Chemicals ignite & Harvey’s Floodwater Hazards #Spillway


Chemicals ignite at flooded plant in Texas as Harvey’s devastation lingers https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/08/31/harveys-wrath-moves-across-the-louisiana-texas-border-as-water-recedes-in-houston

Officials in Houston are just beginning to grapple with the health and environmental risks that lurk in the waters dumped by Hurricane Harvey, a stew of toxic chemicals, sewage, debris and waste that still floods much of the city. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/31/us/houston-contaminated-floodwaters.html

Noam Chomsky on Trump Climate Policies (March 2017) Feat. Trump

At a recent MIT hosted Starr Forum, Chomsky explained broader US politics, with the scope on climate science and what it means for the future (March 23, 2017) – excerpt via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5A8BVrjRfU President Trump Signs an Energy Executive Order (March 28, 2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdkThe_O50M Related A TIMELINE OF EVERY RIDICULOUS THING TRUMP HAS SAID ABOUT CLIMATE…

Isaac Asimov’s robot talks climate and energy (1971)

In an essay published in the January issue of Penthouse 1971, of all places, Isaac Asimov made a remarkable estimation of what would be the result of the continued burning of fossil fuels. The title of his essay was The End and in it he tried to estimate when our world civilization would come to…

Global fossil fuel subsidies outpace renewable support #ffsG20

G20 spends $444bn a year to subsidise fossil fuel production Research discovered that G20 country governments’ support to fossil fuel production marries bad economics with potentially disastrous consequences for climate change. In effect, governments are propping up the production of oil, gas and coal, much of which cannot be used if the world is to…

Time to Choose (2016 Documentary, selected clips)

Climate change is the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced – and it is also our greatest opportunity. We have the solutions we need, but we are in a race against the clock to implement them in time. Visit http://www.timetochoose.com/ for more Oscar-winning documentary director Charles Ferguson: I made TIME TO CHOOSE because climate change…

What Exxon Knew

Newly released documents show that scientists at Exxon Oil Corporation conducted research on climate change and the greenhouse effect in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Their conclusions were in accord with mainstream scientific groups in academia, NASA, NOAA, and the Department of Energy, showing that global warming posed a serious problem, with potential “catastrophic…

The history of Offshore drilling

Developing crude oil is extremely hazardous in the Arctic, because of strong ocean currents, severe storms and floating ice. (2014 report) http://www.climatecentral.org/news/melting-sea-ice-makes-arctic-drilling-a-risky-business-17018 Offshore drilling https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offshore_drilling Seabed gouging by ice, Oil and gas developments in Arctic waters must address environmental concerns through proper contingency plans. Large parts of the Arctic are covered with ice. During the…

BOOM: Oil Price Collapse and why it is Important

I recently mentioned, get out of fossil energy while you still can, when the price for crude was at $64.82. Though, today it has approached $55.84, with many oil guys loosing a fortune, oil billionaire Hamm lost half his fortune in three months. And the New York Times noted, free fall in oil price underscores shift…

Boom: North America’s Explosive Oil-by-Rail Problem

The Weather Channel and InsideClimate News teamed up to investigate the problem of exploding railcars in “Boom: America’s Explosive Oil-by-Rail Problem.” The documentary accompanies an investigation by reporters Marcus Stern and Sebastian Jones, who explain why federal regulations to protect the public have been stalled by the railroads and the oil industry. Read the full…

Calls for Harvard University to Divest Fast from Fossil Fuels #TippingPoint

CNN: Stanford University has already decided it will no longer directly invest in coal mining companies because it has a responsibility to consider “corporate policies or practices (that) create substantial social injury.” Harvard is fighting climate change, too. The university has an enviably small carbon footprint and its scientists are among the most respected for…