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A scarecrow stands to keep birds from landing on oil ponds at the McKay River Suncor oil sands in-situ operations near Fort McMurray, Alberta, on September 17, 2014. (Reuters/Todd Korol) (via The Alberta Tar Sands - In Focus - The Atlantic)

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Birds killed per year by energy source. Via U.S. News (trigger warning, written by Alan Neuhauser).

Wind and solar kills about 300k per year. Coal, nearly 8 million. Power lines kill about 12 and 64 million birds per year.

The biggest killer of birds? House cats kill 3 billion birds per year. That’s about 375 of those black bars for coal placed end to end.

Interesting anti-LEGO campaign. Yes, anti-LEGO. Weelllll, actually, it’s a campaign to tell LEGO to end it’s relationship with Shell Oil. Check it out:

Children’s imaginations are an unspoilt wilderness. Help us stop Shell polluting them by telling LEGO to stop selling Shell-branded bricks and kits today. Sign our petition calling on LEGO to end its partnership with Shell to Save the Arctic at: http://www.legoblockshell.org/?ytv1

Site is overwhelmed right now, but keep refreshing.

This is a full reversal by Ecuador’s President Rafeal Correa, who previously had a plan to never drill for oil in the Amazon rainforest. His plan failed, and he had to cave to the oil companies (Ecuador is broke).

Incredible footage of the oil train derailment fire in #lynchburg Virginia this morning.

Of course they did.

ecowatchorg:

Oil and Gas Giant Exxon Agrees to Its First Carbon Risk Disclosure
READ MORE on EcoWatch: http://ecowatch.com/2014/03/21/exxon-disclose-carbon-risk/

Interesting.

ecowatchorg:

Oil and Gas Giant Exxon Agrees to Its First Carbon Risk Disclosure

READ MORE on EcoWatch: http://ecowatch.com/2014/03/21/exxon-disclose-carbon-risk/

Interesting.

Judge called the Govenor’s actions to change the law illegal. Excellent coverage by the AP.

Big environment win guys.

Offshore Oil Leases in America’s Arctic Rejected by U.S. Court Court

Decision Paves the Way for Obama Administration to Reconsider Drilling in Wildlife-Rich Arctic Waters

Today, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the Department of the Interior violated the law when it sold offshore oil and gas leases in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska. The decision stems from a lawsuit filed by a coalition of Alaska Native and conservation groups made up of the following: the Native Village of Point Hope, Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope, Alaska Wilderness League, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, National Audubon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, Northern Alaska Environmental Center, Oceana, Pacific Environment, Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (REDOIL), Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, and World Wildlife Fund. Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law organization, represented the groups.

Statement from Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold:

"We don’t know nearly enough about the Chukchi Sea ecosystems - let alone about how to clean up an oil spill in ice-locked seas - to let international corporations go around poking holes in the seafloor," said Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold. “We do know that the Arctic Ocean is crucial for marine birds and mammals, holding globally significant feeding and resting areas for dozens of species, and they need to be protected. This decision gives the White House a chance to reconsider drilling in the Chukchi.” Via

Wut?

More tar sands environmental doom.

Researchers find 7,300-sq-mile ring of mercury around tar sands in Canada

Scientists have found a more than 7,300-square-mile ring of land and water contaminated by mercury surrounding the tar sands in Alberta, where energy companies are producing oil and shipping it throughout Canada and the U.S.

Government scientists are preparing to publish a report that found levels of mercury are up to 16 times higher around the tar-sand operations — principally due to the excavation and transportation of bitumen in the sands by oil and gas companies, according to Postmedia-owned Canadian newspapers like The Vancouver Sun.

Environment Canada researcher Jane Kirk recently presented the findings at a toxicology conference in Nashville, Tenn.

The revelations add to growing concerns over the environmental impact of mining the tar sands. Many environmentalists charge that extracting oil from the sands will lead to an increase in carbon emissions, the destruction of the land, water contamination and health problems for Canadians. The debate over the tar sands crossed over into the United States when energy company TransCanada proposed building the Keystone XL pipeline to transport crude oil to the southeastern U.S. for refining and distribution.

Kirk and her colleagues’ research shows that the development of the tar sands may be responsible for spreading mercury — which can cause nervous-system damage — far beyond the areas where drilling and transportation are taking place.

Huge explosion caught on video of the Casselton, North Dakota oil train derailment. h/t Mental Transparency.

Local paper Valley News reports:

A train is derailed west of Casselton, North Dakota. It happened at 35th Street and 154th Avenue Southeast just before 2:20 p.m. Monday.

No injuries have been reported so far. Several area emergency teams are on scene and are setting up an incident command center. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says a train went off the tracks and a second train hit it.

Several train cars are on fire and huge plumes of toxic, black smoke can be seen for miles. Several explosions have also been reported. Emergency crews are urging people to stay inside and a code red alert has been sent out to residents in a two mile radius of the accident.