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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Back-to-back La Niñas cooled globe and influenced extreme weather in 2011

Back-to-back La Niñas cooled globe and influenced extreme weather in 2011

Worldwide, 2011 was the coolest year on record since 2008, yet temperatures remained above the 30 year average, according to the 2011 State of the Climate report released by NOAA. The peer-reviewed report was compiled by 378 scientists from 48 countries around the world. It provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments on land, sea, ice and sky.
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Drought Covers One-Third Of U.S. Counties, The Largest Agricultural Disaster Area Ever Declared

Drought Covers One-Third Of U.S. Counties, The Largest Agricultural Disaster Area Ever Declared

The U.S. Agriculture Department has issued a natural disaster declaration for more than 1,000 U.S. counties facing severe drought. This disaster declaration is the largest ever from the Agriculture Department and includes one-third of counties and spans 26 states.
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Poisons on public lands put wildlife at risk

Poisons on public lands put wildlife at risk

Rat poison used on illegal marijuana farms may be sickening and killing the fisher, a rare forest carnivore that makes its home in some of the most remote areas of California, according to veterinary scientists.

How to make global fisheries worth five times more

How to make global fisheries worth five times more

Rebuilding global fisheries would make them five times more valuable while improving ecology, according to a new study.

Friday, July 13, 2012

More on the Science Linking Fracking Disposal Wells to Earthquakes

More on the Science Linking Fracking Disposal Wells to Earthquakes

StateImpact Texas - ‎Jul 12, 2012‎
By Terrence Henry Earlier today we reported on a series of quakes rattling Johnson County, outside of Fort Worth, Texas. The quakes haven't caused any significant damage, but for a part of the state that has historically been seismically quiet, ...

Why Earthquakes Are Shaking North Texas: Scientists Investigate Links to ...

StateImpact Texas - ‎Jul 12, 2012‎
By Sheyda Aboii and Terrence Henry Yet another earthquake has rattled North Texas. Early Tuesday morning, the city of Keene, 25 miles south of Fort Worth, experienced what the US Geological Survey says was a 2.4 magnitude earthquake.

Dead Zone Pollution Is Growing Despite Decades of Work, So Who's the Culprit?

Dead Zone Pollution Is Growing Despite Decades of Work, So Who's the Culprit?

One of our most widespread environmental problems, this pollution continues to pour into the rivers, and ultimately the Gulf, at a growing pace.

U.S. declares drought-stricken states largest natural disaster area ever

U.S. declares drought-stricken states largest natural disaster area ever

July 12, 2012CLIMATE - The United States Department of Agriculture has declared natural disaster areas in more than 1,000 counties and 26 drought-stricken states, making it the largest natural disaster in America ever. The declaration—which covers roughly half of the country—gives farmers and ranchers devastated by drought access to federal aid, including low-interest emergency loans. “Agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy,” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday while announcing the assistance program. “We need to be cognizant of the fact that drought and weather conditions have severely impacted farmers around the country.” According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than half the country (56 percent) experienced drought conditions—the largest percentage in the 12-year history of the service. And according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the period from January through June was “the warmest first half of any year on record for the contiguous United States.” The average temperature was 52.9 degrees Fahrenheit, or 4.5 degrees above average, NOAA said on Monday. Twenty-eight states east of the Rockies set temperature records for the six-month period. A heat wave blistered most of the United States in June, with more than 170 all-time temperature records broken or tied during the month. On June 28 in Norton, Kan., for instance, the temperature reached 118 degrees, an all-time high. On June 26, Red Willow, Neb., set a temperature record of 115 degrees, eclipsing the 114-degree mark set in 1932. -Yahoo
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House Farm Bill Fails to Support Healthy Food and Farms

House Farm Bill Fails to Support Healthy Food and Farms

According to UCS, the House Farm Bill fails to adequately support healthy food and farms and pales in comparison to the Senate’s version, which passed last month.

Antarctica at risk from human activities

Antarctica at risk from human activities

The continent of Antarctica is at risk from human activities and other forces, and environmental management is needed to protect the planet’s last great wilderness area, say experts.

The challenges facing the vulnerable Antarctic

A century ago, the South Pole was one of Earth's last frontiers, but now the Antarctic is under threat from human activity.

Various Groups that want to use Population Reduction as the Main Solution to the Environmental Problems they see

Various Groups that want to use Population Reduction as the Main Solution to the Environmental Problems they see

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Apocalypse now USDA declares one-third of U.S. counties natural-disaster areas

Apocalypse now
USDA declares one-third of U.S. counties natural-disaster areas Read more

Does Oil & Gas Production or Fracking Cause Earthquakes ...

Does Oil & Gas Production or Fracking Cause Earthquakes ...
Earthquakes in oil & gas producing areas seem to be getting the media's attention (not sure if that has real value) and I've seen the debate in other t…
www.mineralrightsforum.com/forum/.../showLastReply

Carbon Dioxide and Nuclear Energy: The Great Divide and How to Cross It

Carbon Dioxide and Nuclear Energy: The Great Divide and How to Cross It

"Cult Versus Cult" on Global Warming

Natural gas is a much needed tool to battle global warming

Natural gas is a much needed tool to battle global warming

Ithaca NY (SPX) Jul 12, 2012
No matter how you drill it, using natural gas as an energy source is a smart move in the battle against global climate change and a good transition step on the road toward low-carbon energy from wind, solar and nuclear power. That is the conclusion of a new study by Cornell Professor Lawrence M. Cathles, published in the most recent edition of the peer-reviewed journal Geochemistry, Geophysics

Arctic warming linked to combination of reduced sea ice and global atmospheric warming

Arctic warming linked to combination of reduced sea ice and global atmospheric warming

Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Jul 12, 2012
The combination of melting sea ice and global atmospheric warming are contributing to the high rate of warming in the Arctic, where temperatures are increasing up to four times faster than the global average, a new University of Melbourne study has shown. Professor Ian Simmonds from the University of Melbourne's School of Earth Sciences co-authored the study and said the new information showed

Bad Corn Crop Imperils Ethanol by Kevin Bullis

by Kevin Bullis

Beyond Fukushima - When will we learn? Paul Gunter & Kevin Kamps P2

Beyond Fukushima - When will we learn? Paul Gunter & Kevin Kamps P2 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rnkLCbcSPM&feature=share

 

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fracking Update 7/11

Ohio adopting tough new rules on injection wells

Akron Beacon Journal (blog) - ‎5 hours ago‎
By Bob Downing Published: July 11, 2012 Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday issued an executive order that immediately imposed new state regulations on deep-injection wells used to dispose of chemically-laced wastewater from oil and gas drilling.

Kasich imposes new deep-injection rules

Coshocton Tribune -
COLUMBUS (AP) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich has issued an order immediately imposing new state regulations on deep-injection wells used to dispose of chemically-laced wastewater from oil and gas drilling. The directive issued Tuesday gives the Ohio ...

Injection well approvals now domain of oil and gas chief

Columbus Business First - 
Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order Tuesday that will put the head of the state's oil and gas industry in charge of permitting injection wells used to dispose of the fluid byproduct of drilling, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Ohio governor imposes new deep-injection rules

Chillicothe Gazette -
AP COLUMBUS -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday issued an executive order that immediately imposed new state regulations on deep-injection wells used to dispose of chemically laced wastewater from oil and gas drilling. The directive gives the Ohio ...

Gov. John Kasich's executive order gives state gas and oil chief broad ...

Plain Dealer - 
By John Funk, The Plain Dealer View full sizeAP fileAn injection well owned by Northstar Disposal Services LLC in Youngstown for the disposal of fracking fluids and brine was linked to a series of small earthquakes before it shut down.

Kasich Signs Executive Order On Fracking

10TV -
Gov. John Kasich issued an executive order on Tuesday to put more safeguards in place for the drilling of injection wells around the state. The practice is commonly referred to as "fracking." Kasich's order requires additional testing before an ...

Scientists Discover New Trigger for immense North Atlantic plankton

Washington DC (SPX) Jul 11, 2012
On this July 4th week, U.S. beachgoers are thronging their way to seaside resorts and parks to celebrate with holiday fireworks. Across the horizon and miles out to sea toward the north, the Atlantic Ocean's own spring and summer ritual is unfolding: the blooming of countless microscopic plant plankton, or phytoplankton. In what's known as the North Atlantic Bloom, an immense number of phytoplan

Satellite research reveals smaller volcanoes could cool climate

Satellite research reveals smaller volcanoes could cool climate

Saskatoon, Canada (SPX) Jul 09, 2012
A University of Saskatchewan-led international research team has discovered that aerosols from relatively small volcanic eruptions can be boosted into the high atmosphere by weather systems such as monsoons, where they can affect global temperatures. The research appears in the July 6 issue of the journal Science. Adam Bourassa, from the U of S Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies, led the

NASA Satellites Examine a Powerful Summer Storm

NASA Satellites Examine a Powerful Summer Storm

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 09, 2012
As a powerful summertime storm, known as a derecho, moved from Illinois to the Mid-Atlantic states on June 29, expanding and bringing destruction with it, NASA and other satellites provided a look at various factors involved in the event, its progression and its aftermath. According to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center web site, a derecho (pronounced "deh-REY-cho") is a widespread, long-lived wind

Gold and Mineral Rush on the Ocean Floor

Gold and Mineral Rush on the Ocean Floor

Nautilus Minerals (ocean floor mining company) has an agreement with Tongling Nonferrous Metal Group for 1.1 million tonnes per annum (subject to +/- 20% variation) of Solwara 1 material for a period of three years on a take or pay basis, commencing upon the first delivery of product from Solwara 1, targeted in Q4 2013. The agreement is equal to 5% of the world's copper production.

Enbridge: A Complete & Total Breakdown

Enbridge: A Complete & Total Breakdown

Song/McGowan, InsideClimate
WASHINGTON—The most expensive oil pipeline spill in U.S. history could have been prevented if the pipeline operator had repaired known defects on the line, a federal agency said on Tuesday after a two-year investigation of the spill.

API says more collaboration needed on EPA fracking study

API says more collaboration needed on EPA fracking study

 
API senior policy advisor Stephanie Meadows says more collaboration was needed on EPA’s study on hydraulic fracturing and drinking water.
Full Article
 

The climate of the climate change debate is changing

The climate of the climate change debate is changing

Quantifying how greenhouse gases contribute to extreme weather is a crucial step in calculating the cost of human influence

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jul/11/climate-change-debate-weather?CMP=twt_fd

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Silence on Global Warming

The Silence on Global Warming

Exclusive: Harrowing predictions of climate scientists are coming true, as glaciers melt, forests burn, heat waves proliferate and freakish weather strikes in unexpected places. But the propagandists of global-warming denial have succeeded in silencing most politicians and the mainstream press, writes Robert Parry.

New Study: Fluids From Marcellus Shale Likely Seeping Into PA Drinking Water

New Study: Fluids From Marcellus Shale Likely Seeping Into PA Drinking Water 

 

http://www.propublica.org/article/new-study-fluids-from-marcellus-shale-likely-seeping-into-pa-drinking-water

On Wyoming's Range, Water Is Scarce but Welfare Is Plenty

On Wyoming's Range, Water Is Scarce but Welfare Is Plenty

Western ranchers frequently enjoy vast discounts on public grazing fees. So why are they so angry about sharing space with America's beloved wild horses?
wildhorses_bnr.jpgReuters As Wyoming swelters under the summer heat, as the ash and dust from its forest fires spread out across the Western states, as a sustained drought deepens the fissures in its barren expanses of scrub and rock, the battle over the fate of thousands of its wild horses has just exploded anew in court. Here is a nasty bit of litigation worth watching for many different reasons, not the least of which is that may help more people better understand the magnitude of the economic and political forces which are currently arrayed against the federally-protected American mustang.
The short version is a familiar one. Area ranchers, who never wanted the horses around to begin with, now want the herds gone completely from a vast "checkerboard" patch of public and private land in southwestern Wyoming, in and around Sweetwater County, near Rock Springs. They allege that the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management has "utterly failed" to limit the number of wild horses which roam these million-acre (or two-million acre) ranges. We have a legal right to declare we want no horses on these land, the ranchers claim, and it's now time we exercised that right.

Scientist: Dispersants used during oil spill likely making way up the food chain

Scientist: Dispersants used during oil spill likely making way up the food chain

al.com (blog) -
An LSU professor tells ABC News that while the consequences of the dispersant used in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill are not fully known, he believes chemicals are poisoning sea life in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ocean Acidification Is Climate Change's 'Equally Evil Twin,' NOAA Chief Says

Ocean Acidification Is Climate Change's 'Equally Evil Twin,' NOAA Chief Says

Huffington Post -
The speed by which the oceans' acid levels has risen caught scientists off-guard, with the problem now considered to be climate change's "equally evil twin," National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief Jane Lubchenco told The Associated Press.

This US summer is 'what global warming looks like' scientists

This US summer is 'what global warming looks like': scientists

(AP) — Is it just freakish weather or something more? Climate scientists suggest that if you want a glimpse of some of the worst of global warming, take a look at U.S. weather in recent weeks.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Extreme Weather


Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts and Choices - Nat'l Academy of Sci.

Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts and Choices - Nat'l Academy of Sci.

Fukushima Update

US drought hits global grain outlook: FAO

US drought hits global grain outlook: FAO

Paris (AFP) July 5, 2012
Drought in the United States affecting mainly corn crops will cut forecast world production of grain this year by 23 million tonnes to 2.396 billion tonnes, the Food and Agriculture Organization said on Thursday. Grain market sources in Paris said that drought was also holding back crops in southern Russia and around the Black Sea. The FAO cut its forecast for output from the last estima