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Saturday, October 1, 2011

With Deaths of Forests, a Loss of Key Climate Protectors

With Deaths of Forests, a Loss of Key Climate Protectors

Canadian ice shelves halve in six years

Canadian ice shelves halve in six years

September 29, 2011 By Sunanda Creagh Canadian ice shelves halve in six years
Around 50% of Canada’s ice shelf has disappeared in the last six years, researchers say. Credit: Denis Sarrazin, ArcticNet/Centre d'Etudes Nordiques
Half of Canada's ancient ice shelves have disappeared in the last six years, researchers have said, with new data showing significant portions melted in the last year alone.
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'Pretty good shake' hits area, but what was it?

'Pretty good shake' hits area, but what was it?

Climatologist Says Texas Drought Could Last Until 2020

Climatologist Says Texas Drought Could Last Until 2020

What’s underlying cause of recent Valley quakes?

What’s underlying cause of recent Valley quakes?

Researchers find impact of oil spill in marsh fish species

Researchers find impact of oil spill in marsh fish species

Scientists have published the results of a combined field and laboratory study showing the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on fish living in Louisiana marshes.
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Assessing California earthquake forecasts

Assessing California earthquake forecasts

Earthquake prediction remains an imperfect science, but the best forecasts are about 10 times more accurate than a random prediction, according to a new study.
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Toxic red tides: Scientist tracks neurotoxin-producing algae

Toxic red tides: Scientist tracks neurotoxin-producing algae

With toxic algal blooms -- which can increase the amount of harmful toxins in the shellfish that California residents consume -- ramping up in frequency and severity locally, scientists have developed a new algae monitoring method in hopes of one day being able to predict when and where toxic "red tides" will occur.
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Friday, September 30, 2011

How The Department Of Energy Plans To Wean The U.S. Off Rare Earth Metals

How The Department Of Energy Plans To Wean The U.S. Off Rare Earth Metals

Research model shows monsoon change in India may be result of manmade aerosols

Research model shows monsoon change in India may be result of manmade aerosols
(PhysOrg.com) -- A research team from Princeton has developed a model that they say shows that manmade aerosols in the atmosphere are in part responsible for the decrease in rainfall in India’s north central regions and for an increase in the south during the annual monsoon season. Massimo A. Bollasina, Yi Ming and V. Ramaswam write in their paper published in the journal Science, that aerosols created by burning fossil fuels has changed the weather dynamic in southeast Asia.

Toxic red tides: Scientists track neurotoxin-producing algae

Toxic red tides: Scientists track neurotoxin-producing algae
which can increase the amount of harmful toxins in the shellfish that California residents consume — ramping up in frequency and severity locally, scientists at USC have developed a new algae monitoring method in hopes of one day being able to predict when and where toxic "red tides" will occur.
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The Macondo Monkey on BP's Back

By Rocky Kistner, September 30, 2011
Down in the Gulf, oil still is bubbling to the surface near BP’s disastrous Macondo well. Local fishermen know it, environmental watchdogs know it, local journalists know it. Now, five weeks after it was first spotted, the government knows it too. Following repeated BP denials that its well is leaking, the feds have finally taken action. They’ve ordered Transocean to investigate the mile of...  » Continue...

Economists: Every $1 of electricity from coal does $2 in damage to U.S.

Economists: Every $1 of electricity from coal does $2 in damage to U.S.

Remote Wyoming site could help shape fracking's future


Remote Wyoming site could help shape fracking's future

The Trouble With Health Problems Near Gas Fracking

The Trouble With Health Problems Near Gas Fracking

4 Face-Offs With Fracking Regulators By MIREYA NAVARRO

4 Face-Offs With Fracking Regulators

EPA Hearings on New Fracking Standards

EPA Hearings on New Fracking Standards

Earthquakes could be linked to B.C. gas drilling Seismologist says 'seismic swarm' should be investigated

Earthquakes could be linked to B.C. gas drilling

Seismologist says 'seismic swarm' should be investigated

Controversial gas 'fracking' may be linked to earthquakes

Controversial gas 'fracking' may be linked to earthquakes

Natural gas for transportation will create more than 400,000 new jobs - Clean Energy CEO

Natural gas for transportation will create more than 400,000 new jobs - Clean Energy CEO

BOEMRE to split into two regulatory agencies

BOEMRE to split into two regulatory agencies


Source: BOEMRE
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Thursday announced a final rule that separates the federal regulations that govern offshore energy and resource development between the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), effective October 1, 2011.
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Enterprise, Enbridge to build crude oil pipeline from Cushing to Gulf Coast

Enterprise, Enbridge to build crude oil pipeline from Cushing to Gulf Coast

'The Global Gas Processing Infrastructure Market Will Reach $12.15bn in 2011' Says Visiongain

'The Global Gas Processing Infrastructure Market Will Reach $12.15bn in 2011' Says Visiongain

New report reveals the impact of global crises on international development

New report reveals the impact of global crises on international development
London, UK (SPX) Sep 30, 2011 - Global crises and the slow burn of climate change are having a profound impact on the lives and livelihoods of poor people around the world, and bringing into question core ideas about what development is and how it happens, according to a new report. 'Time to Reimagine Development?' is the latest issue of the IDS Bulletin, the flagship journal from the Institute of Development Studies (ID ... more
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Illusion of Plenty Masking Collapse of Two Key Southern California Fisheries

Illusion of Plenty Masking Collapse of Two Key Southern California Fisheries
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 30, 2011 - The two most important recreational fisheries off Southern California have collapsed, according to a new study led by a researcher from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Scripps postdoctoral researcher Brad Erisman and his colleagues examined the health of regional populations of barred sand bass and kelp bass-staple catches of Southern California's recreational fishing ... more
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New analysis confirms sharks are in trouble

WATER WORLD
New analysis confirms sharks are in trouble
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Sep 30, 2011 - Sharks are in big trouble on the Great Barrier Reef and worldwide, according to an Australian-based team who have developed a world-first way to measure rates of decline in shark populations. "There is mounting evidence of widespread, substantial, and ongoing declines in the abundance of shark populations worldwide, coincident with marked rises in global shark catches in the last half-cent ... more

Physicists consider their own carbon footprint

Physicists consider their own carbon footprint
London, UK (SPX) Sep 30, 2011 - In October's issue of Physics World, Phil Marshall, an astrophysicist at the University of Oxford, calls on physicists to pull their weight when it comes to climate change, drawing on his own research showing that astronomers average 23,000 air miles per year flying to observatories, conferences and meetings, and use 130 KWh more energy per day than the average US citizen. Marshall says th ... more
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Climate change will show which animals can take the heat

Climate change will show which animals can take the heat
Providence, RI (SPX) Sep 30, 2011 - Species' ability to overcome adversity goes beyond Darwin's survival of the fittest. Climate change has made sure of that. In a new study based on simulations examining species and their projected range, researchers at Brown University argue that whether an animal can make it to a final, climate-friendly destination isn't a simple matter of being able to travel a long way. It's the extent ... more

Managing Future Forests for Water

Managing Future Forests for Water
Asheville, NC (SPX) Sep 30, 2011 - Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) scientists recently used long-term data from the Coweeta Hydrological Laboratory (Coweeta) in Western North Carolina to examine the feasibility of managing forests for water supply under the changing weather conditions forecast for the future. Published in the September issue of the journal Ecological Applications, the analysis examines the in ... more

Steep increase in global CO2 emissions despite reductions by industrialized countries

Steep increase in global CO2 emissions despite reductions by industrialized countries
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 28, 2011 - Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) - the main cause of global warming - increased by 45% between 1990 and 2010, and reached an all-time high of 33 billion tonnes in 2010. Increased energy efficiency, nuclear energy and the growing contribution of renewable energy are not compensating for the globally increasing demand for power and transport, which is strongest in developing countries. ... more

Quake rocks Japan's crippled nuclear power plant

Quake rocks Japan's crippled nuclear power plant
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 29, 2011 - A 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook an area of northeast Japan which includes the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant Thursday but there were no reports of damage to the facility, officials said. The moderate quake struck offshore near the coast of Fukushima at 7:05 pm (1005 GMT) with a "very shallow" focus, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. There were no fears of a tsunami f ... more

Japan eases evacuation advisory for zones near nuclear plant

Japan eases evacuation advisory for zones near nuclear plant
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 30, 2011 - Japan on Friday lifted evacuation advisories for five areas near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant as it looks to convince tens of thousands of residents that it is safe to return home. Japan continues to maintain a 20-kilometre (12-mile) no-go zone around the facility at the centre of the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl, after it was hit by the March tsunami and lost reactor cooling ... more
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Japan_eases_evacuation_advisory_for_zones_near_nuclear_plant_999.html

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New IG report faults process in agency's GHG assessments

New IG report faults process in agency's GHG assessments

Air Pollution Effects are ten thousand times the possible effects of Chernobyl

Oil Diplomacy to the Rescue? Cuban Drilling off Florida Keys to Begin by End of the Year

Oil Diplomacy to the Rescue? Cuban Drilling off Florida Keys to Begin by End of the Year

U.S. Should Welcome Crude From Canada’s Dirty Oil Sands: View

U.S. Should Welcome Crude From Canada’s Dirty Oil Sands: View

Fukushima and the Battle for Truth

Fukushima and the Battle for Truth

Center for Research on Globalization - Paul Zimmerman - ‎Sep 26, 2011‎
Fukushima's nuclear disaster is a nightmare. Ghostly releases of radioactivity haunt the Japanese countryside. Lives, once safe, are now beset by an ineffable scourge promising vile illness and death. Large sectors of the population ...

福島の子どもたちの心臓発作について Japan Focus

福島の子どもたちの心臓発作について
Japan Focus

 

Fukushima Children at Risk of Heart Disease

Chris Busby
Introduction by Mark Selden
Japanese Translation by Tanaka Izumi follows the English text
福島の子どもたちの心臓発作について
訳:田中泉 


Introduction
In the six months since the March 11 earthquake tsunami and nuclear power meltdown, a large body of evidence has been produced (and much suppressed) documenting the vast quantities of radiation emitted from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as well as other contaminants from ruined factories and farms: into the air, into the water, and into the soil in the vicinity of the incident, throughout Northeast Japan and beyond. For example, on April 11, the Nuclear Safety Commission announced that the Fukushima Daiichi plant, “in the first hours after the accident, was emitting as much as 10,000 terabecquerels of radiation per hour (one terabecquerel = one trillion becquerels).” On September 9, the Asahi cited a preliminary report by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency that between March 21 and April 30 the plant emitted more than 15 quadrillion becquerels of radioactivity into the sea. The figure was three times that provided earlier by TEPCO. The report concluded further that 11.4 quadrillion becquerels of iodine-131 and 3.6 quadrillion becquerels of cesium-137 had been leaked into the sea.1

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The waste from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami

The waste from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 28, 2011 - On 11 March 2011 there was a legal vacuum in Japan concerning radioactive waste resulting from a nuclear disaster. Current waste management Law places technical and financial responsibility for waste from natural disasters with local authorities. However, this excludes radioactive waste. The Law on rehabilitation of contaminated soil excludes from its scope radioactive soils and waste. The ... more

Steep increase in global CO2 emissions despite reductions by industrialized countries

Steep increase in global CO2 emissions despite reductions by industrialized countries
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 28, 2011 - Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) - the main cause of global warming - increased by 45% between 1990 and 2010, and reached an all-time high of 33 billion tonnes in 2010. Increased energy efficiency, nuclear energy and the growing contribution of renewable energy are not compensating for the globally increasing demand for power and transport, which is strongest in developing countries. ... more
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WHO: Tackling the global clean air challenge

Tackling the global clean air challenge

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bottom Line on Climate Change Investments and returns on the planet's future

Bottom Line on Climate Change

Investments and returns on the planet's future

Food Security and Climate Change: The True Cost of Carbon

Food Security and Climate Change: The True Cost of Carbon

NASA’s Aquarius Map Helps Detect Climate Change


NASA’s Aquarius Map Helps Detect Climate Change

Final fracking report due before Christmas

Final fracking report due before Christmas

60 dead, four million affected in India floods

60 dead, four million affected in India floods

Some Societies Can Adapt to Climate Change. Are We One Of Them?

By Simon Donner, September 27, 2011
In my climate change course, we devote a week to discussing climate and past civilizations. Among the goals of that week is to erase the notion that climate change is inherently "bad", or inherently "good", from the student's minds. The effects of climate change on any system, whether a society or an ecosystem, depends on the adaptive capacity and the rate of the climate change. The same climate...  » Continue...

Science as Scapegoat Environmentalism in the Age of Disbelief

Science as Scapegoat

Environmentalism in the Age of Disbelief

by ALAN FARAGO
In a recent interview, former Maine Senator George Mitchell “called upon President Barack Obama — and everyone else who backs stiff environmental protection laws and the science behind climate change — to be bold and persistent in the face of opponents.” In a keynote address to the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Mitchell said, ““We’ve all seen environmental protection used as a scapegoat for whatever society’s problems are, but it will not last… I believe this anti-science movement will fade away over time. Remember, it took a long time for people to realize the world is not flat.”

http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/26/environmentalism-in-the-age-of-disbelief/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=environmentalism-in-the-age-of-disbelief

Debate over 'fracking' continues in shale-rich states

Debate over 'fracking' continues in shale-rich states

Climate change set to increase ozone-related deaths over next 60 years, scientists warn

Climate change set to increase ozone-related deaths over next 60 years, scientists warn

Scientists are warning that death rates linked to climate change will increase in several European countries over the next 60 years.

Obama's Interior Chokehold on America By Jim Adams

Obama's Interior Chokehold on America

By Jim Adams

Chesapeake’s Investment in Natural Gas Infrastructure Could be a Game Changer

Chesapeake’s Investment in Natural Gas Infrastructure Could be a Game Changer

Low Cost U.S. Natural Gas Production Put at Risk

Low Cost U.S. Natural Gas Production Put at Risk

German Army’s Peak Oil Report Predicts Rising Oil Prices, Another Recession and The Demise of Banks

German Army’s Peak Oil Report Predicts Rising Oil Prices, Another Recession and The Demise of Banks

China’s Rare Earths Monopoly - Peril or Opportunity?

China’s Rare Earths Monopoly - Peril or Opportunity?

Oil Diplomacy to the Rescue? Cuban Drilling off Florida Keys to Begin by End of the Year

Oil Diplomacy to the Rescue? Cuban Drilling off Florida Keys to Begin by End of the Year

Methane: When Agendas Trump Facts

Methane: When Agendas Trump Facts

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Feds fear for safety of PG&E's gas system

Feds fear for safety of PG&E's gas system

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Is Gas Transportation Infrastructure Safe?

Is Gas Transportation Infrastructure Safe?

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is the responsible federal regulator for natural gas pipelines, has issued the report of its year long investigation of the San Bruno pipeline explosion and fire. That September 9, 2010 event, involving a pipeline located directly underneath a residential area, killed 8 members of the public, injured dozens more, destroyed 38 homes and damaged 70 more.
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Fossil Industry Hires Tobacco's Marketing Firm To Question Climate Science

Fossil Industry Hires Tobacco's Marketing Firm To Question Climate Science
from The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate by RodAdams

When there is an enormous revenue stream at stake, actions taken to delay making any changes can produce a good return on investment. There is no doubt in my mind that people interested in prolonging fossil fuel dominance over the world economy have taken action to insert doubt in the public consciousness about the hazard of an increasing rate of atmospheric CO2 dumping.

http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/65856/doubt-confusion-leads-inaction-and-benefits-status-quo?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29
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Wedges reaffirmed

Article Highlights

In August 2004 Steve Pacala and I published a paper in Science about climate change mitigation. Its core messages are as valid today as seven years ago, but they have not led to action. Here, I suggest that public resistance can be partially explained by shortcomings in the way advocates of forceful action have presented their case. Addressing these shortcomings might put the world back on the course we identified.

BP plans full return to Gulf drilling this year

BP plans full return to Gulf drilling this year

Closing U.S. Arctic Ocean Science Gaps

Closing U.S. Arctic Ocean Science Gaps

PR Newswire
Independent Review Lists Recommendations to Guide Conservation, Drilling Decisions
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Environment Group and Ocean Conservancy released a white paper today recommending concrete steps the Obama administration should take to address science gaps and inform conservation and development decisions in America's Arctic Ocean. The white paper is the work of 14 scientists, all experts in Arctic marine ecosystems.
"When it comes to the fragile Arctic, science, not politics, needs to guide decision making," said Marilyn Heiman, director of Pew's U.S. Arctic Program. "If we are to avoid irreparable harm to an ecosystem found nowhere else in U.S. waters, we need to develop a comprehensive research and monitoring plan and set aside significant areas for protection."
The recommendations come as the Obama administration weighs oil industry requests to expand into Arctic waters. Today is the last day for public comment on the supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Chukchi Sea Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193. Federal approval could open this little-explored area of ocean off Alaska's northwest coast to drilling.
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Researchers find impact of oil spill in marsh fish species

Researchers find impact of oil spill in marsh fish species
A research team led by LSU Associate Professors of Biological Sciences Fernando Galvez and Andrew Whitehead has published the results of a combined field and laboratory study showing the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on fish living in Louisiana marshes.

Climate change affects marine animals on Antarctica's seabed

Climate change affects marine animals on Antarctica's seabed
A rapid increase in the frequency of icebergs pounding the shallow seafloor around the West Antarctic Peninsula — as a result of shrinking winter sea ice — has caused the life expectancy of a tiny marine creature (bryozoans) to halve over the last 12 years. This is the first evidence of regional climate warming affecting marine animals living on the Southern Ocean seabed. The results are published this month in the journal Nature Climate Change and are being presented this week at the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB) in Aberdeen.
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Government Twists Science of 9/11 – Just As With Iraq, the Gulf Oil Spill and Fukushima – to Promote Its Policy Objectives

Government Twists Science of 9/11 – Just As With Iraq, the Gulf Oil Spill and Fukushima – to Promote Its Policy Objectives

from Washington's Blog

Creating a Clean Energy Revolution: The Arguments For and Against Carbon Taxation

Creating a Clean Energy Revolution: The Arguments For and Against Carbon Taxation

In the debate over climate legislation in 2009 and 2010, it was conventional wisdom that a price on carbon was the sine qua non of effective climate policy. All Very Serious People knew that you could not reduce carbon emissions or drive clean energy innovation without a price on carbon, either through a carbon tax or a cap and trade system.

Russia may launch its first Earth remote sensing satellite in 2012

Russia may launch its first Earth remote sensing satellite in 2012
The official added that Russia was planning to launch in 2012 two Earth optical observation satellites - the Resurs-P and the Canopus-B - to provide precision monitoring of natural and man-made disasters, particularly wildfires and environmental pollution.

The US Government Cannot Help the Climate


The US Government Cannot Help the Climate

Model provides successful seasonal forecast for the fate of Arctic sea ice

Model provides successful seasonal forecast for the fate of Arctic sea ice
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 23, 2011 - Relatively accurate predictions for the extent of Arctic sea ice in a given summer can be made by assessing conditions the previous autumn, but forecasting conditions more than five years into the future depend on understanding the impact of climate trends on the ice pack, new research shows. Current conditions form an important starting point that governs how the ice responds to weather i ... more

Nitrate levels rising in northwestern Pacific

Nitrate levels rising in northwestern Pacific
University Park PA (SPX) Sep 23, 2011 - Changes in the ratio of nitrate to phosphorus in the oceans off the coasts of Korea and Japan caused by atmospheric and riverine pollutants may influence the makeup of marine plants and influence marine ecology, according to researchers from Korea and the U. S. "Normally in a marine environment nitrate is the limiting factor, but increased nitrate in the ocean can spur growth and create a ... more
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Science Lags as Health Problems Emerge Near Natural Gas Fields

Science Lags as Health Problems Emerge Near Natural Gas Fields

The health impacts of the aftermath of natural gas production remain largely unexplored

Argentina shale to get $120 million boost from ExxonMobil

Argentina shale to get $120 million boost from ExxonMobil

Rig counts climb in the US and Canada

Rig counts climb in the US and Canada

Trucking Industry to Oil & Gas: 'Find more domestic supply'

Trucking Industry to Oil & Gas: 'Find more domestic supply'

Natural gas for transportation will create more than 400,000 new jobs - Clean Energy CEO

Natural gas for transportation will create more than 400,000 new jobs - Clean Energy CEO

'We're just getting started,' says state's oil chief

'We're just getting started,' says state's oil chief

Chevron will help Argentina develop its shale gas reserves

Chevron will help Argentina develop its shale gas reserves

Fukushima Disaster Documentary: Is Nuclear Power Safe? Chernobyl, and Thorium 16 Sept 11

Fukushima Disaster Documentary: Is Nuclear Power Safe? Chernobyl, and Thorium 16 Sept 11

'Global Spending in 2011 on Advanced Oil & Gas Exploration Technologies Will Total $10.17bn,'

'Global Spending in 2011 on Advanced Oil & Gas Exploration Technologies Will Total $10.17bn,' Says Latest visiongain Research
LONDON, September 23, 2011/PRNewswire/ --

http://www.visiongain.com/Report/687/The-Advanced-Oil-Gas-Exploration-Technologies-Market-2011-2021

Sunday, September 25, 2011

On climate change, it's all-out war The world continues to pour billions into fossil fuels. It makes no sense.

On climate change, it's all-out war 

The world continues to pour billions into fossil fuels. It makes no sense.

 

KEY FACTS ABOUT COAL

KEY FACTS ABOUT COAL

The Political Economy of Climate Change Mitigation Policies: How to Build a Constituency to Address Global Warming?

The Political Economy of Climate Change Mitigation Policies: How to Build a Constituency to Address Global Warming?

Climate change denial increases with level of threat

Climate change denial increases with level of threat

Everest's ice is retreating as climate change grips the Himalayas

Everest's ice is retreating as climate change grips the Himalayas

The Guardian - ‎Sep 24, 2011‎
Climate change is altering the face of the Himalayas but research seeking to confirm this is yet to catch up with the mountain communities sounding the alarm

Melting ice is Earth's warning signal – and we cannot ignore it

Melting ice is Earth's warning signal – and we cannot ignore it

From the Himalayas to the Arctic, the signs of danger are visible
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Climate change may turn Mt Everest climb ice-free

Climate change may turn Mt Everest climb ice-free

War of words over global warming as Nobel laureate resigns in protest

War of words over global warming as Nobel laureate resigns in protest

A Nobel laureate has quit one of the world's leading organisations for scientists in protest at its assertion that the evidence of damaging global warming is "incontrovertible".

Japan’s Earthquake-Tsunami-Nuclear Disaster Syndrome: An Unprecedented Form of Catastrophe Hirose Takashi

Japan’s Earthquake-Tsunami-Nuclear Disaster Syndrome: An Unprecedented Form of Catastrophe

Hirose Takashi

The Nuclear Disaster That Could Destroy Japan – On the danger of a killer earthquake in the Japanese Archipelago

The Nuclear Disaster That Could Destroy Japan – On the danger of a killer earthquake in the Japanese Archipelago

Hirose Takashi
Translated and with an introduction by C. Douglas Lummis
The original Japanese text is available here.

The American 'allergy' to global warming: Why?

The American 'allergy' to global warming: Why?


http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-09-american-allergy-global.html

Ocean Acidification Explained - NRDC Video

Ocean Acidification Explained

Mexico City copes with that sinking feeling

Mexico City copes with that sinking feeling

In Mexico City, many buildings sink each year as the city's 21 million thirsty residents suck up water from the aquifer beneath one of the world's largest metropolises.

Was ocean acidification responsible for history's greatest extinction?

Was ocean acidification responsible for history's greatest extinction?

Radioactivity in Japan Rice Raises Worries By HIROKO TABUCHI

Radioactivity in Japan Rice Raises Worries

Oil Still Threatens a Cajun Paradise

Oil Still Threatens a Cajun Paradise

P.J. Hahn has rescued his share of oil-soaked pelicans. As coastal restoration director for Plaquemines Parish, he’s seen the worst of the Louisiana crude that belched uncontrollably from BP’s well a mile below the sea.  

EPA to Hold Three Public Hearings on Proposed Air Pollution Standards for Oil and Natural Production

From: U.S. EPA <usaepa@govdelivery.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2011 09:01:27 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Air News Release (HQ): EPA to Hold Three Public Hearings on Proposed Air Pollution Standards for Oil and Natural Production

CONTACT: Enesta Jones (News Media Only) jones.enesta@epa.gov
202.564-7873
202-564-4355
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2011
 
EPA to Hold Three Public Hearings on Proposed Air Pollution Standards for Oil and Natural Production
 
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold three public hearings in September on the agency’s proposed standards to reduce air pollution from oil and gas drilling operations.  The proposed standards would rely on cost-effective, existing technologies and practices to reduce pollution that contributes to smog and can cause cancer, while supporting the administration’s priority of continuing to expand safe and responsible domestic oil and natural gas production.
WHAT:             Public hearings on proposed air pollution standards for the oil and natural gas industry
WHEN:             Sept. 27, 28 and 29, 2011
                        Each hearing will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m. (local time)
WHERE:           Sept. 27:  Pittsburgh
                        David L. Lawrence Convention Center
                        Rooms 315-316
                        1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd.
                        Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222
                 
                        Sept. 28:  Denver
                        Colorado Convention Center
                        Room 207
                        700 14th St.
                        Denver, Colo.  80202
                        Sept. 29: Arlington, Texas
                        Arlington Municipal Building
                        City Council Chambers
                        101 W. Abram St.
                        Arlington, Texas 76010
                       
                        To register to speak at a specific time at any of the hearings, please contact Joan C. Rogers at 919-541-4487 or rogers.joanc@epa.gov. People also may sign up to speak in person on the day of a hearing; however, they may not be given their preferred time slot to speak. EPA must issue a final rule by Feb. 28, 2012.
                                         
More information on the proposal:  http://epa.gov/airquality/oilandgas/                                       
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