The Keeling Curve

The Keeling Curve since 1958
The Keeling Curve: A daily record of atmospheric carbon dioxide since 1958 from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fwd: Another spill:

Friends,

As summer begins, the beaches of Santa Barbara, California are closed after a 105,000 gallon spill from an oil pipeline running just along the shore. This is what we are fighting to stop in the Midwest with the Tar Sands Resistance March on June 6th in St. Paul:

While workers in safety gear struggle to clean up, the pipeline company Enbridge is plotting to expand their network of tar sands pipelines running through the Midwest, crossing hundreds of waterways and under areas of the Great Lakes.

Enbridge is responsible for the largest onshore oil spill in American history. In 2010, their Line 6B pipeline spilled over a million gallons of tar sands into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan.

When pipelines break they upend the entire way of life for the communities surrounding them. Enbridge wants to bring this danger to more and more people. We want to stop them. On June 6th, we're holding the biggest action against the tar sands the Midwest has ever seen, in St. Paul, MN. Can you join us to stop Enbridge? Click here to join the March.

Pipelines leak. And if Enbridge's pipes leak, the cleanup won't look like what's happening in California. Tar sands oil sinks. If you thought cleaning oil off a beach was hard work, imagine trying to clean oil off the bottom of the Great Lakes -- which tens of millions of people rely on for drinking water.

Even if Enbridge's pipelines worked as planned, they'd help put millions of tons of additional carbon pollution into the atmosphere -- bringing more heatwaves and other extreme weather to the Midwest.

The whole scheme is a disaster we can't afford. What happened in Santa Barbara is just a reminder of the risks we face. Let's take that reminder to heart, and mobilize for serious action on the 6th. I'll see you there. 

Andy


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Monday, May 11, 2015

Effects of exposure to ambient levels of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (known together as BTEX in areas areas impacted by oil and gas development

New Look at BTEX: Are Ambient Levels a Problem? - Environmental Science & Technology (ACS Publications)

BTEX exposure and hormone-related health conditions: implications for ambient exposures, and areas impacted by oil and gas development

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es505316f


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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Human-caused global warming is responsible for 3 out of 4 super hot days, new study calculates


Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio


Newspaper article by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer
http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2015/04/27/study-blames-global-warming-for-75-percent-of-very-hot-days (also published at the Daily Telegram)

Here is the link to read the full text of the scientific publication. Click on the words in brackets, e.g. [Article]...

Fischer, E.M., and R. Knutti, 2015: Anthropogenic contribution to global occurrence of heavy-precipitation and high-temperature extremes, Nature Climate Change, 10.1038/nclimate2617. [Article] [Supplementary Information] Nature News and Views ETH BlogNature News.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Biased Jurisdiction in Eminent Domain Cases

I am wondering why fossil fuel companies always get their way (literally) without proving that they are actually working in the public interest. In contrast to this clean renewable wind parks cannot just take the land they want. Seems that the laws are seriously biased to favor past century dirty industries that might have been in the public interest once but certainly are not anymore today. In contrary the fossil fuel industry should be held accountable for droughts, diseases, floods, and other disasters caused by global climate change. Every new facility that is build today will be in service for at least 30 years to return the investment - and during this time contribute to further damages to the world. It is profoundly immoral to plan, build an run such facilities based on outdated technologies and definitely NOT in the public interest!