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Posted by 07/14/14

In late June, a team of RAN staff travelled to Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada to participate in the Tar Sands Healing Walk, which is organized and hosted by members of the local First Nations Communities. Walking amidst the...   Read more

Posted by 07/09/14

Last month I was in Chicago to attend the U.S. Climate Action Network’s national meeting. The keynote speaker was Gina McCarthy, head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Her speech focused on the agency's recently proposed carbon pollution standards, the first-ever rule to limit carbon pollution from power plants.  Gina made her presentation standing alongside this image, which made...   Read more

Posted by 07/07/14

Last week, a team of RAN staff travelled to Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada to participate in the Tar Sands Healing Walk, which is organized and hosted by members of the local First Nations Communities.  Walking amidst the Tar Sands destruction was a humbling and powerful experience. We are putting together a series of blogs to share our impressions...   Read more

Posted by 06/26/14

"If it was easy they wouldn't call it 'struggle.'" —Old anarchist saying Not long ago, before fracking, before Keystone XL, the environmental issue in the headlines was mountaintop removal coal mining in central Appalachia. Mountaintop removal is a horrible practice where coal companies...   Read more

Posted by 06/19/14

"We will defend our territories whatever the costs may be." — Alliance of 31 First Nations This week, despite broad public opposition, Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper approved Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline. The Northern Gateway pipeline, seen as a backup option to the Keystone XL pipeline that is currently mired down in a political quagmire in...   Read more

Posted by 06/12/14

  Almost six months after the release of its Sustainable Forest Management Policy, Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL)—the second-largest Indonesian pulp & paper company—continues business-as-usual rainforest destruction, betraying the spirit and substance of its policy. The Sydney Morning Herald reported in May that APRIL-owned PT RAPP cleared massive...   Read more

Posted by 06/10/14

Remember when we told you about Lumber Liquidators’ connection with illegal logging in Russia? The clearing of critical forests in the Russian Far East, the last habitat of the endangered Siberian tiger, is an unacceptable price to pay for cheap hardwood flooring. Our allies at the Environmental Investigation...   Read more

Posted by 06/04/14

A few days ago, I sat down for an interview with the good folks at Living on Earth, Public Radio International's weekly environmental news show. We talked about RAN's work fighting mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining in Appalachia, and the banks that...   Read more

Posted by 06/03/14

The island of Tasmania is renowned for its wilderness, its vast expanse of towering forests, and its unique wildlife, including the Tasmanian devil. It's also known for the bitter dispute over logging that has raged for decades. The frontline for the battle of Tasmania’s forests is a stretch of tall eucalypt forests that...   Read more

Posted by 06/02/14

This morning, the EPA announced limits on carbon pollution from power plants. That's a welcome step in fighting climate change—and it wouldn't have happened without communities speaking out against coal plants. Here at RAN, we're proud of the role our network of friends and activists has played in building pressure over the last several years. Read more

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