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Re: Pollution
« Reply #825 on: December 04, 2019, 04:50:56 pm »

IN 2014, THE DAN RIVER STEAM STATION IN EDEN, NORTH CAROLINA, RELEASED 39,000 TONS OF COAL ASH INTO THE DAN RIVER. DUKE ENERGY AGREED TO PAY $3 MILLION FOR THE COST OF CLEANUP, WHICH POLLUTED 70 MILES OF THE RIVER WITH ARSENIC, LEAD, AND MERCURY. WITH THE NEW ROLLBACKS FROM THE EPA, DUKE MAY BE ABLE TO TRANSFER FUTURE COSTS ONTO NEARBY COMMUNITIES. | PHOTO BY AP PHOTO/GERRY BROOME

Coal Ash Comeback

Last month, Trump’s EPA rolled back Obama-era regulations that limited contamination from the 737 toxic coal-ash sites in the US. In justifying the move, EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler said the old rule placed “heavy burdens on electricity producers” and the revisions would “protect public health and the environment.”

Coal-ash experts say Wheeler’s claims are phony and the EPA “should be ashamed.”

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December 16, 2019



New Study Links Half of Ocean Acidification To 🦕😈🐍👹🦖 88 Polluters

Last week was not a great one for climate litigation, with New York losing its case against Exxon for securities fraud. But while the fossil fuel industry is trumpeting that ruling as the end of such suits, the fact that the case was narrowly defined as a financial fraud case means it’s not as relevant to the other ongoing suits as the industry might want you to think.

And there may still be more to come, particularly as the science linking polluters with impacts continues to sharpen.

On that front, a new study published last week in Environmental Research Letters attributes half of the observed ocean acidification to 88 major emitters from the gas, oil, coal and cement industries. As coverage at ClimateLiability mentions, several of those crazy 88 are already facing lawsuits related to climate change, including Exxon, Chevron, BP, Shell, ConocoPhillips and Total.

With this line of research, “scientists can now quantify how much more acidic the ocean has become as a result of each fossil fuel company’s products,” lead author Rachel Licker said.

To do this, researchers used the Climate Accountability Institute’s dataset of pollution from those 88 largest emitters, and then applied the methodology they used for a 2017 study linking emissions to warming temperatures.

But because acidification happens at different rates in different places, depending on local conditions, researchers had to get a little more precise. They used 3-D models to explore the differences in acidification, and focused on five regions where acidification and rising temperatures are impacting the coastal communities whose economic well-being depends on a thriving ocean.

In the end, the research found that not only are those 88 companies responsible for half the acidification, but nearly a quarter of the 25% increase in acidification observed can be blamed on the 20 biggest investor-owned or state-owned companies, including ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron and Shell.

And in case you were wondering, acidification is just as nasty as it sounds. As Scott Doney, the study’s co-author, explained, acidification “makes it more difficult for many marine organisms to construct their shells and skeletons.”

This means big trouble for some very delicious, and economically important, sea life. As Doney describes, the species at risk “form the foundation of the marine ecosystem food chain- including some types of plankton, algae, shellfish, and coral that may struggle to grow and survive in a future warmer, more acidic ocean.”

So while 🦕😈🦖 ExxonMobil et al are no doubt celebrating their New York win , they still have plenty to worry about. Although the shells of clams and oysters and shrimp are growing weaker, the case against polluters is only getting stronger.

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New Satellite Data Reveals One of the Largest Methane Leaks in U.S. History
Olivia Rosane Dec. 17, 2019 08:01AM EST


In February 2018, a blowout at a fracked natural gas well in Belmont County, Ohio forced around 100 nearby residents to flee their homes, as The New York Times reported. Now, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Monday has revealed that the local incident had major implications for the global climate crisis.

Researchers used satellite data to determine that the blowout caused one of the largest methane leaks in U.S. history. It released more methane in around 20 days than the oil and gas industries of France, Norway and the Netherlands do in a year, Bloomberg News reported. The results raise questions about the ability of the oil and gas industry to control methane leaks.

"When I started working on methane, now about a decade ago, the standard line was: 'We've got it under control. We're managing it,'" study coauthor and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) scientist Dr. Steven Hamburg told The New York Times. "But in fact, they didn't have the data. They didn't have it under control, because they didn't understand what was actually happening. And you can't manage what you don't measure."

The research is one example of how satellites can help accurately measure the problem. The paper's Holland and U.S.-based authors used data from the spaceborne Tropospheric Monitoring Instrument (TROPOMI) to determine that the well leaked methane at a rate of about 120 metric tons per hour, double the rate of leakage from the largest ever methane leak in U.S. history, which took place in 2015 at a California oil and gas storage facility. The satellite measurements also estimated that the leak spewed 60 kilotons of methane in total into the atmosphere, Stuff.co.nz reported. That's five times the amount estimated by 🦖 ExxonMobil, whose subsidiary XTO Energy owns the well.

"We deeply regret this incident occurred and are committed to identifying and managing risks associated with our activities to prevent recurrence," ExxonMobil spokeswoman Julie King told Stuff.co.nz in an email. "We are eager to learn more about their study. ExxonMobil is working with government laboratories, universities, NGOs and other industry participants to identify the most cost-effective and best-performing technology, including satellites, that can be adopted by all producers to detect, repair and accurately measure methane."

The study also raises questions about the climate safety of fracking and natural gas. While burning natural gas only emits half the greenhouse gases that burning coal does, methane is as much as 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Methane leaks can therefore undermine the relative advantage of gas when it comes to lowering emissions.

The study's authors wrote that satellite measurements can help keep track of methane leaks that might otherwise be missed in calculating greenhouse gas emissions. Environmental groups are also increasingly embracing satellites as a tool. The EDF is even partnering with an aerospace company to build and launch a satellite dedicated to finding and monitoring methane leaks.

"We're entering a new era. With a single observation, a single overpass, we're able to see plumes of methane coming from large emission sources," satellite expert and study coauthor Ilse Aben told The New York Times. "That's something totally new that we were previously not able to do from space."

https://www.ecowatch.com/satellite-methane-leak-2641613644.html?rebelltitem=3#rebelltitem3
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Chile’s Warning To The World + The Untold Story Of Fracking

By Eleanor Goldfield, Act Out!
December 19, 2019 | RESISTANCE REPORT

 COP 25 is over and the people have spoken – from Chile to Madrid, largely indigenous-led protests are highlighting the uselessness of these climate summits and the danger of falling for greenwashed false solutions in the age of climate chaos.

Next, you've likely heard of fracking, but do you know about frac sand mining? Ted Auch from Frac Tracker takes us into this seldom-discussed world of environmental destruction.


https://popularresistance.org/chiles-warning-to-the-world-the-untold-story-of-fracking/
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And, according to two Natural Resources Defense Council experts, senior advocate Juanita Constible and senior scientist Kim Knowlton, the U.S. pollution-related death will likely “climb in the coming years if the Trump Administration has its way.” Massive deregulation by Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency, they warned, could “reverse decades of progress toward a cleaner environment and healthier people.”
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Trump has acted as “the lapdog of the fossil fuel industry,” Magavern says. “Unfortunately, we have a President who has really made himself the polluter-in-chief and is making our air and water dirtier rather than cleaner.”

Air & Water Pollution Cause More ☠️ Deaths Than War, Tobacco, Drugs Or Alcohol

By Michelle Chen, Progressive.org
January 1, 2020 | EDUCATE!

By Michelle Chen, Progressive.org. Pollution

Whether it comes from a car’s tailpipe, a coal-fired power plant, or a toxic waste dump—claimed more than eight million lives around the world in 2017, fully 15 percent of all deaths. That’s according to a new report published by the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution, a coalition of environmental and health institutions and agencies. In fact, pollution is the world’s leading cause of death, ahead of tobacco use, drug and alcohol use, and even war. And the 🦖 United States is one of the leading sources of pollution-induced death.    -more-     
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BREAKING: PFAS contamination crisis spreads!
« Reply #830 on: January 22, 2020, 02:18:08 pm »



January 22, 2020

BREAKING: PFAS ☠️ contamination crisis spreads!


New research from EWG has found PFAS chemicals, commonly called “forever chemicals,” in the drinking water of dozens of U.S. cities. Nearly all Americans’ blood is polluted with PFAS chemicals, which have been linked to cancer and other serious diseases.

Our new report shows that previous estimates of the number of Americans exposed to PFAS chemicals were dramatically underestimated. Of the tap water samples from 44 places across 31 states and the District of Columbia, only one location had no detectable PFAS chemicals. Even more alarming, the highest levels of PFAS were found at an elementary school!


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🦀 Trump Readies WOTUS 😈🐍  Replacement

The Trump administration is expected to finalize a rule today that would roll back protections for millions of miles of US streams and waterways, in a significant favor to the agricultural, real estate and fossil 🦕🦖 fuel industries.


The Obama-era Waters of the US rule, known as WOTUS, has been a key target for Trump since he took office, and his administration took its first step by repealing the rule in September. The replacement legislation will remove protections for up to half the country’s wetlands and one-fifth of streams, and the Trump campaign is expected to use the rollback’s purported benefits for farmers as a key talking point on the road to November.

This administration’s eliminating clean water protections to protect polluters instead of protecting people,” Blan Holman, a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, told the AP. (AP, New York Times $, Axios)

 
How Redlining Created Heat Islands

Racist housing policies from the 1930s are creating hotter and hotter American neighborhoods today as the climate changes, new research has found. A study published last week in the journal MDPI looks at the temperatures in neighborhoods in 108 US cities, finding that neighborhoods subjected to redlining in earlier decades are, on average, 5 degrees hotter than the non-redlined neighborhoods in the same cities. “The patterns of the lowest temperatures in specific neighborhoods of a city do not occur because of circumstance or coincidence,” coauthor Vivek Shandas told The Oregonian. “They are a result of decades of intentional investment in parks, green spaces, trees, transportation and housing policies that provided ‘cooling services,’ which also coincide with being wealthier and whiter across the country.” (The Guardian, Nexus Media News, NPR, The Oregonian)
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Jan 23, 2020 02:15 pm By Catherine Traywick, Stephen Cunningham, Naureen Malik and Dave Merrill (Bloomberg)

Gas 🦕 Export’s Dirty Secret: A Carbon Footprint Rivaling Coal’s

The six export terminals currently in operation aren’t yet running at full capacity. At current operating levels, their maximum potential CO2 emissions are equivalent to those of 5.2 coal-fired plants, according to Bloomberg calculations.

In May, while President 🦀 Donald Trump toured a new $10 billion plant designed to prepare natural gas for export, he made a vow. Such facilities would be good for the environment, he said, or they won’t get approved.   The president has greenlit 11 projects […] Read full story...

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If the amount of methane leaked during gas production and transportation exceeds 3.1% over a 20-year period, LNG’s lifecycle emissions become comparable to those of locally mined coal, according to the agency. A 2018 report published in the journal Nature found that leaks across the U.S. now total 2.3% of oil and natural gas production. In the Permian basin, the world’s highest-producing oil field, the largest 🦕😈🦖 producers are 🔥 burning off methane at a rate of 5.1%, according to Rystad Energy.
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BLACK BEAR NEWS: 🦀 Trump erodes water protections - Wuhan Coronavirus update
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BLACK BEAR NEWS: America's Radioactive Secret
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The 🦕 Gas Powered Leaf Blower Is the Most Polluting Yard Tool Ever Invented 👀
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Air Pollution in Utah is Dangerously BAD
« Reply #835 on: January 28, 2020, 12:43:40 pm »
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Recent data related to air pollution in Utah presents the following:

🚩 A recent Forbes magazine study ranked Salt Lake City as the ninth most toxic city in the United States (Forbes Magazine, 2/28/11).  Of these top 10 most toxic, SLC has the highest Toxic Release Inventory.

🚩 The American Lung Association gives Salt Lake County a rank of "F" for the two most important components of air pollution, ozone and particulate matter (PM2.5).

🚩 Salt Lake County is officially classified by the EPA as “non-attainment” with National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for PM10, PM2.5, SO2.

🚩 Air pollution monitors recently installed in the Uintah Basin measured ozone concentrations exceeding federal health standards more than 68 times in the first three months of 2010.   

🚩 Air pollution exacerbates existing asthma in adults and children and causes asthma and respiratory infections in those who are not otherwise predisposed.

🚩 Air pollution increases the incidence of SIDS, low birth weight syndrome, premature birth, and infant mortality.

🚩 Air pollution increases the incidence of the most common forms of childhood cancers, especially leukemia.

🚩 Air pollution increases genetic damage in newborns, which may lead to increased morbidities as an adult including heart disease, strokes, diabetes and cancers. These genetic aberrancies can be passed on to subsequent generations.

🚩 Air pollution increases rates of sudden death, heart attacks and strokes.  It increases blood pressure and shortens life expectancy.  Using the formula published by the American Heart Association, between 1,000 and 2,000 Utahns die prematurely annually because of air pollution.

Despite alarming statistics and mounting public pressure, state leaders continue to support a development-focused agenda that only acts to exacerbate air pollution:

Full article:
https://utah.sierraclub.org/content/utah-air-quality

Please Sign this PETITION: The Air in This State Is So Bad, It's Dangerous to Leave Your House

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🦀 Trump's New Rule Favors Pollution Over US Waterways
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Study: Methane Emissions from Fossil Fuels Vastly Underestimated
February 28, 2020


A new Rochester University study raises new grave questions about fossil fuel production and climate change. The author of the first major study on methane and fracking, Cornell University's Bob Howarth, explains its implications.

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The🦖 Athos I tanker was carrying crude oil from Venezuela when a collision caused oil to begin gushing into the Delaware River. U.S. Department of the Interior



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