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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hollywood Drills Into Drama With Fracking Film ‘Promised Land’

Hollywood Drills Into Drama With Fracking Film ‘Promised Land’

Hollywood isn’t going to miss its chance to get in on the natural gasA naturally occurring mixture of hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon gases beneath the earth’s surface – often in association with petroleum. boom. Despite actors’ and artists’ efforts to halt frackingRefers to a method used by producers to extract more natural gas from a well

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Energy wonder crop Arundo raises invasive fears Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/09/24/2367318/energy-wonder-crop-arundo-raises.html#storylink=cpy

Energy wonder crop Arundo raises invasive fearshttp://www.newsobserver.com/2012/09/24/2367318/energy-wonder-crop-arundo-raises.html


Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/09/24/2367318/energy-wonder-crop-arundo-raises.html#storylink=cpy

Dioxin Causes Disease and Reproductive Problems Across Generations, Study Finds

Dioxin Causes Disease and Reproductive Problems Across Generations, Study Findshttp://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120926213939.htm

A River Runs Through…Gale Crater Scientific American

A River Runs Through…Gale Crater Scientific American

Friday, September 28, 2012

Looming cutbacks threaten long-term US research

Looming cutbacks threaten long-term US research

Sweeping US budget cuts set to begin in 2013 would reduce federal research and development funds by $57.5 billion over the next five years, according to a report released on 27 September by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) based in Washington, DC.
Known as a ‘sequester’, the across-the-board cut would come into effect on 2 January, unless Congress can agree on an alternative budget plan to lower the federal deficit. But with lawmakers adjourned until after the US presidential election in November, no immediate action appears likely to forestall the 8-10% budget reductions that were enacted last year in order to cut $1.2 trillion from the federal budget over the next decade.
“Sequestration is really a long-term challenge,” said Matt Hourihan, director of the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program, in a teleconference.
Hourihan’s analysis tracks expected science and health spending under sequestration for the next five years, building on 2013 projections released earlier by the Office of Management and Budget.http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/09/looming-cutbacks-threaten-long-term-us-research.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+news%2Frss%2Fnewsblog+%28News+Blog+-+Blog+Posts%29

It's not too late for troubled fisheries, experts say

It's not too late for troubled fisheries, experts say

New research confirms suspicions that thousands of "data-poor" fisheries, representing some 80 percent of the world's fisheries, are in decline but could recover with proper management.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120927141537.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Sandia Experts Help When Sinkhole Opens Up in Louisiana

Sandia Experts Help When Sinkhole Opens Up in Louisiana

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Editor's Note

Dear Readers
I have conferences to attend to today so posting won't resume until later this afternoon.
Best regards.
Michele Kearney

Scientists: No to Genetically Modified Crops, Yes to Paradigm Shift

Scientists: No to Genetically Modified Crops, Yes to Paradigm Shift Common Dreams (Aquifer)

50 Countries Label Genetically Engineered Foods – When Will Americans have the Right to Know and Choose?

50 Countries Label Genetically Engineered Foods – When Will Americans have the Right to Know and Choose?

50 Countries Label Genetically Engineered Foods – When Will Americans have the Right to Know and Choose? http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/27/genetically-engineered-foods-labeling.aspx?e_cid=20120927_DNL_art_1

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Energy Journal: Environmentalists Get Surprising Ally in Arctic Drilling


The Energy Journal: Environmentalists Get Surprising Ally in Arctic Drilling ...
Wall Street Journal (blog)
The article demonstrates the rising interdependence between China and Venezuela in the energy sphere, but quotes a Chinese government spokesman as characterizing as “complete nonsense” the notion that China is seeking to influence the Venezuelan ...http://blogs.wsj.com/marketbeat/2012/09/26/the-energy-journal-environmentalists-get-surprising-ally-in-arctic-drilling-debate/

Democratic senators want a stop to Arctic drilling

Kansas City Star -
WASHINGTON A group of Democratic senators is calling for the Interior Department to halt future Alaska offshore drilling leases, saying the president hasn&#x92;t made the case that drilling in the environmentally sensitive region is safe.</p><p>&#x93 ...http://www.kansascity.com/2012/09/26/3835398/democratic-senators-want-a-stop.html

Even as the ice melts, drilling in the Arctic gets tougher

Washington Post (blog) -
As the world warms, the sea ice in the Arctic has been melting faster and faster with each passing year. Energy companies, in turn, have rushed in to exploit the newly uncovered oil and gas resources in the polar regions. But these Arctic prospectors are ...http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/09/26/backlash-against-offshore-arctic-drilling-grows/

French oil company warns against Arctic oil drilling

CBC.ca -
French oil company Total SA says the costs to be incurred from an oil disaster in the Arctic outweigh the potential resources that could be extracted. Total CEO Chrisophe de Margerie told The Financial Times in an interview published Wednesday that the risks ...http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2012/09/26/total-arctic-drilling.html

Energy Stocks Drop; Total, Shell Weigh In On Arctic Drilling

Barron's (blog) -
By Teresa Rivas. Most energy stocks were trading lower in sympathy with the market today, as crude oil was down nearly 2% at midday. Total (TOT) and Shell (RDSA) were in focus; the former gave a rare warning about the potential environmental damages ...http://blogs.barrons.com/stockstowatchtoday/2012/09/26/energy-stocks-drop-total-shell-weigh-in-on-arctic-drilling/

Energy giant boss writes off Arctic oil

Nature.com (blog) -
Oil company Total's head had written off resource extraction in the Arctic as too risky to be worthwhile, according to the Financial Times. In an interview with the paper Christophe de Margerie, chairman and chief executive officer of Paris-based Total, said that ...http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/09/energy-giant-boss-writes-off-arctic-oil.html

Total SA, Shell diverge on Arctic drilling

MarketWatch -
Total SA, Shell diverge on Arctic drilling. NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Total SA talked down the prospects for oil drilling in the Arctic, while Shell reiterated its plans to develop crude exploration off the coast of Alaska on Wednesday, as energy stocks fell ...http://stream.marketwatch.com/story/2012-democratic-national-convention/SS-4-10273/SS-4-12590/

Total against Arctic drilling on ecology issues

RT -
Gazprom postpones Arctic projects attacked by Greenpeace for safety reasons. Gazprom has postponed the start of oil production at its Prirazlomnaya field, Russia's first Arctic offshore oil deposit to be developed, due to safety concerns. An oil rig in the field ...http://rt.com/business/news/total-arctic-oil-warning-021/

Total Warns Against Arctic Drilling

The Moscow Times -
French oil and gas giant Total believes that offshore oil drilling in the Arctic is too dangerous to justify, becoming the first oil firm to endorse environmentalists' warnings about the practice. The risks involved in offshore oil production in the region are simply too ...http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/total-warns-against-arctic-drilling/468781.html
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Sea of the living dead

Sea of the living dead
(Phys.org)—The world's coral reefs have become a zombie ecosystem, neither dead nor truly alive, and are on a trajectory to collapse within a human generation according to an academic from The Australian National University. http://phys.org/news/2012-09-sea-dead.html#nwlt

Coral hotspots found in deepwater canyons off northeast US coast
(Phys.org)—For the first time in decades, researchers have conducted an extensive exploration for deep-sea corals and sponges in submarine canyons off the northeastern coast of the US. The survey revealed coral "hotspots," and found that a new coral habitat suitability model could help predict where corals are likely to occur. The model is being developed by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) and the National Ocean Service's Biogeography Branch. http://phys.org/news/2012-09-coral-hotspots-deepwater-canyons-northeast.html#nwlt

Global warming slows down world economy: report


Global warming slows down world economy: report
Climate change caused by global warming is slowing down world economic output by 1.6 percent a year and will lead to a doubling of costs in the next two decades, a major new report said. http://phys.org/news/2012-09-global-world-economy.html#nwlt
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Open Season on Salt: What the Science on Hypertension Really Shows

Open Season on Salt: What the Science on Hypertension Really Shows

Shedding pounds may be a better way to promote cardiovascular health than avoiding the saltshaker

Climate Change Deaths Could Total 100 Million By 2030 If World Fails To Act


Climate Change Deaths Could Total 100 Million By 2030 If World Fails To Act


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/26/climate-change-deaths_n_1915365.html?utm_hp_ref=green&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

Russia Bans GMO Corn Use and Importation


Russia Bans GMO Corn Use and Importation
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/russia-bans-gmo-corn-use-and-importation/


Russia's consumer rights watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, said Tuesday it has
suspended the import and use of genetically modified corn made by Monsanto Co.
(MON) following a study's allegations that the crop causes cancer.

Rospotrebnadzor said the country's Institute of Nutrition has been asked to
assess the validity of the study, while the European Commission's Directorate
General for Health [...]

Clinton's Remarks on Water Security, September 2012

Clinton's Remarks on Water Security, September 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave these remarks at the roundtable on water security at the UN on September 25, 2012.http://www.cfr.org/natural-resources-management/clintons-remarks-water-security-september-2012/p29143?cid=rss-fullfeed-clinton_s_remarks_on_water_sec-092512&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cfr_main+%28CFR.org+-+Main+Site+Feed%29

Carbon Tax: How to Deal with a Sagging Economy, Tax Reform, and Climate Change in One Fell Swoop

Posted: 26 Sep 2012 05:28 AM PDT
It can seem counter-intuitive, but passage and enactment of a carbon tax would have far-reaching positive effects on the US economy and society, stimulating investment, innovation and economic growth, and making US business and indhttp://theenergycollective.com/globalwarmingisreal/117001/carbon-tax-how-deal-sagging-economy-tax-reform-and-climate-change-one-fel?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

National Academy of Sciences Report Released: The Effects of Solar Variability on Earth's Climate: A Workshop Report

National Academy of Sciences Report Released: The Effects of Solar Variability on Earth's Climate: A Workshop Report

This week, the National Academies Press (NAP) released a report produced by the Committee on the Effects of Solar Variability on Earth's Climate; Space Studies Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Science; National Research Council titled, The Effects of Solar Variability on Earth's Climate: A Workshop Report (2012). The 70 page report is available free for download (with registration here).  According to the description,

On September 8-9, 2011, experts in solar physics, climate models, paleoclimatology, and atmospheric science assembled at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado for a workshop to consider the Sun's variability over time and potential Sun-climate connection.

While it does not provide findings, recommendations, or consensus on the current state of the science, The Effects of Solar Variability on Earth's Climate: A Workshop Report briefly introduces the primary topics discussed by presenters at the event. As context for these topics, the summary includes background information on the potential Sun-climate connection, the measurement record from space, and potential perturbations of climate due to long-term solar variability. This workshop report also summarizes some of the science questions explored by the participants as potential future research endeavors.

WASTED; NRDC report finds that Americans waste 40 percent of all food

WASTED; NRDC report finds that Americans waste 40 percent of all food

Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 26, 2012
At a time of rising food prices and growing food insecurity, Americans are wasting more food than ever before-up 50 percent since the 1970s. Agriculture sucks up an incredible 80 percent of the United States' freshwater supply and occupies 50 percent of its land. Ten percent of the total country's energy budget goes towards getting food from the farm to consumers, yet two out of every fivehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/WASTED_NRDC_report_finds_that_Americans_waste_40_percent_of_all_food_999.html
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Scientists predict major shifts in Pacific ecosystems by 2100

Scientists predict major shifts in Pacific ecosystems by 2100

Stanford CA (SPX) Sep 26, 2012
What if you woke up every day to find that the closest grocery store had moved several miles farther away from your home? Over time, you would have to travel hundreds of extra miles to find essential food for yourself and your family. This is potentially a scenario faced by thousands of marine animals affected by climate change. A new study published in Nature Climate Change examines thehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Scientists_predict_major_shifts_in_Pacific_ecosystems_by_2100_999.html

Melting Arctic ice cap at record low

Melting Arctic ice cap at record low

Calgary, Canada (SPX) Sep 26, 2012
Think of a poor hamster on a spinning wheel, caught up by momentum and unable to stop until it's overwhelmed, sent tumbling, crashing out of control inside. That's the analogy John Yackel, head of the department of geography, makes when he considers the annual summer ice melt in the Arctic, which he's been closely monitoring for the past 15 yearshttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Melting_Arctic_ice_cap_at_record_low_999.html
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Constraining world trade is unlikely to help the climate

Constraining world trade is unlikely to help the climate

Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Sep 26, 2012
Instead, researchers were able to pin down a number of factors explaining the pronounced imbalances between emission importers and exporters, the US current account deficit being one of them. Their conclusion: interventions in world trade, like CO2 tariffs, would probably have only a small impact on global emissions. Steadily growing world trade leads - as earlier research has shownhttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Constraining_world_trade_is_unlikely_to_help_the_climate_999.html

Warning of 'water bankruptcy' for many regions after reviewing 200 major global projects

Warning of 'water bankruptcy' for many regions after reviewing 200 major global projects

Bangkok, Thailand (SPX) Sep 26, 2012
A study of almost 200 major international water-related projects over the past 20 years has identified a suite of existing and emerging challenges and how science can offer remedies. The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment and promote sustainable development, partnered with the United Nations University and the United Nhttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Warning_of_water_bankruptcy_for_many_regions_after_reviewing_200_major_global_projects_999.html

U.N.: World must sustain its forests

U.N.: World must sustain its forests

Rome (UPI) Sep 24, 2012
A country's forests must be carefully managed because they play a crucial role in helping achieve sustainable development, a senior U.N. official says. Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization, made the remarks Monday at the opening of the agency's Committee on Forestry in Rome, a U.N. release reported. http://www.terradaily.com/reports/UN_World_must_sustain_its_forests_999.html

El Nino may soon return: UN weather agency

El Nino may soon return: UN weather agency

Geneva (AFP) Sept 25, 2012
The El Nino weather phenomenon could return within days but will be relatively weak compared with past episodes, the UN's weather agency said Tuesday. The surface of the Pacific warmed in July and August, providing part of the mix necessary for El Nino to develop, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said. http://www.terradaily.com/reports/El_Nino_may_soon_return_UN_weather_agency_999.html


Russia halts imports of Monsanto GM corn over cancer fears

Russia halts imports of Monsanto GM corn over cancer fears

September 26, 2012 RUSSIARussian authorities temporary suspended the import and sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified corn after a French study suggested it may be linked to cancer.https://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/russia-halts-imports-of-monsanto-gm-corn-over-cancer-fears/
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