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Officials warn of health risks due to oil spill

Galveston County officials are warning people of possible health risks due to the oil spill.

 

According public health statement from the Galveston County Health District, inhaling oil vapors or the particles in a wave's spray can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, and eye and throat irritation.

 

Health officials say young kids and those with respiratory conditions should avoid areas near the contaminated water.

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One Year After Exxon's Arkansas Spill, 8 Crucial Questions Still Unanswered | InsideClimate News

One Year After Exxon's Arkansas Spill, 8 Crucial Questions Still Unanswered | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's been a year since a broken oil pipeline sent an estimated 210,000 gallons of Canadian dilbit into an Arkansas neighborhood, but there's still a long list of unknowns about the spill.
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Here's why B.C.'s carbon tax is super popular -- and effective

Here's why B.C.'s carbon tax is super popular -- and effective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Just before the economic collapse in 2008, the Canadian province passed a tax on carbon emissions. Five years later, it's a case study in smart climate policy.
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One House Republican’s Latest Plan To Undermine Climate Research

One House Republican’s Latest Plan To Undermine Climate Research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The bill's sponsor, Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), wants to shift NOAA's funds from climate change research to severe weather research.
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GOP: Predict storms, not climate change

GOP: Predict storms, not climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The House will vote next week on a Republican bill to require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to focus its efforts on storm predictions instead of researching climate change.

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Utilities looking at coal-fired plants to ensure stable power supply - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Utilities looking at coal-fired plants to ensure stable power supply - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the nation's 48 nuclear reactors offline, utilities are looking to construct more thermal power plants, most of which are expected to be coal-fired facilities that are cheaper to operate than ones fueled with liquefied natural gas and crude oil.
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World's Biggest Coal Company, World's Biggest PR Firm Pair Up To Promote Coal For Poor People

World's Biggest Coal Company, World's Biggest PR Firm Pair Up To Promote Coal For Poor People | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -– Peabody Energy Corp., the world's largest private-sector coal company, launched a public relations and advertising campaign last month extolling the virtues of coal energy for poor people.

A Peabody press release announcing t...
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Can utilities avoid same fate as telecom companies? : Renew Economy

Can utilities avoid same fate as telecom companies? : Renew Economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The fixed line telephony business has lost nearly half its customers and more and more households go wireless. What can energy utilities learn from that experience. Is there anything they can do to stop customers going solo?
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The World Today - Warmer weather causing trouble for wine grape growers 28/03/2014

Australian wineries are expected to crush more than 1.5 million tonnes of grapes during this year's vintage.

But growers say they're having trouble processing their crop because it's ripening too quickly.

Researchers are blaming climate change, with warmer conditions and drier soils accelerating the ripening process.

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COLUMBIA, SC: Resort’s troubles threaten to erode SC beach law | Politics | The State

COLUMBIA, SC: Resort’s troubles threaten to erode SC beach law | Politics | The State | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The wooden seawall at Debordieu Beach is failing and homeowners are asking the state to help them protect their investments. Should SC beachfront homeowners be allowed to build seawalls?
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Facing Rising Seas, Bangladesh Confronts the Consequences of Climate Change

Facing Rising Seas, Bangladesh Confronts the Consequences of Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Though countries like Bangladesh have contributed little to the industrial pollution driving climate change, they will suffer the most from the devastating consequences.
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Renewables Aren't Enough. Clean Coal Is the Future??? - Wired Science

Renewables Aren't Enough. Clean Coal Is the Future??? - Wired Science | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Coal supplies over 40 percent of global electricity needs, and that percentage is going up. The only real question is how to minimize the damage.   Dan Winters Proof that good things don’t always come in nice packages can be ...
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6 Ways to Dehydrate Foods - Mom with a PREP

6 Ways to Dehydrate Foods - Mom with a PREP | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Think that an electric dehydrator is the only way to go when dehydrating foods? You've got at lease five other options! READ MORE...
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Exxon, PHMSA Withholding Key Documents on Pegasus Pipeline as Restart Nears | InsideClimate News

Exxon, PHMSA Withholding Key Documents on Pegasus Pipeline as Restart Nears | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The southern leg of ExxonMobil's idled Pegasus oil pipeline, a segment regulators say is susceptible to seam ruptures, might be restarted as early as this week. Residents along the pipeline and others, however, have no idea whether—or how—the pipeline has been made safe because the information is not publicly available.
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Keeping Secrets Has Been Exxon's Default in Ark. Oil Spill Case | InsideClimate News

Keeping Secrets Has Been Exxon's Default in Ark. Oil Spill Case | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sometime before April 7, ExxonMobil will finally tell regulators and the public why its 1940s-era Pegasus oil pipeline split open in Mayflower, Ark. last March, spilling thick Canadian dilbit into a neighborhood and nearby cove. Will Exxon just send out a statement announcing its conclusions about the cause or causes of the Pegasus spill?
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Be Worried: Climate Scientists Under Attack

Be Worried: Climate Scientists Under Attack | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate scientists are under attack like never before for telling the truth about about the growing dangers posed by unrestricted carbon pollution. Here's how to help.
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Counting the Costs of Climate Change

Counting the Costs of Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group 2, (IPCC WGII) is finalizing its report in Yokohama, to be released March 31. There has been a lot of noise and several purported leaks o...
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The Two Numbers Climate Economists Can’t Stand to See Together

The Two Numbers Climate Economists Can’t Stand to See Together | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Okay, fine. You're persuaded that climate change is a problem. So if we can work out the costs and benefits of reducing carbon emissions, we'll be able to decide on the cheapest course of action, right?
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Energy boom stokes population growth

Energy boom stokes population growth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
America's energy boom is fueling population growth west of the Mississippi River.
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Thorium: a safer nuclear power

Thorium: a safer nuclear power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the same month as the Three Mile Island and Fukushima nuclear disasters, China announces it is speeding up its research into so-called molten salt reactors that can run on thorium. If it succeeds, it would create a cheaper, more efficient, and safer form of nuclear power that produces less nuclear waste than today's uranium-based technology.
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Climate change influences landowner's tree choices

Climate change influences landowner's tree choices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

CLEARWATER, Minn. (AP) —  Cardinals tuck into the dark wall of Norway spruce, finding shelter in the tall trees. Prickly, round seed balls dangle from a slender sycamore like tiny Christmas ornaments. A dawn redwood, native to China and found in fossil records dating back about 150 million years, drops flat rust-colored needles on the deep March snow.

 

 

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A Zen-like approach to flood risks

A Zen-like approach to flood risks | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Coping with increased risk of flooding in a changed climate is not just about money. BBC environment correspondent Matt McGrath reports from Japan, where philosophy is just as important as resources.

 

At a large government research facility in Tsukuba city, engineers have built a 30-sq-m replica of a meandering Japanese river.

 

At one point along the concrete shore, there's an unremarkable, small square of wood, with red and white triangles on top. But it is a constant reminder of the power of water to cause tragedy.

 

The wooden marker represents Okawa elementary school, where 84 pupils and teachers lost their lives in the terrible tsunami of 2011.

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Obama sidesteps Congress to curb methane emissions

Obama sidesteps Congress to curb methane emissions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The latest step in the White House's new Climate Action Plan is a new plan to curb methane, a far more potent trapper of heat than carbon dioxide. The plan relies heavily on cooperation with oil, gas, and dairy industries.
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A U.S.-Saudi Move to Lower Oil Prices?

A U.S.-Saudi Move to Lower Oil Prices? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Could the U.S. unleash a flood of oil from the strategic petroleum reserve that would drive down prices in order to punish Russia? While the idea has been kicked around over the last
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Potential Crackdown on Russia Risks Also Punishing Western Oil Companies

Potential Crackdown on Russia Risks Also Punishing Western Oil Companies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Any stricter sanctions on Russia for its occupation of Crimea would likely be opposed by Exxon Mobil, BP and other companies with projects in Russia.
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