Thursday, February 27, 2014

Could future clothes, bottles and chairs be made from carbon emissions? | The Raw Story

First Canadian Tar Sands Oil Flows Through Southern Keystone XL Pipeline as Senators Warn of Cancer Risks

Who's to Blame for Recurring Oil and Chemical Disasters? Why Should Taxpayers Pay for Toxic Cleanups?

Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: The Facts on Sticky Leaks, Billion Dollar Spills and Dirty Air

Triple Divide: Interview With Mark Ruffalo on Fracking Documentary

William Rivers Pitt | The Ocean Is Coming

Tesla plans to flood U.S. with 500,000 electric cars using solar-powered 'gigafactory' | The Raw Story

California's high-speed rail project could spur lagging modernization of U.S. transportation | The Raw Story

CHICAGO AREA: One Earth Film Fest, Mar. 7 - 9

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Please join our friends at One Earth Film Festival for the Midwest's premier environmental film festival, coming soon, March 7-9, 2014, at more than two-dozen locations in Chicago and the near-West suburbs.  This year Green America is a proud sponsor of this festival, now in its third year!

The festival drew more than 2,000 viewers last year, is produced by Green Community Connections, and features 30 films on topics such as food, water, waste, conservation, energy, and activism. Come enjoy the festival and participate in post-film discussions and activities with topic experts.

Transformative films include “GMO OMG,” “Blackfish,” “More Than Honey,” “Harmony,” and more — plus, engaging children’s films.  One Earth Film Festival films are almost all FREE, and promise something meaningful for everyone — adults, teens, families and children. (Volunteers needed for Fest weekend.) 

Here's to a greener Chicago and a greener America,

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

If Money Is Speech, Chevron Just Bought a Megaphone


The Mainstream Media's Criminal Climate Coverage

Big Oil, Bad Air: Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas

Documents Say Navy Knew Fukushima Dangerously Contaminated the USS Reagan | EcoWatch

Kicking Asphalt February 2014

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February 2014


BWC Recycled, Refurbished, and Revamped our Website: 20% Off New Members Celebration.

Celebrate our new fancy new site launch with 20% off new memberships: FDAY2014

Suffering nostalgia over the old site? Don't worry, you can still find the old pages by contacting the NSA.

Happy Website Day!!! We launched the new version of our website on February 1, 2014. Over the course of the month, we have been making minor changes and adding content. You may notice significantly fewer pages than our previous website. Some of the content was out of date, and some of the resource pages are still being redesigned and content updated or removed, but the bulk of who we are and why we are such a great auto club is up and ready for you to use and share with your friends.
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Positive News

Tesla finishes coast to coast charging network

Texans still reporting sporadic range anxiety.

Tesla Charging Station

Tesla Motors announced the completion of their coast-to-coast charging network which allows Tesla Model-S owners drive to and from most major cities and all the way across the United States. Charging stations take about 30 min and are intentionally located near major highway interchanges, close to restaurants, cafes or shopping.
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Washington Watch

New Bill would improve funding for Bike/Pedestrian projects through TIFIA

1% dedication might not sound like much, but it would mean millions of dollars for Bike and Pedestrian projects all across the United States.

Republican and Decomcratic cyclists cheer. Tea Party members sit in their cars in silence.

This Bill was introduced by Sen. Albino Sires to help better fund safety and transportation infrastructure for Biking, Pedestrians, and for Americans facing economic hardship.

The bi-partisan backed announcement came after President Obama's State of the Union Address and withholds 1% of TIFIA funds for bike and pedestrian infrastructure loans. 25% of those funds will be reserved for low-income communities.

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AAA Watch

AAA Hates Bike Lanes!

Hmm...Perhaps "Hate" is too strong...

How about "AAA Feels Bullied By Bike Lanes"

AAA: It's just not fair! Bike lanes should be wider, and cars should be allowed to use them!

In January, AAA pushed back agains Los Angeles bike lane and economic development plan, MyFigueroa.

MyFigueroa is a plan supported by Council District 9 as well as the Mayor's Office as a "signature project" to bring cycletracks, pedestrian improvements and a "road diet" to South Figueroa Street between Downtown Los Angeles and South Park near USC.

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Bike Promotion Update:

Buy a bike before 3/31/14, and your first year of Bicycle Roadside assistance is Free!

A Tran's Bay Bike Shop in San Francisco, CA added to list of participating shops

Makup with Mica  in it. Better World Club was partnering with select local bike shops in Portland, OR and Boston, MA to offer 1 year of bicycle roadside assistance for free with the purchase of a new or used bike (used bikes need love too). Shops have approached us since we've started this promotion, so now we have a shop also in San Francisco California!

If you are in the market for a bike, and you are near one of these participating shops, please support them. Submit a copy of your receipt showing purchase between 10/1/13 and 3/31/14, and you will receive 1 year of bicycle roadside assistance for free!

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Eight Year Old Micah is Mining Mica in India for Your Makup

Conscientious consumers who think they need makeup struggle to look their children in their unpainted eyes. Many turn to Curella De vil for advice.

Makup with Mica in it.Child labour in India's mica mining industry has been a problem for years. Unfortunately, the industry supply chain is shrouded more heavily than the face of a worried woman under a dozen layers of foundation, primer, and concealer.

Recently, Fairfax Media in Australia investigated the industry and sent repeated inquiries about product sourcing to major companies such as the Estee Lauder Companies, Heritage Brands, and L'Oreal Group. These three conglomerates own most of the make-up companies you know.

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Travel Site Of The Month

Community Made Maps Across the World:

From Boston to Bangladesh, Home Grown Geo-Drivers Have Mapped the Globe is a Collaborative project using community sourced data to create a map of the world. Think Google maps meets Wikipedia. This map is edited, corrected, and maintained by people like you. While map data varies around the world, is compared favorably to proprietary (privately owned and protected) data sources.

If you are a map enthusiast, you must check this out.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

LA Times - BP gets slick in trying to undermine gulf oil spill settlement

Groups Launch Ballot Initiative to Give Coloradans Local Control Over Fracking | EcoWatch

If Hillary Is the Only Candidate, Where Does She Stand on Keystone XL?

E This Week

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February 23, 2014
Battle of the Bulbs
Compact Fluorescents In The Spotlight With Ban on Incandescents In Effect

As of Jan. 1, 2014, 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs are no longer manufactured in the U.S. as part of efficiency standards signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2007. Previously, the government regulations phased out 70- and 100-watt bulbs over the last…

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What Your DNA Can Really Tell You
Do the offerings of companies like 23andMe cause more harm than good?

Recently, genetic tests profiling health risks have come under fire. In November 2013, genetic screenings became a hot topic when the FDA sent a letter to the company 23andme stating the agency was “concerned about the public health consequences of inaccurate results.” The…

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BPA Regulatory Reform Moves Glacially Slow
Pregnant women should not wait to protect fetuses

Though mothers of infants and toddlers can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the estrogen mimicker BPA (bisphenol-A) is finally banned nationwide from infant formula containers as well as baby bottles and sippy cups, pregnant women – and hence their fetuses – are…

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Why 2014 Should Be The ‘Year of the Vegetable’
Dreaded Red Meat on the Grill

For pregnant women, and those planning to conceive, a healthy diet is an important consideration, not only for the mother’s health, but also the health of her unborn child. While supermarket aisles are lined with processed foods that have ingredient lists made up of…

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A Greener Blue Lagoon

As the sea plane banks to the right and I look down through the open window, sunlight glints off one of the largest solar arrays I’ve ever seen, and the next thing I know we are splashing down in the turquoise waters of Fiji’s fabled Blue Lagoon. The pilot cuts the…

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What’s Wrong with Hair Dye?
Most Dyes Contain a Chemical that Can Cause Dangerous Reactions

Salons and home color kits make it easy to say goodbye to grey hairs and roots, but sudden serious allergic reactions to hair dye are on the rise—even among those who have been using the same hair coloring product for years

“You can develop an allergy to a product at…

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Free Range Fish
The Environmental Promise of Open Ocean Fish Farms

When Neil Sims was working as a marine biologist in the Cook Islands—an idyllic scattering of white sand and blue lagoon islands halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii—he couldn’t help but notice something about the islanders’ traditional fishing, in this case,…

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Dirty Fuels

Dear EarthTalk: What are “dirty fuels” and why are they so called?

– Bill Green, Seattle, WA

The term “dirty fuels” refers to fuels derived from tar sands, oil shale or liquid coal. Just like their more conventional fossil fuel counterparts such as petroleum and…

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