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Friday, December 2, 2011

New insight into climate change in the Pacific

New insight into climate change in the Pacific

Canberra, Australia (SPX) Dec 01, 2011
New research providing critical information about how climate change is affecting Australia's Pacific island neighbours and East Timor has been released by the Australian Government's Pacific Climate Change Science Program (PCCSP). The landmark, peer-reviewed publication, Climate Change in the Pacific: Scientific Assessment and New Research, presents the most comprehensive scientific analy

Pakistan most affected by climate change

Pakistan most affected by climate change

Durban, South Africa (UPI) Dec 1, 2011
Pakistan topped the list in a ranking of countries that suffered the most from the effects of climate change, a new report says. Released on the sidelines of the U.N. climate talks in Durban, South Africa, the "Global Climate Risk Index 2012" by Germanwatch, a European non-governmental organization, looked at the effects of extreme weather events from 1991-2010, based on data from insur

Texas Drought Visible in New National Groundwater Maps

Texas Drought Visible in New National Groundwater Maps

Lincoln NE (SPX) Dec 01, 2011
The record-breaking drought in Texas that has fueled wildfires, decimated crops and forced cattle sales has also reduced levels of groundwater in much of the state to the lowest levels seen in more than 60 years, according to new national maps produced by NASA and distributed by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The latest groundwater map, releas

Why Does Russia's Gazprom Oppose Shale Gas?

Why Does Russia's Gazprom Oppose Shale Gas?

Forward to Friend This Week's Most Popular Oil & Gas News

Forward to Friend This Week's Most Popular Oil & Gas News
Shell announces oil output increase at Conchas fields
Petrobras scores new deepwater presalt find offshore Sao Paulo
Saipem awarded new E&C Onshore contracts worth approximately $1.3 billion
Anadarko announces major success offshore Mozambique
African Petroleum gets two deepwater permits offshore Senegal
China Daqing M & H Petroleum Inc. to add new oil wells
Kinder Morgan to Add 2.4 Million Barrels of New Storage Capacity at Its Edmonton Terminal
EGPI Firecreek, Inc. to immediately begin fracing procedures on first of two west Texas oil wells
BP agrees to sell Canadian natural gas liquids business to Plains Midstream Canada
Eni purchases a 32.5% stake in the Evans Shoal gas field offshore Australia
North Dakota wasting more than one-third of natural gas production
ExxonMobil Employee Charities Program Sets New Record for Contributions

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Poisoning of Colstrip, Montana

The Poisoning of Colstrip, Montana

Global Warming Forgotten in 2012 Race

Global Warming Forgotten in 2012 Race

Ed Rogers, Washington Post
One interesting phenomenon of the 2012 race has been the disappearance of global warming as a campaign issue.

Can Ocean Farms Actually Be More Sustainable Than Even the Most Environmentally Sensitive Traditional Farms?

Can Ocean Farms Actually Be More Sustainable Than Even the Most Environmentally Sensitive Traditional Farms?

We know that big aquaculture operations can be a disaster, but small seaweed and shellfish operations offer a greener and cleaner solution.

NASA satellite confirms sharp decline in pollution from US coal power plants

NASA satellite confirms sharp decline in pollution from US coal power plants
A team of scientists have used the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on NASA's Aura satellite to confirm major reductions in the levels of a key air pollutant generated by coal power plants in the eastern United States. The pollutant, sulfur dioxide, contributes to the formation of acid rain and can cause serious health problems.

Plunge in CO2 put the freeze on Antarctica

Plunge in CO2 put the freeze on Antarctica
Plunge in CO2 put the freeze on AntarcticaAtmospheric carbon dioxide levels plunged by 40% before and during the formation of the Antarctic ice sheet 34 million years ago, according to a new study. The finding helps solve a long-standing scientific puzzle and confirms the power of CO2 to dramatically alter global climate.

Federal report: Arctic much worse since 2006

Federal report: Arctic much worse since 2006
(AP) -- Federal officials say the Arctic region has changed dramatically in the past five years - for the worse.

Eye on Earth Enables Cloud-Based Environmental Data Sharing

Eye on Earth Enables Cloud-Based Environmental Data Sharing
DURBAN, South Africa, December 1, 2011/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

The European Environment Agency, Esri and Microsoft launch new online community and application development platform

The European Environment Agency (EEA), Esri and Microsoft Corp. today announced, at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the launch of the Eye on Earth network, an online community for developing innovative services that map environmental parameters. The new cloud computing-based network provides a collaborative online service for hosting, sharing and discovering data on the environment and promotes the principles of public data access and citizen science. In addition, the organisations also announced NoiseWatch, a new web service available on the Eye on Earth network that measures noise in 164 European cities.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Scientists sound alarm over Southern Ocean warming

Scientists sound alarm over Southern Ocean warming

Guest Post: China To Embrace Fracking In An Effort To Ramp Up Energy Production

Guest Post: China To Embrace Fracking In An Effort To Ramp Up Energy Production

Reviewing the air pollution death and health impact numbers and peer reviewed epidemiological studies

Chevron agrees to brief offshore regulators on Brazil spill

Chevron agrees to brief offshore regulators on Brazil spill


By Hilton Price
Chevron has agreed to brief U.S. offshore regulators on the company’s recent spill off the coast of Rio de Janiero. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement requested the briefing to determine any possible oversight for U.S. offshore drilling.
Chevron blames incorrect pressure estimates and rock strength in the reservoir for the November 8th spill at Frade field that released about 2,400 barrels of oil into the ocean offshore Brazil.

Share North Dakota wasting more than one-third of natural gas production

North Dakota wasting more than one-third of natural gas production

Macondo oil spill could keep BP in court until 2014

Macondo oil spill could keep BP in court until 2014

Massive Climate Subsidies to Super Greenhouse Gas Industry to Continue - UNFCCC CDM Approves Further Payments to HFC Producers

Massive Climate Subsidies to Super Greenhouse Gas Industry to Continue - UNFCCC CDM Approves Further Payments to HFC Producers

Umami Sells and Delivers Bluefin Tuna Worth Approximately $50 Million

Umami Sells and Delivers Bluefin Tuna Worth Approximately $50 Million
SAN DIEGO, November 29, 2011/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

- First Phase of Harvesting of FY ending June 2012 Finalized
    - Tuna Prices Increase 38% From Last Harvesting Season


Umami Sustainable Seafood Inc. (OTCBB:UMAM) ("Umami" or the "Company"), a holding company of fish farms supplying sashimi-grade Northern Bluefin Tuna to the global market, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary Baja Aqua Farms has sold and delivered approximately $50 million worth of tuna harvested at Baja's Mexican facility.

The sales reflect an increase of 38% in the price paid per kilo of tuna compared to the price paid for tuna in the last fiscal year.

Harvesting at Baja began in late August 2011 and finished last week. Traditionally, harvesting at Baja takes place from November to March, but the new harvesting schedule provides our clients with additional options going forward.

Harvesting at Kali Tuna, Umami's Croatian operation, is planned to start in December, and is projected to be substantially complete by early March 2012.

Oli Steindorsson, Chairman and Chief Executive of Umami, commented:

"The successful change in of Baja's harvesting schedule is another example of why the merger of the Kali and Baja operations is beneficial. Umami can now offer its clients premium sashimi-grade Bluefin Tuna eight months out of every year, instead of the previous three month window. It also means that Umami's annual cash flows are stabilizing and the company will become less dependent on short-term debt.

In addition to the 38% rise in tuna prices this year as compared to last year, improvement in our operations and other factors have helped to improve our profit margin on sales contracts. We are especially pleased that our fish farming process has matured enough so that we are now able to shift and extend our harvest schedule in order to take maximum advantage of current market conditions."

About Umami Sustainable Seafood Inc.

The Company owns and operates Kali Tuna, which is an established Croatian based aquaculture operation raising Northern Bluefin Tuna in the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea and Baja Aqua Farms, which is an established Mexico based aquaculture operation raising Northern Bluefin Tuna in the Pacific. The Company intends to become the leader in aquaculture for northern Bluefin tuna by acquisition and internal growth. The growth of the Company will be founded on the sustainable management of resources and economically sound practices, seeking opportunities resulting from market consolidation and scientific progress in the industry. We also intend to continue our research into closed cycle farming technology for Bluefin tuna which has produced encouraging results. For more information, please visit http://www.umamiseafood.com.

Notice Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains projections and forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements in this press release, which are not purely historical, are forward-looking statements and can include, without limitation, statements based on current expectations involving a number of risks and uncertainties and which are not guarantees of future performance of the Company. There are numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and the Company's plans and objectives to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking information, including (i) adverse market conditions; (ii) any adverse occurrence with respect to the farmed seafood industry generally or the businesses of Kali Tuna and Baja specifically; and (iii) changes in the regulatory environment. Actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. These and all subsequent written and oral forward-looking information are based on estimates and opinions of management on the dates they are made and are expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice. Although the Company believes that the beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this press release are reasonable, there can be no assurance those beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions will prove to be accurate. Investors should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factors set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on October 22, 2010, and other reports filed or to be filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contacts

    Umami Sustainable Seafood Inc.
    Oli Steindorsson
    Chairman and CEO
    +1-619-544-9177

    The Investor Relations Group
    +1-212-825-3210
    Investor Relations:
    Erika Moran or Adam Holdsworth

    Public Relations:
    Laura Colontrelle or Enrique Briz


Source: Umami Sustainable Seafood Inc.

South Africans Challenge Canada on Tar Sands on Occasion of Climate Conference: Full Page ad in Canada's National Newspaper Asks Canada to Restore its Reputation

South Africans Challenge Canada on Tar Sands on Occasion of Climate Conference: Full Page ad in Canada's National Newspaper Asks Canada to Restore its Reputation
DURBAN, South Africa, November 30, 2011/PRNewswire/ --

More than a dozen anti-Apartheid and climate leaders from South Africa appear today on a full page ad in Canada's national newspaper, the Globe and Mail. The ad highlights Canada's shift from a progressive country on the international stage to one now actively urging other countries to weaken climate policies on behalf of its tar sands industry. Signatories include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate and former Archbishop of Cape Town, Jay Naidoo Minister of Reconstruction and Development in President Mandela's Cabinet and Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretary of Congress of South African Trade Unions.

The ad features a two-faced maple leaf, one side proud and red and the other black and dripping with oil. The ad text reads:

"Canada, you were once considered a leader on global issues like human rights and environmental protection. Today you're home to polluting tar sands oil, speeding the dangerous effects of climate change. For us in Africa, climate change is a life and death issue. By dramatically increasing Canada's global warming pollution, tar sands mining and drilling makes the problem worse, and exposes millions of Africans to more devastating drought and famine today and in the years to come. It's time to draw the line. We call on Canada to change course and be a leader in clean energy and to support international action to reduce global warming pollution."

Status of Air Pollution Control in China

EPA Reduces Smokestack Pollution, Protecting Americans’ Health from Soot and Smog/Clean Air Act protections will cut dangerous pollution in communities that are home to 240 million Americans

EPA Reduces Smokestack Pollution, Protecting Americans’ Health from Soot and Smog/Clean Air Act protections will cut dangerous pollution in communities that are home to 240 million Americans

Release Date: 07/07/2011
Contact Information: Enesta Jones, jones.enesta@epa.gov, 202-564-7873, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – Building on the Obama Administration’s strong record of protecting the public’s health through common-sense clean air standards – including proposed standards to reduce emissions of mercury and other air toxics, as well as air quality standards for sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide – the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized additional Clean Air Act protections that will slash hundreds of thousands of tons of smokestack emissions that travel long distances through the air leading to soot and smog, threatening the health of hundreds of millions of Americans living downwind. The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule will protect communities that are home to 240 million Americans from smog and soot pollution, preventing up to 34,000 premature deaths, 15,000 nonfatal heart attacks, 19,000 cases of acute bronchitis, 400,000 cases of aggravated asthma, and 1.8 million sick days a year beginning in 2014 – achieving up to $280 billion in annual health benefits. Twenty seven states in the eastern half of the country will work with power plants to cut air pollution under the rule, which leverages widely available, proven and cost-effective control technologies. Ensuring flexibility, EPA will work with states to help develop the most appropriate path forward to deliver significant reductions in harmful emissions while minimizing costs for utilities and consumers.
“No community should have to bear the burden of another community's polluters, or be powerless to prevent air pollution that leads to asthma, heart attacks and other harmful illnesses. These Clean Air Act safeguards will help protect the health of millions of Americans and save lives by preventing smog and soot pollution from traveling hundreds of miles and contaminating the air they breathe,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “By maximizing flexibility and leveraging existing technology, the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule will help ensure that American families aren’t suffering the consequences of pollution generated far from home, while allowing states to decide how best to decrease dangerous air pollution in the most cost effective way.”

Carried long distances across the country by wind and weather, power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO
2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) continually travel across state lines. As the pollution is transported, it reacts in the atmosphere and contributes to harmful levels of smog (ground-level ozone) and soot (fine particles), which are scientifically linked to widespread illnesses and premature deaths and prevent many cities and communities from enjoying healthy air quality.
The rule will improve air quality by cutting SO2 and NOx emissions that contribute to pollution problems in other states. By 2014, the rule and other state and EPA actions will reduce SO2 emissions by 73 percent from 2005 levels. NOx emissions will drop by 54 percent. Following the Clean Air Act’s “Good Neighbor” mandate to limit interstate air pollution, the rule will help states that are struggling to protect air quality from pollution emitted outside their borders, and it uses an approach that can be applied in the future to help areas continue to meet and maintain air quality health standards.
The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule replaces and strengthens the 2005 Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ordered EPA to revise in 2008. The court allowed CAIR to remain in place temporarily while EPA worked to finalize today’s replacement rule.
The rule will protect over 240 million Americans living in the eastern half of the country, resulting in up to $280 billion in annual benefits. The benefits far outweigh the $800 million projected to be spent annually on this rule in 2014 and the roughly $1.6 billion per year in capital investments already underway as a result of CAIR. EPA expects pollution reductions to occur quickly without large expenditures by the power industry. Many power plants covered by the rule have already made substantial investments in clean air technologies to reduce SO2 and NOx emissions. The rule will level the playing field for power plants that are already controlling these emissions by requiring more facilities to do the same. In the states where investments in control technology are required, health and environmental benefits will be substantial.
The rule will also help improve visibility in state and national parks while better protecting sensitive ecosystems, including Appalachian streams, Adirondack lakes, estuaries, coastal waters, and forests. In a supplemental rulemaking based on further review and analysis of air quality information, EPA is also proposing to require sources in Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin to reduce NOX emissions during the summertime ozone season. The proposal would increase the total number of states covered by the rule from 27 to 28. Five of these six states are covered for other pollutants under the rule. The proposal is open for public review and comment for 45 days after publication in the Federal Register.
More information: http://www.epa.gov/crossstaterule/

Sunday, November 27, 2011