Child miners aged four living a hell on Earth so YOU can drive an electric car: Awful human cost in squalid Congo cobalt mine that Michael Gove didn’t consider in his ‘clean’ energy crusade

From The Daily Mail Sky News investigated the Katanga mines and found Dorsen, 8, and Monica, 4 The pair were working in the vast mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo They are two of the 40,000 children working daily in the mines, checking rocks for cobalt By Barbara Jones for The Mail on Sunday…

Nano aluminium offers fuel cells on demand – just add water

From New Scientist Hydrogen could provide an alternative to battery power Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty By David Hambling The accidental discovery of a novel aluminium alloy that reacts with water in a highly unusual way may be the first step to reviving the struggling hydrogen economy. It could offer a convenient and portable source of hydrogen for…

‘Coal plants keep closing on Trump’s watch’… And why it doesn’t matter to the Resurgence of the American Coal Industry!

Guest post by David Middleton Over the past 10 months or so, articles like this have been a “dime-a-dozen”… ENERGY TRANSITIONS Coal plants keep closing on Trump’s watch Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter Climatewire: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 […] In the next four years, utilities have plans to close 40 coal units, federal figures show.…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #280

The Week That Was: 2017-08-05 (August 5, 2017) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project ################################################### Quote of the Week. “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of…

End-Permian Extinction Due to Contact Metamorphism?

David Middleton Here’s a novel take on the Siberian Traps and the End-Permian extinction: Geology Massive underground magma pulse caused the world’s largest mass-extinction The end-Permian wiped out almost all marine species Geologists have suggested that Earth’s most severe mass-extinction was caused by a huge pulse of magma which released deadly levels of greenhouse gases…