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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Energy Risk: Arctic Strategy Clear on Drilling Goals Not Conservation Goals

Energy Risk: Arctic Strategy Clear on Drilling Goals Not Conservation Goals


http://theenergycollective.com/francesbeinecke/225521/white-house-arctic-strategy-clear-drilling-goals-not-conservation-goals?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Climate Change: Looking at 400 ppm and Beyond

Climate Change: Looking at 400 ppm and Beyond


http://theenergycollective.com/davidhone/225866/400-ppm-and-counting?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

BLM’s New Draft Fracking Rules

 
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BLM’s New Draft Fracking Rules

http://theenergycollective.com/mark-green/225876/first-look-blm-s-new-fracking-rule-proposal?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Nestle CEO: Water is Not a Human Right


Nestle CEO: Water is Not a Human Right
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/nestle-ceo-water-is-not-a-human-right/

Is water a free and basic human right, or should all the water on the planet
belong to major corporations and be treated as a product? Should the poor who
cannot afford to pay these said corporations suffer from starvation due to their
lack of financial wealth? According to the former CEO and now Chairman [...]

U.S. Tax Money Helping Monsanto Sell Overseas

U.S. Tax Money Helping Monsanto Sell Overseas
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/u-s-tax-money-helping-monsanto-sell-overseas/

Nearly two decades after their mid-'90s debut in US farm fields, GMO seeds are
looking less and less promising.

Do the industry's products ramp up crop yields? The Union of Concerned
Scientists looked at that question in detail for a 2009 study. Short answer:
marginally, if at all. Do they lead to reduced pesticide use? No; [...]

How Monsanto Is Using Cronies in Congress to Take Away States' Rights to Label Genetically Modified Foods

Sources report that Monsanto has begun secretly lobbying its Congressional allies to attach amendments to the Farm Bill that would preempt or prohibit states from requiring labels on GE foods. Reliable sources in Washington D.C. have informed the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) that Monsanto has begun secretly lobbying its Congressional allies to attach one or more “Monsanto Riders” or am

In Post-Tsunami Japan, A Push To Rebuild Coast in Concrete

In the wake of the 2011 tsunami, the Japanese government is forgoing an opportunity to sustainably protect its coastline and is instead building towering concrete seawalls and other defenses that environmentalists say will inflict serious damage on coastal ecosystems. BY WINIFRED BIRD

Five Things That Are Needed In New Fracking Rules

The Department of the Interior is about to propose a revised version of rules to govern the practice of hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells on federal lands. The department’s Bureau of Land Management oversees drilling on 700 million acres of land, including almost 60 million acres of private land where the agency owns the mineral rights. It has been a year since the BLM took its first stab

May 16 News: Fish Are Fleeing Climate-Warmed Waters And Heading For The Earth’s Poles

(Credit: TANAKA Juuyoh/Flickr) For more than 30 years, ocean fish and mammals have migrated away from warming equatorial waters and toward the poles, providing more evidence climate change has already had broad global consequences. [Washington Post] Fish and other sea life have been heading toward the Earth’s poles for more than three decades, a mass migration to cooler waters that provides more e

Industry Groups Urge Supreme Court To Ban EPA From Regulating CO2

(Credit: Philippe Lissac / GODONG) Conservative states, business groups, fossil fuel companies, and politicians who deny the science of climate change are petitioning the Supreme Court to reverse Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on greenhouse gases and to weaken the Clean Air Act. This would involve the Court either limiting or reversing its own 2007 decision, Massachusetts v. EP

U.S. Geological Survey: Warmer Springs Causing Loss Of Snow Cover Throughout The Rocky Mountains

A new U.S. Geological Survey study finds, “Warmer spring temperatures since 1980 are causing an estimated 20 percent loss of snow cover across the Rocky Mountains of western North America.” The USGS explains, “The new study builds upon a previous USGS snowpack investigation which showed that, until the 1980s, the northern Rocky Mountains experienced large snowpacks when the central and southern Ro

EPA Is Required To Regulate Carbon Pollution From Existing Power Plants



EPA is legally obligated to issue rules regulating CO2 from existing power plants. Dave Roberts at Grist is (eternally) puzzled that folks don’t seem to know that. Since eternity is a very long time — only slightly longer than the lifetime of some CO2 molecules in the air — I’ll repost his key points: In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled in Mass v. EPA that CO2 qualifies as a pollutant under the Clea
8 by Joe Romm / 20h http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/05/17/2027071/epa-required-

6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of northeast Japan

May 18, 2013 – JAPAN - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 jolted northeastern Japan on Saturday, but no tsunami warning was issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The earthquake was later upgraded by the USGS to a 6.0 magnitude. Tokyo Electric Power Co’s (9501.T) two nuclear plants in Fukushima reported no new irregularities after the quake, Kyodo news agency said. Onagawa n

America’s first climate refugees: “It’s happening now … The village is sinking”

This story is part of a Guardian series on climate refugees. Read parts 1, 2, and 3. DCRA / Alaska Department of CommerceOnce the snow melts, people make their way around Newtok on wooden boardwalks set down on the mud. But the melting permafrost no longer provides stable ground for village buildings or the boardwalks, and people complain that it’s been years since there has been money spent on

USGS Report Released: National Assessment of Geologic Carbon Dioxide Storage Resources—Methodology Implementation

Recently, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a report titled National Assessment of Geologic Carbon Dioxide Storage Resources—Methodology Implementation (USGS Open-File Rep. 2013-1055). The 35-page report available here, authored by Madalyn S. Blondes et al, discusses the following:[i]n response to the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducted

Pace Environmental Law Review Volume 30, Issue 2 Released: Nanotechnology and the Environment

Current Issue: Volume 30, Issue 2 (2013) Nanotechnology and the EnvironmentSpring 2013ArticlesEnvironmental Law Confronts the New Industrial RevolutionLeslie Carothers Searching for the Nano-needle in a Green Haystack: Researching the Environmental, Health, and Safety Ramifications of NanotechnologyTaryn L. Rucinski The Case for an Information-Forcing Regulatory Definition of “Nanomaterials”David

Friday, May 17, 2013

Fracking risks to ground water assessed

Fracking risks to ground water assessed


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

Burning Tar Sands = 'Unsolvable' Climate Crisis: Hansen

Burning Tar Sands = 'Unsolvable' Climate Crisis: Hansen
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/17-1

Ronnie Cummins: Genetically Modified Democracy: Monsanto and Congress Move to Stomp on Your Rights

Ronnie Cummins: Genetically Modified Democracy: Monsanto and Congress Move to Stomp on Your Rights
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/05/17-4

NRDC Report Released: Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the U.S., 2013


Recently, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an international non-profit environmental advocacy and action group which focuses on the protection of wildlife and habitat, issued a report titled, Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the U.S. (2013). According to the press release for the 50-page report available here, the following is discussed,[t]he 2

Sea level: One-third of its rise comes from melting mountain glaciers

Sea level: One-third of its rise comes from melting mountain glaciers
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) May 17, 2013 - How much all glaciers contribute to global sea-level rise has never been calculated before with this accuracy. An international group of researchers involving two geographers from the University of Zurich has confirmed that melting of glaciers caused about one third of the observed sea-level rise, while the ice sheets and thermal expansion of sea water account for one third each. So far, estimat ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Sea_level_One_third_of_its_rise_comes_from_melting_mountain_glaciers_999.html

H1N1 discovered in marine mammals

H1N1 discovered in marine mammals
Davis CA (SPX) May 17, 2013 - Scientists at the University of California, Davis, detected the H1N1 (2009) virus in free-ranging northern elephant seals off the central California coast a year after the human pandemic began, according to a study published May 15, in the journal PLOS ONE. It is the first report of that flu strain in any marine mammal. "We thought we might find influenza viruses, which have been found bef ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/H1N1_discovered_in_marine_mammals_999.html

World's melting glaciers making large contribution to sea rise

World's melting glaciers making large contribution to sea rise
Boulder CO (SPX) May 17, 2013 - While 99 percent of Earth's land ice is locked up in the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, the remaining ice in the world's glaciers contributed just as much to sea rise as the two ice sheets combined from 2003 to 2009, says a new study led by Clark University and involving the University Colorado Boulder. The new research found that all glacial regions lost mass from 2003 to 2009, with ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Worlds_melting_glaciers_making_large_contribution_to_sea_rise_999.html

Research into carbon storage in Arctic tundra reveals unexpected insight into ecosystem resiliency

Research into carbon storage in Arctic tundra reveals unexpected insight into ecosystem resiliency
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) May 17, 2013 - When UC Santa Barbara doctoral student Seeta Sistla and her adviser, environmental studies professor Josh Schimel, went north not long ago to study how long-term warming in the Arctic affects carbon storage, they had made certain assumptions. "We expected that because of the long-term warming, we would have lost carbon stored in the soil to the atmosphere," said Schimel. The gradual warmin ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Research_into_carbon_storage_in_Arctic_tundra_reveals_unexpected_insight_into_ecosystem_resiliency_999.html

Senate confirms Moniz to lead DOE in 97-0 vote

Senate confirms Moniz to lead DOE in 97-0 vote
Environmental group congratulates Moniz, wants change in stance on hydraulic fracturing.
Read Morehttp://www.power-eng.com/articles/2013/05/senate-confirms-moniz-to-lead-doe-in-97-0-vote.html

Thursday, May 16, 2013

t's Real: Climate Change is Happening

t's Real: Climate Change is Happening
Tom Zeller Jr., Huffington PostPublic opinion on the topic of climate change is notoriously fickle, changing -- quite literally sometimes -- with the weather. The latest bit of evidence on this: Yale's April 2013 climate change survey, which found, among other things, that Americans' conviction that global warming is happening had dropped by seven points, to 63 percent, over the preceding

Obama Greenhouse Gas Regulations Could Face U.S. Supreme Court Challenge



Obama Greenhouse Gas Regulations Could Face U.S. Supreme Court Challenge


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/16/obama-greenhouse-gas-regulations_n_3284831.html

Chris Hayes Talks to Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher About the Climate Movement and What Comes Next

Chris Hayes Talks to Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher About the Climate Movement and What Comes Next
http://www.commondreams.org/video/2013/05/16

New Fracking Rules Show US Bowing to Industry

New Fracking Rules Show US Bowing to Industry
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/16-7

'Canary in the Ocean': Massive Fish Flight Shows Climate Change is Here

'Canary in the Ocean': Massive Fish Flight Shows Climate Change is Here
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/16-2

OTEC and Energy Innovation: The Willie Sutton Approach

Posted: 15 May 2013 11:00 AM PDT
The average amount of energy the ocean absorbed each year over the period 1993 to 2008 was enough to power nearly 500 100-watt light bulbs for each of the roughly 6.7 billion people on the planet.http://theenergycollective.com/jim-baird/221801/energy-willie-suttonwill-rogers-approach?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Climate Change and Fighting Drought and Desertification

Posted: 16 May 2013 05:00 AM PDT
Drought and desertification have become increasingly pressing problems for a growing number of countries. The UN estimates land degradation costs between 3-5 percent of global agricultural Gross Domestic Production.http://theenergycollective.com/globalwarmingisreal/224841/worldwide-efforts-combat-drought-desertification-take-shape-namibia-year?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Newly Discovered Ways Monsanto Glyphosate Ruins Health


Newly Discovered Ways Monsanto Glyphosate Ruins Health
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/newly-discovered-ways-monsanto-glyphosate-ruins-health/

The more we learn about genetically engineered (GE) foods, the clearer the
dangers become. I’ve warned you of the potential dangers of GE foods for many
years now, as I was convinced that the artificial combining of plants with genes
from wildly different kingdoms is bound to cause problems.
As the years roll on, such suspicions [...]

ANS Update: National Nuclear Science Week October 21-25, 2013

National Nuclear Science Week October 21-25 2013

By pbowersox on May 16, 2013 01:00 am

Get to Know Nuclear Mark your calendars well in advance for National Nuclear Science Week – the annual celebration of the remarkable achievements and contributions of nuclear science and technology.  National Nuclear Science Week will be commemorated October 21-25, 2013. … Continue reading
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First proof of patient-to-nurse infection of coronavirus: WHO

First proof of patient-to-nurse infection of coronavirus: WHO
Geneva (AFP) May 15, 2013 - Two Saudi health workers have contracted the deadly coronavirus from patients, marking the first evidence of transmission in a hospital setting, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. "This is the first time health care workers have been diagnosed with nCoV (novel coronavirus) infection after exposure to patients," the WHO said in a statement. The two health care workers were amon ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/First_proof_of_patient-to-nurse_infection_of_coronavirus_WHO_999.html

Administration Unveils National Arctic Strategy

Administration Unveils National Arctic Strategy


http://breakingenergy.com/2013/05/16/administration-unveils-national-arctic-strategy/?utm_source=Breaking+Energy&utm_campaign=055cd27f70-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f852427a4b-055cd27f70-407304281

Editor's Note

I'm off to Rochester via Boston. Going to be a long drive, but I will be able to stay current with the news thanks to Satellite Radio.

Study: Gas 'fracking' in Arkansas not affecting groundwater

Study: Gas 'fracking' in Arkansas not affecting groundwater
Durham, N.C. (UPI) May 15, 2013 - Shale gas production in Arkansas has not contaminated groundwater, a study by Duke University and the U.S. Geological Survey indicates. The scientists analyzed 127 shallow drinking water wells in areas overlying Fayetteville Shale gas production in north-central Arkansas for major and trace elements and hydrocarbons, using isotopic tracers to identify the sources of possible contaminant ... morehttp://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Study_Gas_fracking_in_Arkansas_not_affecting_groundwater_999.html

Ice Melt, Sea Level Rise, to Be Less Severe than Feared Reuter

Ice Melt, Sea Level Rise, to Be Less Severe than Feared Reutershttp://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=ice-melt-sea-level-rise-to-be-less

Climate Change Has Shifted the Locations of Earth's North and South Poles

limate Change Has Shifted the Locations of Earth’s North and South Poles Scientific American

Climate Change Has Shifted the Locations of Earth's North and South Poles

Increased melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet and other ice losses worldwide have helped to move the North Pole several centimeters east each year since 2005

New Report Reveals The Ten U.S. Areas Facing The Highest Climate-Related Risk Of Water Shortages


New Report Reveals The Ten U.S. Areas Facing The Highest Climate-Related Risk Of Water Shortages

Study points to risk in nation's capital, New York City, America's breadbasket and 46 states

http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?resourceid=6839434&access=EH

What Is China's Arctic Game Plan?

What Is China's Arctic Game Plan?

Now an observer member of the Arctic Council, Beijing seeks a new opportunity to cut shipping costs ... and get at the ocean's fish stocks.
http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/05/what-is-chinas-arctic-game-plan/275894/

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Editor's Note

Dear Readers
I am on the road tomorrow headed to Rochester, New York for a bridal shower of my
soon to be daughter-in-law. I will be posting over the next few days, but it will likely
be on the run while I attend to family obligations. I will return in full force Sunday
evening. Regardless of the news, the next few days in DC will be spent on Nixonian
antics.
Best regards.
Michele Kearney

Climate change brings disease threat for polar bears

Climate change brings disease threat for polar bears

The iconic Arctic mammals' limited immune system may put them at particular risk if new pathogens spread northwards as the world warmshttp://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23544-climate-change-brings-disease-threat-for-polar-bears.html?cmpid=RSS|NSNS|2012-GLOBAL|online-news

Mount Everest Is Melting

U.S. Arctic strategy aims to exploit oil and gas for 'national security'

U.S. Arctic strategy aims to exploit oil and gas for 'national security'

The U.S. National Strategy for the Arctic, announced by the White House on May 10, includes this: "The Arctic region’s energy resources factor into a core component of our national security strategy: energy security. The region holds sizable proved and potential … Continue reading http://www.climatesciencewatch.org/2013/05/15/u-s-arctic-strategy-aims-to-exploit-oil-and-gas/

Mining Project to Unleash 'Environmental Vandalism on a Grand Scale'

Mining Project to Unleash 'Environmental Vandalism on a Grand Scale'
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/15-4

States Brace for Monsanto's 'Big Stick' in GMO Labeling Fight

States Brace for Monsanto's 'Big Stick' in GMO Labeling Fight
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/15-5

The Lobster Boat vs. The Coal Freighter as Climate Activists Blockade Power Plant

The Lobster Boat vs. The Coal Freighter as Climate Activists Blockade Power Plant
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/15-2

Climate-related disasters cost American taxpayers $96 billion last year


Climate-related disasters cost American taxpayers $96 billion last year by John Uptonhttp://grist.org/news/climate-related-disasters-cost-american-taxpayers-96-billion-last-year/?utm_source=syndication&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed

Why the world faces climate chaos Martin Wolf, Financial Times

Why the world faces climate chaos Martin Wolf, Financial Timeshttp://www.ft.com/cms/s/c926f6e8-bbf9-11e2-a4b4-00144feab7de,Authorised=false.html?_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0%2Fc926f6e8-bbf9-11e2-a4b4-00144feab7de.html&_i_referer=#axzz2TJOd0YlU

‘Best estimate’ of melting ice caps BBC

‘Best estimate’ of melting ice caps BBChttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22527273

Four Huge Solar Flares in 48 Hours

Four Huge Solar Flares in 48 Hours
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/four-huge-solar-flares-in-48-hours/

The Sun has unleashed four colossal bursts of radiation in 48 hours.

On Tuesday, it released the biggest solar flare of 2013 so far, an intense burst
associated with a huge eruption of particles.

When these eruptions reach Earth, they can interfere with satellites and
communications systems on the ground.

The sunspots that spawned these flares are not [...]

Warmer Springs Linked to Dwindling Snow in Rocky Mountains


Warmer Springs Linked to Dwindling Snow in Rocky Mountains

Snow cover across the Rockies has been shrinking since 1980. This meltwater accounts for 80 percent of the annual water supply for more than 70 million people in the U.S.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=warmer-springs-linked-dwindling-snow-rocky-mountains

Snowpack, Ice Cover Shrinking on Rocky Mountains


Snowpack, Ice Cover Shrinking on Rocky Mountains

North America's largest mountain range has lost significant amounts of snow cover since 1980 thanks in part to climate change
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=snowpack-ice-cover-shrinking-rocky-mountains

New Fracking Rules Have Environmental Groups Worried


New Fracking Rules Have Environmental Groups Worried

http://www.nationaljournal.com/daily/new-fracking-rules-have-environmental-groups-worried- 20130512?goback=.gde_78238_member_240427430

Indonesia extends logging ban to protect rainforest

Indonesia extends logging ban to protect rainforest
Jakarta (AFP) May 15, 2013 - Indonesia has extended a logging ban aimed at protecting rainforest despite fierce industry pressure, the government said Wednesday, although green groups say the move still does not go far enough. Vast tracts of the sprawling Indonesian archipelago are covered in trees, including some of the world's most biodiverse tropical rainforest that is home to endangered animals such as orangutans, t ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Indonesia_extends_logging_ban_to_protect_rainforest_999.html

Trout invasion behind Yellowstone elk decline: study

Trout invasion behind Yellowstone elk decline: study
Paris (AFP) May 14, 2013 - Researchers trying to explain declining elk numbers in the Yellowstone National Park (YNP) placed part of the blame Wednesday on a previously unlinked phenomenon - a predatory trout invasion. In a vicious circle of human interference that underscores the delicate balance of nature, the team said the illegal introduction of lake trout more than 20 years ago changed the diet of a key Yellowst ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Trout_invasion_behind_Yellowstone_elk_decline_study_999.html

e2v image sensors launched into space on board Vietnam's first optical Earth observation satellite

e2v image sensors launched into space on board Vietnam's first optical Earth observation satellite
Chelmsford UK (SPX) May 14, 2013 - On 7th May 2013, e2v high performance image sensors were launched into space on-board Vietnam's first optical Earth observation satellite, the Vietnam Natural Resources, Environment and Disaster Monitoring Satellite (VNRED Sat-1). The satellite was carried into orbit from French Guiana by VERTA 1, the second Vega launcher. VNRED Sat-1 was built on behalf of the Vietnamese Academy of Scienc ... morehttp://www.spacedaily.com/reports/e2v_image_sensors_launched_into_space_on_board_Vietnams_first_optical_Earth_observation_satellite_999.html

Bird flu in live poultry markets are the source of viruses causing human infections

Bird flu in live poultry markets are the source of viruses causing human infections
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) May 15, 2013 - On 31 March 2013, the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission announced human cases of novel H7N9 influenza virus infections. A group of scientists, led by Professor Chen Hualan of the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, has investigated the origins of this novel H7N9 influenza virus and published their results in Springer's open a ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Bird_flu_in_live_poultry_markets_are_the_source_of_viruses_causing_human_infections_999.html

Urbanization and surface warming in eastern China

Urbanization and surface warming in eastern China
Beijing, China (SPX) May 15, 2013 - A recent study indicated that the urbanization in eastern China has significant impact on the observed surface warming and the temporal-spatial variations of urbanization effect have been comprehensively detected. This work was led by YANG XiuQun, professor of meteorology in the Institute for Climate and Global Change Research, School of Atmospheric Sciences at Nanjing University. The arti ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Urbanization_and_surface_warming_in_eastern_China_999.html
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Why the world faces climate chaos

Why the world faces climate chaos It has become more impossible to envisage effective action. We will watch the rise in greenhouse gases until it is too late, Martin Wolf says
http://link.ft.com/r/NA70KK/4VIOJO/HDKQA6/WT3J2S/B4LFSB/JY/h?a1=2013&a2=5&a3=15

China: High and dry




FT.com - Analysis
 

China: High and dry
Water shortages are putting a brake on economic growth and are stirring political discontent, but high-spending responses are triggering criticism
http://link.ft.com/r/EB8122/T1AP3X/ZBHOFE/XHPRAF/52FEY7/AZ/h?a1=2013&a2=5&a3=15

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Geoengineering research: Never or now?

Geoengineering research: Never or now?


http://grist.org/climate-energy/geoengineering-research-never-or-now/?utm_source=feedly

Obama's Arctic Strategy: What's Next for Oil & Gas Drilling?

CSMFor all the energy prospects bandied about concerning the Arctic "“ including a new White House strategy paper for the region "“ oil drilling in US Arctic waters has come to a temporary pause.Three major oil companies with operations in the region have pulled out for the year, citing harsh weather and regulatory difficulties.Home to an estimated 13 perc

Seas will rise no more than 69 centimetres by 2100

A comprehensive study of the behaviour of ice sheets in a warming world suggests that the ocean will rise less than feared this century    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23538-seas-will-rise-no-more-than-69-centimetres-by-2100.html?cmpid=RSS|NSNS|2012-GLOBAL|online-news&utm_source=feedly

Scientists find extensive glacial retreat in Mount Everest region

Scientists find extensive glacial retreat in Mount Everest region
(Phys.org) —Researchers taking a new look at the snow and ice covering Mount Everest and the national park that surrounds it are finding abundant evidence that the world's tallest peak is shedding its frozen cloak. The scientists have also been studying temperature and precipitation trends in the area and found that the Everest region has been warming while snowfall has been declining since the early 1990s. http://phys.org/news/2013-05-scientists-extensive-glacial-retreat-mount.html#nwlt

Scientists announce development of wheat strain that produces 30% greater yields


Scientists announce development of wheat strain that produces 30% greater yields

http://phys.org/news/2013-05-scientists-wheat-strain-greater-yields.html#nwlt

Friends of the Earth: Federal Judges: No San Onofre Restart Without Formal Relicensing Hearings

Friends of the Earth: Federal Judges: No San Onofre Restart Without Formal Relicensing Hearings
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/05/14-6

Melanie Fitzpatrick: 400 PPM: We’ve Never Been Here Before

Melanie Fitzpatrick: 400 PPM: We’ve Never Been Here Before
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/05/14-4

Revealed: How US State Dept 'Twists Arms' on Monsanto's Behalf

Revealed: How US State Dept 'Twists Arms' on Monsanto's Behalf
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/14-2

John Kerry: Climate Change and the Future of the Arctic

John Kerry: Climate Change and the Future of the Arctic
Our warming planet means the Arctic's ecosystem is experiencing significant, rapid shifts with far-reaching consequences. All of the changes in the Arctic must change the way we approach the region.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johnkerry/climate-change-and-the-fu_b_3272250.html?utm_hp_ref=daily-brief?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=051413&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

Engineering algae to make the 'wonder material' nanocellulose for biofuels and more

Engineering algae to make the 'wonder material' nanocellulose for biofuels and more
New Orleans LA (SPX) Apr 12, 2013 - Genes from the family of bacteria that produce vinegar, Kombucha tea and nata de coco have become stars in a project - which scientists said has reached an advanced stage - that would turn algae into solar-powered factories for producing the "wonder material" nanocellulose. Their report on advances in getting those genes to produce fully functional nanocellulose was part of the 245th National Me ... morehttp://www.biofueldaily.com/reports/Engineering_algae_to_make_the_wonder_material_nanocellulose_for_biofuels_and_more_999.html

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

New Advance in Biofuel Production

New Advance in Biofuel Production
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 14, 2013 - Advanced biofuels - liquid fuels synthesized from the sugars in cellulosic biomass - offer a clean, green and renewable alternative to gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. Bringing the costs of producing these advanced biofuels down to competitive levels with petrofuels, however, is a major challenge. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a bioen ... morehttp://www.biofueldaily.com/reports/New_Advance_in_Biofuel_Production_999.html

UGA researchers explore how to harvest electricity directly from plants

UGA researchers explore how to harvest electricity directly from plants
Athens GA (SPX) May 14, 2013 - The sun provides the most abundant source of energy on the planet. However, only a tiny fraction of the solar radiation on Earth is converted into useful energy. To help solve this problem, researchers at the University of Georgia looked to nature for inspiration, and they are now developing a new technology that makes it possible to use plants to generate electricity. "Clean energy ... morehttp://www.biofueldaily.com/reports/UGA_researchers_explore_how_to_harvest_electricity_directly_from_plants_999.html

China's growing, sprawling cities said causing climate changes

China's growing, sprawling cities said causing climate changes
Beijing (UPI) May 13, 2013 - Urbanization in eastern China has a significant impact on the observed surface warming that plays an essential role in regional climate change, scientists say. Intensive urbanization in China since the 1980s has not only altered surface vegetation distribution but has also affected surface energy and water balance, research leader Yang XiuQun of the School of Atmospheric Sciences at Nan ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Chinas_growing_sprawling_cities_said_causing_climate_changes_999.html

Feds gear up for dangerous fire season in Western U.S.

Feds gear up for dangerous fire season in Western U.S.
Boise, Idaho (UPI) May 13, 2013 - Late rainfall contributed to what the Obama administration said Monday would likely be a dicey wildfire season in the western United States this year. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell toured the nation's wildfire command center in Idaho Monday at the same time new satellite imagery warned that fire conditions in Southern California were particularly ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Feds_gear_up_for_dangerous_fire_season_in_Western_US_999.html

EU begins difficult talks on fishery reforms

EU begins difficult talks on fishery reforms
Brussels (AFP) May 13, 2013 - EU fisheries ministers began difficult talks Monday on reforms to the bloc's under-pressure fishing regime, with plans to stop the dumping of unwanted fish a key sticking point. European fishing boats have long discarded fish, by some estimates up to a quarter of their catch, before entering port to ensure they meet strict EU quotas. Ireland, which holds the rotating EU presidency, is pu ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/EU_begins_difficult_talks_on_fishery_reforms_999.html

KFC China sales crash 36% in April on bird flu fears

KFC China sales crash 36% in April on bird flu fears
Shanghai (AFP) May 13, 2013 - Sales of fast food giant KFC in China slumped an estimated 36 percent last month, according to parent Yum! Brands, as consumers shunned chicken due to the H7N9 bird flu outbreak in humans. For Yum overall, which includes other restaurant chains such as Pizza Hut, Chinese same-store sales - a measure of turnover in established outlets - fell an estimated 29 percent in April, according to an ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/KFC_China_sales_crash_36_in_April_on_bird_flu_fears_999.html

Risk of another Indian Ocean earthquake, tsunami said underestimated

Risk of another Indian Ocean earthquake, tsunami said underestimated
Southampton, England (UPI) May 13, 2013 - The risk of Indian Ocean earthquakes and tsunamis similar to the 2004 Sumatra disaster is greater than previously thought, researchers say. British and Canadian scientists said the risk in the western Indian Ocean of an earthquake-caused tsunami that could threaten the coastal areas of Pakistan, Iran, Oman, India and other countries has been underestimated. Writing in the journal ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Risk_of_another_Indian_Ocean_earthquake_tsunami_said_underestimated_999.html

No-win situation for agricultural expansion in the Amazon

No-win situation for agricultural expansion in the Amazon
Cape Cod MA (SPX) May 14, 2013 - The large-scale expansion of agriculture in the Amazon through deforestation will be a no-win scenario, according to a new study. Published May 10, in IOP Publishing's journal Environmental Research Letters, it shows that deforestation will not only reduce the capacity of the Amazon's natural carbon sink, but will also inflict climate feedbacks that will decrease the productivity of pasture and ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/No_win_situation_for_agricultural_expansion_in_the_Amazon_999.html

Loss of Eastern Hemlock Will Affect Forest Water Use

Loss of Eastern Hemlock Will Affect Forest Water Use
Otto NC (SPX) May 14, 2013 - The loss of eastern hemlock from forests in the Southern Appalachian region of the United States could permanently change the area's hydrologic cycle, reports a new study by U.S. Forest Service scientists at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory (Coweeta) located in Otto, North Carolina, published online in the journal Ecological Applications and available now in preprint format. "The hemlock ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Loss_of_Eastern_Hemlock_Will_Affect_Forest_Water_Use_999.html

Panic grips Saudis amid fears of SARS-like virus

Panic grips Saudis amid fears of SARS-like virus
Riyadh (AFP) May 13, 2013 - Panic gripped Saudis in the country's east on Monday, where most cases of the deadly coronavirus have been detected, witnesses said, as the death toll from the SARS-like virus in the kingdom hit 15. Scores of people have reported to the emergency services at hospitals in the city of Al-Ahsa in Eastern Province, after showing even the slightest signs of a fever. "I felt the symptoms of a ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Panic_grips_Saudis_amid_fears_of_SARS-like_virus_999.html

Potential flu pandemic lurks

Potential flu pandemic lurks
Boston MA (SPX) May 14, 2013 - In the summer of 1968, a new strain of influenza appeared in Hong Kong. This strain, known as H3N2, spread around the globe and eventually killed an estimated 1 million people. A new study from MIT reveals that there are many strains of H3N2 circulating in birds and pigs that are genetically similar to the 1968 strain and have the potential to generate a pandemic if they leap to humans. ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Potential_flu_pandemic_lurks_999.html

Officials begin investigation into oil site explosion


Officials begin investigation into oil site explosion

http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2013/05/officials-begin-investigation-into-oil-site-explosion.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroMay142013

Research Reveals Previously Unknown Pathway by which Glyphosate Wrecks Health


Research Reveals Previously Unknown Pathway by which Glyphosate Wrecks Health

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/05/14/glyphosate.aspx?e_cid=20130514RRG_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20130514RRG

NFWF Launches Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund to Restore Gulf Coast Natural Resources

NFWF Launches Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund to Restore Gulf Coast Natural Resources

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the public launch of the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund through which NFWF will administer and monitor $2.544 billion from plea agreements resolving certain criminal cases arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
With today's announcement, NFWF also outlined procedures and criteria for selecting projects for funding in the Gulf Coast states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?resourceid=6823357&access=EH

SUPER Act to Slow Global Climate Change

SUPER Act to Slow Global Climate Change

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Environmental Investigation Agency: Late last week, Representative Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced the Super Pollutant Emissions Reduction Act of 2013 (the "SUPER Act") as a first step to stopping emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, to slow down the rate of climate change.

http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?resourceid=6823254&access=EH

New Data: Is the Federal Gov't Spending More on Battling Climate Change Impacts Than on Education or Transportation?

New Data: Is the Federal Gov't Spending More on Battling Climate Change Impacts Than on Education or Transportation?

Startling Questions Posed: Is Climate Now the No. 1 Non-Defense Discretionary Spending Item? Are Taxpayers Outspending Private Insurers Covering Climate Disruption Costs?

http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?resourceid=6821256&access=EH

Monday, May 13, 2013

Volcano heating up in Alaska: Second one this month

Volcano heating up in Alaska: Second one this month
Another volcano in Alaska is heating up, with seismic instruments signaling a possible eruption. http://phys.org/news/2013-05-volcano-alaska-month.html#nwlt

World has entered new CO2 'danger zone', UN says

World has entered new CO2 'danger zone', UN says
The world has entered a "new danger zone" with levels of Earth-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere never experienced by humankind, the UN's climate chief warned Monday. http://phys.org/news/2013-05-world-co2-danger-zone.html#nwlt

Icy Arctic rising as economic, security hot spot

Icy Arctic rising as economic, security hot spot
The icy Arctic is emerging as a global economic hot spot—and one that is becoming a security concern for the U.S. as world powers jockey to tap its vast energy resources and stake out unclaimed territories. http://phys.org/news/2013-05-icy-arctic-economic-hot.html#nwlt

James Hansen: We Are Only Beginning to Feel Climate Change's Impact

James Hansen: We Are Only Beginning to Feel Climate Change's Impact
http://www.commondreams.org/video/2013/05/13-0

Will Climate Change Make You Homeless?

Will Climate Change Make You Homeless?
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/13-7

Indifference on Climate Imperils 50,000 Species Worldwide: Study

Indifference on Climate Imperils 50,000 Species Worldwide: Study
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/13-0

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions drop in 32 states


Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions drop in 32 states

http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2013/05/energy-related-carbon-dioxide-emissions-drop-in-32-states.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

Lots of people, animals, and plants will be homeless thanks to climate change

Lots of people, animals, and plants will be homeless thanks to climate change http://grist.org/news/horror-projections-for-climate-changes-impacts-on-people-wildlife/?utm_source=syndication&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed

US high court rules against soybean farmer in seed-patent case

US high court rules against soybean farmer in seed-patent case

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The US Supreme Court has issued a unanimous ruling today that a soybean farmer violated patents when he planted genetically modified soybeans without first paying the intellectual property holder.http://blogs.nature.com/news/2013/05/us-high-court-rules-against-soybean-farmer-in-seed-patent-case.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+news%2Frss%2Fnewsblog+%28News+Blog+-+Blog+Posts%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Not The Onion: Wall Street Journal Hits ‘Rock Bottom’ With Inane Op-Ed Urging ‘More Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide’

Not The Onion: Wall Street Journal Hits ‘Rock Bottom’ With Inane Op-Ed Urging ‘More Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide’


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/05/13/1994871/not-the-onion-wall-street-journal-hits-rock-bottom-with-inane-op-ed-urging-more-atmospheric-carbon-dioxide/?mobile=nc

Fracking and Water Pollution: Remembering First Study to Establish "Definitive" Link

Fracking and Water Pollution: Remembering First Study to Establish "Definitive" Link

David Biello over at Scientific American had a story in 2011 that looked at research establishing a link between methane contamination in well water and nearby hydraulic fracturing of shale rock.http://theenergycollective.com/tyhamilton/222721/worth-reminding-study-established-first-definitive-link-well-water-contamination-s?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

National Strategy for the Arctic Region

National Strategy for the Arctic Region

President Barack Obama signed this strategy on May 10, 2013, ahead of June 2013 meetings with Alaska natives, Alaska officials, and other Arctic stakeholders.http://www.cfr.org/arctic/national-strategy-arctic-region/p30686?cid=rss-fullfeed-national_strategy_for_the_arct-051013&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cfr_main+%28CFR.org+-+Main+Site+Feed%29&utm_content=Google+Reader
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