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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Protecting Water from Fracking Risks: NEPA Environmental Review Remains Essential


Protecting Water from Fracking Risks: NEPA Environmental Review Remains Essential

http://theenergycollective.com/amymall/210696/clean-water-risks-fracking-environmental-review-essential?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

New Yorker: ‘Has Obama Already Given Up On Climate Change?’

New Yorker: ‘Has Obama Already Given Up On Climate Change?’

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The Consequences of a Blue Arctic

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 10:00 AM PDT
Right now, we’re on a trend of losing roughly 300 billion tons of ice per year from the Arctic ice cap. Once we reach the point of regular Blue Arctic events, we won’t be able to lose that much ice, net, in a given year.http://theenergycollective.com/lougrinzo/209426/consequences-blue-arctic?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

CDC Activates Emergency Operations Center in Response to H7N9

CDC Activates Emergency Operations Center in Response to H7N9
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/cdc-activates-emergency-operations-center-in-response-to-h7n9/

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activated its Emergency
Operations Center (EOC) in Atlanta yesterday to support the response to the H7N9
influenza outbreak in China, CDC officials said in an e-mailed statement
today.

The EOC was activated at level 2, the second of three levels. Level 1, the
highest, signals an agency-wide [...]

Global Warming Not Significant in 2012 Drought

Global Warming Not Significant in 2012 Drought

Andrew Freedman, CC
The extreme 2012 Central Great Plains drought was more intense than the Dust Bowl era droughts of the 1930s, according to a new federal assessment of the origins and predictability of the drought, released on Thursday. The team of 19 atmospheric scientists, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), found that global warming may have played a relatively small contributing role by helping to make the drought slightly warmer, and hence drier, than it otherwise might have been.http://www.climatecentral.org/news/noaa-report-largely-exonerates-global-warming-as-cause-of-plains-drought-15868

Deadly H7N9 Bird Flu Spreads Into China's Capital; Beijing's First Case Is A 7-Year-Old Girl

Deadly H7N9 Bird Flu Spreads Into China's Capital; Beijing's First Case Is A 7-Year-Old Girl

The first case of case of deadly H7N9 bird flu has been reported in Beijing, China’s capital, bringing the total to fall sick nationwide to 44, including 11 deaths, the government’s Xinhua news agency reported today.http://www.forbes.com/sites/russellflannery/2013/04/13/deadly-h7n9-bird-flu-spreads-into-chinas-capital-beijings-first-case-is-a-7-year-old-girl/

Fukushima plant abandoning leaky underground pools


Fukushima plant abandoning leaky underground pools

http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/fukushima-plant-abandoning-leaky-underground-pools

Fact Sheet NNSA: Securing Domestic Radioactive Material

Fact Sheet

NNSA: Securing Domestic Radioactive Material
http://nnsa.energy.gov/mediaroom/factsheets/gtri-protect

‘Japan, S. Korea may go nuclear over Korean Peninsula tensions’


‘Japan, S. Korea may go nuclear over Korean Peninsula tensions’

http://rt.com/op-edge/escaltion-nuclear-militarization-japan-korea-800/

Legendary Investor Jeremy Grantham Believes Natural Gas Prices Will Triple

Legendary Investor Jeremy Grantham Believes Natural Gas Prices Will Triple


http://seekingalpha.com/article/1338701-legendary-investor-jeremy-grantham-believes-natural-gas-prices-will-triple

Is a Nuclear Iran Inevitable?

Is a Nuclear Iran Inevitable?

The Carnegie Endowment's Mark Hibbs on navigating the world's nuclear threats.

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/04/is-a-nuclear-iran-inevitable/274924/

Japan Earthquake 2013: 6.3 Magnitude Quake Leaves Several Injured


Japan Earthquake 2013: 6.3 Magnitude Quake Leaves Several Injured


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/12/japan-earthquake-2013-several-injured_n_3074014.html

Friday, April 12, 2013

Yes, Climate Change Is Worsening U.S. Drought — NOAA Report Needlessly Confuses The Issue

Yes, Climate Change Is Worsening U.S. Drought — NOAA Report Needlessly Confuses The Issuehttp://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/12/1859541/yes-climate-change-is-worsening-us-drought-noaa-report-needlessly-confuses-the-issue/?mobile=nc

Forecasting the Impact of Storm Waves and Sea-level Rise on Midway Atoll and Laysan Island within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument—A Comparison of Passive Versus Dynamic Inundation Models

Recently, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a report titled Forecasting the Impact of Storm Waves and Sea-level Rise on Midway Atoll and Laysan Island within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument—A Comparison of Passive Versus Dynamic Inundation Models (USGS Open File Rep. 2013-1069). The 86-page report available here, authored by Curt D. Storlazzi et al. discusses the following:
Two inundation events in 2011 underscored the potential for elevated water levels to damage infrastructure and affect terrestrial ecosystems on the low-lying Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The goal of this study was to compare passive "bathtub" inundation models based on geographic information systems (GIS) to those that include dynamic water levels caused by wave-induced set-up and run-up for two end-member island morphologies: Midway, a classic atoll with islands on the shallow (2-8 m) atoll rim and a deep, central lagoon; and Laysan, which is characterized by a deep (20-30 m) atoll rim and an island at the center of the atoll. Vulnerability to elevated water levels was assessed using hindcast wind and wave data to drive coupled physics-based numerical wave, current, and water-level models for the atolls. The resulting model data were then used to compute run-up elevations using a parametric run-up equation under both present conditions and future sea-level-rise scenarios. In both geomorphologies, wave heights and wavelengths adjacent to the island shorelines increased more than three times and four times, respectively, with increasing values of sea-level rise, as more deep-water wave energy could propagate over the atoll rim and larger wind-driven waves could develop on the atoll. Although these increases in water depth resulted in decreased set-up along the islands’ shorelines, the larger wave heights and longer wavelengths due to sea-level rise increased the resulting wave-induced run-up. Run-up values were spatially heterogeneous and dependent on the direction of incident wave direction, bathymetry, and island configuration. Island inundation was modeled to increase substantially when wave-driven effects were included, suggesting that inundation and impacts to infrastructure and terrestrial habitats will occur at lower values of predicted sea-level rise, and thus sooner in the 21st century, than suggested by passive GIS-based "bathtub" inundation models. Lastly, observations and the modeling results suggest that classic atolls with islands on a shallow atoll rim are more susceptible to the combined effects of sea-level rise and wave-driven inundation than atolls characterized by a deep atoll rim.

The Department of Energy's Use of the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility at the Oak Ridge Reservation

Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General released an audit report titled, The Department of Energy's Use of the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility at the Oak Ridge Reservation (2013) (IG-0883). The 14-page report available here, discusses the following:
[t]he Environmental Management Waste Management Facility (EMWMF) is an above-ground waste disposal facility designed to meet the requirements of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA). The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) manages the Department of Energy's (Department) contract with URS | CH2M Oak Ridge, LLC (UCOR), which has operated EMWMF since August 2011. We found that OREM had not maximized its use of available capacity at EMWMF, and as a consequence, may incur more than $14 million in unnecessary disposal costs. Specifically, OREM permitted its contractors to send minimally contaminated waste to EMWMF that may have otherwise been acceptable for disposal in the sanitary landfill at a much lower cost per unit. For example, contractor officials told us that from fiscal years 2002 through 2011, they had disposed of 140,000 cubic yards of material (minimally contaminated waste plus required fill) at EMWMF that likely could have been disposed of in the sanitary landfill at a much lower cost per unit. The Department of Energy (Department) had not established site-specific surface authorized limits for determining when certain types of minimally contaminated waste could be disposed of in sanitary landfills rather than in EMWMF. In the absence of such site-specific authorized limits, certain surface­contaminated wastes have been disposed of at EMWMF that potentially could have been safely disposed at sanitary landfills. Maintaining this approach could ultimately and unnecessarily utilize 11 percent of EMWMF's waste disposal capacity. During the course of our audit, UCOR recognized the issues we discovered and implemented procedures compliant with Department and landfill permit requirements to allow more waste to be disposed in the sanitary landfill; however, we believe that additional action is necessary to improve efficiency of waste disposal operations and conserve EMWMF capacity. Environmental Management generally concurred with the report and its comments were responsive to our recommendations.

GAO Report Released: Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel: Observations on the Key Attributes and Challenges of Storage and Disposal Options

GAO Report Released: Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel: Observations on the Key Attributes and Challenges of Storage and Disposal Options

Recently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report, titled Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel: Observations on the Key Attributes and Challenges of Storage and Disposal Options GAO-13-532T (Apr. 11, 2013). The details of the 17-page report, available here, are discussed below:

Why GAO Did This Study

Spent nuclear fuel, the used fuel removed from commercial nuclear power reactors, is one of the most hazardous substances created by humans. Commercial reactors have generated nearly 70,000 metric tons of spent fuel, which is currently stored at 75 reactor sites in 33 states, and this inventory is expected to more than double by 2055. The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, as amended, directs DOE to investigate the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada--100 miles northwest of Las Vegas--to determine if the site is suitable for a permanent repository for this and other nuclear waste. DOE submitted a license application for the Yucca Mountain site to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2008, but in 2010 DOE suspended its licensing efforts and instead established a blue ribbon commission to study other options. The commission issued a report in January 2012 recommending a new strategy for managing nuclear waste, and DOE issued a new nuclear waste disposal strategy in 2013.

This testimony is primarily based on prior work GAO issued from November 2009 to August 2012 and updated with information from DOE. It discusses the key attributes and challenges of options that have been considered for storage or disposal of spent nuclear fuel.

The Future of the Arctic: A New Global Playing Field

The Future of the Arctic: A New Global Playing Field

Watch this meeting live on Tuesday, April 16, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (ET).
Icelandic president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson discusses the international economic, environmental, and security implications of a changing Arctic region.http://www.cfr.org/polar-regions/future-arctic-new-global-playing-field/p30444?cid=rss-fullfeed-the_future_of_the_arctic__a_ne-041613&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cfr_main+%28CFR.org+-+Main+Site+Feed%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Environment vs. Fuel: Americans Still Divided

Environment vs. Fuel: Americans Still Divided

Jeffrey Jones, Gallup
PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans divide evenly when asked whether the U.S. should prioritize energy production (46%) or environmental protection (45%) when the goals conflict. From 2001 to 2008, Americans consistently came down on the side of the environment. Since 2009, they have been divided or shown a slight preference for energy production -- aside from a temporary shift back toward the environment in the wake of the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.http://www.gallup.com/poll/161729/americans-divided-energy-environment-trade-off.aspx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=syndication

Say Goodbye To Arctic Summer Ice from Business Insider by Becky Oskin

Say Goodbye To Arctic Summer Ice

Urgent Warning On New Bird Flu H7N9: Could Pose Global Threat

Urgent Warning On New Bird Flu H7N9: Could Pose Global Threat

As new death reports come in, a team of experts from China published a scary report yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) suggesting that the new H7N9 avian flu virus is even more deadly than previously believed.http://www.forbes.com/sites/melaniehaiken/2013/04/12/new-bird-flu-danger-worse-than-believed-says-urgent-report/

Environmentalists are Hypocritical about China's Nuclear, Wind and Solar Power

Environmentalists are Hypocritical about China's Nuclear, Wind and Solar Power

China is building the most new nuclear power of any country and should have about 40 gigawatts of nuclear power generating about 260 TWh. China's current 15 GW of nuclear power generates about 98 TWh.http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/04/environmentalists-are-hypocritical.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2Fadvancednano+%28nextbigfuture%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Could new flu spark global flu pandemic? New bird flu strain seen adapting to mammals, humans

Could new flu spark global flu pandemic? New bird flu strain seen adapting to mammals, humans

A genetic analysis of the avian flu virus responsible for at least nine human deaths in China portrays a virus evolving to adapt to human cells, raising concern about its potential to spark a new global flu pandemic.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130412192402.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Greenhouse gases make high temps hotter in China (Update)

Greenhouse gases make high temps hotter in China (Update)
China, the world's largest producer of carbon dioxide, is directly feeling the man-made heat of global warming, scientists conclude in the first study to link the burning of fossil fuels to one country's rise in its daily temperature spikes. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-greenhouse-gases-high-temps-hotter.html#nwlt

Final frontiers: The deep sea

Final frontiers: The deep sea
With the global population now well over seven billion people there are few remaining parts of the world relatively untouched by human activity. We assess the current state and future prospects of five final frontiers: rainforests, Antarctica, the Arctic, the deep sea and space. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-frontiers-deep-sea.html#nwlt

Let's stop hiding behind recycling and be honest about consumption


Let's stop hiding behind recycling and be honest about consumption

We have offshored the problem of escalating consumption, and our perceptions of it, by considering only territorial emissions
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/georgemonbiot/2013/apr/12/escalating-consumption

Grabbing Water From Future Generations Many of the world's aquifers are being pumped dry to support unsustainable agriculture.


http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/12/121218-grabbing-water-from-future-generations/

Japan Earthquakes 2011 Visualization Map

Japan Earthquakes 2011 Visualization Map


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSBjEvPH2j4

Corn State Concern over Ethanol Mandate

Corn State Concern over Ethanol Mandatehttp://theenergycollective.com/mark-green/209686/corn-state-concern-over-ethanol-mandate?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

April 12, 2013 Editor's Note

Dear Readers
I am in Boston attending the MIT New Parents Welcome Weekend and won't
resume posting before Saturday evening. Thank you for your patience.
Best regards.
Michele Kearney

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Climate Change: The Moral Choices


Climate Change: The Moral Choices

The effects of global warming will persist for hundreds of years. What are our responsibilities and duties today to help safeguard the distant future? That is the question ethicists are now asking.
http://www.technologyreview.com/review/513526/climate-change-the-moral-choices/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-daily-all&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20130411

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Nearly 80 Percent Of Americans Hit By Extreme Weather Disaster Since 2007, Report Finds


Nearly 80 Percent Of Americans Hit By Extreme Weather Disaster Since 2007, Report Finds

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/09/1841051/nearly-80-percent-of-americans-hit-by-extreme-weather-since-2007-report-finds/?mobile=nc

Chinese colonel says latest H7N9 bird flu virus is U.S. biological weapon

Chinese colonel says latest H7N9 bird flu virus is U.S. biological weapon


http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/chinese-colonel-says-latest-h7n9-bird-flu-virus-is-u-s-biological-weapon/

Climate Change Debate Heats Up, Threatens Shale Boom

 

Climate Change Debate Heats Up, Threatens Shale Boom

http://oilprice.com/The-Environment/Global-Warming/Climate-Change-Debate-Heats-Up-Threatens-Shale-Boom.html

xperts sound alarm over 'perfect storm' in African Sahel

Experts sound alarm over 'perfect storm' in African Sahel
The vast region of Africa known as the Sahel will descend into large-scale drought, famine, war and terrorist control if immediate, coordinated steps are not taken to avert the perfect storm of climate change and the most rapidly growing population in the world, a group of experts from the University of California, Berkeley, and the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), concluded in a report released today, which summarizes findings from the first international, multidisciplinary meeting on the region. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-experts-alarm-storm-african-sahel.html#nwlt

US businesses call for climate law

US businesses call for climate law
Several major companies issued a joint call Wednesday for the United States to enact legislation to battle climate change, saying that the issue was critical to their businesses. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-businesses-climate-law.html#nwlt

Climate Change Predictions a Double-Edged Sword

Posted: 09 Apr 2013 10:00 AM PDT
There is no greater danger to support for action on important issues of human impacts on the environment than an overselling of what climate science can provide.http://theenergycollective.com/roger-pielke-jr/207061/climate-predictions-double-edged-sword?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

The Study About Fracking and Earthquakes that Environmentalists

The Study About Fracking and Earthquakes that Environmentalists ...
Earthquakes have been touted as one of the negative effects of hydraulic fracturing to extract ...
www.theblaze.com/.../the-study-about-fracking-and-earthquak...

How Much Do Health Impacts From Fossil Fuel Electricity Cost The U.S. Economy?

How Much Do Health Impacts From Fossil Fuel Electricity Cost The U.S. Economy?


http://www.forbes.com/sites/justingerdes/2013/04/08/how-much-do-health-impacts-from-fossil-fuel-electricity-cost-the-u-s-economy/?goback=.gde_67258_member_230620861

Renewable Energy Won't Stop Climate Change According to Truthout Interview with Scholar and Author

Renewable Energy Won't Stop Climate Change According to Truthout Interview with Scholar and Author


http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?resourceid=6622967&access=EH

Taping of Farm Cruelty Is Becoming the Crime New York Times

Taping of Farm Cruelty Is Becoming the Crime


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/07/us/taping-of-farm-cruelty-is-becoming-the-crime.html?_r=0

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

EPA Releases U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program 2012 Annual Report

EPA Releases U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program 2012 Annual Report

According to a recent EPA Press Release
EPA is releasing its U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program 2012 Annual Report. The report highlights Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 accomplishments and the program's environmental, public health and economic benefits to the U.S. The border program provides access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, often for the first time, to underserved communities along the U.S.-Mexico Border. In FY 2012, the program provided 5,185 border homes with safe drinking water and 31,092 homes with adequate wastewater services. Currently the program has 24 projects under construction and supports 26 communities in the planning and development of projects for future construction. EPA's investments boost the regional and national economy through increased productivity, avoided health care and economic losses, direct and indirect job creation, enhanced ecological values, and by attracting trade opportunities and additional private investments. More information: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/wastewater/mexican/index.cfm

Rapid climate change and the role of the Southern Ocean

Rapid climate change and the role of the Southern Ocean

Cardiff UK (SPX) Apr 09, 2013
Scientists from Cardiff University and the University of Barcelona have discovered new clues about past rapid climate change. The research, published this month in the journal Nature Geoscience, concludes that oceanographic reorganisations and biological processes are linked to the supply of airborne dust in the Southern Ocean and this connection played a key role in past rapid fluctuations of ahttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Rapid_climate_change_and_the_role_of_the_Southern_Ocean_999.html

China's Bird Flu Problem Is Getting Worse

China's Bird Flu Problem Is Getting Worse

China has been paralyzed by an emerging human strain of bird flu, H7N9, which has now infected 28 people, 8 of whom died. In just the last two days, four more people have tested positive for the virus, according to Xinhua.
The latest case has hospitalized a 62-year-old man in Shanghai. About 30 percent of patients who have been diagnosed with the virus have died.
The virus took its first victims in early March. This is the first time that the H7N9 flu strain has made the jump into humans, so we haven't built up a natural resistance. Luckily, the virus doesn't seem to be able to spread between humans, though it's possible it could mutate and gain this ability.
Chinese authorities are killing off birds — 20,000 in one poultry market — in areas where the infection has popped up, to try to stop the virus from spreading further. Doctors are being trained in how to handle these infections, and a vaccine is being developed.
A test is available, but some are worried that it might not be detecting all cases. Here's what the map looks like now [see an updated version]:http://www.businessinsider.com/chinas-bird-flu-h7n9-problem-2013-4?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Former U.S. Nuclear Chief: American Nuclear Plants Should Be Phased Out — “Can’t Guarantee Against Accident Causing Widespread

Former U.S. Nuclear Chief: American Nuclear Plants Should Be Phased Out — “Can’t Guarantee Against Accident Causing Widespread

Energy intelligence reports:
Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory Jaczko says that the current fleet of operating plants in the US should be phased out because regulators can’t guarantee against an accident causing widespread land contamination. In two key decisions last week Jaczko said the agency “damaged significantly” its international reputation for upholding safety and he accused the five commissioners of “just rolling the dice” in dealing with severe accidents.
Jaczko is correct that “the current fleet of operating plants in the US [is unsafe] regulators can’t guarantee against an accident causing widespread land contamination”.
An investigation by Associated Press found that 75 percent of all U.S. nuclear sites have leaked radioactive tritium.
And whistleblowers at the Nuclear Regulator Commission say that the risk of a major meltdown at U.S. nuclear reactors is much higher than it was at Fukushima.http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2013-04-09/former-us-nuclear-chief-american-nuclear-plants-should-be-phased-out-%E2%80%94-%E2%80%9Ccan%E2%80%99t

Tens Dead, Hundreds Injured As 6.1 Earthquake Hits Near Iran's Nuclear Power Plant

Tens Dead, Hundreds Injured As 6.1 Earthquake Hits Near Iran's Nuclear Power Plant

A few hours ago, a major 6.1 magnitude quake struck in Iran once again, some 100 km away from Bushehr - location of Iran's only nuclear power plant. According to subsequent reports, at least 30 people have been killed and nearly 600 injured, although at least for now the official version is that the power plan was undamaged. From Al Jazeera: "Fereydoon Hasanvand, governor of Bushehr, said the nuclear plant was undamaged by Tuesday's earthquake. "No damage at all has been caused" to the plant, he told state television. The Russian company that built the nuclear-power station, 18km south of Bushehr, said the quake had been felt there but that operations at the plant were not affected. "The earthquake in no way affected the normal situation at the reactor."
Of course, as TEPCO and Japan so vividly and glowingly in the dark demonstrated, when it comes to nuclear power plants, the last thing to be released, long after the alpha, beta and gamma rays, is the truth. We doubt this time would be any different.http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-09/tens-dead-hundreds-injured-61-earthquake-hits-near-irans-nuclear-power-plant

Gallup Poll: Public Understanding And Concern About Global Warming Keeps Rising

Gallup Poll: Public Understanding And Concern About Global Warming Keeps Rising


The Damaging Links Between Food, Fuel and Finance: A Growing Threat to Food Security

The Damaging Links Between Food, Fuel and Finance: A Growing Threat to Food Security

By Timothy Wise, Director of the Research and Policy Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University. Cross posted from Triple Crisis
Just when you thought the unhealthy ties between food, fuel, and financial markets couldn’t get more perverse, we get the announcement that Vitol, the world’s largest independent oil trader, is entering the grain-trading business, hiring a team from Viterra, based in Toronto, to run the show. And lest we toss this off as just another corporate deal, Javier Blas in the Financial Times reminds us that Viterra has itself recently been bought by Glencore, perhaps the world’s greatest global commodity speculator.
What could go wrong?
Read more at http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/04/the-damaging-links-between-food-fuel-and-finance-a-growing-threat-to-food-security.html#7pTuO2VsTepfMEBX.99

U.S. Shale oil leases to California Illegal Says Court

U.S. Shale oil leases to California Illegal Says Court
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/u-s-shale-oil-leases-to-california-illegal-says-court/

A US judge ruled the federal government violated national environmental law by
declining to conduct a full-fledged environmental impact study of its oil
leasing for California's Monterey Shale Formation, reports Reuters.

The Obama administration did not fully weigh the effects of fracking on the
environment, said US District Judge Paul Grewal in a decision released Monday.

Record Honeybee Death Expected to Raise Food Costs

Record Honeybee Death Expected to Raise Food Costs
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/record-honeybee-death-expected-to-raise-food-costs/

Fifty percent of the domestic honeybee population is dead, the greatest
single-year loss of honeybees in the United States ever recorded. The dramatic
loss of the bees is expected to affect consumers.

Colony Collapse Disorder has killed half of the honeybees in the United States
this year alone.

New report on why we need innovation to feed the planet in a warming world

New report on why we need innovation to feed the planet in a warming world: http://ow.ly/jRpQr w/ @PrometheusGreen @markeliotcaine

Active discussion! How much water does fracking for shale gas consume?

Active discussion! How much water does fracking for shale gas consume? http://theenergycollective.com/jessejenkins/205481/friday-energy-facts-how-much-water-does-fracking-shale-gas-consume

What do you think? Is freshwater consumption a deal breaker for shale gas? Or is it a minor concern amongst the variety of environmental risks associated with energy production?

Federal officials won’t rule out Fukushima nuclear disaster for beached sea lions in California


Federal officials won’t rule out Fukushima nuclear disaster for beached sea lions in California

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/08/federal-officials-wont-rule-out-fukushima-nuclear-disaster-for-beached-sea-lions-in-california/

Monday, April 8, 2013

Study Confirms Climate Change Will Keep Driving More Intense Precipitation

Study Confirms Climate Change Will Keep Driving More Intense Precipitation


http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/206771/when-it-rains-it-pours-study-confirms-climate-change-will-keep-driving-more-intens?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

North Korea: Putin In 'Chernobyl' Warning


North Korea: Putin In 'Chernobyl' Warning

Russia's president says a conflict between the two Koreas could make the infamous nuclear accident "seem like a fairy tale".

http://news.sky.com/story/1075136/north-korea-putin-in-chernobyl-warning

Argentina floods caused $5 billion in damage

Argentina floods caused $5 billion in damage

Buenos Aires (AFP) April 7, 2013
Damage from last week's record rains and flooding in Argentina exceeded five billion dollars, according to officials, who said on Sunday that more than 350,000 people suffered losses in property. "More than 350,000 of our neighbors were affected directly or indirectly by the storm, which caused 2.6 billion pesos (five billion dollars) in damage," according to a press release by the Telam govhttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Argentina_floods_caused_5_billion_in_damage_999.html

China boosts bird flu response as cases rise

China boosts bird flu response as cases rise

Shanghai (AFP) April 7, 2013
China confirmed three more cases of bird flu on Sunday, as authorities sought to curb a deadly outbreak by banning live poultry sales and disinfecting schools. The new cases of the H7N9 strain of avian influenza brought the number recorded in China's developed eastern region to 21 since it was announced a week ago that the virus had been found in humans for the first time. Six people havhttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/China_boosts_bird_flu_response_as_cases_rise_999.html

No proof China's H7N9 spreading between humans: WHO

No proof China's H7N9 spreading between humans: WHO

Beijing (AFP) April 8, 2013
The World Health Organisation said Monday there is no evidence China's new H7N9 strain of bird flu is spreading between humans, as the death toll rose to seven and airline and tourism shares slumped. China said just over a week ago that H7N9 avian influenza had been found in humans for the first time. Shanghai announced a new fatality on Monday, a man aged 64 who died the previous day, whilehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/No_proof_Chinas_H7N9_spreading_between_humans_WHO_999.html

China paper says farm sector raises bird flu risk

China paper says farm sector raises bird flu risk

Shanghai (AFP) April 7, 2013
A state-backed Chinese newspaper Sunday blamed "intense" farming methods for heightening the risk of deadly diseases such as H7N9 bird flu crossing from animals to humans. China has confirmed 18 cases - including six deaths - of the new strain of avian influenza, so far confined to its developed east coast, since announcing a week ago that the virus had been discovered in humans for the fhttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/China_paper_says_farm_sector_raises_bird_flu_risk_999.html

Probing the Reasons Behind The Changing Pace of Warming

Probing the Reasons Behind The Changing Pace of Warming

A consensus is emerging among scientists that the rate of global warming has slowed over the last decade. While they are still examining why, many researchers believe this phenomenon is linked to the heat being absorbed by the world’s oceans. BY FRED PEARCEhttp://e360.yale.edu/feature/probing_the_reasons_behind_the_changing_pace_of_warming/2637/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YaleEnvironment360+%28Yale+Environment+360%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

What does Climate Change Have to Do With Health Care?

What does Climate Change Have to Do With Health Care?

Editor’s Note:  Gary Cohen is Co-Founder and President of Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, India, established to help heal people affected by the Bhopal gas tragedy. He is on the board of the American Sustainable Business Council and Health Leads.http://www.forbes.com/sites/skollworldforum/2013/04/07/what-does-climate-change-have-to-do-with-health-care/

Higher mercury levels in humans associated with increased risk for diabetes

Higher mercury levels in humans associated with increased risk for diabetes

A new study found that higher levels of mercury exposure in young adults increased their risks for type 2 diabetes later in life by 65 percent.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130407211547.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

The Horror Behind the Curtain

The Horror Behind the Curtain

BATH, England, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
New veterinary analysis of dolphin slaughter reveals shocking levels of cruelty

http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?resourceid=6612575&access=EH

Black hole wakes up and has a light snack

Black hole wakes up and has a light snack
(Phys.org) —Astronomers have watched as a black hole woke up from a decades-long slumber to feed on a low-mass object – either a brown dwarf or a giant planet – that strayed too close. A similar feeding event, albeit on a gas cloud, will soon happen at the black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way Galaxy. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-black-hole-snack.html#nwlt

Small Leak Is Reported at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Small Leak Is Reported at Fukushima Nuclear Plant


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/08/world/asia/small-toxic-leak-is-reported-at-fukushima-nuclear-plant.html?_r=1&

"Exxon Threatens to Arrest Reporters for Entering Arkansas Oil Spill Site"


"Exxon Threatens to Arrest Reporters for Entering Arkansas Oil Spill Site" -- The oil giant is sure doing its best to prevent journalists from covering the recent oil spill from its Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower, Ark., reporters say. And unfortunately for them, a pliant county sheriff's office has shown it's all too willing to help Exxon Mobil out.
http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/exxon_threatens_journalists_with_arrest_for_entering_arkansas_oil_spill_sit/