Oil Train Blockades in the Pacific Northwest and the Transformative Power of Direct Action

The EnvironmentaList - December 01, 2014
Direct action can deeply transform participants in ways critical to mobilization and innovation in the climate movement
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BANNER: End Of The Year Giving

Operation USA - November 30, 2014
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BANNER: 2014 Annual Report

Operation USA - November 29, 2014
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Spied On by BP

The EnvironmentaList - November 28, 2014
The aim of covert corporate strategy is not to win an argument, but to contain, intimidate and ultimately eliminate opposition
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8 Tips to Reduce Your Waste This Thanksgiving

The EnvironmentaList - November 27, 2014
Fill bellies instead of landfills!
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Aerodynamic Upgrades to Large Trucks Would Save Billions of Gallons of Fuel

Yale Environment 360 - November 26, 2014
The fuel consumption of the 2 million tractor-trailer trucks hauling cargo across the U.S. — which currently

Airflow patterns around a tractor-trailer truck burn 36 billion gallons of diesel fuel per year — could be cut by billions of gallons through the use of drag-reducing devices, according to researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In wind tunnel tests, researchers fitted a scale-model truck with two types of devices designed to reduce drag and improve aerodynamics: a trailer skirt, which consists of panels affixed along the lower side edges of a trailer, and a boat tail fairing, which is affixed to the back of the trailer to reduce the size of its wake. The researchers found that using the devices in combination — technology currently installed on only 3 to 4 percent of the nation’s large trucks — reduced the aerodynamic drag by as much as 25 percent, which translates to a 13-percent decrease in fuel consumption. If the U.S. tractor-trailer fleet were to improve its fuel economy by 19 percent, which the researchers say is achievable, 6.5 billion gallons of diesel fuel would be saved each year, avoiding 66 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
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When A River Doesn’t Run Through It

The EnvironmentaList - November 26, 2014
Pete McBride talks about his work on the Colorado River and the Ganges
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China’s Lake Ebinur Is Shrinking Dramatically, NASA Image Shows

Yale Environment 360 - November 25, 2014
As this NASA satellite image shows, Lake Ebinur, located in northwestern China near the border of


China's Lake Ebinur Kazakhstan, has shrunk by 50 percent since 1955 as a result of development, agriculture, and natural fluctuations in precipitation. The lake’s saline water is light blue, and the dried lake bed appears white due to salts and other minerals that have been left behind as the water evaporates. The lake’s size fluctuates from year to year due to natural variations in snowmelt and rainfall, and human activity also plays a key role, Chinese researchers say. The nearby city of Bole, with a population of 425,000, consumes significant amounts of water, and farmers irrigate their crops — especially cotton — with water that would otherwise flow into the lake, researchers say. Frequent saline dust storms contribute to desertification, damage soils, harm wetlands, and may be hastening the melting of snow and glaciers downwind, researchers say.
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How You Can Take Girls Off the Waiting List!

Girl Scouts of America - November 25, 2014
Every Girl Scout has the power to make a big difference—in her school, in her community, and in the world at large.

Today, 30,000 girls want to join a Girl Scout troop, but they are on waiting lists because there is a critical shortage of Girl Scout volunteers to offer the necessary support, encouragement, and guidance that all Girl Scouts need along the way.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of Girl Scouts— they are our everyday heroes. Volunteers enable girls to dream big and to realize that they’re capable of more than they ever imagined. And because volunteers play such a vital role in delivering the Girl Scout experience, they deserve top-notch resources and training, and all the support we can provide for them.
But right now, we’re facing a shortage of funds needed to identify, recruit, and train new volunteers.
That’s where you come in. Your investment will help us support new volunteers and bring the best to our 800,000 volunteers around the country. Whether they are moms, dads, college students, or Girl Scout alumnae, they need your support to empower the next generation of girls.
When you invest in Girl Scouts you’re helping us recruit and keep volunteers who impact the lives of countless girls by generously offering their time and talents.
After all, girls can’t change the world when they’re stuck on a waiting list.
Here are two steps you can take today to help increase the number of volunteers and bring the power of Girl Scouts to more girls:
  1. Invest in Girl Scouts locally or nationally and support volunteers across the country to reach even more girls! Give today at: www.girlscouts.org/invest
  2. Volunteer with Girl Scouts in your local area. Every adult who volunteers for Girl Scouts gives at least five more girls a chance to be a Girl Scout. Start today at: www.girlscouts.org/volunteer 
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TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline Faces Stiff Opposition at Home

The EnvironmentaList - November 25, 2014
With public protests on the rise, Ontario and Quebec to work together to ensure climate change is addressed before project is approved
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BANNER: Holiday Cards 2014

Operation USA - November 24, 2014
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Record Number of Rhinos Poached In South Africa This Year, Government Says

Yale Environment 360 - November 24, 2014
South African officials have announced that 1,020 rhinos have been killed so far in 2014 — a total that

White rhino in South Africa surpasses last year’s record slaughter of 1,004 of the endangered animals. Poaching has been on the rise in South Africa, home to the world’s largest population of rhinos, since 2007, when only seven rhinos were killed. The sharp increase is occurring despite steps by the government to improve enforcement and introduce new technologies and intelligence-gathering methods to curb poaching, Mongabay reports. As of 2010, South Africa was home to more than 18,000 white rhinos — over 90 percent of the global population — and nearly 2,000 black rhinos. The animals are being killed for their horns, which are in high demand in China and Vietnam for their supposed, but unproven, medicinal qualities.
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Can Green Bonds Bankroll A Clean Energy Revolution?

Yale Environment 360 - November 24, 2014
To slow global warming, tens of trillions of dollars will need to be spent in the coming decades on renewable energy projects. Some banks and governments are issuing green bonds to fund this transformation, but major questions remain as to whether this financing tool will play a game-changing role. BY MARC GUNTHER
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An 85-Year-Old Takes On Big Oil and the Company Burying the Industry’s Dangerous Waste

The EnvironmentaList - November 24, 2014
Lupe Anguiano is working to stop fracking near the beautiful pacific beaches and fertile agricultural fields of her hometown, Oxnard, CA
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BLOG: 5 Tips for Giving Back During the Holiday Season

Operation USA - November 21, 2014

The holiday season is a busy time, especially for your favorite charitable organizations. Data shows that, on average, organizations receive up to 40% of their yearly donations in the last three months of the year–and that money is vital to planning for the new year. Operation USA counts more donations during the last 2-3 months of the year than any other non-disaster time, and we rely on the generosity of our supporters during the holiday season to plan for programs in the year ahead. So, how can you make sure you are making the most of your charitable gifts this year? Read on for some helpful tips.

When you make a tax-deductible donation before the end of the calendar year, you’ll receive tax benefits on your next return. Plan ahead and add making a charitable donation to your “to do” list so you don’t forget. This year, #GivingTuesday, a national giving movement being celebrated for the third year in a row, is Tuesday, December 2nd. Join the campaign and help support your favorite causes by making a donation or sharing your voice in social media.

With so many different causes and campaigns to choose from, making a meaningful impact during the holiday season can seem challenging. Fortunately, there are resources available to help with decision making. First, research specific causes that are important to you to identify specific organizations you may want to help. Then, use sites like Charity Navigator and Guidestar, as well as the organization’s public financial documents, to confirm the validity of the organization. Typically, groups that have low overhead and well-documented program success can be trusted to make the most of your donation.

Have a lot of names on your holiday shopping list? Some people can be tricky to buy for, but a charitable gift in a loved one’s name is a great way to support their passions while making a difference. Most organizations encourage donating on someone else’s behalf during the holiday season. At OpUSA, we’ll even send out holiday cards or e-cards to your loved ones to let them know that you made a donation in their name. You can also add “make a donation in my name” to your own wish list so loved ones can donate on your behalf.

Cash donations, while important to charitable organizations, are only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to supporting a cause you care about. If you want to give back but don’t have a big budget you can donate air miles–which allow organizations like Operation USA to travel to program areas while keeping overhead low–or material supplies. Many organizations also accept donations through shopping programs like We-Care.com and AmazonSmile, which allow you to earn donations for your favorite causes while you shop, or Causora, which lets donors earn rewards with each donation.

While the spirit of the holiday season tends to encourage us to give more at the end of the year, organizations have to stretch those dollars throughout the year ahead in order to expand programs and continue to thrive. Consider making your holiday season donation a year-long commitment and sign up to be a recurring donor. At OpUSA, you can easily opt to make your donation a monthly gift, which ensures that you’ll give a little at a time throughout the year in support of ongoing programs.

Remember, your year-end charitable gift makes a lasting and meaningful impact on the organization’s work in the year ahead! Learn about even more ways to support Operation USA this holiday season HERE.

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U.S. Can Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 80 Percent by 2050, Study Says

Yale Environment 360 - November 21, 2014
The United States can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, using existing or near-commercial technologies, according to researchers with the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project. The study analyzed scenarios with four types of decarbonized electricity: renewable energy, nuclear energy, fossil fuel with carbon capture and storage, and a mixed case. The scenarios achieved reductions of 83 percent below 2005 levels and 80 percent below 1990 levels, according to the study, which was released ahead of next month’s climate talks in Lima, Peru, and negotiations in Paris in December 2015. The energy efficiency of buildings, transportation, and industry would need to increase through the use of smart materials and energy-efficient designs, and vehicles will need to be fueled with electricity generated from wind, solar, or nuclear, as opposed to coal, the researchers said. They project the net costs would be on the order of 1 percent of gross domestic product per year. The 80-percent reduction by 2050 is a long-standing goal of the Obama administration, in line with global commitments to limit warming to less than 2 degrees C.
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Operation USA - November 21, 2014


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Living With the Aftermath of the BP Oil Spill

The EnvironmentaList - November 21, 2014
In Review: The Great Invisible (Documentary)
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Real-Time Ocean Acidification Data Now Available for U.S. Pacific Coast

Yale Environment 360 - November 20, 2014
Researchers, coastal managers, and shellfish farmers along the U.S. Pacific coast can now get real-time ocean


Web portal for ocean acidification data acidification data through an online tool developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The data — which includes measurements of pH, carbon dioxide concentrations, salinity, and water temperatures at various sites — should help organizations and businesses make decisions about managing coastal resources and craft adaptation strategies, NOAA researchers say. The tool will feature data from five shellfish hatchery sites along the Pacific coast along with readings from NOAA’s ocean acidification monitoring sites. Ocean acidification is driven primarily by absorption of atmospheric CO2 by ocean waters, which changes seawater chemistry in a way that makes it difficult for many marine organisms to form their shells.
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