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News: Archive for November, 2010

Earth On Fire | Earth Science | DISCOVER Magazine

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

‘Thousands of hidden fires smolder and rage through the world’s coal deposits, quietly releasing gases that can ruin health, devastate communities, and heat the planet.’

via Earth On Fire | Earth Science | DISCOVER Magazine.

Extreme global warming in the ancient past

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

‘ScienceDaily (Nov. 11, 2010) — Variations in atmosphere carbon dioxide around 40 million years ago were tightly coupled to changes in global temperature, according to new findings published in the journal Science. The study was led by scientists at Utrecht University, working with colleagues at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and the University of Southampton.’

via Extreme global warming in the ancient past.

Video: Laurie David on ‘The Family Dinner’, diet, health, meat consumption

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

November 9, 2010 San Francisco

Laurie DavidLaurie David, well known as the producer of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, appeared at Climate One at the Commonwealth Club to talk about her new book, ‘The Family Dinner”.

As part of the discussion, focused primarily on the benefits of sit down family dinners, Laurie David touched on food issues related to health, diet, meat consumption, and climate.

“Every single thing that we all care about crosses the dinner plate. I mean this is the perfect place where all these issues come together. And the kitchen is the greenest room in your house to start practicing and teaching these values.”

“…our appetite for meat has become gargantuan and absolutely unsustainable”


Selected Excerpts:

“I am a meat reducer. And I honestly – I really hate labels, because they put this pressure on you. You don’t have to put a label on yourself, you just have to find healthier ways to live”

“Today thirty five percent of what we eat everyday is fast food. We’ve doubled our spending on buying food away from the home, and food that’s almost always higher in fat, salt, and sugar. Our obsession with sugary drinks has also doubled in the last three decades, about 10% of the calories our kids consumer every day, the building blocks of their brain, bones, liver and heart, come from soda. And our appetite for meat has become gargantuan and absolutely unsustainable, and what was once a weekly treat is now often inhaled at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I mean it’s impossible to respect what you are eating when you eat so much of it. ”

Laurie David“Most of us in this room consume 150 times as much chicken as our grandparents did. And 99% of our meat and dairy comes directly to us from filthy factory farms that are devastating our air and water, and where animals are force fed food that is unnatural to their systems, pumped with hormones and antibiotics to make them get bigger faster so they can be slaughtered quicker and sold to us to keep up with the growing demand. That is what we are eating and feeding our kids”

“Animal products are the main source of saturated fats which contribute to a whole host of diseases, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that diet related illnesses is now America’s top killer. We are in the midst of a tsunami of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, allergies. Yale University scientists recently reported that child obesity has tripled over the past thirty years, so today over half of all American kids are now officially classified as overweight. And overweight people have more heart disease, cancer, and are three times more prone to suffer from diabetes.”

“A 2009 Gallup study found diabetes hits one in nine Americans. But that number will soon be outdated. The CDC just released figures warning that by mid century that figure would go to one in three. One in three. So that’s like, look to your right and to your left, one of the three of you will have diabetes. I means that is a huge percentage of our population with a serious, chronic and expensive disease.”

Report by James George

Trade, climate change dominate working dinner among G20 leaders

Friday, November 12th, 2010

‘SEOUL, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) — Leaders of top economies brought together in Seoul for the G20 economic summit Friday discussed trade, climate change and green growth during the working lunch that followed the third session focused on development issues.’

via Trade, climate change dominate working dinner among G20 leaders.

Environment, greenhouse gas, regulations: EPA issues state guidelines for greenhouse gas emissions – latimes.com

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

‘Pressing ahead with plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions despite a congressional stalemate over global warming, the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday issued guidelines that gave states considerable discretion in regulating carbon dioxide emissions from large industrial facilities.’

via Environment, greenhouse gas, regulations: EPA issues state guidelines for greenhouse gas emissions – latimes.com.

Cities as Hubs of Energy and Climate Action – NYTimes.com

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

‘Jay Carson, a former deputy Los Angeles mayor and aide to both Clintons, and Rohit Aggarwala, the former chief sustainability advisor to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, are going to work for C40 Cities, a coalition of cities in rich and developing countries working to initiate and share ways to cut emissions of greenhouse gases and boost resilience to impacts of climate change.’

via Cities as Hubs of Energy and Climate Action – NYTimes.com.

Uranium Energy Corp Commences Major Drilling Program at Salvo Project in South Texas

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

‘CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ – Uranium Energy Corp (NYSE AMEX: UEC; the “Company”) is pleased to announce the start of drilling at the Company’s 100%-controlled Salvo Project in Bee County, Texas. The objective of the current drilling program is to verify the historic resource and to expand on the resource by drilling new areas of mineralization. The exploration drill plan will consist of two phases, each utilizing two rigs.’

via Uranium Energy Corp Commences Major Drilling Program at Salvo Project in South Texas.

EPA subpoenas Halliburton over fracking fluids | Reuters

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

‘(Reuters) – The Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it has issued a subpoena to Halliburton, demanding information about chemicals it uses in a natural gas drilling technique called “fracking.”‘

via EPA subpoenas Halliburton over fracking fluids | Reuters.

U.S. to announce home energy efficiency initiatives | Reuters

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

‘(Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden is to announce a series of initiatives on Tuesday aimed at helping middle-income Americans make their homes more energy efficient and boost job growth among home retrofitters.’

via U.S. to announce home energy efficiency initiatives | Reuters.

What the election means for renewable energy – Nov. 5, 2010

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

‘FORTUNE — Companies in renewable energy industries are trying to figure out how to navigate the swing rightward from the midterm elections. Starting with the worst casae scenario, projects that received some of the $16.8 billion in stimulus funding allocated to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in 2009 could now be left to wither, without getting the chance to return the promised green megawatts per dollar invested.’

via What the election means for renewable energy – Nov. 5, 2010.