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Friday, October 5, 2012

Could Drilling to Mantle Cause Volcanic Eruptions?

Could Drilling to Mantle Cause Volcanic Eruptions?

Brian Palmer, Slate
A team of scientists plans to drill into the Earth’s mantle by the early 2020s. The pioneering mission is for scientific purposes, but its vaguely reminiscent of a plan hatched by Dr. Evil, Austin Powers; buffoonish nemesis, to drill into the earth's core, detonate a nuclear device, and trigger worldwide volcanic eruptions. Is there any chance that drilling deep into the Earth could cause a volcanic eruption?http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/explainer/2012/10/drilling_to_the_mantle_could_it_cause_a_volcanic_eruption_.html

Three Approaches to Engaging U.S. Climate Deniers

Three Approaches to Engaging U.S. Climate Deniers

How do we reach the large minority of Americans that continue to resist the facts about climate change? One way to encourage behavior change may be to work within the belief system of climate deniers.http://theenergycollective.com/globalwarmingisreal/120721/three-approaches-engaging-us-climate-deniers?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Researchers find ancient carbon resurfacing in lakes, challenge current models of long-term carbon storage

Researchers find ancient carbon resurfacing in lakes, challenge current models of long-term carbon storage
(Phys.org)—A new study reveals that a significant amount of carbon released into the atmosphere from lakes and rivers in Southern Qu├ębec, Canada, is very old – approximately 1,000 to 3,000 years old – challenging the current models of long-term carbon storage in lakes and rivers. http://phys.org/news/2012-10-ancient-carbon-resurfacing-lakes-current.html#nwlt

Lakes react differently to warmer climate, study finds

Lakes react differently to warmer climate, study finds
A future warmer climate will produce different effects in different lakes. Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have now been able to explain that the effects of climate change depend on what organisms are dominant in the lake. Algal blooms will increase, especially of toxic blue-green algae. http://phys.org/news/2012-10-lakes-react-differently-warmer-climate.html#nwlt

Climate scepticism highest in US, Britain

Climate scepticism highest in US, Britain
Awareness of climate change is high in many countries, especially the tropics, but in Britain, Japan and the United States many are doubtful about the cause, a poll published on Thursday said. http://phys.org/news/2012-10-climate-scepticism-highest-britain.html#nwlt

Book about Indiana coal mine reclamation compiles years of research

Book about Indiana coal mine reclamation compiles years of research
The Indiana Geological Survey has published an extensive collection of research papers about the reclamation of abandoned Indiana coal mine lands and the effects reclamation has on ground and surface water. http://phys.org/news/2012-10-indiana-coal-reclamation-years.html#nwlt

Researchers find ancient carbon resurfacing in lakes, challenge current models of long-term carbon storage

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-10-ancient-carbon-resurfacing-lakes-current.html#jCp
Researchers find ancient carbon resurfacing in lakes, challenge current models of long-term carbon storage

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-10-ancient-carbon-resurfacing-lakes-current.html#jCp

Top Nuclear Experts: Technology Doesn’t Yet Exist to Clean Up Fukushima Washingtonsblog

Top Nuclear Experts: Technology Doesn’t Yet Exist to Clean Up Fukushima Washingtonsbloghttp://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/10/fixing-fukushima-is-beyond-current-technology.html

Yet another oil sheen spotted in Gulf of Mexico Grist

Yet another oil sheen spotted in Gulf of Mexico Gristhttp://grist.org/article/yet-another-oil-sheen-spotted-in-gulf-of-mexico/

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

UnuauL Dalla Earthquakes Linked to Fracking, Expert Says


Dallas Earthquakes May Be Tied To Wastewater Disposal From ...
Huffington Post
Before a series of small quakes on Halloween 2008, the Dallas area had never recorded ... During hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," millions of gallons of ...
Unusual Dallas Earthquakes Linked to Fracking, Expert Says
Yahoo! News
"No fracking tonight, honey. Don't want there to be an earthquake." chucksheen • 9 mins ago so i pay 40.00 a month to use a few thousand gallons of water.
Unusual Dallas Earthquakes Linked to Fracking, Expert Says
LiveScience.com
Three unusual earthquakes that shook a suburb west of Dallas over the weekend appear to be connected to the past disposal of wastewater from local hydraulic ...

Scientist who sparked the environmental movement, Barry Commoner, died at 95

Scientist who sparked the environmental movement, Barry Commoner, died at 95

Oct. 3, 2012
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GMO: Poison on Your Plate



GMO: Poison on Your Plate
http://documentary.darkgovernment.com/gmo-poison-on-your-plate/

Poison on the Platter, is an eye-opening film, made by Mahesh Bhatt and Ajay
Kanchan, illustrating how all of our lives are gonna be (adversely) affected by
genetically modified foods.
It is no more a farmer’s issue alone, it’s a matter of the consumers’
right to food safety. You and I wouldn’t even be able to [...]

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

U.S. Geological Survey Report Released: Preliminary assessment of water chemistry related to groundwater flooding in Wawarsing, New York, 2009-11

U.S. Geological Survey Report Released: Preliminary assessment of water chemistry related to groundwater flooding in Wawarsing, New York, 2009-11

 
Today the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a report, titled Preliminary assessment of water chemistry related to groundwater flooding in Wawarsing, New York, 2009-11, USGS Sci. Investgn. Rep.: 2012-5144.  This 50 page report available here, which was authored in conjunction with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, was designed to assess
[w]ater-quality samples collected in an area prone to groundwater flooding in Wawarsing, New York, were analyzed and assessed to better understand the hydrologic system and to aid in the assessment of contributing water sources. Above average rainfall over the past decade, and the presence of a pressurized water tunnel that passes about 700 feet beneath Wawarsing, could both contribute to groundwater flooding. Water samples were collected from surface-water bodies, springs, and wells and analyzed for major and trace inorganic constituents, dissolved gases, age tracers, and stable isotopes.

A Second Government Report Links Groundwater Contamination To Fracking

A Second Government Report Links Groundwater Contamination To Fracking


Bloomberg's Mark Drajem and Jim Efstathiou Jr. report the EPA has found evidence fracking for natural gas contaminated groundwater in Pennsylvania.
It's the second government-backed study to assert such a link published in the past seven days.
Last week, the EPA said a USGS study had confirmed an earlier study concluding fracking contaminated in a small Wyoming town.
The latest study found drilling activity by Cabot Oil and Gas in Dimock, Penn. had caused methane to seep into the water table.http://www.businessinsider.com/epa-data-links-groundwater-contamination-fracking-2012-10?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Report: Can U.S. Carbon Emissions Keep Falling?


Report: Can U.S. Carbon Emissions Keep Falling?

Climate Central - ‎1
By Climate Central. Report Summary. A Climate Central analysis of the American energy economy shows that the nearly 9 percent reduction in annual carbon emissions in the U.S. since 2005 is unlikely to continue in the years ahead without major departures ...http://www.climatecentral.org/news/report-can-us-carbon-emissions-keep-falling-15058

Decline in Carbon Emissions Unlikely to Continue

StateImpact Pennsylvania -
Saul Loeb / Getty Images. The smoke stacks at American Electric Power's (AEP) Mountaineer coal power plant in New Haven, West Virginia, October 30, 2009. Three years ago the plant had celebrated the launch of a pilot carbon capture program with funding ...http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2012/10/02/decline-in-carbon-emissions-unlikely-to-continue/

Plants Won't Help Fight Global Warming As Much As We'd Thought

Plants Won't Help Fight Global Warming As Much As We'd Thought

Smithsonian (blog) -
The incredibly complex science underpinning our understanding of climate change can be boiled down to a simple calculation: some processes produce carbon dioxide, like forest fires or burning fossil fuels, and some soak it up, like plant growth. For those ...http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2012/10/plants-wont-help-fight-global-warming-as-much-as-wed-thought/

Carbon Dioxide, Main Culprit Of Global Warming After Methane - OpEd

Carbon Dioxide, Main Culprit Of Global Warming After Methane - OpEd

Eurasia Review -
Is CO2 is main culprit of global warming or not? Recently this is very debatable topic, one group says CO2 is a normal gas like hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen and not a reason of recent global warming but there is group of believers that admit CO2 as ...http://www.eurasiareview.com/02102012-carbon-dioxide-main-culprit-of-global-warming-after-methane-oped/

Editor's Note 10/2

Dear Readers
I am on business travel today but will return to posting this evening.
Best regards.
Michele Kearney

Climate Change: The Unspoken 2012 Issue

Climate Change: The Unspoken 2012 Issue

Jason Plautz, InsideClimate
Aside from Mitt Romney's recent jab at Barack Obama's concern over global warming—and the president's tit-for-tat response—climate change has been largely under the radar in the campaign.But several groups, backed by hundreds of thousands of petitions, are trying to change that, at least for one night.http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20120930/presidential-debates-barack-obama-mitt-romney-climate-change-advocates-global-warming-350-bill-mckibben-skeptics

Monday, October 1, 2012

Carbon Emissions Threaten The Fishing Industry By Shrinking Fish Sizes

A new study reports that increased carbon dioxide emissions could decrease the size of fish in the oceans by as much as 24%.http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2012/09/30/carbon-emissions-threaten-the-fishing-industry-by-shrinking-fish-sizes/

Epic ‘Dust Bowl Of 2012′ Expands Again

Epic ‘Dust Bowl Of 2012′ Expands Again

The latest weekly Drought Monitor update set another grim record. The brutal U.S. drought expanded to 65.45% of the contiguous U.S. — the highest ever in the Monitor’s 12-year history. The previous record was 64.8% — set just last week.http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/118831/epic-dust-bowl-2012-expands-again?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Increasingly Extreme Weather Is Costing Us in More Ways Than One

Increasingly Extreme Weather Is Costing Us in More Ways Than One

A report released this week by two senior members of Congress notes that the unusual number of extreme weather events in 2012 has cost the country billions of dollars and that the unusual frequency of these events is consistent with what scientists have predicted from climate change.The staff report, “Going to Extremes: Climate Change and the Increasing Risk of Weather Disasters” is from the offices of Reps. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Henry Waxman (D-CA), the prime movers behind the last attempt at significant climate legislation. It cites information from a variety of sources, including NOAA, the news media and the private sector to show how rising weather risk costs real money.  Their report comes a week after Congress headed home for the elections having accomplished very little to address climate change. Nearly half the bills introduced by the current Congress would block or hinder climate action, though none of these have been enacted into law.http://theenergycollective.com/seidel/118216/increasing-extreme-weather-costly-many-ways?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29&utm_content=Google+Reader
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Does the Seralini Corn Study Fiasco Mark a Turning Point in the Debate Over GM Food?

Does the Seralini Corn Study Fiasco Mark a Turning Point in the Debate Over GM Food?

Are anti-biotech campaigners the leftwing version of climate change deniers? The science media are finally confronting the distortions perpetrated by anti-GM advocacy groups and illiberal “progressive” journalists and bloggers. Jon Entine, executive director of the Genetic Literacy Project, reports.http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonentine/2012/09/30/does-the-seralini-corn-study-fiasco-mark-a-turning-point-in-the-debate-over-gm-food/

Environmentalism That Can Work

Environmentalism That Can Work

Walter R. Mead, American Interest
There is bad news and good news from the latest comprehensive survey of world fisheries. As reported by the Financial Times, a recent study carried out by the University of California at Santa Barbara looked at the consequences of intensive fishing around the world, and found a situation that is both worse and better than expected. . .http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2012/09/29/environmentalism-that-can-work/

High-Arctic heat tops 1,800-year high, says study

High-Arctic heat tops 1,800-year high, says study
(Phys.org)—Summers on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard are now warmer than at any other time in the last 1,800 years, including during medieval times when parts of the northern hemisphere were as hot as, or hotter, than today, according to a new study in the journal Geology. http://phys.org/news/2012-09-high-arctic-tops-year-high.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

Earth: Final Target


Earth: Final Target
http://documentary.darkgovernment.com/earth-final-target/

In 1998, American Astronomers shocked the world by reporting that a large
Asteroid could potential hit the Earth within 30 years. Could humanity survive
such an impact? At this time there is no definitive means to protect or defend
our selves from the inevitable global devastation this event would ultimately
cause. This program profiles some [...]

USGS backs EPA assessment of Wyoming well water

USGS backs EPA assessment of Wyoming well water
A reassessment of a controversial report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirmed some of the agency's findings, indicating the possibility that wells in Pavillion, Wyoming, could have been contaminated by hydraulic fracturing.
Full Article

GMO: Gambling with your Life


GMO: Gambling with your Life
http://documentary.darkgovernment.com/gmo-gambling-with-your-life/

When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and
allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food
supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living
things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology.
After two decades, physicians and scientists have [...]

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Research reports climate change could cripple southwestern forests

Research reports climate change could cripple southwestern forests
Combine the tree-ring growth record with historical information, climate records, and computer-model projections of future climate trends, and you get a grim picture for the future of trees in the southwestern United States. That's the word from a team of scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Arizona, and other partner organizations. http://phys.org/news/2012-09-climate-cripple-southwestern-forests.html#nwlt

We Don't Know Enough About Climate Change Yet

We Don't Know Enough About Climate Change Yet

I've long been of the view that climate change is happening, we're causing it and we ought to do something about it. However, I've also long been of the view that we don't know enough about climate change, the effects of it, to be able to write a detailed plan [...]http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/09/30/we-dont-know-enough-about-climate-change-yet/

Bereaved China elderly suffer under one-child norm

Bereaved China elderly suffer under one-child norm

Beijing (AFP) Sept 30, 2012
When Wu Rui's 12-year-old daughter died she lost not just the only child she would ever have but also her source of security and support in old age. Today the 55-year-old takes care of herself and her own elderly parents on a paltry pension in a ramshackle two-room home, living in fear of medical emergencies she has no way to pay for. China's one-child policy normally leaves four grandparentshttp://www.sinodaily.com/reports/Bereaved_China_elderly_suffer_under_one-child_norm_999.html
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Time bomb: Military ordnance in Gulf of Mexico poses threat to shipping, says expert

Time bomb: Military ordnance in Gulf of Mexico poses threat to shipping, says expert

Millions of pounds of unexploded bombs and other military ordnance that were dumped decades ago in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as off the coasts of both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, could now pose serious threats to shipping lanes and the 4,000 oil and gas rigs in the Gulf, warns oceanographers.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120929140342.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
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How Vaccine Policy & Law Threatens Parental Rights in America

How Vaccine Policy & Law Threatens Parental Rights in America

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/30/the-greater-good.aspx?e_cid=20120930_SNL_Art_1