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Keystone Oil Pipeline Clears Major US Hurdle

It passes State Department's environmental review

(Newser) - Environmentalists are going to hate this one: A State Department review of the controversial Keystone oil pipeline raises no major environmental objections, reports the New York Times . The report concludes that the proposed pipeline from Canada to Texas would not affect global greenhouse gas emissions in a significant way, reports... More »

The West Virginia Water Crisis Isn't a Fluke

Lax regulation puts much of America at risk, Angie Rosser argues

(Newser) - The West Virginia water crisis is almost over. Gov. Earl Tomblin today lifted the ban on tap water for some parts of the state, saying that officials wanted to bring the system back on slowly to avoid a flood of excessive demand. But environmental activist Angie Rosser at the Epoch ... More »

Love Yosemite? Leave it Alone

New plan to protect the park will cut facilities like bike rentals and rafting

(Newser) - The National Park Service is under pressure to help protect and restore the Merced River in Yosemite National Park. The catch: those who love it most will be able to use it less. The Park Service wants to remove horse, bicycle, and raft rental facilities, as well as swimming pools... More »

How to Measure Success of Arab Revolution: Leopards

Thomas Friedman: If Yemen can't save its beasts, it can't save itself

(Newser) - Need a tangible way to gauge the success of the Arab Revolution in coming years? Thomas Friedman suggests keeping an eye on the Arabian leopard. He's visiting Yemen, where the government is trying to protect the fast-disappearing cat. "If you visit Yemen in five years and hear that... More »

America's Greenest City Is ...

Portland, according to an event-finding app

(Newser) - You can measure the green-friendliness of a city in many ways—like its average carbon footprint per citizen or the energy efficiency of buildings. But the event-finding app Gravy has decided to measure cities by the number of pro-environmental events each one hosts in a year, the Huffington Post reports.... More »

Grand Canyon Uranium Mine to Reopen Despite Federal Ban

Native tribe, environmentalists react with angry lawsuit

(Newser) - An energy company plans to reopen its uranium mine near the Grand Canyon despite a 20-year federal ban on new uranium mines in the area, the Arizona Republic reports. The Huvasupai Tribe and environmentalists are hopping mad, but Energy Fuels Resources has an argument: Its mine is grandfathered because it... More »

Beekeepers Battle EPA Over Pesticide

Environmentalists want neonicotinoids banned

(Newser) - Beekeepers and environmentalists sued the EPA last week over its approval of some of America's most popular pesticides, the latest salvo in an ongoing battle over products they blame for falling bee populations . NPR took a look this morning at the struggle over neonicotinoids, which show up in a... More »

Cats Kill Billions of Birds a Year

And even more mammals: study

(Newser) - Forget the adorable YouTube videos—cats are cold-blooded killers, or so says a new study that attempted to quantify the toll felines take on birds and other wildlife. NPR has the numbers: Of the estimated 84 million pet cats owned by Americans, researchers determined as many as 47 million are... More »

Liberals Are Also Waging a 'War on Science'

Both sides eschew science when it suits them: Michael Shermer

(Newser) - Conventional wisdom holds that Republicans, not Democrats, are waging a war on science. But "there's a liberal war on science" too, writes Michael Shermer in Scientific American . Yes, it's true that 58% of conservatives believe humans were created, by God, in the past 10,000 years. But... More »

'Cash for Clunkers' Polluted America: Report

Federal program left millions of tons of waste in junkyards

(Newser) - "Cash for Clunkers" made America cleaner, right? Not according to a report that says the scrapping of old vehicles left a shocking amount of twisted metal in junkyards—some 3 million to 4.5 million tons of waste, RawStory reports. The feds touted the program as pro-green because Americans... More »

What Makes This Man The 'Poorest' President?

Uruguay's Jose Mujica gives 90% of his pay to charity

(Newser) - He's a vegetarian, drives a 1987 VW Beetle, and runs a flower farm. Did we mention he's also the ruler of Uruguay? Jose Mujica is known as the world's 'poorest' president, but the one-time guerrilla revolutionary has chosen to shun the state's grand presidential home... More »

We Need to Wake Up on Global Warming

Businessweek cover story makes the case, bluntly

(Newser) - It's no surprise that Hurricane Sandy's wake has dredged up chatter about global warming , but chatter isn't enough for Paul M. Barrett at Businessweek . In a piece accompanied by this attention-grabbing cover (via the Huffington Post), he looks at evidence from scientists to insurance agencies suggesting that... More »

Couple Busted for Alleged Cyanide Dump

55-gallon dump kills 'nearly every fish in a three-mile stretch'

(Newser) - Federal authorities have accused an Ohio couple of killing "nearly every fish in a three-mile stretch" by illegally dumping 55 gallons of toxic cyanide into a storm sewer. Renato and Teresina Montsori, age 79 and 74, respectively, used to own a metal-plating company that used cyanide, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer... More »

Disney Dumps Rainforest-Killing Paper Makers

Environmental activists applaud the move

(Newser) - It took a lot of cajoling—including some activists chaining themselves to the gates of its corporate headquarters—but Disney has at last agreed to stop using paper from a pair of controversial Asian companies accused of depleting Indonesia's rainforests, the Guardian reports. "The Jungle Book will no... More »

Bring Green Movement Back to the Suburbs

Revive environmentalism by making climate change a local issue: Essay

(Newser) - This month marks the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring—but these days, the environmental movement seems to have lost its steam. Pollution ranked as the No. 1 problem in the US in a 1970 survey; today, it hardly ever makes the top five. Writing in the New ... More »

'Walden of the West' Faces Development Threat

Teddy Roosevelt's North Dakota ranch near potential gravel pit

(Newser) - If you've ever wanted to see Teddy Roosevelt's beautiful North Dakota ranch, you'd better get a move on. The Elkhorn Ranch was the ex-prez's place of solitude, earning it the title "Walden Pond of the West." But developers are hoping to build a noisy... More »

Chinese Protest Plant Over Pollution Fears—and Win

Thousands protest environmental effects of Sichuan plant

(Newser) - Thousands of angry Chinese took to the streets in Sichuan province yesterday to protest the environmental fallout of a copper alloy plant—and by nightfall had halted its construction, reports the Guardian . Police fired tear gas to disperse crowds in Shifang, which is still recovering from the 2008 earthquake, and... More »

On Average, 1 Eco-Activist Killed Every Week

Rate nearly doubles in 3 years: report

(Newser) - Last year, environmental activists were killed at the rate of one per week—a rate that has nearly doubled in just three years. The shocking statistic comes from a Global Witness report, released on the eve of the Rio+20 sustainable development conference in Brazil—one of the most dangerous countries... More »

Santorum Rips Obama's Earth Worship

But he backtracks on accusations of 'phony theology'

(Newser) - Rick Santorum set his sights on the president this weekend. On Saturday, Santorum accused President Obama of believing a "phony theology," not a theology "based on the Bible." Then, yesterday, he clarified that he wasn't talking about Obama's religious faith, just his faith in... More »

Pocket of Asia Yields 208 New Species—in 1 Year

Mekong region's amazing biodiversity under threat, WWF warns

(Newser) - It's a region that produces a new species every other day: Carnivorous plants that can eat mice, birds, and lizards. An all-female species of lizard that reproduces by self-cloning. Brightly colored geckos bathed in orange, yellow, blue, and green markings. A noseless monkey that looks like it's wearing... More »

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