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Thursday, August 15, 2013

How Carbon Dioxide Regs Could Actually Hurt Renewables

How Carbon Dioxide Regs Could Actually Hurt Renewables


http://www.technologyreview.com/view/518396/how-carbon-dioxide-regs-could-actually-hurt-renewables/

China to Implement a Carbon Trading Scheme in its Battle Against Rising Emission

China to Implement a Carbon Trading Scheme in its Battle Against Rising Emission


http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/China-to-Implement-a-Carbon-Trading-Scheme-in-its-Battle-Against-Rising-Emission.html

The futility of “just the facts” climate science By David Roberts

The futility of “just the facts” climate science


http://grist.org/climate-energy/the-futility-of-just-the-facts-climate-science/?utm_campaign=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&sub_email=doylejeffrey@yahoo.com

Water Shortages Pose Greatest Threat to US Economic Growth

Water Shortages Pose Greatest Threat to US Economic Growth


http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Water-Shortages-Pose-Greatest-Threat-to-US-Economic-Growth.html

Associated Press caught blatantly lying about global warming with deceptive photo and caption

Associated Press caught blatantly lying about global warming with deceptive photo and caption


http://www.naturalnews.com/041637_global_warming_Associated_Press_media_bias.html

Brave new world: Americans are learning to live with climate change

Brave new world: Americans are learning to live with climate change


http://grist.org/living/brave-new-world-americans-are-learning-to-live-with-climate-change/

The inevitability of sea level rise

The inevitability of sea level rise


http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2013/08/the-inevitability-of-sea-level-rise/

Heat Waves to Become Much More Frequent and Severe

Heat Waves to Become Much More Frequent and Severe

Aug. 15, 2013 — Climate change is set to trigger more frequent and severe heat waves in the next 30 years regardless of the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) we emit into the atmosphere, a new study has shown.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130815084845.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29

Why this year’s Gulf dead zone is twice as big as last year’s By Tom Philpott

Why this year’s Gulf dead zone is twice as big as last year’s



http://grist.org/food/why-this-years-gulf-dead-zone-is-twice-as-big-as-last-years/

Media Slammed For Limited Analysis Of Major Report On Climate Change

Media Slammed For Limited Analysis Of Major Report On Climate Change


http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/260746/media-slammed-surprisingly-limited-analysis-major-report-climate-change-s-new-norm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Interior Secretary Visits Fracking Fields, But Questions Remain

Interior Secretary Visits Fracking Fields, But Questions Remain

http://theenergycollective.com/francesbeinecke/260576/interior-secretary-visits-fracking-fields-north-dakota-many-questions-remain?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Climate change seen behind ancient civilizations' fall

Climate change seen behind ancient civilizations' fall
Washington, Di`````````````````````````````````strict Of Columbia (AFP) Aug 14, 2013 - A cold, dry spell that lasted hundreds of years may have driven the collapse of Eastern Mediterranean civilizations in the 13th century BC, researchers in France said Wednesday. In the Late Bronze Age, powerful kingdoms spanned lands that are now Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, Syria, Turkey, Israel and the Palestinian territories, but they collapsed suddenly around 1200 BC. Archeologists have lo ... more
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Climate_change_seen_behind_ancient_civilizations_fall_999.html

Too late to stop extreme heat waves: study

Too late to stop extreme heat waves: study
Paris, France (AFP) Aug 14, 2013 - Climate change will trigger harsher and more frequent heat waves in the next 30 years regardless of the amount of Earth-warming carbon dioxide we emit, a study said Thursday. But targets adopted today for curbing greenhouse gas emissions will determine whether the pattern stabilises thereafter, or grows even worse. High temperatures and heat waves in the last decade are widely blamed on ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Too_late_to_stop_extreme_heat_waves_study_999.html

Ozone hole might slightly warm planet

Ozone hole might slightly warm planet
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 15, 2013 - A lot of people mix up the ozone hole and global warming, believing the hole is a major cause of the world's increasing average temperature. Scientists, on the other hand, have long attributed a small cooling effect to the ozone shortage in the hole. Now a new computer-modeling study suggests that the ozone hole might actually have a slight warming influence, but because of its effect on w ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Ozone_hole_might_slightly_warm_planet_999.html

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Coastal Antarctic study identifies large acidic change

Coastal Antarctic study identifies large acidic change
A unique comparison of coastal water monitoring near Australia's Davis Station in East Antarctica has shown significant changes in ocean chemistry over the past 16 years. http://phys.org/news/2013-08-coastal-antarctic-large-acidic.html#nwlt

2012 Great Plains drought not caused by climate change

2012 Great Plains drought not caused by climate change
From May to July 2012, the Great Plains region of the western United States faced a powerful and unpredicted drought. Following 7 months of normal rainfall, the drought was one of the largest deviations from seasonal precipitation rates seen in the region since observations began in 1895. When such extreme events take place today against the backdrop of ongoing global climate change, they raise questions about the relationship between climate change and natural disasters. http://phys.org/news/2013-08-great-plains-drought-climate.html#nwlt

Disposal of Marcellus Shale fracking waste caused earthquakes in Ohio

Disposal of Marcellus Shale fracking waste caused earthquakes in Ohio
Before January 2011, Youngstown, Ohio, had never had an earthquake since observations began in 1776. In December 2010, the Northstar 1 injection well came online, built to pump wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing projects in Pennsylvania into storage deep underground. In the year that followed, seismometers in and around Youngstown recorded 109 earthquakes—the strongest of the set being a magnitude 3.9 earthquake on December 31, 2011. http://phys.org/news/2013-08-disposal-marcellus-shale-fracking-earthquakes.html#nwlt

The Arctic is especially sensitive to black carbon emissions from within the region

The Arctic is especially sensitive to black carbon emissions from within the region
Black carbon, also known as soot, emitted from combustion of fuels and biomass burning, absorbs solar radiation in the atmosphere and is one of the major causes of global warming, after carbon dioxide emissions. When black carbon is deposited on snow and ice, the soot-covered snow or ice absorbs more sunlight, leading to surface warming. Due to the large amount of snow and ice in the Arctic—which has warmed twice as fast as the global average over the past century—the region is likely to be especially sensitive to black carbon. http://phys.org/news/2013-08-arctic-sensitive-black-carbon-emissions.html#nwlt

BLM schedules two major coal leases, undermining President Obama’s climate action plan

BLM schedules two major coal leases, undermining President Obama’s climate action plan


http://grist.org/article/blm-schedules-two-major-coal-leases-undermining-president-obamas-climate-action-plan/

Sick Of The Deepwater Horizon Disaster, BP Gets Aggressive With Lawsuits

Sick Of The Deepwater Horizon Disaster, BP Gets Aggressive With Lawsuits


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/08/14/2464911/bp-spill-lawsuits/

Extreme Weather Events Fuel Climate Change

Extreme Weather Events Fuel Climate Change


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130814132316.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29

Sea Level Rise: Holding Back the Ocean

Sea Level Rise: Holding Back the Ocean


http://theenergycollective.com/lougrinzo/260551/holding-back-ocean?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Taking a 360-degree View of Water

Taking a 360-degree View of Water
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 14, 2013 - Escaping from the ocean, then surfing on clouds until taking that fateful fall back to Earth, water is on a journey. NASA's new short film "Water Falls" invites the public along for the ride as scientists follow water around the globe - on a globe. Produced specifically for the Science on a Sphere media platform in partnership with the Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission, a ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Taking_a_360_degree_View_of_Water_999.html

Greenland ice is melting - also from below

Greenland ice is melting - also from below
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Aug 14, 2013 - The Greenland ice sheet is melting from below, caused by a high heat flow from the mantle into the lithosphere. This influence is very variable spatially and has its origin in an exceptionally thin lithosphere. Consequently, there is an increased heat flow from the mantle and a complex interplay between this geothermal heating and the Greenland ice sheet. The international research initiat ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Greenland_ice_is_melting_also_from_below_999.html

Scientists look into Earth's "Deep Time" to predict future effects of climate change

Scientists look into Earth's "Deep Time" to predict future effects of climate change
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 14, 2013 - Climate change alters the way in which species interact with one another--a reality that applies not just to today or to the future, but also to the past, according to a paper published by a team of researchers in this week's issue of the journal Science. "We found that, at all time scales, climate change can alter biotic interactions in very complex ways," said paleoecologist Jessica Bloi ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Back_to_the_future_Scientists_look_into_Earths_Deep_Time_to_predict_future_effects_of_climate_change_999.html

Seasonal CO2 range expanding as more is added to Earth's atmosphere

Seasonal CO2 range expanding as more is added to Earth's atmosphere
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 14, 2013 - Levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rise and fall each year as plants, through photosynthesis and respiration, take up the gas in spring and summer, and release it in fall and winter. Now the range of that cycle is expanding as more carbon dioxide is emitted from burning fossil fuels and other human activities, according to a study led by scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oce ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Seasonal_CO2_range_expanding_as_more_is_added_to_Earths_atmosphere_999.html

Devastating long-term drought haunts U.S. Southwest: Water wars under way between Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming

Devastating long-term drought haunts U.S. Southwest: Water wars under way between Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming


http://www.naturalnews.com/041618_drought_water_wars_Texas.html

Trucks, Trains, or Pipelines – The Best Way to Transport Petroleum

Trucks, Trains, or Pipelines – The Best Way to Transport Petroleum


http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Trucks-Trains-or-Pipelines-The-Best-Way-to-Transport-Petroleum.html

BP oil spill cleanup: US says the coast is nearly clear. Is it? (+video)

BP oil spill cleanup: US says the coast is nearly clear. Is it? (+video)

Three years after the BP oil spill, the US Coast Guard says only 95 miles of coastline remain to be cleaned. But critics say the full extent of the damage is not yet known, especially in Louisiana, where oil is deep in the coastal environment.


http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2013/0813/BP-oil-spill-cleanup-US-says-the-coast-is-nearly-clear.-Is-it-video

Climate change odds much worse than thought

Climate change odds much worse than thought

New analysis shows warming could be double previous estimates

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2009/roulette-0519.html

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 20, 2009 (download PDF).

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

BP Not Going Down Without a Fight – Set to Sue the Federal Government


BP Not Going Down Without a Fight – Set to Sue the Federal Government

http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/BP-Not-Going-Down-Without-a-Fight-Set-to-Sue-the-Federal-Government.html

Does Acidizing Pose a Greater Threat to the Environment than Fracking?

Does Acidizing Pose a Greater Threat to the Environment than Fracking?


http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Does-Acidizing-Pose-a-Greater-Threat-to-the-Environment-than-Fracking.html

Small Nuclear War Could Reverse Global Warming for Years


http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/02/110223-nuclear-war-winter-global-warming-environment-science-climate-change/

The Fukushima Nightmare Gets Worse by HARVEY WASSERMAN


The Fukushima Nightmare Gets Worse

by HARVEY WASSERMAN


http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/08/13/the-fukushima-nightmare-gets-worse/?utm_source=feedly

Who’s to blame for climate change?

Who’s to blame for climate change?


http://grist.org/article/whos-to-blame-for-climate-change/

More Bad News for the Pacific - Taiwanese NPP Leaking Radioactive Water

More Bad News for the Pacific - Taiwanese NPP Leaking Radioactive Water


http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Nuclear-Power/More-bad-news-for-the-Pacific-Taiwanese-NPP-leaking-radioactive-water.html

Laser System Tracks Iceberg Evolution and Ocean Temperature

Laser System Tracks Iceberg Evolution and Ocean Temperature

Understanding the temperature of the Arctic ocean and the way icebergs form and melt is hugely important for climate models. A new laser tracking technology should help

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/518081/laser-system-tracks-iceberg-evolution-and-ocean-temperature/

Monday, August 12, 2013

How Much Land Does it Take to Produce Solar Energy for 1000 Homes?

How Much Land Does it Take to Produce Solar Energy for 1000 Homes?


http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/25130

A Texan tragedy: Ample oil, no water


A Texan tragedy: Ample oil, no water

http://grist.org/climate-energy/a-texan-tragedy-ample-oil-no-water/?utm_source=feedly

White House calls for more grid spending as climate changes


White House calls for more grid spending as climate changes

http://grist.org/news/white-house-calls-for-more-grid-spending-as-climate-changes/?utm_source=feedly

Climate Benefit for Cutting Soot, Methane Smaller Than Previous Estimates


Climate Benefit for Cutting Soot, Methane Smaller Than Previous Estimates

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130812154403.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29

Ozone hole could be making global warming worse By John Upton

Ozone hole could be making global warming worse


http://grist.org/news/ozone-hole-could-be-making-global-warming-worse/?utm_source=feedly

Fracking Vs. The Drought: They Call It Texas Tea, But You Can’t Drink Oil

Fracking Vs. The Drought: They Call It Texas Tea, But You Can’t Drink Oil


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/08/12/2453731/fracking-drought-they-call-it-texas-tea-but-you-cant-drink-oil/

‘The Era Of The Lawn In The West Is Over’ As Drought-Weary Cities Urge Residents To Save Water

‘The Era Of The Lawn In The West Is Over’ As Drought-Weary Cities Urge Residents To Save Water


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/08/12/2276111/era-of-the-lawn-in-the-west-is-over/

Seasonal Carbon Dioxide Range Expanding as More Is Added to Earth's Atmosphere

Seasonal Carbon Dioxide Range Expanding as More Is Added to Earth's Atmosphere

Aug. 12, 2013 — Levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rise and fall each year as plants, through photosynthesis and respiration, take up the gas in spring and summer, and release it in fall and winter.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130812170338.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Fracking could accelerate global warming

Fracking could accelerate global warming


http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24029-fracking-could-accelerate-global-warming.html?cmpid=RSS|NSNS|2012-GLOBAL|online-news#.Ugl1jxmEPgo

Dealing with the Possibility: Nuclear Power Plants and Earthquakes

Dealing with the Possibility: Nuclear Power Plants and Earthquakes



http://nuclearstreet.com/pro_nuclear_power_blogs/b/united-states-nuclear-regulatory-commission/archive/2013/08/12/dealing-with-the-possibility-nuclear-power-plants-and-earthquakes.aspx#.Ugl1LBmEPgo

White House: 58% of US Grid Outages Are Caused by Extreme Weather


White House: 58% of US Grid Outages Are Caused by Extreme Weather


http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/White-House-58-of-US-Grid-Outages-Are-Caused-by-Extreme-Weather?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GTM_SmartGrid+%28GTM+Smart+Grid%29

White House: 58% of US Grid Outages Are Caused by Extreme Weather


White House: 58% of US Grid Outages Are Caused by Extreme Weather


http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/White-House-58-of-US-Grid-Outages-Are-Caused-by-Extreme-Weather?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GTM_SmartGrid+%28GTM+Smart+Grid%29

Can Existing Coal Plants Survive the New Carbon Pollution Regulation?

Can Existing Coal Plants Survive the New Carbon Pollution Regulation?


http://www.power-eng.com/articles/print/volume-117/issue-8/departments1/clearing-the-air/can-existing-coal-plants-survive-the-new-carbon-pollution-regulation.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+power-engineering-latest-news-rss+%28PE+-+Power+Engineering+Latest+News%29

Small Texan Communities Dry Up as Fracking Industry Takes Water

Small Texan Communities Dry Up as Fracking Industry Takes Water



http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Small-Texan-Communities-Dry-Up-as-Fracking-Industry-Takes-Water.html

Miami and EPA Ignore Climate Impacts


Miami and EPA Ignore Climate Impacts

http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/259561/miami-and-epa-ignore-climate-impacts?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Toxic water detected in newly built well at Fukushima nuclear plant

Toxic water detected in newly built well at Fukushima nuclear plant

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday it has detected radioactive tritium in groundwater collected from a newly built observation well by the sea at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130812p2g00m0dm016000c.html

More news from Fukushima

More news from Fukushima


http://blogs.fas.org/sciencewonk/2013/08/more-news-from-fukushima/

Legacy of 1986 Chernobyl disaster seen in impact on region's forests

Legacy of 1986 Chernobyl disaster seen in impact on region's forests
Columbia, S.C. (UPI) Aug 9, 2013 - Radiation from Russia's 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster has had a lasting negative impact on the region's trees, a study suggests. While the worst effects in surrounding forests were recorded in the "first few years" after the accident, surviving trees were left vulnerable to environmental stress such as drought with young trees particularly affected, researchers said. Their stu ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Legacy_of_1986_Chernobyl_disaster_seen_in_impact_on_regions_forests_999.html

UI researcher finds human activity muddies causes of Texas floods

UI researcher finds human activity muddies causes of Texas floods
Iowa City IA (SPX) Aug 12, 2013 - Periodic flooding in Texas-one the most flood-prone states in the nation-cannot be firmly linked to climate change due to numerous dams and other manmade structures introduced over the years, according to a University of Iowa study. The researchers also found that tropical cyclones are less responsible for major floods in the region than in the eastern United States. The study, which ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/UI_researcher_finds_human_activity_muddies_causes_of_Texas_floods_999.html

Ozone hole might slightly warm planet

Ozone hole might slightly warm planet
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 12, 2013 - A lot of people mix up the ozone hole and global warming, believing the hole is a major cause of the world's increasing average temperature. Scientists, on the other hand, have long attributed a small cooling effect to the ozone shortage in the hole. Now a new computer-modeling study suggests that the ozone hole might actually have a slight warming influence, but because of its effect on w ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Ozone_hole_might_slightly_warm_planet_999.html

Climate change Can China clean up fast enough?

Climate change

Can China clean up fast enough?

The world’s biggest polluter is going green, but it needs to speed up the transition


http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21583277-worlds-biggest-polluter-going-green-it-needs-speed-up-transition-can-china

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Is Using Obviously Faulty Models to Pretend Crumbling Nuclear Reactors Are Safe

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Is Using Obviously Faulty Models to Pretend Crumbling Nuclear Reactors Are Safe


http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/nuclear-regulatory-commission-is-using-faulty-models-to-keep-crumbling-nuclear-reactors-online.html

Climate Security Why Zero Carbon Technology Is the Key

Climate Security

Why Zero Carbon Technology Is the Key


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

Study: Keystone XL would have no material impact on greenhouse gas emissions

Study: Keystone XL would have no material impact on greenhouse gas emissions


http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2013/08/study-keystone-xl-pipeline-would-have-no-material-impact-on-u-s-greenhouse-gas-emissions.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroAugust122013

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Greenland Ice Is Melting -- Even from Below: Heat Flow from the Mantle Contributes to the Ice Melt

Greenland Ice Is Melting -- Even from Below: Heat Flow from the Mantle Contributes to the Ice Melt



http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130811150608.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29

Vibrant Environmental Movement Builds in Response to Extreme Energy Extraction

Vibrant Environmental Movement Builds in Response to Extreme Energy Extraction

The future should be a carbon-free, nuclear-free energy economy.

http://www.alternet.org/activism/vibrant-environmental-movement-builds-response-extreme-energy-extraction

AGU Statement on Climate Change: Update

AGU Statement on Climate Change: Updatehttp://globalwarmingisreal.com/2013/08/07/agu-statement-on-climate-change-update/

Posted:Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:35:47 +0000
AGU Statement on Climate Change - revised and reaffirmed for 2013On Monday the American Geophysical Union (AGU) released a revised position statement on climate change, sending a clear message in its title: Human-induced Climate Change Requires Urgent Action.
Established in 1919 as a committee within the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, the AGU was independently incorporated in 1972. The international non-profit now has more than 61,000 members working to further the understanding of Earth Science through the efforts of its member scientists and in cooperation with national and international scientific organizations.
Among the organization’s activities, the AGU regularly publishes peer-reviewed scientific journals and research papers as well as position statements aimed at providing scientific expertise on important policy issues related to Earth and space science.
The AGU first released its position statement on climate change in December of 2003. The statement was reaffirmed and revised in December of 2007 and again in February of 2012. The AGU Position Statement Task Force reviews each statement to determine of it can be renewed as is, required modification or should be eliminated entirely. In March of 2012, the task force determined and update was required for its position statement on climate change prior to renewal. The updated statement was publicly released on Monday, August 5, 2013.
Says Gerald North,  chairman of AGU’s Climate Change Position Statement Review Panel:
“AGU has a responsibility to help policy makers and the public understand the impacts our science can have on public health and safety, economic stability and growth, and national security. Because our understanding of climate change and its impacts on the world around us has advanced so significantly in the last few years, it was vitally important that AGU update its position statement. The new statement is more reflective of the current state of scientific knowledge. It also calls greater attention to the specific societal impacts we face and actions that can diminish the threat.”

AGU Statement on Climate Change

Human-induced climate change requires urgent action.
Humanity is the major influence on the global climate change observed over the past 50 years. Rapid societal responses can significantly lessen negative outcomes.
“Human activities are changing Earth’s climate. At the global level, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping greenhouse gases have increased sharply since the Industrial Revolution. Fossil fuel burning dominates this increase. Human-caused increases in greenhouse gases are responsible for most of the observed global average surface warming of roughly 0.8°C (1.5°F) over the past 140 years. Because natural processes cannot quickly remove some of these gases (notably carbon dioxide) from the atmosphere, our past, present, and future emissions will influence the climate system for millennia.
Extensive, independent observations confirm the reality of global warming. These observations show large-scale increases in air and sea temperatures, sea level, and atmospheric water vapor; they document decreases in the extent of mountain glaciers, snow cover, permafrost, and Arctic sea ice. These changes are broadly consistent with long- understood physics and predictions of how the climate system is expected to respond to human-caused increases in greenhouse gases. The changes are inconsistent with explanations of climate change that rely on known natural influences.
Climate models predict that global temperatures will continue to rise, with the amount of warming primarily determined by the level of emissions. Higher emissions of greenhouse gases will lead to larger warming, and greater risks to society and ecosystems. Some additional warming is unavoidable due to past emissions.
Climate change is not expected to be uniform over space or time. Deforestation, urbanization, and particulate pollution can have complex geographical, seasonal, and longer-term effects on temperature, precipitation, and cloud properties. In addition, human-induced climate change may alter atmospheric circulation, dislocating historical patterns of natural variability and storminess.
In the current climate, weather experienced at a given location or region varies from year to year; in a changing climate, both the nature of that variability and the basic patterns of weather experienced can change, sometimes in counterintuitive ways — some areas may experience cooling, for instance. This raises no challenge to the reality of human-induced climate change.
Impacts harmful to society, including increased extremes of heat, precipitation, and coastal high water are currently being experienced, and are projected to increase. Other projected outcomes involve threats to public health, water availability, agricultural productivity (particularly in low-latitude developing countries), and coastal infrastructure, though some benefits may be seen at some times and places. Biodiversity loss is expected to accelerate due to both climate change and acidification of the oceans, which is a direct result of increasing carbon dioxide levels.
While important scientific uncertainties remain as to which particular impacts will be experienced where, no uncertainties are known that could make the impacts of climate change inconsequential. Furthermore, surprise outcomes, such as the unexpectedly rapid loss of Arctic summer sea ice, may entail even more dramatic changes than anticipated.
Actions that could diminish the threats posed by climate change to society and ecosystems include substantial emissions cuts to reduce the magnitude of climate change, as well as preparing for changes that are now unavoidable. The community of scientists has responsibilities to improve overall understanding of climate change and its impacts. Improvements will come from pursuing the research needed to understand climate change, working with stakeholders to identify relevant information, and conveying understanding clearly and accurately, both to decision makers and to the general public.”
Adopted by the American Geophysical Union December 2003; Revised and Reaffirmed December 2007, February 2012, August 2013. 

Rising Great Lakes Water Temperature: A New Normal? [VIDEO]


Posted by: Tom Schueneman

Rising Great Lakes Water Temperature: A New Normal? [VIDEO]


http://theenergycollective.com/globalwarmingisreal/259701/video-friday-rising-great-lakes-water-temperature-new-normal-region?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Land-Use Requirements of Solar

Land-Use Requirements of Solar

Aug. 6, 2013 — The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a report on the land use requirements of solar power plants based on actual land-use practices from existing solar facilities.


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130806145537.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Small risk of major fish contamination from Fukushima leak

Small risk of major fish contamination from Fukushima leak


http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacific-beat/small-risk-of-major-fish-contamination-from-fukushima-leak/1173438

Japan Stepping In to Help Clean Up Atomic Plant

Japan Stepping In to Help Clean Up Atomic Plant


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/08/world/asia/fukushima-nuclear-plant-radiation-leaks.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Nuclear Expert: Fukushima Is 'Emergency Without End'

Nuclear Expert: Fukushima Is 'Emergency Without End'

Arjun Makhijani: Radioactive strontium being released is 'likely to be a seaside nightmare for decades.'


http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/08/10-0

Radioactive water overruns Fukushima barrier - TEPCO

Radioactive water overruns Fukushima barrier - TEPCO


http://rt.com/news/fukushima-water-overrun-barrier-335/

Japanese nuclear power plant leaking radioactive water into ocean


Japanese nuclear power plant leaking radioactive water into ocean


http://www.daily-times.com/ci_23836378/japanese-nuclear-power-plant-leaking-radioactive-water-into

A Deeper Climate Conversation How Natural Gas and Nuclear Are Essential to Decarbonization

A Deeper Climate Conversation

How Natural Gas and Nuclear Are Essential to Decarbonization

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A complex and productive conversation over the role of natural gas and nuclear, one that contrasts the simplistic conception of decarbonization as a shift from fossil fuels to exclusively renewable technologies, has emerged in the public discourse. In our two recent reports, ‘Coal Killer’ (left) and ‘How to Make Nuclear Cheap’ (right), we aim to show that the promise of natural gas and nuclear for energy access, decarbonization, and energy innovation do not replace hopes and efforts to expand renewables like wind and solar. Rather, given renewables' short-term and long-term obstacles for providing abundant zero-carbon energy on a high-energy planet, we believe it is crucial that natural gas and nuclear gain more than reluctant acceptance.http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/programs/energy-and-climate/a-deeper-climate-conversation/