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Development’s Risks vs. Rewards
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"...They evaluated what would happen if they added wastewater disposal facilities to the region. 'Our results predicted that installing additional wastewater systems in the region, regardless of type, would increase the amount of wastewater discharged to the environment and significantly degrade the watershed and the quality of water recharging the Edwards Aquifer.'"
"In a new study, a team of scientists from the UK, Portugal, and Brazil discovered that etching a shallow pattern of grating lines in a checkerboard design on solar cells can enhance the current generated by crystalline silicon (c-Si) by as much as 125 percent."
GOOD FUEL TECH NEWS: "Researchers have developed a standalone device that converts sunlight, carbon dioxide & water into a carbon-neutral fuel, without requiring any additional components or electricity. ...The carbon-dioxide converting cobalt-based catalyst is easy to make & relatively stable. While this technology will be easier to scale up than the artificial leaf, the efficiencies still need to be improved before any commercial deployment can be considered. The researchers are experimenting with a range of different catalysts to improve both stability & efficiency."
"Parsley Energy CEO: ‘I don’t think I’ll see 13m barrels a day again in my lifetime’" - he's only 37. "'Our industry is the industry of mobility & comfort,' he said - referring to fuel for car & air travel & for heating & air conditioning - '& mobility is being drastically rethought & there will be new innovations on comfort.' ...Capital markets have largely closed to shale producers in the past year as investors fled a sector that became famous for...an inability to repay debt. ...The shale sector...has often been led by mgt. teams who 'put up very little personal risk & had very lopsided upside reward based on growth'.
"Flares, which can burn for weeks at a time, have been shown to release chemicals such as benzene as well as fine particle pollution, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, heavy metals & black carbon. Several of these combustion-related pollutants have been associated with a higher risk of preterm birth & reduced birthweight in other contexts. ...10.6% were preterm, occurring before the 37th completed week of pregnancy. Preterm birth is associated w/complications such as immature lungs, difficulty regulating body temperature, poor feeding & slow weight gain." - 50% higher odds of this w/flaring
"The grand jury concluded the DEP’s responses to such problems amounted to sending the message: 'Leave fracking alone.' “Sadly, too many DEP employees listened,” [A.G.] Shapiro said. And the agency’s leadership, he said, is 'too cozy' with the industry. ...The grand jury report also criticized the Department of Health as being 'unable to meet the challenge' of understanding how the chemical-intensive process of fracking could affect human health [and] ...outlines political pressure at the agency to allow gas drilling to proceed."