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Gasland Video of the Week: Earth Speaks, Fracking on Tribal Land

Blackfeet NationThere are many ways to look at the destruction fracking is causing. Often we focus on the science concerning public health, the impacts of air pollution and water contamination.

Our Video of the Week looks at the destruction from the perspective of Native Americans, particularly The Blackfeet Nation in North Central Montana where unemployment hovers at 70%.


Greenpeace protest: Controversial ship Fennica moves through protesters on St. Johns Bridge

Greenpeace protestAfter more than six hours of relative quiet, boats manned by Coast Guard officers and Portland-area police officers began circling protesters in kayaks and canoes on the Willamette River below the St. Johns Bridge.

Two-hundred feet above the water's surface on the North Portland bridge, Portland police blocked access to all vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Thirteen Greenpeace USA protesters continued to swing by lines attached to the bridge's supports. They have spent the past 36 hours on slings and small platforms about 100 feet above the water.


13 Climbers Suspended From Bridge Blocking Shell Oil Vessel From Heading to Arctic

Bridgehanging  protestersThirteen Greenpeace climbers remain suspended below the St. John’s Bridge, blocking the Shell Oil vessel‘s route out of Portland, Oregon, for more than 24 hours. The climbers spent much of yesterday, Tweeting, livestreaming and speaking with journalists, while hanging from the bridge, to urge President Obama to use his last chance to stop Shell’s Arctic oil drilling plans.

“The sun is now setting on an incredible day of speaking truth to power and effective direct action,” Greenpeace activist Georgia Hirsty said yesterday, one of the climbers rappelled from the bridge.

More and stunning photos...

3-hour Canadian tornado likely one of world's longest

Canada tornadoThe massive tornado that roared across the Canadian province of Manitoba late Monday was on the ground for nearly 3 hours — likely one of the longest-lasting on record in Canada and perhaps the world. No injuries or deaths were reported.

The longest tornado recorded is the infamous Tri-State tornado that lasted for about 3.5 hours, ravaging the Midwest in March 1925 and leaving hundreds of people dead in its wake.


Greenpeace again stands in Shell's way to Arctic

GreenpeaceGreenpeace said Wednesday several of its activists have suspended themselves from an Oregon bridge using climbing gear in a protest against Royal Dutch Shell.

"The next big step in the fight to save the Arctic is happening right now," the campaign group said in a statement. "Greenpeace U.S. activists have suspended themselves from St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon to block a Shell Oil vessel from leaving port for Alaskan waters."


Top companies sign climate change pledge

climate changeLooking ahead to a United Nations climate change summit in Paris later this year, 13 American companies have signed on to a new White House pledge to go green.

Executives from the companies, which include Microsoft, Apple and Coca-Cola, met at the White House Monday to announce the program. By signing the pledge, the companies are expressing support for a strong result from the U.N. talks in Paris this December, along with setting their own goals for sustainability. Together, they will invest more than $140 billion to move toward smaller carbon footprints and produce 1,600 megawatts of new renewable energy.


Disastrous Sea Level Rise Is an Issue for Today's Public -- Not Next Millennium's

sea level riseIn 2005, I argued that ice sheets may be more vulnerable than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimated, mainly because of effects of a warming ocean in speeding ice melt. In 2007, I wrote "Scientific Reticence and Sea Level Rise," describing and documenting a phenomenon that pressures scientists to minimize the danger of imminent sea level rise.

About then I became acquainted with remarkable studies of geologist Paul Hearty. Hearty found strong evidence for sea level rise late in the Eemian to +6-9 m (20-30 feet) relative to today. The Eemian is the prior interglacial period (~120,000 years ago), which was slightly warmer than the present interglacial period (the Holocene) in which civilization developed. Hearty also found evidence for powerful storms in the North Atlantic near the end of the Eemian period.


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