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Friday, August 17, 2012

Predictions are in for Arctic sea ice low point

Predictions are in for Arctic sea ice low point

Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 16, 2012
It's become a sport of sorts, predicting the low point of Arctic sea ice each year. Expert scientists with decades of experience do it but so do enthusiasts, whose guesses are gamely included in a monthly predictions roundup collected by Sea Ice Outlook, an effort supported by the U.S. government. When averaged, the predictions have come in remarkably close to the mark in the past two yearshttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Predictions_are_in_for_Arctic_sea_ice_low_point_999.html

Ethanol in Gas Tanks Makes Food on Your Table Cost More

Ethanol in Gas Tanks Makes Food on Your Table Cost More

Bloomberg
Record-high corn prices should be sending a clear message to policy makers in Washington: Requiring people to put corn-based fuel in their gas tanks is a bad idea. Since 2005, the U.S. government has mandated that gasoline contain ethanol, almost all of it derived from corn. . .http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-16/ethanol-in-gas-tanks-makes-food-on-your-table-cost-more.html

Will Nothing Slay the Ethanol Dragon?

Will Nothing Slay the Ethanol Dragon?
Reasonhttp://reason.com/blog/2012/08/15/will-nothing-slay-the-ethanol-dragon

Unlocking more of Canada's Oilsands While Emitting Less Polution and Using Less Water

Unlocking more of Canada's Oilsands While Emitting Less Pollution and Using Less Water

1. Wall Street Journal - oil companies here are experimenting with technologies that could unlock even more reserves from what is some of the world's heaviest and stickiest petroleum. The new technologies could also drive down the cost of producing oil in Canada.

One consortium aims to get oil flowing to the surface by sending radio waves from huge antennae pushed through wells deep underground—adopting technology first developed for the U.S. government to eavesdrop on underground bunkers.

Another company is working on inserting electrical heating coils into wells to melt the oil, while other firms are tinkering with petroleum-based solvents they hope to pump into wells to get more oil out. http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/08/unlocking-more-of-canadas-oilsands.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2Fadvancednano+%28nextbigfuture%29
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Drought and the Biofuels Disaster

The Drought and the Biofuels Disaster

Robert Bryce, CounterPunch
Never mind the drought, shrinking corn crops, rising food prices, or the possibility of global grain shortages, let’s talk about the evils of foreign oil. . .http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/08/15/the-drought-and-the-biofuels-disaster/

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

North American freshwater fishes race to extinction

North American freshwater fishes race to extinctionhttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/North_American_freshwater_fishes_race_to_extinction_999.html

The Mississippi River Is Drying Up As Food Prices Continue To Surge (MOO, DBA, UNG, USO, JJG)

The Mississippi River Is Drying Up As Food Prices Continue To Surge (MOO, DBA, UNG, USO, JJG)http://etfdailynews.com/2012/08/15/the-mississippi-river-is-drying-up-as-food-prices-continue-to-surge-moo-dba-ung-uso-jjg/

The Population Boom: 10 Billion by the End of the Century

The Population Boom: 10 Billion by the End of the Century

There has been a highly successful run at the Royal Court Theatre, in London, not of a play in the usual form, but of a lecture by Professor Stephen Emmott, who leads Microsoft's Computational Science Laboratory in Cambridge and is Professor of Computational Science at Oxford University. The title, "10 Billion" refers to the human population which it is thought may rise to this number by the end of the present century, with back-breaking pressure on the available resources of the Earth: principally those of food, freshwater, and energy. I attended…Read more...

Greenpeace Warns that China's Coal Expansion will Lead to a Water Crisis

Greenpeace Warns that China's Coal Expansion will Lead to a Water Crisis

As part of plans to overhaul its electricity generation network, China will build 16 large coal fired power plants in its arid northern and western provinces, including Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Shaanxi and Ningxia. The new power plants will have a capacity of more than 600 GW and be supplied by local coal mines which will have their production output vastly increased. They will supply 2.2 billion tonnes of coal to the power stations by 2015, 56% of the 3.9 billion tonne forecast to be produced by the whole country.Greenpeace is very concerned.Coal…Read more...

'Ocean Health Index': Global ocean health gets passing grade

'Ocean Health Index': Global ocean health gets passing grade
Using a new comprehensive index designed to assess the benefits to people of healthy oceans, scientists have evaluated the ecological, social, economic, and political conditions for every coastal country in the world. Their findings, published today in the journal Nature, show that the global ocean scores 60 out of 100 overall on the Ocean Health Index. Individual country scores range widely, from 36 to 86. The highest-scoring locations included densely populated, highly developed nations such as Germany, as well as uninhabited islands, such as Jarvis Island in the Pacific.

Shale gas helping reduce carbon & overall emissions – but by how much?

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 06:00 AM PDT
The results are adding up. It’s hard to ignore how the surging deployment of natural gas for industrial uses and power generation is reducing the growth in U.S. carbon and other harmful emissions and possibly lowering overall emissions.Two recent studies draw from different data sets so one should be careful not to jump to an overly optimistic conclusion. That said, the trends are encouraging for anyone aspiring to breathe cleaner air and displace burning coal.http://theenergycollective.com/jimpierobon/103281/shale-gas-helping-reduce-carbon-overall-emissions-how-much?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

In a Kansas Corn Field, Drought Points to the Need for Climate Solutions

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 06:00 AM PDT
Last month, I spent a week traveling with my NRDC colleague Bob Deans through the drought-decimated corn and wheat fields of Colorado and Kansas, talking to farmers knocked flat by one of the hottest summers ever.http://theenergycollective.com/rockykistner/103256/kansas-corn-field-drought-points-need-climate-solutions?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Congressional Research Service: Mountaintop Mining: Background on Current Controversies Report Released

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the public policy research arm of Congress,in August released a report titled, Mountaintop Mining: Background on Current Controversies (August 1, 2012). The brief 20 page report authored by Claudia Copeland was written to provide
background on regulatory requirements, controversies and legal challenges to mountaintop mining, and recent Administration actions. Congressional interest in these issues also is discussed, including legislation in the 111th Congress seeking to restrict the practice of mountaintop mining and other legislation intended to block the Obama Administration’s regulatory actions.

Secrecy creep

Secrecy creep

Executive branch agencies have learned well from the Obama administration's fixation on punishing whistleblowers

Scientist Accuses Obama's Interior Department of Misconduct

Scientist Accuses Obama's Interior Department of Misconduct

A whistleblower fired earlier this year says the agency violated its own policy meant to ensure the use of sound science. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/08/interior-department-whistleblower-science

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Op-Ed Contributor Shale Gas to the Climate Rescue By ALAN RILEY

Op-Ed Contributor

Shale Gas to the Climate Rescue

Sahara Desert Creates the Rainforest by Maggie Koerth-Baker, BoingBoing

Sahara Desert Creates the Rainforest

Pacific NW's Long History of Huge Earthquakes

Pacific NW's Long History of Huge Earthquakes

Andrea Mustain, OAP
How can you predict the future if you do not know the past? It's more than an idle existential question for earthquake researchers.Many of these scientists are trying to peer ever deeper into the past, hunting for the fingerprints earthquakes have left behind in hopes of interpreting them to have a better idea of when the next giant paroxysm will come.http://www.ouramazingplanet.com/3323-earthquake-records-pacific-northwest-cascadia.html

Will the Drought Also Cause the Renewable Fuels Standard to Shrivel?

Will the Drought Also Cause the Renewable Fuels Standard to Shrivel?http://theenergycollective.com/jamescoan/102896/will-drought-also-cause-renewable-fuels-standard-shrivel?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Flavors of Uncertainty: The Difference between Denial and Debate

Flavors of Uncertainty: The Difference between Denial and Debatehttp://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info%3Adoi%2F10.1289%2Fehp.120-a314

US biofuel production should be suspended, UN says

US biofuel production should be suspended, UN says

Corn plants on a farm in Iowa A heatwave in the US has hit corn production

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The United Nations (UN) food agency has called on the United States to suspend its production of biofuel ethanol.
Under US law, 40% of the corn harvest must be used to make biofuel, a quota which the UN says could contribute to a food crisis around the world.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19206199
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Monday, August 13, 2012

Why are we Still Doing so Little About Climate Change?

Why are we Still Doing so Little About Climate Change?

Freelance journalist Beth Gardiner had an editorial called We're All Climate Change Idiots in the New York TimesSunday Review on July 21, 2012. There are valuable insights in it, though they are not the ones Beth had in mind when she wrote it.Climate change is staring us in the face. The science is clear, and the need to reduce planet-warming emissions has grown urgent. So why, collectively, are we doing so little about it?Yes, that's the Big Question.Yes, there are political and economic barriers, as well as some strong ideological opposition,…Read more...http://oilprice.com/The-Environment/Global-Warming/Why-are-we-Still-Doing-so-Little-About-Climate-Change.html

Take Care, Water is not a Limitless Resource

Take Care, Water is not a Limitless Resource

Cheap light crude oil production has already peaked and the resource will be all but gone within a decade. It is a matter of ebullient debate exactly to what extent that gap might be filled by unconventional sources of hydrocarbons, e.g. from tar-sands, ultra-heavy oil, oil shale, shale oil (they are not the same thing) and fracking in general. This spectral shadow looms, of the intermediary era that straddles then from now - dearth from plenty - a highly uncertain transitional period within which, either by design or default, we must gear-down…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Take-Care-Water-is-not-a-Limitless-Resource.html

Why 'Fracking' May Not Be Worth It

Why 'Fracking' May Not Be Worth It

By

http://www.forexpros.com/analysis/why-%27fracking%27-may-not-be-worth-it-132743

Fracking, Farmers and Scarce Water Supplies by Jim Malewitz, Stateline.org


“We’ve had dry years, and we’ve had hot years,” says Tom Giessel, who grows wheat, corn and sorghum in Pawnee County, Kansas. “Now we’re experiencing both." As drought continues to grip Kansas and much of the country, water is only getting harder to find in Pawnee, one of 102 Kansas counties under a federal disaster declaration. . .

Why Paul Ryan Irks Environmentalists

Why Paul Ryan Irks Environmentalists

Joanna Zelman, Huffington Post
"Unilateral economic restraint in the name of fighting global warming has been a tough sell in our communities, where much of the state is buried under snow..." Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate, argued in a 2009 op-ed. . .

What Greens Hate About Paul Ryan, the GOP Loves

A. Restuccia, Politico
The environmental community fumed this weekend when Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan as his running mate, condemning the House Budget Committee chairman’s crusade to slash clean energy funding while painting him as a bedfellow of Big Oil. . .

Paul Ryan Stands Up to Greens But Sits w/ Big Oil

K. Silverstein, Forbes
Now that Rep. Paul Ryan has been elevated to the national level, so too will his ideas. The eight-term Republican congressman from Wisconsin is receiving both praise and scorn for his plan to vastly reduce budget deficits. But what exactly is in that document and how might it affect fossil fuels and green energy? .

Drought stokes debate over biofuel

 
Drought stokes debate over biofuel
http://link.ft.com/r/YIQXNN/4CH5ZC/0GB0NQ/U15ZVX/97CJHM/B7/h?a1=2012&a2=8&a3=13

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Waste Issue Halts U.S. Nuclear Reactor Licensing Nation of Change

Waste Issue Halts U.S. Nuclear Reactor Licensing Nation of Change http://www.nationofchange.org/waste-issue-halts-us-nuclear-reactor-licensing-1344609979

The Search for Energy Takes a Turn Underwater New York Times

The Search for Energy Takes a Turn Underwater New York Times
 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/10/us/turbine-to-harness-the-tides-to-generate-power.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120810

New Groundwater Study Exposes Deep Folly of Fracking Common Dreams (Aquifer)

New Groundwater Study Exposes Deep Folly of Fracking Common Dreams (Aquifer)https://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/08/10-3

Fracking Earthqualkes: Injection practice linked to scores of tremors

Fracking Earthquakes: Injection practice linked to scores of tremors
Inland Empire News
Fracking Earthquakes: Injection practice linked to scores of tremors. Earthquakes triggered by fluids injected deep underground, such as during the controversial practice of fracking, may be more common than previously thought, a new study suggests.

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