Environmental News Wrap: April 20-25
GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:
- There have been many oil spills highlighted recently; a pipeline rupture in Louisiana, a rig fire in the Gulf of Mexico and a Chinese tanker crashing into the Great Barrier Reef. The Christian Science Monitor highlights oil spills, asking “Why Do So Many Spills Happen?”
- While oil spills continue to happen, oil companies continue their campaign to convince the world that they are “Green.” Chevron is testing a solar cell plot 8.7 acres large in Qatar to test for long term viability of different solar panels. Chevron is not announcing any numbers, but they are hinting that they will someday have large solar operations. There are no promises, just small demonstration of potential.
- Passing any climate change legislation in the US is proving difficult and largely ignored by the popular media. The fight continues though, Politico reports.
- The country of Micronesia has initiated a lawsuit against a power station in the Czech Republic. Micronesia is claiming that the plant is sinking its land by contributing to global warming.
- The Ocean absorbs 1/3 of the CO2 that humans emit, and the effect is the opposite of benign. CO2 gas turns into acid in the water and heats the ocean, methane is trapped in the ocean floor and is released as the ocean heats. Methane is a powerful green house gas that, if released from frozen reserves, would greatly increase the heating of the atmosphere.
- The Week asks, “Can GM Rebound?” The more important question is; can GM make cars that don’t ruin our environment so quickly?