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Trump changes in rules re air pollution analysis trades some Consumer prices would drop but preventable deaths would rise The rule isn't billed as a trade-off but among its quantifiable effects would be an increase in preventable deaths and a small drop in electricity costs. The proposal estimates...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
The rhetoric is there, but issues of oversight appear to be blocking real progress. By Lotus Yang Ruan March 16, 2015 In early March, a debate over China’s action (or inaction) on the environment gripped both Chinese and international media. While air pollution and other environmental degradation...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
Beijing is set to ban coal sales and use across its six main regions by the end of 2020 in a bid to cut air pollution, Chinese state media has reported. The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau announced Tuesday the districts of Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chaoyang, Haidian, Fengtai and Shijin...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
The ocean’s upper levels contain three times the amount of mercury as they did before the industrial revolution, according to a new study. The study, published this week in Nature, is the first to create a comprehensive overview of the mercury in the ocean. The study also determined where the ...
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Posted by on in Mining
Late last month, a federal judge in Colorado stopped a coal-mining lease expansion from going forward, claiming that the agencies involved had not worked hard enough to account for climate impacts, either in the mine’s operations or in the amount of emissions that could come from the burning of the ...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
RALEIGH, N.C. - In June, state employees in charge of stopping water pollution were given updated marching orders on behalf of North Carolina’s new Republican governor and conservative lawmakers. “The General Assembly doesn’t like you,” an official in the Department of Environment and Natural Resou...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
Federal authorities have initiated an investigation into the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources following last week's coal ash spill in the Dan River. The Associated Press first obtained a copy of a grand jury subpoena that the U.S. attorney’s office in Ra...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests. The companies range from investor-owned firms—household names ...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
Coal mining companies in Australia have been enjoying the good life in recent years, making millions of dollars from feeding the seemingly insatiable energy appetites of Asia's tiger economies - particularly that of China. But a new report by the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
Anyone who happened to be scanning the skyline in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday witnessed a startling transformation. In the space of a minute, the four towering 350-foot-high, candy cane-striped smokestacks atFlorida Power & Light's Port Everglades oil-burning power plant—a loc...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
What did the Founding Fathers use to power the American Revolution? Pretty much one fuel source: wood. And until the late 19th century, forests remained America’s chief energy source. Since then, it’s been mostly fossil fuels — coal, oil and natural gas — with a little bit of hydroelectric, nuclear ...
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Posted by on in Mining
Researchers at Ohio State University have developed a method to convert coal to heat while capturing 99% of the carbon dioxide emissions. Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Liang-Shih Fan calls the new technology "coal-direct chemical looping." His team recently tested the new conversi...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
    The 2011 figures for the biggest polluters: 1. China, up 10 percent to 10 billion tons. 2. United States, down 2 percent to 5.9 billion tons 3. India, up 7 percent to 2.5 billion tons. 4. Russia, up 3 percent to 1.8 billion tons. 5. Japan, up 0.4 percent to 1.3 billion tons. 6....
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
  The fact is that 10 to 12 per cent of the primary energy supply today comes from renewable sources (not counting hydroelectric energy). But new renewables – technologies of the future – still make up only one or two per cent of this supply. The rest comes from biomass systems of the poor, ...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
  According to the China Electricity Council, China's coal demand will reach 4.3 billion tons by 2015, an increase of 970 million tons compared to the year 2010 and an annual increase of 5.2 percent, Shanghai Securities News reported on Monday. An expert told the paper that as the cost...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
Peabody Energy Corp., one of the world’s largest coal miners, said the industry will continue to rely on China and other developing nations as the U.S. uses less. Here’s what the St. Louis company expects for the coal market in 2012: —Ninety gigawatts of coal-fired power plants will come onl...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
As America struggles down the road toward a coherent energy policy that focuses on a higher degree of self-reliance, policymakers face numerous issues and realities. These include: the finite supply and environmental impact of fossil fuels, the feasibility and costs to implement a widespread switch ...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
  He promised to slow the ocean's rise, but Obama has opened the mine gates. Luckily, tough terrain is fighting back In our globalised world, old-fashioned geography is not supposed to count for much: mountain ranges, deep-water ports, railroad grades – those seem so 19th century. The ...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
Even if the United States takes no explicit action to regulate greenhouse gases, emissions of carbon dioxide and other climate-altering substances will grow slowly over the next two decades, not returning to 2005 levels until 2027, according to a new projection from the Energy Information Administra...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
The price of oil isn’t the only hydrocarbon going through the roof. Check out thermal coal prices to see how dependent economic growth has become on burning increasing amounts of fossil fuels. Prices of Newcastle coal, the Asian coal price benchmark, are poised to rise by as much as 30 per cent this...
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