Author: Don Lieber

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The “Significant Public Health Risk” Of Fracking: The Data Mounts

“Elevation in Cancer is Certain to Happen” The shale ‘boom’ in the United States since the mid-2000s has resulted in unprecedented growth for the oil and gas industry. This is largely the result of the technology known as ‘fracking’ — hydraulic fracturing. The process involves drilling thousands of feet below the Earth’s surface, then using explosives […]

June 8th

Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used In The Fossil Fuel Industries

A User’s Guide To Oil, Coal, and Gas There are many reasons to reject fossil fuels now, after 200 years of their reign as society’s primary energy source. History will articulate both the benefits provided to human society derived from fossil fuel energy technologies from 1750 to the present — and the extensive costs. In […]

December 7th

Benzene — #1 In "Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries" Series

This is part of a 10-part series on the “Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries.” Read, share, and check in tomorrow to see all 10 toxic ingredients in one article. 1. Benzene Fossil Fuel Use: Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas Benzene is a well-established carcinogen with specific links to leukemia,  breast and urinary tract cancers. […]

December 6th

SO2 & NOx — #2 & 3 In "Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries" Series

This is part of a 10-part series on the “Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries.” Read, share, and check in tomorrow for the next part, which will focus on benzene. 2. & 3. Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) and Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) Fossil Fuel Sources: Oil, Coal, and Gas Sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen […]

December 5th

Pet Coke — #4 In "Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries" Series

This is part of a 10-part series on the “Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries.” Read, share, and check in tomorrow for the next part, which will focus on sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). 4. Petroleum Coke (Pet Coke) Fossil Fuel Source: Oil Pet coke is a rapidly expanding byproduct […]

December 4th

Formaldehyde — #5 In "Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries" Series

This is part of a 10-part series on the “Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries.” Read, share, and check in tomorrow for the next part, which will focus on pet coke. 5. Formaldehyde Fossil Fuel Source: Natural Gas Formaldehyde is a carcinogen with known links to leukemia and rare nasopharyngeall cancers, according to the International […]

December 3rd

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons — #6 In "Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries" Series

This is part of a 10-part series on the “Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries.” Read, share, and check in tomorrow for the next part, which will focus on formaldehyde. 6. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) Fossil Fuel Sources: Oil and Coal In actuality, this is not a single listing — polycyclic aromatic […]

December 2nd

Silica — #8 In "Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries" Series

This is one part of a 10-part series on the “Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries.” Read, share, and check in tomorrow for the next part, which will focus on mercury. 8. Silica (Silicon Dust/Fracking Sand) Fossil Fuel Source: Natural Gas  Crystalline silica (“frac sand”) is a known human carcinogen; breathing silica dust can […]

November 30th

Radon — #9 In "Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries" Series

This is the second part of a 10-part series on the “Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries.” Read, share, and check in tomorrow for the next part, which will focus on silica. 9. Radon Fossil Fuel Use: Natural Gas Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas which causes lung cancer. It […]

November 29th

Hydrofluoric Acid — #10 In "Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries" Series

This is the first part of a 10-part series on the “Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries.” Read, share, and check in tomorrow for the next part, which will focus on radon. 10. Hydrofluoric Acid (HF) / Hydrogen Fluoride Fossil Fuel Source: Oil and Gas Hydrofluoric acid (HF) is “one of the […]

November 28th

Sea Level Likely To Rise One Meter By 2100, Threatening Coastal Cities (Largest Ocean Science Survey Ever)

If greenhouse gas emissions remain at current levels, global sea-level rise will by 70 to 120 centimeters by 2100, according to the results of a new survey of 90 of the world’s most active ocean and climate scientists. The survey was conducted by researchers from the United States and Germany, and published in the recent Quaternary […]

November 25th

Methane Emissions "Through The Roof" As Arctic Melts Faster Than Predicted: Arctic Study Group

Arctic methane emissions this month were recorded at historic-high levels, causing great concern among climatologists, who cite rapidly melting Arctic sea-ice and warming oceans as the main causes. As reported in the blog Arctic News, “huge amounts of methane are now escaping from the seabed of the Arctic Ocean, penetrating the sea ice, and entering the […]

November 15th

Week In Climate: China Burns, Greenland Melts, & The US Congress Continues To Fight Against Carbon Regulations

The following items were reported in the past week: China is experiencing a massive, continent-wide record-setting heat wave. Several major cities across the country have recorded all-time high temperatures. Shanghai, for example, reached 105°F after setting century-old heat records each day for the previous week. Dozens of deaths are reported so far. Greenland recorded its highest temperature […]

August 6th

Electric Car Charging Leaps Forward, As Volvo Unveils New Portable Solar Charging Station

One of the most unique electric car charging designs from a major manufacturer was unveiled this week by Volvo. The major car company revealed a new portable electric car charging pavilion that fits in the car’s trunk. The unit consists of a flexible mesh structure held in place by bendable fiber rods.  It functions as an […]

July 18th

800-Ton Steel Roof Raised By Electric Fans Blowing Air, As Massive Australian LNG Project Proceeds

A massive new liquified natural gas (LNG) construction project in Australia — one of the first “coal-conversion” projects of its kind — took a major step towards completion last week when, on June 25, a dome-shaped steel roof, weighing more than 850 tons (more than four 747 airliners) was lifted to into place by electric […]

July 2nd

Largest Tar Sands Oil Producer, Seeking To Avoid "Foregone Revenue," Announces Fewer Safety Checks

Suncor Energy, the largest producer in Canada’s tar sands oil operations, has announced it will require fewer major safety maintenance “shut-down” checks at its Alberta production sites, decreasing the required checks to once every five years, down from its prior four-year schedule. Steve Douglas, Suncor’s vice president of investor relations, said that routine safety shut […]

June 14th

US Coal Exports: "The Worst Of The Worst"

First, a historical parallel: The US tobacco industry, during the late 1990s, targeted children in underdeveloped parts of the world — South America, Asia, and the middle-East — with a particularly abhorrent marketing program: they gave away free cigarettes to children in order to introduce them to smoking at an early age. At the same […]

May 30th

Fracking Waste: Too Toxic, Even For A Hazardous Waste Site

On April 19, a truck delivering waste from a fracking operation in Greene County, Pennsylvania, was quarantined after being rejected by a hazardous waste landfill as too dangerous. The truck was carrying highly radioactive radium-226 in concentrations 86 times higher than allowed per EPA limits. After being quarantined at a the landfill, the truck was sent back […]

April 30th

The Great Green Wall Of Africa — A 4,000 Mile Defense Against Climate Change

One of the most unique large-scale international climate change projects is underway in Africa. A 4,000 mile “wall of trees” is being constructed across the east-west axis of the continent as a defense against rapid, expanding desertification of the Sahara. 11 nations — Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti […]

April 21st

More Fire, More Rain: Two New Reports Predict Worsening Weather Due To Greenhouse Gas Effects

Two separate reports issued in early April by different US agencies predicted significant increases in major wildfires and in major rain storms (“precipitation events”) within the next few decades due to the atmospheric effects of expected greenhouse gas emissions. A study by the US Department of Agriculture said that wildfires in the US will be at […]

April 15th

NBA Launches Green Week

The National Basketball Association this week launched NBA Green Week — a comprehensive week of action taken by the league to promote environmental stewardship. The NBA is the only major professional sports league in the world to dedicate an entire week to educating tens of millions of fans about the importance of protecting the planet. A […]

April 8th

The State Of The Climate Change Battle: Science-Based Warnings Vs. The Politician's Caution.

During a ten-day period last month, two very different views about climate change were presented to the public from two very different bodies of influence. The two conflicting perspectives illustrate well the chasm which now exists between mainstream science and mainstream US politics regarding one of the most important issues facing society today. Leading policy makers, […]

April 3rd

Opposition To Keystone Pipeline, Stigmatization Of Tar Sands Increasing (Pictures)

Public opposition to the Keystone “Tar Sands” Pipeline continues to increase, with protests against ‘the dirtiest fuel on the planet‘ taking new and increasingly organized public forms of civil disobedience in the United States and around the world. Last week, the “National Week of Action Against Tar Sands Profiteers” resulted in over 50 protest actions against […]

March 26th

Largest German Research Center Cuts Ties to Alberta Tar Sands

Germany’s largest research institution — one of the world’s most prestigious — has withdrawn from a multi-million dollar Canadian-funded “tar sands” research project, citing the tar sands’ significant environmental concerns as posing a ”risk to our reputation”. “It’s a clear signal that Canada’s energy and climate policy is not accepted by the international community, especially […]

March 20th

Fracking In The Age Of Cancer

In 1794 Thomas Paine released “The Age of Reason“, a call to abandon blind loyalty to institutionalized religion.The title of Paine’s work can also be applied to today’s fracking industry — in the age of cancer. In 2012 alone there were 1,600,000 newly diagnosed cancer discoveries in the United States. Some 1,500 people die of […]

March 5th

Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign Gains Steam In New York: Bill McKibben At NYU

The fossil-fuel university divestment campaign, started by the international climate change organization 350.org, is gaining momentum, as over two hundred student groupshave now formed official campaigns on campuses across the United States. This week, author, activist, and 350.org founder Bill McKibben spoke to over 500 students at one of the nation’s largest private university systems […]

February 8th

State Department Receives New Report On Climate Effects Of Keystone Pipeline

Four days before President Obama promised, during his second inauguration address, to combat climate change, officials at the US State Department received a new report by scientists which details how a particular byproduct of the Keystone XL pipeline — “Petroleum Coke” — renders the project even more dangerous to the climate than previously estimated. The […]

January 22nd

Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon Join Thousands At Anti-Fracking March At NY Governor Cuomo's Office

  Adding to the increasing numbers of celebrities adding their voice to the anti-fracking and anti-extreme extraction movement overall, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon today joined protesters at a rally at the offices of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo in Albany. The rally was organized by a coalition of anti-fracking activists, including “Artists Against Fracking” and […]

January 11th

Keystone Pipeline Opposition Grows Nationwide: Protesters Storm TransCanada's Offices In Texas, Wisconsin, Massachusetts

  Protesters yesterday mounted joint occupations of TransCanada’s corporate offices in at least three cities as the increasing protests against the Keystone “Tar Sands” Pipeline escalated into more public, direct confrontations. Various reports confirm 50 to 100 people ‘stormed’ the Houston offices of the giant Canadian oil company, utilizing street-theater tactics such as hanging orange […]

January 8th