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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.
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.
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...
100 Skills You’ll Need for the End of the World (As We Know It), by Ana Maria Spagna
Green Life
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Will you be ready?
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
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.
Ocean trash
Green Life
Friday, July 17, 2015
Mr. Green sizes up our oceans' trash patches.
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.
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 31 Revisionpr
The Federal Environmental Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced on July 24 that an environmental assessment must be carried out and studied for the full length of the 143-mile Trans Pecos Pipeline proposed by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) that cuts through the Big Bend region.
Worry not, sports-lovers: food like this might be a thing of the past.
Green Life
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Stadiums are starting to provide better nutrition options for fans, a study shows.
Tuolumne Meadows pink sunset
Green Life
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
In a new book collection, photographer Ryan Alonzo celebrates a spectacular corner of Yosemite.
The Planet
On July 18, Sierra Club activists held 20 events in 15 states for a "Shell No!" Day of Action to protest the Obama administration's approval of Shell Oil's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea. "Kayaktivists" across the country rallied to protect the Arctic and throw Obama's environmental legacy a life preserver.
Sierra Club Radio
Congresswoman Lois Capps on the Santa Barbara oil spill and Mary Anne Hitt on Beyond Coal 200th coal plant closure
Phoenix, AZ – Today, five former Arizona Game and Fish Commissioners, sent a letter to President Obama supporting the creation of the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.
The Planet
Fifteen years ago, the Bush administration formed an Energy Task Force led by Vice President Cheney, who surrounded it with hermetic secrecy to dictate the new US energy policy.
Compass
Last week, Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) organizers were in Shenzhen, China attending the International Youth Summit on Energy and Climate Change 7.0 (IYSECC). At the Summit, U.S.
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
Green Life
Thursday, July 23, 2015
We round up this week's environmental news in less than 500 words.
The Planet
More than 130 people packed into Patagonia's SoHo store in Manhattan recently for a panel discussion hosted by the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign about the opportunities and challenges of moving off coal power and a "just transition" to a new clean energy economy in New York. Beyond Coal activists traveled to the forum from as far away as Buffalo, nearly 400 miles away, to be part of the conversation.
Compass
A new offshore wind farm in Rhode Island put its first "steel in the water" this past weekend, and Sierra Club staffers were there to watch it happen.
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.
Opponents of the Chumash National Marine Sanctuary can't get their facts straight, and seem to enjoy making them up.
On July 25, 2015 hundreds of people from across the country – including members of the Sierra Club John Muir Chapter – traveled to Battle Creek, Michigan to stand in solidarity with the communities impacted by the largest tar sands spill in America in an event called Remember the Kalamazoo. 
Compass
President Obama’s trip this week to Nairobi, Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit offers an opportunity to shine a light on clean energy entrepreneurs working in African countries. That’s why the Sierra Club and 20 other civil society organizations and companies sent the President a letter urging him to showcase “beyond-the-grid” entrepreneurs as examples of successful entrepreneurship that creates jobs while providing the energy needed to help lift people out of poverty.
The Planet
On July 13, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit unanimously rejected a coal industry challenge to Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard (“RES”). The Colorado RES requires that by 2020, renewables make up 30% of investor-owned utilities’ power generation and, depending on their size, 10% or 20% of electric co-op and municipal generation.
The Planet
Last week, the Maryland Public Service Commission issued an order on energy efficiency that broadly adopts the aggressive recommendations of the Sierra Club and its coalition of energy efficiency advocates. Thanks in large part to the advocacy of these groups, the Commission's order ensures that the state's energy efficiency programs will continue beyond 2015 with robust energy savings goals that will make Maryland a national leader on energy efficiency.
Compass
A new report commissioned by the Sierra Club shows how Rocky Mountain Power’s Utah coal plants are becoming increasingly costly, with a growing risk that these costs will be passed on to customers in the form of rate hikes.
Vegan ultramarathoner Scott Jurek
Green Life
Monday, July 20, 2015
We ask him.
Sierra Club Endorses Fracking BanBallot ProposalGroup Joins Campaign to End Radioactive Fracking Waste Imports