BP is stopping regular cleanup patrols in the Gulf, even though oil continues to wash up on the shores of the region. [AP]
Finding tar balls linked to the BP oil spill isn’t difficult on some Gulf Coast beaches, but the company and the government say it isn’t common enough to keep sending out the crews that patrolled the sand for three years in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi.
Tourist John Henson of Atlanta disagrees, particularly after going for a walk in the surf last week and coming back with dark, sticky stains on his feet.
Henson said there were plenty of tar balls to remove from the stretch of beach where he spent a few days, regardless of what any company or government agency might say.
“I was out there yesterday and stepped all in it,” Henson said.
Environmental advocates and casual visitors alike are questioning the Coast Guard decision to quit sending out BP-funded crews that have looked for oil deposits on northern Gulf Coast beaches on a regular basis since the 2010 spill spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf after an explosion and fire that killed 11 workers.
The Obama administration has still not used the National Environmental Policy Act to weigh greenhouse gas emissions when approving projects, despite suggestions in 2010 that it would do so. [Reuters]
As coal demand drops in the U.S., the coal industry tries to export their product despite safety, public health, and climate issues. [New York Times]
Tar sands oil production in Canada seriously threatens the safety of the Mackenzie River Watershed, five times the size of France and essential for Canada’s ecosystem and economy. [Climate Central]
Fracking, which uses millions of gallons of water to produce oil and gas, is expanding into drought-stricken areas. [Arizona Daily Star]
Illegal purposeful forest fires in Indonesia are making the air so bad in Singapore and Malaysia that residents are warned to stay indoors. [Reuters]
Warming lakes in Europe and North America are starting to seriously impact the wildlife and economy of the regions around them. [Daily Climate]
Goldman Sachs is contemplating a $3.19 billion investment in renewables in Japan, particularly offshore wind energy. [Bloomberg]
Tanzania is trying borrow as much as $700 million to update electrical infrastructure, bring power to rural communities, and build a natural gas pipeline. [Bloomberg]
What it means when New England states move to import more hydropower energy. [Boston Globe]
A study by Envirotrade concludes a forest carbon offset project has failed due to difficulties in establishing baselines verifying claimed savings. [FERN]
China is implementing carbon markets in several regions and cities, so polluters have a choice: consume less energy by being more efficient, or purchase offsets from actors that pollute less than they do. [Scientific American]
A Florida teenager won one of the most prestigious international science fairs in the world through a new way to convert algae into fuel. [Tampa Bay Tribune]
Poor farmers could revolutionize their way of life through water pumps powered through solar energy. [Christian Science Monitor]
An agreement between solar manufacturer Yingli and local government means 3 gigawatts worth of solar plants are coming to the Yunnan province of Southern China. [SolarLove]
One energy company is using solar-charged robots to install and clean solar panels [Greentech Media]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is starting a composting program in New York City that will process 100,000 pounds of food scraps per year. [New York Times]