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The Forgotten Lead Crisis in Northwest Indiana

Alumet, Indiana lead and arsenic levelsHow does a nation begin to assist the thousands of families being displaced and given a 90 day notice to vacate not just their homes, but their schools?

What is the plan from the Mayor, the Governor, FEMA, the EPA on how to reach and test those who lived in the Calumet Area of Northwest Indiana over the past three decades? Where is the medical community knowing the exposure to arsenic and lead especially on the young and those who are pregnant? Where is the plan? The tweet? The headline? The town hall?

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NASA: Earth Warming at a Pace ‘Unprecedented in 1,000 Years’

NASA; earth warming The planet is warming at a pace not experienced within the past 1,000 years, at least, making it “very unlikely” that the world will stay within a crucial temperature limit agreed by nations just last year, according to Nasa’s top climate scientist.

This year has already seen scorching heat around the world, with the average global temperature peaking at 1.38C above levels experienced in the 19th century, perilously close to the 1.5C limit agreed in the landmark Paris climate accord. July was the warmest month since modern record keeping began in 1880, with each month since October 2015 setting a new high mark for heat.

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EPA links oil and gas drilling to Texas quakes

Texasa quakes linked to frackingFederal regulators have tied a string of earthquakes in north Texas to oil and gas drilling operations in the state.

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report filed with the Texas Railroad Commission this month concluded that the frequency of earthquakes in the state correlates to the number and location of injection or disposal wells for hydraulic fracturing wastewater there.

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Thousands of strange blue lakes are appearing in Antarctica, and it’s very bad news

Blue lakes in antarcticaScientists have confirmed that thousands of pristine blue lakes have appeared on the ice sheets of East Antarctica, and it’s got them very worried.

The problem? They’ve seen this kind of thing happen before. Greenland’s ice sheet has been disintegrating rapidly, losing a whopping 1 trillion tonnes of ice between 2011 and 2014, and research suggests it’s because of these lakes.

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Fracking Update: 3 tremors in 24 hours near Oklahoma shale country

Oklahoma tremorsThree minor seismic events were recorded near the shale reserve areas in Oklahoma in the past 24 hours, data for the U.S. Geological Survey show.

USGS data show the strongest of the three seismic events was a magnitude-2.9 tremor recorded shortly after midnight in southern Kansas, a few miles from the state border with Oklahoma. A magnitude-2.5 event was recorded in Fairview, Okla., early Sunday afternoon.

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Ex-regulators back Obama in fracking rule court appeal

Ex-regulators back fracking rulesA bipartisan quartet of former high-level Interior Department officials is supporting the Obama administration in its federal court fight defending a regulation on hydraulic fracking.

The officials — who served under presidents Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama — said a Wyoming judge was wrong in June when he struck down Interior’s fracking regulation and ruled that the department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) does not have authority to regulate the process at all.

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Alaskan town votes to relocate as climate change submerges island

Alaskan town to relocateThe Alaskan village of Shishmaref narrowly voted to abandon their island and relocate to the mainland due to the effects of climate change, a town official said.

The 89-to-78 vote Wednesday makes Shishmaref, north of the Bering Strait, one of the first towns in the United States to move due to climate change. Melting sea ice is raising ocean levels and will submerge the island in a few decades.

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