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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Scientists say Japan quake destroyed deep sea eco-system

Scientists say Japan quake destroyed deep sea eco-system

Photos: Oil At BP's Deepwater Horizon Gulf Spill Site from Washington's Blog by Washington's Blog

Photos: Oil At BP's Deepwater Horizon Gulf Spill Site

from Washington's Blog

"The Whole World Will Be Exposed From The Radiation From Fukushima" from Washington's Blog by Washington's Blog

"The Whole World Will Be Exposed From The Radiation From Fukushima"

from Washington's Blog

Fukushima Worker On Camera: “The Holes And Cracks In The Ground Are Terrifying”

Fukushima Worker On Camera: “The Holes And Cracks In The Ground Are Terrifying”

from Washington's Blog

Lessons learned from the two worst oils spills in US history: Microbes matter

Lessons learned from the two worst oils spills in US history: Microbes matter

One year after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and two decades after the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound, the scientific lesson is clear -- microbes matter! Despite vast differences in the ecosystems and circumstances of these two worst oil spills in US history, oil-degrading microorganisms played a significant role in reducing the overall environmental impact of both spills, scientists report.

Fukushima: Early stage China Syndrome? Global media blackout

Fukushima: Early stage China Syndrome? Global media blackout
Examiner.com
Since Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy plant has reportedly released 20 times the radiation contamination amount of the Hiroshima bomb, and its molten core is sinking through the Earth's crust, it appears to be in early stages of a "total China ...

USGS Arctic Ocean Research: A Polar Ocean Acidification Study

USGS Arctic Ocean Research: A Polar Ocean Acidification Study

US EPA announces nationwide plans to study fracking impacts

US EPA announces nationwide plans to study fracking impacts

Friday, August 19, 2011

Gulf of Mexico oil crew ignored warnings: probe

Gulf of Mexico oil crew ignored warnings: probe
The crew of an oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year causing one of the worst oil spills in US history ignored warning signs a disaster was imminent, an investigator said Friday.

Northern Colorado fracking concerns escalate

Northern Colorado fracking concerns escalate

No evidence points to fluids having contaminated drinking water in Larimer or Weld counties, however

Shale Gas Outrage Rally And Freedom From Fracking Conference In Philadelphia

Shale Gas Outrage Rally And Freedom From Fracking Conference In Philadelphia

Natural gas fracking rules considered by U.S. agency for public land

Natural gas fracking rules considered by U.S. agency for public land

Alberta calling for review into oil, gas fracking


Alberta NDP calling for review into oil, gas fracking 0
Edmonton Sun
Alberta's NDP are calling for a review to uncover “un-regulated” oil and gas fracking in the province. Rachel Notley, NDP environment critic, presented what she calls a leaked government document Thursday that allegedly shows a government plan to cover ...

Shale gas: Can we safely tap a huge resource?

Shale gas: Can we safely tap a huge resource?
Washington Post
Shale gas and associated hydrocarbon liquids are produced by hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” One million to 5 million gallons of fracking fluid — a mixture of water, sand and chemical additives — is injected along horizontal pipe extending a ...

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Federal fracking response could be years away



Federal fracking response could be years away
Huffington Post (blog)
Opponents fear this fracking fluid may foul water supplies, endangering human health and the environment. Adapting, the industry is responding to public concern. Giant energy services company Halliburton, in a safety demonstration at an August 3 ...

New York Subpoenas Energy Companies Over Fracking

New York Subpoenas Energy Companies Over Fracking
The Atlantic Wire
The debate over fracking has already halted fracking at 15000 sites along the Delaware River, as Schneiderman sued federal agencies to require further review of the proposal. Schneiderman subpoenaed the energy companies under the state's Martin Act, ...

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Natural Gas Fracking Rules Considered by U.S. Agency for Federal Lands


Natural-Gas Fracking Rules Considered by U.S. Agency for Federal Lands
Bloomberg
In fracturing, or fracking, companies inject water, sand and chemicals under high pressure thousands of feet underground to break up shale-rock formations and release the gas trapped there. The technique is used for more than 90 percent of wells ...
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NASA Research Leads to First Complete Map of Antarctic Ice Flow



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NASA Research Leads to First Complete Map of Antarctic Ice Flow

PR Newswire
WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA-funded researchers have created the first complete map of the speed and direction of ice flow in Antarctica. The map, which shows glaciers flowing thousands of miles from the continent's deep interior to its coast, will be critical for tracking future sea-level increases from climate change. The team created the map using integrated radar observations from a consortium of international satellites.
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"This is like seeing a map of all the oceans' currents for the first time. It's a game changer for glaciology," said Eric Rignot of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and the University of California (UC), Irvine. Rignot is lead author of a paper about the ice flow published online Thursday in Science Express. "We are seeing amazing flows from the heart of the continent that had never been described before."
Rignot and UC Irvine scientists Jeremie Mouginot and Bernd Scheuchl used billions of data points captured by European, Japanese and Canadian satellites to weed out cloud cover, solar glare and land features masking the glaciers. With the aid of NASA technology, the team painstakingly pieced together the shape and velocity of glacial formations, including the previously uncharted East Antarctica, which comprises 77 percent of the continent.
Like viewing a completed jigsaw puzzle, the scientists were surprised when they stood back and took in the full picture. They discovered a new ridge splitting the 5.4 million-square-mile landmass from east to west.
The team also found unnamed formations moving up to 800 feet annually across immense plains sloping toward the Antarctic Ocean and in a different manner than past models of ice migration.
"The map points out something fundamentally new: that ice moves by slipping along the ground it rests on," said Thomas Wagner, NASA's cryospheric program scientist in Washington. "That's critical knowledge for predicting future sea level rise. It means that if we lose ice at the coasts from the warming ocean, we open the tap to massive amounts of ice in the interior."
The work was conducted in conjunction with the International Polar Year (IPY) (2007-2008). Collaborators worked under the IPY Space Task Group, which included NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the Alaska Satellite Facility in Fairbanks, and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. The map builds on partial charts of Antarctic ice flow created by NASA, CSA and ESA using different techniques.
"To our knowledge, this is the first time that a tightly knit collaboration of civilian space agencies has worked together to create such a huge dataset of this type," said Yves Crevier of CSA. "It is a dataset of lasting scientific value in assessing the extent and rate of change in polar regions."
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The Arctic: Through icy waters

The Arctic: Through icy waters As global warming eases access to the vast polar region, shorter trade routes and rich resources are in prospect – but strategic issues grow more acute for surrounding nations, writes Bernard Simon
http://link.ft.com/r/2SRI11/08OTIS/EW4YCB/RNRGVF/R3PD5F/50/h?a1=2011&a2=8&a3=19

Ocean acidification: Research on top of the world (video)

Ocean acidification: Research on top of the world (video)

UPDATE: Extremely High Radiation (20,000 CPM) in Ontario After Rainfall

UPDATE: Extremely High Radiation (20,000 CPM) in Ontario After Rainfall

Fukushima Radioactive Rain falls in Toronto,Canada at DANGEROUS levels (20 000 CPM) Aug 14 2011

Fukushima Radioactive Rain falls in Toronto,Canada at DANGEROUS levels (20 000 CPM) Aug 14 2011

BP’s Gulf Oil Well May Be Leaking AGAIN: “The Oil May Be Coming From Cracks And Fissures In The Seafloor Caused By The Work BP Did During Its Failed Attempts To Cap The Runaway Macondo Well – And That Type Of Leakage Can’t Be Stopped, Ever” George Washington

BP’s Gulf Oil Well May Be Leaking AGAIN: “The Oil May Be Coming From Cracks And Fissures In The Seafloor Caused By The Work BP Did During Its Failed Attempts To Cap The Runaway Macondo Well – And That Type Of Leakage Can’t Be Stopped, Ever” George Washington

BP’s Gulf Oil Well May Be Leaking AGAIN:

BP’s Gulf Oil Well May Be Leaking AGAIN: “The Oil May Be Coming From Cracks And Fissures In The Seafloor Caused By The Work BP Did During Its Failed Attempts To Cap The Runaway Macondo Well – And That Type Of Leakage Can’t Be Stopped, Ever” George Washington

TECH SPACE Tests find thyroid radiation in Japanese children

TECH SPACE
Tests find thyroid radiation in Japanese children

S.Africa extends freeze on shale gas drilling

S.Africa extends freeze on shale gas drilling

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Plants and animals seek cover from climate change

Plants and animals seek cover from climate change

The explosive truth behind Fukushima's meltdown


The explosive truth behind Fukushima's meltdown

Japan insists its nuclear crisis was caused by an unforeseeable combination of tsunami and earthquake. But new evidence suggests its reactors were doomed to fail
By David McNeill in Tokyo and Jake Adelstein

The Smart Path for the Shale Gas Revolution Reassuring the public on environmental concerns is crucial.

The Smart Path for the Shale Gas Revolution

Reassuring the public on environmental concerns is crucial.

Fukushima Plant's Water Treatment Behind Schedule

Fukushima Plant's Water Treatment Behind Schedule

NRC fails to change groundwater protection rules for nuclear plants

NRC fails to change groundwater protection rules for nuclear plants

Activist says NRC needs to enforce its rules on radioactive water leaks and spills

New shale study refutes Cornell: Marcellus gas better than coal

New shale study refutes Cornell: Marcellus gas better than coal

The water industry must take on the world

The water industry must take on the world Just as energy and electricity have become international, so we need to see truly global water multinationals, write Nick Butler and Ian Pearson
http://link.ft.com/r/P75VYY/IIQ569/XTL8JY/LQYI8Q/EXK8DY/7V/h?a1=2011&a2=8&a3=18

Industry says recommendations on fracking 'disappointing'


 
Industry says recommendations on fracking 'disappointing' - UPI.com
The oil and natural gas industry called a U.S. Department of Energy panel's recommendations for regulation of hydraulic fracturing "disappointing and ...

Environmentalists Fume At Fracking Talk in Energy Committee


Environmentalists Fume At Fracking Talk In Energy Committee
Forbes
Rather than coming down on the dangers of fracking, it highlighted the importance of adopting best practices in the fracking process to avoid environmental risks and advised more disclosure from the industry on the composition of fracking fluids and ...

The Artic: Through icy waters

 

The Arctic: Through icy waters
As global warming eases access to the vast polar region, shorter trade routes and rich resources are in prospect – but strategic issues grow more acute for surrounding nations, writes Bernard Simon
http://link.ft.com/r/DHGUVV/C4XCTY/EW4YCB/18BGGM/KQ9VDV/VU/h?a1=2011&a2=8&a3=18

Research finds Greenland glacier melting faster than expected

Research finds Greenland glacier melting faster than expected
A key glacier in Greenland is melting faster than previously expected, according to findings by a team of academics, including Dr Edward Hanna from University of Sheffield.

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon up 15%

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon up 15%
Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon increased by 15 percent during the past 12 months, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said.

Fudging in greenhouse gas stats?

Fudging in greenhouse gas stats?
International agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) basically have one snag: it is almost impossible to independently verify whether participating countries abide by the agreement. Thus the evaluation of whether or not the countries have achieved their reduction targets is based on the official reports by the countries that are signatories to the UNFCCC ('United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change'). If they report reduced emissions they're sitting pretty; if not, they are pilloried.

NASA Maps Antarctic Ice Flow (PHOTO and ANIMATION) International Business Times


NASA Maps Antarctic Ice Flow (PHOTO and ANIMATION)
International Business Times
The researchers say the data can help track future sea-level increases from climate change. "This is like seeing a map of all the oceans' currents for the first time. It's a game changer for glaciology," Rignot said. "We are seeing amazing flows from ...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Anchor Reports the Media Are Stifling the Truth About Fukushima, Regulators Are Wholly Captured and There Are Many Accidents Waiting to Happen In the U.S.

Greenhouse gases: The measurement challenge

Greenhouse gases: The measurement challenge
The continuing increase in the level of carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse gases" in the Earth's atmosphere has been identified as a cause for serious concern because it may radically accelerate changes in the Earth's climate. Developing an effective strategy for managing the planet's greenhouse gases is complicated by the many and varied sources of such gases, some natural, some man-made, as well as the mechanisms that capture and "sequester" the gases. A new report sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) focuses on one of the key challenges: defining and developing the technology needed to better quantify greenhouse gas emissions.

Ground under Fukushima nuclear power plant is cracking, radioactive steam escapes danger zone


NRDC: Acidic Oceans

NRDC: Acidic Oceans

How closely is ocean acidification related to global climate change?
Ocean acidification and global climate change are two -- independent -- impacts of rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations. When fossil fuels are burned, carbon dioxide is produced. Approximately two thirds of that CO2 goes into the atmosphere, where it causes global warming; the remaining third is absorbed by the world’s oceans, where it causes ocean acidification. Two problems, one culprit.

 

The Future of Coal: An Interdisciplinary MIT Study

The Future of Coal

An Interdisciplinary MIT Study
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007 (AR4)


IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007 (AR4)

How We Know We Are Causing Global Heating

How We Know We Are Causing Global Heating

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fukushima contaminating China's seas?

Fukushima contaminating China's seas?

Japan's radiation leaks

Japan's radiation leaks

In the shadow of Fukushima


In the shadow of Fukushima

Radiating Americans with Fukushima rain, food: Clinton's secret pact

Radiating Americans with Fukushima rain, food: Clinton's secret pact

Nuclear contamination threatens seawaters

Nuclear contamination threatens seawaters

Shell Spills 200 Tons of Oil in the North Sea

Shell Spills 200 Tons of Oil in the North Sea

"We are deeply worried that we still know far too little about the environmental impact of the spill, how it could impact wildlife, and the scale of the threat."

The Future of Earth's Coral Reefs Volume 14, Number 33: 17 August 2011



The Future of Earth's Coral Reefs
Volume 14, Number 33: 17 August 2011

Concerns Grow Over Risk of US Nuclear Projects Post-Fukushima


Concerns Grow Over Risk of US Nuclear Projects Post-Fukushima
Sue Sturgis, Facing South: "The disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan is still unfolding five months later, with multiple meltdowns and significant radiation releases contaminating communities and farms downwind from the facility. Some nuclear experts are calling it 'the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind.' The Fukushima accident is also raising questions about the U.S. nuclear industry's current plans to build new reactors and re-license old ones."
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BPing the Arctic, Again - Fast Tracking Shell's Dangerous Drilling


BPing the Arctic, Again - Fast Tracking Shell's Dangerous Drilling
Subhankar Banerjee, Climate Story Tellers: "One of the riskiest and most destructive extreme energy oil exploration projects on the planet is moving toward implementation without scientific understanding or technical preparedness - Shell's oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean of Alaska. On August 4, the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) conditionally approved Shell's plan to drill up to four exploratory wells in the Beaufort Sea of Arctic Alaska starting July 2012."
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Time for new strategy to save mammals, say biologists

Time for new strategy to save mammals, say biologists
Paris (AFP) Aug 16, 2011 - Time is running out to craft a plan to save Earth's rich diversity of mammals, a quarter of whose species could be wiped out, biologists warned on Tuesday. "A global mammal strategy is urgent," they said in a journal published by the Royal Society, Britain's academy of sciences. Millions of people have rallied to the cause of large iconic mammals such as the tiger, the polar bear and the ... more
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Hydrogen highway in the deep sea

Hydrogen highway in the deep sea
Munich, Germany (SPX) Aug 16, 2011 - The search for new energy sources to power mankind's increasing needs is currently a topic of immense interest. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells are considered one of the most promising clean energy alternatives. While intensive research efforts have gone into developing ways to harness hydrogen energy to fuel our everyday lives, a natural example of a living hydrogen-powered 'fuel cell' has gone unn ... more

Worldwide map identifies important coral reefs exposed to stress

Worldwide map identifies important coral reefs exposed to stress
London, UK (SPX) Aug 16, 2011 - Marine researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society and other groups have created a map of the world's corals and their exposure to stress factors, including high temperatures, ultra-violet radiation, weather systems, sedimentation, as well as stress-reducing factors such as temperature variability and tidal dynamics. The study, say the authors, will help to conserve some of the worl ... more

The Flight of the Bumble Bee: Why Are They Disappearing

The Flight of the Bumble Bee: Why Are They Disappearing
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2011 - A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist is trying to learn what is causing the decline in bumble bee populations and also is searching for a species that can serve as the next generation of greenhouse pollinators. Bumble bees, like honey bees, are important pollinators of native plants and are used to pollinate greenhouse crops like peppers and tomatoes. But colonies of Bombus oc ... more

California Deserves Disclosure on Fracking Chemicals and Water Use

California Deserves Disclosure on Fracking Chemicals and Water Use

Bill Closes Regulation Loopholes that Leave Californians in Dark

Disclose Fracking Chemicals, Says Government Report

Disclose Fracking Chemicals, Says Government Report

Ignoring energy gauge while economy tanks


Ignoring energy gauge while economy tanks
The current focus on economic troubles around the world and our own debt downgrade at home have obscured another issue that affects the health of the American economy: the failure of the Obama administration to develop and implement a sound energy policy - or, more properly, its stubborn adherence to a dysfunctional one.

TransCanada launches open season for Keystone Pipeline extension to Houston

TransCanada launches open season for Keystone Pipeline extension to Houston
The proposed Keystone Houston Lateral would involve an expansion of capacity and construction of an approximate 80 kilometer (48 mile) pipeline extension from the proposed Keystone XL system to the Houston refining center.
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Forward to Friend Falkland oil find could hold more than 400 MMbbl recoverable

 Falkland oil find could hold more than 400 MMbbl recoverable
The potential of Rockhopper Exploration’s Sea Lion oil discovery in the North Falkland basin continues to grow, according to latest seismic analysis.
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MIT simulation forecasts pipeline fractures

MIT simulation forecasts pipeline fractures
A computer model that tests automobile components for crashworthiness could also be of use to the oil and gas industry, according to researchers at MIT’s Impact and Crashworthiness Laboratory, who are now using their simulations of material deformation in car crashes to predict how pipes may fracture in offshore drilling accidents.
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Alaska Gov. Parnell rebukes 'unlawful' ANWR recommendation

Alaska Gov. Parnell rebukes 'unlawful' ANWR recommendation
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell objected strongly to the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s move toward recommending that Congress designate the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness
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Shell works to contain oil spill at the Gannet Alpha platform offshore the UK

Shell works to contain oil spill at the Gannet Alpha platform offshore the UK

North Sea oil spill is 'substantial'

North Sea oil spill is 'substantial' http://link.ft.com/r/3JFELL/SP1WXL/TP3TEW/0GTHW9/NJRO0M/MQ/h?a1=2011&a2=8&a3=16

Three steps to build a wind farm: The docks

Water risk database backed by US groups

Water risk database backed by US groups The initiative to help manage supplies in regions threatened by shortages reflects growing concern about the importance of water to businesses
http://link.ft.com/r/4RNQTT/FKY0Q7/JIYS70/QFSJJG/JEQ6A3/9A/h?a1=2011&a2=8&a3=16

Monday, August 15, 2011

North Sea oil spill is ‘substantial’

North Sea oil spill is ‘substantial’ A leak from a North Sea platform operated by Royal Dutch Shell is substantial and could be the biggest UK oil spill for 10 years
http://link.ft.com/r/BLH300/XHGIZO/S3NLI4/WLPU7W/TU1Z0L/E4/h?a1=2011&a2=8&a3=15

Russia's Arctic 'sea grab'

Russia's Arctic 'sea grab'

Russia is expected within months to claim to the United Nations its right to annex about 380,000 square miles of the Arctic.

The Plan to Stop Obama From Letting the World's Dirtiest Oil Project Run Through the US

The Plan to Stop Obama From Letting the World's Dirtiest Oil Project Run Through the US

The Obama administration is being intensely lobbied to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, but our campaign will match that.
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BPing the Arctic: How Shell's Dangerous Drilling Is Being Fast Tracked

BPing the Arctic: How Shell's Dangerous Drilling Is Being Fast Tracked

One of the riskiest and most destructive extreme energy oil exploration projects on the planet is moving toward implementation -- Shell's oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
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Arctic voyage to study ocean's changing acidity

Arctic voyage to study ocean's changing acidity

Scientists are trying to figure out what it means for delicate marine life

The Party’s Over for Big Wind

The entire current issue of the Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society is on the subject of the health effects of industrial wind turbines. The ten articles that appear on the page at the following link seem to be squarely asserting that there ARE adverse health effects.
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White House mulls stricter smog standards


White House mulls stricter smog standards

Obama pressed to back Canada-Texas pipeline

Obama pressed to back Canada-Texas pipeline; Expansion would deliveroil, jobs;

Graphs and plans for North Dakota Bakken Oil from State Minerals Department

Graphs and plans for North Dakota Bakken Oil from State Minerals Department

Oil in place in North Dakota by County for Bakken and Three Forks formations conmbined





North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources from Aug 2010, 28 page presentation on North Dakota Oil North Dakota is the fourth largest oil producing state and is clearly heading to at least second place behind Texas. (H/T theOildrum)

In June, 2011 oil production increased to 384676 barrels of oil per day, an increase of 21000 barrels per day from the prior month to another new record

Three‐Dimensional Geologic Model of Northwestern North Dakota (91 pages, Feb 2011)