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September 10, 2021

By Mike Schuler

A Coast Guard Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew conducts an overflight of the Mississippi River for potential pollution threats and environmental impacts from Hurricane Ida Sept. 3, 2021 in Luling, Louisiana. U.S. Coast Guard

Coast Guard Continues Effort to Re-Open Waterways Impacted by Hurricane Ida


The U.S. Coast Guard is continuing to respond to impacts to waterways and assess the environmental threats across Southeast Louisiana nearly two weeks post-Hurricane Ida.

The Coast Guard is working in partnership with with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Navy Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) in continuing efforts to re-open waterways impacted by the storm in the areas of Bayou Lafourche, Houma Navigation Canal and portions of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Obstructions to the affected waterways are being identified and removed to restore the area to pre-storm conditions.

To date as of Thursday, the Coast Guard reported 25 obstructions comprised primarily of fishing vessels, crew vessels, and offshore supply vessels identified in the Bayou Lafourche channel. Additionally, 30 submerged targets have been identified in the Houma Navigation Canal. Fifteen of those targets in the Houma Navigation Canal have been cleared or removed. ... ...

As of Thursday, the Coast Guard had assessed 1,539 reports of pollution, including:

► 694 reports that have been closed or transferred to appropriate jurisdictions,

► 197 reports where the reports were unverified as there was no remaining evidence of pollution on-site,

► 564 reports where the Coast Guard is actively supervising the mitigation efforts that are being carried out by responsible parties,

► 84 reports that are under investigation by the Coast Guard.

📢 Anyone who sees pollution is encouraged to contact the NRC at 1-800-424-8802.

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Climate TRACE Lifts The Veil On Oil & Gas Emissions
« Reply #856 on: September 20, 2021, 06:19:29 pm »

September 19, 2021

Courtesy of By Deborah Gordon & Frances Reuland

Climate TRACE Lifts The Veil On 🦖 Oil & 🦕 Gas Emissions


When it comes to climate, oil and gas are the 800-pound gorilla in the room. The production and refining processes for oil and gas account for about one-tenth of human-made greenhouse gases (GHGs), making the sector one of the world’s largest emitters. But it is far less clear where in the world these emissions actually come from, which parts of the supply chain are responsible for them, and how much they shift over time. This climate-critical sector has historically been too opaque, making it difficult to create credible climate pledges and nearly impossible to take immediate and meaningful action to mitigate emissions.

However, with today’s launch of Climate TRACE, we are a step closer to having clearer answers about the origins and amounts of GHGs in the atmosphere. Climate TRACE is the world’s first comprehensive accounting of global GHGs based primarily on direct, independent observation. It was named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 best inventions of 2020 and now, we are excited to share why.

Driven by satellites, remote sensing, and advanced applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning, Climate TRACE identifies when and where greenhouse gases are emitted. This enables leaders to pinpoint and prioritize specific decarbonization efforts to yield the greatest reductions. This level of focus is critical, as we have just nine years to halve emissions and stay on track to hold global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

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September 23, 2021

WHO Halves Acceptable PM2.5 Standard

The World Health Organization released new air quality guidelines on Wednesday, aiming to reduce, from more than 7 million, the number of people who die prematurely each year thanks to particulate matter from pollution. Fine particulate matter, or PM2.5, comes from burning fossil fuels, wildfires, and agriculture, and can get embedded into the lungs when inhaled and lead to a number of health complications including asthma, heart disease, chronic bronchitis, and other respiratory illnesses.

The new targets halve the recommended maximum average annual concentrations of fine particulate matter to no higher than 5 micrograms per cubic meter, half the 10 µg/m3 recommendation established in 2005.

Much of the world already fails to meet the previously recommended PM2.5 levels: According to WHO, more than 90% of the world’s population lives in conditions that don’t meet the 2005 standard.

Observers noted that nations’ ability to achieve improvements in air quality in line with the new health guidance will go hand-in-hand with the commitments coming out of the upcoming global climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

  The world has “to stop burning fossil fuels,” said Susan Anenberg, associate professor of environmental and occupational health and global health at George Washington University. “What the world decides to do about climate change in the coming weeks will have major impacts on whether or not we’re able to follow a guideline like that.” (AP, CNN, Reuters, Bloomberg $)

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