Archive for the 'Environment' Category

April 14th, 2015

NOTE: NEWER, BUT LESS VITAL STORIES DO APPEAR LOWER DOWN. Keep Carbon In The Ground…

WHEN YOU BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW…

April 12th, 2015

Keep Carbon In The Ground…

KEEP CARBON IN THE GROUND… 100,000+ VOICES…

March 20th, 2015

We’ve done it: since Monday more than 100,000 people have signed our petition asking the Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust to move their funds out of fossil fuels. What an amazing response! Scottish actor Tilda Swinton, chef Yotam Ottolenghi and Professor Anne Glover, former chief scientific advisor to the president of the European commission are […]

WELLCOME SELLS $138 MILLION IN EXXON STOCK…

March 19th, 2015

Investing our pension funds and other monies that we expect someday to provide for us in carbon stocks is a bad investment and investors and their advisers are waking up to this fact. Divesting is not just sound environmental policy anymore. The Wellcome Trust has quietly sold off a $138m (£94m) investment in ExxonMobil, the […]

COMING TO A BREADBASKET NEAR YOU…

March 17th, 2015

Above you see one of the iconic views of the formerly 26,300 square mile Aral Sea. Mouse over the photo and you see the formerly 18 square mile Folsom Lake in Northern California. Humans can live for about three days without water and we are seriously fucking up our second most precious resource—air being the […]

LEAVE FOSSIL FUELS IN THE GROUND…

March 16th, 2015

Kyoto, following five years after the 1992 The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, was sufficient proof for me that nothing was being done. Every national and international meeting to yammer on about Global Warming’s existential threat to our civilization and our planet has been an exercise in smoke and mirrors to distract us […]

WHAT DOES THIS EARTH REQUIRE OF US…?

March 13th, 2015

BILL MOYERS: Welcome. In this broadcast you will meet an effervescent man who still believes we can make democracy work. Later we’ll talk about those people in Washington who refuse to let it work, but first Wendell Berry. A master of the written word, he rarely appears on television. For one thing, when he’s not […]

OHIO COAL THRIVES UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA…

October 17th, 2014

As angry bipartisan crowds of Ohio politicians gather to defend “our coal jobs” from the US EPA’s proposed new rules for coal power plants, it’s worth noting just how many jobs we’re talking about. Yes, those are the actual numbers—no zeros have been omitted. (It’s off topic, but note the increase in Ohio coal employment […]

WATCHING OVER OUR WEE MEADOW…

October 5th, 2014

SUSAN HOUGH RESPONDS…

August 19th, 2014

Earlier today I commented on an Associated Press story written by Seth Borenstein titled: No great shakes: Quakes triggered by drilling waste seem weaker than natural ones, study says. I emailed the author of the original report, Dr. Susan Hough, requesting a link to her findings. She graciously sent me the work which I am […]

TROUBLE RIGHT HERE IN RIVER CITY MARIETTA…

August 9th, 2014

I called this back on 21 June. Want to know how Marietta and Washington County are going to spend all of that cash rolling in from fracking? How about a bigger jail, more police and sheriffs to handle rising crime and increased social services loads. A gun-shot wound treatment refresher course for local hospitals will […]

NON-TECTONIC EVENTS AND FRACKING…?

July 26th, 2014

2008 and (mouse over) 2014 USGS maps of peak ground acceleration for 2-percent probability of exceedance in 50 years and VS30 site condition of 760 meters per second. This morning I’m looking at the United States Geological Service’s report: Documentation for the 2014 Update of the United States National Seismic Hazard Maps and the first […]

DO NOT DOUBT THAT LAKE ERIE IS IN DANGER…

July 25th, 2014

Reader Fred O’Neill alerted me to this Mother Jones story: On the morning of June 28, a fire broke out at a Halliburton fracking site in Monroe County, Ohio. As flames engulfed the area, trucks began exploding and thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals spilled into a tributary of the Ohio River, which supplies drinking […]

COMING TO A DORMANT FAULT NEAR YOU…

July 19th, 2014

States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater. Fracking generates vast amounts of wastewater, far more than traditional drilling methods. The water is pumped into injection wells, which […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON CLEVELAND’S FOULED POLITICS…

July 9th, 2014

Cleveland’s Muny Light facility on the city’s east side and The Cleveland Electric Illuminating company Chairman (and Field Marshall Rommel aficionado) Ralph Besse. (inset upper left) Cleveland in 2014 loves to proclaim its love of private-public partnerships. The reason: the private sector wants to suck resources from the public sector – sin taxes, tax abatements, […]

KICK THESE FECKS OUT OF THE GENE POOL…

July 8th, 2014

These worthless feckin’ waste of human genome are not just driving poorly tuned diesel trucks, they’re intentionally spewing toxic wastes as they drive. At a minimum, they should lose their driving licenses for life. Conservatives who detest President Barack Obama and EPA clean air regulations are modifying their vehicles to purposefully spew black smoke into […]

HOW DOES $0.00 PER MEGAWATT HOUR SOUND…?

July 7th, 2014

Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day. For several days the price, normally around $40-$50 a megawatt hour, hovered in and around zero. Prices were deflated throughout the week, largely because of the influence of one […]

ANTI-FRACKING VICTORY IN NEW YORK…

July 1st, 2014

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing celebrated a major victory over the oil and gas industry on Monday after the highest court in New York state agreed that cities and towns can prohibit drilling within their boundaries. In a 5-2 ruling, the New York state court of appeals affirmed previous court decisions that two towns in upstate […]

CALIFORNIA, NO. 1; TEXAS, NO 2 AND OHIO, NO 3…?

June 30th, 2014

Ohio ranks third nationwide in the number of serious spills involving hazardous materials on roads, rail lines, waterways and in the air since 2005, the Dayton Daily News reported June 29. The state’s 256 serious incidents involving hazardous material releases rank behind only California and Texas. Those incidents in Ohio include one death from exposure […]

I THINK I FEEL A THRUMING COMING ON…

June 22nd, 2014

I think I’ve told you that Ruth, my mother-in-law, was a weaver. She must have had three looms going at once and extras for friends who wanted to learn. Thrifty and thoughtful, she kept every scrap of fabric and every piece of yarn. The cut ends from her warps and weavings, called thrums (there’s a […]

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