Monthly Archives: August 2012

Don’t give climate change heretics an easy ride

Guardian: No one would want a novelist to perform brain surgery with her biro. No one would want a man with a PhD in political science to then write textbooks claiming that those misadventures are best medical practice. Society understands the architecture of academia and knows there are relevant qualifications in […] Read the original […]

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State Considering Studying Health Impacts of Fracking

New York Times: Late in its review process, New York state regulators are now considering an examination of the potential public health effects of hydraulic fracturing as part of its review of the controversial natural gas drilling process. What this means to the state`s timetable for deciding on whether and how […] Read the original […]

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Oil spill stretches for miles by Exxon Nigeria field

Reuters: An oil spill near an ExxonMobil oilfield off the southeast coast of Nigeria has spread along the shore for about 15 miles, and locals said it was killing fish they depend on to live. Mobil Producing Nigeria, a joint venture between ExxonMobil and the state oil firm, said this month […] Read the original […]

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Unraveling the Nuclear Renaissance

New York Times: Power plants are a bit like insect eggs. At the start, there are huge numbers, but few of them make it to adulthood. The last few days may have seen the demise of two reactor projects that had looked promising a few years ago, when the economy was […] Read the original […]

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EU Ban on Incandescent Bulbs Goes into Effect on September 1

Yale Environment 360: The incandescent light bulb, in use for more than a century, will be officially banned across the European Union on September 1. Over the past three years, the EU has been phasing out 60-watt and 100-watt incandescent bulbs, and on Saturday retailers will no longer be allowed […] Read the original post […]

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World’s biggest offshore windfarm planned off Scottish coast

Guardian: The world’s biggest offshore windfarm could be built off the northern Scottish coast, after a scheme with enough capacity to power 40% of Scottish households was submitted for planning permission. The £4.5bn complex would have 339 turbines covering 300 square kilometres off Caithness, making it 50% bigger than the giant […] Read the original […]

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Facing up to new realities for progress on tech transfer

SciDev.Net: Implementation of the Rio+20 outcome must account for changes in the global innovation landscape, says tech policy expert Ahmed Abdel-Latif. The UN conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) recently reaffirmed the importance of transferring environmentally sound technologies (ESTs) to developing countries, 20 years after the first Earth Summit had put it […] Read the original […]

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Trapped Antarctic Methane Could Escape, Worsen Warming

National Geographic: Swamp gas trapped under miles of Antarctic ice, a chemical souvenir of that continent’s warmer days, may someday escape to warm the planet again, an international team of researchers report in Nature this week. The researchers suggest that microbes isolated from the rest of the world since the ice […] Read the original […]

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Island nations signal end for Kyoto cash cow

Reuters: Nations most at risk from rising sea levels told U.N. climate talks in Thailand on Friday that they would not support any move to include emissions from destroying HFC-23 in carbon markets being negotiated under a new climate treaty, likely bringing an end to the biggest private-sector cash cow […] Read the original post […]

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Kuwait to Invest Up to $4 Billion in Canadian Oil Sands

Globe and Mail: Kuwait’s state-owned petroleum company has signed a preliminary deal to invest as much as $4-billion in a joint venture with Athabasca Oil Corp. to develop some of its oil sands properties in northern Alberta. Kuwait’s Ambassador to Canada, Ali al-Sammak, confirmed in an interview that senior Kuwait Petroleum […] Read the original […]

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