May 3 News: Chemicals From Marcellus Shale Fracking Could Reach Surface In ‘Just A Few Years,’ Study Finds

A round-up of the top climate and energy news. Please post extra links below.

A new study has raised fresh concerns about the safety of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, concluding that fracking chemicals injected into the ground could migrate toward drinking water supplies far more quickly than experts have previously predicted. [ProPublica]

Scientific models are failing to accurately predict the impact of global warming on plants, says a new report. [BBC]

Tariffs enforce WTO rules and protect U.S. solar manufacturers, but could also drive up solar costs or touch off a U.S.-China trade war. Center for American Progress China energy and policy analyst Melanie Hart and Grape Solar founder Ocean Yuan debated the wisdom of tariffs at the GTM solar summit. [Greentech Media]

If the mainstream media won’t connect the dots, then it’s up to the rest of us to try. This Saturday,’s global network of volunteers, activists, and organizations are hosting over 1,000 events in more than 100 countries to “connect the dots” between extreme weather and climate change. [Huffington Post]

South Korea’s Parliament approved Wednesday a long-delayed bill to start trading carbon-dioxide emissions in 2015, paving the way for Korea to become one of the first Asian countries to implement a nationwide cap-and-trade system. [Wall Street Journal]

A new paper in the prestigious science journal Nature assesses one of the big questions in ecology today: How do species extinctions rack up compared to other global change issues like global warming, ozone holes, acid rain, and nutrient pollution (overfertilization)? [Mother Jones]

Another long, stupefyingly hot summer is looming for Japan just as it shuts down its last operating nuclear power reactor, worsening a squeeze on electricity and adding urgency to calls for a green energy revolution. [Washington Post]

6 Responses to May 3 News: Chemicals From Marcellus Shale Fracking Could Reach Surface In ‘Just A Few Years,’ Study Finds

  1. Mike Roddy says:

    From what I can tell, we are still operating under the drilling rules developed by Dick Cheney and the oil companies in 2001. The presumption back then was that this was a national security issue, so disclosure requirements, adherence to the Clean Water Act etc were set aside.

    Why hasn’t this whole corrupt set of rules been overturned?

  2. Joan Savage says:

    The US National Weather Service has announced its new web page for updates on air quality

    From the USNWS facebook page:
    Over the past decade, more state and local agencies have begun air quality forecasting for their communities. Today, nearly 400 cities nationwide are issuing air quality forecasts based on predicted concentrations of ozone and particle pollution.

    NOAA forecast guidance is currently provided to state and local agency forecasters, improving their ability to predict the onset, severity, and duration of poor air quality.

    Up-to-date air quality information can be found at EPA even has an app for “airnow.”

    Learn more about particle pollution…

  3. Sasparilla says:

    Japanese energy policy stands at a crossroads – Guardian UK

    Great article that looks at the national responses (and how different they are) of Japan, Germany and the UK in light of the Fukushima disaster. It’s obvious the Germans are going to come out of this much better off than before.

    It also seems the US response is most like the UK response which is the worst of the 3 and ignores the market opportunity being presented here (to scale your renewable industry’s years ahead of everyone else and be in the catbird seat selling the technology later on).

  4. joan Savage says:

    Looks like the site spam blocker mistook a list of government websites I submitted earlier.

    The US National Weather Service now has an air quality forecast site with national and local information. It tracks particulates and ozone levels, both relevant to the use of fossil fuels, and their effects on heart disease, respiratory disease, etc.

  5. John Tucker says:

    How ? German CO2 from electricity production is said to be up 2-6 percent.

    After the largest renewable push on the planet and a decrease in nuclear power use of less than 1/4.

  6. John Tucker says:

    Here is the link to the original report in German if anyone thinks I am being purposely deceptive:

    Run through translator (and they may say German electricity production increased 2-4 percent? I dont know and this is why I dont trust the German reporting, or people that just push the positive spin without looking deeper) :

    Carbon dioxide: reducing CO2 emissions in comparison with 2010 by 2.4 percent. This significant decrease is mainly due to lower demand for heating energy, which resulted from the milder weather. This effect is especially for gas consumption and demand for heating oil visible. High oil prices led to lower purchases and increased use of inventories. The internal consumption of refineries declined due to reduced crude oil processing fell significantly again last year. Although the share of nuclear energy decreased significantly reduce emissions from electricity generation increased only slightly. Firstly, less electricity was exported to the other was more electricity generated from renewable sources. These results are also reflected in the figures reported for 2011 reflected the energy and industrial facilities, the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) are subject. Thus fell the CO2 emissions from the energy sector between 2 and 6 percent. In contrast, increased the process-related industrial emissions – such as the chemical and metal industry – according to the economic development.

    Google translat from : ( )

    It is looking like nuclear production decrease in 2011 was 76% of 2010 numbers and the NET electricity export decrease was around 14% of what it was in 2010.

    I am still checking those numbers.