Dec 24th

San Diego Vows to Transition to 100% Renewable Energy by 2035

By Kelly Curtis

San Diego Vows to Transition to 100% Renewable Energy by 2035

San Diego this week became the nation's first city to make a pledge to transition to all renewable energy. The move comes on the heels of a historic agreement reached in Paris last week, where 195 world leaders vowed to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Other cities like New York and San Francisco have said they intend to increase their use of renewable energy, but San Diego is the first to make it legally binding. In a unanimous vote, members of the City Council passed a measure requiring the city to use 100 percent renewable energy sources by the year 2035. The measure also mandates that half of the city's automobile fleet will be electric in five years. To reach its goal, a spokesman said, the city will count on residents installing solar panels on their homes to reduce their use of coal-powered electricity.

May 27th

Military Personnel Accidentally Ship Live Anthrax

By Dave Simmons

Military Personnel Accidentally Ship Live Anthrax

An anonymous US defense official reported Wednesday that military personnel had accidentally sent a live anthrax specimen to a private lab in the northeast. The official said that 8 other samples may have been sent out, but said he believes all the samples are now secure. The samples were believed to be inactive, rather than live samples when they were shipped to private facilities for research purposes. A spokesman for the Pentagon confirmed that there was an investigation into the incident, and insisted that there is no public health risk. The Centers for Disease Control also acknowledged the mishap, and is investigating, but echoed the Pentagon stance that there is no risk to the public.

May 27th

EPA Expands Reach of Clean Water Act

By Andy

EPA Expands Reach of Clean Water Act

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday finalized an amendment to the Clean Water Act designed to further the legislation's reach. Known as te Clean Water Rule, the new piece provides federal protection for previously unprotected streams and wetlands that feed rivers and lakes that are used for drinking water in US cities and towns. Before the rule, the EPA estimates that 60 percent of the streams and rivers across the nation were unprotected by the Clean Water Act. The agency also estimated that one in 3 Americans will have cleaner water with the change, as the sources for their drinking water were fed by unprotected rivers or wetlands. The Clean Water Rule has had ample opposition since it was first proposed about a year ago. A statement from the Obama administration said the move was necessary to clear up a number of ambiguities in the Clean Water Act. The new rule marks the first major change to the Clean Water Act since it was originally passed in 1972.

Feb 10th

California Opens Solar Plant That Can Power 160,000 Homes

By Ronnie

California Opens Solar Plant That Can Power 160,000 Homes

 

California Governor Jerry Brown was beaming Monday as one of the world's largest solar power plants opened in the Southern California desert. Located in Riverside County, about 170 miles east of Los Angeles, the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm was operating at full capacity and pumping 550 megawatts of juice into the grid. Officials say that's enough electricity to power 160,000 homes. The solar plant is just the first step in Brown's ambitious plan, announced several weeks ago, for 50 percent of the state's power to come from renewable sources by the year 2030. Officials also noted that the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm will prevent the release of 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year, likening it to taking some 60,000 cars off the road.

Jan 16th

Scientists Say 2014 Was Hottest Year Ever

By Betty
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Scientists Say 2014 Was Hottest Year Ever
 
2014 was the warmest year ever, according to a report issued this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  The study also shows that the 10 warmest years since 1880 have occurred since 1998.  The news is likely to provide additional pressure to world leaders to take action to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, widely believed responsible for the bulk of the warming.  According to the study, temperature records were achieved around the world in 2014, compounding on a trend that has been accelerating for several decades.  Since 1880, the average temperature on Earth has increased by about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit, with the majority of that warmup coming in the last three decades.
Apr 8th

Earth Day Celebration at Garden of the Gods

By Kelly Curtis
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Earth Day Celebration at Garden of the Gods


In honor of Earth Day, the Friends of Garden of the Gods are sponsoring several event on Saturday, April 19th at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.  There will be exhibitions put on by the Air Force Academy Falconers, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and the American Indian Dancers group.  There will also be a chemical magic show and educational exhibits from the Wolf & Wildlife Center and Nature's Educators organizations.  Visitors will also be treated to free admission that day to the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.  Festivities will take place from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N 30th St in Colorado Springs.
Sep 25th

Fox News Global Warming Coverage Misleading

By Adam Mills
You just gotta love this

In a recent report Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, both owned by Rupert Murdoch, have been found to be misleading (you think?) when it comes to the topic of global warming.  The analysis finds that 93% of Fox News discussions on global warming are inaccurate and 81% of Wall St Journal editorials are too.  

The analysis, done by 
nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), was based on 6 months worth of Fox News footage and a years worth of Wall St editorials.

Aaron Huertas, a press secretary at UCS, told LiveScience, "It's like they were writing and talking about some sort of bizarre world where climate change isn't happening,"   

The report can be found at this location
Jun 22nd

US Cuts Greenhouse Emissions without Cap and Trade Law

By Antlers
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US Cuts Greenhouse Emissions without Cap and Trade Law

While the US Congress has made no real effort to address global warming, the world's largest economic power is surprisingly getting greener anyway.  The decline in greenhouse gas emissions in the US can be attributed to a variety of factors including the weak economy, certain moves made by the Obama administration to limit pollution from power plants, state requirements that utilities obtain power from renewable sources, and government investment in energy efficiency technology.  But the biggest contributor to declining greenhouse gas emissions, economists say, is the very cheap price for natural gas over the last few years.
May 7th

Peruvians Urged to Stay Away from Beaches After Massive Pelican Die-Off

By The Claw
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Peruvians Urged to Stay Away from Beaches After Massive Pelican Die-Off

The Peruvian government issued a warning over the weekend asking residents and tourists to stay away from the Latin American nation's beaches while the cause of hundreds of deaths to dolphins and pelicans is investigated.  According to public health officials, more than 1,200 pelicans have washed ashore along Peru's beaches in recent weeks, adding to the concern caused by the unexplained deaths of more than 800 dolphins over the last few months in the same region of Peru's northern Pacific coastline.
Apr 20th

Vast Underground Water Source Mapped in Africa

By Antlers
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Vast Underground Water Source Mapped in Africa

According to a study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, scientists have discovered a vast underground reservoir of water in Africa, which has dealt with water shortages for decades.  The team of researchers from the British Geological Survey and University College London say that the reservoir contains 100 times more water than is spread across the surface of the dry continent, and have produced a detailed map of where the underground water supply can be found.

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