Vatican asks Catholics to stop investing in fossil fuels

I've always thought that anyone who believes that the planet is a gift from God should be an enthusiastic environmentalist. After all, shouldn't it be a duty to preserve what's been given you for future generations? https://www.ecowatch.com/vatican-fossil-fuels-divest-2646208168.html?rebelltitem=4#rebelltitem4 Vatican Asks Catholics to Ditch Fossil Fuel Investments Jordan Davidson Jun. 19, 2020 01:37PM EST Photo of St. … Continue reading Vatican asks Catholics to stop investing in fossil fuels

Wind turbines can be placed in deep water — all you need is money

Beautiful photos attached to this article. Wind turbines are still a growth industry for energy production that doesn't require fossil fuels. Main downside (other than cost) is still that the materials used cannot be easily recycled. Published at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Floating turbines at the Hywind Scotland project in the North … Continue reading Wind turbines can be placed in deep water — all you need is money

Gas powered appliances pollute indoor air, quickly

I've always been aware that my gas stove, as much as I love its immediately adjustable heat, runs off the product of fracked wells. This quantifies a reason I hadn't thought about for moving to electric appliances. https://www.ecowatch.com/gas-appliances-indoor-air-pollution-health-2645924303.html Gas Powered Appliances Pollute Indoor Air, Study Finds Jordan Davidson May. 06, 2020 07:07AM EST Health + … Continue reading Gas powered appliances pollute indoor air, quickly

Fossil fuels are responsible for far more methane than we realize

Methane is at least, if not more, dangerous than carbon dioxide emissions but have not received the appropriate amount of attention. Altho natural sources do produce quite a bit of methane (thawing permafrost, bubbles coming up off the coast of far western Russia), the fossil fuel industry produces a lot of methane in the extraction … Continue reading Fossil fuels are responsible for far more methane than we realize

Oil leaks into water are far more dangerous than seen with the naked eye

Human eyes are such remarkable works that we tend to rely on them a bit too much. The assessment of oil leaks, whether on land or off-shore, has used visual means a bit too often. Turns out the leaks are far more dangerous than usually assumed. The Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico … Continue reading Oil leaks into water are far more dangerous than seen with the naked eye

Natural gas (much of it fracked) a disaster for the planet

The many people in favor of natural gas are very fast to obscure the environmental cost of producing and using it. The facts are that fracking carries a high risk of polluting our limited sources of fresh water plus its production and use will considerably increase U.S. emissions. Read on in the article below. Cheap … Continue reading Natural gas (much of it fracked) a disaster for the planet

Alarmingly large methane flow measured as disastrous with just one satellite pass

Methane is a more dangerous gas than CO2 when looking at the implications for the global climate crisis. A key sentence here is that this particular blowout releases more methane in 20 days than the oil and gas industries of Frances, Norway, and the Netherlands do in a year. We already know that methane has … Continue reading Alarmingly large methane flow measured as disastrous with just one satellite pass

If you’re using emails to be more green, here’s some sad news

There's nothing that doesn't have an environmental cost -- nothing. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/shortcuts/2019/nov/26/pointless-emails-theyre-not-just-irritating-they-have-a-massive-carbon-footprint? Pointless emails: they’re not just irritating – they have a massive carbon footprint More than 64m unnecessary emails are sent in Britain every day. Along with clogging up our inboxes they are also damaging the environment Stephen Moss @StephenMossGdn Tue 26 Nov 2019 10.56 EST … Continue reading If you’re using emails to be more green, here’s some sad news

Solar breakthough could make solar energy effective for far more tasks

This is a true breakthrough that makes solar energy able to do heavy lifting of the sort achieved only by major fossil fuel operations. This is big. Secretive energy startup backed by Bill Gates achieves solar breakthrough By Matt Egan, CNN Business Updated 11:04 AM ET, Tue November 19, 2019 New York (CNN Business)A secretive … Continue reading Solar breakthough could make solar energy effective for far more tasks

Environmental protection laws make a huge difference

I've posted regularly about the wholesale destruction of decades of environmental protection legislation by this administration. I'm pleased to be able to post an article about a law that worked to make a big difference when disaster threatened. https://www.ecowatch.com/oil-leak-shell-puget-sound-2641378550.html? Oil Spill Prevention Law Helps Contain Leak at Shell Puget Sound Refinery Olivia Rosane Nov. 18, … Continue reading Environmental protection laws make a huge difference

Status of coal plants in U.S.

Coal plants in the U.S. are continuing to shut down but the easy closures may already have happened. Economic forces may not be enough to force closures of the some of the markets where coal still dominates. https://qz.com/1749023/two-of-americas-biggest-coal-plants-closed-this-month/ Two of America’s biggest coal plants closed this month By Michael J. Coren November 16, 2019 First … Continue reading Status of coal plants in U.S.