Friday, October 14, 2011

CLIMATE CHANGE Dr. Howarth & Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben's July 2012 Essay on Global Warming

April 11, 2011
Natural gas from fracking could be 'dirtier' than coal,
Cornell professors find   
The article includes a link (in red, below) to the full peer reviewed paper Howarth presented.
The study is the first peer-reviewed paper on methane emissions from shale gas, and one of the few exploring the greenhouse gas footprints of conventional gas drilling. Most studies have used EPA emission estimates from 1996, which were updated in November 2010 when it was determined that greenhouse gas emissions of various fuels are higher than previously believed.

Nov 30 2011 Commentary to the DEC 

Oct 12, 2011
Assembly Testimony by Cornell Geologist Dr. Robert Howarth -  submitted Oct. 12, 2011. 

"The draft sGEIS fails to use the most recent and best scientific information, and as a result, the document reaches many incorrect conclusions and fails to adequately protect the environment and people of New York State. As Prof. Tony Ingraffea and I wrote in an invited commentary for the journal Nature on September 15, 2011, “Because shale gas development is so new, scientific information on the environmental costs is scarce. Only this year have studies in peer-reviewed journals begun to appear, and these give reason for pause.” (Howarth & Ingraffea, Should fracking stop? Yes, it’s too high risk, Nature, v. 477, pages 271- 273).


Infrared photography shows serious methane gas leakage
In he second video Dr. Ingraffea shows colored infrared documentation of escaping methane.   The first, NY Times link includes an EPA video revealing the escaping gas caught with infrared photography

Climate Change: it's impact on water  OECD Report