Month: May 2018

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said he sees “no evidence” to support President Trump’s claims that the FBI used an informant to gather information on his campaign, but that instead the federal probe was focused on “individuals with a history of links to Russia that were concerning.” Source: ‘No evidence’ FBI spied on Trump campaign, Republican says, contrary to president’s […]

Longstanding U.S. sugar policy pummels consumers and taxpayers in three ways: We subsidize growers, pay higher food prices and then pay even more for environmental damage sugar production causes in South Florida. The only winners are Big Sugar and the politicians who rake in its campaign cash. With a new farm bill coming up in […]

The European Union is proposing a ban on single-use plastics to help protect marine life. The proposals are aimed at outlawing many commonplace plastic items including straws, cotton buds, cutlery, balloon sticks and drink stirrers. The governing body also wants almost all plastic bottles to be collected for recycling by 2025. The plan will need to […]

All the way back in December 2016, I wrote about a milestone: The US finally had its first operating offshore wind farm, the Block Island Wind Farm off of Rhode Island. As milestones go, it was somewhat sad (the farm is just 30 megawatts) and late (offshore wind’s been around for 20 years), but at least it signaled […]

Fighting global warming is starting to sound like a lucrative investment. A new study out of Stanford University finds that keeping global warming a half-degree beneath the Paris climate agreement’s 2 degree Celsius target could potentially save more than $20 trillion globally. The findings, described in the journal Nature, go beyond the environmental and health benefits to […]

‘Communities and their local councils across the UK have said no in every way they can, but the government have turned a deaf ear to everyone who doesn’t own a fossil fuel company’ New plans to accelerate fracking development have been released by the government, amid accusations that the move will harm the environment and local communities. Proposed changes […]

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Waterkeepers found bacteria, six times the level it takes to close beaches, in a creek that empties into the Caloosahatchee. Calusa Waterkeepers discovered the contamination at Billy’s Creek and brought it to the Fort Myers City Council. “This particular water body is on the consistently in the 3, 4, 500 range, […]

Trump’s EPA Doesn’t Want You to Know Chemicals in Teflon Are Poisoning Waterways & Firefighters. Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg: Civil Disobedience Against Vietnam War Led Me to Leak Pentagon Papers. Daniel Ellsberg: Whistleblowing is Needed to Avert Catastrophic U.S. War with Iran & North Korea. The May 18, 2018, edition of Democracy Now! Source: Democracy Now! […]

Is it possible for the world to run on 100 percent renewable energy? It’s a noble goal, as the best science tells us we must significantly slash fossil fuel consumption or else the planet faces dangerous climate change. A number of academics believe it’s not only feasible to wean off coal, natural gas and other polluting fuels by transitioning to […]

With the closing of the last industrial sugar plantation in Hawaii, sustainable agriculture activists see an opening to go back to Hawaii’s roots and build a model for profitable organic farming. Only a few years ago, Hawaii produced more than a million tons of sugar a year – or 20 percent of all sugar produced […]

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he’s unconcerned about the bond market’s ability to absorb rising government debt after his department said it borrowed a record amount for the first quarter. Earlier on Monday the Treasury said net borrowing totaled $488 billion from January through March, a record for that period and about $47 billion […]

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