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Making the Grade: Clean Water Proponents Issue Report Card for Long Island Sound

Like parents reviewing their kids' report cards, politicians pay attention to grades. The Long Island Sound report card "makes it clear that while progress has been made to improve the water quality of the Sound, more must be done to preserve this economic engine and local treasure's waters and coastline," says New York Congressman Steve Israel.

USDA to Farmers: Plant Your Way to a Cleaner Lake Erie

The toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie that forced Toledo, Ohio authorities to cut drinking water to 400,000 people has subsided, but a major cause of pollution - agricultural runoff - has not. The USDA has taken note and is providing funding and technical support to help farmers reduce pollution.

Years of Living Dangerously Recap: Episode 9, Moving a Mountain

This week's driving questions: "Why should we care about climate change? And, to a lesser extent, "What can we do about it?" The season finale featured an interview with President Barack Obama, an amazing glacial expedition in the Andes and the conclusion of Michael C. Hall's poignant trip to Bangladesh.

US Government Cuts Estimate of Recoverable Oil in Monterey Shale by 96 Percent

On May 20th, the Los Angeles Times reported that the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has slashed the amount of barrels of oil in the Monterey Shale considered "recoverable" using current technology - by 96 percent. Is there a stronger word than "slash?" Let's put it this way: It's a pretty spectacular statistical fail.

Years of Living Dangerously Recap: Episode 4, Ice and Brimstone

In another heated week on Years of Living Dangerously, The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder sat down with an evangelical Christian father and daughter who fundamentally disagree about climate change while 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl explored Arctic oil and gas development amidst ice melts and rising seas.

West Virginia Coal Chemical Spill Causes Water Crisis

The industrial chemical spill that fouled Charleston, West Virginia's waterways is serious, and Ecocentric provides a rundown of the developing story, a collection of peoples' experiences as shared via social media and other ways to follow its aftermath.

Quake's Up? Fracking the Ocean and California's Central Valley

Should The Golden State allow fracking offshore in the Pacific and atop the Monterey Shale? Impacts are being felt from the Central Valley to Los Angeles; given the earthquakes triggered by injection wells in less seismically active places, there remain concerns about doing so next door to the San Andreas Fault.

EcoChat: Gasland Part II: Courting Controversy, Driving a Movement

To get the scoop on the anti-fracking documentary sequel, Gasland Part II, listen to Ecocentric blog perspectives in this roundtable EcoChat podcast. Topics include the highly anticipated film's position in the fracking debate and its potential impact on the anti-fracking movement.

Will the Sequester Hit the Snooze On Food Safety?

Welcome to sequestration! Here's your quick guide on how those immediate, deep, across-the-board federal budget cuts will greatly impact food, water and energy programs (among many others). If you love meat, you'd best read on.

On Whales, Oil and a Lot of Noise

Seismic testing for oil and gas under the Atlantic Ocean seafloor could injure up to 138,500 whales and dolphins and impact 108 fishing communities dotting the East Coast. But a growing chorus of allies is looking to stop the testing before it starts.

EPA Takes Power Plants to the Mat over Toxic Air Pollutants

Despite the dangers they pose to our health, there are no national limits on the amount of mercury and other toxins released from power plant smokestacks. But now the EPA is proposing to change that and wants to hear from you by August 4th.

NY Times Readers React to Fracking Series

The NYTimes' Drilling Down series has garnered great interest and praise. In response to their series, the Times recently published several letters-to-the-editor including a letter from one of our bloggers.

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