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Down To Earth archive for Sept. 2011

FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2011

THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2011

The saddest photo in the world

"The Chief Raoni cries when he learns that brazilian president Dilma released the beginning of construction of the hydroelectric plant of Belo Monte, even after tens of thousands of letters and emails addressed to her and which were ignored as the more than 600 000...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2011

TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2011

MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2011

FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2011

THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2011

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2011

TUESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2011


MONDAY, SEPT. 19, 2011

Another Green Monday: George Orwell on coal 

I'm coming back from vacation, so for this edition, I would like to share a story from George Orwell about coal that seems quite relevant today. Our civilization, pace Chesterton, is founded on coal, more completely than one realizes until one stops to think about...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2011

The "War On Cars" explained 

The Stranger published a scathing piece about the myth of the "War On Cars," taking the gloves off to attack every anti-transit dufus in Seattle. Thankfully, Spokane has largely avoided the intense rhetoric. We all have anecdotes of driver on cyclist rage - have you...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2011

Sen. Cantwell takes on Pebble Mine

Our very own U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell said that she would oppose development of the world’s largest hard rock mine, the Pebble Mine, in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed should science determine it could negatively impact the salmon populations on which thousands of Washington commercial fishery,...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2011


Mike Chappell: "Gone in a Heartbeat" 

When news came that Mike Chappell had passed away, I couldn't believe it. He was so young. It was only Thursday night when I saw him last at the Saranac, there to congratulate Bart Mihailovich on winning the Inlander's Peirone Prize for his work on...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 2011

Friday Quote: "Spitting in the face of the physical laws of the universe is a fool’s game. Mother Nature does not do bailouts, nor does she forgive stupidity." 

Jules Gindraux, a longtime aquifer advocate, had a wonderful letter to the Coeur d’Alene Press recently regarding the BNSF refueling depot. The BNSF facility goes before a Kootenai County hearing examiner this evening for renewal of their conditional permit for operations. Jules points out the...

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Ground Zero

Almost four years ago, on the old wordpress blog, I wrote about the environmental catastrophe of Ground Zero. Today marks ten years since the attack on the World Trade Center, so I thought it was appropriate to re-post because many of our new readers probably...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 8, 2011

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2011

TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2011

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2011

Friday Quote: Tar-sands protests go global 

Protests against a proposed tar-sands pipeline, which have already mushroomed into the largest civil disobedience actions in America in many years, broke out across the globe today, with solidarity demonstrations at U.S. and Canadian embassies and consulates on six continents. In Durban, South Africa, visiting...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 1, 2011

Test your knowledge with the Spokane stormwater survey

The City of Spokane’s Wastewater Management Department is asking citizens to take a quick, on-line survey to gauge knowledge of stormwater pollution and improve education efforts around this issue. The survey is available at www.spokanewastewater.org/stormwatersurvey.aspx. Citizens also will be reminded about the survey in an...

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