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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Interview: Charting a New Course for America and the Environment

Interview: Charting a New Course for America and the Environment

Time magazine once called him the “ultimate insider,” and indeed Gus Speth has had a long career as an establishment environmentalist. And so it might be
Gus Speth
Gus Speth
surprising that his latest book, America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy, offers a bleak picture of what U.S. environmentalism has accomplished and calls for an overhaul of the nation’s political economy. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Speth, now a professor at Vermont Law School, discusses the evolution of his own thinking on how to address environmental problems and his frustration with continued inaction on climate change. He also talks about the links he sees between economic fairness and environmental health; why he is encouraged by new movements and lifestyles emerging in local communities; and why he rejects what he calls America’s “growth fetish.” “The first thing about growth is it doesn’t deliver,” Speth says, “and it detracts us and deflects us from investing in the things that really do need to grow — like jobs, like education, like green energy technology.”
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Charting a New Course for The U.S. and the Environment

After more than four decades as a leading environmentalist, Gus Speth is disillusioned with what has been accomplished. What’s needed now, he says in an interview with Yale Environment 360, is a transformative change in America’s political economy that will benefit both society and the planet. BY ROGER COHN

Southern Environmental Law Center files notice to sue Progress Energy

Southern Environmental Law Center files notice to sue Progress Energy

The Southern Environmental Law Center has filed a notice to sue Progress Energy, claiming its Asheville Steam Electric Plant, located in Asheville, N.C., is violating the Clean Water Act.http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2013/january/southern-environmental-law-center-files-notice-to-sue-progress-e.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+power-engineering-latest-news-rss+%28Power+Engineering+Latest+News%29

Chesapeake to allow EPA to test risks caused to drinking water by fracking

Chesapeake to allow EPA to test risks caused to drinking water by fracking

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) has agreed to allow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to run tests at drilling sites in order to investigate the risks of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water, according to the EPA.http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2013/january/chesapeake-to-allow-epa-to-test-risks-caused-to-drinking-water-b.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+power-engineering-latest-news-rss+%28Power+Engineering+Latest+News%29

On Climate Change, Can Obama Deliver Change?

On Climate Change, Can Obama Deliver Change?

Bryan Walsh, Time
Environmentalists—who’d grumbled during the campaign about the absence of climate change from President Obama’s rhetoric—didn’t have to wait long to see their faith rewarded. During his inaugural address on Jan. 21, Obama spoke with surprising clarity and urgency about the need to fight global warming.http://science.time.com/2013/01/22/obama-talked-climate-change-in-his-inaugural-address-now-can-he-do-something-about-it/

Why People Sometimes Believe in Magic

Why People Sometimes Believe in Magic

Hank Campbell, Science 2.0
Some people believe in magic. In Science Left Behind, in the process of debunking claims that one American political party is overwhelmingly pro-science and one is anti-science,  we put a handy chart on page 213 itemizing the various anti-science positions of registered voters.  Sure, evolution and climate change was higher on one side but the list of anti-science beliefs by the other side was as long as your arm - astrology, psychics, ghosts, UFOs, homeopathy, you name it and that global-warming-accepting party is more anti-science - they just have better public relations.http://www.science20.com/science_20/why_people_sometimes_believe_magic-101277

Dolphins Form Raft to Help Dying Friend

Dolphins Form Raft to Help Dying Friend

Michael Marshall, NewSci.
Everybody's favourite cetacean just got a little more lovable. For the first time, dolphins have been spotted teaming up to try to rescue an injured group member. The act does not necessarily mean dolphins are selfless or can empathise with the pain of their kin, however.http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23108-dolphins-form-life-raft-to-help-dying-friend.html

BLM Right To Reconsider Hydraulic Fracturing Rules

BLM Right To Reconsider Hydraulic Fracturing Rules

API President and CEO Jack Gerard welcomed the Bureau of Land Management decision to take proposed federal hydraulic fracturingRefers to a method used by producers to extract more natural gas from a well by opening up rock formations using hydraulic or explosive force.Refers to a method used by producers to extract more natural gas from

(More)…http://shalestuff.com/controversy-2/blm-reconsider-hydraulic-fracturing-rules/article05535

Contaminated water still a serious issue at Fukushima Daiichi

Contaminated water still a serious issue at Fukushima Daiichi

Capacity and Storage Volume of the Concentrated Saltwater Tank
Nearly two years after the onset of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, over 220,000 metric tons of contaminated water have been collected and stored on site, still another 75,000 tons remains in the reactor buildings.  Every day at least another 40 tons of contaminated water are created, requiring additional storage tanks to be constructed.
Currently the concentrated saltwater receiving tanks are 95% filled to capacity.  Currently 220,761 m3 of contaminated water is being stored, but the total capacity is only 232,000 m3.http://enformable.com/2013/01/contaminated-water-still-a-serious-issue-at-fukushima-daiichi/

Radioactive cesium in calves found higher than mothers after Fukushima Daiichi disaster by Lucas W Hixson

Radioactive cesium in calves found higher than mothers after Fukushima Daiichi disaster

Zero Dark Thirty: Hollywood's Gift to American Power

Zero Dark Thirty: Hollywood's Gift to American Power

Slavoj Žižek
Here is how, in a letter to the LA Times, Kathryn Bigelow justified Zero Dark Thirty's depicting of the torture methods used by government agents to catch and kill Osama bin Laden:read morehttp://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/01/26

More Threats From Fracking: Radioactive Waste

More Threats From Fracking: Radioactive Waste

The controversial drilling practice known as fracking is under renewed scrutiny, this time for producing radioactive waste.
Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday it was embarking on a year-long study of radioactivity in by-products from oil and natural gas development.
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Greenpeace Protest Brings 'Grave Warning From Nature' to World Economic Forum

Greenpeace Protest Brings 'Grave Warning From Nature' to World Economic Forum

Twenty-five activists shut down a Shell station on Friday in Davos, Switzerland—just down the road from the World Economic Forum— to bring a "grave warning from nature" and highlight the looming environmental catastrophe of Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic drilling plans.
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TEPCO Pushes Plan to Dump Fukushima's Radioactive Water into Pacific

TEPCO Pushes Plan to Dump Fukushima's Radioactive Water into Pacific

The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) announced Thursday plans to dump its stores of contaminated water—used to cool the damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant—into the Pacific Ocean.https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/01/25-1
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Carbon Emissions & Climate Change: Can We Get It Together?

Carbon Emissions & Climate Change: Can We Get It Together?

A new report from PWC finds that the average rate of decarbonisation globally has been 0.8% a year since 2000 (it was 0.7% in 2011), but it needs to be 5.1% a year from now until 2050 unless we want to start looking at a 2°C, 4°C, or even 6°C rise in average global temperatures, with devastating impacts to our environment.http://theenergycollective.com/tom-raftery/177026/carbon-emissions-climate-change-get-it-together?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Survey of FDA Scientists Reveals Food Safety Concerns

Survey of FDA Scientists Reveals Food Safety Concerns

After a year of delay, the Food and Drug Administration is releasing new food safety rules today that will cover fruit and vegetable farms and food processors.http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press_release/survey-of-fda-scientists-food-safety-0356.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20ucsusa%2Frss%20%28Union%20of%20Concerned%20Scientists%29

Antibiotic-resistant diseases pose ‘apocalyptic’ threat, top expert says Guardian

Antibiotic-resistant diseases pose ‘apocalyptic’ threat, top expert says Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jan/23/antibiotic-resistant-diseases-apocalyptic-threat

Andean glaciers melting at ‘unprecedented’ rates Guardian

Andean glaciers melting at ‘unprecedented’ rates Guardianhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jan/23/andean-glaciers-melting

Secret War Against the Science of Climate Change


Secret War Against the Science of Climate Change
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/secret-war-against-the-science-of-climate-change/

A secretive funding organisation in the United States that guarantees anonymity
for its billionaire donors has emerged as a major operator in the climate
"counter movement" to undermine the science of global warming, The
Independent has learnt.

The Donors Trust, along with its sister group Donors Capital Fund, based in
Alexandria, Virginia, is funnelling millions of dollars into [...]

Friday, January 25, 2013

McDonough on Climate Change

McDonough on Climate Change

Denis McDonough has spoken out about the need to help developing countries cope.
President Obama says he intends to address climate change. Who he picks to fill key posts will show how serious he is. In picking Denis McDonough to serve as his new chief of staff, he’s picked someone who clearly considers climate change a serious problem (see “Obama Still Needs to Make the Case for Dealing with Climate Change”).http://www.technologyreview.com/view/510401/mcdonough-on-climate-change/

Melting glaciers threaten water resources

Melting glaciers threaten water resources

Lima (UPI) Jan 24, 2013
Melting glaciers in Latin America's southern Andean range expose the region to risk of future water shortages, new data indicated. A new study in The Cryosphere journal said climate change caused the glaciers to melt and shrink 30-50 percent since the 1970s and could eventually melt many of them away in coming years. Peru's glaciers were cited in the study among those severely afhttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Melting_glaciers_threaten_water_resources_999.html

Geoengineering: Sprinkling Mineral Dust in Oceans to Combat Climate Change

Geoengineering: Sprinkling Mineral Dust in Oceans to Combat Climate Change

Geoengineering is a technique that can be used to reverse the effects of climate change on a global scale; it is considered highly controversial as it may have unknown secondary effects on a global scale. Despite this risk it is still researched as a failsafe option in case efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are unsuccessful.A new study reports on one method of geoengineering that could prove immensely effective, that of sprinkling billions of tonnes of mineral dust into the oceans. It is stated that this will make the seas more alkaline,…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Geoengineering-Sprinkling-Mineral-Dust-in-Oceans-to-Combat-Climate-Change.html

Report Estimates Battle Against Climate Change will Cost $700 Billion a Year

Report Estimates Battle Against Climate Change will Cost $700 Billion a Year

A new report written by the Green Growth Action Alliance in conjunction with the World Economic Forum (WEF), has estimated that around $700 billion a year must be invested in a variety of low carbon projects around the world in order to prevent climate change and secure the development of the green economy.The vast sum of capital required will be invested in clean energy infrastructure, sustainable and low carbon transport, and energy efficiency improvements for buildings, all with the aim of limiting the global average temperature increase to…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Report-Estimates-Battle-Against-Climate-Change-will-Cost-700-Billion-a-Year.html

Massive Growth in Wastewater from Fracking Industry

The amount of wastewater from natural gas production in the Marcellus shale region has increased by about 570 percent since 2004 as a result of increased shale gas production there.The scale of fracking operations in the region is so vast that the wastewater it produces threatens to overwhelm the region’s disposal capacity, according to new analysis by researchers at Duke and Kent State universities.However, the analysis also shows that hydraulically fractured natural gas wells in the Marcellus shale region of Pennsylvania produce only about…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Massive-Growth-in-Wastewater-from-Fracking-Industry.html

US Company Uses Fracking Technique to Extract Uranium OilPrice.

US Company Uses Fracking Technique to Extract Uranium
OilPrice. http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/US-Company-Uses-Fracking-Technique-to-Extract-Uranium.html

The Price of Water 2012: 18 Percent Rise Since 2010, 7 Percent Over Last Year in 30 Major U.S. Cities Circle of Blue (RC)

The Price of Water 2012: 18 Percent Rise Since 2010, 7 Percent Over Last Year in 30 Major U.S. Cities
Circle of Blue (RC)http://www.circleofblue.org/waternews/2012/world/the-price-of-water-2012-18-percent-rise-since-2010-7-percent-over-last-year-in-30-major-u-s-cities/

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Is Genetically Engineered Salmon Safe? Alternet

Is Genetically Engineered Salmon Safe? Alternethttp://www.alternet.org/food/genetically-engineered-salmon-safe

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Researchers analyse 'rock dissolving' method of geoengineering

Researchers analyse 'rock dissolving' method of geoengineering

(Phys.org)—The benefits and side effects of dissolving particles in our ocean's surfaces to increase the marine uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2), and therefore reduce the excess amount of it in the atmosphere, have been analysed in a new study published today. http://phys.org/news/2013-01-analyse-dissolving-method-geoengineering.html#nwlt

Unprecedented glacier melting in the Andes blamed on climate change

Unprecedented glacier melting in the Andes blamed on climate change

Glaciers in the tropical Andes have been retreating at increasing rate since the 1970s, scientists write in the most comprehensive review to date of Andean glacier observations. The researchers blame the melting on rising temperatures as the region has warmed about 0.7°C over the past 50 years (1950-1994). This unprecedented retreat could affect water supply to Andean populations in the near future. These conclusions are published today in The Cryosphere, an Open Access journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). http://phys.org/news/2013-01-unprecedented-glacier-andes-blamed-climate.html#nwlt

UN chief to press for climate deal by 2015

UN chief to press for climate deal by 2015

UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday he will press world leaders to agree a binding deal against climate warming by 2015. http://phys.org/news/2013-01-chief-climate.html#nwlt

Innovations in soil science will grow the solutions to global food security

Innovations in soil science will grow the solutions to global food security

A report published by the RSC says that innovative research in soil science will be fundamental in overcoming the growing threat of global food and fuel crop shortages as the world's population continues to increase. http://phys.org/news/2013-01-soil-science-solutions-global-food.html#nwlt

Obama Still Needs to Make the Case for Dealing with Climate Change

Obama Still Needs to Make the Case for Dealing with Climate Change

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New Farm Bill Offers Monsanto Free Reign


New Farm Bill Offers Monsanto Free Reign
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/new-farm-bill-offers-monsanto-free-reign/


Imagine judicial review for protecting consumer rights and the environment going
up in a puff of smoke and biotech corporations like Monsanto having complete
immunity to plant whatever they want, whenever they want -- without testing.
This is exactly what a small amendment in the proposed new farm bill
guarantees.

The fine print
H.R. 5973: Agriculture, Rural [...]

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

When Trees Die, People Die

When Trees Die, People Die

The curious connection between an invasive beetle that has destroyed over 100 million trees, and subsequent heart disease and pneumonia in the human populations nearby
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The blight was first detected in June 2002, when the trees in Canton, Michigian got sick. The culprit, the emerald ash borer, had arrived from overseas, and it rapidly spread -- a literal bug -- across state and national lines to Ohio, Minnesota, Ontario. It popped up in more distant, seemingly random locations as infected trees were unwittingly shipped beyond the Midwest.http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/01/when-trees-die-people-die/267322/

Air Pollution: The Price of Coal in China

Air Pollution: The Price of Coal in China

Peter Lehner, Energy Collective
Last Saturday an air pollution monitor atop the U.S. Embassy in Beijing rated the pollution index at a shocking 755--on a scale of 0 to 500. (The EPA categorizes pollution levels over 300 as "hazardous.") A Time reporter wrote that the view from her 16th floor Beijing apartment was "akin to a sandstorm in Afghanistan." Even China's official People's Daily ran a front-page story on the appalling haze, calling it a "suffocating siege." My Beijing colleague Jingjing Qian said that mai, or smog, once a rarely-used word in Chinese, has been the talk of the...http://theenergycollective.com/peterlehner/173976/air-pollution-price-coal-china-co2-emissions

'Rock dissolving' method of geoengineering to mitigate climate change would not be easy

'Rock dissolving' method of geoengineering to mitigate climate change would not be easy

The benefits and side effects of dissolving particles in our ocean’s surfaces to increase the marine uptake of carbon dioxide, and therefore reduce the excess amount of it in the atmosphere, have been analyzed in a new study. Researchers calculate that if three gigatons of olivine were deposited into the oceans each year, it could compensate for only around nine per cent of present day anthropogenic CO2 emissions.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130121192017.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Groups Welcome Obama's Words on Climate Change. Say: 'Now Show Us Action'

Groups Welcome Obama's Words on Climate Change. Say: 'Now Show Us Action'

Posters like this have been spotted all over Washington DC. (TwitPic via 350.org)Environmental campaigners welcomed President Obama's lofty rhetoric regarding climate change included in his second inaugural address, but say that meaningful and swift action, not words, is what's needed to face the dire and immediate challenges we face.
In his speech on Monday, Obama said:
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Geoengineering Schemes: Destroying the Earth to Save It?

Geoengineering Schemes: Destroying the Earth to Save It?

If world leaders refuse to follow the sane advice of climate scientists and innovators in sustainable energy and agriculture much longer, it should be noted that there's a group of people out in the margins willing to perform planetary experiments to halt the progress of climate change by whatever strange, outlandish or dangerous means necessary. Geoengineers.http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/01/22-0
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EPA head resigns over anticipated Keystone XL approval

EPA head resigns over anticipated Keystone XL approval
Reports say the pending resignation of Lisa Jackson ties into expectations the Obama Administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline in the coming months.
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BLM reviews proposed oil and gas field in Wyoming

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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced it would conduct an environmental review for a proposed drilling project in Wyoming.
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Monday, January 21, 2013

NASA Map Shows Air Pollution Across Asia and the Middle East

NASA Map Shows Air Pollution Across Asia and the Middle East

New satellite data released by NASA provide dramatic visual evidence of the dangerous air quality reported from cities across Asia and the Middle East this month.
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Nitrogen dioxide levels, January 2013
Based on data collected from its satellite-based Ozone Monitoring Instrument, a map released by NASA scientists illustrates high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) — shown in orange — over several major cities, including Istanbul, Tehran and New Delhi, during the first week of January. Satellite measurements of nitrogen dioxide concentrations are a good indicator of air quality since NO2 is produced by the same fossil fuel-burning processes that also send sulfur dioxide and aerosols into the atmosphere, such as from vehicles, industrial sites, and power plants. The high concentrations of NO2 illustrated in the NASA map, based on measurements from Jan. 1 to 8, coincided with reports from several cities of yellow hazy skies, unhealthy air quality, and elevated cases of lung ailments.http://e360.yale.edu/digest/nasa_map_shows_air_pollution_across_asia_and_the_middle_east/3744/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YaleEnvironment360+%28Yale+Environment+360%29

China’s Water Pollution Crisis

China’s Water Pollution Crisis

In recent weeks, Chinese and western media have been all atwitter over the shocking levels of air pollution in Beijing and a number of other Chinese cities. But it really shouldn’t be all that shocking. After all, in 2007, the World Bank and China’s own State Environmental Protection Administration (now the Ministry of Environmental Protection) found that that as many as 750,000 people die prematurely in China annually from respiratory disease related to air pollution. And more recently, Greenpeace Beijing reported that in 2011 in four major cities, more than 8,000 people died prematurely as a result of just one pollutant, PM 2.5. Anyone who spends any time in Beijing knows that the city has not yet found a way to tackle the myriad sources of air pollution from construction to cars to coal.http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/22/forget-air-pollution-chinas-has-a-water-problem/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+the-diplomat+%28The+Diplomat+RSS%29

Record high radiation level found in fish: TEPCO

Record high radiation level found in fish: TEPCO

Tokyo (AFP) Jan 18, 2013
A fish contaminated with radiation levels more than 2,500 times the legal limit has been caught near Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, its operator said Friday. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said caesium equivalent to 254,000 becquerels per kilogramme - or 2,540 times more than the government seafood limit - was detected in a "murasoi" fish. The fish, similar to rockhttp://www.spacemart.com/reports/Record_high_radiation_level_found_in_fish_TEPCO_999.html
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Climate change to profoundly affect the Midwest in coming decades

Climate change to profoundly affect the Midwest in coming decades

Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Jan 21, 2013
In the coming decades, climate change will lead to more frequent and more intense Midwest heat waves while degrading air and water quality and threatening public health. Intense rainstorms and floods will become more common, and existing risks to the Great Lakes will be exacerbated. Those are some of the conclusions contained in the Midwest chapter of a draft report released last week byhttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Climate_change_to_profoundly_affect_the_Midwest_in_coming_decades_999.html
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