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Obama To Announce The 'Biggest, Most Important Step' So Far On Climate

Climate changeThe Obama administration will release final standards for power plants on Monday that are, in several key ways, tougher than the draft version of the plan.

Both The Washington Post and The New York Times reported Saturday night that the final version of what the administration calls the "Clean Power Plan" will call for a 32 percent reduction of planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, compared to 2005 levels. The draft version of the plan that the Environmental Protection Agency released last year required a nationwide average of 30 percent reductions.


Wildfires prompt Brown to declare state of emergency in California

California firesGov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for all of California in the wake of at least 18 wildfires that killed one firefighter and drove hundreds of people from their homes.

California's record drought, now in its fourth year, has "turned much of the state into a tinderbox," he said.

The emergency declaration, which included the activation of the California National Guard, will speed up help for thousands of firefighters, Brown said Friday.


Pair of earthquakes rattle parts of northern Oklahoma

Oklahoma earthquakesA pair of earthquakes has rattled parts of northern Oklahoma previously shaken by a swarm of earthquakes.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblors were recorded Friday in Logan County, the first at 5:38 a.m. about 14 miles northeast of Crescent, located about 35 miles north of Oklahoma City. The magnitude 2.6 quake occurred at a depth of less than two miles

TVNL Comment:  This is after two stronger earthquakes earlier last week, and dozens all year.  Keep on fracking, Oklahoma.  This is the payoff.


Scientists fear toxic algae bloom spreading on Pacific coast

Pacific Ocean BloomThe toxic algae blooms in the Pacific Ocean stretching from southern California to Alaska — already the largest ever recorded — appear to have reached as far as the Aleutian Islands, scientists say.

“The anecdotal evidence suggests we’re having a major event,” said Bruce Wright, a scientist with the Aleutian Pribilof Island Association, the federally recognized tribal organization of Alaska’s native Aleuts. “All the populations [of marine mammals] are way down in the Aleutians.”


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.

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