Rainwater Harvesting: The Basics And Why You Should Start Today • Insteading

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Lead contamination. Chlorine and fluoride. E.coli. Fracking pollutants. Toxins and pharmaceuticals. There are so many things that might be mixed in the water that flows from the faucet, that turning on the tap may feel more like playing a chemical form of Russian roulette than getting a drink. But what if I told you that...

Study: Energy firms set off quakes miles from waste dumps

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Each day across the U.S., two billion gallons of fossil fuel-industry wastewater flies through thousands of underground tubes. The injection wells descend into porous rock, filling gaps with brine and chemicals and are the result of extracting oil and gas from the ground. The goal of the wells is for the wastewater to be out...

Industry Gears Up For Fight As 2,500-Foot Oil And Gas Setback OK’d For 2018 Ballot

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Advocates of local control and environmental groups failed to gather enough signatures to get oil and gas development restrictions near communities on the 2016 ballot. In 2018, voters will now have a chance to expand oil and gas setbacks. Coloradans will now get a front row seat for one of the most contentious ballot issue...

Photos: America’s Civic Reawakening

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Editor’s Note: This photo essay is part of a series that attempts to answer the question: Is democracy dying? Whatever the overall state of America’s civic health, political enthusiasms appear to be proliferating—for good and ill. Some of these enthusiasms are visible to anyone with an internet connection, but they are also showing themselves in...

Earthquakes from underground water injection can occur many miles away

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Earthquakes in the central and eastern United States have increased dramatically in the last decade as a result of human activities. Enhanced oil recovery techniques, including and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have made accessible large quantities of oil and gas previously trapped underground, but often result in a glut of contaminated wastewater as a byproduct....

Workers’ Power vs. Climate Destroyers: What It Will Take to Save the Planet

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Humanity faces a multi-faceted crisis. Endless wars of imperial aggression, both overt and covert– from Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan to Yemen, Palestine and Central and South America. These conflagrations compel those at the bottom of the economic pyramid to fight and die to protect the wealth and privileges of those at the top. These wars...

Campaigners celebrate as oil drilling at Surrey Hills site is blocked

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Michael Gove has blocked drilling of a controversial exploratory oil well in the south of England, causing campaigners to celebrate but sparking an angry response from one of the firms involved. Concerns over the impact on ancient woodland led the environment secretary to decide against renewing the lease at the site near Holmwood in the...

THE POLIS SWITCHAROO: Polis’ Single-Payer Passion Is Too Dangerous

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Knock, knock. Guess who’s there, PeakNation™?  Just don’t-destroy-my-vacation-home Democratic candidate for Governor Jared Polis running away from his supposedly non-fungible love for a single-payer system.  A loyal reader sent in this lit drop that arrived on their doorstep.  Notice anything peculiar about it?  In the 53 words he devotes to health care, not a single...

Youngstown voters to decide on council term limits

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Also, an anti-fracking proposal took another step toward being on the November ballot. Read More

Lancaster politicians call for end to ÂŁ178m pension fracking investments

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New data claims that Lancashire invests ÂŁ187m of its workers pensions a year into fracking companies. The figures released this week by 350.org, Platform and Friends of the Earth show that council-run pension funds were invested in companies including BP, Royal Dutch Shell, and ConocoPhillips, who are fracking in places like Argentina, Canada and Australia....

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