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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Emerging powers press rich world on CO2 cuts

Emerging powers press rich world on CO2 cuts

Inhotim, Brazil (AFP) Aug 26, 2011
Brazil, South Africa, India and China called Friday on industrialized nations to step up their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a key UN climate summit later this year. "We demand that industrialized countries set more meaningful objectives toward CO2 reductions than what they have presented up to now," Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota told a meeting in Inhotim, Br

Radioactivity Release from Natural Gas Production from Evergreen Nuclear by Dr. John H. Bickel

Radioactivity Release from Natural Gas Production

from Evergreen Nuclear

Why Natural Gas Drilling Threatens Our Clean Water Future

Why Natural Gas Drilling Threatens Our Clean Water Future

USGS scientist: ‘We’re only starting to learn’ about fracking, fluid injection, earthquakes

USGS scientist: ‘We’re only starting to learn’ about fracking, fluid injection, earthquakes

'Fracking': Rock fracturing's relation to quakes

'Fracking': Rock fracturing's relation to quakes

Obama’s Energy Starvation Policies Killing Even More Jobs

Obama’s Energy Starvation Policies Killing Even More Jobs

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"Cyclical Climatic Changes DOUBLE The Risk Of Civil Wars, With Analysis Showing That 50 Of 250 Conflicts Between 1950 And 2004 Were Triggered By The El Niño Cycle"

"Cyclical Climatic Changes DOUBLE The Risk Of Civil Wars, With Analysis Showing That 50 Of 250 Conflicts Between 1950 And 2004 Were Triggered By The El Niño Cycle"

from Washington's Blog

BP's Gulf Oil Well Is Leaking Again: "It’s A Dead Ringer For The [BP] Oil, As Good A Match As I’ve Seen" ... "I Think The Primary Source With High Probability Is Associated With [Last Year's Damaged BP] Well"

BP's Gulf Oil Well Is Leaking Again: "It’s A Dead Ringer For The [BP] Oil, As Good A Match As I’ve Seen" ... "I Think The Primary Source With High Probability Is Associated With [Last Year's Damaged BP] Well"

from Washington's Blog

Can Solar Activity Cause Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Extreme Weather?

Can Solar Activity Cause Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Extreme Weather?

from Washington's Blog

Global Warming’s Heavy Cost

Global Warming’s Heavy Cost

Government, Private Sector Go Long On Biofuels

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 07:18 AM PDT
On 16 August President Obama announced that the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Navy will invest up to $510 million by 2014 in partnership with the private sector to produce advanced “drop-in” aviation and maritime biofuels for military and commercial use. This builds on a directive Obama issued five months ago as part of his “Blueprint for A Secure Energy Future,” his administration’s policy for reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil imports, which now cost more than $300 billion.

State Department Environmental Impact Study of Keystone XL Pipeline Released, Skids Greased for Approval

State Department Environmental Impact Study of Keystone XL Pipeline Released, Skids Greased for Approval

Thoughts On The Green Scissors Report

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 01:08 PM PDT
The most recent Green Scissors report is out, recommending hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies that could be cut to reduce the budget deficit and improve our environment.  Green Scissors provides a host of useful proposals to save tens of billions of dollars annually by eliminating unnecessary, environmentally harmful subsidies, including conventional fossil fuel subsidies and VEETC (i.e.

Irene, Climate Change, Flooding and Public Health

Irene, Climate Change, Flooding and Public Health

Ancient faults still prove to be powerful

Ancient faults still prove to be powerful
(PhysOrg.com) -- When a 5.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the East Coast Tuesday, the William & Mary geology department was in the middle of a faculty retreat.

Scientists call for better management of the deep sea

Scientists call for better management of the deep sea
The deep sea is in trouble. A recent study has found that it's being damaged by human activities, and that this is only likely to get worse. Scientists are now calling for better management and conservation of entire deep-sea ecosystems.

Live, from the bottom of the sea

Live, from the bottom of the sea
Lamont-Doherty scientist Timothy Crone is at sea off the Northwest U.S. coast, dropping sensors into the deep ocean as part of a major initiative to better understand oceans, climate and plate tectonics. You can watch a live video feed from the robotic vehicle ROPOS and see it deploy instruments and take samples from 4500 feet down on the seafloor.

Real-time hurricane tracking available online

Real-time hurricane tracking available online
A compilation of hurricane data, including what some currently consider the most accurate real-time predictions of hurricanes, is available at hfip.psu.edu/realtime/AL2011/forecast_track.html. 

US sees no major harm from Keystone XL pipeline

US sees no major harm from Keystone XL pipeline
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from Canada's tar sands to the US Gulf Coast would have "no significant impact" on the environment, the United States said Friday.

Re-thinking the fracking debate

Re-thinking the fracking debate

On Fracking and Earthquakes

On Fracking and Earthquakes

There's more to fracking than new study reports

There's more to fracking than new study reports

How Fracking Causes Earthquakes, But Not the One in Virginia

How Fracking Causes Earthquakes, But Not the One in Virginia

Friday, August 26, 2011

Climate Change and the Texas Drought By BY THE NEW YORK TIMES

Climate Change and the Texas Drought

Climate Change Cause Of Horn of Africa Drought

Climate Change Cause Of
Horn of Africa Drought
What we have experienced from our neighbor Somalia is a wave of climate refugees and we have to look at measures

Ice retreat worries climate-change scientists


 

Ice retreat worries climate-change scientists

Assessing Climate Change in a Drought-Stricken State

Assessing Climate Change in a Drought-Stricken State

Hansen Says Obama Will Be 'Greenwashing' About Climate Change if He Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

Hansen Says Obama Will Be 'Greenwashing' About Climate Change if He Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

Irene Poised to Strike a Nation Seemingly Content to Worry Less About Climate ...

Irene Poised to Strike a Nation Seemingly Content to Worry Less About Climate ...
New York Times
By EVAN LEHMANN of ClimateWire The last time a hurricane landed on the shores of the United States, Americans' belief in climate change was at its peak and House Democrats would soon begin their march toward passage of climate legislation. ...

'E' In SEC Doesn't Stand For Environment -- Why Is It Probing Fracking?

'E' In SEC Doesn't Stand For Environment -- Why Is It Probing Fracking?

Christie Proposes Hold on 'Fracking'

Christie Proposes Hold on 'Fracking'

Arctic shipping routes open

Arctic shipping routes open
Paris (ESA) Aug 26, 2011 - Satellite measurements show we are heading for another year of below-average ice cover in the Arctic. As sea ice melts during the summer months, two major shipping routes have opened in the Arctic Ocean. In 2008 satellites saw that the Northwest Passage and the Northern Sea Route were open simultaneously for the first time since satellite measurements began in the 1970s - and now it has ha ... more
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They're Heeeeeeerrree: Climate Wars

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 10:00 AM PDT
First came science fiction—with brave new worlds, meteors, earthquakes, and rising sea levels causing mass exodus, war, and worse—and there was no reason to react because it was science fiction. Then came fiction—with well-researched accounts of Climate Wars to come in the not-so-distant future—and there was no reason to react because it was still in the future.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Growing energy demand adds stress to water supply

Growing energy demand adds stress to water supply

Singapore (AFP) Aug 24, 2011
A Google search for "world water shortage" will produce more than four million results in 0.17 seconds. It will also use a tenth of a teaspoon of water, experts say. Given water's role in power generation, the impact of about 300 million Google searches a day is around 150,000 litres (40,000 gallons) daily - in a world where water supplies are increasingly a major concern.

Radical overhaul of farming could be 'game-changer' for global food security

Radical overhaul of farming could be 'game-changer' for global food security

Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Aug 25, 2011
According to the authors of new research released at the World Water Week in Stockholm, a radical transformation in the way farming and natural systems interact could simultaneously boost food production and protect the environment-two goals that often have been at odds. The authors warn, however, that the world must act quickly if the goal is to save the Earth's main breadbasket areas

Progress to unlocking over 800 billion barrels of oil shale

Progress to unlocking over 800 billion barrels of oil shale

Human Activity Is Officially Acknowledged to Cause Earthquakes

Human Activity Is Officially Acknowledged to Cause Earthquakes

Was The August 23rd Earthquake Man-made?

Was The August 23rd Earthquake Man-made?

Scientific Experiment By Top Laboratory Shows that Cosmic Rays Affect Cloud Formation, Which In Turn Affects Climate

Scientific Experiment By Top Laboratory Shows that Cosmic Rays Affect Cloud Formation, Which In Turn Affects Climate

from Washington's Blog

The Next Scientific Frontier: Sun-Earth Interactions

The Next Scientific Frontier: Sun-Earth Interactions


The Next Big Scientific Breakthrough: Sun-Earth Interactions

Quantum computing, nanotechnology and genetic engineering are exciting fields. But understanding the interaction between the Sun and Earth is at least as important as a scientific frontier.

Can Solar Activity Cause Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Extreme Weather?

Researcher studies health effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Researcher studies health effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
More than a year after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill devastated coastal communities in Louisiana, there are still sections of oiled coastlines, livelihoods hanging in the balance and many lingering questions about the long-term impacts of the disaster. One concern in particular haunts those affected: can their community bounce back from such a terrible blow? An LSU researcher has teamed up with a multi-institutional group to determine how disaster-impacted communities fight back from the brink of collapse.

Fracking Takes More Flack From Gray Lady


Fracking Takes More Flack From Gray Lady
Forbes
This new story is sure to be fanned by environmental activists, anti-fracking policymakers and those in finance with a stake in seeing natural gas operators lose money. Let's keep in mind that The Times has overstated the certainty of its discovery ...

Past earthquakes in southern Colorado studied for links to gas fracking


Past earthquakes in southern Colorado studied for links to gas fracking, water ...
The Colorado Independent
But such a connection to so-called “fracking” and the disposal of fracking fluid in the local gas fields has been investigated by the US Geological Survey (USGS) in the past. A September 2001 swarm of earthquakes prompted a USGS investigation. ...

Fracking could have caused East Coast earthquake

Fracking could have caused East Coast earthquake

Christie to support 5 year ban on fracking in New Jersey


Christie to support 5-year ban on fracking in New Jersey
newjerseynewsroom.com
Chris Christie on Thursday is expected to conditionally veto legislation that would make New Jersey the first state to ban the controversial practice of so-called fracking as a way to drill for gas. The governor is expected to propose the ...

SEC Bears Down on Fracking

SEC Bears Down on Fracking
Wall Street Journal
The federal government's investor-and-markets watchdog is stepping into the heated environmental debate surrounding hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," according to government and industry officials, even as state and federal environmental officials ...

Memo to Congressional Super Committee: Taking "Green Scissors" to Budget Would Yield $380 Billion in Savings


Memo to Congressional Super Committee: Taking "Green Scissors" to Budget Would Yield $380 Billion in Savings

PR Newswire
Left-right Coalition Identifies Huge Cuts in Wasteful Giveaways that Harm the Environment
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ending a third of a trillion dollars in environmentally harmful subsidies could go a long way toward solving our nation's budget challenges, an unusual right-left coalition said today in a groundbreaking report.
The report — "Green Scissors 2011" — provides a roadmap to saving up to $380 billion over five years by curbing wasteful spending that harms the environment.  That amounts to a full quarter of the savings the new congressional Super Committee has been charged with obtaining, in half the time.  For full details on the report, go to http://www.greenscissors.com.
Green Scissors 2011 is being released by four organizations: progressive environmental group Friends of the Earth, deficit hawk Taxpayers for Common Sense, consumer watchdog Public Citizen and free-market think tank The Heartland Institute. (For reactions from current and former U.S. House members from both political parties, please see below list of statements.)
"While all four groups have different missions, histories, goals and ideas about the role of government," the groups write in the report, "we all agree that we can begin to overcome our nation's budgetary and environmental woes by tackling spending that is not only wasteful but environmentally harmful."
The groups propose cutting many fossil fuel, nuclear and alternative energy subsidies. Other targets include massive giveaways of publicly owned timber, poorly conceived road projects and a bevy of questionable Army Corps of Engineers water projects.
"The Green Scissors report documents the breadth and depth of damage that government spending does to our environment," said Heartland Institute Vice President Eli Lehrer . "Cutting government in the right places can make for a cleaner, healthier environment."
"At a time when working families are expected to belt-tighten, so too must wasteful public investments in mature, polluting technologies," said Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's Energy Program. "For too long lobbyists kept these undeserving programs and tax preferences for the fossil fuel and nuclear industry funded."
"These common sense cuts represent the lowest of the low hanging budgetary fruit," said Taxpayers for Common Sense President Ryan Alexander . "Lawmakers across the political spectrum should be scrambling to eliminate these examples of wasteful spending and unnecessary tax breaks that are squandering our precious tax dollars while the nation is staring into a chasm of debt."
"We can go a long way toward solving our nation's budget problems by cutting spending that harms the environment, and this report provides the Super Committee with a road map," said Friends of the Earth climate and energy tax analyst Ben Schreiber . "At a time of great polarization, Super Committee members can and should find common ground by ending wasteful polluter giveaways."
As the report notes:  "To get our nation's spending in check we will need to end wasteful programs and policies. They not only cost us up front, but also create additional financial liabilities down the road and threaten our nation's fragile land, air and water. In addition, we need to ensure that we receive a fair return on government assets. From the more than a century old 1872 Mining Law that gives away precious metals — like gold and copper — on federal lands for free, to $53 billion in lost oil and gas revenues from royalty free leases in federal waters granted in the late 1990s, to the $6 billion per year ethanol tax credit, there are dozens of reforms that can return hundreds of billions to taxpayers while helping to address our nation's top environmental priorities."
"The 2011 Green Scissors Report is a reminder that it's time for Congress to have a serious, rational discussion about cutting the budget," said Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.). "With painful budget cuts already under discussion that will require American families to make sacrifices, it is only fair, for example, that we also stop the handouts to our richest oil companies."
"Conservatives believe in the accountability of the marketplace," said former Rep. Robert Inglis (R-S.C.). "Subsidies cost us money, and they shield some participants from innovation. It's that innovation that can grow our economy and clean up the air, water and land."
"The Green Scissors report is full of recommendations that will help us be good stewards of the environment while also being good stewards of taxpayer dollars," said Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.). "While we won't all agree on every proposed cut, the report's recommendations are a good place to start as we look for ways to put our nation on a more sustainable fiscal path."
The Green Scissors Campaign strives to make environmental and fiscal responsibility a priority in Washington. For more than 16 years, Green Scissors has exposed subsidies and programs that both harm the environment and waste taxpayer dollars.
EDITOR'S NOTE:   A streaming audio replay of the news event will be available on the Web at http://www.greenscissors.com as of 5 p.m. EDT on August 24, 2011.

SOURCE Taxpayers for Common Sense; Heartland Institute; Public Citizen; Friends of the Earth
CONTACT: Ailis Aaron Wolf, +1-703-276-3265, aawolf@hastingsgroup.com; Kelly Trout, +1-202-222-0722, ktrout@foe.org; Steve Ellis, +1-202-546-8500 ext. 126, steve@taxpayer.net; Dorry Samuels, +1-202-588-7742, dsamuels@citizen.org; Eli Lehrer, +1-202-615-0586, elehrer@heartland.org

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hydrofracking and the "Halliburton Loophole"

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Fracking

Hydrofracking and the "Halliburton Loophole"

East vs. West quakes: Way different creatures

East vs. West quakes: Way different creatures
(AP) -- The East Coast doesn't get earthquakes often but when they do strike, there's a whole lot more shaking going on. The ground in the East is older, colder and more intact than the West Coast or the famous Pacific Ring of Fire. So East Coast quakes rattle an area up to 10 times larger than a similar-sized West Coast temblor.

The Alarming Cost Of Climate Change Hysteria

The Alarming Cost Of Climate Change Hysteria

U.S. to Slash Marcellus Shale Gas Estimate 80%




U.S. to Slash Marcellus Shale Gas Estimate 80%
By Jim Efstathiou Jr. and Katarzyna Klimasinska
Aug 23, 2011 4:17 PM ET

The U.S. will slash its estimate of undiscovered Marcellus Shale natural gas by as much as 80 percent after a updated assessment by government geologists.

Why East Coast earthquakes travel so far

Why East Coast earthquakes travel so far

Volcano Agency Warns of Likely Papandayan Eruption

Volcano Agency Warns of Likely Papandayan Eruption

Mekong's rice production at risk

FARM NEWS
Mekong's rice production at risk

Mapping Virginia Earthquake 2011 Locations, Tremor, Damages and Hazards

Mapping Virginia Earthquake 2011 Locations, Tremor, Damages and Hazards

USGS Monitoring Newberry Volcano For Seismic Activity

USGS Monitoring Newberry Volcano For Seismic Activity

Climate cycles are driving wars: When El Nino warmth hits, tropical conflicts double

Climate cycles are driving wars: When El Nino warmth hits, tropical conflicts double

In the first study of its kind, researchers have linked a natural global climate cycle to periodic increases in warfare. The arrival of El Nino, which every three to seven years boosts temperatures and cuts rainfall, doubles the risk of civil wars across 90 affected tropical countries, and may help account for a fifth of worldwide conflicts during the past half-century, say the authors.

Global warming may cause higher loss of biodiversity than previously thought

Global warming may cause higher loss of biodiversity than previously thought

If global warming continues as expected, it is estimated that almost a third of all flora and fauna species worldwide could become extinct. Scientists have now discovered that the proportion of actual biodiversity loss should quite clearly be revised upwards: by 2080, more than 80 % of genetic diversity within species may disappear in certain groups of organisms.

Newly discovered Icelandic current could change climate picture

Newly discovered Icelandic current could change climate picture

Thawing Permafrost Could Accelerate Climate Change By Century End

Thawing Permafrost Could Accelerate Climate Change By Century End

Research & Data: Oil Sands Industry in Canada

Research & Data: Oil Sands Industry in Canada
Oil Sands Industry in Canada - Market Analysis, Production Forecasts and Competitive Landscape to 2015 analyzes the historical and future developments and competitive scenario prevailing in the Canadian oil sands industry. The report highlights the growth drivers for the oil sands industry in Canada. It elaborates on the challenges which are creating a setback for oil sands development. The report provides information on the historical production trends and projects undertaken in the oil sands until 2009.

Canadian Natural restarts Horizon oil sands after fire

Canadian Natural restarts Horizon oil sands after fire

Marcellus Shale holds 84 TCF of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas - USGS

Marcellus Shale holds 84 TCF of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas - USGS


Source: UGGS
The Marcellus Shale contains about 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas and 3.4 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas liquids according to a new assessment by the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Permafrost could release vast amounts of carbon and accelerate climate change by end of century

Permafrost could release vast amounts of carbon and accelerate climate change by end of century

Billions of tons of carbon trapped in permafrost may be released into the atmosphere by the end of this century as the Earth's climate changes, further accelerating global warming, a new computer modeling study. The study also found that soil in high-latitude regions could shift from being a sink to a source of carbon dioxide by the end of the 21st century as the soil warms in response to climate change.

Oil Sands Anxiety Is Overblown

Oil Sands Anxiety Is Overblown

As I was catching up on a two-week backlog of news after my vacation, I ran across a New York Times editorial with the promising title of "Tar Sands and the Carbon Numbers." Thinking that perhaps the Times might have woken up to the necessity of comparing the lifecycle emissions from oil sands to those from other crude oils, I was disappointed to find its editors perpetuating the common misunderstanding concerning these emissions when viewed only from an oil-production perspective.

Re-thinking the fracking debate


Re-thinking the fracking debate
Boston Globe
By Juliette Kayyem THE PROBLEM with “fracking,'' the process of capturing natural gas from shale reserves, isn't simply its unfortunate name. It's the role it plays in the politically explosive debate over how the United States can best reduce its ...

Fracking and the road to energy independence

Fracking and the road to energy independence
Chicago Tribune
But the method of exacting the natural gas, a process nicknamed fracking, could be the next environmental superdebate. Maybe it won't be as cosmic as the battle over global warming, but it certainly could rival the acid rain hysteria of the 1970s and ...

Nitrogen in the soil cleans the air

Nitrogen in the soil cleans the air
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Aug 23, 2011 - Eutrophication harms the environment in many ways. Unexpectedly, nitrogen fertilizer may also be positive for the environment. And even acidic soils, promoting the destruction of forests, can have a positive effect. Researchers from the Biogeochemistry Department at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz found out that nitrogen fertilizer indirectly strengthens the self-cleaning capacit ... more
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UCI researchers chart long-shrouded glacial reaches of Antarctica

UCI researchers chart long-shrouded glacial reaches of Antarctica
Irvine CA (SPX) Aug 23, 2011 - A vast network of previously unmapped glaciers on the move from thousands of miles inland to the Antarctic coast has been charted for the first time by UC Irvine scientists. The findings will be critical to tracking future sea rise 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," said UCI earth system scien ... more

Model shows polar ice caps can recover from warmer climate-induced melting

Model shows polar ice caps can recover from warmer climate-induced melting
Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 23, 2011 - A growing body of recent research indicates that, in Earth's warming climate, there is no "tipping point," or threshold warm temperature, beyond which polar sea ice cannot recover if temperatures come back down. New University of Washington research indicates that even if Earth warmed enough to melt all polar sea ice, the ice could recover if the planet cooled again. In recent years scient ... more
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Fudging in greenhouse gas stats

Fudging in greenhouse gas stats
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 23, 2011 - Fluorinated hydrocarbons are potent greenhouse gases, emission of which must be reduced under the Kyoto Protocol. If you rely on the official reports of the participating countries, the output of trifluoromethane (HFC-23) in Western Europe is indeed significantly decreasing. However, pollutant measurements carried out by Empa now reveal that several countries under-report their emissions. ... more

Research & Data: US Pipeline Economics Study

Forward to Friend Research & Data: US Pipeline Economics Study
The study includes data on pipeline and compressor station construction costs over several years. In addition the study contains operating and fiscal data for US oil and natural gas pipelines and data on estimated pipeline costs as presented in applications to FERC since 1980 for hundreds of onshore and offshore pipeline projects.

Forward to Friend Shale, midstream, foreign investments drive US oil and gas M&A value to $39B in 2Q

Forward to Friend Shale, midstream, foreign investments drive US oil and gas M&A value to $39B in 2Q
Ongoing interest in shale acreage, deals for midstream assets, and increased investments from foreign buyers in the US oil and gas industry helped drive domestic oil and gas mergers and acquisitions value to $39 billion in the second quarter of 2011, according to PwC US.

Shale Push: BHP Billiton completes $12.1B tender offer for Petrohawk Energy

Shale Push: BHP Billiton completes $12.1B tender offer for Petrohawk Energy

Oil shipment a first for port

Oil shipment a first for port


KYLE ARNOLD World Staff Writer
Tulsa World (Oklahoma)
August 20, 2011
Crude oil is being shipped out of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa for the first time in history, thanks to a strange disparity in oil prices between Oklahoma and the Gulf of Mexico. On July 29, PetroSource LLC shipped 45,000 barrels of crude oil from various suppliers down the Verdigris River on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. The company, which is an oil and gas accounting firm with a terminal at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, is looking to make another shipment soon.

Wood Mackenzie expects strong prospective value growth in upstream oil and gas

Wood Mackenzie expects strong prospective value growth in upstream oil and gas


Research and consulting firm Wood Mackenzie dispels talk that the oil and gas business is a “sunset industry” in a new report titled “The changing face of upstream value.” The report documents strong, prospective value growth in the upstream industry, with a 23% increase on Wood Mackenzie’s 2010 forecast.
The sector is valued at approximately US$3.2 trillion, not including exploration acreage or assets owned by national oil companies and governments. This value increasingly comes from four “modern” resource themes that have rapidly become prominent in international companies’ portfolios.

Exxon sues U.S. over oil leases;Company says cancellation was a money grab;

Exxon sues U.S. over oil leases;Company says cancellation was a money grab;


By PHIL MILFORD, BLOOMBERG NEWS
The Houston Chronicle
August 19, 2011
Exxon Mobil Corp. has sued the U.S. Interior Department, asking a judge to set aside the agency's decision to cancel offshore leases that may yield "billions of barrels of oil." The department overstepped its authority in a ruling on Gulf of Mexico leases for the so-called Julia Unit, Exxon Mobil said in a complaint filed Aug.

Marcellus Shale greenhouse gases significantly lower than coal - study

Marcellus Shale greenhouse gases significantly lower than coal - study


Source: Carnegie Mellow University
Carnegie Mellon University’s Chris Hendrickson, Paulina Jaramillo and their colleagues report that life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions from Marcellus Shale natural gas are not as high as life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions of coal, when used by the electric power sector -- the major sector in which these fuels compete.

Anadarko's successful appraisal offshore Mozambique supports East Africa LNG development

Anadarko's successful appraisal offshore Mozambique supports East Africa LNG development

Pemex discovers oil with Kinbe-1 in the Gulf of Mexico

Pemex discovers oil with Kinbe-1 in the Gulf of Mexico


By Phaedra Friend Troy
Mexico’s national oil company Pemex has discovered oil with its Kinbe-1 exploration well in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Kinbe oil and gas field is located about 87 kilometers northwest of the city of Carmen, in waters measuring 22 meters deep.
Spud in May 2010, the Kinbe-1 exploration well was finished on August 9, 2011. The discovery well transected hydrocarbons in the Jurassic Kimmerdgian formation.

'The Global Oil Shale Market is Worth $2.88bn in 2011' Says Visiongain Report

'The Global Oil Shale Market is Worth $2.88bn in 2011' Says Visiongain Report
LONDON, August 22, 2011/PRNewswire/ --

http://www.visiongain.com/report/673/the-oil-shale-market-2011-2021

Oil shale is not a newly discovered energy source; it has been utilised around the world in various places and at various times for more than 150 years. Oil shale is an organic-rich sedimentary rock, found in around 40 countries throughout the world. It can be utilised as an energy source by heating the shale - through either an in-situ or ex-situ process - to release a substance called kerogen, which can then be refined into oil.

However, the high costs of oil shale extraction, together with the ready availability of conventional oil reserves, have made the oil shale industry uneconomic for most of the 20th century. Over the past few years, a combination of high oil prices, improved extraction technologies, and increasing energy demands has reignited interest in the oil shale industry, and a number of countries are currently seeking to establish major domestic oil shale markets. Visiongain's The Oil Shale Market 2011-2021 report calculates the global oil shale market, defined as, spending on new infrastructure and upgrading of existing oil shale facilities plus spending on R&D, to be worth $2.88bn in 2011.

World Water Week Opens With Global Leaders Calling for Green Investments to Secure Water for Future Cities

World Water Week Opens With Global Leaders Calling for Green Investments to Secure Water for Future Cities
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, August 22, 2011/PRNewswire/ --

Global leaders convening today at the opening session of the 2011 World Water Week in Stockholm called for increased investments in disaster-resilient infrastructure and smarter water management to avoid droughts, floods and pollution from further threatening the food, energy, and water security in a rapidly urbanising world.

For press kit, background facts, photos and video, see: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/media

Monday, August 22, 2011

Radiation Will Pollute the Area Around Chernobyl For 5 to 10 Times Longer Than Models Predicted - Between 180 and 320 Years


Radiation Will Pollute the Area Around Chernobyl For 5 to 10 Times Longer Than Models Predicted - Between 180 and 320 Years

Has Progressivism Ruined Environmental Science? By Anthony J. Sadar

Has Progressivism Ruined Environmental Science?

By Anthony J. Sadar

EPA Science Advisory Board Recommends Curbing Environmental Threat from Nitrogen Pollution

EPA Science Advisory Board Recommends Curbing Environmental Threat from Nitrogen Pollution

UCS scientists, Noel Gurwick, reponds to new EPA report on nitrogen pollution.

Does Japan's new Fukushima exclusion zone add up? - August 22, 2011

Does Japan's new Fukushima exclusion zone add up? - August 22, 2011

Agriculture drains global water resources

Agriculture drains global water resources

Large Zone Near Japanese Reactors to Be Off Limits

Large Zone Near Japanese Reactors to Be Off Limits

Is gas-drilling industry sucking Pa.'s creeks dry?

Is gas-drilling industry sucking Pa.'s creeks dry?

Wind farm would hinder fight against nuclear rearmament, says MoD

Technology

Wind farm would hinder fight against nuclear rearmament, says MoD

LOGA: Green jobs, not shale plays, have the potential to bust

LOGA: Green jobs, not shale plays, have the potential to bust
Unlike green projects, US oil and gas companies generate substantial economic growth and create jobs without taking advantage of the people’s hard-earned tax dollars.
Full Article

Forward to Friend Halliburton completes first horizontal shale well in Argentina for Apache

Halliburton completes first horizontal shale well in Argentina for Apache
Oilfield services firm Halliburton has completed South America’s first-ever horizontal, multistage hydraulic fracture shale gas well in Argentina’s Neuquen Basin for US independent Apache.
Full Article

BOEMRE to hold first Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale since Macondo

BOEMRE to hold first Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale since Macondo
The United States will hold its first Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale since the Deepwater Horizon accident and Macondo oil spill.
Full Article

Shale Shift: Rig counts continue to climb in the US and Canada

Shale Shift: Rig counts continue to climb in the US and Canada
According to the weekly rig report from Baker Hughes, the number of rigs in North America jumped by 37 this week, with both the US and Canada adding land rigs.
Full Article

Lessons Learned from the Two Worst Oils Spills in U.S. History

Lessons Learned from the Two Worst Oils Spills in U.S. History
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 22, 2011 - One year after the notorious BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and two decades after the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound off the coast of Alaska the scientific lesson is clear - microbes matter! Despite vast differences in the impacted marine ecosystems and the circumstances of these two worst oil spills in U.S. history, oil-degrading microorganisms played a s ... more

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Heavy water use for "fracking" oil and gas wells hot topic in drought-plagued South Texas

Heavy water use for "fracking" oil and gas wells hot topic in drought-plagued South Texas

A win for Perry could mean trouble for EPA


A win for Perry could mean trouble for EPA

Presidential candidate targets agency

What is fracking and is it safe?

What is fracking and is it safe?

Fracking has been thrust – unwillingly – into the limelight as the safety and environmental impacts of drilling deep into the ground to release shale gas have been questioned. The process has been blamed for two small earthquakes in Lancashire, and residents in Wales and New York are concerned the chemicals used in the process could contaminate their drinking water.

Office of Naval Research taking on challenges of unmanned underwater vehicles

Office of Naval Research taking on challenges of unmanned underwater vehicles
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 22, 2011 - As the Office of Naval Research (ONR) increases its science and technology (S and T) investment in unmanned systems, a number of hurdles need to be overcome including autonomy and littoral operations, ONR's director of innovation said at an Aug. 18 conference on unmanned systems. "We are tackling those issues to find the right technologies for the Navy and Marine Corps," said Dr. Larry Sch ... more

Growth of cities endangers global environment

Growth of cities endangers global environment
New Haven, CT (SPX) Aug 22, 2011 - The explosive growth of cities worldwide over the next two decades poses significant risks to people and the global environment, according to a meta-analysis published in PlosOne. Researchers from Yale, Arizona State, Texas A and M and Stanford predict that by 2030 urban areas will expand by 590,000 square miles-nearly the size of Mongolia-to accommodate the needs of 1.47 billion more peop ... more

Research finds Greenland glacier melting faster than expected

Research finds Greenland glacier melting faster than expected
Sheffield UK (SPX) Aug 22, 2011 - Dr Hanna, from the University of Sheffield's Department of Geography, was part of a team of researchers that also included Dr Sebastian Mernild from the Los Alamos Laboratory, USA, and Professor Niels Tvis Knudsen from the University of Aarhus, Denmark. The team's new findings present crucial insight into the effects of climate change. The researchers found that Greenland's longest-observe ... more

The measurement challenge of Greenhouse gases

The measurement challenge of Greenhouse gases
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 22, 2011 - 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-mad ... more

# # Dozens More Arrested in U.S. Over Pipeline Protest Agence France-Presse


Dozens More Arrested in U.S. Over Pipeline Protest
Agence France-Presse

Guest Post: Photos Show Oil At BP’s Deepwater Horizon Gulf Spill Site

Posted: 21 Aug 2011 10:50 AM PDT
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Emergency aid trickles out to famine-hit Somalis

Emergency aid trickles out to famine-hit Somalis

Somalia's drought 'problem for all humanity': Turkish PM

Somalia's drought 'problem for all humanity': Turkish PM

Famine-struck babies in Somalia lose fight to live

Famine-struck babies in Somalia lose fight to live

Mogadishu (AFP) Aug 19, 2011
With a ragged breath soft as the beat of a butterfly's wing, two-year old Mahmud Mohamed sighed, rolled his eyes upwards towards his mother, and died, succumbing to the effects of the extreme drought ravaging the Horn of Africa. "My child is gone," his mother Mulmilla said quietly. Then she gently closed his eyes, wrapped the tiny body in a colourful scarf, bound it with scraps of material,

Researchers discover Icelandic current, change North Atlantic climate picture

Researchers discover Icelandic current, change North Atlantic climate picture

Marine conservation sites named

Marine conservation sites named
Statesman Journal
AP WASHINGTON — From sea otters to blue whales, marine mammals are under stress from climate change, ocean acidification, hunting and other threats. Researchers have identified 20 important sites around the world where they say conservation efforts ...

Military installs two high-powered radiation detectors in Japan

Military installs two high-powered radiation detectors in Japan