GOP hopefuls rake in fossil fuel $$

Eight of the 17 GOP figures currently jostling for their party’s presidential nomination have between them attracted a bonanza of at least $62m so far this year from sources either directly involved in polluting industries or with close financial ties to them. Three Republican contenders stand out as recipients of this fossil fuel largesse: the Republican climate change denier-in-chief, Ted Cruz; …

Coal kills more than 4,000 people a day in China

From http://grist.org/science/in-china-coal-pollution-kills-someone-every-21-seconds/ Air pollution from the burning of coal kills more than 4,000 people a day in China, accounting for one in six premature deaths and 1.6 million deaths annually, according to a study in the journal PLOS One. “It’s a very big number,” study author Robert Rohde told the AP. “It’s a little hard to wrap your mind around the numbers. Some of …

KC will be up to 138 heat and humidity-related “danger days” per year by 2050, on current path

  “Danger days” aren’t too common now, for weather, but climate change is about to make them a lot more common over the next 15 years.  A danger day is when the combination of heat and humidity (also known as the heat index) make it feel like it’s 105 degrees F or hotter. Warming temperatures are about to push U.S. cities into a …

Algal blooms and toxic cyanobacteria becoming more common with global warming

Algae blooms are becoming increasingly common in bodies of water around the globe, as warmer temperatures and increased nutrient runoff (largely from agriculture) fuel their growth. And they’re expected to get worse with climate change, as more frequent heavy storms wash fertilizer into bodies of water and overwhelm pipes that carry both storm water and sewage. A recent report conducted …

Earth overshoot day 6 days earlier this year

Earth Overshoot Day marks the day each year by which people have used more natural resources than the Earth can regenerate in a single year. It’s basically a balance sheet for global accounting.  When you start to spend more than you earn, it does not become immediately apparent. But, eventually, you go bankrupt.  carbon emissions are getting worse. “By putting carbon in …

Hydropower from city water pipes

While it is difficult to predict the flow of a stream and installing dams and generating hydropower can be environmentally degrading, the consistent flow in city water pipes presents a new frontier to be explored.  City systems pump water daily at a fairly constant rate, which allows for a consistent flow of energy.  It could also help safeguard cities’ hydropower …

Methane explosion 1000 ft. from fracking well burns man and family

Cody Murray, 38, and his father, wife, and four-year-old daughter were all burned by a “fireball” after methane built up in his pump house and exploded when Murray entered the shed to check on a water issue. The lawsuit, filed last week against EOG Resources, Fairway Resources LLC, and three subsidiaries of Fairway, alleges the methane was from the defendants’ …

Small Pool of Extremely Rich Donors Fund Half the Money in US Elections

Fewer than four hundred families are responsible for almost half the money raised in the 2016 presidential campaign, a concentration of political donors that is unprecedented in the modern era.   To peruse the top donors in presidential politics is to take a cross section of the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. At least 67 are billionaires or married to one, …