SCIENCE

EPA Finds Half of the Nation’s Rivers in Poor Condition

Alabama Power’s Miller Steam Plant on the Locust Fork River emits more mercury into the air than any other power plant in the country. It is also a source of fine particulate pollution and ozone. – By Glynn Wilson – Under the leadership of the Obama administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the results…

EPA Science Advisory Board Announces Panel to Review ‘Fracking’ Research

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s independent Science Advisory Board announced the formation of its Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory panel on Monday. The panel of independent experts is to peer review EPA’s 2014 draft report of results for its national study on any potential health and environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, which…

Study Shows Natural Gas Fracking Contaminates Water From Treatment Plants

FRACK FLOW – Treated wastewater flows out of a sewage plant in Pennsylvania. Facilities like this one sometimes treat water produced during natural gas production – By Kyle Ferrar – When energy companies extract natural gas trapped deep underground, they’re left with water containing high levels of pollutants, including benzene and barium. Sometimes the gas…

Senators Question Sally Jewell, Obama’s Choice for Secretary of the Interior

By Michael Brune – Sierra Club Executive Director – Watching the members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources question Sally Jewell, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior, brought to mind John McPhee’s classic Encounters with the Archdruid. To write that book, McPhee spent a year with David Brower (the “archdruid”…

Climate of Uncertainty: Planning for the Hoax Apocalypse

By David Underhill – MOBILE, Ala. – Deniers and doubters of global warming, frequent bedfellows with haters of the government, have the government to thank for opportunities to make money off global warming. The accursed feds concluded years ago that the earth really is running a temperature and that the main cause is human activity…

Spring Forward: An Alternative Plan for the Future

The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – While the vernal equinox and the first day of spring is still 10 days off, since Daylight Savings Time begins today and the weather has warmed up and the sun’s shining for a change around here, let’s just say spring has sprung in Alabamaland and be done…

President Obama Makes Nominations for U.S. Secretary of Energy and EPA

President Obama nominated EPA Assistant Administrator and air quality expert Gina McCarthy for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator on Monday, along with nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz for U.S. Secretary of Energy. The response is now coming in from the environmental community. “We welcome the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Assistant…

The Big Picture: We Can Save the Planet and the Economy Too

Who Needs Jobs on a Dead Planet? – Bill McKibben at the front of the march – The Big Picture – by Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following folks from all over the country willing to travel thousands of miles and brave freezing temperatures and a bone chilling wind to march from the Washington…

About 35,000 March on Washington for Action on Climate Change

Watch the video here… Bill McKibben at the front of the march, with Sierra Club president Michael Brune behind him [click on the image for a larger view … more photos below]… By Glynn Wilson WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 17 – During President’s Day weekend and in freezing temperatures and against a brutal wind, more than…

Camp Autauga Creek: Assault on Montgomery Round Two, 2013

By Glynn Wilson – CAMP AUTAUGA CREEK, Ala. — Jefferson and I are settled into a new campsite just northwest of Montgomery. You can smell the corruption in the air, literarily, from International Paper’s mill not far from here. It’s right by a train track too. A coal train came by this afternoon. I grabbed…

New Bipartisan Poll Reveals Strong Support for Cleaner Gas, Cars and Trucks

An overwhelming majority of voters in the U.S. support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency setting stricter standards on gasoline and tighter emissions standards for cars, SUVs and trucks, according to the American Lung Association’s latest survey on the subject. This bipartisan telephone survey of 800 registered voters, conducted during January 13-16, 2013, finds that nearly…

Obama Administration Releases Proposed New Renewable Fuel Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its proposed new fuel efficiency standards on Thursday, opening up a 45-day public comment period. “EPA continues to support the use of renewable fuels within the transportation sector, which encourages innovation, strengthens American energy security, and decreases greenhouse gas pollution,” according to a press release announcing the standards. The…

Sierra Club to Engage in Civil Disobedience to Fight Tar Sands Crude

The Sierra Club Board of Directors has approved the one-time use of civil disobedience for the first time in the organization’s 120-year history to fight the further exploration for tar sands crude oil. Oil sands, tar sands or, more technically, bituminous sands, are a type of unconventional petroleum deposit, according to Wikipedia. The oil sands…

Yard Birds in a Dogwood After First Snowfall of 2013

A Carolina chickadee [poecile carolinensis] feeding in a dogwood on the morning after the first snowfall of 2013. (Click on the images for a larger view.) John James Audubon himself named this species in South Carolina. The curious, intelligent Carolina chickadee looks very much like a black-capped Chickadee, with a black cap on its cute…

Scotland to Celebrate 175th Anniversary of John Muir’s Birth

“One touch of nature makes all the world kin.” – John Muir, in The Cruise of the Corwin (1917) Chapter 3 (echoing William Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida: “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”) – By Glynn Wilson – Under the Microscope – It has come to my attention that there will be…