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Saturday, June 29, 2013

John Boehner Should Watch the Weather Channel

John Boehner Should Watch the Weather Channel
Jonathan Cohn, TNRThe best television coverage of President Obama’s climate speech Tuesday wasn’t on Fox, CNN, or even MSNBC. It was on the Weather Channel, the only network to carry the address live and to treat it as the major development that it was. Before Obama spoke, the network carried a special, “The Science Behind Climate Change.”&

Obama and the New Climate Change Paradigm

Obama and the New Climate Change Paradigm


http://theenergycollective.com/michaelshellenberger/242971/obama-and-new-climate-paradigm

Government Documents Link Global Warming to Advanced Military Climate Modification Technology

Government Documents Link Global Warming to Advanced Military Climate Modification Technology 65


http://chemtrailsplanet.net/2013/01/03/government-documents-link-global-warming-to-advanced-military-climate-modification-technology-2/

Oil drilling off Santa Barbara coast? House Republicans say yes


Oil drilling off Santa Barbara coast? House Republicans say yes
Los Angeles Times
Tom McClintock (R-Granite Bay) assailed the "ideological extremism'' that has put the California coast off-limits to new energy exploration. Drilling opponents, he said, "have had their way in California for a full generation. I've watched their folly ...http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-oil-drilling-santa-barbara-coast-house-20130628,0,3123571.story

Distance to gas wells is by far, the most significant factor influencing gases in the drinking water, say Duke researchers



Distance to gas wells is by far, the most significant factor influencing gases in the drinking water, say Duke researchers.http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/25020

Japan's Nuclear Regulatory Authority Blasts #Fukushima I Nuke Plant Revised Plan for Decommissioning As "Pie In The Sky"

Japan's Nuclear Regulatory Authority Blasts #Fukushima I Nuke Plant Revised Plan for Decommissioning As "Pie In The Sky"


http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2013/06/japans-nuclear-regulatory-authority.html

The Case for a War on Coal By Matthew Yglesias

The Case for a War on Coal

 

http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/06/26/war_on_coal_a_pretty_good_idea.html

The Middle East Plague Goes Global


Saturday,   June 29,   2013

The Middle East Plague Goes Global

A scary virus is sweeping Saudi Arabia. Six million religious pilgrims are about to descend on the country from across the world. The result could be disastrous.

BY LAURIE GARRETT, MAXINE BUILDER | JUNE 28, 2013

Climate-Change Policy In America, Europe, And China

Climate-Change Policy In America, Europe, And China


http://www.businessinsider.com/climate-change-policy-in-america-europe-and-china-2013-6?utm_source=alerts&nr_email_referer=1

Fracked Gas Isn’t a Bridge Fuel—It’s a Gangplank by Josh Fox

Fracked Gas Isn’t a Bridge Fuel—It’s a Gangplank


http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/26-6

Friday, June 28, 2013

NASA launches satellite to study how sun's atmosphere is energized

NASA launches satellite to study how sun's atmosphere is energized
NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft launched Thursday at 7:27 p.m. PDT (10:27 p.m. EDT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The mission to study the solar atmosphere was placed in orbit by an Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL rocket.

Climate change threatens forest survival on drier, low-elevation sites

Climate change threatens forest survival on drier, low-elevation sites 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130628103145.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29 
Predicted increases in temperature and drought in the coming century may make it more difficult for conifers such as ponderosa pine to regenerate after major forest fires on dry, low-elevation sites, in some cases leading to

Cancer risks double when two carcinogens present at 'safe' levels, epigenetics study finds

Cancer risks double when two carcinogens present at 'safe' levels, epigenetics study finds 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130628130713.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29 
New research has found that low doses of arsenic and estrogen -- even at levels low enough to be considered "safe" for humans if they were on their own -- can cause cancer in prostate cells.

Shale gas powering US petrochemical revival

Shale gas powering US petrochemical revival
By Marc Preel (AFP) HOUSTON, Texas — The US petrochemical industry, in trouble just a few years ago, is making a spectacular comeback thanks to the boom in shaleA fine grained sedimentary rock composed mostly of consolidated clay or mud. Shale is the most frequently occurring sedimentary rock. gasNatural gas trapped in a shaleA finehttp://shalestuff.com/controversy-2/shale-gas-powering-petrochemical-revival/article08119

It’s so hot in Arizona, you can bake cookies in a car

It’s so hot in Arizona, you can bake cookies in a car
Bob Young Here’s a global warming impact you might not have thought of: COOKIES FOR ALL! It’s over 100 degrees in Arizona right now and a Phoenix news team is making sure that doesn’t go to waste.

Fukushima: A Nuclear War without a War: The Unspoken Crisis of Worldwide Nuclear Radiation

Fukushima: A Nuclear War without a War: The Unspoken Crisis of Worldwide Nuclear Radiation


http://www.globalresearch.ca/fukushima-a-nuclear-war-without-a-war-the-unspoken-crisis-of-worldwide-nuclear-radiation/28870

Ice mass the size of Greenland overlooked in climate models

Ice mass the size of Greenland overlooked in climate models
http://phys.org/news/2013-06-ice-mass-size-greenland-overlooked.html#nwlt
Far more of Earth's water was locked up as ice at the height of the last ice age than previously thought, and current climate change models may need to be adjusted to account for it, according to a new study.

Projections of climate change impacts on wheat production uncertain: A call for model improvement

Projections of climate change impacts on wheat production uncertain: A call for model improvement
http://phys.org/news/2013-06-climate-impacts-wheat-production-uncertain.html#nwlt
Crop models estimating wheat yields disagree considerably under climate change scenarios. The largest worldwide crop model ensemble study proves that uncertainties in simulated impacts increase with carbon dioxide concentrations and associated warming. It was found that an ensemble model approach currently has advantages over individual crop models when it comes to projections of multiple agroecosystem variables under climate change.

PNNL staffers exposed to radioactive tritium at Hanford

PNNL staffers exposed to radioactive tritium at Hanford



http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2013/06/27/3071628/pnnl-staffers-exposed-to-radioactive.html

U.S., Japan work to analyze disaster radiation levels

U.S., Japan work to analyze disaster radiation levels
Washington (UPI) Jun 27, 2013 - U.S. and Japanese agencies say they've cooperated on developing a method for analyzing airborne radiological monitoring data following nuclear accidents. The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency reported new method has been used to perform a detailed study of survey data taken by the two agencies in the months following the March 2011 Fukushi ... morehttp://www.spacemart.com/reports/US_Japan_work_to_analyze_disaster_radiation_levels_999.html

Climate tug of war disrupting Australian atmospheric circulation patterns

Climate tug of war disrupting Australian atmospheric circulation patterns
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Jun 28, 2013 - The study, in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, demonstrates that mid-latitude high pressure zones (30oS-45oS) are being pushed further into the Southern Ocean by rising global temperatures associated with greenhouse warming. This is despite more frequent occurrences of strong El Ninos in recent decades, which should have drawn the high pressure zones in the opposite direction toward ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Climate_tug_of_war_disrupting_Australian_atmospheric_circulation_patterns_999.html

Earth's northern biomass mapped and measured

Earth's northern biomass mapped and measured
Paris (ESA) Jun 28, 2013 - The biomass of the northern hemisphere's forests has been mapped with greater precision than ever before thanks to satellites, improving our understanding of the carbon cycle and our prediction of Earth's future climate. Accurately measuring forest biomass and how it varies are key elements for taking stock of forests and vegetation. Since forests assist in removing carbon dioxide from the ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Earths_northern_biomass_mapped_and_measured_999.html

Clearing up confusion on future of Colorado River flows

Clearing up confusion on future of Colorado River flows
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 28, 2013 - The Colorado River provides water for more than 30 million people, including those in the fast-growing cities of Las Vegas, Phoenix and Los Angeles. Increasing demand for that water combined with reduced flow and the looming threat of climate change have prompted concern about how to manage the basin's water in coming decades. In the past five years, scientific studies estimated declines o ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Clearing_up_confusion_on_future_of_Colorado_River_flows_999.html

Large Dead Zone Forming in the Gulf

Large Dead Zone Forming in the Gulf

June 27, 2013 — Ocean experts had predicted a large "dead zone" area in the Gulf of Mexico this year, and according to the results from a Texas A&M University researcher just back from studying the region, those predictions appear to be right on target.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130627161358.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Developing a New Laser to Detect Methane Leaks

Developing a New Laser to Detect Methane Leaks

June 27, 2013 — University of Adelaide researchers are developing a new type of laser system that will monitor methane, the main component of natural gas, levels across large areas. This will provide a useful tool for monitoring greenhouse gas emissions.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130627102509.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29

Fatty Acids Found in Fish Linked to Lower Risk of Breast Cancer

Fatty Acids Found in Fish Linked to Lower Risk of Breast Cancer


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130627190653.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29

When it comes to food, technology won’t save us

When it comes to food, technology won’t save us

Texas A&M: Large Dead Zone Forming In The Gulf

Texas A&M: Large Dead Zone Forming In The Gulf

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ocean experts had predicted a large "dead zone" area in the Gulf of Mexico this year, and according to the results from a Texas A&M University researcher just back from studying the region, those predictions appear to be right on target.
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Steve DiMarco, professor of oceanography and one of the world's leading experts on the dead zone, says he and a Texas A&M team surveyed areas off the Texas-Louisiana coast last week and found large areas of oxygen-depleted water – an area covering roughly 3,100 square miles, or about the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined.
"We found hypoxia (oxygen-depleted water) just about everywhere we looked," DiMarco reports.
"The most intense area is where you would expect it – off the Louisiana coast south of Atchafalaya Bay and Grande Isle, La.  But we also found significant amounts off High Island and near Galveston.  The farther south we went, the less we found hypoxia in the water column, but we still found plenty of depleted oxygen waters up to just west of Freeport.
"There is no doubt there is a lot of hypoxia in the Gulf this year."
Hypoxia occurs when oxygen levels in seawater drop to dangerously low levels, and persistent hypoxia can potentially result in fish kills and harm marine life, thereby creating a "dead zone" in that particular area.
Such low levels of oxygen are believed to be caused by nutrient pollution from farm fertilizers as they empty into rivers such as the Mississippi and eventually into the Gulf, or by soil erosion or discharge from sewage treatment plants. The size of the zone has been shown to be influenced by the nutrient runoff, volume of freshwater discharged, and prevailing winds, which controls the freshwater river plume's movement.
The Mississippi is the largest river in the United States, draining 40 percent of the land area of the country. It also accounts for almost 90 percent of the freshwater runoff into the Gulf of Mexico.
Last year, with much of the Midwest suffering through its worst drought in 100 years, the dead zone measured only 1,580 square miles.
DiMarco's research on the dead zone is supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), as part of its long-term commitment to advancing the science to inform management practices aimed at mitigating the hypoxic zone. 
"While we await additional data from the entire summer, these early findings start to validate our prediction that we could see one of the largest dead zones ever in the Gulf of Mexico this July," said Robert Magnien, Ph.D., center director at NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science.
"This is further confirmation of the link between upstream nutrient management decisions and the critical habitats and living resources in the Gulf."
DiMarco has made 28 research trips to investigate the dead zone since 2003. His cruise this year carried 10 investigators from Texas A&M and Texas A&M at Galveston and included two research scientists, Matthew Howard and  Ruth Perry, five graduate students, Laura Harred, Jordan Young, Yan Zhao, Heather Zimmerle, and Nicole Zuck, and two marine technicians, Eddie Webb and Andrew Dancer (Geochemical and Environmental Research Group). On shore investigators include Lisa Campbell, Wilford Gardner, Shari Yvon-Lewis, and Ethan Grossman, all from Texas A&M, and Antonietta Quigg from Texas A&M-Galveston.
DiMarco says the size of the dead zone off coastal Louisiana has been routinely monitored since 1985. Previous research has also shown that nitrogen levels in the Gulf related to human activities have tripled over the past 50 years.
For more about hypoxia, go to:
Texas A&M University, Department of Oceanography, project website
NOAA Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Watch
NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science: http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/research/pollution/hypoxia
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CONTACT: Keith Randall, News & Information Services, at (979) 845-4644 or keith-randall@tamu.edu or Steve DiMarco at (979) 862-4168 or sdimarco@tamu.edu Web Site: http://tamutimes.tamu.edu

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Will Obama’s Climate Policy Spur New Energy Technologies?

Will Obama’s Climate Policy Spur New Energy Technologies?

The impact of proposed carbon-emissions regulations on energy innovation could be small without direct R&D funding.

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/516456/will-obamas-climate-policy-spur-new-energy-technologies/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-daily-all&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20130628

EIA Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How much coal, natural gas, or petroleum is used to generate a kilowatt-hour of electricity?

The amount of fuel used to generate electricity depends on the efficiency or heat rate of the generator (or power plant) and the heat content of the fuel. Power plant efficiencies (heat rates) vary by types of generators, power plant emission controls, and other factors. Fuel heat contents also vary.
Two formulas for calculating the amount of fuel used to generate a unit of electricity:
  • Amount of fuel used per kilowatt-hour (kWh) = Heat Rate (in Btu per kWh) / Fuel Heat Content (in Btu per physical unit)
  • KWh generated per unit of fuel used = Fuel Heat Content (in Btu per physical unit) / Heat Rate (in Btu per kWh)
Calculation examples using these two formulas and the Assumptions below:
  • Amount of fuel used to generate one kilowatt-hour (kWh):
    • Coal = 0.00053 Short Tons or 1.07 Pounds
    • Natural Gas = 0.00798 Mcf (1,000 cubic feet)
    • Residual Fuel Oil = 0.00184 Barrels (or 0.08 gallons)

  • KWh generated per unit of fuel used:
    • 1,870 kWh per Ton of Coal or 0.9 kWh per Pound of Coal
    • 125 kWh per Mcf (1,000 cubic feet) of Natural Gas
    • 542 kWh per Barrel of Petroleum, or 13 kWh per Gallon
Assumptions:
Power plant heat rate
Coal = 10,444 Btu/kWh
Natural Gas = 8,152 Btu/kWh
Petroleum = 10,829 Btu/kWh
Fuel heat contents
Coal = 19,530,000 Btu per Short Ton (2,000 lbs) Note: heat contents of coal vary widely by types of coal
Natural Gas = 1,021,000 Btu per 1,000 Cubic Feet (Mcf)
Petroleum Fuel Oil = 5,871,390 Btu per Barrel (42 gallons) Note: Heat contents vary by type of petroleum product
Last updated: February 15, 2013

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Energy Development on Public Lands is Robust: U.S. Interior Deputy Secretary at Platts Energy Podium

Energy Development on Public Lands is Robust: U.S. Interior Deputy Secretary at Platts Energy Podium

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy development of federal lands and waters is robust and opportunities abound for oil and gas production as well as renewable energy projects, outgoing U.S. Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes said at a Platts Energy Podium newsmaker event in Washington.
Hayes, who is leaving his post to teach at Stanford Law School in the fall, defended his department's efforts despite criticism from some in Congress that the Obama administration isn't moving fast enough to make more public lands available for energy development.
"It is incredibly frustrating how politicized this issue has become," Hayes said. "On the oil side, onshore, we've gone up by 35% in terms of oil being produced on our public lands."http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?resourceid=7102398&access=EH

Gaius Publius: Obama’s New Climate Plan: Less Coal, More Fracking

Gaius Publius: Obama’s New Climate Plan: Less Coal, More Fracking


http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/06/gaius-publius-obamas-new-climate-plan-less-coal-more-fracking.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NakedCapitalism+%28naked+capitalism%29

Natural Gas Supply Glut? Don’t Count On It

Natural Gas Supply Glut? Don’t Count On It


http://breakingenergy.com/2013/06/27/natural-gas-supply-glut-dont-count-on-it/?utm_source=Breaking+Energy&utm_campaign=b5f64a4834-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f852427a4b-b5f64a4834-407304281

Keystone XL: A Cleaner Crude?

Keystone XL: A Cleaner Crude?


http://breakingenergy.com/2013/06/27/keystone-xl-a-cleaner-crude/?utm_source=Breaking+Energy&utm_campaign=b5f64a4834-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f852427a4b-b5f64a4834-407304281

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ecuador to US: We Won't Be 'Blackmailed' over Snowden

Ecuador to US: We Won't Be 'Blackmailed' over Snowden
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/27-2

Reading Your Diary': Latest NSA Revelations Show Decade of Bulk Internet Spying

Reading Your Diary': Latest NSA Revelations Show Decade of Bulk Internet Spying
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/27-4

Scientists Warn: Largest Ocean 'Dead Zone' in History

Scientists Warn: Largest Ocean 'Dead Zone' in History
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/27-8

Pandora's Promise: Talks at Google

Pandora's Promise: Talks at Google


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLkBdD-sM8E

The Climate in Obamaland

Tweaking While the Earth Burns

The Climate in Obamaland

by SASHA ROSS

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/27/the-climate-in-obamaland/?utm_source=feedly

Radiation Levels Skyrocket at Fukushima

Radiation Levels Skyrocket at Fukushima


http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2013-06-27/radiation-levels-skyrocket-fukushima

New map of radioactive iodine released from Fukushima Daiichi

New map of radioactive iodine released from Fukushima Daiichi


http://enformable.com/2013/06/new-map-of-radioactive-iodine-released-from-fukushima-daiichi/

Evaluation of radiation doses and associated risk from the Fukushima nuclear accident to marine biota and human consumers of seafood

Evaluation of radiation doses and associated risk from the Fukushima nuclear accident to marine biota and human consumers of seafood


http://www.pnas.org/content/110/26/10670.abstract.html?etoc

Your Guide to the White House Climate Action Plan

Your Guide to the White House Climate Action Plan


http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/5741.html?hq_e=el&hq_m=2700515&hq_l=9&hq_v=30108e0773

Supreme Court Agrees to Review Vacated Cross-State Pollution Rule

Supreme Court Agrees to Review Vacated Cross-State Pollution Rule


http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/5737.html?hq_e=el&hq_m=2700515&hq_l=7&hq_v=30108e0773

Obama: Climate Strategy to Be Driven by Natural Gas, Renewables

Obama: Climate Strategy to Be Driven by Natural Gas, Renewables


http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/5749.html?hq_e=el&hq_m=2700515&hq_l=5&hq_v=30108e0773

USGS: U.S. Has Massive Carbon Storage Capacity in Geologic Basins

USGS: U.S. Has Massive Carbon Storage Capacity in Geologic Basins
http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/5754.html?hq_e=el&hq_m=2700515&hq_l=4&hq_v=30108e0773

Study: Higher Methane Levels in Water Wells Near Shale Gas Sites

Study: Higher Methane Levels in Water Wells Near Shale Gas Sites


http://theenergycollective.com/amymall/241966/new-peer-reviewed-study-finds-higher-levels-methane-water-wells-near-shale-gas-sites?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Plutonium problem lingers as mixed-oxide fuel comes to Japan

 

Plutonium problem lingers as mixed-oxide fuel comes to Japan

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201306250093

What New Climate Push Means for U.S. Utilities

What New Climate Push Means for U.S. Utilities


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323689204578569993098168404.html

USGS releases first "realistic view" of carbon storage capacity

USGS releases first "realistic view" of carbon storage capacity


http://www.fierceenergy.com/story/usgs-releases-first-realistic-view-carbon-storage-capacity/2013-06-27?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

Extreme Energy, Extreme Implications: Interview with Michael Klare

Extreme Energy, Extreme Implications: Interview with Michael Klare
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 27, 2013 - If oil and gas is a profoundly dynamic phenomenon, then so too must be environmental risk and conflicts over natural resources-and we are not getting the full picture from the mainstream media, according to Michael T. Klare, professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College, TomDispatch blogger, and author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy (Metrop ... morehttp://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Extreme_Energy_Extreme_Implications_Interview_with_Michael_Klare_999.html

Getting the carbon out of emissions

Getting the carbon out of emissions
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 27, 2013 - Many researchers around the world are seeking ways to "scrub" carbon dioxide (CO2) from the emissions of fossil-fuel power plants as a way of curbing the gas that is considered most responsible for global climate change. But most such systems rely on complex plumbing to divert the steam used to drive the turbines that generate power in these plants, and such systems are not practical as re ... morehttp://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Getting_the_carbon_out_of_emissions_999.html

An Incredibly Detailed Map Shows The Potential Of Global Water Risks

An Incredibly Detailed Map Shows The Potential Of Global Water Risks


http://www.fastcoexist.com/1681298/an-incredibly-detailed-map-shows-the-potential-of-global-water-risks

El Nino, La Nina unlikely to make an appearance in 2013: WMO

El Nino, La Nina unlikely to make an appearance in 2013: WMO
Geneva (AFP) June 26, 2013 - The Pacific Ocean is unlikely to see either a warming El Nino climate phenomenon or its cooling La Nina opposite number through the end of the year, the UN's weather agency said Wednesday. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said forecasts showed that Pacific climate patterns were set to remain neutral through the rest of the year, although "a slight chance of La Nina or El Nino deve ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/El_Nino_La_Nina_unlikely_to_make_an_appearance_in_2013_WMO_999.html

New Jersey may have been hit by a tsunami in mid-June

New Jersey may have been hit by a tsunami in mid-June
Mount Holly, N.J. (UPI) Jun 26, 2013 - A freak wave in Barnegat Inlet on the New Jersey Shore may have been caused by a tsunami, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration says. The 6-foot wave June 13 knocked three people from a jetty, injuring two of them severely enough to be hospitalized, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The NOAA's Tsunami Warning Center said 30 gauges recorded information suggesting a ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/New_Jersey_may_have_been_hit_by_a_tsunami_in_mid-June_999.html

Sea level along Maryland's shorelines could rise 2 feet by 2050

Sea level along Maryland's shorelines could rise 2 feet by 2050
Annapolis MD (SPX) Jun 27, 2013 - A new report on sea level rise recommends that the State of Maryland should plan for a rise in sea level of as much as 2 feet by 2050. Led by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the report was prepared by a panel of scientific experts in response to Governor Martin O'Malley's Executive Order on Climate Change and "Coast Smart" Construction. The projections are base ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Sea_level_along_Marylands_shorelines_could_rise_2_feet_by_2050_999.html

Is Arctic Permafrost the "Sleeping Giant" of Climate Change?

Is Arctic Permafrost the "Sleeping Giant" of Climate Change?
Huntsville AL (SPX) Jun 27, 2013 - Flying low and slow above the pristine terrain of Alaska's North Slope research scientist Charles Miller of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory surveys the white expanse of tundra and permafrost below. On the horizon, a long, dark line appears. His plane draws nearer, and the mysterious object reveals itself to be a massive herd of migrating caribou, stretching for miles. It's a sight Miller ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Is_Arctic_Permafrost_the_Sleeping_Giant_of_Climate_Change_999.html

FEMA, Russian Ministry to Join Forces Against Space Threat

FEMA, Russian Ministry to Join Forces Against Space Threat
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Jun 27, 2013 - Russia and the United States will work together to improve protection against meteorites and other space threats, Russia's emergencies minister said on Tuesday following a joint Russia-US working group meeting in Washington. "We have decided that the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Russia's Emergencies Ministry will work together to develop systems to protect people and t ... morehttp://www.spacedaily.com/reports/FEMA_Russian_Ministry_to_Join_Forces_Against_Space_Threat_999.html

The Vacant Climate Plan by ANNE PETERMANN


Greenwash Our Way Into Oblivion

The Vacant Climate Plan

by ANNE PETERMANN


http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/26/obamas-plan-for-the-climate/

Research Shows that Monsanto's Big Claims for GMO Food Are Probably Wrong

Research Shows that Monsanto's Big Claims for GMO Food Are Probably Wrong

It's going to be a tough row to hoe, from here on out for Monsanto.

http://www.alternet.org/food/why-monsanto-wrong-about-gm-crop-promises

ANGA responds to President’s Climate Change Plan

ANGA responds to President’s Climate Change Plan

Source: America's Natural Gas Alliance

http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2013/06/america-s-natural-gas-alliance-responds-to-president-s-climate-change-plan.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroJune272013

GE highlights commitment to Russian oil and gas sector

GE highlights commitment to Russian oil and gas sector


http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2013/06/ge-highlights-commitment-to-russian-oil-and-gas-sector.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroJune272013

Bringing the World Back to Zero (Infographic)

Bringing the World Back to Zero (Infographic)


http://www.sepco-solarlighting.com/blog/bid/149454/bringing-the-world-back-to-zero-infographic?source=Blog_Email_[Bringing%20the%20World%20B]

Energy News Roundup: Pipelines, Refineries and Coal Plants

Energy News Roundup: Pipelines, Refineries and Coal Plants


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Is Alaska’s Gas Worth More in Asia, or in the Ground?

Is Alaska’s Gas Worth More in Asia, or in the Ground?


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In Face of Climate Change, Major Wildlife Group Calls for Renewable Energy

In Face of Climate Change, Major Wildlife Group Calls for Renewable Energy


http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013/06/in-face-of-climate-change-major-wildlife-group-calls-for-renewable-energy?cmpid=SolarNL-Thursday-June27-2013

Inside Obama's Climate Change Plan

Inside Obama's Climate Change Plan


http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013/06/inside-obamas-climate-change-plan?cmpid=SolarNL-Thursday-June27-2013

China Tops Table for Renewables Investment

China Tops Table for Renewables Investment


http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013/06/china-tops-table-for-renewables-investment?cmpid=SolarNL-Thursday-June27-2013

Reaction to Obama climate speech varies by interest group


Reaction to Obama climate speech varies by interest group


http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2013/06/reaction-to-obama-climate-speech-varies-by-interest-group.html

Exposure data wrong for 16,000 in Fukushima via The Japan Times

Exposure data wrong for 16,000 in Fukushima via The Japan Times


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A Great Speech on Climate Change: President Obama heralds natural gas, WalMart, and a new nuclear plant in how America will lead the world, and he still gives the Keystone XL Pipeline a pass

A Great Speech on Climate Change: President Obama heralds natural gas, WalMart, and a new nuclear plant in how America will lead the world, and he still gives the Keystone XL Pipeline a pass


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Page: Nuclear power is as green as solar, hydro and wind -

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The President’s Plan to Reduce Carbon Pollution: Myths v. Reality

The President’s Plan to Reduce Carbon Pollution: Myths v. Reality


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U.N. Downplays Health Effects of Nuclear Radiation

U.N. Downplays Health Effects of Nuclear Radiation


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Climate Change Occurring Based on Survey of Energy Engineers

Climate Change Occurring Based on Survey of Energy Engineers

ATLANTA, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A recent survey conducted by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), based on 2,967 responses, has revealed that 83% of respondents believe climate change is happening (go to www.aeecenter.org/2013markettrends for full report), and 74% of those individuals believe that climate change is a manmade phenomenon, with 85% indicating that the federal government should take action to combat the negative effects of climate change. Respondents reported they would support the following options to reduce climate change:
  • Restrict emissions from coal-burning power plants: 69%
  • Adopt new energy efficiency standards for home: 77%
  • Increase automobile fuel economy standards: 77%
  • Pursue further development of renewable energy: 83%
  • Reduce reliance on carbon-based energy sources: 76%

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Duke University Study Links Fracking to Ground Water Contamination


Duke University Study Links Fracking to Ground Water Contamination

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Interior Releases First-Ever Comprehensive National Assessment of Geologic Carbon Dioxide Storage Potential


Geologic Carbon Sequestration Gauges Potential to Reduce Emissions that Contribute to Climate Change
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WASHINGTON – The United States has the potential to store a mean of 3,000 metric gigatons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in geologic basins throughout the country, according to the first-ever detailed national geologic carbon sequestration assessment released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).  The assessment comes on the heels of a national plan to combat climate change announced by President Obama yesterday.
"This USGS research is ground-breaking because it is the first realistic view of technically accessible carbon storage capacity in these basins," said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.  "If enough of this capacity also proves to be environmentally and economically viable, then geologic carbon sequestration could help us reduce carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change."
Based on present-day geologic and hydrologic knowledge of the subsurface and current engineering prac­tices, this assessment looked at the potential for CO2 storage in 36 basins in the United States. The largest potential by far is in the Coastal Plains region, which accounts for 2,000 metric gigatons, or 65 percent, of the storage potential.  Two other regions with significant storage capacity include the Alaska region and the Rocky Mountains and Northern Great Plains region.
Technically accessible storage resources are those that can be accessed using today's technology and pressurization and injection techniques. The most common method of geologic carbon storage involves pressurizing CO2 gas into a liquid, and then injecting it into subsurface rock layers for long-term storage.
"Today's assessment from the USGS is just the latest example of how the Department of the Interior is applying rigorous, peer-reviewed science to some of our nation's most complex land- and resource-management challenges," said Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes. "Nowhere is this more important than the issue of climate change, and today's new research adds to the USGS's groundbreaking work in biological carbon sequestration to better inform our carbon reduction efforts."
This assessment goes further than all previous assessments in considering the viability of sequestration.  For example, all areas with groundwater sources that are considered freshwater by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards were eliminated from consideration for carbon storage resource potential in this assessment.  In addition, the rock layers included in the assessment were limited to those determined to have sufficient natural seals to prevent CO2 from escaping.  This assessment also focused only on rock layers located at depths at which CO2 would stay under sufficient pressure to remain liquid.
The study did not evaluate economic viability or accessibility due to land-management or regulatory restrictions for geologic carbon sequestration within these basins.
The assessment is also the first geologically based and probabilistic assessment, estimating a range of 2,400 to 3,700 metric gigatons of CO2 storage potential across the United States. For comparison, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that in 2011, the United States emitted 5.5 metric gigatons of energy-related CO2, while the global emissions of energy-related CO2 totaled 31.6 metric gigatons.  Metric gigatons are a billion metric tons.
"Today's climate challenges require new, scientifically supported solutions like storing the carbon dioxide created by use of fossil fuels, rather than releasing it into the atmosphere," said Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle.  "This new study provides the scientific underpinning needed to better manage options related to reducing emissions that contribute to climate change."
Although the scope of sequestration included in this assessment is unprecedented, injecting CO2 into geologic formations is not a new process or technology. Carbon dioxide injection has been one method of enhanced oil recovery since the 1980s. The process works by flooding the oil reservoir with liquid CO2, which reduces the viscosity of the hydrocarbons and allows them to flow to the well more easily.
The USGS project results announced today represent an assess­ment of storage capacity on a regional and national basis, and results are not intended for use in the evaluation of specific sites for potential CO2 storage.
All sedimentary basins in the United States were evaluated, but 36 were assessed because existing geologic conditions or the available data suggested only these 36 met the assessment’s minimum criteria.
The geologic foundation that underpins the assessment was facilitated by data provided by the U.S. EPA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and State geological surveys. The methodology for the assessment released today was developed by the USGS and consistently applied across all 36 basins, so that results are comparable.  This national assessment complements the regional estimates that the Department of Energy includes in their periodically updated Atlas.
The USGS has a long history of assessing national and global oil and gas resources.  In 2007, Congress authorized the USGS to conduct the carbon sequestration assessment in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-140). In addition to geologic carbon sequestration, the USGS also studies biologic carbon sequestration— sequestration that happens naturally in trees, fields, and different types of ecosystems that store carbon. The USGS has already completed assessments for the Great Plains Region and the western U.S.; reports on the eastern U.S., Alaska and Hawaii will follow.
The geologic carbon sequestration assessment released today has the following publications:
To learn more about this or other geologic assessments, please visit the USGS Energy Resources Program website. Stay up to date with USGS energy science by subscribing to our newsletter or by following us on Twitter.
Map of the conterminous United States and Alaska showing 8 regions (separated by bold dashed lines), evaluated areas (bluish gray) that were not assessed, and 36 areas (pattern) that were assessed by the U.S. Geological Survey for carbon dioxide (CO2) storage. Resources in federally owned offshore areas were not assessed, and Hawaii was considered unlikely to have significant storage resources. Regions and study areas are plotted over a shaded-relief image showing higher elevations in brown and tan and lower elevations in green.
Map of the conterminous United States and Alaska showing 8 regions (separated by bold dashed lines), evaluated areas (bluish gray) that were not assessed, and 36 areas (pattern) that were assessed by the U.S. Geological Survey for carbon dioxide (CO2) storage. Resources in federally owned offshore areas were not assessed, and Hawaii was considered unlikely to have significant storage resources. Regions and study areas are plotted over a shaded-relief image showing higher elevations in brown and tan and lower elevations in green. (High resolution image)

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The 5 Most Interesting Pieces of Obama's New Climate Change Plan

The 5 Most Interesting Pieces of Obama's New Climate Change Plan


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Technical vs. Political Feasibility: Between the Lines of the IEA Climate Report

Technical vs. Political Feasibility: Between the Lines of the IEA Climate Report


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Utilities React Cautiously to Obama Climate Plan

Utilities React Cautiously to Obama Climate Plan


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Obama: Keystone pipeline must not add to global warming

Obama: Keystone pipeline must not add to global warming
Washington (AFP) June 25, 2013 - President Barack Obama signaled Tuesday that the Canada-US Keystone XL oil pipeline will be approved only if it does not increase emissions of the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. "I do want to be clear, allowing the Keystone Pipeline to be built requires a finding that doing so would be in our nation's interest," Obama said in a speech laying out a new strategy to fight c ... morehttp://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Obama_Keystone_pipeline_must_not_add_to_global_warming_999.html

Excerpts from President Obama’s Climate Action Plan Regarding Nuclear Energy

Excerpts from President Obama’s Climate Action Plan Regarding Nuclear Energy
http://neinuclearnotes.blogspot.com/2013/06/excerpts-from-president-obamas-climate.html

Obama: No time for 'flat-earth society' on climate change

Obama: No time for 'flat-earth society' on climate change


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DOE Requests Input From Wave Power Industry

DOE Requests Input From Wave Power Industry


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Inside Obama's Climate Change Plan

Inside Obama's Climate Change Plan

James Montgomery, Associate Editor, RenewableEnergyWorld.com
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Obama Climate Plan Touts Gas Fracking As “Transition Fuel,” Doubling Down on Methane Risk

Obama Climate Plan Touts Gas Fracking As “Transition Fuel,” Doubling Down on Methane Risk DeSmogBlog http://www.desmogblog.com/2013/06/25/obama-climate-plan-touts-fracking-transition-fuel-doubling-down-methane-risk

Melting Ice, Freezing Fossil Fuels Ambitions: Interview with Fen Montaigne OilPrice

Melting Ice, Freezing Fossil Fuels Ambitions: Interview with Fen Montaigne OilPricehttp://oilprice.com/Interviews/Melting-Ice-Freezing-Fossil-Fuels-Ambitions-Interview-with-Fen-Montaigne.html

Rising seas washing away Pacific leader's home island

Rising seas washing away Pacific leader's home island
Majuro (AFP) Marshall Islands (AFP) June 26, 2013 - As the US urges world leaders to ramp up action on climate change, the leader of one small island chain in the North Pacific Ocean has already got the message - watching helplessly as rising seas slowly erode his birthplace. The idyllic beaches on the island of Buoj where Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak fished as a boy are already submerged, and the ever-encroaching ocean now t ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Rising_seas_washing_away_Pacific_leaders_home_island_999.html

Obama's climate strategy falls short: experts

Obama's climate strategy falls short: experts
Washington (AFP) June 25, 2013 - Environmental groups said Tuesday that US President Barack Obama's plan to combat climate change is long overdue but not enough to reverse a global problem that is outpacing the solutions. Some experts warned it will be an uphill battle to implement the policies Obama announced, using his executive powers since US lawmakers are unable to come to agreement on how to preserve the economy while ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Obamas_climate_strategy_falls_short_experts_999.html

Obama Delivers a Defining Speech on Climate Change

Obama Delivers a Defining Speech on Climate Change


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The President’s Climate Action Plan via The Executive Office of the President

The President’s Climate Action Plan via The Executive Office of the President


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Barack Obama pledges to bypass Congress to tackle climate change

Barack Obama pledges to bypass Congress to tackle climate change

US president says country is already paying price of inaction and backs nuclear energy and fracking in comprehensive strategy

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/25/barack-obama-climate-change-strategy

USW Applauds President Obama's Commitment to Addressing Climate Change and Family-Sustaining Jobs

USW Applauds President Obama's Commitment to Addressing Climate Change and Family-Sustaining Jobs

PITTSBURGH, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the United Steelworkers (USW) union applauded President Obama's commitment to addressing climate change and its dangerous effects.
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"The debate about whether or not climate change is real has gone on for far too long," said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. "It fails to adequately address both environmental and economic consequences.
"We have witnessed devastating super-storms and hurricanes that have wreaked havoc on communities across the country. The plan President Obama outlined today includes many positive steps to help our nation begin a meaningful effort to address climate change, while creating and maintaining hundreds of thousands of family-sustaining jobs in the domestic manufacturing, construction and service sectors.
"Our union is very pleased that the President's plan includes a path to upgrading our nation's outdated pipeline, water and electricity systems. The American Society of Civil Engineers recently gave America's infrastructure a grade of D+ and called for an investment of $3.6 trillion to upgrade these systems by 2020.  The U.S. grid infrastructure was not designed to withstand strong winds and storm surges, and roughly $2 trillion in investments is needed to make improvements by 2030 for it to function efficiently.
"To ensure that we rebuild the American manufacturing sector as we rebuild our nation's infrastructure, it is also necessary that where public funds are used to upgrade or rebuild public infrastructure projects, strong domestic procurement provisions be included to ensure that all the component parts used in our grid, pipeline and waters systems are made right here in America.
"As the largest industrial union in North America, we are encouraged that the President's plan also includes measures to improve industrial energy efficiency and expand renewable energy development and deployment. Our members work in industrial facilities across the country where efficiency improvements will ensure that these facilities are globally competitive and economically sustainable.  Industrial facilities and its workers can and must play a role in the clean energy economy. 
"Likewise, as more investments are made in home-grown clean energy technologies like wind, solar and biomass, it is essential that home-grown industries play a vital role in providing the components needed for these technologies.  Our Union is committed to making sure that the industries of today will also be the industries of tomorrow.
"America's workers are a key stakeholder in any clean energy plan. To ensure that the President's plan achieves its goal of reducing our nation's greenhouse gases from key sources, upgrading our nation's infrastructure, expanding clean energy technologies and creating and maintaining jobs, it is essential that the voices and concerns of America's workers are heard on all aspects of this plan.  We look forward to working with President Obama and his Administration on the details of the plan as they move forward." 
The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations. For more information go to: www.usw.org
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Roxanne Brown
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