Monthly Archives: March 2013

New models predict drastically greener Arctic in coming decades

ScienceDaily: New research predicts that rising temperatures will lead to a massive “greening,” or increase in plant cover, in the Arctic. In a paper published on March 31 in Nature Climate Change, scientists reveal new models projecting that wooded areas in the Arctic could increase by as much as 50 […] Read the original post […]

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Carbon floor price launches at £16 per tonne

BusinessGreen: The government has imposed a minimum price for companies emitting carbon, despite concerns that the measure will drive up energy bills while having a negligible impact on global greenhouse gas emissions. The new carbon floor price, which came into effect yesterday, will see firms charged £16 per tonne of CO2 […] Read the original […]

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2013 Allergy Season Could Be The Worst Ever, Thanks To Climate Change, Some Experts Say

Climate Nexus: This spring could be the most miserable one ever for those of us with allergies, and we can blame it on climate change. People in the Northeast, in particular, will be among the hardest hit in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and this winter’s record-setting blizzard, both of which […] Read the original […]

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China’s losing battle against state-backed polluters

Reuters: When Zijin Mining Group threatened to move its headquarters some 270 kms from its home county of Shanghang to Xiamen on China’s southeast coast, a local Communist Party boss rushed to confront the company’s chairman Chen Jinghe. “If you want to move, you’ll have to move the Zijin Mountain to […] Read the original […]

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Global warming means seas freeze more off Antarctica: study

Reuters: Global warming is expanding the extent of sea ice around Antarctica in winter in a paradoxical shift caused by cold plumes of summer melt water that re-freeze fast when temperatures drop, a study showed on Sunday. An increasing summer thaw of ice on the edges of Antarctica, twinned […] Read the original post by […]

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Earth-cooling schemes need global sign-off, researchers say

Guardian: Controversial geoengineering projects that may be used to cool the planet must be approved by world governments to reduce the danger of catastrophic accidents, British scientists said. Met Office researchers have called for global oversight of the radical schemes after studies showed they could have huge and unintended impacts on […] Read the original […]

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Exxon Mobil Pipeline Rupture and Train Derailment Oil Spill, Exemplifies Concerns of Keystone XL

EcoWatch: On Friday, an Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptured spilling an estimated 84,000 gallons of heavy crude oil from the Canadian tar sands region, causing the evacuation of 22 homes in the small town of Mayflower, Ark., about 20 miles north of Little Rock. According to Exxon, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) […] Read the original […]

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Oil town hopes for a boom in jobs from California’s Monterey Shale

LA Times: The small oil town of Taft was built on petroleum — and is now hoping for a second boom from the Monterey Shale. In a story on Sunday’s front page, The Times wrote about the shale that runs miles underground through Southern and Central California. Oil companies are already […] Read the original […]

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Exxon Mobil pipeline leaks ‘a few thousand’ barrels of crude oil in Arkansas

Washington Post: Exxon Mobil said that one of its pipelines leaked “a few thousand” barrels of Canadian heavy crude oil near Mayflower, Ark., prompting the evacuation of 22 homes and reinforcing concerns many critics have raised about the Keystone XL pipeline that is awaiting State Department approval. The pipeline […] Read the original post by […]

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Climate Change Will Harm Mekong Basin Harvests

Climate News Network: One of the most fertile areas of south east Asia, the Lower Mekong Basin, faces a bleak future from the impacts of climate change, according to a U.S.-funded study. The lead author of the study, Dr. Jeremy Carew-Reid, says some of its findings are “very shocking.’ Hotter and wetter […] Read the […]

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