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Saturday, February 25, 2012

'Storm of the century' may become 'storm of the decade'

'Storm of the century' may become 'storm of the decade'

Researchers report that projected increases in sea level and storm intensity brought on by climate change would make devastating storm surges -- the deadly and destructive mass of water pushed inland by large storms -- more frequent in low-lying coastal areas. Regions such as the New York City metropolitan area that currently experience a disastrous flood every century could instead become submerged every one or two decades.

Oil sands pollution comparable to a large power plant

Oil sands pollution comparable to a large power plant

In the first look at the overall effect of air pollution from the excavation of oil sands, also called tar sands, in Alberta, Canada, scientists used satellites to measure nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide emitted from the industry.

Scientists Behaving Badly

Scientists Behaving Badly

A huge scandal has erupted in the global warming community, as a scientist who was fancied an expert on ethical behavior has confessed to identity fraud.

Crop Circles - Hyperspace Gateways


Crop Circles - Hyperspace Gateways
http://documentary.darkgovernment.com/crop-circles-hyperspace-gateways/

Discover the hidden secrets of a timeless mystery in this award winning film
about the greatest Crop Circle formations ever created. The creators of these
paranormal formations still remain a mystery. After years of painstaking
research, scientific evidence still points to alien influences that are
responsible for this phenomena. One thing is certain, what you [...]

Friday, February 24, 2012

Protecting the climate by reducing fluorinated greenhouse gas emissions

Protecting the climate by reducing fluorinated greenhouse gas emissions
Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which have been used in recent years in increasing quantities as substitutes for CFCs, are also climatically very active and many are also extremely long-lived. In the renowned journal Science an international team of researchers recommends that the most potent of these gases also be regulated. This could save the positive «side effect» of the Montreal Protocol for the global climate.

Fixing climate: Beyond carbon dioxide

Fixing climate: Beyond carbon dioxide
Climate scientists at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this week were elated to hear that the United States and five other countries had agreed to work toward cutting pollutants other than carbon dioxide thought to cause about a third of current human-influenced global warming. After all, many of them had done the work that led directly to the pact, by showing the effects of such substances, and how emissions might be reduced.

Hearing The FY 2013 EPA Budget

House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans

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Hearing

The FY 2013 EPA Budget

February 28, 2012
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power and the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy has scheduled a hearing on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The title of the hearing is “The FY 2013 EPA Budget.”
Hearing Notice
Background Memo
Witness List
Ms. Lisa P. Jackson
Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency

Experts: Fracking depletes water supply

Experts: Fracking depletes water supply
The Coloradoan
When asked about the potential for earthquakes being caused by fracking or injecting oil and gas wastewater into underground disposal wells, Schuller said ...

Special Report: The truth about fracking

Special Report: The truth about fracking
CBS 21
But as there is more and more fracking, should we expect more and more earthquakes? The fracking itself is like a mini-earthquake.

Flipping Carbon From a Pollutant to an Asset

Flipping Carbon From a Pollutant to an Asset

Marc Gunther, Yale 360
With global greenhouse gas emissions still on the rise, despite decades of talk about curbing them, maybe the time has come to think differently about the climate crisis. Yes, we need to burn less coal, oil and natural gas, but clearly fossil fuels are going to be around for awhile. So why not try to clean up the mess they make? . .

Carbon Policy Could Slash Debt

Carbon Policy Could Slash Debt

Rep. Henry Waxman, et al., WashPo
At the end of this year, the United States will confront a trifecta of difficult fiscal challenges: The Bush tax cuts will be set to expire; the defense budget and spending on civilian programs will face a $110 billion sequester; and a new extension of the federal debt limit will be looming. . .

A Primer on Pending Environmental Regulations and their Potential Impacts on Electric System Reliability -- NESCAUM

A Primer on Pending Environmental Regulations and their Potential Impacts on Electric System Reliability -- NESCAUM

A Primer on Pending Environmental Regulations and their Potential Impacts on Electric System Reliability a report by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management updated February 2012

"The purpose of this primer is to provide a basic background on recent and pending U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) rules affecting the electric power generation sector (with coal power plants being a major focus). Several studies are briefly summarized that have assessed the environmental regulations’ possible collective impact on power plant retirements and electric system reliability. Where available, USEPA analyses of the costs and benefits of proposed and final rules are presented. Also presented are planning options identified in several of the scenario studies that can help mitigate potential reliability issues."

Microsoft founder urges digital revolution against hunger

Microsoft founder urges digital revolution against hunger

Rome (AFP) Feb 23, 2012
Microsoft founder Bill Gates on Thursday called for a "digital revolution" to alleviate world hunger by increasing agricultural productivity through satellites and genetically-engineered seed varieties. "We have to think hard about how to start taking advantage of the digital revolution that is driving innovation including in farming," the US billionaire philanthropist said in a speech at th

Climate change leads to pollution of indigenous people's water supplies

Climate change leads to pollution of indigenous people's water supplies

Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Feb 24, 2012
Indigenous people around the world are among the most vulnerable to climate change and are increasingly susceptible to the pathogen loads found in potable water after heavy rainfall or rapid snow melt. These are the preliminary findings of Sherilee Harper, a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar in Aboriginal People's Health at the University of Guelph, who says that there has been a significant

New study shows no evidence of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing

New study shows no evidence of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing

Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Feb 24, 2012
Hydraulic fracturing of shale formations to extract natural gas has no direct connection to reports of groundwater contamination, based on evidence reviewed in a study released Thursday by the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. The study, released at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Vancouver, British Columbia,

10 Advantages to Supporting Geothermal Energy

10 Advantages to Supporting Geothermal Energy

Long Beach CA (SPX) Feb 24, 2012
The renewable energy industry convenes this week in California, the birthplace of U.S. geothermal energy production, for the Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo. In conjunction with the event, the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) has released Why Support Geothermal, a report highlighting the benefits of supporting geothermal energ

Only the lowest CO2 emitting technologies can avoid a hot end-of-century

Only the lowest CO2 emitting technologies can avoid a hot end-of-century

Washington DC (SPX) Feb 24, 2012
Could replacing coal-fired electricity plants with generators fueled by natural gas bring global warming to a halt in this century? What about rapid construction of massive numbers of solar or wind farms, hydroelectric dams, or nuclear reactors-or the invention of new technology for capturing the carbon dioxide produced by fossil-fueled power plants and storing it permanently underground?

Scientists launch African agricultural monitoring system; global network to follow

Scientists launch African agricultural monitoring system; global network to follow

As previewed in Nature last fall, scientists at Conservation International and other institutions have launched a new initiative intended to gather and integrate data about agriculture, ecosystems and human well-being in Africa. Backed by an initial US$10-million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the three-year project is expected to set the stage for a larger global-monitoring system, organizers announced Thursday at a meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome.
“If you care about the poorest, you care about agriculture,” Bill Gates said as he announced this and other grants worth nearly $200 million. “The international agriculture community needs to be more innovative, coordinated, and focused to help poor farmers grow more. If we can do that, we can dramatically reduce suffering and build self-sufficiency.”

Global partnership aims to save the oceans

Global partnership aims to save the oceans

A new dawn for oceans?Ambitious targets to improve the world’s oceans with US$1.5 billion in new funding have been set by a coalition headed by the World Bank. Many of the targets appear to mirror existing goals, but the move has been welcomed by conservation groups.
Unveiling the new Global Partnership for Oceans in Singapore, the bank’s president Robert Zoellick said that governments, non-governmental organizations and United Nations (UN) bodies had signed up to a more coordinated approach to ocean conservation, science and business.
“To make our oceans healthy and productive again, we need greater cooperative and integrated action around the globe, so that our efforts add up to more than the sum of their parts,” said Zoellick.
He hopes to raise $1.5 billion in new money from governments, the private sector and other groups to operate and monitor protected areas and reform governance arrangements around fishing and other marine activities over five years.

How should climate change be taught?

How should climate change be taught?

The external release of documents relating to the activities of the Heartland Institute has raised many questions, but an important issue that is now in the open again relates to the teaching of climate change in schools. How should this be handled and what should be taught? Is there justification in arguing that “both sides” of the issue should be covered? Are there “two sides” to this issue? If so, what exactly are the “two sides”, particularly in the context of a high school education?

Making Climate Information Work for Agricultural Development


Making Climate Information Work for Agricultural Development

By: James Hansen | Feature
To the degree that climatic uncertainty adversely impacts farmers' livelihoods, information that reduces this uncertainty has the potential to improve them. Indeed, several of the available options for managing climate-related risk across several sectors depend on climate-related information. However, they have not been fully exploited, in part because of gaps in existing climate information products and services.

Bill Gates Calls International Response to Helping Poor Farmers Outdated and Inefficient, Outlines Changes Needed to Feed 1 Billion Hungry

Bill Gates Calls International Response to Helping Poor Farmers Outdated and Inefficient, Outlines Changes Needed to Feed 1 Billion Hungryhttp://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?resourceid=5011676&access=EH


Announces nearly $200 million in new agriculture grants, bringing foundation total to over $2 billion

Bill Gates Urges Digital Revolution and Genetically Modified Food Against World Hunger

Bill Gates Urges Digital Revolution and Genetically Modified Food Against World Hunger

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lessons from the Shale Revolution

Lessons from the Shale Revolutionhttp://www.american.com/archive/2012/february/lessons-from-the-shale-revolution

Nordhaus & Shellenberger, American
In his State of the Union address, President Obama invoked the 30-year history of federal support for new shale gas drilling technologies to defend his present day investments in green energy. Obama stressed the value of shale gas"”which will create thousands of jobs and billions in profits"”as part of his "all of the above" approach to energy, and defended the critical role government investment has always played in developing new energy technologies, from nuclear to solar panels to wind turbines.

Deepwater Horizon disaster could have billion dollar impact

Deepwater Horizon disaster could have billion dollar impact

Ottawa, Canada (SPX) Feb 23, 2012
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 will have a large economic impact on the U.S. Gulf fisheries. A new study published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (CJFAS) says that over 7 years this oil spill could have a $US8.7 billion impact on the economy of the Gulf of Mexico. This includes losses in revenue, profit, and wages, and close t

Beyond .350: Measuring New Thresholds of Global Collapse

Beyond .350: Measuring New Thresholds of Global Collapse

Tracking carbon in the atmosphere was just the beginning. Scientists offer some new markers to watch to see how close we are to catastrophe

Global permafrost zones in high-resolution images on Google Earth

Global permafrost zones in high-resolution images on Google Earth

Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 23, 2012
Thawing permafrost will have far-reaching ramifications for populated areas, infrastructure and ecosystems. A geographer from the University of Zurich reveals where it is important to confront the issue based on new permafrost maps - the most precise global maps around. They depict the global distribution of permafrost in high-resolution images and are available on Google Earth

The Road to Commercialization: Advanced Biofuels in the Public and Private Sectors -- PEW Conference

The Road to Commercialization: Advanced Biofuels in the Public and Private Sectors -- PEW Conference

The Road to Commercialization: Advanced Biofuels in the Public and Private Sectors -- A Pew Charitable Trust Conference

Date: March 8, 2012
Location:
The Pew Charitable Trusts
901 E St. NW

Washington, DC 20004
Description:
The United States imports almost 50 percent of the oil it consumes and sends $1 billion a day overseas—some of it to regimes hostile to U.S. interests. Advanced biofuels, currently being tested and used by the Department of Defense as well as several commercial airlines, offer the nation a real opportunity to diversify and increase its use of domestic fuels while positioning U.S. companies and farmers to be global leaders in the industry. The departments of Defense, Agriculture, and Energy are working with the private sector to spur more production of advanced aviation and marine biofuels to power military and commercial transportation. This session will focus on the important role the public and private sectors can play in bringing these fuels to market in order to enhance security and provide widespread economic benefits.

Special Guest:

The Honorable John W. Warner
Panelists Include:
  • Jim Rekoske, vice president of renewable energy and chemicals, Honeywell
  • Jonathan Wolfson, CEO, Solazyme Inc.
  • Nancy Young, vice president of environmental affairs, Airlines for America
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The Climate Change Controversy Continues

The Climate Change Controversy Continues

There are a couple of controversial items that have made it into the mainstream press recently that seem to have stirred a little controversy, and which are worth at least a mention. The first was the Opinion piece in the WSJ back in Januuary in which 16 scientists wrote that there was no need to panic over Global Warming. They note, in their letter: Alarmism over climate is of great benefit to many, providing government funding for academic research and a reason for government bureaucracies to grow. Alarmism also offers an excuse for governments…Read more...

New Oil Field in the Gulf of Mexico Could be Huge

New Oil Field in the Gulf of Mexico Could be Huge

The BP blowout reaction a couple years ago put a lid on oil and gas development in the Gulf of Mexico that has yet to be fully lifted.  With oil over $100 today and the projections on prices looking scary for the economy and average Americans, a little good news is very welcome. A midsize oil explorer and developer company called McMoRan has been working in shallow Gulf of Mexico waters, close to shore, but drilling very deep.  For years McMoRan has been ignored.  Until:Chevron, the Big Oil Giant out of California caught on to the…Read more...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New study confirms low levels of fallout from Fukushima

New study confirms low levels of fallout from Fukushima
Fallout from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power facility in Japan was measured in minimal amounts in precipitation in the United States in about 20 percent of 167 sites sampled in a nationwide study released today. The U.S. Geological Survey led the study as part of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP). Levels measured were similar to measurements made by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the days and weeks immediately following the March 2011 incidents, which were determined to be well below any level of public health concern.

Oil sands pollution comparable to a large power plant

Oil sands pollution comparable to a large power plant
It takes a lot of energy to extract heavy, viscous and valuable bitumen from Canada's oil sands and refine it into crude oil. Companies mine some of the sands with multi-story excavators, separate out the bitumen, and process it further to ease the flow of the crude oil down pipelines. About 1.8 million barrels of oil per day in 2010 were produced from the bitumen of the Canadian oil sands – and the production of those fossil fuels requires the burning of fossil fuels.

World's oceans get an acid bath

World's oceans get an acid bath
Among the repercussions of global climate change, the effect of ocean acidification on marine life is one of the least-understood variables.

Europe Hammered by Winter, Is North America Next?

Europe Hammered by Winter, Is North America Next?

Huntsville AL (SPX) Feb 22, 2012
For the first half of this year's winter, the big news was warm temperatures and lack of snow. Ski resorts were covered in bare dirt, while January temperatures in southern California topped July highs. Then, out of the blue, Europe got clobbered: Over the past two weeks, temperatures in Eastern Europe have nose-dived to -30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit). Blizzards and the bone-

Tohoku grim reminder of potential for Pacific Northwest megaquake

Tohoku grim reminder of potential for Pacific Northwest megaquake

Reno NV (SPX) Feb 22, 2012
The March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake is a grim reminder of the potential for another strong-motion mega-earthquake along the Pacific Northwest coast, geophysicist John Anderson of the University of Nevada, Reno told members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in a lecture at their annual conference in Vancouver, B.C. Sunday. "The Cascadia fault line, which runs from

In 40 years, US could face water crisis

In 40 years, US could face water crisis

Washington (IANS) Feb 21, 2012
Global warming and climate change are likely to unfold a water crisis in the United States within the next 40 years, says a new report. It concluded that seven in 10 of the more than 3,100 US counties could face risk of fresh water shortages. The report includes maps that identify those places. Sujoy B. Roy, director for research and development (R and D), Tetra Tech Inc., Lafayette,

Stanford scientist to discuss the challenges of carbon sequestration at AAAS

Stanford scientist to discuss the challenges of carbon sequestration at AAAS

Stanford CA (SPX) Feb 22, 2012
When the Environmental Protection Agency issued its first comprehensive report on major greenhouse gas emitters last month, power plants topped the list, accounting for more than 70 percent of industrial carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States. Many climate experts have urged power plants and other industries to capture CO2 before it gets into the atmosphere and sequester it de

Interactive tool illustrates the human harms of mountain-top mining

Interactive tool illustrates the human harms of mountain-top mining

Posted on behalf of Katherine Rowland.
In addition to its brutal impact on the physical environment, mountain-top mining exacts a weighty toll on human health and socioeconomic well-being, according to a review of recent studies.
An interactive map entitled ‘The Human Cost of Coal’ correlates increased mortality, elevated rates of birth defects and chronic disease, and greater poverty with the areas closest to Appalachian mountain-top mining sites.

GOP Deaf to Its Own Climate Scientists

GOP Deaf to Its Own Climate Scientists

Katherine Bagley, InsideClimate
A number of prominent U.S. climate scientists who identify themselves as Republican say their attempts in recent years to educate the GOP leadership on the scientific evidence of man-made climate change have been futile. Now, many have given up trying and the few who continue notice very little change after speaking with politicians and their aides."No GOP candidates or policymakers want to touch the issue, and those of us trying to educate them are left frustrated," Kerry Emanuel, an atmospheric scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a registered...

Water Stress in China: Desalination Takes Centre Stage

Water Stress in China: Desalination Takes Centre Stage, According to Frost & Sullivan

The Chinese government is encouraging domestic companies to pursue innovative desalination technologies

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

New research on Japanese quake ominous for Pacific Northwest

New research on Japanese quake ominous for Pacific Northwest
Scientists are still unraveling last year's giant Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and some of what they're finding doesn't bode well for the Pacific Northwest.

Radiation detected 400 miles off Japanese coast

Radiation detected 400 miles off Japanese coast
(AP) -- Radioactive contamination from the Fukushima power plant disaster has been detected as far as almost 400 miles off Japan in the Pacific Ocean, with water showing readings of up to 1,000 times more than prior levels, scientists reported Tuesday.

Aftershocks of Japan disaster being felt in US earthquake planning

Aftershocks of Japan disaster being felt in US earthquake planning
The repercussions of last year’s subduction zone earthquake and tsunami in Japan are now being felt in the Pacific Northwest, as experts and disaster managers better understand the enormous risks facing this region, plan for the challenges ahead and prioritize the most urgent needs.

Global permafrost zones in high-resolution images on Google Earth

Global permafrost zones in high-resolution images on Google Earth
Thawing permafrost will have far-reaching ramifications for populated areas, infrastructure and ecosystems. A geographer from the University of Zurich reveals where it is important to confront the issue based on new permafrost maps -- the most precise global maps around. They depict the global distribution of permafrost in high-resolution images and are available on Google Earth.

Fracking dismissed as cause of quakes… | JunkScience.com

Fracking dismissed as cause of quakes… | JunkScience.com
The Taranaki Daily News reports: Fracking has been dismissed as a cause of earthquakes, volcanic or other seismic activity in Taranaki in a report released this ...
junkscience.com/2012/.../fracking-dismissed-as-cause-of-quak...

As ice melts in Far North, opportunities abound to advance Canada's oceanic laws

As ice melts in Far North, opportunities abound to advance Canada's oceanic laws

Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Feb 21, 2012
Thinning ice resulting from climate change in the Arctic is happening far faster than experts previously imagined. With it come new global shipping routes and growing interest in natural resource development and regional tourism. These changes, says a leading expert in oceanic governance, are urging Canada to advance its laws on shipping regulation, ocean governance and marine biodiversity

Obstacles holding back healthier foods from your table

Obstacles holding back healthier foods from your table

Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Feb 21, 2012
There are lots of new ideas out there for giving you extra protection against chronic diseases through the food you eat. But many good ideas may never make it to market. Researchers at the University of Guelph, led by Brian McBride, have found a way to enrich milk with docosahexaeonic acid (DHA)-an essential nutrient that many people are lacking. Researchers at the University of Mani

Expert panel deliberates hydraulic fracturing in shale gas development

Expert panel deliberates hydraulic fracturing in shale gas development

Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Feb 21, 2012
The use of hydraulic fracturing in shale gas development took center stage Friday as a panel of U.S. and Canadian experts discussed the contentious practice in a three-hour symposium hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The panel, moderated by Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, former Under Secretary for Science in the U.S. Department of Energy, addressed concerns

The quiet clean mining revolution

The quiet clean mining revolution

Few industries have got the black eye, literally and metaphorically, of mining. After centuries of environmental effects ranging from toxic emissions to unsightly tailings ponds, acid mine drainage, massive energy consumption and other impacts, mining is slowly cleaning up its act.

Is Hush Money Coming Out of Canadian Crude Oil Debate?

Is Hush Money Coming Out of Canadian Crude Oil Debate?

Concerns over the safety of tar sands oil from Canada is at the forefront of the political debate in the United States. President Obama's critics accuse him of being a "job killer" for stating initial opposition to the planned $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline while his allies on the opposite side of the aisle don't believe much of what the Republicans say about the pipeline anyway. But across the border, it seems the imbroglio is much worse. There, it seems, pipeline company Enbridge is throwing money at aboriginal groups along the country's western…Read more...

The Duty to Fracture Responsibly

The Duty to Fracture Responsibly

George Mitchell & Mark Zoback, Fuel Fix
Natural gas is a wondrous fuel. It emits less carbon dioxide, less mercury, less nitrogen oxide, less sulfur oxide than any other hydrocarbon energy source. Natural gas is the perfect bridge fuel on the way to a less carbon-dependent economy. There is no question that accidents have occurred and mistakes have been made during the rush to develop this vast new resource, but this remarkable resource can be developed by industry following region-specific best practices and regulators carefully monitoring industry activities.

North Sea Oil and Gas Just Won't Quit

North Sea Oil and Gas Just Won't Quit

Peter Glover, Energy Tribune
Talk to anyone in the UK or Norway about North Sea oil and gas and the word ‘decline’ inevitably comes up. The years of decline may not have halted, but all the signs are that 2012 looks like being a bumper year for North Sea oil and gas. At the very least the recent rate of production decline is set to slow dramatically. And there may be more good news in the pipeline.When Statoil-Lundin’s giant Aldous Major South-Avaldsnes discovery was announced towards the end of 2011, it almost went unnoticed in the media. The importance of the discovery to Norway...

New research on Japanese quake ominous for Pacific Northwest

New research on Japanese quake ominous for Pacific Northwest
Corvallis Gazette Times
VANCOUVER, BC - Scientists are still unraveling last year's giant Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and some of what they're finding doesn't bode well for the Pacific Northwest. Detailed analyses of the way the Earth warped along the Japanese ...

Oil and Chemicals Storage Industry Report: 2012 - 2015 Global Investment Opportunities, Analysis and Forecasts of All Active and Planned Terminals

Oil and Chemicals Storage Industry Report: 2012 - 2015 Global Investment Opportunities, Analysis and Forecasts of All Active and Planned Terminals
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    - Storage capacities of all active and planned oil and chemicals storage
      terminals globally
    - Information on storage capacity additions through commissioning of new
      terminals and expansion of existing terminals in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and
      Africa, North America and South and Central America
    - Annual storage capacity information on crude oil, petroleum products and
      chemicals storage terminals covering historic data from 2005 to 2011 and forecasts
      till 2015
    - Provides operator name and commodities stored for storage terminals
    - Analysis of the operations of major oil and chemicals storage companies
      including Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation, Korea National Oil
      Corporation and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation.
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Unconventional Resources Maps

Unconventional Resources Maps
Bakken shale infrastructure map
Looking for unconventional resource maps? Look no further than the UR Center on OGFJ.com. There you'll find location, facilities, and infrastructure maps of oil and gas plays throughout North America. Get the information you need to make informed business decisions about the Eagle Ford, Barnett, Haynesville, Marcellus, Bakken, Woodford, and more.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes Vermont Yankee in the Spotlight

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes

Vermont Yankee in the Spotlight

 

China’s Green Energy Path

China’s Green Energy Path

A growing number of Chinese scholars have trumpeted China as an emerging green giant for its clean energy production and its promises to aggressively cut carbon emissions. Yet as the “world’s factory,” China is the victim of heavy pollution, and releases more CO2 than any other nation. The time therefore seems ripe for a carbon tax and the strengthening of renewable energy subsidies in China, which would not only mitigate carbon emissions, but would also stimulate technological innovation. Why is a carbon tax a good idea? For a start, some estimates suggest levying a carbon tax could help encourage improvements in industrial energy efficiency of anywhere from 5 percent to 25 percent. And levying a carbon tax can also help save energy by increasing fossil fuel prices. In 2009, Beijing’s municipal government imposed a carbon tax on gasolinefor the first time. Despite car numbers increasing by 40 percent, gasoline consumption increased ... Read More...

Ocean health index devised

Ocean health index devised

Can a single number represent the health of the ocean? Researchers think they have cracked a method to do just that, they reported at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Vancouver this weekend.
The ‘Ocean Health Index‘, invented by a consortium of more than 60 international scientists, aims to integrate measures of all kinds of ocean fitness, from a water body’s ability to support local jobs to endemic species. The effort is part of a growing movement to quantify ecosystem health in order to help policy makers set priorities and measure improvements, just as single financial measures, like Gross Domestic Product, compress a mass of complex data into a single number for tracking purposes. “It’s GDP envy” that makes ecologists attempt projects like this, says Ruth deFries, an ecologist at Columbia University who was at the meeting but is not involved with this project.

Coasts in peril plan ahead for rising seas

Coasts in peril plan ahead for rising seas
Scientists warn that by the end of this century, the sea level along North America's west coast will rise by about a meter due to global warming and melting arctic glaciers.

Oil drilling in Arctic nears reality as Shell emergency plan is approved

Oil drilling in Arctic nears reality as Shell emergency plan is approved
One of the last significant hurdles to offshore oil drilling in the Arctic was cleared Friday with approval of a plan to deal with a nightmare scenario - an oil spill at the top of the world.

Taking the Earth's pulse: Scientists unveil a new economic and environmental index

Taking the Earth's pulse: Scientists unveil a new economic and environmental index
A growing world population, mixed with the threat of climate change and mounting financial problems, has prompted University of British Columbia researchers to measure the overall 'health' of 152 countries around the world.

Carbon storage project combines innovation and outreach

Carbon storage project combines innovation and outreach
Geologists are hoping to learn a great deal about geologic carbon sequestration from injecting 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into sandstone 7,000 feet beneath Decatur, Ill. And they're hoping the public learns a lot from the endeavor, too.

British scientist warns AAAS of the threat posed by ocean acidification

British scientist warns AAAS of the threat posed by ocean acidification
One of the UK’s leading voices on ocean acidification has addressed a prestigious conference in Canada with a warning that marine biodiversity is at risk due to the corrosive effects of carbon dioxide.

Ocean acidification turns climate change winners into losers: research

Ocean acidification turns climate change winners into losers: research
Adding ocean acidification and deoxygenation into the mix of climate change predictions may turn “winner” regions of fisheries and biodiversity into “losers,” according to research released today by University of British Columbia researchers.

Megaquake predicted for Pacific Northwest Middle East North Africa Financial Network

Megaquake predicted for Pacific Northwest
Middle East North Africa Financial Network

Extreme summer temperatures occur more frequently: study

Extreme summer temperatures occur more frequently: study
(PhysOrg.com) -- Extreme summer temperatures are already occurring more frequently in the United States, and will become normal by mid-century if the world continues on a business as usual schedule of emitting greenhouse gases.

With climate change, today's '100-year floods' may happen every three to 20 years: research

With climate change, today's '100-year floods' may happen every three to 20 years: research
Last August, Hurricane Irene spun through the Caribbean and parts of the eastern United States, leaving widespread wreckage in its wake. The Category 3 storm whipped up water levels, generating storm surges that swept over seawalls and flooded seaside and inland communities. Many hurricane analysts suggested, based on the wide extent of flooding, that Irene was a “100-year event”: a storm that only comes around once in a century.

House approves amendment to pay for Gulf Coast restoration

House approves amendment to pay for Gulf Coast restoration
The House approved an amendment to dedicate 80 percent of the fines collected from the BP oil spill to a trust fund for coastal restoration.
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Obama Administration announces steps toward Arctic Esploration

Obama Administration announces steps toward Arctic exploration
BSEE is Issuing approval for Shell Chukchi Sea Oil Spill Response Plan.
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