Category: Living Green

Oil Companies Are Profiting From Illegal Spills. And California Lets Them.

CalGEM could not provide a full accounting of how much oil has spilled from surface expressions, even though the 2019 regulations explicitly require that oil companies report production numbers. In places like Sandy Creek, the nets oil companies place over spills to protect wildlife often get tangled or torn, said Julie Vance, Fish and Wildlife’s District 4 director in Fresno, who oversaw response to inland spills for years. Read More: propublica.org

Plug-in hybrids are a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are sold as a low-carbon alternative to traditional vehicles and conventional hybrids – which cannot be recharged from an external source – and are proving increasingly popular. The official tests indicate that plug-in hybrids emit an average of 44g per km of CO2. Read More: bbc.com

What’s causing climate change, in 10 charts

None of this data is original – it’s all public – but putting these charts in one place can help us wrap our minds around the many different ways that questions about responsibility for climate change can be phrased. The story told by the data The story told by these charts is familiar to people who have followed climate change for a while. Read More: vox.com

Earth barreling toward ‘Hothouse’ state not seen in 50 million years, epic new climate record shows

Now, in a new study published today in the journal Science, researchers have analyzed the chemical elements in thousands of foram samples to build the most detailed climate record of Earth ever – and it reveals just how dire our current climate situation is. Because the team’s climate record covers such an incredibly long time period, the researchers also had to consider astronomic impacts on the planet’s climate – that is, how Earth’s slowly changing orbit and tilt toward the sun impact the amount of sunlight reaching different parts of the planet at different times, also known as Milankovitch cycles. Read More: livescience.com

Charted: Energy Consumption by Source and Country

The term is not a one-size-fits-all, as there are many different types of connected workers with different roles, such as operators, field workers, engineers, and even executives. As companies navigate the challenges of COVID-19, implementing connected worker technologies and creating a data-driven work environment may quickly become an increasingly important priority. Read More: visualcapitalist.com

Clean energy fights endangered status for Joshua trees

Renewable energy corporations have launched an eleventh-hour campaign to derail a petition seeking endangered species protection for Joshua trees, saying it could hinder development of the solar and wind power projects California needs to wean itself off fossil fuels. Terra-Gen Power has asked the state commission to delay its vote until January so that state legislative committees can first investigate the implications of listing Joshua trees on state climate goals, energy projects, power purchase agreements and employment opportunities. Read More: latimes.com

Facebook reportedly abandoned drilling fluid, tools off Oregon coast

Facebook reportedly intends to leave drilling equipment and thousands of gallons of drilling fluid buried beneath the seafloor off the coast of Oregon, per a report from Oregon Live’s Kale Williams. According to the report, 1,100 feet of drill pipe, a drill tip, other equipment, and 6,500 gallons of drilling fluid remain under the seafloor off the coast of Oregon, a fact that a Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Oregon Live. Read More: businessinsider.com

Climate change: How to drive fossil fuels out of the US economy, quickly

How energy is used in the US economy, explained In 2018, after applying for years, Otherlab was finally awarded a contract from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to assemble in one place, for the first time, all publicly available data on how energy is used in the US. As it happens, the US has great energy data. Shifting from fossil fuel power plants to renewable energy saves another 15 percent, because carbon-free, non-thermal power sources rely on fewer energy conversions than thermoelectric sources. Read More: vox.com