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August 29, 2011

Dear colleagues,

August 29, 2011
By Bill McKibben
The Nation

I’m a wuss.

I figured that out on August 20, when a guard was leading me down the cellblock in manacles and leg irons, and I looked through the bars of one cage, and there was Dan Choi, the former Army lieutenant turned gay rights activist.

August 24, 2011
By Ben Geman
The Hill

Top officials with several prominent environmental groups are voicing support for demonstrations at the White House that call for President Obama to block a pipeline that would greatly expand...

August 21, 2011
By Kevin J. Kelley
Blurt: 7 Days Staff Blog

A Vermont Law School professor and a Middlebury College scholar were arrested in front of the White House on Saturday at the start of the environmental movement’s biggest series of civil-disobedience protests in decades.

August 21, 2011
New York Times

This page opposes the building of a 1,700-mile pipeline called the Keystone XL, which would carry diluted bitumen — an acidic crude oil — from Canada’s Alberta tar sands to the Texas Gulf Coast. We have two main concerns: the risk of oil spills along the pipeline, which would traverse highly sensitive terrain, and the fact that the extraction of...

August 16, 2011
By James Miller
Sustainable China blog

August 1, 2011
China Daily

JERUSALEM (Xinhua) – The Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land (CRIHL), an interfaith committee situated in Jerusalem that includes the chief leaders of Islam, Christianity and Judaism, recently endorsed the Declaration on Climate Change to promote environmental sustainability, and some believe it might lead to positive spillover in regional...

August 1, 2011
By David A Gabel
Environmental News Network

A team of scientists from the University of Oxford are working on a world map which shows all the land owned or revered by various world religions. This “holy map” will display all the sacred sites from Jerusalem’s Western Wall, to Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, to St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Just as interesting,...

July 30, 2011
By Mireya Navarro
New York Times

WASHINGTON — Like manna from heaven, thousands of dollars in new revenue is raining on a group of congregations here from the unlikeliest of sources: the utility bill.

The windfall arose after 11 churches and a nonprofit youth group got together to solicit reduced-rate bids for electricity — most of it from renewable...

July 29, 2011
By Duane Elgin
Huffington Post