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Friends of the Earth’s blog is a staff-run blog that provides policy analysis, insight and commentary about the environment and other progressive issues, advances our campaigns, and builds momentum for a healthy and just world.

Ship Shape: Reducing Vessel Speed

Aug. 29, 2008 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Reducing vessel speed represents one important way in which ships can limit air pollutants including greenhouse gases. A 10% decrease in fleet speed can translate into more than a 20% reduction in emissions. In California, the ports of Long Beach ...

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Ship Shape: Reducing Harmful Global Air Pollution

Aug. 15, 2008 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

After a great amount of effort by Friends of the Earth and partners including air quality control districts, the U.S. Congress finally passed legislation last month to implement an international oceans convention to reduce harmful global air pollu...

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Holding Bush's EPA Accountable

Jul. 31, 2008 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

More than a year after the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA must treat greenhouse gases as "pollutants," President Bush's lap dog at the EPA—Administrator Stephen Johnson—still refuses to respond with meaningful action. We’ve dec...

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Big Oil Takes Our Tax Dollars

Jul. 31, 2008 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Friends of the Earth’s new analysis shows that even though the oil and gas industry is experiencing record profits, it is set to receive at least $33 billion in handouts from taxpayers over the next five years.

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Don't Be A [Gene] Doper

Jul. 29, 2008 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Don't Be A [Gene] Doper Athletes are seeking a new, controversial technology that may make it possible to alter their DNA, allowing them to run faster or hit harder. Genetically manipulating a person's genes can be fatal – gene therapy exper...

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Ship Shape: Clean Cruise Ship Act

Jul. 18, 2008 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

We have great news to share! Just last week, Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA) introduced the Clean Cruise Ship Act of 2008 (H.R. 6434), a bill that would finally put an end to the dumping of sewage and other pollutants by cruise ships within 12 miles o...

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Ship Shape: Introduction

Jul. 4, 2008 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Welcome to Ship Shape, a new series featuring our Clean Vessels Campaign! Friends of the Earth's Clean Vessels Campaign is working to fight pollution from ocean going vessels such as cargo ships and cruise ships. Ocean going vessels discharge enor...

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New Biotechnologies: No Longer Science Fiction

Jun. 19, 2008 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Gillian Madill, Friends of the Earth's Genetic Technologies Campaigner, recently testified to the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade on new human biotechnologies. Her testimony addressed the implications of various biotech...

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