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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pew Statement on Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Decision

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lee Crockett, director, Federal Fisheries Policy for the Pew Environment Group, released the following statement in response to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) announcement regarding the listing of Atlantic bluefin tuna under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
"While NOAA has decided not to list Atlantic bluefin tuna under the Endangered Species Act, the agency has recognized it as a 'species of concern.' The United States has a responsibility to step up its efforts to exert international leadership to protect Atlantic bluefin.
"Specifically, the U.S. needs to act to:
  • Protect bluefin tuna spawning grounds in the Gulf of Mexico and the Mediterranean Sea;
  • Significantly reduce its bycatch in U.S. surface longline fisheries; and
  • Eliminate illegal fishing and fraud in the Mediterranean bluefin fishery."

The Pew Environment Group is the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-governmental organization that works globally to establish pragmatic, science-based policies that protect our oceans, preserve our wildlands and promote clean energy. For more information, visit www.PewEnvironment.org.

MAP OF THE DAY: The World Water Crisis

MAP OF THE DAY: The World Water Crisis


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/water-crisis-2011-3#ixzz1NhDeUCRH

Friday, May 27, 2011

US, Russia, Japan to nix new Kyoto Protocol: diplomats

US, Russia, Japan to nix new Kyoto Protocol: diplomats

Deauville, France (AFP) May 27, 2011
The United States, Russia, Japan and Canada will reject a binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at November's UN climate summit in South Africa, European diplomats said Friday. US President Barack Obama said at a dinner of the G8 summit in Deauville on Thursday night that the US would not sign up for an updated Kyoto Protocol despite the European Union's wish for such an agree

Whose Land? from Dissident Voice by Kim Petersen

Whose Land?

from Dissident Voice

On Track to Lose Our Public Lands from Dissident Voice by Bill Willers

On Track to Lose Our Public Lands

from Dissident Voice

Is Gulf Seafood Safe to Eat?

Is Gulf Seafood Safe to Eat?

Experts seem to the think the answer is 'yes.' But there's still a lot to be learned about how the damage from the spill will affect the ecosystem.

Officials: No Need to Protect Bluefin Tuna Under Species Act

Officials: No Need to Protect Bluefin Tuna Under Species Act

Gulf of Mexico drilling and development activities start to heat up

Gulf of Mexico drilling and development activities start to heat up

ATP completes the first deepwater well in the US Gulf of Mexico post drilling moratorium

ATP completes the first deepwater well in the US Gulf of Mexico post drilling moratorium

Devon Energy's Cana natural gas plant severely damaged by tornado

Devon Energy's Cana natural gas plant severely damaged by tornado

Shale Gas Market $26.66bn in 2011 - New Study Available on ASDReports.com

Shale Gas Market $26.66bn in 2011 - New Study Available on ASDReports.com

Low metal recycling threatens green economy: UN report

Low metal recycling threatens green economy: UN report
London (AFP) May 26, 2011 - Too much metal is being thrown away when it could be recycled, wasting an opportunity to save energy and risking shortages in materials used for new green technologies, a UN report warned Thursday. In a landmark study, the first to outline the extent to which metals are collected, Programme (UNEP) found that less than one third of about 60 metals studied are recycled to an ... more


Using the energy in oil shale without releasing carbon dioxide in a greenhouse world

Using the energy in oil shale without releasing carbon dioxide in a greenhouse world
Stanford CA (SPX) May 27, 2011 - New technology that combines production of electricity with capture of carbon dioxide could make billions of barrels of oil shale - now regarded as off-limits because of the huge amounts of carbon dioxide released in its production - available as an energy source in a greenhouse world of the future. That's the conclusion of a report on "electricity production with in situ carbon capture" ( ... more

Coal Energy in Your State - Fact -Coal accounts for almost half Ad of the electricity in the US.

Scientists discover the largest assembly of whale sharks ever recorded

Scientists discover the largest assembly of whale sharks ever recorded

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Scientists_discover_the_largest_assembly_of_whale_sharks_ever_recorded_999.html

Global Warming May Affect the Capacity of Trees to Store Carbon

WOOD PILE
Global Warming May Affect the Capacity of Trees to Store Carbon

Caltech-led team debunks theory on end of Snowball Earth ice age

Caltech-led team debunks theory on end of Snowball Earth ice age
Pasadena CA (SPX) May 27, 2011 - There's a theory about how the Marinoan ice age-also known as the "Snowball Earth" ice age because of its extreme low temperatures-came to an abrupt end some 600 million years ago. It has to do with large amounts of methane, a strong greenhouse gas, bubbling up through ocean sediments and from beneath the permafrost and heating the atmosphere. The main physical evidence behind this theory ... more

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Caltech_led_team_debunks_theory_on_end_of_Snowball_Earth_ice_age_999.html

Australia's mining boom

Australia's mining boom http://link.ft.com/r/3JFELL/NSQP1Q/XTL8JY/0GUXV1/WL3CX1/PJ/h?a1=2011&a2=5&a3=27

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Experts create first legal roadmap to tackle local ocean acidification hotspots

Experts create first legal roadmap to tackle local ocean acidification hotspots
Coastal communities hard hit by ocean acidification hotspots have more options than they may realize, says an interdisciplinary team of science and legal experts. In a paper published in the journal Science, experts from Stanford University's Center for Ocean Solutions and colleagues make the case that communities don't need to wait for a global solution to ocean acidification to fix a local problem that is compromising their marine environment. Many localized acidification hotspots can be traced to local contributors of acidity that can be addressed using existing laws, they wrote.
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New research points to the significant role of oceans in ancient global cooling

New research points to the significant role of oceans in ancient global cooling
Thirty-eight million years ago, tropical jungles thrived in what are now the cornfields of the American Midwest and furry marsupials wandered temperate forests in what is now the frozen Antarctic. The temperature differences of that era, known as the late Eocene, between the equator and Antarctica were only half of what they are today. A debate has long been raging in the scientific community on what changes in our global climate system led to such a major shift from the more tropical, greenhouse climate of the Eocene to the modern and much cooler climates of today.
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ASEAN Officials Discuss Development of Tuna Industry

ASEAN Officials Discuss Development of Tuna Industry

Federal Health Study of Gulf Oil Spill Started Too Slowly, Expert Tells AAAS Forum

Federal Health Study of Gulf Oil Spill Started Too Slowly, Expert Tells AAAS Forum

Dr. Bernard D. Goldstein
A major study of worker health in the aftermath of the Gulf oil blowout got underway months later than desirable and may be limited as a result, a public health specialist told the AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy.
Dr. Bernard D. Goldstein, interim director of the Center for Healthy Environments and Communities at the University of Pittsburgh, said the federal government was unprepared to quickly mount studies of the possible long-term health effects of the 20 April 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill.
A National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) study of more than 50,000 cleanup workers was not funded until six months after the blowout and researchers did not get into the field until January, Goldstein said. As a result, data on worker exposure to various chemicals will be hard to come by, he said, as will definitive answers about any oil-associated ailments among the workers.
Still, Goldstein said the impact of the spill over the longer term is more likely to involve mental and social health disruptions rather than the toxicological effect of various chemicals.
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Oil lawsuit may be U.S. "revenge" for BP spill: magnate

Oil lawsuit may be U.S. "revenge" for BP spill: magnate

Safety of gulf seafood a concern

Safety of gulf seafood a concern

Experts spar over Gulf methane's fate

Experts spar over Gulf methane's fate

New study argues against conclusion that bacteria consumed Deepwater Horizon methane

New study argues against conclusion that bacteria consumed Deepwater Horizon methane

A technical comment published in the current (May 27) edition of the journal Science casts doubt on a widely publicized study that concluded that a bacterial bloom in the Gulf of Mexico consumed the methane discharged from the Deepwater Horizon well.

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Scientists doubt claims methane gone after BP spill

Scientists doubt claims methane gone after BP spill

BP oil spill partly blamed for Gulf dolphin deaths



BP oil spill partly blamed for Gulf dolphin deaths

BP asks judge to dismiss thousands of economic loss claims over oil spill

BP asks judge to dismiss thousands of economic loss claims over oil spill

What Motivates Climate Change Deniers?

What Motivates Climate Change Deniers?

Climate Change's Role in the Flooding of the Mississippi

Climate Change's Role in the Flooding of the Mississippi

Expert discovers simple method of dealing with harmful radioactive iodine


Expert discovers simple method of dealing with harmful radioactive iodine
Sheffield UK (SPX) May 27, 2011 -
Iodine radioisotopes are produced by fission of uranium fuel in a nuclear reactor. Radioactive iodine is of concern because it is highly mobile in the environment and selective uptake by the thyroid gland can pose a significant cancer risk following long term exposure. Furthermore, iodine-129, which is a type of radioactive iodine, has an extremely long half life of 15.7 million years, so ... more

Environment: BP oil spill: not all is said and done

Environment: BP oil spill: not all is said and done

Oil industry losing the shale PR battle

Oil industry losing the shale PR battle

Nuclear debate should include hazards of sticking with fossil fuel By Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun

Nuclear debate should include hazards of sticking with fossil fuel

 
 
By Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun

Visualizations : Deaths per TWh by energy sources

Visualizations : Deaths per TWh by energy sources

Environment Interactive Chart: Deaths per TWh by Energy Source

Interactive Chart: Deaths per TWh by Energy Source

Deaths and energy technologies

Deaths and energy technologies

The triumph of coal marketing

The triumph of coal marketing

Do you have an opinion about nuclear power? About the relative safety of one form of power over another? How did you come to this opinion?
Here are the stats, and here's the image

On Earth Day, Contemplating the Human Cost of Energy

Joule Secures First of Multiple Sites to Host Solar Fuel Production

Joule Secures First of Multiple Sites to Host Solar Fuel Production

 

Cambridge MA (SPX) May 12, 2011 - Marking another milestone in its advance towards commercialization, Joule Unlimited has announced the signing of a lease agreement providing access to 1,200 acres in Lea County, New Mexico, with the potential to scale the project up to 5,000 acres for production of renewable diesel and ethanol directly from sunlight and waste CO2. The agreement with Lea County is the first to be completed as par ... more
 


 

http://www.biofueldaily.com/reports/Joule_Secures_First_of_Multiple_Sites_to_Host_Solar_Fuel_Production_999.html

DoD Contracts for Advanced Biofuels Can Spur Technology Deployment

DoD Contracts for Advanced Biofuels Can Spur Technology Deployment
 

Washington DC (SPX) May 12, 2011 - Legislation authorizing long-term Department of Defense (DOD) contracts for purchasing advanced biofuels can help companies commercialize innovative new technology. The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has thanked Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) for introducing the "Domestic Fuel for Enhancing National Security Act of 2011," which would authorize the DOD to engage in 15 year contracts for adv ... more
 


 


http://www.biofueldaily.com/reports/DoD_Contracts_for_Advanced_Biofuels_Can_Spur_Technology_Deployment_999.html

Iowa Affirms Position as Proven Leader in Biorenewables Sector

Iowa Affirms Position as Proven Leader in Biorenewables Sector
 

Des Moines IA (SPX) May 12, 2011 - Iowa has established itself as the breeding ground for the next generation of biofuels in America. According to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, the Hawkeye state has added $13 billion to the state's economy, generated $2.5 billion in new household income, and created and supported almost 50,000 Iowa jobs. The Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) will have a major presence a ... more
 

MIT Study: conventional fossil fuels sometimes 'greener' than biofuels

MIT Study: conventional fossil fuels sometimes 'greener' than biofuels
 

Cambridge MA (SPX) May 13, 2011 - In an effort to combat soaring fuel prices and cut greenhouse gas emissions, the aviation industry is racing toward the use of biofuels. In 2008, Virgin Atlantic became the first commercial airline to fly a plane on a blend of biofuel and petroleum. Since then, Air New Zealand, Qatar Airways and Continental Airlines, among others, have flown biofuel test flights, and Lufthansa is racing to ... more
 
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Teaching algae to make fuel

Teaching algae to make fuel
 

Boston MA (SPX) May 26, 2011 - Many kinds of algae and cyanobacteria, common water-dwelling microorganisms, are capable of using energy from sunlight to split water molecules and release hydrogen, which holds promise as a clean and carbon-free fuel for the future. One reason this approach hasn't yet been harnessed for fuel production is that under ordinary circumstances, hydrogen production takes a back seat to the production ... more
 

Renewable energy will only get cheaper: study

Renewable energy will only get cheaper: study

China Widens Lead Over U.S. in Renewable Energy Ranking by Ernst & Young

China Widens Lead Over U.S. in Renewable Energy Ranking by Ernst & Young

Big companies aggressively jump into clean tech

Big companies aggressively jump into clean tech

Texas Senate OKs fracking disclosure bill


Texas Senate OKs fracking disclosure bill


Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/05/25/3104315/texas-senate-oks-fracking-disclosure.html#ixzz1NVdhxk5E

Business Travel Day

Dear Readers
I am on business travel so posting will be thin this morning but
will resume after I reach my destination tonight.

NASA/University Japan Quake Study Yields Surprises

NASA/University Japan Quake Study Yields Surprises
Pasadena CA (SPX) May 23, 2011 - When the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku-Oki earthquake and resulting tsunami struck off the northeast coast of Japan on March 11, they caused widespread destruction and death. Using observations from a dense regional geodetic network (allowing measurements of earth movement to be gathered from GPS satellite data), globally distributed broadband seismographic networks, and open-ocean tsunami data, research ... more

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/NASA_University_Japan_Quake_Study_Yields_Surprises_999.html

Globalization exposes food supply to unsanitary practices

Globalization exposes food supply to unsanitary practices
New Orleans LA (SPX) May 26, 2011 - As the United States continues to import increasingly more of its food from developing nations, we are putting ourselves at greater risk of foodborne disease as many of these countries do not have the same sanitary standards for production, especially in the case of seafood and fresh produce, say scientists at the 111th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans. ... more

http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Globalization_exposes_food_supply_to_unsanitary_practices_999.html

Burkhard: Pipelines limit Canadian oil sands US supply role

Burkhard: Pipelines limit Canadian oil sands US supply role

Santos discovers oil with Finucane South offshore Western Australia

Santos discovers oil with Finucane South offshore Western Australia

Pemex discovers natural gas, condensate with deepwater well

Pemex discovers natural gas, condensate with deepwater well

The Limits of Tornado Predictions

The Limits of Tornado Predictions
by Kristina Bjoran
Meteorologists can use many technologies to forecast tornadoes, but the predictions aren't as precise as they'd like.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Contamination: The totalitarian strategy of the GMO crop industry

Contamination: The totalitarian strategy of the GMO crop industry

by Kurt Cobb
Certainly, many of us know people who say (wrongly) that nowadays everything causes cancer. This view becomes a justification for making no effort to avoid carcinogens, especially in food. It is a case of learned helplessness that becomes a major public relations weapon for creating and maintaining docile populations. Make people feel powerless. Then, even if they disagree with you, they won't oppose you.
This appears to be the strategy of the genetically modified organism (GMO) crop industry.

Lawsuit Challenges Delay in Protecting Vanishing Bluefin Tuna



For Immediate Release, May 25, 2011
Contact: Catherine Kilduff, (415) 644-8580
Lawsuit Challenges Delay in Protecting Vanishing Bluefin Tuna
Endangered Status Sought for Giant, Warm-blooded Fish
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity formally notified the National Marine Fisheries Service today that it intends to sue the agency for failing to protect Atlantic bluefin tuna under the Endangered Species Act. The tuna, which migrates across the Atlantic to spawn in the Gulf of Mexico, faces extinction due to severe overfishing and habitat degradation, including effects of the BP oil spill. The Center filed a petition to protect bluefin tuna as endangered on May 24, 2010; by law the agency has one year to determine if the fish merits endangered status.
“If the government doesn’t move quickly, the question won’t be when the bluefin will recover but whether this animal will survive at all. Precipitous declines may not be reversible unless protections finally put a halt to overfishing and protect bluefin tuna nursery grounds,” said Catherine Kilduff, a Center staff attorney.
Overfishing of Atlantic bluefin tuna has caused a more-than 80-percent decline in the population due to industrial fishing. The millions of gallons of oil that gushed into the Gulf of Mexico and into tuna breeding grounds during spawning season further diminishes the species’ chance for recovery; scientists estimate the oil killed more than 20 percent of juvenile bluefin tuna in 2010.
Bluefin boycottIn addition to petitioning for protections under the Endangered Species Act, the Center launched a bluefin boycott in order to reduce the consumer demand that drives up prices and spurs illegal fishing. More than 22,000 people have pledged not to eat at restaurants serving bluefin tuna, and dozens of chefs and owners of seafood and sushi restaurants have pledged not to sell bluefin.
“If we don’t stop overfishing, bluefin tuna will vanish, leading to empty hooks and an empty ocean. With each year, bluefin tuna become scarcer in U.S. waters. Canada’s scientists, in their assessment of bluefin as ‘endangered,’ calculated a 68-percent decline in two and a half generations. It’s time to halt the decline before bluefin tuna disappear forever,” said Kilduff.
Background
The Atlantic bluefin (Thunnus thynnus) is a majestic fish that can weigh 1,000 pounds and reach 13 feet in length. It is among the fastest of all species, capable of speeds greater than 55 miles per hour, and is threatened by overfishing, capture for tuna ranches, and changing ocean and climate conditions.
Protection under the Endangered Species Act would prohibit fishing for Atlantic bluefin tuna and require federal agencies such as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement to avoid jeopardizing the bluefin in permitting offshore drilling. Additionally, protections would safeguard critical habitat and ban importation.
For more information about the Center’s bluefin tuna conservation campaign, visit: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/species/fish/Atlantic_bluefin_tuna/index.html. Please go to bluefinboycott.org to sign the pledge and share the Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bluefin-Tuna-Boycott-Join-the-Bluefin-Brigade/107330386001726).
The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 320,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

Australian meteorologists call an end to La Nina

Australian meteorologists call an end to La Nina
Sydney (AFP) May 25, 2011 -
Australian meteorologists on Wednesday declared La Nina, the disruptive weather pattern behind floods and cyclones that brought death and destruction this year, to have ended. The weather phenomenon, which began in earnest in December, was blamed for torrential rain and ferocious storms in Queensland state that wiped out crops, flooded mining operations and claimed at least 30 lives. It ... more


http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Australian_meteorologists_call_an_end_to_La_Nina_999.html
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Stored nuclear fuel seen as U.S. risk

Stored nuclear fuel seen as U.S. risk
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2011 -
The threat of released radioactive materials from a spent fuel pool at Japan's Fukushima plant is dwarfed by the risk posed by similar U.S. pools, a study says. At one plant, the Vermont Yankee facility on the border of Massachusetts and Vermont that is almost a twin of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, the spent fuel in a pool at the solitary reactor is greater than the amount in all four o ... more


http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Stored_nuclear_fuel_seen_as_US_risk_999.html

Central China drought worst in over 50 years: reports

Central China drought worst in over 50 years: reports
Beijing (AFP) May 25, 2011 -
Central China's worst drought in more than 50 years is drying reservoirs, stalling rice planting, and threatens crippling power shortages as hydroelectric output slows, state media said Wednesday. Rainfall levels from January to April in the drainage basin of the Yangtze, China's longest and most economically important river, have been 40 percent lower than average levels of the past 50 year ... more


http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Central_China_drought_worst_in_over_50_years_reports_999.html

Experts quantify melting glaciers effect on ocean currents

Experts quantify melting glaciers effect on ocean currents
Sheffield UK (SPX) May 26, 2011 -
A team of scientists from the University of Sheffield and Bangor University have used a computer climate model to study how freshwater entering the oceans at the end of the penultimate Ice Age 140,000 years ago affected the parts of the ocean currents that control climate. A paper based on the research, co-authored by Professor Grant Bigg, Head of the University of Sheffield's Department o ... more


http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Experts_quantify_melting_glaciers_effect_on_ocean_currents_999.html

Record Tornado Season Caused by Climate Change?

Potential Energy

Record Tornado Season Caused by Climate Change?

Unfortunately, no one knows.
Kevin Bullis 05/25/2011
Tornadoes have killed m

Might peak oil and climate change outlive their usefulness as framings for Transition? by Rob Hopkins

Might peak oil and climate change outlive their usefulness as framings for Transition?

by Rob Hopkins

Energy Outlook Monday, May 23, 2011 Has the Solar Market Reached A Turning Point?

Energy Outlook
Monday, May 23, 2011
  Has the Solar Market Reached A Turning Point?

Peak oil review - May 23 by Tom Whipple

Peak oil review - May 23

by Tom Whipple

Green America: Southern Company Rated Worst of Seven Major U.S. Utilities

Green America: Southern Company Rated Worst of Seven Major U.S. Utilities

PR Newswire
Southern Gets Straight "F"s in Grading of "The Dirty Seven" Utilities, Also Home to Three of 10 Worst-Polluting Power Plants in U.S.

The 2011 China's Top 100 Green Companies Unveiled

The 2011 China's Top 100 Green Companies Unveiled

Climate Policy Initiative Opens Rio Center Focused on Effective Green and Low-Carbon Development Policies in Brazil

Climate Policy Initiative Opens Rio Center Focused on Effective Green and Low-Carbon Development Policies in Brazil

DOI to propose reforms in federal oil, gas royalty regulations

DOI to propose reforms in federal oil, gas royalty regulations

Drilling begins on Buckskin in the deepwaters of the Gulf of Mexico

Drilling begins on Buckskin in the deepwaters of the Gulf of Mexico

Court enters judgment on GoM drilling permit suit

Court enters judgment on GoM drilling permit suit

Cairn plans four exploratory wells offshore Greenland

Cairn plans four exploratory wells offshore Greenland

First analysis of invasive plant impacts worldwide

First analysis of invasive plant impacts worldwide
London, UK (SPX) May 25, 2011 - This week the scientific journal Ecology Letters has published a synthesis of the ecological impacts of invasive plants worldwide. This global analysis has been based on more than one thousand studies that in total describe the impacts of 135 invasive plant species. The lead author, Dr. Montserrat Vila, a professor at the Spanish Higher Research Council (CSIC) adds: "This assessment would hav ... more

http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/First_analysis_of_invasive_plant_impacts_worldwide_999.html

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Upton’s Efforts To Scuttle Climate Change Action Not As Popular As He Thought

Upton’s Efforts To Scuttle Climate Change Action Not As Popular As He Thought

Joplin and Climate Change

Joplin and Climate Change

The climate change threat to nuclear power

The climate change threat to nuclear power

A link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never!

Opinions

A link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never!

Unusual earthquake gave Japan tsunami extra punch

Unusual earthquake gave Japan tsunami extra punch
The magnitude 9 earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 were like a one-two punch – first violently shaking, then swamping the islands – causing tens of thousands of deaths and hundreds of billions of dollars in damage. Now Stanford researchers have discovered the catastrophe was caused by a sequence of unusual geologic events never before seen so clearly.

Report claims U.S. can curb carbon emissions while boosting domestic oil production

Report claims U.S. can curb carbon emissions while boosting domestic oil production
A report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and The University of Texas at Austin urges the U.S. to accelerate efforts to pursue carbon capture and storage (CCS) in combination with enhanced oil recovery (EOR), a practice that could increase domestic oil production while significantly curbing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2).

'Fracking' Disclosure Is Urged

'Fracking' Disclosure Is Urged

Shareholders to Decide Whether Gas Producers Should Release More Information


The Icelandic Volcanic Ash Cloud Situation Is Getting Worse from Clusterstock by Joe Weisenthal

The Icelandic Volcanic Ash Cloud Situation Is Getting Worse

from Clusterstock

The Deepwater China Era Begins

The Deepwater China Era Begins

La Nina easing, outlook for 2011 'near-neutral': WMO

La Nina easing, outlook for 2011 'near-neutral': WMO
Geneva (AFP) May 23, 2011 - La Nina, the disruptive weather pattern behind floods and droughts, is easing and there are no signs suggesting a resurgence in the coming months, the UN weather agency said Monday. "The La Nina episode, which caused disastrously wet conditions in certain regions and drought in others, is coming to an end," the World Meterological Organization said in a statement. The weather pattern, bl ... more

No link between tornadoes and climate change: US

No link between tornadoes and climate change: US
Washington (AFP) May 23, 2011 - The United States is experiencing the deadliest year for tornadoes in nearly six decades, but top US weather experts said Monday there is no link between the violent twisters and climate change. Instead, the reasons for the spiking death tolls are more likely due to the rise in the population density, the number of mobile homes and the chance paths taken by a series of tornadoes that have ha ... more

LSU Researchers Study Methods to Use River Sediment to Repair the Coast

LSU Researchers Study Methods to Use River Sediment to Repair the Coast
Baton Rouge LA (SPX) May 23, 2011 - As the already gargantuan body of water swells beyond its normal manmade boundaries, the state of Louisiana is starting to see impact after having seen the damage already done to states from Missouri to Mississippi. While near record-breaking water levels are expected any day now and safety precautions are being taken, one LSU professor explained how the river's meandering historic path and silt ... more

Beijing admits Three Gorges Dam problems

Beijing admits Three Gorges Dam problems
Beijing (UPI) May 23, 2011 - China has acknowledged there are problems with its massive Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydropower station. China Three Gorges Corp. said Sunday that an investigation conducted by China's National Audit Office had found 31 "financial issues" related to accounting, financial management, investment, bidding and corporate management, state-run Xinhua news agency reports. Th ... more

Iceland volcano still spewing ash, Europe threatened

Iceland volcano still spewing ash, Europe threatened
Reykjavik (AFP) May 23, 2011 - A plume of ash from an erupting Icelandic volcano is forecast to reach Britain Monday forcing a change in US President Barack Obama's flight plans and bringing fears of wider travel disruptions. The eruption of Grimsvoetn has raised concerns over a repeat of last year's travel chaos sparked by the eruption of another Icelandic volcano which led to the biggest shutdown of European airspace s ... more

Core of the Earth melts and freezes

Core of the Earth melts and freezes
Leeds UK (SPX) May 23, 2011 - The inner core of the Earth is simultaneously melting and freezing due to circulation of heat in the overlying rocky mantle, according to new research from the University of Leeds, UC San Diego and the Indian Institute of Technology. The findings, published tomorrow in Nature, could help us understand how the inner core formed and how the outer core acts as a 'geodynamo', which generates t ... more

Project to maximise benefits from fisheries

Project to maximise benefits from fisheries

Steps under way to tackle decline in marine resources - By Saleh al Azri - MUSCAT — The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is embarked on a project to maximise benefits from the fisheries sector. The project, which focuses on pelagic fish in the Omani waters is one of the promising ventures aimed at increasing production of some types of migratory fish such as tuna.

NGO warns Pacific to do more to protect declining tuna fishery

NGO warns Pacific to do more to protect declining tuna fishery

Solomons cannery complex part of regional aim to increase tuna return

Solomons cannery complex part of regional aim to increase tuna return

Premier Oil starts drilling on Tuna PSC area in Indonesia

Premier Oil starts drilling on Tuna PSC area in Indonesia

Fishery Survey of India to tag tunas reaching Andhra Pradesh coast

Fishery Survey of India to tag tunas reaching Andhra Pradesh coast

Pingtung sees success in yellowfin tuna breeding

Pingtung sees success in yellowfin tuna breeding

Iowa engineer scales up process that could improve economics of ethanol production

Iowa engineer scales up process that could improve economics of ethanol production
Ames IA (SPX) May 24, 2011 - Iowa State University's Hans van Leeuwen has moved his research team's award-winning idea for improving ethanol production from a laboratory to a pilot plant. Now he knows the idea, which produces a new animal feed and cleans water that can be recycled back into ethanol production, works more efficiently in batches of up to 350 gallons than on a lab bench. "We're learning we can reliably p ... more

Keystone XL Pipeline will create hundreds of thousands of jobs - API

Keystone XL Pipeline will create hundreds of thousands of jobs - API

Clinton asked to seek temporary delay of drilling off Cuba

Clinton asked to seek temporary delay of drilling off Cuba

The Shale Gas Boom: Energy exploration in Carolina

The Shale Gas Boom: Energy exploration in Carolina

Volcano eruption in Iceland threatens North Sea oil and gas operations

Volcano eruption in Iceland threatens North Sea oil and gas operations

Energy headlines: Risk aversion takes toll on oil

Energy headlines: Risk aversion takes toll on oil

- Risk aversion takes toll on oil – FT
- Oil rises after Goldman raises forecast – Bloomberg
- Ahmadinejad will not attend Opec – Argus
- BP-Rosneft deal ‘dead’ for now – WSJ
- Talks between BP and Rosneft continue – The Telegraph
- Tullow buys Dutch North Sea fields – WSJ
- Shell rapped over North Sea incident – The Telegraph
- MPs back shale gas drilling – FT
- Clegg unveils Green Investment Bank – The Guardian
Rottgen sees rewards in non-nuclear policy – FT
Merkel warned nuclear shutdown may mean blackouts – The Guardian
- California carbon market on ice – Reuters
- Gauge agreed for biofuel effects on world – FT
- Cairn resumes Greenland oil drilling – WSJ
- Mitie lifts pay-out as energy costs soar – FT

KNOC is acquirer of two largest deals of the month

KNOC is acquirer of two largest deals of the month


Published: May 1, 2011
Interest by foreign companies in US unconventional resource plays, particularly shale gas and oil assets, seems to have reached a crescendo. The latest major transaction (and the largest M&A deal of the 30-day period between mid-March and mid-April) was Anadarko Petroleum's decision to sell a one-third interest its Eagle Ford shale assets in South Texas to state-owned Korea National Oil Company (KNOC) for $1.55 billion on March 21. Earlier this year, China's CNOOC signed a $1.3 billion deal with Chesapeake Energy for a share in its oil-rich shale deposits in the Niobrara shale play of northeast Colorado and southeastern Wyoming. Prior to that, Chesapeake and CNOOC inked a similar deal in the Eagle Ford shale. The list of overseas investors in US shale plays goes on and on.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Can China Find Soft-Landing for Economy?

Can China Find Soft-Landing for Economy?

Gordon Chang, Forbes
Chinese growth is on a downward path.  Gross domestic product increased 11.9% in the first quarter last year, and the rate of increase has declined every quarter since.  In the first three months of this year, growth came in at 9.7%. Current GDP growth is now below the 9.9% average for the three decades of the reform era.  Conditions at the moment resemble those that preceded the downturn of the later part of the 1990s when, in reality, the country tipped into a year or so of contraction.

Stanford Energy Seminar Scenarios of the Global Climate Energy System

Energy Seminar

Keywan Riahi, Senior Research Scholar and Acting Leader of the Energy Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Monday, May 23, 2011| 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM |  NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center | Free and Open to All

Keywan Riahi PhotoMore than 300 energy experts collaborated over the last four years on the Global Energy Assessment (GEA). The Report, forthcoming in Summer 2011, aims at providing the technical and scientific basis for the evaluation of social, economic, technological, and environmental challenges linked to energy. This talk focuses on findings of the GEA energy scenario analysis. The scenarios explore transformative changes of the energy system in order to meet a range of sustainability objectives. Specifically, they assesses technical measures, policies, and related costs and benefits for providing almost universal access to affordable clean cooking fuel and electricity for the poor, limiting air pollution and health damages from energy use, improving energy security throughout the world, and limiting climate change to below 2C compared to preindustrial levels. Results from the scenario analysis indicate that the transformation towards ambitious sustainability objectives is technically possible, and that alternative combinations of resources, technologies, and policies are conceivable to attain the objectives. Three illustrative pathways (GEA-Supply, GEA-Mix, and GEA-Efficiency) are selected from a large ensemble of possible transformations. They depict salient branching points for policy implementation and highlight different degrees of freedom and routes to the sustainability objectives.
Brief Bio:
Professor Riahi is the author of many scientific journal articles, and has co-authored and guest-edited books and Special Journal Issues in the fields of energy and climate change. Since 1998 he has served as a Lead Author to various Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), including the IPCC's Third and Fourth Assessment Reports, the IPCC's Special Report on Emissions Scenarios (SRES), and the Special Report on CO2 Capture and Storage (SRCCS).
Prof. Riahi is member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Energy Economics, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA) and the Executive Committee of the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC). His work within international modeling comparison projects, such as the Stanford-based Energy Modeling Forum (EMF), focuses on the spatial and temporal characteristics of technology diffusion and the path-dependent development of the energy system under alternative policy configurations.
Prof. Riahi’s main research interests are the long-term patterns of technological change and economic development and, in particular, the evolution of the energy system. His present research focuses on energy-related sources of global change, and on future development and response strategies for mitigating adverse environmental impacts, such as global warming and acidification. This also includes research in the area of technology assessment of advanced energy systems with particular focus on the hydrogen energy infrastructure and carbon capture and sequestration technologies.
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