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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Pandemic fears growing: new coronavirus mortality rate jumps to 60%, as Italy confirms first case

Pandemic fears growing: new coronavirus mortality rate jumps to 60%, as Italy confirms first case


http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/pandemic-fears-growing-new-coronavirus-mortality-rate-jumps-to-60-as-italy-confirms-first-case/?utm_source=feedly

Feral, By George Monbiot


Feral, By George Monbiot

Let untamed nature back into our neat landscapes. We have nothing to lose but, well, a few sheep

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/feral-by-george-monbiot-8637916.html

流通するセシウム60ベクレル/Kg 宮城角田産梅干ベクレル調査 MIRMC Report 25

流通するセシウム60ベクレル/Kg 宮城角田産梅干ベクレル調査 MIRMC Report 25


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Monsanto Backing Down from European GMO Expansion



Monsanto Backing Down from European GMO Expansion
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/monsanto-backing-down-from-european-gmo-expansion/

Monsanto Co is not pushing for expansion of genetically modified crops in most
of Europe as opposition to its biotech seeds in many countries remains high,
company officials said on Friday.

European officials for the St. Louis, Missouri-based Monsanto told the German
daily "Taz" that they were no longer doing any lobby work for cultivation in
[...]

Friday, May 31, 2013

First County In The U.S. Bans Fracking To Save Its Water

Drought map of New Mexico. As oil and gas executives look to New Mexico as the next major area to develop natural gas, one county is taking preventative measures to protect its water. The Los Angeles Times reported this week that Mora County in New Mexico became the first county in the U.S. to ban oil drilling and the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing. For Mora County, fracking is pa

Nuclear detonation the best way to deflect threatening asteroids, say experts

May 31, 2013 – SPACE - If a dangerous asteroid appears to be on a collision course for Earth, one option is to send a spacecraft to destroy it with a nuclear warhead. Such a mission, which would cost about $1 billion, could be developed from work NASA is already funding, a prominent asteroid defense expert says. Bong Wie, director of the Asteroid Deflection Research Center at Iowa State Universit
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Elevated carbon dioxide making arid regions greener

Scientists have long suspected that a flourishing of green foliage around the globe, observed since the early 1980s in satellite data, springs at least in part from the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. Now, a study of arid regions around the globe finds that a carbon dioxide "fertilization effect" has, indeed, caused a gradual greening from 1982 to 2010.

Japan and other nations say no to U.S. wheat, worried about GMOs

ShutterstockJapan wants to make sure its noodles remain untainted by GMOs. Japan cancelled a bid on 27,500 tons of Pacific Northwest wheat on Thursday — the first bite taken out of America’s wheat export market after a rogue genetically engineered strain was discovered growing like a weed on an Oregon farm. Other international buyers also reacted negatively to the news, with South Korea suspending

It’s hard to sea, but the globe is still warming

Mr. Thomas Evidence of climate change is all around us, manifesting in superstorms, wildfires, and melting ice. But temperature spikes recorded by weather stations over the past 15 years have been more muted than was previously the case, and lower than climate models had predicted. That’s leading many people to wonder: Is global warming less of a threat than we had feared? Climate scientists have

Court orders feds to review oil dispersant risks

ShutterstockHumpback whales don’t like oil dispersants. A legal victory for environmentalists this week means that sea turtles, whales, and other endangered species may be sheltered from the use of oil dispersants off the California coastline. Dispersants, which are used to dissolve oil spills, can cause crippling injuries to cleanup workers and wildlife, but regulations governing their use are ex

Study: Climate change a death knell for most Californian fish

Jacob Katz, UC DavisLead researcher Peter Moyle studying native fish in the Sierra Nevada. Cold-water-loving fish will find California’s rivers and streams to be increasingly inhospitable — and deadly. A study published in the online journal PLOS ONE finds that rising water temperatures may drive many of the state’s native species extinct, while helping invasive fish flourish. From the study: Most

Ice Going, Humanity - The Arctic is Melting

Phil Plait, GristIt's no surprise to regular readers I am quite concerned about climate change. My concern on this issue is twofold: One consists of the actual global consequences of the reality of global warming, and the other is the blatant manipulation of that reality by those who would deny it.

Climate change compounds problems for stressed agriculture sector

Climate change compounds problems for stressed agriculture sector
Climate change will make it even harder to put locally sourced food on our tables if steps are not taken to strengthen the British Columbia (BC) agriculture sector, according to a new report. http://phys.org/news/2013-05-climate-compounds-problems-stressed-agriculture.html#nwlt

Climate change threatens extinction for 82 percent of California native fish

Of 121 native fish species in California, researchers predict 82 percent are likely to be driven to extinction or very low numbers as climate change speeds the decline of already depleted populations.

Climatologist Myles Allen Says We’re ‘Doomed’ If We Keep Burning Carbon, Then Embraces Dubious Silver Bullet

Why carbon capture and storage isn’t “the solution” to our climate problems If you want to learn about climate science, look to climate scientists, I always say. But if you want to learn about climate policy and energy technology, well, you might try looking elsewhere. A case in point is British climate scientist, Myles Allen. He noted in the Daily Mail On Sunday (MoS) that “we’re doomed to disast

How China May Have Just Changed The Climate Game

Last week, the Chinese government made a critical move toward placing a cap on the amount of carbon dioxide it would emit. That’s a significant decision especially when seen in context of the local emissions permit trading schemes being tried out around the country. Depending on how tight the cap is, this could be a big deal in its own right: China is the world’s largest and fastest-growing emit

Drought Will Magnify Water Scarcity Issues

Dr. Upmanu Lall is the director of the Columbia University Water Center and a leading expert on hydroclimatology, climate change adaptation, risk analysis and mitigation. Credit: J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue By Dr. Upmanu Lall, director of the Columbia University Water Center It’s well-documented that more regions of the United States will face increased water scarcity over the years to come, yet

The Jet Stream: How Its Response To Enhanced Arctic Warming Is Driving More Extreme Weather

We’ve written extensively about how how arctic ice loss is driving extreme weather. We’ve known for a long time that global warming melts highly reflective white ice and snow, which is replaced by the dark blue sea or dark land, both of which absorb far more sunlight and hence far more solar energy. That is one of the many sources of “polar amplification,” whereby the Arctic warms much faster than

Japan Blocks Huge US Wheat Import After Genetically Modified Crop Discovery

Japan Blocks Huge US Wheat Import After Genetically Modified Crop Discovery

Global Warming Alarmists Caught Doctoring '97-Percent Consensus' Claims

Global warming alarmists and their allies in the liberal media have been caught doctoring the results of a widely cited paper asserting there is a 97-percent scientific consensus regarding human-caused global warming. After taking a closer look at the paper, investigative journalists report the authors’ claims of a 97-pecent consensus relied on the authors misclassifying the papers of some of the

Thursday, May 30, 2013

What China's Arctic ambitions mean for the environment

China may only just have been admitted to the Arctic Council, but its plans for the region include shipping, oil prospecting and fishing    

Nuclear Power Has Prevented 1.84 Million Premature Deaths, Study Says

The use of nuclear power from 1971 to 2009 prevented more than 1.8 million premature deaths related to air pollution and 64 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions, a new study says. Using historical production data and estimates of mortality per unit of electricity generated, scientists from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University calculated that replacing nuclear ene

Global warming caused by CFCs, not carbon dioxide, researcher claims in controversial study

Chlorofluorocarbons are to blame for global warming since the 1970s and not carbon dioxide, a researcher claims in a controversial new study. CFCs are already known to deplete ozone, but in-depth statistical analysis now suggests that CFCs are also the key driver in global climate change, rather than carbon dioxide emissions, the researcher argues.

To The Horror Of Global Warming Alarmists, Global Cooling Is Here


To The Horror Of Global Warming Alarmists, Global Cooling Is Here

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterferrara/2013/05/26/to-the-horror-of-global-warming-alarmists-global-cooling-is-here/?goback=.gde_2071322_member_245055093
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Good-bye Dubai? Bombing Iran’s Nuclear Facilities would leave the Entire Gulf States Region virtually Uninhabitable

Good-bye Dubai? Bombing Iran’s Nuclear Facilities would leave the Entire Gulf States Region virtually Uninhabitable


http://www.globalresearch.ca/good-bye-dubai-bombing-irans-nuclear-facilities-would-leave-the-entire-gulf-states-region-virtually-uninhabitable/5334737

Study explores atmospheric impact of declining Arctic sea ice

Study explores atmospheric impact of declining Arctic sea ice
London, UK (SPX) May 29, 2013 - There is growing recognition that reductions in Arctic sea ice levels will influence patterns of atmospheric circulation both within and beyond the Arctic. New research in the International Journal of Climatology explores the impact of 2007 ice conditions, the second lowest Arctic sea ice extent in the satellite era, on atmospheric circulation and surface temperatures. Two 30-year simulati ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Study_explores_atmospheric_impact_of_declining_Arctic_sea_ice_999.html

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

GM Salmon Would Wreak Havoc on Natural Ecosystems, Say Researchers

GM Salmon Would Wreak Havoc on Natural Ecosystems, Say Researchers
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/29-5

World Health Organization chief says Middle Eastern virus is 'threat to the entire world'


World Health Organization chief says Middle Eastern virus is 'threat to the entire world'

http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/28/4372622/who-director-calls-middle-eastern-virus-threat-to-world

Does Fracking Cause Earthquakes?

The question under consideration today is whether fracking causes earthquakes? As I’ve consistently tried to emphasise during this series, we can do no better than make this our ultimate arbiter for dealing with contentious issues like shale gas drilling. The notion that human activity can induce seismic events is not new. Geologists have known for decades that mining and other drilling activities
The Energy Collective - http://theenergycollective.com/grantmcdermot/230846/does-fracking-cause-earthquakes-natural-gas?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Improving 'crop per drop' could boost global food security and water sustainability

Improvements in crop water productivity -- the amount of food produced per unit of water consumed -- have the potential to improve both food security and water sustainability in many parts of the world, according to a new study.
42 ScienceDaily: Top Environment News / http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130529144325.htm?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Why a Saudi Virus is Spreading Alarm


Why a Saudi Virus is Spreading Alarm

http://www.cfr.org/health-and-disease/why-saudi-virus-spreading-alarm/p30799?cid=rss-fullfeed-why_a_saudi_virus_is_spreading-052913&utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cfr_main+%28CFR.org+-+Main+Site+Feed%29

Scientists narrow global warming range

Scientists narrow global warming range
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) May 29, 2013 - Australian scientists have narrowed the predicted range of global warming through groundbreaking new research. Scientists from the University of Melbourne and Victoria University have generated what they say are more reliable projections of global warming estimates at 2100. The paper, led by Dr Roger Bodman from Victoria University with Professors David Karoly and Peter Rayner from the Uni ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Scientists_narrow_global_warming_range_999.html
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

GMO-free ingredients are tough to round up in the U.S.

Shutterstock Responsible food manufacturers are trying to meet consumer demand for products that are free from transgenic ingredients. And they are finding it exceedingly difficult in the U.S. to do so. The New York Times reported Sunday on the difficulties — and high costs — faced by small and large companies that want to keep GMOs out of their products: Lizanne Falsetto knew two years ago that s

Have the Climate Skeptics Really Won?

Roger Pielke, Jr., GuardianEarlier this week, Martin Wolf of the Financial Times announced that the "climate sceptics have won". His comments echo those of former Nasa scientist James Hansen who told an audience in Edinburgh last year that the sceptics "have been winning the public debate with the help of tremendous resources."

Antarctic polar icecap is 33.6 million years old, researchers show

Seasonal primary productivity of plankton communities appeared with the first ice. This phenomenon, still active today, influences global food webs. These http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130527100526.htm?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Historic sea-level change along New Jersey coastline mapped

A new study relied upon fossil records of marshland to reconstruct the changes in sea level along the New Jersey coast going back 10,000 years.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130528181030.htm?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Copahue volcano alert level raised to red: Chile, Argentina orders evacuations

Copahue volcano alert level raised to red: Chile, Argentina orders evacuationshttp://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/copahue-volcano-alert-level-raised-to-red-chile-argentina-orders-evacuations/?utm_source=feedly

Century-old ocean data provides further confirmation of global warming

A new NASA and university analysis of ocean data collected more than 135 years ago by the crew of the HMS Challenger oceanographic expedition provides further confirmation that human activities have warmed our planet over the past century.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130528104542.htm?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29

Study explores atmospheric impact of declining Arctic sea ice

The tropical upper atmosphere 'fingerprint' of global warming

The tropical upper atmosphere 'fingerprint' of global warming
Manoa HI (SPX) May 24, 2013 - In the tropics at heights more than 10 miles above the surface, the prevailing winds alternate between strong easterlies and strong westerlies roughly every other year. This slow heartbeat in the tropical upper atmosphere, referred to as the quasibiennial oscillation (QBO), impacts the winds and chemical composition of the global atmosphere and even the climate at Earth's surface. The puls ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/The_tropical_upper_atmosphere_fingerprint_of_global_warming_999.html

UN: Accelerating Biodiversity Loss a 'Fundamental Threat' to the 'Survival of Humankind'

UN: Accelerating Biodiversity Loss a 'Fundamental Threat' to the 'Survival of Humankind'
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/28-6

Think Fracking Is Bad? Wait Until You Hear about the Gas Industry's "Acid Jobs"

Think Fracking Is Bad? Wait Until You Hear about the Gas Industry's "Acid Jobs"
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/28-3

Soybeanland Stands Up to Monsanto

In Argentina, a group of women calling themselves the “Mothers of Ituzaingó” are fighting against the spraying of Monsanto pesticide Roundup. When President Obama signed a spending bill into law last March, an obscure, anonymously introduced section, the Farmer Assurance Provision, outraged Americans across the political spectrum. Labeled the “Monsanto Protection Act” by critics, the rider stri

Fracking: How risky for us?


Fracking: How risky for us?

Fracking might taint groundwater and pollute the air. California has two additional worries: water consumed and the potential for earthquakes.http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-fracking-legislation-california-20130526,0,1971612.story

New Frontiers for Oil & Gas as Polar Ice Cap Melts

Gary Gentile, PlattsThe possibility of producing oil and natural gas from the Arctic region was always seen as a possibility, one that became more likely as the polar ice cap receded. But the pace of interest has surged, as Gary Gentile discusses in this week’s Oilgram News column, New Frontiers. . .
by Gary Gentile, Platthttp://blogs.platts.com/2013/05/27/arctic-prospects/

Extensive Canadian Study Shows No Increased Cancer Risk Near Nuclear Plants

Canadian regulators have completed a study spanning several years that found the risk of cancer among people living near nuclear plants is no greater than that of the wider population....(read more)

Melting ice forces Russian evacuation from Arctic base

Russian scientists are evacuating a research station on an ice floe in the Arctic, because the ice is breaking up beneath their feet    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23602-melting-ice-forces-russian-evacuation-from-arctic-base.html?cmpid=RSS|NSNS|2012-GLOBAL|online-news&utm_source=feedly

Russia Warns Obama of Monsanto and the Bee Apocalypse

Russia Warns Obama of Monsanto and the Bee Apocalypse
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/russia-warns-obama-of-monsanto-and-the-bee-apocalypse/

The shocking minutes relating to President Putin’s meeting this past week with
US Secretary of State John Kerry reveal the Russian leaders “extreme
outrage” over the Obama regimes continued protection of global seed and plant
bio-genetic giants Syngenta and Monsanto in the face of a growing “bee
apocalypse” that the Kremlin warns “will most certainly” [...]

My manifesto for rewilding the world

My manifesto for rewilding the world

Nature swiftly responds when we stop trying to control it. This is our big chance to reverse man's terrible destructive impact

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/27/my-manifesto-rewilding-world

Female Professionals of 1970s Face Higher Risk of Breast Cancer


Female Professionals of 1970s Face Higher Risk of Breast Cancer

New research finds a surprising link between high-status occupations among American women in the 1970s and later episodes of breast cancer.
http://www.psmag.com/health/women-of-1970s-professional-career-increased-risk-of-breast-cancer-58095/

Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out on the Real Dangers of Genetically Engineered Food

Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out on the Real Dangers of Genetically Engineered Food 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/05/28/gmo-dangers.aspx?e_cid=20130528_DNL_art_2&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20130528 

China eyes cap on carbon emissions by 2016


China eyes cap on carbon emissions by 2016

China eyes cap on carbon emissions by 2016

Monday, May 27, 2013

Climate researchers discover new rhythm for El Niño

Why El Niño peaks around Christmas and ends quickly by February to April has been a long-standing mystery. The answer lies in an interaction between El Niño and the annual cycle that results in an unusual tropical Pacific wind pattern with a period of 15 months, according to scientists.

Offshore Drilling in Virginia Threatens Economy, Environment, and Naval Operations

Offshore Drilling in Virginia Threatens Economy, Environment, and Naval Operations


http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/229451/offshore-drilling-virginia-would-threaten-coastal-economy-environment-and-naval-op?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

WHO Fukushima health risk assessment

 

Climate Change Arithmetic: Missing the Big Picture


Climate Change Arithmetic: Missing the Big Picture

http://theenergycollective.com/robertwilson190/229681/missing-big-picture?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

To the Horror of Global Warming Alarmists, Global Cooling Is Here


To the Horror of Global Warming Alarmists, Global Cooling Is Here

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterferrara/2013/05/26/to-the-horror-of-global-warming-alarmists-global-cooling-is-here/

Sea level rise: Drowning in numbers

Sea level rise: Drowning in numbers


http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21829180.200-sea-level-rise-drowning- in-numbers.html?cmpid=RSS|NSNS|2012-GLOBAL|online-news&utm_source=feedly

Satellites See Storm System that Created Oklahoma Tornado

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Manoa HI (SPX) May 24, 2013 In the tropics at heights more than 10 miles above the surface, the prevailing winds alternate between strong easterlies and strong westerlies roughly every other year. This slow heartbeat in the tropical upper atmosphere, referred to as the quasibiennial oscillation (QBO), impacts the winds and chemical composition of the global atmosphere and even the climate at Ear
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Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 24, 2013 On May 20, 2013, NASA and NOAA satellites observed the system that generated severe weather in the south central United States and spawned the Moore, Okla., tornado. The tornado that struck Moore on the afternoon of Monday, May 20, was an F-4 tornado on the enhanced Fujita scale, according to the National Weather Service. F-4 tornadoes have sustained winds from

The tropical upper atmosphere 'fingerprint' of global warming

Manoa HI (SPX) May 24, 2013 In the tropics at heights more than 10 miles above the surface, the prevailing winds alternate between strong easterlies and strong westerlies roughly every other year. This slow heartbeat in the tropical upper atmosphere, referred to as the quasibiennial oscillation (QBO), impacts the winds and chemical composition of the global atmosphere and even the climate at Ear

B vitamins could delay dementia

B vitamins could delay dementia
(Medical Xpress)優espite spending billions of dollars on research and development, drug companies have been unable to come up with effective treatments for dementia and Alzheimer's Disease (AD). Now, A. David Smith at the University of Oxford and his colleagues have discovered that, in some patients experiencing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a cocktail of high-dose B vitamins could prevent gray matter loss associated with progression to AD. The study appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-05-vitamins-dementia.html#nwlt

Playing the Odds on Tornado Warnings

Playing the Odds on Tornado Warnings

Pinpoint predictions are a long way off, but taking daily odds into account 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-weekly-communications&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20130527

2 Million March in 52 Countries Against Monsanto George Washington

2 Million March in 52 Countries Against Monsanto George Washingtonhttp://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/05/2-million-march-in-50-countries-against-monsanto.html
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Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food

Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food 
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/opinion/sunday/breeding-the-nutrition-out-of-our-food.html?_r=0

The Liabilities of Shale Natural Gas

The Liabilities of Shale Natural Gas
The current regulatory environment has yet to cause changes in natural gas prices in the short-term or in long-term estimates. Any regulatory changes would be the result of perceived or real liabilities. Three potential liabilities of shale natural gas that could result in increased regulation (and rising prices) are safety, environmental impact, and the political environment.
Full Articlehttp://www.pennenergy.com/index/blogs/the-energy-portfolio/2013/04/liabilities-of-shale.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroMay272013

Corexit, Oil Dispersant Used By BP, Is Destroying Gulf Marine Life, Scientists Say

Corexit, Oil Dispersant Used By BP, Is Destroying Gulf Marine Life, Scientists Say


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/25/corexit-bp-oil-dispersant_n_3157080.html

Uncertainty no excuse for procrastinating on climate change

Uncertainty no excuse for procrastinating on climate change


http://theconversation.com/uncertainty-no-excuse-for-procrastinating-on-climate-change-14634

Energy Risk: Cutting Down Trees for Biofuels?

Energy Risk: Cutting Down Trees for Biofuels?


Lynne Kiesling
trees for biofuelsCutting down trees to generate biofuels to substitute for fossil fuels can’t make sense in terms of carbon accounting, can it? I never thought so, but apparently some people have contended that it does. This Project Syndicate essay from Bjorn Lomborg addresses the question, and I think it’s worthy of consideration not just because I think his argument is persuasive (which may reflect the quality of the argument or my confirmation bias, take your pick), but also because he provides several links to published papers that suggest that such strategies may actually increase GHG concentrations
http://theenergycollective.com/michaelgiberson/229356/cutting-down-trees-biofuels