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Miami among 'most at risk' for sea-level rise, federal report says

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 14:00
WLRN: Coastal flooding will worsen in Miami if climate change patterns continue, according to a federal draft report. Florida -- and Miami in particular -- should prepare for habitat destruction, loss of cropland, increased salt-water intrusion, worsening coastal flooding, and a host of related disasters if climate change and sea level rise patterns continue, according to findings in a federal "draft climate report." The recently released, 30-chapter "Climate Assessment Report" was overseen by the National...
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Sailors to help measure plankton

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 08:27
BBC: Scientists are enlisting sailors and fishermen to help with what they hope will be the world's biggest study of plankton in the oceans. Plankton are microscopic organisms, key to the marine food chain, but research suggests they are in decline. Researchers at Plymouth University's Marine Institute want seafarers to help measure the quantity of plankton. The results will "help us understand how life in the oceans is changing", said project leader, Dr Richard Kirby. Scientists fear that...
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Boston Grapples With The Threat Of Storms And Rising Water

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 22:58
National Public Radio: Since the drubbing that Superstorm Sandy gave the Northeast in November, there's a new sense of urgency in U.S. coastal cities. Even though scientists can't predict the next big hurricane, they're confident that a warmer climate is likely to make Atlantic storms bigger and cause more flooding. Cities like Boston are in the bull's-eye. From atmospheric scientist Kerry Emanuel's 6th-floor office at MIT, you can look out at Boston and the snow-covered Charles River as it snakes through the city...
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As billion-dollar BP court case nears, scientists count cost to Gulf of Mexico

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 18:44
Guardian: Dolphin calving season has just begun in the Gulf of Mexico and marine biologists are reporting an alarming trend. Between 2000 and 2009, an average of 25 to 30 dolphins were found dead on the beaches of the Gulf each year. This year, 13 dead dolphins were found between 13 January and 14 February alone; 11 were aborted or newborns. Biologists have been following this trend for three years, since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster claimed 11 lives and triggered the worst oil spill in US history....
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Ice Melt Means Uneven Sea Level Rise Around the World

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:30
Climate Central: Scientists say the sea level rise caused by climate change during the rest of this century will not affect all parts of the world equally, because of the ways sea, land and ice interact. They say parts of the Pacific are likely to see the highest rise. This region is where many low-lying island countries most vulnerable to sea level rise, like the Seychelles, are already struggling. Their peoples will need evacuation if the scientists' high-end predictions are correct. Northern Europe, on the...
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Louisiana coast facing grim reality

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 14:00
Advocate: Stunning new data not yet publicly released shows Louisiana losing its battle with rising seas much more quickly than even the most pessimistic studies have predicted to date. While state officials continue to argue over restoration projects to save the state’s sinking, crumbling coast, top researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have concluded that Louisiana is in line for the highest rate of sea-level rise “on the planet.” Indeed, the water is rising so fast that...
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Climate change costs are hitting home

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 11:32
Hunterdon County Democrat: PSE&G wants to spend a staggering $4 billion over the next decade to harden its electric and gas systems against the impact of severe storms like Sandy and Irene, a sum that works out to about $500 per person in New Jersey. "This is a cost of climate change, pure and simple," says Jeanne Fox, a commissioner on the Board of Public Utilities, which oversees the utilities. It`s a pity we cannot send the entire bill to the flat-earthers who are willfully deaf to the chorus of warnings from the...
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U.S. Gulf Coast oil spillers about to face day in court

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 05:02
Reuters: Nearly three years after a deepwater well rupture killed 11 men, sank a rig and spewed 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP and the other companies involved are scheduled to face their judge in court. The trial over the worst U.S. offshore oil spill is set to start Monday in New Orleans before a federal judge and without a jury. Few expect the case, seen lasting several months, will be decided by the judge. An eleventh-hour settlement this weekend is a possibility, but legal...
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BP Spill Pact Excluded Billions in Possible Loss Claims

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 05:00
Bloomberg: Bill Floyd, owner of an upscale seafood restaurant near downtown Houston, is a poster-child for the type of damage claim BP Plc (BP/) left out of its $8.5 billion settlement for the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. When the energy company’s blown-out Macondo well dumped more than 4 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, Floyd saw his costs for fresh shrimp, crab and oysters almost double overnight while his sales flat-lined. “Ninety percent of our menu comes...
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Geoengineering by coalition to mitigate global warming

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 20:31
ScienceDaily: Solar geoengineering is a proposed approach to reduce the effects of climate change due to greenhouse gasses by deflecting some of the sun's incoming radiation. This type of proposed solution carries with it a number of uncertainties, however, including geopolitical questions about who would be in charge of the activity and its goals. New modeling work from Carnegie's Katharine Ricke and Ken Caldeira shows that if a powerful coalition ever decided to deploy a geoengineering system, they would...
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The Seas Rise but the Lands Rise Too

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 11:31
Environmental News Network: As the Arctic ice melts it will raise the sea level. But as it does it removes the enormous weight of the ice and the land will rise too in places, Sophisticated computer modelling has shown how sea-level rise over the coming century could affect some regions far more than others. The model shows that parts of the Pacific will see the highest rates of rise while some polar regions will actually experience falls in relative sea levels due to the ways sea, land and ice interact globally. Reporting...
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Chevron, Transocean say Brazil drops criminal oil spill charges

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 00:55
Reuters: A Brazilian judge dropped criminal charges against Chevron Corp, Transocean Ltd and 17 of their employees related to a November 2011 offshore oil spill, the companies said on Wednesday. The criminal case, and a civil suit seeking as much as 40 billion reais ($20.4 billion) in damages, have cast a chill over Brazil's oil industry. The criminal suit carried penalties of up to 31 years. The still-open civil case is Brazil's largest-ever environmental lawsuit, even though the amount of oil spilled...
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Oregon governor questions wisdom of headlong coal-export push

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 00:47
Grist: Keystone is getting all the attention, but the brewing battle over coal exports in the Pacific Northwest is, from a pure carbon standpoint, far more significant. Right now one of the main problems for climate hawks is that all the decisions about new coal trains and coal export terminals are being made locally, one at a time, as rail and coal companies bribe this town and that town with promises of economic development. There`s no global assessment being done and no real plan in place. The U.S....
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Nitrogen Pollution Soars in China

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 22:29
Scientific American: Nitrogen-containing pollutants from agriculture, transport and industry in China has increased by more than half in 30 years, a study shows, adding to concerns about the country’s deteriorating environment. “Rapid economic growth in China has driven high levels of nitrogen emissions in the past few decades,” says Zhang Fusuo, an agriculture researcher at the China Agricultural University in Beijing and a co-author of the study. Once emitted into the air, key nitrogen pollutants — ammonia and...
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Justice Department deal reduces BP's Deepwater Horizon fine by $3.4bn

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 19:44
Guardian: BP has shaved $3.4bn off the maximum fine for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. A court order, handed down by a judge in New Orleans, means BP will no longer be liable for a maximum of $21bn in fines at next week's civil trial – after a judge ruled the oil company would not have to pay for 810,000 barrels of oil collected at the source of the broken well. The oil company had been facing up to $21bn in fines in the civil case, based on the amount of oil that gushed into the Gulf following...
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United States: Climate change a concern, not a priority to coastal leaders, survey finds

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 12:40
PhysOrg: Many Oregon coast public officials and community leaders believe their local climate is changing and that the change will affect their communities. But overall, they say, addressing the changing climate is not an urgent concern. These are among the findings of a survey by Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University. During 2012, Sea Grant surveyed coastal professionals such as city managers and planners, elected officials such as city council members and county commissioners, and other leaders...
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Europe's Rift Over Overfishing and Subsidies

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 12:32
New York Times: Two weeks ago, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to require that the 27-nation bloc`s fisheries be managed on a sustainable basis within a few years. That vote, the first step toward overhauling Europe`s Common Fisheries Policy, was hailed by conservationists as a major victory. It was made possible by the Lisbon Treaty, an agreement that put the Parliament on an equal footing with the European Fisheries Council – a body made up of ministers from member nations – in setting policy....
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Japan to Operate Offshore Wind Turbines With Tepco, J-Power

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 09:00
Bloomberg: Japan will begin operating two offshore wind turbines this year as it tries to diversify its energy mix and develop turbine technologies. A 2.4-megawatt turbine has been installed off Choshi in Chiba prefecture in a research project with Tokyo Electric Power Co., Masaharu Itoh, director of the new energy technology department of Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, said yesterday in an interview. NEDO also plans a 2-megawatt turbine off Kitakyushu on the southern...
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Protesters clash with Japanese whalers, call for naval intervention

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 06:45
Reuters: Anti-whaling activists called on Wednesday for Australia to send a naval vessel to the Southern Ocean after a confrontation in which they said a Japanese whaling ship collided with two of their protest vessels, damaging their flagship. "The Nisshin Maru has rammed the Steve Irwin and the Bob Barker, but both vessels continue to hold their positions," Paul Watson, the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society which runs the protest boats, said in a statement. Watson also accused Japanese...
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Arctic Ice Melt Disrupts Balance Of Greenhouse Gases

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 06:18
RedOrbit: Last year, so much sea ice in the Arctic had melted away that it beat the prior record amount set in the summer of 2007. By the end of the 2012 summer, the Arctic Ocean had lost about 2.1 million square miles of ice, according to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Colorado. Experts began to predict the kinds of trouble such a speedy and significant melt could have on the earth’s ecosystems as a whole. Now, one of these effects has already been seen. According to research from...
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