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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Canada Withdraws From Kyoto & Continues Developing Tar Sands

By Jake Schmidt, December 21, 2011
Literally one day after the global warming negotiations ended in Durban, South Africa the government of Canada formally notified the world that they were withdrawing from the global warming pollution targets they had taken on under the Kyoto Protocol.  Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent must have signed the formal withdrawal document sitting on the plane home from the negotiations in...  » Continue...

Toxic botulism in animals linked to RoundUp

Toxic botulism in animals linked to RoundUp

Feeding 10 billion in 2050′s sauna (Part III) by Barry Brook

Feeding 10 billion in 2050′s sauna (Part III)

by Barry Brook

Monday, December 19, 2011

Why Is the FDA Saying It's OK to Eat Seafood 10,000 Times Over the Safe Limit for Dangerous Carcinogens?

Why Is the FDA Saying It's OK to Eat Seafood 10,000 Times Over the Safe Limit for Dangerous Carcinogens?

FDA not only downplayed the risk of contamination, but ignored staff members who proposed higher levels of contamination protection.

Most Important Book of 2011: Kivalina, a Climate Change Story

Most Important Book of 2011: Kivalina, a Climate Change Story

Kivalina should be required reading for all power brokers in the climate change debate — in particular, President Obama and the dawdling U.S. Congress.

Beyond 2012: Meeting the Nation's Environmental, Energy, and Resources Challenges -- ABA Webinar

Beyond 2012: Meeting the Nation's Environmental, Energy, and Resources Challenges -- ABA Webinar

Beyond 2012: Meeting the Nation’s Environmental, Energy and Resources Challenges



Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Format: Live Webinar

Duration: 90 minutes

Sponsors:

The American Bar Association Section of Environmental, Energy, and Resources and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education

Climate Change May Bring Big Ecosystem Changes - NASA

Climate Change May Bring Big Ecosystem Changes - NASA

Climate Change May Bring Big Ecosystem Changes, a recent study by NASA and the California Institute of Technology finds that "By 2100, global climate change will modify plant communities covering almost half of Earth's land surface and will drive the conversion of nearly 40 percent of land-based ecosystems from one major ecological community type – such as forest, grassland or tundra – toward another, according to a new NASA and university computer modeling study."

Cameron, BP reach $250MM Deepwater Horizon settlement agreement

Cameron, BP reach $250MM Deepwater Horizon settlement agreement
Cameron has announced an agreement with BP whereby BP will indemnify Cameron for current and future compensatory claims against Cameron associated with the Deepwater Horizon incident.
Full Article

Apache to develop Lucius project in deepwater Gulf of Mexico

Apache to develop Lucius project in deepwater Gulf of Mexico
Apache along with other co-venturers will proceed with development of the Lucius project in the Keathley Canyon area of the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
Full Article

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Fracking Industry Has Bought Off Congress: Here Are the Worst Offenders

The Fracking Industry Has Bought Off Congress: Here Are the Worst Offenders

Thanks to our morally bankrupt political system and the Supreme Court's ruling on Citizens United, the fracking lobby's power of the purse is huge.

Climate Change May Bring Big Ecosystem Changes

Climate Change May Bring Big Ecosystem Changes

Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 19, 2011
By 2100, global climate change will modify plant communities covering almost half of Earth's land surface and will drive the conversion of nearly 40 percent of land-based ecosystems from one major ecological community type - such as forest, grassland or tundra - toward another, according to a new NASA and university computer modeling study.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Desalting The Oceans--The Next Forty Thousand Years

EARTH OBSERVATION Landsat satellites Track Yellowstone Underground Heat

EARTH OBSERVATION
Landsat satellites Track Yellowstone Underground Heat

Paleoclimate Record Points Toward Potential Rapid Climate Changes

Paleoclimate Record Points Toward Potential Rapid Climate Changes

Task Force Established by President Obama Releases Final Strategy for Reversing Deterioration of Gulf Ecosystem


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2011

Task Force Established by President Obama Releases Final Strategy for Reversing Deterioration of Gulf Ecosystem


USDA $50 million financial assistance for restoration projects announced as Task Force efforts shift from planning to action
WASHINGTON – The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force today released its final strategy for long term ecosystem restoration for the Gulf Coast, following extensive feedback from citizens throughout the region. EPA Administrator and Task Force Chair Lisa P. Jackson, partnering with Task Force Co-Chair Garret Graves, made the announcement today during keynote remarks at the 2011 State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit in Houston. Administrator Jackson was joined by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Jane Lubchenco, Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Harris Sherman and several other Task Force members.

The Task Force delivered the final strategy on Friday, Dec. 2 to President Barack Obama, who established the Task Force by executive order, to continue the Administration’s ongoing commitment to the Gulf region. The group is made up of representatives from the five Gulf States and 11 federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, White House Council on Environmental Quality, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of the Interior, Department of Justice, Department of Transportation, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Science and Technology Policy and White House Domestic Policy Council.

The strategy is the first restoration blueprint ever developed for the Gulf to include input from states, tribes, federal agencies, local governments and thousands of involved citizens and organizations across the region. The plan represents a commitment by all parties to continue to work together in an unprecedented collaboration to prepare the Gulf region to transition from response to recovery and address the decades-long decline that the Gulf’s ecosystem has endured.

“After the Deepwater Horizon disaster, this Task Force brought together people from across the Gulf Coast in unparalleled ways to talk about how we tackle both the immediate environmental devastation, as well as the long-term deterioration that has for decades threatened the health, the environment and the economy of the people who call this place home. It has all come to this moment – when we move from planning and researching to supporting real, homegrown actions aimed at restoring this vital ecosystem,” said Administrator Jackson.

With the release of the final strategy today, the Task Force marks the beginning of the implementation phase of the strategy by announcing new initiatives, including $50 million in assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to help agricultural producers in seven Gulf Coast river basins improve water quality, increase water conservation and enhance wildlife habitat.

USDA's multi-year environmental restoration effort, known as the Gulf of Mexico Initiative, or GoMI, represents a 1,100% increase in financial assistance for Gulf priority watersheds.

“Restoring the Gulf Coast ecosystem needs to begin immediately and USDA’s assistance is an important first step in placing the Task Force strategy into action”, said USDA Under Secretary Harris Sherman. “This collaborative voluntary effort will leverage contributions and commitments from farmers, communities, and all levels of government to improve water quality. A healthy water supply is not only vital for the people of the Gulf, but also for the estuaries, fisheries, and wildlife that are the foundation of the local economy.”

The Task Force has also begun reviewing existing policy, program and regulatory issues that are slowing down restoration progress, particularly in the habitat restoration area. The Task Force will continue to explore innovative ways to implement restoration, measure success and support the restoration with science.

Additionally, the Task Force will also open a local office, headed by Task Force Executive Director John Hankinson, in the Gulf Coast in mid-December.
Representatives from across the Gulf voiced their support for the work of the Task Force.
“To ensure the future health of the Gulf, its economy, and its residents, the nation must start the work of creating a sustainably healthy and productive landscape and seascape – not only stopping the ongoing degradation but beginning the process of reversing that which has already occurred” said Senator Bob Graham and William K. Reilly, Co-Chairs of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. “Working with the people of the Gulf, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force has undertaken the challenge of developing an ecosystem restoration strategy to guide the long term collaboration necessary to reverse the trend of environmental degradation in the Gulf. The country needs to make the commitments called for. And it needs to make them now."

“The Task Force went to great lengths to involve local leaders in the fact finding process leading up to the release of the report” said Mayor Randy Roach of Lake Charles, Louisiana. “When you read the report it is obvious that they listened to what they heard and addressed our concerns in a very straightforward manner. This report is an important document that outlines the challenges of recovery and the opportunities we have to develop a true intergovernmental approach to address the needs and interests of the people of the Gulf Coast region.”
“The Task Force’s Strategy clearly recognizes the critical importance of the Gulf natural resources to our regional economy and workforce,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “In partnership with all Gulf Coast states and several federal agencies and with full input from key parties throughout the region the Task Force has detailed a specific list of coastal restoration priorities that protects the businesses and individual livelihoods along the coast and across the country, in the fishing, shipping, energy production and tourism industries, that are reliant upon a vital Gulf coast.”
“For the first time in man’s history on earth, what we do, can and will determine the fate of one of the world’s great treasures. The choice is ours”, said Dr. Larry McKinney, Executive Director of the Harte Research Institute in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The natural resources of the Gulf’s ecosystem are vital to many of the region’s industries that directly support economic progress and job creation, including tourism and recreation, seafood production and sales, energy production and navigation and commerce. Among the key priorities of the strategy are:

1) Stopping the Loss of Critical Wetlands, Sand Barriers and Beaches
The strategy recommends placing ecosystem restoration on an equal footing with historic uses such as navigation and flood damage reduction by approaching water resource management decisions in a far more comprehensive manner that will bypass harm to wetlands, barrier islands and beaches. The strategy also recommends implementation of several congressionally authorized projects in the Gulf that are intended to reverse the trend of wetlands loss.

2) Reducing the Flow of Excess Nutrients into the Gulf
The strategy calls for working in the Gulf and upstream in the Mississippi watershed to reduce the flow of excess nutrients into the Gulf by supporting state nutrient reduction frameworks, new nutrient reduction approaches, and targeted watershed work to reduce agricultural and urban sources of excess nutrients.

3) Enhancing Resiliency among Coastal Communities
The strategy calls for enhancing the quality of life of Gulf residents by working in partnership with the Gulf with coastal communities. The strategy specifically recommends working with each of the States to build the integrated capacity needed through effective coastal improvement plans to better secure the future of their coastal communities and to implement existing efforts underway.

The final strategy was developed following more than 40 public meetings throughout the Gulf to listen to the concerns of the public. To review the final strategy, please visit:
www.epa.gov/gulfcoasttaskforce



Saturday, December 10, 2011

Analysis: Green technology race outpaces U.N. climate talks

Analysis: Green technology race outpaces U.N. climate talks

Size of Gas-Fracking Quakes Can Be Predicted

Size of Gas-Fracking Quakes Can Be Predicted

Scientists develop way to forecast worst-case tremor scenario.

Today’s Severe Drought, Tomorrow’s Normal

Today’s Severe Drought, Tomorrow’s Normal

Berkeley Lab scientists part of team that analyzed 19 state-of-the-art climate models.

Friday, December 9, 2011

US oceans and atmosphere agency releases scientific integrity policy

US oceans and atmosphere agency releases scientific integrity policy

noaa_logo_small.pngIt has been a long time in the making, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) finally released its scientific integrity policy, which prohibits agency employees from distorting science and protects the rights of NOAA scientists to speak openly about their work and to report wrongdoing. The policy applies to thousands of NOAA employees who conduct research on climate, ocean oil spills, marine mammals, and other sometimes controversial topics.

Gulf of Mexico gets $50 million to improve water quality

Gulf of Mexico gets $50 million to improve water quality

2-degree global warming limit is a 'prescription for disaster', says Hansen

2-degree global warming limit is a 'prescription for disaster', says Hansen

Cross-posted from Scientific American's Observations blog on behalf of Mark Fischetti.
A mantra that has driven global negotiations on carbon dioxide emissions for years has been that policy-makers must prevent warming of more than two degrees Celsius to prevent apocalyptic climate outcomes. And, two degrees has been a point of no return, a limit directly or indirectly agreed to by negotiators at international climate talks.
James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, whose data since the 1980s has been central to setting that benchmark, said on Tuesday that two degrees is too much.
Now, an extensive study by Hansen and his colleagues of the palaeoclimate record going back 50 million years shows that the two-degree target for global temperature rise “is a prescription for disaster,” Hansen said here at a news conference during the American Geophysical Union meeting.

Mike Alger: Strong easterly flow created reverse wave

Mike Alger: Strong easterly flow created reverse wave

Undersea mountains march into the abyss

Undersea mountains march into the abyss

Method predicts size of fracking earthquakes

Method predicts size of fracking earthquakes

Scientists develop way to forecast worst-case tremor scenario.

Feds Link Water Contamination to Fracking for the First Time

Feds Link Water Contamination to Fracking for the First Time

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The orbits of satellites were altered after the 9.1-magnitude earthquake shook Japan.

The orbits of satellites were altered after the 9.1-magnitude earthquake shook Japan.

Halliburton responds to BP motion for sanctions

Halliburton responds to BP motion for sanctions

EU Berates United States, China for Blocking Climate Talks

EU Berates United States, China for Blocking Climate Talks

By: Pat Reber | Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Tempers flared Wednesday over the glacial pace of progress in climate talks taking place in Durban, with the European Union berating the United States and China for blocking the way forward.
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BP Accuses Halliburton of Destroying Evidence

BP Accuses Halliburton of Destroying Evidence
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/bp-accuses-halliburton-of-destroying-evidence/

(CNN) -- BP is accusing Halliburton of having "intentionally destroyed
evidence" related to the explosion aboard an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that
led to the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

The accusation comes in court papers filed by BP Monday in federal court in New
Orleans as part of a lawsuit aimed at [...]

William deBuys on the Western Water Crisis

>> SPECIAL REPORT:

William deBuys on the Western Water Crisis
"The Age of Thirst in the American West" -- Consider it a taste of the future: the fire, smoke, drought, dust, and heat that have made life unpleasant, if not dangerous, from Louisiana to Los Angeles.
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_age_of_thirst_in_the_american_west_20111205/

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

New insight into climate change in the Pacific

New insight into climate change in the Pacific

Canberra, Australia (SPX) Dec 01, 2011
New research providing critical information about how climate change is affecting Australia's Pacific island neighbours and East Timor has been released by the Australian Government's Pacific Climate Change Science Program (PCCSP). The landmark, peer-reviewed publication, Climate Change in the Pacific: Scientific Assessment and New Research, presents the most comprehensive scientific analy

Pakistan most affected by climate change

Pakistan most affected by climate change

Durban, South Africa (UPI) Dec 1, 2011
Pakistan topped the list in a ranking of countries that suffered the most from the effects of climate change, a new report says. Released on the sidelines of the U.N. climate talks in Durban, South Africa, the "Global Climate Risk Index 2012" by Germanwatch, a European non-governmental organization, looked at the effects of extreme weather events from 1991-2010, based on data from insur

Texas Drought Visible in New National Groundwater Maps

Texas Drought Visible in New National Groundwater Maps

Lincoln NE (SPX) Dec 01, 2011
The record-breaking drought in Texas that has fueled wildfires, decimated crops and forced cattle sales has also reduced levels of groundwater in much of the state to the lowest levels seen in more than 60 years, according to new national maps produced by NASA and distributed by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The latest groundwater map, releas

Why Does Russia's Gazprom Oppose Shale Gas?

Why Does Russia's Gazprom Oppose Shale Gas?

Forward to Friend This Week's Most Popular Oil & Gas News

Forward to Friend This Week's Most Popular Oil & Gas News
Shell announces oil output increase at Conchas fields
Petrobras scores new deepwater presalt find offshore Sao Paulo
Saipem awarded new E&C Onshore contracts worth approximately $1.3 billion
Anadarko announces major success offshore Mozambique
African Petroleum gets two deepwater permits offshore Senegal
China Daqing M & H Petroleum Inc. to add new oil wells
Kinder Morgan to Add 2.4 Million Barrels of New Storage Capacity at Its Edmonton Terminal
EGPI Firecreek, Inc. to immediately begin fracing procedures on first of two west Texas oil wells
BP agrees to sell Canadian natural gas liquids business to Plains Midstream Canada
Eni purchases a 32.5% stake in the Evans Shoal gas field offshore Australia
North Dakota wasting more than one-third of natural gas production
ExxonMobil Employee Charities Program Sets New Record for Contributions

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Poisoning of Colstrip, Montana

The Poisoning of Colstrip, Montana

Global Warming Forgotten in 2012 Race

Global Warming Forgotten in 2012 Race

Ed Rogers, Washington Post
One interesting phenomenon of the 2012 race has been the disappearance of global warming as a campaign issue.

Can Ocean Farms Actually Be More Sustainable Than Even the Most Environmentally Sensitive Traditional Farms?

Can Ocean Farms Actually Be More Sustainable Than Even the Most Environmentally Sensitive Traditional Farms?

We know that big aquaculture operations can be a disaster, but small seaweed and shellfish operations offer a greener and cleaner solution.

NASA satellite confirms sharp decline in pollution from US coal power plants

NASA satellite confirms sharp decline in pollution from US coal power plants
A team of scientists have used the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on NASA's Aura satellite to confirm major reductions in the levels of a key air pollutant generated by coal power plants in the eastern United States. The pollutant, sulfur dioxide, contributes to the formation of acid rain and can cause serious health problems.

Plunge in CO2 put the freeze on Antarctica

Plunge in CO2 put the freeze on Antarctica
Plunge in CO2 put the freeze on AntarcticaAtmospheric carbon dioxide levels plunged by 40% before and during the formation of the Antarctic ice sheet 34 million years ago, according to a new study. The finding helps solve a long-standing scientific puzzle and confirms the power of CO2 to dramatically alter global climate.

Federal report: Arctic much worse since 2006

Federal report: Arctic much worse since 2006
(AP) -- Federal officials say the Arctic region has changed dramatically in the past five years - for the worse.

Eye on Earth Enables Cloud-Based Environmental Data Sharing

Eye on Earth Enables Cloud-Based Environmental Data Sharing
DURBAN, South Africa, December 1, 2011/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

The European Environment Agency, Esri and Microsoft launch new online community and application development platform

The European Environment Agency (EEA), Esri and Microsoft Corp. today announced, at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the launch of the Eye on Earth network, an online community for developing innovative services that map environmental parameters. The new cloud computing-based network provides a collaborative online service for hosting, sharing and discovering data on the environment and promotes the principles of public data access and citizen science. In addition, the organisations also announced NoiseWatch, a new web service available on the Eye on Earth network that measures noise in 164 European cities.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Scientists sound alarm over Southern Ocean warming

Scientists sound alarm over Southern Ocean warming

Guest Post: China To Embrace Fracking In An Effort To Ramp Up Energy Production

Guest Post: China To Embrace Fracking In An Effort To Ramp Up Energy Production

Reviewing the air pollution death and health impact numbers and peer reviewed epidemiological studies

Chevron agrees to brief offshore regulators on Brazil spill

Chevron agrees to brief offshore regulators on Brazil spill


By Hilton Price
Chevron has agreed to brief U.S. offshore regulators on the company’s recent spill off the coast of Rio de Janiero. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement requested the briefing to determine any possible oversight for U.S. offshore drilling.
Chevron blames incorrect pressure estimates and rock strength in the reservoir for the November 8th spill at Frade field that released about 2,400 barrels of oil into the ocean offshore Brazil.

Share North Dakota wasting more than one-third of natural gas production

North Dakota wasting more than one-third of natural gas production

Macondo oil spill could keep BP in court until 2014

Macondo oil spill could keep BP in court until 2014

Massive Climate Subsidies to Super Greenhouse Gas Industry to Continue - UNFCCC CDM Approves Further Payments to HFC Producers

Massive Climate Subsidies to Super Greenhouse Gas Industry to Continue - UNFCCC CDM Approves Further Payments to HFC Producers

Umami Sells and Delivers Bluefin Tuna Worth Approximately $50 Million

Umami Sells and Delivers Bluefin Tuna Worth Approximately $50 Million
SAN DIEGO, November 29, 2011/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

- First Phase of Harvesting of FY ending June 2012 Finalized
    - Tuna Prices Increase 38% From Last Harvesting Season


Umami Sustainable Seafood Inc. (OTCBB:UMAM) ("Umami" or the "Company"), a holding company of fish farms supplying sashimi-grade Northern Bluefin Tuna to the global market, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary Baja Aqua Farms has sold and delivered approximately $50 million worth of tuna harvested at Baja's Mexican facility.

The sales reflect an increase of 38% in the price paid per kilo of tuna compared to the price paid for tuna in the last fiscal year.

Harvesting at Baja began in late August 2011 and finished last week. Traditionally, harvesting at Baja takes place from November to March, but the new harvesting schedule provides our clients with additional options going forward.

Harvesting at Kali Tuna, Umami's Croatian operation, is planned to start in December, and is projected to be substantially complete by early March 2012.

Oli Steindorsson, Chairman and Chief Executive of Umami, commented:

"The successful change in of Baja's harvesting schedule is another example of why the merger of the Kali and Baja operations is beneficial. Umami can now offer its clients premium sashimi-grade Bluefin Tuna eight months out of every year, instead of the previous three month window. It also means that Umami's annual cash flows are stabilizing and the company will become less dependent on short-term debt.

In addition to the 38% rise in tuna prices this year as compared to last year, improvement in our operations and other factors have helped to improve our profit margin on sales contracts. We are especially pleased that our fish farming process has matured enough so that we are now able to shift and extend our harvest schedule in order to take maximum advantage of current market conditions."

About Umami Sustainable Seafood Inc.

The Company owns and operates Kali Tuna, which is an established Croatian based aquaculture operation raising Northern Bluefin Tuna in the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea and Baja Aqua Farms, which is an established Mexico based aquaculture operation raising Northern Bluefin Tuna in the Pacific. The Company intends to become the leader in aquaculture for northern Bluefin tuna by acquisition and internal growth. The growth of the Company will be founded on the sustainable management of resources and economically sound practices, seeking opportunities resulting from market consolidation and scientific progress in the industry. We also intend to continue our research into closed cycle farming technology for Bluefin tuna which has produced encouraging results. For more information, please visit http://www.umamiseafood.com.

Notice Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains projections and forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements in this press release, which are not purely historical, are forward-looking statements and can include, without limitation, statements based on current expectations involving a number of risks and uncertainties and which are not guarantees of future performance of the Company. There are numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and the Company's plans and objectives to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking information, including (i) adverse market conditions; (ii) any adverse occurrence with respect to the farmed seafood industry generally or the businesses of Kali Tuna and Baja specifically; and (iii) changes in the regulatory environment. Actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. These and all subsequent written and oral forward-looking information are based on estimates and opinions of management on the dates they are made and are expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice. Although the Company believes that the beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this press release are reasonable, there can be no assurance those beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions will prove to be accurate. Investors should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factors set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on October 22, 2010, and other reports filed or to be filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contacts

    Umami Sustainable Seafood Inc.
    Oli Steindorsson
    Chairman and CEO
    +1-619-544-9177

    The Investor Relations Group
    +1-212-825-3210
    Investor Relations:
    Erika Moran or Adam Holdsworth

    Public Relations:
    Laura Colontrelle or Enrique Briz


Source: Umami Sustainable Seafood Inc.

South Africans Challenge Canada on Tar Sands on Occasion of Climate Conference: Full Page ad in Canada's National Newspaper Asks Canada to Restore its Reputation

South Africans Challenge Canada on Tar Sands on Occasion of Climate Conference: Full Page ad in Canada's National Newspaper Asks Canada to Restore its Reputation
DURBAN, South Africa, November 30, 2011/PRNewswire/ --

More than a dozen anti-Apartheid and climate leaders from South Africa appear today on a full page ad in Canada's national newspaper, the Globe and Mail. The ad highlights Canada's shift from a progressive country on the international stage to one now actively urging other countries to weaken climate policies on behalf of its tar sands industry. Signatories include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate and former Archbishop of Cape Town, Jay Naidoo Minister of Reconstruction and Development in President Mandela's Cabinet and Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretary of Congress of South African Trade Unions.

The ad features a two-faced maple leaf, one side proud and red and the other black and dripping with oil. The ad text reads:

"Canada, you were once considered a leader on global issues like human rights and environmental protection. Today you're home to polluting tar sands oil, speeding the dangerous effects of climate change. For us in Africa, climate change is a life and death issue. By dramatically increasing Canada's global warming pollution, tar sands mining and drilling makes the problem worse, and exposes millions of Africans to more devastating drought and famine today and in the years to come. It's time to draw the line. We call on Canada to change course and be a leader in clean energy and to support international action to reduce global warming pollution."

Status of Air Pollution Control in China

EPA Reduces Smokestack Pollution, Protecting Americans’ Health from Soot and Smog/Clean Air Act protections will cut dangerous pollution in communities that are home to 240 million Americans

EPA Reduces Smokestack Pollution, Protecting Americans’ Health from Soot and Smog/Clean Air Act protections will cut dangerous pollution in communities that are home to 240 million Americans

Release Date: 07/07/2011
Contact Information: Enesta Jones, jones.enesta@epa.gov, 202-564-7873, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – Building on the Obama Administration’s strong record of protecting the public’s health through common-sense clean air standards – including proposed standards to reduce emissions of mercury and other air toxics, as well as air quality standards for sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide – the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized additional Clean Air Act protections that will slash hundreds of thousands of tons of smokestack emissions that travel long distances through the air leading to soot and smog, threatening the health of hundreds of millions of Americans living downwind. The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule will protect communities that are home to 240 million Americans from smog and soot pollution, preventing up to 34,000 premature deaths, 15,000 nonfatal heart attacks, 19,000 cases of acute bronchitis, 400,000 cases of aggravated asthma, and 1.8 million sick days a year beginning in 2014 – achieving up to $280 billion in annual health benefits. Twenty seven states in the eastern half of the country will work with power plants to cut air pollution under the rule, which leverages widely available, proven and cost-effective control technologies. Ensuring flexibility, EPA will work with states to help develop the most appropriate path forward to deliver significant reductions in harmful emissions while minimizing costs for utilities and consumers.
“No community should have to bear the burden of another community's polluters, or be powerless to prevent air pollution that leads to asthma, heart attacks and other harmful illnesses. These Clean Air Act safeguards will help protect the health of millions of Americans and save lives by preventing smog and soot pollution from traveling hundreds of miles and contaminating the air they breathe,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “By maximizing flexibility and leveraging existing technology, the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule will help ensure that American families aren’t suffering the consequences of pollution generated far from home, while allowing states to decide how best to decrease dangerous air pollution in the most cost effective way.”

Carried long distances across the country by wind and weather, power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO
2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) continually travel across state lines. As the pollution is transported, it reacts in the atmosphere and contributes to harmful levels of smog (ground-level ozone) and soot (fine particles), which are scientifically linked to widespread illnesses and premature deaths and prevent many cities and communities from enjoying healthy air quality.
The rule will improve air quality by cutting SO2 and NOx emissions that contribute to pollution problems in other states. By 2014, the rule and other state and EPA actions will reduce SO2 emissions by 73 percent from 2005 levels. NOx emissions will drop by 54 percent. Following the Clean Air Act’s “Good Neighbor” mandate to limit interstate air pollution, the rule will help states that are struggling to protect air quality from pollution emitted outside their borders, and it uses an approach that can be applied in the future to help areas continue to meet and maintain air quality health standards.
The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule replaces and strengthens the 2005 Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ordered EPA to revise in 2008. The court allowed CAIR to remain in place temporarily while EPA worked to finalize today’s replacement rule.
The rule will protect over 240 million Americans living in the eastern half of the country, resulting in up to $280 billion in annual benefits. The benefits far outweigh the $800 million projected to be spent annually on this rule in 2014 and the roughly $1.6 billion per year in capital investments already underway as a result of CAIR. EPA expects pollution reductions to occur quickly without large expenditures by the power industry. Many power plants covered by the rule have already made substantial investments in clean air technologies to reduce SO2 and NOx emissions. The rule will level the playing field for power plants that are already controlling these emissions by requiring more facilities to do the same. In the states where investments in control technology are required, health and environmental benefits will be substantial.
The rule will also help improve visibility in state and national parks while better protecting sensitive ecosystems, including Appalachian streams, Adirondack lakes, estuaries, coastal waters, and forests. In a supplemental rulemaking based on further review and analysis of air quality information, EPA is also proposing to require sources in Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin to reduce NOX emissions during the summertime ozone season. The proposal would increase the total number of states covered by the rule from 27 to 28. Five of these six states are covered for other pollutants under the rule. The proposal is open for public review and comment for 45 days after publication in the Federal Register.
More information: http://www.epa.gov/crossstaterule/

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thai Floods a Wake-up Call

Thai Floods a Wake-up Call

The world’s attention is on Europe, which is financially underwater, but spare a thought for Thailand, which is literally so. Over 500 people are reported to have died in the recent floods, the worst in 50 years. Thailand’s 2012 budget could have been the first salvo in a determined effort to deal with the country’s perennial vulnerability to floods through water management projects with high economic returns. Instead, the budget included several populist handouts that could have been put to better use. The floods covered half the country’s land area, including an estimated 15 percent of the agricultural planted area, and with projected losses of about 6 million tons of milled rice. Some 2.8 million households are reported to have been affected, and about 10,000 factories inundated, leaving over 600,000 people out of work. Corporations such as Apple, Honda, Toyota, and Western Digital have suspended production, affecting their operations as far ... Read More...

Fracking In The Mountain State Leaves A Community Scarred

By Rocky Kistner, November 26, 2011
West Virginia is home to one of the most destructive coal mining practices in the world--mountaintop removal--a process that blows up pristine mountains to lay bare the bituminous coal below. But a new fossil fuel Gold Rush has hit the Mountain State; fracking for natural gas trapped deep in the Marcellus Shale underground. And it has residents and experts worried...  » Continue...
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The Feds Knew: 50 years of fracking-induced earthquakes

The Feds Knew: 50 years of fracking-induced earthquakes

Friday, November 25, 2011

Can Global Emissions Be Reduced At All?

By David Hone, November 25, 2011
With delegates, energy / environment  Ministers, business representatives and NGO leaders arriving in Durban for COP 17, attention again turns to the pressing issue of actually reducing global emissions. The latest UNFCCC conference comes against the backdrop of two grim statistics of recent weeks – the record year on year (2009 to 2010) jump in global emissions just announced by the US...  » Continue...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Climate sensitivity to CO2 more limited than extreme projections: research

Climate sensitivity to CO2 more limited than extreme projections: research

November 24, 2011
A new study suggests that the rate of global warming from doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide may be less than the most dire estimates of some previous studies – and, in fact, may be less severe than projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report in 2007.

Shale gas Frack on

Shale gas

Frack on

People should worry less about fracking, and more about carbon

The World Is Running Out Of Titanium Dioxide, Which Means There Will Be Less White

The World Is Running Out Of Titanium Dioxide, Which Means There Will Be Less White

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4 Reasons to Give Thanks to Our Oceans (Without Them We're Screwed)

4 Reasons to Give Thanks to Our Oceans (Without Them We're Screwed)

Oceans are essential to our lives, but the evidence strongly suggests we take them for granted way too much.

The Future is Gray Bruce Krasting

The Future is Gray Bruce Krasting

Brazil suspends Chevron over oil spill

Brazil suspends Chevron over oil spill
http://link.ft.com/r/M2ZOXX/WTVSZG/RNF1Y5/IIQWZD/L9UIHT/E4/h?a1=2011&a2=11&a3=24

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Interactive map of sea level changes launched

Interactive map of sea level changes launched
A new interactive map that allows users to explore changes in sea level worldwide over five decades has been launched by the UK's Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL).

Google Gives Up On Green Tech Investment Initiative

Google Gives Up On Green Tech Investment Initiative RE<C

http://techcrunch.com/2011/11/23/google-gives-up-on-green-tech-investment-initiative-rec/

Monday, November 21, 2011

Dupes again?

   
Dupes again?
Posting Date: 11/21/2011

Terry Donnelly

Geologists have found huge natural gas reserves in shale all over North America–much of it under the feet of Americans. There may be enough natural gas to sate our energy monster’s appetite for as long as 100 years.
Fracking is the term created by George P. Mitchell a few years ago naming the process of releasing the gas from the earth. Since Mitchell and his team started using fracking, shale gas has risen from a mere one percent of natural gas supplies in 2000 to 30 percent today. The glut is not over–the percentage will go higher.
In the immediate future that would seem to completely solve our stationary energy needs until scientists can develop greener, renewable means of creating power. Fuel for vehicles will take more work.
Natural gas burns cleaner than oil and coal. We seem to have tons of it so it should be much cheaper.
An additional boon is the creation of jobs. It will take thousands, perhaps millions of people working on American soil to get the gas out of the ground and into homes and businesses. Jobs galore will be created beyond the drilling and refinery work as towns will have to be created or expanded ala Boulder City, Nevada when the Hoover Dam was built.
A cleaner, cheaper job creator–what possibly could be the downside?

Air Pollution a Culprit in Worsening Drought and Flooding

Air Pollution a Culprit in Worsening Drought and Flooding

Climate policies can help resolve energy security and air pollution challenges

Climate policies can help resolve energy security and air pollution challenges

Obama's Politically Strategic Inaction - Charles Krauthammer, Wash Post

Obama's Politically Strategic Inaction
- Charles Krauthammer, Wash Post

To 'Frack' or Not? Public Responds - David Robinson, Buffalo News

To 'Frack' or Not? Public Responds
- David Robinson, Buffalo News

The Fracturing of Pennsylvania - Eliza Griswold, New York Times

The Fracturing of Pennsylvania
- Eliza Griswold, New York Times

IPCC Report Confirms What Businesses Already Know: Extreme Weather & Climate Affect Investors, Insurance, Agriculture, Other Industries

IPCC Report Confirms What Businesses Already Know: Extreme Weather & Climate Affect Investors, Insurance, Agriculture, Other Industries

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Effects of climate change to further degrade fisheries resources

Effects of climate change to further degrade fisheries resources

A new study reveals how the effect of climate change can further impact the economic viability of current fisheries practices.

Feeding the billions in 2050′s sauna (Part I)

Feeding the billions in 2050′s sauna (Part I)

Guest Post by Geoff RussellGeoff is a mathematician and computer programmer and is a member of Animal Liberation SA. His recently published book is CSIRO Perfidy. His previous article on BNC was: The Swiss army nuclear knife
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During the past few years, all the world’s major science journals have had a steady stream of papers on the challenge of feeding 9 to 10 billion people on a warming planet in 2050. They have been joined by reports from bodies with varying prestige and influence likeInternational Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)The World Bank and the Royal Society. CSIRO has a long history of interest in the issue and even billionaire packager Anthony Pratt is getting in on the act telling Australia that since it can produce food for 200 million people, it has a responsibility to do so.
All these reports pay swollen lip service to the food security issues of the poor. All rightly regard the current global levels of stunting and malnutrition … running at 30 percent or more in many poor populations … as unconscionable.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

From the Oil Disaster Frontlines: Victory Up North as the Battle Rages in The Gulf/

By Rocky Kistner, November 19, 2011
As Keystone XL protesters savor their victory to postpone the pipeline project, another recent oil policy decision did not turn out so well; a plan to expand drilling operations in the oil-damaged Gulf and pristine arctic. This is not good news for those who oppose the fossil fuel industry's relentless march into more...  » Continue...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

How to Protect Ourselves from Radiation

How to Protect Ourselves from Radiation

Self-Help: How to Protect Ourselves Against Damage from Radiation

Shocker: Are Americans Finally Starting to Smarten Up About Climate Change?

Shocker: Are Americans Finally Starting to Smarten Up About Climate Change?

Romney not only flip-flopped to the side of climate denial, but did so less than six months after he had said no less definitively that the world's getting warmer.

New York state may soon suffer outsize effects from climate, says report

New York state may soon suffer outsize effects from climate, says report
(PhysOrg.com) -- In the first statewide climate change outlook for New York, scientists say that the state may suffer disproportionate effects in coming decades compared with other regions, due to its geography and geology. The report paints a harsh picture, including possible extreme temperature and sea-level rises, downpours, droughts and floods. The changes are projected to affect nearly every region and facet of the economy by the 2080s, from ski resorts and dairy farms to New York City’s subways, streets and businesses.

Japan may ban sales of tainted rice from stricken-reactor area

Japan may ban sales of tainted rice from stricken-reactor area

Moratorium On Oil And Gas Fracking Called For In New Zealand

Moratorium On Oil And Gas Fracking Called For In New Zealand


Read more at Suite101: Moratorium On Oil And Gas Fracking Called For In New Zealand | Suite101.com http://www.suite101.com/news/moratorium-on-oil-and-gas-fracking-called-for-in-new-zealand-a396772#ixzz1dzQBTs5r

Global Warning

By Karen Street, November 17, 2011
People hear climate change through different concerns. Some hear threats to the environment, others to people, and others still to national security. (Of course, there is overlap.) For those in the national security category, the National Security Journalism Initiative has created Global Warning. Water shortages in Yemen Go to A Complex Climate Threat and click on water management—Morocco...  » Continue...

Climate Policy: Big Ideas Are Dead

By Marc Gunther, November 17, 2011
 Right, left or center, most agree that U.S. climate and energy policy today is, at best, an ineffective and inefficient patchwork. Better get used to it, said a bipartisan panel of Washington insiders today (Nov. 16) at the Atlantic Green Intelligence Forum. For now, and for the rest of the Obama administration, when it comes to energy and climate, the White House and Congress will use the...  » Continue...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Company admits fracking caused quakes

Company admits fracking caused quakes

Hydrofracking sparks earthquake concerns

Hydrofracking sparks earthquake concerns

 

http://www.theithacajournal.com/article/20111115/NEWS01/111150368/Hydrofracking-sparks-earthquake-concerns?odyssey=nav|head

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Small earthquake shakes towns in NW Nebraska, South Dakota

Small earthquake shakes towns in NW Nebraska, South Dakota

Groundbreaking study quantifies health costs of climate-change related disasters in the US

Groundbreaking study quantifies health costs of climate-change related disasters in the US

New York NY (SPX) Nov 14, 2011
Health costs exceeding $14 billion dollars, 21,000 emergency room visits, nearly 1,700 deaths, and 9,000 hospitalizations are among the staggering impacts of six climate change-related events in the United States during the last decade, according to a first-of-its-kind study published in November 2011 edition of the journal Health Affairs.

Testing of seafood imported into the US is inadequate

Testing of seafood imported into the US is inadequate

Baltimore MD (SPX) Nov 14, 2011
Finfish, shrimp, and seafood products are some of the most widely traded foods and about 85 percent of seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported. A new study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future at the Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that testing of imported seafood by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is inadequate for confirming its safety

One if by Land, Two if by Sea? Climate Change "Escape Routes"

One if by Land, Two if by Sea? Climate Change "Escape Routes"

Washington DC (SPX) Nov 15, 2011
One if by land, two if by sea? Results of a study published this week in the journal Science show how fast animal and plant populations would need to move to keep up with recent climate change effects in the ocean and on land. The answer: at similar rates. The study was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and performed in part through the National Center for Ecological Analysis a

Long-Term Carbon Storage in Ganges Basin May Portend Global Warming Worsening

Long-Term Carbon Storage in Ganges Basin May Portend Global Warming Worsening

Woods Hole, MA (SPX) Nov 15, 2011
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists have found that carbon is stored in the soils and sediments of the Ganges-Brahmaputra basin for a surprisingly long time, making it likely that global warming could destabilize the pool of carbon there and in similar places on Earth, potentially increasing the rate of CO2 release into the atmosphere.

Study rethinks the ocean's role in Pacific climate

Study rethinks the ocean's role in Pacific climate
University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science researchers have climate scientists rethinking a commonly held theory about the ocean's role in the global climate system. The new findings can aid scientists in better understanding and predicting changes in the Pacific climate and its impacts around the globe.

Big Names Shamed As Carbon Emissions Made Public For The First Time

By David Thorpe, November 15, 2011
The public is now able to see for the first time which companies and organisations are making a real effort to reduce their carbon emissions and which are not.The carbon savers and the carbon slackers have all been made visible under the first Performance League Tables of the Energy Efficiency Scheme, published today by the Environment Agency.This mandatory scheme, which was introduced in 2008,...  » Continue...

USHCC urges swift action on Keystone XL pipeline construction

USHCC urges swift action on Keystone XL pipeline construction
The USHCC is urging President Obama to order the U.S. State Department to approve the pipeline.
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FTTN: Shale gas boom could lead to lucrative servicing opportunities

FTTN: Shale gas boom could lead to lucrative servicing opportunities
New methods of extracting natural gas from organic-rich shales offer the promise of a plentiful new source of clean-burning natural gas.
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Keystone Pipeline Will Be Rerouted By DAN FROSCH

Keystone Pipeline Will Be Rerouted

Monday, November 14, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Only Five Years Left to Make Transition to Low-Carbon Infrastructure

Only Five Years Left to Make Transition to Low-Carbon Infrastructure

New sonar maps show East Coast at risk of tsunamis, too

New sonar maps show East Coast at risk of tsunamis, too

Ongoing 5-year investigation led by USGS was requested by nuclear regulatory agency

U.S. East Coast Tsunami Risk Investigated with Sonar

U.S. East Coast Tsunami Risk Investigated with Sonar

A sonar mapping cruise taken in June to the Baltimore, Washington and Norfolk Canyons and selected regions of the continental shelf revealed steep escarpments that probably pose no tsunami hazard

Pipeline Decision a Setback for U.S.-Canada Ties

Keystone decision a setback for U.S.-Canada relations

OTTAWA AND CALGARY— From Friday's Globe and Mail

Delay disappointing but Keystone XL merits approval

Delay disappointing but Keystone XL merits approval

PR Newswire
CALGARY, Nov. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers today said the U.S. government's decision to re-examine alternate routes for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast is disappointing given the three years of extensive analysis already completed and after the U.S. government's own environmental impact assessment determined the proposed Keystone XL pipeline routing would not have an undue environmental impact.
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Keystone-XL pipeline decision postponed

Keystone decision pushed beyond election

U.S. Delays Pipeline Decision

U.S. Delays Pipeline Decision

Administration to Explore Rerouting Keystone Project Amid Environmental Concerns

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Exxon signs Kurd exploration contracts

Exxon signs Kurd exploration contracts ExxonMobil has become the first of the “supermajor” oil companies to venture into Kurdistan, in a controversial move that will be seen as a huge vote of confidence in the semi-autonomous region of Iraq but could spark a backlash in Baghdad
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