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High molybdenum in Wisconsin wells not from coal a...

When high levels of the trace element molybdenum (mah-LIB-den-um) were discovered in drinking-water wells in southeastern Wisconsin, the region’s numerous coal ash disposal sites seemed to be a likely source of the contamination. But some fine-grained detective work led by researchers from Duke University and The Ohio State University has revealed that the ponds, which contain the residues of coal burned in power...

What has fracking done to our air quality?

Urban air pollution in the U.S. has been decreasing near continuously since the 1970s. Federal regulations, notably the Clean Air Act passed by President Nixon, to reduce toxic air pollutants such as benzene, a hydrocarbon, and ozone, a strong oxidant, effectively lowered their abundance in ambient air with steady progress. But about 10 years ago, the picture on air pollutants in the U.S. started to change. The “fracking...

Trump administration releases report finding ̵...

The Trump administration released a dire scientific report Friday detailing the growing threats of climate change. The report stands in stark contrast to the administration’s efforts to downplay humans’ role in global warming, withdraw from an international climate accord and reverse Obama-era policies aimed at curbing America’s greenhouse-gas output. Subscribe to the Post Most newsletter: Today’s most popular stories on The...

Scented laundry products release carcinogens, stud...

  A small study suggests scented laundry items contain carcinogens that waft through vents, potentially raising cancer risk. “This is an interesting source of pollution because emissions from dryer vents are essentially unregulated,” said lead author Dr. Anne Steinemann, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of public affairs at the University of Washington, said in a written statement....

Despite Trump promises, uncertainty reigns in Ohio...

A plan by the Trump administration to rescue uneconomic coal plants has done little to ease the pall of anxiety hanging over two Ohio River counties. By next June, Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) will close two coal-fired plants in Adams County, Ohio — the 2,318-megawatt coal-fired J.M. Stuart Station, opened in 1971, and the 618-megawatt Killen Station, started 11 years later. Less than a year after DP&L announced its...

Senators Accuse EPA of ‘Denying Science̵...

In a letter sent to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday, 19 Democratic senators demanded that the EPA boss “show your work” in his justification of repealing the Clean Power Plan (CPP). This move comes after suggestions that the agency seriously underestimated the costly toll of climate change. For instance, one analysis showed that the Trump EPA put the cost of one...

Study finds 500% rise in weedkiller in human urine

A study showing a 500 percent rise in human exposure to glyphosate proves people ingest it when eating Roundup-sprayed crops, the lead researcher says. The study from San Diego School of Medicine published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week tested urine samples from 100 randomly selected men and women between 1993 and 2016. It found levels of glyphosate in urine had increased by about 500 percent...

The United States of Toxins

The United States of Toxins priceonomics.com | 5 mins read By Priceonomics Data Studio · 5,691 views · More stats This post is adapted from the blog of Ode to Clean, a Priceonomics Data Studio customer. Does your company have interesting data? Become a Priceonomics customer. *** Every year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires most large industrial facilities to report the volume of toxic chemicals they...

Climate Change Journalist Warns: ‘Mother Nat...

Climate Change Journalist Warns: ‘Mother Nature Is Playing By Different Rules Now’ Listen· 37:14 37:14 LINK to audio:  Click the “Play” icon in the upper left at this link — http://www.npr.org/2017/10/24/559736126/climate-change-journalist-warns-mother-nature-is-playing-by-different-rules-now   October 24, 20172:00 PM ET Transcript Heard on Fresh Air Author Jeff Goodell says that American...

Government Accountability Office Urges Trump to Ac...

President Trump might think that global warming is a hoax created by the Chinese, but the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress’s nonpartisan auditing arm, is urging the administration to craft a plan to confront climate change or else it will have to deal with its massive economic consequences. According to a new report released by the GAO, the U.S. government has already spent more than $350 billion over...

How America Should Promote Energy Innovation in th...

Former Obama energy experts make the case for boosting America’s entrepreneurial efforts in cleantech. The extreme weather events of the 2017 hurricane season have brought home yet another reminder of the devastating effects of our changing climate. Climate change is a challenge that ultimately requires a global solution. As veterans of the Obama administration, we witnessed firsthand what can be achieved on a global scale...

WORLD’S LARGEST OIL COMPANIES: Deep Trouble As Pro...

The world’s largest oil companies are in serious trouble as their balance sheets deteriorate from higher costs, falling profits and skyrocketing debt.  The glory days of the highly profitable global oil companies have come to an end.  All that remains now is a mere shadow of the once mighty oil industry that will be forced to continue cannibalizing itself to produce the last bit of valuable oil. I realize my extremely...

This New Solar Collector Design Could Bring CSP Co...

DOE-backed startup Skysun aims to do away with fiddly motors and support structures. Just when it looked like concentrated solar power (CSP) couldn’t get cheaper, a U.S.-based startup says it’s found a way of cutting heliostat costs by a third. Skysun, of Bay Village, Ohio, is aiming to achieve the cost reduction by tying multiple heliostats — the mirrors that reflect sunlight onto CSP power tower receivers...

Group recruits standing solar army

In move designed to articulate more effectively its role in uniting solar consumers for the fights around the country for solar-friendly policies, Community Power Network relaunches as Solar United Neighbors. At nearly every meeting where two or more solar professionals gather, one can hear an achingly familiar refrain: “If 90% of Americans support solar, why can’t we ever get them behind us on the big policy fights we...

Trump’s new environmental nominee says carbon diox...

On Thursday, President Donald Trump nominated Kathleen Hartnett White to run the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the office in charge of promoting the improvement of the environment. Like many Trump picks who came before her, Hartnett White is an outspoken climate skeptic. In an interview with the Washington Post last fall, she said, “Carbon dioxide has none of the characteristics of a pollutant that could harm...