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Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year


I wish you all a happy, safe and prosperous new year! I hope the year 2013 will be a good one for you, in your personal lives, as well as professionally. 

Warmest Regards
Michele Kearney

Dieter Helm: Coal Critic, Atomic Agnostic, Natural Gas Enthusiast

Dieter Helm: Coal Critic, Atomic Agnostic, Natural Gas Enthusiast

As indicated by the subtitle of his book, Helm believes that the world, especially Europe, has achieved very little in the twenty years since the Kyoto treaty was signed. He believes that there is little hope that the process set in motion by that treaty will result in anything more than the continued annual consumption of a lot of aviation fuel to move people to ineffective conferences that are primarily climate theater.http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/165286/dieter-helm-coal-critic-atomic-agnostic-natural-gas-enthusiast?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

NOAA lists ringed and bearded ice seal populations under the Endangered Species Act

NOAA lists ringed and bearded ice seal populations under the Endangered Species Act

NOAA Fisheries has announced its final listing decision for four subspecies of ringed seals and two distinct population segments (DPSs) of bearded seals under the Endangered Species Act. Specifically, in line with the proposal, NOAA will list as threatened the Beringia and Okhotsk DPSs of bearded seals and the Arctic, Okhotsk, and Baltic subspecies of ringed seals. The Ladoga subspecies of ringed seals will be listed as endangered. The species that exist in U.S. waters (Arctic ringed seals and the Beringia DPS of bearded seals) are already protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121230180804.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

FOX News: “A Fukushima Fightback” — US Navy sailors say there was a conspiracy to withhold truth about radiation releases (AUDIO)

Energy News: FOX News: “A Fukushima Fightback” — US Navy sailors say there was a conspiracy to withhold truth about radiation releases (AUDIO)



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Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012: Global warming became reality

2012: Global warming became reality

Record melting of Arctic Ocean ice. Record heat and droughts. New York under water. Believe climate change now?

Many sailors from USS Ronald Reagan suffered problems after 3/11 — “No amount of money would compensate me if I’m 23 years old and bleeding from my behind”

Energy News: Report: Many sailors from USS Ronald Reagan suffered problems after 3/11 — “No amount of money would compensate me if I’m 23 years old and bleeding from my behind”



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Friday, December 28, 2012

Tokyo Almost As Irradiated As Fukushima

Tokyo Almost As Irradiated As Fukushima

Tepco – and West Coast of America – Slammed with Radiationhttp://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/12/tokyo-almost-as-irradiated-as-fukushima.html

New Research Shows West Antarctica Warms Twice as Fast as Thought

New Research Shows West Antarctica Warms Twice as Fast as Thought

Since the last official report released by the IPCC back in 2007, global sea level rises have already exceeded the predicted figures to be reached by the end of the century. In fact new research suggests that West Antarctica is warming nearly twice as fast as previously thought, accounting for the far faster rise in sea levels.According to cleantechnica.com, “the average annual temperatures in West Antarctica, at the Byrd research station, have increased an incredible 2.4 degrees Celsius (4.3F) in the years since the 1950s.” Three times…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/New-Research-Shows-West-Antarctica-Warms-Twice-as-Fast-as-Thought.html

Global Warming Causes Volcanic Eruptions

Global Warming Causes Volcanic Eruptions

Volcanic eruptions can affect the climate. Huge eruptions release millions of tons of sulphur dioxide into the air which then remains in the atmosphere for a few years, reflecting sunlight away from the earth and cooling down the planet.Now new evidence suggests that the relationship can work in the opposite direction, meaning that changes to the climate can have an effect on volcanic eruptions; linking the two events even more.A recent study by geologists has found a pattern that suggests large eruptions tend to occur every 41,000 years, a number…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Global-Warming-Causes-Volcanic-Eruptions.html

An Email from Santa Claus to Climate Skeptics | The Energy Collective Daily

An Email from Santa Claus to Climate Skeptics | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate

Posted: 28 Dec 2012 06:59 AM PST
A few Christmases ago, I published this email from Santa, which arrived on the night before the night before Christmas. Readers had so much fun with it, it's become an annual tradition. Enjoy!
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Podcast Episode 115 - Download the mp3 file Play the PodcastMy first reaction was “Wow! Did I just read that correctly?!”
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The dramatic, profound impacts of global warming are increasingly becoming apparent, particularly as regards vital freshwater supplies. Glaciers around the world are in retreat, threatening the sustainability of populations across entire regions—a process that has been under way for decades.
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 09:00 AM PST
Late last week, NaiKun Wind Energy Group announced a preferred supplier deal with the Canadian arm of Siemens. The deal would put to work the Germany-based energy giant’s new 4-MW turbine – an upgrade on the widely used SWT-3.6 – that Siemens is now promoting after installing a prototype in Denmark.
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The BLM recently issued a new Instruction Memorandum to its field offices. This IM establishes policy for reducing preventable wildlife mortality, increasing protection of livestock, and increasing human health and safety around oil and gas facilities.
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 07:15 AM PST
Eleven billion-dollar weather disasters hit the U.S., a figure exceeded only by the fourteen such disasters during the equally insane weather year of 2011. I present for you now the top ten weather stories of 2012, chosen for their meteorological significance and human and economic impact.

Energy News: 1-year-old named in Fukushima lawsuit by US Navy members

Energy News: 1-year-old named in Fukushima lawsuit by US Navy members



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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

33 Slides Laying Out the Crisis That Could Lead to Mass World Starvation

33 Slides Laying Out the Crisis That Could Lead to Mass World Starvation

Dry spell projected for southwest US

Dry spell projected for southwest US

Paris (AFP) Dec 23, 2012
Southwestern areas of the United States, reeling from its worst drought in 50 years, may have 10 percent less surface water within a decade due to global warming, a study said Sunday. While rainfall is forecast to increase over northern California in winter and the Colorado River feeding area, warmer temperatures will outstrip these gains by speeding up evaporation, leaving the soil and rivehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Dry_spell_projected_for_southwest_US_999.html

Smaller Colorado River projected for coming decades, study says

Smaller Colorado River projected for coming decades, study says

Some 40 million people depend on the Colorado River Basin for water but warmer weather from rising greenhouse gas levels and a growing population may signal water shortages ahead. In a new study, climate modelers predict a 10 percent drop in the Colorado River's flow in the next few decades, enough to disrupt longtime water-sharing agreements between farms and cities across the American Southwest.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121223152734.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

New Report Finds That West Antarctica Is Warming at an Alarming Rate

New Report Finds That West Antarctica Is Warming at an Alarming Rate

In a region where melting could contribute *10 feet* of global sea-level rise, new measurements show temperatures ticking up twice as fast as previously thought.http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/12/new-report-finds-that-west-antarctica-is-warming-at-an-alarming-rate/266623/

Monday, December 24, 2012

Energy News: Report from Japan: Radioactive fallout around Fukushima incineration plant being hidden — “It’s very odd” (VIDEOS)

Energy News: Report from Japan: Radioactive fallout around Fukushima incineration plant being hidden — “It’s very odd” (VIDEOS)




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Saturday, December 22, 2012

NASA's Operation IceBridge Data Brings New Twist to Sea Ice Forecasting

NASA's Operation IceBridge Data Brings New Twist to Sea Ice Forecasting

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 24, 2012
Shrinking Arctic sea ice grabbed the world's attention again earlier this year with a new record low minimum. Growing economic activity in the Arctic, such as fishing, mineral exploration and shipping, is emphasizing the need for accurate predictions of how much of the Arctic will be covered by sea ice. Every June, an international research group known as the Study of Environmental Arctichttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/NASAs_Operation_IceBridge_Data_Brings_New_Twist_to_Sea_Ice_Forecasting_999.html
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The Green Revolution is wilting

The Green Revolution is wilting

Minneapolis MN (SPX) Dec 24, 2012
The Green Revolution has stagnated for key food crops in many regions of the world, according to a study published in the Nature Communications by scientists with the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment and McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Led by IonE research fellow Deepak Ray, the study team developed geographically detailed maps of annual crop harvested areas and yielhttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/The_Green_Revolution_is_wilting_999.html

Geo-engineering against climate change

Geo-engineering against climate change

Washington DC (SPX) Dec 24, 2012
Numerous geo-engineering schemes have been suggested as possible ways to reduce levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and so reduce the risk of global warming and climate change. One such technology involves dispersing large quantities of iron salts in the oceans to fertilize otherwise barren parts of the sea and trigger the growth of algal blooms and other photosynthesizhttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Geo_engineering_against_climate_change_999.html
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Climate Story Of The Year: Extreme Weather from Superstorms to Drought Emerges as Political, Scientific Gamechanger

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This year brought staggering weather extremes, record loss of Arctic ice and a growing body of scientific analysis linking the two. Those extremes, plus Superstorm Sandy, raised public concern about the immediate threat posed by climate change, providing a palpable debunking of the (mistaken) belief that climate change will impact only future generations or people in faraway lands.http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/163486/climate-story-year-extreme-weather-superstorms-drought-emerges-political-scientifi?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Energy News: AP: People flee Japan nuclear disaster — Some can’t get away, I feel so sorry for them

Energy News: AP: People flee Japan nuclear disaster — Some can’t get away, I feel so sorry for them



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Environmental Activism Takes Hold in China

Environmental Activism Takes Hold in China
Energy Tribune
China's authoritarian leaders show few signs this year that they are ready for political activism. But there are indications they are increasingly aware and willing to listen to public demands when it comes to the environment. As protests gain in ...http://www.energytribune.com/68834/environmental-activism-takes-hold-in-china-2

Friday, December 21, 2012

Changing Oceans May Be Adding to New England Fisheries Decline, Scientists Say

Changing Oceans May Be Adding to New England Fisheries Decline, Scientists Say

As U.S. fishing regulators weigh stricter catch quotas to allow time for critical species to recover in the waters of New England, scientists say that changing ocean conditions may be a factor in historic fish declines, not just decades of overfishing. Warmer ocean temperatures and changing ecosystems are contributing to declining populations of cod and flounder in the northeastern U.S., government officials say. In the Gulf of Maine this year, water temperatures were the highest ever recorded, according to the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists say that about half of 36 fish stocks — including cod and flounder — have been shifting northward into deeper, cooler waters for four decades. And while some regulators say the only chance of restoring populations is for tougher quotas on bottom-dwelling “groundfish” species, the New England Fishery Management Council this week delayed a vote on such cuts after fishermen said the reductions would devastate their industry.http://e360.yale.edu/digest/warming_oceans_may_be_adding_to_new_england_fisheries_decline/3727/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YaleEnvironment360+%28Yale+Environment+360%29

Replacing Fossil Fuels With Renewables

Replacing Fossil Fuels With Renewables

Barry Stevens, OilPrice
Economic Growth! Energy independence! Climate Change! There are countless arguments for moving beyond fossil fuels, for world energy needs. Unfortunately, many hurdles must be overcome before we can feasibly count on other sources of energy to replace coal, oil and possibly natural gas, which all together provide the lion's share of the world's electricity generation and transportation fuels. Even if there were no greenhouse effect, all of the fossil fuels we rely on will probably be depleted within a few hundred years. If humankind is going to have a future on this planet, at...http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Renewable-Energy/Replacing-Fossil-Fuels-with-Renewables-Part-1.html

EPA offers details of its controversial fracking study

EPA offers details of its controversial fracking study

The public and the energy industry got their first glimpse Friday of a long-awaited study on the possible correlation between water pollution and fracking, but Obama administration officials said the full results and definitive findings of their study won't be released until 2014.
The review could have major implications for ...http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/dec/21/epa-offers-details-its-controversial-fracking-stud/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

Appeals Court Rejects Latest Attack on EPA Carbon Pollution Standards

The Five Most Influential Energy and Climate Studies of 2012

The Five Most Influential Energy and Climate Studies of 2012

Energy News: Tepco admits link between death and Fukushima disaster for 1st time

Energy News: Tepco admits link between death and Fukushima disaster for 1st time



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Thursday, December 20, 2012

CHART: The Exploding Cost Of Natural Disasters

CHART: The Exploding Cost Of Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are some of the most unpleasant risks that investors must consider due to unpredictability.
But one thing is for sure: the cost of natural disasters is getting a lot more expensive.
"Insured losses from natural disasters have risen eight-fold in economic terms since the 1980’s," write analysts from Deutsche Bank.
They reviewed the data of the reinsurers — the companies that insure the insurance companies — and created the chart below.http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-natural-disaster-costs-2012-12?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29

Trio of complex antarctic science projects reach significant technological milestones 'on the ice'

Trio of complex antarctic science projects reach significant technological milestones 'on the ice'
A trio of very large-scale, National Science Foundation-funded Antarctic science projects—investigating scientifically significant subjects as varied as life in extreme ecosystems, the fate of one of the world's largest ice sheets and the nature of abrupt global climate-change events—have recently each reached important technological milestones that will advance cutting-edge research. http://phys.org/news/2012-12-trio-complex-antarctic-science-significant.html#nwlt

The laws of global warming: How to regulate geo-engineering efforts to fight climate change

The laws of global warming: How to regulate geo-engineering efforts to fight climate change
(Phys.org)—With policymakers and political leaders increasingly unable to combat global climate change, more scientists are considering the use of manual manipulation of the environment to slow warming's damage to the planet. http://phys.org/news/2012-12-laws-global-geo-engineering-efforts-climate.html#nwlt

Explorers discover deepwater gas seeps off US Atlantic coast: Advanced sonar technology key to discovery and mapping

Explorers discover deepwater gas seeps off US Atlantic coast: Advanced sonar technology key to discovery and mapping
NOAA ocean explorers used an advanced multibeam sonar mapping system on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer last month to discover and map the first deepwater gas seeps found off the U.S. Atlantic Coast north of Cape Hatteras. The seeps were found at water depths greater than 1,000 meters (3,300 feet). Based on preliminary information, scientists believe the seeps are likely emitting methane gas. http://phys.org/news/2012-12-explorers-deepwater-gas-seeps-atlantic.html#nwlt

Climate change on world stage: Expert discusses prospects for adopting a plan to confront it

Climate change on world stage: Expert discusses prospects for adopting a plan to confront it
International climate talks wrapped up last week in Qatar. Harvard Professor Robert Stavins attended and characterized the gathering as a qualified success, representing another step in a long process of reaching a workable international agreement. http://phys.org/news/2012-12-climate-world-stage-expert-discusses.html#nwlt

University of Tennessee study predicts extreme climate in Eastern US

University of Tennessee study predicts extreme climate in Eastern US by Staff Writers Knoxville TN (SPX) Dec 19, 2012


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From extreme drought to super storms, many wonder what the future holds for the climate of the eastern United States. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, does away with the guessing. Results show the region will be hotter and wetter.http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/University_of_Tennessee_study_predicts_extreme_climate_in_Eastern_US_999.html