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The End of Fossil Fuels is Here — The New Life

In case you’ve missed it, we’ve transitioned into a new era. People keep talking about an oil rebound — When is it going to come? How big is it going to be? by Jason Simpkins Well, let me save you some time: It doesn’t matter. Oil is over. I’m calling it, just like I did coal years ago. Renewables are the game now — especially solar and wind power. While the coal, gas, and oil industries have been crashing these past few years, solar and wind have been soaring to new heights. Demand is blowing up since they’ve cut costs. And they’re shattering investment records, as money pours in and governments lend their support. Clean energy is now seeing… Read More

Fracking produces annual toxic waste water enough to flood Washington DC

Growing concerns over radiation risks as report finds widespread environmental damage on an unimaginable scale in the US Fracking in America generated 280bn US gallons of toxic waste water last year – enough to flood all of Washington DC beneath a 22ft deep toxic lagoon, a new report out on Thursday found. The report from campaign group Environment America said America’s transformation into an energy superpower was exacting growing costs on the environment. “Our analysis shows that damage from fracking is widespread and occurs on a scale unimagined just a few years ago,” the report, Fracking by the Numbers, said. The full extent of the damage posed by fracking to air and water quality had yet to emerge, the… Read More

Nobel laureates press EU leaders to classify tar sands as high carbon

Letter to European commission urges implementation of law that would label oil from tar sands as dirtier than other crudes Twenty-one Nobel laureates including South African anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu have written to European Union leaders urging them to implement a law that would label oil from tar sands as dirtier than other crudes. The EU tar sands proposal has incensed the government of Canada, whose economy is highly dependent on its vast reserves of unconventional oil and it has overshadowed protracted talks on a trade treaty with the EU. The Nobel laureates say the EU law is necessary because “the extraction of unconventional fuels – such as oil sands and oil shale – is having devastating impact on… Read More

Dangerous levels of radioactivity found at fracking waste site in Pennsylvania

Co-author of study says UK must impose better environmental regulation than US if it pursues shale gas extraction Scientists have for the first time found dangerous levels of radioactivity and salinity at a shale gas waste disposal site that could contaminate drinking water. If the UK follows in the steps of the US “shale gas revolution”, it should impose regulations to stop such radioactive buildup, they said. The Duke University study, published on Wednesday, examined the water discharged from Josephine Brine Treatment Facility into Blacklick Creek, which feeds into a water source for western Pennsylvania cities, including Pittsburgh. Scientists took samples upstream and downstream from the treatment facility over a two-year period, with the last sample taken in June… Read More

EPA outlines first steps to limit US coal plant pollution

Proposal to tackle emissions from the power sector will require new plants to be about 40% cleaner than current coal plants Barack Obama took his first real step to fulfilling his sweeping climate action plan on Friday, proposing the first rules to limit carbon pollution from future coal-fired power plants. The new rules on natural gas and coal plants, announced by the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, will for the first time limit the single largest source of carbon pollution: greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. “The EPA action today to address carbon pollution from new power plants is an important step forward,” McCarthy said in a speech to the National Press Club. “It’s a necessary… Read More

2013: China vows to tackle air pollution

Beijing unveils measures to close old polluting mills and smelters and cut coal use to halt worsening air pollution China has revealed sweeping measures to tackle air pollution, with plans to close old polluting steel mills, cement factories and aluminium smelters, and slash coal consumption and boost the use of nuclear power and natural gas. China has been under heavy pressure to address air pollution after thick and hazardous smog engulfed much of the industrial north, including the capital, Beijing, in January. It has identified coal burning as a key area to tackle. China said its new plan would aim to cut total coal consumption to below 65% of total primary energy use by 2017, down from 66.8% last… Read More

Cherine Akkari: Mercury a growing global concern

By Cherine Akkari / Deep Green Resistance Mercury is an element which is naturally present in our environment. It is also known as quicksilver. It is a heavy, silvery-white metal which is liquid at room temperature and evaporates easily. Mercury is usually found in nature in the form of cinnabar, used in the past as a red pigment. Cinnabar, a natural form of mercury, can be found in metals, such as lead and zinc, and in small amounts in a wide range of rocks including coal and limestone. The other source of mercury comes from human activities. About half of the global anthropogenic mercury emissions come from the burning of coal, metals production and the production of cement. [1]… Read More