Court allows Trump’s border wall to violate several conservation acts

February 15, 2019 by  
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Donald Trump is moving forward with the construction of his controversial border wall, even if it means sidestepping important environmental laws. A federal judge ruled in favor of Trump’s wall construction along California’s southern border, a project that is expected to violate several conservation acts. The federal court ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the power to wave environmental laws in the construction of the border wall, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Air Act. The majority opinion argued that the Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 gives the DHS power to ignore certain laws when it comes to border security. Related: 10 species at risk of extinction under the Trump administration “Because the projects are statutorily authorized and DHS has waived the environmental laws California and the environmental groups seek to enforce, we affirm the district court’s grant of summary judgment to DHS,” Judge M. Margaret McKeown said. According to EcoWatch , environmentalists and conservation groups attempted to stop the construction of the border wall in 2017. Building the prototypes for the structure has already violated at least 37 regulations in San Diego County. Once construction begins, environmentalists predict that more than 90 endangered species could be harmed by the time the wall is complete. California is not the only state facing an environmental crisis. Texas is also getting ready to start construction of its border wall , and conservation groups are worried about how the wall will affect one of the most successful butterfly sanctuaries in the country: the National Butterfly Center . A 5-mile portion of the wall will cut through the heart of the property, which has environmentalists worried about how it will affect the 200 variations of butterflies that call the sanctuary home. This includes the monarch, black swallowtail and the Mexican bluewing. Conservation groups are currently attempting to stall construction of the wall in Texas as they scramble to figure out a solution. The Trump administration has hailed the new court decision as a major victory in its effort to secure the border. The White House has not, however, addressed how building the border wall will break dozens of environmental laws and potentially harm endangered species. Via EcoWatch Image via Melissa McMasters

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New study finds harmful chemicals, including glyphosate, in disposable diapers

January 30, 2019 by  
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In the first study of its kind, French researchers have discovered that disposable diapers contain trace amounts of chemicals that are harmful to humans. After testing 23 different diapers sold in France between 2016 and 2018, the researchers found about 60 dangerous chemicals, including glyphosate , which is used in the controversial weed killer Roundup. Now, Ministers have given manufacturers two weeks to put together a “plan of action” to remove the harmful substances. In the report published last week and first reported by The Guardian , no specific brands were mentioned; however, researchers did find the toxins in diapers marketed as “ecological.” They also said that they tested well-known labels. Anses, the French agency for food, environmental and occupational health and safety, said that some of the chemicals, like perfumes , were added intentionally. Some of them could also “migrate through urine, for example, and enter into prolonged contact with babies’ skin.” Related: This groundbreaking new machine can recycle 220 pounds of diapers in a single hour In the 206-page Safety in Baby Nappies report , researchers said that some of the substances they found had been banned in the EU for more than 15 years, and others were usually found in cigarette smoke or diesel fumes. Agnes Buzyn, the French health secretary, said that “there is no immediate risk for the health of the child,” and parents should keep using disposable diapers, just as they have for decades. She did admit that there could be some long-term risks, and they do want to protect children. Pampers and Joone, two major diaper manufacturers, have already reacted to the report. Pampers said its diapers have always been safe, and it has already put the report’s recommendations in place. Joone’s president Carole Juge-Llewellyn said that the report was “alarmist,” and the company is transparent about the toxicology analysis of its products. The report said that it can’t prove the health effects linked to wearing disposable diapers, but it still recommends eliminating or minimizing the dangerous chemicals. Of course, if parents want to avoid chemicals completely as well as minimize waste when it comes to diapers, they can always opt for cloth diapers , which are now easier to use than ever before. + Safety in Baby Nappies Via The Guardian Image via Shutterstock

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Federal judge blocks the Keystone XL Pipeline

November 12, 2018 by  
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In a major setback for President Trump and his administration, a U.S. district judge has issued an order to block construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline while the State Department studies its impact on the environment . Last year, the Trump administration approved the controversial 1,179-mile pipeline, but Judge Brian Morris’ 54-page order is preventing it from being built — for now. The decision does not permanently stop construction, but it is putting the development on hold until the State Department takes a harder look at the impact the pipeline will have on oil prices, the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions, potential oil spills and cultural resources. Related: The Keystone Pipeline leak was nearly twice as big as we thought Under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, there is an obligation to protect the environment. Under the Obama administration, the State Department denied a permit to build the pipeline because of the environmental effects. But President Trump shifted the policy when he took office and invited TransCanada to re-submit its permit application just four days after he was sworn in. Then, in March 2017, the POTUS signed an executive order supporting the Keystone Pipeline’s construction. Judge Morris wrote in his decision that the president did not give a reasoned explanation or a fact-based determination for the course reversal. According to NPR , there has been a lot of backlash from environmentalists and indigenous peoples since the pipeline’s conception in 2008 because of the possible environmental impact and violations of historic treaties. “Today’s ruling is a decisive moment in our fight against the corporate polluters who have rushed to destroy our planet,” said Marcie Keever, legal director at Friends of the Earth. “Today, the courts showed the Trump administration and their corporate polluter friends that they cannot bully rural landowners, farmers, environmentalists and Native communities.” If the Keystone Pipeline does become a reality, it will run through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska and Canada, and it will transport about 830,000 barrels of crude oil each day. Via NPR Image via Pax Ahimsa Gethen

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Is this how Monsanto can rehabilitate its image?

October 25, 2016 by  
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The only way to sequester carbon is through plants, the controversial seed giant says of curbing the environmental impact of farming.

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Tasmania bans fracking for five more years, but the battle rages on

March 12, 2015 by  
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At the end of a one-year fracking moratorium, Australia’s island state Tasmania confirmed that it will ban the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing for five more years—until 2020. The island state south of mainland Australia is renowned for its natural beauty and premium food products and, in a desire to protect its natural resources, extended the ban that prevents the controversial extraction technique – for now. Read the rest of Tasmania bans fracking for five more years, but the battle rages on Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , australian greens , Australian Greens Party , Dairy Australia , fracking , hydraulic fracturing , tasmania , Tasmania bans fracking , Tasmania fracking ban , Tasmania fracking moratorium , Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers’ Association , Wine Tasmania Petratherm

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Gorgeous patchwork of wooden louvers visually transforms this home interior in Vietnam

March 12, 2015 by  
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Senate Votes to Stop Keystone Pipeline – For Now

November 19, 2014 by  
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The Keystone Pipeline is dead – for now. The US Senate voted Tuesday to block a measure that would have allowed construction on the controversial pipeline. The measure fell short by one solitary vote, which means that though the project is on the shelf for now, it could very well be showing up in congress again this January, when Republicans take control of the Senate . Read the rest of Senate Votes to Stop Keystone Pipeline – For Now Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: environmental destruction , environmental policy , environmental politics , environmental vote , keystone pipeline , Keystone pipeline senate vote , Keystone pipeline vote , Keystone Pipeline XL , Keystone senate vote , Keystone vote , keystone xl , transcanada pipeline , US Canada pipeline , US Senate

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Senate Votes to Stop Keystone Pipleline – For Now

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The Keystone Pipeline is dead – for now. The US Senate voted Tuesday to block a measure that would have allowed construction on the controversial pipeline. The measure fell short by one solitary vote, which means that though the project is on the shelf for now, it could very well be showing up in congress again this January, when Republicans take control of the Senate . Read the rest of Senate Votes to Stop Keystone Pipleline – For Now Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: environmental destruction , environmental policy , environmental politics , environmental vote , keystone pipeline , Keystone pipeline senate vote , Keystone pipeline vote , Keystone Pipeline XL , Keystone senate vote , Keystone vote , keystone xl , transcanada pipeline , US Canada pipeline , US Senate

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Apple Manufacturer Foxconn is Working on a $15,000 Electric Car for China

October 2, 2014 by  
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Many of our readers may know Foxconn as the controversial manufacturer of Apple’s iPhone , but the company may soon be known as something else – a car manufacturer. Foxconn has announced plans to build an electric car that would undercut its competitors with a price tag around $15,000. Foxconn is investing $811 million in a new car manufacturing facility in China’s Shanxi province. Read the rest of Apple Manufacturer Foxconn is Working on a $15,000 Electric Car for China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 000 electric vehicle , 15 , apple iphone , battery , car manufacturing , chinese ev , controversial Foxconn manufacturer , electric car , electric motor , foxconn , Foxconn electric car , Foxconn manufacturer , green car , green transportation , iPhone manufacturer , tesla

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Asia Pulp & Paper commits to end Indonesian rainforest destruction

February 6, 2013 by  
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Greenpeace welcomes a new “Forest Conservation Policy” as major breakthrough for the controversial company.

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