Monthly Archives: June 2012

Australia kicks off carbon tax, PM future in doubt

Reuters: Australia on Sunday joins a growing number of nations to impose a price on carbon emissions across its $1.4 trillion economy in a bitterly contested reform that offers trading opportunities for banks and polluters but may cost the prime minister her job. Australia’s biggest polluters, from coal-fired power stations to […] Read the original […]

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New report: Climate change shares blame in Utah fires

Salt Lake Tribune: You could blame some of Utah’s wildfires on bad judgment — starting a hot engine on dry grass or target shooting on parched hillsides. You could point to bad luck, namely lightning and wind. Related Stories Herriman fire: Evacuation ends, small miracles seen Published June 30, 2012 At a […] Read the […]

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Western wildfires are getting worse. Why?

Washington Post: It`s been an ugly week in Colorado Springs, as firefighters struggled to contain a massive fire that has torched more than 350 homes, forced more than 32,000 residents to flee and killed at least two people. The inferno is one of more than half a dozen large fires […] Read the original post […]

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Aquifer’s decline spells big changes in Texas panhandle farming, study finds

Texas Climate News: If you pull up a satellite picture of Plainview on Google Maps, the first thing you’re likely to notice is that the Texas Panhandle city of 22,000 is surrounded by hundreds of perfect green circles – telltale evidence of farmers irrigating their crops with high-efficiency center-pivot sprinklers. Someday […] Read the original […]

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Colorado wildfire: Have we learned any lessons?

Christian Science Monitor: By all accounts, the fires were devastating. More than 130 homes torched, 38,000 people evacuated, 138,000 acres to the west of Denver and Colorado Springs incinerated, in some places fires burning so hot that nothing but topsoil remained. This was 10 years ago, when the ravages of what […] Read the original […]

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Canada: B.C.’s pollution-fighting carbon tax to increase 1 cent on Canada Day

Canadian Press: British Columbia’s pollution-fighting carbon tax is set to rise another penny on Canada Day, adding almost seven cents to the cost of a litre of most fuels. However the tax appears to be running out of gas with the B.C. Liberal government, and the groundbreaking climate change initiative may […] Read the original […]

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Washington DC region swelters after storm cuts power

BBC: Some three million people have been left without power after violent storms hit the region around the US capital, Washington DC. The storms swept from the Midwest states to the region around Washington, packing winds of up to 80mph (130 km/h). The power outages left many sweltering without air conditioning amid […] Read the […]

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ACs out from ‘derecho’ storm, Washington preps for swelter

Christian Science Monitor: Authorities in Washington, D.C., urged residents on Saturday to look out for each other, and especially the elderly, after a deadly thunderstorm system knocked out power – and therefore air conditioning – to 1.2 million capital region homes already broiling in a historic June heat wave. Debby weakens, […] Read the original […]

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Coal clash: The Powder River Basin, where coal is king

Oregonian: To feel like a Lilliputian in Gulliver’s world, tour the Black Thunder coal mine. The roads are twice as wide as the Interstate Bridge. The dump trucks have 10-foot tires and haul up to 360 tons a load. The mine’s largest dragline stands 12 stories tall and weighs nearly 15 […] Read the original […]

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Canada’s energy sector confronts big opportunities, big risks

Vancouver Sun: Big opportunities, big risks, big headaches. All three loom as gas and oil producers, utilities, politicians, voters and others at all levels wrestle to impose a sense of order on an energy sector boom that’s expected to reshape the economic landscape not only in British Columbia, but around the […] Read the original […]

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