Sustainability Blog - The Grid
InsideClimateNews.org -- In early July, a million gallons of salty drilling waste spilled from a pipeline onto a steep hillside in western North Dakota's Fort Berthold Reservation. The waste—a byproduct of oil and gas production—has now reached a tributary of Lake Sakakawea, which provides drinking water to the reservation.
The oil industry called the accident a "saltwater" spill. But the liquid that entered the lake bears little resemblance to what's found in the ocean.
Say what you want about oil spills. At least when you're standing in one it's hard to miss.
That's not true of methane spills, which are invisible and -- unless it's a potentially explosive concentration of gas -- unsmellable.
Poor Australia. It's responsible for just a tiny fraction of the global warming that's occurred so far and has already been bearing the punishment in the form of a national carbon tax -- repealed today by Parliament.
Rupert Murdoch, one of Australia's most famous sons, cautioned against policy overreaction to climate change in an interview that aired Sunday. Speaking with Sky News Australia, he lauded Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who pushed for the repeal after calling it a "hand brake" on the economy. He also dismissed significant risks from global warming.
Ever get the feeling you’re spinning your wheels, driving in circles, covering the same ground you’ve covered a million times before? Chances are, you’ve got nothing on the average New York City taxi driver.
It kind of doesn't matter to serious companies that some people still dismiss corporate sustainability as empty green PR.
“It kind of doesn't matter," Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said in an interview last month. "We do it because it's the right thing to do."
If you live in Phoenix, Arizona, and find the summers there just aren’t hot enough for you, you’re in luck. Just stick around long enough, and it’ll feel just like Kuwait City, where the average summer day registers a lizard-pleasing 114 degrees Fahrenheit (45.6 Celsius).
This new interactive map by nonprofit research group Climate Central draws lines, literally, between the cities of today and the cities they’ll feel like by the end of this century if greenhouse-gas pollution continues on its current path.
Bloomberg BNA — Three Democrats introduced a bill July 9 that would ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food and beverage containers.
The Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2014 is sponsored by Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Reps. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) and Grace Meng (D-N.Y.).
Bloomberg BNA — Talks are under way to reach a compromise on language in a Senate Export-Import Bank reauthorization bill that would reverse an Obama administration ban on the bank's funding of overseas coal-fired power plants, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters.
“I've talked to Manchin, I've talked to Cantwell and there are discussions going on now to work that out some way,” Reid said, referring to Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), in remarks following his weekly news conference.
Bloomberg BNA — China's Supreme People's Court will establish a special tribunal for handling major cases related to air, water and soil pollution, the body announced.
The special tribunal will “try to hear environmental cases without regard to where those incidents occur, in order to avoid administrative interference from local governments,” said Supreme People's Court spokesman Sun Jungong July 3, adding that a major function of the new body would be to handle cross-jurisdictional cases.