Apr 62014

On April 13 at 10 p.m. (Eastern),  a new series premiers on the Showtime channel. But you can watch the series premier right here, right now. From the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East, this documentary series provides first-hand reports on those affected by and seeking [...]

Jan 22014

Right before the holiday break in December, I happily attended the Alliance for Appalachia’s Summit on Economic Transition. I went as an OVEC representative, along with OVEC’s founder Dianne Bady. As someone who helped plan the event, I was ecstatic about the standing-room-only attendance. The full-capacity turn-out reflects current interest in economic transition, a topic getting [...]

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Nov 272013

Review of Earthmasters: the Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering by Clive Hamilton, Yale University Press, 2013 Clive Hamilton, an Australian, has written a number of books about climate change. In the recently published Earthmasters, he tackles the subject of attempts to manage the climate by geoengineering. I found this book well researched, well [...]

Oct 122013

Three events in late October which OVEC friends, members and new contacts should plan to attend: First, October 28: Beards Fork, WV.  Fifth and final community forum of the Coalfield Environmental Health Project. We’ll see the results of the Beards Fork Health Survey and discuss how to continue our networking.  We’ll talk about how information [...]

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Aug 192013

An exciting new report by Carnegie Mellon challenges the traditional way in which we discuss the benefits of renewable energy generation. The report re-positions renewable benefits in a way that deals with the real world health effects of fossil fuel generation and carbon dioxide displacement that will be necessary going to ensure a sustainable energy [...]

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Aug 52013

  Thanks to the Post Carbon Institute (PCI; like them on Facebook here), OVEC is in the midst of distributing more than 250 copies of the large-format book ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth. Organizationally, OVEC has partnered with PCI in their Energy Reality Campaign, a national effort to increase energy literacy, with [...]

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Jun 202012

Below is a statement from the Non-govermental Organizations (NGOs) attending the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.  Much frustration exists among ordinary people here over the fact that that 20 nations are deciding the fate of 195. Many have been saying that the current document is taking steps backwards from the agreement reach in Rio [...]

Jun 202012

OVEC Executive Director Janet Keating is attending the Rio+20 Earth Summit, going on now in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Keating will present before a panel titled “Organizing for Change: Women’s Tribunals as Civil Society Advocacy.” She’ll present findings from the Central Appalachian Women’s Tribunal on Climate Justice, which was held May 10 in Charleston, W. [...]