What Ever Happened to Plain Old Apocalypse?

By: Tuesday February 25, 2014 2:22 pm

Wherever we Americans look, the threat of apocalypse stares back at us.

Two clouds of genuine doom still darken our world: nuclear extermination and environmental extinction. If they got the urgent action they deserve, they would be at the top of our political priority list.

But they have a hard time holding our attention, crowded out as they are by a host of new perils also labeled “apocalyptic.”

 

West Virginians Still Need Water After Coal Chemical Spill

By: Tuesday January 21, 2014 5:46 pm

So little is known about 4-MCHM that regulators didn’t even know it’s boiling point. Now scientists are scrambling to find out how the chemical reacts with the chlorine in the municipal water system, and whether the chemical has leached into water heaters and water pipes in people’s homes. Authorities recommend that all pipes that have come in contact with the pollutant be flushed, including water heaters and outdoor faucets.

However, West Virginia American Water, the company that owns the water treatment facility contaminated by the coal chemical, is only offering a 10 dollar credit (1000 gallons) to consumers. The cost of flushing homes will therefore fall on already struggling West Virginians.

Podcast: After Chemical Spill, Mother in West Virginia Describes Life in ‘Human Sacrifice Zone’

By: Sunday January 19, 2014 8:35 am

Residents in the city of Charleston in West Virginia have been told at least twice by officials that it was now safe to drink water that had been polluted by Freedom Industries by a chemical known as 4-methylcyclohexane methanol. The chemical, used to clean and process coal, spilled out into the Elk River on January 9.

However, few residents believe officials when they say it is safe to drink the water again.

Neil Young Supports First Nations Against Tar Sands

By: Wednesday January 15, 2014 5:32 pm

Neil Young’s week-long “Honor the Treaties” tour of Canada will benefit and support First Nations’ legal battle against a tar sands project. Proceeds from the shows in Winnipeg, Regina and Calgary will be donated to the legal defense fund of the northern Alberta-based Athabasca tribal government challenging new tar sands projects.

‘A Public Relations Exercise’: TPP Agreement Chapter for Environment Released by WikiLeaks

By: Wednesday January 15, 2014 3:19 pm

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement being finalized between the United States and eleven other countries largely avoids strengthening environmental protections, according to a leaked environmental chapter from the agreement that was published by WikiLeaks.

Late Night: Crappy New Year

By: Thursday December 26, 2013 8:00 pm

On the bright side, David Gregory will finally fail at least laterally, and I’ll drink to that.

Sunday Train: Bringing This Oil Tanker to a Halt

By: Sunday December 22, 2013 6:58 pm

Its been said that it takes miles for a fully-loaded super-tanker to come to a stop, because an ordinary stop takes 20 minutes, and even an emergency, or “crash”, stop takes 14 minutes. But that is less than the blink of an eye compared to the time it will take to bring the emissions of CO2 to a stop.

“If nature were a bank, they would have already rescued it.”

By: Wednesday December 4, 2013 7:00 pm

What do you think of this as an argument to use when speaking to those who don’t accept the idea that extreme weather phenomena are man-made?

Proposed Fracking Regs in Colorado, Industry Admits Dangerous Air Pollution

By: Tuesday November 19, 2013 6:22 pm

With approval from major drilling and fracking companies, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has proposed a set of regulations to reduce pollution from methane and other dangerous gases leaked by the oil and gas industry. The rules are focused on fracking wells, a mostly unregulated drilling technology that has allowed an unprecedented increase in fossil fuel extraction in Colorado and across the nation.

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