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Environmental Roundup: December 5, 2008

Moving Cooler Summit Moves Forward
Moving FastFriends of the Earth hosted dozens of  environmental groups for a teach-in and strategy session on transportation infrastructure policy. This two day event, which concluded yesterday, focused on introducing the broader environmental community to the transportation policy debate, especially with regards to global warming. Next year, federal transportation policy will be debated in Congress. The transportation bill, worth hundreds of billions of dollars, is traditionally focused on road building. We are organizing the environmental community to shift the debate and focus the bill away from car-centric highways and toward sustainable alternatives, such as transit, biking, walking and smart growth development, that will help fight global warming.


International Climate Talks in Poland
Kate HOrnerFriends of the Earth's Karen Orenstein and Kate Horner are in Poznan, Poland, where they are working to influence the negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Karen and Kate are blogging from inside and outside the Convention--providing us with insights into the many different aspects of international climate negotiations.

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Victory for California National Marine Sanctuaries!
Monterey SanctuaryAfter years of effort, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) finally granted Friends of the Earth's request to ban cruise ship and large vessel discharges within California marine sanctuaries. This means that more than 8,700 square miles of California sanctuary waters are protected from harmful sewage and graywater from cruise and container ships.  Friends of the Earth started this campaign in 2003 by petitioning NOAA to ban cruise ship discharges in our National Marine Sanctuaries. (photo credit NOAA)


Fight Against Nukes Comes to a Head in S.C.
The South Carolina Public Service Commission held hearings this week about an application to dramatically increase electricity rates to construct expensive new nuclear reactors in the state -- and stick South Carolinans with the bill! Friends of the Earth's Tom Clements has been on the ground leading the opposition to the South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) proposal, and he ensured that the arguments against new nuclear power were heard. Friends of the Earth brought an expert witness to testify, and Clements and allies demonstrated outside the hearings holding brooms and signs that accused the utilities of trying to "sweep" the issue of radioactive waste "under the rug."

For more information about our anti-nuclear work in the state, read some of this weeks' press coverage: here, here and here.

EPA Orders Emissions System Warnings
Washington Post

As More Eat Meat, a Bid to Cut Emissions
New York Times

Proposed Road in Refuge Raises Fears About Drilling
Washington Post

Letting the Train Take the Strain
Guardian UK

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