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Pumping the deceased with formaldehyde, tucking them into pricey metal caskets, and plunking them into a concrete-lined grave has become the American way of dealing with the dead.
Green Life
Friday, July 17, 2015
The bad news: You're dead. The good news: You can bring your eco-convictions with you when you go.
Compass
Some things in this world happen slowly: water boiling, finding the bathroom at a concert, Mondays. But one thing that doesn’t is innovation in the electric car industry; this happens fast. Much like the acceleration of the Tesla Model S P85D, which can go from 0 to 60 in a little over 3 seconds, it sometimes seems as if the pace of new electric vehicles (EVs) coming on the market -- including affordable models -- is moving at blistering speeds. Meanwhile, state governments and utility...
Plastic water bottle litter
Green Life
Thursday, July 16, 2015
We roundup this week's environmental news in less than 500 words.
I'd like to be a big fan of tap water, but my city fluoridates its water and I don't want to ingest fluoride.
Green Life
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Read Mr. Green's response before you reach for bottled water.
Green activities to keep kids busy this summer
Green Life
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Summon your inner camp counselor with these great green activities for kids.
Coming Clean
After five years and a staggering $1.2 billion, the Kalamazoo river may look clean, but no one can say for certain how much oil remains trapped in its sediments or what its long-term effects might be.
Compass
Today we reached another big milestone in our push to move beyond coal - the 200th coal plant to announce retirement in the United States since 2010. At the heart of this momentum is the unyielding drive and commitment of thousands of grassroots leaders and activists.
Coming Clean
The skies are looking bluer. Today we announced the 200th coal plant to be retired since the Beyond Coal campaign began working with local communities to shut down old and outdated power plants. Since the current goal of the campaign is to retire half of the nation's more than 500 coal plants, you can see that we're making significant headway.
Glaciers: The Politics of Ice by Jorge Daniel Taillant
Green Life
Friday, July 17, 2015
The more we know about glaciers, the better we can do to make sure they’re still around in the future.
Coming Clean
Time's running out to prevent a three-way collision between the incompetent, the incomparable, and the incomprehensible.
Coming Clean
The Obama administration inched a little closer to disaster yesterday when it issued almost-but-not-quite final approval to Royal Dutch Shell to drill in the Chukchi Sea this summer.
Compass
While New Mexico has long been home to fossil fuel development, the advent of fracking has ushered in a new boom of extraction – which is rapidly transforming some of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous swaths of land into industrial zones riddled with flares, compressor stations, storage tanks, pipelines, and a seemingly endless stream of massive trucks barreling down the narrow dirt roads.
Compass
The project will provide 208 megawatts of clean energy -- enough to power 60,000 homes -- and Amazon will buy that electricity to meet its goal of being 100 percent powered by renewable energy.
Compass
Mercury is a dangerous poison that can damage the brain and nervous system. Mercury is of special concern to women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, since exposure to mercury in the womb can cause developmental problems, learning disabilities, and delayed onset of walking and talking in babies and infants.
Ocean trash
Green Life
Friday, July 17, 2015
Mr. Green sizes up our oceans' trash patches.
Pismo, Grover, A.G., Oceano, Paso and Atascadero need to catch up – quick -- to the rest of the state on oil trains.
The Planet
Spurred by community efforts, a necessary fracking injection well ban in Ohio is seeking the attention of the legislature.
Do cow farts contribute to global warming?
Green Life
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Mr. Green finds out the greenhouse gas emissions from livestock digestive processes.
Mother Lode Chapter Outings for June, July and August 2015
Mother Lode Chapter MeetingsSunday August 2, 2015 at 10 amSierra Club CA Conference Room 2nd Floor909 12th Street (12th & I) SacramentoEntry: Ring buzzer for Sierra Club CaliforniaEmergency phone: 530 210-3600Office wireless: wilderness4everMake prior arrangements to call-inAGENDAJuly 22 Draftprint
Compass
After a 10 hour overnight drive from Yangon, we finally arrive in Andin Village. It is starting to rain, turning the red dirt roads into mud, but we can’t miss the large “No Coal” sign in Burmese, English, and Mon.
Compass
This past Sunday, I came home after spending a week at this year’s Midwest “Sprog” (Summer Grassroots Organizing Training) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Before Sprog, I had the desire to create change, but was unsure on how to really do it. In the past, I focused on a multitude of environmental projects at the same time, all focused on different issues. However, Sprog was an empowering moment because I learned the skills to begin designing my own campaign. 
Sierra Club Radio
Our guests this week are Gina Coplon-Newfield, director of Sierra Club's Electric Vehicles Initiative, Mary Anne Hitt on the recent successes of the Beyond Coal Campaign & Green lifestyle tips from Avital Andrews
Seagull in sunshine
Green Life
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Some species can produce their own UV protection—unfortunately, Homo sapiens are not one of them.
The Fourth of July ushered in Iowa’s algae season.  Algae in Iowa’s lakes reduces the oxygen in the lake, which can cause fish kills.  Additionally the algae promote the growth of bacteria which create toxins harmful to humans and animals.  By July 13, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) had posted swimming advisories at 11 beaches due to high levels of bacteria.[1]  For current information on beach closings, contact the Department of Natural Resources at 515-725-3434.Blue-green...
The Planet
Stacey Ryan wants to stay on his land, an eighth of an acre where he grew up in the historically African American community of Mossville, Louisiana. But South African petrochemical giant Sasol wants to expand its operations into the area, and the company has bought out nearly all the residents of Mossville, which has by now all but vanished. "I fight because the plan to take these freedoms away from me and destroy our community was devised and implemented without thinking of the human soul, our...
Lay of the Land
Late last week, the House passed H.R. 2647, a piece of forestry legislation that will undermine bedrock environmental protections and the public's ability weigh in on logging projects that affect public lands.
by Wally TaylorAs reported in the Spring-Summer Iowa Sierran, a company called Dakota Access is proposing to construct a 30-inch diameter pipeline to transport crude oil from North Dakota, through Iowa, to a point in Illinois, and then to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. The Iowa Chapter has been in for forefront of the opposition to this pipeline.
Compass
Across the U.S., hundreds of thousands of climate activists are engaged in a fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, a trade deal being negotiated between the United States and 11 other countries around the Pacific Rim. Meanwhile, fossil fuel divestment activists are pushing institutions to pull investments from the top 200 publicly traded fossil fuel companies and reinvest in climate change solutions. Both movements are critical in the fight for a stable climate, and climate...
Our local newspaper doesn't seem to think coastal recreation includes fishing. The Sierra Club is pretty sure it does. Either way, the Club wants to see marine wildlife protected from the Harford Pier fish cleaning station.
Lowline Rendering
Green Life
Monday, July 20, 2015
Take your picnic to the next level.