Monthly Archives: September 2012

‘The world needs a global Tahrir Square’

Guardian: Perhaps this is a reaction born in part in America’s irresponsible inaction on climate change, but I have come to the view that what’s needed now is a massive, in-the-streets citizens protest – a global Tahrir Square. I fear that governments will procrastinate unless unprecedented numbers of people across […] Read the original post […]

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What happened to climate change? Fox News and the US elections

The Conversation: Climate change has been significantly absent from the US presidential election campaign. President Obama, who made climate change a key plank of his 2008 campaign, has not been anywhere near as vocal in this race. Republican nominee Mitt Romney, recognising the active disbelief in climate science among his party […] Read the original […]

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Green Room: Arctic sea-ice record

BBC: This year saw a new record in the satellite era being set for the minimum sea-ice extent in the Arctic. Provisional results show that the 2012 extent fell to 3.41 million sq km (1.32 million sq mi) – 50% lower than the 1979-2000 average. Arctic sea ice has long been regarded […] Read the […]

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Fish to shrink as global warming leaves them gasping for oxygen

Reuters: Fish are likely to get smaller on average by 2050 because global warming will cut the amount of oxygen in the oceans in a shift that may also mean dwindling catches, according to a study on Sunday. Average maximum body weights for 600 types of marine fish, such as cod, […] Read the original […]

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A Tiny Ocean World With A Mighty Important Future

National Public Radio: As you take in your next breath of air, you can thank a form of microscopic marine life known as plankton. They are so small as to be invisible, but taken together, actually dwarf massive creatures like whales. Plankton make up 98 percent of the biomass of ocean […] Read the original […]

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Climate change ‘may shrink fish’

BBC: Fish species are expected to shrink in size by up to 24% because of global warming, say scientists. Researchers modelled the impact of rising temperatures on more than 600 species between 2001 and 2050. Warmer waters could decrease ocean oxygen levels and significantly reduce fish body weight. The scientists argue that failure […] Read […]

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Hofmeister: A Difficult Decade Ahead For Oil Prices and Supplies

Potential for Expansion of Global Oil Production I, along with my editor Sam Avro, recently conducted a broad-ranging interview with John Hofmeister, former President of Shell Oil. The topics touched upon included future oil supplies and prices, climate change, U.S. energy policy, and topics familiar to R-Squared Energy readers such at […] Read the original […]

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Research reports climate change could cripple southwestern forests

PhysOrg: Combine the tree-ring growth record with historical information, climate records, and computer-model projections of future climate trends, and you get a grim picture for the future of trees in the southwestern United States. That’s the word from a team of scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the U.S. Geological […] Read the original post […]

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Candidates Mum on Climate Change

Scientific American: If there’s one thing the Democratic and Republican Presidential candidates seem to agree on, it’s this: avoid the subject of climate change. Mitt Romney would rather joke about President Obama’s grandiose promise to heal the planet back in 2008. And Barack Obama would rather talk about jobs saved or […] Read the original […]

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Deepwater Horizon settlement talks stall as US demands $18bn from BP

Reuters: Talks between BP and the US government over a settlement for the 2010 oil spill have stalled because the US is insisting that the British oil giant pay at least $18bn, according to reports. According to the Sunday Times in the UK, a settlement deal may not happen until early […] Read the original […]

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