Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Vote Green

In the U.S. today, we have the opportunity to change our future by electing new officials and choosing new laws which will have a bearing on whether we protect our environment, our health, our communities, and our planet.

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“Crossing the Aisle” For a Better Tomorrow

As we face the fallout of this week’s United States elections, the environmental community begins to consider the next focal point of the Obama Administration. With the legislative bodies in the government now divided – Democrats controlling a slim margin in the Senate and a Republican majority in the House – will there be any attempt at serious movement on the climate change agenda?

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A Woolly World

I dreamt, the other night, that I was a Woolly Mammoth. I was being chased across the frozen tundra by a band of humans. It was an odd dream, to be sure, and I’m not quite sure why I had it. Probably this cold snap we’ve just come out of. The heat wasn’t yet on in my house, and so to keep warm I dug my big, fuzzy brown blanket out of the closet. I was lucky enough to wake up before the humans caught up to me, otherwise I’m sure I would’ve been a mammoth burger.

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Bay Area Schools Get "Home" Trees

Last Saturday, the campuses of Dr.

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National Security and the Environment

As we observe Veterans Day 2011, Earth Day Network is honored to work with veterans for their service and sacrifice. This year we had the distinct honor of working with committed individuals from Operation Free and retired Generals such as General Wesley Clark to pursue a clean energy future.  Among the many reasons to support clean energy, national security is a key concern for EDN and many of its members.

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Sunburned Whales?

The ozone layer, which helps shield ultraviolet rays from entering the atmosphere, has been consistently thinning over the years. A new study concludes that this effect is causing some whale species off the coast of Mexico to show signs of severe sunburn. Because whales need to spend a vast amount of time on the ocean’s surface to breathe, they are increasingly vulnerable. Certain whale species are more susceptible to these damages. Like humans, lighter-skinned whales are more vulnerable to the sun, for example the Blue Whale, the largest mammal on the planet.

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The Controversy over Fracking

After the midterm election, several environmental issues have been brought to the forefront of society causing heated debates over industrial stability versus public health. One of these issues is the drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation, which extends from West Virginia and eastern Ohio through Pennsylvania and into southern New York, through a method called fracking. Fracking is the process of injecting millions of gallons of water, sand and toxic chemicals into wells buried deep under the ground.

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Trans-Atlantic Dialogue on Climate Change

Ahoy from Prague! ‘Ahoy’ is Czech for “hi,” and is one of the few words I learned during this e-day conference for young leaders from Central and Baltic Europe and the U.S.A. Solidly anchored in the center of geographic Europe, Prague hosted the second gathering of young leaders. A program of the U.S.

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Heating the Troposphere

Currently as a global society we are experiencing an increase in surface temperatures due to human induced global warming. Already creating worry within the scientific and governmental worlds, further issues are being brought to our attention. U.S. and British meteorologists have reported that in addition to warming surface temperatures, the troposphere, the lowest level of the atmosphere where weather occurs, is warming as well.

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Billion Acts of Green®: Every Environmental Act Matters

How often do you hear someone dismiss riding their bike to work, recycling their waste or neglecting a green act because they claim their actions are insignificant in the grand scheme of things? If you’re like me, you probably hear arguments like this all too frequently or maybe even use the excuse yourself from time to time. Clearing this hurdle is often difficult, even for the most dedicated of environmentalists. That is why I am really excited about Earth Day Network’s new Billion Acts of Green® campaign.

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