Monthly Archives: July 2012

Enbridge says Line 14 repairs to wrap up on Tuesday

Reuters: Enbridge Inc said on Monday that repairs to a ruptured Wisconsin pipeline could be complete as early as tomorrow, though regulators have not yet said when they will allow the company to restart the line. U.S. pipeline regulators said no decision had been made on whether Enbridge will have to […] Read the original […]

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U.S. regulator blocks restart of Enbridge Line 14

Reuters: The U.S. government blocked Enbridge Inc from restarting a key Midwestern oil pipeline on Tuesday, saying last week’s spill on the line was “absolutely unacceptable.” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood blasted Enbridge over the leak of more than 1,000 barrels of crude oil in a field in Wisconsin, which shut […] Read the original […]

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California prepares for harsh realities of changing climate

San Jose Mercury News: Climate change is real and unfolding, and the outlook for California is bleak. A series of state-sponsored scientific studies released Tuesday warns that California can expect more scorching heat waves, severe and damaging wildfires, emergency room visits and strain on the electric grid as the Earth continues […] Read the original […]

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India blackout: a history of major power cuts

Guardian: November 2009 Storms near the Itaipu hydroelectric dam on the Paraguay-Brazil border are tentatively blamed for outages that cut power to as many as 60 million people in Brazil for two to three hours. The entire nation of Paraguay, population 7 million, is also briefly blacked out. January-February 2008 Winter storms cause […] Read […]

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Conspiracy Of Silence: The Irresponsible Politics Of Climate Change

ThinkProgress: In a summer dominated by heat waves and a devastating nationwide drought, it would seem that climate change would be a major issue in the US presidential campaign. However, quite the opposite is happening. Neither President Barack Obama nor the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, has focused any attention […] Read the original post […]

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More than 22% of Streams in Southern W.Va. Damaged by Mine Pollution

Duke: Water pollution from surface coal mining has degraded more than 22 percent of streams and rivers in southern West Virginia to the point they may now qualify as impaired under state criteria, according to a new study by scientists at Duke and Baylor universities. The study, published this week in […] Read the original […]

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Human rights court favors indigenous tribe over Ecuadorian government in oil battle

Mongabay: The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has found in favor of a Kichwa community’s right to consultation prior to industrial projects on their land in a ruling that could have implications for many indigenous peoples across the Americas. The court found that the government of Ecuador violated the indigenous […] Read the original post […]

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Ex-sceptic says humans to blame for global warming

New Scientist: It’s a road-to-Damascus moment. Long-standing climate sceptic Richard Muller, a physicist at the University of California at Berkeley, now says there is strong evidence that humans are indeed warming the planet. His results are under attack from all sides. Climate sceptics slate him for his apparent betrayal, while mainstream […] Read the original […]

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U.S. Meat Producers Call for Pause in Ethanol Quotas in Wake of Drought

Yale Environment 360: U.S. meat, poultry, and dairy producers are urging the Obama administration to suspend a quota for corn-based ethanol production, warning that the renewable fuels standard could trigger a food crisis as a prolonged drought pushes corn and soybean prices to record levels. In a letter sent to […] Read the original post […]

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The Rare Earth Riches Buried Beneath Greenland’s Vast Ice Sheet

Guardian: Inside every wind turbine, inside computers, phones and other high-tech equipment from medical scanners to electric cars, are materials known as “rare earths”. This small group of 17 elements are in extraordinary demand – but their supply is limited, and most of the existing sources have already been snapped […] Read the original post […]

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