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Things added in December, 2008


Coal ash is NOT more radioactive than nuclear waste

Posted on December 31st by Tom Yulsman. 13
  The Advanced Test Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory emits the eerie blue light characteristic of Cherenkov radiation. The light is produced by charged particles emitted by fission ...

2008: the year global warming was “disproved”?

Posted on December 30th by Tom Yulsman.
Updated 12/31/08 with comments from James White, director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research: Brace yourselves for that refrain from global warming skeptics as the new year begins. "Easily one ...

Tenn. GOP Chair to Republicans: acknowledge coal ash disaster

Posted on December 30th by Tom Yulsman.
Christian Granthan reports in his blog at Nashville is Talking that Tennessee GOP Chair Robin Smith is Twittering about the coal ash spill. In the Tweet Granthan turned ...

TVA & EPA undermined credibility from start of coal ash disaster

Posted on December 30th by Tom Yulsman. %
A view of coal ash sludge from canoes on the Emory River. Appalachian Voices, which produced the video, says they saw no evidence of promised clean-up efforts by the ...

EPA implies coal-ash-tainted river water safe to drink occasionally

Posted on December 29th by Tom Yulsman. %
A billion gallons of coal ash sludge fan out from the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant. (Photo: TVA)   A "very high" concentration of cancer-causing arsenic has been found ...

The next coal ash spill?: New River, VA

Posted on December 28th by Tom Yulsman. 3
Water runs off into an unlined coal ash dump site along the New River in Virginia. The video is from Concerned Citizens of Giles County.   Nearly one week after the worse ...

Resident: TVA has “done nothing to address our issues”

Posted on December 27th by Tom Yulsman. 3
    The latest on the massive spill of coal ash in Tennessee, from an MSNBC video    As the size of the coal ash spill in Tennessee was being revised upward ...

Coal waste dumps: ticking toxic time bombs

Posted on December 26th by Tom Yulsman. 14
  A truly frightening video from ground zero of the coal ash catastrophe  The New York Times reports today that the coal sludge that surged out of a breached Tennessee ...

Coal sludge: top story in today’s N.Y. Times

Posted on December 25th by Tom Yulsman. %
At long last, the Grey Old Lady has spoken — and loudly — with a front page story that begins like this:   "KINGSTON, Tenn. — What may be the nation's ...

Tennessee sludge blanket enough to cover entire National Mall

Posted on December 24th by Tom Yulsman. 3
Update 12/24/08, 8:15 p.m. (see the original posting below): Finally, one national news outlet is covering the story (on Christmas Eve, when hardly anyone will watch it). Here's the video segment ...

Nightmare before Christmas: Coal sludge spill 50X worse than Exxon Valdez

Posted on December 23rd by Tom Yulsman. 24
Environmental catastrophe could be worst in southeastern U.S. history TVA Coal Ash Spill Dec 22 2008 This stunning video portrays the horrifying extent of the coal ash spill in Tennessee that's ...

Strange news on oil & gas leases in Utah

Posted on December 19th by Tom Yulsman.
Photo: Tom Yulsman Utah's snow-capped La Sal Mountains loom beyond towering desert cliffs along the Colorado River near Moab. The Bush administration is scrambling to open thousands of acres of ...

Global warming coverage triggers ‘long knives, brutal dismissals’

Posted on December 19th by Tom Yulsman.
Even the most innocuous stories related to climate change, such as this article by Perry Beeman at the Des Moines Register, often generate heated response from readers, Read More →

Global warming coverage died in ’08

Posted on December 18th by Tom Yulsman.
"The lion of climate change journalism that roared into 2008 is exiting the year more like a mouse," writes Bud Ward in his last analysis of the year at ...

Great articles on mountaintop removal!

Posted on December 18th by Tom Yulsman.
Wendy Redal, a former CEJ staffer, reported this series of articles on mountaintop removal for coal mining on the scene in West Virginia. And today, the series was ...