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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bird Flu: 3 Mutations from Disaster


Bird Flu: 3 Mutations from Disaster
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/bird-flu-3-mutations-from-disaster/

The world has yet to see a form of the deadly bird flu virus that could spread
easily between people and cause a global outbreak - but that doesn't mean it
won't happen, scientists say.

Currently, bird flu, or H5N1 avian flu, can be transmitted from birds to birds,
and birds to humans, but not from [...]

Friday, June 22, 2012

NASA launches centralized platform to share its technology with the public

NASA launches centralized platform to share its technology with the public


http://fedscoop.com/nasa-launches-centralized-platform-to-share-its-technology-with-the-public/

Fossil Fuel Subsidies: the Answer Lies in the Gulf

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 05:00 AM PDT
This week, much of the globe’s attention is focused on the United Nation’s Rio +20 Earth Summit, where thousands of international delegates and NGO representatives are gathering to hammer out solutions to an increasingly stressed out, warmed-up world.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Does Energy-Related Drilling Trigger Earthquakes? by Geoffrey Styles

Does Energy-Related Drilling Trigger Earthquakes?

Trouble on the horizon for genetically modified crops?

Trouble on the horizon for genetically modified crops?

Pests are adapting to genetically modified crops in unexpected ways, including dominant resistance not previously observed in the lab, researchers have discovered. The findings underscore the importance of closely monitoring and countering pest resistance to biotech crops.

Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' predictions feature uncertainty

Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' predictions feature uncertainty

Scientists are predicting that this year's Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone could range from a low of approximately 1,197 square miles to as much as 6,213 square miles. The wide range is the result of using two different forecast models. The forecast is based on Mississippi River nutrient inputs compiled annually by the US Geological Survey.

Arctic climate more vulnerable than thought, maybe linked to Antarctic ice-sheet behavior

Arctic climate more vulnerable than thought, maybe linked to Antarctic ice-sheet behavior

First analyses of the longest sediment core ever collected on land in the Arctic provide dramatic, "astonishing" documentation that intense warm intervals, warmer than scientists thought possible, occurred there over the past 2.8 million years. Further, these extreme inter-glacial warm periods correspond closely with times when parts of Antarctica were ice-free and also warm, suggesting strong inter-hemispheric climate connectivity. The Polar Regions are much more vulnerable to change than once believed, they add.

Where Are All the Fracking Accidents?

Where Are All the Fracking Accidents?

A Yale University Energy Study Group has done a cost-benefit analysis of shale gas extraction and has determined that at current levels, the extraction of shale gas has generated a consumer surplus of slightly more then $100 billion for the American economy:

Arctic methane gas could spell trouble for Florida coastline

Arctic methane gas could spell trouble for Florida coastline

Tallahassee, FL (SPX) Jun 20, 2012
The ancient reserves of methane gas seeping from the melting Arctic ice cap told Jeff Chanton and fellow researchers what they already knew: As the permafrost thaws, there is a release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that causes climate warming. The trick was figuring out how much, said Chanton, the John W. Winchester Professor of Oceanography at Florida State University.

Researchers search for viruses to save honeybees

Researchers search for viruses to save honeybees

San Francisco CA (SPX) Jun 21, 2012
In an effort to save the dwindling honeybee population researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are looking to viruses to help treat one of the most destructive and widespread bee brood diseases in the United States. They report their findings at the 2012 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology

Scientists develop first satellite deforestation tracker for whole of Latin America

Scientists develop first satellite deforestation tracker for whole of Latin America

London UK (SPX) Jun 21, 2012
An international team of researchers in Colombia, the UK, USA and Switzerland have developed the first ever system to monitor deforestation across Latin America in near real-time using satellite data. Preliminary results from the new system reveal that in parts of Colombia, deforestation has increased by 340 per cent since 2004; and over a million hectares of forest have been lost in the Gran Ch

Green grabs: The dark side of the green economy

Green grabs: The dark side of the green economy

London, UK (SPX) Jun 21, 2012
'Green grabbing' - the rapidly-growing appropriation of land and resources in the name of 'green ' biofuels, carbon offsetting schemes, conservation efforts and eco-tourism initiatives - is forcing people from their homelands and increasing poverty, new research has found. Ecosystems being 'asset-stripped' for profit is likely to cause dispossession and further poverty amongst already-poor

Study: Bigger wind turbines are greener

Study: Bigger wind turbines are greener

Zurich, Switzerland (UPI) Jun 20, 2012
Swiss researchers studying wind turbines as alternative energy sources say the bigger the turbine, the greener the energy it produces. The findings, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, could accelerate a trend toward construction of ever-bigger turbines, the researchers said. Marloes Caduff of the Institute of Environmental Engineering in Zurich and

NRC Petitioned to Stop 35 Reactors Until Court Ruling Satisfied

NRC Petitioned to Stop 35 Reactors Until Court Ruling Satisfied

Washington DC (SPX) Jun 21, 2012
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) must not make final licensing decisions until it has completed a rulemaking action on the environmental impacts of highly radioactive nuclear waste in the form of spent, or 'used', reactor fuel storage and disposal, as required under the landmark Waste Confidence Rule decision of June 8th by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, according to

OUR OPINION: Time to reconsider Canadian pipeline gosanangelo.com

Fracking Can Cause Earthquakes, but So Can Oil and Gas Extraction


Fracking Can Cause Earthquakes, but So Can Oil and Gas Extraction ...of shale to release natural gas can cause earthquakes .
 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The IEA has had to Increase its Global Emissions Levels for 2030

The IEA has had to Increase its Global Emissions Levels for 2030

The International Energy Agency has released a new analysis that helps to demonstrate the systemic failure of policy analyses focused on carbon dioxide emissions reductions.In the new report the IEA projects that by 2030 the world will be emitting about 45 Gt (gigatonnes) of carbon dioxide. Yet, in 2008, just 4 years ago the IEA was projecting 40 Gt CO2 for 2030 (see it at p. 11 at this PDF).Where did the extra projected 5 Gt CO2 for 2030 (just about equal to an extra United States) come from over the past 4 years?It came from a systemic underestimate…Read more...

Mother Nature Reminds Tokyo of Fukushima's Ongoing Vulnerability

Mother Nature Reminds Tokyo of Fukushima's Ongoing Vulnerability

On 11 March 2001 Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) six reactor Fukushima Daiichi complex was effectively destroyed by an earthquake, which produced a tsunami that swamped the facility.Fifteen months later, it seems that Tokyo has learned little from the experience. On 16 June the Japanese government of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda approved the restart of Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Nos. 3 and 4 reactors at its Oi nuclear power plant (NPP), with the Prime Minister saying, "Having won local consent, reactivating the Nos. 3 and 4…Read more...

Carbon Capture and Earthqaukes

Carbon Capture and Earthquakes

Could novel technique to curb global warming also trigger earthquakes?

Christian Science Monitor -
A report finds that injecting carbon dioxide into underground rock formations, while a potential means of fighting global warming, could increase stresses on faults, leading to earthquakes. By Pete Spotts, Staff writer / June 20, 2012 Capturing carbon ...

Carbon capture prompts quake risk fear

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎Jun 19, 2012‎
A PROPOSED method of cutting harmful carbon emissions in the atmosphere by storing them underground risks causing earthquakes and is unlikely to succeed, a US study says. The warning came in a Perspective article in the Proceedings of the National ...

'Carbon capture' too risky, earthquake prone: US study

DAWN.com -
WASHINGTON: A proposed method of cutting harmful carbon emissions in the atmosphere by storing them underground risks causing earthquakes and is unlikely to succeed, a US study said on Monday. The warning came in a Perspective article in the ...

Underground carbon dioxide storage likely would cause earthquakes

Los Angeles Times - ‎J
The notion of mitigating harmful carbon dioxide emissions by storing the gas underground is not practical because the process is likely to cause earthquakes that would release the gas anyway, according to a commentary published Monday in Proceedings of ...

Carbon dioxide injections a solution for global warming?

Alaska Dispatch -
Capturing carbon dioxide from smokestack emissions and pumping it deep underground may not be as useful a tool for dealing with rising greenhouse-gas levels as advocates suggest, according to a new analysis. The reason: Rising pressure from the ...

Earthquake risk for carbon capture and storage schemes

New Scientist -
Move over fracking: carbon capture and storage schemes (CCS) are more likely to trigger earthquakes, warns the US National Research Council (NRC). Meanwhile, a separate study warns that quake-fractured rocks could undermine CCS efforts by allowing the ...

Underground CO2 storage 'could cause small quakes'

The Engineer -
Storing carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) underground is likely to cause earthquakes that could release the gas back into the atmosphere, according to new research. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) in empty oil and gas wells is seen as a key tactic in the ...

Underground Carbon Storage Could Cause Earthquakes, Scientists Warn

The Green Optimistic -
By Ovidiu Sandru on June 20, 2012 Seismic sites: The dots represent seismic activity during March 2011, according to USGS. Red dots are for seismicity induced by the creation of water reservoirs. A part of the scientific community involved in plans for ...

Burying greenhouse gases underground could cause earthquakes

io9 -
As the Arctic ice continues to fade away, some scientists have come up with radical solutions to the problem of greenhouse gases. One of these ideas is large-scale Carbon Capture and Storage (CSS), burying those troublesome gases underground — but now ...

Carbon capture and storage likely to cause earthquakes, say Stanford researchers

Stanford Report -
Stanford geophysicists say earthquakes triggered by underground CO 2 storage, while probably too small to cause major damage, could release stored CO 2 into the atmosphere. By Max McClure Norway's Utsira formation, under the Sleipner Gas Field, ...

Storing C02 underground could trigger quakes

U-T San Diego -
Scientists say it is possible to capture and store carbon dioxide underground as a way reducing emissions from coal-fired power plants. But Stanford researchers claim in a newly published letter in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ...

Quakes 'undermine carbon storage strategy'

ABC Science Online -
Shakey storage Earthquake risk undermines underground carbon storage as a viable strategy to fight climate change, say US researchers. But an Australian expert in the technology says the conclusions are "scientifically untenable".

'Carbon capture' too risky, earthquake prone: study

Phys.Org -
The Frimmersdorf power station is seen in 2010 in Grevenbroich, western Germany. A proposed method of cutting harmful carbon emissions in the atmosphere by storing them underground risks causing earthquakes and is unlikely to succeed, a US study said.

Promoting Low-Carbon Innovation at Rio+20

Posted: 20 Jun 2012 05:42 AM PDT
As Rio+20 negotiators rush to complete a consolidated text of outcomes before heads of state begin arriving tomorrow, participants at hundreds of side events are calling on business and government to take stronger action on clean energy, poverty elimination, food security, oceans, sustainable cities, green technology development, education, and more.On Sunday at the U.S. Center pavilion, C2ES and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) convened a panel of companies, small-business innovators, and business representatives highlighting the critical roles played by each in promoting low-carbon innovation and sustainable development.

Paternalism in the Age of Climate Change - David Roberts, Grist

Paternalism in the Age of Climate Change - David Roberts, Grist

"Where to Put nuclear Waste : My Backyard?"

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120619103941.htm "Where to Put nuclear Waste : My Backyard?"

"Arctic Getting Greener".

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120611122544.htm "Arctic Getting Greener".

"Dallas," J.R.'s Nephew, and "Clean Energ"


This is not the first time I’ve mentioned, and it will probably not be the first time you have noticed, how carelessly the terms alternative energy, clean energy, and green energy are bandied about, as if they meant exactly the same thing.
What occasions me to repeat this complaint is the revival of the television series “Dallas,” which of course epitomized everything we love to hate about oil. In the new version, according to New York Times television correspondent Alessandra Stanley, “the writers have reconstituted the feuds of the second generation of Ewings as an allegory about clean energy versus fossil fuels.” Thus Christopher Ewing, nephew of the infamous J.R. [photo], “has turned his back on drilling and wants to develop methane hydrates as an energy source.”
There are a couple of problems here, at least as the setup is described by Stanley: Methane hydrates—or methane clathrates if you prefer—are a fossil fuel; and unless perfectly extracted, an art yet to be demonstrated, they are not exactly clean.

Book Review: The Race for What's Left


Micheal Klare examines the global competition for Earth's dwindling reserves of oil, minerals, and fertile land

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Game Over For The Climate?

Game Over For The Climate?

Whatever happened to the green movement? It’s been 50 years since the publication of Rachel Carson’s classic Silent Spring, a powerful book about the environmental devastation wreaked by chemical pesticides. Since then we’ve had the rise and fall – or at least the compromised assimilation – of green groups such as Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and Forum For the Future.
Last week, The Independent marked the half-century with a well-meaning but frankly insipid ‘landmark series’ titled ‘The Green Movement at 50’. But there’s a glaring hole in such coverage; and, indeed, in the ‘green movement’ itself: the insidious role of the corporate media, a key component of corporate globalisation, in driving humanity and ecosystems towards the brink of destruction.

USGS Punts On Fracking-related Earthquakes

USGS Punts On Fracking-related Earthquakes
RedOrbit
The US Geological Survey (USGS) folded to pressure from the fossil fuel industry and pro-fracking Congress members last week by releasing a “more study ...

Researchers say Earthquakes Would Let Stored CO2 Escape

Researchers say Earthquakes Would Let Stored CO2 Escape
by Mike Orcutt
A study by Stanford researchers says seismic risks could undermine large-scale carbon capture.
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Monday, June 18, 2012

Fracking and Earthquakes


Report says fracking not a big factor in earthquakes
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
A new report by the National Research Council is saying that hydraulic fracturing does not pose a high risk for causing earthquakes large enough to feel.
Study: Fracking Unlikely To Cause Quakes Big Enough To Feel
Public News Service
A scientific study has found that natural gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is unlikely to cause earthquakes strong enough to feel. However, it says there is ...
Report: Fracking can cause earthquakes, but risk to humans is low
Wired.co.uk
A report by the US National Research Council has found that fracking can cause earthquakes, but the controversial process is not a major risk factor for quakes ...
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NY Governor considers opening parts of state to fracking

New York governor considers opening parts of state to fracking
A new plan being developed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo would open a few holes in the state's moratorium on exploration of its rich unconventional natural gas reserves.
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