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This Week’s Top Eco Stories

February 15, 2012

by Lindsay E. Brown

Chipotle Ad Upstages Some Grammy Performances
Chipotle’s anti-factory farming ad first appeared across the Internet last year. The chain officially debuted the two-minute commercial during the Grammys to a national audience, and it has since received rave reviews. The commercial follows a local farmer who takes up factory farming in pursuit of the big bucks, before an epiphany reverts him back to his, well, roots — organic farming. Between Nelson’s charming rendition of Coldplay’s wistful classic and the deftly packaged narrative, this commercial packs quite an emotional punch! See for yourself.

24 Hours to Stop Keystone XL: Activists Launch a “Signature Bomb” to Stop Congress from Forcing Tar Sands Pipeline
Senate Republicans have put forward an amendment to the transportation bill to try and reverse President Obama’s Keystone XL rejection and revive the pipeline. In the next few days, the U.S. Senate will vote to determine the fate of the Keystone. A coalition of environmental organizations have rolled out a “signature bomb” in an attempt to get 500,000 citizens to tell Senators to stop trying to force a decision on Keystone XL. They beat their goal and have now received over 700,000 signatures!

Eco Fashion Designers at New York Fashion Week
Eco fashion is a force to be reckoned with, and a category that’s gaining clout during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Starre Vartan gives you sustainable style highlights from her front-row view at the New York Shows.

Court Rules Monsanto Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in France
The American biotech giant Monsanto was found guilty by a French Court for poisoning a French farmer. This judgement could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides. If you’re interested in learning more about how Monsanto has affected the health of humans, honeybees, and Mother Earth, readMaryam Henein’s blog; she’s the Director of the must-watch documentary Vanishing of the Bees.

No, You Weren’t Hallucinating: January Was Really Warm
You’ve probably noticed warmer temperatures than you’re used to for this time of year. Maybe you’ve even gone outside without a jacket which is typically unheard of for this time of year in your area. Well, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released U.S. weather stats recently and reported that January 2012 is the fourth warmest January since modern record keeping began in the late 1800s.

States Sue E.P.A. Over Delayed Soot Rules
Eleven states, including New York and California, joined forces to sue the federal Environmental Protection Agency over the EPA’s failure to comply with federal clean air act and adopt air quality standards that protect the public’s health.

DOL Publishes Green Jobs Guide for Women
The U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau just released a new (free!) green jobs guide titled, “Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career.” “Many occupations in the clean energy economy remain virtually untapped by women,” said Sara Manzano-Díaz, director of the Women’s Bureau. Hopefully women of all ages in America who are searching for a job will download this guide.

Bill McKibben Discusses His 700,000 Anti-Keystone Emails on Colbert’s founder, Bill McKibben appeared on the Colbert Report Monday night to discuss his anti-Keystone email campaign to the Senate. The funnyman got a few satirical digs in, and McKibben patiently explained why it isn’t accurate when mining advocates argue that “everything we’re extracting from the ground is natural.”

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