King’s Commissioner in Groningen speaks out on earthquakes

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In an interview with De Volkskrant, René Paas, the King’s Commissioner in Groningen, has expressed his concerns about the lack of concrete plans to address earthquake-induced damage in the province. Translation by Traci White The Groninger Internet Courant reports that Paas’ remarks, published one day before the King’s annual Prinsjesdag speech, convey frustration over the...

The Super-Rich Are Stockpiling Wealth in Black-Box Charities

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Donor-advised funds — money that grows tax-free in individual accounts — are reshaping the landscape of U.S. philanthropy. After creating their account, donors choose how it’s invested, and the money compounds until they decide where to dole it out. DAF assets mushroomed to more than $85 billion at the end of 2016 from $30 billion...

Kavanaugh Confidential: Is the Nominee Telling the Truth or White Lies?

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Brett Kavanaugh and Sexual Harassment: The Two Faces of Chuck Grassley Co-published by Newsweek Senator Charles Grassley has raced to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, in spite of sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee. Contrast this with Grassley’s public support for victims of sexual harassment in the judicial branch during a June hearing of his...

Avoid Corrosion-Induced Asset Integrity Loss

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A U.S. Energy Information Administration’s post, When was the last refinery built in the United States?, reveals that more than half the “newest refineries” in their list were built in the 1970s or 1980s, or 30 to 40+ years ago. And, with 137 operating U.S. oil refineries, the rest are even older. A lot has...

Trump rollback would ease rules on climate-changing methane

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration moved closer Tuesday to rolling back Obama-era rules reducing oil and gas industry leaks of methane gas, one of the most potent agents of climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency formally released its proposed substitute for a 2016 Obama administration rule that aimed to step up detection and elimination of...

Rosie Duffield considering future as Canterbury MP over censure row

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Rosie Duffield is considering her future in parliament after a row with party members in her constituency over her support for anti-Semitism protestors. The Canterbury MP had been told she was at risk of censure from members of her own association over her support for those protesting at Labour’s stance on anti-Semitism. Canterbury MP Rosie...

Carbon Recovery: Wie schont Öl aus Altreifen die Umwelt?

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Claus Lamer (Geschäftsentwicklung & Vertrieb, Carbon Recovery) befasst sich im 3. Teil der „Carbon Recovery Akademie“ mit der Frage, warum das Öl aus der Altreifen-Pyrolyse die Umwelt schont und was es sonst noch kann. Eines der beiden Hauptprodukte bei der Pyrolyse von Altreifen ist das Öl. Es entsteht durch gezieltes Abkühlen (Kondensation) des Pyrolyse-Gases und...

Air pollutants found in mothers’ placentas, new study finds

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Scientists warn that soot from polluted air is reaching the placenta of pregnant women, possibly harming the health of unborn babies. Tiny carbon particles released by the burning of fossil fuels enter a woman’s bloodstream when she breathes polluted air, said a research team at Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom. “Our...

EDITORIAL: Join rally to beat jobs-killing Prop 112 in Colorado

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Coloradans concerned about the working class, minorities and the economy will gather at 11 a.m. Wednesday in downtown Colorado Springs to oppose Prop 112. It is a jobs-killing initiative so extreme each candidate for governor, and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, strongly opposes it. Show up and defend our state against the potential of sustained, widespread...

Yes on Proposition 112: Why sensible setbacks matter to me

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I’ve been sleepless, irritated and concerned about the major industrial activity oil and gas operations put within a few hundred feet of my home, as well as millions of other homes, schools, playgrounds and more in Colorado. There has to be a better way — and Proposition 112 is a start. That’s why I support...

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