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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mounting evidence sharks may be headed for extinction by The Extinction Protocol

Mounting evidence sharks may be headed for extinction

April 28, 2012 OCEAN HEALTH - Can you imagine oceans without sharks? We may soon have to, as new research suggests we  may already be 90% of the way there. However, recent research out of the University of Hawaii suggests that the presence of humans has a severe and strong negative impact on sharks, driving down numbers by over 90%. Sharks play a vital role in coral reef ecosystems. Yet every year, millions are killed for Asian delicacies and disproven cancer cures. There is no question our shark fishing habits have devastated their populations; the only questions that remain are how much of an effect are we having, and can the sharks recover. In an effort to answer the first, the research team crunched data from 1607 surveys from the NOAA Coastal Reef Monitoring Program (CRED) to calculate the effect of human habitation on shark populations. The CRED team counted sharks throughout the Pacific using towed diver surveys, the most efficient and effective way to study open ocean creatures on a large spatial scale, and compared their counts with local human population numbers. Their results were clear – and sobering. “Around each of the heavily populated areas we surveyed — in the main Hawaiian Islands, the Mariana Archipelago and American Samoa — reef shark numbers were greatly depressed,” said Marc Nadon, lead author of the study. “We estimate that less than 10% of the baseline numbers remain in these areas.” The team estimated that less than 100 people is enough to cut shark populations by 20%. Even 1,000 people – which is much less than the population of many small islands in the Pacific – was enough to decrease shark populations by 60%. As Nadon put it, “In short, people and sharks don’t mix.” The findings are consistent with other research in the field. A 2003 paper, for example, found that shark populations in the Northwestern Atlantic dropped over 65% between 1986 and 2000. Similarly, a 2010 paper estimated that shark populations in the Chagos Archipelago had declined 90% since the 1970s. The more we study sharks, the worse the picture becomes, and the stronger the case becomes for conservation efforts. We simply cannot continue to treat these animals the way we do now, for all scientific evidence suggests the day is fast approaching when there will be no sharks left to exploit. –Scientific American

The Latest Publication from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development: 'The Energy Mix'

The Latest Publication from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development: 'The Energy Mix'

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) held its annual company delegate conference in Switzerland this week. For the WBCSD Energy and Climate team the event marked the launch of the latest WBCSD publication “The Energy Mix”. This is a document that started life back in the middle of last year, originally as a response to the reaction from a number of governments to the events in Fukushima. The initial aim was to inform policy makers on the implication of sudden changes in energy policy, such as the decision by the German government to rapidly phase out the use of nuclear power. But as the work got going, the document took on a number of additional dimensions.

New MIT Study Suggests EU Emissions Targets are Failing

New MIT Study Suggests EU Emissions Targets are Failing

London and its partners in the European Union count their so-called 20-20-20 scheme as among the global models for a low-carbon future. Much of the region aims to cut emissions, use more renewable energy resources and cut overall consumption. But there seems to be a bit of a dichotomy in Europe, with some countries recoiling from shale natural gas and others increasing their oil and natural gas exploration. Now comes some evidence to suggest that more Britons are dying from pollution than traffic accidents. While green ambitions are no easy task,…Read more...

U.S. Files Criminal Charges Against BP Engineer over Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

U.S. Files Criminal Charges Against BP Engineer over Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Two years after oil from a BP well began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Department of Justice has filed criminal charges alleging that a former BP employee destroyed critical evidence in the early days of the unfolding disaster.The charges are the first to be filed in what the Obama administration has called the worst environmental disaster in American history, and they are significant because they target an individual employee for his actions.According to an affidavit and complaint filed today in a Louisiana court, Kurt Mix, a former…Read more...

Carbon Isotopes Prove Humans Have Caused Global Warming

Carbon Isotopes Prove Humans Have Caused Global Warming

The earth is warming. But can we be sure that humans are the cause? Yes. The same way cycling officials were sure that biker Floyd Landis doped with synthetic testosterone while winning the 2006 Tour de France.With Lance Armstrong retired and most of the other top riders expelled for illegal drug use, Landis had become one of the favourites. He was leading when in stage 16 he fell to eleventh place. Then, just as his chances of winning seemed dashed, Landis won the next stage going away and went on to ride the Champs-Élysées in the…Read more...

New Company will Start Plans to Mine Asteroids in Two Years

New Company will Start Plans to Mine Asteroids in Two Years

Last week a team of high profile investors including; Eric Schmidt and Larry Page from Google, filmmaker James Cameron, Ross Perot Jr. (son of the former presidential candidate), space tourism pioneer Eric Anderson, and X-Prize founder Peter Diamandis, announced that they were creating a company that would “overlay two critical sectors—space exploration and natural resources—to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP.”Today at 1.30pm it is expected that they will announce their plans for mining asteroids. The idea is…Read more...

Independent Test Results Show Fracking Flowback Emissions Are Dangerous Toxic Chemicals

Independent Test Results Show Fracking Flowback Emissions Are Dangerous Toxic Chemicals

A Texas town is ignoring its own test results to allow fracking to continue in violation of city ordinances and to the endangerment of local residents.

Study finds warming speeding up rainfall cycle AFP

Study finds warming speeding up rainfall cycle AFP

Food Security Slipping Ever Further Away IPS

Food Security Slipping Ever Further Away IPS

What Foreign Corporations Will Obama Empower to Undermine Environmental Laws Near You? Jane Hamsher, Firedoglake

What Foreign Corporations Will Obama Empower to Undermine Environmental Laws Near You? Jane Hamsher, Firedoglake

Friday, April 27, 2012

Study finds warming speeding up rainfall cycle

Study finds warming speeding up rainfall cycle

Sydney (AFP) April 27, 2012
An Australian study of ocean salinity over the past 50 years has revealed a "fingerprint" showing that climate change has accelerated the rainfall cycle, a researcher said Friday. The study published in the journal Science and conducted by Australian and US scientists looked at ocean data from 1950 to 2000 and found that salinity levels had changed in oceans around the world over that time.

ALEC and ExxonMobil Push Loopholes in Fracking Chemical Disclosure Rules

ALEC and ExxonMobil Push Loopholes in Fracking Chemical Disclosure Rules

In many states, the chemical make-up of fluid pumped into the ground while fracking is shielded from the public, thanks to laws promoted by ALEC and Exxon Mobil.

Gulf Coast Waters Closed to Shrimping

Gulf Coast Waters Closed to Shrimping

State officials in Alabama have taken action, and other states need to take action to keep dangerous seafood from the Gulf off the dinner tables of Americans.

Mississippi joins critics of Deepwater Horizon settlement

Mississippi joins critics of Deepwater Horizon settlement

The state of Mississippi is asking that a portion of the proposed $7.8 billion settlement with BP in the Deepwater Horizon litigation be declared null and void, because it excludes more than 200,000 people and businesses that illegally settled claims under an administrative process that forced them to waive all future economic damages.

Carbon Capture and Sequestration: Research, Development, and Demonstration at the U.S. Department of Energy, April 23, 2012


Carbon Capture and Sequestration: Research, Development, and Demonstration at the U.S. Department of Energy, April 23, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Antarctic ice melting from below, reveals satellite from The Extinction Protocol: 2012 and beyond by The Extinction Protocol

Antarctic ice melting from below, reveals satellite

Canada Wants All Tar Sands Haters To Look At These Charts

Canada Wants All Tar Sands Haters To Look At These Charts

CAPP Oil Sands supply western Canadian
While our reporter Robert Johnson travels to the Canadian Tar Sands, we've been doing some background reading on the controversial energy source.
The following charts come straight from the rather biased Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, which downplays environmental concerns and emphasizes how great the tar sands are for both Canada and the U.S.

Making Sense of Misleading Talk about Cap-and-Trade in Europe and the USA

Posted: 26 Apr 2012 06:04 AM PDT
Some press accounts and various advocates have labeled the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) as near “the brink of failure” because of the recent trend of very low auction prices.  Likewise, commentators have recently characterized the European Union Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) as possibly “sinking into oblivion” because of low allowance prices.

UK Government: Natural Gas Fracking Causes Earthquakes, but It's ...

UK Government: Natural Gas Fracking Causes Earthquakes, but It's ...
UK Government: Natural Gas Fracking Causes Earthquakes, but It's Worth the Risk :: The Market Oracle :: Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting Free Website.
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Chernobyl Anniversary FAS Update

FAS In-Depth: April 26, 2012   

This weekly FAS Member newsletter analyzes a current security threat and FAS work on this issue. If you have any ideas for upcoming content, please contact Katie Colten, Membership Coordinator, at kcolten@fas.org.

Today marks the 26th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine. Widely considered to be the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, massive amounts of radiation were released resulting in widespread radioactive contamination, long-term radiation-induced cancers and leukemia, more than 1,000 near to intermediate term cases of thyroid cancer, and 30 near-term fatalities. The accident at Chernobyl raised concerns about the safety of nuclear power plants and nuclear power in general.
In March 2011, the world was reminded of Chernobyl, with the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant following the devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeast coast of Japan. Post-Fukushima, many of the same questions and concerns raised in 1986 are pertinent today.
For more information on the Chernobyl disaster, check out these FAS resources and much more on our website.

FAS Blogs and Projects:
Strategic Security Blog
ScienceWonk Blog
Space Policy Project

Nuclear Power:
The Future of Nuclear Power in the United States (FAS Report)
Evaluating and Managing Risk in the Nuclear Power Sector
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Opportunities, Challenges and Potential Solutions

Other Resources:
The Plutonium Challenge: Environmental Issues (Department of Energy) Nuclear Safety: Uncertainties About Implementation and Costs of the Nuclear Safety Convention (United States General Accounting Office)
Plutonium and Health: How Great is the Risk? (Department of Energy)
Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Unit 4 Shelter Plan

The Future of Brave New Climate by Barry Brook

The future of Brave New Climate

by Barry Brook
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.  ― Lao Tzu
The Brave New Climate (BNC) blog has seen many changes in its almost 4 years of existence. I'd like to think of this as an evolutionary process -- underpinned by a natural selection of ideas and advocacy based on what I think is important and workable, framed in the context of identifying viable options for global climate change mitigation. As the quote above emphasizes, this flows naturally from a progress of thought and effort.
A few years ago I announced a shift in focus on the website, in the post 'A necessary interlude'. Now things on BNC are changing again.
In summary, the motivation for the new changes are: (i) time limitations, (ii) audience outreach and (iii) freedom and flexibility. I'll first explain what is going to happen, and then elaborate a little on the justification.
1. A BNC Discussion Forum has been established. This will, hereafter, be the main place for comments.
2. A new website -- KnowMoreFearLess.com [KMFL] -- will be launched (currently locked and under development). This will be focused on public education on nuclear power for greenhouse gas mitigation.
3. The Front Page of the bravenewclimate.com website will become a semi-static PORTAL page. This will include fixed links to the BNC Discussion Forum (see 1), the BNC archives (after some further indexing and re-organisation of this page), KMFL, and also provide a summary (with links) to the latest BNC blog post.
4. The flow of BNC blog postings will be less frequent and more opportunistic -- rather than regular and scheduled (the historic rate was a post every 3-5 days).
The BNC twitter feed (microblogging) will not change in character or frequency -- mostly consisting of up-to-date links to articles on climate change and low-carbon energy.
Okay, now some explanation on these changes.

"Fracking Chemical Disclosure Hides Behind 'Trade Secrets'"


"Fracking Chemical Disclosure Hides Behind 'Trade Secrets'" -- Requirements to disclose the chemical makeup of fluids used in fracking are often limited by a "trade secrets" provision under which companies can claim that a proprietary chemical doesn't have to be disclosed to regulators or the public.
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/alec_and_exxonmobil_push_loopholes_in_fracking_chemical_disclosure_rules_20/

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

James Lovelock admits he, Al Gore and others over estimated the speed of climate change and were too alarmist


  1. James Lovelock admits he, Al Gore and others over estimated the speed of climate change and were too alarmist

Fees and Anger Rise in California Water War


Fees and Anger Rise in California Water War

Physicist Speaks on HAARP


Physicist Speaks on HAARP
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/physicist-speaks-on-haarp/

Brazilian physicist Fran De Aquino of Maranhao State University (Physics
Department, S.Luis/MA, Brazil) reports that the High Frequency Active Auroral
Research Program (HAARP) technology can be used to cause earthquake, cyclones
and create gravity shields to aid in moving heavy objects in conjunction with
gravity cloaks in his 2011 paper “ High-power ELF radiation generated by

Monday, April 23, 2012

Are We Smart Enough to Survive … Or Will Humanity Win a Darwin Award?

Are We Smart Enough to Survive … Or Will Humanity Win a Darwin Award?

Are We Smart Enough to Survive As a Species?

Russian scientists alarmed by number of strong quakes striking the planet

Russian scientists alarmed by number of strong quakes striking the planet

April 23, 2012MOSCOW - Russian scientists announced last week alarming observations about the strong earthquakes that shook the Earth. In the first decade of the 21st century there were almost as many earthquakes measuring above 6.0 on the Richter scale as there were during the entire 20th century. 14 such cases were registered in the 2001-2011 period compared to 17 strong tremors during the 20th century. –Focus
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Scientists call for no-fishing zone in Arctic waters from Nature News Blog by Ivan Semeniuk

Scientists call for no-fishing zone in Arctic waters

Energy and Climate Change in the American Southwest

Energy and Climate Change in the American Southwest

Editor's Note: Please consider supporting Ari on this worthwhile cause!The U.S. Southwest is under water duress. More water is used in the region each year than the amount of rain and snowfall – a shortfall accounted for by diminishing groundwater reserves.

UK Seismic Fracking Report Certain to Sharpen Debate

UK Govt. Seismic Fracking Report Certain to Sharpen Debate

The process of hydraulic fracturing is a mining technique which uses injected fluid to propagate fractures in a rock layer to release hydrocarbon deposits that would otherwise be uncommercial. Developed in the U.S. and first used in 1947 for stimulating of oil and natural gas wells, the use of “fracking” soared in the past decade as thousands of wells have been drilled into the Marcellus Formation, also referred to as the Marcellus Shale, a deposit of marine sedimentary rock found in eastern North America. While initial environmental…

Never Say Die - Keystone Pipeline to Enter US Presidential Election

Never Say Die - Keystone XL Pipeline to Enter U.S. Presidential Election

Like Lazarus arising from the grave, or a vampire pulling a stake out of his chest, the controversial Keystone LX pipeline, designed to transport Alberta’s crude oil sands output to American Gulf of Mexico, is apparently to become a component in the November U.S. presidential elections.Increasingly evident Republican nominee Mitt Romney declared on 20 April during a speech to the Republican National Committee’s State Chairmen’s National Meeting in Arizona, “I will build that pipeline if I have to myself.” Slyly portraying…Read more...

Never Mind Earth Day, Carbon Emissions are still too High

Never Mind Earth Day, Carbon Emissions are still too High

The first observance of Earth Day was March 21, 1970. I was 17, and along with other students at Broad Run High School, went out with garbage bags to clean up the side of the road leading to the school. Even then, of course, the world faced much more serious pollution issues than roadside litter. But that problem was one we students could do something about.Given the magnitude of the challenges the earth now faces, provoked by man-made global climate change as a result of our spewing massive amounts of carbon dioxide and soot into the atmosphere,…Read more...

Climate Change and the Potential for Future Instability in North Africa

Climate Change and the Potential for Future Instability in North Africa

Northwest Africa is crisscrossed with climate, migration, and security challenges. From Nigeria to Niger, Algeria, and Morocco, this region has long been marked by labour migration, bringing workers from sub-Saharan Africa north to the Mediterranean coastline and Europe. To make that land journey, migrants often cross through the Sahel and Sahel-Saharan region, an area facing increasing environmental threats from the effects of climate change. The rising coastal sea level, desertification, drought, and the numerous other potential effects of climate…Read more...

Nine die in China coal mine blast

Nine die in China coal mine blast

Beijing (AFP) April 24, 2012
Nine coal miners were killed and 16 injured in a blast at a colliery in northern China on Monday, state media said, the latest accident to hit the notoriously dangerous industry in the country. Four people were killed on the spot when the explosion rocked the mine in Bayannur city, in Inner Mongolia, and five more bodies were found hours later by rescuers, the Xinhua news agency said.

Oil spilled in Russian Arctic

Oil spilled in Russian Arctic

Moscow (AFP) April 23, 2012
An oil spill in the Russian Arctic affected an area of up to 8,000 square meters after workers tried to open an old well, causing oil to gush uncontrollably for 37 hours, officials said Monday. The spill at the Trebs field started on Friday and continued through the weekend, spurting out up to 500 tonnes of oil per day, the Nenets autonomous district administration said on its website Monday

Audit Confirms EPA Radiation Monitors Broken During Fukushima Crisis

Audit Confirms EPA Radiation Monitors Broken During Fukushima Crisis

Light bulb with 20-year life unveiled in US on Earth Day

Light bulb with 20-year life unveiled in US on Earth Day

Washington (AFP) April 22, 2012
A prize-winning, super-energy-saving LED bulb from Dutch electronics giant Philips said to last over 20 years went on sale Sunday to coincide with Earth Day. The bulb that won the US Department of Energy's "Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize" was available from retailers for $50, down from an initial $60 price tag.

EU pushes back oil sands decision

EU pushes back oil sands decision

Brussels (UPI) Apr 22, 2012
The European Union has delayed a decision on whether to classify oil sands as a "dirty" form of crude oil, bringing praise from Canadian officials. Canada has long-opposed the EU's consideration of crude derived from oil sands as a dirty oil, which, if adopted, would impose higher carbon offsets on European importers of the product.

Risk communication with a tin ear

Risk communication with a tin ear

Quite serendipitously, around the time of my prior post looking at how the public perceives risk when it comes to nuclear energy, two interesting pieces appeared around the same time which serve to reinforce some of the points I had made. (I've been somewhat remiss in getting them only until now, mostly due to both a recent conference and now travel.)

The first, "Risk, Fear, and Nuclear Power" by David Ropeik discusses the role emotions have played in shaping public opinion in a (now-defunct, due to lack of signatures) effort to use California's initiative process to close down its two nuclear generating stations. Specifically, Ropeik brings into play some of the same "fear factors" which I discussed prior, including voluntariness - which is why, he points out, the public accepts radiation from medical sources with little complaint while the same cannot be said for nuclear power. Much of his essay delves into the same issues of how cultural and emotional factors influence and amplify public perception of risks, based risk characteristics (i.e., the factors like unfamiliarity, invisibility, "dread" factors like cancer, trust in institutions, etc.).

The second, "Fear of Nuclear Power out of proportion to actual risks" by Dr. Melanie Windridge serves as a useful companion piece, namely by framing the issue of the impact of public perception of risk - namely, in that how the public reacts to the health risks associated with nuclear is entirely out of proportion with other health risks, including both those from natural and medical uses of radiation as well as health risks associated with other energy sources like coal.

Greenhouse Gases. The roads from Rio : lessons learned from twenty years of multilateral environmental negotiations / edited by Pamela S. Chasek and Lynn M. Wagner


Greenhouse Gases.
The roads from Rio : lessons learned from twenty years of multilateral environmental negotiations / edited by Pamela S. Chasek and Lynn M. Wagner

Ash cloud from Mexico's popocatepetl volcano (w/ video)

Ash cloud from Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano (w/ video)
(Phys.org) -- NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, GOES-13, captures visible and infrared images of weather over the eastern U.S. every 15 minutes, and spotted an ash and gas cloud streaming from Mexico's Popocatepetl Volcano over several hours during the morning of April 18, 2012. The short, four second black and white video covers several hours and shows the volcano's ash blowing to the east, and over the town of Puebla.
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Scientists call for Arctic fishing moratorium, rules

Scientists call for Arctic fishing moratorium, rules
Scientists on Monday urged Arctic rim nations to set fishing regulations for the Arctic Ocean, and order a moratorium on fishing until stocks are assessed, before trawlers soon start dropping nets in the pristine waters.
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Deepwater Horizon exposed serious gaps in deepwater oil spill research

Deepwater Horizon exposed serious gaps in deepwater oil spill research
(Phys.org) -- On the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a national team of scientists, including two researchers from the University of California, Davis, warns that inadequate knowledge about the effects of deepwater oil well blowouts threatens scientists’ ability to help manage comparable future events.
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Scientists call for moratorium on Arctic fishing AFP

Scientists call for moratorium on Arctic fishing AFP
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2 years after spill, troubling signs for life on seafloor

2 years after spill, troubling signs for life on seafloor
Two years after the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, the process of quantifying the damage is still under way.
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