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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.
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.
The critically endangered black rhino.
Green Life
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Namibia says that sacrificing one improves the welfare of all.
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.
Cigarettes -- the most littered object in the world.
Green Life
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
America's got a butt problem. A big one.
EcoCentro
(English version)Por Francisco Campos-López y Kyoko Ruch
Coming Clean
Long before the hydration pack, there was the Sierra Club cup. Generations of Sierra Club hikers and backpackers kept these metal cups hooked to their belts, ready for dipping into a cool mountain stream. In his famous 1971 profile of David Brower, John McPhee wrote that "In various wildernesses with Brower I had never seen him eat or drink from anything else. In the past, in the High Sierra, he had on occasion rubbed pennyroyal-mint leaves over the embossed letters in the bottom of his cup and...
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...
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...
Coming Clean
Like any big challenge, building a clean energy future requires us to meet lots of little challenges.
The Tribune's interest in oil contamination stories seems to be restricted to those outside SLO county.
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...
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.
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.
The Planet
The oil and gas industry is the largest domestic source of methane pollution, a powerful driver of climate change that threatens the health and welfare of our communities. The Sierra Club is helping lead the fight against methane, and calls on EPA to impose tough new regulations on the oil and gas to reduce emissions of this dangerous pollutant.
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
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. 
Click here for a Google map view of Riverfront Park.Click here for the development site plan. 
Designating the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary would head off the next oil spill on California's Central Coast.
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.
Hey Mr. Green, is my vegetable garden more efficient than a big farm?
Green Life
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Mr. Green breaks out his calculator to determine which veggies use water more efficiently.
Sierra Club Radio
This week on Sierra Club Radio:The Sierra Club's Devorah Ancel on why we need to stop the dangerous new trend of shipping oil by railBen Kilham, author of Out on a Limb: What Black Bears Have Taught Me About Intelligence and Intuition 
Lay of the Land
Thanks to Shell, folks in Seattle have a new addition to their skyline: a towering oil rig named the Polar Pioneer.Following last week’s action by the Obama administration granting conditional approval to drill in the Arctic, Shell moved the Polar Pioneer to Seattle, prior to deployment in the Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska. This past Thursday, the rig arrived in the Port of Seattle, igniting a groundswell of Seattle residents, Alaskan Natives and tribal activists, and...
Compass
This week, on the big stage of the U.S. Senate, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) gave his hundredth and historic “Time to Wake Up” speech to Congress. These sold-out shows all center around one theme: the need to act on climate change.
Illinois Legislature Faced with Competing Energy Bills.Phone Your State Senator and Representative.