Renewable Hydrogen on the Big Island

The Big Island
For the past five years, home for me has been on the northern end of the island of Hawaiʻi. For those unfamiliar with the Hawaiian islands, they consist of eight major islands. The biggest of these islands is the island of Hawaiʻi, also known as the “Big Island.” [...]

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What Happens When Oil Spills in the Arctic?

National Geographic: As sea ice melts and the oil industry prepares to exploit the Arctic’s vast resources, the United States faces big gaps in its preparedness for an oil spill in the region, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Research Council (NRC).
The 183-page report marks the first [...]

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Drop in population of Gulf of Maine baby lobsters puzzles scientists

Reuters: The number of baby lobsters in the Gulf of Maine has dropped by half since 2007, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists as the population of adult lobsters remains near a record high, contributing to robust catches. Scientists note that baby lobsters take eight years to reach harvestable [...]

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Obama admin tightens coal dust rules to reduce black lung cases

Associated Press: The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.
“Today we advance a very basic principle: you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your life for your livelihood,” Labor Secretary Thomas E Perez said. [...]

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NASA on the trail of climate change, watches African rainforest turn brown

VentureBeat: It will be a profound irony if NASA`s lasting value will be to document from space the planet`s decline.
Case in point: The agency released today a scientific visualization video showing the transition of the entire African rainforest in the Congo from green to a drought-stricken brown.
The visualization is based [...]

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New data on what Greenland was like almost 3 million years ago

Environmental News Network: Glaciers and ice sheets are commonly thought to work like a belt sander. As they move over the land they scrape off everything — vegetation, soil and even the top layer of bedrock. So a team of university scientists and a NASA colleague were greatly surprised to [...]

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Green groups urge U.S. to drop solar trade case against India

Reuters: Environmental groups urged the United States on Wednesday to drop a challenge to India’s massive solar program and said the World Trade Organization case would only hurt the growth of renewable energy resources.
The United States is taking action at the WTO over the domestic content requirements in India’s program, [...]

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Study Finds Less Green in the Congo Rain Forest

New York Times: Years of drier conditions in the Congo River basin in central Africa appear to be affecting trees in the region’s vast rain forests, scientists reported on Wednesday. Writing in the journal Nature, the researchers said that the capacity of the trees to photosynthesize had declined, and [...]

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Deforestation could cause Congo to warm 3C by 2050

RTCC: The Congo Basin will face disproportionately high levels of global warming by 2050 due to deforestation, researchers have warned.
Shrinking rainforest cover means the area will heat up by an additional 0.7C by mid-century, on top of the 1.4C increase from today’s temperatures that rising global greenhouse gas emissions are [...]

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Rand Paul bashes ‘alarmist,’ ‘ignoramus’ climate change claims

Washington Post: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says in a new interview that people who cite recent hurricanes as proof of climate change are ignorant.
Paul was speaking Tuesday with former senior Obama adviser David Axelrod at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. He said evidence of man-made climate change being [...]

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