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Published on July 20, 2011 - Fact Sheets: Ocean factory fish farming, also known as open ocean aquaculture, involves growing marine fish in cages and net pens in the ocean. These facilities threaten coastal and fishing communities, consumers, and the health of our oceans. A new piece of legislation would put the brakes on efforts by government agencies to expand this unsustainable industry into federal waters, generally located three to 200 miles offshore.
Published on July 18, 2011 - Fact Sheets: Prowadzone obecnie w Stanach Zjednoczonych odwierty gazu łupkowego to nowość dla przemysłu energetycznego. Można powiedzieć, że technologia tych odwiertów jest pionierska, a jej skutki nie do końca przewidywalne. Stanowi ona poważne zagrożenie dla zasobów wody pitnej w wielu miejscach świata.
Published on June 16, 2011 - Reports: When people think of fishing, they probably imagine an independent sea captain and his crew braving the elements in a small vessel to bring a fresh catch to shore and to our plates. But the current focus of U.S. policy for managing our fisheries, called catch shares, is destroying the way of life of our nation’s fishermen and coastal communities. This time-honored trade is being replaced by a privatized system that often leaves the future of our nation’s fish, one of our most precious natural resources, in the hands of a small number of larger operations, whose primary goal is often immediate profit rather than sustainable use and long-term conservation.
Published on June 15, 2011 - Fact Sheets: Billionaire oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens has invested millions of dollars in natural gas, which he promotes as a promising “bridge fuel” that could help the United States transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy. This idea has gained traction as new drilling methods using hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” appear able to extract gas from rock sources that were previously uneconomical to access — especially shale. Shale gas has become one of the “hottest investments in the energy sector.” Unfortunately, the promise of natural gas has been a nightmare for the neighbors of fracking gas wells.
Published on June 15, 2011 - Fact Sheets: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is poised to approve genetically engineered (GE) salmon as the first “transgenic” animal allowed into the U.S. food supply. AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. says its GE salmon, which is designed to grow twice as fast an unaltered fish, is safe, healthy and poses little threat to the environment, but there are many reasons to doubt these claims.
Published on June 14, 2011 - Fact Sheets: The New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act (NAT GAS Act) would funnel $5 billion in subsidies to the natural gas industry while making the United States dependent on dirty shale gas drilling for generations to come.
Published on June 13, 2011 - Reports: Over the past decade, there has been a rush for new natural gas across America using a controversial — and often polluting — drilling method. Hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, injects a mixture of water, sand and chemicals under high pressure into dense rock formations — shale, tight sandstone or coal beds — to crack the rock and release natural gas. Fracking has been around for decades, but the techniques, technologies and chemicals used to reach new, remote gas reserves are more intensive and riskier than conventional gas drilling.
Published on June 09, 2011 - Fact Sheets: In many communities people are growing more and more aware that their food choices affect not just our own health, but also our society and planet. Whether it is local farmers’ markets springing up across the country or grocery stores dedicating aisles to organic foods, it’s clear that consumers are taking a more critical view of how their food is produced. But when it comes to seafood, murky messages abound about what we are eating.
Published on June 08, 2011 - Reports: China has become an agricultural powerhouse and leading food exporter. Though supermarket labels may not always indicate it, a growing portion of the American diet is now made in China. In 2009, 70 percent of the apple juice, 43 percent of the processed mushrooms, 22 percent of the frozen spinach and 78 percent of the tilapia Americans ate came from China. Unfortunately, it’s not just China’s food that’s reaching American shores — it’s also China’s food safety problems
Published on June 03, 2011 - Fact Sheets: For-profit water companies usually hike household water prices after buying municipal water and sewer systems. Many companies employ an aggressive rate increase strategy to recoup their investment and boost profits, usually aiming for a new hike every other year. Over time, this can add hundreds of dollars to a consumer’s annual water bill.
Published on May 31, 2011 - Fact Sheets: Bluefin tuna is a top-level predator of the seas that has been part of the human diet for centuries. Thousands of years ago this fish was so revered throughout the Mediterranean that it was painted on cave walls and minted onto coins. These massive creatures can grow to be 12 feet (about 3.5 meters) long and up to 1,500 pounds (680 kg). But today, several bluefin tuna populations are teetering on the brink of collapse and suffering from unsustainable industrial fishing practices. Ineffective international management has exacerbated their dire situation. What must be done to address the bluefin tuna crisis?
De-Coding Seafood Eco-Labels: How the European Commission Can Help Consumers Access Sustainable SeafoodPublished on May 04, 2011 - Reports: This report proposes that in order to provide consumers with much-needed, unbiased and well-regulated information, the European Commission must develop and enforce strict criteria for interpreting the FAO guidelines on aquaculture and fisheries certification. Until that time, consumers can use our guidelines and recommendations for safer and more sus- tainable seafood choices at the end of this report.
Published on April 29, 2011 - Fact Sheets: The biotechnology industry often touts the environmental sustainability of genetically engineered (GE) crops. The industry claims that GE crops can reduce herbicide use, increase yields to feed a hungry planet, and develop new crops adapted to climate change.
Published on April 26, 2011 - Reports: In 2011, rising oil prices and global unrest over escalating food prices highlighted the public policy questions surrounding government promotion of corn-based ethanol as a transportation fuel. Corn-based ethanol is unlikely to significantly reduce America’s dependence on imported oil, has a negligible ability to reduce green- house gas emissions and contributes to environmental degradation in coastal waters.The public policies that promote or encourage ethanol production have significant impacts on America’s future energy use, efforts to curb global warming and the global effort to reduce hunger. These transportation biofuel incentives will be tied to corn-based ethanol for the near future, as only corn-based ethanol is currently commercially viable in the United States.
Published on April 20, 2011 - Reports: Veolia Environnement est la plus grande entreprise de services d’eau au monde. Depuis son siège social à Paris, Veo- lia opère sous de nombreux noms, dans des dizaines de pays et à travers des centaines de filiales. Mais en dépit de sa présence internationale, le cœur de ses activités reste en France.
Published on April 20, 2011 - Reports: Veolia’s corporate profits plummeted in 2008 and remained languid through 2010. In the water division, the company has suffered major losses from municipalizations and has struggled to obtain new long-term privatizations. Despite its disappointing performance, the company continued many of the same strategies in 2011 that it had used over the preceding five years. It sought long-term, complex contracts to control entire municipal water and sewer systems. Such arrangements, however, seem to be increasingly rare for the company. For Veolia, complex deals were appealing because they involved less competition. The company and several of its peers have come under the scrutiny of anti-trust regulators in the European Union. Veolia has focused half of its new growth investments in Europe, particularly Eastern Europe, where it has the financial backing of multilateral lending institutions.
Published on April 18, 2011 - Issue Briefs: Both the novel application technique and the unprecedent- ed volume of dispersant used make the BP Deepwater Horizon response unique. Many experts remain concerned about the increased use of toxins in the ocean which may lead to longer-term ecological problems and may have unpredictable impacts from use of the chemical underwater. Dispersants do not eliminate oil from the environment; they break down the oil into smaller, less visible particles and often sink it to the bottom, out of sight. The dispersant and the smaller oil particles remain as toxins in the water.
Published on April 18, 2011 - Fact Sheets: When an earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated Japan’s northeastern coast on March 11, 2011, a nuclear crisis began unfolding at the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi plant. The Japanese government estimates it could be several months before the cooling systems, damaged by the natural disasters, are fully functional. In an effort to thwart a nuclear meltdown at the plant while the cooling system is damaged, hundreds of tons of water has been sprayed into four of the six reactors to cool fuel rods and spent fuel. The radioactive water is pooling in various locations around the plant, inhibiting work to bring the damaged cooling systems back into operation.
Published on April 17, 2011 - Fact Sheets: Every five years, Congress passe a Farm Bill that determines how hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We need good food policy so that everyone has access to healthy food and family farmers can make a living.
Published on April 14, 2011 - Fact Sheets: The full impact of the Japanese nuclear crisis remains to be seen, but the health risks posed by radioactive contamination are well documented. In 2006, the National Academies of Science issued a definitive report on radiation exposure that concluded that even low levels of radiation can cause human health problems, including cancer, heart disease, or immune disorders. Children are especially susceptible to the impact of foodborne exposure to radioactive materials, making safeguards of food and water particularly critical.