Trump to open the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic to oil drilling

January 5, 2018 by  
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The Trump Administration announced on Thursday that it will open nearly all United States coastal waters to oil and gas drilling. This order marks a significant break from bipartisan precedent, which placed at least some restrictions on where the fossil fuel industry could drill offshore. As part of this move, California ‘s waters will be open to drilling for the first time in decades – along with more than a billion acres in the Arctic and along the East Coast. The move by the Trump Administration reverses an order implemented by the Obama Administration which blocked oil and gas drilling in 94 percent of the outer continental shelf, the American offshore territory between state coastal waters and the deep ocean . Such a reversal would mark a serious blow to former President Obama’s environmental legacy and could put coastal states at risk of an incident similar to that of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. The expansion of oil and gas drilling has already met with bipartisan opposition. Republican Governor of Florida Rick Scott pushed back against the move, concerned on the effects that drilling might have on tourism. “I have asked to immediately meet with Secretary Zinke to discuss the concerns I have with this plan and the crucial need to remove Florida from consideration,” said Scott in a statement. “My top priority is to ensure that Florida ’s natural resources are protected.” Related: Scientists protest senator’s plan to open vital Arctic wildlife refuge to oil exploration Industry leaders have predictably applauded the move. “I think the default should be that all of our offshore areas should be available,” said Thomas J. Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, according to the New York Times . “These are our lands. They’re taxpayer-owned and they should be made available.” If all profits from such drilling were directly distributed to taxpayers, perhaps Pyle’s position would resonate. Instead, offshore oil drilling under the current system involves socialized risk, with citizens paying the price when something goes wrong, and privatized gain, with industry profiting off of the public’s natural resources . Finalizing Trump’s plan could take up to a year and a half, during which time the order will be challenged in the courts and Congress . Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether the fossil fuel industry takes advantage of these new opportunities in light of oil’s recent slump which has only recently ended and the major infrastructure investment required. All the while, the prospect of a future Democratic president reversing Trump’s order looms. Via the New York Times Images via Depositphotos and The White House/Flickr

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This striking art studio was inspired by the movement of butterfly wings

January 5, 2018 by  
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New York-based firm Valerie Schweitzer Architects has created a funky backyard art studio inspired by the movement of butterfly wings. The 350-square-foot Butterfly Studio comprises multiple volumes that fit together at various angles. The studio is clad in a mix of stucco and reclaimed teak , interrupted by a series of long, narrow windows, giving the project a warm yet industrial character. The compact studio is a beautiful composition of glass, wood and steel. The angled volumes that make up the structure are topped with an expansive skylight of thermally-insulated glass. Allowing the optimal amount of natural light to enter the studio, the skylight all but eliminates the need for artificial lighting, even for an artist. Strategically placed windows provide cross ventilation that captures the breeze off nearby Long Island Sound. A sealed poured concrete flooring contains radiant heat piping, which also adds to the design’s energy efficiency. Related: Prefabricated garden retreat snaps together in less than a week The multi-faceted design was created to provide a strong sense of privacy for anyone working on the studio interior , but without being overly isolated. The windows provide light and a sense of openness on the interior, resulting in an optimal space for artistic production. + Valerie Schweitzer Architects Via v2com Newswire Photography by Tom Leighton

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Humans have caused so many earthquakes that scientists had to update their maps

March 30, 2016 by  
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Those at the United States Geological Survey have noticed such a spike in manmade earthquakes they had to change their maps. For the first time ever, researchers have begun producing earthquake hazard maps with manmade earthquakes alongside natural seismic activity. Between this, the collapse of bee colonies, and climate change in general we can say with confidence that humans seem too be hellbent on destroying the planet. Read the rest of Humans have caused so many earthquakes that scientists had to update their maps

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Drone video shows damaged Palmyra after ISIS occupation

March 30, 2016 by  
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Now that ISIS has been pushed out of Palmyra , archaeologists are starting to assess the damage done to the UNESCO World Heritage Site . Many expressed relief that more damage wasn’t perpetrated, yet there were still significant losses: both the Temple of Bel and the Temple of Baalshamin were blown up . There are some landmarks, such as the Roman amphitheater, that remain intact, although worse for the wear. Read the rest of Drone video shows damaged Palmyra after ISIS occupation

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Vineyard House uses rammed earth to stay cool in the Portuguese heat

March 30, 2016 by  
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Shockingly, authorities arrest activists, instead of people responsible for the Aliso Canyon methane gas leak

February 18, 2016 by  
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The California State Patrol has arrested two people in connection with the massive methane leak in Southern California’s Aliso Canyon , but many residents who had to leave their homes near the leaking underground gas storage site think the wrong people are in custody. Instead of busting company executives and engineers who are responsible for the massive methane gas leak, the CSP arrested two protesters who draped banners on the headquarters of the California Public Utilities Commission. The protesters draped banners to highlight the lax regulatory environment that enabled the spill — similar to the political culture that enabled the water poisoning in Flint . But unbelievably, the activists are now the ones going to jail. Read the rest of Shockingly, authorities arrest activists, instead of people responsible for the Aliso Canyon methane gas leak

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Obama’s plan for methane regulations targets oil and gas industry

January 13, 2015 by  
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Barack Obama will officially add methane to his list of climate offenders in the new plan he’ll outline in his upcoming State of the Union address . New methane regulations are the key to reaching Obama ’s ambitious goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 28 percent by 2025. Read the rest of Obama’s plan for methane regulations targets oil and gas industry Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: barack obama , Climate Change , Environment , environmental protection agency , epa , fracking , gas , global warming , methane , obama , oil , president , regulations , rules

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Google Streetview Cars Track Down Stray Methane Emissions that Contribute to Climate Change

July 25, 2014 by  
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Google has added another item to its lengthy list of services , and this one is something you really wouldn’t expect. Google’s Street View cars that map roads across the world are also being used to sniff out natural gas leaks that are surprisingly common in major cities across the U.S. The Huffington Post reports that Google’s cars were outfitted with air monitors and used to take millions of readings on the streets of Boston, New York and Indianapolis over the past two years as part of a program by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) aimed at reducing stray methane emissions that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Read the rest of Google Streetview Cars Track Down Stray Methane Emissions that Contribute to Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: car , change , climate , defense , edf , emissions , environmental , fund , gas , Google , Google Street View , greenhouse , lng , methane , national grid , streetview , tracking methane leaks

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BORTOLOTTO’s Daylit King’s Cross House Combines Sculptural Interiors With Energy Efficiency

July 25, 2014 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Identify the Docile Honeybee from its More Aggressive Counterparts

July 25, 2014 by  
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Did you know that one out of three bites of food that Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honeybee pollination? Honeybees play a crucial role in the nation’s food supply, which means the alarming decline and disappearance of their hives due to Colony Collapse Disorder poses a major threat to U.S. and world agriculture. To make matters worse, the poor and docile honeybee often gets confused with the aggressive hornet, which leads some people fearful of bee stings to indiscriminately kill off the important pollinator. That’s why Angie’s List compiled an infographic that will help you “bee informed” about the different types of bees and the importance of preserving honeybee populations. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How to Identify the Docile Honeybee from its More Aggressive Counterparts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , angle’s list , bee stings , bees , colony collapse disorder , food supply , honey bees , honeybee populations , honeybees , hornets , infographic , pollination , pollinator , reader submitted content , wasps

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