Archive for May 2011

Pickens has dropped wind as part of his energy reliance plan, focusing wholly on natural gas. He’s going with what he knows. Too bad he does not know more.

The Toronto Sun reports heavy metals have been found in commonly used make-up products. It’s not clear what concentrations of the various metals, including arsenic, were, but the article makes the point that build-up of these toxic elements can be cumulative. I wonder what the make-up industry response will be. They should have a look […]

Many collegeĀ  students, and others, plain don’t understand what plagiarism is, nor that it is flat out wrong. Many academics, including professors, plain don’t understand: if your name goes on a piece of work, you bear full responsibility for it, even if you did not write the part that include the plagiarism. Now we have […]

ClimateProgress nails one fracking bottom line: …. depressed natural gas prices have been blamed for stalling wind, solar PV and solar hot water projects that compete directly with the resource. While a cleaner-burning form of energy like natural gas is much better than burning coal, focusing too heavily on the resource may delay aggressive development […]

This catchy video from ProPublica video illuminates many, but not all, of the issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus shale and elsewhere:

These guys must be getting money from somewhere to be pushing this: Legislation designed to facilitate development of small, scalable reactors was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week.

There’s a bit of a controversy in the Hollywood sludge world. It seems that there is a need to revisit the US Department of Agriculture’s requirements for organic food, which state Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; or ionizing radiation. … USDA makes no […]

New Orleans is basically in a bathtub, with the mighty Mississippi on one side, and Lake Pontchartrain on the other (click on the image for the blow-up): Which helps explain why things got so bad after Hurricane Katrina.

It’s an imposing name: Morganza, the spillway last opened up in 1973. Saving New Orleans: