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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Hazard: The Extinction Protocol guide to risk mitigation

Hazard: The Extinction Protocol guide to risk mitigation


For those of you who have asked and have been waiting; here is my new book just released by the publisher. You can click on the picture for a link to the site. Thanks – Alvin

Law of the Sea Treaty Ratification Faces Unsettled Waters

Law of the Sea Treaty Ratification Faces Unsettled Waters

This article discusses the current politics surrounding the Law of the Sea Treaty, particularly the right-wing opposition.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Focus on Change: A Closer Look at Climate Change Impacts in the Northeast -- Pace Energy and Climate Center conference

Focus on Change: A Closer Look at Climate Change Impacts in the Northeast -- Pace Energy and Climate Center conference

Does Oil Abundance Mean Climate Doom?

Does Oil Abundance Mean Climate Doom?

Michael Levi, CFR
Over the past few months, I've found myself invited to a growing number of workshops, meetings, and conferences focused on the surprising growth in U.S. and world oil supplies. . .

Consumption driving 'unprecedented' environment damage: UN

Consumption driving 'unprecedented' environment damage: UN

Paris (AFP) June 6, 2012
Population growth and unsustainable consumption are driving Earth towards "unprecedented" environmental destruction, the UN said in a report Wednesday ahead of the Rio Summit. Of 90 key goals to protect the environment, only four have seen good progress, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a planetary assessment issued only every five years. "If current trends continu

Expedition studies acid impacts on Arctic

Expedition studies acid impacts on Arctic

Southampton UK (SPX) Jun 07, 2012
The effects of ocean acidification on Arctic seas will be studied by a team of 30 researchers, including Dr Toby Tyrrell from the University of Southampton, who set sail from the UK, venturing as far north as polar ice allows. The study is the largest ever to examine the effects of altering carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in "real world" seawater samples directly after they are collected at sea.

Sierra Nevada 200 year megadroughts confirmed

Sierra Nevada 200 year megadroughts confirmed

Reno NV (SPX) Jun 07, 2012
The erratic year-to-year swings in precipitation totals in the Reno-Tahoe area conjures up the word "drought" every couple of years, and this year is no exception. The Nevada State Climate Office at the University of Nevada, Reno, in conjunction with the Nevada Drought Response Committee, just announced a Stage 1 drought (moderate) for six counties and a Stage 2 drought (severe) for 11 counties.

Obama Stonewalling Gulf Oil Spill Disclosure

Obama Stonewalling Gulf Oil Spill Disclosure

The Obama administration is desperately trying to avoid coming clean about its role in delaying capping the Gulf Oil Spill.

We need clearer criteria for serving on the NRC


Posted: 06 Jun 2012 11:00 AM PDT
There have been a significant number of questions raised about Allison Macfarlane’s nomination to the NRC commission with the stated intent to make her chair of the same as soon as she is sworn in as a commissioner. Lots of comments both for and against her nomination have clouded the issues.

Executive Survey: Businesses Expect Some Form Of Carbon Tax


Posted: 07 Jun 2012 05:57 AM PDT
More companies are setting formal energy cost-cutting goals and in the process making energy management a strategic discipline. That is one dimension of Deloitte’s second annual survey designed to help executives make energy-related investment and business decisions.

Hillary Clinton Calls For ‘More Action In The Fight Against Climate Change’

Posted: 07 Jun 2012 06:22 AM PDT
In a visit to Sweden this week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for greater international cooperation to address climate change.“We do need more action in the fight against climate change. We need real-world solutions and we need results,” said Clinton in a meeting with environmental officials.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Global Water Crisis Will Shake Humanity To Its Core [Charts]

The Global Water Crisis Will Shake Humanity To Its Core [Charts]

mauritania
You don't hear much about the water crisis in the United States. Water is still cheap here and our borders contain a relatively large freshwater supply.
But in some places the crisis is in flames.
1.6 billion people live in regions with absolute water scarcity and by 2025 two-thirds of the world's population could be living under water stressed conditions.
Late energy analyst Matthew Simmons warned this was scarier than peak oil: "As global population grows, water usage has to rise for sanitation, food production and modern energy creation. It is unclear whether this can happen."
The following slides contain alarming charts and maps. You can also check out guides from from Citi and Jefferies on how to invest in water scarcity.

Which U.S. States Are Leading the Clean Energy Pack? - Clean Edge

Which U.S. States Are Leading the Clean Energy Pack? - Clean Edge

Time is Money When Cleaning Up Coal Plants - EPRI

Time is Money When Cleaning Up Coal Plants - EPRI

What Are the True Social Costs of Electric Power? - RFF

What Are the True Social Costs of Electric Power? - RFF

New EPRI Technical Report: Seismic Walkdown Guidance: For Resolution of Fukushima Near-Term Task Force Recommendation 2.3: Seismic

New EPRI Technical Report: Seismic Walkdown Guidance: For Resolution of Fukushima Near-Term Task Force Recommendation 2.3: Seismic

Nuclear Power can have a lot of CO2 when you allocate imaginary wars and make up reasons to assign 19 years of coal pollution to it



http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/06/nuclear-power-can-have-lot-of-co2-when.html

Earthquakes linked to pressures associated with oil production

Earthquakes linked to pressures associated with oil production
LubbockOnline.com
Dozens of relatively small earthquakes with magnitudes greater than 3.0 have been recorded around Snyder in recent years, according to the United States Geological Survey. And some of those earthquakes could be contributed not specifically to “fracking ...

Thermodynamics of Global Warming

Thermodynamics of Global Warming

It's easy to portray a catastrophic global warming scenario when you use the wrong system of measurement.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Surprising Effect of Agriculture on Rising Sea Levels

The Surprising Effect of Agriculture on Rising Sea Levels

Efforts to meet freshwater demand by harnessing "fossil" groundwater contributes more to rising sea levels than melting glaciers.

How a Bunch of Corporate-Backed Buffoons Took Over U.S. Climate Policy

How a Bunch of Corporate-Backed Buffoons Took Over U.S. Climate Policy

Climate-change deniers remain a clown show--yet they've managed to control US policy on the issue.

Why The US Military Is Leading The Charge For Green Energy

Why The US Military Is Leading The Charge For Green Energy

Our generals see our dependence on oil as a huge vulnerability, and climate change as a "threat multiplier." Can their leadership make a difference?

How The Press Distorts The News About US Energy Security

How The Press Distorts The News About US Energy Security

The facts are compelling: our oil addiction is destroying the country. But as long as the media refuses to talk about it, we won't get policies that lead to real change.

Surrounded by Refineries, Chemical Plants and Toxic Waste: How One of the Most Beleaguered Towns Became So Forsaken

Surrounded by Refineries, Chemical Plants and Toxic Waste: How One of the Most Beleaguered Towns Became So Forsaken

The people of Richmond live within a ring of five oil refineries, three chemical plants, eight Superfund sites, dozens of toxic waste sites, highways, rail yards and ports.

Fracking Can Do Environment More Good than Harm

Fracking Can Do Environment More Good than Harm

The Economist
THE story of America's shale-gas revolution offers hope in hard times. The ground was laid in the late 1990s, when a now-fabled Texan oilman, George Mitchell, developed an affordable way to extract natural gas locked up in shale rock and other geological formations. It involves blasting them with water, sand and chemicals, a technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. America's shale-gas industry has since drilled 20,000 wells, created hundreds of thousands of jobs, directly and indirectly, and provided lots of cheap gas....

Meet the Oil Shale 80x Bigger Than the Bakken

Meet the Oil Shale 80x Bigger Than the Bakken

Chris Helman, Forbes
Everyone has heard about the Bakken shale, the huge expanse of oil-bearing rock underneath North Dakota and Montana that billionaire Harold Hamm thinks could yield 24 billion barrels of oil in the decades to come. The Bakken is a huge boon, both to the economic health of the northern Plains states, but also to the petroleum balance of the United States. From just 60,000 barrels per day five years ago, the Bakken is now giving up 500,000 bpd, with 210,000 bpd of that coming on in just the past year. Given the availability of enough rigs to drill it and crews to frack it,...

Global Temperatures Have Been Falling Since 1999

Global Temperatures Have Been Falling Since 1999

Natural climate cycles have changed from their warming phase to cooling phase, and this means that contrary to popular belief the global temperature has been declining for more than 10 years, and will continue to decline for another 20 or so.This evidence was presented last week at the seventh International Climate Change Conference sponsored by the Heartland Institute. Several prominent natural scientists provided serious and credible evidence in calm, dispassionate presentations, based on reams of factual data. In sharp contrast to the manner…Read more...

Michigan Oil Spill Highlights Need for Safety Overhaul

Michigan Oil Spill Highlights Need for Safety Overhaul

Canadian pipeline company Enbridge is in the hot seat for an oil spill from a ruptured line in southern Michigan. Crews in Marshall, Mich., are still working to clean up contaminated areas nearly two years after Line 6B burst open, dumping about 20,000 barrels of so-called tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River and surrounding waters. A report from the NTSB suggests operators in Canada interpreted the pressure drop associated with the spill incorrectly and continued pumping oil through the line after it broke open. Last month, Enbridge said it…Read more...

Nuclear Shutdown Means Japan Must Abandon Carbon Emission Targets

Nuclear Shutdown Means Japan Must Abandon Carbon Emission Targets

In 2009 the Japanese government signed a pledge to cut their carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2020, however following the disaster at Fukushima in 2011 and the subsequent collapse of public confidence in nuclear power, this target may have to be abandoned. Nuclear power plants used to provide a large portion of Japanese electricity, and formed the backbone of their renewable energy sector and the plans to reduce carbon emissions. After the meltdown at Fukushima all 54 of the nation’s nuclear reactors were shut down in order to undergo maintenance…Read more...

Looking at the Cause of Global Seal Level Rises

Looking at the Cause of Global Seal Level Rises

Last week the science community was shocked by the claim that 42% of the sea-level rise of the past decades is due to groundwater pumping for irrigation purposes. What could this mean for the future – and is it true?The causes of global sea level rise can be roughly split into three categories: (1) thermal expansion of sea water as it warms up, (2) melting of land ice and (3) changes in the amount of water stored on land. There are independent estimates for these contributions, and obviously an important question is whether their sum is consistent…Read more...

Pressure to go Green is Leading to Higher Energy Prices

Pressure to go Green is Leading to Higher Energy Prices

As the United States continues through the interminable process that will end with the national elections in November, the continued poor state of the economy is playing an increasing part in the debate over the likely outcome. What seems to have slipped from the discussion, however, is the contribution that energy costs are making in their impact on the different economies around the world including that of the United States. That awareness is becoming more evident in the UK, particularly in the debate over Scottish Independence. The recent Uswitch…Read more...

Into eternity: The nuclear waste challenge

Into eternity: The nuclear waste challenge

Warming turns tundra to forest

Warming turns tundra to forest
(Phys.org) -- In just a few decades shrubs in the Arctic tundra have turned into trees as a result of the warming Arctic climate, creating patches of forest which, if replicated across the tundra, would significantly accelerate global warming.

US, European nuclear and coal-fired electrical plants vulnerable to climate change: study

US, European nuclear and coal-fired electrical plants vulnerable to climate change: study
Warmer water and reduced river flows in the United States and Europe in recent years have led to reduced production, or temporary shutdown, of several thermoelectric power plants. For instance, the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Alabama had to shut down more than once last summer because the Tennessee River's water was too warm to use it for cooling.

Stay or go? Some towns are eyeing retreat from sea

Stay or go? Some towns are eyeing retreat from sea
(AP) — Years of ferocious storms have threatened to gnaw away the western tip of a popular beachfront park a two hours drive north of Los Angeles. Instead of building a 500-foot (150 meter)-long wooden defense next to the pier to tame the tide, the latest thinking is to flee.

Peru needs glacier loss monitoring: dire UN warning

Peru needs glacier loss monitoring: dire UN warning
Peru needs a permanent monitoring system to gauge Andean mountain glacier shrinkage caused by global warming and its effect on people who depend on the ice for water, UN experts warned.

Great Barrier Reef heading for danger: UNESCO

Great Barrier Reef heading for danger: UNESCO
UNESCO on Saturday urged decisive action from Australia to protect the Great Barrier Reef from a gas and mining boom, warning it risked being put on its list of world heritage sites deemed "in danger".

So You Think You Can Think? Think Again!


So You Think You Can Think? Think Again!

 
 

Hot Tuna


Hot Tuna: In 2011, after the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, there was significant concern regarding the spread of radioactive material. A paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is the first to suggest that Pacific bluefin tuna transported Fukushima-derived radionuclides across the entire North Pacific Ocean.

Can Fracking Be Cleaned Up?

Can Fracking Be Cleaned Up?
by Kevin Bullis
The International Energy Agency says yes, but it will take tougher regulations that force producers to apply the latest technologies.
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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Is California preparing for climate change?

Is California preparing for climate change?

A majority of California's coastal planners and resource managers now view the threats from climate change as sufficiently likely that practical steps on the ground need to be taken to protect against growing threats, according to results from a new survey.

Where have all the hummingbirds gone?

Where have all the hummingbirds gone?

The glacier lily as it's called, is a tall, willowy plant that graces mountain meadows throughout western North America. It flowers early in spring, when the first bumblebees and hummingbirds appear.