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The most popular thing on the entire statewide ballot in 2014 – more popular than any candidate or issue – was the Land Acquisition Amendment to our state Constitution. We know all too well that Floridians are perennially divided on so many votes, but this one was a landslide, approved by a whopping 75 percent majority.

Now that we've got the Land Acquisition Amendment on the books, we citizens need to watch closely to make sure that special interests and their politician friends don't try to make an end-run around the voters' will.

passenger pigeon

Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the passenger pigeon’s extinction. It’s unbelievable that a species whose flocks were once large enough to block the sun is now completely gone, but that is the reality of human impact on the natural world.

The extinction of the passenger pigeon is more than a sad story about a species of birds, however. It is also a frightening example of what our future could hold if we don’t value our natural heritage.

Oil wells near La Habra, 1920s

This week, residents of La Habra Heights, California, rang in the New Year with a victory that ensures the small town will have a fair chance at banning new oil and gas drilling come election time in March. 

La Habra Heights, located in Los Angeles County, is known for its scenic beauty and canyon living. The area is also at the center of major expansion plans for oil and gas operations and the potential proliferation of new, unconventional techniques like fracking and acidization in the region.

A sign indicating water restrictions in California.

Northern California received a blessing of rain this past December. The storms may have knocked the lights out in half of San Francisco and taken down trees and flooded streets, but the state has needed this deluge like never before.

The rain is a welcome but only temporary respite from the serious water problems the Golden State faces. Even the downpours early in the month are just drops in the bucket as more than 90% of the state remains in severe drought.

Smokestacks loom up from a hazy sky, tinged with orange, at sunset.

Today the D.C. Circuit rejected an EPA attempt to delay the deadline for cities and counties to bring unhealthy levels of ozone pollution—also known as smog—down to safe levels. The court also rejected the EPA’s attempt to prematurely let some areas out of an important pollution control requirement designed to permanently lower smog levels. We represented NRDC in the case.

fracking

Sometimes hope is all we have. We can plan, organize, research and prepare all we want. Then comes the moment of truth we have to reckon with. 

My wife, Jen, and I live in Hepburn Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. We have been active on the issue of gas drilling since October,  2010, when Jen found survey stakes on one of her favorite trails in a local park. We’ve been speaking up for our communities and special places ever since. We joined the Responsible Drilling Alliance (RDA) in the nearby town of Williamsport and now serve on the its Board of Directors.  

fireworks

There has been no shortage of hot topics to address this year on our unEARTHED Blog. From coal ash to honeybees, Earthjustice has been hard at work fighting for a healthy planet—and we’re blogging about it every step of the way. In case you missed any of them, here is your chance to catch up!

Presenting the most popular Earthjustice blogs of 2014:

Pedro Reyes teaches English to farmworkers to help improve farmworker protection standards.

This is the sixth blog in a weekly series of personal stories from farm and agricultural workers, illustrating the need for stronger worker and safety protections against pesticide exposure. To get beyond the statistics of 10,000–20,000 pesticide poisonings on farms a year in this country, we go to the frontlines, beginning in California.

The UN climate talks in Lima, Peru.

After a long slog in overtime, the gavel came down at the UN climate talks in Lima in the wee hours last Sunday. Reviews are wildly mixed, with some heralding a major step toward a new global regime and others despairing that governments, beholden to fossil fuel interests, are committing us to a calamitous future. 

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