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Saturday, August 25, 2012

New climate history adds to understanding of recent Antarctic Peninsula warming

New climate history adds to understanding of recent Antarctic Peninsula warming

London, UK (SPX) Aug 27, 2012
Results published this week by a team of polar scientists from Britain, Australia and France adds a new dimension to our understanding of Antarctic Peninsula climate change and the likely causes of the break-up of its ice shelves. The first comprehensive reconstruction of a 15,000 year climate history from an ice core collected from James Ross Island in the Antarctic Peninsula region is reportedhttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/New_climate_history_adds_to_understanding_of_recent_Antarctic_Peninsula_warming_999.html
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Past tropical climate change linked to ocean circulation

Past tropical climate change linked to ocean circulation

College Station TX (SPX) Aug 27, 2012
A new record of past temperature change in the tropical Atlantic Ocean's subsurface provides clues as to why the Earth's climate is so sensitive to ocean circulation patterns, according to climate scientists at Texas A and M University. Geological oceanographer Matthew Schmidt and two of his graduate students teamed up with Ping Chang, a physical oceanographer and climate modeler, to helphttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Past_tropical_climate_change_linked_to_ocean_circulation_999.html
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Ohio Government Confirms Earthquakes Caused by Fracking - AllGov

Ohio Government Confirms Earthquakes Caused by Fracking - AllGov
In addition to drinking water contamination, earthquakes can now be added to the harmful consequences of the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, ...
www.allgov.com/.../ohio-government-confirms-earthquakes-c...

In the News: Keystone XL Pipeline and Eminent Domain in Texas

In the News: Keystone XL Pipeline and Eminent Domain in Texas

The Keystone XL Pipeline situation took an interesting twist yesterday, with Judge Bill Harris of Lamar County Court at Law and his decision to uphold TransCanada’s condemnation of a 50-foot strip of land across a Texas plaintiff's land.  As reported by the New York Times, Plaintiff Julia Trigg Crawford plans to appeal Judge Harris' ruling which was apparently emailed to parties from his iPhone (text of the alleged 15-word ruling reported here). For those unfamiliar with the Keystone XL Pipeline Project, TransCanada has applied to the U.S. Department of State to obtain a permit to build a 1,179 mile pipeline from Alberta to Nebraska with possible extensions in Texas and Oklahoma allowing for easy access to the Gulf Coast.  TransCanada's initial application was denied, however, a second application is now being reviewed by the Department of State (DOS). The DOS is expected to make a decision on this pipeline in the early part of 2013. For more information about this issue see the related resources listed below:

Map by TransCanada of the existing and proposed Keystone XL pipelines, available at http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/tag/keystone-xl-pipeline/.

Related Resources:

Saul Elbein, Judge Upholds Eminent Domian for Pipeline in Texas, NY Times (Aug. 23, 2012).
 
Leslie Kaufman & Don Forsch, Eminent Domain Fight Has a Canadian Twist, NY Times (Oct. 11, 2011).
 
New Keystone XL Pipeline Application, U.S. Dep't of State (last visited Aug. 24, 2012) (project documents / press releases - includes DOS' January 18, 2012 Report to Congress).
 
Keystone XL Pipeline Project, TransCanada (last visited Aug. 24, 2012).
 

Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist


Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist

http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/confessions_of_an_eco_terrorist_full

Friday, August 24, 2012

Guest Post: Food Prices & The Solar Cycle

Guest Post: Food Prices & The Solar Cycle

Submitted by John Aziz of Azizonomics
Food Prices & The Solar Cycle
From that sun which is truly ‘of this great world both eye and soul’ we derive our strength and our weakness, our success and our failure, our elation in commercial mania, and our despondency and ruin in commercial collapse.

Russia to 'considerably' cut grain exports amid drought

Russia to 'considerably' cut grain exports amid drought

Moscow (AFP) Aug 23, 2012
Russia on Thursday admitted that a poor harvest will force the world's third-largest wheat exporter to "considerably" cut its foreign deliveries despite worrying spikes in global food prices. But Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov stressed that he firmly opposed a grain export ban like the one imposed two years ago and insisted that some shipments to key clients such as Egypt would stillhttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Russia_to_considerably_cut_grain_exports_amid_drought_999.html
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Sea life 'facing major shock'

Sea life 'facing major shock'

Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Aug 24, 2012
Life in the world's oceans faces far greater change and risk of large-scale extinctions than at any previous time in human history, a team of the world's leading marine scientists has warned. The researchers from Australia, the US, Canada, Germany, Panama, Norway and the UK have compared events which drove massive extinctions of sea life in the past with what is observed to be taking place in thhttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Sea_life_facing_major_shock_999.html
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Marine species at risk unless drastic protection policies put in place

Marine species at risk unless drastic protection policies put in place

Livermore CA (SPX) Aug 24, 2012
Many marine species will be harmed or won't survive if the levels of carbon dioxide continue to increase. Current protection policies and management practices are unlikely to be enough to save them. Unconventional, non-passive methods to conserve marine ecosystems need to be considered if various marine species are to survive. This is the conclusion of a group of scientists led by Universihttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Marine_species_at_risk_unless_drastic_protection_policies_put_in_place_999.html
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