The ‘Promised Land’ star mingled with other Hollywood celebs on the red carpet at this year’s Environmental Media Association Awards.
Throughout Matt Damon’s two decades as a Hollywood leading man, he’s portrayed characters that run the gamut of verbosity—from the monologue-prone, savant janitor Will Hunting in Good Will Hunting to the mostly mute, speaks-with-his-fists amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne in the Bourne trilogy.
The around-the-clock rumble and hum of big rigs and cars funneling in and out of one of the world’s busiest port complexes have for years defined daily life in west Long Beach.
Streets of tidy homes, schools and playgrounds are boxed in by refineries, rail yards and truck routes to the harbor, including the gritty, four-mile Terminal Island Freeway.
Children are hospitalized for asthma at three times the rate of other Long Beach neighborhoods, and there are far fewer parks here.
But now city officials are considering a radical makeover of west Long Beach that would involve ripping out a one-mile section of one of the Southland’s first freeways, now mostly used by truckers, and replacing it with a long ribbon of green space.
In a series of videos calling for an end to fracking, celebrity environmental advocates demanded several elected officials explain “what the frack” they’re thinking by supporting the controversial gas- and oil-extracting process.
Celebrities including Marisa Tomei, Darren Criss, Lance Bass, Daryl Hannah, Amy Smart, Hayden Panettiere and Wilmer Valderrama star in the videos calling out President Obama and governors Jerry Brown of California, Andrew Cuomo of New York and John Hickenlooper of Colorado for not banning fracking.
Governor Brown recently signed into law California’s first fracking regulations, requiring oil companies to obtain fracking permits, alert neighbors, test groundwater, publicly disclose chemicals used and study the fracking’s environmental impact. But environmental activists say the practice needs to be banned outright.
Not only is this retro chicken coop a work of art from French artist Bendetto Burfalino, but it’s also a creative and sustainable way to convert a 1970′s police car into a natural habitat. Plus we bet those farm fresh eggs taste pretty spectacular too!
Several studies, including this one by Duke University, this one published in “Environmental Science and Technology” and this one by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show injecting the fracking fluid, which contains thousands of pounds of chemicals per well, significantly elevates levels of toxins, including radiation, metals, brine, and volatile hydrocarbon gases like the carcinogen benzene in affected water. Most fracking fluid is left deep in the ground, which could migrate through pathways created by natural and man-made faults, endangering people over many generations.
All around the globe, record numbers of people from all walks of life are being thrown into jails because they are standing up to protect the most basic of human needs — uncontaminated water, unpolluted lands, and a livable climate free from the ramifications of extreme fossil fuel extraction. If the greed-driven fossil fuel extraction corporations — and the governments that do their bidding to assure sustained record profits — don’t stop endangering our critical and already-compromised life support systems, there is little doubt that the numbers of individuals standing up will grow exponentially.
SAN FRANCISCO – Nov 13 (Reuters) – California businesses covered by the state’s cap-and-trade program will soon be able to use forest conservation projects to offset the carbon emissions from their plants and factories after the state issued the first batch of credits on Wednesday.
The state issued 1.2 million offset credits to the 19,000-acre Willits Woods project, which was developed by Coastal Ridges LLC. The project is located in Mendocino County, about 150 miles north of San Francisco. Continue reading →
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) just released its annual ranking of energy-efficient states in the the US. The 2013 rankings are based on a comprehensive look at states’ utility policies, transportation, building codes, combined heat and power, appliance standards, and various state government initiatives.
Besides acknowledging the most energy efficient states, ACEEE also ranked the five states most needing improvement as well as the five most improved states.
The top ten states for energy efficiency are:
Massachusetts, California, New York, Oregon, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Maryland and Illinois.