Chemical Spill Reveals Coal's Hidden Hazards
Last Thursday night, the curtain was pulled back on the coal industry's widespread and risky use of dangerous chemicals. A spill into the Elk River near Charleston, West Virginia, contaminated drinking water for more than 300,000 people. The spill involved a 48,000-gallon tank of a chemical used to treat coal before it's sent to be burned at power plants.
Read more and find out what local groups are assisting West Virginians affected by the spill.
Is the United States undermining the European Union's climate progress? The EU recently proposed a set of rules that would encourage fuel suppliers to use cleaner fuel sources and discourage the use of dirty sources like tar sands. But instead of working to emulate this common sense policy, the U.S. trade representative joined Big Oil in attempting to undermine it.
Tell President Obama the U.S. should be supporting climate-friendly policies, not standing in their way.
To the Mountaintop
To mark the 100th anniversary of Mt. Denali's first ascent and inspire communities of color by blazing a new kind of trail, a team of African American and African climbers made a bid for the summit. "For some of us, it was the first time we'd seen faces that looked like ours in the outdoors," says expedition member Scott Briscoe.
Read about their incredible journey.
Endangered Species Act Turns 40
Forty years ago this month, one of our country's most important pieces of environmental legislation was signed into law. The Endangered Species Act has come to be the most effective tool we have to conserve species. Brown pelicans, humpback whales, and grizzly bears are all still around today, thanks to the Endangered Species Act.
Here's to another 40 years of strong endangered species protections!
3 Hot Recipes for National Soup Month
Soup lovers, it's time to celebrate.
January is National Soup month and we've found a few delicious recipes to keep you warm, cozy, and well fed this winter.
Mickey Mouse Backing Fracking?
Bambi. Aladdin. The Little Mermaid. Fracked wells?! One of these things is not like the others. But for some reason, Radio Disney decided to partner with the oil and gas industry on a tour of Ohio elementary schools to promote fracking. Not what you'd expect from Radio Disney, right? We didn't think so, either.
Check out what went down once the word got out.
Green News Is Blooming
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has helped make sustainability an international conversation. During his three terms in office, he left a green legacy that stands as a template for big cities everywhere. Meanwhile, the company he owns stayed busy while he was in City Hall, launching Bloomberg Sustainability News, which recently celebrated its second birthday. The site, part of Bloomberg.com, publishes two dozen stories daily about how governments, companies, and civil society groups are making the world more sustainable. The website also features The Grid, a blog where journalists explain trends behind the news.
Check out Bloomberg Sustainability News.
Mary Anne Hitt Named One of 2013's Most Influential People
In late December, SNL Energy named Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, as one of 2013's ten most influential people. Nominees were chosen for their influence on the electric power, natural gas, and coal sectors of the U.S. energy market. Hitt was honored for her pioneering work to move the U.S. off polluting fossil fuels and onto clean sources sources like wind and solar.
Read more and find out who else made the list.