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Feds seek public comment on offshore wind farm zone

GR:  Alternative energy may reduce pollution, but it has its own problems. In the desert near me, solar farms are shading and destroying native vegetation, roads and transmission corridors are spreading habitat destruction and giving access to invasive plants. 192 more words

Nature Conservation

Mine could cause irreparable harm to Smith River

Mining Impact Potential on Smith River

Bob Ream, Independent Record:  “Unfortunately, the Smith River is under serious threat from a proposal to build a massive copper mine at its headwaters. 145 more words

Human Impact

Coal or uranium - pt. 2: human impacts

Last week I wrote about the environmental impacts of electricity production from coal and uranium. Some environmental impacts can cause human impacts too, but it’s hard to measure these indirect effects. 657 more words

Pipeline breach spills oil into Yellowstone River

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) 1/18/15 — “Montana officials said Sunday that an oil pipeline breach spilled up to 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana, but they said they are unaware of any threats to public safety or health. 84 more words

Human Impact

Scientists: Human activity exceeding Earth's limits

By Joel Achenbach January 15 at 10:14 PM

Photo:  “Climate change: A severe drought plagued a third of Queensland, Australia in 2013. Destabilizing the global environment could make Earth less hospitable for humans. 94 more words

Human Impact

Planetary boundaries: Gauging the limits

The chart shows how close we are to the limits of Earth’s ability to support our civilization.

“Human civilization has arisen during a period of relatively stable environmental conditions during the past 10,000 years. 49 more words

Human Impact

EPA Releases 2013 Toxics Release Inventory National Analysis

Comment on the New EPA Toxic Releases Report

GR:  It is worth noting that the EPA report does not include toxic releases from small facilities, home heating, automobiles, and others.  708 more words

Human Impact