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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Analysis: Green technology race outpaces U.N. climate talks

Analysis: Green technology race outpaces U.N. climate talks

Size of Gas-Fracking Quakes Can Be Predicted

Size of Gas-Fracking Quakes Can Be Predicted

Scientists develop way to forecast worst-case tremor scenario.

Today’s Severe Drought, Tomorrow’s Normal

Today’s Severe Drought, Tomorrow’s Normal

Berkeley Lab scientists part of team that analyzed 19 state-of-the-art climate models.

Friday, December 9, 2011

US oceans and atmosphere agency releases scientific integrity policy

US oceans and atmosphere agency releases scientific integrity policy

noaa_logo_small.pngIt has been a long time in the making, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) finally released its scientific integrity policy, which prohibits agency employees from distorting science and protects the rights of NOAA scientists to speak openly about their work and to report wrongdoing. The policy applies to thousands of NOAA employees who conduct research on climate, ocean oil spills, marine mammals, and other sometimes controversial topics.

Gulf of Mexico gets $50 million to improve water quality

Gulf of Mexico gets $50 million to improve water quality

2-degree global warming limit is a 'prescription for disaster', says Hansen

2-degree global warming limit is a 'prescription for disaster', says Hansen

Cross-posted from Scientific American's Observations blog on behalf of Mark Fischetti.
A mantra that has driven global negotiations on carbon dioxide emissions for years has been that policy-makers must prevent warming of more than two degrees Celsius to prevent apocalyptic climate outcomes. And, two degrees has been a point of no return, a limit directly or indirectly agreed to by negotiators at international climate talks.
James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, whose data since the 1980s has been central to setting that benchmark, said on Tuesday that two degrees is too much.
Now, an extensive study by Hansen and his colleagues of the palaeoclimate record going back 50 million years shows that the two-degree target for global temperature rise “is a prescription for disaster,” Hansen said here at a news conference during the American Geophysical Union meeting.

Mike Alger: Strong easterly flow created reverse wave

Mike Alger: Strong easterly flow created reverse wave

Undersea mountains march into the abyss

Undersea mountains march into the abyss

Method predicts size of fracking earthquakes

Method predicts size of fracking earthquakes

Scientists develop way to forecast worst-case tremor scenario.

Feds Link Water Contamination to Fracking for the First Time

Feds Link Water Contamination to Fracking for the First Time

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The orbits of satellites were altered after the 9.1-magnitude earthquake shook Japan.

The orbits of satellites were altered after the 9.1-magnitude earthquake shook Japan.

Halliburton responds to BP motion for sanctions

Halliburton responds to BP motion for sanctions

EU Berates United States, China for Blocking Climate Talks

EU Berates United States, China for Blocking Climate Talks

By: Pat Reber | Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Tempers flared Wednesday over the glacial pace of progress in climate talks taking place in Durban, with the European Union berating the United States and China for blocking the way forward.
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BP Accuses Halliburton of Destroying Evidence

BP Accuses Halliburton of Destroying Evidence
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/bp-accuses-halliburton-of-destroying-evidence/

(CNN) -- BP is accusing Halliburton of having "intentionally destroyed
evidence" related to the explosion aboard an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that
led to the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

The accusation comes in court papers filed by BP Monday in federal court in New
Orleans as part of a lawsuit aimed at [...]

William deBuys on the Western Water Crisis

>> SPECIAL REPORT:

William deBuys on the Western Water Crisis
"The Age of Thirst in the American West" -- Consider it a taste of the future: the fire, smoke, drought, dust, and heat that have made life unpleasant, if not dangerous, from Louisiana to Los Angeles.
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_age_of_thirst_in_the_american_west_20111205/

Tuesday, December 6, 2011