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How Bill Nye became the Science Guy.

33 Resilient Cities Announced by The Rockefeller Foundation : The Rockefeller Foundation

Links to the rest of the cities, here. What’s surprised me most was Oakland, California(!) made the final cut. Also, Bill Clinton and Olosegun Obasanjo were on the panel. Bizarre stuff.

Government shutdown delays seawall repairs

Video. Via NBC.

America, model for the world? This coal plant leaks and dumps waste into the Yellowstone River. Only about 30% of coal burned in a power plant produces electricity - the remaining 70% of the energy is literally wasted…

If you can stomach it, here’s a picture of an ExxonMobil oil refinery, also on the Yellowstone. This is how your electricity works…

Corette coal-fired power plant on the Yellowstone River in Montana. This facility is discharging toxic water pollution into the Yellowstone using a permit that should have expired several years ago. 

Do you think a Bachelor in environmental engineering is a useful degree to combat climate change?

A question by Anonymous

Hi Anon,

Well, EE is a sweet degree - very focused and lots of job opportunities. As far as “combating climate change” goes, I don’t want to fool you or provide a false sense of hope. I think the best thing for you to do is realize and accept that emissions are not going down. Every source that monitors emissions agrees, for example see here and here.

You may (or may not!) want to watch this talk by Kevin Anderson of the Tyndall Center for Climate Research.

Maybe introspect and evaluate why it is you believe you can ‘combat’ climate change. I don’t have the answers you’re looking for - after all, I’m not even into emissions or energy, nor do I ‘combat’ climate change in any of my work. I’m an adaptation specialist. I tell governments where to build stuff, which is out of harms way.

Good luck!


Obama Administration Releases Rebuilding Plan


“ Keurig single-cup brewing machines produce ten times more solid waste than a single-cup serving made in a drip machine would. ”

—    John Sylvan, co-founder of Keurig single-cup coffee machines. Via Waste: The Dark Side of the New Coffee Craze.

The Joys of Fracking. TEDxFARGO (not a joke, this is a TEDx talk pumping fracking)


ExxonMobil’s oil spill emergency response plan is redacted by the federal government. Not a joke.

Burst Pipeline’s Spill Plan Is None of Your Business, Suggests Regulator

Federal regulators have released ExxonMobil’s 2013 emergency response plan for the pipeline that ruptured in an Arkansas residential neighborhood on March 29, but the document is so heavily redacted that it offers little information about Exxon’s preparations for such an accident.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) completely blotted out more than 100 pages of the 290-page document, including Exxon’s worst-case scenario hypothesis and its plans to repair any damage caused by an accident. Via

Remember the oil spill in Arkansas neighborhood? People in the area were evacuated from their homes and the abutting wetland was “cleaned” up with paper towels.

Arkansas is suing.

More from InsideClimateNews

EPA substantially revamps its climate change pages. Tons of data, reports, charts, graphs, and factsheets now round out the agency’s information section.

Above, screens of the EPA’s “indicators”, which shows how climate change is impacting environmental systems from GHG concentration studies, to drought measurements over time, to glacial melt and sea level rise, even winter bird counts - cumulatively, the U.S. is about to experience some very dangerous environmental problems.

Sea level rise and drought are the most visible, with coast lines eroding and people’s homes slowly sliding into the ocean. Drought is also an obvious indicator the public can relate to. Water shortages in the southwest, wildfires and bark beetle forest slaughters in the midwest and west, and severe crop loss across regions. Health problems, like increased asthma, Lyme disease, though, will kill the most people, but these will slide under the visibility radar.

Check out the EPA Climate Change Indicators, here. Hover your cursor over the tabs for more options.

Pesticide use around the world. Chart shows amounts of pesticides used on farms (conversion). Click to embiggen. Source, WaPo.