A landfill in the Canadian town of Iqaluit has been smoldering since at least January “when thermal imaging revealed the then-four-story pile of trash had been burning deep inside like a dragon with indigestion.” Dubbed “Dumpcano,” the landfill has garnered international attention, inspired t-shirts, and of course, spawned its own snarky Twitter account. Dumpcano finally “erupted” on May 20 and has been sending smoke billowing into the sky ever since. Jokes aside, the blaze is a serious health threat. Officials are warning the elderly, children, pregnant women, and any woman of childbearing age to limit exposure to Dumpcano’s toxic smoke. This is easier said than done. All it takes is a slight breeze from the west to blanket the entire town in Dumpcano’s stink.
Other things to know this morning:
Mexico’s Congress just voted to end 75 years of state control over the energy industry and to welcome international oil and gas giants with open arms.
New research on those mysterious craters in Russia points to climate change as the likely culprit. Scientists say exceptionally warm winters have thawed the permafrost, causing it to collapse and release methane that was previously trapped underground. Methane is itself a potent greenhouse gas and thus, these releases exacerbate climate change. Grrreat…
The African nation of Angola requires fossil fuel companies to fund social or educational projects when it grants them oil and gas exploration rights. For their offshore drilling rights, BP and Cobalt International Energy have so far paid $175 million toward two such social projects—exept there’s absolutely zero evidence that those projects actually exist.
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