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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Fracking ourselves to death in Pennsylvania


Fracking ourselves to death in Pennsylvania

http://grist.org/climate-energy/fracking-ourselves-to-death-in-pennsylvania/?utm_source=feedly

Sustainability can't be sustained without water

Sustainability can't be sustained without water
http://www.bluephoenixinc.com/2013/05/02/sustainability-cant-be-sustainable-without-water/?utm_source=feedly

A new problem for fracking: Drillers are running out of water


A new problem for fracking: Drillers are running out of water

http://qz.com/80550/water-shortages-threaten-us-shale-gas-boom/

World’s Largest Wild Salmon Population Threatened by Giant Alaskan Mine

World’s Largest Wild Salmon Population Threatened by Giant Alaskan Mine


http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Worlds-Largest-Wild-Salmon-Population-Threatened-by-Giant-Alaskan-Mine.html

Time for Big Green to Go Fossil Free

Time for Big Green to Go Fossil Free
by Naomi Klein
"People are fed up with being told that the best way to fight climate change is to change their light bulbs and buy carbon offsets, while leaving the big polluters undisturbed. And they are raring to take the fight directly to the industry most responsible for the climate crisis."http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/05/02-6

Commentary: China's Unhealthy Elites | The National Interest

Commentary: China's Unhealthy Elites | The National Interest


"The figures are staggering. Almost 200 million people suffer from hypertension, many of them part of the 300 million (mostly men) who smoke—a full third of the world’s smokers. One million deaths per annum were attributed to smoking-related illnesses by the turn of the millennium. At the present rate, this could bring death to 100 million men by the year 2050. Rates of syphilis alone also rose by nearly 72 percent each year between 1991 and 2005. Many of these health hazards are found in China’s wealthier urban areas and are associated with evolving lifestyles that follow distinctive Chinese characteristics."

http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/chinas-unhealthy-elites-8369?utm_source=Sinocism+Newsletter&utm_campaign=81f4de6c05-Sinocism05_04_13&utm_

Solar Flare: Magnetic Eruption on Sun


Solar Flare: Magnetic Eruption on Sun
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/solar-flare-magnetic-eruption-on-sun/

Yesterday, May 3, 2013, a sunspot was pushed past its limit. The colossal energy
stored in its magnetic field erupted, blasting out a relatively weak solar
flare. But it was enough to trigger a magnificent, towering spire of plasma that
reached the dizzying height of roughly 200,000 kilometers (120,000 miles) over
the surface of the [...]

Friday, May 3, 2013

Transgenics: A new breed

Transgenics: A new breed

The next wave of genetically modified crops is making its way to market — and might just ease concerns over 'Frankenfoods'.

http://www.nature.com/news/transgenics-a-new-breed-1.12887

Boom in Jellyfish: Overfishing Called Into Question

Boom in Jellyfish: Overfishing Called Into Question


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130503094700.htm?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

New H7N9 bird flu poses “serious threat,” to world scientists say


New H7N9 bird flu poses “serious threat,” to world scientists say

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/new-h7n9-bird-flu-poses-serious-threat-to-world-scientists-say/?utm_source=feedly

May 3 News: The Planet’s Venture Capital Firm, ARPA-E


May 3 News: The Planet’s Venture Capital Firm, ARPA-E

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/05/03/1959751/may-3-news-the-planets-venture-capital-firm-arpa-e/?mobile=nc&utm_source=feedly

NY Times Criticizes Itself For Touting Myth That It Is Too Late To Avoid Climate Catastrophe, Part 2

NY Times Criticizes Itself For Touting Myth That It Is Too Late To Avoid Climate Catastrophe, Part 2


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/05/02/1947721/ny-times-criticizes-itself-for-touting-myth-that-it-is-too-late-to-avoid-climate-catastrophe-part-2/?mobile=nc&utm_source=feedly

NASA Projects Carbon Pollution Impact: ‘Some Regions Outside The Tropics May Have No Rainfall At All’


NASA Projects Carbon Pollution Impact: ‘Some Regions Outside The Tropics May Have No Rainfall At All’

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/05/03/1960961/nasa-projects-carbon-pollution-impact-some-regions-outside-the-tropics-may-have-no-rainfall-at-all/?mobile=nc&utm_source=feedly

Five Southeast Asian Nations Have Lost One-Third of Forests in 33 Years

Five Southeast Asian Nations
Have Lost One-Third of Forests in 33 Years

Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam have lost one-third of their forests since 1980 and could be left with only 10 to 20 percent of their original forest cover by 2030, according to a review of satellite data by WWF. The conservation group warned that if present trends continue only 14 percent of the greater Mekong region’s remaining forest cover will consist of contiguous habitat capable of sustaining viable populations of many wildlife species, such as tigers and Asian elephants. The WWF researchers calculated that since 1980, Thailand and Vietnam have lost 43 percent of their forests, Laos and Burma have lost 24 percent, and Cambodia has lost 22 percent. Since 1973, areas of core, undisturbed forest — defined as having at least 3.2 square kilometers of uninterrupted forest — have declined from 70 percent to 20 percent of the region. Peter Cutter, landscape conservation manager with WWF-Greater Mekong, said the region is at a crossroads and that to preserve its remaining forests and biodiversity it must expand protected areas and better safeguard those that already exist.
http://e360.yale.edu/digest/five_southeast_asian_nations__have_lost_one-third_of_forests_in_33_years/3834/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YaleEnvironment360+%28Yale+Environment+360%29

A Key Experiment to Probe the Future of Our Acidifying Oceans


A Key Experiment to Probe the
Future of Our Acidifying Oceans

In a Swedish fjord, European researchers are conducting an ambitious experiment aimed at better understanding how ocean acidification will affect marine life. Ultimately, these scientists hope to determine which species might win and which might lose in a more acidic ocean.

by peter friedericihttp://e360.yale.edu/feature/a_key_experiment_to_probe_the_future_of_our_acidifying_oceans/2644/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YaleEnvironment360+%28Yale+Environment+360%29

Europe’s Climate Fail Why Cap and Trade Had No Impact on Emissions


Europe’s Climate Fail


Why Cap and Trade Had No Impact on Emissions


http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/voices/roger-pielke-jr/europes-climate-fail/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thebreakthrough+%28The+Breakthrough+Institute+Full+Site+RSS%29

What would ‘wartime mobilization’ to fight climate change look like?

What would ‘wartime mobilization’ to fight climate change look like?


http://grist.org/climate-energy/what-would-wartime-mobilization-to-fight-climate-change-look-like/?utm_source=feedly

Ceres Report Released: Hydraulic Fracturing & Water Stress: Growing Competitive Pressures for Water


Ceres Report Released: Hydraulic Fracturing & Water Stress: Growing Competitive Pressures for Water

http://paceeenvironmentalnotes.blogspot.com/2013/05/ceres-report-released-hydraulic.html?utm_source=feedly

CRS Report Released: Mountaintop Mining: Background on Current Controversies


CRS Report Released: Mountaintop Mining: Background on Current Controversies

http://paceeenvironmentalnotes.blogspot.com/2013/05/crs-report-released-mountaintop-mining.html?utm_source=feedly

National Academies Report Released: Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides

National Academies Report Released: Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides


http://paceeenvironmentalnotes.blogspot.com/2013/05/national-academies-report-released_1.html?utm_source=feedly

CRS Report Released: Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress


CRS Report Released: Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

http://paceeenvironmentalnotes.blogspot.com/2013/05/crs-report-released-changes-in-arctic.html?utm_source=feedly

NASA study projects warming-driven changes in global rainfall (w/ Video)

NASA study projects warming-driven changes in global rainfall (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) —A NASA-led modeling study provides new evidence that global warming may increase the risk for extreme rainfall and drought. http://phys.org/news/2013-05-nasa-warming-driven-global-rainfall-video.html#nwlt

NASA opens new era in measuring western US snowpack

NASA opens new era in measuring western US snowpack
(Phys.org) —A new NASA airborne mission has created the first maps of the entire snowpack of two major mountain watersheds in California and Colorado, producing the most accurate measurements to date of how much water they hold. http://phys.org/news/2013-05-nasa-era-western-snowpack.html#nwlt

Atmospheric carbon to hit five-million-year record, marine expert warns

Atmospheric carbon to hit five-million-year record, marine expert warns
(Phys.org) —The Earth's atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) is about to rise to 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in five million years, a scientist at The University of Queensland warned today. http://phys.org/news/2013-05-atmospheric-carbon-five-million-year-marine-expert.html#nwlt

Detecting tsunami events before they occur

Detecting tsunami events before they occur
The saying to be 'forewarned is to be forearmed' sums up the principle objective behind the DEWS (Distant Early Warning System) project, which can detect tsunami events before they occur. http://phys.org/news/2013-05-tsunami-events.html#nwlt

Preserving the health of the Arctic

Preserving the health of the Arctic
Lars-Otto Reiersen is a marine biologist by training, now working as an environmental scientist in Norway. He has led the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) for over two decades. AMAP advises the governments of eight Arctic countries on issues relating to threats to the region from pollution. As a native of Tromsø in Norway, his "heart is in the north." Here, Reiersen speaks to youris.com about his role in monitoring polluting chemicals as a means to understand their effect on the Arctic environment and its inhabitants. http://phys.org/news/2013-05-health-arctic.html#nwlt

'Things Could Get Ugly': Fracking Set to Escalate US Water Wars

'Things Could Get Ugly': Fracking Set to Escalate US Water Wars
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/03-1

US Study Links Pesticides to Honey Bee Deaths, but EPA Won't Call for Ban

US Study Links Pesticides to Honey Bee Deaths, but EPA Won't Call for Ban
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/03-0

US report: Many causes for dramatic bee disappearance (Update)


US report: Many causes for dramatic bee disappearance (Update)

http://phys.org/news/2013-05-bee.html#nwlt

The Worst Yet to Come? Why Nuclear Experts Are Calling Fukushima a Ticking Time-Bomb


The Worst Yet to Come? Why Nuclear Experts Are Calling Fukushima a Ticking Time-Bomb

http://truth-out.org/news/item/8972-the-worst-yet-to-come?-why-nuclear-experts-are-calling-fukushima-a-ticking-time-bomb

Deforestation threatens Mekong region

Deforestation threatens Mekong region
Bangkok (UPI) May 2, 2013 - If current deforestation rates continue, the Greater Mekong region in Southeast Asia risks losing more than one-third of its remaining forest cover within two decades, a new report said. The WWF report, "Ecosystems in the Greater Mekong," says that from 1973 through 2009, the five countries comprising the region - Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam - chopped down almost one ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Deforestation_threatens_Mekong_region_999.html

UN sounds alarm over record Arctic ice melt

UN sounds alarm over record Arctic ice melt
Geneva (AFP) May 02, 2013 - The Arctic's sea ice melted at a record pace in 2012, the ninth-hottest year on record, compounding concerns about climate change underscored by extreme weather such as Hurricane Sandy, the UN weather agency said Thursday. In a report on the situation in 2012, the World Meterological Organisation said that during the August to September melting season, the Arctic's sea ice cover was just 3.4 ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/UN_sounds_alarm_over_record_Arctic_ice_melt_999.html

More food and greener farming with specialised transporters for plants

More food and greener farming with specialised transporters for plants
Norwich UK (SPX) May 03, 2013 - To grow more food more sustainably we need to make plants better at recruiting nutrients and water from soil to seed, according to 12 leading plant scientists writing in Nature. Essential to this are proteins called membrane transporters. Transporters also effectively carry high-energy molecules to where they are needed, help plants resist pathogens and make plants more tolerant to adverse ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/More_food_and_greener_farming_with_specialised_transporters_for_plants_999.html

Health defects found in fish exposed to Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Health defects found in fish exposed to Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Davis CA (SPX) May 03, 2013 - Crude oil toxicity continued to sicken a sentinel Gulf Coast fish species for at least more than a year after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to new findings from a research team that includes a University of California, Davis, scientist. With researchers from Louisiana and South Carolina, the scientists found that Gulf killifish embryos exposed to sediment ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Health_defects_found_in_fish_exposed_to_Deepwater_Horizon_oil_spill_999.html

Scientists uncover relationship between lavas erupting on sea floor and deep-carbon cycle

Scientists uncover relationship between lavas erupting on sea floor and deep-carbon cycle
Washington DC (SPX) May 03, 2013 - Scientists from the Smithsonian and the University of Rhode Island have found unsuspected linkages between the oxidation state of iron in volcanic rocks and variations in the chemistry of the deep Earth. Not only do the trends run counter to predictions from recent decades of study, they belie a role for carbon circulating in the deep Earth. The team's research was published May 2 in Science Exp ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Scientists_uncover_relationship_between_lavas_erupting_on_sea_floor_and_deep_carbon_cycle_999.html

New plant protein discoveries could ease global food and fuel demands

New plant protein discoveries could ease global food and fuel demands
San Diego CA (SPX) May 03, 2013 - New discoveries of the way plants transport important substances across their biological membranes to resist toxic metals and pests, increase salt and drought tolerance, control water loss and store sugar can have profound implications for increasing the supply of food and energy for our rapidly growing global population. That's the conclusion of 12 leading plant biologists from around the ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/New_plant_protein_discoveries_could_ease_global_food_and_fuel_demands_999.html

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Leaks, Rats and Radioactivity: Fukushima’s Nuclear Cleanup Is Faltering


Leaks, Rats and Radioactivity: Fukushima’s Nuclear Cleanup Is Faltering

http://science.time.com/2013/05/01/leaks-rats-and-radioactivity-why-fukushimas-nuclear-cleanup-is-faltering/

Chernobyl: The human impact of nuclear disaster

Chernobyl: The human impact of nuclear disaster

Green Cross consultant and Director of the University of Southern California Institute for Global Health, Jonathan M. Samet, M.D., M.S., discusses the human impact of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the challenges that will face affected people for decades to come.

http://www.gcint.org/video/chernobyl-human-impact-nuclear-disaster

Fracking and Groundwater: Mora County, New Mexico Bans Oil & Gas Drilling

Posted: 01 May 2013 09:00 AM PDT
Mora County, New Mexico is the first county in the country to ban drilling and fracking. They did it to protect their groundwater. The ordinance also established a local Bill of Rights that confirms the county's right to clean air and water.http://theenergycollective.com/amymall/219526/fracking-water-mora-county-new-mexico?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Plants moderate climate warming

Plants moderate climate warming
Vienna, Austria (SPX) May 01, 2013 - As temperatures warm, plants release gases that help form clouds and cool the atmosphere, according to research from IIASA and the University of Helsinki. The new study, published in Nature Geoscience, identified a negative feedback loop in which higher temperatures lead to an increase in concentrations of natural aerosols that have a cooling effect on the atmosphere. "Plants, by rea ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Plants_moderate_climate_warming_999.html
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Editor's Note 5/1

Dear Readers
I am on business travel today to Washington D.C. I will resume
posting later this evening. Due to business commitments this week,
posting will be a tad uneven. Please bear with me.
Best regards.
Michele Kearney

The politics of climate change

The politics of climate change

US residents who believe in the scientific consensus on global warming are more likely to support government action to curb emissions, regardless of whether they are Republican or Democrat, according to a new study.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130429130510.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
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USGS estimates North Dakota and Montana have 7.4 billion barrels of recoverable oil reserves

USGS estimates North Dakota and Montana have 7.4 billion barrels of recoverable oil reserves

The USGS says that the oil resources in shale formations of North Dakota, Montana and nearby states are 7.4 billion barrels which is double an estimate for the region made five years ago. The agency for the first time studied the Three Forks formation, which is estimated to include 3.73 billion barrels, exceeding the recoverable oil in the Bakken. Five years ago, Three Forks, which lies further underground than the Bakken, was considered out of reach. Bakken production rose 39 percent from a year earlier to 715,000 barrels of oil a day in this year’s fourth quarter. About 450 million barrels have been produced in the last five years.

February, daily monthly production for the US is 7.18 million barrels per day of crude oil. North Dakota had 778,000 barrels per day in February. Texas had 2.3 million bpd.


Read more »http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/04/usgs-estimates-north-dakota-and-montana.html#more

Worker Exposure to Silica during Hydraulic Fracturing

 
Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a process used
to “stimulate” well production in the oil and gas
industry. It is not a new process, but its use has
increased significantly in the last 10 years because
of new horizontal drilling and multi-stage fracking (or
“completions”) technologies that improve access to
natural gas and oil deposits. It involves pumping large
volumes of water and sand into a well at high pressure
to fracture shale and other tight formations, allowing oil
and gas to flow into the well.
NIOSH’s recent field studies show that workers may
be exposed to dust with high levels of
respirable
crystalline silica
(called “silica” in this Hazard Alert)
during hydraulic fracturing.
This Hazard Alert discusses the health hazards
associated with hydraulic fracturing and focuses on
worker exposures to silica in the air. It covers the
health effects of breathing silica, recommends ways
to protect workers, and describes how OSHA and
NIOSH can help. Workers and employers need to be
aware of the hazard that silica dust poses. Employers
must ensure that workers are properly protected from
exposure to silica. This Hazard Alert also provides a
brief summary of other health and safety hazards to
workers conducting hydraulic fracturing activities.
Worker Exposure to Silica during Hydraulic Fracturing

USDA Recovery Act Funds Help a Key Supplier to America’s Natural Gas Industry


USDA Recovery Act Funds Help a Key Supplier to America’s Natural Gas Industry

Written by Vicki Schurman, USDA Public Information Officer
Much of the natural gas consumed in the United States comes from North America.  But when you think of natural gas, you don’t usually think of sand.  Preferred Sands of Nebraska provides the North American natural gas industry with high quality specialty (frac) sand. It’s used by industry customers in every production basin in the United States and Canada. The sand is injected into a well as part of a process to increase gas flow.  The special sand produced in Nebraska holds open fractures in gas-bearing deposits during production.
Recently, USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Cheryl L. Cook toured the Preferred Sands facility in Genoa, Neb.
USDA Rural Development’s Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan provided American Recovery and Reinvestment Act support that will help the company preserve 50 jobs at Preferred Sands. An additional 50 new jobs for local residents are expected to be created in the next two years.
“USDA Rural Development is in the business of helping businesses like Preferred Sands of Genoa LLC support job creation, and strengthen the local economy,” Cook said. “The guaranteed loan the company is receiving will provide a much needed boost to the local economy by helping to preserve existing jobs and creating even more employment opportunities in the future as the company grows.”
The company provides good jobs for the area. Wages average over $34,000 annually.
Preferred Sands received a $22 million loan from Siemens Financial Services, Inc., backed by an USDA Rural Development guarantee.  Leveraged with the loan are $10.1 million from Preferred Sands and $7 million from a GE equipment loan.  The funds were used to refinance real estate and equipment at the facility.
USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Cheryl Cook (fourth from left), Nebraska RD staff, Congressional staff, State Senator Annette Dubas, Lenders, and Borrowers Celebrate the Sustainability of a Rural Business, Preferred Sands of Genoa LLC.
USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Cheryl Cook (fourth from left), Nebraska RD staff, Congressional staff, State Senator Annette Dubas, Lenders, and Borrowers Celebrate the Sustainability of a Rural Business, Preferred Sands of Genoa LLC.

http://blogs.usda.gov/2010/05/04/usda-recovery-act-funds-help-a-key-supplier-to-america%E2%80%99s-natural-gas-industry/

The New Mountaintop Removal

The New Mountaintop Removal

Within immediate vicinity of a central battleground of the Black Hawk War of 1832, land rife with a resource necessary for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is in the crosshairs of an industry prepared to turn the area into a battle zone once again.
The resource? Frac sand — officially known by the industry as fine-grained silica sand — used as a proppant when blasted thousands of feet down the well during the ecologically volatile fracking process as part of the chemical cocktail that serves as the subject of Josh Fox’s new documentary film, “Gasland 2.”
The rolling hills of Northeastern Iowa’s Allamakee County defy the state’s stereotypical flat-land geography, and local residents boast of the serene beauty and rich geological history. Yet those same bluffs also play host to robust reservoirs of frac sand.
In order to extract the frac sand, mining corporations have adopted a method of newfangled mountaintop removal of sorts, blasting away entire hills laced with this frac sand to access this new “prize.” While devastating the landscape, it’s justified by Big Oil as necessary because the Midwest’s unparalleled geological characteristics have transformed it into a “New Saudi Arabia for frac sand.”http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/01/the-new-mountaintop-removal/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-new-mountaintop-removal
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The Food Journal Will Provide an In-Depth Analysis of The Use of Pesticides In Row Crops, Produce and Animal Agriculture and the Agencies that Regulate It.

The Food Journal Examines Pesticides In Food

The April 30th Issue of The Food Journal Will Provide an In-Depth Analysis of The Use of Pesticides In Row Crops, Produce and Animal Agriculture and the Agencies that Regulate It.

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The majority of farm acres in the United States have pesticides used on them, according to an in-depth analysis of pesticides published in the next edition of The Food Journal.
According to the research, the use of pesticides is not just for killing insects.  Pesticides are used for many kinds of pests including bugs, weeds, bacteria, fungi and many other plant pests.  The collective oversight by the EPA, FDA and USDA provides approval for the safe and effective use of pesticides to produce food – including organic production.
"Most consumers assume if produce is labeled natural or organic, pesticides or chemicals were not used, but that's incorrect," says Phil Lempert, editor in chief of The Food Journal. "Retailers need to help consumers better understand what pesticides really are."
Also in this issue, an extensive breakdown of government regulations and pesticide enforcement, and an informative interview with Marty Matlock, PhD, PE, BCEE, executive director of the Office for Sustainability and professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Arkansas.http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?resourceid=6757218&access=EH

New Ideas for Harnessing Global Carbon Markets to Confront Climate Change

New Ideas for Harnessing Global Carbon Markets to Confront Climate Change

SINGAPORE, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sindicatum Sustainable Resources' Group CEO Assaad W. Razzouk participated in a Carbon Market Reform private event in Washington, D.C. on 29 April 2013, at which a report jointly authored by the Center for American Progress and by Climate Advisers was released.  Read the report.
The report targets the prevailing opinion that the carbon markets, most notably the Clean Development Mechanism (or CDM) created by the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, have been ineffective and even damaging, even to the extent of creating incentives in some countries to produce dangerous greenhouse gases only to destroy them.  The report, written by former State Department Senior Climate Official Nigel Purvis and well-respected climate scholars Samuel Grausz and Andrew Light, concludes that while global carbon markets have had setbacks, they have quietly catalyzed climate action in major emerging countries and should be nurtured and supported.http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?resourceid=6763114&access=EH
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Joe Rothstein: The End of BP As Major Energy Player?

Joe Rothstein: The End of BP As Major Energy Player?

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In courts, BP is fighting for its corporate life.

If things go badly for BP in the U.S. federal justice system, the company could be forced to pay $17.5 billion for violation of the U.S. Clean Water Act and an additional $34 billion to Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida, all of whom are suing BP. Ten Gulf Coast cities joined the suits just last week. Thousands of Gulf Coast individuals, businesses and governmental entities also are among the plaintiffs.
To read the rest of EIN News' syndicated columnist Joe Rothstein's commentary go to:
- BP on Trial; The Sentence Could Be Death As a Major Energy Player - http://uspolitics.einnews.com/column/148497004/bp-on-trial-the-sentence-could-be-death-as-a-major-energy-player

http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?resourceid=6756578&access=EH
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Next Government Spending Crisis: Disaster Relief

The government’s disaster-relief spending is itself something of a disaster. Six months after Superstorm Sandy ripped through New York, New Jersey and other Eastern http://www.businessinsider.com/disaster-relief-costs-underestimated-2013-4?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29

Climate chief warns of 'urgency' as CO2 levels rise

Climate chief warns of 'urgency' as CO2 levels rise
The UN's climate chief called for urgency Monday as she opened a new round of global talks amid warnings that Earth-warming carbon dioxide levels were approaching a symbolic threshold never seen in human history. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-climate-chief-urgency-co2.html#nwlt

Climate Change Is An Existential Threat To Humanity, Just Don’t Mention Protecting ‘The Environment’

Climate Change Is An Existential Threat To Humanity, Just Don’t Mention Protecting ‘The Environment’

Texas Atomic Film Festival



The Texas Atomic Film Festival (TAFF) provides an opportunity for students to take creative approaches to convey scientific information through short films. http://nuclear.engr.utexas.edu/taff/

EIA: Extending Current Energy Policies Would Keep U.S. Carbon Pollution Emissions Flat Through 2040

EIA: Extending Current Energy Policies Would Keep U.S. Carbon Pollution Emissions Flat Through 2040

The new analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is a classic good news, bad news story, summed up in this chart:http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/30/1940971/eia-extending-current-energy-policies-would-keep-us-carbon-pollution-emissions-flat-through-2040/?mobile=nc

U.S. Government Backs New Way to Make Diesel from Biomass

U.S. Government Backs New Way to Make Diesel from Biomass

The U.S. Energy Department is investing up to $4.3 million in a pilot biomass project that will convert the stalks and leaves of corn plants into diesel fuel using a new chemical process. The pilot plant in Indiana will be run by Mercurius Biofuels, whose goal is to convert the corn biomass into fuel at prices cheap enough to compete with petroleum. Mercurius’s process uses recyclable acids to break down cellulose and make a chemical called chloromethylfurfural, which can be converted into diesel or jet fuel. The inventor of the process, Mark Mascal, a professor of chemistry at the University of California, Davis, says the technology makes more efficient use of the carbon in cellulose and avoids the significant releases of carbon dioxide involved in a common way of making fuel from biomass — converting the cellulose into sugar and fermenting it to make ethanol. Mercurius says the corn stalks and leaves can be converted into chloromethylfurfural at small, local plants and then shipped to larger refineries to make diesel fuel, thus avoiding the high cost of shipping the biomass itself to a central refinery.http://e360.yale.edu/digest/us_government_backs__new_way_to_make_diesel_from_biomass/3830/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YaleEnvironment360+%28Yale+Environment+360%29&utm_content=Google+Reader
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Nuclear Energy Kills More Birds than Wind Energy?

Nuclear Energy Kills More Birds than Wind Energy?

Normally we ignore the radical fringe, but sometimes claims take on a life of their own. One such charge has found its way as an authoritative reference on Wipikedia, alleging that nuclear energy causes more bird kills than wind.http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/218576/nukes-kill-more-birds-wind?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Hydraulic Fracking & Water Pollution

Hydraulic Fracking & Water Pollution

While climate concerns may dominate for some , it seems fair to say that the most contentious aspect of the shale gas revolution is related to fears over high water demands and contamination risks posed by hydraulic fracturing, i.e. “fracking”. I want to concentrate on two intertwined issues, namely water pollution risks and property rights.http://theenergycollective.com/grantmcdermot/218821/hydraulic-fracking?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29&utm_content=Google+Reader