Category Archives: Environment Georgia

Over 500 Atlantans March For Climate Justice In Lead Up To Paris Negotiations

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Photograph by Steve Eberhardt.   (APN) ATLANTA — Before world leaders began critical climate negotiations in Paris, France, on November 30, 2015, Atlantans joined more than half a million people worldwide who rallied to demand a stop to global warming.   On Sunday, November 29, 2015, 550 people marched from a park in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood to the […]

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City of Atlanta Preparing to Embrace Solar Panels

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(APN) ATLANTA — After years of inaction because solar panels were deemed unfeasible, the City of Atlanta appears on the verge of possibly implementing a new solar power plan.   Former State Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield (D-Atlanta), director of Atlanta’s Office of Sustainability, told Atlanta Progressive News that she’s working with various departments to finalize a plan to install solar […]

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Georgia, U.S. Leaders, Advocates Praise EPA Clean Power Plan

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(APN) ATLANTA — Yesterday, Monday, August 03, 2015, President Barack Obama and the  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the final Clean Power Plan, or rule that is intended to turn the tide on climate change.   It will cut U.S. carbon pollution from the power sector by 870 million tons, or 32 percent below 2005 levels, in 2030.   […]

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Savannah River Pilgrimage Highlights Corporate Pollution (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) TYBEE ISLAND, Georgia — The “Source to Sea” Savannah River Pilgrimage started on March 08, 2015, at Whiteside Mountain, North Carolina, and ended April 11, 2015, 439 miles later on the bank of Tybee Island.   The purpose of the pilgrimage was to raise awareness of environmental damage to the ecosystem from pollutants that flow into the river from […]

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Georgia Cities Maintain Right to Ban Plastic Bags, Despite Legislative Efforts

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(APN) ATLANTA — The plastic bag lobby was active in Georgia this Legislative Session, but despite its influence, a bill to prohibit municipalities from banning plastic bags ultimately failed.   Underlying the legislative push was a proposed ordinance to ban plastic bags in Tybee Island, Georgia.   Supporters of the ban say that plastic bags are increasingly being ingested by […]

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Orrock, Drenner Introduce Citizens United Resolution, Call for U.S. Constitutional Amendment

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Photograph by Steve Eberhardt (APN) ATLANTA — On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision of the Supreme Court of the U.S., State Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) and Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates) announced the introduction of resolutions calling for a U.S. Constitutional Amendment to allow U.S. Congress to place common-sense […]

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EPD Issues Order Harming Georgia’s Saltwater Marshes

(APN) ATLANTA — In a surprise announcement ironically given on Earth Day, April 22, 2014, Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Director Jud Turner issued an order to create a massive rollback to the protections presently used to defend the saltwater marshes in Georgia. The rollback will eliminate the buffers that guard the marshes from pollutants.     With no public hearing […]

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Atlanta City Officials Pursue Leasing City Land for Solar Farms

(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta is seeking to team up with Georgia Power on a potential project that could turn closed city-owned landfills and additional land at the airport into solar farms.     Under a proposed agreement, the City would lease land to New Generation Power, Inc., who would cover the costs associated with designing, installing, maintaining, […]

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(IPS) New Clean Air Rules Force Some Coal Plants to Close

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: ATLANTA, Georgia, Jul 29, 2011 (IPS) – Utility companies across the U.S. have announced plans to shut down and retire several coal-fired power plants following a new rule published by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intended to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. The new rule, […]

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