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Nuclear Power Flood Risk: NRC Insiders Say Agency Continues To Look The Other Way

Nuclear Power Flood Risk: NRC Insiders Say Agency Continues To Look The Other Way

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/29/nuclear-power-flood-risk_n_2979098.html

Friday, March 29, 2013

EPA Loophole Allows Flood of Pesticides to Litter US Ecosystems

EPA Loophole Allows Flood of Pesticides to Litter US Ecosystems
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/03/29-0

Twenty-year hiatus in rising temperatures has climate scientists puzzled

Twenty-year hiatus in rising temperatures has climate scientists puzzled


http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/twenty-year-hiatus-in-rising-temperatures-has-climate-scientists-puzzled/story-e6frg6z6-1226609140980

China's Animal Apocalypse Crosses Into The Twilight Zone

China's Animal Apocalypse Crosses Into The Twilight Zone
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/chinas-animal-apocalypse-crosses-into-the-twilight-zone/

First it was thousands of dead pigs floating in the Shanghai water supply (at
last estimate over 16,000), then a thousand dead ducks were pulled from a
river in the Sichuan province, and now, pushing the meme beyond even its most
grotesque boundaries, we learn that five black swans were found floating
lifeless on the pond of Anhui [...]

Chemtrails: Aerosol and Electromagnetic Weapons in the Age of Nuclear War

Chemtrails: Aerosol and Electromagnetic Weapons in the Age of Nuclear War


http://southweb.org/lifewise/chemtrails-aerosol-and-electromagnetic-weapons-in-the-age-of-nuclear-war/

Noam Chomsky: If Nuclear War Doesn't Get Us, Climate Change Will

 

Noam Chomsky: If Nuclear War Doesn't Get Us, Climate Change Will

http://www.thenation.com/video/173205/noam-chomsky-if-nuclear-war-doesnt-get-us-climate-change-will#

The Most Important Man in Energy Storage?

The Most Important Man in Energy Storage?

Michael Kanellos, Forbes
The classical view of the universe is back in style. A growing number of energy storage start-ups are promoting the idea that the most economical, most expedient ways to store power revolves around harnessing the four elements of the ancient world: earth, air, water and fire. . .http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelkanellos/2013/03/26/the-most-important-man-in-energy-storage-try-archimedes/

It's Time for America to Nix the Ethanol Mandate

It's Time for America to Nix the Ethanol Mandate

The Economist
THE uneasy relationship between America's corn (maize) farmers and its oil refiners is fraying at the edges. The source of the conflict is the amount of corn-derived ethanol which has to be blended into petrol as an oxygenator, to boost the fuel's octane rating (while also providing a generous off-budget subsidy for corn-growers). . .

Difference Engine: End the ethanol tax http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2013/03/biofuels

 

This Is How to Manage Nuclear Waste...

This Is How to Manage Nuclear Waste...

Jack Spencer, Heritage
Senator Ron Wyden (R–OR), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, is expected to put forth a bill to reform nuclear waste management in the U.S. According to media reports, the bill under consideration maintains the same basic structure of America’s current, failed system for waste management. While such a bill might meet some near-term interests of the federal government and the nuclear utilities, it would make implementing the reforms necessary to fix nuclear waste policy over the long-term almost impossible.http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/03/nuclear-waste-management-minimum-requirements-for-reforms-and-legislation

China's Massive Water Problem

China's Massive Water Problem

Scott Moore, New York Times
In realizing Mao's dream of moving huge quantities of water from areas of plenty to those of want, Beijing is building a modern marvel, this century's equivalent of the Panama Canal. But whereas the canal inaugurated a century of faith in the ability of human ingenuity to reshape the natural world, the South-North Water Transfer Project is a testament to the limits of engineering solutions to problems of basic environmental scarcity.http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/29/opinion/global/chinas-massive-water-problem.html?_r=1&

Obama & Climate Change: Promises, Promises

Obama & Climate Change: Promises, Promises

Dina Capiello, AP
Slowing the buildup of greenhouse gases responsible for warming the planet is one of the biggest challenges the United States and President Barack Obama face.http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/28/politics/promises-promises-obama-and-climate-change

EPA report: More than half nation’s rivers in poor shape Washington Post

EPA report: More than half nation’s rivers in poor shape Washington Posthttp://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/epa-report-more-than-half-nations-rivers-in-poor-shape/2013/03/26/a91dd714-965f-11e2-8b4e-0b56f26f28de_story.html

Public Comments on Keystone XL Pipeline to Be Kept Secret by State Department Kevin Gosztola, Firedoglake

Public Comments on Keystone XL Pipeline to Be Kept Secret by State Department Kevin Gosztola, Firedoglakehttp://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/03/28/public-comments-on-keystone-xl-pipeline-to-be-kept-secret-by-state-department/

More Scientific Evidence Linking Fracking and Earthquakes

More Scientific Evidence Linking Fracking and Earthquakes

Yves here. Although the study referenced in this article has gotten some media attention, the implications are so important that more amplification is warranted. This is a layperson-friendly summary that I hope you’ll see fit to circulate.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

New Research Shows Global Warming Speeding Up

New Research Shows Global Warming Speeding Up
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/03/28-1

Despite 'Enormous Risk' White House Reaffirms Commitment to Arctic Drilling

Despite 'Enormous Risk' White House Reaffirms Commitment to Arctic Drilling
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/03/28-5

As Scientists Predicted, Global Warming Continues

As Scientists Predicted, Global Warming Continues

Most of manmade global warming is ending up in the ocean, just as scientists had predicted (see “Global Warming Has Accelerated In Past 15 Years“). And while recent “observations support predictions of extreme warming” this century, even sophisticated media outlets, like “The Economist,” get the story wrong (see “Memo To Media: ‘Climate Sensitivity’ Is NOT The Same As Projected Future Warming, World Faces 10°F Rise“). Former Hurricane Hunter Jeff Masters has a good chart-filled piece reviewing the latest temperature observations.http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/03/28/1785461/as-scientists-predicted-global-warming-continues/

Former BP Engineer Kurt Mix Still Deleting 'Stuff,' Government Alleges

Former BP Engineer Kurt Mix Still Deleting 'Stuff,' Government Alleges

Former BP drilling engineer Kurt Mix was arrested last April on charges of obstructing justice related to information that he had collected, and allegedly deleted, during his role of trying to stop oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 BP oil spill.  Mix and other engineers had worked tirelessly to calculate the flow rate of oil from the Macondo Well in order to develop a means of stopping the spill.  Those calculations could also be used later in the government's prosecution of BP in determining the amount of fines it would pay (determined by the amount of oil spilled).   The government came down on Mix when they claimed that he violated a government order to maintain all documentation associated with work done in the process of stopping the spill.  The crime he was accused of perpetrating was deleting text message strings from his iPhone...many of which had no relevance to the spill, or business in general ('what time for lunch', 'my back hurts', etc.).  However, government prosecutors are pushing this case hard.http://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2013/03/28/fmr-bp-engineer-kurt-mix-still-deleting-stuff-govt-alledges/

Why Earth Hasn't Warmed Much in Past 10 Years

Why Earth Hasn't Warmed Much in Past 10 Years

Mike Lemonick, CC
Even the quickest glance at a graph of global temperatures makes it clear that the planet was warming sharply during the 1980s and 1990s. But while the 2000s were the hottest decade on record, the rate of warming slowed considerably after the turn of the current century "” even while human emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions have continued to grow. The question that has lingered is where's all the extra heat going?http://www.climatecentral.org/news/why-the-globe-hasnt-warmed-much-for-the-past-decade-15788

California City to Require Solar Energy Systems on All New Homes

California City to Require Solar Energy Systems on All New Homes

A city in southern California this week passed a zoning regulation that requires developers to install solar power systems on every new house they build. Beginning next year, all new homes built on lots at least
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7,000 square feet in size in Lancaster, Calif. will be required to produce at least one kilowatt of solar electricity. Developers also have the option of purchasing solar energy credits from another development within the city limits. The new zoning rules are the latest initiative in Mayor Rex Parris’s quest to make Lancaster, which has a population of 150,000 and abundant sunshine, the “solar capital of the universe.” Since 2008, the city has also introduced an initiative to attract utility-scale solar developers to the city, proposed a transmission project to deliver solar-generated power to other communities, and created an affordable solar financing program for homeowners, businesses, and nonprofits. “To truly establish ourselves as the alternative energy capital of the world, we must continue to take a progressive approach,” Parris, a Republican, said in a statement.http://e360.yale.edu/digest/lancaster_california_to_require_solar_energy_systems_on_new_homes/3804/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YaleEnvironment360+%28Yale+Environment+360%29

Scientists discover huge reservoir of magma under Pacific and Cocos plates

Scientists discover huge reservoir of magma under Pacific and Cocos plates

March 28, 2013CENTRAL AMERICASince the plate tectonics revolution of the 1960s, scientists have known that new seafloor is created throughout the major ocean basins at linear chains of volcanoes known as mid-ocean ridges. But where exactly does the erupted magma come from? Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego now have a better idea after capturing a unique image of a site deep in the Earth where magma is generated. Using electromagnetic technology developed and advanced at Scripps, the researchers mapped a large area beneath the seafloor off Central America at the northern East Pacific Rise, a seafloor volcano located on a section of the global mid-ocean ridges that together form the largest and most active chain of volcanoes in the solar system. By comparison, the researchers say the cross-section area of the melting region they mapped would rival the size of San Diego County. Details of the image and the methods used to capture it are published in the March 28 issue of the journal Nature. “Our data show that mantle upwelling beneath the mid-ocean ridge creates a deeper and broader melting region than previously thought,” said Kerry Key, lead author of the study and an associate research geophysicist at Scripps. “This was the largest project of its kind, enabling us to image the mantle with a level of detail not possible with previous studies.” The northern East Pacific Rise is an area where two of the planet’s tectonic plates are spreading apart from each another. Mantle rising between the plates melts to generate the magma that forms fresh seafloor when it erupts or freezes in the crust. –Science Dailyhttp://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/scientists-discover-huge-reservoir-of-magma-under-pacific-and-cocos-plates/

Making fuel from CO2 in the atmosphere

Making fuel from CO2 in the atmosphere

Athens GA (SPX) Mar 28, 2013
Excess carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere created by the widespread burning of fossil fuels is the major driving force of global climate change, and researchers the world over are looking for new ways to generate power that leaves a smaller carbon footprint. Now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found a way to transform the carbon dioxide trapped in the atmosphere into uhttp://www.biofueldaily.com/reports/UGA_discovery_may_allow_scientists_to_make_fuel_from_CO2_in_the_atmosphere_999.html

Greenhouse gas may be fuel source

Greenhouse gas may be fuel source

Athens, Ga. (UPI) Mar 26, 2013
Excess carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere, the major driving force of global climate change, could someday be a fuel source, a U.S. biotechnologist says. Michael Adams at the University of Georgia and his colleagues have found a way to transform the carbon dioxide trapped in the atmosphere into useful industrial products. Their discovery could lead to the creation of biofuels mhttp://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Greenhouse_gas_may_be_fuel_source_999.html

IMF urges countries to cut energy subsidies

IMF urges countries to cut energy subsidies

Washington (AFP) March 27, 2013
The International Monetary Fund urged countries to reduce subsidies on energy, saying they worsen government's fiscal positions and eventually create more advantages for the wealthy instead of the poor. In a broad-reaching report, the IMF said subsidies of oil, petrol and electricity are aimed at helping consumehttp://www.energy-daily.com/reports/IMF_urges_countries_to_cut_energy_subsidies_999.html

5.7 quake tied to wastewater injection

5.7 quake tied to wastewater injection

New York (UPI) Mar 26, 2013
Columbia University researchers say a 5.7 magnitude quake in Oklahoma in 2011 may be the largest ever linked to the injection of wastewater into the ground. The temblor, the biggest ever recorded in Oklahoma, destroyed 14 homes, buckled a highway and left two people injured. Scientists have linked a rising number of quakes in normally calm parts of Arkansas, Texas, Ohio and Colorhttp://www.energy-daily.com/reports/57_quake_tied_to_wastewater_injection_999.html

US regulators under fire over bee-toxic pesticides

US regulators under fire over bee-toxic pesticides

Washington (AFP) March 27, 2013
US environmental regulators are under fire from beekeepers and conservationists who say they are failing to vet risky pesticides that put people and valuable crop pollinators like bees in peril. On Wednesday, the Natural Resources Defense Council issued a scathing report of the Environmental Protection Agency's record of using a loophole to allow more than 10,000 "untested or under-tested" phttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/US_regulators_under_fire_over_bee-toxic_pesticides_999.html

Disasters caused $186 bn in damage last year: Swiss Re

Disasters caused $186 bn in damage last year: Swiss Re

Zurich (AFP) March 27, 2013
Natural and man-made disasters caused $186 billion (152 billion euros) in damages worldwide last year, according to a calculation released on Wednesday by the Swiss re-insurance group Swiss Re. Of that sum, insurance companies were exposed to claims of up to $77 billion, which would make 2012 the third most costly year on record, it added in a statement. http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Disasters_caused_186_bn_in_damage_last_year_Swiss_Re_999.html

Food is now the ultimate class signifier


Food is now the ultimate class signifier

Poor people are being fobbed off with food stamps while the rest of us watch cookery shows and eat fancy ready-mealshttp://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/27/food-class-poor-people-stamps

Federal Study: Shale Development Fragmenting Allegheny County Forests WESA

Federal Study: Shale Development Fragmenting Allegheny County Forests WESAhttp://wesa.fm/post/federal-study-shale-development-fragmenting-allegheny-county-forests

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

UNEP Global Environmental Alert Released for March: The Impact of Corruption on Climate Change: Threatening Emissions Trading Mechanisms?

UNEP Global Environmental Alert Released for March: The Impact of Corruption on Climate Change: Threatening Emissions Trading Mechanisms?

Recently, the United Nations Environment Programme released a new Global Environmental Alert titled, The Impact of Corruption on Climate Change: Threatening Emissions Trading Mechanisms? (Mar. 2013). According to the 13-page alert,
[t]his bulletin provides an overview of recent discussions about the impact of corruption on environmental governance, with a focus on emissions trading. It reviews new definitions and the latest corruption assessment methodologies in order to illuminate the broader challenges faced by GHG trading mechanisms and climate finance.
Prior alerts are available here, dating from Aug. 2010 to the present.

Two years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster is Japan facing a cancer time bomb?

Two years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster is Japan facing a cancer time bomb?

TWO years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster local children are showing signs of cancer, prompting cries of a cover-up.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/387357/Two-years-after-the-Fukushima-nuclear-disaster-is-Japan-facing-a-cancer-time-bomb

Melting Arctic Sea Ice Drives Extreme Weather, U.S Military Planning

March 27 News: Melting Arctic Sea Ice Drives Extreme Weather, U.S Military Planning

Why Have US Carbon Emissions Declined so Much?

Why Have US Carbon Emissions Declined so Much?

Emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel consumption in the United States have fallen remarkably since 2008, with recent levels the lowest since 1995. Here I comment on some of the factors behind this.Carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. consumption of fossil fuels for 12 months ending at indicated date, Jan 1975 to Nov 2012, in millions of metric tons. Data source: EIA Monthly Energy Review, Feb 2013The policy response to growing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations that is favored by most economists is a tax on carbon emissions. If we…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Why-Have-US-Carbon-Emissions-Declined-so-Much.html

The Beijing Syndrome: China Begins to Care for the Environment

The Beijing Syndrome: China Begins to Care for the Environment

As the term “China syndrome” has already been taken, I am terming what is happening in the country these days the “Beijing syndrome,” for China’s capital seems to be shaping up as the epicenter of a great upheaval to come. A “syndrome” is a group of symptoms that, when taken together, point to a more serious underlying disease; which, of course, is what we see emerging in the contention between China’s rapid growth and its environment.Thirty-five years ago, after China got over its bout of “cultural…Read more...http://oilprice.com/The-Environment/Global-Warming/The-Beijing-Syndrome-China-Begins-to-Care-for-the-Environment.html

Will China's New Leaders Clean Up the Environment?

Will China's New Leaders Clean Up the Environment?


http://theenergycollective.com/barbarafinamore/202736/will-chinas-new-leaders-clean-environment?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

New Oceans Study: Global Warming Accelerated in Past 15 Years

New Oceans Study: Global Warming Accelerated in Past 15 Years


http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/202626/hot-water-global-warming-has-accelerated-past-15-years-new-study-oceans-confirms?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Horrifying Video From China Shows Just How Suddenly A Sinkhole Can Appear

Horrifying Video From China Shows Just How Suddenly A Sinkhole Can Appear


http://www.businessinsider.com/sinkhole-suddenly-appears-in-shenzhen-2013-3?utm_source=alerts&nr_email_referer=1

Scienctists link 2011 Oklahoma quake to drilling waste injections

The strongest earthquake to ever hit Oklahoma might have been man-made: study

New York Daily News - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON — An unusual and widely felt 5.6-magnitude quake in Oklahoma in 2011 was probably caused when oil drilling waste was pushed deep underground, a team of university and federal scientists concluded. That would make it the most powerful ...http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/oklahoma-largest-quake-man-made-study-article-1.1300333

Oklahoma earthquake linked to oil extraction wastewater

BBC News -
Scientists have linked the underground injection of oil-drilling wastewater to a magnitude-5.7 earthquake in 2011 that struck the US state of Oklahoma. Wastewater injection from drilling operations has been linked to seismic events in the past, but these have ...http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21952428

Scienctists link 2011 Oklahoma quake to drilling waste injections

Hamilton Spectator -
WASHINGTON A team of scientists has determined that a 5.6 magnitude quake in Oklahoma in 2011 was caused when oil drilling waste was injected deep underground. That makes it the most powerful quake to be blamed on deep injections of wastewater, ...http://www.thespec.com/news/world/article/909018--scienctists-link-2011-oklahoma-quake-to-drilling-waste-injections

Oklahoma's biggest quake tied to fracking

Sydney Morning Herald -
Washington: Scientists have linked Oklahoma's biggest recorded earthquake to the disposal of wastewater from oil production, adding to evidence that may lead to greater regulation of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas. The 5.7-magnitude quake in 2011 ...http://www.smh.com.au/world/oklahomas-biggest-quake-tied-to-fracking-20130327-2gu2u.html

Oklahoma Quakes Tied to Water Disposal Shows Oil Boom Impact

San Francisco Chronicle -
(Updates with comment from author in third, fourth paragraphs.) March 26 (Bloomberg) -- A 2011 Oklahoma earthquake has been tied by researchers to the disposal of wastewater from oil production, the latest study suggesting the energy boom from ...http://www.sfgate.com/business/bloomberg/article/Oklahoma-Quakes-Tied-to-Water-Disposal-Shows-Oil-4386385.php

Forget climate change, now we have to worry about fracking earthquakes

Quartz -
Concerned that the natural gas boom is despoiling the environment? Here's something else to shake you up: Some scientists think a 5.7-magnitude earthquake that struck geologically placid Oklahoma in November 2011 may be linked to wastewater injected ...http://qz.com/67716/forget-climate-change-now-we-have-to-worry-about-fracking-earthquakes/

Pressure from 90s fracking may have caused Oklahoma's biggest quake

Wired.co.uk -
A team of geologists has published a paper suggesting that fracking in Oklahama's Wilzetta oilfields from as far back as the 90s caused a 5.7-magnitude quake to occur in 2011. The wastewater injected into the sealed wells was a byproduct of local oil ...http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-03/27/old-fracking-major-earthquake

Oil Addiction, Not Fracking, Caused the 2011 Oklahoma Earthquakes

Scientific American (blog) -
Earthquakes in region of Prague, Oklahoma, from Nov. 5, 2011, through Dec. 4, 2011. Red indicates 2.2 magnitude, up through magenta representing the 5.6 magnitude quake. Credit: Flickr/KellyMcD. Earthquakes have become more than 10 times more ...http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2013/03/27/oil-addiction-not-fracking-caused-the-2011-oklahoma-earthquakes/

Largest Oklahoma Earthquake Linked to Oil Extraction Wastewater

Yahoo! News (blog) - ‎1 hour ago‎
The largest-ever recorded quake in Oklahoma was caused by the injection of wastewater, a byproduct of oil extraction, into the ground, new research confirms. On Nov. 6, 2011, a series of earthquakes, including a 5.6-magnitude temblor, struck the rural town ...http://news.yahoo.com/largest-oklahoma-earthquake-linked-oil-extraction-wastewater-171720313.html

Fracking May Lead to Earthquakes Even Decades After Drilling Begins

Motherboard (blog) -
The most contentious debate over hydraulic fracturing is probably the one about earthquakes. That's saying a lot, because fracking—the art of pumping a chemical cocktail deep into the earth's crust to pave the way for oil or gas extraction—has given rise to no ...http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/fracking-may-lead-to-earthquakes-even-decades-after-drilling-begins

Researchers Connect Fracking With Earthquakes

SustainableBusiness.com -
Yes, there is an impact from drilling thousands of holes in the ground and dumping wastewater in them! Oklahoma is not a place where people expect earthquakes, but it had a 5.7-magnitude quake in 2011, which scientists have now linked to fracking. http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/24708

Oklahoma's Biggest-Ever Earthquake Was Likely Man-Made

Smithsonian (blog) -
In 2011, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit Oklahoma, injuring two people and damaging fourteen homes and a highway. It was the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the modern era in Oklahoma, says Columbia University, and in a new study researchers ...http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/03/oklahomas-biggest-ever-earthquake-was-likely-man-made/
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Shale Gas Boom Creates Opportunity for Environmental Firms

Shale Gas Boom Creates Opportunity for Environmental Firms http://ebionline.org/updates/1709-shale-gas-boom-creates-opportunity-for-environmental-firms?goback=.gde_2056821_member_226610438

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Two reasons climate change is not like other environmental problems

Commentators often think about climate change as an "environmental problem," but it's very different from traditional environmental problems, in two important ways.http://grist.org/climate-energy/two-reasons-climate-change-is-not-like-other-environmental-problems/?goback=.gmp_119460.gde_119460_member_225874024.gmp_119460.gde_119460_member_225874024

Editor's Note

Dear Readers
I am camped at the Apple Store in Bethesda, Maryland getting my
laptops synchronized and repaired. Its going to be that kind of day.
Back soon.
Michele Kearney

Monday, March 25, 2013

Indian drought risk, as Himalayan glaciers retreat

Indian drought risk, as Himalayan glaciers retreat
Studying the retreat of glaciers in the Himalayas and its effect on monsoon, may lead to scientific recommendations. But the cultural barrier to change may be too high for local people to adopt them. http://phys.org/news/2013-03-indian-drought-himalayan-glaciers-retreat.html#nwlt

Climate models are not good enough, researcher says

Climate models are not good enough, researcher says
Only a few climate models were able to reproduce the observed changes in extreme precipitation in China over the last 50 years. This is the finding of a doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. http://phys.org/news/2013-03-climate-good.html#nwlt

Losing wetlands to grow crops

Losing wetlands to grow crops
Getting enough to eat is a basic human need – but at what cost to the environment? Research published in BioMed Central's journal Agriculture & Food Security demonstrates that as their crops on higher ground fail due to unreliable rainfall, people in countries like Uganda are increasingly relocating to wetland areas. Unless the needs of these people are addressed in a more sustainable way, overuse of wetland resources through farming, fishing, and hunting will continue. http://phys.org/news/2013-03-wetlands-crops.html#nwlt

How EPA Could Help Cut Carbon Emissions 17 Percent By 2020

Posted: 24 Mar 2013 09:30 AM PDT
A target of a 17 percent reduction in total carbon dioxide emissions from the 2005 baseline by 2020 was originally laid out in H.R. 2454, the 2009 cap-and-trade bill, and then re-articulated by President Obama.http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/201811/how-epa-could-help-cut-carbon-emissions-17-2020?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

The Climate Consequences of Arctic Oil Drilling

Posted: 25 Mar 2013 01:00 AM PDT
Not only does the Arctic have inadequate infrastructure to deal with an oil spill, but also response technologies in such extreme environmental conditions remain untested and unproven.http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/201881/adding-fuel-fire-climate-consequences-arctic-ocean-drilling?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Fukushima Spews More Radiation - Due to Tepco's Carelessness by Washington's Blog, Washington's Blog Fukushima Still Pumping Out Massive Amounts of Radiation

Fukushima Spews More Radiation - Due to Tepco’s Carelessness

March 25th, 2013
in Op Ed, syndication
by Washington's Blog, Washington's Blog

Fukushima Still Pumping Out Massive Amounts of Radiationhttp://econintersect.com/b2evolution/blog2.php/2013/03/25/fukushima-spews-more-radiation-due-to-tepco-s-carelessness

China’s electricity industry faces severe water shortages and that could be good news for the environment

China’s electricity industry faces severe water shortages and that could be good news for the environment

http://qz.com/66640/chinas-electricity-industry-faces-severe-water-shortages-and-that-could-be-good-news-for-the-environment/

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Editor's Note

Dear Readers
De to family commitments, posting will be irregular for the next
couple of days. Please bear with me while I attend to these
obligations. To make matters worse, the Gound Hog lied and
am dealing with more snow tomorrow.
Best regards.
Michele Kearney