Thursday, Oct 08th

Last update03:12:59 AM GMT

You are here All News At a Glance Environmental Glance

Watchdog: EPA should do more on fracking chemicals

EPA fracking chemicalsThe EPA’s internal watchdog recommended Thursday that it improve oversight of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

Specifically, the EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) said the agency needs to crack down on the unlicensed use of diesel fuel in fracking and figure out whether to mandate public disclosure of fracking chemicals.


Obama unveils new coal mining rules

new coal mining regulationsThe Obama administration Thursday unveiled new standards meant to better protect streams in Appalachia from the controversial mountaintop removal coal mining process.

The proposed rule, from the Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining (OSM), would update three-decade-old standards that create a buffer zone around streams, prohibiting mining activities and waste from getting near them and harming the ecosystem.


Warming of oceans due to climate change is unstoppable, say US scientists

waring of oceans irreversibleThe warming of the oceans due to climate change is now unstoppable after record temperatures last year, bringing additional sea-level rise, and raising the risks of severe storms, US government climate scientists said on Thursday.

The annual State of the Climate in 2014 report, based on research from 413 scientists from 58 countries, found record warming on the surface and upper levels of the oceans, especially in the North Pacific, in line with earlier findings of 2014 as the hottest year on record.


Global warming is causing rain to melt the Greenland ice sheet

Ice sheets meltingGreenland, one of the largest ice sheets in the world, is melting. In fact, it is melting ahead of schedule as the world warms. Scientists are working hard to deepen their understanding of this ice sheet’s behavior so that we can predict how fast and how much of the ice sheet will melt in the coming decades and centuries.

It might seem obvious that in a warming world, the Greenland ice sheet will melt. But, what seems obvious and simple can be more complex when investigated more deeply. With respect to Greenland, it is expected that warmer temperatures increase melting but warmer temperatures can also mean more snowfall, as there is more moisture in warm air which can then fall as snow. So, it has been a question of which of these two competing processes would win out. Would Greenland get smaller because of melting or would it grow as more snow fell?


Climate protest disrupts London's Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport disrption Plane flights at London's Heathrow Airport were cancelled Monday after climate change activists conducted a demonstration on an airport runway.

The activist group Plane Stupid said 13 demonstrators cut through a fence early Monday and chained themselves together while lying on the north runway. The three-hour protest led to their arrests, and to the cancellation of 13 flights and the delay of others.


Typhoon Chan-Hom forces evacuation of 1 million in China

China typhoonMore than 1 million people were evacuated in eastern China as Typhoon Chan-Hom made landfall.

The storm's powerful winds knocked out power and collapsed houses, and thousands of businesses were affected by flooding, said the government-run Xinhua News Agency. The storm made landfall shortly before 5 p.m. local time in the Zhujiajian Township of Putuo District in the island city of Zhoushan. Authorities reported no immediate casualties. Television coverage showed waves breaking over storm surge barriers along the coast, and passenger ferries were forced to cancel service.


Ballot fight over fracking could be shaping up in Colorado

Colorado fracking Environmentalists and the energy industry have fought decisive battles over fracking in New York, Oklahoma and Texas, but the outcome is still unclear in Colorado.

A ballot fight could be shaping up for Colorado's 2016 election.

A task force convened by Gov. John Hickenlooper tried to find a compromise in the debate over how much the industry should be regulated, but it didn't go far enough for fracking critics.


Page 16 of 190

America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!