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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Kirk Sorensen is a social media god from The Nuclear Green Revolution by Charles Barton

Kirk Sorensen is a social media god

Kirk Sorensen is becoming well enough know to be beginning to acquire enemies. Not because he goes around hurting people, or because he is mean to puppies or is doing other wicked things. Kirk has things to say about energy and LFTR technology, and he is drawing more and more attention. The latest expression of anti-Kirk excess comes from JO ABBESS of Energy Change for Climate Control.
Kirk Sorensen is apparently a one-man propaganda machine. His personal energy must be immense. He keeps turning up everywhere.
Never since the days of Tesla versus Edison has there been such an energy-related public communications coup.

He is a social media god. He has to be . . . .
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Can Anthropogenic Global Warming be non-Catastrophic?

Can Anthropogenic Global Warming be non-Catastrophic?

The denial of something Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming is the latest right-wing front in its attack on climate science. Right winger science deniers have set up a fall back strategy:
Position 1: There is no evidence that Global Warming is happening
Position 2: Global Warming is happening but has natural rather than human causes
Position 3: Global Warming is happening and has human causes, but will not have catastrophic consequences
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Island states slam slow pace of climate talks

Island states slam slow pace of climate talks

Paris (AFP) Nov 3, 2011
Island states facing rising seas driven by global warming slammed on Thursday suggestions by some rich nations that a comprehensive climate deal can wait until 2018 or later. Such proposals are "both environmentally reckless and politically irresponsible," Joseph Gilbert, Grenada's environment minister, said on behalf of the 42-nation Association of Small Island States (AOSIS).
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Humans and Climate Contributed to Extinctions of Large Ice-Age Mammals

Humans and Climate Contributed to Extinctions of Large Ice-Age Mammals

University Park PA (SPX) Nov 04, 2011
The genetic history of six large herbivores - the woolly rhinoceros, woolly mammoth, wild horse, reindeer, bison, and musk ox - has shown that both climate change and humans were responsible for the extinction or near extinction of large mammal populations within the last 10,000 years.
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Biggest spike ever in global warming gases

Biggest spike ever in global warming gases

Washington (AFP) Nov 4, 2011
The amount of global warming gases sent into the atmosphere made an unprecedented jump in 2010, according to the US Department of Energy's latest world data on carbon dioxide emissions. "It's big," said Tom Boden, director of the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center Environmental Sciences Division at the DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
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Samples from NRC Webcasts (First of a Series)

Samples from NRC Webcasts (First of a Series)

by E. Michael Blake

Fight or Flight: Meet the Residents Taking on Gas Drillers, and Those Packing Their Bags [With Photo Slideshow]

Fight or Flight: Meet the Residents Taking on Gas Drillers, and Those Packing Their Bags [With Photo Slideshow]

As rural areas become industrialized thanks to gas drilling, residents have to make difficult choices.

Huge iceberg forms in Antarctica

Huge iceberg forms in Antarctica

Rift in PIG The rift was first picked up in October

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Scientists are monitoring the birth of a monster iceberg in West Antarctica.
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Friday, November 4, 2011

The U.S. Wastes 7 Billion Gallons of Drinking Water a Day: Can Innovation Help Solve the Problem?

The U.S. Wastes 7 Billion Gallons of Drinking Water a Day: Can Innovation Help Solve the Problem?

This is a major problem for municipalities around the country. But it’s also a major opportunity for companies that can mop up all that waste.

Earthquakes killed 780,000 in past decade: study

Earthquakes killed 780,000 in past decade: study
Paris (AFP) Nov 4, 2011 -
Earthquakes claimed more than 780,000 lives in the past decade, accounting for nearly 60 percent of all disaster-related deaths, according to a study published in The Lancet on Friday. "In addition to these deaths, earthquakes have directly affected another two billion people in this period," it added. The deadliest quake was the January 12 2010 7.0-magnitude event in Haiti which killed ... more

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Building a Nuclear Power Plant on a Fault Still Not a Great Idea

Building a Nuclear Power Plant on a Fault Still Not a Great Idea

USGS: More than 600 aftershocks have hit since August quake

USGS: More than 600 aftershocks have hit since August quake

Earthquake Monitoring?

Earthquake Monitoring?
John R. Joyce, Ph.D.
Yes, I can hear the question mark in your voice. True, those who live in the Pacific Ring of Fire and other tectonicly active areas are used to preparing for and monitoring earthquakes. Those who live in less active areas, preparing and monitoring has not been quite as high a priority, to put it charitably. However, if your home or business happened to be located in central Virginia on the afternoon of August 23, 2011, when a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck just 35 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia,1 you might be tempted to reconsider. If you are inclined to write that off as a fluke, consider that the strongest earthquakes to ever hit the eastern U.S. in recorded history, estimated to have a maximum magnitude of around 7.7, occurred near New Madrid, MO. Fortunately, this series of earthquakes occurred in 1811 and 1812, so there was not as much to damage, but it did result in the creation of temporary waterfalls on the Mississippi River and the river temporarily running backwards in spots2, 3.

Deepwater Horizon Hits Anadarko's Bottom Line

Deepwater Horizon Hits Anadarko's Bottom Line

Radiation Cleanup Confounds Japan

Radiation Cleanup Confounds Japan

Fracking causing earthquakes in England and Oklahoma

Fracking causing earthquakes in England and Oklahoma

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Greenhouse gases to overpower ozone hole

Greenhouse gases to overpower ozone hole

November 2, 2011 By Alvin Stone Greenhouse gases to overpower ozone holeEnlarge
(PhysOrg.com) -- One set of human-created gases is starting to relinquish its hold on Antarctic climate as another group of emissions produced by human activity is starting to take hold, according to a paper in Nature Geoscience, co-authored by ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Matthew England, co-director of the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre.

Key UN report ties climate change to extreme weather

Key UN report ties climate change to extreme weather
Paris (AFP) Nov 1, 2011 - A new UN report concludes that man-made climate change has boosted the frequency or intensity of heat waves, wildfires, floods and cyclones and that such disasters are likely to multiply in the future. The draft document, which has been three years in the making, says the severity of the impacts vary, with some regions more vulnerable than others. Hundreds of scientists working under the ... more
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Forests not keeping pace with climate change

Forests not keeping pace with climate change
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 02, 2011 - More than half of eastern U.S. tree species examined in a massive new Duke University-led study aren't adapting to climate change as quickly or consistently as predicted. "Many models have suggested that trees will migrate rapidly to higher latitudes and elevations in response to warming temperatures, but evidence for a consistent, climate-driven northward migration is essentially absent i ... more
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Use of Supercritical Water Could Cut Costs for Biofuels

Use of Supercritical Water Could Cut Costs for Biofuels
by Kevin Bullis
A startup says it can make sugar for biofuel from wood chips at a fraction of the normal cost.
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Company Aims to Make Better Biofuel Crops

Company Aims to Make Better Biofuel Crops
by Katherine Bourzac
Agradis wants to use genomics to develop plants that could yield more material for biofuels.
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An analysis of water discourse over 40 years of UN declarations

An analysis of water discourse over 40 years of UN declarations
New York NY (SPX) Nov 02, 2011 - UN University's Canadian-based Institute for Water, Environment and Health has published a study of the changing language related to water in high-level declarations from eleven UN conferences on water and the environment over the past forty years. Both deepening and shallowing of key terms were evident throughout the documents and the report suggests effective strategies for highlighting ... more

Human-caused climate change a major factor in more frequent Mediterranean droughts

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Human_caused_climate_change_a_major_factor_in_more_frequent_Mediterranean_droughts_999.html
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 02, 2011 - Wintertime droughts are increasingly common in the Mediterranean region, and human-caused climate change is partly responsible, according to a new analysis by NOAA scientists and colleagues at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). In the last 20 years, 10 of the driest 12 winters have taken place in the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. "The magni ... more




Reds and oranges highlight lands around the Mediterranean that experienced significantly drier winters during 1971-2010 than the comparison period of 1902-2010. (Credit: NOAA).

Transocean files motion to compel BP to cover oil spill costs stemming from the Macondo well incident in the Gulf of Mexico

Transocean files motion to compel BP to cover oil spill costs stemming from the Macondo well incident in the Gulf of Mexico

Report Confirms Fracking Tied to Small Quakes

Report Confirms Fracking Tied to Small Quakes

Greenpeace ‘Rainbow Warrior III’ Sets Sail

Greenpeace ‘Rainbow Warrior III’ Sets Sail

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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

Underwater Lava

Eruptions Could Create New Island in the Canaries

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

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

October 27, 2011
Governments around the world must be prepared for mass migrations caused by rising global temperatures or face the possibility of calamitous results, say University of Florida scientists on a research team reporting in the Oct. 28 edition of Science.

Red Alert For Two Volcanoes in Chile

Red Alert For Two Volcanoes in Chile

Renewable Energy Being Held Back by Fossil Fuel Subsidies - IEA

Renewable Energy Being Held Back by Fossil Fuel Subsidies - IEA

Recent reports show a massive increase in coal dependency caused by fossil fuel subsidies to be addressed at World Climate Summit.
According to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) latest findings, coal and oil subsidies pose the greatest challenge to the renewable energy market. As the world's largest exporter of coal, Australia's carbon emissions have grown nearly 300 percent since 1970, according to the IEA's last annual report on CO2 emissions. Worse, that percentage is regional, excluding the huge amounts of coal shipped overseas to some 20 dependent countries.
The IEA blames electricity/heat generations and transportation as the major culprits of nearly two-thirds
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Is Climate Change Real? Take a Look at the Science Before you Decide

Is Climate Change Real? Take a Look at the Science Before you Decide

Global warming target to stay below 2 degrees requires more action this decade

Global warming target to stay below 2 degrees requires more action this decade
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Oct 31, 2011

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Climate scientists say the world's target to stay below a global warming of 2 degrees, made at the United Nations conference in Copenhagen in 2009 and Cancun 2010 will require decisive action this decade. A comprehensive review of 193 emission scenarios from scientific literature to date has been published in Nature Climate Change by University of Melbourne and international scientists.

Governments must plan for migration in response to climate change

Governments must plan for migration in response to climate change

Gainesville, FL (SPX) Oct 31, 2011
Governments around the world must be prepared for mass migrations caused by rising global temperatures or face the possibility of calamitous results, say University of Florida scientists on a research team reporting in the Oct. 28 edition of Science. If global temperatures increase by only a few of degrees by 2100, as predicted by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, people
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A Crack in the Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf

A Crack in the Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 01, 2011
After more than two weeks of successful flights over Antarctica and its surrounding waters and sea ice, one of the more interesting things NASA's Operation IceBridge team has seen this year is a large crack running across the floating ice shelf of Pine Island Glacier. The team observed the crack on the DC-8's Oct. 14 flight. The flight was designed to get better measurements of the region
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