Archive for February 2011

It turns out there’s lead (and arsenic, and other stuff) in those LED holiday lights, and maybe others as well. This result was found through leaching tests performed by researchers at Univ. of California, Irvine. Because it appears that leaching was required to mobilize these compounds for quantifying their presence,  I suspect that the immediate […]

EPA announced a few days ago that its Draft Plan to Study the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources is ready for review (available here as a pdf file). I’m hoping to find time to drill down into it, but so far I’m finding it looks quite good, as far as it […]

The incandescent light bulb is slated for phase-out, but some folks are readying to hoard them, it seems. I can see why. I’ve bought some really bad compact fluorescent bulbs in recent years. They can be slow to come on, and can be quite dim at first, brightening slowly to their rated luminosity level. Painful, […]

Now the oil drillers are getting in on the fracking act. They are touting the possibility that hydraulic fracturing can economically release oil trapped in rock, as is being done for gas. (Note they’d be doing it even if it wasn’t economical, because down the road, it could be.) Unfortunately, a recent AP article on […]

It seems to me that symbolism could help those who are planning to actively confront climate change deniers. I’ve been wondering what a mascot to aid their efforts might look like.

Clearly, the climate cranks need confronting, but how best to do that? Here’s one approach. There’s  a plan afoot for a mass assemblage in Washington, as described by journalist Mark Hertsgaard:

Great news that Obama is calling for a six-year, $53 billion investment in high-speed rail, as he seeks to use infrastructure spending to jumpstart job creation. … An initial $8 billion investment will be part of the budget plan Now, if he’d also tie this to serious national efforts to get land-use planning in sync […]

There was a statistically rare, severe 2010 drought in the Amazon rainforest (following on the heels of a previous drought in 2005). The upshot is that trees die and rainforest carbon dioxide releases go way up as a result (or, conversely, carbon dioxide uptake by the rainforest goes way down).

It appears that a whole lot of hydro-, or should we say, organo-fracking with diesel fuel has been done in clear violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. As the NYTimes reports Oil and gas service companies injected tens of millions of gallons of diesel fuel into onshore wells in more than a dozen states […]