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August 14, 2014

(Climate Central)
NASA's new carbon dioxide-monitoring satellite just opened its eyes for the first time. Based on the initial data its sending back to Earth, it appears to have 20/20 vision and scientists will soon have plenty more data to analyze.
Antarctica glaciers melting because of global warming may push up sea levels faster than previously believed, potentially threatening megacities including New York and Shanghai, researchers in Germany said.

August 13, 2014

(Wall Street Journal (sub. req'd))
The energy boom is shaping a new kind of Democrat in national politics, lawmakers who are giving greater support to the oil and gas industry even at the risk of alienating environmental groups, a core of the party's base.
(Christian Science Monitor)
Approval of the Keystone XL pipeline could be a reality if Republicans take control of the Senate in the midterm elections. Keystone XL has bipartisan support in both chambers already, and a Republican Senate could force President Obama to either approve or veto the controversial project.
(StateImpact Pennsylvania)
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has wrapped up its investigation into the death of a worker at a Chevron natural gas well site in southwest Pennsylvania. The agency announced in a brief statement Tuesday it will not issue citations or fines for the incident.
President Obama has declared an emergency in Washington because of wildfires burning the past two weeks. The declaration Wednesday authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate disaster relief and help state and local agencies with equipment and resources.
(San Jose Mercury News)
Powerful voices in California's water wars pledged their support Tuesday for a $7 billion state water bond that lawmakers must pass before Wednesday's midnight deadline if they hope to see it on the November ballot.
(The Telegraph)
One thousand anti-fracking protesters from across Britain are preparing to descend on Lancashire this week, threatening to take direct action against local businesses as the battle over shale gas exploration steps up a gear.
Business is booming in North Dakota's Bakken Shale oilfields. Companies are working on pipeline proposals. One calls for a pipeline to be built from Iowa's northwest corner to its southeast corner.
(Wall Street Journal (sub. req'd))
Proposed federal rules on hauling flammable liquids threaten to aggravate a shortage of railcars for transporting oil.
(The Globe and Mail)
Tests confirm that, apart from the impact zone, water and wildlife in the area are safe to consume, while mine workers fear layoffs.
(The Hill)
Oyster harvests in some parts of the Gulf of Mexico are at about a third of the level they were before the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, The Associated Press reported. Harvests rebounded slightly last year, but are again much lower in the oyster beds that got the worst of the oil during the 87-day spill.
Natural gas' return as a profitable competitor for coal in U.K. power generation may cause utilities to hesitate in their choice of fuel and delay investment in new plants, according to energy consultants Baringa Partners LLP. The profit difference between burning coal instead of gas has shrunk to the smallest since 2011, a situation that may hinder plant investment for the next three years, said Ilesh Patel, a partner at Baringa, whose clients include EON SE and Electricite de France SA.
China has issued a "behavioral standards" guide to combat pollution and reduce environmental damage, urging people to do everything from walking and riding bicycles to buying goods with less packaging.

August 12, 2014

(The Hill)
A coalition of green groups wants Secretary of State John Kerry to re-evaluate the climate change impact of the Keystone XL pipeline, and that of the Alberta Clipper pipeline in Minnesota. The Alberta Clipper pipeline transports crude oil from Canadian oil sands across Minnesota. Keystone XL would carry crude from Alberta's oil sands as well, but across the U.S. to Gulf refineries.
(The Globe and Mail)
Protesters are attempting to stop the project and stand in solidarity with previous demonstrations, spokesman says.
(Texas Tribune)
The reactivation of the southern segment of the Pegasus pipeline is stirring concerns among Texans living along its ruptured northern leg.  The 66-year-old pipeline, operated by the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company, had beenfully shut off since a March 2013 rupture, which sent at least 210,000 gallons of heavy Canadian crude into neighborhood streets in Mayflower, Ark., prompting evacuations of nearly two dozen homes and leaving residents sick.
(Indiana Public Media)
Nine environmental and health organizations are calling on the Marion County Health Department and Indianapolis Power and Light to test the groundwater near the company's Harding Street power plant in Indianapolis for contaminants they say could be leaking from coal ash ponds.
(New York Times)
Where 600 flights used to take off and land every day here at Pittsburgh International Airport, there are now about 300. Partway down Terminal B, the moving sidewalk that used to lead to a dozen gates now stops abruptly at a plain gray wall. Pittsburgh's airport is struggling financially and mired in debt, with sharply lower traffic ever since U.S. Airways began phasing it out as a bustling hub in 2004. Long gone are the days when British Airways flew 747s to London, and TWA flew to Frankfurt.
(Wall Street Journal (sub. req'd))
A subsidiary of French nuclear power giant Electricite de France said Monday it would shut down three of its reactors in the U.K. following the detection of a fault in a boiler unit at a fourth reactor.
The Canadian government is increasingly worried that the growing clout of aboriginal peoples' rights could obstruct its aggressive resource development plans, documents reveal. Since 2008, the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs has run a risk management program to evaluate and respond to "significant risks" to its agenda, including assertions of treaty rights, the rising expectations of aboriginal peoples, and new legal precedents at odds with the government's policies.
(Toronto Star)
TransCanada Corporation's Energy East project could restrict gas supplies to Ontario during periods of peak demand, Union Gas has warned in a stiffly worded letter to TransCanada. But TransCanada says that Union's worries about Energy East increasing risks and costs for Ontario customers are unfounded.
(Al Jazeera America)
As the coal industry suffers through year after disappointing year in the U.S, there's a growing divide in coal country over the reasons behind its current economic predicament. Some blame the federal government and its regulations. Others blame coal companies that have destroyed the environment, and then moved on to the next town. One thing is clear: For the people who relied on coal as a job provider, the situation is dire, and getting worse every day.
Domestic coal shortages are prompting India's National Aluminium Co. (NACL) to plan construction of a $3 billion smelter complex abroad, possibly in Iran, underscoring the task Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces to boost energy output. Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Oman and United Arab Emirates are other potential sites for the 500,000 metric ton smelter and a 1,000-megawatt captive power plant, National Aluminium's Chairman Ansuman Das, 59, said in an interview.
(Think Progress)
As long as demand for air travel keeps increasing at projected rates, there's really not much the airline industry can do to reduce its carbon emissions, according to new research published by the University of Southampton.
(The Sydney Morning Herald)
The outlook for the Great Barrier Reef looks grim, with many of the threats to its environmental health worsening over the past five years and expected to deteriorate further as climate change intensifies, two major reviews have found. In worrying signs for the future of the world heritage site, two reports released by the federal government on Tuesday have warned the reef is under significant stress.
No evidence of the toxin that caused Toledo to warn 400,000 people not to drink or wash with tap water has been found in greater Cleveland's water supply, which services 1.4 million people, a top official from the Cleveland Division of Water says. In the wake of the Toledo crisis, Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald held a summit yesterday to allow experts and officials to report on what is occurring in Lake Erie's central basin.

August 11, 2014

(The Star-Ledger)
For the second time in two years, Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have banned the dumping of fracking waste in New Jersey. Environmentalists and lawmakers from both parties had championed the measure, which would have prohibited companies from treating, discharging, disposing, and storing waste from hydraulic fracturing—the controversial practice of pumping water, sand, and chemicals deep underground to harvest natural gas.
It's been two years since state regulators touted a record $1.5 million fine against a company for illegally dumping 20,000 barrels of toxic liquid and threatening drinking water supplies near a large western North Dakota city, and little has changed. The now-dissolved company is under federal investigation, the penalty is unpaid and the affected site is still contaminated.
China and Brazil are looking for ways to redirect a global climate debate, which they say unfairly accuses developing nations of delaying limits on fossil-fuel pollution. China wants to blitz attendees at United Nations-led climate talks with pamphlets touting the clean-energy gains made by the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide. Brazil wants more recognition for slowing destruction of the planet's biggest rainforest.