Monthly Archives: July 2013

Jatropha ‘Carbon Farming’ Could Lower Atmospheric CO2 Levels

Yale Environment 360: The large-scale planting of jatropha trees in the world’s arid regions could help reduce atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide, a new study says. Using computer models and data from plantations in Egypt, India, and Madagascar, a team of German scientists calculated that plantations of the durable, scrubby […] Read the original post […]

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Two more arrests at fracking protest

Guardian: Police at an anti-fracking protest in Balcombe, West Sussex, pushed back demonstrators on Wednesday afternoon to allow the entry of an articulated lorry carrying pipes. It was the first successful delivery of equipment to the site since the protest began last week. Earlier in the day two people were arrested […] Read the original […]

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Harvard Endowment Hires Environment Head Amid Divestment Demands

Bloomberg: Harvard University hired Jameela Pedicini as vice president for sustainable investing, a position created in the wake of student activist calls for the world’s richest school to purge its holdings of fossil-fuel companies. Pedicini, who most recently was the investment officer for global governance at the California Public Employees’ […] Read the original post […]

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Activists shut down first US tar sands mine project

Salt Lake Tribune: Several environmental groups protesting tar sands development in the Book Cliffs region of southeast Utah stopped work Monday on a road that will serve a strip mine to be operated by Calgary-based U.S. Oil Sands. Celia Alario, a spokeswoman for Canyon Country Rising Tide and Peaceful […] Read the original post by […]

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Can you be sceptical about GM but believe in climate change?

Guardian: A friend asked me recently, how can someone be sceptical about GM and yet also believe in climate change? This post is an attempt to answer her. If you scream “I totally heart science, the Royal Society has teh awesomist mindz ev-er, you cannot dispute their pure and […] Read the original post by […]

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US fracking industry ‘wasting $1bn a year in gas flaring’

BusinessGreen: The full scale of the gas flaring undertaken by the North Dakota fracking industry has been laid bare, after a new report suggested the practice resulted in approximately $1bn of gas being wasted last year. The new study from the Ceres group of sustainable investors draws on official […] Read the original post by […]

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Which U.S. City Will Be the First Submerged by Climate Change?

Take Part: A new Climate Central report shows which U.S. cities’ fates are locked in by sea-level rise. The long list of 1,400 cities includes not only obvious coastal candidates like Miami and New Orleans, but also inland cities such as Sacramento. They’re doomed to drown by 2100 even if […] Read the original post […]

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Germany Boosts Clean Energy Research Funding to $938 Million

Bloomberg: Germany increased spending on energy research 77 percent in the past seven years, benefiting mainly renewable-power and efficiency projects as the country shuts nuclear reactors. The government spent 708 million euros ($938 million) on research and development of energy technologies last year, up from 399 million euros in 2006, […] Read the original post […]

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Sens. Landrieu, Hoeven to Float Keystone XL Resolution

Hill: Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) will introduce a resolution Wednesday that says building the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline is in the national interest and that President Obama should approve it, according to a news report. “It’s just another measure designed to put pressure on […] Read the original post by […]

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Alaska is swarming in mosquitoes this year

Mother Nature Network: How bad are the mosquito swarms at Alaska’s North Slope? The bugs are so hungry they’ll suck the blood out of a horse fly. That’s just one of the blood-curdling observations made by Ph.D. candidate Jesse Krause, who recently spent two and a half months studying skeeters […] Read the original post […]

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