At Ford Headquarters, Electric Cars To Be Charged By Solar Canopy Parking Lot
Ford is planning to build a solar canopy covering 360 parking spaces at their world headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan near Detroit. The company, which is teaming with DTE Energy, will spend roughly $5 million to construct the 1.038 megawatt project, which when completed in 2015 will be the largest solar array in the state.
Thirty of the spaces covered by the solar canopy will include charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles, or EVs, with the most...
Utica Shale activity continuing to move south
The latest report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources proves what already had become apparent in the Mahoning Valley: Utica Shale drilling activity has moved to southern Ohio and doesn’t appear to be coming back.
The core of the Utica is in a narrow swath in Belmont, Monroe, Noble and Harrison counties, said Gabriele Sorbara, an analyst for Topeka Capital Markets.
The issue in the northern part of the shale play, which includes...
Fracking fire intensifies push to change Ohio chemical disclosure laws
WOODSFIELD, OHIO — “Environmentalists say the recent fire at a hydraulic fracturing well in southeastern Ohio highlights the flaws in state and federal disclosure laws for chemicals used in ‘fracking.’
The fire at the Monroe County well site on June 28 spread to 20 nearby trucks on the drilling pad, and required additional firefighters from six counties to contain it. Melissa English, development director with Ohio Citizen Action, says first...
IEA chief: Only a decade left in US shale oil boom
A surge in US oil and natural gas production has lifted hopes about North American energy security, but that growth will plateau and will be difficult to replicate elsewhere, says Maria van der Hoeven, chief executive of the International Energy Agency, in an interview with the Monitor.
The United States is awash in hydrocarbons, the result of good geology, supportive prices, a favorable regulatory and investment climate, and technology innovation. But...
New Study Says Beef 10x More Damaging To The Environment Than Chicken, Pork Or Dairy Foods
A new study has found that the environmental impact of beef production is significantly worse than that of dairy, poultry, pork and eggs. According to one expert, cutting down on red meat would actually have more impact on carbon emissions than abandoning cars. The study has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Livestock production is known to have serious impacts on the environment; it affects air and water quality, ocean...
Study: Keystone carbon pollution more than figured
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The Amount Of Carbon Dioxide In Our Air Just Reached A New Record, And Scientists Are Worried
On Monday, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii told Climate Central that June would be be the third month in a row where, for the entire month, average levels of carbon dioxide were above 400 parts per million (ppm). In other words, that’s the longest time in recorded history that this much carbon dioxide has been in the atmosphere.
The finding is troubling to climate scientists, several...
Tackling climate change would grow global economy, World Bank says
Findings put to rest claims that the world could not afford to act on climate change
Fighting climate change would help grow the world economy, according to the World Bank, adding up to $2.6tn (£1.5tn) a year to global GDP in the coming decades.
The findings, made available in a report on Tuesday, offer a sharp contrast with claims by the Australian government that fighting climate change would “clobber” the economy.
The report also advances on the...
Germany Shelves Shale-Gas Drilling For Next Seven Years
Planned Regulations Come Amid Political Standoff With Russia, Germany’s Main Gas Supplier
BERLIN—Germany plans to halt shale-gas drilling for the next seven years over concerns that exploration techniques could pollute groundwater.
“There won’t be [shale-gas] fracking in Germany for the foreseeable future,” Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said Friday.
The planned regulations come amid a political standoff with Russia,...
How Fracking Is Exposing People to Radioactive Waste
Radiation can accumulate in the water we drink, the fish we eat, and the soil in which our food grows
There isn’t a lot of good news about fracking lately. Another train with volatile fracked crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale exploded in Lynchburg, Virginia igniting a ball of fire on the surface of the James River. Accidents involving these “bomb trains” are becoming commonplace. So are recent studies indicating serious health risks...