Virginia Anglers Catch 143-pound Monster Catfish

Virginia Anglers Catch 143-pound Monster CatfishNews outlets are calling the 143-pound blue catfish hooked by sport fishermen in Virginia a monster of our own making. The fish caught by Richard Nicholas “Nick” Anderson and his father and brother in John H. Kerr Reservoir, known locally as Buggs Island Lake, broke the state record just set in March by a 109 pound catfish, and may break the world record for largest fish caught. Biologists for the most part are not cheering the opportunity for more fisherman to catch a “big one” in Virginia waters. (more)

All Eyes to EPA on Global Warming

All Eyes to EPA on Global WarmingThe U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide and other global warming pollutants under the Clean Air Act last month when it denied a petition by several states to force power plants to reduce pollution. (more)

Showdown in New Jersey Over Climate Pollution Pact

Showdown in New Jersey Over Climate Pollution PactIn response to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s announcement that he would pull out of a multi-state agreement, known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, to reduce global warming pollution from power plants, the state legislature has passed three separate bills to prevent RGGI withdrawal. While no one expects Governor Christie to sign the bills that reach his desk, environmentalists such as Jeff Tittel, Director of New Jersey Sierra Club, say the votes indicate that the legislature would support legislation blocking the regulatory changes Christie will need to pull out of the agreement. (more)

U.S. Regulators Help Nuclear Power Plants Meet Safety Standards…

U.S. Regulators Help Nuclear Power Plants Meet Safety Standards by Weakening StandardsA very cozy relationship exists between the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and thenuclear power industry in the United States according to an Associated Press investigative report that found “proof that aging reactors have been allowed to run less safely to prolong operation.” ( more)

To Win Back Ken, Barbie Pledges to Stop Destroying Rainforests

To Win Back Ken, Barbie Pledges to Stop Destroying RainforestsAfter last week’s banner-dropping stunt at Mattel headquarters by Greenpeace, deforestation concerns began dominating the discussion over at Barbie’s Facebook page. It got so bad that Mattel temporarily shut down the page to comments. Greenpeace launched its social media campaign and PR stunt on Tuesday morning, calling on Mattel to stop purchasing paper pulp harvested from the last habitat of Indonesia’s orangutans and tigers; by late Wednesday, Mattel’s response was posted front and center on the company website. more