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April 04 2012

17:46

Who Knew? Upcycling the Dog Poo

A composting project in Ithaca, N.Y., turned 12 tons of pet waste into just two truckloads of fertilizer that will make its way back to a dog park.

December 22 2011

21:27

In Internal Canadian Documents, a Warning on Oil Sands

From potential contamination of a river to possible effects on public health, an agency ticked off risks from exploitation of oil sands that the government publicly dismisses.
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November 09 2011

16:34

When Ozone Drops, Farm Workers Step Up the Pace

When ozone levels declined by 10 parts per billion - roughly the level of tightening proposed by the E.P.A. - productivity climbed 4.2 percent among workers in a study, researchers say.

November 03 2011

14:31

On Our Radar: Fracking Protest in Britain

Reports linking minor tremors to fracking at a gas-rich site in northern England galvanize opponents of the natural gas drilling process.

May 29 2011

21:12

Conservation Group Pressures EPA to Get The Lead Out of Aviation Fuel

EarthJustice.org Lead emissions from fuel continue to endanger public health May 26, 2011 New York, NY — Friends of the Earth, a leading advocate for a healthier environment, sent a notice of intent to sue today to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding its failure to respond to a 2006 petition asking for the regulation of [...]

May 13 2011

17:12

BREAKING: Peabody Energy Threatens To Sue Yes Men For Exclusivity

See updates below the fold!
Earlier this week, Peabody Energy was the target of a genius parody website, Coal Cares™, offering free novelty inhalers to families living within 200 miles of a coal plant along with coupons for $10 off asthma medication in lieu of spending money on pollution-reducing technology at their own coal plants. The spoof site was put together by a group called Coal is Killing Kids through the Yes Lab, a spin-off of the Yes Men.

But then, Peabody decided it wasn’t fair that they were getting all the spotlight, and had their lawyers whip up a quick legal threat. But it wasn’t the expected cease and desist letter to take down the website. Rather, Peabody complained that they were unfairly targeted because while they are the largest coal company, they aren’t the only coal company causing asthma attacks in children. 
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Rightly so Peabody! In fact, there are 28 other companies that produce energy from coal. Therefore, the Yes Men responded this morning saying that it is only fair to comply by changing the Coal Cares™ website to not only represent Peabody Energy, but all coal companies. The website will now display a rotating selection of names of all the coal producers in the US.

When asked about the new developments, Janet Bellamy, spokesperson for Coal is Killing Kids, had this to say,

“We were happy to oblige! Peabody was right - there are many coal plants out there making kids sick everyday, and they should get their fair share of the credit as well. These coal companies need to be stopped just as much as Peabody Energy. Normally we would fight back, since they really don’t have a legal leg to stand on, but this time, they definitely had a point.”

UPDATE: Here's the Yes Men legal response letter in all its glory:

The following letter has been sent to lawyers for Peabody Energy in response to their threat:

Dear Andrew Baum, Foley Lardner LLP, and Peabody Energy,

Thank you for your thoughtful letter demanding that we remove Peabody’s name from www.coalcares.org and cease falsely suggesting that Peabody cares about kids made sick by coal.

Your threat, although entirely baseless (see this response, and the EFF's blog post later today), did make us realize one thing: that Peabody, despite being our country's largest coal producer, and one of the largest lobbyists against common-sense policy, accounts for a mere 17% of U.S. coal production. The remaining 83% comes from 28 other companies, who are, every bit as much as Peabody, giving kids asthma attacks and other illnesses.

As even you may agree, the root of the problem is not Peabody, but rather our system of subsidies, regulations, and lobbying that lets your whole industry continue its lethal work. To make this clear, we have changed every instance of the word “Peabody” on www.coalcares.org to a rotating selection of the names of other large U.S. coal producers who, like Peabody, also need to be stopped from killing kids.

Very truly yours,
Coal is Killing Kids and the Yes Lab
coalcares@yeslab.org, (314) 472-5539

P.S. You suggest in your letter that “Peabody has a First Amendment right not to be involved with the dissemination of a message with which it does not agree,” a statement which, while completely untrue, does recall the World Resources Institute’s longstanding demand that you cease falsely attributing to them the nonsense statistic that “for every 10-fold increase in per-capita energy use, individuals live 10 years longer.” As the WRI notes:

First, WRI has never made such an assertion and has never done analysis to that effect. Second, this conclusion ignores critical factors related to energy production and human health. WRI’s longstanding support for a global transition to cleaner, low-carbon energy is well-documented.

We would be grateful if you would stop misquoting WRI and issue a corrective statement within the next 24 hours.

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March 25 2011

21:53

March 18 2011

17:25

March 03 2011

22:55

March 01 2011

13:03

February 17 2011

17:08

Tallying Coal's Hidden Cost

In public health impacts alone, coal dependence costs the United States economy $140 billion to $242 billion per year, a Harvard study suggests. Much of this burden is borne by mining communities in Appalachia.

January 31 2011

21:56

January 26 2011

05:07

Groups Ask President Obama To Protect Public from Gas Drilling Risks

EarthJustice.org     Gas drilling boom should not come at expense of public health January 25, 2011 Washington, D.C. —  As President Obama’s energy priorities are laid out in tonight’s State of the Union, groups urged the president to make sure that development of natural gas resources does not come at the expense of public health. [...]

January 03 2011

13:40

A 'Planetary Simulator' That Averts Crises

In a social-science equivalent of the particle accelerator, streams of real-world data would be brought together to reveal patterns and trends in human society.

December 21 2010

13:21

October 12 2010

22:42

C.D.C. Girds for Climate Change

Some $5.25 million will be split among eight states and two cities seeking to evaluate and mitigate health impacts from everything from hotter summers to an increase in waterborne illness.

June 19 2010

01:12

Court Holds Off Yet Another Attempt by Polluter Industries to Deny Science

Earthjustice.org Polluter industries continue to wage baseless attacks on EPA’s global warming finding June 18, 2010 Washington, DC — On the heels of the Senate’s recent vote on the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of global warming pollution, a federal court on Wednesday put on hold industry suits attempting to challenge EPA’s scientific finding that global warming pollution endangers [...]

March 28 2010

08:39

EPA Issues Proposal to Veto West Virginia’s Largest Mountaintop Removal Mine

EarthJustice.org Agency finds stream destruction would cause unacceptable harm March 26, 2010 Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is taking the next steps to veto an Army Corps of Engineers permit for the Spruce No. 1 mine in West Virginia, the largest mountaintop removal mine ever authorized in Appalachia. The EPA’s action [...]

February 27 2010

08:16

Groups Seek to Undermine EPA’s Endangerment Finding

EARTHJUSTICE.ORG Lawsuits filed against agency’s declaration that greenhouse gases are a public threat February 19, 2010 Washington, DC — The following statement is from Earthjustice senior legislative representative Sarah Saylor regarding 16 lawsuits filed by industry, conservative groups, lawmakers and three states against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s endangerment finding declaring that global warming pollution poses a danger [...]

February 25 2010

11:06

Hazardous E-Waste Surging in Developing Countries

ScienceDaily (Feb. 23, 2010) — Sales of electronic products in countries like China and India and across continents such as Africa and Latin America are set to rise sharply in the next 10 years.  And, unless action is stepped up to properly collect and recycle materials, many developing countries face the spectre of hazardous e-waste [...]
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