Water needed to extract fossil fuels from tar sands wiping out local water table

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/19/tar-sands-pipeline-minnesota-lakes Tar sands ‘They screwed up our lake’: tar sands pipeline is sucking water from Minnesota watersheds The Anishinaabe people are rallying to save their lakes and their traditional wild rice harvests Low water levels mean rice harvesters can’t paddle their canoes to their traditional harvesting areas. Photograph: Kerem Yucel/AFP/Getty Images Will Parrish@willparrishcaSun 19 Sep 2021 … Continue reading Water needed to extract fossil fuels from tar sands wiping out local water table

Biden’s solar energy plan would remake the U.S. electricity system

https://theconversation.com/bidens-proposed-tenfold-increase-in-solar-power-would-remake-the-us-electricity-system-167605 Biden’s proposed tenfold increase in solar power would remake the US electricity system September 10, 2021 8.27am EDT Author Joshua D. RhodesResearch Associate, University of Texas at Austin Disclosure statement Joshua D. Rhodes is a consultant at IdeaSmiths LLC which does energy systems analysis and studies for utilities and environmental groups. At UT-Austin, he has … Continue reading Biden’s solar energy plan would remake the U.S. electricity system

World’s largest carbon-sucking plant begins making tiny dent in emissions

https://apple.news/At34J3uOHSuyGGpncCqTd7Q World’s Largest Carbon-Sucking Plant Starts Making Tiny Dent in Emissions By Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir and Akshat Rathi, Bloomberg News, September 8, 2021, 11:00 AM EDT Startups Climeworks and Carbfix are working together to store carbon dioxide removed from the air deep underground. In Iceland’s barren landscape, a new container-like structure has risen alongside plumes of steam near the Hellisheidi geothermal … Continue reading World’s largest carbon-sucking plant begins making tiny dent in emissions

350 oil spills as a result of Ida — another reason not to produce fossil fuels

http://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-probing-nearly-350-reports-oil-spills-wake-hurricane-ida-2021-09-06/ September 7, 20214:08 PM EDT updated 17:39 PM EDT United States U.S. probing nearly 350 reports of oil spills in wake of Hurricane Ida Reuters HOUSTON, Sept 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard said on Monday it was investigating nearly 350 reports of oil spills in and along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico … Continue reading 350 oil spills as a result of Ida — another reason not to produce fossil fuels

Bitcoin mining uses more electricity than many countries

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/09/03/climate/bitcoin-carbon-footprint-electricity.html Bitcoin Uses More Electricity Than Many Countries. How Is That Possible? In 2009, you could mine one Bitcoin using a setup like this in your living room. ↓ ↓ Amount of household electricity required to mine one coin: a few seconds’ worth. Bitcoin’s value: basically nothing. Today, you’d need a room full of specialized machines, each … Continue reading Bitcoin mining uses more electricity than many countries

Solar panels over CA canals could yield big payoffs

https://theconversation.com/installing-solar-panels-over-californias-canals-could-yield-water-land-air-and-climate-payoffs-158754 Installing solar panels over California’s canals could yield water, land, air and climate payoffs May 3, 2021 8.04am EDT Authors Roger BalesDistinguished Professor of Engineering, University of California, MercedBrandi McKuinPostdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz Disclosure statement Nothing to disclose. Roger Bales does not work for, consult, own shares in or … Continue reading Solar panels over CA canals could yield big payoffs

Dead zone in Gulf of Mexico continues to expand

Unfortunately, this is a predictable consequence of a combination of oil well drilling leaks and explosions that haven't been capped and agricultural run-off (pesticides and fertilizers) plus increasing water temperatures, changes in currents and more. http://www.deeperblue.com/scientists-discover-larger-than-average-gulf-of-mexico-dead-zone/? Scientists Discover ‘Larger-Than-Average’ Gulf Of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’ ByJohn Liang -17 hours ago

Highly recommended, very detailed article about bitcoins, their energy use, and how bitcoins function

This is written by one of the many authors who publish on Seeking Alpha that provides access to a limited number of articles a month. Some of the articles go very deep into the weeds, like this one. The article is written by Lyn Alden Schwartzer of Stock Waves Yes, it covers how mining bitcoins … Continue reading Highly recommended, very detailed article about bitcoins, their energy use, and how bitcoins function

Alaska oil permits blocked by federal judge even after being backed by Trump and Biden

I'm heartened that at least one federal judge has recognized that oil projects in Alaska would potentially have a large detrimental effect on climate change. https://www.wsj.com/articles/alaska-oil-permits-blocked-by-federal-judge-11629346302? Alaska Oil Permits Blocked by Federal Judge The ConocoPhillips Willow project’s impact on climate change and polar bears wasn’t fully accounted for, judge says Pipelines are seen near a … Continue reading Alaska oil permits blocked by federal judge even after being backed by Trump and Biden

Methane gas leaks during natural gas protection being monitored more because of buyer pressure based on climate crisis fears

https://www.wsj.com/articles/frackers-shippers-eye-natural-gas-leaks-as-climate-change-concerns-mount-11628760602 Frackers, Shippers Eye Natural-Gas Leaks as Climate Change Concerns Mount Cheniere Energy, EQT among those dispatching drones, planes and specialized cameras to collect data amid international pressure from buyers A drone used to monitor methane emissions flies over EQT Corp.’s Captain USA natural-gas production site in Washington County, Pa., in July.By Collin Eaton | Photographs by … Continue reading Methane gas leaks during natural gas protection being monitored more because of buyer pressure based on climate crisis fears

Biden not truly serious about climate change as he grants 2,000 new drilling and fracking permits

President Biden's position on granting drilling and fracking permits was always visible during his campaign and his decades-long favoritism for the fossil fuel industry wasn't hidden. But oh, how I hoped he would realize that times have changed. But he has not and the planet will pay for his decisions. Is Biden serious about climate? … Continue reading Biden not truly serious about climate change as he grants 2,000 new drilling and fracking permits

What’s with A/C for outside dining?

https://ny.eater.com/2021/8/11/22595852/nyc-restaurants-outdoor-air-conditioning-outdoor-dining For Restaurants That Can Afford Them, Outdoor Air Conditioners Are the Latest Pandemic Pivot Air conditioned outdoor dining rooms are driving up electricity bills. And luring back customers. by Luke Fortney@lucasfortney  Aug 11, 2021, 6:19pm EDT As New York City settles into the slowest period of the summer season, some restaurant owners are once again on … Continue reading What’s with A/C for outside dining?