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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Carbon Tax Getting Serious Consideration As CBO Seeks To Address Regressiveness

Carbon Tax Getting Serious Consideration As CBO Seeks To Address Regressiveness

Video I first learned about the concept of a carbon tax from the Green Party Platform.  It was one of the things that Presidential candidate Jill Stein spoke at length about in my interview with her.   The concept also has Republican support.  Former Congressman Bob Inglis has also been promoting the idea   The [...]http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterjreilly/2012/11/17/carbon-tax-getting-serious-consideration-as-cbo-seeks-to-address-regressiveness/

Carbon Tax Getting Serious Consideration As CBO Seeks To Address Regressiveness

Carbon Tax Getting Serious Consideration As CBO Seeks To Address Regressiveness

Video I first learned about the concept of a carbon tax from the Green Party Platform.  It was one of the things that Presidential candidate Jill Stein spoke at length about in my interview with her.   The concept also has Republican support.  Former Congressman Bob Inglis has also been promoting the idea   The [...]http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterjreilly/2012/11/17/carbon-tax-getting-serious-consideration-as-cbo-seeks-to-address-regressiveness/

Long Island Residents Dealing With Sandy-Related Garbage Nightmare

Long Island Residents Dealing With Sandy-Related Garbage Nightmare

Thousands Of Cubic Yards Of Trash, Raw Sewage Making Life Miserablehttp://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/11/16/long-island-residents-dealing-with-garbage-problems-after-sandy/

EPA rejects bid to relax ethanol mandate EPA rejects bid to relax ethanol mandate2012 drought prompted request over corn fuel use


EPA rejects bid to relax ethanol mandate


From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121117/AUTO01/211170359#ixzz2CUm4eC8v

EPA rejects bid to relax ethanol mandate

2012 drought prompted request over corn fuel use



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121117/AUTO01/211170359#ixzz2CUm4eC8v

EPA rejects bid to relax ethanol mandate

2012 drought prompted request over corn fuel use



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121117/AUTO01/211170359#ixzz2CUlwkI2T

EPA rejects bid to relax ethanol mandate

2012 drought prompted request over corn fuel use



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121117/AUTO01/211170359#ixzz2CUlwkI2T

East Coast faces variety of tsunami threats

East Coast faces variety of tsunami threats

The most likely source for an East Coast tsunami would be an underwater avalanche along the continental slope.http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/east-coast-faces-variety-of-tsunami-threats

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Tuning Up the President's Message on Climate Change

Tuning Up the President's Message on Climate Change

I think the President's answer reflected an 'inside the beltway' assessment of the political landscape. His approach understimates the will of the American people to do something about climate change. The public opinion numbers are clear. Since 2010, the number of Americans who believe in climate change has increased by 13%.http://theenergycollective.com/arnoharris/144821/tuning-presidents-message-climate-change?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

In Hurricane Sandy's Wake

In Hurricane Sandy's Wake

Hurricane Sandy’s impact on large parts of New Jersey and the New York City area made for riveting and sobering television, prompting an outpouring of responses – including those from the oil and natural gas industry. Other responses included work by companies to clear routes to fuel terminals that were obstructed by storm damage, as well as work to restore power to affected area refineries.http://theenergycollective.com/mark-green/144806/hurricane-sandy-s-wake?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Oil Platform Fire Sends Shockwaves through Gulf on Heels of Record BP Fines

Oil Platform Fire Sends Shockwaves through Gulf on Heels of Record BP Fines

Many people in the Gulf are still recovering from the BP oil disaster that residents say continues to impact their fisheries and beaches more than two years later. Grand Isle mayor David Camardelle, whose community has been one of the hardest hit by the oil disaster, said he was saddened to learn of the latest offshore oil rig fire and injuries to workers.http://theenergycollective.com/rockykistner/144971/oil-platform-fire-sends-shockwaves-through-gulf-heels-record-bp-fines?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

ENENews.com - Energy News 11/16


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Friday, November 16, 2012

Top Ten Costs of the BP Oil Spill that won't be Covered by the $4.5 Billion Fine

Top Ten Costs of the BP Oil Spill that won't be Covered by the $4.5 Billion Fine

BP recently agreed to pay a fine of some $4.5 billion dollars from the US Department of Justice for malfeasance in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the largest fine paid in US history. There are also manslaughter and obstruction of justice charges against individual executives.BP also was forced by President Obama to pay out $20 billion for damage claims, though it has dragged its feet in actually making the payments. It faces further lawsuits and private payouts.Given the high price of petroleum, however, BP can pay the fine with no difficulty…Read more...http://oilprice.com/The-Environment/Oil-Spills/Top-Ten-Costs-of-the-BP-Oil-Spill-that-wont-be-Covered-by-the-4.5-Billion-Fine.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+oilpricecom+%28Oil+Price.com+Daily+News+Update%29

BP Hit with the Largest Criminal Penalty In U.S. History Over Gulf Oil Spill

BP Hit with the Largest Criminal Penalty In U.S. History Over Gulf Oil Spill

BP Employees Indicted for Manslaughter and Lying to Federal Investigators

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/11/bp-employees-indicted-for-manslaughter-and-lying-to-federal-investigators-in-connection-with-the-gulf-oil-spill.html

Why $4.5 Billion Doesn't Get BP off the Hook

Why $4.5 Billion Doesn't Get BP off the Hook

Paul Barrett, Bloomberg BW
BP (BP), as we know, has agreed to an historic settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve some more of its liability from the nation's biggest oil spill ever. The basics seem simple enough: The London-based energy company will pay $4.5 billion, including a record $1.26 billion criminal fine, to end all criminal charges and settle U.S. securities claims stemming from the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico blowout that killed 11 men and spewed an estimated 4.9 million barrels of crude.http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-11-16/explaining-stuff-you-dont-get-about-the-bp-settlement

GoM offshore production platform explosion reported



GoM offshore production platform explosion reported

Additional unconfirmed information about the accident on a Gulf of Mexico production platform has it that the fire is extinguished.

Two people are believed to be dead and two more are missing, say the reports. The US Coast Guard evacuated four people by helicopter earlier today to the West Jefferson Medical Center.

There were reportedly 28 people on the non-producing platform conducting maintenance operations.

There are no reports of any oil spill from the platform at this time.

The platform, 25 mi (40 km) southeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana, is contracted to Black Elk.

BP faces possible bar by US government


BP faces challenges with government claims
http://link.ft.com/r/ZE9K33/SUPMO9/FXWIVG/5V3TE4/PN1FSU/PJ/h?a1=2012&a2=11&a3=16
 
BP faces possible bar by US government
http://link.ft.com/r/ZE9K33/SUPMO9/FXWIVG/5V3TE4/RPT3R3/PJ/h?a1=2012&a2=11&a3=16
 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

National Academies Report Released: Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis

National Academies Report Released: Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis

Recently, the National Academies Press (NAP) released a report edited by John D. Steinbruner, Paul C. Stern, and Jo L. Husbands; and produced by the Committee on Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on Social and Political Stresses; Board on Environmental Change and Society; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; and the National Research Council titled, Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis (2012). The 219-page report available here with a one-time registration, discusses how,
[c]limate change can reasonably be expected to increase the frequency and intensity of a variety of potentially disruptive environmental events-slowly at first, but then more quickly. It is prudent to expect to be surprised by the way in which these events may cascade, or have far-reaching effects. Over the coming decade, some climate-related events will produce consequences that exceed the capacity of affected societies or global systems to manage; these may have global security implications. Although focused on events outside the United States, Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis recommends a range of research and policy actions to create a whole-of-government approach to increasing understanding of complex and contingent connections between climate and security, and to inform choices about adapting to and reducing vulnerability to climate change.

Can Cap-and-Trade Actually Reduce World Carbon Emissions?

Can Cap-and-Trade Actually Reduce World Carbon Emissions?

The U.S. successfully developed one of the first cap-and-trade programs. Based in part on this success a similar process was incorporated into the Kyoto Protocol. How successful can the Kyoto Protocol cap-and-trade program actually reduce future world carbon emissions?http://theenergycollective.com/jemillerep/143451/draft-progresscan-cap-and-trade-actually-reduce-world-carbon-emissions?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Powers Not Yet Expected to Sign SE Asia Nuke-Free Zone Protocol

Powers Not Yet Expected to Sign SE Asia Nuke-Free Zone Protocol

Five nuclear powers are not expected at an upcoming regional meeting to formally approve the protocol for the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone Treaty, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Thursday.
The 21st summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is due to begin on Sunday in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
"As the signing day approaches, Russia, France and the United Kingdom have expressed their reservations, so we postpone the signing to later date in order to continue further negotiations," Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong told reporters.http://www.nti.org/gsn/article/powers-not-expected-sign-se-asia-nuke-free-zone-protocol/

BP's Statement On $4 Billion Criminal Settlement

BP's Statement On $4 Billion Criminal Settlement

No, Let's Not Rebuild Parts of New York Area

No, Let's Not Rebuild Parts of New York Areahttp://www.forbes.com/sites/timferguson/2012/11/15/no-lets-not-rebuild-parts-of-new-york-area/

Congressional Research Service Report Released: Biomass: Comparison of Definitions in Legislation Through the 112th Congress

Congressional Research Service Report Released: Biomass: Comparison of Definitions in Legislation Through the 112th Congress

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the public policy research arm of Congress, just issued the report Biomass: Comparison of Definitions in Legislation Through the 112th Congress (Nov. 14, 2012). The 20-page report authored by Kelsi Bracmort discusses the following:
 

Summary

The use of biomass as an energy feedstock is emerging as a potentially viable alternative to address U.S. energy security concerns, foreign oil dependence, rural economic development, and diminishing sources of conventional energy. Biomass (organic matter that can be converted into energy) may include food crops, crops for energy (e.g., switchgrass or prairie perennials), crop residues, wood waste and byproducts, and animal manure. Most legislation involving biomass has focused on encouraging the production of liquid fuels from corn. Efforts to promote the use of biomass for power generation have focused on wood, wood residues, and milling waste. Comparatively less emphasis has been placed on the use of non-corn-based biomass feedstocks—other food crops, non-food crops, crop residues, animal manure, and more—as renewable energy sources for liquid fuel use or for power generation. This is partly due to the variety, lack of availability, and dispersed location of non-corn-based biomass feedstock. The technology development status and costs to convert non-corn-based biomass into energy are also viewed by some as an obstacle to rapid technology deployment. 
For over 30 years, the term biomass has been a part of legislation enacted by Congress for various programs, indicating some interest by the general public and policymakers in expanding its use. To aid understanding of why U.S. consumers, utility groups, refinery managers, and others have not fully adopted biomass as an energy resource, this report investigates the characterization of biomass in legislation. The definition of biomass has evolved over time, most notably since 2004. The report lists biomass definitions enacted by Congress in legislation and the tax code since 2004 and definitions contained in legislation from the 111thCongress (the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, H.R. 2454; the American Clean Energy Leadership Act of 2009, S.1462; the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, S. 1733; and the discussion draft of the American Power Act). Comments on the similarities and differences among the definitions are provided. One point of contention regarding the definition is the inclusion of biomass from federal lands. Some argue that removal of biomass from these lands may lead to ecological harm. Others contend that biomass from federal lands can aid the production of renewable energy to meet certain mandates (e.g., the Renewable Fuel Standard) and that removal of biomass can enhance forest protection from wildfires. Factors that may prevent a private landowner from rapidly entering the biomass feedstock market are also included in the report. 
Bills were introduced in the 112th Congress that would modify the biomass definition (e.g., S.781, H.R. 1861). However, debates about the definition have not been as extensive in the 112th Congress as they were in previous Congresses. Forthcoming discussions about energy,particularly legislation involving the Renewable Fuel Standard or energy tax incentives, may prompt further discussion about the definition of biomass.

50,000 Starfish Wash Ashore in Ireland


50,000 Starfish Wash Ashore in Ireland
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/50000-starfish-wash-ashore-in-ireland/

It was a surreal and somewhat ghostly sight: that of perhaps 50,000 starfish
that somehow had come ashore overnight, en masse, and perished on a secluded
beach in Ireland. The Belfast Telegraph reports that harsh weather might have
been responsible for last week's peculiar and mysterious event, on Lissadell
Beach.

CUOMO ORDERS INVESTIGATION OF N.Y. UTILITIES' STORM PREPARATION AND RESPONSE

CUOMO ORDERS INVESTIGATION OF N.Y. UTILITIES' STORM PREPARATION AND RESPONSE
An executive order signed by New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Monday establishes a commission to investigate the response, preparation, and management of New York’s power utility companies during recent major storms that have hit the state of the past two years, including Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee. The mandate seeks to reform overlapping responsibilities of the state’s regulatory bodies, state agencies and authorities, and quasi-governmental bodies, which the governor’s office alleges have “contributed to a dysfunctional utility system.” Read More »http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/5143.html?hq_e=el&hq_m=2562950&hq_l=7&hq_v=30108e0773

CALIFORNIA DEBUTS CAP-AND-TRADE PROGRAM AMID LEGAL CHALLENGE

CALIFORNIA DEBUTS CAP-AND-TRADE PROGRAM AMID LEGAL CHALLENGE
Despite a last-minute lawsuit filed by California's Chamber of Commerce, the state on Wednesday held its first auction of carbon emissions permits, kicking off the nation's first state-implemented cap-and-trade program that limits the amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted by power plants, oil refineries, and other entities. Read More »http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/5144.html?hq_e=el&hq_m=2562950&hq_l=4&hq_v=30108e0773

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New dating of sea-level records reveals rapid response between ice volume and polar temperature

New dating of sea-level records reveals rapid response between ice volume and polar temperature

A new study has revealed a rapid response between global temperature and ice volume/sea-level, which could lead to sea-levels rising by over one meter. During the last few million years, global ice-volume variability has been one of the main feedback mechanisms in climate change, because of the strong reflective properties of large ice sheets. Ice volume changes in ancient times can be reconstructed from sea-level records. However, detailed assessment of the role of ice volume in climate change is hindered by inadequacies in sea-level records and/or their timescales. Now, for the first time, scientists are able to accurately date continuous sea-level records, to allow detailed comparisons of the ice-volume variability with independently dated ice-core records from Antarctica and Greenland.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121114134058.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Pacific fishing zones: Lifeline for overfished tuna?

Pacific fishing zones: Lifeline for overfished tuna?

Marine zoning in the Pacific Ocean, in combination with other measures, could significantly improve numbers of heavily overfished bigeye tuna and improve local economies, a fish modelling study has found.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121114113833.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Why Antarctic sea ice cover has increased under the effects of climate change

Why Antarctic sea ice cover has increased under the effects of climate change

London, UK (SPX) Nov 14, 2012
The first direct evidence that marked changes to Antarctic sea ice drift have occurred over the last 20 years, in response to changing winds, is published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience. Scientists from NERC's British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena California explain why, unlike the dramatic losses reported in the Arctic, the Antarctic seahttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Why_Antarctic_sea_ice_cover_has_increased_under_the_effects_of_climate_change_999.html

Melting glaciers raise sea level

Melting glaciers raise sea level

Anthropogenic climate change leads to melting glaciers and rising sea level. Between 1902 and 2009, melting glaciers contributed 11 cm to sea level rise. They were therefore the most important cause of sea level rise. Scientists have numerically modeled the changes of each of the world's 300,000 glaciers. Until 2100, glaciers could lead to an additional 22 cm of sea level rise.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121114083819.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Missouri residents worried about nuclear waste left over from World War II

Missouri residents worried about nuclear waste left over from World War II
 
Uranium and thorium were illegally tucked into a landfill in 1973, residents are now worried that flooding from nearby Missouri River could carry the toxins into the rest of Missouri. http://www.wastedive.com/news/missouri-residents-worried-about-nuclear-waste-left-over-from-world-war-ii/72384/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Waste+Dive+created+2012-11-14+100614237127&utm_content=Waste+Dive+created+2012-11-14+100614237127+CID_38122561c7599f5075818f0c9b7461c4&utm_source=campaignmonitor&utm_term=Missouri%20residents%20worried%20about%20nuclear%20waste%20left%20over%20from%20World%20War%20II

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Researchers analyze future snowpack decline from California to the Himalayas

Researchers analyze future snowpack decline from California to the Himalayas
(Phys.org)—Snowpack, an essential source of drinking water and agricultural irrigation for billions of people, could shrink significantly within the next 30 years, according to a study led by Stanford climate change researcher Noah Diffenbaugh. http://phys.org/news/2012-11-future-snowpack-decline-california-himalayas.html#nwlt

Study shows summer climate change, mostly warming

Study shows summer climate change, mostly warming
Analysis of 90 years of observational data has revealed that summer climates in regions across the globe are changing—mostly, but not always, warming —according to a new study led by a scientist from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences headquartered at the University of Colorado Boulder. http://phys.org/news/2012-11-summer-climate.html#nwlt

Sandy's surge affected more than 1.4 million in 11 states

Sandy's surge affected more than 1.4 million in 11 states
This map depicts the coastal areas likely to have been inundated by the storm surge resulting from Hurricane Sandy in relationship to residential population. It is based on a model used by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to predict the effects of hurricanes and other coastal storms on low-lying coastal regions. http://phys.org/news/2012-11-sandy-surge-affected-million-states.html#nwlt

New global CO2 emissions record in 2011

New global CO2 emissions record in 2011
Global carbon dioxide missions hit a new record last year at 34 billion tonnes, with China still topping the list of greenhouse gas producers, a German-based private institute said Tuesday. http://phys.org/news/2012-11-global-co2-emissions.html#nwlt

Asia's mega-cities 'more vulnerable to disasters'

Asia's mega-cities 'more vulnerable to disasters'
Asia's cities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to natural disasters as they struggle with poor planning, population explosions and climate change, the Asian Development Bank warned on Tuesday. http://phys.org/news/2012-11-asia-mega-cities-vulnerable-disasters.html#nwlt

Superstorm Sandy shows climate change isn't science fiction, top UN official says

Superstorm Sandy shows climate change isn't science fiction, top UN official says
Helen Clark, the administrator of the United Nations Development Program, visited Stanford to set the stage for international climate talks taking place in Doha, Qatar, later this month. http://phys.org/news/2012-11-superstorm-sandy-climate-isnt-science.html#nwlt

Increase in Antarctic Sea Ice Cover Triggered by Wind Shifts, Study Says

Increase in Antarctic Sea Ice Cover Triggered by Wind Shifts, Study Says

Scientists say they have the first direct evidence that changes in Antarctic sea ice drift caused by changing winds have produced an increase in Antarctic sea ice

Walker's World: Food crisis again

Walker's World: Food crisis again

London (UPI) Nov 12, 2012
http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Walkers_World_Food_crisis_again_999.html
Driven by bad wheat and a serious collapse the Siberian harvest, world wheat prices have risen more than 40 percent since January and are once more flirting with the panic prices of 2007 and 2008. Those price peaks, along with surging oil prices, were critical factors in the world economy's plunge in recession. The bread shortages and riots that followed the food crisis destabilized cou

Storms, Ozone, Vegetation and More: NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP Satellite Returns First Year of Data

Storms, Ozone, Vegetation and More: NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP Satellite Returns First Year of Data

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 08, 2012
On Oct. 28, 2011, the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite successfully blasted into orbit in a spectacular night launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Now, Suomi NPP has orbited the Earth more than 5,000 times and begun returning images and data that provide critical weather and climate measurements of the complex Earth system. "The Suomi NPP flight and groundhttp://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Storms_Ozone_Vegetation_and_More_NASA_NOAA_Suomi_NPP_Satellite_Returns_First_Year_of_Data_999.html

Fracking Still Controversial in Europe

 Fracking Still Controversial in Europe
New York Times
Mr. Egan said pumping fracking fluids into the earth lubricated natural fractures so they slid, causing the quakes. The incident stoked opposition.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/business/energy-environment/fracking-still-controversial-in-europe.html

Will a Lame Duck Congress Confront Nuclear Waste? By MATTHEW L. WALD

Will a Lame Duck Congress Confront Nuclear Waste?

Energy Potential vs. Energy Limitations

Energy Potential vs. Energy Limitations

Think about how a new IEA projection  – that our vast shale resources will let the U.S. overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s largest oil producer by 2020 – fits with last week’s decision by the administration to remove more than 1.5 million western acres from oil shale development.Short answer: Not very well.http://theenergycollective.com/mark-green/142626/energy-potential-vs-energy-limitations?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Michigan Renewable Energy Ballot Initiative Fails

Michigan Renewable Energy Ballot Initiative Fails

A significant percentage of Michigan voters cast ballots in favor of a stronger state renewable electricity standard, despite a well-funded disinformation campaign orchestrated by coal burning utilities and out of state opponents of renewable energy, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press_release/michigan-renewable-energy-0348.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ucsusa%2Frss+%28Union+of+Concerned+Scientists%29

California launches cap-and-trade program


California launches cap-and-trade program

California becomes the first in the nation to kick off an economy-wide, cap-and-trade program aimed at significantly reducing carbon emissions that cause climate change.http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press_release/calif-launches-cap-and-trade-0350.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20ucsusa%2Frss%20%28Union%20of%20Concerned%20Scientists%29

Hurricane Sandy Underscores Climate Change Threat to Coasts


Hurricane Sandy Underscores Climate Change Threat to Coasts

As Hurricane Sandy dissipates and recovery efforts begin, people are asking what role climate change plays in influencing such storms.http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press_release/hurricane-sandy-climate-change-coasts-0345.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ucsusa%2Frss+%28Union+of+Concerned+Scientists%29

UCS report finds As much as 18 percent of the country’s coal generating capacity should be considered for closure

UCS report finds As much as 18 percent of the country’s coal generating capacity should be considered for closure

A Union of Concerned Scientists report found that as much as 18 percent of the country’s coal generating capacity (59 GW) should be considered for closure because the generators will likely be more expensive to run -- after being upgrade with modern pollution controls -- than switching to natural gas or wind power.http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press_release/ripe-for-retirement-0349.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ucsusa%2Frss+%28Union+of+Concerned+Scientists%29

Coast Guard: Oil reported near BP Deepwater Horizon site (MAP)

Commentary: Sandy's S.O.S. By ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE UPI Editor at Large

 
Commentary: Sandy's S.O.S.
By ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE
UPI Editor at Large

United States Senate Report: A Look Ahead to EPA Regulations for 2013

United States Senate Report: A Look Ahead to EPA Regulations for 2013
Report online at www.epw.senate.gov/inhofe

Monday, November 12, 2012

Water Scarcity Threatens Energy Plans from US to China

Water Scarcity Threatens Energy Plans From US to China
Bloomberg
“The vulnerability of the energy sector to water constraints is widely spread geographically, affecting, among others, shale gas development and power generation in parts of China and the United States, the operation of India's highly water-intensive ...http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-12/water-scarcity-threatens-energy-plans-from-u-s-to-china.html

Climate Change Is Probably Going To Be Worse Than Any Of Us Expected

Climate Change Is Probably Going To Be Worse Than Any Of Us Expected

hoboken hurricane sandy flood damage
Climate change is likely to be more severe than some models have implied, according to a new study which ratchets up the possible temperature rises and subsequent climatic impacts.
The analysis by the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) found that climate model projections showing a greater rise in global temperature were likely to be more accurate than those showing a smaller rise.

Curtiss-Wright to design equipment for small modular nuclear reactors

Curtiss-Wright to design equipment for small modular nuclear reactors

Curtiss-Wright Corp. said that its Flow Control segment's Electro-Mechanical Division has signed a contract with NuScale Power to design control rod drive mechanisms for NuScale's small modular nuclear reactor.http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2012/11/curtiss-wright-to-design-equipment-for-small-modular-nuclear-reactors.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+power-engineering-latest-news-rss+%28Power+Engineering+Latest+News%29

Report: Worldwide renewable energy to surpass coal by 2035

Report: Worldwide renewable energy to surpass coal by 2035

Renewable energy will become the world’s second-largest source of power generation by 2015 and surpass coal as the primary source of power by 2035.http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2012/11/report-worldwide-renewable-energy-to-surpass-coal-by-2035.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+power-engineering-latest-news-rss+%28Power+Engineering+Latest+News%29

Global Energy System 'Unsustainable', Climate Heating - IEA

Global Energy System 'Unsustainable', Climate Heating - IEA

International Energy Agency says global energy system no long sustainable.

Let’s Put Climate Change At The Top Of The Agenda

Let’s Put Climate Change At The Top Of The Agenda

Credit: FEMAThe election is over—now what on the climate change issue? Hurricane Sandy, the nation’s fiscal situation, and the election results have combined to create three key things that I think compel Congress to action on climate change.

A grim warning about the 2°C target – but then what?

A grim warning about the 2°C target – but then what?

Last week PWC released the 2012 version of its “Low carbon economy index”, the fourth edition of a publication that started just prior to the Copenhagen COP. The main message delivered by the publication is a grim one, although hardly surprising, that the much discussed 2°C target is now effectively out of reach.

Satellites Resolve Mystery Of Why Antarctic Sea Ice Grows As Arctic Melts from Business Insider by Damian Carrington

Satellites Resolve Mystery Of Why Antarctic Sea Ice Grows As Arctic Melts

U.S. Could Be World’s Largest Oil Producer Within a Decade, Report Says

U.S. Could Be World’s Largest Oil Producer Within a Decade, Report Says

Advances in drilling for unconventional fossil fuels could make the U.S. the world’s biggest oil producer within a decade, a shift that could transform the global flow of energy for all regions of the world, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). According to the organization’s World Energy Outlook, the U.S. could become a net exporter of natural gas by 2020 as a result of advances in drilling, including for shale gas, and “almost self-sufficient” in energy by 2035. In addition, once North America becomes a net oil exporter and no longer reliant on countries such as Saudi Arabia, nearly 90 percent of Middle Eastern oil will be exported to China and other Asian nations. While the report projects that energy demand worldwide will increase by one-third by 2035, it also suggests that the global market can achieve energy savings equivalent to nearly 20 percent of total current demand during that period. “In other words, energy efficiency is just as important as unconstrained energy supply,” said Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the IEA. “And increased action on efficiency can serve as a unifying energy policy that brings multiple benefits.”

"American Opinion on Climate Change Follows Rising Waters" -


"American Opinion on Climate Change Follows Rising Waters" -- A Rasmussen poll released Friday shows 68 percent of Americans see global warming as a "serious problem," up from 46 percent in 2009. In 2010, Gallup reported 48 percent of Americans thought the dangers of global warming were exaggerated.
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'Groundwater inundation' doubles previous predictions of flooding with future sea level rise

'Groundwater inundation' doubles previous predictions of flooding with future sea level rise
Scientists from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) published a study today in Nature Climate Change showing that besides marine inundation (flooding), low-lying coastal areas may also be vulnerable to "groundwater inundation," a factor largely unrecognized in earlier predictions on the effects of sea level rise (SLR). http://phys.org/news/2012-11-groundwater-inundation-previous-future-sea.html#nwlt

Why Antarctic sea ice cover has increased under the effects of climate change

Why Antarctic sea ice cover has increased under the effects of climate change
The first direct evidence that marked changes to Antarctic sea ice drift have occurred over the last 20 years, in response to changing winds, is published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience. Scientists from NERC's British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena California explain why, unlike the dramatic losses reported in the Arctic, the Antarctic sea ice cover has increased under the effects of climate change. http://phys.org/news/2012-11-antarctic-sea-ice-effects-climate.html#nwlt

Research: Cultural dimensions of climate change are underestimated, overlooked and misunderstood

Research: Cultural dimensions of climate change are underestimated, overlooked and misunderstood
The impact of climate change on many aspects of cultural life for people all over the world is not being sufficiently accounted for by scientists and policy-makers. University of Exeter-led research by an international team, published on 11th November in Nature Climate Change, shows that cultural factors are key to making climate change real to people and to motivating their responses. http://phys.org/news/2012-11-cultural-dimensions-climate-underestimated-overlooked.html#nwlt

Study shows potential for oil and gas development in Alberta

Study shows potential for oil and gas development in Alberta
Alberta, Canada could be home to an immense amount of shale oil and gas resources, a recent study by the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board and Alberta Geological Survey found.
Full Articlehttp://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2012/11/study-shows-potential-for-oil-and-gas-development-in-alberta.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroNovember122012

Forward to Friend API urges president to keep commitment for domestic development

Forward to Friend API urges president to keep commitment for domestic development
API President and CEO Jack Gerard told reporters this morning that energy was a big winner in the election.
Full Articlehttp://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2012/11/api-urges-president-to-keep-to-commitment-for-more-domestic-oil-and-natural-gas-development.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroNovember122012

Forward to Friend New report reviews 30+ years of Louisiana oil & gas production

Forward to Friend
New report reviews 30+ years of Louisiana oil & gas production
A report from PennEnergy Research from LSU’s Mark J. Kaiser reviews Louisiana drilling and production activity and performance from 1980-2011.
Full Articlehttp://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2012/10/new-report-reviews-30-years-of-louisiana-oil-gas-production.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroNovember122012

TransCanada donates equipment and support for flood relief efforts

TransCanada donates equipment and support for flood relief efforts
TransCanada has an active presence in the New York region where the company operates the Ravenswood Power Facility in Long Island City, NY.
Full Articlehttp://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2012/11/transcanada-donates-250000-of-industrial-equipment-and-support-for-hurricane-sandy-flood-relief-efforts.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroNovember122012

BP donates $800,000 in humanitarian supplies to NY and NJ

BP donates $800,000 in humanitarian supplies to NY and NJ
BP has donated a large stockpile of humanitarian assistance supplies from past hurricane recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast to the Salvation Army of New York and New Jersey.
Full Articlehttp://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2012/11/bp-donates-800000-in-humanitarian-supplies-to-ny-and-nj-salvation-army.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroNovember122012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Doctors without Border on first US mission

Doctors without Border on first US mission

New York (AFP) Nov 10, 2012
The group Doctors Without Borders has aided victims of war and disease in countries like Sudan, Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Now, they are on their first mission in the United States - helping victims of Sandy, the megastorm that brought historic destruction to the New York metropolitan area. By last Saturday, medical teams were on the ground in the Rockaways, a hard-hihttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Doctors_without_Border_on_first_US_mission_999.html

New York tries out fuel rationing, power returns

New York tries out fuel rationing, power returns

New York (AFP) Nov 9, 2012
New York City began its first day of fuel rationing Friday but there was relief for tens of thousands of people who got back electricity disrupted during superstorm Sandy. Rationing was ordered in response to massive lines at gas stations, with cars carrying odd numbered license plates allowed to fill up on odd-numbered dates and even plates on even days. Mayor Michael Bloomberg acknowle http://www.terradaily.com/reports/New_York_tries_out_fuel_rationing_power_returns_999.html

Sympathy for Sandy among Pakistan's forgotten flood victims

Sympathy for Sandy among Pakistan's forgotten flood victims

Mirali, Pakistan (AFP) Nov 11, 2012
While the United States recovers from superstorm Sandy, away from the glare of the international media, five million Pakistanis are struggling to get by in the country's third successive year of massive floods. Two years after the worst floods in Pakistan's history captured the world's attention, this summer's monsoon rains once again inundated huge areas of the Indus Valley, with rural part http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Sympathy_for_Sandy_among_Pakistans_forgotten_flood_victims_999.html

U.S., New Zealand in Antarctic proposal

U.S., New Zealand in Antarctic proposal

Hobart, Australia (UPI) Nov 8, 2012
U.S. and New Zealand officials say they've reached agreement on a proposal to establish the world's largest marine protected area in the Antarctic's Ross Sea. The two countries tentatively agreed on the joint proposal at the 31st meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources in Hobart, Australia, a U.S. State Department release reported Thursday. http://www.terradaily.com/reports/US_New_Zealand_in_Antarctic_proposal_999.html

Bluefin tuna quotas up for renewal

Bluefin tuna quotas up for renewal

Paris (AFP) Nov 09, 2012
Fishing nations meet in Morocco next week to thrash out tuna quotas as experts urge maintaining bluefin catch limits amid promising signs of the decimated species making a comeback. Hunted to the brink of extinction to feed a burgeoning sushi market, the Atlantic bluefin tuna was placed on the endangered list of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Stocks are es http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Bluefin_tuna_quotas_up_for_renewal_999.html

Superbug MRSA Identified in U.S. Wastewater Treatment Plants

Superbug MRSA Identified in U.S. Wastewater Treatment Plants

College Park MD (SPX) Nov 12, 2012
A team led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health has found that the "superbug" methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is prevalent at several U.S. wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). MRSA is well known for causing difficult-to-treat and potentially fatal bacterial infections in hospital patients, but since the late 1990s it has also been infecting othehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Superbug_MRSA_Identified_in_US_Wastewater_Treatment_Plants_999.html

US Military Warned To Prepare For Consequences Of Climate Change -- The Guardian

US Military Warned To Prepare For Consequences Of Climate Change -- The Guardian

National Academy of Sciences recommends crash course for analysts on preparing for rise in sea level and food shortages.

The Pentagon was warned on Friday to stand guard against "climate surprises" which could throw off its efforts to secure America's future.

An expert report, prepared for the intelligence community by the National Academy of Sciences, warns that the security establishment is going to have start planning for natural disasters, sea-level rise, drought, epidemics and the other consequences of climate change.

The Pentagon already ranks climate change as a national security threat, putting US troops in danger around the world and adding fuel to existing conflicts. More than 30 US bases are threatened by sea level rise.

It has also identified potential new danger zones, such as sub-Saharan Africa.

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