Monthly Archives: September 2013

Gov. Brown sees his ambitious agenda as a template for nation

LA Times: For the first two years of his late-in-life second act as governor, Jerry Brown focused almost exclusively on California’s woeful budget situation. Now, with the immediate crisis having passed after a hard-won tax increase, Brown is back trying to change the world, like the Jerry Brown of yesteryear. But instead […] Read the […]

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Australia’s Wildfire Season Has Started, and It Isn’t Even Summer Yet

Time: When the writers of the long-running Australian soap opera Home and Away return to work, they’ll have plenty of real-life drama to inspire fresh story lines. On Sept. 28, an out-of-season bushfire — as wildfires are called in Australia — stripped bare 17 hectares of bushland overlooking Palm Beach, […] Read the original post […]

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Antarctica’s Extreme Salt-Loving Microbes Swap DNA

Live Science: Microbes living in Antarctica’s saltiest lake swap huge chunks of genetic material as a means of surviving their harsh environment, a new study finds. The single-celled organisms, called haloarchaea for their salt-loving ways, are biologically distinct from bacteria, algae and other tiny creatures that can thrive in […] Read the original post by […]

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The man who made sea-level rise disappear

Daily Climate: John Droz Jr. is not the stereotypical back-room political player: A tall and trim 67, bespectacled with a shorn scalp, he’s a man who prefers sweater vests and jeans rather than crisp suits and bears more resemblance to a retired high-school science teacher than a political heavyweight. […] Read the original post by […]

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Sonar blamed for mass stranding of whales

Live Science: Four years ago, about 100 melon-headed whales mysteriously entered a shallow lagoon system in northwest Madagascar and became stranded. Now scientists say the creatures’ demise was likely brought on by sonar used to map the ocean floor for ExxonMobil. Previous research has suggested that sonar can […] Read the original post by miscellaneous

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Europe Whets Appetite for Coal as U.S. Eschews It

Climate Central: Natural gas is proving to be a significant challenger to the dominance of coal in the U.S., but not necessarily overseas, according to two new Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports. The EIA released the reports several days after the Environmental Protection Agency announced proposed regulations heavily capping […] Read the original post by […]

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New EPA Emissions’ Regs Pack Little Punch on Climate

Climate Central: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled out restrictive new greenhouse gas emissions standards for new power plants at the end of September, but they are unlikely to have much of an impact on the nation’s overall climate change-fueling carbon emissions. Part of the Obama administration’s Climate Action […] Read the original post by […]

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Pusillanimous media caves to climate deniers

Grist: Should the media be giving as much ink to fossil fuel-funded shills as it gives to the hundreds of climate scientists who collaborated on reports being published by the United Nations? As coverage of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest assessment report reaches fever pitch, some mainstream […] Read the original post by […]

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Ikea to Sell Home Solar Panels in All British Stores Within a Year

Yale Environment 360: The Swedish furniture retailer Ikea will begin selling residential solar panels in its 17 UK stores within the next 10 months. The basic package’s $9,500 price tag will include 18 panels, installation, design consultation, energy monitoring, and maintenance. With energy savings and current green energy subsidies in […] Read the original post […]

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New prioritization for Brazil’s threatened mammals

Mongabay: Scientists have applied a species prioritization scheme to Brazil’s diverse mammals to deduce which species should become the focus of conservation efforts over the next few years in a new paper published in mongabay.com’s open-access journal Tropical Conservation Science. Rather than solely relying on the risk of […] Read the original post by miscellaneous

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