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Fracky Friday: Delay means victory for fracktivists in Delaware — for now

Residents of New York, Philadelphia, and neighboring areas can turn on their taps without worrying about the flammability of their water for at least a little while longer. The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) made anti-fracking supporters happy this week when they announced the cancellation of a crucial Monday vote to approve fracking in Trenton, N.J.  Thanks to the move, the drinking water of 15.6 million people in the Delaware River Basin has been temporarily spared from the potential damage caused by hydraulic fracturing. On the fracktivist website Save the Delaware River, Gasland director Josh Fox wrote, "They cancel the …

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Green issues and greenbacks: Occupy Wall Street connects the dots [VIDEO]

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters linked climate and the environment to their movement this past Sunday, Oct. 30.  OWS's environmental working group put the Climate Justice Day event together in five days, hosting workshops at New York City's Zuccotti Park on topics such as fracking and sustainable economics.  Throughout the day, speakers drew connections between the economy and the environment. "Every bank which you are down here protesting finances extreme energy -- fracking, tar sands development, mountaintop removal, deep water drilling," said Gasland documentary director Josh Fox after a "mic check" to the crowd. He encouraged listeners to join the …

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Bill McKibben talks to Grist amidst 'chaotic and beautiful' Tar Sands Action [VIDEO]

Protesting is serious business, but it's fun too.Photo: Jennifer PredigerThis past weekend marked the end of phase one of the Tar Sands Action. During the two-week-long surge of civil disobedience in front of the White House, 1,253 people were arrested, including NASA scientist James Hansen, actress Daryl Hannah, and protest organizer Bill McKibben. They sent a loud and clear message to President Obama that they want him to veto the proposed XL Pipeline that would carry tar-sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast of the U.S. McKibben spoke to Grist on the last day of protests, which he …

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Mark Ruffalo wants you to fight the tar sands

Winsome actor and activist Mark Ruffalo does just about the best job possible explaining the proposed tar-sands pipeline and how you can help fight it in Washington, D.C., starting Aug. 20. Watch his quick video primer below. (Do it if only to watch a scruffily tousled Mark speak from the heart. Sigh ... ) Got a dial-up connection? Hate watching ruggedly handsome Sundance-darlings-cum-Earth-advocates? No matter. Here are four disturbing reasons why you should fight the tar sands: The proposed Keystone XL pipeline runs from Alberta, Canada to Texas.TransCanada's 1,700-mile-long Keystone XL pipeline will stretch across the continent, from Alberta to …

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Scenes from the DeChristopher sentencing [VIDEO]

In case you could only make it to Salt Lake City in spirit on the day of Tim DeChristopher's sentencing last week, the mini-doc below gives an up-close view of what went down on the streets outside the courthouse. Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, and Mary) makes an appearance to strum and sing along in protest, and footage captures peaceful supporters being hauled away in handcuffs (many of them while still singing). Watch and be inspired: What action can you take against climate injustice?

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It’s the happiness, stupid!

A new documentary about the real wealth of nations — happiness

Money can't make you happy, they say. Maybe a new kind of economy can?What if GDP stood for Great Domestic Pleasantness? How about an economy whose success is not determined by growth for growth’s sake? A new documentary, The Economics of Happiness, explores this rich territory. The film makes a connection between the economic crisis, the environment, and a “crisis of the human spirit” -- the reality that even as our material wealth has increased, we have not gotten happier. According to a study cited by author and 350.org activist (and Grist Board member) Bill McKibben, people in the United …

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Populist popcorn

What was the most sustainable cinema at Sundance 2011?

Last week, cinephiles and filmmakers gathered in the small, snow-covered town of Park City, Utah, for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Many of the films at the festival were inspirational to those of us interested in creating a "world that makes sense." Some dealt with themes of sustainability, some were made sustainably, some were simply hopeful. So pop yourself some organic popcorn and stay on the lookout at a theater, television, or video-on-demand screen near you for some of the festival's most sense-making entries.Robert Redford, a storyteller's storyteller who supports sustainability.Photo: Sundance Two especially intriguing films to keep an eye …

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Angry abandoned tire goes on killing spree (don't worry, it's a movie)

We’ve all heard of road rage. But what happens when car tires get tired of being kicked? Thanks to the horror/action/comedy/drama Rubber, about a tire with an axle to grind, we now have one idea -- they get psychokinetic powers and start killing birds and people. Watch the trailer here:   To keep your tires from going off the deep end, make sure to rotate them and keep them properly inflated. For instructions, watch Ask Umbra’s video "Inflation: The Good Kind for Tires".

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Urbivore’s Dilemma, Weeks 23 & 24: Some unsavory choices

To everything turnip, turnip, turnip...Photo: J. Prediger Fall produce is a whole new concept for me thanks to Community Supported Agriculture. For the past 24 weeks, freshly grown vegetables travel from Long Island to Brooklyn to be picked up, cooked and eaten by me and other city folk. I'm taking note of the experience here in this Urbivore's Dilemma column. The past two weeks have seen an autumnal cornucopia of leeks, sweet potatoes, radish, broccoli, cauliflower, string beans, lettuce, butternut squash, turnips, dill, red mustards, and bai cai. Fresh broccoli is a miracle. It's tender and has an alive sort …

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Accidental raw foodist

Urbivore’s Dilemma, Weeks 20-22: Cooking strike

Some of my recent CSA bounty.Photos: Jennifer Prediger It's week 22 of Community Supported Agriculture living, which I've been chronicling in this Urbivore's Dilemma column. The past few weeks have been a blur. I keep thinking it's still August, or ought to be. The whole fall thing really speeds things up. No more days where at least someone you know is out reading magazines on a beach. Everything is back in business and it's getting colder, darker, and more serious. My brow has become furrowed. All that to say, I've spent very little quality time with the fruits and vegetables …

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