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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Corrected an Affluent earth based civilization with all clean energy would still warm the planet by 3 degrees celsius

Corrected an Affluent earth based civilization with all clean energy would still warm the planet by 3 degrees celsius

Rising greenhouse gases are causing roughly 380 Terawatts less heat to escape from the atmosphere. Result: the planet is warming. The warming due to the 16 Terawatts from waste heat produced by humans is tiny in comparison. If the demand for power grew to 5000 Terawatts, it would warm the planet by 3 °C.

Feeding 10 billion in 2050′s sauna (Part III)

Feeding 10 billion in 2050′s sauna (Part III)

What future for agriculture on a hotter planet?
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: Feeding the billions on a hotter planet (Part II)

Could nuclear fission energy,etc., solve the greenhouse problem? The affirmative case

Could nuclear fission energy,etc., solve the greenhouse problem? The affirmative case

Burning energy questions – ERoEI, desert solar, oil replacements, realistic renewables and tropical islands

Burning energy questions – ERoEI, desert solar, oil replacements, realistic renewables and tropical islands

Late last year, Tom Blees, I and a few other people from the International Award Committee of the Global Energy Prize answered reader’s energy questions on The Guardian’s Facebook page. The questions and answers were reproduced on BNC here. Now we’re  at it again, this time for the website Eco-Business.com (tagline: Asia Pacific’s sustainable business community). My section is hosted here (Part I), and Tom’s here (part III).
Part II, which I don’t reprint, answered by Iceland’s Thorsteinn Sigfusson, covered the relationship between large-hydro and climate change, and why solar conversion isn’t used more extensively.

2011 Long-Term Plan for Watershed Protection -- NYC DEP

2011 Long-Term Plan for Watershed Protection -- NYC DEP

2011 Long-Term Plan presents New York City’s Revised Long-Term Watershed Protection Program (the Program), submitted to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for continuation of the 2007-2017 filtration waiver for the Catskill/Delaware Systems.

Report Taps into Innovative Financing to Secure Future for Sustainable Water Infrastructure

Report Taps into Innovative Financing to Secure Future for Sustainable Water Infrastructure

Racine WI (SPX) Feb 01, 2012
Innovative financing and pricing flexibility are key to preparing the nation's aging freshwater systems to handle growing demand and environmental challenges, according to a Charting New Waters repo

Study may answer longstanding questions about Little Ice Age

Study may answer longstanding questions about Little Ice Age

Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 01, 2012
A new international study may answer contentious questions about the onset and persistence of Earth's Little Ice Age, a period of widespread cooling that lasted for hundreds of years until the late 19th century.

Geoengineering and global food supply

Geoengineering and global food supply

Washington DC (SPX) Jan 31, 2012
Carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of coal, oil, and gas have been increasing over the past decades, causing the Earth to get hotter and hotter. There are concerns that a continuation of these trends could have catastrophic effects, including crop failures in the heat-stressed tropics.

US Military Sets Ambitious Environmental Goals

US Military Sets Ambitious Environmental Goals

Washington DC (SPX) Feb 01, 2012
With personnel nearly the population of Chicago and a fleet of over 500,000 aircrafts, vessels, and vehicles, the U.S. Department of Defense is a massive and energy-hungry institution. In 2009 alone, the military consumed some 375,000 barrels of oil per day, more than three-quarters of all other countries on the planet.

Scientists find new dangerous 200 km long fault off the coast of Japan

Scientists find new dangerous 200 km long fault off the coast of Japan

January 28, 2012 JAPANAn active fault around 200 km long that is believed to have been a source of huge quakes in the past has been found off Honshu’s Kii Peninsula, according to researchers at the University of Tokyo. If the fault on the Nankai Trough moves, it could trigger a magnitude 8.0 earthquake, the researchers said, adding they have found a seabed cliff several hundred meters high that was created by the fault’s past movements. “There is a high probability that fault shifts have caused great tsunami,” said Park Jin Oh, associate professor of marine geology. “We need to reformulate disaster countermeasures by taking into account an active fault on the seabed 200 km or longer.”

U.S. to begin large-scale emergency perparedness drills for New Madrid fault region

U.S. to begin large-scale emergency perparedness drills for New Madrid fault region

January 28, 2012MISSOURIWashington’s emergency management director is encouraging individuals, businesses, schools and service groups to participate in a regional earthquake preparedness drill. The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut will take place Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 10:15 a.m. As of Friday, more than 1.6 million participants from the region have agreed to take part in the drill in some form. Of those, more than 366,000 are from Missouri so far. Those interested in taking part in the drill can sign up to register at http://shakeout.org/centralus.

USGS monitors Earth’s magnetic field to prepare citizens for magnetic storms

USGS monitors Earth’s magnetic field to prepare citizens for magnetic storms

Europe prepares to admit that biodiesel is worse than fossil fuels

Europe prepares to admit that biodiesel is worse than fossil fuels

The European Commission is reportedly close to admitting that imports of biodiesel made from crops such as palm oil, soybean and rapeseed cause more greenhouse-gas pollution than fossil diesel.
According to the website EurActiv, which tracks European political news, numbers in a leaked commission impact assessment suggest these biofuels’ effect on climate could be as bad as oil from Canadian tar sands.

Little Ice Age was caused by volcanism

Little Ice Age was caused by volcanism

Some of the iconic winter landscapes by Pieter Bruegel the Elder are more than just fine examples of sixteenth-century Dutch art. Paintings such as Bruegel’s Hunters in the Snow (1565) also serve as vivid evidence for the ‘Little Ice Age’, a period of cold climate conditions and glacier advances in Europe and elsewhere that lasted from the late Middle Ages until the nineteenth century.
There has been quite some debate over the years about the precise onset and the physical causes of this extended cold spell, with one school of thought favouring low solar activity during the ‘Maunder Minimum’ and another the cooling effect of big volcanic eruptions.
A paper published today in Geophysical Research Letters may put the solar-trigger hypothesis at rest. Gifford Miller of the University of Colorado in Boulder and his colleagues suggest that the Little Ice Age began abruptly between 1275 and 1300 AD following four large sulfur-rich explosive eruptions, most likely in the tropics, over a mere 50-year period.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Draft Phase I Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment


Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Draft Phase I Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration consists of 8 projects that are listed in Table ES-1, and more fully described in this document. T

Christian Parenti on Global Warming, Government and Our Future


Christian Parenti on Global Warming, Government and Our Future
"Why Climate Change Will Make You Love Big Government" -- Don't expect the present anti-government "consensus" to last. Global warming and the freaky, increasingly extreme weather that will accompany it is going to change all that.
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/why_climate_change_will_make_you_love_big_government_20120128/

Is Deepwater Horizon the New Ecuador?

Is Deepwater Horizon the New Ecuador?

Nearly two years after the worst accidental offshore oil spill in the history of the energy industry, some of the biggest companies in the world are busy pointing their legal fingers at one another in court over who has to pay what in claims, damages and fines over the deadly Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A federal judge this week ruled that BP is still obligated to a clause in its contract with Transocean that would protect the rig owner from damages related to the spill. That means BP still has to shell out money to settle claims filed by those…
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An Affluent earth based civilization with all clean energy would still warm the planet by 3 degrees celsius

An Affluent earth based civilization with all clean energy would still warm the planet by 3 degrees celsius

Rising greenhouse gases are causing roughly 380 Terawatts less heat to escape from the atmosphere. Result: the planet is warming. The warming due to the 16 Terawatts from waste heat produced by humans is tiny in comparison. If the demand for power grew to 5000 Terawatts, it would warm the planet by 3 °C.

Conference on Renewable Energy Law 2012: Market Design and System Transformation for a Renewable Energy Future


Conference on Renewable Energy Law 2012: Market Design and System Transformation for a Renewable Energy Future

When: 8 March 2012

Where: Club of the University Foundation, Brussels

Participation Fee regular: € 585,-

reduced for RELP-subscribers and members of EREF as well as EREC: € 495,-

reduced for full-time academics: € 415,-

VAT added if applicable. Special rates for students on request.

Overview

With the world's attention focused on the rapidly increasing potential and need for renewable energy, Lexxion decided to not only publish the Renewable Energy Law & Policy Review (RELP) but to also establish a new events series in this particular field of law.

On Thursday, 8 March 2012, the following two topics are on the agenda:
• Market Development and support and incentives for renewables
• Grid Development and system transformation

The event is organised in cooperation with the European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF) and the Brussels branch of Becker B├╝ttner Held (BBH).

Target Group
The conference targets the growing international community of
• renewable energy practitioners,
• lawyers specializing in this particular field of law and
• thought leaders.

Benefits of Attending
• Hear top-level experts exchanging their views on the challenges of the
renewable energy sector!
• Get updated on the latest developments i.e. regarding the Commission's
Roadmap 2050!
• Meet professionals from all over Europe and enjoy a great networking opportunity
just a stone's throw away from Brussels' European Quarter!
• Earn 6,25 CPD points for this event!

Climate-driven heat peaks may shrink wheat crops

Climate-driven heat peaks may shrink wheat crops

Paris (AFP) Jan 29, 2012
More intense heat waves due to global warming could diminish wheat crop yields around the world through premature ageing, according to a study published Sunday in Nature Climate Change. Current projections based on computer models underestimate the extent to which hotter weather in the future will accelerate this process, the researchers warned. Wheat is harvested in temperate zones on m

Global warming trend ended in 1997, new data shows

Global warming trend ended in 1997, new data shows
Global warming trend ended in 1997, new data shows
The supposed "consensus" on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years. Read & Comment