Triclosan is an endocrine disruptor that has been shown to affect male and female reproductive hormones, increasing cancer risk. Triclosan adversely effects fetal growth and development. The pesticide accumulates in sewage sludge spread on (non-organic) farmland and is taken up by food crops. In waste treatment, it breaks down to dioxin, an even more
Read More… Public Comment Needed to Ban Toxic Pesticide Triclosan by Feb.7, 2011
On December 14th, The Rainforest Alliance published the results of studies in Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico that demonstrate the impacts of technical assistance provided by the Rainforest Alliance’s TREES program on community forest enterprises. These studies show that relatively limited investments in enterprise competitiveness can increase profitability, lead to diversified markets, and create jobs, while conserving
Read More… Rainforest Alliance Improves Management and Profitability of Community Forest Enterprises
The Austin, Texas, City Council has approved an ordinance to prohibit retail sales of dogs and cats at pet stores, a measure that will help crack down on inhumane puppy mills. The ordinance was originally proposed in July by David Lundstedt, the vice-chair of the Austin Animal Advisory Commission, which unanimously recommended that the City
Read More… Austin City Council Prohibits Retail Sales of Dogs and Cats
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) praised the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for adopting an innovative program that will cap and reduce global warming pollution, while growing the state’s clean energy economy.
“California is turbo charging its already fast-growing clean energy economy by creating incentives and a market for pollution reducing technologies,” said Fred Krupp,
Read More… California Cap-and-Trade Program Lauded By Climate Law Co-Sponsor
A historic agreement will help small island states in the Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific Island regions, which are particularly vulnerable to climate change, make a giant leap in clean energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and begin work on adaptation to the effects of climate change.
These small island developing states (SIDS) are expected to
Read More… Small Islands’ Huge Move Toward Renewable Energy, Global Carbon Market “Pioneering Model” For World
by P.J. Smith
When top alpine climbers tackle Mount Everest or K2 in the Himalayan mountain range, the clothing they wear to stay warm in some of the harshest conditions in the world is notably lacking in one thing: animal fur.
Patagonia, The North Face, Marmot, Burton, Columbia Sportswear, Mountain Hardware, and Eddie Bauer
Read More… New Textiles Leave Animal Fur out in The Cold
Publicly available data on investments in biomass energycontradicts claims by the National Alliance of Forest Owners that the inclusion of biomass emissions in the EPA’s Clean Air Act greenhouse gas (GHG) permitting program hinders renewable energy development, according to forestry experts at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).
Using data from Forisk Consulting, EDF calculates that
Read More… Biomass Energy Growing, EDF Analysis Shows
Internal documents and emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request made by Food & Water Watch expose startling concerns with GMO salmon raised by scientists working at the U.S. Department of Interior’s Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS). The documents reveal that, as late as last month, the FDA had not adequately fulfilled
Read More… Stop Frankenfish! Federal Scientists Fear FDA Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon
On December 16, the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) published a proposed rule for a new non-wind renewable portfolio standard (RPS). The proposed rule drastically reduces the target set by the Texas Legislature in 2005 of 500 MW by the year 2015. The new target for 2015 is now 30 MW. This reduction is
Read More… Texas PUC Falls Back On Legislature’s 2005 RPS Target