Texas judge strikes down gay marriage ban, Arizona Governor vetoes anti-gay bill

By Roxy on April 17, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Ohio geologists link small earthquakes to fracking.

By Roxy on April 13, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Fracking Marcellus : drilling pipes at a hydraulic fracturing site in Washington Township

via The Guardian UK

Glenda Besana-Ostman, a seismologist with the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, confirmed the finding is the first in the region to suggest a connection between the quakes and the actual extraction of oil and gas, as opposed to wastewater disposal. A deep-injection well in the same region of Ohio was found to be the likely cause of a series of quakes in the same region of Ohio in 2012.

Under the new permit conditions, all new drilling sites in Ohio within 3 miles of a known fault or seismic activity of 2.0 magnitude or higher will be conditioned on the installation of sensitive seismic-monitoring equipment. Results will be directly available to regulators, Simmers said, so the state isn’t reliant on drilling operators providing the data voluntarily.

If seismic activity of 1.0 magnitude or greater is felt, drilling will be paused for evaluation. If a link is found, the operation will be halted.

“While we can never be 100% sure that drilling activities are connected to a seismic event, caution dictates that we take these new steps to protect human health, safety and the environment,” said James Zehringer, director of Ohio’s natural resources department.

Ohio has also imposed an indefinite drilling moratorium at the site of the March quakes. The state is allowing oil and gas extraction to continue at five existing wells at the site.

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Narrow Hammered Bangles

By Roxy on April 9, 2014 at 10:10 am

Available here in bronze and silver.

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Saturday Reading: Updates on Bristol Bay and A Grim Report on Climate Change

By Roxy on April 5, 2014 at 3:38 pm
photo provided by Trout Unlimited shows sockeye salmon in a river in the Bristol Bay, Alaska watershed.

photo provided by Trout Unlimited shows sockeye salmon in a river in the Bristol Bay, Alaska watershed.

EPA Considers blocking massive gold mine proposed for Alaska, via The Washington Post

This is great news for the Bristol Bay and its community. The Pebble Mine would cause irreversible damage to the environment and fishing communities of Bristol Bay.

“Extensive scientific study has given us ample reason to believe that the Pebble Mine would likely have significant and irreversible negative impacts on the Bristol Bay watershed and its abundant salmon fisheries,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in a statement.

“It’s why EPA is taking this step forward in our effort to ensure protection for the world’s most productive salmon fishery from the risks it faces from what could be one of the largest open pit mines on earth. This process is not something the agency does very often, but Bristol Bay is an extraordinary and unique resource.”

While the announcement does not mean the Obama administration has made a final decision to prohibit Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., a Canadian-based firm, from starting construction on the Pebble Mine project, it will delay it for months and make it much harder for the controversial project to move ahead at all.

 

Climate Signals, Growing Louder, via The New York Times.

A grim report on climate change is out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, suggesting that the effects of climate change are already happening and that the world is ill-prepared for its effects.

The report’s conclusions mirrored those of a much shorter but no less disturbing report issued two weeks ago by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest scientific society. Like the panel, the association declared that the world is already feeling the effects of global warming, that the ultimate consequences could be catastrophic, and that the window for effective action is swiftly closing.

The intergovernmental panel’s report (a companion report later this month will discuss what governments should do) could carry considerable weight with delegates to next year’s climate change summit meeting in Paris, at which the members of the United Nations will again try, after years of futility, to fashion a new global climate treaty. And together, the two reports could build public support for President Obama’s efforts to use his executive authority to limit greenhouse gases, most recently with a plan issued on Friday to reduce methane emissions from landfills, agricultural operations and oil and gas production and distribution.

The report can be read here.

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Same-sex marriage is officially legal in England and Wales!!

By Roxy on March 29, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Same-sex marriage is officially legal today in England and Wales. Congratulations to the couples who worked hard for this!!

Read about it here.

New Custom Work

By Roxy on March 28, 2014 at 10:58 am

 

Visit our custom page to view more custom work.

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Small Lace Earrings — Available in our Philly store!

By Roxy on March 28, 2014 at 10:46 am

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“Ethical gold” aims to curb mining’s toll in South America, via Reuters

By Roxy on March 6, 2014 at 3:50 pm

An article about the Aurelsa mine via Reuters

Aurelsa, with 45 employees, made its first direct international sale in June 2013, a 2.2-pound (1-kg) shipment of gold certified as “ethical” by ARM, and it has exported another 22 pounds (10 kg) of ethical gold since.

While Aurelsa still sells some gold to middlemen, it hopes that all of its production – currently at 4.4-6.6 pounds (2-3 kg) per month – will soon be marketed and sold as “ethical gold”.

There are three other mines like Aurelsa in South America and last year they exported a combined 790 pounds (360 kg) of “ethical gold” to boutique jewelers in the United States and in Europe.

Miners at Aurelsa work in well-lit tunnels and take home regular paychecks, a vast improvement over other mines in Relave, a town of about 4,000 people.

Across from Aurelsa’s active mineshaft, hundreds of illegal miners dig without protective gear at La Capitana, an imposing hunk of rock that locals say has been mined for more than two centuries.

“In any one of those, you’d have to crawl to get inside, and you wouldn’t be able to see anything,” said Daniel Arcos, an Aurelsa engineer.”

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Federal judge strikes down Va. ban on gay marriage

By Roxy on February 14, 2014 at 12:56 pm

“Laws excluding gay men and lesbians from marriage violate personal freedom, are an unnecessary government intrusion, and cause serious harm,” Olson said after Wright Allen’s ruling, “ That type of law cannot stand.”

via the Washington Post.

We could not agree more.

The article is accompanied by a great infographic showing the changing attitudes towards marriage equality over the years as well as a map of where same-sex marriage is allowed and banned. We hope, and are and optimistic that in the future, this map will turn completely purple.

 

New Reticulated Color Cuffs! On Sale for V-Day!!

By Roxy on February 10, 2014 at 4:57 pm

On sale for $65 instore only!

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