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Saturday, November 10, 2012

In the Gulf's Rising Tide, Hurricane Sandy Strikes a Familiar Chord


Posted: 10 Nov 2012 07:00 AM PST
Hurricanes aren’t new to the Gulf coast, but the weather of the past decade has been particularly harsh for people in the bayou. In 2005, a record-breaking 28 tropical storms formed in the Atlantic, led by the mother of all recent cyclones, Katrina, one of the most destructive hurricanes to hit the U.S.http://theenergycollective.com/rockykistner/141551/gulfs-rising-tide-hurricane-sandy-strikes-familiar-chord?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Friday, November 9, 2012

Tracking post-Sandy sewage

Tracking post-Sandy sewage

With millions of gallons of raw sewage dumping into New Jersey waterways following Hurricane Sandy, scientists are using satellites to help predict the sludge’s track into the ocean.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121109111242.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Future warming likely to be on high side of climate projections, analysis finds

Future warming likely to be on high side of climate projections, analysis finds

Climate model projections showing a greater rise in global temperature are likely to prove more accurate than those showing a lesser rise, according to a new analysis. The findings could provide a breakthrough in the longstanding quest to narrow the range of expected global warming.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121108142746.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Hurricane Sandy changes coastline in New Jersey

Hurricane Sandy changes coastline in New Jersey

On October 29, 2012, lives were changed forever along the shores of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and in the two dozen United States affected by what meteorologists are calling Superstorm Sandy. The landscape of the East Coast was also changed, though no geologist would ever use the word "forever" when referring to the shape of a barrier island.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121108152024.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Will Obama Seize the Moment on Climate?

Will Obama Seize the Moment on Climate?

Kelly Rigg, Huffington Post
Superstorm Sandy changed the U.S. political zeitgeist on climate change virtually overnight. When BusinessWeek runs a cover blazoned with "It's Global Warming Stupid" and politicians start breaking their "climate silence," you know the jig is up. President Obama acknowledged as much in his acceptance speech, when he said he wanted to "pass on a country that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet."http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kelly-rigg/obama-climate-change_b_2081022.html

The President's Climate Change Quandary

The President's Climate Change Quandary

Sarah Laskow, Reuters
After a campaign in which climate change did not come up, and after the East Coast weathered a storm that, if it was not brought on by climate change, felt an awful lot like the storms that will be, the president of the United States finally nodded in its direction. It was not much. It was not even a whole sentence. . .http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/11/08/obamas-climate-change-quandary/

Op-Ed Cut the power of fossil fuel Until the world's fossil fuel companies become energy companies, their perks must go.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-mckibben-climate-change-20121109,0,7030709.story

Carbon Tax Suddenly Part of Fiscal Cliff Debate

Carbon Tax Suddenly Part of Fiscal Cliff Debate

Valerie Volcovici, Reuters
A potential tax on big polluters, a taboo subject in the United States in recent years, has come back into the spotlight as some sense potential for a revenue windfall at a time lawmakers look for ways to the so-called "fiscal cliff" of tax rises and spending cuts due in early 2013. . .http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/08/us-carbon-tax-fiscal-cliff-idUSBRE8A71IU20121108

Could Romney Have Embraced Carbon Tax?

Could Romney Have Embraced Carbon Tax?

William Tucker, Nuclear TH
Three weeks before the election I submitted a story to my journalistic home, The American Spectator, arguing that Mitt Romney should support a carbon tax. I argued that it would solidify his support with the professional elites in Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio that were concerned about the economy but put off by the social conservatism of the Republican Party. My editor, whom I dearly love and have worked with for twenty-five years, turned it down. It was the first time this has ever happened. "It would mean Romney was committing political suicide," he argued, and...http://www.nucleartownhall.com/blog/william-tucker-where-romney-could-have-won-on-energy/

Enviros Press EPA on Fracking

Enviros Press EPA on Fracking

Mark Drajem , Bloomberg Businessweek
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should force oil and natural-gas producers to disclose the chemicals they release during drilling, hydraulic fracturing, compressing and storage, environmental groups said.http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-10-24/environmental-groups-ask-epa-to-require-fracking-disclosure

Sen. Majority Leader Reid: ‘Climate Change Is An Extremely Important Issue For Me, And I Hope We Can Address It’

Posted: 09 Nov 2012 04:52 AM PST
We are seeing a unique confluence of events put a carbon tax squarely back into the national debate: the debt crisis and fiscal cliff, Hurricane Sandy, and the results of the 2012 election.Sen. Majority Leader Reid said Wednesday:http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/141246/sen-majority-leader-reid-climate-change-extremely-important-issue-me-and-i-hope-we?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

What Obama’s Victory Means for the Earth

What Obama’s Victory Means for the Earthhttp://theenergycollective.com/globalwarmingisreal/141186/what-obama-s-victory-means-earth?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Hoping for Change: A Post-Election Action Plan for Addressing Climate

Posted: 09 Nov 2012 05:22 AM PST
With the devastation of Superstorm Sandy still in the daily news, the re-elected U.S. President now has an opening to address our most serious threat. He must finally lead Americans to face the truth that extreme climate disruption is already underway – caused by our excessive use of coal, oil and natural gas. The $50 Billion toll and dozens of lives lost from one storm will only be the beginning if this problem is not addressed.heenergycollective.com/craig-severance/141181/hoping-change-post-election-action-plan-addressing-climate?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+(all+posts)

Storm Surges, Sea Level and Climate Change

Posted: 09 Nov 2012 08:00 AM PST
In the inevitable discussion about the relationship between climate change and Hurricane Sandy, there's been much focus on the storm surge. Hallelujah. There are a lot of ways climate change could influence tropical cyclones. In the past, most of the public discussion had focused on warmer water temperatures driving more intense storms, based largely on research by Kerry Emanuel and others. The water temperatures are, however, just one factor.http://theenergycollective.com/simondonner/141371/storm-surges-sea-level-and-climate-change?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Obama May Levy Carbon Tax to Cut U.S. Deficit, HSBC Says

Obama May Levy Carbon Tax to Cut U.S. Deficit, HSBC Says

Obama May Levy Carbon Tax to Cut U.S. Deficit, HSBC Sayshttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-07/obama-may-levy-carbon-tax-to-cut-the-u-s-deficit-hsbc-says.html

 

 

A tax starting at $20 a metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent and rising at about 6 percent a year could raise $154 billion by 2021, Nick Robins, an analyst at the bank in London, said today in an e-mailed research note, citing Congressional Research Service estimates. “Applied to the Congressional Budget Office’s 2012 baseline, this would halve the fiscal deficit by 2022,” Robins said.

National Academies Report Released: Seasonal-to-Decadal Predictions of Arctic Sea Ice: Challenges and Strategies

National Academies Report Released: Seasonal-to-Decadal Predictions of Arctic Sea Ice: Challenges and Strategies

Recently, the National Academies Press (NAP) released a report produced by the Committee on the Future of Arctic Sea Ice Research in Support of Seasonal-to-Decadal Predictions; Polar Research Board; Division on Earth and Life Studies; and the National Research Council titled, Seasonal-to-Decadal Predictions of Arctic Sea Ice: Challenges and Strategies (2012). The 60-page report is available free with a one-time registration.  According to the abstract,
[r]ecent well documented reductions in the thickness and extent of Arctic sea ice cover, which can be linked to the warming climate, are affecting the global climate system and are also affecting the global economic system as marine access to the Arctic region and natural resource development increase. Satellite data show that during each of the past six summers, sea ice cover has shrunk to its smallest in three decades. The composition of the ice is also changing, now containing a higher fraction of thin first-year ice instead of thicker multi-year ice.
Understanding and projecting future sea ice conditions is important to a growing number of stakeholders, including local populations, natural resource industries, fishing communities, commercial shippers, marine tourism operators, national security organizations, regulatory agencies, and the scientific research community. However, gaps in understanding the interactions between Arctic sea ice, oceans, and the atmosphere, along with an increasing rate of change in the nature and quantity of sea ice, is hampering accurate predictions. Although modeling has steadily improved, projections by every major modeling group failed to predict the record breaking drop in summer sea ice extent in September 2012.
Establishing sustained communication between the user, modeling, and observation communities could help reveal gaps in understanding, help balance the needs and expectations of different stakeholders, and ensure that resources are allocated to address the most pressing sea ice data needs. Seasonal-to-Decadal Predictions of Arctic Sea Ice: Challenges and Strategies explores these topics.

Congressional Research Service Report Released: Climate Change and Existing Law: A Survey of Legal Issues Past, Present, and Future

Congressional Research Service Report Released: Climate Change and Existing Law: A Survey of Legal Issues Past, Present, and Future

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the public policy research arm of Congress, just issued the report Climate Change and Existing Law: A Survey of Legal Issues Past, Present, and Future (Oct. 25, 2012). The 26-page report authored by Robert Meltz discusses the following:

Summary

This report surveys existing law for legal issues that have arisen, or may arise in the future, on account of climate change and government responses thereto.
At the threshold of many climate-change-related lawsuits are two barriers—whether the plaintiff has standing to sue and whether the claim being made presents a political question. Both barriers have forced courts to apply amorphous standards in a new and complex context.
Efforts to mitigate climate change—that is, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—have spawned a host of legal issues. The Supreme Court resolved a big one in 2007—the Clean Air Act (CAA), it said, does authorize EPA to regulate GHG emissions. Quite recently, a host of issues raised by EPA’s efforts to carry out that authority were resolved in the agency’s favor by the D.C. Circuit. Another issue is whether EPA’s “endangerment finding” for GHG emissions from new motor vehicles will compel EPA to move against GHG emissions under other CAA authorities. Still other mitigation issues are (1) the role of the Endangered Species Act in addressing climate change; (2) how climate change must be considered under the National Environmental Policy Act; (3) liability and other questions raised by carbon capture and sequestration; (4) constitutional constraints on land use regulation and state actions against climate change; and (5) whether the public trust doctrine applies to the atmosphere.
Liability for harms allegedly caused by climate change has raised another crop of legal issues. The Supreme Court decision that the CAA bars federal judges from imposing their own limits on GHG emissions from power plants has led observers to ask: Can plaintiffs alleging climate change harms still seek monetary damages, and are state law claims still allowed? The two rulings so far say no to the former, but split on the latter. Questions of insurance policy coverage are also likely to be litigated. Finally, the applicability of international law principles to climate change has yet to be resolved.
Water shortages thought to be induced by climate change likely will lead to litigation over the nature of water rights. Shortages have already prompted several lawsuits over whether cutbacks in water delivered from federal projects effect Fifth Amendment takings or breaches of contract.
Sea level rise and extreme precipitation linked to climate change raise questions as to (1) the effect of sea level rise on the beachfront owner’s property line; (2) whether public beach access easements migrate with the landward movement of beaches; (3) design and operation of federal levees; and (4) government failure to take preventive measures against climate change harms.
Other adaptation responses to climate change raising legal issues, often property rights related, are beach armoring (seawalls, bulkheads, etc.), beach renourishment, and “retreat” measures. Retreat measures seek to move existing development away from areas likely to be affected by floods and sea level rise, and to discourage new development there.
Natural disasters to which climate change contributes may prompt questions as to whether response actions taken in an emergency are subject to relaxed requirements and, similarly, as to the rebuilding of structures destroyed by such disasters just as they were before.
Finally, immigration and refugee law appear not to cover persons forced to relocate because of climate change impacts such as drought or sea level rise.

U.S. Geological Survey Report Released: Streamflow Depletion by Wells--Understanding and Managing the Effects of Groundwater Pumping on Streamflow

U.S. Geological Survey Report Released: Streamflow Depletion by Wells--Understanding and Managing the Effects of Groundwater Pumping on Streamflow

Recently, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a report titled Streamflow Depletion by Wells--Understanding and Managing the Effects of Groundwater Pumping on Streamflow (USGS Circular 1376). The 35-page report available here, discusses,
[g]roundwater is an important source of water for many human needs, including public supply, agriculture, and industry. With the development of any natural resource, however, adverse consequences may be associated with its use. One of the primary concerns related to the development of groundwater resources is the effect of groundwater pumping on streamflow. Groundwater and surface-water systems are connected, and groundwater discharge is often a substantial component of the total flow of a stream. Groundwater pumping reduces the amount of groundwater that flows to streams and, in some cases, can draw streamflow into the underlying groundwater system. Streamflow reductions (or depletions) caused by pumping have become an important water-resource management issue because of the negative impacts that reduced flows can have on aquatic ecosystems, the availability of surface water, and the quality and aesthetic value of streams and rivers. Scientific research over the past seven decades has made important contributions to the basic understanding of the processes and factors that affect streamflow depletion by wells. Moreover, advances in methods for simulating groundwater systems with computer models provide powerful tools for estimating the rates, locations, and timing of streamflow depletion in response to groundwater pumping and for evaluating alternative approaches for managing streamflow depletion. The primary objective of this report is to summarize these scientific insights and to describe the various field methods and modeling approaches that can be used to understand and manage streamflow depletion. A secondary objective is to highlight several misconceptions concerning streamflow depletion and to explain why these misconceptions are incorrect.

National Academies Report Released: Exploring Health and Environmental Costs of Food: Workshop Summary

National Academies Report Released: Exploring Health and Environmental Costs of Food: Workshop Summary

Recently, the National Academies Press (NAP) released a report authored by Leslie Pray, Laura Pillsbury, and Maria Oria, Rapporteurs; Food and Nutrition Board; Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Institute of Medicine; and the National Research Council titled, Exploring Health and Environmental Costs of Food: Workshop Summary (2012). The 130-page report is available free with a one-time registration. According to the summary, the focus of the report
was on the environmental and health impacts of food, using externalities as a basis for discussion and animal products as a case study (i.e., specifically beef, poultry, pork, and dairy). The intention was not to quantify costs or benefits, rather lay the groundwork for doing so. A major goal of the workshop was to identify information sources and methodologies required to recognize and estimate the costs and benefits of environmental and public health consequences associated with the U.S. food system . . .  It was anticipated that the workshop would provide the basis for a follow-up consensus study of the subject and that a central task of the consensus study will be to develop a framework for a fullscale accounting of the environmental and public health effects for all food products of the U.S.food system.

Discussion: Aid Effectiveness for Climate Compatible Development

NYU Environmental & Land Use Law Initiative Panel Discussion: Aid Effectiveness for Climate Compatible Development


Upcoming Panel Discussion

Aid Effectiveness for Climate Compatible Development
What can we learn from experience in Indonesia, Bangladesh and Grenada?

Wednesday, November 14th -12:00 to 2:00 PM
New York University School of Law
Furman Hall, Pollack Colloquium Room
245 Sullivan Street, New York, NY

Developing countries need significant funding to build more climate-resilient, low-carbon economies. Much of this funding may come from international sources. How are developing and developed countries - and international institutions - working in partnership to disburse climate finance effectively? What's required to make climate finance fair, transparent and accountable?

Speakers:
  • Jennifer Morgan, Director of Climate and Energy Program, World Resources Institute
  • Ari Huhtala, Director of Policy and Programmes, Climate Development Knowledge Network
  • Rauf Prasodjo, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • Clifford Polycarp, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute
  • Sarah Mason-Case, Legal Officer, International Development Law Organization
CDKN, WRI and the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO) have produced a set of briefings - the “Inside Stories on Climate Compatible Development” - that explore different countries' experiences in designing and delivering climate compatible development. Case studies from Indonesia, Bangladesh and Grenada highlight the knotty questions and stakeholder dynamics involved in disbursing climate finance. They offer important lessons for other countries – recipient and donor alike – in how to structure and govern climate finance flows. Read more details about the ‘Inside Stories’ at http://www.wri.org/publications/inside-stories.

Please RSVP at
fgcelul@law.nyu.edu.

Sponsored by The World Resources Institute, the Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and the Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law.
For more information click here.

EPA Event: Importance of Water to the United States Economy Symposium

EPA Event: Importance of Water to the United States Economy Symposium

EPA is conducting a study on the
importance of water in the U.S. economy to better understand how water contributes to the economic welfare of the nation and plays a critical role in many sectors of the U.S. economy. On December 4, EPA and American University will host a public symposium in Washington, D.C. with speakers that represent a diverse array of industries including agriculture, food and beverage production, manufacturing, recreation, tourism and fishing. EPA will also release a draft report on the importance of water to the U.S. economy. To register to attend the symposium, click here.
 
Additionally, EPA held a workshop on September 19, in Washington, D.C. to present the findings from background papers and to engage a diverse mix of analysts and decision-makers from different regions and sectors of the economy in a discussion. Topics included challenges that private and public sector decision-makers face in managing and using water resources, methods and tools analysts use to generate information to support decision-making, and gaps in information that would improve management and use of water resources. Click here for materials from the workshop. For more information, contact John Powers (powers.john@epa.gov or 202-564-5776).

National Academies Report Released: Alternatives for Managing the Nation's Complex Contaminated Groundwater Sites

National Academies Report Released: Alternatives for Managing the Nation's Complex Contaminated Groundwater Sites

Recently, the National Academies Press (NAP) released a report produced by the Committee on Future Options for Management in the Nation's Subsurface Remediation Effort; Water Science and Technology Board; Division on Earth and Life Studies; and the National Research Council titled, Alternatives for Managing the Nation's Complex Contaminated Groundwater Sites (2012). The 240-page report available here with a one-time registration, discusses how
[a]cross the United States, thousands of hazardous waste sites are contaminated with chemicals that prevent the underlying groundwater from meeting drinking water standards. These include Superfund sites and other facilities that handle and dispose of hazardous waste, active and inactive dry cleaners, and leaking underground storage tanks; many are at federal facilities such as military installations. While many sites have been closed over the past 30 years through cleanup programs run by the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. EPA, and other state and federal agencies, the remaining caseload is much more difficult to address because the nature of the contamination and subsurface conditions make it difficult to achieve drinking water standards in the affected groundwater. This report estimates that at least 126,000 sites across the U.S. still have contaminated groundwater, and their closure is expected to cost at least $110 billion to $127 billion. About 10 percent of these sites are considered "complex," meaning restoration is unlikely to be achieved in the next 50 to 100 years due to technological limitations. At sites where contaminant concentrations have plateaued at levels above cleanup goals despite active efforts, the report recommends evaluating whether the sites should transition to long-term management, where risks would be monitored and harmful exposures prevented, but at reduced costs.
San Francisco, Bay Area and Sacramento Valley – Sea Level Rise Map Gealogy (Lance N). Right after 9/11, there was Nuke-o-Meter. Mouse to a location, chose your weapon, and you could see the impact and fallout maps. Now you can see what gets submerged with various sea level rises.http://geology.com/sea-level-rise/san-francisco.shtml

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Researchers Find Fracking Might Cause Earthquakes After All


Researchers Find Fracking Might Cause Earthquakes After All
Smithsonian
The known link between fracking and earthquakes has been to do with the waste disposal process, not the fracking itself: inappropriate disposal of waste ...
New research suggests fracking can cause small earthquakes
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Now comes a report from Canada that draws direct links from fracking itself and earthquakes. Smithsonian.com has a report here, which includes a link to the ...

Virginia earthquake wins by a landslide

Virginia earthquake wins by a landslide

Analysis of 2011 quake suggests seismic risk in the eastern United States may be higher than previously thought.http://www.nature.com/news/virginia-earthquake-wins-by-a-landslide-1.11763

Climate Debate Rooted in Religious Ethic

Climate Debate Rooted in Religious Ethic

Anne Ringgaard, ScienceNordic
There may not be any obvious point in trying to preserve annoying insects and slimy maggots. Yet most people believe we should try to save them from extinction.Our love of biodiversity and our inclination to preserve threatened species comes from religion, argues Jacob Wolf, a theologian at Copenhagen University in a new book in which he has collected a number of essays on phenomenology, science, ecology and theology.http://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2012/11/08/climate_debate_is_rooted_in_religious_ethic_106401.html

Dear Mr. President, Congrats. But We Need to Talk

Dear Mr. President, Congrats. But We Need to Talk

Popular Science
Dear President Obama,What a relief, many of us thought this morning. We re-elected a president who supports public funding for research (truthfully, public funding for anything). We re-elected a president who acknowledges the reality of climate change (at least you did in your victory speech if not during the campaign). We re-elected a president who so eloquently describes occupations like doctors, scientists and engineers as the definition of American aspiration.http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-11/dear-mr-president-congratulations-we-need-talk

What Obama's Reelection Means for Coal, Climate Change, and America's Energy Future

What Obama's Reelection Means for Coal, Climate Change, and America's Energy Future

UMass Amherst climate modeler identifies trigger for Earth's last big freeze

UMass Amherst climate modeler identifies trigger for Earth's last big freeze

Amherst MA (SPX) Nov 08, 2012
For more than 30 years, climate scientists have debated whether flood waters from melting of the enormous Laurentide Ice Sheet, which ushered in the last major cold episode on Earth about 12,900 years ago, flowed northwest into the Arctic first, or east via the Gulf of St. Lawrence, to weaken ocean thermohaline circulation and have a frigid effect on global climate.http://www.terradaily.com/reports/UMass_Amherst_climate_modeler_identifies_trigger_for_Earths_last_big_freeze_999.html

Extreme weather preceded collapse of ancient Maya civilization

Extreme weather preceded collapse of ancient Maya civilization

Decades of extreme weather crippled, and ultimately decimated, first the political culture and later the human population of the ancient Maya, according to a new study.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121108142750.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Climate science: Trends in use of words in scientific studies may impact public perceptions

Climate science: Trends in use of words in scientific studies may impact public perceptions

The impact of climate science research on society is likely to depend on regular fashion cycles in the public's use of specific keywords relating to climate change, according to new research.

Mining the Oceans for Mineral Riches

Mining the Oceans for Mineral Riches

Despite concern over adverse impacts, deep marine mineral exploration is set to become a global industry, says geologist Chris Yeats.Global demand for metals continues to grow, fuelled largely by increasing populations and the industrialisation and urbanisation of China and India. To meet this demand, the international minerals industry has had to search new areas of the globe for additional resources.As Africa — the last underexplored continent — becomes more developed, it is inevitable that the oceans, which cover three-quarters of…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Mining-the-Oceans-for-Mineral-Riches.html

Estimate of Economic Losses Now Up to $50 Billion Estimate of Economic Losses Now Up to $50 Billion

Estimate of Economic Losses Now Up to $50 Billion
Estimate of Economic Losses Now Up to $50 Billion
Damages from Hurricane Sandy could be double a previous forecast, with economists warning that the storm could shave a half percentage point off the nation’s economic growth.
November 2, 2012, Fridayhttp://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/business/estimate-of-economic-losses-now-up-to-50-billion.html?ref=marywilliamswalsh

Forget Kyoto: Putting a Tax on Carbon Consumption

Forget Kyoto: Putting a Tax on Carbon Consumption

Given the failure of international climate negotiations, an Oxford University economist says a carbon consumption tax would be the most effective way of lowering CO2 emissions. If countries are serious about addressing climate change, he argues, then they must pay for the carbon pollution they cause. BY DIETER HELMhttp://e360.yale.edu/feature/forget_kyoto_putting_a_tax_on_carbon_consumption/2590/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YaleEnvironment360+%28Yale+Environment+360%29

Astronomy Picture of the Day


Astronomy Picture of the Day

 http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap121107.html

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sandy prompts renewed interest and concern in climate change

Sandy prompts renewed interest and concern in climate change
Superstorm Sandy's hurricane winds and torrential downpours killed at least 106 people, left millions without power, and caused billions of dollars in damage. It also got people—including the mayor of New York—talking again about climate change. http://phys.org/news/2012-11-sandy-prompts-renewed-climate.html#nwlt

The limitations of climate models

The limitations of climate models
(Phys.org)—How accurate is the latest generation of climate models? Climate physicist Reto Knutti from ETH Zurich has compared them with old models and draws a differentiated conclusion: while climate modelling has made substantial progress in recent years, we also need to be aware of its limitations. http://phys.org/news/2012-11-limitations-climate.html#nwlt

Researchers develop tool to assess regional risks of climate change, potential impacts on infrastructure and planning

Researchers develop tool to assess regional risks of climate change, potential impacts on infrastructure and planning
Climate scientists cannot attribute any single weather event—whether a drought, wildfire or extreme storm—to climate change. But extreme events, such as Hurricane Sandy, are glimpses of the types of occurrences the world could be more vulnerable to in the future. As the devastation left by Sandy continues to reverberate, decision-makers at every level are asking: How can we be better prepared? http://phys.org/news/2012-11-tool-regional-climate-potential-impacts.html#nwlt

Drought halves Kazakh grain harvest

Drought halves Kazakh grain harvest

Astana, Kazakhstan (AFP) Nov 06, 2012
The grain harvest in Kazakhstan, central Asia's breadbasket, almost halved this year following a severe drought, according to government figures released Tuesday. This year's harvest amounted to 14.7 million tonnes, almost half the 26.9 million tonnes recorded in 2011. The former Soviet republic generally exports about half of its crops, particularly to its central Asian neighbours but ahttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Drought_halves_Kazakh_grain_harvest_999.html
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Is It Time for Climate Scientists to Get Political?

Is It Time for Climate Scientists to Get Political?

Brooke Jarvis, Atlantic
Science has never really been the detached, apolitical world we sometimes imagine it to be. Just think of Galileo. But in the era of climate change, the politicization of science has reached an entirely new level. . .http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/11/is-it-time-for-climate-scientists-to-get-political/264636/

What Can Obama Do About Climate Change?

What Can Obama Do About Climate Change?

The President faces a divided Congress, but has some powerful tools to limit carbon emissions.
President Obama didn’t say much about climate change during his campaign—except to declare that it isn’t a hoax. But he made clear in his acceptance speech this morning that addressing the issue will be a priority: “We want our children to live in an America that isn't burdened by debt, that isn't weakened by inequality, that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.”http://www.technologyreview.com/view/507081/what-can-obama-do-about-climate-change/

Yes, Climate Change Contributed To Superstorm Sandy

Posted: 07 Nov 2012 06:20 AM PST
As Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast last week, meteorologists and climate scientists were repeatedly asked to explain what role climate change played in amplifying the storm. Overall, we know that climate change has stacked the deck so that this kind of event happens more frequently. That answer, however, prompts a deeper, more unsettling question that many want to know: is climate change worsening some recent extreme weather events like super storm Sandy?http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/139771/yes-climate-change-contributed-superstorm-sandy?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Restore the Shore Update 11/07

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November 7, 2012 A.M. Update

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Mr. President, please come back to New Jersey and New York.
Your nation needs you to lead. Your people are suffering. Our eastern shores are bleeding.
 

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NOAA estimated that due to seven inches in sea level rise caused by Climate Change, Super Storm Sandy was 22% more intense than if the same storm it only 50 years ago.

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Relief is finally rolling in on all fronts. Resources are low and the amount of homeless is mounting. Please donate today. Time or money is desperately needed.
  
 
Tales Of Heroism
  
Justin Palmer of the Berkeley Township Underwater Search and Rescue Squad 86 reports: "Most of our rescuing was done during the night in rising tides with 90 knot winds and driving rain. My team operated on a non-stop 50 hour grind."
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Pennsylvania Deputy State Police Commissioner Lt. Col.George Bivens, left, is greeted by New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Rick Fuentes after 280 state troopers, police and law enforcement officers from other states were sworn in by New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Wrightstown, N.J. The officers will assist New Jersey state police and local officers with security and recovery missions in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
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 Honor Guard never left their post at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. during Super Storm Sandy

FEMA ANNOUNCEMENT
"FEMA only covers your primary residence, not vacation homes."


 November 6, 2012 A.M. Update
  
Please follow these safety tips when using alternative heating devices
  
Christie Administration Urges Precautions on Use of Alternative Heating Devices During Extended Power Outage

Key findings from the Department of Energy's 16th situation report:
As of 9:00 am EST November 5, power has been restored for 7,136,575 customers out of the 8,511,251 total peak outages:
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25 Maryland State Police troopers who are heading to NY and NJ to assist with relief efforts
  
  Alabama Power Company Trucks Assist In NJ Restoration Of Power
   
Almost 400 Alabama Power employees are in southern New Jersey, about 15 miles from Atlantic City, helping the utility company there restore power to customers.

Brian Lindsay, Alabama Power Storm Team Director, said customers in New Jersey are very appreciative of the help.


 Lavallette,N.J. kids need donations
for their satellite school

School starts on Monday, November 12

Here is the list:

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A Lighter Side

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Aquaman Has Been Seen On The Jersey Shore!

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 Go Vote
To vote electronically, displaced voters may submit a mail-in ballot application either by e-mail or fax to their county clerk. Once an application is approved, the clerk will electronically send a ballot to the voter by either fax or e-mail in accordance to the voter's preference. Voters must return their electronic ballot - by fax or email - no later than November 6, 2012, at 8 p.m. 
Voters can download a mail-in ballot application for their county by visiting:


A list of county clerk websites, phone numbers and fax numbers
are available by visiting

  
November 5, 2012 A.M. Update

"Many Americans have asked how they can support the Hurricane Sandy recovery. There is now a website to coordinate the outpouring of support for disaster survivors at:

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"EMS Task Force Mobile Hospital Deployed in Ocean County receiving patients. Over 35 pieces of apparatus, and 150+ health care providers supporting the operation."

 New Jersey Gas Update 

Gas OK  

Gas supplies are not an issue within New Jersey.
Please be confident that supplies will continue to refill service stations throughout the state.


Benefit Concert Raises Much Needed Money
  
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Concert raised $23 Million of the estimated $50 Billion needed rebuild storm ravaged areas of the Eastern United States 


November 4, 2012 A.M. Update


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Utility Companies from across the United States are mobilizing to assist New Jersey utility companies to restore power to the state.

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Utility workers use creative ways to restore power to New Jersey homes and businesses

  
Voting Update
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NJ Governor Christie Administration Announces E-Mail and Fax Voting Available to New Jerseyans Displaced by Hurricane Sandy
 

Already Available to Military and Overseas Voters, State Opens Electronic Voting System to Make Voting More Accessible to Citizens Displaced by Hurricane Sandy and First Responders Assisting in Recovery Efforts
 
Trenton, NJ - The New Jersey Department of State issued a directive yesterday to county elections officials to permit New Jersey registered voters displaced by Hurricane Sandy to vote electronically. This directive also is intended to assist displaced first responders, whose tireless recovery efforts away from home has made voting a challenge.

To vote electronically, displaced voters may submit a mail-in ballot application either by e-mail or fax to their county clerk. Once an application is approved, the clerk will electronically send a ballot to the voter by either fax or e-mail in accordance to the voter's preference. Voters must return their electronic ballot - by fax or email - no later than November 6, 2012, at 8 p.m.
 
Voters can download a mail-in ballot application for their county by visiting
http://nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information-vote-by-mail.html. A list of county clerk websites, phone numbers and fax numbers are available by visitinghttp://nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information-local-officials.html.

 
Separate directives issued yesterday enable displaced voters and first responders to vote by provisional ballot at a polling place in a county other than the voter's county of registration. The deadline for county clerks to receive mail-in ballots has been extended to November 19, 2012, for any ballot postmarked on or before November 5, 2012.
Mail-in ballots post marked later than November 5 will not be accepted.
 

County elections officials have also been directed to print a sufficient number of provisional and emergency ballots to accommodate voters.

Voters are encouraged to take advantage of extended office hours at county elections offices to cast their vote early and in-person. Registered voters can obtain and cast their ballot in-person at their county elections office up until 3 pm Tuesday. County election offices are to remain open, at a minimum, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm throughout the weekend, until November 5. Voters that have a mail-in ballot and choose to deliver their ballot to the county elections office in person must present their completed ballot to their county elections office no later than the close of polls on Tuesday.

 
Information is also available by calling 1-877-NJVOTER.
 


 
New Jersey County Offices Of Emergency Management
Contact Information:


  
DONATIONS
  
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Restore the Shore Projects has teamed up with ERGO Clothing in a disaster relief effort. All proceeds will go directly to those who need it most. Please, help us rebuild all the lives that were crushed by this tragedy. Pre-order today! Product will ship in 5-7 business days.
  

Want to help? Email:

restoretheshore@ergoclothing.com  

to join the cause.
 


US Red Cross  
RED Cross Donate   
Financial donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy.
You can also go to iTunes/redcross or text 90999 to REDCROSS for an automatic $10 donation
Or Click This Link To Give More: 

Additional Donations:

The Jewish Federations of North America
has opened the JFNA Hurricane Relief Fund


  
November 2, 2012 News
  
FEMA CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact Us:
 Phone: 1 (800) 621-FEMA (3362)
TTY: 1 (800) 462-7585
Online Registration
Technical Assistance:
 Phone: 1 (800) 745-0243
Apply For Assistance:

Jersey Shore Hurricane News On Facebook

Hurricane Sandy Coming Together Benefit Concert
Tonight On NBC

ALERTS! 
Do No Use Your Gas Oven To Heat Your Home!
It Can Cause High Levels Of Carbon Monoxide
To Raise Inside Your Home

Leave Your Gas Powered Generators Outside Your Home
In A Non-Visible Area.
Thieves Are Stealing Them!

When Purchasing A Generator Make Sure You Purchase
A Rental Grade Generator With A Voltage Selection Dial.

Make Sure All Your Windows And Doors Are Locked.
Looting Is Becoming A Serious Issue And Police Departments Are Concentrating On Search And Rescue Operations

November 1, 2012 News  
NJ Office of Emergency Management
List of hotels, pharmacies, restaurants and gas stations
that are currently open

NJ Governor Christie Warns Of
Contractor And Charity Scams

Christie Administration Activates
Volunteer Emergency Response Hotline -
Volunteers Asked to Call 1-800-JERSEY-7

Please send links and notifications to:


  
National Green Energy Council
1701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20006