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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Distrubing Photos of China's Deadly Coal Mines

Disturbing Photos Of China's Deadly Coal Mines from Clusterstock by Mamta Badkarhttp://www.businessinsider.com/chinas-coal-mines-photos-2013-5?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+clusterstock+%28ClusterStock%29

If you really think its a planetary emergency then go nuclear

If you really think its a planetary emergency then go nuclear


http://decarbonisesa.com/2013/05/24/if-you-really-think-its-a-planetary-emergency-then-go-nuclear/

The Unclear Fate of Nuclear Power

The Unclear Fate of Nuclear Power

Two years after the accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi, can the nuclear renaissance regain its momentum?


http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ideas-innovations/The-unclear-fate-of-nuclear-power-208386481.html

Draft Legislation Fails to Provide Solution for U.S. Stockpile of Nuclear Radioactive Waste

Draft Legislation Fails to Provide Solution for U.S. Stockpile of Nuclear Radioactive Waste 


http://ecowatch.com/2013/draft-legislation-fails-solution-for-u-s-stockpile-nuclear-radioactive-waste/

Radioactive Cesium Recorded at 10 Spots in Pacific Ocean After Fukushima

Radioactive Cesium Recorded at 10 Spots in Pacific Ocean After Fukushima
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/24-3

Collapse: Does Washington Bridge Expose the Crumbling of a Nation?

Collapse: Does Washington Bridge Expose the Crumbling of a Nation?
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/24-0

Friday, May 24, 2013

Google team captures Galapagos Island beauty for maps

EARTH OBSERVATION

Google team captures Galapagos Island beauty for maps
San Francisco (AFP) May 23, 2013 - Google has followed in the footsteps of Charles Darwin to gather images of the beauty and biological diversity of the Galapagos Islands for the Internet titan's online maps. A Google Maps team toting 360-degree cameras sticking from backpacks hiked trails, hills, and even into a live volcano to take Street View pictures of the precious environment where Darwin gleaned insights for his theory ... morehttp://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Google_team_captures_Galapagos_Island_beauty_for_maps_999.html

H7N9 bird flu can spread in mammals: study

H7N9 bird flu can spread in mammals: study

Washington (AFP) May 23, 2013 - The H7N9 strain of bird flu can spread among ferrets and could do the same among humans under certain conditions, according to lab animal studies on the virus published Thursday. So far there have been no known cases of human-to-human spread of the new virus, which has infected 131 people and killed 36 since it first emerged in China in March. If the virus were found to be able to spread ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/H7N9_bird_flu_can_spread_in_mammals_study_999.html

US Atlantic braces for active hurricane season

SHAKE AND BLOW

US Atlantic braces for active hurricane season
Washington (AFP) May 23, 2013 - The United States is gearing up for more Atlantic hurricanes than usual this year, triggered by warmer water temperatures than average, US forecasters said Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center predicted that the six-month Atlantic hurricane season that begins June 1 will see 13 to 20 named storms, seven to 11 hurricanes and three to six ma ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/US_Atlantic_braces_for_active_hurricane_season_999.html

SARS-like virus patent complicating diagnosis: Saudi

SARS-like virus patent complicating diagnosis: Saudi

Geneva (AFP) May 23, 2013 - Saudi Arabia lamented Thursday that foreign drug companies had patented the new SARS-like virus that has killed 22 people worldwide in less than a year, slowing down the diagnosis process considerably. "We are still struggling with diagnostics and the reason is that the virus was patented by scientists and is not allowed to be used for investigations by other scientists," said Saudi Deputy H ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/SARS-like_virus_patent_complicating_diagnosis_Saudi_999.html

Iceland upgrading volcano eruption warning system

Iceland upgrading volcano eruption warning system

Reykjavik, Iceland (UPI) May 23, 2013 - Officials in Iceland say work is under way to improve monitoring of the country's volcanoes and give earlier warning of possible eruptions. The FutureVolc project, funded by the European Union, uses more sensors as well as better real-time data analysis. The project is in direct response to the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which spread an ash cloud that closed down muc ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Iceland_upgrading_volcano_eruption_warning_system_999.html

Flu vaccine also linked to narcolepsy in adults: study

Flu vaccine also linked to narcolepsy in adults: study

Helsinki (AFP) May 23, 2013 - Finnish researchers unveiled new data Thursday to link the Pandemrix flu vaccine to a higher risk of the sleeping disorder narcolepsy in adults. Other studies had already shown a link between the drug used in the 2009-10 "swine flu" outbreak and a higher incidence of narcolepsy in vaccinated children, teens and people under 30. The new research, conducted by Finland's National Institute ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Flu_vaccine_also_linked_to_narcolepsy_in_adults_study_999.html

NASA's Landsat Satellite Looks for a Cloud-Free View

NASA's Landsat Satellite Looks for a Cloud-Free View

Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 24, 2013 - For decades, Landsat satellites have documented the desiccation of the Aral Sea in Central Asia. Once one of the largest seas in the world, it shrunk to a tenth of its original volume after Russia diverted its feeder rivers in the 1960s. Scientists studying the Aral Sea's changing ecology and retreating shoreline have looked to Landsat - and a new feature of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission ... morehttp://www.spacedaily.com/reports/NASAs_Landsat_Satellite_Looks_for_a_Cloud_Free_View_999.html

Climate Change and Wildfire

Climate Change and Wildfire

Athens GA (SPX) May 24, 2013 - Concerns continue to grow about the effects of climate change on fire. Wildfires are expected to increase 50 percent across the United States under a changing climate, over 100 percent in areas of the West by 2050 as projected by some studies. Of equal concern to scientists and policymakers alike are the atmospheric effects of wildfire emissions on climate. A new article published in the j ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Climate_Change_and_Wildfire_999.html

759 Bridges in Washington State Have a Lower Score Than the One that Collapsed



759 Bridges in Washington State Have a Lower Score Than the One that Collapsed
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/759-bridges-in-washington-state-have-a-lower-score-than-the-one-that-collapsed/

GMO BT Corn Losing Bug Resistance

GMO BT Corn Losing Bug Resistance
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/gmo-bt-corn-losing-bug-resistance/


Monsanto’s Bt corn was supposed to reduce pesticide use. The Environmental
Protection Agency said as much when the corn, which is genetically modified to
resist the crop-ravaging rootworm, debuted in 2003. Sure enough, as more farmers
sowed their fields with Bt corn, fewer of them needed to spray pesticides to
protect their crops. The share [...]

These 5 Science Breakthroughs Could Make 30-Minute Tornado Warnings Possible

These 5 Science Breakthroughs Could Make 30-Minute Tornado Warnings Possible

by Blaire Briody on May 23, 2013, 2:46 PM
Drones and radar. http://www.businessinsider.com/science-makes-30-minute-tornado-warnings-possible-2013-5?utm_source=alerts&nr_email_referer=1

The New Bird Flu Will Spread More Easily Among Humans Than Other Bird Flu Strains

The New Bird Flu Will Spread More Easily Among Humans Than Other Bird Flu Strains

by Jennifer Welsh on May 23, 2013, 5:52 PM
And it's mutating. http://www.businessinsider.com/h7n9-adapted-to-spread-among-mammals-2013-5?utm_source=alerts&nr_email_referer=1

Federal grants addressing energy-water nexus

Federal grants addressing energy-water nexus

http://www.fierceenergy.com/story/federal-grants-addressing-energy-water-nexus/2013-05-24?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Climate Change: Arctic Ocean Rapidly Acidifying

Climate Change: Arctic Ocean Rapidly Acidifying
After three years of ongoing research by an international team of scientists, a study commissioned for a first-ever comprehensive assessment of Arctic Ocean acidification was presented last week.

Earth's mantle affects long-term sea-level rise estimates

New findings reveal that the U.S. shoreline -- from Virginia to Florida -- has been uplifted by more than 210 feet, meaning less ice melted than expected. This is big news for scientists who use the coastline to predict future sea-level rise.

Reforestation study shows trade-offs between water, carbon and timber

More than 13,000 ships per year transit the Panama Canal each year. Each time a ship passes through, more than 55 million gallons of water are used. The advent of large http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130523162212.htm?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Going Green

The world is on track to consume two to three times the amount of primary energy it does today by century's end, driven largely by urbanization and energy demand growth in China, India, and other developing countries. Energy efficiency will only go so far in dampening global energy demand growth, as the billions on the planet without abundant access to energy begin to benefit from the same e

The Congressional Budget Office Says We Need A Price On Carbon Emissions

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) thinks putting off efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions risks “catastrophic” losses for the United States’ economy and society. That’s according to a new report on the economic and environmental effects of a carbon tax CBO published Wednesday. The CBO is the group of analysts tasked with modeling and projecting the consequences of Congress’ proposed laws

Gut punch: Monsanto could be destroying your microbiome

blambca First the bad news: The “safest” herbicide in the history of science may be harming us in ways we’re just beginning to understand. And now for the really bad news: Because too much is never enough, the Environmental Protection Agency just raised the allowable limits for how much of that chemical can remain on the food we eat, and the crops we feed to animals — many of which end up on our p

Connecticut Senate passes GMO-labeling bill

ShutterstockIs this corn genetically modified? Connecticut lawmakers think you have the right to know. Does your mouth water at the thought of corn that’s engineered to produce a poison that kills insects? If not, Connecticut might be the place for you. The state’s Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed legislation that would require food manufacturers to label products that contain genetically e

Chemical creep: Farmers return to pesticides as GMO corn loses bug resistance

Shutterstock Monsanto’s Bt corn was supposed to reduce pesticide use. The Environmental Protection Agency said as much when the corn, which is genetically modified to resist the crop-ravaging rootworm, debuted in 2003. Sure enough, as more farmers sowed their fields with Bt corn, fewer of them needed to spray pesticides to protect their crops. The share of U.S. corn acreage treated with insecticid

The Case for Baseload Energy

The Case for Baseload Energy http://www.eei.org/magazine/EEI%20Electric%20Perspectives%20Article%20Listing/2010-09-01-BASELOAD.pdf

Researchers map historic sea-level change on the New Jersey coastline

Researchers map historic sea-level change on the New Jersey coastline
(Phys.org) —Hurricane Sandy caught the public and policymakers off guard when it hit the United States' Atlantic Coast last fall. Because much of the storm's devastation was wrought by flooding in the aftermath, researchers have been paying attention to how climate change and sea-level rise may have played a role in the disaster and how those factors may impact the shoreline in the future. http://phys.org/news/2013-05-historic-sea-level-jersey-coastline.html#nwlt

Former NY Army Corps Commander On Post-Sandy Reality: ‘Climate Change Is Real,’ ‘We’ve Got To Stop Ignoring It’

Former NY Army Corps Commander On Post-Sandy Reality: ‘Climate Change Is Real,’ ‘We’ve Got To Stop Ignoring It’

Screwed by climate change: 10 cities that will be hardest hit

Screwed by climate change: 10 cities that will be hardest hit

Hot and Bothered - small x  200Susie Cagle Here at Grist, climate change is our bread and melting butter. But this month, we’re feeling especially hot and bothered. As part of our in-depth look at the warming planet, we’ve compiled a list of the U.S. cities that we think will be in the hottest water as the mercury rises — in some cases, up to their foreheads.http://grist.org/cities/screwed-by-climate-change-10-cities-that-will-be-hardest-hit/?utm_source=syndication&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Oklahoma Tornado Is One Of The 5 Costliest Weather Events In US History

The worst of it lasted for about an hour. But the human, physical and economic toll in Oklahoma will rank among the most devastating weather events of its kind.  "This is going to be one of the top five costliest tornadoes in U.S. history," said Evan Gold, vice president of client services at Planalytics, a weather consulting firm. The full impact of the human loss was still unknown Tuesday as exh

All Around The US, Risks Of A Water Crisis Are Much Bigger Than People Realize

With about half of the country still suffering from extreme drought, farmers and businesses in the Western United States are looking at another hot, dry summer.  And the country's water risk is a lot worse than most assessments suggest, according to a recent study from the Columbia University Water Center.  Taking into account past patterns of drought and water use, the Columbia study reveals that
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Widespread Greenland Melting To Become The Norm In Next Two Decades

By Michael D. Lemonick via Climate Central When 97 percent of Greenland’s ice experienced at least some melting in July 2012, scientists wondered if it was a one-time phenomenon. Now a new study in Geophysical Research Letters indicates it is a sign of things to come and by 2025, there is a 50-50 chance of it happening annually. Extent of surface melt over Greenland’s ice sheet on July 8, 2012 (l
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Don’t Fight GMO Labels

I support GMOs. And we should label them. We should label them because that is the very best thing we can do for public acceptance of agricultural biotech. And we should label them because there’s absolutely nothing to hide. Let me explain. First, so you don’t mistake me for a GMO basher, let me introduce myself. I’m a computer scientist by training. I’m also the author of three books, all of

Changing Arctic: What should be done?

In two critical reports released at the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna, Sweden on May 15th, scientists helped inform an international body of senior government officials about changing conditions in the Arctic, and potential responses to those changes.

Does Climate Change Cause Bigger Tornadoes?

Shaunacy Ferro, PopSciScientists generally agree that climate change will increase the likelihood of extreme weather events, but the jury is still out on how tornadoes will fare in a warming world. Tornadoes are fickle beasts, and it remains tough to predict a tornado a week from now, much less what they might be like over the next few years.

Grassroots Groups Accuse EDF of Being in Bed with Natural Gas Industry

Grassroots Groups Accuse EDF of Being in Bed with Natural Gas Industry

Grassroots Groups Accuse EDF of Being in Bed with Natural Gas Industry

Activists Rally Against Fracking Outside California EPA Office
Grassroots environmental groups are calling out the Environmental Defense Fund for tacking too closely to natural gas industry views on the hydraulic fracturing issue. “More than 60 leading grassroots and national organizations focused on citizen and environmental issues will send a message Wednesday to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) disapproving of the group’s willingness to… Keep reading →http://breakingenergy.com/2013/05/22/grassroots-groups-accuse-edf-of-being-in-bed-with-natural-gas-industry/?utm_source=Breaking+Energy&utm_campaign=bfbf9e7dd7-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f852427a4b-bfbf9e7dd7-407304281
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Obama's new Energy chief: Climate change ‘not debatable’

Obama's new Energy chief: Climate change ‘not debatable’

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/301287-new-energy-secretary-need-to-address-climate-change-not-debatable

EU to review fracking


EU to review fracking

http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2013/05/eu-to-review-fracking.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroMay222013

CO2 at 400 ppm by Bill Sweet

by Bill Sweet
Last Thursday, global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, as measured atop the Mauna Loa volcano, in Hawaii, reached 400 parts per million.
The good news is that most educated people now know what “400 ppm” refers to. The bad news is that the world is more confused than ever regarding what to do about global warming.
So, what now? Is it not time for the United States to get into the game of climate diplomacy in a serious way? Read morehttp://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/environment/global-co2-reaches-400-ppm

Sea level influenced tropical climate during the last ice age

Sea level influenced tropical climate during the last ice age
Honolulu, HI (SPX) May 22, 2013 - Scientists look at past climates to learn about climate change and the ability to simulate it with computer models. One region that has received a great deal of attention is the Indo-Pacific warm pool, the vast pool of warm water stretching along the equator from Africa to the western Pacific Ocean. In a new study, Pedro DiNezio of the International Pacific Research Center, University of H ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Sea_level_influenced_tropical_climate_during_the_last_ice_age_999.html

Amazon River exhales virtually all carbon taken up by rain forest

Amazon River exhales virtually all carbon taken up by rain forest
Seattle WA (SPX) May 22, 2013 - The Amazon rain forest, popularly known as the lungs of the planet, inhales carbon dioxide as it exudes oxygen. Plants use carbon dioxide from the air to grow parts that eventually fall to the ground to decompose or get washed away by the region's plentiful rainfall. Until recently people believed much of the rain forest's carbon floated down the Amazon River and ended up deep in the ocean ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Amazon_River_exhales_virtually_all_carbon_taken_up_by_rain_forest_999.html

Slow earthquakes: It's all in the rock mechanics

Slow earthquakes: It's all in the rock mechanics
Philadelphia PA (SPX) May 22, 2013 - Earthquakes that last minutes rather than seconds are a relatively recent discovery, according to an international team of seismologists. Researchers have been aware of these slow earthquakes, only for the past five to 10 years because of new tools and new observations, but these tools may explain the triggering of some normal earthquakes and could help in earthquake prediction. "New techn ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Slow_earthquakes_Its_all_in_the_rock_mechanics_999.html
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Shifts in global water systems markers of The Anthropocene epoch

Shifts in global water systems markers of The Anthropocene epoch
Bonn, Germany (SPX) May 22, 2013 - A suite of disquieting global phenomena have given rise to the "Anthropocene," a term coined for a new geologic epoch characterized by humanity's growing dominance of the Earth's environment and a planetary transformation as profound as the last epoch-defining event - the retreat of the glaciers 11,500 years ago. And in Bonn, Germany May 21-24, world experts will experts will focus on how ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Shifts_in_global_water_systems_markers_of_The_Anthropocene_epoch_999.html
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Scientists explore roots of future tropical rainfall

Scientists explore roots of future tropical rainfall
Cape Cod MA (SPX) May 22, 2013 - How will rainfall patterns across the tropical Indian and Pacific regions change in a future warming world? Climate models generally suggest that the tropics as a whole will get wetter, but the models don't always agree on where rainfall patterns will shift in particular regions within the tropics. A new study, published online May 19 in the journal Nature Geoscience, looks to the past to ... more http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Scientists_explore_roots_of_future_tropical_rainfall_999.html

Bacteria use hydrogen, carbon dioxide to produce electricity

Bacteria use hydrogen, carbon dioxide to produce electricity
Washington DC (SPX) May 22, 2013 - Researchers have engineered a strain of electricity-producing bacteria that can grow using hydrogen gas as its sole electron donor and carbon dioxide as its sole source of carbon. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst report their findings at the 113th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. "This represents the first result of current production solely ... morehttp://www.biofueldaily.com/reports/Bacteria_use_hydrogen_carbon_dioxide_to_produce_electricity_999.html

WHO: World Unprepared for Mass Flu Outbreak

WHO: World Unprepared for Mass Flu Outbreak
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/who-world-unprepared-for-mass-flu-outbreak/

THE world is unprepared for a massive virus outbreak, the deputy chief of the
World Health Organization has warned, amid fears that H7N9 bird flu striking
China could morph into a form that spreads easily among people.

Last chance: EPA: The Next Four Years


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Keeping Pesticides Out of Water

Keeping Pesticides Out of Water

BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Crop Protection industry rolls-out new scheme for water and biodiversity protection

http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?resourceid=6875935&access=EH

Playing The Odds on Tornado Warnings

Playing The Odds on Tornado Warnings

Pinpoint predictions are a long way off, but taking into account daily odds might help make the public more alert.

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/515086/playing-the-odds-on-tornado-warnings/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-daily-all&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20130522

The climate sceptics have already won

The climate sceptics have already won The real and present dangers are shoved to one side because they are simply too uncomfortable to confront
http://link.ft.com/r/WDI4RR/OFOCEY/LQER5V/WTPB7N/A518BZ/36/h?a1=2013&a2=5&a3=22

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Will Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter Stop Meaning Anything When Climate Change Hits?

My kids and their friends and everyone roughly their age will, in fact, be the last human beings to remember a stable, predictable procession of seasons. This article first appeared at Orion magazine under the title "The Discontent of Our Winter." You can enjoy future Orion articles by signing up to the magazine's free trial subscription program.My children have snow anxiety. For the record