Cleaner, but not clean enough

PennLive: When a plane with sophisticated monitoring equipment flew over southwestern Pennsylvania gas drilling sites, checking on how much gas was escaping, the results were startling. Gas coming off the sites was at least 100 times greater than federal regulators had estimated that drilling operations produce. If typical of the thousands and thousands of drilling sites across the nation, the results call into question whether natural gas really is the climate-friendly fuel that helps cut greenhouse…

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US Underestimates Methane Emissions From Fracking – Report

Ria Novosit: The amount of methane emitted by natural gas extraction, including fracking, is grossly underestimated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a new study published in the US-based Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Thirteen scientists from different academic and research institutions and fields co-authored the report, which used special airborne instruments “to identify large sources of methane and quantify emission rates in southwestern Pennsylvania.”…

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Dead pigs floating in Chinese river

Guardian: At least 170 dead pigs have been found in a river in northwest China according to state media, the latest food and water safety incident to hit the country. The pigs were found in a tributary of the Yellow River, China’s second longest river, in Qinghai Province by local residents last week but it was not yet known where the pigs came from and what killed them. According to the state news agency, Xinhua, the pigs tested negative for an infectious disease called zoonosis

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Australia: Global warming ‘will kill’

Sky: Australia is going to cook and people will die through global warming, West Australian Greens senator Scott Ludlam says.

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Restoring Louisiana’s Coast Will Require Restoring Its Democracy

EcoWatch: Managing the Mississippi River Delta is a daunting challenge, but the greatest barrier to restoration and flood protection is politics. Last year, a board of flood experts, acting to protect New Orleans, ignited a battle that has starkly pitted the public welfare against the sycophantic fealty of Louisiana`s toadying politicians to a rapacious oil and gas industry.

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Using mushrooms to clean oil spills in the Amazon

Mother Nature Network: I’ve already explored how mushrooms could help clean up pollution in disaster zones like Haiti.

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Anti-Fracking Group Pressures Pennsylvania Governor Candidates For Moratorium Commitments

EcoWatch: From filmmakers to grassroots advocates, excitement is bubbling for primary election day in Pennsylvania. That`s because a campaign called Pa. Voters Against Fracking just might force the fracking moratorium they have wanted for so long in a state where business is booming, but people of all ages are suffering from the toxic effects

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Keystone XL cops incompetent at all levels

Guardian: Recently, the US State Department released yet another report on the environmental impacts of building the Keystone pipeline. The report is shocking in its ironic juxtaposition of real greenhouse gas emissions and the potential impact on the Earth’s climate. It is also shocking because the State Department tells us the pipeline will be made to withstand climate change, but won’t be responsible for those changes

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4 years after Gulf oil spill, wildlife still dying

Mother Nature Network: Four years after the largest oil spill in U.S. history, wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico is still struggling to recover, according to a recent National Wildlife Federation report. The report focused on 14 species affected by the spill and used data from independent scientists and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration

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New hurricane forecast maps to show flood risk from storm surge

Reuters: When the Atlantic hurricane season opens June 1, national forecasters will roll out a new feature: color-coded and broadcast-ready maps to graphically show the potential for flooding from storm surges.

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