The premise may be true - that US taxpayers are 1) paying via taxes for disasters at unprecedented rates and 2) insurance companies are increasingly pulling out of vulnerable coastal and agricultural areas. These are wicked problems. They need to be addressed. But the solution proffered is utterly false.
To make the leap that both of these complex problems will stop - that lives will be saved if only Obama cuts emissions by x amount - is scientifically inaccurate (even manipulative).
NRDC tries to help the fashion designers understand their ecological footprint. “You know the color of fashion next season by looking at the current colors of the rivers in China.” - Linda Greer of NRDC.
“You need the leaders of the industry to take an important role and to stand up and say, ‘Listen, we all need to do this together.’” - Anna Wintour
“Clean by Design is something we should stand behind.” - Diane von Furstenberg
NRDC aims to revolutionize the global textile supply chain by working with designers and brands, multinational retailers, and Chinese environmental specialists. Clean by Design and its lead partner, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, assembled an advisory council of world-class designers and industry leaders to address the business challenges this global industry faces and to promote better choices for fiber, dye, and consumer care, as well as standards for factory performance. Read more: Clean by Design
NASA’s James Hansen: tar sands is the “dirtiest of fuels” and “game over for the climate” James Hansen, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, made another appeal this week to end our reliance on tar sands oil or it will be “game over” for the climate. If we continue to approve pipelines bringing in the dirtiest of fuels like tar sands he said, “there is no hope of keeping carbon concentrations below 500 p.p.m. — a level that would, as earth’s history shows, leave our children a climate system that is out of their control.” The production of tar sands oil has three times the global warming emissions as conventional oil production. Hansen rightly cautions that turning to these “dirtiest of fuels” for our gas tanks derails efforts to reduce our dependency on climate-changing fossil fuels. Read more.
Stop Pebble Gold Mine. Robert Redford narrates a powerful video on a dangerous gold mine in Alaska. This mine has won several federal lawsuits and will most likely be permitted. Here’s some background on the permit process and timeline of the mine.
I’m not sure how NRDC thinks it will stop the mine, but it would be a huge victory if it could.
The Obama administration decided on Friday to back a proposal to allow nearly 1,300 new oil and gas drilling wells in Utah’s Desolation Canyon region, impacting over 200,000 acres of wildlands. The sheer scope of the project, if approved, will have untold negative and permanent impacts on this wild region’s incredible beauty.
Got a minute to help stop this? Send a message to the administration and the Department of Interior that they must stand strong in protecting wilderness lands like Desolation Canyon.
Chicago and the Gulf Dead Zone: NRDC Lawsuits Address Downstream Damage
The popular legend is that Chicago’s jazz tradition arose from a migration of musicians from New Orleans up the Mississippi River in the 19th century. It seems Chicago is now returning scat to New Orleans back down the Mississippi, but I don’t mean the vocal kind.
The Chicago area’s sewage has been found to be the biggest single contributor to the “Dead Zone” that has emerged in the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of the Mississippi River – an area larger than the State of Connecticut where the oxygen levels in the water are so law that it can’t support life. The sewage contains phosphorus, a pollutant that acts like turbo-charged fertilizer fueling the growth of oxygen-depleting algae in the Dead Zone and elsewhere. - Read more in Ann Alexander’s Switchboard blog.
These kids think that climate change isn’t happening and that gravity is “just a theory” because that’s what they learn in school!
Well that might be a spoof, but Corey Husic, a 17-year old in Pennsylvania, wants to make sure it doesn’t happen. He’s sending a cease-and-desist letter to the Heartland Institute to stop them from pushing their anti-science curriculum in schools.
Please be advised: Your entire premise is false. The reality is that our climate is changing now and human activities are a primary cause. I’m just a high school student, so please don’t take my word for it. Just ask any National Academy of Science in the world or just about any actual climate scientist.
Far from DC, Michigan Residents Fight Their Own Tar Sands Pipeline Battles As TransCanada announced it would begin building the southern leg of its Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas—setting the stage for a new Congressional battle over the transnational pipeline—Michigan residents are worried about a massive tar sands oil spill that persists in their backyards.
That’s because thousands of people along the Kalamazoo River are still dealing with a record tar sands oil pipeline accident that closed 40 miles of their river, with no end in sight. Residents say it forced people to move, hurt their businesses and continues to threaten their health. Some say they will never let their kids swim in the river again. And they worry that future pipeline company plans to expand tar sands oil operations in the area may endanger their lives even more. Read more.
“L.A. still gets nearly 90 percent of its drinking water from out-of-town resources, just as it has for more than a century. But the Sierra Nevada snowpack could shrink by as much as 90 percent by 2100, experts say. Runoff already peaks 10 to 15 days earlier today than it did 50 years ago, according to a 2008 Purdue University study.
Meanwhile, aquifers along the coast of Los Angeles County are already experiencing “seawater intrusion,” according to the National Resources Defense Council, which last year called out L.A. officials for lagging behind other big cities in planning for such climate change-related effects. The group warns that a 55-inch sea level rise would double the number of toxic waste sites, power plants and other critical infrastructure situated inside L.A. County’s 100-year flood zones.”
Keep Shell Out of the Arctic. Robert Redford teamed up with NRDC to make this video, calling on the Obama Administration to stop Shell from drilling this summer off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, home to polar bears.
Send a message to Ken Salazar, Interior Secretary, urging him to deny the drilling permits.
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