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Pennsylvania ‘rule of capture’ ruling stuns Marcel...

Last week, the Pennsylvania Superior Court handed down a decision that could greatly restrict, even stop, Marcellus drilling in the Keystone State. The court decision disallows using the age-old “rule of capture.” Underground oil and gas deposits are in pools that may exist beneath multiple properties. Whoever gets there and sucks the oil or gas out first wins. That’s the rule of capture. Conventional...

Here’s what happens when you tell people the scien...

You can turn red states green The overwhelming majority of climate scientists  —  97 percent   — understand that humans are the primary cause of climate change. Yet, as a new peer-reviewed study in journal Nature Climate Change points out, “only 11 percent of the US public correctly estimate the scientific consensus on climate change as higher than 90 percent.” Scientific consensus results on the question of human-caused...

Landmark Agreement: Shipping Industry to Cut Emiss...

On Friday, the 170+ nations in the International Maritime Organization set the first-ever emissions target for the shipping industry and agreed to halve CO2 emissions by 2050, based on 2008 levels. The unprecedented deal was welcomed by activists as a first step towards meeting the Paris agreement targets. The IMO nations also began a process to ban heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters. The sulfur-laden oil is a significant...

BP commits to ‘zero net emissions growthR...

BP said Monday (4/16/18) that it will hold greenhouse gas emissions from its operations at or below its 2015 levels in the years ahead as the world’s biggest oil companies prepare for a lower carbon future that could threaten their businesses. The British oil major released an “Advancing the Energy Transition” report that detailed its plans to reduce its pollution levels, especially its emissions of methane, the main...

Wind power set to deliver $54m to Ohio’s rural com...

Ohio’s wind power projects are providing millions in annual revenue for the state’s rural communities, according to a new report from the Wind Energy Foundation (WEF). In total, the state’s four utility-scale wind projects in Paulding, Van Wert, and Hardin Counties will have delivered over $54 million in payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) and land lease payments by the end of 2018. Download the new WEF report here. “This new...

Slow Motion Ocean: Why Are North Atlantic Currents...

The Gulf Stream is slowing, the North Atlantic is cooling. An international scientific study has found new and harder evidence that one of the planet’s key heat pumps, the currents which exchange warmth between the tropics and the Arctic, are weaker today than at any time in the last thousand years. The currents, known as the Atlantic overturning—its scientific name is the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation...

Arid West Invading Fertile Eastern U.S.

Theres an invasion going on down the middle of the U.S., as America’s arid West advances eastwards. Imperceptibly, decades of climate change have shifted the natural boundary between the dry west and the fertile farmlands of the eastern states by more than 225 kilometers (approximately 140 miles), according to a new study by U.S. scientists. In effect, what was once marked by the 100th meridian is now at 98 degrees of...

Stand up for science: More researchers now see eng...

As the first anniversary of the March for Science approaches, researchers continue to reflect on the relationship between science and society. A recent survey of 2017 marchers indicated that nearly all were also actively participating in other types of science advocacy. In the past year, inspired by the call to stand up for science, scientists have written editorials, contacted members of Congress, attended public...

Trial Date Set for Groundbreaking Kids’ Clim...

A trial date of Oct. 29 has been set for a landmark climate change lawsuit brought by a group of young Americans despite the Trump administration’s efforts to halt the case. Juliana v. United States was filed in 2015 on behalf of 21 plaintiffs who ranged between 8 to 19 years old at the time. They allege their constitutional and public trust rights are being violated by the government’s creation of a...

Ohio’s energy future: No time to waste

For years Ohio’s lack of a comprehensive, long-term energy policy has harmed our economy and our health by continuing our reliance on burning coal for electricity. Now we finally have a chance to move forward. During a 2-year legislative “freeze” on our energy efficiency and renewable energy progress, utility companies gamed the system, demanding that customers subsidize their old, outdated coal and nuclear plants, instead...

Ohio EPA Reports New Rover Pipeline Spill To Feder...

Nearly 150,000 gallons of drilling fluid was “lost down a hole” beneath the Tuscarawas River in southwestern Stark County. That’s the same site where more than 2 million gallons of the fluid – mixed with diesel – leaked last April and turned up in a wetland. Horizontal drilling to lay the pipe beneath highways and rivers was suspended then but allowed to resume in December. The pipeline owner, Energy Transfer Partners, has...

Oil Spill Now Larger Than Paris Ravages Indonesian...

An oil spill in Borneo that began over the past weekend has now spread across an area greater than the city of Paris and is heading out to the open ocean, the Indonesian government said. The spill, first reported on March 31, stems from a pipeline operated by state-owned oil firm Pertamina in the city of Balikpapan, in East Kalimantan province. A report released April 4 by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry said the...

Trump’s Climate Change Denial Is Already Reshaping...

A new Gallup survey shows that independent voters are less concerned about climate change than they were a year ago. In the last year, independents have become less likely to accept that global warming is happening and that humans are the cause, and less likely to perceive that there’s a scientific consensus about global warming. In 2017, 71 percent of independent voters were aware that most scientists believe global warming...

Carbon Tax Would Help U.S. Meet Paris Goals, Study...

If the U.S. does decide to stay in the Paris agreement, a study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has confirmed a policy proposal that would enable us to meet our 2030 commitments, an MIT press release reported Friday. Researchers studied various carbon tax proposals and found that they would be an effective means of reducing emissions and would...

The Time Has Come for Battery Net Metering

 A proposal in California would reward solar customers who use batteries to export to the grid at night. Both industry and utilities like the idea. Net metering for stored solar power could open up new market interest in battery-paired systems. Net metering compensates solar customers for the power they contribute to the grid — but if they route the electrons through a battery, they’re out of luck. Utilities understandably...