Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Rise Of A Giant Solar Power Plant In California’s Central Plain

Forbes: A 250-megawatt solar power plant has risen from the beautiful Carrizo Plain in central California, a project that relied on a hefty federal loan guarantee and will help the state meet its renewable energy mandate. The project’s builder, SunPower SunPower, announced Thursday the completion of the California Valley Solar Ranch […] Read the original […]

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Geoengineering the Climate Could Reduce Much Needed Rain, Study Suggests

Nature World: A proposed method to reduce future global warming could alter precipitation patterns throughout the world, according to a study led by scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Known as geoengineering, the approach could cause a 4.5 percent decrease in the global average precipitation, the study found. “It’s very […] Read the […]

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Heat, Drought Draw Farmers Back To Sorghum, The ‘Camel Of Crops’

National Public Radio: Much of the world is turning hotter and dryer these days, and it’s opening new doors for a water-saving cereal that’s been called “the camel of crops”: sorghum. In an odd twist, this old-fashioned crop even seems to be catching on among consumers who are looking for […] Read the original post […]

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Russia: Rising Summer Temperatures Threaten Eastern Siberia

Environmental News Network: The high cliffs of Eastern Siberia, have been eroding at a relatively fast pace which researchers are attributing to rising summer temperatures in the Russian permafrost regions as well as the retreat of the Arctic sea ice. Comments Read the original post by miscellaneous

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The Pacific Ocean is now warming 15 times faster than it used to

Grist: It’s conservatives’ favorite science-denying talking point: that global warming has slowed down, or even stopped altogether, over the last 15 years. It’s bogus, of course. Read Chris Mooney’s great feature for a full breakdown of how the myth has been spread. (Among other dishonest shenanigans, conservatives are using 1998 […] Read the original post […]

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Marcellus Shale fracking wells use 5 million gallons of water apiece

Grist: Forget about residents. Forget about fish. The streams and rivers of Pennsylvania and West Virginia are being heavily tapped to quench the growing thirst of the fracking industry. According to a new report, each of the thousands of fracking wells drilled to draw gas and oil out of the Marcellus […] Read the original […]

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Emerging economies nearing half of global warming emissions

Reuters: Total greenhouse gas emissions by China and other emerging nations since 1850 will surpass those of rich nations this decade, complicating U.N. talks about who is most to blame for global warming, a study showed on Thursday. Developing nations accounted for 48 percent of cumulative emissions from 1850 to 2010, […] Read the original […]

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Unprecedented warming uncovered in Pacific depths

New Scientist: The effects of climate change are being felt almost a kilometre down in the biggest ocean on Earth. A new record of water temperatures shows how the Pacific has warmed and cooled since the last ice age. It shows that the ocean has warmed 15 times faster […] Read the original post by […]

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Alaska Roasts During October, Reigniting Wildfire

Climate Central: Now is the time of year when Alaska’s snowpack starts to build and temperatures plunge as the days become shorter and shorter. But this year, October has turned out to be more like September, with rainstorms instead of snowstorms, and some of the mildest temperatures on record for […] Read the original post […]

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Hinkley Point crazy, say German greens amid division over ‘no nuclear’ policy

Guardian: While David Cameron was donning hard hat and overalls at Hinkley Point last month to announce the construction of the first nuclear reactor since the Fukushima disaster, coxless fours were rowing silently past Krümmel nuclear plant near Hamburg. Kernkraftwerk Krümmel, on the banks of the Elbe in the small town […] Read the original […]

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