yet another filthy fossil fuel industry disaster - the killing fields of coal | ecology news at abelard.org
latest changes & additions at abelard.org link to short briefings documents link to document abstracts link to list of useful data tables quotations at abelard.org, with source document where relevant economics and money zone at abelard.org - government swindles and how to transfer money on the net latest news headlines at abelard's news and comment zone socialism, sociology, supporting documents described France zone at abelard.org - another France Energy - beyond fossil fuels visit abelard's gallery about abelard and abelard.org

back to abelard's front page

site map


news and comment
ecology

article archives at abelard's news and comment zone topic archives: ecology

for previously archived news article pages, visit the news archive page (click on the button above)

New translation, the Magna Carta

'Y

  Follow abelard.org      
   


yet another filthy fossil fuel industry disaster - the killing fields of coal

[22/02/2009]
“Beijing - A gas explosion killed at least 74 miners and injured more than 100 at a coal mine in the northern Chinese province of Shanxi on Sunday, the government and state media said.” [Quoted from monstersandcritics.com]

Meanwhile, back in the anglo-saxon socialist jungle:

[19/02/2009]
“EVEN as public opinion in the US turns against coal, judges have overturned a ban on blasting away mountaintops to get at seams.

“In the central Appalachians, including West Virginia, mining companies have lopped up to 300 metres off hundreds of mountains, destroying biologically diverse hardwood forest. The debris is often dumped into valleys, sometimes burying streams in the process.” [Quoted from newscientist.com]

Marker at abelard.org

[22/02/2009]
“A global protest against UK plans to build new coal power plants is being launched today by campaigners from more than 40 developing countries accusing the government of being a "climate criminal".

“They have written an open letter to energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband that follows repeated warnings from UK groups that the decisions to approve new coal power plants and the expansion of Heathrow airport would damage the nation's position in international negotiations when it tries to persuade other countries to cut global-warming emissions.

“The 27 groups, including campaigners from India, Brazil, Indonesia, the Philippines and Uganda, say they are "alarmed" that the UK government is considering allowing new coal plants to be built, including one at Kingsnorth in Kent. They blame emissions from rich countries for causing global warming and the "increased floods, droughts, sea-levels and disease" that threaten the livelihoods of "hundreds of millions of people".

“ "Coal power is the most climate-polluting way to generate electricity," continues the letter. "New coal power stations in the UK will exacerbate the impacts of climate change on impoverished communities in the south[ern hemisphere] ... A decision to support new coal power stations will confirm the UK as a climate criminal in the international climate-change negotiations.” [Quoted from guardian.co.uk]

related material
fossil fuel disasters

Share:

What is this?

the web address for the article above is
https://www.abelard.org/news/ecology012009.php#fossil_fuel_distasters_39_230209





advertising
disclaimer


advertising
disclaimer


advertising
disclaimer




cleaning stack gases via algae and recycling the results - short film


4:56 mins

“An algae photobioreactor on the roof of MIT university. The clear polycarbonate tubes are approx 3 meters high, and 10-20 centimeters in diameter. It removes upto 86% of the NOx and 40% of the CO2.” [Quoted from youtube.com]

Marker at abelard.org

“This photobioreactor you see here on the roof of MIT, has since been dismantled and reassembled in Naboomspruit (now called Mookgopong) South Africa at a biodiesel plant.” [Quoted from motorhomesnews.org]

related material
biofuels

Share:

What is this?

the web address for the article above is
https://www.abelard.org/news/ecology012009.php#mit_algae_110209

suggestion that chinese earthquake killing 10s of 1000s may have been triggered by three gorges dam

“Build a Dam: Water is heavier than air, so when the valley behind a dam is filled, the crust underneath the water experiences a massive change in stress load. For example, the Hoover Dam area experienced hundreds of quakes as Lake Mead filled. University of Alaska seismologist Larry Gedney explained, "Since [the dam] reached its peak of 475 feet in 1939, the level of seismicity has fluctuated in direct response to water level. None of the shocks has been particularly damaging -- the largest was about magnitude 5 -- but the area had no record of being seismically active." Other examples of dam-caused quakes abound and Klose's research indicates that about one-third of human-caused earthquakes came from reservoir construction. This science has raised fears that the recent earthquake in China was caused by the filling of the Three Gorges Dam reservoir, although no conclusive evidence has been presented.” [Quoted from blog.wired.com]

  • Dams are one of the more dangerous forms of energy production.
  • Dam failures can be major killers.
  • Some tropical dam reservoirs are estimated to substitute methane, a much more potent greenhouse gas, for CO2 produced by the normal vegetation decomposition.
  • Dams silt up over time.
  • Considerable water evaporation loses are caused by some dams, salination occurs, productive land can be lost and river flows can be interrupted.
  • Major rivers, like the Chinese Yellow River, often do not reach the sea any longer.

“At present, China has 85,160 reservoirs. From 1954 to 2005, a total of 3,486 reservoir dams collapsed. Each year, many reservoirs experience flood damage. In 2004 alone, 7,286 reservoirs experienced flood damage and are in need of repair.

“According to China Newsweek reports, among the 85,000 plus reservoirs in China, over 30,000 (35 percent) have problems but continue to be operational, constituting a major hidden danger in water resource facilities.” [Quoted from democraticunderground.com]

Share:

What is this?

the web address for the article above is
https://www.abelard.org/news/ecology012009.php#three_gorges_dam_100209

controlling the filth from fossil fuels extends life

“Dramatic improvements in U.S. air quality over the last two decades have added 21 weeks to the life of the average American, researchers reported on Wednesday.

“Reducing fine particles given off by automobiles, diesel engines, steel mills and coal-fired power plants have added as much as 15 percent of the 2.72 years of extra longevity seen in the United States since the early 1980s, they wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine.

“Changes in smoking habits are the biggest reason why Americans are living longer, said Arden Pope, an epidemiologist at Brigham Young University in Utah who led the study.

“Improved socioeconomic conditions, judged partly by the proportion of high school graduates living in an area, rank next. But cleaner air was a big factor.

“ "It's stunning that the air pollution effect seems to be as robust as it is after controlling for these other things," Pope said in a telephone interview.

“Using life expectancy, economic, demographic and pollution data from 51 metropolitan areas, Pope and his colleagues found when fine-particle air pollution dropped by 10 micrograms per cubic meter, life expectancy rose by 31 weeks.”

Share:

What is this?

the web address for the article above is
https://www.abelard.org/news/ecology012009.php#clean_air_090209

attitudes changing within the filthy fossil fuel industry

“A survey of chief financial officers of 100 U.S. oil and gas exploration and production companies found that nearly nine of 10 executives predicted renewable energy to gain a larger share of the market in the next five years with better than 1 in 5 executives expecting the share to more than double.

“The telephone survey conducted for BDO Seidman LLP, a leading accounting and consulting firm, also found that nearly two-thirds of the executives favored controls on carbon dioxide emissions, the leading pollutant linked to global warming, although a third of them said they preferred state over federal regulation.

“Only 37 said that industry should be left to "self regulation" when it comes to greenhouse gases, according to the survey, which was provided to The Associated Press.”

“When asked what market share renewable energy - solar, wind, biofuels and hydroelectric power - is expected to have in five years, 64 percent of the corporate financial officers said it would grow to between 8 percent and 12 percent. Twenty-two percent of the executives said they expect the market share to grow to between 13 percent and more than 16 percent.

“Currently these renewable sources count for about 7 percent of U.S. energy production, according to the Energy Information Administration.”

Share:

What is this?

the web address for the article above is
https://www.abelard.org/news/ecology012009.php#fossil_fuel_industry_220109

sustainable food production comes

A report, Global Consequences of Land Use, has been released by the non-profit consortium The Keystone Center.

From the report abstract:

“Worldwide changes to forests, farmlands, waterways, and air are being driven by the need to provide food, fiber, water, and shelter to more than six billion people. Global croplands, pastures, plantations, and urban areas have expanded in recent decades, accompanied by large increases in energy, water, and fertilizer consumption, along with considerable losses of biodiversity. Such changes in land use have enabled humans to appropriate an increasing share of the planet's resources, but they also potentially undermine the capacity of ecosystems to sustain food production, maintain freshwater and forest resources, regulate climate and air quality, and ameliorate infectious diseases.”

Marker at abelard.org

“The report analyzes the impact of growing four crops--corn, soy, wheat, and cotton, which account for 70% of farmed acres in the Unites States--from 1987 to 2007. ”

“The production of four major crops now requires significantly less land, water, and energy per bushel or bale than it did 20 years ago, marking progress toward sustainable agriculture...”

“...the rate of soil loss per amount of grain or cotton grown has declined between 30% and 70%. This is due mainly to the adoption of no-till farming, in which the fields are not plowed multiple times for weed control. Less plowing means less soil blows or washes away.”

“...the amount of energy spent on farming has fallen by 40% to 60%, probably because farmers who plant genetically modified crops are driving tractors less frequently to spray pesticides and herbicides. Irrigated water use dropped by 20% to 50%, the report found, and carbon emissions fell by about 30%.” [Quoted from sciencenow.sciencemag.org]

related material
land conservation and food production

Share:

What is this?

the web address for the article above is
https://www.abelard.org/news/ecology012009.php#sustainable_food_200109

cameron sets policy for smart grid while the clown tries to force through third runway

“He said "what business needs to recognise is that the third runway is just not going to happen. There is such a coalition of forces against it. There's such an environmental case against." ”

But it’s not going to happen, just like everything the Clown claims.

“ Ed Miliband, the energy and climate change secretary, was claiming a partial victory because yesterday's deal included a target to limit greenhouse gas emissions from flying - the government announced it intended to ensure total UK aviation emissions are brought beneath 2005 levels by 2050. Its committee on climate change has been tasked with reviewing how this should be achieved.

That is, the usual government rubbish. Any “emission standards” would be frigged to meet the demands of the aircraft industry.

“David Cameron will set out his vision today for a low carbon Britain built around a £1bn investment in a hi-tech National Grid that would include putting "smart meters" in every home in the UK.”

“He said his party had already held talks with National Grid officials and would be in a position to approve the investment as soon as it came to office. The smart meters would also allow consumers to feed the electricity they generate through solar panels into the grid.”

Share:

What is this?

the web address for the article above is
https://www.abelard.org/news/ecology012009.php#cameron_smart_grid_170109


You are here: ecology news from January 2009 < News < Home

latest abstracts briefings information   hearing damage memory France zone

email abelard email abelard at abelard.org

© abelard, 2009, 17 january
all rights reserved

variable words
prints as increasing A4 pages (on my printer and set-up)