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MAY 1, 2022: 420.19 ppm
This time last year: 420.81 ppm
10 years ago: 397.15 ppm
Pre-industrial base: 280 Safe level: 350


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  • • The Issues
  • • US Emissions by Sector Chart
    “Guardian

    Where is all that CO2 coming from? This graph breaks it down by economic sector.

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  • Environmental Impact News
    (for the past 2 months)

    • • Steel Giant Comes Out Swinging Against Fossil Fuel
      Carbon Capture and Upcycling
      is One of the Avenues
      ArcelorMittal is Pursuing

      CT

      May, 26, 2022 -What’s a steel maker to do? Your operating costs are going through the roof, your customers are clamoring for something called “green steel,” and the climate has gone coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs. For the global leading firm ArcelorMittal, the answer is a new $100 million competition for clean tech startups. The company aims to something, anything, anywhere to drive the fossil fuel demons from the factory gates.

    • • Corporations Pledge to Buy ‘Green’ at Davos Gathering
      More Than 50 Companies Plesge
      to Buy “Green” Metals
      and Other Commodities by 2030

      NYT

      May, 25, 2022 -More than 50 corporations have joined a global “buyers’ club” that pledges to purchase aluminum, steel and other commodities made from processes that emit little to no carbon, a move that will be announced on Wednesday by leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

    • • EU Sees Steep Rise in Pesticides
      Laws are Being Ignored
      as Consumers are Exposed to a
      Rising Tide of Chemical Exposure

      HT

      May, 25, 2022 -The contamination of fruits and vegetables produced in the European Union by the most toxic pesticides has substantially increased over the past decade, according to new research published Tuesday.

    • • Global Food Crisis Looms as Fertilizer Supplies Dwindle
      Sanctions on Russia, Bad Weather, and Export Cuts Have Fueled a Severe Fertilizer Shortage

      NatGeo

      May, 23, 2022 -Think the global fertilizer shortage is someone else’s problem? Take a look in the mirror. If you are reading this in North America, Europe, Latin America, or Asia, chances are that the bundle of amino acids staring back at you is alive today because of chemical fertilizers.

    • • Netherlands Wants to Ban Fossil Fuel Heating Systems from 2026
      European Countries Seeking to Wean Themselves Off Russian Fossil Fuels

      ZME Science

      May 20, 2022 -For generations, natural gas has provided the Netherlands with cheap heating for homes and offices. Over 90% of households use gas for heating, making it the only country in Europe with more gas-connected houses than the UK. But production has been dropping for years, forcing the Netherlands to rely on gas partly imported from Russia.

    • • Baltimore Lead Contamination Continues to Pose a Major Threat,
      As Many as 85,000 Homes in the City Had “Dangerous” Levels of Lead, and that Remediation Could Cost Billions

      ICN

      May 19, 2022-An estimated 85,087 occupied homes in Baltimore have “dangerous lead hazards,” according to a recent report from the Abell Foundation, a local public policy think tank. Fixing the problem would cost between $2.5 billion and $4.2 billion, the report said.

    • • Do Airline Climate Offsets Really Work?
      The Good News, and the Bad

      NYT

      May 18, 2022-Carbon offset programs have become ubiquitous. You’ve probably seen them as check-box options when booking flights: Click here to upgrade to a premium seat. Click here to cancel your greenhouse gas emissions.

      It’s an appealing proposition — the promise that, for a trivial amount of money, you can go about your business with no climate guilt. But if it sounds too good to be true, that’s because, at least for now, it is.

    • • Pollution Kills Over 9 Million People Every Year
      It's 66% More than Two Decades Ago

      ZME Science

      May 18, 2022-Pollution, unwanted waste of human origin released into air, land, water, and the ocean without regard for cost or consequence, was responsible for nine million deaths in 2019, with little progress in the last four years, according to a new study. Researchers highlighted industrial pollution, such as chemical pollution, as the leading problem.

    • • Heavy Farm Vehicles are Affecting the World's Soils
      Starting With Massive Tractors...

      ZME Science

      May 17, 2022-The total weight of farming machinery has increased tenfold in the last 40 years, as machines become bigger and stronger. As they operate across fields, these machines slowly crush the soil and make it harder for plants to grow, risking reducing harvests across global cropland in the next decades, a new study found.

    • • Torpedo Those Dams and It's Full Speed Ahead
      At Least 239 Dams Were Removed From European Rivers in 2021

      ZME Science

      May 17, 2022-There are over one million barriers on Europe’s rivers, many built over a century ago and currently serving little or no economic purpose, but still affecting the local ecosystems. This has triggered a campaign and a political commitment by countries to start removing many of them.

      The EU has set the goal of allowing at least 25,000 kilometers of rivers to flow freely again by 2030, and so far at least, it seems committed to the target.

    • • Russian War Could be Causing Surge in Black Sea Dolphin Deaths
      Scientists and Organizations Warn Over the War's Environmental Impacts

      ZME Science

      May 16, 2022-Scientists are worried over mass dolphin deaths in the Black Sea, which could be a result of the noise pollution caused by the ongoing war in Ukraine. There are about 20 Russian navy vessels in the Black Sea, which appear to be driving the dolphins south towards the Turkish and Bulgarian shores –where they get caught in the fishing nets or stranded.

    • • US Oil Refineries Spewing Cancer-
      Causing Benzene into Communities
      Analysis Shows Alarming Level of Benzene at Fence-Line of Facilities

      The Guardian

      May 14, -A dozen US oil refineries last year exceeded the federal limit on average benzene emissions.

      Among the 12 refineries that emitted above the maximum level for benzene, five were in Texas, four in Louisiana, and one each in Pennsylvania, Indiana and the US Virgin Islands, a new analysis by the Environmental Integrity Project revealed on Thursday.

    • • The Environmental Effects of Lithium Mining
      Water Resources Depleted,
      Wetlands Drainned, and Communities
      Harmed in S. America

      CleanTechnica

      May 14, 2022 -To mitigate the worst impacts of climate change, we must transition away from fossil fuels like petroleum and coal and toward clean energy generation and zero-emission transportation options. However, many green technologies, such as electric vehicles and renewable power plants, depend on lithium-ion batteries, which require lithium.

    • • $230M Settlement Reached Over 2015 California Oil Spill
      Pollution Just Can’t
      Be a Cost of Doing Business

      AP Logo

      May 14, 2022 -The owner of an oil pipeline that spewed thousands of barrels of crude oil onto Southern California beaches in 2015 has agreed to pay $230 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by fishermen and property owners, court documents show.

    • • Mining is a Polluting Business
      Can New Tech Make it Cleaner?

      NatGeo

      May 13, 2022-In March, President Biden ordered more federal resources directed toward mining metals and minerals essential for electric vehicle (EV) batteries, including nickel, cobalt, graphite, and lithium.

      The presidential directive highlighted one of the most controversial realities at the center of the green energy transition: In order to switch from dirty fossil fuel energy sources to carbon-free renewables and EVs, we need more mining—historically a very polluting business.

    • • Invasive Insects Will Kill Over a Million Urban Trees by 2050
      The Main Culprit is the Incredibly Destructive Emerald Ash Borer

      TH

      May 13, 2022-Over the next 30 years, invasive insects will kill 1.4 million urban trees in the United States, a new study finds. Most of those deaths will be caused by the emerald ash borer, which researchers expect will kill nearly all ash trees in more than 6,000 communities.

    • • Fossil Fuels Aren’t Just Harming the Planet
      They’re Also Making Us Sick

      ICN

      May 12, -For years, researchers have warned that chemical pollutants tied to fossil fuels have become so pervasive that they would be impossible for anyone to avoid.

      A study released earlier this week may be the first indication of how widely some chemicals have spread. Researchers found multiple classes of potentially harmful chemicals where they’ve never been measured before: in the bodies of pregnant women.

    • • Federal Appeals Court Upholds
      Decision to Halt a Mine in Arizona
      The Rosemont Mine Has Got to Go

      CBD

      May 12, 2022 -Today’s ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is another blow to Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals’ plans for the $1.9 billion Rosemont Mine in the Coronado National Forest, 30 miles southeast of Tucson.

      In a 2-1 decision, the appeals court affirmed the district court ruling that Hudbay’s mining claims where it wanted to dump waste rock and tailings were baseless, saying it was “undisputed that no valuable minerals have been found. Because no valuable minerals have been found, the claims are necessarily invalid. The district court was therefore correct in holding that the Service improperly assumed their validity.”

    • • Air Pollution's Hurricane Effects
      More, or Fewer, Hurricanes
      It Depends Where You Live

      NYT

      May 11, 2022 -Global warming can affect hurricanes, in part because a warmer ocean provides more energy to fuel them. But it’s not the only factor in play: A study released on Wednesday confirms that, for the frequency of hurricanes, the effects of particulate air pollution are even greater.

    • • 91% of Reefs Surveyed on Great Barrier
      Reef Affected By Coral Bleaching in 2022
      Report Reveals Extent of Sixth Mass Bleaching Event With Worst-Affected Reefs Between Cape Tribulation and Whitsundays

      The Guardian

      May 10, 2022 -Coral bleaching affected 91% of reefs surveyed along the Great Barrier Reef this year, according to a report by government scientists that confirms the natural landmark has suffered its sixth mass bleaching event on record.

    • • Europe's Farmlands May Be the Largest
      Microplastics Reservoir in the World
      It’s All Due to the High Levels of these Particles in Sewage-Sludge-Derived Fertilizers

      ZME Science

      May 10, 2022 -Researchers at Cardiff University estimate that anywhere between 31,000 and 42,000 tons of microplastics (or 86 – 710 trillion microplastic particles) find their way into Europe’s farmlands every year. These quantities mean that the average plot of farmland in the old world mirrors the microplastic levels of ocean surface waters, they add.

      As for the source of these plastics, the team points to sewage sludge, a material that is commonly used as feedstock for fertilizers on farmlands across Europe. They estimate that around 1% of the weight of sewage sludge is made up of microplastics.

    • • Creating an Eco-Friendly Home Office
      An Eco-Friendly Home Office is a Great Way to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

      Greener Ideal

      May 7, 2022 -When it comes to creating an Eco-friendly home office, the first step is often to look at your current setup and figure out how you could improve it.

      You can make several key changes to help minimize waste and increase efficiency in your workspace. These include installing energy-efficient lighting, replacing outdated appliances with modern, more efficient options, reusing old office furniture, or moving paper jobs online.

    • • Organic Vegetables Could Harbor Disease-Causing Bacteria
      Understanding How Different Types of
      Agriculture Affect the Food We Eat

      ZME Science

      May 6, 2022 -In recent years, the demand for organic fruits and vegetables has surged as concerns have been rising about the excessive use of toxic fertilizers and pesticides in farmlands. In 2020, the sales of organic fruits and vegetables rose by 12.5% in the US, and for the first time, it crossed the mark of $60 billion globally. But organic vegetables may have some problems of their own.

      A new study from researchers at Valencia Polytechnic University (UPV) in Spain highlights that organic leafy vegetables can carry harmful bacteria that pose a risk to human health.

    • • Treaties Protecting Fossil Fuel Investors Could
      Jeopardize Global Efforts to Save the Climate
      It Could Also Cost Countries Billions

      The Conversation

      May 5, -Fossil fuel companies have access to an obscure legal tool that could jeopardize worldwide efforts to protect the climate, and they’re starting to use it. The result could cost countries that press ahead with those efforts billions of dollars.

    • • Shell Reports a Record $9.1 Billion Profit
      Rising Energy Prices, Along with Cost Cutting, Helped Secure the Soaring Result

      NYT

      May 5, 2022 -Shell, Europe’s largest energy company, reported on Thursday its biggest-ever quarterly profit, reflecting high prices for oil and natural gas spurred by the war in Ukraine and tightness in world energy markets.

    • • Sweet Seagrass Could Save
      Oceans and Reverse Climate Change
      But We’re Killing These Gentle Habitats

      ZME Science

      May 5, 2022 -Seagrass meadows are among the most important ecosystems on our planet. According to an estimate, about 50 million tiny invertebrates and 40,000 fish can thrive in just one acre of seagrass. Moreover, these underwater plants absorb 10% of the total carbon that deposits in the oceans annually and play an important role in reversing climate change.

      But they’re also one of the most overlooked ecosystems on the planet. Some researchers want to change that.

    • • Withdraw Water From W. Pa. Trout Stream for Fracking?
      The DEP Doesn't Think So

      AF Logo

      May 4, 2022 -A gas drilling company is asking the state to reconsider its request to withdraw water from a Western Pennsylvania trout stream.

      Findlay, Pa.-based PennEnergy Resources last year made a request to take 3 million gallons a day from two locations on Big Sewickley Creek, both in Beaver County. It proposed sending the water through a temporary water pipeline to supply a fracking operation in nearby Economy Borough. The DEP denied the request over concerns that it would impact “water quality, stream flow, fish and wildlife and aquatic habitat.”

    • • Almost Half the World is Now “Degraded”
      We're Leaving No Stone Unturned

      ZME Science

      May 3, 2022 -With our cities, farms, and overall way of life, we have transformed large swaths of Earth from their natural state, usually leaving them worse than before, according to a new report. Researchers found up to 40% of the world’s total land area is now classified as degraded, with Asia, South America, and Africa especially affected.

    • • Coral-Algae Symbiosis to Help Reefs Recover From Mass Bleaching
      The Results Help Us
      Better Understand Why and
      How Algae and Corals Co-Exist

      ZME Science

      May 3, 2022 -Scientists breed mutant algae to save world’s corals from bleaching.

      Researchers at the University of California, Riverside are exploring options to save corals from climate change by reversing the damage caused by bleaching events.

    • • Musk and Google Add to $2 Billion Boost for Carbon Removal
      Opening Up Opportunities for Technologies that Promise to Undo Climate Damage

      BCL Logo

      May 3, 2022 -The path to tackling climate change used to be fairly straightforward: Cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero, and global temperatures would start to stabilize.

      But straightforward doesn’t mean cheap, convenient, or politically expedient, and nations have dragged their feet so much that scientists now say we risk a climate catastrophe even if we reach zero emissions in the next couple of decades. That’s why, after years of discussion and development, the idea of removing carbon dioxide from the air and storing it where it can’t reenter the atmosphere is gaining momentum.

    • • From a Toxic Wasteland
      To a National Park

      NatGeo

      May 2, 2022 -A junkyard that once held rusting cars and thousands of barrels of oozing toxic chemicals just got added to a national park. The former Krejci dump, a 45-acre parcel that operated from 1948 to 1980, opened to the public in December as part of a 200-acre addition to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a 33,000-acre swath that winds between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio.

    • • Fracking Boom in Texas - The Results
      The State Is Now the
      Earthquake Capital of the World

      BCL Logo

      Apr. 29, 2022 -A state not known for earthquakes has been hit so hard, it's even poised to overtake California and Alaska.

      In 2015, there were six earthquakes that topped 3.0 on the Richter scale. And then six again the next year. And then the numbers just exploded: 17 became 78 became 181. And in the first three months of 2022 alone, there were another 59, putting the year on pace to set a fresh record.

    • • Dirty Air Affects 97% of UK Homes, Data Shows
      Slough, London and Leeds Among Worst Locations on Map Showing Air Pollution Above World Health Organization (WHO) Limits

      The Guardian

      Apr. 28, 2022 -Virtually every home in the UK is subjected to air pollution above World Health Organization guidelines, according to the most detailed map of dirty air to date.

      More than 97% of addresses exceed WHO limits for at least one of three key pollutants, while 70% of addresses breach WHO limits for all three.

    • • Warning on Mass Extinction of Sea Life
      If Fossil Fuel Emissions Continue Apace, the Oceans Could Experience a Mass Extinction by 2300

      NY Times

      Apr. 28, 2022 -At first, the scientists chose a straightforward title for their research: Marine Extinction Risk From Climate Warming.

      But as publication approached, something nagged at them. Their findings illustrated two drastically different outcomes for ocean life over the next three centuries depending on whether greenhouse gas emissions were sharply curbed or continued apace. Somehow it seemed the study’s name conjured only doom.

    • • Methane Emissions From Reservoirs
      A Coalition of Environmental Groups Has Called For Regulatory Action

      Revelator

      Apr. 25, 2022 -As U.S. states and countries across the world work to reduce fossil fuels and boost renewables, hydropower is poised to play an even bigger role.

      There’s just one problem: A growing body of research published over the past two decades has found that most reservoirs, including those used for hydropower, aren’t emissions-free.

    • • EU Plans Ban Dangerous Chemicals
      Up to 12,000 Substances Could
      Fall Within the Scope of the
      New ‘Restrictions Roadmap’

      The Guardian

      Apr. 25, 2022 -Thousands of potentially harmful chemicals could soon be prohibited in Europe under new restrictions, which campaigners have hailed as the strongest yet.

      Earlier this year, scientists said chemical pollution had crossed a “planetary boundary” beyond which lies the breakdown of global ecosystems.

    • • Microplastics are in Our Bodies
      How Much Do They Harm Us?

      NatGeo

      Apr. 25, 2022 -As plastic waste proliferates around the world, an essential question remains unanswered: What harm, if any, does it cause to human health?

      A few years ago, as microplastics began turning up in the guts of fish and shellfish, the concern was focused on the safety of seafood. Shellfish were a particular worry, because in their case, unlike fish, we eat the entire animal—stomach, microplastics and all. In 2017, Belgian scientists announced that seafood lovers could consume up to 11,000 plastic particles a year by eating mussels, a favorite dish in that country.

    • • Highly Contagious Marine Epidemic
      Rips Through Caribbean’s Coral Reefs
      Frustration Among Scientists as Many
      Islands, Hard Hit by Hurricanes, Struggle
      to Fight Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease

      The Guardian

      Apr. 23, 2022 -Krista Sherman understands ocean conservation work takes a good deal of patience. But the Bahamian-born marine scientist had never encountered a foe like stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD), and after efforts to monitor and treat the highly contagious outbreak in the Bahamas’ corals stalled, her patience was running thin.

    • • Deforestation is Destroying our Planet
      Here’s How We Fight Back

      Greener Ideal

      Apr. 23, 2022 -Deforestation is the conversion of a forested area to land that is not forested. Deforestation can also refer to the natural loss of trees and the potential destruction of forests from human practices.

      The loss of forests has far-reaching consequences for both the environment and human societies. Forests are critical for the planet, providing habitat for wildlife, storing carbon, and regulating local climates. They also play an essential role in the global water cycle, releasing water vapor into the atmosphere and helping precipitation.

    • • PA: The First Fossil Fuel State to Put a Price on Carbon
      A Major Move by
      Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf

      AF Logo

      Apr. 22, 2022 -The agency tasked with entering new regulations into the state’s official record is set to publish the Wolf Administration’s climate rule this weekend.

      The state can be a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative once the rule that allows joining is published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Saturday. An online version of the bulletin posts Friday.

    • • American Petroleum Institute Proposes a Carbon Price
      Who'd a Thunk It?

      CCL

      Apr. 21, 2022 -News broke in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) this morning that the American Petroleum Institute (API), the country’s largest trade association for the oil and gas industry, has drafted a proposal urging Congress to adopt a carbon tax with rebates to Americans.

      CCL is encouraged to see this powerful industry player taking steps to advance this major climate policy.

    • • The Thames Has Recovered From Biologically Dead
      But What About Its Future?

      The Conversation

      Apr. 21, 2022 -It might surprise you to know that the River Thames is considered one of the world’s cleanest rivers running through a city.

      What’s even more surprising is that it reached that status just 60 years after being declared “biologically dead” by scientists at London’s Natural History Museum. Yet despite this remarkable recovery, there’s no room for complacency – the Thames still faces new and increasing threats from pollution, plastic and a rising population.

    • • How Big Oil Companies Betrayed Us All
      What We Now Know … They Lied

      The Guardian

      Apr. 21, 2022 -There is a moment in the revelatory PBS Frontline docuseries The Power of Big Oil, about the industry’s long campaign to stall action on the climate crisis, in which the former Republican senator Chuck Hagel reflects on his part in killing US ratification of the Kyoto Climate Treaty.

    • • 1/4 of US Emissions Since 2005
      Come From Fossil Fuels on Public Lands
      The Impacts

      CB_Logo

      Apr. 21, 2022 -Emissions equivalent to nearly a quarter of the US total since 2005 have come from fossil fuels extracted on the nation’s public lands and waters, according to recent analysis.

    • • Thames Water Dumped Raw
      Sewage Into Rivers 5,028 Times in 2021
      Campaigners Say Utility Firm’s Investment Plan to Remedy Situation is ‘Completely Inadequate’

      The Guardian

      Apr. 20, 2022 -Thames Water dumped untreated effluent for more than 68,000 hours into the river systems around Oxford last year, campaigners have revealed, arguing that the sum of money the company plans to spend to improve the situation is woefully inadequate.

    • • South Georgia Island: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
      Abundance, Exploitation and Recovery

      NYT

      Apr. 18, 2022-Sally Poncet first came to South Georgia in 1977. Back then, she said, the sub-Antarctic island was as gorgeous as it is today: A spine of mountains, some 100 miles long, defines the terrain; glaciers drape down from the peaks, with verdant slopes running up to meet them; glistening beaches wrap around the shoreline. But in those days, Ms. Poncet recalled, the island had an empty feel to it. “You felt a lack,” she explained. “It wasn’t alive like you knew it could be.”

    • • What You Probably Know
      and Don't Know About Greenhouse Gasses
      And You Should

      Greener Ideal

      Apr. 15, 2022-Sure, you may know that greenhouses are typically used to grow plants. But there’s a lot more to these structures than meets the eye.

      A greenhouse is typically a glass or plastic enclosed structure that is used for the cultivation of plants. They can be found in various sizes, from small backyard greenhouses to large commercial ones.

    • • 12,000 Gals. of Petroleum Products Spilled in Medford Oregon Fire
      Environmental Cleanup is Underway Following a Fire at a Local Gas Station

      AP Logo

      Apr. 15, 2022,-The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday that over 12,000 gallons of various petroleum products, mostly lube oil, were released into nearby Bear Creek and surrounding areas during the incident.

    • • 4 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
      We're Talking About Your Home

      Greener Ideal

      Apr. 14, 2022-Globally, the average carbon footprint is around 8,000lbs, though it’s even higher in more industrialized nations, such as the U.S. You can calculate your own personal carbon footprint to determine how much greenhouse gas emissions you’re producing so you’ll know exactly how much to cut back— or you can follow the tips listed here to reduce your carbon footprint.

    • • Greenhouse Gases Explained
      What They Are and Why They're Bad

      Greener Ideal

      Apr. 12, 2022-Most people have heard of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, etc.), but many don’t know precisely what they are or how they contribute to climate change. Greenhouse gases trap heat from the sun, causing the Earth’s average temperature to rise.

    • • The Climate: Yet Another Casualty of War
      The War in Ukraine Could
      Have a Profound Environmental Impact

      Apr. 13, 2022-The Black Sea Biosphere Reserve, on the southern coast of Ukraine, is a haven for migrating birds. More than 120,000 birds spend the winter flitting about its shores, and a multicolored spectrum of rare species — the white-tailed eagle, red-breasted merganser and black-winged stilt, to name just a few — nest among its protected waters and wetlands.

      “Today the territory of the reserve is occupied by the Russian troops,” Oleksandr Krasnolutskyi, a deputy minister of environmental protection and natural resources in Ukraine, said in an email last month. “Currently there is no information on environmental losses.”

    • • Going on a Vacation? The Environmental Impact
      9 Useful Green Getaway Tips

      Greener Ideal

      Apr. 9, 2022,-While tourism is good for your personal growth and overall economy, it poses a significant threat to the environment.

      From carbon emissions from the aviation industry to waste produced by luxury hotels, vacations can have an adverse impact on the planet. And, although you’re in a party mood during your get-away, it’s vital you cut down your carbon footprint and work through more sustainable ways to enjoy your week out.

    • • Methane Emissions Hit Another Record High
      That’s a Big Deal

      Inside Climate News

      Apr. 8, 2022,-Global methane emissions increased last year by the largest amount since measurements of the greenhouse gas began in 1983, a new government report said. It was the latest in a series of stark reminders over recent months that even amid growing public outcry to address the climate crisis, not nearly enough is being done to curb rising emissions of planet-warming gases.

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    • • Space Travel's Environmental Costs
      Can It Be Made Environmentally Friendly?

      Greener Ideal

      Apr. 6, 2022,-The problem with space tourism is that burning rocket fuel releases massive amounts of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Can we make space travel environmentally friendly?

    • • Microplastics Found Deep In Lungs of Living People For First Time?
      Particles Discovered in Tissue of 11 Out of 13 Patients Undergoing Surgery, with Polypropylene and PET Most Common

      The Guardian

      Apr. 6, 2022,-The scientists said micro-plastic pollution was now ubiquitous across the planet, making human exposure unavoidable and meaning “there is an increasing concern regarding the hazards” to health.

    • • Banning Gas and Oil Hookups in New Buildings
      NY State Struggling to Cut Emissions
      From Homes, Offices, Factories and Shops

      Apr. 5, 2022,
      -It might surprise you — given the share of daily angst that New Yorkers, whether they drive or not, devote to traffic and parking — that cars and trucks are not the state’s biggest contribution to climate change and its civilization-threatening risks. Buildings are.

    • • Who's Breathing Polluted Air That Exceeds Safe Levels
      Answer: Almost Everyone in the World

      ZME Science

      Apr. 5, 2022, -No matter where you live, it’s very likely you are breathing air that largely exceeds air pollution internationally approved limits, according to a new report by the UN. Almost the entire population of the planet (99%) breathes polluted air, leading to negative health effects that are kicking in at much lower levels than previously thought.

    • • War's Effect on Russian Climate Activists
      What Other Countries Can Learn From It

      NYT

      Apr. 2, 2022, -Raising climate awareness under an authoritarian government is lonely and dangerous. But Arshak Makichyan, a young activist from Russia, deeply believed in it.

      For years, he spent days standing alone in the public squares of Moscow holding up signs to protest climate inaction, spoke at conferences and built a following on social media. He was detained by the police several times.

      It was all worth it, he thought. Until the war erupted.

    • • The Damage a Solar Storm Can Do
      An Electrical Engineer Explains

      Mar. 28, 2022, -In September, 1859, telegraph systems around the world failed catastrophically. The operators of the telegraphs reported receiving electrical shocks, telegraph paper catching fire, and being able to operate equipment with batteries disconnected. During the evenings, the aurora borealis, more commonly known as the northern lights, could be seen as far south as Colombia. Typically, these lights are only visible at higher latitudes, in northern Canada, Scandinavia and Siberia.

      What the world experienced that day, now known as the Carrington Event, was a massive geomagnetic storm. These storms occur when a large bubble of superheated gas called plasma is ejected from the surface of the sun and hits the Earth. This bubble is known as a coronal mass ejection.



    The Issues: What We Need to Know

     

  • Lead Poisoning Details
  • Help End Food Wast
  • Carbon Offset Credits
  • Air Pollution and PM2.5
  • Breaking Down Toxic PFAS
  • Lifestyle Changes to
    Shrink Your Carbon Footprint
  • Chicago Urban Agriculture
  • Clean Up Your Cleaning Act
  • Arsenic In Our Babies’ Cereal
  • Toxic Release Inventory (TRI)
  • Paying Back Koch Industries
  • Radon's Impact on Our Lungs
  • The Guardian Climate Pledge
  • About Those Toxic Chemicals
  • A Cleaner Way to Remove CO2
  • Dos and Don’ts of Pesticide Use
  • Danger: Seismic Airgun Blasting
  • Confronting Ocean Acidification
  • What Our Agencies Don’t Tell Us
  • Map Showing the Lost Rainforests
  • Fossil Fuel Facts You Should Know
  • Pesticides and Farm Worker Safety
  • The Mushroom That Can Eat Plastic
  • Bali Fights For its Beautiful Beaches
  • Your Car Needs a Professional Wash
  • Can We Restore the Gulf of Mexico?
  • The PFAs in Clark's Marsh, Michigan
  • Know The Clean Drinking Water Facts
  • Wipes Are Tearing Up Our Sewer Systems
  • Green Ammonia for a Sustainable Future
  • Companies Reducing Their Carbom Footprint
  • To Clear City Smog, Chile Pushes Electric Taxis
  • Parisians Want to Recover a River Now Buried Under the City
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    Air pollution continues to pose one of the biggest threats to human health, with 90% of the global population breathing unsafe air.
    The latest data compiled by IQAir, published in the 2019 World Air Quality Report and the most polluted cities ranking, reveals the changing state of particulate pollution (PM2.5) around the world during 2019.
    The new dataset highlights elevated air pollution levels as a result of climate change events, such as sandstorms and wildfires, and pollution gains from the rapid urbanization of cities, in regions such as Southeast Asia.
    While some achievements have been made in air quality monitoring infrastructure globally, there are still huge gaps in access to data around the world.
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    Oil Spill History
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    "Birds and Oil Don't Mix"

    • • Massive Spill Hits Southern California’s Beaches
      About 3,000 Barrels of Oil Leaked from a Broken Pipeline Off the California Coast

      Oct. 3, 2021, (Bloomberg Green)-California beaches in Northern Orange County were closed and wetlands contaminated by a huge oil spill caused by a broken pipeline off the coast.

      About 3,000 barrels of oil leaked from the pipeline and washed up on beaches and wetlands in Huntington Beach, a popular spot for Southern California surfers and beach goers. The beach’s ocean and shoreline have been closed indefinitely, the city said in a statement Sunday.

    • • Mystery: Origin of the Oil Killing Brazilian Sea Turtles?
      Oil Is Killing Brazil’s Turtles
      Where Is It From?

      Oct. 12, 2019  (TIME)- More than a month since oil started washing up on some of Brazil’s most touristic beaches, dotting sand with b lack patches, killing sea turtles and scaring off fishermen, the origin of the crude is still a mystery.

      “We don’t know the oil’s origin, where it came from or how it got here,” Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said at an offshore exploration auction in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday


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    • • One Dead in Gulf of Mexico Rig Accident
      One dead in Gulf of Mexico
      Rig Accident - But No Pollution

      July 21, 2019 (UPI) -There is no pollution associated with an explosion on a drilling platform about 12 miles off the coast of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, a regulator said.

      The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said it was notified by oil and gas operator Fieldwood Energy of an explosion on its Echo Platform.

      Fieldwood said one contract worker was killed and three other employees were treated for injuries at an onshore medical facility.

      Click now for the whole story.
    • • 14-Year-old Oil Leak in Gulf: Far Worse Than Taylor Energy Says
      New Estimate for an Oil Leak:
      1,000x Worse Than Rig Owner Says

      June 25, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) -A new federal study has found that an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that began 14 years ago has been releasing as much as 4,500 gallons a day, not three or four gallons a day as the rig owner has claimed.

      The leak, about 12 miles off the Louisiana coast, began in 2004 when a Taylor Energy Company oil platform sank during Hurricane Ivan and a bundle of undersea pipes ruptured. Oil and gas have been seeping from the site ever since.

      Click now to read all about it.
    • • It’s Been Nine Years Since the Deepwater Horizon Incident
      Nine Years After Deepwater Horizon

      April 16, 2017 (National Wildlife Federation) - It has been nine years since BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana, killing eleven men and unleashing an 87 day-long torrent of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. National Wildlife Federation has taken an active role in Gulf recovery, advocating for science-based decision-making to benefit wildlife and their habitats as Gulf leaders invest recovery funds into restoration.

      While there are still decades of recovery ahead, significant strides have been made over the last eight years to restore the Gulf for coastal communities and wildlife. As we reflect on the lives lost and the damage wrought, we should also consider how we can prevent a similar disaster from happening in the future.

      Click now for the complete story

    • • Torrey Canyon Oil Spill - Learning From History
      Torrey Canyon Disaster –
      the UK's Worst-Ever Oil
      Spill 50 Years On

      Mar. 18, 2017 (The Guardian) - “I saw this huge ship sailing and I thought he’s in rather close, I hope he knows what he’s doing,” recalled Gladys Perkins of the day 50 years ago, when Britain experienced its worst ever environmental disaster.

      The ship was the Torrey Canyon, one of the first generation of supertankers, and it was nearing the end of a journey from Kuwait to a refinery at Milford Haven in Wales. The BP-chartered vessel ran aground on a rock between the Isles of Scilly and Land’s End in Cornwall, splitting several of the tanks holding its vast cargo of crude oil.

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    • • The Prospect of Cuba Drilling In The Gulf Concerns Tampa Bay
      Advocates of Gulf Oil-Drilling
      Ban Worried By Talks With Cuba

      Aug. 18, 2016 (Tampa Bay Times) - Progress in international talks over who owns a piece of the Gulf of Mexico has raised the specter of a Deepwater Horizon tragedy along local shores.

      A few hundred miles from the west coast of Florida is a 7,700-square-mile area of the Gulf of Mexico known as the Eastern Gap, thought to be rich with oil but with no clear owner.

      The U.S., Cuban and Mexican governments are now negotiating how to split the area among the three nations. Once that happens, each country can drill for oil in its allotted portion.

    • • Shell Oil Mimics BP With 90,000 Gal. of Crude
      Shell Oil Spill Dumps Nearly
      90,000 Gallons of Crude Into Gulf

      May 13, 2016 (EcoWatch) -An oil spill from Royal Dutch Shell’s offshore Brutus platform has released 2,100 barrels of crude into the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

      The leak—roughly 88,200 gallons—created a visible 2 mile by 13 mile oil slick in the sea about 97 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, according to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

      Officials said that the accident occurred near Shell’s Glider field, an underwater pipe system that connects four subsea oil wells to the Brutus platform, which floats on top of the water with a depth of 2,900 feet.

      Click now for more
      (if you can bear it).

    • • Blowout Highlights Gulf Drilling Dangers
      Blowout Highlights
      Gulf Drilling Dangers

      July 25, 2013 (Mother Nature Network) -Flames erupted from an offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, torching a natural gas plume that had been leaking since a blowout earlier in the day. All 44 rig workers were evacuated before the fire began, according to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, but the rig continued spewing gas until Thursday morning, when its scorched frame finally collapsed enough to cut off the leak.

      Click now for the whole story.
    • • Obama White House Lifts Deepwater Drilling Ban
      Obama White House Lifts Deepwater Drilling Ban

      Oct. 12, 2010 (CBS News) -The Obama administration on Tuesday lifted the deep water oil drilling moratorium that the government imposed in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the disastrous BP oil spill.

      The administration has been under heavy pressure from the industry and others in the region to lift the six-month ban on grounds it has cost jobs and damaged the economy. A federal report said the moratorium likely caused a temporary loss of 8,000 to 12,000 jobs in the Gulf region.

      While the temporary ban on exploratory oil and gas drilling is lifted immediately, drilling is unlikely to resume immediately. Drilling companies must meet a host of new safety regulations before they can resume operations, officials said.

      Click now for more
      if you can bear it.
    • • Enter the No-Spin Zone of the Deep: the BP Live Feed
      The No-Spin Zone of the Deep

      June 5, 2010 (Christian Science Monitor) - It was the last thing BP wanted: An open, high-definition live video feed – a "spillcam," if you will – showing in excruciating detail the massive oil geyser fouling the Gulf of Mexico, a situation admittedly caused by the giant extractive firm.

      But after a series of PR disasters – waffling, obfuscating, misplaced optimism, a gaffe-prone CEO – the decision by BP, under pressure from Congress, to put the live feed on the air reaped some unexpected plaudits for the company.

      Click now for the complete
      story from the archives.
    • • Can We Restore the Gulf of Mexico?
      Gulf Oil Spill:
      Dispersants Have Potential
      to Cause More Harm Than Good

      May 11, 2010 (CISTON PR Newswire) -The chemical dispersants being used to break up the oil leaking into the gulf following the explosion of British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig have the potential to cause just as much, if not more, harm to the environment and the humans coming into contact with it than the oil possibly would if left untreated.

      That is the warning of toxicology experts, led by Dr. William Sawyer, addressing the Gulf Oil Disaster Recovery Group, a group of lawyers working to protect the rights and interests of environmental groups and persons affected by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The group represents the United Fishermen's Association and the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN), among others.

      Click now to learn more.
    • • Exxon Valdez: The Story That Never Goes Away
      20 Years After Exxon Valdez
      Oil Spill, Alaskan
      Coastline Remains Contaminated

      Mar. 24, 2009 (Democracy Now) - Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, one of the worst environmental disasters in history. The Exxon Valdez spilled between 11 and 38 million gallons of crude oil into the fishing waters of Prince William Sound.

      The spill contaminated more than 1,200 miles of Alaska’s shoreline and killed hundreds of thousands of seabirds and marine animals. It also dealt a staggering blow to the residents of local fishing towns, and the effects of the disaster are still being felt today. We speak with Riki Ott, a community activist, marine toxicologist, former commercial salmon fisherma’am and author of two books on the spill. Her latest is Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Spill.

      Click now for the story
      deep in the archives.
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    America's Greenest Cities
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    # 1 - Portland, Ore

    The city of microbrewery mania and home to megastore Powell's Books — one of the few remaining independent booksellers in the country — is No. 1 in sustainability. Declared the most bikeable city in the United States for its 200 miles of dedicated bike lanes, Portland certainly makes forgoing gas-powered travel easy. And for lessons in DIY sustainable food sources, classes are available for container gardening and cheese making, or beekeeping and chicken keeping.

    # 2 - San Francisco, Cal.

    San Francisco

    Declared by Mayor Gavin Newsom to be America's solar energy leader, this vibrant city of cultural tolerance was a 1960s icon and epicenter for the Summer of Love. But in addition to peace, love and solar power, there's also an innovative recycling program with an artist-in-residence at the recycling facility. The artist uses his work to inspire residents to recycle and conserve. San Francisco is also the first U.S. city to ban plastic grocery bags, a concept that supports its effort to divert 75 percent of landfill waste by 2010.
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    # 3 - Boston, Mass.

    Boston

    It's hard to think of this city without also thinking of tea — as a commodity, not a drink. Boston ranks high among the urban green elite. Sustainability efforts include a "Green by 2015" goal to replace traditional taxi cabs with hybrid vehicles, recycle trash to power homes, use more solar panels, and use more electric motorbikes for transportation.

    The city's first annual Down2Earth conference was held in 2008. It's designed to educate residents about how to live the most sustainable lifestyle.

    # 4 - Oakland, Calif.

    Boston

    Residents of this port city have access to an abundance of fresh, organic food, much of which is locally sourced. It's also home to the nation's cleanest tap water, hydrogen-powered public transit and the country's oldest wildlife refuge.

    Oakland also plans to have zero waste and be oil-independent by 2020, and already gets 17 percent of its energy from renewable sources.
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    # 5 - Eugene, Ore.

    Eugene
    Known as the Emerald City for its natural green beauty, this baby boomer haven and second largest city in the state has been doing the "green" thing since the 1960s. In 2008, after only one year of service, the Emerald Express, a hybrid public transit system, won a Sustainable Transport award. Cycling is the preferred mode of transportation, made possible by the 30 miles of off-street bike paths and 29 dedicated bike routes, which total a whopping 150 miles of smog-free travel throughout the metro area.

    # 6 - Cambridge, Mass.

    Cambridge

    In 2008, Prevention Magazine named Cambridge "the best walking city." Thoreau's Walden Pond can be found in nearby Concord, and education powerhouses Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University are located here. In 2002, city officials implemented a major climate protection plan and today most city vehicles are fueled by B20 biodiesel or electricity. All new construction or major renovations must meet LEED standards. And a project called "Compost that Stuff" collects and processes organic waste from residents, restaurants, bars and hotels.

    # 7 - Berkeley, Calif.

    Berkeley

    A great place to find an abundance of organic and vegetarian restaurants is also on the cutting edge of sustainability. Berkeley is recognized as aleader in the incubation of clean technology for wind power, solar power, biofuels and hydropower.

    # 8 - Seattle, Wash.

    Seattle

    The unofficial coffee klatch capitol of the country is also sustainable-living savvy. More than 20 public buildings in Seattle are LEED-certified or under construction for LEED certification. Through an incentive program, residents are encouraged to install solar panels on their homes for energy conservation. Sustainable Ballard, a green neighborhood group and sustainability festival host, offers ongoing workshops about how to live in harmony with the environment.
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    # 9 - Chicago, Ill.

    Chicago

    The Windy City has embraced land sustainability far longer than you may think. In 1909, pioneering city planner Daniel Hudson Burnham created a long-range plan for the lakefront that balanced urban growth, and created a permanent greenbelt around the metropolitan area.
    This greening of the city continues through the Chicago Green Roof Program. More than 2.5 million SQF city roofs support plant life — including Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) and the city hall building. Also, about 500,000 new trees have been planted.

    # 10 - Austin Tex.

    Austin

    Carbon neutral by 2020 — it's an ambitious goal, but Austin Energy is the nation's top seller of renewable energy among 850 utility-sponsored programs, which makes its goal to power the city solely on clean energy within reach. As the gateway to the scenic Texas Hill Country, acreage in Austin devoted to green space includes 206 parks, 12 preserves, 26 greenbelts and more than 50 miles of trails.


    Safer Habitats Table of Contents

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    Clean Air Council Climate Emergency Network Common Dreams Earthworks
    Env. Impact Assessment Environmental Working Group Florida Black Bears Fly California
    Gold Rush vs Salmon Habitat Guardian Sustainable Business Los Angeles Mass Transit Mass.gov
    Sierra Club UNLV Recycling Virginia Dept of Env. Quality Your Cities, Yourselves
         
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    Organizations for Safer Habitats

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    The Guardian Sustainable Business

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    Read articles like "Famers Turn Tobacco into Airplane Fuel," Infographics on Air Pollution and Your Health, Cardboard Boxes You Sleep In, and much, much more.






    Florida Black Bears are in trouble, and they can't hire their own lawyers. -but we can help.

    Gold Rush vs Salmon Habitat

    Transboundary Watershed Map
    Five major mining projects have been proposed for the transboundary watershed – the waters shared by British Columbia and southeast Alaska. The region is home to important salmon producing rivers that originate in British Columbia and run through Alaska to the sea. A number of environmental groups, Alaskan Natives and commercial fishermen strongly oppose some of these mining developments across the border. They argue mining could have negative impacts on the salmon and water quality, and irrevocably alter the region's economy, environment and way of life

    Environmental Working Group

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    Two-thirds of produce samples in recent government tests had pesticide residues. Don't want to eat bug- and weed-killers? EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce helps you shop smart. We highlight the cleanest and dirtiest conventionally-raised fruits and vegetables. If a conventionally grown food you want tests high for pesticides, go for the organic version instead. And remember - the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh risks of pesticide exposure. Dirty Dozen™ Plus highlights hot peppers and leafy greens - kale and collard greens - often tainted with unusually hazardous pesticides.
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    Hydraulic Fracturing (AKA Fracking). Another assault to the environment for which we can thank Haliburton and others. Read all about this extreme method of natural gas extraction , and its impact on water quality and other serious health issues (human and other species). Click the Earthworks icon to learn more.
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    100 Coal Plants Unplugged. This Sierra Club milestone, 100 coal plants defeated, marks a significant shift in the way Americans are looking at our energy choices. Read on and/or view video.
    What Massachusetts is doing about Climate Change?
    Flooded Village Files Suit, Citing Corporate Link to Climate Change.
    The eroding village of Kivalina in the Northwest Arctic is suing Exxon Mobil and 23 other energy companies for damage related to global warming.  Read all about it.
    This is the web page for Climate Emergency Network news.
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    Impact reports for the high speed rail system. You can fly California without leaving the ground, or the carbon footprint associated with air travel. Includes maps of the extensive rail system. ALL ABOARD!



    The Cape Wind Project will bring clean energy to Nantucket Sound. The project has been delayed by NIMBY (not in my back yard) issues by some who claim to be environmentalists.
    An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an assessment of the likely positive and/or negative influence a project may have on the environment. “Environmental Impact Assessment can be defined as: The process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the biophysical, social, and other relevant effects of development proposals prior to major decisions being taken and commitments made.”[1] The purpose of the assessment is to ensure that decision-makers consider environmental impacts before deciding whether to proceed with new projects.
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    EIR + Facts about the Los Angeles Metro - yes, L.A. has a mass transit system. Also read about the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

    Your Cities, Yourselves


    Smart-growth advocates offer tips for changing your neck of the woods.

    Virginia Dept. of
    Environmental Quality


    The Office of Environmental Impact Review coordinates the Commonwealth's response to environmental documents for proposed state and federal projects. The environmental impact review staff distributes documents to appropriate state agencies, planning districts and localities for their review and comment. Upon consideration of all comments, the staff prepares a single state response.
    Discover how Networkfleet can help lower fleet fuel costs and greenhouse emissions with technology that combines GPS vehicle tracking with onboard engine diagnostics.
    Monitoring the environmental impact of Pennsylvania's energy generation. A steward in validating the state's compliance with the Clean Air Act. What happens in Pennsylvania doesn't necessarily stay in Pennsylvania.
    Between 2003 and 2006, the UNLV Rebel Recycling Program recycled 2,144.5 tons of materials. Paper/Fiber (cardboard, paper, books) recycled was 1,641.6 tons. The diversion of these materials from the Apex landfill to the manufacturing process resulted in a positive impact on the global environment. Click on the logo for more.
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    Companies Producing Cleaner Power

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    1366 One Step Closer to
    Opening US Solar PV Wafer Facility

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    Solar silicon wafer innovator 1366 Technologies has landed new funding led by newest partner Tokayama, and is ready to scale up to a 250-MW production line ahead of an anticipated upswing in demand.
    Ten months ago 1366 moved into a new 25-MW pilot facility in Bedford, Massachusetts, to nail down process and tweak equipment for its solar silicon wafering technology to take the next step toward commercialization. In June of 2013 the firm inked a R&D deal with Japanese silicon producer Tokuyama with hints that it could expand to an equity investment.

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    What if a cost-effective air pollution control technology could actually increase energy efficiency? What if it were possible to prevent harmful emissions from the combustion of any fuel, including gas, biomass, coal — even tire-derived fuel and municipal solid waste — in the flame, before those pollutants were ever formed?

    Redox Power Systems Logo

    The executives at Fulton-based Redox Power Systems are making a bold bet: The homes and businesses of the future will be powered by an extraterrestrial-looking apparatus loaded with fuel cells that convert natural gas and air into electricity.
    The technology promises to be more efficient and environmentally friendly than the systems that power many buildings today, but the company has to first overcome the economic and social barriers that often beset renewable energy ventures.
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    Mesothelioma is a Disease Brought
    On By Exposure to Asbestos

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