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California OKs Nine New Offshore Fracks

Activists have been urging Governor Brown to halt fracking in state waters since 2013, now, weeks after the spill, California OKs Nine New Offshore Fracks

Press Release From The Center For Biological Diversity

LONG BEACH, Calif.— In the wake of the devastating Refugio oil spill near Santa Barbara, the Center for Biological Diversity today urged Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for extensive new offshore fracking near the California coast.

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BC Must Leave the NEB Process

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1BC’s five conditions were announced during a Provincial election. The Liberal party was facing almost certain defeat. All the pundits said so, and they were all wrong. Premier Christy Clark was not even re-elected in her own riding, but 48% of the electorate did not bother to vote and she became the province’s unlikely champion against the imposition of two proposed oil sands pipeline projects. Regardless of their motives, her administration  has held the line.  Now a study from Sierra Club BC, Credibility Crises: Major Flaws Threaten Credibility of NEB Assessment Process For Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline And Tanker Project, joins the growing chorus of voices that says those five conditions are not being met. BC must leave the NEB process.

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UK Report Predicts Negative Impacts

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1After a long freedom of information battle, Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts has finally been released. After reading it, an energy campaigner with Friends of the Earth said it was no surprise that the government waited until after Lancashire Council rejected two fracking bids before releasing “this explosive report.” While the economic benefits are uncertain, the UK report predicts negative impacts to property values and rural quality of life.
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The Salish Sea Tour 2015

A aggregation of materials from the Wilderness Committee, Tanker Free BC, Salish Sea Keepers and Vancouver-based musician Luke Wallace related to the Salish Sea Tour 2015

We are embarking on an epic solar-powered catamaran journey to celebrate the Salish Sea and the communities along its shores. The boat will dock in six communities, so we can speak with people about the threats facing this unique body of water, share stories and connect with community members interested in taking on the challenge of climate change locally.

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Black Church Burnings In The South

The murder of 9 people at the Emanual African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, 2 weeks ago, led to a series of Black church burnings in the South.

Originally Published in East County Magazine

By Miriam Raftery

In a week when America celebrates its independence, the freedom to worship guaranteed by our constitution is under attack for some Americans.
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UNESCO Requests To Monitor Site C Threat

After receiving a petition from the Mikisew Cree First Nation & Sierra Club BC, UNESCO Requests To Monitor Site C Threat to World Heritage Site at Wood Buffalo National Park

Press Release from Sierra Club BC

Sierra Club BC welcomes UNESCO’s decision to initiate an in-depth investigation into threats to the Peace Athabasca Delta and Wood Buffalo National Park from the Site C dam and tar sands expansion.

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Scientists Need Help Studying “The Blob”

A huge mass of unusually warm water lurking off the West Coast may be connected to the drought. Scientists Need Help Studying “The Blob”

Originally Published on Oregon State University news

A huge mass of unusually warm water that scientists have dubbed “The Blob” has lurked off the West Coast for much of the past two years and speculation is growing that it may be connected in some way with the drought plaguing West Coast states.

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SB 4: California’s Green Light For Fracking

Negative Impacts on air quality, climate & public safety. The final regulations are complete. Environmentalists respond to SB 4: California’s Green Light For Fracking

Originally Published on Indybay.org & the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

Anti-fracking, environmental and watchdog groups responded on July 1 to the release of final fracking regulations developed under Senate Bill 4, pointing out that the rules promote the expansion of fracking in California.
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Why Metro Vancouver Voted NO

Metro Vancouver’s plebiscite on transit funding has resulted in 62% of voters saying “no” to a sales tax hike. Associate Professor Werner Antweiler of UBC’s Sauder School of Business discusses why Metro Vancouver Voted No, and what we can expect to happen now.

Originally Published on UBC News

Why did the referendum fail?

The provincial government pursued a risky strategy by putting this to a vote; it’s often difficult to convince people that investments today yield enough benefits tomorrow. For many voters, the benefits are not sufficiently tangible. Voters in Langley – who overwhelmingly voted No – see fewer benefits from improved public transit than voters in the City of Vancouver.
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Cycling & Walking Have Saved The UK £7 Billion

The National Cycle Network was set up twenty years ago. A new report points to incredible savings through reduced emissions & health bills.  Cycling & Walking Have Saved the UK £7 billion

Originally Published on Click Green

The National Cycle Network has saved the UK economy more than £7 billion – equivalent to £1m a day – since it was established 20 years ago, by improving people’s health and reducing congestion, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, according to new research from Sustrans.

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