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Monday, May 5, 2014

Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction in Canada


Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction in Canada
Ottawa, Canada (SPX) May 05, 2014 - The North American energy landscape is undergoing dramatic change. Unconventional oil and gas resources are fuelling an energy boom that is having profound economic, environmental, and social impacts across much of the continent, including Canada. At the forefront of this change is shale gas, which has been characterized as a "game changer" because it is abundant, often close to major mark ... morehttp://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Environmental_Impacts_of_Shale_Gas_Extraction_in_Canada_999.html

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Editor's Note

Dear Readers
As many of you know, my primary blog is Michele Kearney's Nuclear Wire found at
 http://michelekearneynuclearwire.blogspot.com/. Because of all of  the news that tangentially
affects everything energy including environmental news, I have decided to consolidate this blog
with my Nuclear Wire and only add the most pertinent of studies affecting the nuclear industry to
that blog. I hope you will join me on my Nuclear Wire. Meanwhile, I thank you for your readership.

Some statistics regarding my Environmental Blog. Since I first initiated it four years ago, the viewership statistics reveal:

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Friday, October 18, 2013

An Ocean That's No Longer Wild


New techonology is beginning to help scientists reveal the habits and habitats of large fish in the ocean.
An Ocean That's No Longer Wild
Tagging project aims to help conserve sharks, rays, and other fish
http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/feature/an-ocean-thats-no-longer-wild

NEWS RELEASE: AGAGE Celebrates 35 Years of Atmospheric Observations

NEWS RELEASE: AGAGE Celebrates 35 Years of Atmospheric Observations

Tuesday, October 15, 2013   (Browse all news)
Alli Gold Roberts, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
AGAGE
For decades, climate scientists around the globe have worked together to document and measure the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere. This group, the Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment (AGAGE), meets this week in Boston for their biannual meeting and to celebrate their 35th anniversary.
“Over the past 35 years, this international consortium of researchers has furthered our understanding of a large number of important global chemical and climatic phenomena,” says Ronald Prinn, the TEPCO Professor of Atmospheric Science and leader of AGAGE. Prinn is also co-director of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.
They gather this data 20 to 30 times per day at nine coastal or mountain measurement stations located in the U.S., Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, China, South Korea, Tasmania, Barbados, and American Samoa. There are also two collaborative stations in Italy and Japan.
Members of AGAGE have produced hundreds of articles related to measurement techniques, trends of gases in the atmosphere, air circulation patterns, and more. For example, in 2008, AGAGE scientists were the first to report the renewed rise in methane concentrations beginning in 2006. Methane is the second most important long-lived greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Just a month ago, using data collected from AGAGE, Nature Geoscience published a study documenting three decades of global methane observations and emissions.
“The vital data we collected through AGAGE enabled us to better understand the many sources and sinks of methane and their remarkable variability,” says Prinn, a co-author of the study.  The collaborating scientists from Europe, USA and other countries concluded that the post-2006 rise is likely because of increased fossil fuel emissions and natural emissions from wetlands. While the exact contributions of these sources are still uncertain, this new research creates a clearer picture of trends in methane emissions around the globe.
Methane is just one of over 50 important long-lived atmospheric gases AGAGE researchers study that affect the ozone layer, climate change and air pollution.
Each station in this global observation network uses the same fully automated on-site instrumentation and calibration scales, so data can be easily compared and aggregated. The stations are strategically distributed throughout the globe to capture both hemispheres, and both polluted and less polluted regions. Beyond methane, the stations capture the majority of purely man-made greenhouse gases, such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) from refrigerators and air conditioners, sulfur hexafluoride from electrical distribution grids, and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), that are also one of the remaining rising pollutants known to deplete the ozone layer. Monitoring efforts like AGAGE help policymakers measure the effectiveness of pollution regulations.
Supported primarily by NASA, the data produced by the AGAGE network is available publicly through the U.S. Department of Energy greenhouse gas archive, and is used to support the implementation of international agreements like the Montreal and Kyoto Protocols.
“AGAGE provides essential data to researchers around the globe and allows us to continue to better understand the chemistry of the Earth’s atmosphere and the human forcing of climate change,” Prinn says. “We are looking forward to seeing what the next 35 years of AGAGE will bring.” http://globalchange.mit.edu/news-events/news/news_id/315#.UmFwYhDBOAg

The Greenhouse-Gas Case Before the Supreme Court Won’t Matter for Tech

The Greenhouse-Gas Case Before the Supreme Court Won’t Matter for Tech

In focusing on EPA regs aimed at stationary sources of carbon dioxide, the Supreme Court will leave fuel economy standards intact.

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/520331/the-greenhouse-gas-case-before-the-supreme-court-wont-matter-for-tech/

Monday, October 14, 2013

Report: Green energy investment drops as ‘political will’ on climate falters


Report: Green energy investment drops as ‘political will’ on climate falters


Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/328323-report-green-energy-investment-drops-as-political-will-on-climate-falters#ixzz2hkWm8Ym4

Clean Energy Investment Headed for Second Annual Decline


Clean Energy Investment Headed for Second Annual Decline


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-13/clean-energy-investment-headed-for-second-annual-decline.html

Researchers suggest ozone hole responsible for warming in southern Africa

Researchers suggest ozone hole responsible for warming in southern Africa
http://phys.org/news/2013-10-ozone-hole-responsible-southern-africa.html#nwlt
(Phys.org) —An international team of researchers has concluded that a two decade early summer surface-air warming in southern Africa is likely due to the ozone hole over Antarctica. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the team describes how ozone hole size variations cause changes to wind patterns in the southern hemisphere and why they believe it leads to heating up southern African.

Ocean and climate: The new theory

Ocean and climate: The new theory
http://phys.org/news/2013-10-ocean-climate-theory.html#nwlt
Is this the end of a scientific paradigm on the effects of climate change? It would seem that global warming is not intensifying the rise of cold deep water, a phenomenon known as 'upwelling', characteristic of certain coastal zones. For over twenty years, specialists have believed that climate change is reinforcing the trade winds at the origin of these phenomena, thereby cooling the surface water. A new study, led by a team from the IRD and its partners, off the coast of West Africa, has shown that this is not the case for the ecosystem of the 'Canary Current'. On the contrary, it reveals that the coastal waters from Morocco to Senegal have been getting warmer for the past 40 years.

Climate Science for Beginners

Climate Science for Beginners


http://theenergycollective.com/lindsay-wilson/287221/climate-science-beginners?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Earthquakes: Concrete Risk



The city has rejected calls to make a list of concrete buildings at risk of collapsing in a major quake, but a Times analysis finds there could be more than 1,000 — many of them homes and offices.

October 13, 2013
http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-earthquake-concrete-20131013-dto,0,1555748.htmlstory

Worldwide Protests against Monsanto, GMOs, and the use of Pesticides by Edward C. Corrigan

Worldwide Protests against Monsanto, GMOs, and the use of Pesticides

by Edward C. Corrigan
http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/10/worldwide-protests-against-monsanto-gmos-and-the-use-of-pesticides/

Shell Exec Says Oil Companies Might Become Carbon Capture Ones

Shell Exec Says Oil Companies Might Become Carbon Capture Ones

An expert from Shell says that oil companies, with their deep knowledge of geophysics, are well-suited to pioneer carbon capture and storage technology.

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/519436/shell-exec-says-oil-companies-might-become-carbon-capture-ones/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-weekly-energy&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20131014
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Cesium contamination increasing in water at port of Fukushima plant


Cesium contamination increasing in water at port of Fukushima plant


Asahi Shimbun, Oct. 13, 2013: [TEPCO] announced Oct. 12 that it has detected a rising level of radioactive cesium in seawater sampled from the mouth of the harbor [...] a combined 10 becquerels of cesium-134 and cesium-137 per liter*. The level is the highest since the plant operator began sampling water in June at the mouth of the port, which marks the boundary between the harbor around the plant and the ocean. [...] Samples taken a day earlier were below the measurable limits of 1.1 becquerels of cesium-134 and 0.9 becquerel of cesium-137 per liter, the company said. The previous record amount of radioactive cesium detected at the mouth of the harbor was 1.6 becquerels of cesium-134 and 4.7 becquerels of cesium-137 per liter in water sampled on Aug. 19. [...] TEPCO officials said that the environmental impact of the level of cesium detected on Oct. 11 is negligible.
* 10 becquerels per liter = 10,000 becquerels per cubic meterhttp://enenews.com/big-spike-in-radioactive-cesium-levels-in-ocean-by-fukushima-plant-10000-bqm3-a-record-amount-at-that-location-former-iaea-expert-fish-have-a-real-ability-to-accumulate-cesium-video
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Norway warns companies over environmental concerns

Norway warns companies over environmental concerns


http://seekingalpha.com/currents/post/1326012?source=email_rt_mc_readmore

'Stadium waves' could explain lull in global warming

'Stadium waves' could explain lull in global warming
One of the most controversial issues emerging from the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) is the failure of global climate models to predict a hiatus in warming of global surface temperatures since 1998. Several ideas have been put forward to explain this hiatus, including what the IPCC refers to as 'unpredictable climate variability' that is associated with large-scale circulation regimes in the atmosphere and ocean. The most familiar of these regimes is El Niño/La Niña, which are parts of an oscillation in the ocean-atmosphere system. On longer multi-decadal time scales, there is a network of atmospheric and oceanic circulation regimes, including the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. http://phys.org/news/2013-10-stadium-lull-global.html#nwlt
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Study reveals urgent new time frame for climate change

Study reveals urgent new time frame for climate change
Ecological and societal disruptions by modern climate change are critically determined by the time frame over which climates shift. Camilo Mora and colleagues in the College of Social Sciences' Department of Geography at the University of Hawaii, Manoa have developed one such time frame. The study, entitled "The projected timing of climate departure from recent variability," will be published in the October 10 issue of Nature and provides an index of the year when the mean climate of any given location on Earth will shift continuously outside the most extreme records experienced in the past 150 years. http://phys.org/news/2013-10-reveals-urgent-climate.html#nwlt
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