Gina-Marie Cheeseman

Gina-Marie is a freelance writer and journalist armed with a degree in journalism, and a passion for social justice, including the environment and sustainability. She writes for various websites, and has made the 75+ Environmentalists to Follow list by Mashable.com.

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General Mills Tracks Its Impact Across the Value Chain

In its 45th annual Global Responsibility Report, released last week, General Mills tracks its impact across the value chain and calculates its progress. From sustainable sourcing to energy made from Greek yogurt leftovers, check out how the food giant is embracing sustainability.

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NRDC Analysis Finds Data Gaps in Fracking Reports

The Natural Resources Defense Council and FracTracker Alliance launched an investigation of the publicly provided information on oil and gas company violations. What they found is that state and federal agencies aren’t providing information on violations “in a transparent, easily accessible or comprehensive way.”

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Turkey Continues to Deny Armenian Genocide

From 1915 until 1923, about 1.5 million Armenians lost their lives. Forced out of their homes and ancient land, they were made to walk death marches to the Syrian desert. Most died along the way. Even 100 years later, the Turkish government continues to deny that what happened was genocide.

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McDonald’s Commits to Removing Deforestation From Its Supply Chain

This week, McDonald’s announced a commitment to remove deforestation from its supply chain. The global fast food company’s commitment includes its entire supply chain but places a priority on certain products, including beef, fiber-based packaging, coffee, palm oil and poultry.

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Majority of BP Shareholders Vote For Climate Change Resolution

An overwhelming majority (98 percent) of shareholders voted for a resolution on climate change at a BP annual general meeting held on April 16. The resolution requires increased annual reporting on climate change risks. But is the resolution’s passing really something to cheer?

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EcoPlum ‘Pops Up’ for Earth Week

There are many ways to celebrate Earth Week and highlight the importance of living a more sustainable life. EcoPlum, an online fashion and gift item store, is opening its first pop-up shop with Environment Furniture in New York City, lasting from April 16 to April 22.

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Drought Forces Santa Barbara to Reactivate Desalination Plant

In response to a 3-year drought, the city of Santa Barbara is re-activating a seawater desalination plant that’s been out of use for over 20 years. As water supplies dwindle, other California cities are also turning to desalination, which is generally a last-resort measure because of its high cost and energy intensity.

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FedEx Tackles Emissions: On the Ground and in the Air

Climate change is a very real threat, so it’s great when a global shipping company like FedEx does something to reduce its impact. Through programs to cut emissions from air and ground deliveries — as well as reduce indirect emissions tied to energy consumption — FedEx is shrinking its footprint one order at a time.

So, apparently ALEC was never a climate denial group. Could have fooled these Occupy protesters (and us).

ALEC: ‘We’re Not Climate Change Deniers!’

The American Legislative Exchange Council, commonly known by its acronym, ALEC, is sick of being called a climate change denial group. If you’re scratching your head, we don’t blame you. This is the same group that has said climate change may have “possibly beneficial” effects and that “a great deal of scientific uncertainty surrounds the nature of these prospective changes.” So, what gives?

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Minneapolis — the Healthiest City in the U.S.

Livability, an organization that works with communities to develop content marketing programs, ranked the top 10 healthiest cities in the U.S. Minneapolis, Minnesota, made the No. 1 spot. How did your city fare?

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Six California Cities Make Energy Star’s Top Cities List

Six California cities made the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Top Cities list, which ranks cities by the number of Energy Star-certified buildings. Did your city make the list?