Monthly Archives: March 2014

California Snowpack Measure Could Reveal Future of Drought

National Geographic: Surveyors will ski into the Sierra Nevada mountains Tuesday to perform what has become an anxiously watched rite of spring in drought-stricken California: measuring snow to determine how much water will flow to the state this year. A critical measure of a precious resource, April’s survey will influence whether […] Read the original […]

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State of Climate Addressed in New IPCC Report

Nature World: Monday the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the Working Group II portion of its Fifth Assessment Report on climate change, reporting that the effects of climate change are already occurring on every continent and in all of the oceans in the world, and that in many circumstances, […] Read the original post […]

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We must act now to stop the devastating effects of climate change

Guardian: The one thing lacking in your otherwise excellent coverage of the latest devastating IPCC report on the likely impacts of climate change was a sense of urgency. Your editorial (31 March) suggests that the report represents a “careful, nuanced attempt to wake people up”. But these very same alarm […] Read the original post […]

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Methane-spewing microbe blamed in Earth’s worst mass extinction

Reuters: A microbe that spewed humongous amounts of methane into Earth’s atmosphere triggered a global catastrophe 252 million years ago that wiped out upwards of 90 percent of marine species and 70 percent of land vertebrates. That’s the hypothesis offered on Monday by researchers aiming to solve one of science’s enduring […] Read the original […]

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United Kingdom: Green bank makes biggest investment in wind farms

Scotsman: THE Green Investment Bank yesterday unveiled its biggest pay-out since its launch with the £461 million backing for two offshore wind projects. The investments represent a vote of confidence in a sector that has suffered a few setbacks with projects cancelled and energy company SSE reducing its commitment to renewables. State-backed […] Read the […]

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U.S. allows partial restart of Exxon pipeline a year after spill

Reuters: A U.S. regulator on Monday allowed Exxon Mobil Corp to restart operations on the Texas leg of its Pegasus pipeline, which spilled thousands of barrels of oil into a residential area in Arkansas last year. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) approved Exxon’s restart plan for […] Read the original post by […]

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Effect of important air pollutants may be absent from key precipitation observations

ScienceDaily: Pioneering new research from the University of Exeter could have a major impact on climate and environmental science by drastically transforming the perceived reliability of key observations of precipitation, which includes rain, sleet and snow. The ground breaking study examines the effect that increased aerosol concentrations in the atmosphere, emitted […] Read the original […]

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UN scientists tell us, ready or not, here comes climate change

PRI: That’s one way to summarize the latest message from the world’s largest group of climate change scientists. A new report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is out and makes it clearer than ever that global warming is already changing the world and affecting our lives, and that […] Read the original […]

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As oil shipments rise on rails, California cities fight to be heard

McClatchy: As rail shipments of crude oil have risen in Northern California, so has opposition in many communities along rail lines and near the refineries they supply. Concerned about the potential safety and environmental hazards of 100-car trains of oil rolling through population centers, leaders from Sacramento to San Jose say […] Read the original […]

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UN Report: Climate Change Is Here Now

ABC: It’s not the future: It’s here now. Lower Manhattan underwater from rising seas during hurricane Sandy; wildfires — many more of them like the one in Colorado; droughts in the American West; and wicked hurricanes and typhoons like Haiyan, the one in the Philippines last year: All these, according to […] Read the original […]

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