TransCanada sues US as another corporation thinks it has the right to profit at everyone’s expense

What’s the matter with a system that encourages transnational corporations to think they can sue countries?  See this Grist article. TransCanada isn’t taking no for an answer. In November, President Obama rejected the company’s plans to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Now the company is fighting that decision, just as it had threatened to do: It’s suing America and seeking $15 …

Water contamination nightmare extends to 27 states

Please forward this story from the New York Times, which was not even on the front page, from their investigative reporting, but rather was a “feature” article, with research assembled by a novelist, not on their staff.  As one commenter wrote in:  The story that the corporate attorney (Bilott) began to see was astounding in its breadth, specificity and sheer …

New study reveals even developed nations are on the front lines of food insecurity with extreme weather and industrial farming

Extreme weather is damaging to crop production and threatens food safety worldwide, according to a new study published in Nature on Wednesday. And the most developed nations like the U.S., which rely heavily on industrial monocultures for food production, are particularly vulnerable. The study, which evaluated cereal production losses due to extreme weather in 177 countries from 1964-2007, found that …

Changes happening now are as big as those at the end of the last ice age, according to Science article

There’s no question about it. A new epoch—the Anthropocene—has begun. So says an international group of geoscientists, in a paper published Friday in the journal Science. They point to waste disposal, fossil fuel combustion, increased fertilizer use, the testing and dropping of nuclear weapons, deforestation, and more as evidence that human activity has pushed the Earth into the new age that …

A few points on the rapid shift occurring with EVs

A few points on the rapid shift occurring with EVs, from Tom Solomon in New Mexico: To have any chance of keeping 85-90% of the remaining oil in the ground for 1.5C, we have to convert electricity generation to non-carbon sources, like a 100% CRE grid. And we must electrify ground transportation. Combining those two solutions gets you to zero-emissions …

Why businesses no longer fear carbon pricing

CDP reported during the UN climate talks in December that more than 1,000 companies disclosed in their 2015 reports to CDP that they either have implemented a price on carbon for internal decision making or they plan to do so in the next two years. CDP called this “a number that was unthinkable just a few years ago.” Those who …

Not Just Exxon: other oil companies and American Petroleum Institute were well aware of threats of climate change in the 70s and forecast that effects would start to be seen after 2000, with catastrophic impacts by 2050-2070

The American Petroleum Institute together with the nation’s largest oil companies ran a task force to monitor and share climate research between 1979 and 1983, indicating that the oil industry, not just Exxon alone, was aware of its possible impact on the world’s climate far earlier than previously known. The group’s members included senior scientists and engineers from nearly every …

Volkswagen charged with crimes against climate

The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday filed suit against Volkswagen, charging that the German auto-maker deliberately rigged cars to cheat emissions tests resulting in potentially millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions and untold damage to the atmosphere. The civil suit, filed on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, alleges that nearly 600,000 diesel engine vehicles had illegal …

Massachusetts subject to suit for taking insufficient action to meet GHG reduction goals

Massachusetts attorneys from the Conservation Law Foundation are arguing that the state has fallen behind because regulators have failed to mandate annual limits on specific emissions, which they say the law required to be set in 2012. They also blame the Baker and Patrick administrations for focusing more on extending natural gas pipelines than on promoting offshore wind and solar …

Biggest disaster since BP: California methane leak has released the equivalent of burning 700 million gallons of gas so far

A methane leak in Southern California could be the worst environmental disaster since the BP oil spill, Gizmodo reports. The leak was discovered outside Los Angeles in late October, at a natural gas storage site owned by Southern California Gas Co. It has been bleeding methane at a rate of up to 110,000 pounds per hour for the past two months. That much methane in …