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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Rapid Thinning of Glaciers Seen After Collapse of Antarctic Ice Shelf

Rapid Thinning of Glaciers Seen After Collapse of Antarctic Ice Shelf

NASA has released satellite photos that vividly depict the precipitous thinning and retreat of two Antarctic glaciers following the disintegration of the Larsen B Ice Shelf. That ice shelf — which floated on top of the
NASA
Thinning of Hektoria and Green glaciers, 2002-2012.
Weddell Sea and once was the size of Connecticut — collapsed in 2002 after several years of warm summer temperatures. The Larsen B had acted as a buttress slowing the flow of numerous glaciers into the sea. The NASA satellite images, taken in 2002 and in 2012, demonsrate how swiftly the Green and Hektoria glaciers behind the ice shelf surged into the ocean. The 2002 photo shows the glaciers covering much of nearby mountain ridges and the termini, or end points, of the glaciers are not visible. The 2012 photo shows that the thinning glaciers now cover considerably less of surrounding mountain ridges and the termini of both glaciers are visible. The 2012 image also shows the numerous crevasses that have formed as the glaciers have thinned.http://e360.yale.edu/digest/thinning_of_green_hektoria_glaciers_seen_in_nasa_images/3674/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YaleEnvironment360+%28Yale+Environment+360%29

Judge bans GMOs in national wildlife refuges Grist

Judge bans GMOs in national wildlife refuges Grist http://grist.org/news/judge-bans-gmos-in-national-wildlife-refuges/

The Bitter Seeds of Monsanto's Legacy: Debt, Death, and Global Destruction

The Bitter Seeds of Monsanto's Legacy: Debt, Death, and Global Destruction http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/10/27/bitter-seeds.aspx?e_cid=20121027_DNL_art_1

Fukushima - the nuclear emergency that won't go away


Fukushima - the nuclear emergency that won't go away
The Earth Times
As nuclear engineer, Masashi Goto, told AP, "You never know where it's leaking out and once it's out you can never put it back in place." That makes containing the site - and preventing the start up of another set of meltdowns - a never-ending search ...http://www.earthtimes.org/energy/fukushima-nuclear-emergency/2235/ 

Fukushima owner says plant may be leaking radiation into sea
RT (blog)
TEPCO, operator of the Fukushima nuclear facility, failed to confirm that radiation leaks at the plant had fully stopped. This came after a US report that irradiated fish are still being caught off the coast of Japan following the 2011 meltdown. http://rt.com/news/fukushima-leaking-radiation-sea-314/

Fukushima Nuclear Plant 'Is Still Leaking'

Sky News -
High radiation levels found in fish caught off Japan's east coast could mean the Fukushima nuclear plant is still leaking, according to research. Marine chemist Ken Buesseler reviewed official data on atomic caesium levels in fish, shellfish and seaweed ...

fish 'may be inedible for a decade'

The Guardian -
Fish from the waters around the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan could be too radioactive to eat for a decade to come, as samples show that radioactivity levels remain elevated and show little sign of coming down, a marine scientist has warned. According to ...

Radiation Levels in Fukushima Fish Not Dropping

Voice of America (blog) -
New research indicates that radioactive cesium levels in many kinds of fish caught off the coast of Fukushima have not declined in the year following Japan's nuclear disaster. Ken Buesseler, a marine chemist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in ...

Radiation settles on seabed off Japan

ABC Online -
New research suggests radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has settled on the ocean floor off Japan, and could contaminate sea life for decades. Marine chemist Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution reviewed official ...

Fukushima fish contamination raises fears of ongoing radiation leak

RT -
Fukushima operator admits nuclear disaster was avoidable. The operator of the Japanese nuclear power plant that suffered a tsunami-induced meltdown last year has admitted that the disaster could have been avoided. The catastrophe left nearly 150,000 ...

Fish off Fukushima, Japan, show elevated levels of cesium

San Jose Mercury News -
TOKYO -- Elevated levels of cesium still detected in fish off the Fukushima coast of Japan suggest that radioactive particles from last year's nuclear disaster have accumulated on the seafloor and could contaminate sea life for decades, according to new ...

Fukushima fish still radioactive

NBCNews.com -
More than a year and a half after an earthquake and tsunami destroyed the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan, many fish in the area contain levels of radioactive cesium that are just as high as they were soon after the disaster. PHOTOS: Japan ...

Fish Caught in Fukushima as Tainted as a Year Ago, Study Says

Businessweek -
Fish Caught in Fukushima as Tainted as a Year Ago, Study Says. Fish dealers examine tuna caught off Fukushima, the Pacific coastal prefecture in northern Japan, at the fish market in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, in this 2011 file photo.

Radioactive levels staying high off Fukushima Daiichi in Japan

CNN -
U.S. scientist: Cesium levels in fish point to ongoing source of contamination; The source could be from the seabed or from ongoing leaks from the damaged plant; Ken Buesseler studied thousands of Japanese catch reports for his study. (CNN) -- Radiation ...

Radioactive cesium levels still elevated in Fukushima, Japan, fish

Los Angeles Times -
More than 18 months after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, 40-foot tsunami and nuclear power plant woes that struck Japan starting March 11, 2011, levels of radioactive cesium 134 and cesium 137 originating from the crippled Fukushima-Daiichi plant remain ...

Fukushima Watch: The Riddle of the Radioactive Fish

Wall Street Journal (blog) -
By Mitsuru Obe. For scientists monitoring the effects of last year's devastating nuclear accident on nearby marine life, one surprising finding stands out: Well over a year after reactor meltdowns released huge amounts of radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi ...

Fukushima 'could still be leaking'

Scotsman -
The operator of Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant – hit by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 – has said it was possible that radiation was still leaking into the sea. Tokyo Electric Power's comment follows a Science report that said high radiation ...

Study: Radiation still high in fish near Fukushima

Great Falls Tribune -
Most fish and seafood caught near Japan's damaged Fukushima nuclear plant still have elevated levels of radioactive cesium more than 18 months after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, indicating continued contamination from either reactor leaks or ...

Radioactive Contamination Levels Still High In Fukushima Fish

International Business Times -
Even more than a year after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that led to meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northern Japan, fish in the region are still carrying some of the fallout. One scientist thinks it's possible that radioactive ...

Albacore Tuna Show Traces of Cesium

Albacore Tuna Show Traces of Radioactive Cesium From Japanese Meltdown ...
Centralia Chronicle
Scientists from the university and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration collected and tested fish caught off the West Coast before and after the March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami that caused a nuclear reactor to release ...http://www.chronline.com/news/article_92477b22-1f85-11e2-8a10-001a4bcf887a.html

Friday, October 26, 2012

Does Obama Still Support Cap and Trade?

Does Obama Still Support Cap and Trade?

An article in today’s New York Times discusses how the issue of climate change has been conspicuously absent from the recent US presidential debates and the candidates’ stump speeches.http://theenergycollective.com/hughbartling/135781/does-obama-still-support-cap-and-trade?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Accelerated Evaporation, Oils Spills And The Economics Water Desalination

Accelerated Evaporation, Oils Spills And The Economics Water Desalination

The surprise discovery of new way to accelerate the evaporation of oil could help clean up spills and desalinate waterhttp://www.technologyreview.com/view/506416/accelerated-evaporation-oils-spills-and-the-economics-of-water-desalination/

NASA radar penetrates thick, thin of Gulf oil spill

NASA radar penetrates thick, thin of Gulf oil spill

Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena have developed a method to use a specialized NASA 3-D imaging radar to characterize the oil in oil spills, such as the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The research can be used to improve response operations during future marine oil spills.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121026101246.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

3D Digital Atlas Shows Global Use of Natural Resources

3D Digital Atlas Shows Global Use of Natural Resources

A team of UK-based developers has created an interactive app that enables users to explore a trove of global data on several critical issues, including how human populations are impacting the natural world and
Collins
Mapping world trends: Carbon emissions
the production and consumption of energy resources. Released this month, Atlas by Collins uses a series of 3D globes to illustrate seven topics, including energy, the environment, politics, and population. The digital atlas contains data from every nation and more than 200,000 geographical sites, including cities, landmarks, and natural features. Users can compare trends in population, pollution, and forest loss, and trace the shifting dynamics of the distribution of energy resources. The app allows viewers to swipe across the planet’s surface and click key points to zoom to street-level detail using Apple Maps and Google Maps technology. The company plans to add more globes soon on themes including climate change, global development, and UN World Heritage sites. The app was created by Collins Geo, the cartographic team that produced the Times Atlas of the World, and Other Media.http://e360.yale.edu/digest/3d_digital_atlas_shows_global_use_of_natural_resources/3673/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YaleEnvironment360+%28Yale+Environment+360%29
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IEA Journal Releases Latest Edition: Energy Security: Oil

International Energy Agency Journal Releases Latest Edition: Energy Security: Oil

This month, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released volume three of IEA Energy: Journal of the International Energy Agency titled, Energy Security: Oil. The 52-page issue is available free as a downloadable pdf here.  The journal,
IEA Energy covers a broad range of today’s energy issues, from technology to market developments, and highlights the energy challenges of tomorrow. It features a variety of perspectives from government, industry and other intergovernmental organisations – both in IEA member countries and beyond – as well as from IEA experts.
Prior editions of this journal are available here:

Largest Science Society Says 'No' to GMO Labeling

Largest Science Society Says 'No' to GMO Labeling

Richard Harris, NPR
This election season, Californians are being served up gargantuan helpings of advertising about a proposal to require food in the Golden State to be labeled if it includes genetically modified ingredients.On Nov. 6, voters will decide on Proposition 37. Proponents say people simply have a right to know what's in their food. The food and biotechnology industry argues that labeling creates a false impression that there's something amiss about foods that come from engineered crops.http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/10/26/163700238/as-california-vote-looms-scientists-say-no-to-genetically-modified-food-labels

Frontline: Did the climate deniers win? Not so fast



Frontline: Did the climate deniers win? Not so fast

French Panel Rejects Study That Linked GM Corn to Cancer in Rats

French Panel Rejects Study That Linked GM Corn to Cancer in Rats

An independent state panel in France has rejected the findings of a recent controversial study that linked genetically modified corn to cancer in rats, but the panel did recommend long-term research into the risks of genetically engineered food. In the report, requested by the French government, the Higher Biotechnologies Council (HCB) found “no causal relationship” between an increase in tumors in rodents and the consumption of GM corn or the widely used herbicide, Roundup, both of which are produced by the biotech giant Monsanto. The study, published in September in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, had claimed that the consumption of Roundup-tolerant GM corn increased the incidence of cancer in rats. On the contrary, the HCB researchers said, “the data are insufficient to establish scientifically a causal link... or to support the conclusions or pathways suggested by the authors.” To address public concerns, however, the panel did recommend that a “long-term, independent, transparent study, with adversarial views, be undertaken under government auspices.”http://e360.yale.edu/digest/french_panel_rejects_study_that_linked_gm_corn_to_cancer_in_rats/3671/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YaleEnvironment360+%28Yale+Environment+360%29&utm_content=Google+Reader
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Shoot the Messenger: Carolina’s Costly Mistake on Sea Level Rise

Shoot the Messenger: Carolina’s
Costly Mistake on Sea Level Rise

The North Carolina Senate has approved legislation that would prohibit the state from considering projected sea level increases in its coastal management strategy. But a scientist involved in the debate argues that ignoring these projections will wind up costing North Carolina — and the rest of the U.S. — far more.
READ MOREhttp://e360.yale.edu/feature/north_carolina_costly_mistake_on_climate_change/2543/

Why Are Environmentalists Taking Anti-Science Positions?

Why Are Environmentalists
Taking Anti-Science Positions?

On issues ranging from genetically modified crops to nuclear power, environmentalists are increasingly refusing to listen to scientific arguments that challenge standard green positions. This approach risks weakening the environmental movement and empowering climate contrarians.

by fred pearce

From Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring to James Hansen’s modern-day tales of climate apocalypse, environmentalists have long looked to good science and good scientists and embraced their findings. Often we have had to run hard to keep up with the crescendo of warnings coming out of academia about the perils facing the world. A generation ago, biologist Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb and systems analysts Dennis and Donella Meadows’ The Limits to Growth shocked us with their stark visions of where the world was headed. No wide-eyed greenie had predicted the opening of an ozone hole before the pipe-smoking boffins of the British Antarctic Survey spotted it when looking skyward back in 1985. On issues ranging from ocean acidification and tipping points in the Arctic to the dangers of nanotechnology, the scientists have always gotten there first — and the environmentalists have followed.

And yet, recently, the environment movement seems to have been turning up on the wrong side of the scientific argument. We have been making claims that simply do not stand up. We are accused of being anti-science — and not without reason. A few, even close friends, have begun to compare this casual contempt for science with the tactics of climate contrarians.

That should hurt.

Three current issues suggest that the risks of myopic adherence to ideology over rational debate are real: genetically modified (GM) crops, nuclear power, and shale gas development. The conventional green position is that we should be opposed to all three. Yet the voices of those with genuine environmental credentials, but who take a different view, are being drowned out by sometimes abusive and irrational argument.

In each instance, the issue is not so much which side environmentalists should be on, but rather the mind-set behind those positions and the tactics adopted to make the case. The wider political danger is that by
The issue is not which side environmentalists should be on, but rather the mind-set behind their positions.
taking anti-scientific positions, environmentalists end up helping the anti-environmental sirens of the new right. More at:http://e360.yale.edu/feature/why_are_environmentalists_taking_anti-science_positions/2584/

Will Shale Create Ohio Ghost Towns in 2040?

Will Shale Create Ohio Ghost Towns in 2040?

Daniel Graeber, OilPricehttp://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Will-Shale-Create-Ohio-Ghost-Towns-in-2040.html

Accelerated Evaporation, Oils Spills, and the Economics of Water Desalination

Accelerated Evaporation, Oils Spills, and the Economics of Water Desalination

The surprise discovery of new way to accelerate the evaporation of oil could help clean up spills and desalinate water.http://www.technologyreview.com/view/506416/accelerated-evaporation-oils-spills-and-the-economics-of-water-desalination/

Geoengineering Could Be Essential to Reducing the Risk of Climate Change

Geoengineering Could Be Essential to Reducing the Risk of Climate Change

Using technology to cool the planet may be the only way to deal with the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere, argues scientist David Keith. http://www.technologyreview.com/news/506256/geoengineering-could-be-essential-to-reducing-the-risk-of-climate-change/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-daily-all&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20121026

Frankenstorm

Predicted to be "of historic proportion." 

http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/26/us/tropical-weather-sandy/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Thursday, October 25, 2012

New material puts pressure on greenhouse gases

New material puts pressure on greenhouse gases
(Phys.org)—Researchers at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom recently discovered a novel material that could be used by sophisticated technologies to fight global warming. The study was funded in part by an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant worth EUR 2.5 million awarded to Professor Martin Schröder for the COORDSPACE project ('Chemistry of coordination space: extraction, storage, activation and catalysis') [under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)]. The results, recently presented in the journal Nature Chemistry, demonstrate that this material, called NOTT-300, could substitute for carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption. http://phys.org/news/2012-10-material-pressure-greenhouse-gases.html#nwlt

Researchers show predominant importance of the correlation between climate and demographic growth

Researchers show predominant importance of the correlation between climate and demographic growth
We're not used to thinking of ourselves as animals. But as Jason Samson sees it, climate is as important in shaping the distribution and movement of humans as it is in other animals. The McGill-trained ecologist and fellow researchers have been using modeling techniques similar to those used to define the ecological niche for plant and animal species to explore the correlation between climate patterns and population growth in the contiguous United States between 1900-2000. And what they discovered was a pronounced population shift away from areas within the U.S. with cool and seasonal climates, towards those areas that are warmer and drier year-round, and they found that this was the case even when it meant moving further away from agricultural lands. http://phys.org/news/2012-10-predominant-importance-climate-demographic-growth.html#nwlt

NOAA, National Archives team up with citizen-scientists to reconstruct historical climate of the Arctic

NOAA, National Archives team up with citizen-scientists to reconstruct historical climate of the Arctic
Before there were satellites, weather data transmitters, or computer databases, there were the ship's logs of Arctic sea voyages, where sailors dutifully recording weather observations. Now, a new crowdsourcing effort could soon make of the  weather data from these ship logs, some more than 150 years old, available to climate scientists worldwide. http://phys.org/news/2012-10-noaa-national-archives-team-citizen-scientists.html#nwlt

An Abdication of Leadership: Climate Change Absent on the National Political Stage

An Abdication of Leadership: Climate Change Absent on the National Political Stagehttp://theenergycollective.com/globalwarmingisreal/134906/abdication-leadership-climate-change-absent-national-political-stage?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Our Climate War: FRONTLINE's "Climate of Doubt"


Posted: 25 Oct 2012 06:27 AM PDT
We're in the midst of an uncivil "Climate War" that pits Climate of Fear vs. Climate of Doubt.http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/135016/our-climate-war-frontlines-climate-doubt?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Editor's Note

Dear Readers
I am tied up in meetings and travel today but will resume posting later
this afternoon and this evening.
Best regards
Michele Kearney

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Minute Traces of Japan Reactor Meltdown Found in Pacific Tuna


Minute Traces Of Japan Reactor Meltdown Found In Pacific Tuna
Northwest Public Radio
Fisheries researchers in Oregon compared albacore tuna caught before last year's nuclear reactor meltdown in northeast Japan with fresh samples hooked off our coast afterwards, mainly this past summer. The team looked for what they call the nuclear ...http://nwpr.org/post/minute-traces-radioactivity-found-pacific-tuna

Pacific albacore carry barely detectable fingerprints of Fukushima disaster

Daily Astorian -
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Samples of albacore tuna caught off the West Coast of the United States show minute traces of radiation that can be traced to the Fukushima reactor disaster, according to an interdisciplinary team of scientists from Oregon State University ...

OSU study finds trace amounts of Japanese radiation in West Coast tuna

Longview Daily News -
Uncle charged in triple-murder had troubled ties. A 19-year-old man accused of killing his sister-in-law and her two small children in an attack that stunned authorities for its brutality had a strained relationship with his family, police in Northern California said ...

Minute Traces Of Radioactivity Found In Pacific Tuna

Northwest Public Radio -
Researchers with Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they've detected minute amounts of radioactivity from the Fukushima reactor meltdown in albacore tuna caught along the West Coast. It's not considered ...

Minute traces of radiation found in West Coast albacore tuna

The Register-Guard -
CORVALLIS — Samples of albacore tuna caught off the West Coast show minute traces of radiation that can be traced to the Fukushima reactor disaster in Japan, according to a team of scientists from Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and ...

Video: MIT's Don Sadoway and Energy Storage on the Colbert Report

Video: MIT's Don Sadoway and Energy Storage on the Colbert Report
Greentech Media
We've covered Sadoway's liquid metal battery technology and interviewed the professor about the potential of his invention. The technology has been spun out of MIT and received venture funding from Bill Gates, Khosla Ventures, and French energy giant ...http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Video-MITs-Don-Sadoway-and-Energy-Storage-on-the-Colbert-Report

Liquid Metal Battery & Donald Sadoway on Colbert - CleanTechnica
We've gotten a pretty decent stream of views in the past couple days from people googling “liquid metal battery” or “donald sadoway battery” or “ambri” or ...
cleantechnica.com/.../liquid-metal-battery-donald-sadoway-on...
Liquid metal battery inventor goes on Colbert, still manages to teach ...
Donald Sadoway, MIT materials science professor and inventor of a new liquid metal battery that could revolutionize energy storage, went on Stephen Colbert's ...
grist.org/.../liquid-metal-battery-inventor-goes-on-colbert-still-...
New liquid metal battery | Forums | Tesla Motors
New liquid metal battery. GUIGUI | October 24, 2012. [View]. First heard about it on the Colbert Report show. It's about that new liquid metal battery: ...
www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/new-liquid-metal-battery
AMBRI Liquid Metal Batteries - Cruisers & Sailing Forums
Anyone seen any of the many articles covering this new tech from MIT? They are claiming commercialization will happen in two years. They also claim they will ...
www.cruisersforum.com/.../ambri-liquid-metal-batteries-9159...
Ambri Liquid Metal Battery Company | Science and Technology
Ambri is developing a battery for the power grid using molten salt sandwiched between two layers of liquid metal. The battery is still about two years from ...
beforeitsnews.com/.../ambri-liquid-metal-battery-company-24...

Liquid metal battery: Can we invent our way out of climate trouble?

Liquid metal battery: Can we invent our way out of climate trouble?
Christian Science Monitor
A liquid metal battery prototype is under construction at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in this 2009 file photo. Since then, MIT Professor Donald Sadoway has formed a company to commercialize the technology and, he hopes, reduce emissions http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2012/1024/Liquid-metal-battery-Can-we-invent-our-way-out-of-climate-trouble

Antiscience Beliefs Jeopardize U.S. Democracy: Scientific American

Antiscience Beliefs Jeopardize U.S. Democracy: Scientific American

www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?...antiscience-beliefs-j...
Oct 17, 2012 – The United States faced down authoritarian governments on the left and right. Now it may be facing an even greater challenge from within.http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=antiscience-beliefs-jeopardize-us-democracy

Italian scientists resign over L'Aquila quake verdicts By Jethro Mullen, CNN

Italian scientists resign over L'Aquila quake verdicts

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Environmental Protection: The Enemy of Green

Environmental Protection: The Enemy of Green

Most people would be surprised to discover that the laws, regulations, and mandates designed to protect our environment may actually be harming it instead.http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/10/environmental_protection_the_enemy_of_green.html

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

House Natural Resource Committee Democrats Report Released: Use it or Lose It: Big Oil Not Using Drilling Leases in the Gulf of Mexico

House Natural Resource Committee Democrats Report Released: Use it or Lose It: Big Oil Not Using Drilling Leases in the Gulf of Mexico

Yesterday, before the last Presidential debate, the House Natural Resources Committee Democrats released a report titled, Use it or Lose It: Big Oil Not Using Drilling Leases in the Gulf of Mexico (2012).  The eleven-page report available here, discusses "which companies are not using -- and also not losing -- oil drilling leases in offshore areas in the Gulf of Mexico, withholding oil production from the American people while holding onto their taxpayer-owned land."  The major findings of the report include:
  • More than 100 companies currently hold, but are not drilling on, nearly 3,700 drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico comprising an area the size of South Carolina.
  • The top 5 oil companies (BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Shell) hold 8 million of those acres, or almost 40 percent of those leases. BP leads the group, holding unused more than 2.5 million acres with no development taking place; Chevron, 1.4 million acres; Exxon, 1.4 million acres; Shell, 1.3 million acres; and Conoco, 1.1 million acres. . .  
[In addition] [a] report released by the Department of Interior in May also underscores the scope of the idle leases issue. The Interior Department report found that more than 70 percent of the tens of millions of offshore acres currently under lease are inactive, neither producing nor currently subject to approved or pending exploration or development plans. Out of nearly 36 million acres leased offshore, only about 10 million acres are active – leaving nearly 72 percent of the offshore leased area idle . . ..

Opposite behaviors? Arctic sea ice shrinks, Antarctic grows

Opposite behaviors? Arctic sea ice shrinks, Antarctic grows
The steady and dramatic decline in the sea ice cover of the Arctic Ocean over the last three decades has become a focus of media and public attention. At the opposite end of the Earth, however, something more complex is happening. http://phys.org/news/2012-10-behaviors-arctic-sea-ice-antarctic.html#nwlt
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Study explains connection between Hawaii's dueling volcanoes

Study explains connection between Hawaii's dueling volcanoes
A new Rice University-led study finds that a deep connection about 50 miles underground can explain the enigmatic behavior of two of Earth's most notable volcanoes, Hawaii's Mauna Loa and Kilauea. The study, the first to model paired volcano interactions, explains how a link in Earth's upper mantle could account for Kilauea and Mauna Loa's competition for the same deep magma supply and their simultaneous "inflation," or bulging upward, during the past decade. http://phys.org/news/2012-10-hawaii-dueling-volcanoes.html#nwlt

Biologists record increasing amounts of plastic litter in the Arctic deep sea

Biologists record increasing amounts of plastic litter in the Arctic deep sea
(Phys.org)—Biologists record increasing amounts of plastic litter in the Arctic deep sea: studies confirm that twice as much marine debris is lying on the seabed today compared to ten years ago http://phys.org/news/2012-10-biologists-amounts-plastic-litter-arctic.html#nwlt