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(Beyond Pesticides, May 25, 2018) The Farm Bill is beginning to move in the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and your voice is critically needed to help stop provisions that are harmful to health and the environment. Tell your U.S. Senators and Representative that they should vote against the Farm Bill unless harmful provisions to health and the environment are removed. In addition to sending this urgent action on the Farm Bill, consider reaching out to your U.S. Senators and Representative when they return to your state for the Memorial Day holiday. If you’re...
05/25/2018 - 16:13
Beyond Pesticides

The darkest chapters of Northwest history still constrain our lives, whether we like it or not. | Many Pacific Northwesterners know that duplexes, triplexes and other “gentle density” housing remain common in older parts of our cities even though they’re usually illegal to build today. Less discussed is the fact that even in cities where building small detached homes used to be common, some of our older neighborhoods have few such housing options. A new set of maps created by Portland housing-options advocate Neil Heller reveal some...
05/25/2018 - 15:10

Last week, after four years of pressure to improve fish passage at Buckley and Mud Mountain dams on Washington’s White River from tribes, American Rivers, and others, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new state-of-the-art fish passage facility. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new state-of-the-art fish passage facility. On Friday afternoon under a drizzly yet glorious spring day, we joined individuals from the Army Corps, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Cascade Water Alliance, and Senator Patty...
05/25/2018 - 13:56
Wendy McDermott

Transit buses are community resources. They help pedestrians get around on rainy days, hot days, and cold days. They help subway riders get home when the trains stop running late at night. They help cyclists get through parts of town that aren’t bike friendly. They help crowds of people get to sporting events. They reduce the number of cars on the road in space-limited downtowns. They provide regular transportation for people that aren’t able to afford a car, people that choose not to have a car, and people that aren’t able to drive a car. To meet air quality and climate goals, we need...
05/25/2018 - 12:02
Jimmy O'Dea

This morning, I stirred my green tea vigorously to see if they would reveal the Supreme Court’s opinion on two partisan gerrymandering cases that are soon to be released. The tea spilled, I scalded my lap, then wondered why any Decent American Patriot would sip tea while the nation awaits a decision of such historic significance. I then made a cup of coffee and resolved to give up fortune telling.  So I won’t try and predict where the Court will come down on the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering. However, I will offer some guideposts to help interested parties (see what I did there...
05/25/2018 - 09:59
Michael Latner

Generational divides, the new COINTELPRO, and more. | Kristin Remote workers tend to be more satisfied with their jobs; feel less time pressure, exhaustion, and stress from meetings; and experience less work-life conflict. But they also have a lower sense of inclusion and get less feedback and social support. Here are three ways that workplaces can use technology to help minimize the disadvantages of working outside an office. Gen X’ers—America’s neglected middle children—are digitally savvy, collaborative leaders. But they are getting promoted significantly more slowly than...
05/25/2018 - 09:30

(Beyond Pesticides, May 25, 2018) The results of a pilot study conducted by an international team of researchers finds that exposure to the herbicide glyphosate results in adverse health effects at levels below those regulators deem “safe” or acceptable. These results represent the first phase of a Global Glyphosate Study based at the Ramazzini Institute in Bologna, Italy, in coordination with the University of Bologna, the Italian National Institute of Health, George Washington University, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY. Researchers are aiming to provide a truly...
05/25/2018 - 00:00
Beyond Pesticides

Some banks are saying exactly the right things, but their money is doing the opposite. | Recognizing the growing clout of global climate activism and the rising imperative to speed the world’s transition to cleaner energy, several major international investment banks have now vowed to halt all funding for tar sands projects. Take France’s Crédit Agricole, which ranks as the 9th largest bank in the world. Last December, the bank issued new financing guidelines that explicitly preclude all funding for oil sands projects, as well as “infrastructure...
05/24/2018 - 17:51

Some members of Congress want to gut Grand Canyon watershed protections in favor of mining May 24, 2018 Anti-conservation members of Congress are urging the Trump administration to open the Grand Canyon watershed to uranium mining.Read more Keywords:  grand canyon Grand Canyon Mining uranium mining Grand Canyon National Park
05/24/2018 - 16:58
Katherine Arcement

Photo: Derrick Z. JacksonOffshore wind power is a powerful, plentiful resource, but that doesn’t mean that it’s been a slam dunk in terms of getting it into the US electricity mix. Movement forward on offshore wind in three different states, though, made yesterday a day to celebrate. 1. Massachusetts says yes to 800 megawatts The state we’d been watching this week was Massachusetts. Yesterday was to be the date for an announcement about which offshore wind project or projects had been selected for the first phase of a 1600 megawatt commitment from the state based on a 2016...
05/24/2018 - 14:26
John Rogers

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