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2020 Starts With the Plain Prospect of Rising Heat

The year is less than four weeks old, but scientists already know that carbon dioxide emissions will continue to head upwards — as they have every year since measurements began — leading to a continuation of the Earth’s rising heat. And they warn that the rise will be steeper than usual, partly because of the devastating bush fires in Australia. The warning is a reminder that global heating and climate change create...

Governor Cuomo announces permanent ban on hydrofra...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that he will incorporate legislation in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Executive Budget permanently banning fracking in New York. Cuomo stated that the temporary ban that is currently in place has not only been prudent, it has also proved that there are cleaner and more sustainable alternative energy options available, which can help to fuel the economy. The legislation would disallow the...

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources – Gui...

Ice & Dust Control Brine Brine is a saline by-product generated during oil and gas well drilling, completion and production operations. The spreading of oil-field brine is a legal, cost-effective, and efficient way to control dust and ice problems on local roads and private property in Ohio. Ohio’s UIC Program regulates the hauling and spreading of oil-field brine while local authorities, such as the County Commissioners...

Radium found in commercial roadway de-icing, dust ...

An Ohio environmental organization is suing to learn more about unhealthy radiation levels in a commercial de-icing and dust suppression liquid made from gas well brine sold in several states, including Pennsylvania. The Buckeye Environmental Network filed suit against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources last week, claiming the agency has illegally denied its request to inspect public records and documents pertaining to...

1982 American Petroleum Institute Report Warned Oi...

Back in April last year, the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency decided it was “not necessary” to update the rules for toxic waste from oil and gas wells. Torrents of wastewater flow daily from the nation’s 1.5 million active oil and gas wells and the agency’s own research has warned it may pose risks to the country’s drinking water supplies. On Tuesday, a major new investigative report published by...

Boom & bust: Low natural gas prices ding Appa...

Booming natural gas production in eastern Ohio and other parts of Appalachia has been a blessing for homeowners and businesses that use natural gas. But all that production has hurt producers suffering from low prices to the point where many have begun to scale back investment. Booming natural gas production in eastern Ohio and other parts of Appalachia has been great for consumers and businesses. It’s a different story for...

Science journalist to give talk about radioactive ...

The presentation will be Friday, Jan. 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ohio University Eastern, Shannon Hall Theater, 45425 National Road West, St. Clairsville. ST. CLAIRSVILLE — On Friday, Jan, 24, Justin Nobel, science journalist writing for the Rolling Stone Magazine, will have an informational meeting regarding the radioactive risks associated with the oil and gas industry at Ohio University Eastern in Belmont County. Nobel...

‘This Will Be the Biggest Loss of Clean Wate...

Today, the Trump administration will finalize its replacement for the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule in a move that will strip protections from more than half of the nation’s wetlands and allow landowners to dump pesticides into waterways, or build over wetlands, for the first time in decades. President Donald Trump has been working to undo the 2015 rule since he took office, but his replacement...

US drinking water widely contaminated with ‘foreve...

The contamination of U.S. drinking water with man-made “forever chemicals” is far worse than previously estimated with some of the highest levels found in Miami, Philadelphia and New Orleans, said a report on Wednesday by an environmental watchdog group. The chemicals, resistant to breaking down in the environment, are known as perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Some have been linked to cancers, liver damage, low birth...

America’s Radioactive Secret

Oil-and-gas wells produce nearly a trillion gallons of toxic waste a year. An investigation shows how it could be making workers sick and contaminating communities across America. (Ed. Sorry that the formatting cuts off the text. I don’t know how to fix it. Go to the Source for the original story: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/oil-gas-fracking-radioactive-investigation-937389/)   Brine...

Microsoft is Now Aiming to Capture All the CO2 The...

Microsoft may have just taken on the most ambitious environmental goals of any corporation to date. This week, the tech company announced they are now working to be carbon-negative by 2030. Furthermore, they plan to remove all the carbon they have ever emitted into the environment—either directly or by electrical consumption since their founding in 1975—before 2050. The technology required to achieve such a feat is either...

Can State-of-the-Art Batteries Fuel a Clean, Renew...

In late 2019 images of Australia in flames spread around the world. Record weather extremes related to global heating had created conditions in which vast areas of forest and brush easily caught fire. The poignancy of the plight of so many Australians was heightened by having a Prime Minister who was initially absent from the country when the fires were taking hold, and was a strong supporter of the coal industry, who also...

How climate change influenced Australia’s un...

The climate factors contributing to Australia’s bushfires are strikingly similar to those at play in California.   Australia’s frightening bushfires, which kicked off an early fire season in September 2019, have already had cataclysmic effects, and the continent is still just in the early months of the southern hemisphere’s summer. The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has described the bushfires as unprecedented...

Trump Admin Ordered ‘Climate Censorship’ in Plans ...

An environmental group has uncovered another case of “climate censorship” ordered by the Trump administration. Administration officials had references to the climate crisis removed from a Forest Service notice of intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement on opening national forests and grasslands in Texas to oil and gas leasing. “The Deputy who is reviewing the NOI requested every reference...

Local residents taking advantage of solar power

David Tavares, a plumbing inspector for the city of Chicago, lives with his young family on the 2500 block of West 114th Street, across from Kennedy Park. At the close of 2019, he was preparing to flip the switch on a solar power generating system for his one-story bungalow. The solar panels, which face south and east on his roof, are expected to generate 95 percent of the electricity the Tavares household uses. Surplus...

Wind, Solar to Dominate New Power Plants in 2020

Our electricity grid is on track to get a lot cleaner in 2020. Of the 42 gigawatts of new power plant capacity projected to go online nationwide—about the capacity in New York State today—76 percent will come from wind and solar, based on the latest batch of data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That would be a record share, up from 64 percent of new capacity added in 2019. And it would be despite the Trump...

What Would It Take for the US to Become an Energy ...

After “missed opportunity” in solar, Trump administration wants a domestic supply chain for energy storage. Is that realistic? U.S. entrepreneurs have led the world in creating new technologies for storing grid power, but they largely rely on other countries for their core ingredients. Tesla’s famous car and grid batteries use cells from Japanese manufacturer Panasonic. When companies like Fluence or NextEra integrate large...

BlackRock plans to set stricter standards on clima...

The Wall Street Journal ($): BlackRock said it would take a tougher stance against corporations that aren’t providing a full accounting of environmental risks, part of a slew of moves by the investment giant to show it is doing more to address investment challenges posed by climate change. Among the moves, BlackRock said it would be increasingly disposed to vote against management and boards if companies don’t disclose...

Go Green: Eco-Friendly Products We Should All Be U...

After the shocking wake-up call of the documentary Blue Planet, more and more people are waking up to the unsustainable way humans are living. In fact, 97% of climate scientists agree we are facing a global warming emergency. But there’s hope for our planet. If we all do our part to make ourselves a little bit greener, then we can drastically reduce the issues our planet is facing. In this post, you’ll discover some easy...

Climate Change Forces 20 Million People to Flee Ea...

Over the past decade, climate-fueled disasters drove over 20 million people a year from their homes, concluded a report released by Oxfam on Monday. The Oxfam study, titled “Forced from Home,” was released as two weeks of UN climate negotiations kick-start in Madrid. It examined the numbers of people displaced inside their home countries by climate-fueled disasters between 2008 and 2018, based on government and...