Report: Nearly a Quarter of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Come from Public Lands

On November 23, the Trump Administration discreetly published a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that found about one-quarter of all U.S. carbon emissions come from fossil fuel extraction operations on public lands. The report measured national carbon emissions between 2005 and 2014 and calculated that 23.7 percent of those emissions were generated on public lands by the …

Mankind’s destruction of Earth laid bare: From tropical deforestation to draining the Aral Sea, incredible maps show how humans have devastated the planet in just 25 years

Nearly a quarter of the Earth’s habitable surface has been changed – primarily from forest to agriculture Researchers created the maps using high-resolution satellite images from the European Space Agency Satellite images are so detailed, researchers could organise them into 300-square-metre grids called pixels Each pixel identified changes among 22 land-use categories describing various types of land use  By Phoebe Weston …

Attempt by Colorado company to silence critics ends in big win for oil and gas activist: Judge squashes most of subpoenas for communication

Autoplay: BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — An attempt by a major Colorado company to silence critics turned into a big win for anti-oil and gas activists and First Amendment rights. Martin Marietta, a multi-billion-dollar company that supplies construction materials to oil and gas, slapped activists with subpoenas back in July.  The company demanded six well-known activists, including Cliff Willmeng, turn over all communication related …

Using new mapping tools, including geographic information science (GIS), to protect indigenous lands

Last month, ELAW Staff Scientist Dr. Meche Lu traveled to Montreal, Canada for the 2018 Indigenous Mapping Workshop, organized by the Firelight Group, to learn about new GIS tools and methods to collect and share spatial data.  The workshop focused on training indigenous defenders and their allies on the latest geospatial technologies and promoting indigenous knowledge of GIS. “It was inspiring …

Oakland Land Trust Finds More Ways to Preserve Affordable Housing

By ALINE REYNOLDS | SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 Oakland Community Land Trust purchased this property at 812 East 24th Street to preserve the affordability of several artists’ live-work spaces. (Credit: Oakland Community Land Trust) In 2014, as she approached four decades of being a landlord, then 70-year-old east Oakland resident Dixi Carrillo decided to sell her rental property next to her home. Carrillo, a retired landscape …

In all clean electric California generation would only take 39% of the land area fossil fuels do today

Mark Jacobson on Clean Technica, 26 Aug 2018 SB 100, a bill now pending in the California legislature, would transition California to 100% zero-carbon, effectively all renewable, electricity by 2045. Our studies provide a way to do this for all energy sectors (electricity, transportation, heating/cooling, and industry). Robert Bryce, a Senior Fellow of the Manhattan Institute, a think tank that …

Marx and Engels’ radical environmentalism

June 4, 2013 International Socialist Review columnist Phil Gasper challenges the myth that Marxism has nothing useful to say about the environment–with help from the old man himself. At the socialistworker.org AT THE demonstration in Washington, D.C., in February to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, which is being built to transport tar sands oil from Western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, members of …

The major groups of insects responsible for pollination are particularly sensitive to warming, and insects, vital to ecosystems, will lose almost half their habitat under current climate projections

Damian Carrington Environment editor, The Guardian, Thu 17 May 2018, Climate change on track to cause major insect wipeout, scientists warn  The famous migration of the North American monarch butterfly is one of the most well-documented examples of an insect species affected by climate change. Photograph: Joel Sartore/NG/Getty Images Global warming is on track to cause a major wipeout of insects, compounding already …

Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study

Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity’s surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact.  By Damian Carrington, The Guardian Mon 21 May 2018   A cattle farm in Mato Grosso, Brazil. 60% of all mammals on Earth are livestock. Photograph: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life …