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Briefs Found: 48
March 31, 2014

EU Version: The Weakest Link: the Problems and Perils of Linking Carbon Markets

Proponents of cap and trade increasingly seek to create a global carbon market under the false reasoning that doing so will achieve improved economic efficiency and better emissions reductions than individual markets alone, because carbon dioxide (CO2) is spread globally throughout our atmosphere.

U.S. Version: The Weakest Link: Problems and Perils of Linking Carbon Markets

Proponents of cap and trade increasingly seek to create a global carbon market under the false reasoning that doing so will achieve improved economic efficiency and better emissions reductions than individual markets alone, because carbon dioxide (CO2) is spread globally throughout our atmosphere.

February 28, 2014

Organic Farmers Pay the Price for Contamination

Until genetically engineered crops (also described as GMOs) were introduced as a production method for U.S. farmers, “coexistence” between different sectors of agriculture was a fairly simple prospect.

February 11, 2014
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The Rapid Industrialization of Frac Sand

Frac sand is an essential component in the fracking process; it is combined with large quantities of water and toxic chemicals, which are injected underground at high pressure to crack dense rock and release oil and gas.

January 29, 2014

Trouble Brewing in the Great Lakes

Unconventional oil and gas development poses a significant threat to the North American Great Lakes, the largest cluster of freshwater lakes in the world.

November 20, 2013

EU Version: No Accounting for Taste: Natural Capital Accounting and the Financialisation of Nature

Natural capital accounting is the latest effort to financialise our air, water, forests and land by putting a price on nature to save it.

No Accounting for Taste: Natural Capital Accounting and the Financialization of Nature

Natural capital accounting is the latest effort to financialize our air, water, forests and land by putting a price on nature to save it.

August 28, 2013
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The EPA’s Failure to Track Factory Farms

In the spring of 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that detailed the EPA’s internal process for proposing a CAFO reporting rule, known as the “308 Rule” under Section 308 of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

August 19, 2013
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Fracking Colorado: Illusory Benefits, Hidden Costs

Coloradans are increasingly aware of the problems that accompany drilling and fracking for oil and natural gas. Communities are working to ban the practice and, of course, the oil and gas industry is fighting back. But the industry’s primary argument – that fracking drives economic growth and prosperity in the state – just doesn’t add up.

August 1, 2013
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Eminent Domain: Laws and Loopholes that Benefit Fracking and Pipeline Companies

The rapid expansion of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — a process that the oil and gas industry uses to extract natural gas and oil from shale rock formations buried deep within the Earth — has caused environmental and public health problems, and weak eminent domain laws and laws that cater to fracking and pipeline companies will only help spread these problems.

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