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Hey Mr. Green, does my sprinkler replenish ground water?
Green Life
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Find out what happens to water when it goes down your drain or out of your sprinkler.
A hiker in East Fork, Zion National Park, Utah. Photo by Eric Hanson.
Green Life
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Four hikers barely return from Behunin Canyon in Zion National Park.
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BREAKING: Today, Senate Finance Committee Chairman O
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Today, I had the honor of standing with Michael Bloomberg and dozens of Sierra Club volunteers, staff, and supporters in Washington, DC, to announce a new round of investment by Bloomberg Philanthropies in the work of the Beyond Coal Campaign. With this new support of $30 million over three years, we plan to double down on our past success and secure replacement of half the nation's coal plants with clean energy by 2017.
Coming Clean
As we move our nation beyond coal, the victory belongs to every single American, and the whole planet benefits.
Coming Clean
I was honored to speak at the Fight for 15 rally in Berkeley today. Here's what I told them...
Katmai National Park in Legos
Green Life
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Lego captures the love of the outdoors in miniature.
The ExxonMobil Proposed Settlement is even worse than we expected. Under the original proposal, New Jersey was to receive $8.9 billion for natural resources damages, but under this deal the state would only receive $225 million. The agreement now includes 16 additional sites and an estimated 800 gas stations, not just the two refineries.....
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Last week, the U.S. joined the ranks of the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, Gabon, and Mexico among others in announcing their Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), the commitment each country is presenting in an effort to tackle the climate crisis. Each of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) 195 member countries is putting forth an INDC in the run up to the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris later this year.
Matthew Kearns, of North Babylon, New York, is an offshore wind energy activist and former member of the Sierra Club Long Island Group's executive committee.
Grilled
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Matthew Kearns: Offshore wind energy activist, former member of the Sierra Club Long Island Group's executive committee, long-distance runner.
The Planet
Trip leader Valerie Eviner believes that the Sierra Club's Inspiring Connections Outdoors program, or ICO, gives youth from traditionally marginalized backgrounds relief from the stresses of their lives. “They don’t get a chance to be kids very much, to let loose,” she says. “It’s joy for those who need joy in their lives."
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State programs are important, but what can cities and towns do to accelerate a consumer switch to electric vehicles? Here are some great examples and ideas from around the U.S.
Keen's Uneek shoe is actually a polyester cord sandal.
Gear Guide
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
As it turns out, gear made from unexpected materials can be unexpectedly versatile.
The Planet
Policies to promote rooftop solar are under attack across the country. Utilities are trying to prop up their revenues by adopting higher fixed customer fees, which discourage the installation of rooftop solar or energy efficiency measures. A new draft report prepared for the Louisiana Public Service Commission concludes that the costs of state’s net-metering program vastly outweigh the benefits. But the Sierra Club and other solar advocates have called this study out for its unsubstantiated...
4 Smart Ways to Conserve Water at Home
Green Life
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Protect one of our planet's most precious resources with simple changes around your house.
The Planet
The U.S. Forest Service recently proposed a misguided loophole to benefit Arch Coal and carve up roadless forests in Colorado. The Arch Coal Loophole would generate up to half a billion tons of carbon pollution and undermine President Obama’s climate objectives when we can least afford it. The proposal is bad for public lands, bad for climate, and bad for the American people.
Behunin ends high above Zion's main canyon, requiring two rappels down Nearly 300 feet of rock to reach the bottom. It began to rain harder, but we still felt no sense of urgency.
Survive
Monday, April 6, 2015
Almost swept away by a flash flood, hunkered down under a rock, and hypothermia is setting in. Now what?
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If you are looking for the latest sign that the coal industry is desperate, look no further than the three lawsuits coal companies and their defenders are bringing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Thursday. Big Coal -- led by the infamous Bob Murray and Murray Energy -- and a handful of allied Attorneys General are trying a long shot legal strategy to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing the Clean Power Plan, the agency’s first-ever program to...
The Planet
On Thursday, March 19, Salvadoran and international activists came together outside of the World Bank in Washington, D.C. to stand up for clean water and environmental justice in El Salvador.
Ancient alchemists wanted to transmute base metals into noble ones, like gold. Today's alchemists try to convert garbage into--well, anything really. Are the answers to all our material desires lying at the bottom of the dumpster?
Grapple
Monday, April 6, 2015
The answers to all our material desires are lying at the bottom of the dumpster. Welcome to the new alchemy.
by Neila Seaman“Water is the lifeblood of healthy people and healthy economies,” wrote Gina McCarthy, Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), on April 6.
by Andrew Christie, Chapter DirectorOn Saturday, The Tribune offered up a pair of op eds in the ever popular point/counterpoint motif, pitting the CEO of the American Petroleum Institute against a political science professor on the subject of oil trains, under the banner headline “Does media hype oil train threat?”
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Earlier this week, Barclays Bank did something amazing -- one of the world’s largest banks announced it would no longer finance coal-mining companies that pursue the destructive practice of mountaintop removal mining (MTR) in Appalachia.
Applications are now being accepted for an Iowa training to become a Climate Reality Leader by former Vice President Al Gore and other experts.
Male Anna's hummingbirds become fiercely territorial at the start of the breeding season. These male hummingbirds are fighting.
Last Words
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Male Anna's hummingbirds become fiercely territorial at the start of the breeding season.
Our Wild America: Campaign UpdateBy Graham Taylor
by Neila SeamanIowa voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment in 2010 that would dedicate 3/8 of one cent to the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.  The Trust Fund would provide funds allowing increased investment in Iowa’s parks, recreation and clean water.
California breaks ground on the nation's first bullet train.
Up to Speed
Monday, April 6, 2015
From rare baby tortoise sightings to fracking bans.
The Planet
Last week the Sierra Club continued its push-back against the rush to replace one dirty fossil fuel with another. Arizona Public Service Company (APS) is proposing to build a new natural gas “peaker” plant in Tempe, Arizona. The proposed Ocotillo plant would exacerbate air quality in an area that already violates standards for particulate matter (soot) and ozone. It would also be allowed to emit greenhouse gases at a rate that is just shy of a coal plant.