Unearthed This Week
Florida algae, Clean Air Act, Coal, Genetically engineered crops
Some top stories from the week at Earthjustice…
Florida got some great news: A historic settlement on November 16 prompted the EPA to set limits for the widespread nutrient poisoning in Florida’s waters, which triggers harmful algae blooms and threatens public health. This breakthrough decision could have implications for waterways nationwide.
The all-important Clean Air Act turned 19 on November 15. Hurray for breathing!
Alas, it didn’t get a present from Mountain Coal. This Colorado company has long claimed that putting its methane emissions on the market would help save the atmosphere while bringing in extra cash. But last week it said "no thanks" when finally given that option. Why? The company makes some pretty questionable assumptions.
More light was shed on the coal industry by a powerful new film, which had its television premiere. Coal Country chronicles the destruction of mountaintop removal mining through the voices of activists, politicians, and coalfield residents in Appalachia.
A new report found that genetically engineered crops and pesticides go hand in hand. Compared to pesticide use in the absence of GE crops, farmers applied 318 million more pounds of pesticides over the last 13 years as a result of planting GE seeds.