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Environmental Roundup: December 19, 2008


Welcome to the last Environmental Roundup of 2008. Thanks for your support over the last year. If you would like a closer look at what we accomplished together, please read our annual report. If you haven't made your end of the year gift and would like to, please consider giving here. The coming year will bring lots of new challenges, but with your help, we can continue to make progress in the fight for a healthy and just world.

-- Your allies at Friends of the Earth

Fighting the highway lobby's attempt to hijack the stimulus
Transit JobsThis week, we launched our "New Roads = New Pollution" campaign, to keep spending on new roads out of the economic stimulus package, and to support investments in clean transportation (which create more jobs than new roads). Our campaign started off with a bang, as thousands of you sent messages to Congress, generating coverage on blogs, in newspapers, and on radio and TV.  Click here, here and here to see examples of the coverage.  And if you haven't yet joined the campaign, time is running out to persuade members of Congress, so please take action today.

Poland Climate Talks
Friends of the Earth in PolandUnited Nations climate talks in Poznan, Poland ended last week with much work to be done to reach a global climate deal next year. Industrialized countries failed to commit to the deep greenhouse gas emission cuts needed by 2020. You can read Friends of the Earth International's remarks, which were read by Kate Horner. Listen to Karen Orenstein on Earthbeat Radio review the climate talks.

Read the wrap-up here...

Ship Shape Victory: Launch of Greenest Ferry!
GeminiFriends of the Earth's advocacy results in the launch of the greenest ferry in the country! Speeding across our waterways, ferries spew more dangerous pollutants into the air than either cars or transit buses -- four to nine times more per passenger mile.


EPA Eases Emissions Regulations for New Power Plants
Washington Post

Panel Criticizes U.S. Effort on Nanomaterial Risks
New York Times

Next Climate Summit May Turn on Rich Nations' Approach to Poor Ones
Washington Post

Utah Energy Exploration Lease Sale Deal Reached

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