Posts Tagged ‘fracking’

Weekly Rewind: Green News for April 2-8

April 9th, 2012

solar_panel_table_lightWise Words of the Week: The quote from our weekly staff meeting was from Gloria Steinem. “The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.” (More quotes)

Headline of the Week: “Climate change isn’t liberal or conservative: It’s reality.” Thanks, Boing Boing. (Boing Boing post)

A Penny a Day…: A report indicates that stopping climate change is cheaper than we all think — and could cost consumers only pennies a day. (Climate Progress post)

Recyclers in a Room: Annie White, director of our Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) program, attended the Sustainable Packaging Symposium to discuss our recycling and waste reduction efforts. (Our post)

Putting the Sunshine to Use: We celebrated a victory for solar power in Los Angeles, with the approval of a program we worked on as part of the Clean LA Coalition. (Our post)

Bringing the Hurt to Heartland: AT&T is the latest to end funding to climate-denier Heartland Institute. (Think Progress post)

Fracking Film: We were excited to hear about “The Promised Land,” an upcoming film from director Gus Van Sant to star Matt Damon — on fracking. (Huffington Post Green story)

Renewable Role Models: Way to go, Denmark! They passed legislation to have 100% renewable energy by 2050. (Sustainable Business post)

Just Rewards: A lesson in taking care of the environment? Students who cleaned up a lake discovered a sunken treasure. (Treehugger post)

Uplifting, But Not Really: As sea level rise continues to be a threat across the globe, architects have proposed hospitals on stilts, floating golf courses, and more. (Tck Tck Tck post)

Word Up: Bill McKibben on Fracking Chemicals

March 31st, 2012

quote_mckibben_fracking_chemicals“Pennsylvania gags doctors from telling patients what fracking chemicals they were exposed to. I mean, c’mon.” — Bill McKibben of 350.org on Twitter

Watch: Mark Ruffalo on The Colbert Report

March 29th, 2012

Mark Ruffalo, one of our Millennium Award winners from last year, appeared on “The Colbert Report” last night to discuss his environmental activism, the dangers of fracking, and to advocate for clean energy. Colbert pointed out that he was the Hulk in the new “Avengers” movie and Mark replied, “Don’t get me angry.” Go, Mark!

Weekly Rewind: March 19-25

March 26th, 2012
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Hunger Games poster (Lionsgate Entertainment)

Green news stories we’re still talking about from last week.

Greening Wall Street & Beyond: At the Wall Street Green Trading Summit, Annie White discussed our recycling and waste reduction efforts with our Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) team. (Post)

Water Work: Finn Longinotto from our DC office attended the 6th World Water Forum and reported back on Mikhail Gorbachev’s remarks, talk of climate adaptation, Smart Water for Green Schools, and more. (Post)

More Water Work: We joined our Green Cross International colleagues in commemorating World Water Day. (Post)

Home Improvements: We held a workshop in New Orleans on upgrading your home wisely with weatherization from our NOLA Wise program. (Post)

Contest Video: Some amazing friends and supporters of Global Green (Emmy Rossum, Dylan McDermott, Michelle Branch, Sophia Bush, Walton Goggins, Peter Mensah, and Maggie Grace) helped us make a video for our Citizen Entrepreneur contest to find local green heroes. (Video and contest entry form)

Green Ribbon: We were excited to hear that the Environmental Charter School in Lawndale, a school we partnered with on greening their school, was nominated for the new federal Green Ribbon Schools Program. (Post)

Green Economy: The Labor Department announced that 3.1 million Americans hold “green” jobs. (AP story)

Weather Reports: Unseasonable weather made headlines across the country and 350.org is urging people to connect the dots between extreme climate and the weather. (Climate Dots)

Fracking with Water & Air: A new study suggests that fracking may increase air pollution health risks. (LA Times story). Meanwhile, water samples were shown to contain dangerous quantities of methane gas in Dimock, PA. (ProPublica report)

Loving It: We were excited to hear that McDonald’s is testing double-walled paper coffee cups as a possible replacement for styrofoam, and working with a member of our Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) program. (Post)

Hunger & Climate: The highly-anticipated film “Hunger Games” opened. As it turns out, people are reporting a climate change connection! (Slate story and Grist story)

Twitterverse News: We got a new, shorter one for the Twitterverse! Now we’re simply @globalgreen (no more “usa” at the end — a shorter name means more space for our tweets!).

Headline of the Week: “Eerily Gorgeous Weather Finally Convinces People That Global Warming is a Thing” (Jezebel)

Video: The Fracking Song

March 15th, 2012

ProPublica has published excellent investigative reports on the subject of fracking and we just discovered this music video they worked on with film students: clear and very catchy.

Weekly Rewind: March 5-11

March 11th, 2012
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Matt Petersen with students at the Artists for Peace and Justice school in Haiti.

News we’re still talking about from last week.

Help for Haiti: CEO Matt Petersen traveled to Haiti with President Clinton, where he announced Global Green’s plan with SunPower Foundation to bring in solar to our partners there, and to identify additional projects. (Our post)

Rejoicing for RESTORE: The Senate approved the RESTORE Act, which ensures that states receive 80% of the BP oil spill finds to help with repair and recovery efforts. (Our post)

Still NO KXL: Measures to speed approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline failed in the Senate. (NY Times story)

Remembering Fukushima: We reflect on the tragedy in Japan and our concerns for the future of nuclear power. (Our post)

Woman’s Day: We posted links to good reads on International Women’s Day and Matt Petersen’s TEDxWomen talk, in celebration of International Women’s Day. (Our post)

Shaking: More evidence links fracking with earthquakes in Ohio. (Think Progress Green postBoing Boing post)

Greener Watts: The LA Planning Commission approved one of the largest public housing redevelopment plans for the Watts neighborhood, paving the way for another LEED for Neighborhoods (LEED-ND) area. (Our post)

Starry Eyes: We’re proud to report we received another 4-star rating by Charity Navigator. (Our post)

Weekly Rewind: February 12-18

February 17th, 2012
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Senator Sanders

Stories we’re still talking about from the week.

Day of Action: We joined other environmental organizations in calling upon our Senators to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline. (Our post; a photo posted by Bill McKibben of a Senator’s call sheet)

Tables Turned: Documents from the Heartland Institute — a group of climate change doubters behind the “Climategate” distribution of hacked documents from climate scientists — were leaked. (LA Times story)

Greener Mardi Gras: An estimated 25 million pounds of Mardi Gras are used — and only 2% are recycled. We’re working with groups in New Orleans to fix that. (Our post)

Free Fox: A judge dropped the case against Josh Fox, the director of “Gasland,” who had been arrested for filming a hearing on fracking. (Fox’s response)

Video Clip of the Week: During a great Senate session, Senators Al Franken, Bernie Sanders, and Sheldon Whitehouse discussed climate change. (Video clip)

We Heart Climate Scientists: Our staff posed with a (hard-to-see) sign that says, “We Heart Climate Scientists” (pic) for a social media campaign to show love for climate scientists during Valentine’s Day week. Meanwhile, Michael Mann talked to Wired about what it’s like to be under siege. (Wired story)

Sweet Eco Fashion: We talked to Oliver Tolentino, whose dresses will be modeled during our Pre-Oscar Party this week about his eco fashions, including gowns made from pineapple leaf fabric. (Global Green Room Interview)

What He Said: Josh Fox on His Arrest

February 15th, 2012

“I refuse to turn off my camera and sit idly by as huge areas in 34 states become sacrificial drilling zones.” — Josh Fox, in the statement he released after a judge dropped the case against him for his arrest this month while filming a fracking hearing

Weekly Rewind: January 23-29

January 30th, 2012

bl_loraxGreen news stories we’re still talking about from last week.

Hope for Clean Energy: President Obama’s State of the Union address touched on clean energy — hearing “I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy” was certainly a highlight (more highlights and summaries on our blog). Then he elaborated on his energy strategies in Las Vegas (Huffington Post story).

I AM Winner: We had so many great I AM Challenge submissions, but we could only pull one name out of the hat to win. She is Felicia from Marina del Rey, CA, and she won two VIP tickets to our Pre-Oscar part February 22 (I AM winner post; Pre-Oscar party details and tickets).

Good Business: The United Nations launched an online database to help businesses adapt to climate change (Tcktcktck story).

Sunny Days: We talked to the Los Angeles Daily News about the rise of solar power in LA (LA Daily News story).

Good Protection: The EPA is providing clean drinking water to Pennsylvania homes in the fracking zone (ProPublica story).

One Fish, Two Fish, Three Fish, Activists: A fourth grade class got its wish after posting a petition asking the studio behind “The Lorax” to include environmental educational materials on the website for movie based on the Dr. Seuss classic (Mother Jones story).

Cleaning Up: The United States Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) completed the safe destruction of almost 90% of the 31,500 U.S. tons of deadly chemical agents that have been stored at military arsenals in the U.S. since the middle of the last century. (Our post)

Playing Dirty: Scientists were asked to downplay BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill rates (LA Times story). Even messier: An ex-employee says BP fired him for trying to clean up oil (Grist story).

What He Said: Colbert on Fracking

July 13th, 2011

“It’s like giving the Earth an Alka Seltzer, if the Alka Seltzer shattered your internal organs so oil companies could harvest your juices.”–Stephen Colbert from Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” describing the process of hydofracking during a report on the controversy  of the practice in NY. The video of the five-minute clip is worth watching.

And for more on fracking: We recently honored actor Mark Ruffalo for his efforts to ban hydrofracking at the 15th Annual Global Green Millennium Awards.