Monthly Archives: January 2013

Trying Again on Celluosic Biofuels

New York Times: The Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday that commercial production of cellulosic fuels would start this year (even though it said the same thing last year and in 2011 and was proved wrong). And it proposed to require that refiners use 11 million gallons of the material […] Read the original post […]

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New study highlights impact of environmental change on older people

ScienceDaily: Recent natural disasters illustrate vulnerability of older people: majority of deaths from the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011) and Hurricane Katrina (2005) occurred among older people. Researchers at the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York and Simon Fraser University’s Gerontology Research Centre in Canada are calling for better […] Read the original […]

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Palm oil, paper, biofuels production on peatlands drive large GHG emissions

Mongabay: Degradation of peat swamps for oil palm and timber plantations is a substantially larger source of greenhouse gas emissions than previously believed, finds a new study published in the journal Nature. An international team of researchers tested the water chemistry of channels draining peatlands in Malaysia and Indonesia. They found […] Read the original […]

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Could Electric Vehicles Fly Out of Showrooms?

New York Times: Steven Chu, the secretary of energy, gave a short talk on electric vehicles on Thursday at the Washington Auto Show. Dr. Chu, a physicist who is widely expected to be departing shortly from the job he has held for four years, described the progress made so far […] Read the original post […]

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U.S. Drought Hangs Tough Through January

Climate Central: People all across the West, Plains and Southeast continued to hold their breath this week, as another seven days of below-average precipitation and above-average temperatures brought little to no reprieve to the historic drought conditions that have plagued these areas since early last spring. Some areas, such as […] Read the original post […]

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Fighting the Rising Costs of Climate Change

Huffington Post: In acting this week to complete a $60-billion package of emergency aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy in the New York region, Congress came face-to-face with the rising costs that climate change is imposing on the nation. The region badly needs the assistance, and Congress did the right thing […] Read the original […]

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Butterflies Booking It North as Climate Warms

Mother Jones: Butterflies from the southern US that used to be rare in the northeast are now appearing there on a regular basis. The trend correlates to a warming climate report the authors of a paper in Nature Climate Change. Subtropical and warm-climate butterflies–including the giant swallowtail (photo above) and the […] Read the original […]

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New Anti-Fracking Network Launches in NY

EcoWatch: As a key February deadline closes in, residents from each of the five Southern Tier counties previously targeted as a “sacrifice zone” for fracking launched a new anti-fracking network, Save the Southern Tier. The network launched with a stern message and demand to Governor Cuomo, who the network believes […] Read the original post […]

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How Drought on Mississippi River Impacts You

National Geographic: Woe is the Mississippi. A barge carrying light crude hit a bridge near Vicksburg, Mississippi, on Sunday, causing an oil spill. But if you think that is the worst thing that’s happened this winter to the river, you’d be wrong. The middle Mississippi-the 200-mile (322-kilometer) stretch from St. Louis to […] Read the […]

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Renewables in Bed With Natural Gas?

Climate Desk: It`s no secret that environmentalists are going through a bit of an identity crisis when it comes to natural gas. Celebrities including Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon, and Yoko Ono have aligned themselves with green groups like the Sierra Club to come out steadfastly against gas because of fracking, […] Read the original post […]

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