Fish, other marine life die in Stoney Creek fuel leak. A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said hundreds of fish and other marine life are dead after a diesel fuel tank leaked into Stoney Creek Tuesday afternoon. Delaware County Daily Times, Pennsylvania. 9 July 2015.
(Reuters) – A hazardous materials leak in South Choctaw, Baton Rouge in Louisiana led to evacuations of businesses in the area on Tuesday morning, according to a report on the KPLC TV news website. Workers of Royal Dutch Shell shut down the pipeline following the leak, which created a cloud of petroleum, the local media report quoted the Baton Rouge Fire Department as saying. It was not clear which company owned the pipeline and Shell was not immediately available for comment.
In oil-friendly Oklahoma, Gov. Fallin moved slowly on ‘awkward’ issue of quakes. Oil and gas has been Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin’s biggest financial backer, and it’s the most prominent industry in the state. But scientists say oil and gas activities have caused hundreds of earthquakes, rattling her constituents and their homes. EnergyWire. 9 July 2015.
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Wednesday that in order to grow the economy “people should work longer hours” — a comment that the Bush campaign argues was a reference to under…
Real estate mogul and master of outrageous soundbites Donald Trump can’t seem to stay out of the news these days as he continues his quest to win the 2016 Republican…
With one of the Republican Party’s leading candidates for president busy offending Hispanic voters every time he comes near a microphone, the last thing the GOP…
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Pollution drops near Hong Kong container port as ships switch to cleaner fuel, green group says. Sulphur pollution fell markedly in the first week of this month as a result of new regulations mandating ocean-going vessels switch to cleaner fuel, according to the Clean Air Network. South China Morning Post, China. 9 July 2015.
Mountaintop coal falls as renewables, natural gas rise. Mountaintop removal coal mining has declined 62 percent since 2008, new U.S. Energy Information Administration data show. It is being displaced by natural gas, wind and solar power and other renewables that are becoming the favored choices for electric power generation. Climate Central. 9 July 2015.
As electricity generation in the U.S. continues to favor natural gas and renewables,
A Colorado coal mining town struggles to define its future. Tighter regulations, environmental lawsuits and a pivot toward cleaner-burning natural gas have knocked communities like Somerset, Colorado, on their heels. New York Times. 9 July 2015.
In a step towards greener goods transportation, BMW and Scherm put a 40-ton electric freight truck in operation in Munich.
What Could Elon Musk’s SolarCity Be Hiding? Having filed several ‘confidential treatment orders’ with the SEC, what is SolarCity…
There are secret underwater gardens off the coast of Italy where diver-farmers are growing vegetables. Nemo’s Garden is experimenting with an entirely new—and surprisingly successful—type of agriculture. Fast Company. 9 July 2015.
Community gardens or toxic fields? Phoenix plan faces criticism. The City of Phoenix is using an EPA grant to identify polluted vacant lots that could become community gardens, but at least one local environmentalist says it’s a potentially hazardous idea. KPHO Phoenix, Arizona. 9 July 2015.
California farms are using drilling wastewater to grow crops. California’s epic drought is pushing Big Oil to solve a problem it’s struggled with for decades: what to do with the billions of gallons of wastewater that gush out of wells every year. Bloomberg News. 9 July 2015.
More than half a million acres of California farmland will be left bare this year, a vast expanse of arid dirt that is both a…
ProPublica documents the West’s water crisis in ‘Killing the Colorado.’ Renee Montagne talks to Propublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten about the Colorado River’s falling water levels, and how flawed water policies and mismanagement are to blame — in addition to the drought. Morning Edition, NPR. 9 July 2015.
Smoke from hundreds of North American wildfires is taking a toll on US air quality. There are hundreds of active wildfires burning in Canada and Alaska this week in what has been a horrible fire season so far. Unfortunately, the jet stream has been ushering it straight into the U.S. for days. Washington Post. 9 July 2015.
Catastrophic Chinese floods triggered by air pollution. Authors of a new paper in Geophysical Research Letters find soot in particular contributed to catastrophic flooding in the Sichuan province in 2013. Science. 9 July 2015.
Torrential rains increasing in warming world: Study. Torrential rains have become more frequent worldwide since 1980, with Southeast Asia getting the biggest increase in downpours, a scientific study said on Tuesday. Reuters. 9 July 2015.