous levels requiring expensive nitrate removal processes in order to make the drinking water safe. 
Compass
Though EVs are cheaper to fuel and maintain than conventional cars, they tend to have higher upfront costs. That's why we need consumer incentives for EVs to bring the cost down and accelerate consumer interest.
Click here for a Google map view of Riverfront Park.Click here for the development site plan. 
The Planet
The mission of the Sierra Club's ICO (Inspiring Connections Outdoors) program is to expose underserved youth to natural spaces and outdoor activities. Now, by training older students in leadership skills and community-level activism, the New York City ICO group is taking this mission to the next level.
For immediate release, 5/16/2015Today's coverage of the truck rollover on Highway 4 near Bay Point glossed over the serious nature of community and worker exposure to the petroleum coke (petcoke) that was spilled in the accident.
Compass
Among several new initiatives being announced this week is Power for All, a global education and advocacy campaign dedicated to promoting clean, decentralized energy solutions as the fastest, most cost-effective, and sustainable approach to universal energy access.
Designating the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary would head off the next oil spill on California's Central Coast.
Illinois Legislature Faced with Competing Energy Bills.Phone Your State Senator and Representative.