"Rick Piltz, a gutsy whistleblower who revealed a pattern of politically torqued rewriting of climate science reports during the first term of President George W. Bush, died early Saturday morning after a fight with cancer."
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- Source: Dot Earth, 10/20/2014
"Three widely cited state studies of air emissions at Marcellus Shale gas development sites in Pennsylvania omit measurements of key air toxics and calculate the health risks of just two of more than two dozen pollutants."Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10/20/2014
"TransCanada Corp.’s $11-billion Energy East pipeline project has run into another stumbling block in Quebec as public opposition mounts over a possible threat to the endangered beluga whales in the St. Lawrence River."Source: Toronto Globe & Mail, 10/20/2014
"The prospects for building new nuclear reactors may be sharply limited, but the owners of seven old ones, in Pennsylvania, Virginia and South Carolina, are preparing to ask for permission to run them until they are 80 years old."
"When the Tennessee Valley Authority first ordered Watts Bar 2, the nuclear reactor now approaching completion here, demand for electricity was growing at 7 percent a year and coal supplies were uncertain. The mercury, soot and acid rain that coal produced were simply accepted as the way things were, and many of the people who now worry about global warming had not yet been born."
"One accomplishment Scott singled out: making it easier than ever to obtain a permit for filling in wetlands, pumping water out of the aquifer or pouring pollutants into the water and air."Source: Tampa Bay Times, 10/20/2014
"It sounds almost superhuman to try straighten a river and then recarve the curves."Source: NPR, 10/20/2014
"MOORINGSPORT, La. - Cleanup crews continue to mop up a 4,000-barrell oil spill into a four-mile stretch of Tete Bayou northwest of Shreveport."Source: AP, 10/20/2014
"AUSTIN — Susan Combs, the state comptroller, stirred controversy last month when she said Texas’ growing wind energy industry should 'stand on its own two feet.'"
"A long-awaited report issued Thursday by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission found the Yucca Mountain site — once considered by the government but halted by the Obama administration — could be safe to store nuclear waste."Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10/17/2014
"A powerful Pacific storm predicted to grow to hurricane force churned toward Hawaii, bringing with it heavy rains and potentially destructive winds that could begin hitting the state later Friday."Source: AP, 10/17/2014
"Texas environmentalists faced off in court this year against a coal-fired power plant with more than 6,500 alleged exceedances of the federal Clean Air Act limits on opacity, an indicator of fine airborne soot."Source: Greenwire, 10/17/2014
"While cyberattackers and defenders duel for advantage in ever-more-complex digital battlegrounds, a set of basic vulnerabilities affecting power grids, factories and pipelines has gone largely unaddressed."Source: EnergyWire, 10/17/2014
"A new West Virginia University study has found that dust from mountaintop removal coal-mining operations promotes the growth of lung cancer tumors."Source: Charleston Gazette, 10/17/2014
"Climate change has shrunk Peruvian glaciers by 40 percent in the past four decades and the melt-off has spawned nearly 1,000 new high-altitude lakes since 1980, Peru's government said on Wednesday."Source: Reuters, 10/17/2014