Monday, March 31, 2014

Climate Change Damages are Happening Now & More Severe Impacts are Coming if We Don't Act Aggressively: Key Findings from IPCC report | Jake Schmidt's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

What the U.N.?s new climate report says about North America | Grist

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NRDC calls for fracking ban in areas of high induced-earthquake risk

Thursday is the 50th anniversary of the Great Alaskan Quake, which measured magnitude 9.2 making it the second strongest earthquake in history. The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources in the US House of Representatives will mark... ...


Friday, March 21, 2014

North Dakota's fracking-fields pumping CO2 into air from natural gas flaring

Increased fracking and oil/gas production in the Bakken area of North Dakota has resulted in a large increase in CO2 emissions from flared natural gas. While the fracked wells in the Bakken primarily produce oil, natural gas and... ...

Natural gas flaring in North Dakota

NRDC to EPA: Reducing power plant emissions can be inexpensive, not kill economy

Amid news this week that another group of esteemed scientists are raising alarms over climate change risks, and called on the Obama Administration to stop plans for LNG export terminals, the NRDC released on Friday a report showing... ...

Projected Generation Mix: 2020

White House to crack down on methane pollution | Grist

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Obama Administration asks innovators to leverage government climate change data

Referring to the Climate Action Plan launched last June by the Obama Administration, on Wednesday the Administration unveiled the Climate Data Initiative. The idea is to "leverage the Federal Government’s extensive, freely-available... ...

Sea level rise in Florida to Obama: stop LNG exports, invest in renewable energy and efficiency

Amid increased rhetoric to fast-track LNG export terminals in the US, and official US policy supporting the deployment of hydraulic fracking not only in the US but around the world, on Wednesday published an open letter to... ...

James Hansen testifying to Congress about Keystone XL

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Russia's annexation of Crimea could cause Europe to frack itself

Despite diplomacy and threats of sanctions from the West, Russia is moving forward on Tuesday with plans to annex Crimea after a referendum on Sunday that was boycotted by the opposition. In this context, some are saying that Europe... ...

Crimea votes to secede from Ukraine

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Thousands of fracktivists rally in Sacramento for fracking ban in California

On Saturday, the largest anti-fracking protest in California's history took place in Sacramento. Organizers called on California Gov. Jerry Brown to ban fracking in California.The rally, which was organized by Californians Against Fracking and... ...

Don't frack California

Thursday, March 13, 2014

California at big risk of fracking-induced earthquakes, says Clean Water Action

California's Oil and Gas industry may be on the verge of rapidly expanding unconventional oil and gas exploration, and because "unconventional" means fracking this immediately raises fears of earthquakes. On Thursday, Clean Water... ...

Los Angeles County wastewater injection wells

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Close the coal industry, save the environment, reap huge rewards - just $50bn

While coal-fired electricity lights homes around the world, the environmental side effects are huge and devastating. Switching to renewable energy sources, dumping the coal industry into the ash bin of history, is supposedly astronomically... ...

Aerial view of Kingston ash slide

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

NRC: Japan Lessons Learned

Marking Three Years of Post-Fukushima Progress | U.S. NRC Blog

Countries' Regulatory Bodies Have Made Changes in Response to the Fukushima Daiichi Accident

Fukushima Contamination in U.S. Waters Refuted by NRC - Bloomberg

NRC Chairman says Fukushima isn't contaminating US waters

In some circles official denials of a theory are taken as proof the theory is true. On Tuesday, the 3rd anniversary of the Fukushima Daichi earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant disaster, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison... ...

Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant after explosion

Monday, March 10, 2014

Scientists find four new man-made gases that harm ozone layer

A team of scientists from University of East Anglia in England have found four new man-made chemicals that harm the ozone layer, according to a paper published on Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience. The findings identify... ...

The ozone cycle

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ukraine crisis may speed up fracked natural gas exports to Europe

As the crisis in the Ukraine deepens with Russia's invasion of Crimea and other military maneuvers, several members of the US Congress have called on the Obama Administration to start Natural Gas exports. On Thursday,&nbsp... ...

Tense standoff between Russia, EU and US over Ukraine