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Friday, February 8, 2013

Northeast US Braces for Historic Storm

Northeast US Braces for Historic Storm
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/02/08-0

Study Finds 80% of All Antibiotics in US Used for Big-Ag

Study Finds 80% of All Antibiotics in US Used for Big-Ag
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/02/08-1

States Take On GMOs in Battle Over Labeling

States Take On GMOs in Battle Over Labeling
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/02/08-2

60 Groups to John Kerry: Prioritize Climate Change, Reject Keystone XL

Posted: 08 Feb 2013 01:00 AM PST
Sixty organizations have asked newly appointed Secretary of State John Kerry to take strong action on climate change including rejecting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.http://theenergycollective.com/danielle-droitsch/182791/kerry-keystone-xl?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

A Cheap and Easy Plan to Stop Global Warming


A Cheap and Easy Plan to Stop Global Warming

Intentionally engineering Earth’s atmosphere to offset rising temperatures could be far more doable than you imagine, says David Keith. But is it a good idea?
http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/511016/a-cheap-and-easy-plan-to-stop-global-warming/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-weekly-business&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20130208

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Poll: Westerners Want to Keep Drilling Off Public Lands

Poll: Westerners Want to Keep Drilling Off Public Lands

Confirming long-held environmentalist ideals about the importance of public lands, a new poll released Thursday, "Conservation in the West," found that individuals living in the western United States strongly value their public spaces and share a deep desire to safeguard these protected lands from sale or destructive energy development.
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read morehttp://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/02/07-7
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Worth Reading: ChinaFile Discussion on 'Airpocalypse'

Worth Reading: ChinaFile Discussion on 'Airpocalypse'

Guomao.jpg-jpgChinaFile is a new venture by the Asia Society, for which the Atlantic will be a partner and to which I will be one of many contributors.

The discussion today genuinely is worth noticing. It's about the reasons for, and likely consequences of, the "Airpocalypse" that is now evident through so many big Chinese cities. For reference: That's our old neighborhood in Beijing, in a picture shot from a 30th floor window last week.

The long introductory post by Alex Wang, whom I knew in Beijing when he represented the Natural Resources Defense Council there, and who is now at UC Berkeley, sets out all the reasons why the current emergency matters for China and the rest of the world. Other contributors elaborate on some of the even worse ramifications, and possible responses.

As I argued last month -- here, here, and here -- the nearly unendurable conditions that Chinese growth has brought to many Chinese people represent a kind of challenge that the system and its leaders have not reckoned with before. Apart, of course, from the effects on the rest of the world. I think you'll find this discussion valuable and clarifying, if not exactly encouraging. (I have a cameo entry at the end, saying essentially what I've just said here.)http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/02/worth-reading-chinafile-discussion-on-airpocalypse/272933/

Increases in extreme rainfall linked to global warming

Increases in extreme rainfall linked to global warming

Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Feb 08, 2013
A worldwide review of global rainfall data led by the University of Adelaide has found that the intensity of the most extreme rainfall events is increasing across the globe as temperatures rise. In the most comprehensive review of changes to extreme rainfall ever undertaken, researchers evaluated the association between extreme rainfall and atmospheric temperatures at more than 8000 weathehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Increases_in_extreme_rainfall_linked_to_global_warming_999.html

Al Gore's Hypocrisy: The Climate Crusader Profits from Fossil Fuels

Al Gore's Hypocrisy: The Climate Crusader Profits from Fossil Fuels

Oil Money is Bad Money, Except When…Al Gore has just released a new book — The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change  — and is on a media tour to promote it. But he has had to face some very uncomfortable questions involving a charge that has been around for a while: That Al Gore is a hypocrite.The hypocrisy charge has been raised against Gore over the years. Until now, the most infamous incident of apparent hypocrisy took place in 2007 when it was widely reported that Al Gore’s mansion had a utility bill about 20 times…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Al-Gores-Hipocrisy-The-Climate-Crusader-Profits-from-Fossil-Fuels.html

Can Leak Detection End the Pipeline Impasse? Interview with Adrian Banica

Can Leak Detection End the Pipeline Impasse? Interview with Adrian Banica

Pipelines used to be things that were just built without blinking. It is said that there are enough pipelines now in the US to encircle the Earth 25 times with enough left over to also tie a bow around it. Today, getting a pipeline built is not so easy - there are too many environmental concerns and the industry has become highly polarized. But here’s one thing that could bring everyone together: pipeline safety technology. And it’s something we all want, especially for those who live along the thousands of miles of aging pipeline routes…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Interviews/Can-Leak-Detection-End-the-Pipeline-Impasse-Interview-with-Adrian-Banica.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+oilpricecom+%28Oil+Price.com+Daily+News+Update%29

How does Fracking Differ from Conventional Oil Recovery

How does Fracking Differ from Conventional Oil Recovery

Before there were refrigerators folks kept drinks cool by putting them into clay jars that had been soaked in water. The evaporation of the water from the clay cooled the container and its contents, which today includes wine bottles. On the other hand, for many years artisans have taken clay in a slightly different form, shaped it and baked it and provided the teacups which keep the liquid inside until we drink it. Two different forms of the same basic geological material, with two different behaviors and uses. Why bring this up? Well there is…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/How-does-Fracking-Differ-from-Conventional-Oil-Recovery.html

Can an Outdoorsy CEO Manage Interior?

Can an Outdoorsy CEO Manage Interior?

Bryan Walsh, Time
The Interior Department has always been a split agency. On one hand, it's the home of the National Parks Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service, its officials stewards to hundreds of millions of acres of public lands, including some of the most beautiful and pristine territory in the United States. On the other hand, it's also home to the Office of Surface Mining and the Bureau of Land Management, responsible for overseeing the multi-billion dollar oil, gas and mining practices that take place"”and sometimes pollute"”public land. To both...http://science.time.com/2013/02/07/can-an-outdoorsy-ceo-manage-the-interior-departments-split-personality/

Q&A Series: Geomagnetic Disturbances & Power Outages

Posted: 06 Feb 2013 11:00 AM PST
On January 15, 2013, I presented a webcast titled, “Geomagnetic Disturbances and their Impacts on Power Transformers”. The presentation generated many questions from the audience that I did not have time to address. I especially want to respond to those questions pertaining to energy security, solar storms, geomagnetically induced currents, and energy risk.http://theenergycollective.com/andrew-lawless/182526/qa-series-geomagnetic-disturbances-power-outage-energy-risk?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Sally Jewell, CEO of REI, Will Be Named As New Secretary Of The Interior

Posted: 06 Feb 2013 11:50 AM PST
News outlets reported this morning that President Obama will name Sally Jewell, CEO of the outdoor company REI, as his next Secretary of the Interior. The Department of the Interior is the agency responsible for the management of 1.7 billions acres of public lands. It oversees areas like national parks and national seashores, in addition to a significant amount of fossil and renewable energy development like solar energy and offshore wind.http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/182921/sally-jewell-ceo-rei-new-secretary-interior-obama-cabinet?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Biofuel Battle Heats Up

Posted: 07 Feb 2013 05:00 AM PST
The farm crop and biofuel industries gave a big sigh of relief last week when the EPA announced its proposed 2013 volume and percentage standards for biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and cellulosic biofuels. The proposal will be open for a 45-day public comment period and EPA will consider feedback from a range of stakeholders before the proposal is finalized.http://theenergycollective.com/dgreenblogger/182696/biofuel-battle-heats-more?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Energy Innovation: New Fracking Methods?

Posted: 07 Feb 2013 05:48 AM PST
The energy industry is attempting to make hydraulic fracturing nontoxic. Is this really possible? Believe it or not, it may be achievable. About one half of a percent of fracking fluid contains chemicals; the rest consists of water and sand. But a new product named CleanStim that may improve this half percent and change the energy industry as we know it.http://theenergycollective.com/sbattaglia/181951/new-future-fracking-methods?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

The Water-Food-Energy Nexus

Posted: 07 Feb 2013 09:00 AM PST
By 2050, demand for resources is set to increase significantly as the global population grows to nine billion and becomes more prosperous. Global economic growth is being driven largely by emerging markets. Over the medium term, the World Bank estimates economic growth of 6% in developing countries, compared to 2.7% in higher-income countries.http://theenergycollective.com/charles-arthur/182741/water-food-energy-nexus?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Editor's Note

Dear Readers
Due to the forecasted upcoming blizzard scheduled to hit the
Northeast on Friday, I have had to rearrange my business meetings
and will be away from the Blog until late Thursday evening. Naturally
I will be hunkered down and off the roads on Friday. So I will be
posting on Friday as well. I don't like to mess with Mother Nature
when more than two feet of snow is being predicted.
Best regards.
Michele Kearney

Lake Michigan Water Level at Record Low

Lake Michigan Water Level at Record Low

Ongoing drought and above average temperatures have pushed the water level in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, considered a single body of water, to its lowest level since record keeping began 95 years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced on Tuesday.
The level marked not only a record low January but a record low for any month.https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/02/06

EPA Withholds Information on Dirty Bomb Report

EPA Withholds Information on Dirty Bomb Report

A New York City police officer participates in an April 2011 "dirty bomb" drill. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is refusing to release information relative to a forthcoming report expected to recommend that cleanup following a radiological attack need not be as thorough as required at other contaminated sites (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews). By Douglas P. Guarino
Global Security Newswire
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is declining to release information on a controversial federal report that could lead people living near the site of a radiological “dirty bomb” attack to face greater cancer risks than what the agency would normally allow.
The information – which includes presentations two EPA staffers made to the panel of experts that is drafting the new report – could reveal whether the officials are speaking out against their own agency’s long-held health standards, observers say. The report is expected to suggest guidelines under which as many as one in 23 people would be expected to develop cancer from long-term radiation exposure, a sharp contrast to the EPA standard of one in 10,000 in a worst-case scenario.http://www.nti.org/gsn/article/epa-withholds-information-dirty-bomb-report-amid-cancer-concerns/

2012 global temperatures 10th highest on record

2012 global temperatures 10th highest on record

The globally-averaged temperature for 2012 marked the 10th warmest year since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 36th consecutive year with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average annual temperature was 1976. Including 2012, all 12 years to date in the 21st century (2001-2012) rank among the 14 warmest in the 133-year period of record. Only one year during the 20th century -- 1998 -- was warmer than 2012.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130206141250.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

2012 Warmest And Second Most Extreme Year On Record For The Contiguous U.S.

2012 Warmest And Second Most Extreme Year On Record For The Contiguous U.S.

In 2012, the contiguous United States (CONUS) average annual temperature of 55.3°F was 3.2°F above the 20th century average, and was the warmest year in the 1895-2012 period of record for the nation. The 2012 annual temperature was 1.0°F warmer than the previous record warm year of 1998.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130206140732.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

IUCN Report Released: Bonobo (Pan paniscus): Conservation Strategy 2012-2022

IUCN Report Released: Bonobo (Pan paniscus): Conservation Strategy 2012-2022

This month, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), "the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization," released a report titled, Bonobo (Pan paniscus): Conservation Strategy 2012-2022 (2013). The 72-page report is available here, as a downloadable pdf. According to the abstract,
[t]he new strategy aims to ensure the long-term protection of bonobos across their range through the implementation of conservation actions designed to reduce, and if possible eliminate, the direct threats and contributing factors that are causing bonobo populations to decline. Given the extremely difficult context (institutional, security, accessibility), particular effort was made to ensure that the choices of strategies and actions were pragmatic and realistic.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

TSUNAMI WARNING IN EFFECT IN THE PACIFIC AFTER 8.0-MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE

TSUNAMI WARNING IN EFFECT IN THE PACIFIC AFTER 8.0-MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE

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A tsunami watch is in effect in Australia, New Zealand, and other places in the South Pacific after an 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast near the Solomon Islands, BNO News is reporting.
The quake reportedly hit in the Santa Cruz islands, a group of islands 250 miles southeast of the Solomon Islands Chain.
The Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, and Wallis and Futuna are currently under a tsunami warning, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
A tsunami watch is in effect for the Marshall Islands, Howland and Baker, Pohnpei, Tokelau, Samoa, the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand, American Samoa, Tonga, Australia, Niue, Cook Islands, and Guam.http://www.businessinsider.com/earthquake-off-solomon-islands-2013-2?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29

Antarctic ice core contains unrivaled detail of past climate

Antarctic ice core contains unrivaled detail of past climate

A team of U.S. ice-coring scientists and engineers in Antarctica, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), have recovered from the ice sheet a record of past climate and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that extends back 68,000 years. http://phys.org/news/2013-02-antarctic-ice-core-unrivaled-climate.html#nwlt

Biofuels may damage health, researchers find

Biofuels may damage health, researchers find

Concern is growing about finding alternatives to fossil fuels, but the negative impact of one of these—biofuels—may be greater than we first thought, say scientists. http://phys.org/news/2013-02-biofuels-health.html#nwlt
Researchers show, using a computer model, that the natural chemicals released through growing biomass plants could be dangerous to crops and humans. Biofuels are seen as a suitable alternative to oil and coal in the bid to reduce carbon dioxide and mitigate global warming. Because of this, four years ago the EU set aggressive targets to replace ten per cent of transport fuel with biofuels by 2020. Yet these new findings suggest the health and agricultural costs could outweigh any benefits to the climate.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-02-biofuels-health.html#jCp
Researchers show, using a computer model, that the natural chemicals released through growing biomass plants could be dangerous to crops and humans. Biofuels are seen as a suitable alternative to oil and coal in the bid to reduce carbon dioxide and mitigate global warming. Because of this, four years ago the EU set aggressive targets to replace ten per cent of transport fuel with biofuels by 2020. Yet these new findings suggest the health and agricultural costs could outweigh any benefits to the climate.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-02-biofuels-health.html#jCp

Cleaning 'produced water' from natural gas wells, potential for improved desalination plants for developing countries

Cleaning 'produced water' from natural gas wells, potential for improved desalination plants for developing countries

Increased natural gas production is seen as a crucial step away from the greenhouse gas emissions of coal plants and toward U.S. energy independence. But natural gas wells have problems: Large volumes of deep water, often heavily laden with salts and minerals, flow out along with the gas. That so-called "produced water" must be disposed of, or cleaned. http://phys.org/news/2013-02-natural-gas-wells-potential-desalination.html#nwlt

Survey reveals fault lines in views on climate change

Survey reveals fault lines in views on climate change

Climate change is a hotly debated issue among many scientists, but a new study published by a University of Alberta researcher notes that geoscientists and engineers also become embroiled in the issue—and for some, it can get surprisingly personal. http://phys.org/news/2013-02-survey-reveals-fault-lines-views.html#nwlt

Will a Federal Compromise on GMO Labeling Trump State Law, Forever?

Will a Federal Compromise on GMO Labeling Trump State Law, Forever?


https://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/02/05-2

Blowing hot and cold: U.S. belief in climate change shifts with weather

Blowing hot and cold: U.S. belief in climate change shifts with weather

A study of American attitudes toward climate change finds that local weather -- temperature, in particular -- is a major influence on public and media opinions on the reality of global warming.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130205083058.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Water Use in the Energy Sector Set to Double by 2035

Water Use in the Energy Sector Set to Double by 2035

The International Energy Agency concluded that freshwater use is becoming an increasingly crucial issue for energy production around the world in its 2012 World Energy Outlook.Between steam systems for coal plants, cooling for nuclear plants, fracking for natural gas wells, irrigation for biofuel crops, and myriad other uses, energy production consumed 66 billion cubic meters (BCM) of the world’s fresh water in 2010. That is water removed from its source and lost to evaporation, consumption, or transported out of the water basin — as…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Water-Use-in-the-Energy-Sector-Set-to-Double-by-2035.html

Latest Headlines from ENENews 2/5

Latest Headlines from ENENews



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Halliburton announces new frack fluid

Halliburton announces new frack fluid
 

Energy giant Halliburton Inc. has developed a new hydraulic fracturing fluid, which the company said contains safe, food-industry ingredients, the Associated Press reported.
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Monday, February 4, 2013

Report: Japanese Whaling 'Dead in the Water' Without Millions in Subsidies

Report: Japanese Whaling 'Dead in the Water' Without Millions in Subsidies
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/02/04-2

NY Governor Proposes Post-Sandy Conservation Over Reconstruction

NY Governor Proposes Post-Sandy Conservation Over Reconstruction
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/02/04-0

The Baffling Response to Arctic Climate Change

The Baffling Response to Arctic Climate Change

David Suzuki
The Arctic may seem like a distant place, just as the most extreme consequences of our wasteful use of fossil fuels may appear to be in some distant future. Both are closer than most of us realize.
read morehttps://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/02/03-0

Pandemic Controversies: the global response to pandemic influenza must change

Pandemic Controversies: the global response to pandemic influenza must change

London, UK (SPX) Feb 04, 2013
'Evil' scientists, deadly viruses and terrorist plots are usually the preserve of Hollywood blockbusters. But when it comes to pandemic influenza, it is the stuff of real life. As controversy about research into the H5N1 bird flu virus continues, a new paper argues for a complete overhaul of current approaches to pandemic preparedness. To Pandemic or Not? Reconfiguring Global Responses tohttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Pandemic_Controversies_the_global_response_to_pandemic_influenza_must_change_999.html

Study shows climate change could affect onset and severity of flu seasons

Study shows climate change could affect onset and severity of flu seasons

Tempe AZ (SPX) Feb 04, 2013
The American public can expect to add earlier and more severe flu seasons to the fallout from climate change, according to a research study published online in PLOS Currents: Influenza. A team of scientists led by Sherry Towers, research professor in the Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center at Arizona State University, studied waves of influenza and climate patterns inhttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Study_shows_climate_change_could_affect_onset_and_severity_of_flu_seasons_999.html

China's Oil Giants Take a Choke-Hold on Power

China's Oil Giants Take a Choke-Hold on Power

Wee & Li, Reuters
The search for culprits behind the rancid haze enveloping China's capital has turned a spotlight on the country's two largest oil companies and their resistance to tougher fuel standards. . http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/02/china-pollution-oilcompanies-idUSL4N0AX1OE20130202
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You Can Move Washington, D.C. Forward on Climate Change


HuffPost Social Reading

You Can Move Washington, D.C. Forward on Climate Change

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-redford/climate-change-rally_b_2612571.html?utm_hp_ref=daily-brief?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=020413&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

Nature Journal Tells Obama to Support Keystone XL

Nature Journal Tells Obama to Support Keystone XL

One of the world's preeminent science journals has lent its support to the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline in a recent editorial.An editorial published in the 29 January issue of Nature, one of the world's leading science periodicals, has called for the Obama administration to rebuff criticism of the Keystone XL project and approve it as long as environmental standards are satisfied.Related article: From Shale Boom to Refinery Revolution: Massive Investment PotentialWhile conceding that tar-sands development creates air and water quality…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Nature-Journal-Tells-Obama-to-Support-Keystone-XL.html

US Carbon Emissions Fall to Lowest Level Since 1994

US Carbon Emissions Fall to Lowest Level Since 1994

A new report, written by Bloomberg New Energy Finance for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), has shown that carbon dioxide emissions in the US in 2012 were at their lowest levels since 1994.Carbon emission levels have fallen by 13% since 2007, and a total of 10.7% since 2005. This means that the US is now more than half way to achieving President Obama’s goal of cutting emissions by 17% from 2005 levels before 2020.This news works to support Obama and his environmental and renewable energy position, a stance that he has received…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/US-Carbon-Emissions-Fall-to-Lowest-Level-Since-1994.html

Rethinking Opposition to Keystone XL

Rethinking Opposition to Keystone XL

If the "movement" succeeds in persuading Obama he needs to spend some of his limited political capital by refusing to approve Keystone XL, there will be less political capital available to accomplish whatever else Obama may decide can also be done.http://theenergycollective.com/david-lewis/180651/rethinking-opposition-keystone-xl?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Energy and Extreme Weather: Derechos and Hurricane Sandy

Severe weather events are occurring more often with greater severity resulting in bigger and longer customer power outages. The destruction and associated power outages have caused many homeowners and business people to conclude that their electric utility may no longer be able to serve them when they need it the most.http://theenergycollective.com/stevencollier/180826/hurricane-sandy-spur-edge-power?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

The Big Picture: Getting a Better Look at Sandy's Wake of Destruction

The Big Picture: Getting a Better Look at Sandy's Wake of Destruction

Jan. 31, 2013 — Images of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy have captured the immense power of what many experts have termed a "superstorm." These snapshots and videos might not tell the whole story, however. A group of Drexel University engineers are now trying to give rescue and recovery workers a better picture of the storm's damages that can't be seen by the naked eye.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130131120642.htm

Fracking With Bad Water by Jim Conca

Fracking With Bad Water


http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2013/02/04/fracking-with-bad-water/?goback=.gde_3740779_member_210754762

More Oil from Canada’s Tar Sands Could Mean Game Over for Climate Change

More Oil from Canada’s Tar Sands Could Mean Game Over for Climate Change

Some say increased production at Canada's oil sands means “game over for climate change”

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=more-oil-from-canadas-tar-sands-could-mean-game-over-climate-change&WT.mc_id=SA_CAT_ENGYSUS_20130131&goback=.gde_78238_member_210662633

Dozens dead after explosion at Pemex headquarters

Dozens dead after explosion at Pemex headquarters
 

An explosion at the headquarters of Mexican state oil company Pemex has killed dozens of people and injured more than 100.
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Professor Nina Fedoroff, Chair of the AAAS board – Q&A on GMOs

Professor Nina Fedoroff, Chair of the AAAS board – Q&A on GMOs


http://www.marklynas.org/2013/02/professor-nina-federoff-chair-of-the-aaas-board-qa-on-gmos/

Extreme Space Weather Triggered Medieval Famines, Say Astrophysicists

Extreme Space Weather Triggered Medieval Famines, Say Astrophysicists

Famines plagued Iceland and food prices spiked in medieval England following extreme space weather events, according to a new study of historical data

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/510541/space-weather-influenced-food-prices-in-medieval-england-say-astrophysicists/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-weekly-communications&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20130204

Kerry Could Spearhead Bilateral Climate Change Agreements

Kerry Could Spearhead Bilateral Climate Change Agreements

UN-scale treaties might be dead, but who needs everyone to get on board?

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/510601/kerry-could-spearhead-bilateral-climate-change-agreements/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-weekly-energy&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20130204

Debate Needed to Address Global Warming Uncertainty


Debate Needed to Address Global Warming Uncertainty

A Norwegian study counters previous estimates of how sensitive the planet is to greenhouse gases.
http://www.technologyreview.com/view/510446/debate-needed-to-address-global-warming-uncertainty/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-weekly-energy&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20130204

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Understanding Earth’s climate prior to the industrial era

Understanding Earth’s climate prior to the industrial era

Climate signals locked in the layers of glacial ice, preserved in the annual growth rings of trees, or fingerprinted in other so-called proxy archives such as lake sediments, speleothems, and corals allow researchers to quantify climate variation prior to instrumental measurements. An international research team has now investigated hundreds of these proxy records from across the globe and compared them with both simulations of the Earth’s climate and instrumental measurements of temperature and precipitation.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130203145513.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29