July 28, 2015

How the World’s Wetlands Can Help Stop Climate Change

swamp farming can provide valuable low-carbon energy, wildlife habitat and a means of depolluting waterways – and help reduce carbon emissions in the process
By Arthur Neslen, The Guardian, July 20, 2015

Swamp FarmingOn a boat drifting through a swampy reed plantation in the Polish Baltic, Szymon Smolczyński surveys his blanket … Continue reading

Fossil Fuel Industry Must ‘Implode’ to Avoid Climate Disaster

‘The age of carbon is over’ and a transition to a greener economy is inevitable
By Damian Carrington, The Guardian, July 10, 2015

An “induced implosion” of the fossil fuel industry must take place for there to be any chance of avoiding dangerous global warming, according to one of the … Continue reading

NYC Moves to Power 100% of City Government From Renewables

RFI Aims to Identify New Generation Capacity to Reach Ambitious Goal of 100% Renewable Energy

Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a Request for Information to identify new renewable energy generation capacity, with a goal of powering 100 percent of City government operations from renewable sources of energy.

The City … Continue reading

OK Court Rules Homeowners Can Sue Oil Companies Over Quakes

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that homeowners can sue oil and gas companies for damages caused by earthquakes in state trial courts
By Richard A. Oppel Jr., New York Times, June 30, 2015

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that homeowners who have sustained injuries or property damage from rampant … Continue reading

NY State Officially Prohibits High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing

DEC Issues Findings Statement Concluding Extensive 7-Year Review

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today officially prohibited high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in New York State by issuing its formal Findings Statement, completing the state’s seven-year review of this activity.

“After years of exhaustive research and examination of the … Continue reading

PA DEP to Investigate Ten Mile Creek for Radioactivity

DEP will investigate to see if there is a possible link between the radioactivity in the creek and shale gas drilling
By Natasha Khan, Observer-Reporter, June 5, 2015

Notice is now being paid to radioactivity in tributaries of the Monongahela River only after citizen groups obtained the DEP information and Continue reading

Widespread and Systemic Contamination Found – at the EPA

EPA says new study should not be seen as proof that hydraulic fracturing is being safely done
By Weston W. Wilson, The Hill, June 15, 2015

Despite a press release from EPA proclaiming there is no widespread groundwater contamination due to fracking, EPA now says that their new study of … Continue reading

The Basement Rocks

Ruth Hardinger

The Basement Rocks encourages a look below Earth’s surface where the largest biomass on the planet resides. These underground necessary forces of life exist in the dark. I’m intrigued by how this becomes an association with early civilizations legends and mythologies that recognized human connection to, and dependence … Continue reading

California Democrats Approve Sweeping Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution

This resolution adds to the fast-growing momentum of the fossil fuel divestment movement
By Zahra Hirji, InsideClimate News, May 22, 2015

The California Democratic Party approved a sweeping resolution on Sunday to drop fossil fuel stocks from the state’s two major public pension funds, valued at about $500 billion. The … Continue reading

New Look at BTEX: Are Ambient Levels a Problem?

Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX) may have endocrine disrupting properties at exposure levels below EPA safe levels
by Ashley L. Bolden, Carol F. Kwiatkowski and Theo Colborn, Environmental Science and Technology, April 15, 2015

From TEDX: Indicates a need to change how chemicals present at low concentrations are assessed Continue reading