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10/30/2014 07:15 PM
Why Republicans Keep Telling Everyone Not Scientists
New York Times: Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, a Republican who is fighting a Democratic challenge from former Gov. Charlie Crist, was asked by The Miami Herald if he believes climate change is significantly affecting the weather. “Well, I’m not a scientist,” he said. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who is locked in a tight re-election race, was asked this month by The Cincinnati Enquirer if he believes that climate change is a problem. “I’m not a scientist,” he said. House Speaker John A. Boehner, when...
10/30/2014 11:00 PM
A County Resents Oil Drilling, Despite the Money It Brings In
New York Times: Dennis Seidenberger has farmed cotton for 49 years in this close-knit community 40 miles southeast of Midland. Farming is a way of life that he passed on to his son, and one that he hopes will stay in the family for generations. But his outlook has changed over the past three years as a surge in oil drilling has transformed Glasscock County, where he lives. “They’ve totally ruined our way of life here,” Mr. Seidenberger said. “I don’t know if I’ll ever get over it.” His sentiments sum up how many...
10/30/2014 07:59 PM
Australia: Direct Action is like a dodgy laundry powder that never gets the climate clean
Guardian: Direct Action is the brand name of the freshly minted Australian Government policy to try and reduce the country’s emissions of greenhouse gases. But with a name that sounds more like a dodgy box of laundry powder, Australia’s “Direct Action” is unlikely to leave the country looking any cleaner or smelling any fresher in the climate change stakes. That’s because instead of removing the many stubborn stains that fossil fuel use leaves on the planet’s climate systems, Australia’s box of Direct...
10/30/2014 05:07 PM
Californians will pay more for water, must still conserve: officials
Reuters: Californians face higher water prices and permanent conservation measures amid drought, global warming and population growth in a state that has long struggled to satisfy urban and agricultural needs, the administration of Governor Jerry Brown said Thursday. It will take up to $500 billion to improve the state's water infrastructure to improve supplies, reduce flood risk and shore up the fragile ecosystems that provide water for people, farms and wildlife, the state's top natural resources officials...
10/30/2014 04:12 PM
Brazil: Rio 2016 says will offset 3.6 mln tonnes of emissions at Games
Reuters: The Rio 2016 local organizing committee set a target on Thursday to offset the total amount of greenhouse gases estimated to be produced by the world's largest multi-sport event. The Olympic Games are expected to generate 3.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), mostly due to traveling and accommodation of spectators, the local organizing committee (LOC) said. That number is slightly larger than what was released by the London 2012 Games, at around 3.4 million tonnes of CO2e....
10/30/2014 06:02 PM
Ozone Hole Recovery Continues, Albeit a Little Slower
Climate Central: The ozone hole is a gash in the stratosphere, like a festering wound high above the earth's surface. Scientists first diagnosed the problem in the mid-1980s and recommended a course of action to treat the problem. And today, NASA announced that recovery has continued, though slightly slower this year compared to years past. An animation showing the ozone hole in October, the month usually following the ozone hole minimum, from 1979-2014. "This is a good story for ozone. If you look back to...
10/30/2014 11:00 PM
Green Investment Bank mark 2nd birthday by passing £5bn milestone
BusinessGreen: The UK Green Investment Bank has mobilised more than £5bn of funding for new green energy infrastructure projects in the two years since its launch. The government-backed body confirmed it passed the milestone yesterday with a £5.2m transaction to help global bank Citi reduce energy use at its data centre in Lewisham, London. Launched in 2012 as the first dedicated green infrastructure bank in the world, the GIB has committed to invest in 37 new projects with £1.6bn of its own capital and it...
10/30/2014 04:44 PM
China is at serious risk from #Ebola outbreak, says Peter Piot
Daily Mail: A scientist who helped to discover the Ebola virus says he is concerned the disease could spread to China given the large numbers of Chinese workers traveling to and from Africa. Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said on Thursday the scenario of the deadly virus reaching China was 'not rocket science.' 'The concern I have is that I don't think you can really stop people from traveling. These patients will show up in any country in the world, but China...
10/30/2014 01:17 AM
After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom and glut
Associated Press: Like other Japanese who were banking on this country's sweeping move toward clean energy, Junichi Oba is angry. Oba, a consultant, had hoped to supplement his future retirement income in a guilt-free way and invested $200,000 in a 50 kilowatt solar-panel facility, set up earlier this year in a former rice paddy near his home in southwestern Japan. But Kyushu Electric Power Co., the utility to which he must sell his electricity, has recently placed on hold all new applications for getting on...
10/30/2014 11:35 AM
Australia and climate change: When voting fails, divest
Asian Correspondent: Last week’s episode of Real Time With Bill Maher featured an interview with Harvard University Student and activist Chloe Maxmin on the power of student-led divestment from the fossil fuel industry. Divestment is not simply “giving up on voting”, but rather using another tool in the array of options for democratic influence on what is a) happening to our planet and b) what our own money is being used for. The goals of Divest Harvard are for the “number one” university in the world to stop any further...
10/30/2014 02:40 PM
Saving The Amazon Will Take More Than Stopping Loggers
National Public Radio: In order to save the Amazon, it's not enough for deforestation to stop; areas that have been denuded also need recuperation. A Brazilian research scientist has released a report with the World Wildlife Fund that suggested actions to curb the effect of humans on the world's largest rainforest.
10/30/2014 03:50 PM
History of U.S. biofuel mandate provides opening for legal challenge
Reuters: Probable legal challenges to proposed cuts in the 2014 U.S. biofuel mandate could focus on a two-word phrase dropped from the U.S. law establishing the renewable fuel program back in 2005: distribution capacity. Biofuel producers have argued for months that the Environmental Protection Agency's justification for potential cuts to 2014 targets is incompatible with federal law and that the legislative history of the mandate will prove this. A bill passed by U.S. House of Representatives in April...
10/30/2014 03:16 PM
In war on smog, struggling China steel mills adapt to survive
Reuters: Chinese steel mills, among the biggest in the world, are altering their production schedules to offset disruption from forced plant closures aimed at curbing choking air pollution during a summit of world leaders in Beijing next month. The move shows how steel mills in the world's top producer and consumer are adapting to the periodic shutdowns enforced by Beijing. Dozens of steel mills in industrial areas straddling the capital are set to shut from Nov. 1 to cut smog before leaders, including...
10/30/2014 03:41 PM
Frack Waste Investigation Launched by Pennsylvania Congressman
EcoWatch: In light of an increasing number of studies showing that fracking produces toxic emissions that have serious human health impacts throughout the entire process, Pennsylvania Congressman Matt Cartwright, a first-term Democrat, has opened an investigation into how toxic wastes from fracking are regulated. "Preliminary reports indicate there are big gaps in protections and oversight that the federal government might have to fill," Cartwright told Inside Climate News. Fracking is big business in...
10/30/2014 12:06 PM
Miles of Gulf Seafloor Slick with Oil from BP Spill
Nature World: Back in 2010, the infamous Deepwater Horizon oil spill gushed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, but where a lot of that oil ended up remained a mystery. Now however, a large amount of that elusive oil has been found, coating miles of the Gulf seafloor, according to new research. Between two and 16 percent of the total oil spilled sits just within 25 miles (40 kilometers) of the BP-operated Macondo well responsible for the environmental disaster. "This analysis provides us...
10/30/2014 12:04 PM
High Levels Dangerous Chemicals Found Air Near Oil & Gas Sites
National Geographic: Dirk DeTurck had a years-old rash that wouldn't go away, his wife's hair came out in chunks, and anytime they lingered outside their house for more than an hour, splitting headaches set in. They were certain the cause was simply breathing the air in Greenbrier, Arkansas, the rural community to which they'd retired a decade ago. They blamed the gas wells around them. But state officials didn't investigate. So DeTurck leapt at the chance to help with research that posed a pressing question: What's...
10/30/2014 04:40 AM
The U.S. is losing the battle to predict the next Hurricane Sandy
Mashable: Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall near Brigantine, New Jersey, on Oct. 29, 2012, was a showcase of modern weather forecasting -- but not necessarily one enabled by American engineering. The storm shined a spotlight on the superiority of a computer model run by a European weather center, known as the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF), which, more than a week in advance, pinpointed Sandy's infamous left hook track directly into New Jersey. Now, two years after that...
10/30/2014 02:19 AM
Oil price declines have small-cap shale investors scrambling
Reuters: Plummeting oil prices are pushing some of the small-cap companies which flourished as part of the U.S. shale energy boom close to their breaking point, while also prompting some well-known fund managers to aggressively buy energy stocks. Concerns about slowing growth in Europe and a stronger dollar have helped push the price of light crude oil down about 25 percent since June to about $82 a barrel, creeping closer to the average marginal cost of crude production of about $73 a barrel for U.S....
10/30/2014 08:00 AM
Hot enough? Things are going to get hotter in Australia
Sydney Morning Herald: Australia's unusually hot and dry weather is set to extend well into summer with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting increased risks of bushfires and heatwaves. The bureau's latest three-month outlooks for temperature and rainfall covering the November-January period indicate the likelihood of drier-than-normal conditions across most of eastern Australia, particularly the north-east. For Sydney, the immediate forecast is for mostly dry weather, with a maximum 31 degrees reached on Thursday...
10/30/2014 08:00 AM
Climate change a 'threat multiplier' for farming-dependent nations: Report
Reuters: Climate change and food insecurity are "threat multipliers", and 32 countries dependent on farming face an "extreme risk" of conflict or civil unrest in the next 30 years, a global analytics firm said on Wednesday. Food shortages and rising prices have the potential to worsen political, ethnic, class and religious tensions, the risk advisory firm Maplecroft reported in its annual "Climate Change and Environmental Risk Atlas (CCERA)". Analysts noted that several nations' military leaders are ahead...