Mountaintop mining’s dangerous climate mix, America’s first floating wind turbine and a Bloomberg candidacy?

Jay Owen Greentech, Earth Systems Science

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People living along Pigeon Creek know what can happen when heavy rains hit the strip-mined mountains of Appalachia: They’ve seen their homes torn apart by flash flooding, and some barely made it out alive. New research shows that the risk of extreme rainfall is rising in the region as the planet warms, and that one of the highest-risk watersheds is also one of the most heavily mined.

Appalachia’s Strip-Mined Mountains Face a Growing Climate Risk: Flooding
BY: JAMES BRUGGERS
A new analysis of satellite images shows how the area of West Virginia with the most strip-mine damage is also the most susceptible to increased stream flow as the planet warms.Read More

U.S. Suspends More Oil and Gas Leases Over What Could Be a Widespread Problem
BY: NICHOLAS KUSNETZ
The Trump administration’s relentless push to expand fossil fuel production on federal lands is hitting a new snag: its own refusal to consider the climate impacts of development.Read More

Bloomberg Is a Leader on Climate Action. So Why Aren’t Activists Excited about a Presidential Bid?
BY: MARIANNE LAVELLE
He isn’t saying he’s running yet, but Michael Bloomberg just filed papers with the FEC for a possible candidacy. Why aren’t climate advocates more excited?Read More

Can America’s First Floating Wind Farm Help Open Deeper Water to Clean Energy?
BY: KRISTOFFER TIGUE
Floating wind turbines could be spinning off Maine’s coast by 2022, and serving as a model for other states with deep waters and deep local opposition.Read More

“After they striped the mountain down, there was nothing left to catch the water.”

—James Holbrook, whose West Virginia home in a valley below strip-mined mountains has been flooded.