Earth Day Network Blog Updates

New Project Launched to Show Opposition to Fracking in Colorado

The state of Colorado has been at the epicenter of the fracking debate recently. As the people of Colorado continue to express their opposition to fracking—through local legislation and widespread protesting—Colorado Governor Hickenlooper continues to disregard this opposition. He has even sued communities for adopting fracking bans.

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Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Bill to be Brought to Senate Floor

The bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act—introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH)—will soon be brought to the Senate floor for debate.

The bill seeks to encourage and advance the use of energy efficient technologies in residential and commercial buildings, primarily through updating building codes to integrate energy efficiency standards. There are several components to the bill:

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The Effect of Nature on Cognition

Being outside for recess is what students look forward to every school day. People say being outside is good for your health. They say connecting with nature is vital. But how important is it, and how does it improve health – especially your mind?

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EPA Issues Second Edition of "Our Built and Natural Environments"

The EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities Smart Growth Program recently issued the second edition of “Our Built and Natural Environments.” They use the term “Built Environment” to describe the patterns of development, transportation infrastructure, and building location and design. The report provides a review of the interactions between land use, transportation, and environmental quality by measuring and analyzing the status of and current trends in the built environment.

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Bipartisan Support for No Child Left Inside Act of 2013

The No Child Left Inside Act of 2013 is making headway in Congress with bipartisan support, as U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes (D-MD) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) have re-introduced the legislation in an effort to strengthen and expand environmental education in America’s classrooms. This bill will allow federal assistance to states and provide schools with tools and funding they need to incorporate quality environmental education into their school’s curricula.

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23 Students Fatally Poisoned by Pesticides in India

Twenty-three students in India were fatally poisoned last week by school lunches contaminated with organophosphate-based pesticides. The children—all between the ages of five and 12—immediately became ill after eating a meal of rice and potato curry in Chapra, located in the impoverished eastern state of Bihar, India. Twenty-four other children and the school cook are being treated at Patna Medical College and Hospital.

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Senate Confirms Gina McCarthy as Administrator of EPA

The Senate finally confirmed Gina McCarthy as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday, following 136 days of delay, during which McCarthy fielded over one thousand questions from Congressional Republicans.

McCarthy’s resume is impressive. She has previously served as the EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and environmental advisor for five Massachusetts governors.

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Coloradans Protest Fracking at Democratic Governors Assn. Meeting

This weekend in Aspen, Colorado, hundreds of protestors took to the streets outside of the Democratic Governors Association meeting—hosted by Colorado Governor Hickenlooper—to call for renewable energy and an end to fracking, rallying around the slogan “Good Governors Don’t Frack Their People.” As many Colorado communities attempt to pass regulations to ban fracking in order to protect citizens’ health and preserve the environment, Governor Hickenlooper has come under fire for ignoring and even suing local

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Women Fill Four Important Cabinet Positions in Egypt

In the wake of the Egyptian army’s removal of President Mohammed Morsi, the country’s new government is taking shape, and women are playing a prominent role. For the first time in Egypt’s history, four female experts have been chosen as ministers of health, culture, environment, and information.

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What Lies Ahead for Lac-Mégantic?

When a tanker train carrying crude oil in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec derailed and exploded on July 6, the tragedy was largely glossed over, if not ignored, by the American media. The immediate consequences were bad enough—half a town completely destroyed, at least 28 dead and 22 missing or presumed dead, as of Friday. The aftermath and recovery for the community will be equally difficult.

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