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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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October 3, 2021 by Mike Schuler

Container ships wait off the coast of the congested Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in Long Beach, California, U.S., October 1, 2021. REUTERS/ Alan Devall

Everything We Know About the Southern California Oil Spill Right Now

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A unified command consisting of 🦖 Beta Offshore Amplify Energy, the U.S. Coast Guard, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (CDFW-OSPR) is responding to the oil spill first reported Saturday approximately 3 miles off the coast of Newport Beach, California, near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The National Transportation Safety Board says it is now investigating the matter.

Here’s what we know so far.

The Coast Guard received an initial report of an oil sheen off the coast of Newport Beach Saturday at approximately 9:10 a.m. The size of the spill was initially reported to be 13 square miles.

The Coast Guard and Huntington Beach Police Department have dispatched aircraft to access the situation.

CDFW-OSPR is monitoring for oiled wildlife. Members of the public who encounter oiled wildlife, do not approach, rather call the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at 1-877-823-6926.

Members of the public are also asked to avoid any oiled areas, as oil spill response contractors are working to clean up. Public volunteers are not needed and could actually hinder response efforts, and the Unified Command is requesting that members of the public stay away from the area altogether. The cause of the spill, volume and type of oil are under investigation, according to the Unified Command.

However, the City of Huntington Beach, located just north of Newport Beach, has reported the spill at 126,000 gallons and has blamed a broken pipeline belonging to 🦖 Beta Offshore, which would be confirmed by the company’s involvement in the Unified Command. The City of Huntington Beach issued a statement Sunday, reading in part:

“Approx. 126,000 gallons of oil leaked from a broken pipeline and are entering HB beaches and wetlands :( >:(. Beta Offshore is responsible for the spill and is working with the Incident Management Team on repairs and cleanup efforts. The City will work to ensure the responsible parties do everything possible to rectify this environmental disaster…. Our ocean and shorelines are closed indefinitely, FROM SEAPOINT TO THE SANTA ANA RIVER JETTY. Please do not enter the shoreline or water…Protecting our wetlands is one of our highest priorities. The City has deployed over 2,000 feet of protective booms at 7 locations. However, we are seeing oiled wildlife wash ashore.”

The City has also cancelled the Pacific Airshow scheduled for Sunday, a major event for the area.

The map below was shared Sunday by the City of Huntington Beach and shows approximately size and location of the spill:

Map published by City of Huntington Beach

🦖 Beta Offshore, a subsidiary of Amplify Energy (NYSE: AMPY), proclaims to be “one of the largest 😈 oil producers in Southern California. We operate three offshore platforms in the Beta Field, located 12 miles south of Long Beach.” Those three platforms are named Ellen, Eureka and Elly. Platform Elly is a processing platform for both production platforms Ellen and Eureka, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environment.

According to Amplify’s website, “The Beta properties also include the San Pedro Bay Pipeline Company, which owns and operates a 16- inch diameter oil pipeline [on the seabed] that extends approximately 17.5 miles from one of the Beta platforms to the Beta pump station located onshore at the Port of Long Beach, California, and an onshore tankage and metering facility.” Amplify lists Beta’s production as 3.6 thousand barrels of oil per day on average in Q2 2021.

Here’s where it gets a little interesting… 👀

The location of the spill, 3 miles off Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, also happens to be just south of where there were more than 82 ships anchored and awaiting to enter the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as of Friday, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California.

Credit: Marine Exchange of Southern California

The southernmost anchorage, the Huntington Beach Contingency Anchorage, was occupied with 8 containerships and 2 🦕 tankers as of last Wednesday, the Marine Exchange of Southern California reported on Sep. 29. It’s likely this anchorage has remained full.

AIS screenshot as of 3:38 PM PT, Sunday, October 3, 2021. Image courtesy MarineTraffic.com
Did an anchor strike cause the pipeline leak reported as the source of a major oil spill afflicting Huntington Beach this weekend?
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https://gcaptain.com/everything-we-know-about-the-southern-california-oil-spill-right-now/

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October  12, 2021


The photos and videos coming out of the Huntington Beach oil spill are deeply disturbing. So far, more than 140,000 gallons of oil have spilled into the ocean. Dying and dead fish, birds—including pelicans—have been found coated in oil. People have been advised not to eat the fish and to stay out of the oily surf rolling onto our beloved beaches. California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Orange County.

The oil spill in Southern California is just the latest disaster to prove that offshore drilling is dirty and dangerous for marine wildlife and crippling to our coastal communities, economies and climate goals.

If you think enough is enough—join us in taking action today!

The evidence is clear—offshore oil and gas development is a dangerous and risky business with far-reaching consequences for our ocean and the planet. We must prevent any new offshore oil and gas activity and accelerate a just and equitable transition to clean energy alternatives. Taking this bold step could prevent future offshore oil disasters and would be a vital step toward addressing the climate crisis. This recent catastrophe shows we don’t have a moment to waste.

Take two minutes out of your busy day to tell Congress to end new offshore oil and gas drilling and accelerate a just and equitable transition to clean energy alternatives in the Build Back Better Act.

Devastating oil disasters occur in an instant—but the damaging effects are long-lasting. The BP Deepwater Horizon experience taught us that when toxic oil is released at the bottom of the ocean, as happened here, it can impact the entire ocean ecosystem, from seafloor habitats to coastal wetlands. A decade after Deepwater Horizon and 30 years after Exxon Valdez, ecological impacts from these spills continue.

Right now, Congress is debating the Build Back Better Act. If passed, this legislation would be the most significant climate action in U.S. history and currently includes provisions that would end new oil and gas leasing in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, Congress is considering provisions that would end fossil fuel subsidies. We need ambitious action from Congress to address climate change and protect the ocean.

Congress needs to hear from YOU. Tell your representatives to support climate action in the Build Back Better Act, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and protect our ocean and communities before it is too late.

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For our ocean,

George Leonard, PhD
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Ocean Conservancy
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October 13, 2021 By Mike Schuler

AIS screenshot as of 3:38 PM PT, Sunday, October 3, 2021. Image courtesy MarineTraffic.com

"So our question to Rep. Steel is this: where should they all go?"

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Oct. 27, 2021 By Olivia Rosane

Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Found in Fast Food 

New research has revealed yet another potential health risk from eating fast food: it contains hormone-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates that have been linked to a variety of health problems.

The study, published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology Wednesday, analyzed 64 food samples from six burger, pizza and Tex Mex restaurants in San Antonio, Texas.

"We found phthalates and other plasticizers are widespread in prepared foods available at U.S. fast food chains, a finding that means many consumers are getting a side of potentially unhealthy chemicals along with their meal," lead author Lariah Edwards, a postdoctoral scientist at George Washington University, told Gizmodo. "Stronger regulations are needed to help keep these harmful chemicals out of the food supply."

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COP-OUT 26?
« Reply #860 on: October 29, 2021, 05:06:40 pm »

October 29, 2021

COP26 is almost upon us. Will it be a cop-out?

The petition that we'll be delivering has almost topped 500 organizations and 25,000 signers.

We encourage groups and individuals to organize events to advance this message (Stop excluding militaries from climate agreements!) on or about the big day of action in Glasgow on November 6, 2021. Resources and ideas for events are here.

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Hearts of STONE
« Reply #861 on: October 30, 2021, 04:24:30 pm »

The Biosphere's most species prolific areas (see below) are the MOST THREATENED by Hydrocarbon Hellspawn CAUSED Catastrophic Climate Change
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November 3, 2021

G20 Responsible For Half Of World's Particulate Pollution Deaths

Half of the people killed globally by fine particulate pollution died because of fossil fuel consumption by the world's 20 richest nations, a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications found. Two million of the 4 million premature deaths from particle pollution each year are tied to goods sent to and consumed by G20 countries, meaning that the consumption of 28 G20 residents is responsible for each premature death. (Washington Post $)


Cancerous Air Pollution Hotspots

An extensive analysis by ProPublica reveals a detailed map of more than 1,000 American communities that are hotspots for carcinogenic air pollution. The worst three are in Louisiana's "Cancer Alley," five of the top 20 are in Texas, and predominantly Black areas experience double the cancer risk of white areas. "Go read this investigation on the toxic air crisis plaguing American communities," the Verge wrote of ProPublica's investigation. (ProPublica, The Verge)
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Crowley does the "Net-Zero" 😇 Greenwash Dance
« Reply #863 on: December 08, 2021, 05:38:17 pm »


December 7, 2021

By Mike Schuler

The Jensen Maritime-designed MV El Coqui, a combination container and roll-on/roll-off vessel powered by liquefied natural gas. Photo courtesy Crowley Maritime Corporationd

Crowley Commits to Net-Zero GHG Emissions By 2050

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U.S.-based shipping company Crowley has committed ::) to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across by 2050 across its entire business. To track progress and promote visibility into its emissions reductions, Crowley will be linking up with tech giant Salesforce to develop a maritime-specific GHG monitoring and modeling platform.

In order to reach its target, Crowley estimates that it will need to reduce overall emissions by 4.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gases per year, or the equivalent of removing more than 900,000 cars from the road every year. The company says the commitment is “aligned with the latest climate science to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

“Crowley is on a mission to become the most sustainable and innovative maritime and logistics company in the Americas,” said Tom Crowley, chairman and CEO. “Working together with our customers, suppliers, policymakers and others across our value chain, we can meet the climate crisis head on.”

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Rio Tinto Plunders: This mining conglomerate harms land, wildlife and people.


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The US military is poisoning the water in O’ahu
« Reply #865 on: January 17, 2022, 03:59:29 pm »

O'ahu, Hawai'i earthobservatory.nasa.gov 4481 × 3509

January 17, 2022

The US 🦍 military is poisoning ☠️ the water in O’ahu 🤦‍♂️

Near the US Navy’s Red Hill 🦖 Fuel Storage Facility on the island of O'ahu, a sign installed by the State Department of Health on the shore of a local lake surrounded by residential homes warns of ☠️ contaminated fish and shellfish. Photo taken on Jan. 8, 2022, and provided by O'ahu Water Protectors.

Native Hawaiians have been leading a drawn-out fight against the US military’s poisoning of the local water supply from leaking petroleum at the Red Hill Fuel Storage Facility in O’ahu.

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LION TECHNOLOGY NEWS UPDATES & INSIGHTS FOR EHS PROS

January 18, 2022



Kentucky Chemical Explosion 💥 Results in All-night Shelter-in-Place

Residents of Fort Wright, KY were asked to shelter in place on January 11, after multiple 💥 booms were reported coming from a 🦖 plastics manufacturing plant starting around 8:15 p.m.

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EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/17

In this week's Roundup, two workers died and one was injured when a rail 🦖 tanker car 💥 exploded during routine maintenance. Plus, a power company agrees to pay $610,000 after alleged water discharge violations.

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Coast Guard, USPS Increase Hazmat Shipping Civil Penalties

The US Coast Guard and the US Postal Service increased civil penalties for violations of hazardous materials shipping regulations in vessel transportation and in the mail system, respectively.

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EPA Increases Penalties for Environmental Noncompliance

US EPA increased its maximum monetary civil penalties for violations of air, water, chemical, and hazardous waste programs on January 12. The Final Rule increases the maximum penalty amounts to keep pace with inflation.

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Agelbert NOTE: I did the math on the increases. It comes to 6.22%, so when you read some baloney from the BLS (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) "justifying" an inflation 😈 "adjusted" CPI number that is below that, remember the government knows it is well above that but wants you to believe it is below that (see: graphic below).




🐘 SCOTUS Grants Stay of OSHA Vax-or-Test ETS

On January 13, 2022, the US Supreme 🐘😈 Court granted a stay of OSHA's vaccination-or-testing emergency temporary standard (ETS) until a final decision about the Rule's legality is reached.

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Re: Pollution
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Have you REALLY been listening?
« Reply #868 on: February 04, 2022, 07:59:17 pm »
Growth Incompatible with Survival

Climate 'catastrophe-check' for UN Agencies


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Lawns AREN'T Green!
« Reply #869 on: February 17, 2022, 05:24:31 pm »
Freeze Peach 🍑 > agelbert • 2 hours ago
Duckweed is already being used, eaten, fed to livestock. It's field tested.

I'm going to rant about lawns now. Law says lawns have to be mowed. It's not just a city thing. Drive out in the country, see homes sitting on 5 acres of mowed land.

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Lawns Aren't Green


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EatTheWeeds Editorial: Lawns Aren’t Green. A decade ago I recorded a 3.5 minute editorial that I wrote for National Public Radio Holland. It was for their Earthbeat series. They set it to music. I’ve been wanting to put it to photos for several years. It’s as relevant today as it was a decade ago. Lawns consume the majority of treated drinking water in the United States, are a major source of water pollution as home owners use more pesticides and fertilizer than farmers, and also cause millions of gallons of gasoline and oil to be spilled.

agelbert > Freeze Peach 🍑
Excellent video! I agree wholeheartedly. I have often ranted about lawns and the insane practice of using a lot of weed killer chemical toxins on them, adding insult to the carcinogenic pollution injury from small gas guzzler lawn mowers, leaf blowers, lawn tractors, weed whackers, etc., that ruin our health and keep lawns from being used to grow wild flowers, like sun flowers that clean the land of heavy metals and other toxins in preparation for using that land to grow veggies.

The whole love affair with lawns, as you undoubtedly know (I am writing this for those reading here that don't know this) came from the "killing fields" lawns all around the moat of castles centuries ago. Their function then was to have open ground where archers could pick off attacking armies when they approached the castle.

It is a prideful, arrogant practice that should be terminated. However, instead of urging people to plant wild flowers to help flower biodiversity that, in turn, gives beneficial insect pollinators like bees a helping hand and growing veggies on a part of the land, too many zoning nazis in the US require people, under ordinance pain of fines, to NOT grow food or plant wild flowers on the land where they have lawns. 

The zoning stupidity "rules" where I live in Vermont: "Lawns are to be kept mowed and trimmed in summer and leaves raked off the lawns in the fall.".

This was one of my demands on the list of actions that need to be taken, like yesterday:
3. Small engines, like those used for lawn mowers, leaf blowers or weed whackers are to be outlawed. All ordinances requiring lawns are to be outlawed. All lawn, gardening or snow removal power equipment not running on E100 is to be electrically powered without any exceptions or grace period.
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