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[ Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project ]


The goal of Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project is to put an end to dolphin exploitation and slaughter once and for all. Dolphins are regularly captured, harassed, slaughtered and sold into captivity around the world – all in the name of profit. The Dolphin Project works not only to halt these slaughters in countries around the world, but also to rehabilitate captive dolphins, investigate and advocate for economic alternatives to dolphin slaughter exploitation, and to put a permanent end to dolphin captivity.

The Dolphin Project has achieved many important victories for dolphins over the years. We brought the world’s attention to brutal drive hunts taking place along the coast of Japan, as seen in the 2009 Academy Award-winning feature documentary “The Cove,” ; we successfully negotiated for an end to dolphin slaughter in the Solomon Islands; we and we continue to raise awareness that captivity is cruel.

Ric O’Barry has been working towards there goals for over 40 years, and he continues his quest to put an end to dolphin suffering. Be sure to stay tuned for information on how you can get involved and make a difference.

To donate, take action and find out more info on Ric O’Barry’s  Dolphin Project please visit: dolphinproject.org.

Earth Island Institute

logo_earthislandinstituteThe Dolphin Project is a proud part of the Earth Island Institute, a non-profit, tax deductible organization founded in 1982. The Earth Island Institute has a long and active history in dolphin-related causes. In 1986, through the International Marine Mammal Project, EII organized a campaign to urge U.S. tuna companies to end the practice of intentionally chasing and netting dolphins with purse seine nets, and to adopt “Dolphin Safe” fishing practices to prevent the drowning of dolphins in tuna nets. This campaign included a consumer pressure, litigation, and revisions of the US Marine Mammal Protection Act.  In 1990 a major breakthrough was achieved and the first companies pledged to become dolphin-safe.  Today 100% of American tuna have become verifiably dolphin safe. Through the International Monitoring Program, the Earth Island Institute regularly inspects tuna companies to insure consumers that the tuna they buy is truly “dolphin safe.”


Earth Island Institute is an umbrella organization with has more than 60 projects working for the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the Earth. For more information, please visit: earthisland.org.


[ Solar Puts Out the Welcome Mat ]

Solar Puts Out the Welcome Mat


Visitors tour a Solar Decathlon home (Photo: F Delventhal/Flickr)

If you’ve noticed an uptick in the number of solar panels
being installed on homes and businesses in your region in the last several
years, you’re not alone. The price of solar panels has dropped a whopping 75%
in the last five years. By the end of 2013, a solar project will have been
installed, on average, every four minutes in the U.S.

It’s one thing to see the statistics. It’s quite another to
see solar hard at work in your own community.

EarthShare member organization The American Solar Energy
Society (ASES) is introducing people around the country to the solar projects
generating clean energy in their midst. On
Saturday, October 5 they will hold their 18th annual National Solar Tour
. Homeowners and businesses in neighborhoods
across the country will open their doors and to show what they’ve done to slash
utility bills and help cut pollution from power plants.

Want to learn how your neighbors are making use of clean
energy? Thinking about going solar yourself? Chances are there’s a solar tour
happening near you
that can give you the information and inspiration you
need to make it happen.


The ASES National Solar Tour is the largest grassroots solar
event in the nation, involving about 150,000 participants and 5,000
solar-energy sites nationwide. In 2012, the National Solar Tour drew more than
90,000 people in 38 states to 578 registered Solar Tours. Sites included
residential, commercial and municipal properties, appealing to a wide audience.

In addition to highlighting available solar options, an
increasing focus of the tour is on energy-saving techniques and sustainability
through green building design, energy efficient appliances, and use of green
materials during remodeling. Tours also provide helpful, real-world examples of
costs and how to save money with federal, state, and local incentives.

“The National Solar Tour offers families an opportunity to
have meaningful conversations with friends and neighbors who’re reaping the
benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency each and every day,” says
actor Ed Begley Jr. “It’s a great way to get an up-close and personal
perspective on how easy it can be to live the green life — and how rewarding.”

Get motivated! This is a chance to see affordable and
practical technologies in your neighborhood that are solving our nation’s
energy problems and reducing our carbon emissions. If you’re considering solar
energy, or just want to see what all the buzz is about, visit a business or
resident on the National Solar Tour to learn more.

To find a tour near
you visit
http://www.ases.org/solar-tour/find-a-tour/. Also see our tips on going solar.


[ First U.S. Wind Company IPO Signals a Shift in the Energy Breeze ]

What a difference three years can make. In 2010, First Wind tried to do an initial public offering, but never made it out of the gate. Last Friday, in a sign of wind power’s now-entrenched place on the U.S. energy landscape, Pattern Energy Group had a successful IPO, raising $352 million.

Of course, there was more that was different about this IPO than the date it took place; as Reuters pointed out, “Pattern has solid cash flow and has been largely profitable, factors that may have helped the company get a better pricing and drive the stock up on debut.”

Still, the success of the Pattern IPO does say something about the state of the larger industry.

Utilities like wind because it’s a reliable way to meet renewable portfolio standards, and it is becoming more and more economically attractive, with the levelized cost of energy falling by half in the past four years. That led the financial firm Lazard to write recently that “while many had anticipated significant declines in the cost of utility-scale solar PV, few anticipated these sorts of cost declines for wind technology.”

To be sure, federal support has been very helpful in keeping the price of wind within shouting distance of very cheap natural gas. Yet earlier this year, the Berkeley Lab reported that “even within today’s low gas price environment … wind power can still provide a cost-effective long-term hedge against many of the higher-priced future natural gas scenarios being contemplated.”

Pattern isn’t just dependent on the U.S. market – it owns interests in four wind farms in the United States and one in Canada, has a partial interest in another in the U.S., and has two under construction – in Ontario and Chile. Those wind farms add up to 1,041 megawatts of rated capacity. The projects generally have long-term power purchase agreements, giving Pattern a very good expectation of continued, predictable cash flow.

The company (PEGI) priced its offering at $22 and closed its first day of trading Friday at $23.27, up about 6 percent. Shares Monday closed at $23.40.

—Pete Danko

This post originally appeared at EarthTechling and was republished with permission.


[ Climate Change Action Could Save 500,000 Lives Annually, Study Says ]

Global action to curb climate change could save 500,000 lives annually, far outweighing the projected cost of reducing fossil fuel emissions, a new study says.


[ Friday mystery photo ]

Craters of the Moon National Wilderness Area is located and Idaho, and is comprised of 43,234 acres of unique and otherworldly wilderness. 



[ The Wilderness Society applauds the extension of Secure Rural Schools program ]

Emily Diamond-Falk

Statement from Alan Rowsome at The Wilderness Society

The following statement is from Alan Rowsome, senior director of government relations for lands at The Wilderness Society:


[ Conservation organizations partner on DC service project to celebrate National Public Lands Day ]

Emily Diamond-Falk

The Wilderness Society and the Rock Creek Conservancy volunteer in local Washington park




[ BLM to clean up old oil wells in western Arctic ]

The federal Bureau of Land Management has just released their 2013 Legacy Wells Strategic Plan, which contains specific actions to clean u



[ Strike Three: Feds reject Alaska governor’s assault on the Arctic Refuge ]

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell just doesn’t want to take “no” for an answer, but he must be getting used to it, because the U.S.



[ Broadly supported bill supports renewable energy – and funds conservation ]

In June, President Obama introduced his Climate Action Plan, doubling the goal set during his first term to 20,000 megawatts’ worth of renewable energy projects on public lands, generating clean, sustainable power for about six million homes.