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  • Editorial: Cambria methane leak shows need for new EPA regulations (barf)

    11/26/2022 5:18:04 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | November 26, 2022 | The Editorial Board
    A catastrophic leak from a natural gas storage field in Cambria County likely released over one billion cubic feet of the potent greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. The incident demonstrates the importance of tracking — and punishing — methane emissions, a priority recently moved forward by both Congress and the federal Environmental Protection Agency. It also shows the urgency of implementing state-level regulations to control methane emissions from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry. Methane is the primary component of natural gas, and is fifty times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. While CO2 grabs the headlines, CH4...
  • City Council gets a ‘doomsday presentation’ on sea level rise -- and pledges action

    11/18/2022 2:35:57 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 53 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | November 17, 2022 | Mark Carpenter
    HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -- The ongoing fight against the effects of climate change took centerstage at the Honolulu City Council on Thursday. In the past, the council’s Zoning and Planning Committee has drafted bills surrounding coastal erosion and climate change. But lawmakers are now looking at creating comprehensive legislation focused on shoreline development. In an informational briefing, climate experts offered a presentation showcasing the long-term impact of global warming on coastlines throughout Oahu. In Ewa Beach, for example, models show wave inundation of 4 feet in the next 70 years. Dr. Chip Fletcher, interim dean of the University of Hawaii-Manoa School...
  • Green Initiatives Flounder [semi-satire]

    11/11/2022 8:43:39 AM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 6 November 2022 | John Semmens
    It turns out that efforts to recycle plastic are a waste of time and energy. The environmental advocacy group Greenpeace issued a report showing that "mechanical and chemical recycling of plastic waste has largely failed and will always fail because plastic waste is: (1) extremely difficult to collect, (2) virtually impossible to sort for recycling, (3) environmentally harmful to reprocess, (4) often made of and contaminated by toxic materials, and (5) not economical to recycle." Lisa Ramsden, a senior plastics campaigner at Greenpeace USA and one of the authors of the report, said "most plastic is not being recycled in...
  • Jason Isaac: COP27 won’t help the billions facing hunger this winter

    11/11/2022 7:08:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | November 10, 2022 | Jason Isaac, Real Clear Politics
    “Let them eat cake,” famously attributed to Marie Antoinette by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, has become universal shorthand for a monarch’s total disregard for her famished citizens stealing and wreaking havoc in the streets to survive. World leaders are making the same faux pas this week at their opulent stay in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, for COP27, the United Nations’ climate change conference. While they eat the best food in the world and enjoy luxurious tourism opportunities, they will leave the conference telling billions of people that the only way to combat the “climate crisis” is to stop eating meat, stop production...
  • Get rid of gas blowers (Emissions numbers off?)

    11/07/2022 2:44:13 PM PST · by rey · 62 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 7 November, 2020 | ANNA COOPERSMITH
    EDITOR: Feeling glum after reading that greenhouse gas emissions hit a record high, I took my dogs to the park. To enter, I held my breath to get by four employees from the Petaluma parks department with gas-powered leaf blowers. Now I’m really down because gas-powered blowers are huge contributors of greenhouse gases. The California Air Resources Board says operating a gas leaf blower for an hour leads to the emission of as much smog-based pollution as driving a Toyota Camry for 1,100 miles. Margaret Renkl of the New York Times quoted one expert saying that “hydrocarbon emissions from a...
  • Oahu’s only public shooting range closed indefinitely as probe into possible lead contamination begins

    10/30/2022 2:48:21 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 45 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | October 27, 2022 | Allyson Blair
    The city confirms nine of the 10 staff members at the shooting complex have lead levels above the normal range. HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -- The city has no timeline for when Oahu’s only public shooting range will reopen as an investigation into elevated lead levels in the majority of workers at the facility begins. The city confirmed nine of 10 staff members at the shooting complex who were tested have lead levels above the normal range. Two additional staff members declined to get tested. A timeline of exactly when the city first became aware current employees had been exposed to lead...
  • General Assembly sends governor legislation that would provide tax credits on hydrogen, natural gas

    10/28/2022 6:34:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | October 27, 2022 |
    HARRISBURG – The General Assembly has sent the governor legislation that will create a new program to encourage the development of technology to convert fracked gas into hydrogen through $141.6 million a year in tax credits. The approval of House Bill 1059 came over the objections of environmental groups and some Democrats who said that the plan will keep Pennsylvania invested in fossil fuel production for decades even as much of the world turns toward renewable energy. “State lawmakers have clearly not learned from example after example of broken promises,” said former Secretary of Environmental Protection Patrick McDonnell, now the...
  • Parts of many coastal cities are sinking faster than the sea is rising

    09/20/2022 1:05:50 PM PDT · by devane617 · 60 replies ^ | 09/20/2022
    A team of researchers at Nanyang Technological University, working with a group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and another colleague at ETH Zürich, has found evidence showing that parts of many big coastal cities are sinking faster than the sea is rising. In their paper published in the journal Nature Sustainability, the group describes using satellite-based radar to measure the degree of land subsidence for 48 of the largest cities in the world. Prior research has shown that global warming is melting ice around the world, leading to rising sea levels. This increase in sea levels is a major concern...
  • Switzerland’s Environment Minister Suggests People Shower Together to Save Energy

    09/20/2022 7:31:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    The Epoch Times, ^ | September 19, 2022 | Katabella Roberts
    Switzerland’s environment minister is facing backlash after recommending that people shower together in an effort to cut energy consumption this winter and fend off power cuts. Simonetta Sommaruga, 62, suggested that people “turn off the computer when you don’t need it, or turn off lights, or shower together” as part of her measures promoting a 15 percent reduction in energy consumption, The Times of London reported. Her suggestions were in response to questions on the government’s campaign by readers of Swiss newspaper 20 Minuten, according to the report. Authorities in Switzerland, which imports 75 percent of its gas from Germany,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Former Greenpeace Founder Patrick Moore Says Climate Change Based on False Narratives

    09/08/2022 12:00:12 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | September 6, 2022 | Lee Yun-Jeong
    Prominent scientist backs up claim that there is 'no climate emergency' ... Patrick Moore, one of the founders of Greenpeace said in an email obtained by The Epoch Times that his reasons for leaving Greenpeace were very clear: “Greenpeace was ‘hijacked’ by the political left when they realized there was money and power in the environmental movement. [Left-leaning] political activists in North America and Europe changed Greenpeace from a science-based organization to a political fundraising organization,” Moore said. Moore left Greenpeace in 1986, 15 years after he co-founded the organization. “The ‘environmental’ movement has become more of a political movement...
  • Coal Miners Push Stranded Tourists’ Dead Electric Car to Charge Up at Coal Mine

    09/05/2022 7:34:00 AM PDT · by montag813 · 24 replies
    24News ^ | 09-05-2022 | Samantha Foster
    by Samantha Foster | 24NewsIn a hilarous bit of irony last week, an electric vehicle needed some coal miners to get where it needed to go.The vehicle broke down Friday near Mettiki Coal access road on US 48, in Tucker County, West Virginia, according to WBOY-TV.A Facebook post from Randy Smith described the incident.Smith is a Republican state senator who represents the region where the incident took place, according to the West Virginia state Legislature website. He’s also the safety coordinator at Mettiki Coal, his Facebook page states.“Some days are just better than others,” Smith wrote before launching into the...
  • HolyHydra Festivals for Catholic youth at the Church of the Green Anchor

    09/02/2022 3:39:50 PM PDT · by Gillibrand1 · 4 replies
    Catholic Conclave ^ | 02/09/2022 | CG
    "Under the title "Holy Hydra", the Linz Youth Church "Grüner Anker" will once again open its sacred space for the two-day light and sound art festival for all age groups. It will take place on Thursday, 8 September (6.30 pm) and Friday, 9 September (7 pm). The aim is to make the space experienceable for people, regardless of their faith, as places of encounter and cultural exchange. Out of fascination for special places and a passion for techno, people will dance at the interface of club culture, religion and society. Sacred architecture is enchanted with spherical sounds and hard beats....
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus Unveiled In Maharashtra's Pune

    08/28/2022 2:50:08 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 32 replies ^ | 24 Aug 2022 | Simran Jeet
    The hydrogen fuel cell uses hydrogen and air to generate electricity, producing only heat and water as tailpipe emissions. The reaction occurs across an electrochemical cell similar to a conventional battery cell, causing energy engines used to propel the vehicle forward. Union minister of state for science and technology Dr Jitendra Singhsaid that if a diesel bus is compared to a hydrogen bus, it typically emits 100 tons of co2 per annum on long-distance routes, and there are millions of buses across the country, reports The Times of India. Also, a hydrogen fuel cell truck's operational cost is competitively lower...
  • Bishop praises climate strikes and calls for sins against the environment to be confessed

    08/28/2022 9:10:19 AM PDT · by Gillibrand1 · 11 replies
    Catholic Conclave ^ | 28/8/2022 | CG
    Germany's Catholic environmental Bishop, Rolf Lohmann takes a sceptical view of the debate on extending the operating lives of German nuclear power plants. In perspective, he said, it is ethically imperative to "phase out sooner rather than later, as nuclear energy remains a risky technology." Lohmann praised climate strike actions. Germany's Catholic environmental Bishop Rolf Lohmann takes a sceptical view of the debate on extending the operating life of German nuclear power plants. It is true that "it would be wrong to categorically rule out this measure in an emergency", the auxiliary bishop from Xanten told the weekly newspapers "Neue...

    08/26/2022 12:46:28 PM PDT · by Twotone · 15 replies
    American Policy Center ^ | August 22, 2022 | Kathleen Marquardt
    Tennessee is being overwhelmed by global public/private partnerships that are pretending to be green while, in truth, they are damaging to the environment and their real purpose is to redistribute middle class wealth. Earlier this year, local activists in Tennessee, along with Mississippi and Arkansas, fought off the GlobalPublic/Private Partnership (GPPP) of “RegionSmart Development District that would cast a net of control over portions of all three states. Now we are looking at another big GPPP incursion into the Volunteer state. Ford announced that it is building 3,600-acre ‘campuses’ called cities that will be “the home of 6,000 new jobs,...
  • Simple method destroys dangerous 'forever chemicals,' making water safe

    08/24/2022 7:12:06 AM PDT · by Salman · 15 replies
    Science Daily ^ | August 18, 2022 | UCLA press release
    If you're despairing at recent reports that Earth's water sources have been thoroughly infested with hazardous human-made chemicals called PFAS that can last for thousands of years, making even rainwater unsafe to drink, there's a spot of good news. Chemists have developed a simple way to break down almost a dozen types of these nearly indestructible 'forever chemicals' at relatively low temperatures with no harmful byproducts. ...
  • Want to live longer? Living in Hawaii may help

    08/24/2022 2:09:11 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 27 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | August 23, 2022 | HNN Staff
    [Video] HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -- Want to live longer? Living in Hawaii may help. A new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Hawaii residents still live the longest compared to the rest of the nation. The CDC compiled data from 2020 and analyzed life expectancy for each state and the District of Columbia. Hawaii had the highest life expectancy: 80.7 years. Life expectancy in the U.S. declined overall from 2019 to 2020, mostly due to the coronavirus pandemic and drug overdose deaths. Overall, life expectancy in the U.S. declined by 1.8 years. Life expectancy in...
  • Conservation is a Profoundly Conservative Value

    08/22/2022 9:23:28 PM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 4 replies ^ | 23 August 2022 | Ozguy1945
    Teddy Roosevelt pioneered National Parks. Richard Nixon created the EPA Margaret Thatcher, the holder of a degree in chemistry, was a pioneer in voicing concern over climate change. Arnold Schwarzenegger introduced America's first cap on greenhouse emissions. These were not acts of God but human actions of mostly conservative icons. Conservatives can and should lead the way on stewardship of God's gift to us of Creation.
  • Jordan Peterson: Peddlers of Environmental Doom Have Shown Their True Totalitarian Colors

    08/18/2022 12:10:30 PM PDT · by MurphsLaw · 20 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | 8.18.22 | Jordan Petersen
    Corporations and utopians are offering authoritarian solutions to crises only democracy and free markets can solve Deloitte is the largest “professional services network” in the world. Headquartered in London, it is also one of the big four global accounting companies, offering audit, consulting, risk advisory, tax and legal services to corporate clients. With a third of a million professionals operating on those fronts worldwide, and as the third-largest privately owned company in the US, Deloitte is a behemoth with numerous and far-reaching tentacles. In short: it is an entity we should all know about, not least because such enterprises no...
  • EU Clearcutting US For Fuel as Germany Turns Off The Power

    08/09/2022 11:34:10 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    Greg Rees ^ | 08/03/22 | Greg Reese
    By officiating the unproven theory that petroleum oil is a nonrenewable fossil fuel, the oil companies were able to adjust the price accordingly. All the way into the peak oil scare that foretold the calamity of the world soon running out of oil, which further benefited the industry’s oil pricing schemes. But the wells never did go dry. And the ones once emptied filled back up. So the science we have today favors the abiotic theory over the fossil fuel theory. Which is that oil is a natural component of our ecosystem.And we see this in our oceans. Underwater...