Once you have a release of fracking fluid into the environment, you end up with a radioactive legacy

Recent studies link radioactive compounds to fracking. This was first made public back in 2010, with the conclusion ‘Fracking’ Mobilizes Uranium in Marcellus Shale. Now a new study aimed to better understand cumulative effects of natural occurrences and new anthropogenic pathways, through fracking-drilling. Indoor radon levels in Pennsylvania have been slowly rising since 2004, around 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…

Natural Gas versus Coal Power Plants: Greenhouse gas warming

Ken Caldeira: We had a paper come out comparing effects of natural gas versus coal plants, aimed at understanding how much methane leakage there could be from natural gas before it caused more near-term warming than coal. The answer depends on how efficient the different power plants are, but one thing that is clear is…

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…

Bill McKibben on the Carbon Bubble, Fossil Fuels

From Bill Mckibben’s acceptance speech for the Right Livlihood Award in Stockholm. ClimateCrocks: Above, Bill Mckibben accepts the Swedish Parliament’s Right Livelihood Award, known as the “alternative Nobel” prize. He describes signs of a rising global movement on climate, and the fraying edges of the Fossil Fuel front. Related The gas tax has been fixed…