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Trump Picks Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State

December 13th, 2016

Via: BBC: President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, Rex Tillerson, as his choice for US secretary of state. In a statement, Mr Trump praised Mr Tillerson, 64, as among the “most accomplished business leaders and international dealmakers” in the world. Mr Tillerson is said to have a good relationship with […]

Pipeline Spills 176,000 Gallons of Crude Into Creek About 150 Miles from Dakota Access Protest Camp

December 12th, 2016

Via: CNBC: A pipeline leak has spilled tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into a North Dakota creek roughly two and a half hours from Cannon Ball, where protesters are camped out in opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline. Members of the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes, as well as environmentalists from […]

Army Corps of Engineers Denies Dakota Access Pipeline Route

December 4th, 2016

Via: NBC: The secretary of the Army Corps of Engineers told Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II Sunday that the current route for the controversial Dakota Access pipeline will be denied. Archambaut told NBC News after he heard the decision that he was “thankful that there were some leaders in the federal government that […]

Hawaii’s Forecast: Icy and Dangerous Conditions. No, Really.

December 2nd, 2016

Via: USA Today: Forget the swimsuits for Hawaii and pack raincoats and winter parkas. The National Weather Service issued a winter-storm warning until 6 p.m. Saturday local time, with heavy, flooding rainfall across the chain of Pacific islands and up to 30 inches of snow on the peaks of the Big Island. Drifting snow, freezing […]

A Radioactive Berry-Picking Boom Outside Chernobyl

November 30th, 2016

Via: CNBC: While many rural towns across Eastern Europe face economic struggle, the Ukrainian region of Polesia, 200 miles east of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site, has become something of a boomtown for foragers seeking mushrooms and berries — nearly all of which are contaminated with radiation. … The berry picking brings in money for […]

Police Fire Water Cannon at Dakota Pipeline Protesters in Freezing Weather

November 21st, 2016

Via: Reuters: Police fired tear gas and water at hundreds of protesters in the freezing North Dakota weather late Sunday and early Monday, in the latest violent clash over a pipeline project running through the state. An estimated 400 protesters mounted the Backwater Bridge just north of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, and attempted to force […]

Japanese Earthquake

November 21st, 2016

Update: Tsunami Warnings Lifted Japan Meteorological Agency — UPDATE: COOLING AT FUKUSHIMA DAINI REACTOR 3 HAS RESUMED Via: NHK – Live — UPDATE: Miyagi Prefecture – Evacuate Immediately Via: NHK – Live — Update: One Week to Restore Power Before Dangerous Temperature Reached at Fukushima Daini Via: NHK – Live — UPDATE: COOLING AT FUKUSHIMA […]

Particular Seaweed Fed to Cows Nearly Eliminates Methane

November 20th, 2016

Via: CBC News: The agricultural scientist, then at Dalhousie University, helped test Dorgan’s seaweed mix, and discovered it reduced the methane in the cows’ burps and farts by about 20 per cent. Kinley knew he was on to something, so he did further testing with 30 to 40 other seaweeds. That led him to a […]

Delhi Pollution: The Road to Hell

November 6th, 2016

Via: Quartz: New Delhi is ghastly right now. So much so that the government in the national capital has shut down 1,800 schools for the first time ever, forcing a million students to stay at home to avoid breathing in the deadly smog that continues to shroud the city. This comes a week after firecracker […]

Batteries May Trip ‘Death Spiral’ in $3.4 Trillion Credit Market

October 23rd, 2016

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — Via: Bloomberg: Battery technologies starting to disrupt the electricity and automobile industries may also emerge as a trillion-dollar threat to credit markets, according to Fitch Ratings. A quarter of outstanding global corporate debt, or as much as $3.4 trillion, is linked to the utility- and […]

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