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Nov 17 2022 By Emma Cotton

Common Eastern Bumble bee (Bombus impatiens) in a squash flower. Photo courtesy of Kent McFarland

Vermont’s 1st comprehensive bee assessment finds 70 new species — and 55 that need more protection

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Land use changes are also projected to affect bee populations positively and negatively.

Some changes create more open space and encourage a higher diversity of flowering plants, which is important for some generalist bees, Hardy said. Then again, those changes are likely to encourage deer populations to grow.

“These deer are browsing, preferentially, on native flowering plants and shrubs, which is potentially a stressor on plant populations, which has negative implications for specialist bees especially, and other pollinating insects in general,” he said.

More than half of Vermont bees — primarily wild — have been spending time on farmed crops, scientists found. They’ve been found on raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples, tomatillos, chestnuts, ground cherries, chives, oregano and potatoes.

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 https://vtdigger.org/2022/11/17/vermonts-1st-comprehensive-bee-assessment-finds-70-new-species-and-55-that-need-more-protection/
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December 19, 2022


Here’s Why 32,000+ Abandoned & Orphaned Offshore Wells Litter the Outer Continental Shelf

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In all, it’s estimated that the Taylor Energy spill has released up to 140 million gallons of oil to date.

Not all stories of abandoned and orphaned offshore wells are like Taylor Energy’s. Some have been decommissioned the right way, while others are long forgotten and pose unknown environmental and marine life risks. Inadequate records and limited monitoring have made it challenging to accurately track the number of abandoned wells and whether they’ve been adequately plugged.

According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, however, more than 32,000 of the 55,000 offshore wells across the 10.9-million-acre Outer Continental Shelf are abandoned or orphaned.

But why? How can tens of thousands of oil wells sit out in the Atlantic, Arctic, and Pacific Oceans without demanding further attention or accountability?

Offshore wells are abandoned when they do not produce enough to offset operating costs. Some wells never produce at all. Some “dry up,” their accessible reserves exhausted based on current extraction methods. Some of these wells are temporarily abandoned, with the idea or promise that the owner will return to attempt extraction sometime in the future. Yet, the average length of time since the 3,364 “temporarily” abandoned wells in the Outer Continental Shelf were last drilled is 38 years.

Wells are considered orphaned when they have no owner. Offshore oil wells are often orphaned if the companies that own and operate them go bankrupt or close their doors for any other reason. With no known owner, orphaned wells present significant challenges when it comes to shutting in and decommissioning them.

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https://gcaptain.com/heres-why-32000-abandoned-orphaned-offshore-wells-litter-the-outer-continental-shelf

Agelbert NOTE: Only in the good old United States of Petroleum can a pollution contaminated site, irresponsibly abandonded without plugging and cleanup by profit over planet oil loving greedballs, be affectionately called an "Orphaned" Oil and Gas Well. Friends, if YOU made that kind of a mess in your yard, the authorities would have a hazmat team sent there quickly, followed by the police charging you with unlawful contamination. The wells spewing methane and other (even MORE toxic - i.e. Cancer causing) contaminants were 🦕 IRRESPONSIBLY 😈 ABANDONED, not "orphaned" by an "unfortunate" bit of Hydrocarbon Business "bad luck". It is absolutely breathtaking how the Hydrocarbon Hellspawn keep getting a free pass from the media for in-our-faces toxic pollution dumping on we-the-people.
"Orphaned " Oil and Gas Well❓❓❓

Other euphemisms worthy of Orwell that we have all been subjected to:

😠 ☠️ Highly toxic fisson reactor Uranium fuel 👉   "Enriched" Uranium

😠 ☠️ Abortion 👉 "Reproductive Right"

😠 ☠️ 🦕 "Natural" Gas 👉 "Bridge Fuel"


😠 😈 Greed is Good, 🦍 Might is Right, Losers Finish Last, It doesn't matter how you play the game, but whether you Win or Lose (etc. you get the morally bankrupt Social Darwinist Ideology Idea) 👉 🦖 "Evolutionary Advantage" of "Apex Predators"

AND all this time you actually believed the BIG LIE that "it was the Communists, not the Capitalists", that had the GOAL of CORRUPTING the Language. Now you know better.

Social Darwinist Business as Usual Destruction
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« Last Edit: December 30, 2022, 02:17:39 pm by AGelbert »
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"No one can afford to 🦕 let their kids or grandkids get 😖 asthma."
« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2023, 12:22:40 pm »
The Crucial Years

January 7, 2023 By BILL MCKIBBEN

Turn off the 🦕☠️ gas
Turn on the ⚡🔌 magnets

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I have been arguing for some time now that we’ve reached the point in human history where we should stop setting stuff on fire: coal, oil, biomass, or in this case the “natural gas” that’s found on cookstoves across the country. The most important reason is because all that 🦖 combustion is ☠️ cooking the planet 🥵—but a new study published this week reminded us all of another huge virtue. It found that 13% of childhood asthma in the country can be attributed to kids living in houses with 🦕 gas stoves. That’s 650,000 kids—20 Fenway Parks worth of wheezing young people.



It’s like having 🦖 car exhaust in a home,” Brady Seals, a co-author of the research, told the Washington Post. “And we know that children are some of the people spending the most time at home, along with the elderly.”

This isn’t the first study to come up with similar findings. Earlier efforts found that children in households with gas stoves were 42% more likely to come down with asthma. And of course the effect is magnified in poorer households, which are smaller and less likely to be equipped with adequate ventilation.

All in all, living in a house with a gas range is a risk factor equivalent to living in a house with secondhand cigarette smoke.

Full article:
https://billmckibben.substack.com/p/turn-off-the-gas

   
AGelbert COMMENT: Excellent article, Bill!

Although the transition to 100% Renewable Energy sources is not taking place at the speed required to avert immense climate havoc and millions of human deaths, never mind all the mammalian vertebrate species the fossil fuelers and their bought and paid for politicians are dooming to extinction, I think we will get there much sooner than the hydrocarbon hellspawn expect. Here is a quote from around 2016 of a great journalist from Truthout (who sadly died recently of a heart attack) that encapsules the fact that, though we supporters of a 100% Transition to Renewable Energy have caring, reason, logic and common sense on our side, the Polluter Ideology (SEE: Social Darwinism), not just their polluting modus operandi, continues to be an existential threat to all of us.
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"There is a terrible desperation to the increasingly pathetic rationalizations from the climate denial camp. This comes as no surprise if you take the long view; every single undone paradigm in history has died kicking and screaming, and our current petroleum paradigm is no different. The trick here is trying to figure out how we all make it to the new paradigm without dying right along with the old one, kicking, screaming or otherwise." - William Rivers Pitt

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January 13, 2023 Edited by Chris McDermott

The Traditional ‘Imperial Lawn’ Is Dead — Long Live the 🌲🌳🌴 Trees

Americans are well known for their evenly clipped, bright green lawns. But rather than being beneficial, these manicured greenspaces are actually detrimental to the environment.

In the U.S., more than 40 million acres of land is covered in some form of lawn, reported Insider. These lawns have the ability to act as carbon sinks that absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but the substantial carbon cost of lawn maintenance often counteracts the benefits, making lawns climate change contributors, reported Princeton University.

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https://www.ecowatch.com/lawns-trees-natural-biodiversity.html
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