Michele Kearney's Environmental Blog -
Environmental degradation and waning natural resources including energy resources threaten U.S. security. And the loss of renewable natural resources, including forests, fresh water, fish and fertile soils, can drive political instability and conflict in the developing world, and around the globe. In short, natural resoures, energy and the environment are national security issues.
Moscow (Voice of Russia) May 11, 2012
Russia's state oil champion Rosneft struck a $2.5 billion Arctic
exploration deal Saturday with Norway's Statoil - its third global
tie-up in a month and a sign of its growing global ambitions.
The new deal was signed by the two companies' chief executives in the
presence of Vladimir Putin and came only two days ahead of his swearing
in to a third presidential term.
Beijing (UPI) May 10, 2012
China National Offshore Oil Corp. has started China's first deep-sea
drilling project in the South China Sea amid heightened territorial
tensions over the disputed area.
The $839.9 million CNOOC 981 - the country's first domestically
manufactured deepwater drilling rig - drilled its first well Wednesday.
The well, Liwan 6-1-1, is 199 miles southeast of the Hong Kong Special
a recent PBS documentary, the mayor of Norfolk, Virginia, Paul Fraim,
talks about how flooding has become a monthly occurrence in his town,
and how global warming and sea level rise are as much a daily issue for
him as education and fighting crime. In some parts of Norfolk, streets
turn into rivers at high tide. Homes are flooded five out of six years.
People lose their carpets, their appliances, their savings. And they
can't afford to move elsewhere.
offer an explanation for why the Deepwater Horizon oil spill didn't
have the environmental impact that many had feared. Using publicly
available datasets, their study reveals that the force of the
Mississippi River emptying into the Gulf of Mexico created mounds of
freshwater which pushed the oil slick off shore.
those who study earthquakes, one major challenge has been trying to
understand all the physics of a fault -- both during an earthquake and
at times of "rest" -- in order to know more about how a particular
region may behave in the future. Now, researchers have developed the
first computer model of an earthquake-producing fault segment that
reproduces the available observations of both the fault's seismic and
American West has a 'drinking problem'. On farms and in cities, we are
guzzling water at an alarming rate. Scientists say that to live
sustainably, we should use no more than 40 percent of the water from the
Colorado River Basin. As it is now, we use 76 percent.