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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Editor's Note

  Dear Readers:
Too many household chores to do now .... especially with winter coming around the corner.  return  Regular blogging will  return tomorrow evening.
Best regards. 

We Are Terrifyingly Close to the Climate's 'Point of No Return'

 

We Are Terrifyingly Close to the Climate's 'Point of No Return'

Should fossil fuel use continue on its current trajectory, the future for life on planet Earth is bleak.
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/09/we-are-terrifyingly-close-to-the-climates-point-of-no-return/280076/

What Leading Scientists Want You to Know About Today's Frightening Climate Report


What Leading Scientists Want You to Know About Today's Frightening Climate Report

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/09/what-leading-scientists-want-you-to-know-about-todays-frightening-climate-report/280045/

Is the Natural Gas Industry to Blame for the Toxic Sinkhole Devouring a Town in Louisiana?

Is the Natural Gas Industry to Blame for the Toxic Sinkhole Devouring a Town in Louisiana?

Currently, the sinkhole is roughly the size of 20 football fields, exhausting methane from deep inside its core - and growing daily.

http://www.alternet.org/natural-gas-industry-blame-toxic-sinkhole-devouring-town-louisiana

NEWS RELEASE: El Niño cycle has a big effect on a major greenhouse gas

NEWS RELEASE: El Niño cycle has a big effect on a major greenhouse gas


http://globalchange.mit.edu/news-events/news/news_id/309#.UkdeahmEPgo

The IPCC climate-change report It's still our fault

The IPCC climate-change report

It's still our fault


http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2013/09/ipcc-climate-change-report

8 Damning Facts From the U.N.’s Climate Change Report


8 Damning Facts From the U.N.’s Climate Change Report

A U.N. panel has released an exhaustive new report on climate change. The bad news: it’s all our fault. The worse news: it’s not going to stop. Miranda Green on what you need to know.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/09/27/8-damning-facts-from-the-u-n-s-climate-change-report.html

Why Skeptics Are Happy With Today's Big Climate Change Report


Why Skeptics Are Happy With Today's Big Climate Change Report

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/technology/2013/09/why-skeptics-are-happy-todays-big-climate-change-report/7048/

United Nations Climate Change Report Wrong As Usual


United Nations Climate Change Report Wrong As Usual

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/092713-673002-ipcc-global-warming-models-projection-wrong.htm

Friday’s Big Global Warming Report: 5 Takeaways


http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/13/130927-ipcc-report-released-climate-change-global-warming-intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change/

Foods that are most alkaline

foods

Foods that are most alkaline


http://www.naturalnews.com/042248_alkaline_foods_inflammation_disease_prevention.html

China still leads the world in emissions, with no end in sight

China still leads the world in emissions, with no end in sight Grist
Power plant stacks tower over a town in China's coal country. James West/Climate Desk Power plant stacks tower over a town in China's coal country.http://grist.org/climate-energy/china-still-leads-the-world-in-emissions-with-no-end-in-sight/

'Unequivocal' says IPCC: Planet Is Burning, Humans Are Causing It

'Unequivocal' says IPCC: Planet Is Burning, Humans Are Causing It

Global scientific consensus says planet is changing in ways unseen in thousands of years and if something 'substantial' not done, and soon, the results will be unthinkable

- Jon Queally, staff writer

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/09/27

Crisis at Fukushima Continues to Spiral With Hole in Radiation Barrier

Crisis at Fukushima Continues to Spiral With Hole in Radiation Barrier

Fence made of silt that sits in harbor has been breached, TEPCO admits, sparking further concern of ocean contamination


http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/09/26-1

Anti-GMO Campaigners Claim Victory as 'Monsanto Protection Act' Stripped From Senate Bill

Anti-GMO Campaigners Claim Victory as 'Monsanto Protection Act' Stripped From Senate Bill

Organizers cheer, saying the voices raised against genetically modified foods and giveaways to biotech giants were heard


http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/09/25-2

Friday, September 27, 2013

IPCC Scientists Warn Of Upper Limit on CO2 Emissions



27 Sep 2013: IPCC Scientists Warn
Of Upper Limit on CO2 Emissions

http://e360.yale.edu/digest/ipcc_scientists_warn__of_upper_limit_on_co2_emissions/3963/

Climatologist Caldeira: Building Keystone XL Would Mean Obama Is Not Serious About Climate Action

Climatologist Caldeira: Building Keystone XL Would Mean Obama Is Not Serious About Climate Action


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/09/26/2684021/ken-caldeira-keystone-xl-climate-action/

Alarming IPCC Prognosis: 9°F Warming For U.S., Faster Sea Rise, More Extreme Weather, Permafrost Collapse

Alarming IPCC Prognosis: 9°F Warming For U.S., Faster Sea Rise, More Extreme Weather, Permafrost Collapse


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/09/27/2691471/ipcc-report-warming-extreme-weather/

15 Things You Should Know About The New IPCC Report On Climate Science

15 Things You Should Know About The New IPCC Report On Climate Science


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/09/27/2681861/15-things-ipcc-report/

How the Insurance Industry Is Dealing With Climate Change


How the Insurance Industry Is Dealing With Climate Change

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2013/09/how-the-insurance-industry-is-dealing-with-climate-change/

El Niño cycle has a big effect on a major greenhouse gas


El Niño cycle has a big effect on a major greenhouse gas

Nitrous oxide emissions decrease during El Niño, increase during La Niña.
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2013/el-nino-cycle-affects-nitrous-oxide-emissions-0927.html

What the IPCC found: The big news from the new climate assessment


What the IPCC found: The big news from the new climate assessment

http://grist.org/climate-energy/what-the-ipcc-found-the-big-news-from-the-new-climate-assessment/?utm_source=feedly

These amazing photos will change the way you look at water

These amazing photos will change the way you look at water


http://grist.org/list/these-amazing-photos-will-change-the-way-you-look-at-water/?utm_source=feedly

2014 U.S. Climate Action Report for public review and comment

2014 U.S. Climate Action Report for public review and comment


http://www.climatesciencewatch.org/2013/09/26/2014-u-s-climate-action-report-for-public-review-and-comment/

International Climate Report Underscores Need for Greater Policy Action


International Climate Report Underscores Need for Greater Policy Action

WASHINGTON (September 27, 2013)—The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) newest report on the state of climate science is a warning for policymakers, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press_release/international-climate-report-ipcc-0406.html

New IPCC Report Strengthens Certainty of Climate Change

New IPCC Report Strengthens Certainty of Climate Change

The new climate report largely reaffirms scientists’ claims.

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/519636/new-ipcc-report-strengthens-certain-of-climate-change/

One Way to Solve Fracking’s Dirty Problem


One Way to Solve Fracking’s Dirty Problem

GE has demonstrated technology aimed at addressing one of the biggest challenges with fracking: water pollution.
http://www.technologyreview.com/news/519416/one-way-to-solve-frackings-dirty-problem/

or A Pause, Not an End, to Warming


A Pause, Not an End, to Warming


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/26/opinion/a-pause-not-an-end-to-warming.html?hp

We can't wash our hands of climate change. So let's roll up our sleeves

 

We can't wash our hands of climate change. So let's roll up our sleeves

Ed Miliband's energy freeze is bad economics; the Tories are worse. We need to revisit the can-do vision of the postwar years
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/27/climate-change-ed-miliband-energy-freeze

Fracking Chemicals May Be Unknown, Even To Gas Drillers, Lawsuit Documents Suggest

 

Fracking Chemicals May Be Unknown, Even To Gas Drillers, Lawsuit Documents Suggest

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/27/fracking-chemicals_n_3998319.html

Shale Gas Study Showing Minimal Methane Leakage Exposes Rifts in Enviro Movement


Shale Gas Study Showing Minimal Methane Leakage Exposes Rifts in Enviro Movement

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jon-entine/shale-gas-study-showing-m_b_3984066.html

Water Finally Discovered on Mars


Water Finally Discovered on Mars
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/water-finally-discovered-on-mars/

NASA's Curiosity Rover Just Found Water in Martian Soil

Just when you thought ol' Curiosity was digging in for the winter, the little
discovery machine came up with a doozy: It discovered water in Martian soil.
NASA scientists just published five papers in Science detailing the
experiments that led to the discovery. That's right. There's water on Mars.
Impressive as it is, [...]

Unbelievable Consequences if Risky Fukushima Cleanup Goes Bad


Unbelievable Consequences if Risky Fukushima Cleanup Goes Bad
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/we-face-unbelievable-consequences-if-risky-fukushima-cleanup-goes-bad/

UPDATE: I spoke about this issue with Nicole Sandler on the Nicole Sandler
Show. That discussion is here. Start the player, then advance to 26:54 to hear
our segment. Thanks.
________

Does the planned November 2013 removal of the spent fuel rods stored at
Fukushima’s heavily damaged Reactor 4 need a global intervention, or should
TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co., a for-profit [...]

Wind and rain belts to shift north as planet warms


Wind and rain belts to shift north as planet warms
New York NY (SPX) Sep 27, 2013 - As humans continue to heat the planet, a northward shift of Earth's wind and rain belts could make a broad swath of regions drier, including the Middle East, American West and Amazonia, while making Monsoon Asia and equatorial Africa wetter, says a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study authors base their prediction on the warming that brought Earth out of ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Wind_and_rain_belts_to_shift_north_as_planet_warms_999.html

Ocean Warming, Sea Level Rise And Polar Ice Melt Speed Up, Surface Warming Follows


Posted: 27 Sep 2013 01:00 AM PDT
Much of the media believes climate change isn’t what gets measured and reported by scientists, but is somehow a debate between scientists and deniers. So we are subject to stories like 'Controversy over U.N. report on climate change as warming appears to slow.'http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/280301/faux-pause-ocean-warming-sea-level-rise-and-polar-ice-melt-speed-surface-warming-f?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Bracing for IPCC Impact

Posted: 27 Sep 2013 09:00 AM PDT
At the end of this week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is due to release the first part of its 5th Assessment Report, which will cover the science behind the climate change issue. Arguably this is the most important part; it lays out the foundation for all that is to follow.http://theenergycollective.com/davidhone/280116/bracing-ipcc-impact?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Climate Skeptics Against Global Warming


Climate Skeptics Against Global Warming


What Conservatives Can Teach Liberals About Global Warming Policy


http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/voices/michael-shellenberger-and-ted-nordhaus/global-warming-deniers-against-global-warming/

Humans blamed for ‘unequivocal’ global warming

Humans blamed for ‘unequivocal’ global warming


http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/a5ef80d6-273e-11e3-ae16-00144feab7de.html

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lib Dems' nuclear U-turn shows they realise we can't say 'no' to everything


Lib Dems' nuclear U-turn shows they realise we can't say 'no' to everything

Party's ditching of mistaken policy signals they understand we face serious challenges of energy security and climate change

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/16/ed-davey-nuclear-power-climate-change

Golden rice debunked: ten blatant contradictions and false claims of genetically modified rice

Golden rice debunked: ten blatant contradictions and false claims of genetically modified rice


http://www.naturalnews.com/042212_golden_rice_debunked_genetically_engineered_foods.html

The myth of scientists as atheists

The myth of scientists as atheists


http://www.ipscell.com/2013/09/the-myth-of-scientists-as-atheists/

Arsenic Nation

Arsenic Nation


http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/09/arsenic-nation/

Global Warming Without Fear

Global Warming Without Fear


http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/realism-in-the-latest-ipcc-climate-report-by-bj-rn-lomborg

Feds to frackers: “No, please — let us help you find a place to dump your wastewater”

Feds to frackers: “No, please — let us help you find a place to dump your wastewater”


http://grist.org/news/fed-to-frackers-no-please-let-us-help-you-find-a-place-to-dump-your-wastewater/?utm_source=feedly

Faux Pause: Ocean Warming, Sea Level Rise And Polar Ice Melt Speed Up, Surface Warming To Follow

Faux Pause: Ocean Warming, Sea Level Rise And Polar Ice Melt Speed Up, Surface Warming To Follow


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/09/25/2562441/faux-pause-ocean-warming-speed-up/

Experts: Climate Scientists Have Obligation to Political Impartiality

Experts: Climate Scientists Have Obligation to Political Impartiality


http://theenergycollective.com/miashaw/279451/climate-scientists-have-obligation-political-impartiality-experts-argue?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

A Pause, Not an End, to Warming

A Pause, Not an End, to Warming

BERKELEY, Calif. — THE global warming crowd has a problem. For all of its warnings, and despite a steady escalation of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, the planet’s average surface temperature has remained pretty much the same for the last 15 years. 
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/26/opinion/a-pause-not-an-end-to-warming.html?_r=0
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Energy Quote of the Day: US Burns More Coal in 2013

Energy Quote of the Day: US Burns More Coal in 2013


http://breakingenergy.com/2013/09/25/energy-quote-of-the-day-us-burns-more-coal-in-2013/?utm_source=Breaking+Energy&utm_campaign=3f7ac57003-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f852427a4b-3f7ac57003-407304281

Climate Week NYC: Bringing Climate Solutions to Scale

Climate Week NYC: Bringing Climate Solutions to Scale


http://breakingenergy.com/2013/09/25/climate-week-nyc-bringing-climate-solutions-to-scale/?utm_source=Breaking+Energy&utm_campaign=3f7ac57003-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f852427a4b-3f7ac57003-407304281

Economic rewards of better land management

Economic rewards of better land management
New York NY (SPX) Sep 26, 2013 - Adopting proven sustainable land management practices could raise world crop supplies by an estimated 2.3 billion tonnes, worth $1.4 trillion, experts say in a study being released at a major global desertification conference. Conducted by the international Economics of Land Degradation initiative, the scientific interim report says land's economic value "is chronically undervalued and com ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Economic_rewards_of_better_land_management_999.html

Livestock is major contributor to global warming: UN

Livestock is major contributor to global warming: UN
Rome (AFP) Sept 26, 2013 - Livestock farming makes up 14.5 percent of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, the UN food agency said Thursday, proposing solutions like breeding less-flatulent types of cows. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said the methane from livestock every year was equivalent to around 144 million tonnes of oil - enough to power the whole of South Africa. The Rome-based agency ... morehttp://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Livestock_is_major_contributor_to_global_warming_UN_999.html

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Is Natural Gas ‘Clean’? By MARK BITTMAN

Is Natural Gas ‘Clean’?


http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/is-natural-gas-clean/?_r=0

Banning Demon Coal

Banning Demon Coal

The EPA wants to eliminate this major source of U.S. electric power.


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303759604579095292685100308.html

World won't cool without geoengineering, warns report

World won't cool without geoengineering, warns report


http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24261-world-wont-cool-without-geoengineering-warns-report.html?cmpid=RSS|NSNS|2012-GLOBAL|online-news#.UkMOYT-E5ac

“Covering Up The [Gulf] Oil Spill With Corexit Was a Deadly Action … What Happened In the Gulf Was a Political Act, an Act of Cowardice and Greed”

“Covering Up The [Gulf] Oil Spill With Corexit Was a Deadly Action … What Happened In the Gulf Was a Political Act, an Act of Cowardice and Greed”


http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/09/bps-gulf-oil-spill-covering-up-the-oil-spill-with-corexit-was-a-deadly-action-what-happened-in-the-gulf-was-a-political-act-an-act-of-cowardice-and-greed.html

Nearly One In 10 U.S. Watersheds Is 'Stressed'; Demand For Water Outpacing Supply: CIRES Study

Nearly One In 10 U.S. Watersheds Is 'Stressed'; Demand For Water Outpacing Supply: CIRES Study


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/24/watersheds-stressed-study-supply-water_n_3983176.html

Arctic Sea Ice Minimum in 2013 is Sixth Lowest on Record

Arctic Sea Ice Minimum in 2013 is Sixth Lowest on Record
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 25, 2013 - After an unusually cold summer in the northernmost latitudes, Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its annual minimum summer extent for 2013 on Sept. 13, the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado in Boulder has reported. Analysis of satellite data by NSIDC and NASA showed that the sea ice extent shrunk to 1.97 million square miles (5.10 million ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Arctic_Sea_Ice_Minimum_in_2013_is_Sixth_Lowest_on_Record_999.html
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Warming ocean thawing Antarctic glacier

Warming ocean thawing Antarctic glacier
Fairbanks AK (SPX) Sep 25, 2013 - For the first time, researchers completed an extensive exploration of how quickly ice is melting underneath a rapidly changing Antarctic glacier, possibly the biggest source of uncertainty in global sea level projections. Martin Truffer, a physics professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Tim Stanton, an oceanographer with the Naval Postgraduate School, were able to look underne ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Warming_ocean_thawing_Antarctic_glacier_999.html
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Extinction and overfishing threats can be predicted decades before population declines

Extinction and overfishing threats can be predicted decades before population declines
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Sep 25, 2013 - A new UC Santa Barbara study shows that threats created by overfishing can be identified decades before the fish species at risk experience high overly harvest rates and subsequent population declines. Researchers developed an Eventual Threat Index (ETI) that quantifies the biological and socioeconomic conditions that eventually cause some fish species to be harvested at unsustainable rates. ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Extinction_and_overfishing_threats_can_be_predicted_decades_before_population_declines_999.html

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Underlying ocean melts ice shelf, speeds up glacier movement

Underlying ocean melts ice shelf, speeds up glacier movement
University Park PA (SPX) Sep 25, 2013 - Warm ocean water, not warm air, is melting the Pine Island Glacier's floating ice shelf in Antarctica and may be the culprit for increased melting of other ice shelves, according to an international team of researchers. "We've been dumping heat into the atmosphere for years and the oceans have been doing their job, taking it out of the air and into the ocean," said Sridhar Anandakrishnan, ... more

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