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Friday, August 3, 2012

Warming and melting on top of the Greenland ice sheet

Warming and melting on top of the Greenland ice sheet
On top of the approximately 3 km thick ice sheet in Greenland the temperature is normally around minus 10-15 degrees C in the summer and about minus 60 degrees in the winter. This year, researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute observed temperatures above zero and a significant warming and melting of the upper 1 1/2 meter layer of snow at the NEEM ice core drilling project in northwestern Greenland.

Senate panel takes up climate, just for the record… by Jeff Tollefson

Senate panel takes up climate, just for the record…

Business and government start preparing for climate impacts

Today’s Senate hearing isn’t just about the science of climate change. It’s also about the actions that need to be taken now to adapt to the reality of a changing climate. Businesses and governments each have a critical role to play in building resilient communities and economies.
 

No easy substitutes for fossil fuels

No easy substitutes for fossil fuels

There's a new report from The Climate Institute telling us that Australians overwhelmingly support renewable energy but don’t understand how carbon pricing will work. Not surprisingly, they are also sceptical about the political motivations behind its introduction. I think their scepticism is misdirected. Their target should be the carbon tax itself.

Aerial Photos Reveal Dynamic Greenland Ice Sheet: Ice Sheet Has Recently Retreated Then Restabilized

Aerial Photos Reveal Dynamic Greenland Ice Sheet: Ice Sheet Has Recently Retreated Then Restabilized

 
Despite the current and rapid melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet, it remains uncertain just when we will have reached a point when scientists will be able to predict its disappearance. Scientists report that this is not the first time in recent history that the ice sheet has been in retreat and then stabilized again.

Mapping the Future of Climate Change in Africa

Mapping the Future of Climate Change in Africa



The African continent is especially vulnerable to the impact of climate change because it relies on rain-fed agriculture and many of its countries have a low adaptive capacity. The Climate Change and African Political Stability Program (CCAPS) has created a web tool that uses historical data to map the different levels of vulnerability to climate change at the sub-national level. The web tool will soon incorporate vulnerability measurements based on future climate projections, derived from simulations run on the Ranger supercomputer
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120802184019.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Food as Fuel This summer’s drought highlights the madness of the government’s ethanol mandates.

Food as Fuel

This summer’s drought highlights the madness of the government’s ethanol mandates.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/food/2012/07/drought_and_ethanol_how_congress_mandates_and_the_epa_s_new_policy_are_hurting_americans_.html 

Climate change science, not hype To counter skeptics, it's crucial to stick to the data.

Climate change science, not hype

To counter skeptics, it's crucial to stick to the data.

 

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-lemonick-climate-science-skeptics-20120802,0,2483181.story 

There's No Easy Substitute for Fossil Fuels

There's No Easy Substitute for Fossil Fuels

Tom Biegler, Energy Collective
To go with Clean Energy Week comes a new report from The Climate Institute telling us that Australians overwhelmingly support renewable energy but don't understand how carbon pricing will work. Not surprisingly, they are also sceptical about the political motivations behind its introduction. I think their scepticism is misdirected. Their target should be the carbon tax itself.

Don’t Let Panic Dictate Climate Policy

Don’t Let Panic Dictate Climate Policy

 http://fuelfix.com/blog/2012/08/01/dont-let-panic-dictate-climate-policy-global-warming-climatechange-muller-watt-polic/

Tappan Zee Bridge Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Released

Tappan Zee Bridge Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Released

Yesterday, the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was released for the new Tappan Zee Bridge project. The document which is available here (scroll down to view; organized into individual pdfs by chapter), discusses the different options that are available for the proposed construction of the new bridge.  For more information about the different documents, studies and reports associated with this project, New York state has recently rolled out a website dedicated to this issue titled the The New NY Bridge.  Of interest to environmental and land use legal researchers, the site has a searchable archive which contains documents, hearing transcripts, handouts and reports on this issue dating back to 2000; it also contains news, calendars and contact information for individuals seeking to know more about the project. 

Related Resources: 

Tappan Zee Bridge/ I-287 Environmental Review (last visited Aug. 2, 2012) (archived versions of the site)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Business and government start preparing for climate impacts

Posted: 02 Aug 2012 05:00 AM PDT
Today’s Senate hearing isn’t just about the science of climate change. It’s also about the actions that need to be taken now to adapt to the reality of a changing climate. Businesses and governments each have a critical role to play in building resilient communities and economies.

Connecting the Dots on Climate Change

Posted: 02 Aug 2012 06:42 AM PDT
Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York CityOn Wednesday, the Senate Environment and Public Works committee takes up the important issue of climate change science and adaptation.Hopefully, it's a first step toward some real solutions to address record heat, drought, storms and other effects of climate change that we're now all experiencing first-hand.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Scientists Tell Senate Panel: Climate Change Is Here and Disaster Costs Will Be Huge


Scientists Tell Senate Panel: Climate Change Is Here and Disaster Costs Will Be Huge

 

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/08/01-4

[Atlantic wire] Prosecutors Have Opened a Criminal Investigation of ...

[Atlantic wire] Prosecutors Have Opened a Criminal Investigation of ...
By Mochizuki
The responsibility for the accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant has been a point of contention for over a year but an unprecedented special investigatory body created by the Japanese Parliament, the Fukushima ...
Fukushima Diary


Prosecutors Have Opened a Criminal Investigation of the Fukushima Disaster
The Atlantic Wire (blog)
TOKYO — Japan's prosecutors officially began investigating Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and its former top executives on criminal charges today in relation to the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima following last year's March 11 earthquake and ...

How affordable is alternative energy?

How affordable is alternative energy?
Alternative energy sources that are cost-competitive with fossil fuels may be closer than most people realize. Recent renewable energy research has shown that solar, hydropower, wind and other alternative sources are closing in on the cost of traditional electricity providers.
http://phys.org/news/2012-08-alternative-energy.html#nwlt

Cut emissions further or face risks of high air pollution, study shows

Cut emissions further or face risks of high air pollution, study shows
Most of the world's population will be subject to degraded air quality in 2050 if man-made emissions continue as usual. In this 'business-as-usual' scenario, the average world citizen 40 years from now will experience similar air pollution to that of today's average East Asian citizen. These conclusions are those of a study published today in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, an Open Access journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU).
http://phys.org/news/2012-08-emissions-high-air-pollution.html#nwlt

Parched fields as drought devastates US crops

Parched fields as drought devastates US crops
The sweat pours down Larry Hasheider's face as he walks across his parched cornfields to show the result of one of the worst droughts to strike the United States in decades.
http://phys.org/news/2012-08-parched-fields-drought-devastates-crops.html#nwlt
Scientists examine California's vulnerability to climate change
As climate change threatens to reshape California’s landscape, University of California, Davis, researchers are helping to inform policymakers about the state’s vulnerability and provide strategies for adaptation.
http://phys.org/news/2012-08-scientists-california-vulnerability-climate.html#nwlt
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Energy Madness: Drought, Ethanol and Obama's EPA

Energy Madness: Drought, Ethanol and Obama's EPA

Robert Bryce, Slate
Every day that the drought continues garroting the American Midwest, the lunacy of turning corn into motor fuel becomes ever more obvious and ever more outrageous.Over the past six weeks, corn prices have soared by about 50 percent. They recently hit $8.20 per bushel, an all-time high. And if drought conditions in the United States and Europe persist, prices may continue climbing. Several factors are influencing grain prices, among them the reduced amount of grain available in storage and increased meat consumption in the developing world. (Remember that most corn is used as livestock ...

MAP: The Corn Belt Will Need A Ridiculous Amount Of Rain To Make Up For The Drought

MAP: The Corn Belt Will Need A Ridiculous Amount Of Rain To Make Up For The Drought

The current U.S. drought that covers two-thirds of the nation has already devastated this year's corn harvest and will surely inflate food prices next year.

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-corn-belt-would-need-a-ridiculous-amount-of-rain-to-make-up-for-the-drought-2012-8?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+clusterstock+%28ClusterStock%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

250 years of global warming: Berkeley Earth releases new analysis

According to a new Berkeley Earth study released July 29, the average temperature of Earth's land has risen by 1.5 °C over the past 250 years. The good match between the new temperature record and historical carbon dioxide records suggests that the most straightforward explanation for this warming is human greenhouse gas emissions.

U.S. Military Forges Ahead with Plans to Combat Climate Change

 

U.S. Military Forges Ahead with Plans to Combat Climate Change

Climate policy may be a minefield for politicians but the Pentagon sees liabilities from global warming and is both reducing the armed forces greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate impacts

Climate Concerns And Public Health Issues

Boston MA (SPX) Aug 01, 2012
For decades, scientists have known that the effects of global climate change could have a potentially devastating impact across the globe, but Harvard researchers say there is now evidence that it may also have a dramatic impact on public health. As reported in a paper published in Science, a team of researchers led by James G. Anderson, the Philip S. Weld Professor of Atmospheric Chemistr

Researchers analyze melting glaciers and water resources in Central Asia

Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 01, 2012
After the fall of the Soviet Union twenty years ago, water distribution in Central Asia became a source of conflict. In areas where summer precipitation is low, glaciers play an important role when considering the quantity of available water. The Tien Shan region is a prime example; mountain glaciers in this region contribute significantly to the fresh water supply in the arid zones of Kyrgyzsta

Chronic 2000-04 drought, worst in 800 years, may be the 'new normal'

Chronic 2000-04 drought, worst in 800 years, may be the 'new normal'

Corvallis OR (SPX) Aug 01, 2012
The chronic drought that hit western North America from 2000 to 2004 left dying forests and depleted river basins in its wake and was the strongest in 800 years, scientists have concluded, but they say those conditions will become the "new normal" for most of the coming century. Such climatic extremes have increased as a result of global warming, a group of 10 researchers reported in Nature Geos

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

250 years of global warming: Berkeley Earth releases new analysis

250 years of global warming: Berkeley Earth releases new analysis

According to a new Berkeley Earth study released July 29, the average temperature of Earth's land has risen by 1.5 °C over the past 250 years. The good match between the new temperature record and historical carbon dioxide records suggests that the most straightforward explanation for this warming is human greenhouse gas emissions.

250 years of global warming: Berkeley Earth releases new analysis

250 years of global warming: Berkeley Earth releases new analysis

According to a new Berkeley Earth study released July 29, the average temperature of Earth's land has risen by 1.5 °C over the past 250 years. The good match between the new temperature record and historical carbon dioxide records suggests that the most straightforward explanation for this warming is human greenhouse gas emissions.

250 years of global warming: Berkeley Earth releases new analysis

250 years of global warming: Berkeley Earth releases new analysis

According to a new Berkeley Earth study released July 29, the average temperature of Earth's land has risen by 1.5 °C over the past 250 years. The good match between the new temperature record and historical carbon dioxide records suggests that the most straightforward explanation for this warming is human greenhouse gas emissions.

Will Tar Sands Spills Be the New Normal?

Will Tar Sands Spills Be the New Normal?

Mijin Cha, Demos
One of the main arguments against the Keystone XL pipeline is the damage that would be done to surrounding areas in the case of oil spills, particularly to sensitive environmental areas like the Ogallala aquifer. And, it turns out Keystone's opponents are right to be worried. . .

Oil Production: The Drought's Latest Victim

Oil Production: The Drought's Latest Victim

Steve Hargreaves, CNN
One of the worst droughts in U.S. history is hampering oil production, pitting farmers against oilmen and highlighting just how dependent on water modern U.S. energy development has become.Over 60% of the nation is in some form of drought. Areas affected include West Texas, North Dakota, Kansas, Colorado and Pennsylvania, all of which are part of the recent boom in North American energy production.

Corn Should Be For Food, Not Fuel

Corn Should Be for Food, Not Fuel

Colin Carter & Henry Miller, NY Times
IT is not often that a stroke of a pen can quickly undo the ravages of nature, but federal regulators now have an opportunity to do just that. Americans’ food budgets will be hit hard by the ongoing Midwestern drought, the worst since 1956. Food bills will rise and many farmers will go bust.

Warming by about 0.15 C per decade

Warming by about 0.15 C per decade

WattsUpWithThat.com (Anthony Watts) reports on a new set of papers at Berkeley University on world temperature which shows half the temperature increase of previous IPCC studies.

http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/07/warming-by-about-015-c-per-decade.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2Fadvancednano+%28nextbigfuture%29&utm_content=Google+Reader
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Maine to be first for tidal energy

Maine to be first for tidal energy

Portland, Maine (UPI) Jul 27, 2012
The United States' first commercial tidal energy project is expected to deliver electricity in September to consumers in Maine. Portland, Maine, company Ocean Renewable Power Co. unveiled the first dam-less tidal generator this week for its Cobscook Bay project, off the coast of Eastland, which known for its powerful tides.

German National Academy of Sciences issues a critical statement on the use of bioenergy

German National Academy of Sciences issues a critical statement on the use of bioenergy

Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jul 31, 2012
In a statement on the chances and limits of using bioenergy, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has come to the conclusion that in quantitative terms, bioenergy plays a minor role in the transition to renewable, sustainable energy sources in Germany at the present time and probably in the future. Bioenergy requires more surface area, is associated with higher greenhouse gas

North America may face 'megadrought'

North America may face 'megadrought'

Corvallis, Ore. (UPI) Jul 30, 2012
The drought in western North America from 2000 to 2004 was the strongest in 800 years but may be a "new normal" for most of the coming century, scientists say. Such climatic extremes as the extended drought that left dying forests and depleted river basins in its wake have increased as a result of global warming, a group of 10 researchers reported in Nature Geoscience.

Global warming is due to humans: US ex-skeptic

Global warming is due to humans: US ex-skeptic

Washington (AFP) July 30, 2012
A prominent US skeptic of the human causes of climate change, Richard Muller, has reversed course and said on Monday that he now believes greenhouse gases are responsible for global warming. "I was not expecting this, but as a scientist, I feel it is my duty to let the evidence change my mind," Muller, a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a statement.

Hidden rift valley discovered beneath West Antarctica reveals new insight into ice loss

Hidden rift valley discovered beneath West Antarctica reveals new insight into ice loss

London, UK (SPX) Jul 31, 2012
Scientists have discovered a one mile deep rift valley hidden beneath the ice in West Antarctica, which they believe is contributing to ice loss from this part of the continent. Experts from the University of Aberdeen and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) made the discovery below Ferrigno Ice Stream, a region visited only once previously, over fifty years ago, in 1961, and one that is remote even b

Peak Minerals: Shortage of Rare Earth Metals Threatens Renewable Energy

Peak Minerals: Shortage of Rare Earth Metals Threatens Renewable Energy

http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Renewable-Energy/Peak-Minerals-Shortage-of-Rare-Earth-Metals-Threatens-Renewable-Energy.html

Not only are supplies of oil and natural gas under imminent threat of failing to meet demand for them, but so is a whole range of precious metals, along with indium, gallium and germanium and other vital elements such as phosphorus and helium, as is discussed throughout this Commentary. A report from the Science and Technology Committee, advised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, warns that if the U.K. does not secure supplies of strategic metals, its economic growth will be severely jeopardized. Of particular concern are indium, used in touch…Read more...

Mapping extreme weather across the U.S.

Posted: 31 Jul 2012 05:13 AM PDT
Today we’re updating our online map providing an overview of extreme weather events in the United States since 1990.  The map highlights memorable examples of extreme heat, heavy precipitation, drought, and wildfire, four types of events with clear trends connected to climate change.

Is Climate Change to Blame for the Current U.S. Drought?

Is Climate Change to Blame for the Current U.S. Drought?
by Kevin Bullis
A leading climate scientist describes the possible connection.
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US Drought: Stuck on Dry Land

 

US drought: Stuck on dry land
The heatwave that has pushed corn prices to highs threatens a new food crisis and exposes the limits of the top technology, says Gregory Meyer
http://link.ft.com/r/WDI4RR/30L7VI/3O62UJ/MSOXUZ/DWAF21/B7/h?a1=2012&a2=7&a3=31
 

Offshore Decommissioning in the North Sea Report


With over 600 offshore oil and gas installations in the North Sea, many of which are coming to the end of their life expectancies, there will be a huge uplift in offshore decommissioning projects in the region over the next few years.

DecomWorld have composed a free market sentiment report to help you to understand:

• Market Size: Hear from your peers on their views when it comes to estimating the size of the North Sea decommissioning market
• Growth Areas: Find out where the major areas for decommissioning in the North Sea are predicted to be
• Oil and Gas Operator Viewpoints: Review the major factors that operators consider when selecting a decommissioning contractor for work

To access this business critical content, you can get the full report at:
http://www.decomworld.com/nsd/content2.php
 


I hope this is valuable to you and your business - if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to get in touch with Dean Murphy.

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DecomWorld
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Monday, July 30, 2012

The fin whale, under more threat in the Mediterranean than thought

Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jul 30, 2012
Until now it was thought that fin whales in the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea made up part of the distribution of this species of whale in the Mediterranean. However, an international team of scientists led by a Spaniard has revealed that their population has been overestimated by including specimens from the Atlantic that visit at certain times the western Mediterranean, where the noi

Public strongly supports programs helping farmers adapt to climate change

East Lansing, MI (SPX) Jul 30, 2012
A survey conducted by Michigan State University reveals strong public support for government programs to assist farmers to adapt to climate change. According to NASA research, global temperatures have been rising for decades, and it's affecting all aspects of agriculture. Regardless of what those surveyed believe causes climate change, more than 65 percent of them support government assist

Coal's Future Remains Undimmed

Coal's Future Remains Undimmed

Robert Bryce, Los Angeles Times
Standing in the dispatch office of the North Antelope Rochelle Mine near Gillette, Wyo., Scott Durgin pointed at a flat-panel display. The regional vice president for Peabody Energy smiled. The most productive coal mine in the world was on target. Since midnight, about one train an hour had been loaded, each carrying about 16,000 tons of coal. . .

Canada's Oil, the World's Carbon

Canada's Oil, the World's Carbon

Editorial, New York Times
Last month, the State Department formally invited public comment on the issues it should consider in a new environmental assessment of the Keystone XL, a 1,200-mile pipeline that would connect the Alberta oil sands to an existing pipeline in Nebraska. . .

Carbon Tax Gets Unusual Support in Congress

Carbon Tax Gets Unusual Support in Congress

Steve Hargreaves, CNN
Calls for a carbon tax on fossil fuels like gasoline and coal are coming from a surprising quarter these days -- Republicans. In recent weeks, several prominent Republican thinkers have floated the idea of imposing higher taxes on gasoline, coal and natural gas. . .

Utah Drillers Have a Friend in a U.S. Land Agency

Utah Drillers Have a Friend in a U.S. Land Agency

Eric Lipton, NY Times
Bill Stringer leaned into the office of his top deputy here at the Bureau of Land Management one recent day to share his latest victory.  We got upheld! Mr. Stringer said, meaning his bosses in Salt Lake City had gone along with his staff's recommendation to allow oil drilling near Desolation Canyon, a national historic site known for its pristine wilderness and white-water rafting. Despite objections from environmentalists. .

Shell Forced to Reduce the Scale of their Arctic Exploration Plans

Shell Forced to Reduce the Scale of their Arctic Exploration Plans

Shell’s plans to drill up to five wells in the Arctic Waters off Northern Alaska have been hit by delays due to late thawing sea ice along the coast, and interruptions in the construction of its emergency oil spill containment barge.Peter Voser, the CEO, has stated that they plan to drill just two exploration wells in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Although, in order to take full advantage of the drilling rigs and exploration vessels that are already in the area, Shell will consider top-hole drilling a few wells. This is the process whereby…Read more...

Battling the Misinformation Surrounding the Effects of Oil Sands on the Climate

Battling the Misinformation Surrounding the Effects of Oil Sands on the Climate

Motivated Reasoning This week I was reading an article from the Associated Press called Some fracking critics use bad science. The gist of the article is that Gasland director Josh Fox used false information in his new film, The Sky is Pink. Among other things, he claimed that cancer rates were higher in Texas where fracking is taking place. Three different cancer researchers in the area contradicted him on this claim.But then the article went on to say something that I thought was very relevant to debates on just about any controversial energy…Read more...
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

11 Incredible Charts On Pennsylvania's Booming Shale Energy Industry by Rob Wile

11 Incredible Charts On Pennsylvania's Booming Shale Energy Industry

Keystone XL Still Under Review While Gulf Coast Segment Receives Federal Permits

Keystone XL Still Under Review While Gulf Coast Segment Receives Federal Permits

As the environmental review process for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline commences under the direction of the State Department, Trans Canada has announced it will proceed with another tar sands pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast, a 485-mile long segment that was once part of the original Keystone XL project.