A smart ban on fracking. New York had a choice: Whether to prohibit fracking, or allow this state to become a living laboratory for an unconventional drilling process whose safety remains in question. With the finalization of a ban on fracking this week, New York chose wisely. Albany Times Union, New York. Editorial, 4 July 2015.
OKLAHOMA CITY — A Texas based oil company is one step closer to drilling 12 new oil wells in a metro neighborhood. Trey Resources Inc. requested their drilling variances from the OKC Board of Adjustments on Thursday, hoping to drill the wells near 134th St. and S. Western. Several people living in the area filed into City Hall to defend the area they call home.
CLINTON — The six-year legal battle over the taxable value of coal, oil and natural gas still in the ground in three East Tennessee counties is likely not over, but the counties have won this…
There will be blood. The ingenuity of America’s shale industry is admirable, the state of its finances awful. Economist. 3 July 2015.
Recently, representatives from 23 known anti-fracking groups including Frackfree Mahoning Valley and the Frackfree America National Coalition, wrote a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection…
BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio — A community activist group near Cleveland that opposes oil and gas wells in residential neighborhoods said it plans to appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss its lawsuit…
Oklahoma case could open doors to more earthquake-fracking lawsuits. State Supreme Court’s to decision to allow Sandra Ladra to sue energy companies over quakes could encourage others to step forward with liability cases. InsideClimate News. 3 July 2015.
87 seek treatment after toxic train derailment in Tennessee. A derailment and fire of a CSX tank car hauling 24,000 gallons of acrylonitrile forced 5,000 people from their homes. Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee. 3 July 2015.
… Joanna Salidis, President of Friends of Nelson. Friends of Nelson says it wants the freedom to continue building existing homes and businesses unencumbered by the proposed natural gas pipe…
There are 185,000 miles of oil pipelines in the U.S., and not all of them are hidden in the outskirts of Alaska or Texas…Most of us have little idea where oil pipelines are buried – or if there are any near us at all. The easiest way to see if you’re in proximity of one is by logging on to the government’s U.S. Energy Information Administration site (eia.gov/state), which compiles the whereabouts of every gas and oil pipeline – as well as all power plants, refineries, coal mines, and fossil resources in the nation. To do your own research, follow the USEIA link, choose your state, and on the “Layers and Legends” menu at the top left, uncheck every box except “crude oil pipelines.”
As Arctic ice rapidly diminishes, vast oil fields previously thought unreachable are now the centerpiece of new environmental battles. While two Shell Oil rigs prepare to drill offshore exploratory wells off the Alaskan coast, watchdog groups across the globe are raising alarm trying to stop them. At stake are potentially some of the largest oil reserves left on the planet. Here’s a look at the history of the Arctic oil rush — one that’s really been around for nearly 100 years.
BP’s $18.7 billion out-of-court settlement resolves charges related to the Gulf Oil spill. It is big, even historic, but is it tax deductible? Mostly yes, and that has some people angry. Some deals expressly say what portion of a settlement is tax-deductible, while this deal does not. That is a major coup for BP, which is doing all it can to make sure BP doesn’t stand for ‘big penalty.’ A Department of Justice fact sheet contains suggestions about the after-tax value of the $18.7 billion settlement. Keep in mind that the settlement corrals BP, the federal government, five states and 400 local entities.
Some settlements are better than others. We may never know just how much damage, environmentally or economically, was done when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and caught fire in April 2010, spilling hundreds of thousands of oil daily along the Gulf Coast. Last week, though, we got a taste of how much it might cost BP, the British company that was leasing the rig when it exploded, killing 11 workers and gushing more than 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf until it was finally capped a few months later. New Jersey Herald, New Jersey. Editorial, 5 July 2015.
Conservation groups praise lawmakers after BP settlement, urge them to focus on Gulf restoration. Now that a final amount has been set for BP’s penalties and settlements relating to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, many local and national conservation groups have praised lawmakers for reaching a settlement. Birmingham News, Alabama. 3 July 2015.
People that live near fracking sites could be affected by health problems and financial hardships – and fracking might not even help climate change – a government report has revealed. The report – which was initially heavily redacted but has now been fully published after the Information Commissioner ordered the government to do so – includes striking passages that were previously blacked out on the risks of living near a fracking well, most dramatically that…
Secrecy over fracking chemicals clouds environmental risks, advocates say. The fracking industry must be compelled to provide far more detailed information to regulators if the public is to be accurately informed of any risks to the environment, advocacy groups say. The Guardian. 5 July 2015.
Critics of Alberta’s program to build a $16-billion electricity transmission system without public need studies have called for a major judicial inquiry on the massive taxpayer funded project following new revelations from U.S. embassy cables released by Wikileaks. Cables sent from the U.S. embassy in Ottawa in 2003 and 2008 show that Alberta politicians offered to export power to the United States using excess electricity generated by oil sands facilities.
In today’s climate of low commodity prices, massive layoffs and precipitously declining rig counts, one positive bit of industry news relatively close to home has gone largely under the radar. Quebec, our French-speaking, non-producing neighbor to the north, is poised to join the ranks of hydrocarbon producers. The eastern Canadian province apparently has one – and perhaps two – commercial light oil discoveries. How this came about is closely aligned to the chain of events dominating the industry for the past decade, namely the shale boom in North America, the resulting oversupply of natural gas, producer’s switch to tight oil plays and, last but not least, the public’s heightened concerns regarding hydraulic fracturing.
China Exempts Oil, Gas Industry From Land Use Taxby Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong03 July 2015 China’s Ministry of Finance has announced that the temporary use of land by the oil and gas sector…
Green movement must escape its ‘white, middle-class ghetto’, says U.K. Friends of the Earth chief Craig Bennett. The environmental movement needs to escape the “white, middle-class ghetto” and engage more fully with the UK’s ethnic and working class populations, according to Friends of the Earth’s newly appointed chief executive. The Independent, United Kingdom. 5 July 2015.
In the middle of a week of record temperatures, as if unaware of the irony, the business community celebrated the consolidation of its attempts to force the government’s hand to agree to a third…
UN climate change chief tells charities to stop complaining about global warming. Environmental charities should spend less time complaining about global warming and more time coming up with workable solutions to the problem, the UN’s climate change chief has said. The Independent, United Kingdom. 4 July 2015.
Once hailed as solution to climate change, carbon capture and storage ‘is not happening.’ Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is backed by governments and the International Energy Agency (IEA) as one of the best methods of reducing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere and saving the planet from overheating. Climate News Network, United Kingdom. 4 July 2015.
Enduring summer’s deep freeze. Why is America so over air-conditioned? It seems absurd, if not unconscionable, when you consider the money and energy wasted — not to mention the negative impact on the environment from the associated greenhouse-gas emissions. New York Times. Opinion, 5 July 2015.
Inequality isn’t just bad for the economy — it’s toxic for the environment. The pope’s encyclical on climate change was received with both enormous enthusiasm and criticism, reactions that will only intensify as he continues to lead efforts to solve our climate crisis and generate momentum for the U.N. Climate Conference later this year. Grist. Opinion, 5 July 2015.
Pope Francis will fly on Sunday to South America for a nine-day visit in which he is likely to focus on the poor and may challenge policies on oil and gas drilling. The first Latin American pope, who.
Green Pope goes medieval on planet. Some future historian, searching for the origins of a second Middle Ages, might fix on the summer of 2015 as its starting point. Here occurred the marriage of seemingly irreconcilable world views—that of the Catholic Church and official science—into one new green faith. Daily Beast. Opinion, 5 July 2015.
Bolivia (AP) – In the vine-entangled forests of the Aguarague National Park, crude that seeped for decades out of abandoned wellheads saturates the soil and has stained the…
David Suzuki: No social justice without climate action. The world is shifting on the related problems of climate change and social inequity. From Pope Francis’s encyclical to the International Monetary Fund’s admission that “trickle down” economics have failed to a court decision ordering the Dutch government to do more to address climate change, people are waking up to the fact that our survival, health and prosperity are incompatible with systems we developed for a different time and different conditions. Toronto Star, Ontario. 4 July 2015.
Our relationship with the Earth is divine. A lot of things have been said about Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’. But it’s important to remember that this papal letter is more than just a pronouncement on the issue of climate change — it is a profoundly theological document. Winnipeg Free Press, Manitoba. Opinion, 4 July 2015.
In May 1988, a 13-year-old girl named Ashley King was admitted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital by court order. She had a tumor on her leg—an osteogenic sarcoma—that, writes Jerry Coyne in his book…
Having been on the run overseas since the weekend, I’m only now catching up with Anthony Watts’s attack on Tom Peterson, one of the authors of a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate paper. The exchange, in which Watts accuses Peterson of prostituting himself and hints at fraud, occurred just before* he’d posted on his friendly meeting with climate campaigner Bill McKibben, described below.
Ono believes that activism can – and should – take many forms, and her range of causes is similarly broad: world peace, of course, but also the environment (in 2012 she embarked on a high-profile anti-fracking crusade), gun control and social issues including feminism and same-sex marriage. She donated money after the Japanese tsunami, inaugurated the Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts in 2009 and was designated the first global autism ambassador in 2010.
Floods changed my outlook on climate change. Until the night of the worst flooding in Texas history, climate change wasn’t on my radar. That night, my husband and I were lucky to escape with our lives. Now we want to help prevent future disasters by addressing climate change, and we’re asking U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to join us. Houston Chronicle, Texas. Opinion, 4 July 2015.
This article was originally published by Ann Coulter’s latest book, “¡Adios, America! – The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole” hit the shelves late last month and is.
We are numbed by Charleston; by its irrefutable proof of our still virulent racism and violent, gun-crazed culture, by being made to stare once again into the face of evil. Yet when the families of…
A klatch of politicos say that had Mary Landrieu run as a Republican, she would have won a fourth term to the U.S. Senate back in November. Pro-business, pro-energy and one of the most conservative…
… on many of Obama’s pet issues: gun control, minimum wage, immigration reform and climate change among them. But the president’s sharpened rhetoric on these and other issues signaled…
… as he took the treat from Bush and nudged the woman back. When another woman haggled over climate change with Bush, the candidate, clearly aggravated, told her to “chill out!” In Gorham,…
WASHINGTON (AP) – Earlier this year, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign lost count of its experts. In the months before she began her second run for the White House, Clinton spent hours quizzing…
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, candidates vying to be the chief challenger to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, crisscrossed Iowa over the…
Tom Steyer, the hedge fund founder bankrolling a campaign for action to curb global warming, called on Republican mega-donor David Koch to make his views on climate change public, after their first face-to-face encounter., Tom Steyer, the hedge fund founder bankrolling a campaign for action to curb global warming, called on Republican mega-donor David Koch to make his views on climate change public, after their first face-to-face encounter. Financial Times, United Kingdom. 4 July 2015.
Tarred by tobacco. Health insurance and hospital companies that are members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce find themselves in an uncomfortable situation. Publicly, these companies support policies designed to reduce smoking, but the chamber, as Danny Hakim recently reported, has opposed anti-smoking measures around the world. New York Times. Editorial, 4 July 2015.
Chevron fire sent U.S. Chemical Safety Board into a tailspin. To some, the strife at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board — the 40-person authority charged with investigating industrial accidents and recommending ways to improve safety — bears strong resemblance to the headlines from developing nations. San Francisco Chronicle, California. 5 July 2015.
For Chevron, the second largest oil company in the country with $26.2 billion in annual profits, it helps to have friends in high places. With little fanfare, one of Chevron’s top lobbyists, Stephen..
Independence Day fireworks ’cause significant rise in air pollution.’ July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence since 1776. Tonight, the sky will be illuminated with stunning fireworks displays that are taking place all over the US. But according to a new study, such festivities may have an unintended consequence – a significant increase in air pollution. Medical News Today, United Kingdom. 4 July 2015.
Beijing says its air pollution better in first half of 2015. Beijing’s municipal government says air pollution in the capital improved during the first six months of 2015. Associated Press. 4 July 2015.
Drought in China forcing farmers hand Guanting Village, Ningxia: The undulating hills of Ningxia have been home for Hai Zhengjun ever since he chiselled out a cave shelter on the side of a ridge with…
Real-life pollution superhero The Fox headed to the big screen. Jim Phillips’ story sounds like the invention of a Hollywood screenwriter or a Marvel comic book artist: A mild-mannered school teacher by day, he goes out by night committing crimes to terrorize polluters. As his calling card, he leaves a drawing that says the polluters have been hit by “The Fox.” Elgin Courier News, Illinois. 4 July 2015.
Our annual summer reading list. Our staff recommends old and new books on the science, politics, wonder, and, of course, the guilt trips that are wrapped up in our relationship with the environment. Environmental Health News. 4 July 2015.
Through the first 5 months of 2015, according to data from Hybridcars.com, plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales are down in the United States by 4% from 2014. This is due, in part, to the current price of gasoline being lower than the 2014 price by $0.89 cents per gallon (per the U.S. Energy Information Administration), as well as the drop off in sales of the Chevrolet Volt in anticipation of the updated model coming out soon. In fact, if the year-over-year Volt sales are ignored, the rest of the industry is actually slightly ahead of last year’s pace.
According to new analysis from Texas-based Mercom Capital Group LLC, global solar installations are forecast to reach 57.4 GW this year. Mercom expects
The innovation is an advancement over the most common solar energy systems that rely on using sunlight immediately as a power source. Those systems are hindered by not being able to use that solar energy at night or when cloudy conditions exist.
Storing solar energy as hydrogen is a promising way for developing comprehensive renewable energy systems. To accomplish this, traditional solar panels can be used to generate an electrical current that splits water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen, the latter being considered a form of solar fuel. However, the cost of producing efficient solar panels makes water-splitting technologies too expensive to commercialize. EPFL scientists have now developed a simple, unconventional method to fabricate high-quality, efficient solar panels for direct solar hydrogen production with low cost. The work is published in Nature Communications.
DUBAI, UAE & TEMPE, AZ–(eSolarEnergyNews)–First Solar today announced that it has signed an agreement to supply its high performance photovoltaic (PV) modules to power the 200 megawatt (MW)AC second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. Earlier this year, a consortium led by ACWA Power, a leading water and power developer, owner and operator based in Saudi Arabia, and TSK, a Spanish engineering and construction company, was selected by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to develop, construct, own and operate the independent power project. According to the consortium, the project’s tariff of 5.84 USD cents per kilowatt-hour establishes a new global benchmark, reducing the cost of solar electricity by over 20 percent.
Georgia Power has launched a new solar sales and installation service for its customers.The new solar sales and installation program is administered by Georgia Power’s unregulated energy services group. The company stresses that the offering is completely under this unregulated business unit and not subsidized in any way by its regulated business.
In early February 2014, in Galva, Iowa at the American Natural Products (ANP) facility and in Clinton, Iowa, at the Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), Solazyme, Inc., began its commercial production of algal biofuel and oil.
By trying to replicate photosynthesis in plants, the chemists at UCLA have created a way to arrange the plastic in solar cells to gather and store energy more efficiently; indeed, instead of being able to store energy only for a few nanoseconds, the new cells could store energy for weeks. As such, the cells would continue to be functional through periods of rainy, overcast, or cloudy weather. Another solution to the issue of intermittency is slightly more traditional – batteries. A battery, such as the Tesla Powerwall, could be used to store energy gained during the day (or sunnier weather in general) so that solar energy, in effect, is still being provided into the night. In effect, these batteries (or others in future like it) would allow for evening out the energy provided to homes by solar cells.
Selected Central Massachusetts military veterans and their families will continue receiving playhouses with solar energy systems through a recently extended partnership of New England Clean Energy, Canadian Solar and Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester. The three companies initiated a six-month pilot in November 2014, to test the installation of Canadian Solar’s Maple Solar Systems on the children’s playhouses, which are constructed by local businesses and donated to military veterans through Habitat’s Project Playhouse program.
Wind turbines could be installed under some of the biggest bridges on the road network to produce electricity. So it is confirmed by calculations carried out by a European researchers team, that have taken a viaduct in the Canary Islands as a reference. This concept could be applied in heavily built-up territories or natural areas with new constructions limitations.
… picture of the world that lives, fatalistically but also optimistically, with the proximity of natural disaster.” Mostly they wanted an explanation of what it is that makes New Orleans different….
In Chicago, rooftop farming is getting off the ground. For more than a decade, Chicago has been at the forefront of the green-roof movement. Now the city is poised to take an active role in the next environmental push — using roofs to grow food. Los Angeles Times. 5 July 2015.
Flooding may spur algae in Lake Erie. The torrential rains that have pounded Ohio in the past few weeks have flooded basements and sent creeks spilling into roadways. They also could mean bad news for Lake Erie this summer. Columbus Dispatch, Ohio. 5 July 2015.
A degree of progress on the James River and Chesapeake Bay. The decades-long fight to save the Chesapeake Bay and clean up the tributary rivers and streams in its multi-state watershed is a classic tale of one step forward, two steps backward at times. At other times, it’s two steps in the right direction, one in reverse. Lynchburg News and Advance, Lynchburg News & Advance, Virginia. Editorial, 5 July 2015.
Trout trouble: Report finds that native fish face several threats The future of native trout in the United States is in big trouble. That’s the finding of a new Trout Unlimited report recently…
Book excerpt: ‘On the Burning Edge.’ Nationwide, seventy thousand communities—some 140 million people and 40 million homes—sit in the path of fires. Though state and rural fire agencies contribute immensely, the burden of protecting these towns has fallen largely on the federal government. InsideClimate News. 5 July 2015.
Drought drives greater household use of gray water. Strands of silver hair fell into Annie Costanzo’s face as she wielded a sledgehammer against the brick walkway in her backyard. Plumes of dust and debris filled the air, and reddish-pink shards scattered in the wake of the 64-year-old sculptor’s latest water conservation project. Los Angeles Times. 4 July 2015.
Temperatures soar as heatwave sweeps across Europe. A heatwave is sweeping across Europe, with temperatures set to exceed 40C in some countries. The summer heat has taken hold of Italy, with temperatures over 35C in many cities. Agence France-Presse. 4 July 2015.
European heat waves boosted by climate change, scientists say. As Germany and Spain sweated and London sweltered through its hottest July day on record this week, scientists said it is “virtually certain” that climate change is increasing the likelihood of such heat waves in Europe. Reuters. 4 July 2015.
Early start to Northwest wildfire season; more danger ahead SEATTLE (AP) – Predictions of an early wildfire season have come true in the Northwest as low snowpack levels, record warm temperatures and..
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