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LA’s Gas Leak Is a Global Disaster…and more

In the Midwest, floodwaters rise, residents flee, last-ditch emergency steps considered

A historic December flood continued to send rivers sweeping out of their banks and into hundreds of homes and businesses across Oklahoma, Illinois and Missouri on Wednesday as some residents braced for the waters to get higher and the risk even greater. “Unusual doesn’t begin to describe it – it’s huge,” said Mark Fuchs, a hydrologist at the National Weather Service’s St. Louis-area office, whose own backyard gauge collected 11 inches of rain from the warm-weather storms that…


Environment Agency chairman Sir Philip Dilley spends farcical day dodging media in flood zone

Sir Philip Dilley’s response to the flooding crisis descended into farce today as he dodged the media on a visit to northern England in what his staff admitted was a plan to avoid “scrutiny”. The chairman of the Environment Agency had just flown back from his holiday home in Barbados, where he had resolutely remained while parts of Britain disappeared underwater, and had said he would speak to reporters when he got to flood-hit areas. Not for the first time, Sir Philip spent the day doing the exact opposite of what he had said, as the Environment Agency refused to say where he was or what he was doing…


LA’s Gas Leak Is a Global Disaster

gas leak

One of the worst environmental disasters of the decade is currently underway in a quiet community 25 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Putrid, methane-rich natural gas has been spewing into the air at an estimated rate of nearly 1,300 metric tons per day for over two months. Experts are calling it the climate version of the BP oil spill, and the leak isn’t going to be contained anytime soon. Natural gas is often touted as a cleaner energy source than oil or coal, because of the lower greenhouse gas emissions associated with burning it. But as this disaster highlights, there are insidious risk to natural gas production. Coupled with weak regulation, they can make this energy source as dirty as the fossil fuels it’s meant to replace…



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