Monthly Archives: April 2012

An Underground Fossil Forest Offers Clues on Climate Change

New York Times: In the clammy depths of a southern Illinois coal mine lies the largest fossil forest ever discovered, at least 50 times as extensive as the previous contender. Scientists are exploring dripping passages by the light of headlamps, mapping out an ecosystem from 307 million years ago, […] Read the original post by […]

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Don’t believe the headlines. Wind farms do not cause ‘global’ warming

Christian Science Monitor: A recent study published in Nature Climate Change suggests that large wind farms could be pulling down hot air at night, raising the average temperature of the local region. The results of the study, however, have been widely misconstrued in the news media. Specifically, the study found that […] Read the original […]

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United Kingdom: Solar panels combat more than climate change

Guardian: A little over a year ago I found myself clambering through a skylight on to the roof of Fox school, a primary nestled in a back street in London’s Notting Hill. The headteacher, Paul Cotter, was taking me to see a recently installed solar system: an impressive array of […] Read the original post […]

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U.S.: Citizens Reclaim Energy Cooperatives

Inter Press Service: As the United Nations and countries around the world look at cooperatives as an alternative economic model for the production of energy, rural energy cooperatives have thrived for over eight decades in the U.S., and citizens in some parts of the country are beginning to reclaim them […] Read the original post […]

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Listen to the Skeptics! Except When They Talk Nonsense

Climate Central: I got an email the other day from an occasional visitor to the Climate Central website, asking whether we’d be covering a series of recent challenges to conventional climate science. He was being facetious: he knew we probably wouldn’t, and he was right — clear evidence, he proclaimed […] Read the original post […]

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Antarctic Ice Shelves Melting from Below, Study Finds

Climate Central: Antarctica holds an absurdly large amount of ice — 3.5 million cubic miles’ worth — so it’s reassuring to know that it isn’t all going to melt anytime soon. If it did, sea level would go up about 180 ft., causing unimaginable devastation. But even with any reasonable […] Read the original post […]

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Senior EPA official resigns over ‘crucify’ comments

MSNBC: Saying he had become a distraction, a senior Environmental Protection Agency official who used the word “crucify” to describe how the EPA enforced laws in the oil industry resigned on Monday. “My continued service will distract you and the agency,” Al Armendariz said in his resignation letter to EPA chief […] Read the original […]

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Climate change may trigger pest attacks on cassava

SciDev.Net: The multi-billion dollar cassava industry of South–East Asia may already be suffering from multiple pest and disease outbreaks triggered by climate change, cassava researchers have told a conference in Bangkok. Although the crop can thrive in hotter and dryer conditions in the region, an increase in pests and diseases could […] Read the original […]

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Fragile Earth App Highlights Global Climate Change

redOrbit: A new app for Apple devices, “Fragile Earth”, is set to become the definitive reference guide for all those interested in science, nature, photography and landscape, and illustrates how our planet is impacted by global warming. Featuring more than 70 sites such the receding Muir Glacier in Alaska, the impact […] Read the original […]

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E.P.A. Official Resigns Over ‘Crucify’ Flap

New York Times: Al Armendariz, the Environmental Protection Agency official who stirred controversy last week after a video circulated in which he declared that that the agency should “crucify” polluters as a deterrent, has resigned, saying he regrets his comments and does not want them to distract from the E.P.A.’s […] Read the original post […]

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