What Worsens Climate Change: Gas Leaks, Underestimating Pollution, and More!

Fossil Fuel Follies:

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Source: Responding to Climate Change

OO Costs, Risks of Carbon Pollution Much Worse Than Thought says a new analysis from the London School of Economics.

OO Coal’s Share Of Global Energy Is Growing even as it wanes in the US; not good news for the planet.

OO EPA Cap On Coal Emissions Not Enough : “Carbon Crumbs” says ex US chief climate scientist James Hansen; US power sector is already halfway to the 2030 goal.

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An abandoned oil well, and likely source of leaking methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Credit Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

1,000,000 Plus Abandoned US Oil Wells Leak Major Methane says a new study, reports Bobby Magill at Climate Central. In Pennsylvania alone up to a million such rarely inspected wells account for up to 13 percent of total state manmade emissions of methane, 34x more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas.

A growing list of recent studies suggest that crude oil and natural gas development, particularly in shale formations, are significant sources of methane leaks — NOT fully included in U.S. EPA greenhouse gas inventories because they are rarely monitored.

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Another large source of methane is from farming, but the size of methane leakage from fossil fuel wells, due to lack of monitoring, remains dangerously unknown.Credit NREL/Colorado State University

This is a big reason why, as Joe Romm of Climate Progress concludes, “natural gas has no net climate benefit in any timescale that matters to humanity.” Its just as bad as coal, folks… — the only difference is we don’t have to burn it to get it into the atmosphere.

OO Damaged Storage Tank Spills 7,500 Gallons Of Oil Into River In Colorado

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OO Slow-Motion Earthquakes Caused By Natural Fracking a new study suggests.

OO Drilling Mars Georgia O’Keeffe’s Landscapes

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A male sage grouse strutting his stuff. Wikipedia

OO Nevada Fracking Project Threatens Imperiled Sage Grouse

OO ‘Stretched’ BLM to Congress: Let Us Levy Fees To Inspect Oil, Gas Wells but for 4 years, Congress has said no… why?

OO 40 percent of High-Risk Oil And Gas Wells Are Not Inspected — Why?

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Source nomoredirtylooks.com

Fossil Fueled Air Pollution Can Impair Your Thinking new research indicates, reports Joanna Foster at Climate Progress. Air pollution can lead to heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, respiratory infections and more; 7 million premature deaths around the globe every year are linked to dirty air. Now research shows that exposure to even relatively low concentrations of fine particulate matter can significantly impair cognitive functioning.

OO Mental Well-Being Will Suffer Under Changing Climate, experts say.

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A fracking site sign. Credit Ostroff Law via Wikimedia Commons

US Fracking Boom Threatens Water Supplies reports Valerie Brown at theClimate News Network. US campaigners warn that fracking for oil or gas, which has transformed the country’s energy market, is seriously depleting or contaminating vital US water supplies.

While fracking occurs in half of US states, no overarching policy on how the industry uses water exists. Meanwhile, fracking is seriously depleting aquifers, notably in Texas. How about clean energy instead?

OO Texas: Search For Scarce Water Strains Communities

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Borneo orangutans have declined by half over the past 60 years. WWF

OO Palm Oil Plantations: Store Less Carbon, Can’t Sustain Orangutans

OO Deforestation Reduces The Size Of Fish says a new study.

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Source: healthline.com

OO US: Climate Change Threatens Your Grape Juice

OO US: 100,000+ Heat Wave Deaths By 2100 says a new report.

OO Farm Fertilizer Produces Greenhouse Gas

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Even elephants can’t survive on oil. Credit: Mary Ellen Harte

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OO GOP Governors Don’t Want To Cut Carbon Pollution — Even Though Their States Do

OO Koch-Funded Group Won’t Back Kansas Republicans Supporting Clean Energy

OO How Rupert Murdoch Brainwashed Australia Into Climate Change Denial

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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