Steam and gas rise from the Kilauea volcano’s summit crater Tuesday in Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. Geologists warned Wednesday that Kilauea could erupt explosively and send boulders, rocks and ash into the air around its summit in the coming weeks. (Jae C. Hong/AP) Among the many threats Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano poses — dangerous sulfur dioxide concentration, lava flowing through neighborhoods, boulders-turned-ballistic missiles — is acid rain, says the U.S. Geological Survey. But it’s not as bad as it sounds. It’s not going to “rain acid” on the Big Island. There wouldn’t be enough of it to do much more environmental harm than what occurs there on a daily basis (Kilauea has been erupting since 1983, after all). And it’s certainly not going to melt plants and burn your skin, says Daniel Jacob, professor of atmospheric chemistry at Harvard University. “Sulfur dioxide in surface air is not good for … [Read more...] about Harmful acid rain in Hawaii? Probably not. The clouds of sulfur dioxide are much worse.
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Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Hawaii volcano: Acid rain will fall, but it won't be harmful — and 'vog' is in the forecast Acid rain is likely to fall from the skies in Hawaii over the next few days — but scientists say it won't be harmful and is far from the main volcano hazard residents should worry about. And vog, short for volcanic smog, is also likely to spread, meteorologists say. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Doyle Rice, USA TODAY Published 3:57 p.m. ET May 9, 2018 CLOSE Take a look inside the crater of an active volcano in Hawaii. USA TODAY CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL … [Read more...] about Hawaii volcano: Acid rain will fall, but it won’t be harmful — and ‘vog’ is in the forecast
Last Updated Jul 22, 2009 3:07 PM EDT The energy bill now winding its way through Congress is an unprecedented attempt to put a limit and a price tag on carbon emissions, with the intention of stemming the tide of global warming. But if you're trying to get a read on how much it'll end up costing you, you might well be confused. In the months before the American Clean Energy and Security Act passed the House of Representatives on June 26, numbers had flown every which way. The bill sets a nationwide, declining limit on greenhouse-gas emissions that some claimed would raise the average household’s energy bill by $3,100 per year. Others said it wouldn’t cost the consumer much, if anything — a view buttressed just days before the vote when the Congressional Budget Office released a forecast putting the increase at $175 annually by 2020. So which is it? The centerpiece of the bill — also known as Waxman-Markey after its co-sponsors, Democratic congressmen Henry … [Read more...] about Cap and Trade: What It Will Cost You
Acid rain devouring New England forests. Homes built on toxic sites. Unswimmable rivers and cities cloaked in smog. The United States looked very different before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) arrived, but a recent Congressional bill calls for the agency’s abolition. So Americans may wonder: What would life be like without the EPA? In its 47 years of operation, the EPA has achieved dramatic improvements in the cleanliness of the nation’s air and water, among other accomplishments, said Sara Gregg, an associate professor of history and environmental studies at the University of Kansas. To accomplish this, however, the agency has imposed numerous regulations on industry, making itself a frequent target of critics. Last month, Congressman Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, gave those criticisms stark expression in a bill calling for the agency’s abolition on Dec. 31, 2018. In an email to fellow representatives about the bill, Rep. Gaetz said, “The … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo What would the U.S. look like without the EPA?
DE KALB, Miss. – If coal has a future, it lies here, off a state road lined with churches, crawfish billboards and boarded-up houses. One of the poorest places in America, this is also home to one of the most expensive power plants ever built. The Kemper County Energy Facility is the showcase for the decades-old dream of “clean coal” — the idea that the country’s most important, but dirtiest, power source can be burned with minimal damage to the environment. What Southern Company and its subsidiary Mississippi Power have constructed here over the past five years can rightly be described as an engineering marvel. Fifteen stories of metal scaffolding surrounds a labyrinth of steel, concrete and more than 170 miles of piping. When the Kemper plant starts to burn coal, there will be nothing else like it in the world: Instead of releasing millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year, it will capture 65 percent of that greenhouse gas and … [Read more...] about Billions over budget. Two years after deadline. What’s gone wrong for the ‘clean coal’ project that’s supposed to save an industry?