Earthwire

A healthy planet and healthy people are two sides of the same coin.

—Prince Charles speaking to health experts at the Royal Society in London. We must treat the planet as we would a sick patient, he told them, or we may be writing its death certificate

16 hours ago

He was very handsome like Clark Gable. But he did give a damn.

From the obituary of Ralph Nobles, a nuclear physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project and later led efforts to save thousands of acres of San Francisco Bay wetlands from development. San Jose Mercury News

1 day ago
DIY Ice Age

Got drought? Just make a fake glacier. -

A community in India's Ladakh region may have a stopgap climate solution: artificial glaciers to irrigate fields when streams run dry in the spring. Afterward maybe they can lend their 50-foot-high ice mounds to GreenlandThe Guardian

1 day ago
Threat Level: Green

KXL developer smeared environmentalists as potential terrorists. -

For years, TransCanada has reported to law enforcement (including the FBI) on the activities of opponents to the tar sands pipeline—and repeatedly characterized peaceful protesters as dangerous radicals or worse. Bloomberg

1 day ago
How Much For That Study In The Window?

A lobbyist is buying anti-environment research. -

Fixer Rick Berman (a.k.a. Dr. Evil) told the fossil fuel industry last summer that he'd help hide contributions made to fight new climate change regulations. Now he's delivering: Five front groups opposing the EPA's carbon pollution plan have addresses at Berman's office, and he's secretly funded 16 studies that attack the rules. The Guardian

2 days ago
Blood on the Tracks

Expect 10 oil train derailments a year, government says. -

A Department of Transportation analysis predicts that 207 oil trains will go off the rails between 2015 and 2034, costing $4.5 billion in damages and possibly killing hundreds. Associated Press

3 days ago
License to Spill

The Obama administration proposes Arctic-drilling rules. -

The oil industry is calling the safety requirements—which include having spill-control equipment available within 24 hours—“unnecessarily burdensome.” Know what's more burdensome, Big Oil? An oil spill...in the ArcticHuffington Post

3 days ago