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Friday, May 18, 2012

The Biofuel Greenhouse Gas Emissions Labyrinth

Posted: 18 May 2012 07:59 AM PDT
As governments roll out public policy directing increased biofuel production for all sectors of the transportation industry, serious questions around environmental sustainability still remain.Although the food versus fuel debate -- should arable land be used to grow energy crops, or food crops be used to fuel our cars instead of our bodies -- has long been a part of the biofuel story, the issue is becoming more complex.

The Future of Oil: Geology vs. Technology - International Monetary Fund

The Future of Oil: Geology vs. Technology - International Monetary Fund

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Himalayas warming faster, facing severe climate change impact: Study

Himalayas warming faster, facing severe climate change impact: Study

Times of India -
"Our study reaffirmed that the Himalayas are indeed experiencing rapid climate and associated changes in various eco-regions," said Uttam Babu Shrestha, principal author of the paper.
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1000 years of climate data confirms Australia's warming

1000 years of climate data confirms Australia's warming

Phys.Org -
They then compared these with climate model simulations. Dr. Stephen Phipps, a researcher with UNSW's Climate Change Research Centre and the Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science led the climate model simulation research.
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Previously unreleased photographs show impact of BP oil on endangered sea turtles

Previously unreleased photographs show impact of BP oil on endangered sea turtles

Washington Post -
Previously unreleased photographs from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico show boxes and bags full of oil-covered and dead endangered sea turtles and a group of sperm whales swimming through an oil sheen.
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BP oil spill chemicals found in Minnesota birds

BP oil spill chemicals found in Minnesota birds

Pioneer Press -
By Dan Gunderson Pollutants from the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago are showing up in Minnesota birds that migrate to the gulf.
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USGS Details Effects of Climate Change on Water Availability in 14 Local ...

USGS Details Effects of Climate Change on Water Availability in 14 Local ...

EP Magazine -
Climate change projections indicate a steady increase in temperature progressing through the 21st century, generally resulting in snowpack reductions, changes to the timing of snowmelt, altered streamflows and reductions in soil moisture, ...
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Major Environmental Treaty Tackles Black Carbon as Climate Pollutant

Major Environmental Treaty Tackles Black Carbon as Climate Pollutant

Washington DC (SPX) May 17, 2012
Black carbon, the second most potent climate pollutant, has been targeted by the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP), making it the first international treaty to act on the critical link between climate change and air pollution. Once it enters into force, the black carbon amendment requires the development of national inventories and requests each party to "give

Humanmade pollutants may be driving Earth's tropical belt expansion: May impact large-scale atmospheric circulation

Humanmade pollutants may be driving Earth's tropical belt expansion: May impact large-scale atmospheric circulation

Black carbon aerosols and tropospheric ozone, both humanmade pollutants emitted predominantly in the Northern Hemisphere's low- to mid-latitudes, are most likely pushing the boundary of the tropics further poleward in that hemisphere, new research shows. While stratospheric ozone depletion has already been shown to be the primary driver of the expansion of the tropics in the Southern Hemisphere, the researchers are the first to report that black carbon and tropospheric ozone are the most likely primary drivers of the tropical expansion observed in the Northern Hemisphere.

Will India stay the course on its new nuclear build?

Will India stay the course on its new nuclear build?


The nation continues to chart an independent course
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Book Review: Peeking in on Peak Oil

Book Review: Peeking in on Peak Oil

Michael Lardelli, Online Opinion
The leader of the world's foremost Peak Oil research group is Kjell Aleklett, Professor of Physics at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. He has just published a book on Peak Oil that summarises a decade of scientific research. . .

The Right Way to Regulate Gas Drilling

The Right Way to Regulate Gas Drilling

Stephanie Meadows, NY Times
Shale development is subject to multiple federal and state regulations. The states understand the local geology and hydrology. They are regulating hydraulic fracturing effectively and continue to get better by working with public and private agencies. . .
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