The Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Sid Miller, has approved a new poison specifically intended for use against wild hogs known as Kaput Feral Hog Lure. The approval has resulted in the creation of a petition on Change.org calling for the approval to be rescinded. As some background here, the new poison includes warfarin — often used […]
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A majority of Texas Republicans say they favor using clean energy to generate electricity, concludes a survey conducted by the Texas Clean Energy Coalition (TCEC). This new TCEC survey reveals 85% of Lone Star State voters, including a 78% factor from Republicans, favor the increase of clean energy as a way to generate electricity. In addition, […]
(Originally published on SolarLove.org) Secure, clean, and affordable energy is driving the U. S. economy toward a more prosperous future. Solar and wind power generation are making significant contributions to this rising prosperity. And in Texas, where everything is bigger, this is true in a very big way. Solar and wind projects on the ground […]
One answer to human cravings for living at the shore has always been “filling the swamps.” In many areas of the world, shoreline wetlands of mangroves thrive. These plants live in a world of high salinity, tidal inundation and storms, and oxygen depletion—conditions fatal to most other vegetable species. Because people perceive swampy ecosystems as […]
Opponents of natural gas fracking on environmental grounds (groundwater pollution, seismicity, and socioeconomic disruption, to name a few) have a much stronger argument against the practice since the publication of two methane studies in scientific journals and a lay summary in Scientific American last week. Stefan Schwietzke, a researcher at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]
Over 50,000 Nissan LEAFs have now been sold in the US! That makes the LEAF the first electric vehicle to hit the impressive sales number in the country. The milestone was recently hit when a family in Dallas, Texas purchased a black LEAF SL at AutoNation Nissan of Lewisville. The achievement is of course no surprise, […]
US “clean gas” wells in operation (Irekia-Eusko Jaurlaritza in blogs.lse.ac.uk) Turns out that just about everyone (including President Obama) has been hugely underestimating the methane pollution levels of so-called “clean gas.” The booming American economy now seems to come at a greater cost than we originally thought when we found out that natural gas produces […]
When the hydraulic fracturing measure passed the Los Angeles City Council today, several tweeters posted photos of this meeting (source of the above: Walker Foley on twitter). The City Council of Los Angeles, second-most populous metro in the United States, voted 10-0 today to prohibit hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and other “unconventional” deep-underground drilling methods to produce […]
If you’ve ever wondered about the composition of the electricity delivered to your home (most of us have no clue), there’s one quick and easy way to find out. The EPA’s ‘Power Profiler’ tool has apparently been around for at least 2 years, but I only discovered it recently. Although the data used to generate […]
We’re trying to get more solar energy stories going here on Planetsave. To catch readers up, I’m doing a short series on the top 50 solar energy stories of 2013 so far. Learning from the Top 33 EV Stories article I recently published, I’m splitting this one into 5 posts. Otherwise, the page would take forever to load. […]
One oil spill is too much. Three oil spills happened in the last short week, bringing horror to humans and wildlife alike. Dirty oil, at the root of this, has no moral compass. It is a style of bullying at the worst level. If the earth did not have the resources for renewable energy that its […]
Wind power is the cheapest option for new electricity in many, many places now. Partly due to that, more power capacity was added in the U.S. last year from wind than from any other power source. And the U.S. isn’t the only place it’s been growing — it saw 20% growth worldwide last year. This is all […]
Google, which has a history of investing plenty in large-scale renewable energy projects, just announced that it has invested $200 million in a Texan wind power project. The project is called the Spinning Spur Wind Project, which is a 161MW wind farm that was originally built by EDF Renewable Energy. It is powered by 70 2.3MW […]
Two hot “world’s largest marine reserve” stories have been swimming around the news over the last few months. A few days ago Australia announced it was going to create a massive network of marine reserves whose area would total 888,000 miles2. That’s nearly the combined area of Alaska and Texas… 931,000 miles2! However, back […]
The global solar power industry has experienced remarkable growth since the 2009 recession. The growth rate each year between 2007 to 2011 was around 70%. At the end of 2011, the total GW of solar panels installed worldwide was 62, divided between residential roofs, commercial buildings, and utility plants. With increasing pressure for the […]
OCI Solar Power and CPS Energy have just signed a deal to build the largest municipal utility solar project in the US. The project will be over 400 MW in size. In addition, it will create over 800 long-term jobs and “drive an estimated $700 million in economic impact each year.” “As part of its plan, OCI […]
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is one of the more well-known climate scientists in the U.S. these days. One reason is that she’s not your typical scientist; she’s an evangelical Christian and Republican. Another key reason for her relative fame is that she’s a climate scientist (an atmospheric scientist) in Texas (at Texas Tech University) and has gone […]
The fossil fuel industry, the think tanks it funds, and the politicians it supports have a strong influence on communication of climate change and even climate science in the U.S. This has result in many an edited statement and even report. Luckily, a recent battle in Texas has resulted in favor of science. “A […]
Can you spell irony? In all seriousness, though, my grandparents live in Texas and I feel for their distress and those of others around their state. You would think this would help to wake more of the state up to the threat of global warming and climate change… let’s hope so. “Texas, Alabama and […]
Believe it or not (and it would be hard not to believe it), extreme weather is increasing in the U.S., and around the world, due to global warming. And 2011 was a record year for extreme weather. Wet and dry extremes hit an all-time high, as you can see in the chart above. Unfortunately, […]
The month of November and the overall September to November autumn season were warmer than average across the contiguous United States according to scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center. Not only were they warmer, but precipitation totals across the country were also above average during November, though the totals […]
October provided below-normal, above-normal and normal temperatures across the United States, as detailed as part of the monthly analysis provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. During the last month, a persistent upper-level weather pattern created below average temperatures throughout the southeast of the United States and above-normal temperatures throughout the vast majority of […]
With the world’s population approaching 7 billion people, we are encountering a threat of a lack of clean drinking water. Now is the time to start conserving water and considering processes to alleviate the lack of clean drinking water.
Heavy monsoon rains over the course of August 2011 have caused widespread flood damage in Pakistan. The southern province of Sindh was hit especially hard. The horrendous flooding has effected close to 5 million people, destroyed millions of homes, killed at least 361 people and displaced 600,000 who are currently living in refugee camps because of the continually rising waters.
Texas has broken the record for the hottest summer in US history, the previous was set in the Oklahoma Dust Bowl of 1934. Intense drought persists over on-third of the 48 contiguous United States while record rainfall hit the Northeast, parts of California, and the Northern Plains.
A tree’s rings have been able to provide a lot of clues as our understanding has grown, and now a researcher from Texas A&M has shown how they are also revealing the history of fires, sometimes reaching back hundreds of years.
If you haven’t heard, Texas has been fighting massive wildfires this week. Yes, the state forced to pray for rain that denies climate science, for the most part (their state climate scientists don’t), is getting hit with tremendous natural disasters. We haven’t covered the Texas wildfires much (so little time, so much to cover), so thought I’d share this excellent coverage of the topic by Dr. Joe Romm of Climate Progress. Check it out (full repost below the top picture):
Here is irony befitting a Shakespearean tragedy. Gov. Rick Perry finally got what he called on all Texans to pray for — some rain – but it was almost entirely dumped elsewhere and the winds of Tropical Storm Lee merely served to stoke the most brutal wildfires anyone had ever seen.
Despite recent scientific speculation to the contrary, clouds do not cause climate change, says Texas A&M atmospheric sciences professor Andrew Dessler. Rather, they act almost singularly as a feedback mechanism.
Well, actually, I’ve got a few images I think Rick Perry should see, but this first one is the one that inspired me to write this post.
The sad thing is not that Texas Governor and potential presidential candidate Rick Perry is rallying his state to prayer for rain — prayer is all the state’s got at this point in the midst of this massive, harmful, record drought and heat wave. The sad thing is, Rick Perry and his GOP are doing nothing to prevent future heat waves and droughts like this or worse from doing even more harm. Climate science is clear and sound. It has been developed over centuries! However, fossil-fuel-funded Republicans like Perry are ignoring it and claiming it is a hoax to make a buck. I don’t think that’s very in-line with the teaching of Christ or any other religious leader. Since when was it moral to sacrifice the lives and basic necessities of billions so that you can make more money and have more power?
The percent of continental America currently experiencing exceptional drought has reached the highest levels ever recorded over the past 12 years.
Tar sand oil extraction — already a growing environmental issue in Canada — has now made it to America. Considered the most polluting of energy extraction industries, tar sand processing is becoming a more appealing option in this current “energy at all costs” zeitgeist — fueled by a major domestic energy push by the Obama administration. The primary focus of concern in the US is the proposed Keystone XL pipeline which is currently under review. Critics charge that the US State department is not doing enough to assess possible harmful environmental impacts of the 13 billion dollar pipeline.