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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Mitigating Climate Change? Guiding Responsible Research in Geoengineering


Mitigating Climate Change? Guiding Responsible Research in Geoengineering

Mar. 14, 2013 — Geoengineering, the use of human technologies to alter Earth's climate system -- such as injecting reflective particles into the upper atmosphere to scatter incoming sunlight back to space -- has emerged as a potentially promising way to mitigate the impacts of climate change. But such efforts could present unforeseen new risks. That inherent tension, argue two professors from UCLA and Harvard, has thwarted both scientific advances and the development of an international framework for regulating and guiding geoengineering research.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130314141014.htm

Offsetting Global Warming: Targeting Solar Geoengineering to Minimize Risk and Inequality

Offsetting Global Warming: Targeting Solar Geoengineering to Minimize Risk and Inequality

Oct. 21, 2012 — A new study suggests that solar geoengineering can be tailored to reduce inequality or to manage specific risks like the loss of Arctic sea ice. By tailoring geoengineering efforts by region and by need, a new model promises to maximize the effectiveness of solar radiation management while mitigating its potential side effects and risks.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121021133922.htm

Geoengineering by Coalition to Mitigate Global Warming

Geoengineering by Coalition to Mitigate Global Warming

Feb. 21, 2013 — Solar geoengineering is a proposed approach to reduce the effects of climate change due to greenhouse gasses by deflecting some of the sun's incoming radiation. This type of proposed solution carries with it a number of uncertainties, however, including geopolitical questions about who would be in charge of the activity and its goals.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130221143940.htm

Fukushima Nuclear Plant Workers Face Increased Thyroid Cancer Risk, Tepco Says

Fukushima Nuclear Plant Workers Face Increased Thyroid Cancer Risk, Tepco Says


http://www.ibtimes.com/fukushima-nuclear-plant-workers-face-increased-thyroid-cancer-risk-tepco-says-1353999

Collision Between Water and Energy Is Underway, and Worsening

Collision Between Water and Energy Is Underway, and Worsening


http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/fossil-fuels/collision-between-water-and-energy-is-underway-and-worsening

Court Rejects EPA Decision to Delay Biomass Industry GHG Regulations

Court Rejects EPA Decision to Delay Biomass Industry GHG Regulations


http://breakingenergy.com/2013/07/19/court-rejects-epa-decision-to-delay-biomass-industry-ghg-regulations/?utm_source=Breaking+Energy&utm_campaign=328b6fb7cf-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f852427a4b-328b6fb7cf-407304281

Like Butter: Study Explains Surprising Acceleration Of Greenland Ice Melt


Like Butter: Study Explains Surprising Acceleration Of Greenland Ice Melt

http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/251386/butter-study-explains-surprising-acceleration-greenland-s-inland-ice?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

66: NASA satellite detects large plume from DR Congo’s Nyamuragira volcano

66: NASA satellite detects large plume from DR Congo’s Nyamuragira volcano


http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/66-nasa-satellite-detects-large-plume-from-dr-congos-nyamuragira-volcano/

July 19 News: In A Hot Summer, The Real Story May Be Rapid Sea Ice And Snow Melt

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/07/19/2327391/july-19-news-in-a-hot-summer-the-real-story-may-be-rapid-sea-ice-and-snow-melt/

Friday, July 19, 2013

Making the World Safe for Coal The History of the Antinuclear Movement

 

Making the World Safe for Coal


The History of the Antinuclear Movement

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The antinuclear movement has historically drawn from a number of wellsprings, from fears of radioactive fallout caused by nuclear missiles, to parallels between Nazi Germany and the science of nuclear energy, to paranoia over radiation as the ‘most serious agent of pollution.’ The success of such antinuclear campaigns in the 1970s has guaranteed a legacy of increased use of coal for decades to come, as proposed nuclear plants across the Western world were cancelled and replaced by coal plants.
http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/programs/energy-and-climate/making-the-world-safe-for-coal/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thebreakthrough+%28The+Breakthrough+Institute+Full+Site+RSS%29

CIA spooks investigate geoengineering to fix climate

CIA spooks investigate geoengineering to fix climate


http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23898-cia-spooks-investigate-geoengineering-to-fix-climate.html?cmpid=RSS|NSNS|2012-GLOBAL|online-news#.UenbPhmEPgo

Water Stress Threatens Future Energy Production

Water Stress Threatens Future Energy Production


http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/07/18/water-stress-threatens-future-energy-production/

EPA Strikes Out in Anti-Fracking Campaign

EPA Strikes Out in Anti-Fracking Campaign 

he EPA has worked mightily to demonstrate that oil and natural gas production from hydraulic fracturing causes water contamination, yet it has struck out again.
Although it has backed away from other locations where it originally claimed potential fracking pollution, EPA tried with great fervor to prove fracking caused water contamination near Pavilion, Wyoming.
But once again, it couldn’t. The EPA announced in June it would no longer pursue its investigation but instead will allow the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) and the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) to take the lead in the scientific investigation of water quality at the site.

http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2013/07/19/epa-strikes-out-anti-fracking-campaign

India pays a high economic price for pollution: study

India pays a high economic price for pollution: study
New Delhi (UPI) Jul 18, 2013 - The annual cost of environmental degradation in India is about $80 billion, or 5.7 percent of the country's gross domestic product, says a new report by the World Bank. The report, "Diagnostic Assessment of Select Environmental Challenges in India," released Wednesday, analyses the trade offs between economic growth and environmental sustainability. The Organization for Economic ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/India_pays_a_high_economic_price_for_pollution_study_999.html
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Renewable Energy Races Ahead as Nuclear and Fossil Fuels Falter


Renewable Energy Races Ahead as Nuclear and Fossil Fuels Falter

http://ecowatch.com/2013/renewable-energy-ahead-nuclear-fossil-falter/

Steam Detected at Damaged Fukushima Reactor

Steam Detected at Damaged Fukushima Reactor

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/19/world/asia/steam-detected-at-damaged-fukushima-reactor.html?ref=asia&_r=1

Climate Change Risk is National Security Issue, Private Sector can Help Manage

Climate Change Risk is National Security Issue, Private Sector can Help Manage

NJ Beach Town Devastated By Hurricane Sandy Tears Down Storm-Damaged Homes
Weather-related risk is keeping insurers up at night. The bill to clean up Hurricane Sandy along the East Coast came in at a staggering $70 billion, but government and private insurers were able to cobble the funds together. However, an even more serious disaster or series of disasters could shred the social safety net, permanently… Keep reading →http://breakingenergy.com/2013/07/18/climate-change-risk-is-national-security-issue-private-sector-can-help-manage/?utm_source=Breaking+Energy&utm_campaign=bd5f1a4022-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f852427a4b-bd5f1a4022-407304281

Most Japanese think Fukushima nuclear accident not settled Asahi Shimbun

Most Japanese think Fukushima nuclear accident not settled Asahi Shimbun
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201307180064

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Who Governs the Climate?
 Against the Antipolitics Machine


Who Governs the Climate?



Against the Antipolitics Machine


http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/programs/energy-and-climate/who-governs-the-climate/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thebreakthrough+%28The+Breakthrough+Institute+Full+Site+RSS%29

The CIA wants to know how to control the climate

The CIA wants to know how to control the climate


http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/17/4531430/the-cia-is-funding-a-study-on-geoengineering

Obama's unlikely climate change partner: China

Obama's unlikely climate change partner: China
San Francisco Chronicle
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has stumbled on an unusual partner in his quest to combat climate change: China. The world's two biggest emitters of heat-trapping greenhouse gases are finding common cause in efforts to reduce global ...http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/Obama-s-unlikely-climate-change-partner-China-4673303.php

Evolutionary Changes Could Aid Fisheries

Evolutionary Changes Could Aid Fisheries

July 18, 2013 — Sustainable fishing practices could lead to larger fishing yields in the long run, according to a new study that models in detail how ecology and evolution affect the economics of fishing.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130718130734.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29

Monsanto drops bid to have GM crops approved in Europe


Monsanto drops bid to have GM crops approved in Europe

http://blogs.nature.com/news/2013/07/monsanto-drops-bid-to-have-gm-crops-approved-in-europe.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+news%2Frss%2Fnewsblog+%28News+Blog+-+Blog+Posts%29

High Inlet Temperatures Forces Pilgrim Nuclear Plant to Power Down


High Inlet Temperatures Forces Pilgrim Nuclear Plant to Power Down

http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/5778.html?hq_e=el&hq_m=2711802&hq_l=11&hq_v=30108e0773

July 18, 2013 DOE Releases Report on Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change

July 18, 2013

DOE Releases Report on Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change


http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/5774.html?hq_e=el&hq_m=2711802&hq_l=9&hq_v=30108e0773

EPA Extends Deadline for Four Corners Decision as Ariz. Re-Examines Deregulation

EPA Extends Deadline for Four Corners Decision as Ariz. Re-Examines Deregulation


http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/5780.html?hq_e=el&hq_m=2711802&hq_l=7&hq_v=30108e0773

AEP to Retire 585-MW Coal-Fired Unit in Ohio

AEP to Retire 585-MW Coal-Fired Unit in Ohio


http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/5776.html?hq_e=el&hq_m=2711802&hq_l=6&hq_v=30108e0773

Federal Courts Tackle Clean Air Act Liability, Cross-State Emissions


Federal Courts Tackle Clean Air Act Liability, Cross-State Emissions

http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/5794.html?hq_e=el&hq_m=2711802&hq_l=5&hq_v=30108e0773

Dust Bowl Blues

Dust Bowl Blues


http://www.thenation.com/article/175318/dust-bowl-blues?rel=emailNation#axzz2ZRhcvDYF

Greens Should Support Coal-Killing Natural Gas, Like They Used To

Greens Should Support Coal-Killing Natural Gas, Like They Used To


http://theenergycollective.com/maxluke/250501/greens-should-support-coal-killing-natural-gas-they-used

World Bank joins war on coal

World Bank joins war on coal


http://grist.org/politics/world-bank-joins-war-on-coal/

Steam emitting from Fukushima Daiichi reactor halts work


Steam emitting from Fukushima Daiichi reactor halts work


http://enformable.com/2013/07/steam-emitting-from-fukushima-daiichi-reactor-halts-work/

Disinfecting wipes are clogging the nation’s sewer systems

Disinfecting wipes are clogging the nation’s sewer systems


http://grist.org/living/disinfecting-wipes-are-clogging-the-nations-sewer-systems/

The dirty coal behind Germany's clean energy


The dirty coal behind Germany's clean energy

Germany's energy portfolio may not be as green as you think, Grealy writes. Coal-fired power plants made up 52 percent of Germany's electricity demand in the first half of 2013, while output from natural gas and wind turbines is falling.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2013/0716/The-dirty-coal-behind-Germany-s-clean-energy

3 Ways to Be Green in Small Spaces


3 Ways to Be Green in Small Spaces

http://www.sepco-solarlighting.com/blog/bid/150336/3-ways-to-be-green-in-small-spaces?source=Blog_Email_[3%20Ways%20to%20Be%20Green%20i]

Scientists Size Up U.S. Carbon Storage Potential

Scientists Size Up U.S. Carbon Storage Potential

There appears to be more than enough room to bury our emissions, but large-scale carbon capture remains untested.

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/517261/usgs-estimates-carbon-storage-potential/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-daily-all&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20130718

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hyrdraulic Fracking Causes Earthquakes, Study Finds

Hyrdraulic Fracking Causes Earthquakes, Study Finds

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Santa Cruz, CA: According to results from a new study just published in the prestigious journal Science, there is a direct association between injecting water into the ground and earthquakes: injecting water into the ground is a practice used in the highly controversial natural gas extraction technique known as hydraulic fracking or fracturing.

The study looked at geothermal energy production the state of California, where the practice is to extract water from the ground then inject water back in. The researchers evaluated 30 years of data from a CalEnergy geothermal field near the Salton Sea. The researchers found that the practice has triggered a series of small earthquakes very close to the San Andreas Fault. This finding has huge implications for the state, and for states across the country where hydraulic fracking is done.

"We're not the first people to ever say that pulling fluid out of the ground is causing earthquakes, but the demonstration here is much clearer," said the study's chief author, UCSC geophysicist Emily Brodsky. "It's a very strong signal. This is not subtle."http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/articles/hydraulic-fracturing-water-contamination-epa-fracking-hydrofracking/Hyrdraulic-Fracking-Causes-Earthquakes-18905.html?utm_expid=3607522-2.QRdCdW42SWGLZa0nRc6K3w.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnews%2Furl%3Fsr%3D1%26sa%3Dt%26ct2%3Dus%252F0_0_s_0_0_t%26usg%3DAFQjCNEFpCTpFtstjRh-CAs7Ynhwc4cYjA%26did%3D6a8fba555ee04617%26cid%3D52778201649855%26ei%3DTS3nUdC4HOnNmQK5vAE%26rt%3DSTORY%26vm%3DSTANDARD%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.lawyersandsettlements.com%252Farticles%252Fhydraulic-fracturing-water-contamination-epa-fracking-hydrofracking%252FHyrdraulic-Fracking-Causes-Earthquakes-18905.html#.UecttxmEPgo

Fracking could cause large, worldwide earthquakes, say scientists -

Fracking could cause large, worldwide earthquakes, say scientists - See more at: http://www.envirotech-online.com/news/water-wastewater/9/breaking_news/fracking_could_cause_large_worldwide_earthquakes_say_scientists/26096/#sthash.wwxn5u8G.dpuf
 Fracking could cause large, worldwide earthquakes, say scientists -

http://www.envirotech-online.com/news/water-wastewater/9/breaking_news/fracking_could_cause_large_worldwide_earthquakes_say_scientists/26096/

David Suzuki: Rail, Pipeline and Climate Disasters are Symptoms of Oily Addiction

David Suzuki: Rail, Pipeline and Climate Disasters are Symptoms of Oily Addiction
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/17-0

Climate Change 'Climate of Fear': Reporter Blows Whistle on Reuters


Climate Change 'Climate of Fear': Reporter Blows Whistle on Reuters

The media giant's hostility to covering global warming extends all the way from top editors to low-level bureacrats, whistleblower reveals

- Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Former Reuters climate change reporter David Fogarty blew the whistle Monday on the global media giant's growing hostility to reporting on the climate change crisis, including a company-wide 'climate of fear,' in which Fogarty was given explicit instructions—and faced bureaucratic pressures—to avoid the topic.

CIA Funding Climate Manipulation Study

CIA Funding Climate Manipulation Study
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/07/17-3

Birth defects linked to bad water in California's San Joaquin Valley


Birth defects linked to bad water in California's San Joaquin Valley


Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/07/15/196723/birth-defects-linked-to-bad-water.html#storylink=cpy
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/07/15/196723/birth-defects-linked-to-bad-water.html#.UebaLBmEPgo

Solutions for the real problem of climate change

Solutions for the real problem of climate change Superior Telegram 

Thorium waste is just 1 percent as radioactive as uranium reactor waste — and because the thorium, is almost totally consumed, there is just one-quarter as much waste to store. In addition, unlike uranium waste, thorium end products need be stored ...http://www.superiortelegram.com/event/article/id/78834/group/Opinion/

Can Wastewater Injection from Fracking Cause Earthquakes?

Can Wastewater Injection from Fracking Cause Earthquakes?


http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/fossil-fuels/can-wastewater-injection-from-fracking-cause-earthquakes

Russia blocks bid for Antarctic sanctuary: NGOs

Russia blocks bid for Antarctic sanctuary: NGOs
Paris, France (AFP) July 16, 2013 - Russia on Tuesday blocked attempts by Western countries to create the world's largest ocean sanctuary off Antarctica, green groups said. The Russian representative questioned the legal right of a meeting in Bremerhaven, northern Germany, to declare such a haven, according to organisations at the talks. The three-day talks gathered 24 nations plus the European Union (EU) in the Commission ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Russia_blocks_bid_for_Antarctic_sanctuary_NGOs_999.html

EU bans yet another pesticide harmful to bees

EU bans yet another pesticide harmful to bees
Brussels, Brussels Capital Region (AFP) July 16, 2013 - The European Union on Tuesday restricted the use of the insecticide Fipronil, the latest move to protect honey bees after a May ban on three other insecticides. The ban on the insecticide produced by Germany's BASF was agreed by 23 of the 28 EU states, with only Spain and Romania voting against, EU sources said. A scientific risk assessment carried out by the European Food Safety Authori ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/EU_bans_yet_another_pesticide_harmful_to_bees_999.html

Revealed the keys to reducing the impact of agriculture on climate change


Revealed the keys to reducing the impact of agriculture on climate change
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Jul 17, 2013 - Land is not being used to its best advantage according to a new study by Ikerbasque Professor Unai Pascual from the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) and University of Cambridge, and a team of environmental economists from Europe. Research published in the journal Science (5th July 2013) shows that allowing land use to be determined purely by agricultural markets results in considerab ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Revealed_the_keys_to_reducing_the_impact_of_agriculture_on_climate_change_999.html

New study addresses trade-offs between food security and climate change mitigation

New study addresses trade-offs between food security and climate change mitigation
Rome, Italy (SPX) Jul 17, 2013 - Improving crop yields using sustainable methods could cut greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 12% per calorie produced according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. At the same time, these changes could provide more food to people in need. Agriculture and land use change contributed about 1/3 of total human greenhouse gas emissions in the past decade, ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/New_study_addresses_trade_offs_between_food_security_and_climate_change_mitigation_999.html

Is the ice in Greenland in growing decline?

Is the ice in Greenland in growing decline?
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jul 17, 2013 - The time period of satellite observations of the ice sheets of Greenland and the Antarctic is still too short to be able to say whether the accelerated loss of ice measured today will persist in the future. This is the result published today in the online edition of "Nature Geosciences" by a research team led by Bert Wouters from the University of Bristol. The GFZ German Research Centre fo ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Is_the_ice_in_Greenland_in_growing_decline_999.html

Each degree of global warming might ultimately raise global sea levels by more than 2 meters

Each degree of global warming might ultimately raise global sea levels by more than 2 meters
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jul 17, 2013 - Greenhouse gases emitted today will cause sea level to rise for centuries to come. Each degree of global warming is likely to raise sea level by more than 2 meters in the future, a study now published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows. While thermal expansion of the ocean and melting mountain glaciers are the most important factors causing sea-level change today, ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Each_degree_of_global_warming_might_ultimately_raise_global_sea_levels_by_more_than_2_meters_999.html

Changing Atmosphere Affects How Much Water Trees Need

Changing Atmosphere Affects How Much Water Trees Need
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 17, 2013 - Spurred by increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, forests over the last two decades have become dramatically more efficient in how they use water. Scientists affiliated with the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Harvard Forest Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site report the results in this week's issue of the journal Nature. Harvard Forest is one of 26 such NSF LTER sites ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Changing_Atmosphere_Affects_How_Much_Water_Trees_Need_999.html

French president says no to fracking

French president says no to fracking


http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2013/07/french-president-says-no-to-fracking.html

New API advertising highlights hydraulic fracturing and shale energy

New API advertising highlights hydraulic fracturing and shale energy

Source: API

http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2013/07/new-api-advertising-highlights-hydraulic-fracturing-and-shale-oil-and-gas-energy-production.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroJuly172013

Thousands of Years of Rising Seas

Thousands of Years of Rising Seas

A study estimates the ultimate effect of greenhouse gases on ice sheets, after the gases have persisted for hundreds of years.
A paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week calls to mind one of the most insidious aspects of global warming—it will take hundreds or thousands of years to see the full effects of the greenhouse gases. That’s because carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere for hundreds of years and it takes a long time for oceans, ice sheets, and other parts of the worldwide climate system to change.

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/517246/thousands-of-years-of-rising-seas/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-daily-all&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20130717

Fukushima offers real-time ecolab

Fukushima offers real-time ecolab
Nature.com
The 1986 meltdown of a nuclear reactor at Chernobyl in Ukraine had been a missed opportunity for researchers to gather data on the ecological effects of low-level radiation, she says. Independent scientists didn't gain access to the area for a decade.http://www.nature.com/news/fukushima-offers-real-time-ecolab-1.13395

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Scientists Predict Looming Climate Shift: Will Ocean Heat Come Back To Haunt Us Once Again?


Scientists Predict Looming Climate Shift: Will Ocean Heat Come Back To Haunt Us Once Again?
By Rob Painting via Skeptical Science. Reprinted with permission. Key Points: Despite a large increase in heat being absorbed by the Earth’s climate system (oceans, land & ice), the first decade of the 21st century saw a slowdown in the rate of global surface warming (surface air temperatures). A climate model-based study, Meehl (2011), predicted that this was largely due to anomalous heat

Thousands of Years of Rising Seas

Thousands of Years of Rising Seas


http://www.technologyreview.com/view/517246/thousands-of-years-of-rising-seas/

Research supports a new approach to counting CO2 emissions

Research supports a new approach to counting CO2 emissions
(Phys.org) —Researchers have called for a system of carbon emission assessments that reflect better the true contribution of each emitting nation to the increase in atmospheric CO2 and promote preservation of forests, particularly in tropical regions. http://phys.org/news/2013-07-approach-co2-emissions.html#nwlt

Researchers project ice-free Arctic by 2058

Researchers project ice-free Arctic by 2058
(Phys.org) —A combined team of researchers from the U.S. and China has projected, using a climate simulation tool, that the Arctic will become September ice-free sometime during the years 2054 to 2058. The group has published a paper describing their methods and findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. http://phys.org/news/2013-07-ice-free-arctic.html#nwlt

New study addresses trade-offs between food security and climate change mitigation

New study addresses trade-offs between food security and climate change mitigation
Improving crop yields using sustainable methods could cut greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 12% per calorie produced according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. At the same time, these changes could provide more food to people in need. http://phys.org/news/2013-07-trade-offs-food-climate-mitigation.html#nwlt

Study identifies source of oil sheens near Deepwater Horizon site

Study identifies source of oil sheens near Deepwater Horizon site
(Phys.org) —A chemical analysis indicates that the source of oil sheens recently found floating at the ocean's surface near the site of the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill is pockets of oil trapped within the wreckage of the sunken rig. http://phys.org/news/2013-07-source-oil-sheens-deepwater-horizon.html#nwlt

Policies using carbon capture and storage in soil are impractical and costly say experts

Policies using carbon capture and storage in soil are impractical and costly say experts
(Phys.org) —Although recommended in the Coalition's Direct Action Plan and the Carbon Farming Initiative, offsetting greenhouse gas emissions by increasing carbon storage in Australian agricultural soils is not likely to be effective, say experts from the University of Melbourne. http://phys.org/news/2013-07-policies-carbon-capture-storage-soil.html#nwlt

7.3-magnitude quake off Antarctica, no injuries

7.3-magnitude quake off Antarctica, no injuries

Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autonoma De Buenos Aires (AFP) July 15, 2013 - A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Antarctica on Monday, generating large waves but causing no injuries, seismic experts at Argentina's Orcadas base in Antarctica said. "At 1103 local time (1403 GMT) on Monday, the seismological station ... registered an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale in the area near the base, with an epicenter 10 kilometers (six mile ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/73-magnitude_quake_off_Antarctica_no_injuries_999.html

Russia says evacuation of polar research station to cost $2 million

Russia says evacuation of polar research station to cost $2 million
Moscow (UPI) Jul 15, 2013 - The Russian government said Monday it has set aside $2 million to cover expenses caused by an urgent evacuation of a drifting polar research station. Preparations for an emergency evacuation of the North Pole 40 researcher station, referred to as SP-40, began in May as the ice floe it was situated on began to break up. SP-40, which was put into operation on Oct. 1, was originally ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Russia_says_evacuation_of_polar_research_station_to_cost_2_million_999.html

Haze-hit nations say ASEAN meet unlikely to clear the air

Haze-hit nations say ASEAN meet unlikely to clear the air
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) July 15, 2013 - Officials from five Southeast Asian nations met Monday to discuss the hazardous smog that blights the region every year, but the worst-hit countries have held out little hope of an early solution. The officials from the ASEAN countries that form the bloc's "haze committee" began two-day talks on Indonesian forest fires, before their environment ministers meet Wednesday. Forest fires on t ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Haze-hit_nations_say_ASEAN_meet_unlikely_to_clear_the_air_999.html

Nature valued from space

Nature valued from space
Paris (ESA) Jul 16, 2013 - Satellites show how we can promote economic development in an environmentally sustainable manner by putting a price on nature's resources. Located on the Indonesian island of Lombok, the Mount Rinjani National Park is an important ecosystem for numerous endangered plants and animals. Just outside the park's boundaries, the fertile soils are exploited for agriculture and much of the forest ... morehttp://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Nature_valued_from_space_999.html

Space Station Ocean Imager Available to More Scientists

Space Station Ocean Imager Available to More Scientists
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 16, 2013 - The International Space Station is expanding the use of its Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean (HICO) instrument to more Earth scientists and environmental researchers. HICO records highly detailed images of various environments on Earth for research, support and management. Now that the instrument has completed its primary mission of collecting regional coastal ocean data for civi ... morehttp://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Space_Station_Ocean_Imager_Available_to_More_Scientists_999.html

The Color of the Ocean: the SABIA-Mar Mission

The Color of the Ocean: the SABIA-Mar Mission
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Jul 16, 2013 - Remote sensing of ocean color is a currently well-established science that provides information about water composition and the depth of light penetration based on the ocean color, as seen from space. Ocean color satellites are part of an Earth observing system and, due to its importance in understanding the state of the ocean and its evolution, the international scientific community has agreed ... morehttp://www.spacedaily.com/reports/The_Color_of_the_Ocean_the_SABIA_Mar_Mission_999.html

Scientists outline long-term sea-level rise in response to warming of planet


Scientists outline long-term sea-level rise in response to warming of planet
Corvallis OR (SPX) Jul 16, 2013 - A new study estimates that global sea levels will rise about 2.3 meters, or more than seven feet, over the next several thousand years for every degree (Celsius) the planet warms. This international study is one of the first to combine analyses of four major contributors to potential sea level rise into a collective estimate, and compare it with evidence of past sea-level responses to glob ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Scientists_outline_long_term_sea_level_rise_in_response_to_warming_of_planet_999.html

Continuous satellite monitoring of ice sheets needed to better predict sea-level rise

Continuous satellite monitoring of ice sheets needed to better predict sea-level rise
Bristol, UK (SPX) Jul 16, 2013 - The findings, published in Nature Geoscience, underscore the need for continuous satellite monitoring of the ice sheets to better identify and predict melting and the corresponding sea-level rise. The ice sheets covering Antarctica and Greenland contain about 99.5 per cent of the Earth's glacier ice which would raise global sea level by some 63m if it were to melt completely. The ice sheet ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Continuous_satellite_monitoring_of_ice_sheets_needed_to_better_predict_sea_level_rise_999.html

Some volcanoes 'scream' at ever-higher pitches until they blow their tops

Some volcanoes 'scream' at ever-higher pitches until they blow their tops
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 16, 2013 - It is not unusual for swarms of small earthquakes to precede a volcanic eruption. They can reach a point of such rapid succession that they create a signal called harmonic tremor that resembles sound made by various types of musical instruments, though at frequencies much lower than humans can hear. A new analysis of an eruption sequence at Alaska's Redoubt Volcano in March 2009 shows that ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Some_volcanoes_scream_at_ever_higher_pitches_until_they_blow_their_tops_999.html

Louisiana legacy lawsuits create unknown risks for some E&P companies

Louisiana legacy lawsuits create unknown risks for some E&P companies

 Louisiana "legacy litigation" involves hundreds of lawsuits claiming environmental harm caused by oil and gas exploration and production activities. For landowners, these lawsuits have been likened to winning the lottery. For oil and gas companies, "legacy litigation" often represents a potential substantial liability that, until they are served with a lawsuit, was previously unknown.
http://www.ogfj.com/articles/print/volume-10/issue-7/features/louisiana-legacy-lawsuits-create-unknown-risks.html?cmpid=EnlOGFJJuly162013.html

Illinois governor signs strong state hydraulic fracturing regulations


Burns & McDonnell - Southeast Shares Georgia's Growing Water Need and Use in New Infographic

Burns & McDonnell - Southeast Shares Georgia's Growing Water Need and Use in New Infographic

By 2020 State Will Need Double the Amount of Water than It Uses Today



ATLANTA, July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Burns & McDonnell - Southeast, an award-winning full-service engineering firm, introduced the infographic, "The Big Gulp: Georgia's Water Challenge," which illustrates the use of water in Georgia and the projected need in the state by the year 2020. In the starkest terms, in a very short time, Georgia will require twice as much water than it currently uses to meet the needs of the growing state. The four main users of water – energy, agriculture, industry and municipal – will require five billion gallons of water every day, even in the most conservative of estimations.http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?resourceid=7127420&access=EH

Monday, July 15, 2013

To Re-Start Nukes, Japan Must Raze ‘Nuclear Village’

To Re-Start Nukes, Japan Must Raze ‘Nuclear Village’


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-14/to-re-start-nukes-japan-must-raze-nuclear-village-.html

Inside Japan's nuclear exclusion zone

Inside Japan's nuclear exclusion zone

Channel 4 News (blog) -
Finally, we have direct line of sight. The sort of direct lines in which radiation travels. Shrouded in the steamy, soupy, grey of Japan's hot, wet season, Fukushima-Daiichi lies about 1000 metres along the beach from where we stand, stifled in brilliant white ...http://blogs.channel4.com/alex-thomsons-view/japans-nuclear-exclusion-zone/5305

Fukushima nuclear plant likely leaking contaminated water into ocean

Fukushima nuclear plant likely leaking contaminated water into ocean

Christian Science Monitor - ‎7 hours ago‎
Shunichi Tanaka, the head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan, and the country's chief nuclear regulator announced on Wednesday, that the nuclear power plant at Fukushima, has been leaking contaminated water into the ocean for the two years ...http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2013/0715/Fukushima-nuclear-plant-likely-leaking-contaminated-water-into-ocean

Let’s watch the oceans die while we worry about other things!


Let’s watch the oceans die while we worry about other things!

16 July 2013
Summary: While we worry about other things, including the possible fate of the world in 2100, the oceans are dying. Dying right now. The world’s oceans were suffering from pollution and overfishing, destroying the major fisheries. Now we administer another blow, with radiation from the Fukushima reactors flowing into the Pacific. Here we look at some of the sad details. Our indifference to the ocean’s death is more evidence of our dysfunctionality
“The planet’s future has never looked better. Here’s why.”
— “Earth Day, Then and Now“, Ronald Bailey, Reason magazine, May 2000
http://fabiusmaximus.com/2013/07/16/environmental-dangers-52545/

2 years after nuclear disaster, Japan spawns freaky fruits and veggies

2 years after nuclear disaster, Japan spawns freaky fruits and veggies

msnNOW -
It might be wise to steer clear of vegetables from Japan's Fukushima area for, oh, say a few hundred years. A Korean website assembled this image collection of produce from towns and villages surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. http://now.msn.com/fukushima-vegetables-mutated-in-viral-photos-possibly-due-to-radiation

Fukushima Vegetables Have Bizarre Tumor-Like Growths And Deformities: Is Nuclear Meltdown To Blame For Freaky Produce? [PHOTOS]

Fukushima Vegetables Have Bizarre Tumor-Like Growths And Deformities: Is Nuclear Meltdown To Blame For Freaky Produce? [PHOTOS]http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles/5641/20130715/fukushima-vegetables-fukushima-disaster-nuclear-meltdown.htm

Study links earthquake activity to wastewater from fracking

Study links earthquake activity to wastewater from fracking

A new study examines the effects of fracking.


Read more: http://www.sciencerecorder.com/news/study-links-earthquake-activity-to-wastewater-from-fracking/#ixzz2ZA8PHl4I

http://www.sciencerecorder.com/news/study-links-earthquake-activity-to-wastewater-from-fracking/

Energy Risk: Sharp Rise In US Earthquakes Directly Linked To Fracking

Energy Risk: Sharp Rise In US Earthquakes Directly Linked To Fracking

Energy Collective -
"Cumulative count of earthquakes with a magnitude ≥ 3.0 in the central and eastern United States, 1967–2012. The dashed line corresponds to the long-term rate of 21.2 earthquakes per year, with an increase in the rate of earthquake events starting around ...http://www.theenergycollective.com/josephromm/249306/shale-shocked-sharp-rise-us-earthquakes-directly-linked-fracking-wastewater-reinje

Press Goes Crackers Over Fracking

Press Goes Crackers Over Fracking
American Spectator
By the time you read this, you will have already read the headline somewhere: “Scientists Say Fracking Causing Earthquakes.” Here's what actually happened. Last week Science published two articles relating earthquakes to energy development. One is by ...http://spectator.org/archives/2013/07/15/press-goes-crackers-over-frack

MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change



RECENT EVENT: Co-Director John Reilly Speaks at Siemen's Energy Panel

Thursday, July 11, 2013
Siemens World Energy Conference, Road to Daegu   (Browse all news)
Ahead of the World Energy Conference (WEC) in Daegu, South Korea, Siemens is hosting a series of panels throughout the world as part of a "Road to Daegu" series. The results of this exciting journey through the energy systems of the world will be presented at the WEC on October 13-17.

Joint Program Co-Director John Reilly participated in the U.S. panel on July 9th in Florida. The panel was on "Affordable and sustainable energy for the USA: Competitive advantage for the future?"

He was joined by Tom Kuhn, President of the Edison Electric Institute; Jim Robo, President and CEO, NextEra Energy; Michael Suess, CEO, Siemens Energy; Randy Zwirn, CEO, Siemens Energy Service Division, and CEO, Siemens Energy Americas.

About the Panel

Affordability, security and sustainability are the three goals most countries are pursuing when it comes to their energy supply.  In the U.S., there is a strong focus on affordability, and energy prices have always been low compared to international levels.  And this is even more so today than ever before:  The country’s “shale revolution” is slashing natural gas prices to all-time lows.

But can the U.S. achieve both goals – affordability and sustainability? This was the opening question at our third Round Table discussion with Michael Süß, this time held at the headquarters of Florida Power & Light in Juno Beach, Florida... 

For John Reilly, Senior Lecturer at the renowned Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the efforts being undertaken in the U.S. on behalf of the environment aren’t enough. “We are a wealthy society in the U.S. and don’t have a real affordability problem in regard to energy prices – but what we can’t afford is not to be sustainable.”...


Read more...

Watch the video of the panelhttp://globalchange.mit.edu/news-events/news/news_id/286#.UePp4hmEPgp

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Continuous Satellite Monitoring of Ice Sheets Needed to Better Predict Sea-Level Rise

Continuous Satellite Monitoring of Ice Sheets Needed to Better Predict Sea-Level Rise

July 14, 2013 — New findings, published in Nature Geoscience, underscore the need for continuous satellite monitoring of the ice sheets to better identify and predict melting and the corresponding sea-level rise.


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130714160844.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Antarctic Glacier Calves Iceberg One-Fourth Size of Rhode Island

Antarctic Glacier Calves Iceberg One-Fourth Size of Rhode Island
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 15, 2013 - This week a European Earth-observing satellite confirmed that a large iceberg broke off of Pine Island Glacier, one of Antarctica's largest and fastest moving ice streams. The rift that led to the new iceberg was discovered in October 2011 during NASA's Operation IceBridge flights over the continent. The rift soon became the focus of international scientific attention. Seeing the rift grow ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Antarctic_Glacier_Calves_Iceberg_One_Fourth_Size_of_Rhode_Island_999.html

Mining the World to Death Our industrial model, based on extraction, is setting us on a road to eventual collapse.


Mining the World to Death

Our industrial model, based on extraction, is setting us on a road to eventual collapse.
http://www.alternet.org/books/mining-world-death-end-extractiveindustrial-model

Fukushima Spiking

Fukushima Spiking

Fukushima Radiation Leaks Rise Sharply, Officials Are Baffled As to Why
Fukushima Situation Normal, in The SNAFU Sense of “Normal”
Bad as the situation is at Fukushima, it’s gotten worse.
Perhaps you’ve heard that radiation levels of the water leaving the Fukushima, Japan, nuclear power plane and flowing into the Pacific Ocean have risen by roughly 9,000 per cent. Turns out, that’s probably putting a good face on it.
noaawaterBy official measurement, the water coming out of Fukushima is currently 90,000 times more radioactive than officially “safe” drinking water.
These are the highest radiation levels measured at Fukusmima since March 2011, when an earthquake-triggered tsunami destroyed the plant’s four nuclear reactors, three of which melted down.
http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/07/fukushima-spiking/

Shale Shocked: Sharp Rise In U.S. Earthquakes Directly Linked To Fracking Wastewater Reinjection


Shale Shocked: Sharp Rise In U.S. Earthquakes Directly Linked To Fracking Wastewater Reinjection


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/07/14/2291931/shale-shocked-sharp-rise-us-earthquakes-linked-to-fracking-wastewater-reinjection/

Quakes, injection disposal of fracking water linked

Quakes, injection disposal of fracking water linked
San Francisco Chronicle
The problem does not appear to be hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - itself. Instead, many of the quakes erupt near wells where the dirty water left over from fracking, or other oil and gas operations, is injected deep underground for permanent disposal.http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Quakes-injection-disposal-of-fracking-water-4663183.php

Shale Shocked: Sharp Rise In U.S. Earthquakes Directly Linked To Fracking ...

Shale Shocked: Sharp Rise In U.S. Earthquakes Directly Linked To Fracking ...

ThinkProgress - ‎3 hours ago‎
"Cumulative count of earthquakes with a magnitude ≥ 3.0 in the central and eastern United States, 1967–2012. The dashed line corresponds to the long-term rate of 21.2 earthquakes per year, with an increase in the rate of earthquake events starting around ...http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/07/14/2291931/shale-shocked-sharp-rise-us-earthquakes-linked-to-fracking-wastewater-reinjection/?mobile=nc

Distant Earthquakes Linked to Problems at Fracking Sites in U.S.
AllGov
The study said there was a direct connection between a 9.0 earthquake in Japan in 2011 and a swarm of smaller quakes in a West Texas oil field that used fracking. A 4.1 quake near fracking wells in Prague, Oklahoma, was linked to an 8.8 quake in Chile ...http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/distant-earthquakes-linked-to-problems-at-fracking-sites-in-us-130714?news=850556
  To Learn More:
Study: Distant Quakes Can Affect Oil, Gas Fields (by Alicia Chang, Associated Press)
Injection-Induced Earthquakes (by William L. Ellsworth, Science)
Enhanced Remote Earthquake Triggering at Fluid-Injection Sites in the Midwestern United States (by Nicholas J. van der Elst, Heather M. Savage, Katie M. Keranen and   Geoffrey A. Abers, Science)