In this week’s Fracked Earth News, top energy and climate headlines include:
__Attention in Paris turned to health and the climate with “an unprecedented alliance of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals from every part of the health sector … calling on governments to reach a strong agreement at the UN climate negotiations.” 1700 organizations, 8200 hospitals and other facilities, 13 million professionals. Impressive.
__India has now snatched the title “Dirtiest Air in the World” from China. Particulate matter in the Delhi air at “hazardous” levels lately, and in Mumbai and Hyderabad, too. Causes: “exhaust, dust, smoke from wood and dung-fired stoves, burning leaves and industrial output.”
__Shell’s Puget Sound refinery released “hydrogen sulfide, hydrocarbons, mercaptans and pyrophoric iron” into the air during a routine shut-down. People on the nearby Swinomish Reservation got sick and Shell got fined $77,000. Exact impact on wildlife and aquatic reserves isn’t known.