Congress about to look at carbon footprint of making/using crypto

http://www.axios.com/congress-crypto-carbon-footprint-hearing-73ca88e4-7042-4b0d-83a1-895589af5ef0.html Jan 13, 2022 - Energy & Environment Congress to take a look at crypto's carbon footprint Ben Geman, author of Generate A powerful House committee next week will convene a hearing on the energy use of digital cryptocurrency mining. Why it matters: The Jan. 20 Energy and Commerce Committee hearing highlights growing concern about carbon emissions linked … Continue reading Congress about to look at carbon footprint of making/using crypto

Surprising contributor to urban air pollution — people still burn wood

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/dec/17/wood-burners-urban-air-pollution-cancer-risk-study Wood burners cause nearly half of urban air pollution cancer risk – study Exclusive: Wood smoke is a more important carcinogen than vehicle fumes, finds Athens analysis Scientists warn that as well as polluting the air outside, wood burners triple the level of harmful pollution inside homes. Photograph: Parmorama/Alamy Damian Carrington Environment editor @dpcarrington Fri 17 Dec … Continue reading Surprising contributor to urban air pollution — people still burn wood

Crypto mining — fossil fuel’s next best hope

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/dec/16/crypto-mining-oil-industry-waste-climate-crisis A ‘false solution’? How crypto mining became the oil industry’s new hope  Illustration: Kat Morris/The Guardian Climate experts warn that plans to repurpose waste gas is not a solution, but more like placing a Band-Aid over a gaping wound Leanna First-Arai Thu 16 Dec 2021 03.00 EST In January of 2019, Chase Lochmiller and … Continue reading Crypto mining — fossil fuel’s next best hope

Here’s where to put all the solar panels we need

Why not use land already ruined for crops and habitations for solar in addition to the way the paved property is already used? https://e360.yale.edu/features/putting-solar-panels-atop-parking-lots-a-green-energy-solution Why Putting Solar Canopies on Parking Lots Is a Smart Green Move Solar farms are proliferating on undeveloped land, often harming ecosystems. But placing solar canopies on large parking lots offers … Continue reading Here’s where to put all the solar panels we need

Russia struggles to give up worst excesses of fossil fuel energy

https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-russias-death-valley-putins-pledge-to-become-carbon-neutral-rings-hollow-11638614426 In Russia’s ‘Death Valley,’ Putin’s Pledge to Become Carbon Neutral Rings Hollow Challenges facing plan reflect the conundrum faced by many countries as they transition to cleaner sources of energy By Ann M. Simmons | Photographs by Arthur Bondar for The Wall Street JournalDec. 4, 2021 5:40 am ET KISELYOVSK, Russia—In October, President Vladimir Putin pledged Russia would become carbon … Continue reading Russia struggles to give up worst excesses of fossil fuel energy

Here are the major consumers of oil sources from Amazon rainforest

https://www.nbcnews.com/investigations/crude-reality-one-us-state-consumes-half-oil-amazon-rainforest-rcna7284 Crude reality: One U.S. state consumes half the oil from the Amazon rainforest As oil companies carve up more of the rainforest, a new study says no place in the world uses more oil from beneath the Amazon than California. The lighter of an oil processing plant in the rainforest of Ecuador's Yasuni region.Carlos … Continue reading Here are the major consumers of oil sources from Amazon rainforest

TX energy system not fixed to withstand another deep freeze

https://www.texastribune.org/2021/11/29/texas-power-grid-winter-storm/ “People should probably be worried”: Texas hasn’t done enough to prevent another winter blackout, experts say Natural gas powers the majority of electricity in Texas, especially during winter. Some power companies say the state’s gas system is not ready for another deep freeze. BY MITCHELL FERMAN, THE TEXAS TRIBUNE, AND JON SCHUPPE, NBC NEWS NOV. 29, … Continue reading TX energy system not fixed to withstand another deep freeze

Dazzling history of solar technology

https://knowablemagazine.org/article/technology/2021/the-dazzling-history-solar-power (transcript of podcast that can also be listened to using the links below The dazzling history of solar power PODCAST, EPISODE 3: Once fringe and futuristic, this renewable energy shines brightly today as a cheap and efficient source of energy. Still, it remains controversial ­— for much different reasons. By Adam Levy 01.13.2021 Once fringe and … Continue reading Dazzling history of solar technology

Is gas the new coal? Or is that plastic?

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/04/gas-new-coal-fossil-fuels-climate-disaster?CMP=oth_b-aplnews_d-1 World urged to slash gas use by a third to avoid climate disaster ‘Gas is the new coal’, says Climate Analytics report that finds it the fastest growing source of carbon dioxide emissions A flare burns natural gas at an oil well in Watford City, North Dakota. Gas is projected to cause 70% of … Continue reading Is gas the new coal? Or is that plastic?

Decaying supertanker in Yemen’s war zone could spill a million barrels of oil — and nobody’s doing a thing to prevent it

I posted a briefer tale here about this ship on May 17, 2021, but the impending disaster becomes more likely every day. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/10/11/the-ship-that-became-a-bomb THE SHIP THAT BECAME A BOMB Stranded in Yemen’s war zone, a decaying supertanker has more than a million barrels of oil aboard. If—or when—it explodes or sinks, thousands may die. by … Continue reading Decaying supertanker in Yemen’s war zone could spill a million barrels of oil — and nobody’s doing a thing to prevent it

Geez authorities shouldn’t you have checked on the oil spill reports sooner than TWELVE HOURS

What's the worst that would have happened if someone had bothered to go and check? A bit of time on a boat? This reported spill had the potential to be a major disaster. Better to act with too much concern than too little. Heads should roll. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/oct/05/california-oil-spill-huntington-beach Officials knew of California oil spill 12 hours … Continue reading Geez authorities shouldn’t you have checked on the oil spill reports sooner than TWELVE HOURS

Canada invoking treaty rights to keep using critical, but dangerous, Line 5 of pipeline thru Michigan

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/06/canada-us-michigan-pipeline-dispute? Canada invokes 1977 treaty with US as dispute over pipeline intensifies Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer says Line 5 of pipeline is a ‘ticking time bomb’ and has ordered it shut down An aboveground section of Enbridge's Line 5 at the Mackinaw City, Michigan, pump station. Photograph: John Flesher/AP Leyland Cecco in TorontoWed 6 Oct 2021 10.56 … Continue reading Canada invoking treaty rights to keep using critical, but dangerous, Line 5 of pipeline thru Michigan