Environmental Roundup: September 9, 2010
Summer's winding to a close, which means we're back from our e-newsletter hiatus. And, whew, have we been busy! Please read on for updates on some recent campaign successes and new actions on the burner.
--Becca for the Friends of the Earth team
Victory! Friends of the Earth achieves ban on sewage dumps from ships in California waters
After a five-year fight, Friends of the Earth has prevailed in our effort to protect California waters from sewage dumping by ships. Friends of the Earth sponsored state-level legislation in 2005 to ban such dumping, but the legislation needed approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Friends of the Earth pressured the EPA in a variety of ways, including by persuading 20 members of Congress from California to send a letter to the EPA last summer. The effort paid off. This August, the EPA announced it is allowing the no discharge zone sought by California's legislation to be put in place.
Read the EPA's news release | Read more about the no discharge zone
Frankenfish on your plate?
For the first time ever, the Food and Drug Administration is considering approving a genetically modified animal -- a new type of salmon -- for human consumption. This is raising serious health and environmental concerns. The FDA is inviting public comments until September 16.
Learn more and use our form to submit a comment by clicking here.
Taking on climate enemy #1: Dirty Coal
Coal is the dirtiest energy source when it comes to climate pollution, but that's not the end of its impacts on our health and environment.
This month, we're pushing the EPA to protect our drinking water, rivers and communities from coal ash, a toxic solid waste produced by coal-burning power plants.
We're also supporting Appalachia Rising, a mobilization taking place in Washington, D.C. from September 25-27 calling for an end to the devastating practice of mountaintop removal mining.
Submit comments to the EPA on coal ash | Learn more about Appalachia Rising -- and sign up to join us | Check out Friends of the Earth's other work on coal
Success! We've got Big Oil on the defensive
Momentum is building in our campaign to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, which would stretch from Canada to Texas and double our country's reliance on the dirtiest crude available -- oil from Canada's tar sands. Big Oil is on the defensive and the Obama administration is paying attention to our concerns.
Read about our recent campaign successes | Take action | Follow our campaign on Facebook and Twitter
Join the global climate work party on October 10
Friends of the Earth has joined with 350.org and other groups to host a global work party to celebrate climate solutions on October 10 (10/10/10).
Will you join the other Friends of the Earth activists who have signed up to host local events? Click here to do so.
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Climate ostriches: Why Russia's and Pakistan's extreme weather is about to become the norm
FDA considers approving genetically modified salmon for human consumption
Bill McKibben: We're hot as hell and we're not going to take it anymore
We are all Louisianans
The billionaire Koch brothers' war against Obama
A call for direct action in the climate movement: we need your ideas
Climate & Clean Energy Solutions
Sign up to host a 10/10/10 work party for climate solutions
Tell the EPA: Protect communities from toxic coal ash
Urge President Obama to stop the Keystone XL pipeline
Tell Congress: Tax Wall Street greed to pay for global needs
Keep the EPA honest: Biomass pollutes
Urge your Senators to keep the Clean Air Act intact
Tell Congress: Donate dirty oil money to the Gulf
Safe Food & Technology
Tell the FDA to keep frankenfish off our plates
Tell Congress: Support the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010
Say no-no to Nano in sunscreens
Urge the FCC and Congress to protect Net Neutrality
Clean Oceans & Vessels
Tell President Obama to reconsider his drilling proposal
Congress: It's time to clean up the cruise industry
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