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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Three Years After Deepwater Horizon, Congress Has Failed To Improve Drilling Safety


Three Years After Deepwater Horizon, Congress Has Failed To Improve Drilling Safety

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/20/1898941/three-years-after-deepwater-horizon-congress-has-failed-to-improve-drilling-safety/?mobile=nc&utm_source=feedly

World is Unprepared as Climate Change Starvation 'Disaster' Lies Ahead: Report by Jacob Chamberlain

World is Unprepared as Climate Change Starvation 'Disaster' Lies Ahead: Report
by Jacob Chamberlainhttp://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/04/14-0

Watts Up With That?



http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/04/09/current-solar-cycle-data-seems-to-be-past-the-peak/

Psalm 23 is a profound act of faith.

Psalm 23 is a profound act of faith.
This Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday, a welcome message after this tumultuous and painful week. The Responsorial Psalm of the Mass is the well-loved Twenty Third Psalm. We hear the words, “The Lord is my Shepherd…” and in our imagination we picture comforting images of Jesus the Good Shepherd leading and guarding his flock. We resonate with the promise of the Psalm. Knowing, however, that we rarely feel like we are being led through soft green pastures, could be a challenge to our faith. Is God really here? Will Jesus protect me now?

I believe the Twenty-Third Psalm is meant to console us, precisely by helping us reach to the core of our need, to acknowledge and accept our dependence on God, and to transfer our desires to the person of the Lord in whom we put all our trust. In other words, we may not experience our cup to be overflowing or feel as though we were resting by quiet streams, yet we have the certainty that the Lord is our Good Shepherd.
                                               
This week let us find comfort by breaking open Psalm 23 and reading it anew. Verse by verse, let’s reverse the meaning of the phrases, and pray these words from the depths of our own anxiety or sorrow as a profound act of faith. First, however, I invite you to stop before you go on, and to get in touch with the deepest needs of your own heart, and remember those who are in the greatest need of protection and comfort in these days.
Psalm 23 – An Act of Faith
     I feel alone, I lack everything…. Jesus, I reach out to you who are my Good Shepherd.
     I have nowhere to lie down, the pasture is full of weeds, and the water is stagnant…. Jesus, you alone are my Good Shepherd.
     I don’t know which way to turn. Walking through the dark valley I am worried. I fear you won't be there when I need you…. Jesus, I trust in you who are my Good Shepherd.
     There is nothing provided for me here. I am tired and exhausted. My cup is empty…. Jesus, be my Good Shepherd.
     Will your goodness and love follow me now, O Lord? Will I dwell in your house?... Jesus, I know you will be faithful. I entrust myself to you who are my Good Shepherd.

Faith doesn’t come easy. We hope in things unseen. We exercise the eyes of faith in the midst of darkness and confusion. We hope for a future when things appear to be ending. Ultimately, we learn the great lesson that when we reach deep into our own experiences of fear and anger, we are able to grab onto the hand of the One who alone can help us make sense of it all.
In Christ,
Sr. Kathryn James Hermes, fsp
Daughters of St. Paul
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Tiny Online Publication Wins Pulitzer Prize from IEEE Spectrum Energywise Blog by Bill Sweet

Tiny Online Publication Wins Pulitzer Prize from IEEE Spectrum Energywise Blog by Bill Sweethttp://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/environment/this-weeks-putlizer-for-insideclimate-news?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IeeeSpectrumEnergywiseBlog+%28Energywise+-+IEEE+Spectrum%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Friday, April 19, 2013

Corexit: Deadly Dispersant in Oil Spill Cleanup

 

Corexit: Deadly Dispersant in Oil Spill Cleanup

http://www.climatesciencewatch.org/2013/04/19/corexit-deadly-dispersant-in-oil-spill-cleanup/?utm_source=feedly

7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes China


7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes China


http://www.businessinsider.com/earthquake-strikes-china-2013-4?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29

Calculating tsunami risk for the US East Coast

Calculating tsunami risk for the US East Coast
The greatest threat of a tsunami for the U.S. east coast from a nearby offshore earthquake stretches from the coast of New England to New Jersey, according to John Ebel of Boston College, who presented his findings today at the Seismological Society of America 2013 Annual Meeting. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-tsunami-east-coast.html#nwlt

'People's History' of Gulf Oil Disaster Reveals Deadly Truth Behind Dispersant Corexit

'People's History' of Gulf Oil Disaster Reveals Deadly Truth Behind Dispersant Corexit
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/04/19-4

Pleas for US to name first ambassador to Arctic

Pleas for US to name first ambassador to Arctic

Washington (AFP) April 18, 2013
Top US diplomat John Kerry said Thursday he would mull ways to deepen US engagement in the Arctic amid pleas from lawmakers to name America's first ambassador to the resource-rich region. The secretary of state agreed the United States could get left behind in the race to exploit a potential wealth of undersea riches, with China and Russia already looking for ways to move into the territory.http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Pleas_for_US_to_name_first_ambassador_to_Arctic_999.html

Climate's role in US droughts is under scrutiny

Climate's role in US droughts is under scrutiny

Controversy over whether climate change was to blame for the Midwest drought highlights the need for better ways to assess the causes of extreme weatherhttp://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21829134.600-climates-role-in-us-droughts-is-under-scrutiny.html?cmpid=RSS|NSNS|2012-GLOBAL|online-news

Exxon's Next Big Growth Is Natural Gas

Exxon's Next Big Growth Is Natural Gas


http://seekingalpha.com/article/1348701-exxon-s-next-big-growth-is-natural-gas?source=google_news

3 Years Later: Act on the Lessons of BP Gulf Oil Spill

3 Years Later: Act on the Lessons of BP Gulf Oil Spill


http://theenergycollective.com/francesbeinecke/214071/three-years-later-act-lessons-bp-disaster

Global warming: 'Black carbon' flowing from soil to oceans

Global warming: 'Black carbon' flowing from soil to oceans

A smaller proportion of black carbon created during combustion will remain in soil than have been estimated before. Contrary to previous understanding, burying black carbon in the ground in order to restrain climate change will not create a permanent carbon reserve. Instead, a part of black carbon will dissolve from soil to rivers.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130419075926.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Finding a New Direction in Climate Change Policy


Finding a New Direction in Climate Change Policy

http://www.energytrendsinsider.com/2013/04/18/finding-a-new-direction-in-climate-change-policy/?goback=.gde_78238_member_233649948

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Superstorm Sandy shook the US: 'Standing waves' in Atlantic caused seismicity as far as Seattle

Superstorm Sandy shook the US: 'Standing waves' in Atlantic caused seismicity as far as Seattle
When superstorm Sandy turned and took aim at New York City and Long Island last October, ocean waves hitting each other and the shore rattled the seafloor and much of the United States – shaking detected by seismometers across the country, University of Utah researchers found. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-superstorm-sandy-shook-atlantic-seismicity.html#nwlt

Remote-sensing study quantifies permafrost degradation in Arctic Alaskan wetlands

Remote-sensing study quantifies permafrost degradation in Arctic Alaskan wetlands
A team of geoscientists from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) using newly available remote-sensing technology has achieved unprecedented detail in quantifying subtle, long-period changes in the water levels of shallow lakes and ponds in hard-to-reach Arctic wetlands. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-remote-sensing-quantifies-permafrost-degradation-arctic.html#nwlt

Protecting tidal wetlands: Scientists study tidal flow, sediment movement in salt marsh

Protecting tidal wetlands: Scientists study tidal flow, sediment movement in salt marsh
(Phys.org) —According to a 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global sea level is expected to increase one half meter or more over the next century. Along the Mid-Atlantic coast of the United States, relative sea-level rise is about two times higher than the global rise. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-tidal-wetlands-scientists-sediment-movement.html#nwlt

Olympic Coast Sanctuary report is 'first step' in addressing effects of climate change

Olympic Coast Sanctuary report is 'first step' in addressing effects of climate change
A new report on the potential effects of climate change on NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary uses existing observations and science-based expectations to identify how climate change could affect habitats, plants and animals within the sanctuary and adjacent coastal areas. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-olympic-coast-sanctuary-effects-climate.html#nwlt

EPA blamed for delaying asbestos study in Montana

EPA blamed for delaying asbestos study in Montana
(AP)—Internal investigators have faulted the Environmental Protection Agency over years of delays in completing health studies needed to guide the cleanup of a Montana mining town where hundreds of people have died from asbestos exposure. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-epa-blamed-asbestos-montana.html#nwlt

Stage set for battle over Canada-US pipeline

Stage set for battle over Canada-US pipeline
A lengthy battle over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which aims to funnel oil from Canada's tar sands to coastal Texas, heads to the most hotly contested area along the route Thursday. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-stage-canada-us-pipeline.html#nwlt

And now to the weather: Climate science on the front foot

And now to the weather: Climate science on the front foot
The Climate Commission's latest report, released recently, and some of the media that arose from it are excellent examples of science and journalists working together to talk about climate change and extreme weather. But examples like this are too rare: in Australia, we find that the mainstream news media is reluctant to mention climate change, talking about extreme weather events as freak accidents. And the situation isn't helped by scientists who are reluctant to speak out on their research. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-weather-climate-science-front-foot.html#nwlt

Clearing the Air on Air Emission Regulations Part II - Webinar


Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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A panel of industry authorities present and discuss current and proposed air, water and waste regulations and their likely impact on the electric power industry. The webinar is a rebroadcast of a live event at ELECTRIC POWER on May 14 that focuses on recent and pending Environmental Protection Agency rules affecting electric power generating units. Among the rules to be discussed are those affecting mercury, particulates, SO2, and NOx emissions and the soon-to-be-released water intake rules under Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act.
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  • Multi-pollutant controls
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Climate Change and the Peak Oil Flip-Flop

Climate Change and the Peak Oil Flip-Flop


http://theenergycollective.com/billchameides/208701/peak-oil-flip-flop?utm_source=tec_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&inf_contact_key=e144002c4ad89638aee7e074ada61ebe1527cb7bebf4abf7d78d2d9c557483bd

Life in a Real Nuclear Wasteland

Life in a Real Nuclear Wasteland

Strange illnesses in one of the most contaminated towns in the world challenge what we think we know about the dangers of radioactivity.


http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2013/04/nuclear_contamination_in_former_ussr_radioactivity_in_muslomovo_on_techa.html

As Final U.S. Decision Nears, A Lively Debate on GM Salmon

As Final U.S. Decision Nears, A Lively Debate on GM Salmon

In an online debate for Yale Environment 360, Elliot Entis, whose company has created a genetically modified salmon that may soon be for sale in the U.S., discusses the environmental and health impacts of this controversial technology with author Paul Greenberg, a critic of GM fish.http://e360.yale.edu/feature/as_final_us_decision_nears_a_lively_debate_on_gm_salmon/2641/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YaleEnvironment360+%28Yale+Environment+360%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

IAEA and UNCCD Join Forces to Strengthen Good Soil Management Practices in Dryland Areas

IAEA and UNCCD Join Forces to Strengthen Good Soil Management Practices in Dryland Areas

Cropping practices
IAEA soil management projects combat desertification using nuclear technology to support better irrigation and improved cropping practices, and to build understanding of soil dynamics.
Bonn, Germany and Vienna, Austria -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) on 18 April 2013, signed an agreement to collaborate in the use of nuclear technologies to strengthen the assessment of soil erosion and monitor improvements over time.
The Practical Arrangement, as it is known, was signed by Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of UNCCD, and Ana Claudia Raffo-Caiado, Director of the IAEA Division of Technical Cooperation Programme Support and Coordination (TCPC), during the eleventh session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the UNCCD, which convenes in Bonn, Germany, from 15 to 19 April 2013.
"Land degradation threatens over 1.5 billion people in over 168 countries," Raffo-Caiado said during the signing ceremony.
"IAEA builds country capacities to use radionuclide and stable isotopic techniques to study soil erosion and land degradation problems. These capacities are essential for soil conservation, land use planning and decision making," she added.
Gnacadja said, "this practical cooperation with the IAEA will help Parties to the Convention to gain access to technical support on the application of isotopic and nuclear techniques to assess the soil and water status and identify hot spots of land degradation."
"And it is a timely cooperation. Last week, scientists lamented the lack of bio-physical data on the rates of soil degradation. This week, representatives of the Parties have shared the capacity challenges they faced in measuring the impact of their activities on change in the land cover. This technology enables willing Parties to transcend such challenges," he said.
Conserving Non-renewable Resources
The Practical Arrangement, which runs until 31 December 2017, aims to enhance the conservation of land and soil resources and thus support poverty reduction and environmental sustainability, while improving the dryland's soil quality and productivity to benefit present and future generations.
Studies suggest that over 20 billion hectares of fertile soil are lost through the erosion of cropland every year and that every 10 years, in the drylands, an area the size of South Africa becomes unproductive just from desertification and drought.
While many of the 195 Parties to the UNCCD have elaborated national action programmes in order to reverse these trends, world leaders agreed in 2012 to strive for a land-degradation neutral world by avoiding further land degradation and ensuring that, where it is inevitable, degrading land is offset by restoring an equivalent amount of degraded land, ideally in the same ecosystem and within the same timeframe.
The leaders also mandated the UNCCD to monitor, globally, land degradation and land restoration in the drylands.
IAEA Technical Support in Preventing Soil Degradation
"With the help of the IAEA and these nuclear techniques, we can improve our understanding of and access to high-quality data on land and soil dynamics. By preventing degradation and rehabilitating degraded land we are protecting one of the world's most vital, almost non-renewable, natural resources, and building the resilience of populations and ecosystems," Gnacadja said.
The Practical Arrangement enables UNCCD Parties willing to participate in IAEA soil management projects to strengthen the scientific basis of the Convention and advocacy by applying the science of radionuclides in efforts to improve land productivity and minimize the impacts of drought.
"The IAEA Technical Cooperation programme in soil and water management uses radionuclides to assess the extent and amount of soil erosion, and the effectiveness of soil and water conservation strategies in retaining water and applied nutrients for food production under both rainfed and irrigated agricultural systems," Raffo-Caiado stated.
"IAEA projects also use environmentally friendly tracer elements to determine optimal placement and timing of fertilizers and water, to identify crop residue management practices and to determine how much nitrogen plants can capture from the atmosphere," she added.
Cooperation is foreseen in the exchange and dissemination of information, participation in relevant scientific networks and activities, and in joint educational and training courses.

Lockheed Martin's Search For Commercial Opportunities Leads It To The Sea

Lockheed Martin's Search For Commercial Opportunities Leads It To The Sea

The future is turning out to be a lot brighter for America's biggest defense contractor than federal budget trends might suggest, and one surprising reason why is a raft of new commercial ventures at sea.  has found ways of adapting technologies developed for its military customers to answer some of humanity's most vexing needs -- for potable water, for clean energy, for affordable protein and for strategic minerals currently in short supply.  Lockheed executives believe the solutions to those challenges lie largely in the world's seas.http://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2013/04/18/lockheed-martins-search-for-commercial-opportunities-leads-it-to-the-sea/

Oil Firms Break Promise on Biofuels as Chevron Defies California


Oil Firms Break Promise on Biofuels as Chevron Defies California

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013/04/oil-firms-break-promise-on-biofuels-as-chevron-defies-california?cmpid=rss

CRS Report Released: International Climate Change Financing: The Green Climate Fund (GCF)

CRS Report Released: International Climate Change Financing: The Green Climate Fund (GCF)

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the public policy research arm of Congress, recently issued the report International Climate Change Financing: The Green Climate Fund (GCF) (Apr. 16, 2013). The 16-page report authored by Richard K. Lattanzio, discusses the following:

Summary

Over the past several decades, the United States has delivered financial and technical assistance for climate change activities in the developing world through a variety of bilateral and multilateral programs. The United States and other industrialized countries committed to such assistance through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC, Treaty Number: 102-38, 1992), the Copenhagen Accord (2009), and the UNFCCC Cancun Agreements (2010), wherein the higher-income countries pledged jointly up to $30 billion of “fast start” climate financing for lower-income countries for the period 2010-2012, and a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020. The Cancun Agreements also proposed that the pledged funds are to be new, additional to previous flows, adequate, predictable, and sustained, and are to come from a wide variety of sources, both public and private, bilateral and multilateral, including alternative sources of finance.

One potential mechanism for mobilizing a share of the proposed international climate financing is the UNFCCC Green Climate Fund (GCF), proposed in the Cancun Agreements and accepted by Parties during the December 2011 conference in Durban, South Africa. The fund aims to assist developing countries in their efforts to combat climate change through the provision of grants and other concessional financing for mitigation and adaptation projects, programs, policies, and activities. The GCF is to be capitalized by contributions from donor countries and other sources, including both innovative mechanisms and the private sector. Currently, the GCF complements many of the existing multilateral climate change funds (e.g., the Global Environment Facility, the Climate Investment Funds, and the Adaptation Fund); however, as the official financial mechanism of the UNFCCC, some Parties believe that it may eventually replace or subsume the other funds. While many Parties expect capitalization and operation of the GCF to begin shortly after the November 2013 conference in Warsaw, Poland, many issues remain to be clarified, and some involve long-standing and contentious debate. They include what role the CGF would play in providing sustained finance at scale, how it would fit into the existing development assistance and climate financing architecture, how it would be capitalized, and how it would allocate and deliver assistance efficiently and effectively to developing countries.

The U.S. Congress—through its role in authorizations, appropriations, and oversight—would have significant input on U.S. participation in the GCF. Congress regularly determines and gives guidance to the allocation of foreign aid between bilateral and multilateral assistance as well as among the variety of multilateral mechanisms. In the past, Congress has raised concerns regarding the cost, purpose, direction, efficiency, and effectiveness of the UNFCCC and existing international institutions of climate financing. Potential authorizations and appropriations for the GCF would rest with several committees, including the U.S. House of Representatives Committees on Foreign Affairs (various subcommittees); Financial Services (Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade); and Appropriations (Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs); and the U.S. Senate Committees on Foreign Relations (Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection); and Appropriations (Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs). As of April 2013, the U.S. Administration—through its State,

Foreign Operations, and Related Programs 150 account—has made no specific budget request for appropriated funds to be contributed to the GCF.

The Future of the Arctic: A New Global Playing Field

The Future of the Arctic: A New Global Playing Field

Icelandic president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson discusses the international economic, environmental, and security implications of a changing Arctic region.http://www.cfr.org/arctic/future-arctic-new-global-playing-field/p30471?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

Cold Winters Freezing out Breast Cancer Treatment

Cold Winters Freezing out Breast Cancer Treatment

Apr. 18, 2013 — For women diagnosed with a form of breast cancer known as estrogen receptor positive (ER+) breast cancer, tamoxifen is an essential drug used in the treatment and prevention of recurring breast cancer. Currently, tamoxifen is used in a one-size-fits-all approach where the same dose is prescribed for every patient. New research at Lawson Health Research Institute has found that in addition to patient-specific genetic factors, lack of exposure to vitamin D during the long winter months affects the body's ability to metabolize the drug.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130418142328.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Arctic exploration plans on thin ice


Arctic exploration plans on thin ice

http://drake.newsbase.com/2013/04/arctic-exploration-plans-on-thin-ice/?goback=.gde_4581517_member_233247511

Fertilizer Plant Explosion in Waco, More Death, Destruction

Fertilizer Plant Explosion in Waco, More Death, Destruction
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/fertilizer-plant-explosion-in-waco-more-death-destruction/

Hundreds Hurt, Dozens Feared Dead After Fertilizer Plant Explosion, Police Have
not Ruled out Sabotage

Mike Stone

A raging fire, followed by a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in North
Texas has devastated a small community. The plant is located in West, Texas, a
small town of about 2,800 people, 18 miles north of Waco. As many as 60 homes
and [...]

How Fracking Might Destroy the Environment and Decimate the Health of Millions

How Fracking Might Destroy the Environment and Decimate the Health of Millions
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/how-fracking-might-destroy-the-environment-and-decimate-the-health-of-millions/

This video may not be available in all countries. By Dr. Mercola

Recent headlines in the American press would have you believe we’re in for a
robust economic boom, courtesy of the new shale gas revolution. Some forecasters
claim the US will outstrip Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer by
2017, effectively rendering the US [...]

SHAKE AND BLOW Research aims to settle debate over origin of Yellowstone volcano

Narragansett RI (SPX) Apr 18, 2013
A debate among scientists about the geologic formation of the supervolcano encompassing the region around Yellowstone National Park has taken a major step forward, thanks to new evidence provided by a team of international researchers led by University of Rhode Island Professor Christopher Kincaid. In a publication appearing in last week's edition of Nature Geoscience, the URI team demonsthttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Research_aims_to_settle_debate_over_origin_of_Yellowstone_volcano_999.html

New bird flu strain seen adapting to mammals, humans

New bird flu strain seen adapting to mammals, humans

Madison WI (SPX) Apr 18, 2013
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. The collaborative study, conducted by a group led by Masato Tashiro of the Influenza Virus Research Center, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, and Yoshihiro Kawaoka ofhttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/New_bird_flu_strain_seen_adapting_to_mammals_humans_999.html

Hundreds of pigs, dogs die in Chinese city: officials

Hundreds of pigs, dogs die in Chinese city: officials

Beijing (AFP) April 17, 2013
Chinese health officials and police were Wednesday probing the mysterious deaths of hundreds of pigs and dogs whose carcasses were discovered in a central Chinese city, authorities said. A total of 410 pigs and 122 dogs died Monday in a village within the city of Yanshi, according to a statement on the city's website. The deaths came after the discovery of more than 16,000 dead pigs last mohttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Hundreds_of_pigs_dogs_die_in_Chinese_city_officials_999.html

Study reveals seasonal patterns of tropical rainfall changes from global warming

Study reveals seasonal patterns of tropical rainfall changes from global warming

Honolulu HI (SPX) Apr 18, 2013
Projections of rainfall changes from global warming have been very uncertain because scientists could not determine how two different mechanisms will impact rainfall. The two mechanisms turn out to complement each other and together shape the spatial distribution of seasonal rainfall in the tropics, according to the study of a group of Chinese and Hawaii scientists that is published in the Aprilhttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Study_reveals_seasonal_patterns_of_tropical_rainfall_changes_from_global_warming_999.html

Trees Call for Help—And Now Scientists Can Understand National Geographic

Trees Call for Help—And Now Scientists Can Understand National
Geographic

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/04/130415-trees-drought-water-science-global-warming-sounds/

Team identifies the sounds made by drought-stressed trees.

Salt Lake City Earthquake Risk May Be Higher Due To Connected Fault Zones, Geologists Find

Salt Lake City Earthquake Risk May Be Higher Due To Connected Fault Zones, Geologists Find


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/17/salt-lake-city-earthquake_n_3101748.html

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Drought, mismanagement, and over-exploitation of its waters have made the Colorado River


Drought, mismanagement, and over-exploitation of its waters have made the Colorado River http://e360.yale.edu/digest/outdated_management_drought_threaten_colorado_river_report_says/3819/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YaleEnvironment360+%28Yale+Environment+360%29

Climate models fail to ‘predict’ US droughts

Climate models fail to ‘predict’ US droughts

Simulations identify past megadroughts, but at wrong times.

http://www.nature.com/news/climate-models-fail-to-predict-us-droughts-1.12810

WATER WORLD New technique measures evaporation globally

WATER WORLD
New technique measures evaporation globally
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/New_technique_measures_evaporation_globally_999.html?utm_source=feedly

Without adequate funding, deadly wheat disease could threaten global food supplies, U of M scientists say

 Without adequate funding, deadly wheat disease could threaten global food supplies, U of M scientists say
http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Without_adequate_funding_deadly_wheat_disease_could_threaten_global_food_supplies_U_of_M_scientists_say_999.html?utm_source=feedly

As China Addresses Its ‘Airpocalypse,’ Coal Exporters Fear Loss Of Another Market


As China Addresses Its ‘Airpocalypse,’ Coal Exporters Fear Loss Of Another Market

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/17/1878501/as-china-addresses-its-airpocalypse-coal-exporters-fear-loss-of-another-market/?mobile=nc&utm_source=feedly

China Hopes to Gain Foothold in the Arctic through Partnership with Iceland


China Hopes to Gain Foothold in the Arctic through Partnership with Iceland

http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/China-Hopes-to-Gain-Foothold-in-the-Arctic-through-Partnership-with-Iceland.html

Has Exxon Mobil Tried to Cover Up the Truth at Arkansas Oil Spill?

Has Exxon Mobil Tried to Cover Up the Truth at Arkansas Oil Spill?


http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Has-Exxon-Mobil-Tried-to-Cover-Up-the-Truth-at-Arkansas-Oil-Spill.html

Stalling on a Burning Planet: World's Energy as Dirty as it Was 20 Years Ago

Stalling on a Burning Planet: World's Energy as Dirty as it Was 20 Years Ago
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/04/17-2

'Cooking the Books and the Planet': Report Slams State Dept. KXL Findings

'Cooking the Books and the Planet': Report Slams State Dept. KXL Findings
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/04/17-0

Jim Hightower: Saving Our Ravaged Planet... and Ourselves

Jim Hightower: Saving Our Ravaged Planet... and Ourselves
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/04/17-8

Activism is Half the Battle: The Need for Clean Energy Policymakers


Activism is Half the Battle: The Need for Clean Energy Policymakers

http://theenergycollective.com/adamjames/211136/new-generation-clean-energy-policymakers?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Which Government Policies and Other Factors Have Reduced U.S. Carbon Emissions?


Which Government Policies and Other Factors Have Reduced U.S. Carbon Emissions?

http://theenergycollective.com/jemillerep/211171/government-policies-and-other-factors-have-reduced-us-carbon-emissions?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Video Explains How Loss Of Arctic Ice Weakens Jet Stream, Amplifies Extreme Weather


Video Explains How Loss Of Arctic Ice Weakens Jet Stream, Amplifies Extreme Weather

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/16/1867371/video-explains-how-loss-of-arctic-ice-weakens-jet-stream-amplifies-extreme-weather/?mobile=nc

U.S. Pledges Climate Change Cooperation with China and Japan

Posted: 16 Apr 2013 09:00 AM PDT
John Kerry made climate change a centerpiece of his first Asia tour as Secretary of State over the weekend, signing agreements with both Japan and China for cooperation in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.http://theenergycollective.com/globalwarmingisreal/211066/us-pledges-far-reaching-climate-cooperation-china-and-japan?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Center for Biological Diversity: Obama’s Much-needed Ocean Plan Falls Short on Warming, Acidification

Center for Biological Diversity: Obama’s Much-needed Ocean Plan Falls Short on Warming, Acidification
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/04/16-12

Does China Really Want a Nuclear Japan and South Korea? The potential for an atomic arms race in East Asia is real. Beijing must realize this.

Does China Really Want a Nuclear Japan and South Korea?

The potential for an atomic arms race in East Asia is real. Beijing must realize this.


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324030704578422723465583146.html

Obama Administration Releases Plan to Promote Ocean Economy and Resilience

Office of Science and Technology Policy

Obama Administration Releases Plan to Promote Ocean Economy and Resilience

Today, the Obama Administration released its final plan for translating the National Ocean Policy into on-the-ground actions to benefit the American people. With significant public input from a wide spectrum of individuals and interests, the final Implementation Plan focuses on improving coordination to speed Federal permitting decisions; better manage the ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources that drive so much of our economy; develop and disseminate sound scientific information that local communities, industries, and decision-makers can use; and collaborate more effectively with State, Tribal, and local partners, marine industries, and other stakeholders.  Without creating any new regulations or authorities, the plan will ensure the many Federal agencies involved in ocean management work together to reduce duplication and red tape and use taxpayer dollars more efficiently.
“Science is the foundation upon which sound management of ocean and coastal resources is based,” said OSTP Director John P. Holdren, who co-chairs the National Ocean Council with Nancy Sutley, Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. “The President’s National Ocean Policy and the new implementation plan will help advance relevant science and its application to decision-making to strengthen the economies of our coastal regions while increasing their resilience and sustaining their resources."

Climate scientists struggle to explain warming slowdown


Climate scientists struggle to explain warming slowdown

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/16/us-climate-slowdown-idUSBRE93F0AJ20130416

National Climate Policy Progressed in the Last Decade, Despite Stalled Global Negotiations


National Climate Policy Progressed in the Last Decade, Despite Stalled Global Negotiations

New Study Explores Climate and Energy Policy Challenges in Brazil, China, EU, India, U.S.
http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?resourceid=6657397&access=EH

Monday, April 15, 2013

Summer Ice Melt On Antarctic Peninsula Is Now Nonlinear, Fastest In Over 1000 Years

Summer Ice Melt On Antarctic Peninsula Is Now Nonlinear, Fastest In Over 1000 Years


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/15/1864401/summer-ice-melt-on-antarctic-peninsula-is-now-nonlinear-fastest-in-over-1000-years/?mobile=nc

One of the awful things about a nuclear meltdown could be the traffic

One of the awful things about a nuclear meltdown could be the traffic
Grist Magazine
It's hard to imagine a worse traffic jam than the traffic jam that slows your escape from a nuclear meltdown. The U.S. Government Accountability Office is warning other federal agencies that they need to be thinking about that scenario as they plan ...http://grist.org/news/one-of-the-awful-things-about-a-nuclear-meltdown-could-be-the-traffic/


What is nuclear meltdown? | The Daily Star
Nuclear meltdown is an informal term for a severe nuclear reactor accident that results in core damage from overheating. The term is not officially defined by the ...
www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/what-is-nuclear-meltdown/

Research aims to settle debate over origin of Yellowstone volcano

Research aims to settle debate over origin of Yellowstone volcano
A debate among scientists about the geologic formation of the supervolcano encompassing the region around Yellowstone National Park has taken a major step forward, thanks to new evidence provided by a team of international researchers led by University of Rhode Island Professor Christopher Kincaid. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-aims-debate-yellowstone-volcano.html#nwlt

Asteroid threat has Congress' attention

Asteroid threat has Congress' attention
As if you don't have enough to worry about, consider the subject of a hearing last week on Capitol Hill: asteroids that may be headed toward Earth. The good news: NASA is tracking most of the largest asteroids - the kind that a witness said "would likely end civilization" were they to hit. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-asteroid-threat-congress-attention.html#nwlt

Arctic nearly free of summer sea ice during first half of 21st century

Arctic nearly free of summer sea ice during first half of 21st century
For scientists studying summer sea ice in the Arctic, it's not a question of "if" there will be nearly ice-free summers, but "when." And two scientists say that "when" is sooner than many thought—before 2050 and possibly within the next decade or two. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-arctic-free-summer-sea-ice.html#nwlt

Lags in fracking regulations: Independent analysis reveals risks to water resources

Lags in fracking regulations: Independent analysis reveals risks to water resources
(Phys.org) —A new report on hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in California warns of the risks of irreversible contamination of surface and groundwater near oil drilling sites, unless the technique is carefully monitored and controlled. The report Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing in California: A Wastewater and Water Quality Perspective is an independent analysis produced by the UC Berkeley School of Law's Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) and its new initiative, the Wheeler Institute for Water Law & Policy (Wheeler Institute). http://phys.org/news/2013-04-lags-fracking-independent-analysis-reveals.html#nwlt

Scientists call for large ocean wilderness parks

Scientists call for large ocean wilderness parks
Leading international marine scientists have called for the protection of more, large marine wilderness areas in a bid to shield the world's dwindling stocks of fish from destruction. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-scientists-large-ocean-wilderness.html#nwlt

Plutonium found outside of containment in marine soil at Fukushima Daiichi

Plutonium found outside of containment in marine soil at Fukushima Daiichi

Flooding, fires and food: Climate change is costing taxpayers plenty

Flooding, fires and food: Climate change is costing taxpayers plenty

USGS Environmental Sciences Strategies Released for 2012

USGS Environmental Sciences Strategies Released for 2012

Recently, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a series of scientific strategies for various areas relating to environmental law.  For more information on these reports see below:







Climate Change: Why Going "Green" is Not Enough

Climate Change: Why Going "Green" is Not Enough

We desperately need to find the political skill and courage to impose a carbon tax on ourselves that covers enough of humanity to be effective and is painful enough to change our production and consumption behavior.http://theenergycollective.com/lougrinzo/210646/concept-being-sufficiently-green?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

EPA delays finalizing New Source Performance Standard regulations

EPA delays finalizing New Source Performance Standard regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has delayed finalizing its New Source Performance Standard regulations for new power plants, which many people have said would have ended the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the U.S.http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2013/04/epa-delays-finalizing-new-source-performance-standard-regulation.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+power-engineering-latest-news-rss+%28PE+-+Power+Engineering+Latest+News%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Dear Madame Secretary: Please Look Into A Federal Coal Leasing Moratorium. Sincerely, Your Livable Climate

Dear Madame Secretary: Please Look Into A Federal Coal Leasing Moratorium. Sincerely, Your Livable Climate

New Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s first day was today. One of the first things that will cross her desk is a letter asking her to halt coal mining leases on public lands in the Powder River Basin.
Coal is the largest single source for U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Domestic coal use has leveled off and coal companies want to export it to other countries. But we as taxpayers can stop this from happening because we own much of the coal still in the ground.
The Powder River Basin stretches from Wyoming to Montana. Each of the top ten coal mines in the country are in the Basin, and most coal deposits on public lands are mostly located there. This area holds 1 trillion tons of coal — though only 25 billion tons of it are economically feasible to actually pull out of the ground.
The letter (full text found here) points out that those 25 billion tons would not only be unfeasible, they would be disastrous:http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/15/1864341/dear-madame-secretary-please-look-into-a-federal-coal-leasing-moratorium-sincerely-your-livable-climate/?mobile=nc

Alarming Bird Flu News: H7N9 Spreads Throughout China, Evidence It May Pass Person-to-Person

Alarming Bird Flu News: H7N9 Spreads Throughout China, Evidence It May Pass Person-to-Person

New cases of H7N9 were reported over the weekend in Beijing and China's central Henan province, the first time the influenza A (H7N9) virus has spread through all regions of the country. If that weren't worrying enough, officials announced (albeit quietly - they're clearly concerned about public panic) that two of the cases are under investigation for being part of suspicious "family clusters."http://www.forbes.com/sites/melaniehaiken/2013/04/15/alarming-bird-flu-news-h7n9-spreads-throughout-china-may-pass-person-to-person/

Meet the woman who shut down Chicago’s dirty coal plants

Meet the woman who shut down Chicago’s dirty coal plants

Kimberly Wasserman.Kimberly Wasserman. Last summer, clean-air activists celebrated the shutdown of Chicago’s notorious Fisk and Crawford coal power plants, which ended the Windy City’s distinction as the only U.S. metropolis to house two operating coal facilities. The victory came thanks to a dogged grassroots battle waged by residents of Little Village and Pilsen, the predominantly Latino, working-class neighborhoods bearing the brunt of the plants’ pollution. Today, the woman who spearheaded that battle, lifelong Little Village resident Kimberly Wasserman, becomes North America’s recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize, one of the highest honors in the world for grassroots green activism.http://grist.org/climate-energy/interview-wkimberly-wasserman-nieto-goldman-prize-winner/?utm_source=syndication&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed

Why Is There Nuclear Waste in the English Channel?

Why Is There Nuclear Waste in the English Channel?

Elizabeth Ralph, FP
It looks like the English Channel is more than just polluted -- in a sense, it's also radioactive. On Friday, Der Speigel reported that a team of German journalists has discovered barrels of radioactive waste at the bottom of the waterway, just a few miles off the French coast. . .http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/04/12/why_is_there_radioactive_waste_in_the_english_channel?wp_login_redirect=0

The Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident: Two years on, the fallout continues

The Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident: Two years on, the fallout continues

EPA Seeks Comment on Controversial Nuclear Response Guide

EPA Seeks Comment on Controversial Nuclear Response Guide

A New York Police Department boat carrying radiation detection technology on patrol in April 2011 during city drills on dealing with potential terrorist radiation attacks. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday formally published a new guide that suggests public health standards could be dramatically relaxed following such an event (AP Photo/Seth Wenig). By Douglas P. Guarino
Global Security Newswire
WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday formally published a new guide suggesting that public health standards could be relaxed dramatically in the response to a nuclear attack or accident, triggering a 90-day public comment period that expires on July 15.
The document published in the Federal Register references drinking water guidelines nearly 30,000 times less stringent than the agency’s current rules. It also suggests officials cleaning up after a radiological “dirty bomb” attack or nuclear power plant accident do not have to follow EPA Superfund guidelines for environmental remediation.http://www.nti.org/gsn/article/epa-seeks-comment-controversial-nuclear-response-guide/

Obama Approves Raising Permissible Levels of Nuclear Radiation in Drinking Water. Civilian Cancer Deaths Expected to Skyrocket


Obama Approves Raising Permissible Levels of Nuclear Radiation in Drinking Water. Civilian Cancer Deaths Expected to Skyrocket

Rollback in Nuclear Radiation Cleanup

http://www.globalresearch.ca/obama-approves-raising-permissible-levels-of-nuclear-radiation-in-drinking-water-civilian-cancer-deaths-expected-to-skyrocket/5331224

Rose George: Let's talk crap. Seriously.

Rose George: Let's talk crap. Seriously.


http://www.ted.com/talks/rose_george_let_s_talk_crap_seriously.html?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_campaign=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=button__2013-04-15

Sunday, April 14, 2013

NASA's Wallops Island prepares for the spotlight

NASA's Wallops Island prepares for the spotlight
On one of Virginia's small barrier islands, a NASA facility that operates in relative obscurity outside scientific circles is preparing to be thrust into the spotlight. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-nasa-wallops-island-spotlight.html#nwlt

1000-year Antarctic Peninsula climate reconstruction provides new insight into accelerating ice melt

1000-year Antarctic Peninsula climate reconstruction provides new insight into accelerating ice melt
A new 1000-year Antarctic Peninsula climate reconstruction shows that summer ice melting has intensified almost ten-fold, and mostly since the mid 20th Century. Summer ice melt affects the stability of Antarctic ice shelves and glaciers. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-year-antarctic-peninsula-climate-reconstruction.html#nwlt

Recent climate, glacier changes in Antarctica at the 'upper bound' of normal

Recent climate, glacier changes in Antarctica at the 'upper bound' of normal
In the last few decades, glaciers at the edge of the icy continent of Antarctica have been thinning, and research has shown the rate of thinning has accelerated and contributed significantly to sea level rise. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-climate-glacier-antarctica-upper-bound.html#nwlt

Cutting specific pollutants would slow sea level rise, research says

Cutting specific pollutants would slow sea level rise, research says
With coastal areas bracing for rising sea levels, new research indicates that cutting emissions of certain pollutants can greatly slow down sea level rise this century. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-specific-pollutants-sea.html#nwlt
Fukushima City; 5 Million Bq Per Square Meter Cesium 137 Contamination Levelshttp://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/02/fukushima-city-has-over-1-million-bq.html

Stanford scientist uses Fukushima radiation to reveal swimming secrets of Pacific bluefin tuna

Stanford scientist uses Fukushima radiation to reveal swimming secrets of Pacific bluefin tuna

Trace radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster is showing up in Pacific bluefin tuna. By measuring that radiation, scientists are gaining valuable insight about the fish's early migratory habits.

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/march/bluefin-tuna-secrets-030413.html

We have no right to our rivers while Richard Benyon's interests are served

We have no right to our rivers while Richard Benyon's interests are served

The environment minister is being permitted to oversee a highly sensitive issue in which he has an active proprietorial stake

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/georgemonbiot/2013/apr/04/right-rivers-richard-benyon-interests