The Guardian reports The Biden administration on Tuesday suspended oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, reversing a drilling program approved by Donald Trump and reviving a political fight over a remote region that is home to polar bears and other wildlife – and a rich reserve of oil. The interior department order […]Biden suspends Trump-era oil drilling leases in Alaska’s Arctic refuge — Natural History Wanderings
Last week the governor ordered a state agency to stop issuing fracking permits to oil drillers, starting as of 2024. This is less of a big deal than it seems. Hydraulic fracturing is rarely used in California because the permitting process was tightened in 2014 and because our earthquake-shaken rocks are already well fractured, and […]The twilight of California oil — Oakland Geology
KTLA reports A plan to fast-track drilling of thousands of new oil and gas wells over the next 15 years in California’s prime oil patch was approved Monday by Kern County officials over objections by environmental groups. The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve a revised ordinance supported by the influential petroleum […]Kern County approves plan to allow thousands of new oil wells despite environmental objections — Natural History Wanderings
The New York Times reports A missed deadline for flights to look for polar bears means the work to locate oil reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is effectively killed. An Alaska Native group failed to meet a critical deadline as part of its proposal to conduct a seismic survey in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the […]No Drilling in Alaskan Arctic Refuge — Natural History Wanderings
The New York Times reports President Biden on Wednesday will direct federal agencies to determine how expansive a ban on new oil and gas leasing on federal land should be, part of a suite of executive orders that will effectively launch his agenda to combat climate change, two people with knowledge of the president’s plans […]Biden Sets in Motion Plan to Ban New Oil & Gas Leases on Federal Land — Natural History Wanderings
John R. Platt (Scientific American) writes that “Dozens of frogs, fish, orchids and other species—many unseen for decades—may no longer exist because of humanity’s destructive effects on the planet.” His article lists the many species lost in 2020, including 32 orchid species in Bangladesh, the Smooth handfish from Tasmania, 65 North American plants, 22 frog […]What We’ve Lost: The Species Declared Extinct in 2020 — Repeating Islands
Extinction is a natural event: animals and plants disappear naturally as time goes by, but – unfortunately – natural extinction is accelerating, due to anthropic factors, involving an increasing number of animals and plants. Natural extionction is usually a consequence of a gradual process, in which the number of animals or plants, belonging to a […]WHY ARE SO MANY PLANTS AND ANIMALS ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION? — The Mirror
BBC News reports “Our planet is broken,” the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has warned. Humanity is waging what he describes as a “suicidal” war on the natural world. “Nature always strikes back, and is doing so with gathering force and fury,” he told a BBC special event on the environment. Mr […]Humans waging ‘suicidal war’ on nature – UN chief Antonio Guterres — Natural History Wanderings
Center for Biological Diversity News Release WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity released transition recommendations today detailing key actions the incoming Biden administration can take to address the extinction crisis and climate change without waiting on a divided Congress. The report starts by recommending that President Biden rescind every single Trump executive order and other […]50 Critical Environmental Reforms President Biden Can Enact Without Congress — Natural History Wanderings
The Tar Sands are already one of the very worst environmental disasters in the modern world today. Its had to find much worse!
Currently, the oil extracted is not commercially viable with world oil prices being the way they are today. Wildlife of all kinds has been negatively affected by this giant cesspool in this northern part of Alberta. Twenty-five percent of Alberta’s ground water is required in the refining of this dirty crude…
What benefit is this oil patch with its oil-filled settling ponds, low cash return and general major pollution issues? Many of the oil companies have pulled out of this province — it just isn’t worth it to anybody.