Philly’s Underground Global Warming Contribution

Eye-opening report from NPR’s State Impact:

In fact, a methane leak’s warming impact over the next 20 years could be 84 times that of carbon dioxide, according to several estimates. And methane, which makes up the main component of natural gas, has been pouring out of cracks in our sidewalks and streets from those leaky pipes for decades.

But nobody knows how much. Pennsylvania’s Climate Impacts Assessment, published in October 2013, never mentions methane emissions from distribution lines. And there are no state, federal or local regulations on methane emissions.

Google Isn’t Always Evil

This is really cool:

Google is trying out one way of mapping climate change. It has outfitted a few of its Street View cars with special sensors to measure methane… the primary ingredient in natural gas. It’s part of a partnership between Google and the Environment Defense Fund that’s finding leaks in the thousands of miles of gas mains beneath streets in New York and other cities.

Google Experiments With Mapping Climate Change {npr}

Friday Link List for June 28

1. This Climate Fix Might Be Decades Ahead Of Its Time {npr}.

This sounds good but complicated:

[Peter Eisenberger] started looking for a way to pull carbon dioxide right out of the air. “And it turned out the best device already exists,” he says. “It’s called a monolith. That is the same type of instrument that’s in the catalytic converter in your car. It cleans up your exhaust.”

2. Inside the New NPR Headquarters {interior design}.

This is cool, just wish the photos were a bit bigger.

Visualizing the Climate Crisis

Global Warming at Mount Everest

This gigapixel image of the Khumbu glacier was captured by David Breashears during the spring of 2012, from the Pumori viewpoint near Mount Everest. The Khumbu Icefall is clearly visible here, and one can easily see the hustle and bustle of Everest Base Camp below.

Hint: It’s easier no navigate with the Shift, Command and arrow keys on your keyboard {via npr}.

Friday Link List

1. How Many Gigatons of CO2? {information is beautiful}

We’ve condensed all the key numbers into a single diagram. It lays out the perils and potential effects of our global fossil fuel habit – and the urgency to balance our “carbon budget”.

2. Interview with Tim Cook {bloomberg}

Two things. One, I wouldn’t call it a process. Creativity is not a process, right? It’s people who care enough to keep thinking about something until they find the simplest way to do it. They keep thinking about something until they find the best way to do it. It’s caring enough to call the person who works over in this other area, because you think the two of you can do something fantastic that hasn’t been thought of before. It’s providing an environment where that feeds off each other and grows.

3. To Yelp or Not to Yelp? {npr}.

The next time you’re about to post a scathing review of a business on a site like Yelp or Angie’s List, you might want to think twice.

This week, a housing contractor named Christopher Dietz sued a former customer for $750,000 in defamation charges for what she wrote in a review on Yelp.