Category: Science & Environment

climate change, warming, water, nature, fracking, pollution, bio-diversity

Year of Internal BP Probes Warned That Neglect Could Lead to Accidents

by Abrahm Lustgarten and Ryan Knutson, ProPublica, June 7, 2010, 9 p.m. A version of this story was co-published with The Washington Post. A series of internal investigations over the past decade warned senior BP managers that the company repeatedly disregarded safety and environmental rules and risked a serious accident if it did not change…

Natural Gas Politics

by Abrahm Lustgarten – originally published at ProPublica 5-26-09 – Four years after Vice President Dick Cheney spearheaded a massive energy bill that exempted natural gas drilling from federal clean water laws, Congress is having second thoughts about the environmental dangers posed by the burgeoning industry. With growing evidence that the drilling can damage water…

Officials in Three States Pin Water Woes on Gas Drilling

by Abrahm Lustgarten originally published by ProPublica 4-23-09 Norma Fiorentino’s drinking water well was a time bomb. For weeks, workers in her small northeastern Pennsylvania town had been plumbing natural gas deposits from a drilling rig a few hundred yards away. They cracked the earth and pumped in fluids to force the gas out. Somehow,…

Help Count Crabs for DRN Census

Delaware Riverkeeper Network Every spring, horseshoe crabs converge along Delaware Bay beaches in the dark of night to spawn, timed with the arrival of migrating shorebirds who rely on crab eggs to refuel during their journey to their breeding grounds. If you’d like to observe the crab mating rituals by moonlight, help monitor their numbers,…

Recycling: Get Loud, Get Answers

by Evan Belser This Thursday, February 22, at 1PM in Room 400 of City Hall there will be a City Council hearing regarding Philadelphia’s grossly inadequate recycling program. The hearing will be a landmark in a decade of advocacy on the matter. The advocates have argued their stance in terms of environmental stewardship. As it…

Scientists Look at Climate Change for PA

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)  has released an update to their report detailing the effects of climate change impacts on Pennsylvania weather, natural environment and industry. Climate Impacts scientist Dr. Melanie Fitzpatrick presented the broad strokes in a press conference Wednesday held at the Academy of Natural Sciences. “Scientists across the country are calling…

PBS Nature’s “Silence of the Bees” Examines Colony Collapse Disorder

PBS Nature aired a special episode on bee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the phenomenon where millions of honey bees inexplicably disappeared over the 2006-07 winter, causing their hives to collapse. CCD threatens world food supplies as bees pollinate 80% of all food crops. Watch the full episode of “Silence of the Bees” at the PBS.org…

What is Bee Colony Collapse Disorder?

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is the name for the syndrome in which a honeybee hive’s worker bees inexplicably disappear. Although noted before by beekeepers throughout history, it’s the dramatic increase in colony collapse worldwide that is worrying scientists, and farmers. Farmers rely on bees to pollinate 80% of the world’s food crops. Bee colonies have…

Our Water: An Ancient Idea

by Evan Belser – The people of Philadelphia must claim what should rightfully be in their control: our riverfronts. Consider the following two excerpts: “By the laws of nature, the following are common to all mankind- the air, running water, the sea, and consequently the shores of the sea. No one, threrefore, is forbidden to…

Riverkeeper: Stop VX Dumping!

VX nerve gas is one ot the most lethal chemicals ever devised by man. A drop on human skin will kill a person within minutes. As a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Treaty in 1997, the U.S. agreed to dispose of the deadly substance. The U.S. Army has plans to dump large quantities of VX nerve gas…