Critics seek to stop Great Lakes pipeline run by company with poor safety habits

Environmental groups say Line 5 poses a major threat and is run by Canadas Enbridge which has a long record of mismanagement A coalition of environmental groups and newly elected Democrats in Michigan are seeking to shut a controversial pipeline through the Great Lakes they say represents a major environmental threat and is being run by a company with a long record of mismanagement, poor safety habits and deception. Canadian oil giant Enbridge wants to replace an ageing pipeline called Line 5 that pervasive organizational failure. One incident in particular occurred in 2010 when a pipeline belonging to Enbridge ruptured and began pumping heavy crude into Michigans Kalamazoo River. A warning system alerted operators, but the employees misread the signals, …

Rebecca Solnit: ‘Every protest shifts the world’s balance’

Two hundred years after the Peterloo massacre, which led to the founding of the Manchester Guardian, protest is shaping our political moment. Where do we go from here? Scale it up and its revolution; scale it down and its individual non-cooperation that may be seen as nothing more than obstinacy or malingering or not seen at all. What we call protest identifies one aspect of popular power and resistance, a force so woven into history and everyday life that you miss a lot of its impact if you focus only on groups of people taking stands in public places. But people taking such stands have changed the world over and over, toppled regimes, won rights, terrified tyrants, stopped pipelines and …

How do you write a play about the climate crisis?

As part of a new initiative, playwright Bess Wohl was tasked with writing a play about climate crisis, a daunting proposition thats morphed into the off-Broadway drama Continuity Time. Comedic timing. The freezing of time. How much time humanity has left before certain catastrophe. In Continuity, the new off-Broadway play from the award-winning playwright Bess Wohl and Tony-nominated director Rachel Chavkin, time is the central theme, affecting each character in different ways. Told through the frame of a Hollywood film set, the play tackles how humans are supposed to deal with the magnitude of climate crisis, even as their lives become weighed down with personal drama. Someone get this asshole out of my shot! yells Maria, the harangued film director …

A Blazing Hot Coal Seam Shows How Microbes Can Spring to Life

Just past the intersection of Centre and Locust in Centralia, Pennsylvania, the microbiologist Tammy Tobin turned the wheel of her aging Prius sharply to the right. As the windshield wipers whipped furiously back and forth to fend off the driving sleet—a reminder that winter had yet to bid farewell—Tobin announced, “We’re here.” We were at the base of a grassy slope nestled behind the SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery. It looked like any of the other countless knolls tucked in the anthracite hills of eastern Pennsylvania. But almost 50 meters beneath our feet lurked a hidden menace. Centralia was burning. Or rather, the coal seam under what used to be the town of Centralia was burning. The coal has burned …

30 Of The Best Responses To #Trashtag Challenge

1.3 billion tonnes of household waste is generated per year and only 258 -368 million tons of it ends up in the 50 largest dumpsites, and million tons of it ends up in the ocean, 80% of which comes from mainland waste. Well, the new hashtag #trashtag wants everyone to chip in to chip away at this trash problem. People are challenged to take a before photo of an area that is in need of intense trash clean-up, followed by an after photo of the beautified area. Even when waste is put into dump sites it finds other ways of getting out into the world. As trash decomposes it can release toxins and harmful chemicals that leak into the soil, …

Stella McCartney leverages star power to save the rainforests

Oprah Winfrey and Drew Barrymore among famous names supporting eco-friendly project at Paris fashion week The catwalk for Stella McCartneys latest collection ran through the Paris Opera on Monday morning, below a majestic canopy of chandeliers. But McCartneys focus this season is on a beautiful environment of a very different nature: the ancient and endangered at-risk Sumatran orangutan, as well as to vegetation, which is an important source of oxygen. McCartney is leveraging her star power to kickstart a campaign encouraging social media users to dedicate trees, and to donate to the nonprofit organisation Canopy. From left: Oprah Winfrey, Stella McCartney, Lewis Hamilton and Edward Enninful, the editor-in-chief of British Vogue. Photograph: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty The actors Drew Barrymore and …