Billionaire oilmen Charles and David Koch issued a statement declaring their opposition to federal subsidies of any kind. They, however, are the recipients of some of the most egregious Big Oil giveaways on the books. Join Friends of the Earth U.S. and other progressive groups in asking the Koch brothers to lead by example and give the money back. http://bit.ly/1rCB2Tr#GiveItBack
In advance of our annual Cruise Ship Report Card, here are some facts you might want to consider before you pick a cruise vacation. And be sure to check out last year’s report card to find a more sustainable cruise option.
Blog post: Subsistence farmers and great apes on alert- the African palm oil frontier continues to grow
Growing palm oil development in West Africa is encroaching on subsistence farmers’ land and is threatening several species of already endangered primates. Read more on our blog here.
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The Obama administration recently objected to the House of Representatives’ attempt to fund two wasteful nuclear projects. Nuclear subsidies campaigner Katherine Fuchs explains why the MOX and Yucca Mountain programs are such bad ideas for taxpayers and the environment. Read more here.
Image: MOX facility construction, by High Flyer
Blog post: By defending against, we defend forests
Recent articles and reports have highlighted land grabbing efforts driven in Liberia and Kenya, driven by palm oil and carbon offsets respectively. Protecting the rights of these forest-dependent communities means saving the forests as well.
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Wikileaks recently exposed a secret trade deal, the Trade In Services Agreement, which would undo safeguards on Wall Street and harm our economy. Tell President Obama to stop negotiations on this and other trade deals, such as TAFTA and TPP, that put corporations over people:bit.ly/1qQOaFc
Our new report, Gardeners Beware 2014, found bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides in just over half of the “bee-friendly” plants tested in garden centers in U.S. and Canada. To read more and to find out how to make your garden safe for bees, visit www.beeaction.org.
A British palm oil company is attempting to seize land from a Liberian community, despite local, national and international resistance. Help resist palm oil landgrabs here: http://bit.ly/1odAJRY
Dow Chemical is pushing the EPA to approve its 2,4-D-resistant GMO corn and soy crops. 2,4-D, a herbicide found in the Agent Orange compound, has been linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption and reproductive problems. Take action here: http://bit.ly/UFExOT