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Friday, October 28, 2011

Natural gas isn’t PC, but it’s the future

Natural gas isn’t PC, but it’s the future

SANDERS: Boom: Welcome to shale gas revolution

SANDERS: Boom: Welcome to shale gas revolution

Governments must plan for migration in response to climate change, researchers say

Governments must plan for migration in response to climate change, researchers say

The Chinese Coal Industry in an Energy Security and Carbon-Constrained World

The Chinese Coal Industry in an Energy Security and Carbon-Constrained World

The Chinese Coal Industry in an Energy Security and Carbon-Constrained WorldWhile the use of coal has greatly benefited China in terms of economic growth and energy security, it has also created enormous environmental and social challenges.

Testing geoengineering as a solution to climate change

Testing geoengineering as a solution to climate change
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 28, 2011 - Solar radiation management is a class of theoretical concepts for manipulating the climate in order to reduce the risks of global warming caused by greenhouse gasses. But its potential effectiveness and risks are uncertain, and it is unclear whether tests could help narrow these uncertainties. A team composed of Caltech's Doug MacMynowski, Carnegie's Ken Caldeira and Ho-Jeong Shin, and Har ... more
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Nuclear pollution of sea from Fukushima was world's biggest

Nuclear pollution of sea from Fukushima was world's biggest
Paris (AFP) Oct 27, 2011 -
France's nuclear monitor said on Thursday that the amount of caesium 137 that leaked into the Pacific from the Fukushima disaster was the greatest single nuclear contamination of the sea ever seen. But, confirming previous assessments, it said caesium levels had been hugely diluted by ocean currents and, except for near-shore species, posed no discernible threat. From March 21 to mid-Jul ... more

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Desalination part of solution for China?

Desalination part of solution for China?
Beijing (UPI) Oct 27, 2011 -
As China grapples with ever-increasing water shortages, desalination is viewed by the government as part of the solution. While China represents 20 percent of the world's population, it has just 7 percent of the Earth's fresh water supply. The Asia Water Project estimates that China's demand for water will increase 63 percent by 2030. Meantime, China falls short by about 50 billi ... more

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Exploring Corn, Energy and Humanity’s Growth Spurt By ANDREW C. REVKIN

Exploring Corn, Energy and Humanity’s Growth Spurt

Fukushima nuke pollution in sea 'was world's worst'

Fukushima nuke pollution in sea 'was world's worst'
France's nuclear monitor said on Thursday that the amount of caesium 137 that leaked into the Pacific from the Fukushima disaster was the greatest single nuclear contamination of the sea ever seen.

Fukushima Meltdown Has Led to 'World's Worst' Nuclear Pollution of the Sea

Fukushima Meltdown Has Led to 'World's Worst' Nuclear Pollution of the Sea

Underwater Lava Eruptions Could Create New Island in the Canaries By Axel Bojanowski

Underwater Lava

Eruptions Could Create New Island in the Canaries

Democrats call for State Department investigation on Keystone pipeline as protestors confront President Obama over the project

Democrats call for State Department investigation on Keystone pipeline as protestors confront President Obama over the project

Geothermal mapping report confirms vast coast-to-coast clean energy source

Geothermal mapping report confirms vast coast-to-coast clean energy source
Dallas TX (SPX) Oct 27, 2011 - New research from SMU's Geothermal Laboratory, funded by a grant from Google.org, documents significant geothermal resources across the United States capable of producing more than three million megawatts of green power - 10 times the installed capacity of coal power plants today. Sophisticated mapping produced from the research, viewable via Google Earth at www.google.org/egs, demonstrate ... more
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Natural-gas production linked to quakes in England, Arkansas, and North Texas, but more study needed

Natural-gas production linked to quakes in England, Arkansas, and North Texas, but more study needed

China Takes a Loss to Get Ahead in the Business of Fresh Water

China Takes a Loss to Get Ahead in the Business of Fresh Water

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Forest biofuel projects could increase West Coast carbon emissions Los Angeles Times Research published Oct. 23 in the journal Nature Climate Change undermines the argument that substituting wood-based biofuel for fossil fuels would reduce carbon emissions. “Most people assume that wood bioenergy will be carbon-neutral, ...


Forest biofuel projects could increase West Coast carbon emissions
Los Angeles Times
Research published Oct. 23 in the journal Nature Climate Change undermines the argument that substituting wood-based biofuel for fossil fuels would reduce carbon emissions. “Most people assume that wood bioenergy will be carbon-neutral, ...

China's glaciers in meltdown mode: study

China's glaciers in meltdown mode: study
Paris (AFP) Oct 25, 2011 -
Sharp increases in temperature driven by global warming are melting China's Himalayan glaciers, an impact that threatens habitats, tourism and economic development, says a study released Tuesday. Of 111 weather stations scattered across southwestern China, 77 percent showed significant upticks in temperatures between 1961 and 2008, according to the study, published in a British peer-reviewed ... more

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Fiery volcano offers geologic glimpse into land that time forgot

Fiery volcano offers geologic glimpse into land that time forgot
Seattle WA (SPX) Oct 25, 2011 -
The first scientists to witness exploding rock and molten lava from a deep sea volcano, seen during a 2009 expedition, report that the eruption was near a tear in the Earth's crust that is mimicking the birth of a subduction zone. Scientists on the expedition collected boninite, a rare, chemically distinct lava that accompanies the formation of Earth's subduction zones. Nobody has ev ... more

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China the culprit of potential water wars?

China the culprit of potential water wars?
Beijing (UPI) Oct 25, 2011 -
Scarcity of water in Asia could become a thorny issue for the region and trigger major conflicts, an expert says. A rise in population, increased water use and the expectation that Asia will be most affected by global warming will affect the availability of water for the world's most populous continent. Of even greater concern, warns Brahma Chellaney, author of "Water: Asia's New ... more

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Extreme Melting on Greenland Ice Sheet

Extreme Melting on Greenland Ice Sheet
New York NY (SPX) Oct 26, 2011 -
The Greenland ice sheet can experience extreme melting even when temperatures don't hit record highs, according to a new analysis by Dr. Marco Tedesco, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at The City College of New York. His findings suggest that glaciers could undergo a self-amplifying cycle of melting and warming that would be difficult to halt. "We ar ... more

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Production of biofuel from forests will increase greenhouse emissions

Production of biofuel from forests will increase greenhouse emissions
Corvallis OR (SPX) Oct 26, 2011 - The largest and most comprehensive study yet done on the effect of biofuel production from West Coast forests has concluded that an emphasis on bioenergy would increase carbon dioxide emissions from these forests at least 14 percent, if the efficiency of such operations is optimal. The findings are contrary to assumptions and some previous studies that suggest biofuels from this source wou ... more

"Stage Two" of the BP Gulf of Mexico Environmental Disaster New Drilling Permits amid 28,000 Unmonitored Abandoned Wells by Rady Ananda

"Stage Two" of the BP Gulf of Mexico Environmental Disaster
New Drilling Permits amid 28,000 Unmonitored Abandoned Wells

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The Fading of Fall: Why the bright red leaves of New England are in danger Slate

The Fading of Fall: Why the bright red leaves of New England are in danger Slate

The Post-Global Warming World Moving on from climate virtue.

The Post-Global Warming World

Moving on from climate virtue.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Evidence of New Fault Line Unearthed In Marianna, Arkansas

Evidence of New Fault Line Unearthed In Marianna, Arkansas

On the brink: Tremors increase at Anak Krakatau to 5,000 a day

On the brink: Tremors increase at Anak Krakatau to 5,000 a day

October 22, 2011SUMATRA, IndonesiaSeveral earthquakes have struck near south Sumatra of the 5.0 and 5.1 magnitude range today- making a tense situation on the volcanically-dotted archipelago potentially even more volatile. The Anak Krakatau volcano is showing signs of increased seismic activity. Authorities fear the volcano is building towards an eruption that could dwarf the one which occurred in 2007. Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Disasters Mitigation Center reported the numbers of seismic tremors now registering from the volcano have exceeded 5,000 a day. There are also reports of a gaseous mist which has seeped from the volcano and have enshrouded it in a yellowish haze- something that has never been observed at the volcano before. Anak Krakatau was placed on orange (level 3) status alert on September 30, 2011.The Extinction Protocol

Swarm of tremors reported on north side of El Hierro

Swarm of tremors reported on north side of El Hierro

 
October 23, 2011CANARY ISLANDS – A large swarm of more than 41 tremors have been reported taking place today in the ocean on the north side of El Hierro. The tremors are happening off the coast of NW Frontera and are an indication that magmatic pressures have moved across the island. –The Extinction Protocol

EPA announces plans to regulate "fracking"

 

EPA announces plans to regulate "fracking"

The Curious Disconnect Between Smart Grid and Energy Storage

By James Greenberger, October 23, 2011
I had the pleasure this week of attending two conferences, the ESAT conference on energy storage systems in San Diego and the Great Lakes Symposium on Smart Grid in Chicago.  Both conferences were excellent.  But I finished the week with an uneasy feeling that while smart grid advocates and storage advocates are both trying to address the same problems, they are talking about different...  » Continue...

Expert Says Quakes in England May Be Tied to (Fracking) Gas

Expert Says Quakes in England May Be Tied to (Fracking) Gas ...
Expert Says Quakes in England May Be Tied to (Fracking) Gas Extraction.
www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?...

IPCC report on “Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biology

IPCC report on “Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biology and
Posted on EPOCA: 18 Oct 2011 -- The report of the IPCC WGII/WGI Workshop on “Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biology and Ecosystems is now ...
c-can.msi.ucsb.edu/.../ipcc-report-on-201cimpacts-of-ocean-ac...

Pollutants linked to a 450 percent increase in risk of birth defects

Pollutants linked to a 450 percent increase in risk of birth defects
Austin, TX (SPX) Oct 21, 2011 -
Pesticides and pollutants are related to an alarming 450 percent increase in the risk of spina bifida and anencephaly in rural China, according to scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and Peking University. Two of the pesticides found in high concentrations in the placentas of affected newborns and stillborn fetuses were endosulfan and lindane. Endosulfan is only now being phase ... more

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San Francisco jolted, as California drills Big One

San Francisco jolted, as California drills Big One
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 20, 2011 -
San Francisco was jolted by a 3.9-magnitude earthquake Thursday, causing jitters but no injuries on the day California carried out an annual drill for the long-feared Big One. The temblor's epicenter was only two miles (three kilometers) away from Berkeley and the quake was felt across San Francisco and the East Bay area, reports said. "My hands are still shaking - my heart is just slow ... more

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Up to 1,000 feared dead in Turkey quake

Up to 1,000 feared dead in Turkey quake
Ercis (AFP) Oct 23, 2011 - An earthquake of 7.3 magnitude rocked eastern Turkey on Sunday, with a seismological institute saying up to 1,000 people could lie dead under the rubble of dozens of collapsed buildings. Turkey's strongest earthquake in years struck Van, a large eastern city populated mainly by Kurds. "Five hundred to 1,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the quake," Mustafa Erdik, director o ... more

First Ebola-like virus native to Europe discovered

First Ebola-like virus native to Europe discovered
New York NY (SPX) Oct 24, 2011 - A team of international researchers has discovered a new Ebola-like virus - Lloviu virus - in bats from northern Spain. Lloviu virus is the first known filovirus native to Europe, they report in a study published in the journal PLOS Pathogens on Octobr 20th. The study was a collaboration among scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School ... more
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Ozone Depletion a Bigger Deal Down Under

Ozone Depletion a Bigger Deal Down Under
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 24, 2011 - The Earth's thinning ozone layer is synonymous with a singing and dancing seagull named Sid - at least it is in New Zealand and Australia. "This time of year there is a huge push to 'Slip, Slop, Slap,'" says Hamish Talbot, a native New Zealander. These publicly funded commercials implore people to "slip" on a t-shirt, "slop" on some sunscreen and "slap" on a hat. All this protection ... more
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Why is the CIA Keeping Climate Change Secret?


Why Is the CIA Keeping Climate Change Secret?
Scientific American
The Central Intelligence Agency is working on climate change, but you'd never know it. David Biello reports Climate change is hard to hide, but the US Central Intelligence Agency is trying anyway. Back in 2009, the CIA established a Center on Climate ...
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Climate policy uncertainties threaten business growth


Climate policy uncertainties threaten business growth
Stuff.co.nz
In the fourth of an eight-week series in the buildup to the Fairfax Media and PWC Sustainable60 awards in November, Maria Slade looks at why Kiwi CEOs seem out of step with their global counterparts on climate change. Graham Stuart might be considered ...

Scientific case for man-made climate change is dead


Scientific case for man-made climate change is dead
Washington Examiner
Many of the proponents of man-made global warming are now claiming that climate change is worse than they predicted. According to an Oct. 18, 2011, Daily Climate article, global warming activists claim that the "evidence builds that scientists ...
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