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Saturday, July 27, 2013

More Light shed on the "BeePocalypse"


More Light shed on the "BeePocalypse"
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/more-light-shed-on-the-beepocalypse/

Scientists have finally identified what's causing the mass die-off of bees in
North America, and it's worse than we thought.

Since 2006, bees in North America have been dying by the tens of millions from
Colony Collapse Disorder; a phenomenon in which all the worker bees abruptly
abandon the beehive, leaving only a queen and a [...]
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NRA chairman says release of radioactive water into sea is inevitable

NRA chairman says release of radioactive water into sea is inevitable
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201307250040
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#Fukushima I Nuke Plant Groundwater Contamination: 2.35 Billion Bq/L of Cesium in Water in Trench That Comes from Reactor 2 Turbine Building

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant Groundwater Contamination: 2.35 Billion Bq/L of Cesium in Water in Trench That Comes from Reactor 2 Turbine Building


http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2013/07/fukushima-i-nuke-plant-groundwater_26.html

Arctic Methane "Burp": A Climate Catastrophe with $60 Trillion Pricetag

Arctic Methane "Burp": A Climate Catastrophe with $60 Trillion Pricetag
by Jon Queally
"New study looks at planetary, social and economic impacts of increasingly perilous Arctic melting."

Fukushima Groundwater Issue Poses Many Questions

Fukushima Groundwater Issue Poses Many Questions 
 
Tepco now admits contamination is entering their near-port quay. However, the data that has been posted poses many currently unanswered questions. But we can be quite certain that the contamination in the quay has not reached the open sea.
 

Friday, July 26, 2013

What can plants reveal about global climate change?

What can plants reveal about global climate change?
Recently, climate change, including global warming, has been a "hot" news item as many regions of the world have experienced increasingly intense weather patterns, such as powerful hurricanes and extended floods or droughts. Often the emphasis is on how such extreme weather impacts humans, from daily heat index warnings to regulating CO2 emissions. While the media continues to present climate change as a controversial issue, many scientists are working hard to gather data, collaborate across disciplines, and use experimental and modeling techniques to track how organisms and ecosystems are responding to the current changes in our Earth's global environment. http://phys.org/news/2013-07-reveal-global-climate.html#nwlt

Global warming to cut snow water storage 56 percent in Oregon watershed

Global warming to cut snow water storage 56 percent in Oregon watershed
A new report projects that by the middle of this century there will be an average 56 percent drop in the amount of water stored in peak snowpack in the McKenzie River watershed of the Oregon Cascade Range - and that similar impacts may be found on low-elevation maritime snow packs around the world. http://phys.org/news/2013-07-global-storage-percent-oregon-watershed.html#nwlt

Potential well water contaminants highest near natural gas drilling, study says

Potential well water contaminants highest near natural gas drilling, study says
A new study of 100 private water wells in and near the Barnett Shale showed elevated levels of potential contaminants such as arsenic and selenium closest to natural gas extraction sites, according to a team of researchers that was led by UT Arlington associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry Kevin Schug.http://phys.org/news/2013-07-potential-contaminants-highest-natural-gas.html#nwlt

Building stronger policies to fight global hunger

Building stronger policies to fight global hunger
As part of Feed the Future, the federal government's global hunger and food security initiative, Michigan State University will use a $10 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to strengthen developing countries' abilities to fight hunger through improved food policy. http://phys.org/news/2013-07-stronger-policies-global-hunger.html#nwlt

Center for Biological Diversity: Lawsuit Challenges 800,000-acre Oil Shale, Tar Sands Plan Across Public Lands in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming

Center for Biological Diversity: Lawsuit Challenges 800,000-acre Oil Shale, Tar Sands Plan Across Public Lands in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/07/26-4

Asian Americans lean green By Anna Fahey

Asian Americans lean green


http://grist.org/article/asian-americans-lean-green/

Coastal Antarctic permafrost melting faster than expected

Coastal Antarctic permafrost melting faster than expected
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Coastal_Antarctic_permafrost_melting_faster_than_expected_999.html

Shifting patterns of temperature volatility in the climate system

Shifting patterns of temperature volatility in the climate system
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Shifting_patterns_of_temperature_volatility_in_the_climate_system_999.html

Study explains Pacific equatorial cold water region

Study explains Pacific equatorial cold water region
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Study_explains_Pacific_equatorial_cold_water_region_999.html

Cost of Arctic methane release could be 'size of global economy'

Cost of Arctic methane release could be 'size of global economy'
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Cost_of_Arctic_methane_release_could_be_size_of_global_economy_999.html

Climate Forecasts Shown to Warn of Crop Failures

Climate Forecasts Shown to Warn of Crop Failures
http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Climate_Forecasts_Shown_to_Warn_of_Crop_Failures_999.html

Global Warming to Cut Snow Water Storage 56 Percent in Oregon Watershed

Global Warming to Cut Snow Water Storage 56 Percent in Oregon Watershed

July 26, 2013 — A new report projects that by the middle of this century there will be an average 56 percent drop in the amount of water stored in peak snowpack in the McKenzie River watershed of the Oregon Cascade Range -- and that similar impacts may be found on low-elevation maritime snow packs around the world.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130726092431.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Penn Energy's Top Oil & Gas News 7/26

Top Oil & Gas News
Fire erupts on drilling rig in Gulf of Mexico
44 personnel were aboard the Hercules 265 at the time of the incident. All have been evacuated safely. No injuries have been reported.
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Study makes case for conserving water resources and reducing greenhouse gases through choices about new power plants

Study makes case for conserving water resources and reducing greenhouse gases through choices about new power plants

Kresge-supported work by Union of Concerned Scientists comes as many plants are nearing replacement.

- See more at: http://kresge.org/news/study-makes-case-for-conserving-water-resources-and-reducing-greenhouse-gases-through-choices-a?goback=%2Egde_46854_member_260453878#sthash.SEpnKuCB.dpuf

http://kresge.org/news/study-makes-case-for-conserving-water-resources-and-reducing-greenhouse-gases-through-choices-a?goback=.gde_46854_member_260453878

Seeing Photosynthesis from Space: NASA Scientists Use Satellites to Measure Plant Health

Seeing Photosynthesis from Space: NASA Scientists Use Satellites to Measure Plant Health
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 26, 2013 - NASA scientists have established a new way to use satellites to measure what's occurring inside plants at a cellular level. Plants grow and thrive through photosynthesis, a process that converts sunlight into energy. During photosynthesis, plants emit what is called fluorescence - light invisible to the naked eye but detectable by satellites orbiting hundreds of miles above Earth. NASA sci ... morehttp://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Seeing_Photosynthesis_from_Space_NASA_Scientists_Use_Satellites_to_Measure_Plant_Health_999.html

Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying Gulf oil spill evidence

Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying Gulf oil spill evidence


http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/25/us-gulf-spill-halliburton-idUSBRE96O1HF20130725

New Report: Are Small Businesses More Vulnerable To Climate Change, Extreme Weather?

New Report: Are Small Businesses More Vulnerable To Climate Change, Extreme Weather?

Groundbreaking Report Weighs Unique Challenges Posed to Small Businesses by Climate Change; Focus on Key Sectors: Information Technology, Tourism, Small-Scale Manufacturing, Agriculture, and Landscape Architecture.

http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?resourceid=7148901&access=EH

Radiation is One of the Biggest Threats to the Modern Era

Radiation is One of the Biggest Threats to the Modern Era

NEW DELHI, July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
The radiation threat from various sources in the modern era is a massive concern for humanity, and there is a concerted need to tackle it through stringent laws and compliances. This is the key message of the book The Radiation Threat: An Emergency in the Making, authored by Harsaran Bir Kaur Pandey and published by Vikas Publishing House. The book was launched by the Hon'ble Minister for Rural Development Sri Jairam Ramesh at a function in New Delhi.


http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?resourceid=7150430&access=EH

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Where Is All Of The Water Going? A Look At Which Energy Resources Are Gulping Down Our Water

Where Is All Of The Water Going? A Look At Which Energy Resources Are Gulping Down Our Water

http://www.forbes.com/sites/edfenergyexchange/2013/07/25/where-is-all-of-the-water-going-a-look-at-which-energy-resources-are-gulping-down-our-water/?ss=business:energy

Why the CIA Is Worried About Geoengineering

 

Why the CIA Is Worried About Geoengineering

http://oilprice.com/The-Environment/Global-Warming/Why-the-CIA-Is-Worried-About-Geoengineering.html

arthchange: Unusual storm system moves backwards across continental U.S.


Earthchange: Unusual storm system moves backwards across continental U.S.

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/earthchange-unusual-storm-system-moves-backwards-across-continental-u-s/

July 25 News: Worldwide Coal Use, Carbon Pollution Projected To Increase 50 Percent By 2040


July 25 News: Worldwide Coal Use, Carbon Pollution Projected To Increase 50 Percent By 2040

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/07/25/2353231/july-25-news-worldwide-coal-use-carbon-pollution-projected-to-increase-50-percent-by-2040/

Deciphering the Air-Sea Communication: Ocean Significantly Affects Long-Term Climate Fluctuations


Deciphering the Air-Sea Communication: Ocean Significantly Affects Long-Term Climate Fluctuations

July 25, 2013 — Why does hurricane activity vary from decade to decade? Or rainfall in the Sahel region? And why are the trans-Atlantic changes frequently in sync? A German-Russian research team has investigated the role of heat exchange between ocean and atmosphere in long-term climate variability in the Atlantic. The scientists analyzed meteorological measurements and sea surface temperatures over the past 130 years. It was found that the ocean significantly affects long term climate fluctuations, while the seemingly chaotic atmosphere is mainly responsible for the shorter-term, year-to-year changes.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130725104849.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Court tells Transocean to stop obstructing Deepwater Horizon investigation

Court tells Transocean to stop obstructing Deepwater Horizon investigation 

http://grist.org/news/court-tells-transocean-to-stop-obstructing-deepwater-horizon-investigation/?utm_source=feedly 

Antarctica’s permafrost is melting

Antarctica’s permafrost is melting


http://grist.org/news/antarcticas-permafrost-is-melting/?utm_source=feedly

Bridge To The 2020s? Natural Gas Use Must Peak Between 2020 And 2030 To Meet Key Climate Goals, Report Finds


Bridge To The 2020s? Natural Gas Use Must Peak Between 2020 And 2030 To Meet Key Climate Goals, Report Finds

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/07/25/2352111/bridge-to-the-2020s-natural-gas-use-must-peak-between-2020-and-2030-meet-climate-goals/

Breakthrough Dialogue 2013 Creative Destruction

 

Breakthrough Dialogue 2013


Creative Destruction

http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/dialogue/past-dialogues/breakthrough-dialogue-2013/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thebreakthrough+%28The+Breakthrough+Institute+Full+Site+RSS%29

Fukushima Continues to Spew Its Darkness

Fukushima Continues to Spew Its Darkness


http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/25-0

Fukushima Continues to Spew Its Darkness by Harvey Wasserman

Fukushima Continues to Spew Its Darkness


http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/25-0

Oil Tycoon: America's Shale Oil Boom Is 'Not Going To Be As Massive As People Think'


Oil Tycoon: America's Shale Oil Boom Is 'Not Going To Be As Massive As People Think'

http://www.businessinsider.com/eogs-mark-papa-in-forbes-on-shale-2013-7

The North Pole Has Turned Into A Lake — Again

The North Pole Has Turned Into A Lake — Again


http://www.businessinsider.com/north-pole-melting-looks-like-lake-photo-2013-7

Nuclear Timelines: A New Tool for Looking at History

Nuclear Timelines: A New Tool for Looking at History

http://fairewinds.org/podcast/nuclear-timelines-a-new-tool-for-looking-at-history

Study: Brains of arctic polar bears show signs of environmental toxins


Study: Brains of arctic polar bears show signs of environmental toxins
Aarhus, Denmark (UPI) Jul 23, 2013 - Danish scientists say studies have shown environmental toxins are entering the brain tissue of polar bears, suggesting they can cross the blood-brain barrier. The toxins are in a class known as PerFluoroAlkyl Substances, or PFASs, used in a wide variety of commercial and industrial products over the past six decades including water and oil repellent coatings for textiles, paper products ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Study_Brains_of_arctic_polar_bears_show_signs_of_environmental_toxins_999.html

Britain funds agri-tech strategy to reinvent food supply chain

Britain funds agri-tech strategy to reinvent food supply chain
London (UPI) Jul 24, 2013 - Britain says it will invest $245 million in a new agricultural technology strategy meant to boost the global competitiveness of its food production chain. Science Minister David Willetts said Monday the new Agricultural Technologies Strategy seeks to make Britain a "world leader" in farming sciences and technologies in a future that's likely to see sharply rising demand for food grown i ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Britain_funds_agri-tech_strategy_to_reinvent_food_supply_chain_999.html

Hunting said pushing central African forests to point of collapse


Hunting said pushing central African forests to point of collapse
Stirling, Scotland (UPI) Jul 23, 2013 - Hunting of important animal species in central Africa could be pushing forests to the point of ecological collapse, an international research team says. Scientists from British and Australian universities and the Wildlife Conservation Society warn the current rate of unsustainable hunting of forest elephants, gorillas and other seed-dispersing species threatens the ability of forest eco ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Hunting_said_pushing_central_African_forests_to_point_of_collapse_999.html

Arctic methane breach an 'economic time bomb'


Arctic methane breach an 'economic time bomb'
Paris, France (AFP) July 24, 2013 - Massive leakage of methane from thawing shoreline in the Arctic would devastate the world's climate and economy, a trio of scientists warned on Wednesday. Billions of tonnes of this potent greenhouse gas are locked in the shallow frozen shelf of the Arctic Ocean, which warms when summer sea ice retreats as a result of the greenhouse-gas effect, they said in a contribution to Nature. The ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Arctic_methane_breach_an_economic_time_bomb_999.html

Rig Fire Exposes Lingering Dangers of Offshore Drilling

Rig Fire Exposes Lingering Dangers of Offshore Drilling


http://oilprice.com/The-Environment/Oil-Spills/Rig-Fire-Exposes-Lingering-Dangers-of-Offshore-Drilling.html

ANS Update: TEPCO Faces New Setbacks at Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Faces New Setbacks at Fukushima Daiichi

By Will Davis on Jul 25, 2013 07:00 am

by Will Davis Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has found itself thrust into the spotlight again over the last two weeks as a series of events at and around the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station have triggered a large volume … Continue reading
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Future Energy Production Threatened by Water Shortages

 

Future Energy Production Threatened by Water Shortages

http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Future-Energy-Production-Threatened-by-Water-Shortages.html

North Carolina to focus efforts on offshore drilling


North Carolina to focus efforts on offshore drilling

http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2013/07/north-carolina-to-focus-efforts-on-offshore-drilling.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroJuly252013

Fire erupts on drilling rig in Gulf of Mexico


Fire erupts on drilling rig in Gulf of Mexico

http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2013/07/fire-erupts-on-drilling-rig-in-gulf-of-mexico.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroJuly252013

Monsanto Buys BLACKWATER the largest mercenary army in the world

Monsanto Buys BLACKWATER the largest mercenary army in the world

http://southweb.org/blog/monsanto-buys-blackwater-the-largest-mercenary-army-in-the-world/

Tropical Ecosystems Boost Carbon Dioxide As Temperature Rises


Tropical Ecosystems Boost Carbon Dioxide As Temperature Rises

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA scientists and an international team of researchers have found tropical ecosystems can generate significant carbon dioxide when temperatures rise, unlike ecosystems in other parts of the world.
http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?resourceid=7149068&access=EH

New Report: Are Small Businesses More Vulnerable To Climate Change, Extreme Weather?

New Report: Are Small Businesses More Vulnerable To Climate Change, Extreme Weather?

Groundbreaking Report Weighs Unique Challenges Posed to Small Businesses by Climate Change; Focus on Key Sectors: Information Technology, Tourism, Small-Scale Manufacturing, Agriculture, and Landscape Architecture.

http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?resourceid=7148901&access=EH

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

China’s Water Challenge: Implications for the U.S. Rebalance to Asia


China’s Water Challenge: Implications for the U.S. Rebalance to Asia

http://www.cfr.org/china/chinas-water-challenge-implications-us-rebalance-asia/p31147?cid=rss-fullfeed-china%E2%80%99s_water_challenge__impli-072413&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cfr_main+%28CFR.org+-+Main+Site+Feed%29

China’s Environmental Governance Crisis


China’s Environmental Governance Crisis

http://www.cfr.org/china/chinas-environmental-governance-crisis/p31150?cid=rss-fullfeed-china%E2%80%99s_environmental_governan-072413&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cfr_main+%28CFR.org+-+Main+Site+Feed%29

Mugged By Reality Nordhaus on the Smarter Environmental Agenda

 

Mugged By Reality


Nordhaus on the Smarter Environmental Agenda

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

New Research Finds Melting Arctic May Cost Global Economy $60 Trillion


New Research Finds Melting Arctic May Cost Global Economy $60 Trillion

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/07/24/2346771/new-research-finds-melting-arctic-may-cost-global-economy-60-trillion/

Coastal Antarctic permafrost melting faster than expected: Arctic-like melt rates appearing in Coastal Antarctica

Coastal Antarctic permafrost melting faster than expected: Arctic-like melt rates appearing in Coastal Antarctica Scientists have documented an acceleration in the melt rate of permafrost in a part of Antarctica where the ice had been considered stable. The melt rates are comparable with the Arctic and could preview melting permafrost in other parts http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130724103003.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Shifting patterns of temperature volatility in the climate system

Shifting patterns of temperature volatility in the climate system
In recent decades there has been increased variability in yearly temperature records for large parts of Europe and North America, according to a new study.
ScienceDaily: Latest Science News / 4h http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130724134252.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29

Tropical ecosystems boost carbon dioxide as temperatures rises


Tropical ecosystems boost carbon dioxide as temperatures rises
NASA scientists and an international team of researchers have found tropical ecosystems can generate significant carbon dioxide when temperatures rise, unlike ecosystems in other parts of the world.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130724154554.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

How the White House watered down rules on coal-plant water pollution

How the White House watered down rules on coal-plant water pollution


http://grist.org/politics/how-the-white-house-watered-down-rules-on-coal-plant-water-pollution/

Big Oil sued for destroying wetlands around Gulf of Mexico


Big Oil sued for destroying wetlands around Gulf of Mexico

http://grist.org/news/big-oil-sued-for-destroying-wetlands-around-gulf-of-mexico/?utm_source=feedly

Arctic Methane "Burp": A Climate Catastrophe with $60 Trillion Pricetag

Arctic Methane "Burp": A Climate Catastrophe with $60 Trillion Pricetag
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/07/24

Wastewater, Seismic Activity, and Fracking Facts


Wastewater, Seismic Activity, and Fracking Facts

http://theenergycollective.com/saeverley/252581/wastewater-seismic-activity-and-fracking?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Rapid upper ocean warming linked to declining aerosols

Rapid upper ocean warming linked to declining aerosols
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Jul 24, 2013 - They partly attribute the observed warming, and preceding cooling trends to ocean circulation changes induced by global greenhouse gas emissions and aerosols predominantly generated in the Northern Hemisphere from human activity. The research, by scientists from CSIRO and the University of NSW, was published in Scientific Reports. Mr Tim Cowan, lead author of the study, says his grou ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Rapid_upper_ocean_warming_linked_to_declining_aerosols_999.html

New study finds "nighttime heat waves" increasing in Pacific Northwest

New study finds "nighttime heat waves" increasing in Pacific Northwest
Corvallis OR (SPX) Jul 23, 2013 - A new study has found that heat waves are increasing in the western portions of the Pacific Northwest, but not the kind most people envision, with scorching hot days of temperatures reaching triple digits. These heat waves occur at night. Researchers documented 15 examples of "nighttime heat waves" from 1901 through 2009 and 10 of those have occurred since 1990. Five of them took place dur ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/New_study_finds_nighttime_heat_waves_increasing_in_Pacific_Northwest_999.html

Nighttime heat waves quadruple in Pacific Northwest
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 22, 2013 - Nighttime heat waves are becoming more frequent in western Washington and Oregon. And if you don't sleep well in hot weather, this might be a good time to buy a fan, since records show that on average heat waves tend to strike around the last week of July. University of Washington research shows that the region west of the Cascades saw only three nighttime heat waves between 1901 and 1980, ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Nighttime_heat_waves_quadruple_in_Pacific_Northwest_999.html

Tropical ecosystems regulate variations in Earth's carbon dioxide levels

Tropical ecosystems regulate variations in Earth's carbon dioxide levels
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Jul 24, 2013 - The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that a temperature anomaly of just 1+ C (in near surface air temperatures in the tropics) leads to a 3.5-Petagram (billion tonnes of carbon) anomaly in the annual CO2 growth rate, on average. This is the equivalent of 1/3 of the annual global emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels and deforestation ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Tropical_ecosystems_regulate_variations_in_Earths_carbon_dioxide_levels_999.html

Major global analysis offers hope for saving the wild side of staple food crops

Major global analysis offers hope for saving the wild side of staple food crops
Kew, UK (SPX) Jul 23, 2013 - Global efforts to adapt staple foods like rice, wheat and potato to climate change have been given a major boost today as new research shows the whereabouts of their wild cousins. These wild relations could offer beneficial qualities to help major crops become more productive and resilient in the face of future climates and new threats. This new analysis assesses 29 of the world's most imp ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Major_global_analysis_offers_hope_for_saving_the_wild_side_of_staple_food_crops_999.html

Mining For Solar (Only) In Obama’s ‘Zones’

Mining For Solar (Only) In Obama’s ‘Zones’


http://breakingenergy.com/2013/07/23/mining-for-solar-only-in-obamas-zones/?utm_source=Breaking+Energy&utm_campaign=97aad43530-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f852427a4b-97aad43530-407304281

Japan Tsunami's Floating Debris to Keep Hitting the Pacific Coast This Winter

Japan Tsunami's Floating Debris to Keep Hitting the Pacific Coast This Winter


http://gizmodo.com/5971389/japan-tsunamis-floating-debris-to-keep-hitting-the-pacific-coast-this-winter

Tepco hit over slow acknowledgment of radioactive leak

Tepco hit over slow acknowledgment of radioactive leak

Financial Times -
The operator of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station has come under fire for its slow response to evidence that contaminated groundwater has been escaping from the tsunami-crippled facility and flowing into the ocean. Government officials and ...http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/29f3ddf6-f340-11e2-802f-00144feabdc0.html

Tepco now admits Fukushima nuke plant releasing radioactive water into sea

Business Standard -
The Fukushima nuclear plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) has admitted for the first time that radioactive groundwater is flowing into the sea that could poison the marine life. The Japan Times reports that groundwater samples taken at the ...http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/tepco-now-admits-fukushima-nuke-plant-releasing-radioactive-water-into-sea-113072300567_1.html

Tepco Says Toxic Water Leaked to Sea From Fukushima Plant

Businessweek -
Groundwater laced with radiation from melted reactors at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi atomic plant north of Tokyo has been leaking into the Pacific Ocean, raising concern the toxic water has been flowing into the sea since the disaster at the facility more than two ...http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-07-22/tepco-says-toxic-water-leaked-to-sea-from-wrecked-atomic-plant

Radioactive water leaking from Fukushima 28 months after nuclear disaster

The Times (subscription) -
Radioactive steam and water are continuing to leak from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station, more than two years after the meltdown of reactors, which caused the world's second-worst nuclear accident. Tokyo Electric Power Co confirmed yesterday ...http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/asia/article3823598.ece

New worries for Fukushima workers

BBC News -
Workers at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan say they have seen steam rising from one of the damaged reactor buildings, for the second time in less than a week. The company that runs the plant - Tokyo Electric Power Company, also known as ...http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23429421

Japanese government admits it knows of contaminated water

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The crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant is leaking contaminated water into the ocean and the Japanese government has known about the spillage. Tokyo's admission comes 24 hours after Tepco – the Tokyo Electric Power Company which operates the ...http://www.euronews.com/2013/07/23/japanese-government-admits-it-knows-of-contaminated-water/
 

Volunteers See Fukushima Radiation on the Move

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Volunteers See Fukushima Radiation on the Move

New Report Highlights Extent Of Coal Plant Water Pollution, OMB Obstruction

New Report Highlights Extent Of Coal Plant Water Pollution, OMB Obstruction

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report released today by a coalition of environmental and clean water groups, highlights the critical need to clean up power plant water pollution. The report, "Closing the Floodgates: How the Coal Industry Is Poisoning Our Water and How We Can Stop It," found that:
  • In the absence of any effective pollution limit, coal plants have become by far the largest source of toxic water pollution in the country, based on toxicity.
  • Of the 274 coal plants that discharge coal ash and scrubber wastewater into waterways, nearly 70 percent (188) have no limits on the toxics most commonly found in these discharges (arsenic, boron, cadmium, lead, mercury, and selenium) that are dumped directly into rivers, lakes, streams and bays.
  • Of these 274 coal plants, more than one-third (102) have no requirements to monitor or report discharges of these toxic metals to government agencies or the public.
  • A total of 71 coal plants surveyed discharge toxic water pollution into rivers, lakes, streams and bays that have already been declared impaired due to poor water quality. Of these plants that are dumping toxic metals into impaired waterways, more than three out of four coal plants (59) have no permit that limits the amount of toxic metals it can dump.
  • Nearly half of the coal plants surveyed (187) are operating with an expired Clean Water Act permit. 53 of these power plants are operating with permits that expired five or more years ago.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Volunteers See Fukushima Radiation on the Move

Volunteers See Fukushima Radiation on the Move

Crowd-sourced data provides a high-res view of radiation levels in Japan.

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/517416/volunteers-see-fukushima-radiation-on-the-move/

A Song Of Ice And Fire: Wildfires Force ‘Unprecedented’ Changes In Warming Subarctic Forests

A Song Of Ice And Fire: Wildfires Force ‘Unprecedented’ Changes In Warming Subarctic Forests


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/07/23/2343641/increased-wildfires-boreal-forests/

Fossil Fuel Use Pushes Carbon Dioxide Emissions into Dangerous Territory


Fossil Fuel Use Pushes Carbon Dioxide Emissions into Dangerous Territory

http://grist.org/article/fossil-fuel-use-pushes-carbon-dioxide-emissions-into-dangerous-territory/

Alaska’s latest climate worries: Massive wildfires and gushing glaciers

Alaska’s latest climate worries: Massive wildfires and gushing glaciers


http://grist.org/news/alaskas-latest-climate-worries-massive-wildfires-and-gushing-glaciers/?utm_source=feedly

In Hot Water: Ocean Heat Content Continues To Soar

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/07/23/2344691/in-hot-water-ocean-heat-content-continues-to-soar/?mobile=nc

British scientists offer explanations on global warming pause

British scientists offer explanations on global warming pause
(Phys.org) —A team of climate experts from Britain's national weather service (The Met Office) has given a series of presentations at the Science Media Centre in London with the aim of trying to explain why global warming has flattened over the past decade. Journalists were invited to listen as climatologists explained theories that have been developed to describe the current "pause" in global temperature increases the planet has been experiencing. http://phys.org/news/2013-07-british-scientists-explanations-global.html#nwlt


Devastating long-distance impact of earthquakes

Devastating long-distance impact of earthquakes
In 2006 the island of Java, Indonesia was struck by a devastating earthquake followed by the onset of a mud eruption to the east, flooding villages over several square kilometers and that continues to erupt today. Until now, researchers believed the earthquake was too far from the mud volcano to trigger the eruption. Geophysicists at the University of Bonn, Germany and ETH Zurich, Switzerland use computer-based simulations to show that such triggering is possible over long distances. The results have been published in "Nature Geoscience". http://phys.org/news/2013-07-devastating-long-distance-impact-earthquakes.html#nwlt

New iceberg theory points to areas at risk of rapid disintegration

New iceberg theory points to areas at risk of rapid disintegration
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Jul 23, 2013 - In events that could exacerbate sea level rise over the coming decades, stretches of ice on the coasts of Antarctica and Greenland are at risk of rapidly cracking apart and falling into the ocean, according to new iceberg calving simulations from the University of Michigan. "If this starts to happen and we're right, we might be closer to the higher end of sea level rise estimates for the n ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/New_iceberg_theory_points_to_areas_at_risk_of_rapid_disintegration_999.html

Loss of African woodland may impact on climate

Loss of African woodland may impact on climate
Edinburgh, Scotland (SPX) Jul 23, 2013 - Deforestation in parts of Africa could be reversed with changes to land use, a study suggests. A more strategic approach to managing trees across the continent could have a positive impact on the changing climate, researchers say. A pioneering study of African savannas by the University of Edinburgh has revealed deforestation in south-central Africa, driven by rising populations in the aft ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Loss_of_African_woodland_may_impact_on_climate_999.html

It's not just the heat - it's the ozone: Study highlights hidden dangers

It's not just the heat - it's the ozone: Study highlights hidden dangers
York, UK (SPX) Jul 23, 2013 - During heat waves - when ozone production rises - plants' ozone absorption is curtailed, leaving more pollution in the air, and costing an estimated 460 lives in the UK in the hot summer of 2006. Vegetation plays a crucial role in reducing air pollution, but new research by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of York shows that they may not protect us when we need i ... moreIt's not just the heat - it's the ozone: Study highlights hidden dangers