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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Should Fukushima’s radioactive water be dumped at sea? New Scientist

Should Fukushima’s radioactive water be dumped at sea? New Scientist
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24100-should-fukushimas-radioactive-water-be-dumped-at-sea.html#.UhktrBmEPY1

Fracking Boom Slouching Towards Bust


  Fracking Boom Slouching Toward Bust
by Richard Heinberg
"Americans are being subjected to a massive PR assault attempting to persuade them that shale gas and tight oil have brightened America’s energy future. The problem? It's simply not true."http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/23-0

China and the environment The East is grey


The Economist

China and the environment

The East is grey

China is the world’s worst polluter but largest investor in green energy. Its rise will have as big an impact on the environment as on the world economy or politics

Aug 10th 2013 | BEIJING |From the print edition]The Economist

Al Jazeera's Best-In-Class Coverage Of IPCC Climate Change Report

Posted: 23 Aug 2013 10:00 AM PDT
TV news has been doing a pretty good job of covering the leaked Climate Change report from the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change, but the winner for best coverage of the leaked report would seem to be Al Jazeera America.http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/263521/al-jazeera-provides-best-class-tv-coverage-ipcc-climate-report?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Climate Change: Water in the US West

Posted: 23 Aug 2013 11:00 AM PDT
The primary vector for the impacts of climate change will be water. Rising sea level, floods, and droughts will all carry devastating prices, but lay people who aren’t engaged with climate change simply don’t think in terms of disruptions of the hydrological cycle.http://theenergycollective.com/lougrinzo/262631/water-us-west?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

The Economist and the Missing Warming: A Dangerous Trap

Posted: 24 Aug 2013 09:00 AM PDT
The Economist has an interesting blog on the subject of the recent slower-than-expected rises in global temps compared to climate model predictions. Climate scientists are put on the back foot to explain the “missing warming” and so have fallen into a dangerous trap.http://theenergycollective.com/nialle/264226/economist-and-missing-warming-dangerous-trap?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Friday, August 23, 2013

Editor's Note

Dear Readers
I am taking the weekend off for a change. Will only be posting intermittently until
my return on Sunday. Have a good weekend all.
Best regards.
Michele Kearney

What’s wrong with gorgeous Lake George? Scientists wire it up to find out By David Richardson

What’s wrong with gorgeous Lake George? Scientists wire it up to find out


http://grist.org/living/whats-wrong-with-gorgeous-lake-george-scientists-wire-it-up-to-find-out/

U.S. Federal Agencies Remapping Coastal Areas Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

U.S. Federal Agencies Remapping Coastal Areas Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Aug. 22, 2013 — A day after the administration released the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force progress report, three U.S. federal agencies have announced plans for remapping parts of the East Coast, where Hurricane Sandy altered seafloors and shorelines, destroyed buildings, and disrupted millions of lives last year.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130822164019.htm

How to write about climate: Pull up a barstool By David Roberts

How to write about climate: Pull up a barstool


http://grist.org/climate-energy/how-to-write-about-climate-pull-up-a-barstool/

Warming Antarctic seas likely to impact on krill habitats

Warming Antarctic seas likely to impact on krill habitats
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Warming_Antarctic_seas_likely_to_impact_on_krill_habitats_999.html

Arctic Sea Ice Update: Unlikely to Break Records, but Continuing Downward Trend

Arctic Sea Ice Update: Unlikely to Break Records, but Continuing Downward Trend

Aug. 23, 2013 — The melting of sea ice in the Arctic is well on its way toward its annual "minimum," that time when the floating ice cap covers less of the Arctic Ocean than at any other period during the year. While the ice will continue to shrink until around mid-September, it is unlikely that this year's summer low will break a new record. Still, this year's melt rates are in line with the sustained decline of the Arctic ice cover observed by NASA and other satellites over the last several decades.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130823090811.htm

Sea Ice Decline Spurs the Greening of the Arctic

Sea Ice Decline Spurs the Greening of the Arctic

Aug. 23, 2013 — Sea ice decline and warming trends are changing the vegetation in nearby arctic coastal areas, according to two University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130823094309.htm

Politics has Doomed the Climate Change Debate

Politics has Doomed the Climate Change Debate


http://oilprice.com/The-Environment/Global-Warming/Politics-has-Doomed-the-Climate-Change-Debate.html

Elevated Radiation Triggers Alert, Temporary Evacuation at Hanford Tank Farm

Elevated Radiation Triggers Alert, Temporary Evacuation at Hanford Tank Farm


http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2013/08/23/elevated-radiation-triggers-alert_2c00_-temporary-evacuation-at-hanford-tank-farm-082301.aspx#.UhdyUD84Sw0

Contaminated water from earthquake-damaged Japanese nuclear plant could taint Pacific Ocean

Contaminated water from earthquake-damaged Japanese nuclear plant could taint Pacific Ocean


http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/08/contaminated_water_from_earthq.html

The Day the Earth Ran Out

The Day the Earth Ran Out

The Causes and Consequences of Earth Overshoot Day

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139832/carter-roberts/the-day-the-earth-ran-out?cid=nlc-this_week_on_foreign_affairs-082213-the_day_the_earth_ran_out_4-082213&sp_mid=42382467&sp_rid=bWljaGVsZXRrZWFybmV5QGdtYWlsLmNvbQS2

Fish Bleeding From Eyeballs, Faces, Fins & Tails In Pacific Ocean & Canada

Fish Bleeding From Eyeballs, Faces, Fins & Tails In Pacific Ocean & Canada


http://beforeitsnews.com/mass-animal-death/2013/08/fish-bleeding-from-eyeballs-faces-fins-tails-in-pacific-ocean-canada-2432268.html

Mysterious Dolphin Die-Off Puzzles Scientists

Mysterious Dolphin Die-Off Puzzles Scientists


http://www.livescience.com/39021-east-coast-dolphin-deaths-morbillivirus.html

Confirmed Morbillivirus found in dead dolphins

Confirmed Morbillivirus found in dead dolphins

http://www.amwrro.org.au/news/confirmed-morbillivirus-found-in-dead-dolphins

The News From Fukushima Just Gets Worse, and the Japanese Public Wants Answers

The News From Fukushima Just Gets Worse, and the Japanese Public Wants Answers


Read more: http://world.time.com/2013/08/22/the-news-from-fukushima-just-gets-worse-and-the-japanese-public-wants-answers/#ixzz2cnTKIh6s

http://world.time.com/2013/08/22/the-news-from-fukushima-just-gets-worse-and-the-japanese-public-wants-answers/

Leaky Fukushima nuclear plant raises seafood poisoning concerns

Leaky Fukushima nuclear plant raises seafood poisoning concerns


http://www.nbcnews.com/science/leaky-fukushima-nuclear-plant-raises-seafood-poisoning-concerns-6C10963427

Fishing off Fukushima suspended for indefinite period

Fishing off Fukushima suspended for indefinite period


http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/08/22/national/fishing-off-fukushima-suspended-for-indefinite-period/#.UhdcLT84Sw0

Japan’s leaky nuclear plant No end in sight

Japan’s leaky nuclear plant

No end in sight

 


The Fukushima nightmare lingers

http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21584054-fukushima-nightmare-lingers-no-end-sight

Japan Races To Contain Worst Fukushima Spill Since Meltdown

Japan Races To Contain Worst Fukushima Spill Since Meltdown

Leak Is Prompting Fresh Scrutiny of Handling of Nuclear Site


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323980604579026751169006112.html

Nuclear meltdown’s effect on B.C. fish unclear

Nuclear meltdown’s effect on B.C. fish unclear


http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/nuclear-meltdown-s-effect-on-b-c-fish-unclear-1.597292

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hindcast experiments capture long-term climate fluctuations

Hindcast experiments capture long-term climate fluctuations
Will there be rather warm or cold winters in Germany in the coming years? We may have a long way to go before reliable forecasts of this kind can be achieved. However, marine scientists, under the auspices of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, recently managed to successfully hindcast climate shifts in the Pacific. These shifts also have a profound effect on the average global surface air temperature of the Earth. The most recent shift in the 1990s is one of the reasons that the Earth's temperature has not risen further since 1998. The study, published in the online edition of Journal of Climate, shows the potential for long-term climate predictions. http://phys.org/news/2013-08-hindcast-capture-long-term-climate-fluctuations.html#nwlt

More efficient and economical capture of power plant carbon dioxide emissions

More efficient and economical capture of power plant carbon dioxide emissions
A consortium led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a new technology that captures the carbon dioxide emissions of power plants more economically and ecologically. The International Energy Agency IEA regards carbon dioxide capture as essential if the emission reduction targets set for greenhouse gases are to be met. The new technology is based on a combination of traditional circulating fluidised bed combustion and oxyfuel combustion, enabling more extensive use of cheaper fuels and even biomass. Political decisions and legislative changes will be necessary before widespread implementation of this new technology. http://phys.org/news/2013-08-efficient-economical-capture-power-carbon.html#nwlt

Work at Fukushima Daiichi overwhelmed by contaminated water

Work at Fukushima Daiichi overwhelmed by contaminated water


http://enformable.com/2013/08/work-at-fukushima-daiichi-overwhelmed-by-contaminated-water/

Fukushima leak is 'much worse than we were led to believe'

Fukushima leak is 'much worse than we were led to believe'


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23779561

'Worst-case scenario' at Fukushima

'Worst-case scenario' at Fukushima


http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2013/08/22/Worst-case-scenario-at-Fukushima/UPI-63001377171938/

Allowing Complexity: A Market Response to Climate Change

Allowing Complexity: A Market Response to Climate Change


http://theenergycollective.com/crabel/263016/allowing-complexity-market-response-climate-change?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Public Health: Fossil Fuel Collateral Damage

Public Health: Fossil Fuel Collateral Damage


http://theenergycollective.com/billchameides/263216/fossil-fuel-collateral-damage?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

The Fracking Chickens Are Coming Home To Roost

The Fracking Chickens Are Coming Home To Roost


http://theenergycollective.com/tinacasey/262766/fracking-chickens-are-coming-home-roost?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Arctic shipping holds great promise for Asia

Arctic shipping holds great promise for Asia
Beijing (UPI) Aug 21, 2013 - A shipping route through the Arctic's melting ice holds great promise for Asian companies, experts say. The Northern Sea Route, also called the Northeast Passage, follows along the coast of northern Russia between the Bering Strait in the east and the north cape of Norway in the west. A report Sunday in the British newspaper The Guardian noted the Arctic's summer ice cover has dr ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Arctic_shipping_holds_great_promise_for_Asia_999.html

NASA Scientists Relate Urban Population to Air Pollution

NASA Scientists Relate Urban Population to Air Pollution
Greenbelt MD (NASA) Aug 22, 2013 - Live in a large city like New York, London, Beijing or Mumbai, and you are likely exposed to more air pollution than people in smaller cities in surrounding areas. But exactly how a city's pollution relates to the size of its population has never been measured, until now. Using satellite observations, NASA scientists directly measured air pollution's dependence on population in four of the ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/NASA_Scientists_Relate_Urban_Population_to_Air_Pollution_999.html

Argentine dam deal awarded to Chinese, domestic firms

Argentine dam deal awarded to Chinese, domestic firms
Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autonoma De Buenos Aires (AFP) Aug 21, 2013 - The construction of two hydroelectric dams in Argentina's Patagonia region has been awarded to a consortium of domestic and Chinese companies, President Cristina Kirchner announced Wednesday. Local Electroingenieria e Hidrocuyo and China-based Gezhouba Group Company Limited secured the deal, Kirchner said. Those losing out include Alstom (France)- Odebrecht (Brazil), Isolux (Spain), Sino ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Argentine_dam_deal_awarded_to_Chinese_domestic_firms_999.html

Dams destabilize river food webs: Lessons from the Grand Canyon

Dams destabilize river food webs: Lessons from the Grand Canyon
Millbrook NY (SPX) Aug 22, 2013 - Managing fish in human-altered rivers is a challenge because their food webs are sensitive to environmental disturbance. So reports a new study in the journal Ecological Monographs, based on an exhaustive three-year analysis of the Colorado River in Glen and Grand Canyons. Food webs are used to map feeding relationships. By describing the structure of these webs, scientists can predict how ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Dams_destabilize_river_food_webs_Lessons_from_the_Grand_Canyon_999.html

Arctic warming and our extreme weather: no clear link new study finds

Arctic warming and our extreme weather: no clear link new study finds


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/08/19/arctic-warming-and-our-extreme-weather-no-clear-link-new-study-finds/

Viewing Fukushima in the Cold Light of Chernobyl

Viewing Fukushima in the Cold Light of Chernobyl


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130821124556.htm

‘Crude Solution’ – The Truth About The Gulf Oil Spill

‘Crude Solution’ – The Truth About The Gulf Oil Spill


http://beforeitsnews.com/gulf-oil-spill/2013/08/crude-solution-the-truth-about-the-gulf-oil-spill-2441284.html

World Bank sees $1 trillion bill for rising seas

World Bank sees $1 trillion bill for rising seas


http://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2013/08/world-bank-sees-1-trillion-bill-for-rising-seas/

Ilargi: The Darker Shades Of Shale

Ilargi: The Darker Shades Of Shale

By Raúl Ilargi Meijer, editor-in-chief of The Automatic Earth, Cross posted from Automatic Earth


http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/08/ilargi-the-darker-shades-of-shale.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NakedCapitalism+%28naked+capitalism%29

Latest Radioactive Leak at Fukushima: How Is It Different?

Latest Radioactive Leak at Fukushima: How Is It Different?


http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2013/08/130821-fukushima-latest-leak-how-is-it-different/

Fukushima: the global fallout

Fukushima: the global fallout

The disaster in 2011 has profoundly shaken confidence in the future of nuclear power – a situation exacerbated by rising costs

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/21/fukushima-nuclear-global-fallout-editorial

Radioactive Leaks in Japan Prompt Call for Overseas Help

Radioactive Leaks in Japan Prompt Call for Overseas Help


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-21/tepco-shares-plunge-on-report-of-serious-radiated-water-leak.html

Leaked Copy of U.N. Climate Change Report Shows Agency Struggling To Explain Why Global Warming Has Been Non-Existant Over Last 15 Years

Leaked Copy of U.N. Climate Change Report Shows Agency Struggling To Explain Why Global Warming Has Been Non-Existant Over Last 15 Years


http://weaselzippers.us/2013/08/20/leaked-copy-of-u-n-climate-change-report-shows-agency-struggling-to-explain-why-global-warming-has-been-non-existant-over-last-15-years/

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Extreme weather events fuel climate change

Extreme weather events fuel climate change
Jena, Germany (SPX) Aug 16, 2013 - When the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere rises, the Earth not only heats up, but extreme weather events, such as lengthy droughts, heat waves, heavy rain and violent storms, may become more frequent. Whether these extreme climate events result in the release of more CO2 from terrestrial ecosystems and thus reinforce climate change has been one of the major unanswered questions in climat ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Extreme_weather_events_fuel_climate_change_999.html

Study finds cost of future flood losses in major coastal cities could be over $50 billion by 2050

Study finds cost of future flood losses in major coastal cities could be over $50 billion by 2050
Southampton, UK (SPX) Aug 21, 2013 - Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than nine-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050. 'Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities', published in Nature Climate Change, is part of an ongoing project by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Study_finds_cost_of_future_flood_losses_in_major_coastal_cities_could_be_over_50_billion_by_2050_999.html

'Ecological Debt Day' Reached: World in Resource Overdraft

'Ecological Debt Day' Reached: World in Resource Overdraft
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/08/20-6

'A Huge Amount of Radiation' as Fukushima Crisis Worsens

'A Huge Amount of Radiation' as Fukushima Crisis Worsens
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/08/20-0

Fishing woes

Fishing woes


http://www.thestar.com.my/Lifestyle/Features/2013/08/20/Fishing-woes.aspx

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

IPCC Says 95% Chance Climate Change Is Manmade

IPCC Says 95% Chance Climate Change Is Manmade


http://www.realclearscience.com/2013/08/20/ipcc_says_95_chance_climate_change_is_manmade_254614.html?utm_medium=widget&utm_campaign=rss

A Big Warning Sign on the Colorado River


A Big Warning Sign on the Colorado River

Erik Stokstad, Science Insider

http://www.realclearscience.com/2013/08/20/a_big_warning_sign_on_the_colorado_river_254616.html?utm_medium=widget&utm_campaign=rss

Atlantic Ocean floor oozing massive iron cloud plume

Atlantic Ocean floor oozing massive iron cloud plume


http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/atlantic-ocean-floor-oozing-massive-iron-cloud-plume/

Earth orbit changes were key to Antarctic warming that ended last ice age

Earth orbit changes were key to Antarctic warming that ended last ice age
Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 20, 2013 - For more than a century scientists have known that Earth's ice ages are caused by the wobbling of the planet's orbit, which changes its orientation to the sun and affects the amount of sunlight reaching higher latitudes, particularly the polar regions. The Northern Hemisphere's last ice age ended about 20,000 years ago, and most evidence has indicated that the ice age in the Southern Hemis ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Earth_orbit_changes_were_key_to_Antarctic_warming_that_ended_last_ice_age_999.html

Warming climate pushes plants up the mountain

Warming climate pushes plants up the mountain
Tucson AZ (SPX) Aug 20, 2013 - In a rare opportunity to directly compare plant communities in the same area now with a survey taken 50 years ago, a University of Arizona-led research team has provided the first on-the-ground evidence that Southwestern plants are being pushed to higher elevations by an increasingly warmer and drier climate. The findings confirm that previous hypotheses are correct in their prediction tha ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Warming_climate_pushes_plants_up_the_mountain_999.html

How will crops fare under climate change?

How will crops fare under climate change?
Princeton NJ (SPX) Aug 20, 2013 - The damage scientists expect climate change to do to crop yields can differ greatly depending on which type of model was used to make those projections, according to research based at Princeton University. The problem is that the most dire scenarios can loom large in the minds of the public and policymakers, yet neither audience is usually aware of how the model itself influenced the outcome, th ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/How_will_crops_fare_under_climate_change_999.html

Multifold increase in heat extremes by 2040

Multifold increase in heat extremes by 2040
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Aug 20, 2013 - Extremes such as the severe heat wave last year in the US or the one 2010 in Russia are likely to be seen much more often in the near future. A few decades ago, they were practically absent. Today, due to man-made climate change monthly heat extremes in summer are already observed on 5 percent of the land area. This is projected to double by 2020 and quadruple by 2040, according to a study ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Multifold_increase_in_heat_extremes_by_2040_999.html

EPA Releases Finalized 2013 RFS Requirements

EPA Releases Finalized 2013 RFS Requirements


http://breakingenergy.com/2013/08/19/epa-releases-finalized-2013-rfs-requirements/?utm_source=Breaking+Energy&utm_campaign=712b9b62c2-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f852427a4b-712b9b62c2-407304281

Energy News Roundup: Pigs Can’t Sniff Out All Pipeline Problems

Energy News Roundup: Pigs Can’t Sniff Out All Pipeline Problems


http://breakingenergy.com/2013/08/19/energy-news-roundup-pigs-cant-sniff-out-all-pipeline-problems/?utm_source=Breaking+Energy&utm_campaign=712b9b62c2-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f852427a4b-712b9b62c2-407304281

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

Taking a 360-degree View of Water

WATER WORLD
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

Monday, August 19, 2013

New Utah NSA center requires 1.7M gallons of water daily to operate

New Utah NSA center requires 1.7M gallons of water daily to operate
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=25978926&fm=related_story&s_cid=article-related-3

Fracking boom could lead to housing bust By Roger Drouin

Fracking boom could lead to housing bust


http://grist.org/climate-energy/fracking-boom-could-lead-to-housing-bust/

The Dark Side of North Dakota’s Oil Boom

The Dark Side of North Dakota’s Oil Boom


http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2013/08/16/The-Dark-Side-of-North-Dakota-Oil-Boom.aspx#page1

Big Oil pours fuel on the fire

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/green-driving/news-and-notes/big-oil-pours-fuel-on-the-fire/article13791776/

Experts clash on estimates of oil spilled into Gulf

Experts clash on estimates of oil spilled into Gulf


http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/08/18/experts-clash-on-estimates-of-oil-spilled-into-gulf/