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Cleaning Up the Clean Water Act

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EPA proposes enhanced protections for streams and wetlands

The Obama administration has proposed a new rule that would give the federal government regulatory authority over millions of acres of wetlands and about 2 million miles of streams. The regulation would clarify that the EPA has jurisdiction over waterways intermittent streams — the kind that only flow seasonally, or after heavy rains — and riparian wetlands. That will mean......read more

Hoptu Laptop Sleeve

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Eye-popping MacBook protection in upcycled neoprene $32.00

Neoprene, the spongy Dupont fabric commonly used for wetsuits, has become a ubiquitous go-to material for gadget-protecting sleeves and cases. And for good reason: it's rubbery, light, and flexible, so it makes a perfect cocoon for laptops and tablets. Looptworks intercedes in the waste stream of wetsuit production, taking leftover Neoprene scraps to make gadget sleeves in a variety of......read more

Obama Moves on Coal Emissions

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The Environmental Protection Agency issues tough standards for new coal-fired power plants

In the first of a series of measures under President Obama’s climate plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday proposed strict new emissions limits for newly constructed power plants. Speaking at the National Press Club, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said newly built coal-fired power plants will have to keep CO2 emissions below 1,100 pounds per megawatt-hour, while......read more

Bamboo iPad Case by iWave

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Effective iPad protection in highly renewable bamboo $59.99

The iWave Bamboo case for iPad is a case manufactured completely from the fast-growing plant -- one of the world’s most sustainable design materials. At under $50, it won’t break the bank, either.  ...read more

Nau Pad Stash

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Warm and fuzzy protection for your iPad $75.00

Nau, the sustainable apparel champs from Portland, OR, have added an iPad case to their arsenal with the fuzzy Pad Stash. Made of die-cut wool felt, the Stash features a protective, flip-close cover which folds back at a perfect angle to serve as a stand for viewing and typing. A large window and portal cutouts enable unrestricted access to your gadget, and a series of interior pockets......read more

Brelli Biodegradable Umbrella

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Sturdy sustainable protection from the elements. $50.00

Welcome to the world's first fully biodegradable umbrella. With a durable, highly renewable bamboo frame, the Brelli can withstand winds up to 40 mph (a typical metal and nylon umbrella collapses in winds over 12 mph). The canopy is made from a patented biofilm that's 100% biodegradable when disposed of in a landfill or compost. Comes with a lightweight, organic cotton carrying case. Good......read more

Potomac Tops List of America's Most Endangered Rivers

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Conservation group American Rivers urges support for clean water protection

In an announcement that's as laden with symbolism as rivers are with sediment, American Rivers has named the Potomac River, which flows through the nation's capital, the most endangered river in the United States. "America’s Most Endangered Rivers," the annual report from the clean water advocacy group, noted that the Potomac is under increasing threat from pollution caused by urban......read more

Forest Protection Deal Signed in Canada

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Green groups, forest companies agree to three-year logging moratorium in stretch of Boreal woodlands.

A historic moment for industry and environmentalists in Canada this week, as conservation groups and lumber companies agreed to place a three year moratorium on the logging of a massive swath of northern Boreal forest. At 278,000 square miles, it's one of largest forest conservation settlements ever made, and is widely seen as a win win for all parties involved. In addition to providing......read more

The Sheriff's Back

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Emboldened by the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency asserts its authority as the nation's eco watchdog.

In addition to the economic woes of the “noughts”—the years from 2000-2009—it was also a lawless era for environmental protection in the United States. Bush administration efforts at “dismantling safeguards, ignoring climate concerns, marginalizing sound science and catering to industries that endangered Americans’ health and natural heritage” meant our watchdog, the Environmental......read more

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