Monthly Archives: July 2012

Shell scales back Arctic drilling this summer

NBC News: The first drilling in Arctic waters off Alaska later this summer is being curtailed, Shell said Tuesday. The company focused on the ongoing presence of sea ice, while environmentalists pointed to the fact that Shell has yet to get certification for its spill containment system. Shell had planned to […] Read the original […]

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Germany breaks renewables record during first half of 2012

BusinessGreen: Germany produced record volumes of renewable energy in the first half of this year, according to new industry figures that will come as a boost to the fast-growing European renewables market. Germany’s National Association of Energy and Water (BDEW) published initial estimates late last week revealing that, from January to […] Read the original […]

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Report: USA’s heavy rain events rising due to climate change

Associated Press: Nationally, Environment America’s report found that storms with extreme precipitation increased in frequency by 30 percent across the contiguous United States from 1948 to 2011. It said the largest annual storms produced 10 percent more precipitation, on average. It said New England was the region where the trend was […] Read the original […]

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Greenland again sees widespread melt

NBC News: Just a week after scientists reported with alarm that 97 percent of Greenland had seen ice melting on the surface in mid-July, new data shows that after a brief refreeze much of the massive ice sheet has again seen melt. Temperatures again warmed above freezing at key points between […] Read the original […]

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How Climate Change and the Monsoons Affect India’s Blackouts

Time: Blame it on the rain–at least partially. Northern India has been plagued by prolonged blackouts over the past few days that have left some 600 million people without regular power. The electrical grid has never covered the entire country–around 300 million of India`s 1.2 billion citizens lack access to […] Read the original post […]

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Senator Bernie Sanders: Climate Change Is Real, Senator Inhofe Is ‘Dead Wrong’

Huffington Post: In a speech to the Senate on Thursday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) addressed what he calls the “major environmental crisis of our time,” and took aim at the “myths” of Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Ok.) and other legislators who ignore or actively deny the existence of anthropogenic climate change. “The […] Read the original […]

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Maps: The Secrets Drillers Can Hide About the Fracking in Your Backyard

Climate Desk: A new analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that the majority of states where fracking occurs have no disclosure laws at all, and that those that do are woefully behind when it comes to revealing behind-the-scenes details of their operations. While the Obama administration has put […] Read the original post […]

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Coal-Fired Carbon Emissions Fall As Transition To Cleaner Energy Accelerates

Forbes: It’s been a long hot summer of cataclysmic environmental events – drought, derecho, half of India in the dark – but here’s some good news: Thanks to cheap natural gas and a boom in renewable energy, the U.S. is accelerating a shift away from coal-fired power plants, resulting in […] Read the original post […]

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Rapid Arctic Sea Ice Loss On Par with 2007 Record Season

Climate Central: With about a month and a half remaining in the Arctic melt season, sea ice cover continues to decline at a rapid pace, and is currently on par with where the 2007 record melt season stood at the same time of year. Arctic sea ice extent has been […] Read the original post […]

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U.S. Drought and Climate Change: Science Points to Link

Wired News: The drought that`s turned most of the United States into a dessicated hotbox may be a symptom of climate change, a brutal blowback from carbon pollution. Climate scientists, who prefer to speak in terms of probabilities and trends rather than single events, are reluctant to point fingers at any […] Read the original […]

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