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Cyber Squirrel tracks power outages not caused by trees

Cyber Squirrel provides updates on outages that impact the power grid caused by squirrels, and other animals as well. CyberSquirrel also provides an updated map detailing the squirrel related disruptions by location (including those caused by birds, rats, raccoons, snakes and others – however – no trees – I repeat – no trees – whichContinue Reading

Commentary calls for more data about radon risk and natural gas

Via Oil and Gas Journal – Findings show actual data needed for informed statements about radon risk and natural gas, 12/03/2015 – Lynn Kerr McKay, King & Spalding, Washington, DC; Bruce R. Hurley King & Spalding, Houston. “Actual measurements and evaluation of potential exposure pathways demonstrate that claims of risk of harm due to radonContinue Reading

Biogas opportunities roadmap progress report 2015

USDA- EPA – DOE, December 2015: “This report is a progress report of the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap originally published in August 2014. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the Roadmap as a response to the White House Climate Action Plan’s directive to developContinue Reading

CRS – Iran Sanctions

Iran Sanctions, Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. January 12, 2016: “The comprehensive nuclear accord (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), finalized on July 14, 2015, entails far broader sanctions relief. U.S., U.N., and multilateral sanctions on Iran’s energy, financial, shipping, automotive, and other sectors are to be suspended or lifted once IranContinue Reading

Coal production and prices decline in 2015

EIA: “Since reaching a high point in 2008, coal production in the United States has continued to decline. U.S. coal production in 2015 is expected to be about 900 million short tons (MMst), 10% lower than in 2014 and the lowest level since 1986. Regionally, production from the Appalachian Basin has fallen the most. LowContinue Reading

Impact of food waste on humans, world wildlife, environment

“Food wastage: Key facts and figures via FAO The global volume of food wastage is estimated at 1.6 billion tonnes of “primary product equivalents.” Total food wastage for the edible part of this amounts to 1.3 billion tonnes. Food wastage’s carbon footprint is estimated at 3.3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent of GHG released intoContinue Reading

Building Energy Performance Metrics

Building Energy Performance Metrics, Supporting Energy Efficiency Progress in Major Economie – November 2015 – “This International Energy Agency (IEA) and International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) report supports energy efficiency in major economies by providing the metrics data needed to gauge progress and identify opportunities for improvement in building energy performance. The focusContinue Reading

Monthly Energy Review – December 2015

US Energy Information Administration: “A publication of recent and historical energy statistics. This publication includes statistics on total energy production, consumption, and trade; energy prices; overviews of petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity, nuclear energy, renewable energy, and international petroleum; carbon dioxide emissions; and data unit conversion values.”

Unabated LA area gas leak compared to BP oil spill

Los Angeles Daily News, Susan Abram – “Eight weeks after that call was made, the leak continues. It has caused massive disruption in the northwestern San Fernando Valley community of Porter Ranch, an affluent community of nearly 31,000 residents about 28 miles from downtown Los Angeles. More than 1,800 families have been relocated by theContinue Reading

Open Pit Mine in Extraordinarily High Peruvian City Poisoning Citizens With Lead

National Geographic: “Latin America over the past decade has seen its mining sector triple in value to $300 billion. Peru’s economy, among the fastest growing, derives one-sixth of its gross domestic product from minerals. At Cerro de Pasco, you can see the entire history of Peruvian mining —and the costs it sometimes imposes: The mineContinue Reading

Report documents taxpayer cost for extracting natural resources

Via POGO – “For the first time, U.S. residents will have access to data that documents how much individual companies are paying for the extraction of natural resources from public lands, as well as a more accurate picture of job creation and economic impact in the 18 states with the most drilling and mining activityContinue Reading

Finding Long-Term Solutions for Nuclear Waste

“Today, the Department of Energy is taking a critical step toward the development of a consent-based approach to siting future nuclear waste management facilities as part of a strategy for the long-term storage and disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. The launch of our consent-based siting initiative represents an important step toward addressingContinue Reading