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Saturday, September 15, 2012

The staggering decline of sea ice at the frontline of climate change

The staggering decline of sea ice at the frontline of climate change

The Guardian - ‎Sep 14, 2012‎
John Vidal in Arctic : Scientist John Fletcher from Cambridge University Measuring Arctic Sea Ice. The scientist John Fletcher from Cambridge University measures the thickness of an ice floe in the Arctic. Photograph: Alex Yallop/Greenpeace. We are a few ...

shrinks to smallest extent ever recorded

The Guardian - ‎Sep 14, 2012‎
Sea ice in the Arctic has shrunk to its smallest extent ever recorded, smashing the previous record minimum and prompting warnings of accelerated climate change. Satellite images show that the rapid summer melt has reduced the area of frozen sea to less ...

Deep-Sea Methane, Wind that Could Power World?

National Geographic - ‎Sep 13, 2012‎
The U.S. Energy Department announced plans to spend more than $5 million researching the potential to produce natural gas from deep-sea methane hydrates—ice-like formations that contain natural gas and are stable at depths of more than 300 feet.

Harsh winter headed for Europe, thanks to record Arctic sea ice melt

Greener Ideal -
Last month, we reported that Arctic sea ice had melted to record low levels. In August, the National Snow and Ice Data Center said that the extent of Arctic sea ice shrank to 1.58 million square miles. That broke the old record of 4.17 million sq. kilometres set in ...

Arctic Warming is Altering Weather Patterns, Study Shows

Climate Central -
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was originally published April 3. Given recent news that Arctic sea ice set a record low, it's a reminder that changes in the Arctic can affect the U.S. and Europe. By showing that Arctic climate change is no longer just a problem for ...

Loss of Arctic ice may trigger extreme weather

Bend Bulletin -
LOS ANGELES — Arctic sea ice is shrinking at a rate much faster than scientists ever predicted and its collapse, due to global warming, may well cause extreme weather this winter in North America and Eu. Last month, researchers annourope, according to ...

Broken sea ice to hit UK winter

ITV News -
Broken sea ice to hit UK winter. A university researcher has told the Guardian that the record loss of Arctic sea ice this summer may mean a cold winter for the UK. 6 minutes ago. UK in for 'wild' winter due to broken sea ice. Broken sea ice photographed from a ...

Nuclear energy can help abate global climate change

Quad City Times -
The Latest. No winners in this election cycle. Average Jane and Joe Republican and average Jane and Joe Democrat are both in the 99 percent. Both have a lot to lose if Gov. Mitt Romney and …

Arctic sea ice shrinks to record low

TruthDive -
London, Sept 15 (ANI): The sea ice in the Arctic region has shrunk to its smallest extent ever recorded, breaking the previous minimum record and prompting warnings of accelerated climate change, a new study has revealed. Satellite images show that the ...

Arctic Sea Ice Cover Shrinks to Record Low

Truthdig -
Warming temperatures have reduced the area of frozen sea on the planet to roughly 2.2 million square miles, less than half of what it was four decades ago, suggesting that irreversible and accelerated climate change will be upon us in the coming decades.

More news from the Arctic graveyard

Record-Searchlight (blog) -
"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death ...

Ice still delays Shell Arctic offshore drilling in Chukchi Sea

Anchorage Daily News -
A mass of ice 30 miles long and 12 miles wide continues to block the resumption of exploratory petroleum drilling 70 miles off the northwest coast of Alaska, Curtis Smith said by email. Shell's ship, the Noble Discoverer, began drilling a pilot hole on the sea ...

Ice still delays Shell Arctic offshore drilling

Ventura County Star - ‎1
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Persistent sea ice will keep a Royal Dutch Shell drill ship off a prospect in the Chukchi Sea until at least Monday, a spokesman for Shell Alaska said Friday. A mass of ice 30 miles long and 12 miles wide ...

Massive Ice Sheets Halt Arctic Ocean Drilling

unEARTHED, from Earthjustice (blog) -
What Happens Next to Shell's Ship that Ran Ashore? U.S. Coast Guard divers are now on the way to Dutch Harbor, Alaska to inspect the 571-foot drill rig Noble Discoverer, which is scheduled to drill thr... by Trip Van Noppen: Shell's Promise To Protect Arctic ...

Starting and stopping

Petroleum News - ‎Sep 14, 2012‎
Starting and stopping. Shell begins Chukchi drilling, then suspends operation because of ice floe. Alan Bailey. Petroleum News. In a good news, bad news few days for Shell in the Arctic offshore, the company started drilling in its Chukchi Sea Burger A ...
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FAS In-Depth: Up for Debate: Nuclear Energy in the United States

FAS In-Depth: Up for Debate: Nuclear Energy in the United States

Up for Debate: Nuclear Energy
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FAS In-Depth: September 13, 2012

Up for Debate: Nuclear Energy

The U.S. nuclear power industry currently generates about 20 percent of the nation's electricity. While nuclear plants generate more than half the electricity in six states, the nuclear power industry's challenges include high nuclear power plant construction costs, public concern about nuclear safety and waste disposal, and regulatory compliance costs.
Will the use of nuclear energy lead to energy independence? In a new edition of the FAS online debate series "Up for Debate," Dr. Mark Perry from the American Enterprise Institute and Ms. Ellen Vancko from the Union of Concerned Scientists debate the future use of nuclear energy in the United States.
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How Coal Brought Us Democracy, and Oil Ended It: Lessons from the New Book “Carbon Democracy”

How Coal Brought Us Democracy, and Oil Ended It: Lessons from the New Book “Carbon Democracy”

Posted: 13 Sep 2012 03:41 AM PDT
Matt Stoller is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. You can follow him at http://www.twitter.com/matthewstollerhttp://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2012/09/how-coal-brought-us-democracy-and-oil-ended-it-lessons-from-the-new-book-carbon-democracy.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NakedCapitalism+%28naked+capitalism%29

Ice halts Shell arctic oil drilling



Ice halts Shell arctic oil drilling

Ice halts Shell arctic oil drilling
Ice has impeded Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling plans, forcing the company to end drilling operations in the Chukchi Sea one day after starting.
Full Articlehttp://www.pennenergy.com/index/petroleum/display/2315620031/articles/pennenergy/petroleum/offshore/2012/september/ice-halts_shell_arctic.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroSeptember122012&cmpid=EnlWeeklyPetroSeptember142012

Driller: Fracking Rule to Cost $1.5 Billion a Year

Driller: Fracking Rule to Cost $1.5 Billion a Year

The Obama administration’s plan to impose tighter regulations on hydraulic fracturing will be an economic burden on natural gas producers, according to an official with EOG Resources Inc. “The proposed rule is unnecessary, excessive and requires actions that no state currently regulating oil and natural gas prodhttp://shalestuff.com/controversy-2/driller-fracking-rule-cost-1-5-billion-year/article03201?goback=.gde_3004905_member_163161925

Oil and Water Create an Uncertain Future in the Southern Wild

Posted: 14 Sep 2012 11:39 PM PDT
Cajun fishing and hunting guide Ryan Lambert has weathered his share of storms over the years. He rebuilt his house and lodge deep in the Louisiana bayou seven years ago after Katrina rampaged across the area like a wild boar through roseau cane. Two years later, he struggled to rebuild his fishing business decimated by the BP oil spill—a business that today still reels from a lack of trophy-sized speckled trout famous to fishermen all over the country.http://theenergycollective.com/rockykistner/111496/oil-and-water-create-uncertain-future-southern-wild?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Central Asia Really Could Go To War Over Lack Of Water

Central Asia Really Could Go To War Over Lack Of Water

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Earlier this week, President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan indicated that efforts by Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to build hydroelectric power stations on rivers that flowed into Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan could “spark war.”
Water wars are a hot topic right now, with conflicts or potential conflicts brewing literally all over the world. US policy makers seem most concerned with conflicts in Yemen and Pakistan, in times at the expense of seeing water wars in the broader context of their respective regions. A report drawn up for the Committee of Foreign Relations warns about the danger of narrow focus, saying:
While the focus of the United States is appropriately directed toward Afghanistan and Pakistan, it is important to recognize that our water-related activities in the region are almost exclusively confined within the borders of these two countries. We pay too little attention to the waters shared by their Indian and Central Asian neighbors—Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan. For example, in 2009 the United States provided approximately $46.8 million in assistance for water-related activities to Afghanistan and Pakistan compared with $3.7 million shared among all five Central Asian countries for these efforts.
‘Water wars’ refers to the idea that some countries, which hold enough water to be able to export it, control headwaters of a river, or hold reservoirs/large sources of water, have an extremely strong source of leverage over water-scarce countries. At times, this causes water to be thought of in simplistic terms as a commodity, rather than a basic building block of life, access to which is detailed in several international human rights conventions, but not explicitly recognized as a self-standing human right in international treaties. When countries deny other states water or imply they might use water as leverage for political gain, this is water conflict, and it’s brewing in Central Asia.http://www.businessinsider.com/central-asia-really-could-go-to-war-over-lack-of-water-2012-9?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Friday, September 14, 2012

At least 200,000 tons of oil and gas from Deepwater Horizon spill consumed by gulf bacteria

At least 200,000 tons of oil and gas from Deepwater Horizon spill consumed by gulf bacteria

Rochester NY (SPX) Sep 14, 2012
Researchers from the University of Rochester and Texas A and M University have found that, over a period of five months following the disastrous 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, naturally-occurring bacteria that exist in the Gulf of Mexico consumed and removed at least 200,000 tons of oil and natural gas that spewed into the deep Gulf from the ruptured well head. http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/At_least_200000_tons_of_oil_and_gas_from_Deepwater_Horizon_spill_consumed_by_gulf_bacteria_999.html

Former world leaders call on UN Security Council to recognize water as a top concern

Former world leaders call on UN Security Council to recognize water as a top concern

New York NY (SPX) Sep 13, 2012
The world confronts a water crisis with critical implications for peace, political stability and economic development, experts warn in a new report being launched Sept. 11 jointly by the InterAction Council (IAC), a group of 40 prominent former government leaders and heads of state, together with the United Nations University's Institute for Water, Environment and Health, and Canada's Walter andhttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Former_world_leaders_call_on_UN_Security_Council_to_recognize_water_as_a_top_concern_999.html

Drought sends US producer prices surging

Drought sends US producer prices surging

Washington (AFP) Sept 13, 2012
US producer prices jumped 1.7 percent in August, the largest monthly rise in three years, sparked by skyrocketing crop prices due to drought and higher energy costs, fresh data released Thursday showed. Prices for the crude raw materials used in production jumped 5.8 percent, with much of that coming from a sharp rise in the price of raw food inputs as the worst US drought in decades hashttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Drought_sends_US_producer_prices_surging_999.html
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National Academy of Sciences Report Released:

National Academy of Sciences Report Released:

Recently, the National Academies Press (NAP) released a report produced by the National Academy of Sciences Division on Earth and Life Studies titled, Himalayan Glaciers: Climate Change, Water Resources, and Water Security (2012). The 218 page report is available free for download (with registration here).  According to the press release,

[s]cientific evidence shows that most glaciers in South Asia's Hindu Kush Himalayan region are retreating, but the consequences for the region's water supply are unclear, this report [also] . . . explains that changes in the availability of water resources could play an increasing role in political tensions, especially if existing water management institutions do not better account for the social, economic, and ecological complexities of the region. To effectively respond to the effects of climate change, water management systems will need to take into account the social, economic, and ecological complexities of the region. This means it will be important to expand research and monitoring programs to gather more detailed, consistent, and accurate data on demographics, water supply, demand, and scarcity.

An accompanying slideshow is available here.

Congressional Research Service Report Released: Global Access to Clean Drinking Water and Sanitation: U.S. and International Programs

Congressional Research Service Report Released: Global Access to Clean Drinking Water and Sanitation: U.S. and International Programs

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the public policy research arm of Congress, just issued the report Global Access to Clean Drinking Water and Sanitation: U.S. and International Programs (Sept. 10, 2012). The 40 page report authored by Tiaji Salaam- Blyther discusses the
bilateral WASH schemes authorized by the Water for the Poor Act. These programs are monitored and reported by the Department of State and implemented primarily by USAID and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). In FY2009, USAID and MCC accounted for roughly 90% of all U.S. spending on the issue. [ ] Broader water-related efforts supported by other U.S. agencies and departments[ ]are not addressed, nor are water and sanitation efforts implemented by a variety of international actors—including multilateral groups like the World Bank, private businesses like Procter and Gamble, and foundations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This report identifies some issues that donors and U.S. agencies face while carrying out global drinking water and sanitation projects.

Congressional Research Service Report Released: Deregulating Genetically Engineered Alfalfa and Sugar Beets: Legal and Administrative Responses

Congressional Research Service Report Released: Deregulating Genetically Engineered Alfalfa and Sugar Beets: Legal and Administrative Responses

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the public policy research arm of Congress, just issued the report Deregulating Genetically Engineered Alfalfa and Sugar Beets: Legal and Administrative Responses (Sept. 10, 2012). The brief 18 page report authored by Tadlock Cowen and Kristina Alexander discusses the current status of the situation involving the deregulation genetically engineered crops and the Monsanto Corporation,
the developer of herbicide-tolerant varieties of genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa and sugar beet (called Roundup Ready alfalfa and Roundup Ready sugar beet), petitioned USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for deregulation of the items. Deregulation of GE plants is the final step in the commercialization process. Monsanto filed a petition for deregulation of its GE alfalfa in 2004, and for GE sugar beets in 2005.

Ice halts Shell arctic oil drilling

Ice halts Shell arctic oil drilling
Ice has impeded Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling plans, forcing the company to end drilling operations in the Chukchi Sea one day after starting.
Full Articlehttp://www.pennenergy.com/index/petroleum/display/2315620031/articles/pennenergy/petroleum/offshore/2012/september/ice-halts_shell_arctic.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroSeptember122012&cmpid=EnlWeeklyPetroSeptember142012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Offshore News 9/13

Norway seismic focus switches to Barents Sea
The Nordic Explorer has completed acquisition of 2D seismic data off the Jan Mayen region between Norway and Iceland.
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Frontier seismic surveys under way offshore Russian arctic
Rosneft has initiated seismic acquisition surveys in two separate areas offshore northern Russia.
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Report indicates oil potential in Falkland prospects
Desire Petroleum has issued results of a reserves report on its Elaine and Isobel prospects in the offshore North Falkland basin.
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Editor's Note 9/13

Dear Readers
Because of conference calls and related business appointments, I will resume posting
this evening.
Best regards.
Michele Kearney

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Himalayan glaciers retreating at accelerated rate in some regions but not others

Himalayan glaciers retreating at accelerated rate in some regions but not others
Glaciers in the eastern and central regions of the Himalayas appear to be retreating at accelerating rates, similar to those in other areas of the world, while glaciers in the western Himalayas are more stable and could be growing, says a new report from the National Research Council. http://phys.org/news/2012-09-himalayan-glaciers-retreating-regions.html#nwlt

Climate change, algal blooms and 'dead zones' in the Great Lakes

Climate change, algal blooms and 'dead zones' in the Great Lakes
(Phys.org)—Climate change is expected to increase the frequency of intense spring rain storms in the Great Lakes region throughout this century and will likely add to the number of harmful algal blooms and "dead zones" in Lake Erie, unless additional conservation actions are taken, according to a University of Michigan aquatic ecologist. http://phys.org/news/2012-09-climate-algal-blooms-dead-zones.html#nwlt

Experimenting with the effects of climate change on mountain pastures

Experimenting with the effects of climate change on mountain pastures
What will a warmer, drier climate do to the legendary quality of Swiss cheese? To address this and other questions, researchers from EPFL and Agroscope Changins-W├Ądenswil had small flocks of sheep graze below plastic greenhouse tunnels in western Switzerland, near Yverdon. The main focus of the experiment was to study the effects of droughts on mountain pastures and their forage production. On Wednesday, September 12th, the organizers are holding an open day to present the campaign to members of agricultural institutions, researchers and the public. http://phys.org/news/2012-09-effects-climate-mountain-pastures.html#nwlt

Study: Food crisis imminent within next decade if no change to climate policy

Study: Food crisis imminent within next decade if no change to climate policy
Research released today shows that within the next 10 years large parts of Asia can expect increased risk of more severe droughts, which will impact regional and possibly even global food security. http://phys.org/news/2012-09-food-crisis-imminent-decade-climate.html#nwlt

New Study will Enable More Accurate Climate Forecasts to be Made

New Study will Enable More Accurate Climate Forecasts to be Made

Global climate models may be overstating the warming properties of black carbon particles, according to recent field tests.“Our results don’t change the fact that things are going to warm—just to what degree, literally,” says Christopher Cappa, a civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of California, Davis, and a lead co-author of the study published in the journal Science. “Our findings should result in more accurate predictions.”A component of soot, black carbon is created through combustion—when…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/New-Study-will-Enable-More-Accurate-Climate-Forecasts-to-be-Made.html

China to Invest Heavily in Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technology

China to Invest Heavily in Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technology

While China is taking on renewable sources to slash emissions, coal remains a big part of the country’s energy mix accounting for about two thirds, according to International Energy Agency projections.How to make both ends of using coal and reducing carbon footprint meet?Carbon capture store system technology could be the way to do so.As China reinforces its emissions reduction efforts and yet keeps on consuming coal, it is eyeing C.C.S. technology to meet its mitigation goals.In Beijing and Shanghai, China Huaneng Group Corporation, one…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/China-to-Invest-Heavily-in-Carbon-Capture-and-Sequestration-Technology.html

The Environmental Defense Fund Comes Out In Support Of Fracking

The Environmental Defense Fund Comes Out In Support Of Fracking

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The Environmental Defense Fund's chief counsel has written a blog post detailing the non-profit's support for hydraulic fracturing of natural gas.
The EDF is well known for pouring money into global warming, clean air and oil spill cleanup fights.
In the case of fracking, Brownstein says, it mainly comes down to eliminating coal.
"We fear that those who oppose all natural gas production everywhere are, in effect, making it harder for the U.S. economy to wean itself from dirty coal," he said.
The fund's Mark Brownstein lays out three reasons to back natgas:
  • Fracking is already a common, widespread practice
  • On balance, they'd rather see natural gas-powered electricity plans than coal-powered ones. "We are glad to see these coal plants go," he says. Plus, natural gas is the feedstock for chemicals, pharmaceuticals and fertilizer, and for direct heating and cooling
  • Any potential hazards can be regulated. "Effective oversight and enforcement with the necessary financial and human resources [can] make [regulations] real.  
He closes thusly:
Natural gas production can never be made entirely safe; like any intensive industrial activity, it involves risks. But having studied the issue closely, we are convinced that if tough rules, oversight and penalties for noncompliance are put in place, these risks become manageable.http://www.businessinsider.com/environmental-defense-fund-supports-fracking-2012-9?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+clusterstock+%28ClusterStock%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Energy's Dangerous Water Addiction

Energy's Dangerous Water Addiction
SustainableBusiness.com
The record-breaking US drought this summer and energy-related water shortages across India and China are highlighting another environmental side effect of oil and gas exploration, coal-fired power plants and nuclear plant development – they all use way ...http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/24067

Himalayan glaciers retreating at accelerated rate in some regions: Consequences for water supply remain unclear

Himalayan glaciers retreating at accelerated rate in some regions: Consequences for water supply remain unclear

Fracking update


What's the fracking problem with natural gas?
rabble.ca
At least 38 earthquakes in Northeastern BC over the past few years were caused by hydraulic fracturing (commonly called fracking), according to a report by ...
David Suzuki: Earthquakes and toxic wastewater are only part of ...
Straight.com
But earthquakes aren't the worst problem with fracking. Hydraulic fracturing requires massive amounts of water. Disposing of the toxic wastewater, ...
Oil fracking needs state's oversight
San Francisco Examiner
And there is evidence that fracking may also be linked to a large increase in the number of small earthquakes in the United States, Canada and England — a ...

Arctic Death Spiral: The Video

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 05:11 AM PDT
Last week, I reported that leading scientific experts were warning we could see a “near ice-free Arctic in summer” in a decade — if volume trends continue.Here’s a short video showing those ominous trends from 1979 through early September 2012:http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/112171/arctic-death-spiral-video?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

You'll Love Me When I'm Gone: Photographs of Our Melting Glaciers

You'll Love Me When I'm Gone: Photographs of Our Melting Glaciershttp://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/09/youll-love-me-when-im-gone-photographs-of-our-melting-glaciers/262205/#

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Documented Benefits of Avoiding GMO Foods


Documented Benefits of Avoiding GMO Foods
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/documented-benefits-of-avoiding-gmo-foods/

Yes, they're Killing you!


Are genetically modified (GM) foods making you sick – I mean really sick? Up
until recently, all that we could say was thank goodness you’re not a lab rat;
GM feed messes them up big time. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) appear to
trigger the immune systems of both mice and rats as [...]

Why will Bakken flaring not fade away?

Why will Bakken flaring not fade away?http://www.ogfj.com/articles/2012/09/why-will-bakken-flaring-not-fade-away.html?cmpid=EnlOGFJSeptember112012.html

Game On for Shell in the Arctic

Game On for Shell in the Arctic

Robert Bradley, MasterResource
Profit-seeking, consumer-directed business is proper, necessary, and heroic. Free-market-based energy enterprises (oil, gas, and coal) are quite unlike government-dependent (crony) businesses (ethanol, windpower, and on-grid solar). Ken Lay's Enron is (was) a leading example of the latter; Koch Industries' Charles Koch, writing in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, epitomizes the former. . .http://www.masterresource.org/2012/09/shell-arctic-milestone/

Weapons for the Weak in the Climate Struggle

Weapons for the Weak in the Climate Struggle

Walden Bello, HuffPost
This past July was the hottest ever recorded in the United States. In India, the monsoon rains are long delayed, resulting in the country's second drought in four years. Triple-digit temperatures in New Delhi and other cities have already provoked the worst power outages in the country's history and the expected bad harvest is likely to slice at least 5 percent from agricultural GDP growth. . .http://www.huffingtonpost.com/walden-bello/weapons-for-the-weak-in-t_b_1847452.html?utm_hp_ref=green&ir=Green

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Solving the Earth's Climate Problems - An Interview with Bill Mckibben

Solving the Earth's Climate Problems - An Interview with Bill Mckibben

Record droughts, a melting Arctic and changing worldwide weather patterns - are these the early signs of an environment on the verge of collapse? To look at these issues and more we had a chance to speak with the well known environmentalist Bill McKibben.Bill is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. He is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Interviews/Solving-the-Earths-Climate-Problems-An-Interview-with-Bill-Mckibben.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+oilpricecom+%28Oil+Price.com+Daily+News+Update%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

OPEC has Probably Deceived Us About the Size of its Oil Reserves

OPEC has Probably Deceived Us About the Size of its Oil Reserves

Has OPEC misled us about the size of its oil reserves? The short answer is probably. The long answer is that currently, there is no way to know for sure.The next question we should ask is: Does it matter? The answer is most definitely yes. OPEC, short for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, currently claims that its 12 members hold 81.3% of the world's oil reserves. And, with few exceptions the world believes them. Trouble is these reserves "are not verified by independent auditors," according to a study (PDF) done by the U.S. Government…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/OPEC-has-Probably-Deceived-us-About-the-Size-of-its-Oil-Reserves.html

BP Sell Gulf of Mexico Oil Fields for $5.55 Billion

BP Sell Gulf of Mexico Oil Fields for $5.55 Billion

Following the Macondo Well oil spill in 2010 BP set itself the target of raising $38 billion in cash through divestitures before the end of 2013, they have just announced the sale of some of their Gulf of Mexico oil fields to Plains Exploration & Production Co. for $5.55 billion.    The purchase includes the Marlin, Dorado, King, and Horn Mountain fields, as well as part stakes in various other fields owned by Exxon Mobil and Shell. Plains purchased BP’s 50% stake in the Holstein field, and in a separate deal the other…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/BP-Sell-Gulf-of-Mexico-Oil-Fields-for-5.55-Billion.html

When Heat Kills: Global Warming As Public Health Threat by Richard Harris

When Heat Kills: Global Warming As Public Health Threat

Congressional Research Service Report Released: Clean Air Issues in the 112th Congress

Congressional Research Service Report Released: Clean Air Issues in the 112th Congress

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the public policy research arm of Congress, just issued the report Clean Air Issues in the 112th Congress (Sept. 4, 2012). The brief 30 page report authored by James E. McCarthy was written to discuss such topics as EPA's Greenhouse Gas Regulations, Legislation on Climate Change, Emissions from Power Plants, and Air Quality Standards.



Congressional Research Service Report Released: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Appropriations for FY2013

Congressional Research Service Report Released: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Appropriations for FY2013

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the public policy research arm of Congress, just issued the report Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):Appropriations for FY2013 (Sept. 4, 2012). The brief 59 page report authored by Robert Esworthy et al. (consisting largely of Figures) discusses
[a]s reported July 10, 2012, by the House Committee on Appropriations, Title II of H.R. 6091, the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Act, 2013, included a total of $7.06 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for FY2013, $1.28 billion (15.5%) below the President’s FY2013 request of $8.34 billion, and $1.39 billion (16.5%) below the FY2012 enacted appropriation of $8.45 billion. Although the House committee-reported bill proposed an overall decrease for EPA, it included both decreases and increases in funding for many individual programs and activities in the eight appropriations accounts that fund the agency compared with the FY2013 requested and FY2012 enacted levels.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Enough wind to power global energy demand: New research examines limits, climate consequences

Enough wind to power global energy demand: New research examines limits, climate consequences

There is enough energy available in winds to meet all of the world's demand. Atmospheric turbines that convert steadier and faster high-altitude winds into energy could generate even more power than ground- and ocean-based units. New research examines the limits of the amount of power that could be harvested from winds, as well as the effects high-altitude wind power could have on the climate as a whole.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120909150446.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_technology+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Technology%29&utm_content=Google+Reader