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Friday, September 20, 2013

EPA Girds For Fallout, Issues Regs for New Power Plants

 

EPA Girds For Fallout, Issues Regs for New Power Plants

http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/25218

Halliburton Admits it Destroyed Gulf Spill Evidence


Halliburton Admits it Destroyed Gulf Spill Evidence
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/halliburton-admits-it-destroyed-gulf-spill-evidence/

Halliburton Co pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges of destroying
evidence, stemming from its role in the 2010 BP oil disaster that killed 11 men
and sent more than 4 million barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.

A former Halliburton cementing technology director in Texas also was charged on
Thursday with destroying evidence.

U of M researchers discover early-warning system to prevent fishery collapse


U of M researchers discover early-warning system to prevent fishery collapse
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Sep 20, 2013 - Threats from overfishing can be detected early enough to save fisheries-- and livelihoods --with minimal adjustments in harvesting practices, a new study by researchers in the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences shows. The work indicates that a healthy fishery can be maintained the way a skillful captain steers an oil tanker: by small course corrections that prevent di ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/U_of_M_researchers_discover_early_warning_system_to_prevent_fishery_collapse_999.html

New world map for overcoming climate change

New world map for overcoming climate change
New York NY (SPX) Sep 20, 2013 - Using data from the world's ecosystems and predictions of how climate change will impact them, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Queensland, and Stanford University have produced a roadmap that identifies the world's most vulnerable and least vulnerable areas in the Age of Climate Change. The authors say the vulnerability map will help governments, enviro ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/New_world_map_for_overcoming_climate_change_999.html

Unprecedented rate and scale of ocean acidification found in the Arctic

Unprecedented rate and scale of ocean acidification found in the Arctic
St. Petersburg FL (SPX) Sep 20, 2013 - Acidification of the Arctic Ocean is occurring faster than projected according to new findings published in the journal PLoS One. The increase in rate is being blamed on rapidly melting sea ice, a process that may have important consequences for health of the Arctic ecosystem. Ocean acidification is the process by which pH levels of seawater decrease due to greater amounts of carbon dioxid ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Unprecedented_rate_and_scale_of_ocean_acidification_found_in_the_Arctic_999.html

Lawrence Livermore study finds human activity affects vertical structure of atmospheric temperature


Lawrence Livermore study finds human activity affects vertical structure of atmospheric temperature
Livermore CA (SPX) Sep 20, 2013 - Human influences have directly impacted the latitude/altitude pattern of atmospheric temperature. That is the conclusion of a new report by scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and six other scientific institutions. The research compares multiple satellite records of atmospheric temperature change with results from a large, multi-model archive of simulations. "Human activ ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Lawrence_Livermore_study_finds_human_activity_affects_vertical_structure_of_atmospheric_temperature_999.html

Ahead of IPCC report, fossil-fuel groups organize climate denial campaign


Ahead of IPCC report, fossil-fuel groups organize climate denial campaign

http://grist.org/news/ahead-of-ipcc-report-fossil-fuel-groups-organize-climate-denial-campaign/?utm_campaign=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&sub_email=micheletkearney%40gmail.com

EPA chief tells Grist what coal will have to do to survive in a “carbon-constrained” future

EPA chief tells Grist what coal will have to do to survive in a “carbon-constrained” future

http://grist.org/climate-energy/epa-chief-tells-grist-what-coal-will-have-to-do-to-survive-in-a-carbon-constrained-future/?utm_campaign=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&sub_email=micheletkearney@gmail.com

Beloved Brazilian Monkey Clings To A Shrinking Forest

Beloved Brazilian Monkey Clings To A Shrinking Forest


http://www.npr.org/2013/09/19/224101468/beloved-brazilian-monkey-clings-to-a-shrinking-forest

World's top climate scientists told to 'cover up' the fact that the Earth's temperature hasn't risen for the last 15 years

World's top climate scientists told to 'cover up' the fact that the Earth's temperature hasn't risen for the last 15 years

  • Leaked United Nations report reveals the world's temperature hasn't risen for the last 15 years
  • Politicians have raised concerns about the final draft
  • Fears that the findings will encourage deniers of man-made climate change
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2425775/Climate-scientists-told-cover-fact-Earths-temperature-risen-15-years.html

Thursday, September 19, 2013

EPA’s new rules for coal accelerate Obama’s agenda on climate change


EPA’s new rules for coal accelerate Obama’s agenda on climate change

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/19/epas-new-rules-for-coal-accelerate-obamas-agenda-o/?utm_source=feedly

Fracking and Colorado Flooding Don’t Mix


Fracking and Colorado Flooding Don’t Mix



http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/09/18/fracking-and-colorado-flooding-dont-mix/?utm_source=feedly

Big Oil PR Pros, Lobbyists Dominate EDF Fracking “Study”

A Look Inside a Well-Oiled Machine

Big Oil PR Pros, Lobbyists Dominate EDF Fracking “Study”

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/09/19/big-oil-pr-pros-lobbyists-dominate-edf-fracking-study/?utm_source=feedly

EPA Carbon Regs Won’t Help Advance Technology

EPA Carbon Regs Won’t Help Advance Technology

Because they won’t promote technological development, proposed carbon regs will have little impact.

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/519486/epa-carbon-regs-wont-help-advance-technology/

NASA Launches Study of New Global Land Imaging System

EARTH OBSERVATION
NASA Launches Study of New Global Land Imaging System
Reston, VA (SPX) Sep 20, 2013 - NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will kick off a quest for an innovative and affordable space-based system to extend the Landsat satellite data record for decades to come with a public forum and call for ideas Wednesday, Sept. 18. The Sustainable Land Imaging Architecture Study Industry and Partner Day will take place from 1-4:30 p.m. EDT in the NASA Headquarters Webb Auditorium ... morehttp://www.spacedaily.com/reports/NASA_Launches_Study_of_New_Global_Land_Imaging_System_999.html

A letter to the TEDx community on TEDx and bad science

A letter to the TEDx community on TEDx and bad science

Below is an email sent to the TEDx community regarding our view on bad science/pseudoscience talks at TEDx events.

http://blog.tedx.com/post/37405280671/a-letter-to-the-tedx-community-on-tedx-and-bad-science

TED aligns with Monsanto, halting any talks about GMOs, 'food as medicine' or natural healing

TED aligns with Monsanto, halting any talks about GMOs, 'food as medicine' or natural healing

http://www.naturalnews.com/042112_TED_conferences_pseudoscience_GMO.html

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Over 1,000 tons of Fukushima water dumped after typhoon

Over 1,000 tons of Fukushima water dumped after typhoon
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 17, 2013 -
The operator of the leaking Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday that it dumped more than 1,000 tons of polluted water into the sea after a typhoon raked the facility. Typhoon Man-yi smashed into Japan on Monday, bringing with it heavy rain that caused flooding in some parts of the country, including the ancient city of Kyoto. The rain also lashed near the broken plant run by Tokyo Elect ... morehttp://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Over_1000_tons_of_Fukushima_water_dumped_after_typhoon_999.html

Calculating the true cost of a ton of mountaintop coal

Calculating the true cost of a ton of mountaintop coal
Durham NC (SPX) Sep 16, 2013 -
To meet current U.S. coal demand through surface mining, an area of the Central Appalachians the size of Washington, D.C., would need to be mined every 81 days. That's about 68 square miles - or roughly an area equal to 10 city blocks mined every hour. A one-year supply of coal would require converting about 310 square miles of the region's mountains into surface mines, according to ... morehttp://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Calculating_the_true_cost_of_a_ton_of_mountaintop_coal_999.html

Tufts University Claims Chinese Children Used as Guinea Pigs for GMO Study



Tufts University Claims Chinese Children Used as Guinea Pigs for GMO Study
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/tufts-university-claims-chinese-children-used-as-guinea-pigs-for-gmo-study/

Tufts University announced Tuesday that one of its researchers broke ethical
rules while carrying out a study of genetically modified "golden rice" in
China.

According to the Tufts report, the scientific conclusions of the study remain
valid. The researchers had found that a single bowl of this rice can supply
more than half of a child's daily vitamin [...]

Putting An End to The Monsanto Protection Act


Putting An End to The Monsanto Protection Act
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/putting-an-end-to-the-monsanto-protection-act/

Help us put an end to this underhanded end-run around the courts once and for
all. Urgent Action Alert!

As you know, last March, what the world has been calling the “Monsanto
Protection Act” was inserted at the last minute into a “must-pass” funding
bill to keep the government running through the use of a congressional [...]

Typhoon hits Japan as Fukushima operator releases water into sea

Typhoon hits Japan as Fukushima operator releases water into sea
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 16, 2013 - Typhoon Man-yi hit Japan Monday, leaving three people dead and forcing the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to release rainwater with low levels of radiation into the ocean. The powerful typhoon made landfall in Toyohashi, Aichi prefecture, shortly before 8:00 am (2300 GMT Sunday), packing gusts of up to 162 kilometres (100 miles) per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency sai ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Typhoon_hits_Japan_as_Fukushima_operator_releases_water_into_sea_999.html

Science supporting abundant, nourishing food for a growing civilization

Science supporting abundant, nourishing food for a growing civilization
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Sep 17, 2013 - The diets of people in North America shed almost 1.5 billion pounds of unhealthy saturated and trans fat over the last six years thanks to a new phase in an ongoing agricultural revolution.. In an interview before his keynote address at the 246th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Daniel Kittle, Ph.D., cited the development of healthier foods as one par ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Science_supporting_abundant_nourishing_food_for_a_growing_civilization_999.html

Delaying climate policy would triple short-term mitigation costs

Delaying climate policy would triple short-term mitigation costs
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Sep 18, 2013 - Further delay in the implementation of comprehensive international climate policies could substantially increase the short-term costs of climate change mitigation. Global economic growth would be cut back by up to 7 percent within the first decade after climate policy implementation if the current international stalemate is continued until 2030 - compared to 2 percent if a climate agreemen ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Delaying_climate_policy_would_triple_short_term_mitigation_costs_999.html

The real reason to worry about bees


The real reason to worry about bees
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Sep 17, 2013 - Honeybees should be on everyone's worry list, and not because of the risk of a nasty sting, an expert on the health of those beneficial insects said here today at the 246th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society. Set aside the fact that the honeybee's cousins - hornets, wasps and yellow jackets - actually account for m ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/The_real_reason_to_worry_about_bees_999.html

Unexpected interaction between ocean currents and bacteria

Unexpected interaction between ocean currents and bacteria
Odense, Denmark (SPX) Sep 18, 2013 - For the first time, researchers have successfully demonstrated an interaction between ocean currents and bacteria: The unexpected interaction leads to the production of vast amounts of nitrogen gas in the Pacific Ocean. This takes place in one of the largest oxygen free water masses in the world - and these zones are expanding. This can ultimately weaken the ocean's ability to absorb CO2. ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Unexpected_interaction_between_ocean_currents_and_bacteria_999.html

Tiny plankton could have big impact on climate

Tiny plankton could have big impact on climate
Paris (SPX) Sep 18, 2013 - As the climate changes and oceans' acidity increases, tiny plankton seem set to succeed. An international team of marine scientists has found that the smallest plankton groups thrive under elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. This could cause an imbalance in the food web as well as decrease ocean CO2 uptake, an important regulator of global climate. The results of the study, conducted off ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Tiny_plankton_could_have_big_impact_on_climate_999.html

Movement of marine life follows speed and direction of climate change

Movement of marine life follows speed and direction of climate change
Princeton NJ (SPX) Sep 18, 2013 - Scientists expect climate change and warmer oceans to push the fish that people rely on for food and income into new territory. Predictions of where and when species will relocate, however, are based on broad expectations about how animals will move and have often not played out in nature. New research based at Princeton University shows that the trick to more precise forecasts is to follow loca ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Movement_of_marine_life_follows_speed_and_direction_of_climate_change_999.html

Warm Ocean Rapidly Melting Antarctic Ice Shelf from Below

Warm Ocean Rapidly Melting Antarctic Ice Shelf from Below
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 18, 2013 - For five years, a scientific expedition tried reaching Pine Island Glacier ice shelf in a remote, wind-ridden corner of Antarctica. The obstacles to get to the ice shelf were extreme, but the science goal was simple: to measure how fast the sea was melting the 37-mile long ice tongue from underneath by drilling through the ice shelf. The international team, led by NASA's emeritus glaciolog ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Warm_Ocean_Rapidly_Melting_Antarctic_Ice_Shelf_from_Below_999.html

Cilantro, that favorite salsa ingredient, purifies drinking water

Cilantro, that favorite salsa ingredient, purifies drinking water
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Sep 18, 2013 - Hints that a favorite ingredient in Mexican, Southeast Asian and other spicy cuisine may be an inexpensive new way of purifying drinking water are on the menu today at the 246th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. The meeting included almost 7,000 reports on new discoveries in science and other topics. Reporting on ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Cilantro_that_favorite_salsa_ingredient_purifies_drinking_water_999.html

Model of dangerous bee disease in Jersey provides tool in fight against honeybee infections

Model of dangerous bee disease in Jersey provides tool in fight against honeybee infections
Warwick, UK (SPX) Sep 18, 2013 - Scientists at the University of Warwick have modelled an outbreak of the bee infection American foulbrood in Jersey, using a technique which could be applied to other honeybee diseases such as European foulbrood and the Varroa parasite. As well as modelling how bee infections spread, the method also allows scientists to simulate various disease control interventions in order to measure the ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Model_of_dangerous_bee_disease_in_Jersey_provides_tool_in_fight_against_honeybee_infections_999.html

Watch Out for the Harvest Moon


Watch Out for the Harvest Moon
Huntsville AL (SPX) Sep 18, 2013 - According to folklore, every full Moon has a special name. There's the Wolf Moon, the Snow Moon, the Worm Moon, the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Flower Moon, the Strawberry Moon, the Thunder Moon, the Sturgeon Moon, the Harvest Moon, the Hunter's Moon, the Beaver Moon, and the Long Night's Moon. Each name tells us something about the season or month in which the full Moon appears. This month' ... morehttp://www.moondaily.com/reports/Watch_Out_for_the_Harvest_Moon_999.html

Report links antibiotics at farms to human deaths SFGate

Report links antibiotics at farms to human deaths SFGate http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Report-links-antibiotics-at-farms-to-human-deaths-4819492.php

Americans Are 110 Times More Likely to Die from Contaminated Food Than Terrorism

Americans Are 110 Times More Likely to Die from Contaminated Food Than Terrorism

Cantaloupe vs. al-Qaeda: What's more dangerous?
http://www.alternet.org/media/americans-are-110-times-more-likely-die-contaminated-food-terrorism

Study: Methane emissions from natural gas production lower than estimated

Study: Methane emissions from natural gas production lower than estimated

http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2013/09/study-methane-emissions-from-natural-gas-production-lower-than-estimated.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroSeptember182013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Truth isn’t out there

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/truth-isnt-out-there/1170144/

Truth isn’t out there

Temperatures rise over 'inconsistencies' in UN climate change report -

Temperatures rise over 'inconsistencies' in UN climate change report -
Temperatures rise over 'inconsistencies' in UN climate change report - See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/temperatures-rise-over-inconsistencies-in-un-climate-change-report/story-e6frg8y6-1226720483150#sthash.BZsMkONa.dpuf
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/temperatures-rise-over-inconsistencies-in-un-climate-change-report/story-e6frg8y6-1226720483150

EU policy on climate change is right even if science was wrong, says commissioner


EU policy on climate change is right even if science was wrong, says commissioner

Regardless of whether or not scientists are wrong on global warming, the European Union is pursuing the correct energy policies even if they lead to higher prices, Europe’s climate commissioner has said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/10313261/EU-policy-on-climate-change-is-right-even-if-science-was-wrong-says-commissioner.html

IPCC models getting mushy

IPCC models getting mushy


http://opinion.financialpost.com/2013/09/16/ipcc-models-getting-mushy/

Here's What Led to Colorado's Record-Breaking Flood


Here's What Led to Colorado's Record-Breaking Flood

The world can expect more events like this in the future.
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/09/heres-what-led-to-colorados-record-breaking-flood/279713/

Oil and gas wells shut in as floodwaters spread in Colorado

Oil and gas wells shut in as floodwaters spread in Colorado

http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2013/09/oil-and-gas-wells-shut-in-as-floodwaters-spread-in-colorado.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPetroSeptember172013

Suzuki's Fukushima updates

Suzuki's Fukushima updates

Tatsujiro Suzuki

Tatsujiro Suzuki

Suzuki is the vice chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) and a member of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and...
SEPTEMBER 16, 2013—As there are increasing concerns about the safety of the fishery products due to the leak of contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, it is a good time to look at the latest monitoring results provided by the Fisheries Agency. To keep these new numbers in perspective, however, it is useful to recall that on April 1, 2012, Japan lowered the limits of radioactive contaminants acceptable in food, including seafood, to 100 becquerels per kilogram; this new standard for fisheries replaced the provisional regulation value for radioactive cesium, which had been set at 500 becquerels per kilogram.
http://thebulletin.org/suzukis-fukushima-updates

Colorado National Guard Stranded With Civilians By Colorado Floods

Colorado National Guard Stranded With Civilians By Colorado Floods


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/16/colorado-national-guard-s_n_3935831.html

Typhoon Man-yi complicates Fukushima nuclear cleanup (+video)


Typhoon Man-yi complicates Fukushima nuclear cleanup (+video)

Typhoon Man-yi brought heavy rain and wind to Japan Monday, raising concerns over the fragile cleanup at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Workers already struggle to contain contaminated wastewater, and rain from Typhoon Man-yi adds to the complications at Fukushima.

By Staff writer / September 16, 2013
http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2013/0916/Typhoon-Man-yi-complicates-Fukushima-nuclear-cleanup-video

China And California Form Unlikely Partnership To Address Climate

China And California Form Unlikely Partnership To Address Climate ... ThinkProgress
California's per-capita energy consumption has been almost flat since the ... that California “can be the catalyst that shifts national policy and international policy.http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/09/16/2626181/california-china-climate-deal/

Monday, September 16, 2013

US state, Chinese officials announce climate deal

US state, Chinese officials announce climate deal
(AP)—California Gov. Jerry Brown and China's top climate negotiator on Friday signed the first agreement between a U.S. state and China that seeks greater cooperation on clean energy technologies and research meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. http://phys.org/news/2013-09-state-chinese-climate.html#nwlt

New world map for overcoming climate change


New world map for overcoming climate change

http://phys.org/news/2013-09-world-climate.html#nwlt

Typhoon Forces Dumping of Radioactive Water at Fukushima

Typhoon Forces Dumping of Radioactive Water at Fukushima
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/09/16-3

'Thousand-Year Flood' in Colorado Has Climate Change Written All Over It

'Thousand-Year Flood' in Colorado Has Climate Change Written All Over It
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/09/16

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Editor's Note

Dear Readers
I will be on business travel on Monday so posting during the day will be sporatic.
Posting will resume Monday evening.
Best regards.
Michele Kearney

Japan to boost surveys off Fukushima: report

Japan to boost surveys off Fukushima: report
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Japan_to_boost_surveys_off_Fukushima_report_999.html

500 Missing as Colorado Flood Continues to Rage

500 Missing as Colorado Flood Continues to Rage
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/500-missing-as-colorado-flood-continues-to-rage/

Heavy rains that started Wednesday sparked flash-flooding from Fort Collins to
Colorado Springs
        Residents urged to leave now or risk being stranded for weeks without water or
power

        The National Weather service says there has been over 12 inches of rainfall
since September 1, breaking the 73-year-old record for the month
        Surging floodwaters in Boulder led to the [...]

First Time: Killer Amoeba Detected in Municipal Water Supply


First Time: Killer Amoeba Detected in Municipal Water Supply
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/first-time-killer-amoeba-detected-in-municipal-water-supply/

A 4-year-old child who died of a rare brain infection in early August has led
Louisiana health officials to discover that the cause is lurking in the water
pipes of St. Bernard Parish, southeast of New Orleans.

It's a type of single-celled amoeba called Naegleria fowleri, about a tenth the
width of a human hair. Some call [...]