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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Experts: CO2 record illustrates 'scary' trend

Experts: CO2 record illustrates 'scary' trend

Story Highlights

  • Carbon levels are rising 100 times faster than at the end of the last ice age
  • "We are altering the composition of our atmosphere at an unprecedented rate," Al Gore says
  • China spews the most CO2 and its emissions are growing 10% a year
WASHINGTON (AP) — The old saying that "what goes up must come down" doesn't apply to carbon dioxide pollution in the air, which just hit an unnerving milestone.
The chief greenhouse gas was measured Thursday at 400 parts per million in Hawaii, a monitoring site that sets the world's benchmark. It's a symbolic mark that scientists and environmentalists have been anticipating for years.
While this week's number has garnered all sorts of attention, it is just a daily reading in the month when the chief greenhouse gas peaks in the Northern Hemisphere. It will be lower the rest of the year. This year will probably average around 396 ppm. But not for long — the trend is going up and at faster and faster rates.

Peer-Reviewed Survey Finds Majority Of Scientists Skeptical Of Global Warming Crisis


Peer-Reviewed Survey Finds Majority Of Scientists Skeptical Of Global Warming Crisis

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2013/02/13/peer-reviewed-survey-finds-majority-
of-scientists-skeptical-of-global-warming-crisis/

How Is Expanding Oil and Gas Production Consistent with Addressing Climate Change?

How Is Expanding Oil and Gas Production Consistent with Addressing Climate Change?

An all-of-the-above approach to energy encompassing oil and gas, along with renewables, carbon sequestration, nuclear power and efficiency is fully consistent with addressing climate change.http://theenergycollective.com/geoffrey-styles/222686/how-expanding-oil-and-gas-production-consistent-addressing-climate-change?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

EPA guidelines to balance risks during a radiation and other crisis



EPA guidelines to balance risks during a radiation and other crisis, because other things besides radiation can be the greater danger

C02 Hits New High: Living In a League Where Batting 400 Is Not Good


Posted: 11 May 2013 06:08 AM PDT
Carbon dioxide concentrations have hit 400 parts per million for the first time in at least three million years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced yesterday.http://theenergycollective.com/daviddoniger/223346/carbon-dioxide-hits-new-highs-living-league-where-batting-400-not-good?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Climate Change and CO2 400 ppm


Posted: 11 May 2013 02:14 AM PDT
400ppm is of extreme interest for two reasons: First, it’s too bloody high. Second, the CO2 level isn’t just rising, it’s doing so at a high rate.http://theenergycollective.com/lougrinzo/223306/400ppm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Shell to drill world’s deepest offshore oil well in Gulf of Mexico

Shell to drill world’s deepest offshore oil well in Gulf of Mexico

It's getting harder to find the oil needed to fill 'er up.Shutterstock / TupungatoIt’s getting harder to find the oil to fill ‘er up. Royal Dutch Shell plans to stick its oil-extracting tentacles deeper under the Gulf of Mexico than any oil company ever has.
Shell is preparing to drill 9,500 feet — nearly two miles — beneath the surface of the sea to suck oil out of a reserve that was discovered eight years ago, 200 miles southeast of New Orleans. The deepest oil well currently in operation, at 8,000 feet deep, is operated nearby in the Gulf, also by Shell.http://grist.org/news/new-record-for-shell-worlds-deepest-oil-well-planned-for-gulf-of-mexico/?utm_source=syndication&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed

USGS Report Released: Groundwater Depletion in the United States (1900−2008)

USGS Report Released: Groundwater Depletion in the United States (1900−2008)

Recently, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a report titled Groundwater Depletion in the United States (1900−2008) (USGS Sci. Investgn. Rep. 2013-5079). The 75-page report available here, authored by Leonard F. Konikow discusses the following:
[a] natural consequence of groundwater withdrawals is the removal of water from subsurface storage, but the overall rates and magnitude of groundwater depletion in the United States are not well characterized. This study evaluates long-term cumulative depletion volumes in 40 separate aquifers or areas and one land use category in the United States, bringing together information from the literature and from new analyses. Depletion is directly calculated using calibrated groundwater models, analytical approaches, or volumetric budget analyses for multiple aquifer systems. Estimated groundwater depletion in the United States during 1900–2008 totals approximately 1,000 cubic kilometers (km3). Furthermore, the rate of groundwater depletion has increased markedly since about 1950, with maximum rates occurring during the most recent period (2000–2008) when the depletion rate averaged almost 25 km3 per year (compared to 9.2 km3 per year averaged over the 1900–2008 timeframe).http://paceeenvironmentalnotes.blogspot.com/2013/05/usgs-report-released-groundwater.html

$1.9 billion wind project coming to Iowa

$1.9 billion wind project coming to Iowa

This wind turbine in Iowa is going to get a lot more company.Shutterstock / David LeeThis wind turbine in Iowa is going to get a lot more company. America’s wind energy boom is about to deliver the biggest economic investment in Iowa’s history — and blow a whole lot of cheap, clean electricity into the appliances and lightbulbs of the state’s residents.http://grist.org/news/1-9-billion-wind-project-coming-to-iowa/?utm_source=syndication&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed

Climate Change's 'Evil Twin': Ocean Acifidication


Climate Change's 'Evil Twin': Ocean Acidification
by Andrea Germanos
"The rapidly acidifying Arctic Ocean caused by absorbing the world's CO2 emissions have pushed us beyond 'critical thresholds,' with widespread impacts to be felt for 'tens of thousands of years' even if we stopped emissions, say scientists."http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/06

Two decades and counting…

Two decades and counting…

Guest Post by Geoff RussellGeoff is a mathematician and computer programmer and is a member of Animal Liberation SA. He has published a book on diet and science, CSIRO Perfidy.
While the French have been generating electricty for ~80 grams of CO2 per kWh for two decades, the Germans are still putting out ~450 grams/kwh and Australia is close to world’s  worst practice ~850 grams/kwh. The anti-nuclear movement has corrupted green thinking and cost us two decades and thousands of lives in the battle to avoid dangerous climate change … and counting.

http://bravenewclimate.com/2013/02/18/two-decades-and-counting/

Experts Weigh In: Joseph Mangano Study Hopelessly Flawed


Experts Weigh In: Joseph Mangano Study Hopelessly Flawed

For the nuclear industry, safety is the top priority, and it goes to great lengths to minimize radiation exposure to the public and employees. So exhaustive are these measures that nuclear power plants only account for .1% of the annual radiation that a typical American is exposed to. Nearly half come from medical exposures.http://neinuclearnotes.blogspot.com/2013/05/experts-weigh-in-joseph-mangano-study.html

Heat-Trapping Gas Passes Milestone, Raising Fears

Heat-Trapping Gas Passes Milestone, Raising Fears


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/11/science/earth/carbon-dioxide-level-passes-long-feared-milestone.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Friday, May 10, 2013

Fish farms provided 66.5 million tons in 2012 about 42% of total world fish production

Fish farms provided 66.5 million tons in 2012 about 42% of total world fish production

Aquaculture Production in 2012 is estimated at around 66.5 million tonnes. This is based on the preliminary data for several major producers and projections for others, the world aquaculture production of food fish in the year 2012 is estimated at around 66.5 million tonnes. World aquaculture production of food fish reached 62.7 million tonnes in 2011, up by 6.2% from 59 million tonnes in 2010. The estimated value of farmed food fish is USD 130 billion. Farmed aquatic algae production in 2011 was 21 million tonnes, worth USD 5.5 billion.http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/05/fish-farms-provided-665-million-tons-in.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2Fadvancednano+%28nextbigfuture%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Climate milestone is a moment of symbolic significance on road of idiocy



Climate milestone is a moment of symbolic significance on road of idiocy

The only way forward is back: to retrace our steps and seek to return atmospheric concentrations to around 350ppm
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/georgemonbiot/2013/may/10/carbon-dioxide-milestone-climate-change

How Big Oil Uses the Republican Party to Subvert American Democracy


Robert F. Kennedy Jr.


How Big Oil Uses the Republican Party to Subvert American Democracy


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-f-kennedy-jr/oil-industry-republicans-congress_b_3252170.html?utm_hp_ref=daily-brief?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=051013&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

Setting the standard for sustainable bioenergy crops

Setting the standard for sustainable bioenergy crops
Urbana IL (SPX) May 09, 2013 - Bioenergy crops, such as Miscanthus and switchgrass, appear to be promising resources for renewable energy, but these new crops did not come with a manual on how to measure details on their sustainability impacts. Jody Endres, University of Illinois professor of energy and environmental law and chair of the Council on Sustainable Biomass Production (CSBP) says standards are needed so farmers, et ... morehttp://www.biofueldaily.com/reports/Setting_the_standard_for_sustainable_bioenergy_crops_999.html

Monsanto Protests Coming to 36 Countries

Monsanto Protests Coming to 36 Countries
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/monsanto-protests-coming-to-36-countries/

An international protest planned for later this month against biotechnology
company Monsanto is slated to span six continents and include demonstrations in
dozens of countries around the globe.

Amid growing concerns over St. Louis, Missouri-based Monsanto and the impact the
company is having on agriculture, activists have planned rallies for later this
month in 36 countries.

After cold winter, fewer Americans believe in global warming

After cold winter, fewer Americans believe in global warming
New Haven, Conn. (UPI) May 9, 2013 - After the cold winter of 2012-13, the percentage of Americans who believe global warming is occurring has dropped 7 points since last fall, a poll indicates. Researchers at Yale University and George Mason University said the drop was likely influenced by the relatively cold winter and an unusually cold March just before their survey, Climate Change in the American Mind, was conducted. ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/After_cold_winter_fewer_Americans_believe_in_global_warming_999.html

Agriculture and Livestock Remain Major Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Agriculture and Livestock Remain Major Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Washington DC (SPX) May 10, 2013 - Global greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector totaled 4.69 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent in 2010 (the most recent year for which data are available), an increase of 13 percent over 1990 emissions. By comparison, global carbon dioxide emissions from transport totaled 6.76 billion tons that year, and emissions from electricity and heat production reached 12.4 ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 10, 2013 - Global greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector totaled 4.69 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent in 2010 (the most recent year for which data are available), an increase of 13 percent over 1990 emissions. By comparison, global carbon dioxide emissions from transport totaled 6.76 billion tons that year, and emissions from electricity and heat production reached 12.4 ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Agriculture_and_Livestock_Remain_Major_Sources_of_Greenhouse_Gas_Emissions_999.html

Decline in snow cover spells trouble for many plants, animals

Decline in snow cover spells trouble for many plants, animals
Madison WI (SPX) May 10, 2013 - For plants and animals forced to tough out harsh winter weather, the coverlet of snow that blankets the north country is a refuge, a stable beneath-the-snow habitat that gives essential respite from biting winds and subzero temperatures. But in a warming world, winter and spring snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere is in decline, putting at risk many plants and animals that depend on the ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Decline_in_snow_cover_spells_trouble_for_many_plants_animals_999.html

New Robotic Instruments to Provide Real-Time Data on Gulf of Maine Red Tide

New Robotic Instruments to Provide Real-Time Data on Gulf of Maine Red Tide
Cape Cod MA (SPX) May 10, 2013 - A new robotic sensor deployed by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Gulf of Maine coastal waters may transform the way red tides or harmful algal blooms (HABs) are monitored and managed in New England. The instrument was launched at the end of last month, and a second such system will be deployed later this spring. The results will add critical data to weekly real-time forecast ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/New_Robotic_Instruments_to_Provide_Real_Time_Data_on_Gulf_of_Maine_Red_Tide_999.html

Human impacts on natural world underestimated

Human impacts on natural world underestimated
Calgary, Canada (SPX) May 10, 2013 - A comprehensive five-year study by University of Calgary ecologists - which included monitoring the activity of wolves, elks, cattle and humans - indicates that two accepted principles of how ecosystems naturally operate could be overshadowed by the importance of human activity. "Understanding the significance of the impact that humans have on ecosystems is a critical component in formulat ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Human_impacts_on_natural_world_underestimated_999.html

The effect of climate change on iceberg production by Greenland glaciers

The effect of climate change on iceberg production by Greenland glaciers
London, UK (SPX) May 10, 2013 - While the impact of climate change on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet has been widely studied, a clear understanding of the key process of iceberg production has eluded researchers for many years. Published in Nature this week, a new study presents a sophisticated computer model that provides a fresh insight into the impact of climate change on the production of icebergs by Greenlan ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/The_effect_of_climate_change_on_iceberg_production_by_Greenland_glaciers_999.html

Judge says EPA’s lax guidelines on dispersants can stand

Judge says EPA’s lax guidelines on dispersants can stand

A worker spraying Corexit in the gulf.NOAAA worker spraying Corexit in the Gulf. Should the federal government regulate where oil dispersants can be used and how much can be dumped into waterways following oil spills?
“Nah,” says the EPA.http://grist.org/news/judge-says-epas-lax-dispersants-rules-can-continue/?utm_source=syndication&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed

Environmentalists Demand Another Climate Policy if Keystone XL is Approved

Environmentalists Demand Another Climate Policy if Keystone XL is Approved

If the President Obama approves the Keystone XL pipeline, then it could create an opportunity for environmentalists to force a deal that will ensure another major climate policy is approved.The White House insists that a decision will be made soon, and that the 1,700 mile pipeline will only be approved if it is in the economic, environmental, and security interests of the United States. Obama’s administration has attempted to reduce the pressure of the decision by stating that it is merely “a simple permit application on an infrastructure…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Environmentalists-Demand-Another-Climate-Policy-if-Keystone-XL-is-Approved.html

Drought affects 3.58 mln hectares of farmland

Drought affects 3.58 mln hectares of farmland

A drought scorching China's western and central regions has affected 3.58 million hectares of farmland as of Friday, drought relief authorities said Friday.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-05/10/c_132373894.htm

400 PPM: Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere Reaches Prehistoric Levels


400 PPM: Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere Reaches Prehistoric Levels

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2013/05/09/400-ppm-carbon-dioxide-in-the- atmosphere-reaches-prehistoric-levels/

ESA's next Earth Explorer satellite Will Map The Tropics

ESA's next Earth Explorer satellite Will Map The Tropics
Paris (ESA) May 10, 2013 - ESA's Earth Observation Programme Board has selected 'Biomass' to become the seventh Earth Explorer mission. The innovative satellite aims to map and monitor one of Earth's most precious resources. Following the review of three candidate concepts at the Board's meeting, the Biomass mission concept is set to become the next in a series of satellites developed to further our understanding of ... morehttp://www.spacedaily.com/reports/ESAs_next_Earth_Explorer_satellite_Will_Map_The_Tropics_999.html

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Fracking Activists Could Face Felony Charges as "Ag-Gag" Laws Spread

Fracking Activists Could Face Felony Charges as "Ag-Gag" Laws Spread
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/09-10

Ignoring Bee Crisis, EPA Greenlights New 'Highly Toxic' Pesticide

Ignoring Bee Crisis, EPA Greenlights New 'Highly Toxic' Pesticide
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/09-3

Deeper Than Deepwater: Shell Plans World's Riskiest Offshore Well

Deeper Than Deepwater: Shell Plans World's Riskiest Offshore Well
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/09-2

Ice-free Arctic may be in our future

Ice-free Arctic may be in our future

Analyses of the longest continental sediment core ever collected in the Arctic provide "absolutely new knowledge" of Arctic climate from 2.2 to 3.6 million years ago. The research has major implications for understanding how the Arctic transitioned from a forested landscape without ice sheets to the ice- and snow-covered land we know today.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130509142048.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

What U.S. & China Must Do on Climate

What U.S. & China Must Do on Climate

Barbara Finamore, NRDC

Barbara Finamore’s Blog

Pedal to the Metal: Three Recommendations for The New U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group


The new Joint-U.S. China Statement on Climate Change, signed during Secretary of State John Kerry's trip to China on April 13th, is extraordinarily symbolic because it recognizes that forceful cooperation and intensified action by the United States and China - the two largest emitters of greenhouse gas - is crucial to containing climate change.http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/bfinamore/pedal_to_the_metal_three_recom.html

Greens Oppose . . . Just About Everything

Greens Oppose . . . Just About Everything

Paul Driessen, CFACT
The interminable war on drilling, fracking and the Keystone XL pipeline has taken some bizarre turns. Now it's getting worse, as opponents grow more desperate, and the moon again grows full.http://www.cfact.org/2013/04/29/greens-oppose-drilling-fracking-keystone-and-exports/?utm_source=CFACT+Updates&utm_campaign=a0990c9cac-Blind_opposition5_7_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a28eaedb56-a0990c9cac-269809466

After Chelyabinsk: European experts assess asteroid options

After Chelyabinsk: European experts assess asteroid options
Paris (ESA) May 10, 2013 - In February, a speeding asteroid slammed into our atmosphere and exploded high over Russia's Ural region, injuring hundreds and causing millions of euros of damage. What should we do if we have a similar - or even bigger - strike in the future? Of the more than 600 000 known asteroids in our Solar System, almost 10 000 are classified as near-Earth objects, or NEOs, because their orbits bri ... morehttp://www.spacedaily.com/reports/After_Chelyabinsk_European_experts_assess_asteroid_options_999.html

Benefits of Clean Air and Water Dwarf Costs 10 to 1

Posted: 09 May 2013 06:30 AM PDT
OMB’s annual report to Congress on the benefits and costs of all major rules adopted by most federal agencies over the past 10 years shows the Environmental Protection Agency comes out on top.http://theenergycollective.com/gernotwagner/222151/benefits-clean-air-and-water-dwarf-costs-10-1?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29
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Hanford Nuclear Waste Cleanup Plant May Be Too Dangerous


Hanford Nuclear Waste Cleanup Plant May Be Too Dangerous
Scientific American
The most toxic and voluminous nuclear waste in the U.S.—208 million liters —sits in decaying underground tanks at the Hanford Site (a nuclear reservation) in southeastern Washington State. It accumulated there from the middle of World War II, when ...http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=hanford-nuclear-cleanup-problems

Merkel calls for redoubling of efforts to reach climate change treaty

Merkel calls for redoubling of efforts to reach climate change treaty
Berlin (UPI) May 8, 2013 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week called for a redoubling of efforts to forge a new U.N. agreement on climate change by 2015. Speaking Monday at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, Merkel warned the representatives of 35 countries in attendance that "waiting is not an option" for reaching a deal to cut the world's greenhouse gas emissions. "If we do nothing, the ro ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Merkel_calls_for_redoubling_of_efforts_to_reach_climate_change_treaty_999.html

Swedish companies breach salmon export ban: report

Swedish companies breach salmon export ban: report
Stockholm (AFP) May 08, 2013 - Swedish companies have sold hundreds of tonnes of salmon containing illegal levels of dioxin to European countries, breaching a ban on exporting fatty fish from the heavily polluted Baltic Sea, media reported Wednesday. The European Union barred Sweden from exporting salmon from the Baltic Sea in 2002, citing high concentrations of dioxin, a substance linked to cancer and reproductive damage ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Swedish_companies_breach_salmon_export_ban_report_999.html

NATO won't up presence in the Arctic: chief

NATO won't up presence in the Arctic: chief
Oslo (AFP) May 08, 2013 - NATO has no plans to increase its presence in the Arctic, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday despite numerous countries' keen interest in the region's vast natural resources. "NATO has no intention of increasing its presence and activities in the Far North," Fogh Rasmussen said in Oslo after spending two days visiting northern Norway. The Arctic is believed to hold so ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/NATO_wont_up_presence_in_the_Arctic_chief_999.html

OTC 2013: NOIA president addresses GoM resurgence

OTC 2013: NOIA president addresses GoM resurgencehttp://www.offshore-mag.com/articles/2013/05/otc-2013--noia-president-addresses-gom-resurgence.html?cmpid=EnlOSshowdailyMay92013

Toxic waste sites cause healthy years of life lost

Toxic waste sites cause healthy years of life lost
New York NY (SPX) May 08, 2013 -
Toxic waste sites with elevated levels of lead and chromium cause a high number of "healthy years of life lost" in individuals living near 373 sites located in India, Philippines and Indonesia, according to a study by a Mount Sinai researcher published online in Environmental Health Perspectives. The study leader, Kevin Chatham-Stephens, MD, Pediatric Environmental Health Fellow at the Ica ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Toxic_waste_sites_cause_healthy_years_of_life_lost_999.html

Dengue epidemic hits Angola for first time

Dengue epidemic hits Angola for first time
Luanda (AFP) May 08, 2013 -
An epidemic of dengue fever has broken out in oil-rich Angola for the first time, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Wednesday. The outbreak hit the capital Luanda and surrounding areas, WHO country representative Hernando Agudelo Ospina told AFP. "Since March, Angolan authorities have recorded 128 cases of dengue fever in Luanda province, the first time an epidemic of this disease ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Dengue_epidemic_hits_Angola_for_first_time_999.html

Pacific's Marshall Islands facing drought emergency

Pacific's Marshall Islands facing drought emergency
Majuro (AFP) Marshall Islands (AFP) May 8, 2013 -
A drought has left areas of the Marshall Islands facing "dire" water shortages with aid agencies scrambling to ship relief to affected communities, officials in the Pacific nation said Wednesday. With almost no rainfall since late last year on some of the northern islands, the government this week issued a disaster declaration as villages began rationing water to preserve supplies. "We'v ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Pacifics_Marshall_Islands_facing_drought_emergency_999.html

Flu infections rising among Chinese pigs: study

Flu infections rising among Chinese pigs: study
Paris (AFP) May 07, 2013 -
Scientists said Wednesday that flu infections were rising among pigs raised for slaughter on farms in south and southeastern China, also plagued by bird flu. And the risk of spillover to humans was "constant or growing", according to one of the authors of a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Pigs are an important source of new human strains of influenza A, such as the ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Flu_infections_rising_among_Chinese_pigs_study_999.html

In Defense of Carbon Dioxide

In Defense of Carbon Dioxide

Harrison Schmitt & William Happer, WSJ
Of all of the world's chemical compounds, none has a worse reputation than carbon dioxide. Thanks to the single-minded demonization of this natural and essential atmospheric gas by advocates of government control of energy production, the conventional wisdom about carbon dioxide is that it is a dangerous pollutant. That's simply not the case. Contrary to what some would have us believe, increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will benefit the increasing population on the planet by increasing agricultural productivity.The cessation of observed global warming for the past decade or...http://www.realclearenergy.org/2013/05/09/in_defense_of_carbon_dioxide_253436.html

Climbing Mt. Everest: Dangers on the Roof of the World

Climbing Mt. Everest: Dangers on the Roof of the World

May is prime time for the climbing routes of Mt. Everest, where mountaineers from around the globe make the grueling ascent up the 8,848 meter (29,029 feet) peak in Himalayan Nepal’s wild northeast.
According to Kathmandu-based American chronicler of Himalayan climbing lore, Elizabeth Hawley (aka the “Grand Dame of Everest statistics”), Everest’s summit was reached 537 times in 2011 – 371 from the south and 166 from the north side – by 525 different climbers. As of that time, Hawley estimates, about 3,425 people had reached the summit a total of 5,652 times since New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay made the first successful ascent in 1953.
The climb is not to be taken lightlyhttp://thediplomat.com/asia-life/2013/05/climbing-mt-everest-dangers-on-the-roof-of-the-world/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+the-diplomat+%28The+Diplomat+RSS%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Finally, some not-terrible climate news: Greenland not melting any faster

Finally, some not-terrible climate news: Greenland not melting any faster

Nick-glacier-1-CDDirk van As Back in 2006, scientists in Greenland made an alarming observation: Glaciers were crumbling into the ocean twice as fast. And not in little cocktail-sized cubes, either: Glaciologist Jason Box accurately predicted the spot where a hunk four times the size of Manhattan would later shear off into the sea.

Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses

Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses


http://grist.org/climate-energy/apocalypse-now-climate-change-is-going-to-kick-our-asses/?utm_source=syndication&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Fish Embryos Reveal that Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Still Lingers

After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, crude oil toxicity continued to sicken a sentinel Gulf Coast fish species for at least a year or more, new research shows.The researchers found that Gulf of Mexico killifish embryos exposed to sediments from oiled locations in 2010 and 2011 show developmental abnormalities, including heart defects, delayed hatching, and reduced hatching success.Killifish exposed to sediments from oiled sites affected by the Deepwater Horizon spill continue to show health defects, three years after the spill. (Credit: Andrew…Read more...http://oilprice.com/The-Environment/Oil-Spills/Fish-Embryos-Reveal-that-Gulf-of-Mexico-Oil-Spill-Still-Lingers.html

Shell to Move Ahead with Ultra-Deepwater Project in the Gulf of Mexico


Shell to Move Ahead with Ultra-Deepwater Project in the Gulf of Mexico

http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Shell-to-Move-Ahead-with-Ultra-Deepwater-Project-in-the-Gulf-of-Mexico.html

Founder of Greenpeace Worries that Modern Environmentalists are too Extreme

Founder of Greenpeace Worries that Modern Environmentalists are too Extreme


http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Founder-of-Greenpeace-Worries-that-Modern-Environmentalists-are-too-Extreme.html

Environmental bridge over troubled waters

Environmental bridge over troubled waters
A breakthrough innovation designed to purify water through the rapid removal of oily pollutants, could have major environmental benefits in agriculture and manufacturing industries. http://phys.org/news/2013-05-environmental-bridge.html#nwlt

Geologic study suggests Earth's tectonic activity peaked 1.1 billion years ago

Geologic study suggests Earth's tectonic activity peaked 1.1 billion years ago
(Phys.org) —A pair of Australian researchers studying rock samples has found evidence to suggest that the Earth's tectonic plate activity peaked approximately 1.1 billion years ago. In their paper published in the journal Geology, Martin Van Kranendonk and Christopher Kirkland describe the results of their analysis of a multitude of rock samples from various sites around the world. http://phys.org/news/2013-05-geologic-earth-tectonic-peaked-billion.html#nwlt

The effect of climate change on iceberg production by Greenland glaciers

The effect of climate change on iceberg production by Greenland glaciers
While the impact of climate change on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet has been widely studied, a clear understanding of the key process of iceberg production has eluded researchers for many years. Published in Nature this week, a new study presents a sophisticated computer model that provides a fresh insight into the impact of climate change on the production of icebergs by Greenland glaciers, and reveals that the shape of the ground beneath the ice has a strong effect on its movement. http://phys.org/news/2013-05-effect-climate-iceberg-production-greenland.html#nwlt

Carbon-dioxide levels are at their highest point in at least 800,000 years

Carbon-dioxide levels are at their highest point in at least 800,000 years


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/08/carbon-dioxide-levels-are-at-their-highest-point-in-at-least-800000-years/

Home How USA Regains Nuclear Mojo Westinghouse Exec's Frank Appraisal


How USA Regains Nuclear Mojo

Westinghouse Exec's Frank Appraisal


http://www.energybiz.com/article/13/04/how-usa-regains-nuclear-mojo?quicktabs_4=1

Jill Richardson: Hollow Bee Hives May Threaten Our Lives Too

Jill Richardson: Hollow Bee Hives May Threaten Our Lives Too
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/05/08-8

Are We Doomed to Food Insecurity?

Are We Doomed to Food Insecurity?
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/08-3

Nuclear plant spills radiation into Lake Michigan

Nuclear plant spills radiation into Lake Michigan

Palisades Nuclear Generating StationNRCPalisades Nuclear Generating Station Last summer, a leaky tank led to the shutdown of the Palisades nuclear power plant in Michigan. So plant owner Entergy patched up the leak, fired back up the reactor, and hoped for the best.
Unfortunately, the best did not materialize.http://grist.org/news/nuclear-plant-spills-radiation-into-lake-michigan/?utm_source=syndication&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed

The Possible Consequences of Expanding Biofuels: Cleaner Energy, Warmer Climate?

The Possible Consequences of Expanding Biofuels: Cleaner Energy, Warmer Climate?

The growing global demand for energy, combined with a need to reduce emissions and lessen the effects of climate change, has increased focus on cleaner energy sources. But what unintended consequences could these cleaner sources have on the changing climate?http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013/05/cleaner-energy-warmer-climate-the-possible-consequences-of-expanding-biofuels?cmpid=rss

Declining Snow Cover Imperils Plant and Animal Species, Study Says

Declining Snow Cover Imperils Plant and Animal Species, Study Says

Declining winter and spring snow cover in parts of the Northern Hemisphere poses a growing threat to the plant and animals species that depend on the snow to survive harsh winters, a new study says. Writing in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, a http://e360.yale.edu/digest/declining_snow_cover_imperils_plant_and_animal_species_study_says/3838/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YaleEnvironment360+%28Yale+Environment+360%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Why Carbon Is So Hard to Regulate

Why Carbon Is So Hard to Regulate

PG&E hit with big penalty for big natural-gas explosion

PG&E hit with big penalty for big natural-gas explosion

The San Bruno explosion's aftermath, photographed 10 days after a pipeline ruptured and ignited.Thomas HawkThe aftermath of the San Bruno explosion, photographed 10 days after a pipeline ruptured and ignited. It looks like Pacific Gas & Electric’s shareholders are going to have to spend $2.25 billion on safety improvements because of a 2010 natural-gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco exurb of San Bruno.http://grist.org/news/billions-in-upgrades-ordered-following-gas-pipeline-explosion/?utm_source=syndication&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed

Third of US bee colonies died last winter: report

Third of US bee colonies died last winter: report
Washington (AFP) May 7, 2013 - Nearly a third of the honey bee colonies in the United States died this past winter, sharply higher proportion than a year ago, according to an official report released Tuesday. The US population of managed honey bee colonies fell by 31.1 percent in the October 2012-April 2013 period, said the preliminary report by the US Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Third_of_US_bee_colonies_died_last_winter_report_999.html

Forest-mapping satellite to join Earth study mission: ESA

Forest-mapping satellite to join Earth study mission: ESA
Paris (AFP) May 07, 2013 - A satellite that will map the world's forests has been chosen for the seventh mission in Europe's Earth Explorer project, the European Space Agency (ESA) said Tuesday. Dubbed "Biomass", the satellite will use sophisticated radar technology to map and monitor living matter - plants and animals - as well as inorganic carbon contained in forests, one of the world's most precious resources. ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Forest-mapping_satellite_to_join_Earth_study_mission_ESA_999.html

Aid agency sounds alarm over Pacific islands' drought

Aid agency sounds alarm over Pacific islands' drought
Geneva (AFP) May 07, 2013 - Aid agency the International Organization for Migration sounded the alarm Tuesday over a drought in the Marshall Islands, one of the world's remotest ocean communities, warning that thousands of people were at risk. "Officials have found some families living on a gallon, or 3.8 litres, of water per day - barely half of the international standard for emergency water requirements, and often t ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Aid_agency_sounds_alarm_over_Pacific_islands_drought_999.html

New rule will facilitate renewable energy right-of-ways on public lands


New rule will facilitate renewable energy right-of-ways on public lands

http://www.fierceenergy.com/story/new-rule-will-facilitate-renewable-energy-right-ways-public-lands/2013-05-08?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

Discussing Climate Change in a Hot and Cold World

Posted: 08 May 2013 01:00 AM PDT
Rather than just blame the media for the swings in coverage and public opinion, scientists and all the climate "activists" should recognize that they may also be at fault here.http://theenergycollective.com/simondonner/221791/talking-about-climate-change-hot-and-cold-world?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Bee Deaths May Have Reached A Crisis Point For Crops

Bee Deaths May Have Reached A Crisis Point For Crops


http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/05/07/181990532/bee-deaths-may-have-reached-a-crisis-point-for-crops

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

FARM NEWS Third of US bee colonies died last winter: report

Washington (AFP) May 7, 2013
Nearly a third of the honey bee colonies in the United States died this past winter, sharply higher proportion than a year ago, according to an official report released Tuesday. The US population of managed honey bee colonies fell by 31.1 percent in the October 2012-April 2013 period, said the preliminary report by the US Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors

Desalinization for China's water woes?

Desalinization for China's water woes?
Beijing (UPI) May 6, 2013 - China lacks government support for desalination programs needed for the country's water security, an industry expert said. "The lack of an effective pricing mechanism for desalinated water and support for an operable policy is affecting the development of the country's sea desalination industry," Li Linmei, director of the State Oceanic Administration's Institute of Seawater Desalinatio ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Desalinization_for_Chinas_water_woes_999.html

Organic vapors affect clouds leading to previously unidentified climate cooling

Organic vapors affect clouds leading to previously unidentified climate cooling
Manchester, UK (SPX) May 07, 2013 - University of Manchester scientists, writing in the journal Nature Geoscience, have shown that natural emissions and manmade pollutants can both have an unexpected cooling effect on the world's climate by making clouds brighter. Clouds are made of water droplets, condensed on to tiny particles suspended in the air. When the air is humid enough, the particles swell into cloud droplets. It h ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Organic_vapors_affect_clouds_leading_to_previously_unidentified_climate_cooling_999.html

As climate changes, boreal forests to shift north and relinquish more carbon than expected

As climate changes, boreal forests to shift north and relinquish more carbon than expected
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 07, 2013 - It's difficult to imagine how a degree or two of warming will affect a location. Will it rain less? What will happen to the area's vegetation? New Berkeley Lab research offers a way to envision a warmer future. It maps how Earth's myriad climates-and the ecosystems that depend on them-will move from one area to another as global temperatures rise. The approach foresees big changes for one ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/As_climate_changes_boreal_forests_to_shift_north_and_relinquish_more_carbon_than_expected_999.html

NASA Study Projects Warming-Driven Changes in Global Rainfall

NASA Study Projects Warming-Driven Changes in Global Rainfall
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 07, 2013 - A NASA-led modeling study provides new evidence that global warming may increase the risk for extreme rainfall and drought. The study shows for the first time how rising carbon dioxide concentrations could affect the entire range of rainfall types on Earth. Analysis of computer simulations from 14 climate models indicates wet regions of the world, such as the equatorial Pacific Ocean and A ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/NASA_Study_Projects_Warming_Driven_Changes_in_Global_Rainfall_999.html

USDA Report Released: Report on the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health

USDA Report Released: Report on the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health

Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, released an report titled, Report on the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health (2013).  According to the press release for the 72-page report available here, the following is discussed:
[t]he U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health. The report states that there are multiple factors playing a role in honey bee colony declines, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure.
"There is an important link between the health of American agriculture and the health of our honeybees for our country's long term agricultural productivity," said Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan. "The forces impacting honeybee health are complex and USDA, our research partners, and key stakeholders will be engaged in addressing this challenge."

"The decline in honey bee health is a complex problem caused by a combination of stressors, and at EPA we are committed to continuing our work with USDA, researchers, beekeepers, growers and the public to address this challenge," said Acting EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe. "The report we've released today is the product of unprecedented collaboration, and our work in concert must continue. As the report makes clear, we've made significant progress, but there is still much work to be done to protect the honey bee population."

In October 2012, a National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health, led by federal researchers and managers, along with Pennsylvania State University, was convened to synthesize the current state of knowledge regarding the primary factors that scientists believe have the greatest impact on managed bee health.http://paceeenvironmentalnotes.blogspot.com/2013/05/usda-report-released-report-on-national.html

USGS Report Released: Investigations of Groundwater System and Simulation of Regional Groundwater Flow for North Penn Area 7 Superfund Site, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

USGS Report Released: Investigations of Groundwater System and Simulation of Regional Groundwater Flow for North Penn Area 7 Superfund Site, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Recently, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a report titled Investigations of Groundwater System and Simulation of Regional Groundwater Flow for North Penn Area 7 Superfund Site, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (USGS Open File Rep. 2013-5045). The 112-page report available here, authored by Lisa A. Senior and Daniel J. Goode discusses the following:
Groundwater in the vicinity of several industrial facilities in Upper Gwynedd Township and vicinity, Montgomery County, in southeast Pennsylvania has been shown to be contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), the most common of which is the solvent trichloroethylene (TCE). The 2-square-mile area was placed on the National Priorities List as the North Penn Area 7 Superfund site by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in 1989. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducted geophysical logging, aquifer testing, and water-level monitoring, and measured streamflows in and near North Penn Area 7 from fall 2000 through fall 2006 in a technical assistance study for the USEPA to develop an understanding of the hydrogeologic framework in the area as part of the USEPA Remedial Investigation. In addition, the USGS developed a groundwater-flow computer model based on the hydrogeologic framework to simulate regional groundwater flow and to estimate directions of groundwater flow and pathways of groundwater contaminants. The study area is underlain by Triassic- and Jurassic-age sandstones and shales of the Lockatong Formation and Brunswick Group in the Mesozoic Newark Basin. Regionally, these rocks strike northeast and dip to the nappear to differ much by mapped geologic unit, but showed some relation to depth being relatively smaller in the shallowest and deepest intervals (0 to 50 ft and more than 250 ft below land surface, respectively) compared to the intermediate depth intervals (50 to 250 ft below land surface) tested. Transmissivities estimated from multiple-observation well aquifer tests ranged from about 700 to 2,300 ft2/d (65 to 214 m2/d).... 
http://paceeenvironmentalnotes.blogspot.com/2013/05/usgs-report-released-investigations-of.html