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First public global database of fossil fuels launches
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First public global database of fossil fuels launches

A first-of-its-kind database for tracking the world's fossil fuel production, reserves and emissions launches on Monday to coincide with climate talks taking place at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.The Global Registry of Fossil Fuels includes data from over 50,000 oil, gas and coal fields in 89 countries. That covers 75% of global reserves, production and emissions, and is available for public use, a first for a collection of this size. Until now there has been private data available for purchase, and analysis of the world's fossil fuel usage and reserves. The International Energy Agency also maintains public data on oil, gas and coal, but it focuses on the demand for those fossil fuels, whereas this new database looks at what is yet to be burned. The registry was devel...
4 families say they’re still suffering seizures, sue over Navy fuel-tainted Hawaii tap water
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4 families say they’re still suffering seizures, sue over Navy fuel-tainted Hawaii tap water

The U.S. Navy "harbored toxic secrets" when jet fuel contaminated drinking water for 93,000 military members and civilians in Hawaii, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday from four families who say they're still suffering from seizures, gastrointestinal disorders and neurological issues. Hundreds of additional claims are expected from those who ingested the toxic water, said the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Honolulu. Others going through the administrative process of the Federal Tort Claims Act will be added to the lawsuit. At least twice last year, thousands of gallons of jet fuel from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, a massive World War II-era military-run tank farm in the hills above Pearl Harbor, leaked into a well that supplied water to homes and office...
Major Boston Suburb Finds ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Its Water
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Major Boston Suburb Finds ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Its Water

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The city of Cambridge is temporarily switching the source of its drinking water after finding elevated levels of toxic “forever chemicals" in its water supply, the city said in a statement.The PFAS levels in the water are above what state standards allow, Friday's statement said.The city across the Charles River from Boston and home to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will get water for its nearly 120,000 residents from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority’s system starting Tuesday until November, when it is expected to install a new filter at its water treatment facility.“Replacing the filter media will ensure that our PFAS levels will be reliably and consistently below the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protecti...
British company uses bioplastic in a bid to turn the booming vinyl industry green
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British company uses bioplastic in a bid to turn the booming vinyl industry green

Vinyl is making a comeback, and a British company says it has created the world's first bioplastic record to help musicians sell their music in a greener way.Most vinyl records are made from Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, which is described by Greenpeace as "the most environmentally damaging plastic." Marc Carey, CEO of Evolution Music, tells CBS News that many people are surprised to learn just how toxic the process of making vinyl the old way really is.  Bioplastic chips are seen on website of Evolution Music, a company that says it's made the world's first LP made from bioplastics rather than oil- and gas-derived and environmentally harmful PVCs. Courtesy of Evolution Music ...
Pipeline Company to Pay Nearly $1M Over California Oil Spill
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Pipeline Company to Pay Nearly $1M Over California Oil Spill

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The owner of an underwater oil pipeline that spilled some 25,000 gallons of crude into the ocean off Southern California last year will pay nearly $1 million in cleanup costs.The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to accept a proposed claim settlement with Amplify Energy Corp. over the costs of dealing with last October's spill off of Huntington Beach.The ruptured pipeline spilled the oil, equal to about 94,600 liters, about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) offshore. While less severe than initially feared, the spill shuttered beaches for a week and fisheries for more than a month, oiled birds and threatened wetlands that Orange County communities have been striving to restore.Investigators believe the San Pedro Bay Pipeline that ferried crude f...