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Saturday, December 22, 2012

NASA's Operation IceBridge Data Brings New Twist to Sea Ice Forecasting

NASA's Operation IceBridge Data Brings New Twist to Sea Ice Forecasting

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 24, 2012
Shrinking Arctic sea ice grabbed the world's attention again earlier this year with a new record low minimum. Growing economic activity in the Arctic, such as fishing, mineral exploration and shipping, is emphasizing the need for accurate predictions of how much of the Arctic will be covered by sea ice. Every June, an international research group known as the Study of Environmental Arctichttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/NASAs_Operation_IceBridge_Data_Brings_New_Twist_to_Sea_Ice_Forecasting_999.html
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The Green Revolution is wilting

The Green Revolution is wilting

Minneapolis MN (SPX) Dec 24, 2012
The Green Revolution has stagnated for key food crops in many regions of the world, according to a study published in the Nature Communications by scientists with the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment and McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Led by IonE research fellow Deepak Ray, the study team developed geographically detailed maps of annual crop harvested areas and yielhttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/The_Green_Revolution_is_wilting_999.html

Geo-engineering against climate change

Geo-engineering against climate change

Washington DC (SPX) Dec 24, 2012
Numerous geo-engineering schemes have been suggested as possible ways to reduce levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and so reduce the risk of global warming and climate change. One such technology involves dispersing large quantities of iron salts in the oceans to fertilize otherwise barren parts of the sea and trigger the growth of algal blooms and other photosynthesizhttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Geo_engineering_against_climate_change_999.html
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Climate Story Of The Year: Extreme Weather from Superstorms to Drought Emerges as Political, Scientific Gamechanger

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This year brought staggering weather extremes, record loss of Arctic ice and a growing body of scientific analysis linking the two. Those extremes, plus Superstorm Sandy, raised public concern about the immediate threat posed by climate change, providing a palpable debunking of the (mistaken) belief that climate change will impact only future generations or people in faraway lands.http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/163486/climate-story-year-extreme-weather-superstorms-drought-emerges-political-scientifi?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Energy News: AP: People flee Japan nuclear disaster — Some can’t get away, I feel so sorry for them

Energy News: AP: People flee Japan nuclear disaster — Some can’t get away, I feel so sorry for them



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Environmental Activism Takes Hold in China

Environmental Activism Takes Hold in China
Energy Tribune
China's authoritarian leaders show few signs this year that they are ready for political activism. But there are indications they are increasingly aware and willing to listen to public demands when it comes to the environment. As protests gain in ...http://www.energytribune.com/68834/environmental-activism-takes-hold-in-china-2

Friday, December 21, 2012

Changing Oceans May Be Adding to New England Fisheries Decline, Scientists Say

Changing Oceans May Be Adding to New England Fisheries Decline, Scientists Say

As U.S. fishing regulators weigh stricter catch quotas to allow time for critical species to recover in the waters of New England, scientists say that changing ocean conditions may be a factor in historic fish declines, not just decades of overfishing. Warmer ocean temperatures and changing ecosystems are contributing to declining populations of cod and flounder in the northeastern U.S., government officials say. In the Gulf of Maine this year, water temperatures were the highest ever recorded, according to the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists say that about half of 36 fish stocks — including cod and flounder — have been shifting northward into deeper, cooler waters for four decades. And while some regulators say the only chance of restoring populations is for tougher quotas on bottom-dwelling “groundfish” species, the New England Fishery Management Council this week delayed a vote on such cuts after fishermen said the reductions would devastate their industry.http://e360.yale.edu/digest/warming_oceans_may_be_adding_to_new_england_fisheries_decline/3727/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YaleEnvironment360+%28Yale+Environment+360%29

Replacing Fossil Fuels With Renewables

Replacing Fossil Fuels With Renewables

Barry Stevens, OilPrice
Economic Growth! Energy independence! Climate Change! There are countless arguments for moving beyond fossil fuels, for world energy needs. Unfortunately, many hurdles must be overcome before we can feasibly count on other sources of energy to replace coal, oil and possibly natural gas, which all together provide the lion's share of the world's electricity generation and transportation fuels. Even if there were no greenhouse effect, all of the fossil fuels we rely on will probably be depleted within a few hundred years. If humankind is going to have a future on this planet, at...http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Renewable-Energy/Replacing-Fossil-Fuels-with-Renewables-Part-1.html

EPA offers details of its controversial fracking study

EPA offers details of its controversial fracking study

The public and the energy industry got their first glimpse Friday of a long-awaited study on the possible correlation between water pollution and fracking, but Obama administration officials said the full results and definitive findings of their study won't be released until 2014.
The review could have major implications for ...http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/dec/21/epa-offers-details-its-controversial-fracking-stud/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

Appeals Court Rejects Latest Attack on EPA Carbon Pollution Standards

The Five Most Influential Energy and Climate Studies of 2012

The Five Most Influential Energy and Climate Studies of 2012

Energy News: Tepco admits link between death and Fukushima disaster for 1st time

Energy News: Tepco admits link between death and Fukushima disaster for 1st time



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Thursday, December 20, 2012

CHART: The Exploding Cost Of Natural Disasters

CHART: The Exploding Cost Of Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are some of the most unpleasant risks that investors must consider due to unpredictability.
But one thing is for sure: the cost of natural disasters is getting a lot more expensive.
"Insured losses from natural disasters have risen eight-fold in economic terms since the 1980’s," write analysts from Deutsche Bank.
They reviewed the data of the reinsurers — the companies that insure the insurance companies — and created the chart below.http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-natural-disaster-costs-2012-12?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29

Trio of complex antarctic science projects reach significant technological milestones 'on the ice'

Trio of complex antarctic science projects reach significant technological milestones 'on the ice'
A trio of very large-scale, National Science Foundation-funded Antarctic science projects—investigating scientifically significant subjects as varied as life in extreme ecosystems, the fate of one of the world's largest ice sheets and the nature of abrupt global climate-change events—have recently each reached important technological milestones that will advance cutting-edge research. http://phys.org/news/2012-12-trio-complex-antarctic-science-significant.html#nwlt

The laws of global warming: How to regulate geo-engineering efforts to fight climate change

The laws of global warming: How to regulate geo-engineering efforts to fight climate change
(Phys.org)—With policymakers and political leaders increasingly unable to combat global climate change, more scientists are considering the use of manual manipulation of the environment to slow warming's damage to the planet. http://phys.org/news/2012-12-laws-global-geo-engineering-efforts-climate.html#nwlt

Explorers discover deepwater gas seeps off US Atlantic coast: Advanced sonar technology key to discovery and mapping

Explorers discover deepwater gas seeps off US Atlantic coast: Advanced sonar technology key to discovery and mapping
NOAA ocean explorers used an advanced multibeam sonar mapping system on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer last month to discover and map the first deepwater gas seeps found off the U.S. Atlantic Coast north of Cape Hatteras. The seeps were found at water depths greater than 1,000 meters (3,300 feet). Based on preliminary information, scientists believe the seeps are likely emitting methane gas. http://phys.org/news/2012-12-explorers-deepwater-gas-seeps-atlantic.html#nwlt

Climate change on world stage: Expert discusses prospects for adopting a plan to confront it

Climate change on world stage: Expert discusses prospects for adopting a plan to confront it
International climate talks wrapped up last week in Qatar. Harvard Professor Robert Stavins attended and characterized the gathering as a qualified success, representing another step in a long process of reaching a workable international agreement. http://phys.org/news/2012-12-climate-world-stage-expert-discusses.html#nwlt

University of Tennessee study predicts extreme climate in Eastern US

University of Tennessee study predicts extreme climate in Eastern US by Staff Writers Knoxville TN (SPX) Dec 19, 2012


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From extreme drought to super storms, many wonder what the future holds for the climate of the eastern United States. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, does away with the guessing. Results show the region will be hotter and wetter.http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/University_of_Tennessee_study_predicts_extreme_climate_in_Eastern_US_999.html

A Major Setback for Carbon Capture & Storage

A Major Setback for Carbon Capture & Storage

In an excellent presentation at COP 18, Myles Allan made that point that while the UNFCCC and others argue endlessly about the flow rate of CO2 into the atmosphere (i.e. the emissions at some point in time), that fossil carbon continues to add to the carbon stock in the biosphere and that this stock is linked directly with global temperature, ocean acidity and so on. At the current rate of accumulation, the 2 deg.C stock equivalent is passed in about 2043.http://theenergycollective.com/davidhone/161346/major-setback-ccs?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Could IT Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 16% by 2020? by CliftonYin

Could IT Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 16% by 2020?

Above Average Temperatures for November Keep U.S. on Track for Record Hot Year

Above Average Temperatures for November Keep U.S. on Track for Record Hot Year

On Monday, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that for the 333rd consecutive month November 2012 broughthttp://theenergycollective.com/globalwarmingisreal/162461/above-average-temperatures-november-keep-us-track-record-hot-year?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Geo-engineering against climate change: Seeding the oceans with iron may not address carbon emissions

Geo-engineering against climate change: Seeding the oceans with iron may not address carbon emissions

When the ice melts, the Earth spews fire

When the ice melts, the Earth spews fire

It has long been known that volcanic activity can cause short-term variations in climate. Now, researchers have found evidence that the reverse process also occurs: Climate affects volcanic activity.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121219133551.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

NASA's Operation IceBridge data brings new twist to sea ice forecasting

NASA's Operation IceBridge data brings new twist to sea ice forecasting

Shrinking Arctic sea ice grabbed the world's attention again earlier this year with a new record low minimum. Growing economic activity in the Arctic, such as fishing, mineral exploration and shipping, is emphasizing the need for accurate predictions of how much of the Arctic will be covered by sea ice. Every June, an international research group known as the Study of Environmental Arctic Change publishes a summary of the expected September Arctic sea ice minimum known as the Sea Ice Outlook.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121219174320.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

What Is the Water-Energy Nexus?

What Is the Water-Energy Nexus?

Nick Aster, Triple Pundit
Among the more serious issues in the sustainability conversation today are those concerning resource scarcity and the insatiable global appetite for energy. Water, especially, has cropped into view as the most serious resource constraint of the 21st century new oil; bound to define opportunity and conflict for generations. . .http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/12/water-energy-nexus/

Evangelical Scientist's Climate Wish List

Evangelical Scientist's Climate Wish List

Sally Steenland, Cent/Am. Prog.
Sally Steenland: Sally, you're an Episcopal priest who works on environmental issues, and Katharine, you're an expert on climate change who is an evangelical. Lots of times when we read about faith and science, they're often seen as adversarial"”especially when you talk about the environment and climate change. But the two of you blend these issues together in your lives. Can you each talk about how you do that;how faith and science play out in your lives? Sally, let's start with you.http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/religion/news/2012/12/19/48499/climate-wishlist-what-an-evangelical-climate-scientist-and-an-interfaith-renewable-energy-organizer-want-for-2013/

4 of 5 Americans Say Temperatures Are Rising

4 of 5 Americans Say Temperatures Are Rising

Seth Borenstein, Huff Post
WASHINGTON (AP) "” Nearly 4 out of 5 Americans now think temperatures are rising and that global warming will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is done about it, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds. Belief and worry about climate change are inching up among Americans in general, but concern is growing faster among people who don't often trust scientists on the environment. In follow-up interviews, some of those doubters said they believe their own eyes as they've watched thermometers rise, New York City subway tunnels flood, polar ice melt...http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/14/climate-change-poll_n_2298231.html?utm_hp_ref=climate-change

Maybe Climate Isn't a Problem After All

Maybe Climate Isn't a Problem After All

Tim Worstall, Forbes
As far as I'm concerned the great unknown of climate change has been what is the climate sensitivity? Everything else that we've been told I'm just fine with. That methane and CO2 are greenhouse gases for example. That uncontrolled emission of them might well lead to problems: that there has been warming since the industrial revolution.http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/12/19/maybe-climate-change-just-really-isnt-a-problem-after-all/

The Downsides of Living In an Oil Boomtown

The Downsides of Living In an Oil Boomtown

Meg L. Lindholm, NPR
The population boom in Williston, N.D., has been a blessing and a curse for many local businesses. Williston, the fastest growing small city in America, is enjoying an oil boom and has seen its population double in the past two years. . .http://www.npr.org/2012/12/18/167467703/the-downsides-of-living-in-an-oil-boom-town

Canada's Kyoto Snub Reason For Keystone Trouble

Canada's Kyoto Snub Reason For Keystone Trouble

C.M., Bloomberg
At midnight on Dec. 14, you might have heard the pop of champagne corks at some tables in Calgary and Ottawa. That was the moment Canada's withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol on climate change took effect. . .http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-18/blame-canada-s-kyoto-snub-for-keystone-trouble.html

The Ritual of Climate Countdown

The Ritual of Climate Countdown

Michael Jacobs, Project Syndicate
It seems to have become a ritual for United Nations climate negotiations to reach the brink of collapse before an intense, contentious compromise is achieved after the deadline. But the torturous conclusion to this year’s talks in Doha. . .http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/the-doha-climate-negotiations-yield-another-deadline-by-michael-jacobs

Is Coal the Future of Global Energy?

Is Coal the Future of Global Energy?

Mark Halper, SmartPlanet
Grim news for environmentalists: Coal is on pace to match oil as the world’s leading energy source within 10 years. A report by the International Energy Agency notes that abundant supplies from places like Indonesia, India and Australia, combined with “insatiable demand” from China and emerging markets will drive coal's surge unless international energy practices shift. . .http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/the-future-of-energy-coal/8447

Coal Demand to Rival Oil within 5 Years

Coal Demand to Rival Oil within 5 Years

The IEA (International Energy Agency), has just released its Medium Term Coal Market report in which it has predicted that coal will grow to rival oil as the world’s largest source of energy over the next five years.The increase in coals popularity has been driven by the falling price, in turn caused by the shale gas boom in the US. The vast quantities of cheap shale gas in the US have drastically reduced demand for coal, which has led to an excess supply in the world market and therefore a drop in price.Related Article: Is the US Coal Industry…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Coal-Demand-to-Rival-Oil-within-5-Years.html

Environmental threat map highlights Great Lakes restoration challenges

Environmental threat map highlights Great Lakes restoration challenges

Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Dec 20, 2012
A comprehensive map three years in the making is telling the story of humans' impact on the Great Lakes, identifying how "environmental stressors" stretching from Minnesota to Ontario are shaping the future of an ecosystem that contains 20 percent of the world's fresh water. In an article to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a group led by researchers athttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Environmental_threat_map_highlights_Great_Lakes_restoration_challenges_999.html

Climate model is first to study climate effects of Arctic hurricanes

Climate model is first to study climate effects of Arctic hurricanes

Amherst MA (SPX) Dec 20, 2012
Though it seems like an oxymoron, Arctic hurricanes happen, complete with a central "eye," extreme low barometric pressure and towering 30-foot waves that can sink small ships and coat metal platforms with thick ice, threatening oil and gas exploration. Now climate scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and in England report the first conclusive evidence that Arctic hurricanhttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Climate_model_is_first_to_study_climate_effects_of_Arctic_hurricanes_999.html

U.S. sued over offshore oil lease plan

U.S. sued over offshore oil lease plan

Washington (UPI) Dec 18, 2012
An environmental group has sued to halt the U.S. administration's plan to auction offshore oil and gas drilling leases, the first since the 2010 Gulf oil spill. In its suit, the Center for Sustainable Economy said the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management used a flawed analysis to push ahead with the five-year leasing program in violation of several federal environmental laws,http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/US_sued_over_offshore_oil_lease_plan_999.html

Energy News: Tepco concerned about liner of No. 3 Spent Fuel Pool at Fukushima plant? (PHOTOS)

Energy News: Tepco concerned about liner of No. 3 Spent Fuel Pool at Fukushima plant? (PHOTOS)



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Energy News: Kyodo: Level 1 incident at Japan nuclear plant — Deformed fuel rods stuck together in pool

Energy News: Kyodo: Level 1 incident at Japan nuclear plant — Deformed fuel rods stuck together in pool



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Monsanto’s Roundup Devastating Gut Health, Contributing to Overgrowth of Deadly Bacteria Natural Society

Monsanto’s Roundup Devastating Gut Health, Contributing to Overgrowth of Deadly Bacteria Natural Society http://naturalsociety.com/roundup-ruining-gut-health-contributing-growth-deadly-bacteria/

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Editor's Note

Editor's Note:
I am on business travel tomorrow and will resume posting tomorrow evening.
Best regards.
Michele Kearney

University of Tennessee study predicts extreme climate in Eastern US

University of Tennessee study predicts extreme climate in Eastern US

Knoxville TN (SPX) Dec 19, 2012
From extreme drought to super storms, many wonder what the future holds for the climate of the eastern United States. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, does away with the guessing. Results show the region will be hotter and wetter. Joshua Fu, a civil and environmental engineering professor, and Yang Gao, a graduate research assistant, developed prehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/University_of_Tennessee_study_predicts_extreme_climate_in_Eastern_US_999.html

Can Sandy Hook Really Change the Politics of Guns?

Can Sandy Hook Really Change the Politics of Guns?

There's more passion behind the prospect of new gun-control legislation than advocates have seen in a decade -- but rounding up the votes will be hard.http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/12/can-sandy-hook-really-change-the-politics-of-guns/266430/

Drilling Finally Riles the American West

Drilling Finally Riles the American West

Kristen Wyatt, Star Tribune
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. "” This used to be a land proud of its oil barons. Now the energy industry that has brought wealth and jobs across the interior West is prompting angry protests by citizens sporting gas masks and using bullhorns at public hearings. A generation after the fictional oil tycoons of the TV soap "Dynasty" gave Denver's oil and gas industry a glamorous sheen, the Rocky Mountain region appears to be questioning its romance with the industry. New drilling technology has moved oil and gas production from the sparsely populated plains,...http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/oil-gas-drilling-rile-west-s-energy-embrace/article_2338a20b-e5b8-5285-8e8b-c985ba848f4e.html?comment_form=true

Coal Boom Raises Climate Concerns

Coal Boom Raises Climate Concerns

Tom Zeller Jr., Huffington Post
In a report destined to frustrate advocates for global action on climate change, the Paris-based International Energy Agency projected Tuesday morning that in five years' time, the amount of coal burned around the globe every year will increase by an additional 1.2 billion metric tons -- an amount roughly equivalent to the current annual coal consumption of the U.S. and Russia combined.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/18/coal-consumption-iea-report_n_2321026.html

5 Reasons Our Changing Climate Is More Dangerous Than You Think

 

5 Reasons Our Changing Climate Is More Dangerous Than You Think

Our failure to give a crap is more frightening than flesh-eating fungi.

 

Warming Is More Terrible Than You Think

Tara Lohan, Alternet
This week the sane among us will scoff at those hoarding candles and food for another apocalypse that fails to materialize. We'll laugh at the accounts of people readying their bunkers and at store shelves being wiped clean. We know that the world will not come to a cataclysmic end on December 21. Here's what we're not so good at understanding: We are part of a slowly enfolding tragedy in which the end of the world as we know it may be getting closer and closer. It won't happen on any particular day that we can pinpoint and there won't be a giant explosion orhttp://www.alternet.org/environment/5-reasons-our-changing-climate-more-dangerous-you-think

Environmental satellite produces first photo of Earth

Environmental satellite produces first photo of Earth

Beijing (XNA) Dec 11, 2012
China's first synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite for environmental monitoring has produced its first "clear, coherent and informative" image of Earth, authorities said Monday. The satellite, which was launched on Nov. 19, on Sunday successfully produced an SAR image of the city of Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan province, said a statement from the State Administration ofhttp://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Environmental_satellite_produces_first_photo_of_Earth_999.html
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