Mixed reactions to White House science advisers' suggestions for Obama's climate agenda

Ocean Conserve - Sat, 03/30/2013 - 14:00
Science: Last Friday, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a short report outlining various steps on climate change that President Barack Obama could take during his second term. Facing political gridlock on Capitol Hill and abroad, the PCAST scientists opted to highlight steps that PCAST member Daniel Schrag, a geochemist and energy expert at Harvard University, said the president "could push for and achieve." But some scientists say that Obama's advisers should...
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United Kingdom: Marine protection hit by cash shortage

Ocean Conserve - Sat, 03/30/2013 - 09:19
BBC: The government has admitted moving slowly to protect wildlife in the seas because of the cost. Environment Minister Richard Benyon said that in the current financial squeeze he cannot designate as many areas for protection as he would like. Environmentalists have accused the government of dragging its feet. Roger Harrabin reports.
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Indonesia: Forestry Courts Seen As Vulnerable to Graft

Ocean Conserve - Sat, 03/30/2013 - 05:00
Jakarta Post: An antigraft activist has raised concerns about a draft legislation on combating forest destruction, saying an article on appointing special judges to hear cases of this nature could prompt a spate of problems. Emerson Yuntho, an official from Indonesia Corruption Watch, said that the article in the bill that was expected to be passed by the House of Representatives next week was the idea of legislators and the Forestry Ministry. He said the article in question called for a corps of 600 ad...
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United Kingdom: Cash shortage stretches to sea bed

Ocean Conserve - Sat, 03/30/2013 - 00:00
BBC: The government has admitted moving slowly to protect wildlife in the seas because of the cost. Environment Minister Richard Benyon said that in the current financial squeeze he could not designate as many areas for protection as he would like. He said he was hoping to confirm the designation of the current tranche of 31 Marine Protected Zones under a consultation that ends on Sunday. Environmentalists have accused the government of dragging its feet. This is because 127 zones were originally...
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How our persistent winter may have climate change roots

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 03/29/2013 - 17:44
Minnesota Public Radio: Every Thursday MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner joins Kerri Miller on The Daily Circuit for "Climate Cast" on MPR News Stations to talk about the latest research on our changing climate and the consequences that we're seeing here in Minnesota and worldwide. These days it seems like we are witnessing climate changes unfold right before our very eyes. It's not our imagination. The nature of our seasons is changing. Spring blooms come earlier. Summer is more humid with a documented increase in...
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New technologies combat invasive species

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 03/29/2013 - 16:30
ScienceDaily: A new research paper by a team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame's Environmental Change Initiative (ECI) demonstrates how two cutting-edge technologies can provide a sensitive and real-time solution to screening real-world water samples for invasive species before they get into our country or before they cause significant damage. "Aquatic invasive species cause ecological and economic damage worldwide, including the loss of native biodiversity and damage to the world's great fisheries,"...
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Cost of Environmental Degradation in China Is Growing

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 03/29/2013 - 16:06
New York Times: The cost of environmental degradation in China in 2010 was about $230 billion, or 3.5 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product, an official Chinese news report said this week. The statistic came from a study by the Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning, which is part of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. So far, only partial results of the study are available. The 2010 figure was reported on Monday by a newspaper associated with the ministry. The estimated loss for that year was...
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Americans back preparation for extreme weather and sea-level rise

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:30
ScienceDaily: Images told the story: lower Manhattan in darkness, coastal communities washed away, cars floating in muck. Superstorm Sandy, a harbinger of future extreme weather intensified by climate change, caught the country off guard in October. Unprepared for the flooding and high winds that ensued, the East Coast suffered more than $70 billion in property damage and more than 100 deaths. Will Americans prepare and invest now to minimize the impact of disasters such as Sandy, or deal with storms and...
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Poll finds Americans favour adaptation to climate change

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:01
Nature: A majority of people in the United States believe the planet is warming -- and they want coastal communities to start preparing for rising seas and stronger storm surges that will result, according to a new national poll. Researchers at Stanford University in California say 82% of US adults believe climate change is already occurring. An equal percentage favor enacting policies to help coastal areas increase their resilience to rising waters and extreme weather. Just over three-fifths of survey...
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San Diego, bracing for climate change, studies its weaknesses

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:00
ClimateWire: A collection of experts are assembling in San Diego to wrestle with the city's seesaw climate challenges that include heat-sparked wildfires on one side and increased floods from rising seas on the other. The meeting will pull together insurers, real estate developers and officials from the area's largest infrastructure projects, like the airport and the city's sprawling seaport, to probe climate impacts on the city and identify ways to prepare for more. Climate scientists and city planners will...
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Americans oppose paying for storm-ravaged beaches

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:00
Associated Press: More than 4 out of 5 Americans want to prepare now for rising seas and stronger storms from climate change, a new national survey says. But most are unwilling to keep spending money to restore and protect stricken beaches. The poll by Stanford University released Thursday found that only 1 in 3 people favored the government spending millions to construct big sea walls, replenish beaches or pay people to leave the coast. This was the first time a large national poll looked at how Americans feel...
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BC village’s ocean fertilization experiment probed

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:00
CBC: Environment Canada's enforcement branch has executed search warrants in British Columbia as part of an investigation into a controversial iron-fertilization experiment that took place off the coast of Haida Gwaii, B.C., last summer, CBC's the fifth estate has learned. In July 2012, the Haida village of Old Massett and an American businessman dumped 100 tonnes of iron-rich dust into the ocean off Haida Gwaii, sparking international controversy. In an exclusive interview, Ken Rea, chief councillor...
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Americans want sea level rise prep, not reaction

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:00
Inquirer: Sea level rise is happening. In the last century, it's gone up a foot in Delaware Bay, more along the Atlantic coast of New Jersey. That changes everything, from the height of the twice-daily tides to what happens in storms like Sandy, which swept the coast and left more than $70 billion in property damage. So should we prepare for more, or take our chances and simply react if it happens again? An overwhelming majority of Americans -- 82 percent of those surveyed -- opt for preparation,...
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Is global warming causing harsher winters?

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:00
Agence France-Presse: Millions of people in northern Europe are still battling snow and ice, wondering why they are being punished with bitter cold when - officially - spring has arrived and Earth is in the grip of global warming. Yet some scientists, eyeing the fourth year in a row of exceptionally harsh late-winter weather in parts of Europe and North America, suggest warming is precisely the problem. In a complex tango between ocean and atmosphere, warming is causing icy polar air to be displaced southwards, they...
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What's Behind Spike in Gulf Coast Dolphin Attacks?

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 03/29/2013 - 13:17
National Geographic: When Louisiana Fisheries and Wildlife personnel discovered a dead bottlenose dolphin near Elmer's Island late last year, they figured it was another victim of the 2010 BP oil spill. So they were shocked when an onsite necropsy showed no signs of oil-related injury, or of bacterial infection, biotoxins, or disease-the most common causes of death in dolphins. Instead, the Louisiana officials found a tiny piercing on the right side of the dolphin's blowhole. That hole would later reveal the cause...
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Europe to be battered by Sandy-style superstorms

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:38
New Scientist: BATTEN down the hatches, western Europe. Come the end of the century, superstorm Sandys could be battering your beaches. Hurricanes usually form in the western tropical Atlantic and head north-west to the US. Occasionally they make it to Europe by piggybacking on the jet stream. To simulate future hurricanes, Reindert Haarsma of the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute in De Bilt and colleagues ran a detailed climate model for 2094 to 2098, assuming modest future greenhouse gas emissions....
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Poll: People want to prepare for worsening climate

Ocean Conserve - Thu, 03/28/2013 - 20:59
Associated Press: A new national survey says 82 percent of Americans want to prepare now for rising seas and stronger storms from climate change. But most are unwilling to spend the money to keep the beach where it is. The poll by Stanford University found that only 1 in 3 people favored the government spending millions to construct big sea walls, replenish beaches or pay people to leave the coast. The options the majority preferred were making sure new buildings were stronger and reducing future coastal development....
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Why the globe hasn’t warmed much for the past decade

Ocean Conserve - Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:00
Climate Central: Even the quickest glance at a graph of global temperatures makes it clear that the planet was warming sharply during the 1980s and 1990s. But while the 2000s were the hottest decade on record, the rate of warming slowed considerably after the turn of the current century -- even while human emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions have continued to grow. The question that has lingered is where's all the extra heat going? The answer, according to a new paper in Geophysical Research Letters,...
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Some microscopic marine organisms could adapt to climate change

Ocean Conserve - Thu, 03/28/2013 - 08:27
Planet Earth: Certain tiny, ocean-dwelling creatures called foraminifera can survive in conditions similar to those caused by ocean acidification, say scientists. Elphidium excavatum The researchers, from Plymouth University and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, found the first evidence that some foraminifera can handle very low-pH conditions near seafloor vents in the Gulf of California. Carbon dioxide bubbles up through these vents, lowering the pH of the surrounding seawater and mimicking conditions...
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Greenland halts new oil drilling licences

Ocean Conserve - Wed, 03/27/2013 - 22:58
Guardian: The new government in Greenland has slapped a moratorium on the granting of fresh offshore oil and gas drilling licences in the country's Arctic waters in a move which has been welcomed by Greenpeace but will disappoint the industry. The ban came as one of the Arctic drilling pioneers, the British company Cairn Energy, failed in a bid to keep an injunction on any protests organised against it by Greenpeace. A coalition agreement signed by prime minister Aleqa Hammond and others inside a newly...
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