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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Detailed View of Seafloor Depicted in New Google Earth Maps

Detailed View of Seafloor Depicted in New Google Earth Maps
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Developed by oceanographers at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the new three-dimensional maps piece together high-resolution seafloor images taken during hundreds of research cruises covering roughly 3 million miles.
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Arctic Deep sea oil: Cairn Energy oil spill response plan missing

Arctic Deep sea oil: Cairn Energy oil spill response plan missing

Gulf Deep Water Oil Drilling Challenged

Gulf Deep Water Oil Drilling Challenged New Orleans, LA - Earthjustice filed a legal challenge today against the federal government for conducting a flawed environmental risk assessment of Shell Oil Company's plan to drill for oil in deep Gulf of Mexico water near the site of BP's catastrophic 2010 well blowout.

(Media-Newswire.com) - New Orleans, LA — Earthjustice filed a legal challenge today against the federal government for conducting a flawed environmental risk assessment of Shell Oil Company’s plan to drill for oil in deep Gulf of Mexico water near the site of BP’s catastrophic 2010 well blowout.

Earthjustice filed suit in the Eleventh Circuit because the government’s risk calculations are flawed and Shell’s drilling plan is not sufficient to protect communities from another major oil spill along the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coasts. Earthjustice filed suit on behalf of the Sierra Club, the Gulf Restoration Network, and the Florida Wildlife Federation.

The federal agency has based its analysis on a 1-in-4000 chance oil spill risk scenario even though industry documents show the chance of a major spill at 1-in-43, or 2.3 percent.

“No reasonable person would take a 1-in-43 chance of their house burning down, so why in heaven’s name would the federal government take a 1-in-43 chance of having another massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Earthjustice attorney David Guest.

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement ( BOEMRE ) approved Shell’s plan after concluding that “an accidental spill event is not very likely to occur.”

BOEMRE’s oil spill risk calculations are fundamentally flawed and ignore relevant risk factors well known in the industry, especially when drilling 1.5 miles below the ocean’s surface. Among other things, BOEMRE bases its total risk calculations on the experience of drilling in shallow waters—not the deep waters where the BP spill occurred and Shell now plans to drill.

A review of Shell’s plan shows that a spill at the company’s proposed drilling site, 72 miles off the Louisiana coast, could produce 400,000 barrels of oil a day. That is more than six times the amount spilled in the BP disaster, and it would impact communities from western Louisiana to Panama City, Florida. The most severely impacted area in Shell’s “worst case scenario” plan would be Plaquemines Parish in Louisiana, which continues to be devastated by the impacts of the BP spill.

“It is as if the government regulators have learned nothing from the BP disaster,” said Guest of Earthjustice. “Before new deep water Gulf drilling occurs,“ Guest added, “the government must make a realistic assessment of the risk to the Gulf’s ecosystem, its communities, and the many jobs that depend on tourism, fishing, and recreation. It has utterly failed to do so here.”

Shell’s exploration plan anticipates the company using the same type of “blowout preventer” that failed at BP’s Deepwater Horizon well last summer. Federal regulators approved Shell’s exploration plan, even though the plan clearly does not take into account the weaknesses of blowout preventer technology in the deep sea environment.

During The National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, numerous experts admitted that the technology has not been adequately tested for harsh deepwater conditions—precisely where Shell intends to drill.

Shell’s plan says the company is prepared to deal with an uncontrolled blowout because it is a founding member of the Marine Well Containment Company ( “MWCC” ) and will have access to an integrated subsea well control and containment system that can be rapidly deployed. But Shell’s reliance on the MWCC is arbitrary and capricious, because MWCC does not expect to have its system in place and ready to be deployed until 2012, long after Shell expects to begin drilling.

“Approval of Shell's Exploration Plan is especially troubling in light of the conclusions reached in the House Oversight Government and Reform Committee’s recent report examining the adequacy of the Obama Administration's decisions in the wake of the BP oil spill disaster,” said Sierra Club attorney Devorah Ancel. “The report concludes that the Administration ignored critical input when it reorganized BOEMRE to address the systematic problems in regulating drilling. This latest approval demonstrates just that, as it continues to prioritize the interests of big oil at the expense of our natural resources, economy, and the livelihoods of communities across the Gulf.”

“The Shell Plan should be withdrawn until the system it is relying upon is completed, deployable, and has been tested to the satisfaction of independent experts,” Guest said.

“We are concerned about continuing business as usual in light of what occurred at BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster last year,” said Cynthia Sartou, Executive Director of the Gulf Restoration Network. “We feel the federal government needs to take a second look.”

“We’ve got to have proper oversight,” said Florida Wildlife Federation Executive Director Manley Fuller, “and this isn’t it.”



Contact:
David Guest, Earthjustice, ( 850 ) 681-0031
Cynthia Sartou, Gulf Restoration Network ( 504 ) 723-3547, ext. 202
Manley Fuller, Florida Wildlife Federation ( 850 ) 567-7129
Devorah Ancel, Sierra Club, ( 415 ) 977-5721
 

Government Releases Partial List Of Chemicals Found In Oil Spill Dispersants

Government Releases Partial List Of Chemicals Found In Oil Spill Dispersants
New York, NY - A year after the BP Gulf oil disaster and under pressure from environmental groups, the EPA finally released a list of the chemical components in oil dispersants.

Environmental groups challenge BOEMRE permit for Shell deepwater well


Environmental groups challenge BOEMRE permit for Shell deepwater well
Oil & Gas Journal
s request for a deepwater drilling permit near the site of BP PLC's 2010 Macondo well accident and crude oil spill. The group's suit on behalf of the Gulf Restoration Foundation, the Florida Wildlife Federation, and the Sierra Club charged that ...

Tidal Wave Alternative Energy

Tidal Wave Alternative Energy 

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Greenhouse gas emissions from power generation

Greenhouse gas emissions from power generation

More Voices Advance a New Climate Paradigm Abroad

More Voices Advance a New Climate Paradigm Abroad

Oversimplifying A Complex Topic - Measuring The "Sustainability" Of Renewable Energy

Oversimplifying A Complex Topic - Measuring The "Sustainability" Of Renewable Energy

Climate Consequences: Tropical Diseases Moving North

Climate Consequences: Tropical Diseases Moving North

The Carbon Price Debate As Smokescreen For Inaction

The Carbon Price Debate As Smokescreen For Inaction

Earth at Boiling Point

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 03:10 PM PDT
As long as no tipping points are crossed, many believe, there will only be insignificant rises in temperature and sea level. However, rather than tipping points, a boiling point analogy more appropriately describes the risk of Arctic methane releases.

http://theenergycollective.com/samcarana/59121/earth-boiling-point?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Friday, June 10, 2011

IAEA reports Syria to UN over nuke allegations

IAEA reports Syria to UN over nuke allegations
Vienna (AFP) June 9, 2011 - The UN atomic watchdog voted Thursday to report Syria to the United Nations Security Council over allegations it built an undeclared nuclear reactor that was then destroyed by Israeli bombs, diplomats said. At a closed-door meeting of the 35-member board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, 17 countries voted in favour of a corresponding resolution by the United States and ... more

How important are climate models for revealing the causes of environmental change

How important are climate models for revealing the causes of environmental change
London, UK (SPX) Jun 10, 2011 - The human impact on the environment, especially through the release of greenhouse gases, is an area of controversy in public understanding of climate change, and is important for predicting future changes. Many studies into our collective impact use climate models to understand the causes of observed climate changes, both globally and in specific regions. Writing in WIREs Climate Cha ... more

Climate change will cut water for farmers: UN


Climate change will cut water for farmers: UN
Rome (AFP) June 9, 2011 -
The UN food agency on Thursday warned climate change will restrict the availability of water for farming in decades to come, including in the Mediterranean region, and urged governments to take action. A report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said climate change will reduce river runoff and aquifer recharges, adding that the loss of glaciers "will eventually impact the amount ... more

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In Kabul, air pollution a bigger killer than war

In Kabul, air pollution a bigger killer than war
Kabul (AFP) June 9, 2011 -
War may kill thousands of civilians a year in Afghanistan, but choking air pollution in the capital Kabul is more deadly, experts say. Signs of the silent killer - pollutants emitted by old cars, poor quality fuel and people burning trash - are everywhere on the city's chaotic streets. Men walking or cycling usually cover their mouths with masks or scarves to keep out the dust. Women ... more

Medvedev alarmed over tonnes of 'dangerous' waste in Russia

Medvedev alarmed over tonnes of 'dangerous' waste in Russia
Moscow (AFP) June 9, 2011 -
President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday Russia had accumulated more than 30 billion tonnes of hazardous waste, calling on businesses to contribute to the country's environmental clean-up. Speaking in Dzerzhinsk, site of Cold War-era factories producing chemical weapons ranked as one of the world's most polluted cities, the Kremlin chief said many of Russia's ecological problems dated back ... more

Landsat 5 Satellite Sees Tornado Track near Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Landsat 5 Satellite Sees Tornado Track near Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 10, 2011 -
On June 1, 2011, a supercell thunderstorm developed over western Massachusetts. The storm produced an EF3 tornado that cut a 39-mile (63-kilometer) track of destruction across southwest and south-central Massachusetts. Not only did the long-lived tornado remain on the ground for many miles, but it also widened to 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers). The Thematic Mapper on the Landsat 5 satellite ca ... more

South American ash cloud becomes major disruption

South American ash cloud becomes major disruption
Buenos Aires (AFP) June 9, 2011 -
The vast ash cloud spewing from Chile's Puyehue volcano caused major disruption to South American air travel on Thursday, grounding hundreds of flights and upsetting regional diplomacy. All flights in and out of the Argentine capital were halted as well as most arriving or departing the Uruguayan capital Montevideo, forcing President Jose Mujica to postpone a Buenos Aires meeting with his Ar ... mor
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Geo-Engineering Can Help Save the Planet By: THOMAS E. LOVEJOY | International Herald Tribune

Geo-Engineering Can Help Save the Planet
By: THOMAS E. LOVEJOY | International Herald Tribune

New Global Website Presents Low-Carbon Solutions from Sugarcane

New Global Website Presents Low-Carbon Solutions from Sugarcane
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Jun 10, 2011 - Global energy needs are expected to double in the next three decades, pushing carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming higher by as much as 90%. These alarming figures press global leaders to search for low-carbon, renewable options to supply energy. With that in mind, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) has launched a new global website - http://www.Suga ... more
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Shell and Cosan fuelling a lower-carbon future with biofuels

Shell and Cosan fuelling a lower-carbon future with biofuels
The Hague, Netherlands (SPX) Jun 10, 2011 - Shell and Cosan have launched a multi-billion dollar joint venture that will become a leading producer of the low-carbon biofuel, ethanol made from sugar cane. Named Raizen, this major retail and commercial fuels company will operate in Brazil, one of the world's fastest-growing markets. In one of the biggest biofuels deals to date, Shell is combining its extensive retail experience, globa ... more
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Golden age of gas may be a call too soon

Golden age of gas may be a call too soon The natural gas market is entering a golden age on the back of increasing global demand. So proclaims the International Energy Agency, the western countries’ watchdog. But the natural gas pricing system remains, for now, largely in the dark ages. Unlike oil, the cost of natural gas varies substantially around the world. In the US natural gas prices are below $5 per millon British thermal units, but in continental Europe they are near $10 per mBtu and in Asia are more than $12 per mBtu. The IEA believes that the commodity will take steps towards becoming a truly global market …
http://link.ft.com/r/S4XZQQ/HYKQQS/NS9NWA/GK7WK0/6VO901/E4/h?a1=2011&a2=6&a3=10
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BHP pumps oil from new Gulf of Mexico well

BHP pumps oil from new Gulf of Mexico well
BHP pumps oil from new Gulf of Mexico well – FT China ends wind power subsidies after US challenge -BBC Indian firms eye part of Exxon stake in Kashagan field - Reuters Scottish Power price rises prompt concern - FT China proposes $15bn Indus dam scheme - FT
http://link.ft.com/r/S4XZQQ/HYKQQS/NS9NWA/GK7WK0/QFSVJK/E4/h?a1=2011&a2=6&a3=10
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Investors back Hayward’s return in oil venture

Investors back Hayward’s return in oil venture

BySylvia Pfeifer and Anousha Sakoui in London

World Food Supply: What’s To Be Done? By JUSTIN GILLIS

World Food Supply: What’s To Be Done?

Gulf back on track after Deepwater crisis

Gulf back on track after Deepwater crisis

Energy headlines: Third independent director to quit ENRC board

Energy headlines: Third independent director to quit ENRC board

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Gas Leaks on the Path to a Post-Fossil Future By ANDREW C. REVKIN

Gas Leaks on the Path to a Post-Fossil Future

An M.I.T. Plan for Natural Gas With Planet in Mind By ANDREW C. REVKIN

An M.I.T. Plan for Natural Gas With Planet in Mind

Unprecedented Int'l Meeting Releases Preliminary Vision for our Energy Future

Unprecedented Int'l Meeting Releases Preliminary Vision for our Energy Future
WATERLOO, Ontario, June 9, 2011/PRNewswire/ --

- Global Energy Summit in Waterloo, Canada Offers Ideas for Action on Sustainable Low-Carbon Electricity

A unique, international summit of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and future leaders from around the world has concluded with the release of the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 Communiqué. The event's preliminary report includes visionary proposals for transformative action to reduce the electricity-related emissions that drive global warming.

The full Equinox Communiqué is now available at: http://wgsi.org/files/EquinoxCommunique_June9_2011.pdf

AEP Shares Plan for Compliance With Proposed EPA Regulations

AEP Shares Plan for Compliance With Proposed EPA Regulations

Company advocates for more time and flexibility to reduce the negative impact of the proposed EPA rules on customers, jobs and the economy

Oil and Gas Research

Oil and Gas Research



Worldwide Gas Processing Construction Projects - Spring 2011 Forward to Friend
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Oil Sands and Heavy Oil Technologies Conference & Exhibition


The Oil Sands and Heavy Oil Technologies Conference & Exhibition is being held in Calgary, Alberta Canada, July 19 - 21, 2011. Presenting an excellent line up of speakers including Robert Jones, Vice-President of Keystone Pipelines and Lucian Pugliaresi, President of Energy Policy Research Foundation, the conference will cover the full spectrum of technologies crucial to production, processing and environmental remediation. Also included are plenary sessions on nontechnical issues and specific projects, as well as specialty forums on sulfur management, geophysics and the basics of oil sands and heavy oil (Heavy Oil 101) presented by the Canadian Heavy Oil Association (CHOA).

Click here to register for the Oil Sands and Heavy Oil Technologies Conference & Exhibition.

For more information, please contact Brian Doell at briandoell@shaw.ca.

ExxonMobil announces major discoveries in deepwater Gulf of Mexico

ExxonMobil announces major discoveries in deepwater Gulf of Mexico
Exxon Mobil Corporation has announced two major oil discoveries and a gas discovery in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
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Shell to invest billions to develop Cardamom discovery in the Gulf of Mexico


Shell to invest billions to develop Cardamom discovery in the Gulf of Mexico
Shell has approved plans to invest billions into developing its expansive Cardamom oil and gas discovery in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
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Video: Phasing Out The Incandescent Light Bulb

Posted: 09 Jun 2011 02:57 PM PDT
Consumers now have more options than ever when it comes to home lighting. CNET reporter Martin LaMonica discusses what makes the latest bulbs more energy efficient, how they work, and the law requiring that bulbs become more efficient starting in 2012.

The Long-Range Forecast? Stormy Weather…

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Posted: 09 Jun 2011 07:30 AM PDT
  Commerce, Missouri: April 27, 2011 It’s sometimes said that no individual storm, flood, drought or wildfire can be specifically attributed to climate change.

Carbon Market In A Slump As Climate Talks Continue In Bonn

Carbon Market In A Slump As Climate Talks Continue In Bonn

Thursday, June 9, 2011

NOAA Fisheries Science: A Guess, a Coin-Flip, and a Kick in the Teeth By Mike Johnson

NOAA Fisheries Science: A Guess, a Coin-Flip, and a Kick in the Teeth

By Mike Johnson

Protecting our national fish stocks from ruin by overfishing is a national imperative that requires both good management and solid science.  NOAA, the agency responsible for managing our fisheries, is incapable of even adequate management, as shown by a recent independent review by Preston Pate.
At a 4/13/11 Senate subcommittee hearing (video from minute 98), Senator Ayotte of New Hampshire challenged NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco: "NOAA has been relying on ... incomplete and sometimes non-existent [fisheries] data."  Dr. Lubchenco responded with the expected evasion and the familiar patronizing talking point about "best available science information that we have."
Dr. Lubchenco, what if your best available science is not very good?  What if, in fact, it is flawed?  This is not a rhetorical question, as there is evidence that the vaunted NOAA fisheries science is indeed unsound.

Transocean: Coast Guard Gulf Oil Spill Report Flawed

Transocean: Coast Guard Gulf Oil Spill Report Flawed

'Oily substance' investigated in Breton Sound, renewing BP oil spill fears

'Oily substance' investigated in Breton Sound, renewing BP oil spill fears

Transocean criticizes USCG draft report on Deepwater Horizon

Transocean criticizes USCG draft report on Deepwater Horizon

EXCLUSIVE: The Pesticides and Politics of America's Eco-War

EXCLUSIVE: The Pesticides and Politics of America's Eco-War
The culmination of a six-month investigation by Truthout's Mike Ludwig, this story reveals who is really beating the drums of America's biggest ecological war. A small organic oyster farm has fought for 20 years against pesticide sprays near its waters. The pesticides that finally caused the farm to shut down were not sprayed by big oyster farms, but by government agencies conducting a massive chemical eradication of an unwanted marsh grass. The small farm's fight to survive sheds new light on a heated debate within the environmental movement over so-called "invasive species" and a cozy relationship among the biotech industry, the government and conservationists.
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The Gas Is Greener By ROBERT BRYCE

The Gas Is Greener

Three Satellites See Eruption of Puyehue-Cordon Volcano from Space

Three Satellites See Eruption of Puyehue-Cordon Volcano from Space
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jun 07, 2011 - NASA's Terra Satellite, the GOES-13 and GOES-11 satellites all captured images of the ash plume from southern Chile's Puyehue-Cordon Volcano this week. The volcano is located in Puyehue National Park in the Andes of Ranco Province of Chile. The Terra satellite flew over the volcano on June 6 at 14:25 UTC (10:25 a.m. EDT). The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument ... more
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Aquarius to Study the Power of Sea Salt

Aquarius to Study the Power of Sea Salt
Huntsville AL (SPX) Jun 08, 2011 - A new observatory is about to leave Earth to map a powerful compound of global importance: Common everyday sea salt. Researchers suspect that the salinity of Earth's oceans has far-reaching effects on climate, much as the salt levels within our bodies influence our own delicate internal balance. An international team of scientists from NASA and the Space Agency of Argentina, or CONAE, will ... more

China poised to play major role in Cuban oil development

China poised to play major role in Cuban oil development 


Blake wins contract in the Gulf of Mexico

Blake wins contract in the Gulf of Mexico
Blake International USA Rigs recently received a 3 well contract for the Blake Rig 1006, a 1000 horsepower self-erecting platform rig.
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http://www.pennenergy.com/index/petroleum/display/8345679406/articles/pennenergy/petroleum/exploration/2011/06/blake-wins_contract.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroJune92011
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Innovative Siemens water treatment, re-injection solution for enhanced oil recovery

Innovative Siemens water treatment, re-injection solution for enhanced oil recovery
Siemens Energy has developed an integrated solution for the treatment of water before it is pumped back into an oil reservoir to enhance oil recovery.
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Otto Energy commences 3D seismic acquisition offshore Philippines

Otto Energy commences 3D seismic acquisition offshore Philippines
Otto Energy Limited has commenced a 3D seismic data acquisition program in Service Contract 69 (SC 69) in the Visayan Basin of the Republic of Philippines.
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http://www.pennenergy.com/index/petroleum/display/0821173149/articles/pennenergy/petroleum/offshore/2011/06/otto-energy_commences.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroJune92011

Statoil farms into Kakuna prospect in deepwater Gulf of Mexico

Statoil farms into Kakuna prospect in deepwater Gulf of Mexico
Statoil Gulf of Mexico LLC has farmed into the Kakuna prospect located approximately 180 miles southwest of New Orleans in deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
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http://www.pennenergy.com/index/petroleum/display/3343446554/articles/pennenergy/petroleum/exploration/2011/06/statoil-farms_into.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroJune92011

Brazil OGX plans for 730000 boepd by end of 2015, raising billions to back it up

Brazil OGX plans for 730000 boepd by end of 2015, raising billions to back it up
Following OGX’s discoveries and successful appraisal campaign in the Campos and Parnaíba basins, the company reveals its business plan aiming for 730000 boepd by the end of 2015.
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http://www.pennenergy.com/index/petroleum/display/1194828619/articles/pennenergy/petroleum/exploration/2011/06/brazil-ogx_plans_for.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroJune92011

ExxonMobil announces three discoveries in deepwater Gulf of Mexico

ExxonMobil announces three discoveries in deepwater Gulf of Mexico
ExxonMobil Corporation has announced two major oil discoveries and a gas discovery in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
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Novel geothermal technology packs a one-two punch against climate change

Novel geothermal technology packs a one-two punch against climate change
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Jun 09, 2011 - Two University of Minnesota Department of Earth Sciences researchers have developed an innovative approach to tapping heat beneath the Earth's surface. The method is expected to not only produce renewable electricity far more efficiently than conventional geothermal systems, but also help reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) - dealing a one-two punch against climate change. The approach ... more
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Imagine Driving Halfway Across the Country on a Single Tank of Gas -- These Vehicles Make that Dream a Possibility

Imagine Driving Halfway Across the Country on a Single Tank of Gas -- These Vehicles Make that Dream a Possibility

SAFE Analysis: Proposed Fuel Economy Standards could Save Millions of Barrels of Oil per Day; Strengthen Energy Security

SAFE Analysis: Proposed Fuel Economy Standards could Save Millions of Barrels of Oil per Day; Strengthen Energy Security

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On day when OPEC meets to determine production levels, new report examines how improved fuel econo my standards can reduce dependence on oil
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Watchdogs urge completion of post-Fukushima checks by Staff Writers Paris (AFP) June 8, 2011

Nuclear regulatory agencies called on Wednesday for national watchdogs to complete post-Fukushima checks but stressed plant operators should not escape their "prime responsibility" for reactor safety.http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Watchdogs_urge_completion_of_post-Fukushima_checks_999.html
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Republicans accused of undermining US environment

Republicans accused of undermining US environment
Washington (AFP) June 8, 2011 - A leading voice in America's environmental movement Wednesday slammed Republicans for their "assault" on the country's public lands and water. Bruce Babbitt, who served as interior secretary from 1993 to 2001 under then president Bill Clinton, also chastised President Barack Obama for failing to "take up the mantle of land and water conservation... in a significant way." "It is clear to ... more
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Adrian is season's first eastern Pacific hurricane

Saffir–Simpson Hurricane ScaleImage via WikipediaAdrian is season's first eastern Pacific hurricane
Miami (AFP) June 8, 2011 - Adrian has become the first hurricane of the eastern Pacific region, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday. The weak hurricane had sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (75 miles per hour) and was moving northwest at 15 kilometers per hour (nine miles per hour), forecasters at the Miami-based NHC said. Adrian became a Category 1 hurricane, the weakest of five categories, afte ... more

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Adrian_is_seasons_first_eastern_Pacific_hurricane_999.html
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Raytheon Completes Satellite Downlink in Antarctica for Critical Weather Systems

McMurdo Station, AntarcticaImage via Wikipedia
Raytheon Completes Satellite Downlink in Antarctica for Critical Weather Systems
Aurora CO (SPX) Jun 09, 2011 - A Raytheon team has successfully completed the third major communications upgrade at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, in support of future scientific and environmental satellite missions. McMurdo is the largest of the three, year-round U.S.-Antarctic Program research stations. The National Science Foundation (NSF) manages the U.S.-Antarctic Program through which it coordinates all U.S. scienti ... more

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Columbia team makes major step in improving forecasts of weather extremes

Present day Earth altimetry and bathymetry at ...Image via WikipediaColumbia team makes major step in improving forecasts of weather extremes
New York NY (SPX) Jun 09, 2011 - Moisture and heat fluctuations from the land surface to the atmosphere form a critical nexus between surface hydrology and atmospheric processes, especially those relevant to rainfall. While current theory has suggested that soil moisture has had a positive impact on precipitation, there have been very few large-scale observations of this. A team of researchers from Columbia Engineering, G ... more
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50 percent increase in sustainably managed tropical forests

Landscapes in Shimba HillsImage by frederic.salein via Flickr50 percent increase in sustainably managed tropical forests
Bern, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 09, 2011

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A comprehensive assessment of tropical forest management reports a 50 percent increase in the area of tropical forest under sustainable management in just five years, but cautions that key drivers of that increase-growing demand for certified timber and funding for climate change initiatives-could have only a marginal impact in the long-term.
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