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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Editor's Note

Editor's Note
Dear Readers
My son is getting married on Saturday. I will be unavailable to post
for a couple of days and will return next week.
Best regards.
Michele Kearney

Cutting 'super greenhouse gases' can spare Earth 0.5 deg C: report


Cutting 'super greenhouse gases' can spare Earth 0.5 deg C: report
Bonn (AFP) June 12, 2013 - Phasing out "super greenhouse gases," which mass emitters China and the United States have agreed to restrict, could curb global warming by as much as half a degree Celsius by 2050, a report said Wednesday. Issued on the sidelines of beleaguered UN climate talks in Bonn, the report said a new Sino-US deal to scale back hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) "can make a difference". "Should we succee ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Cutting_super_greenhouse_gases_can_spare_Earth_05_deg_C_report_999.html

Drought, river fragmentation forcing endangered fish out of water

Drought, river fragmentation forcing endangered fish out of water
Manhattan KS (SPX) Jun 13, 2013 - A Kansas State University researcher is discovering that the North American drought has caused dramatic changes in native fish communities. "A couple of key species that we have been studying have virtually disappeared where they historically were abundant," said Keith Gido, professor of biology who researches fish ecology and conservation of aquatic systems. Gido and his team study ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Drought_river_fragmentation_forcing_endangered_fish_out_of_water_999.html

New study proposes solution to long-running debate as to how stable the Earth system is

New study proposes solution to long-running debate as to how stable the Earth system is
Southampton, UK (SPX) Jun 13, 2013 - Researchers at the University of Southampton have proposed an answer to the long-running debate as to how stable the Earth system is. The Earth, with its core-driven magnetic field, oceans of liquid water, dynamic climate and abundant life is arguably the most complex system in the known Universe. Life arose on Earth over three and a half billion years ago and it would appear that de ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/New_study_proposes_solution_to_long_running_debate_as_to_how_stable_the_Earth_system_is_999.html

GMO Debate Rising in Europe


GMO Debate Rising in Europe
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/gmo-debate-rising-in-europe/

In a speech next week, Owen Paterson is expected to announce the government's
intentions to start a new debate within Europe

The UK environment secretary is to lobby the EU to relax strict restrictions on
growing GM crops for human consumption for fears of being "left behind", it
emerged on Wednesday.

In a speech due to be given next [...]

This is what your grocery store looks like without bees.


This is what your grocery store looks like without bees.

Whole Foods Market® partners with The Xerces Society to "Share the Buzz" and protect pollinator populations

http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?resourceid=7015520&access=EH

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

GMO pigs study – more junk science

GMO pigs study – more junk science

http://www.marklynas.org/2013/06/gmo-pigs-study-more-junk-science/

China approves imports of GM soybean from Brazil

China approves imports of GM soybean from Brazil
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) June 11, 2013 - China, the main buyer of Brazilian soybeans, has approved imports of three genetically modified varieties of the crop, to be produced on a large scale in the South American country. The Agriculture Ministry said Monday that China gave its green light for the Intacta RR2 PRO variety, which can resist pests such as a type of caterpillar, as well as for the herbicide-resistant CV 127 and Libert ... http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/China_approves_imports_of_GM_soybean_from_Brazil_999.html

Germany begins to count cost as floods surge north

Germany begins to count cost as floods surge north
Berlin (AFP) June 11, 2013 - Deadly floods forging a path of devastation through central Europe for more than a week bore down on northern Germany Tuesday as new estimates emerged on the cost of the damage. Swollen rivers in the German states of Saxony-Anhalt and Schleswig-Holstein posed the biggest threat, after flood waters that left at least 19 people dead across Europe. Europe's top economic power has published ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Germany_begins_to_count_cost_as_floods_surge_north_999.html

Large-scale biodiversity is vital to maintain ecosystem health

Large-scale biodiversity is vital to maintain ecosystem health
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Jun 12, 2013 - Over the years ecologists have shown how biological diversity benefits the health of small, natural communities. New analysis by ecologists at UC Santa Cruz demonstrates that even higher levels of biological diversity are necessary to maintain ecosystem health in larger landscapes over long periods of time. Think of it as patches on a quilt, says Erika Zavaleta, UCSC associate professor of ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Large_scale_biodiversity_is_vital_to_maintain_ecosystem_health_999.html

Removal of nuke fuel debris at Fukushima plant set for 2020

Removal of nuke fuel debris at Fukushima plant set for 2020


http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201306110092

Status of melted fuel in Fukushima reactors uncertain despite push for early removal

Status of melted fuel in Fukushima reactors uncertain despite push for early removal

Uncertainty over the location of melted fuel inside the crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant continues to cast a shadow over plans to remove the fuel at an early date, as envisaged in a draft version of a revised road map for decommissioning the plants' reactors.
A draft announced by the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) on June 10 outlines plans to start removing the melted fuel about 18 months earlier than originally forecast. But the proposed length of time it will take to decommission the reactors has been left unchanged at "30 to 40 years."
Reactor Nos. 1-3 at the plant contained a total of 1,496 rods of nuclear fuel in their cores. Another 3,106 rods of spent fuel are stored in the pools of the No. 1-4 reactors. The melted fuel inside the reactors has been labeled "debris," and is believed to have hardened after mixing with metal and other substances. Each fuel rod weighs about 300 kilograms, and a high level of technical expertise would be required when undertaking a remote control operation to cut up and retrieve clumps of scattered radioactive materials weighing a combined 450 tons or thereabouts.
The bid to remove the melted fuel earlier than planned hinges on whether workers can succeed in filling the reactor cores with water. This method to screen off radiation was used in the Three Mile Island accident that occurred in 1979. However, the cores of reactors at the Fukushima plant have holes, and the task at hand is finding which parts have been damaged and repairing them.
It took about six years before fuel began to be removed in the Three Mile Island accident, but in Fukushima, even if the melted fuel is removed earlier than planned, the work won't start until about 10 years from the onset of the disaster.

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130611p2a00m0na010000c.html

An overview of Fukushima radionuclides measured in the northern hemisphere

Title: An overview of Fukushima radionuclides measured in the northern hemisphere
Source: Science of The Total Environment
Author: P. Thakura, S. Ballard, R. Nelson
Date: August 1, 2013
Abstract
The Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 resulted in the tragic accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) and subsequently uncontrolled release of radioactive contaminants into the atmosphere. This review article attempts to compile and interpret data collected by various national and international monitoring networks in response to the Fukushima releases across the northern hemisphere. The majority of the releases occurred during the period March 12–22 with a maximum release phase from March 14–17, 2011. The radioactivity released was dominated by volatile fission products including isotopes of the noble gases (xenon and krypton), iodine, cesium, and tellurium. The radioactive gases and particles released in the accident were dispersed over the middle latitudes of the entire northern hemisphere and for the first time also measured in the southern Hemisphere. Isotopes of iodine and cesium were detected in air, water, milk and food samples collected across the entire northern hemisphere. Elevated levels of fission products were detected from March to May 2011 at many locations over the northern hemisphere.
This article focuses on the most prevalent cesium and iodine isotopes, but other secondary isotopes are also discussed. Spatial and temporal patterns and differences are contrasted. The activity ratios of 131I/137Cs and 134Cs/137Cs measured at several locations are evaluated to gain an insight into the fuel burn-up, the inventory of radionuclides in the reactor and the isotopic signature of the accident. It is important to note that all of the radiation levels detected outside of Japan have been very low and are well below any level of public and environmental hazard.

Full study available here


http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969713004105

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

China's heartland delivers pollution punch: study

China's heartland delivers pollution punch: study
Washington (AFP) June 10, 2013 - China's lesser-developed heartland is responsible for 80 percent of carbon dioxide emissions related to goods consumed along the wealthier coast, international researchers said Monday. China is the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide, and has vowed to reduce such emissions per unit of gross domestic product by 40 to 45 percent of the country's 2005 levels by 2020. But the study in ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Chinas_heartland_delivers_pollution_punch_study_999.html

Study reveals leakage of carbon from land to rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal regions

Study reveals leakage of carbon from land to rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal regions
Exeter, UK (SPX) Jun 11, 2013 - When carbon is emitted by human activities into the atmosphere it is generally thought that about half remains in the atmosphere and the remainder is stored in the oceans and on land. New research suggests that human activity could be increasing the movement of carbon from land to rivers, estuaries and the coastal zone indicating that large quantities of anthropogenic carbon may be hidden in reg ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Study_reveals_leakage_of_carbon_from_land_to_rivers_lakes_estuaries_and_coastal_regions_999.html

Amount of dust blown across the West is increasing

Amount of dust blown across the West is increasing
Boulder CO (SPX) Jun 11, 2013 - The amount of dust being blown across the landscape has increased over the last 17 years in large swaths of the West, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder. The escalation in dust emissions - which may be due to the interplay of several factors, including increased windstorm frequency, drought cycles and changing land-use patterns - has implications both for th ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Amount_of_dust_blown_across_the_West_is_increasing_999.html

To cut China's CO2 emissions, account for outsourcing

To cut China's CO2 emissions, account for outsourcing
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Jun 11, 2013 - The new study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), provides a detailed consumption-based accounting of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in China. Consumption-based accounting allocates emissions to the province where products are ultimately consumed, rather than simply focusing on where emissions occur. It shows that policies to reduce emissions in China may ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/To_cut_Chinas_CO2_emissions_account_for_outsourcing_999.html

Biotech crops vs. pests: Successes and failures from the first billion acres

Biotech crops vs. pests: Successes and failures from the first billion acres
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jun 11, 2013 - Since 1996, farmers worldwide have planted more than a billion acres (400 million hectares) of genetically modified corn and cotton that produce insecticidal proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt for short. Bt proteins, used for decades in sprays by organic farmers, kill some devastating pests but are considered environmentally friendly and harmless to people. However, ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Biotech_crops_vs_pests_Successes_and_failures_from_the_first_billion_acres_999.html

How do you feed nine billion people

How do you feed nine billion people
East Lansing MI (SPX) Jun 11, 2013 - An international team of scientists has developed crop models to better forecast food production to feed a growing population - projected to reach 9 billion by mid-century - in the face of climate change. In a paper appearing in Nature Climate Change, members of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project unveiled an all-encompassing modeling system that integrates multi ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/How_do_you_feed_nine_billion_people_999.html

Monday, June 10, 2013

Saving the ozone layer and the climate

Saving the ozone layer and the climate


http://www.thebulletin.org/web-edition/features/saving-the-ozone-layer-and-the-climate?utm_source=feedly

: Carbon Emissions Increased 1.4 Percent in 2012, IEA Reports

e360 digest


10 Jun 2013: Carbon Emissions Increased
1.4 Percent in 2012, IEA Reports


http://e360.yale.edu/digest/carbon_emissions_increased_14_percent_in_2012_iea_reports/3864/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YaleEnvironment360+%28Yale+Environment+360%29

Cheap Food Is A Thing Of The Past, Report Warns


Cheap Food Is A Thing Of The Past, Report Warns

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/06/10/2121001/cheap-food-is-a-thing-of-the-past-report-warns/?mobile=nc&utm_source=feedly

End of the World — or Decline of the West? The Great Progressive Reversal: Part Three


End of the World — or Decline of the West?


The Great Progressive Reversal: Part Three

http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/voices/michael-shellenberger-and-ted-nordhaus/against-apocalyptic-environmentalism/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thebreakthrough+%28The+Breakthrough+Institute+Full+Site+RSS%29

Climate Conditions Determine Amazon Fire Risk

Climate Conditions Determine Amazon Fire Risk
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Climate_Conditions_Determine_Amazon_Fire_Risk_999.html?utm_source=feedly

NASA To Study How Pollution, Storms And Climate Mix

NASA To Study How Pollution, Storms And Climate Mix
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/NASA_To_Study_How_Pollution_Storms_And_Climate_Mix_999.html?utm_source=feedly

Warming places SE Asia, India at higher risk of flood

Warming places SE Asia, India at higher risk of flood
Rising carbon emissions will place parts of India, China, Southeast Asia, East Africa and the northern Andes at a higher risk of extreme floods, a study published on Sunday says.

IEA: Energy emissions rose to record high in 2012

IEA: Energy emissions rose to record high in 2012
The world's energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4 percent in 2012 to a record high of 31.6 billion tons, even though the U.S. posted its lowest emissions since the mid-1990s, the International Energy Agency said Monday. http://phys.org/news/2013-06-iea-energy-emissions-rose-high.html#nwlt

Report: Fourth of NYC could be flood zone by 2050s

Report: Fourth of NYC could be flood zone by 2050s
Officials say new projections show 800,000 New York City residents could be living in flood zone that would cover a quarter of the city's land by the 2050s as rising seas and other effects of global warming take hold. http://phys.org/news/2013-06-fourth-nyc-zone-2050s.html#nwlt

World in danger of missing climate goals

World in danger of missing climate goals

10 June 2013
Global temperature increase can be limited to 2°C by 2100 without harming economic growth, but the world will miss the target if it does not act fast to limit carbon emissions from fossil fuels, according to a special report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/EE-World_in_danger_of_missing_climate_goals-1006137.html

Internet monitoring system to stalk social media users who question safety of vaccines


Internet monitoring system to stalk social media users who question safety of vaccines

http://www.thetotalcollapse.com/internet-monitoring-system-to-stalk-social-media-users-who-question-safety-of-vaccines/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheTotalCollapse+%28The+Total+Collapse%29

Interior Department Announces Plans for Renewable Energy Projects on Federal Lands

Interior Department Announces Plans for Renewable Energy Projects on Federal Lands

Critics have accused the Obama administration of being unwilling to exploit federal lands for energy. But the Interior Department is now taking aggressive action to promote green-power development in areas it controls.


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/06/07/interior-departments-announces-plans-for-renewable-energy-projects-on-federal-lands.html

IEA Calls For Action On Increasing Share Of Low-Carbon Technologies

IEA Calls For Action On Increasing Share Of Low-Carbon Technologies


10 Jun (NucNet): The share of low-carbon energy technologies, including nuclear, would need to increase eight percent by 2020 under a new scenario designed to “keep the door open” to limiting the average global temperature increase to no more than two degrees Celsius, the International Energy Agency has said.

http://www.nucnet.org/all-the-news/2013/06/10/iea-calls-for-action-on-increasing-share-of-low-carbon-technologies?utm_source=feedly

U.S. proposes dropping federal protection for gray wolves

U.S. proposes dropping federal protection for gray wolves
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2013 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday it intends to drop almost all federal protections for gray wolves in the lower 48 states. The sole exception will apply to a struggling population of Mexican wolves in New Mexico and Arizona considered a distinct subspecies, the Los Angeles Times reported. Wolf packs are well established in the Great Lakes and Northern Rockies, ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/US_proposes_dropping_federal_protection_for_gray_wolves_999.html

Genetically modified cotton improves diet quality for small-scale farmers in India

Genetically modified cotton improves diet quality for small-scale farmers in India
London, UK (SPX) Jun 10, 2013 - Insect-resistant genetically modified (GM) cotton has significantly improved calorie consumption and dietary quality among small-scale farmers in India over a 7-year-period, according to research published June 5 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Matin Qaim and Shahzad Kouser from the University of Goettingen, Germany. The researchers used data from a survey of over 500 randomly selected ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Genetically_modified_cotton_improves_diet_quality_for_small_scale_farmers_in_India_999.html

Earthquake acoustics can indicate if a massive tsunami is imminent

Earthquake acoustics can indicate if a massive tsunami is imminent
Stanford CA (SPX) Jun 10, 2013 - On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake occurred 43 miles off the shore of Japan. The earthquake generated an unexpectedly massive tsunami that washed over eastern Japan roughly 30 minutes later, killing more than 15,800 people and injuring more than 6,100. More than 2,600 people are still unaccounted for. Now, computer simulations by Stanford scientists reveal that sound waves ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Earthquake_acoustics_can_indicate_if_a_massive_tsunami_is_imminent_999.html

US, China agree to end 'super greenhouse gases'

US, China agree to end 'super greenhouse gases'
Rancho Mirage, California (AFP) June 8, 2013 - China agreed Saturday with the United States to scale back production of "super greenhouse gases" used in refrigerators and air conditioners in a joint bid to fight climate change. The two nations made the pledge after a closely watched first summit between Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, who lead the world's top two emitters of greenhouse gases blamed for the planet's increasingly v ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/US_China_agree_to_end_super_greenhouse_gases_999.html