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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thai Floods a Wake-up Call

Thai Floods a Wake-up Call

The world’s attention is on Europe, which is financially underwater, but spare a thought for Thailand, which is literally so. Over 500 people are reported to have died in the recent floods, the worst in 50 years. Thailand’s 2012 budget could have been the first salvo in a determined effort to deal with the country’s perennial vulnerability to floods through water management projects with high economic returns. Instead, the budget included several populist handouts that could have been put to better use. The floods covered half the country’s land area, including an estimated 15 percent of the agricultural planted area, and with projected losses of about 6 million tons of milled rice. Some 2.8 million households are reported to have been affected, and about 10,000 factories inundated, leaving over 600,000 people out of work. Corporations such as Apple, Honda, Toyota, and Western Digital have suspended production, affecting their operations as far ... Read More...

Fracking In The Mountain State Leaves A Community Scarred

By Rocky Kistner, November 26, 2011
West Virginia is home to one of the most destructive coal mining practices in the world--mountaintop removal--a process that blows up pristine mountains to lay bare the bituminous coal below. But a new fossil fuel Gold Rush has hit the Mountain State; fracking for natural gas trapped deep in the Marcellus Shale underground. And it has residents and experts worried...  » Continue...
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The Feds Knew: 50 years of fracking-induced earthquakes

The Feds Knew: 50 years of fracking-induced earthquakes

Friday, November 25, 2011

Can Global Emissions Be Reduced At All?

By David Hone, November 25, 2011
With delegates, energy / environment  Ministers, business representatives and NGO leaders arriving in Durban for COP 17, attention again turns to the pressing issue of actually reducing global emissions. The latest UNFCCC conference comes against the backdrop of two grim statistics of recent weeks – the record year on year (2009 to 2010) jump in global emissions just announced by the US...  » Continue...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Climate sensitivity to CO2 more limited than extreme projections: research

Climate sensitivity to CO2 more limited than extreme projections: research

November 24, 2011
A new study suggests that the rate of global warming from doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide may be less than the most dire estimates of some previous studies – and, in fact, may be less severe than projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report in 2007.

Shale gas Frack on

Shale gas

Frack on

People should worry less about fracking, and more about carbon

The World Is Running Out Of Titanium Dioxide, Which Means There Will Be Less White

The World Is Running Out Of Titanium Dioxide, Which Means There Will Be Less White

from Clusterstock

4 Reasons to Give Thanks to Our Oceans (Without Them We're Screwed)

4 Reasons to Give Thanks to Our Oceans (Without Them We're Screwed)

Oceans are essential to our lives, but the evidence strongly suggests we take them for granted way too much.

The Future is Gray Bruce Krasting

The Future is Gray Bruce Krasting

Brazil suspends Chevron over oil spill

Brazil suspends Chevron over oil spill
http://link.ft.com/r/M2ZOXX/WTVSZG/RNF1Y5/IIQWZD/L9UIHT/E4/h?a1=2011&a2=11&a3=24

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Interactive map of sea level changes launched

Interactive map of sea level changes launched
A new interactive map that allows users to explore changes in sea level worldwide over five decades has been launched by the UK's Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL).

Google Gives Up On Green Tech Investment Initiative

Google Gives Up On Green Tech Investment Initiative RE<C

http://techcrunch.com/2011/11/23/google-gives-up-on-green-tech-investment-initiative-rec/

Monday, November 21, 2011

Dupes again?

   
Dupes again?
Posting Date: 11/21/2011

Terry Donnelly

Geologists have found huge natural gas reserves in shale all over North America–much of it under the feet of Americans. There may be enough natural gas to sate our energy monster’s appetite for as long as 100 years.
Fracking is the term created by George P. Mitchell a few years ago naming the process of releasing the gas from the earth. Since Mitchell and his team started using fracking, shale gas has risen from a mere one percent of natural gas supplies in 2000 to 30 percent today. The glut is not over–the percentage will go higher.
In the immediate future that would seem to completely solve our stationary energy needs until scientists can develop greener, renewable means of creating power. Fuel for vehicles will take more work.
Natural gas burns cleaner than oil and coal. We seem to have tons of it so it should be much cheaper.
An additional boon is the creation of jobs. It will take thousands, perhaps millions of people working on American soil to get the gas out of the ground and into homes and businesses. Jobs galore will be created beyond the drilling and refinery work as towns will have to be created or expanded ala Boulder City, Nevada when the Hoover Dam was built.
A cleaner, cheaper job creator–what possibly could be the downside?

Air Pollution a Culprit in Worsening Drought and Flooding

Air Pollution a Culprit in Worsening Drought and Flooding

Climate policies can help resolve energy security and air pollution challenges

Climate policies can help resolve energy security and air pollution challenges

Obama's Politically Strategic Inaction - Charles Krauthammer, Wash Post

Obama's Politically Strategic Inaction
- Charles Krauthammer, Wash Post

To 'Frack' or Not? Public Responds - David Robinson, Buffalo News

To 'Frack' or Not? Public Responds
- David Robinson, Buffalo News

The Fracturing of Pennsylvania - Eliza Griswold, New York Times

The Fracturing of Pennsylvania
- Eliza Griswold, New York Times

IPCC Report Confirms What Businesses Already Know: Extreme Weather & Climate Affect Investors, Insurance, Agriculture, Other Industries

IPCC Report Confirms What Businesses Already Know: Extreme Weather & Climate Affect Investors, Insurance, Agriculture, Other Industries

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Effects of climate change to further degrade fisheries resources

Effects of climate change to further degrade fisheries resources

A new study reveals how the effect of climate change can further impact the economic viability of current fisheries practices.

Feeding the billions in 2050′s sauna (Part I)

Feeding the billions in 2050′s sauna (Part I)

Guest Post by Geoff RussellGeoff is a mathematician and computer programmer and is a member of Animal Liberation SA. His recently published book is CSIRO Perfidy. His previous article on BNC was: The Swiss army nuclear knife
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During the past few years, all the world’s major science journals have had a steady stream of papers on the challenge of feeding 9 to 10 billion people on a warming planet in 2050. They have been joined by reports from bodies with varying prestige and influence likeInternational Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)The World Bank and the Royal Society. CSIRO has a long history of interest in the issue and even billionaire packager Anthony Pratt is getting in on the act telling Australia that since it can produce food for 200 million people, it has a responsibility to do so.
All these reports pay swollen lip service to the food security issues of the poor. All rightly regard the current global levels of stunting and malnutrition … running at 30 percent or more in many poor populations … as unconscionable.