(Reuters) - Exxon Mobil confirmed on Wednesday that an oil spill occurred Tuesday on its Pegasus crude pipeline in Ripley County, Missouri - the same line that ruptured thousands of barrels of oil into an Arkansas neighborhood at the end of March.An Exxon spokeswoman said a resident notified the company of oil staining on the surface near the pipeline on Tuesday. The cleanup of the one-barrel leak was near completion, she said.The pipeline was already out of service following a spill in Mayflower, Arkansas, on March 29, Exxon said.
Allan Savory: How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change
Not at all what I expected. For just over half his talk, Savory discusses the issue of desertification, which many of you are familiar with. He (like many others) makes the case for restoring these deserts.
Then, in the last six minutes, he completely blows everyone’s minds. You just gotta see it.
Concord, Mass., a town that’s no stranger to progressive, eco-minded thinking, officially becomes one of the first municipalities in the U.S. to outlaw the sale of standard-sized, single-use bottled water.
Sign of the day: “fracking = death” - @azipaybarah
President Obama’s Christmas present to America: New air quality standards that sharply reduce the emissions of mercury and other airborne toxins from power plants. Also: this photo.
Global warming skeptic now agrees temperatures are rising
The study of the world’s surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially bankrolled by a foundation connected to global warming deniers.
Muller’s finding of a warming world is no different from what mainstream climate scientists have said for decades. What is different is who is behind the study. One-quarter of the $600,000 to do the research came from the Charles Koch Foundation, whose founder is a major funder of skeptic groups and the Tea Party movement.a
A visualization of Virginia quake seismic waves making their way across the US
Solar power for less than $500
Here are five ways to start using solar power without spending tens of thousands of dollars.
What is the Gulf of Mexico dead zone?
The giant, lifeless expanse appears every summer, but historic flooding along the Mississippi River could make 2011 a record-breaking year.
The New York Times reported today that New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo is planning to lift a “ban” on hydraulic fracturing. But whatever the governor announces tomorrow, it’s unlikely to change the de facto moratorium on drilling in the state that began nearly three years ago, when the state committed to a fresh environmental review.
One of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s top advisers met with the operators of the Indian Point nuclear plant last week and told them that the governor was determined to close the plant.
Mr. Cuomo has repeatedly taken the position in speeches that he wants to close the plant. But his administration had not delivered the message so directly to the company [Entergy], or in such strong words, and company officials left the meeting alarmed.
Continue reading… NYTimes
Hong Kong’s smog problem
A blanket of haze hangs over the Hong Kong skyline early on April 3. A survey released at the end of 2010 by public policy think tank Civic Exchange found one-quarter of residents would like to leave Hong Kong to escape its pollution after levels reached a record high, prompting government warnings to people to avoid going out.
The high cost — to both the environment and our health — of bottled water is the subject of this documentary that enlists activists, environmentalists, community leaders and others to expose the dark side of the bottled water industry. Americans may rethink their obsession with bottled H2O when they learn of the unregulated industry’s willingness to ignore environmental and health concerns, and the problems that arise as a result.
I’m done! I watched this last night, it’s streaming on Netflix. No more bottled water for me. I’m serious!
Millions of Fish Die in Redondo Beach
“There’s basically fish everywhere you go in the harbor,” the harbor’s assistant manager, Jason McMullin, told the LA Times.
Fish lie dead in the harbor area of Redondo Beach, south of Los Angeles, California March 8. Millions of fish washed up dead early on Tuesday, puzzling authorities and triggering a cleanup effort.