ENVIRONMENT

Citizens Denied Audience Before Alabama Environmental Management Commission

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Glynn Wilson / Southwings – A close view of the growing coal ash mountain in Perry County, Alabama (click on image for more photos and related coverage) – Citizens from Uniontown Alabama were denied permission by the Alabama Environmental Management Commission to address environmental injustice and threats to their health and welfare last week resulting…

Redefining Patriotism to Win Elections and Save the World

“These temple-destroyers, devotees of ravaging commercialism, seem to have a perfect contempt for Nature.” – John Muir – The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – AUTAUGA CREEK, Ala. — Sitting here in the camper van in the brief cool of an August morning, reflecting on our exploration of Autauga Creek by watching the video…

Rapid Arctic Ice Thawing Could Cost the Global Economy $60 Trillion

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By John Vidal – Rapid thawing of the Arctic ice could trigger a catastrophic “economic timebomb” which would cost trillions of dollars and undermine the global financial system, a group of economists and polar scientists now say. Governments and industry have expected the widespread warming of the Arctic region in the past 20 years to…

Alabama, Mississippi Proudly Bring Up the World’s Rear Again

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Republican Governors Announce Joint Venture to Develop Hard to Get Tar Sands Crude – By Glynn Wilson – The rest of the world is moving away from the burning of fossil fuels for energy to combat global warming and climate change as well as dangerous air and water pollution. Even Virginia is moving ahead in…

Interior Department Announces Wind Energy Plan Off Virginia Coast

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Conservation Groups Applaud Decision By Glynn Wilson – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior, announced Monday that it will lease about 113,000 acres off the coast of Virginia for commercial wind energy development. As part of President Obama’s comprehensive plan to move the economy toward domestic…

Residents Call on City of Mobile to Pass Tar Sands Free Resolution

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Mobile area residents are calling on the Mobile City Council to pass a resolution to protect the health, safety and economic well-being of local residents and natural resources by keeping tar sands oil out of the city. Tar sands oil, also referred to by industry as “bitumen” or “heavy crude,” must be diluted with highly…

President Obama to Address the Growing Threat of Climate Change

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National Televised Speech Set for Tuesday President Barack Obama will speak on the growing threat of climate change at Georgetown University on Tuesday, June 25, at 1:35 p.m. He will lay out his vision of where we need to go, to do what we can to address and prepare for the serious implications of a…

EPA Seeks Input on New Clean Air Standards for Solid Waste Landfills

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity Representatives for a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel that will focus on the agency’s review of its New Source Performance Standards for municipal solid waste landfills. The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to review new source…

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Extends Public Comment Period

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The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council has extended the period for formal public comment on the Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan: “Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy” and accompanying “Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment” to July 8, 2013. The Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan provides a framework to implement a coordinated region-wide restoration effort in a way…