Two scientists hired by the petroleum giant turn over personal emails, replaying an all-too-common scenario in a data-rich world.
It’s World Environment Day — bring out your green-minded celebrities! In the Northeast, power plants’ carbon emissions fell an average 23 percent during the three years of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative’s cap-and-trade program (compared to the previous three years). By 2050, Latin American and Caribbean countries could be racking up $100 billion in damages from climate change each year.
Back in 2010, Greenpeace filed a Freedom of Information request covering endangered species affected by the Deepwater Horizon spill. They just received a response from NOAA, and it included more than 100 photos. They're disturbing.
According to a new study, it only takes a few years for fracking fluids to migrate from deep in the ground into aquifers. We know we should ignore this sort of campaign from Heartland, but seriously? Climate change advocates are like the Unabomber?? Could senior BP officials get caught in the Justice Department’s criminal probe?
Plants are freaking out about climate change: Their timing for flowering and leafing is even more off than climate models predicted. Also, species extinction could be a major driver of climate change and keep the environment from producing awesome resources like … food. South Korea’s parliament approved a cap-and-trade plan. Kenya and Peru are also working on climate change laws. A judge granted BP preliminary approval of its plan to settle Deepwater Horizon claims. The company could pay out nearly $8 billion to settle private claims for injury or economic loss from the spill.
Al Armendariz, the EPA official who said he’d crucify environmental lawbreakers, resigned. Two of the last few northern white rhinos on earth have done it. (You know, IT.) No word yet if the pair’s expecting a little rhino, but there’s a video, if you want to see what rhino sex looks like. The National Zoo’s panda bears were not doing it (not doing it competently, at least) so zookeepers decided to artificially inseminate Mei Xiang. They live-tweeted the operation. Now is your chance to check out the blurry pictures. BP’s first quarter profits were down compared to 2011.
The Department of Justice filed criminal charges against an engineer who deleted messages containing sensitive information about the extent of the spill, just before lawyers were going to collect that sort of information from him.
The USDA found a case of mad cow disease in California. Federal prosecutors charged a former BP engineer with deleting text messages in order to keep information about the true size of the Deepwater Horizon spill from investigators. The three cities with the most air pollution in the country are all in California, but L.A. only comes in third. A couple of inland metro areas come in first and second.
The Mexican Senate passed a climate change bill that’s all set to become law. Reuters reports it was “non-controversial.” No wonder Republicans are so set on keeping Mexican immigrants out of the country — they might bring in science. Bill Clinton has a message for sustainability advocates: “Chill out – sometimes this stuff takes years.” (Unless you’re in Mexico, apparently.) Two years after the BP oil spill, offshore drilling for oil is still a risky business. And BP is still fighting with the government over how much it will have to pay for damages.