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News: Archive for March, 2013

Chasing Ice Movie Trailer

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Climate Justice and EcoEquity. Tom Athanasiou’s appearance on Sane Society

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Tom Athanasiou, co-founder EcoEquity, appeared on Tom Palmer’s Sane Society show a few months back, discussing equity and climate change.

An interesting discussion. Here are two excerpts:

23:57 “There is this gigantic cartel which has got its tentacles around human civilization. And for lack of a better term, let’s call it the fossil fuel cartel. It’s countries and it’s companies, right, and we’re all implicated in its operation cause we’re all dependent on it’s infrastructure, right, and if we allow it to do what it needs to do to be maximally profitable, we are toast, because the oil companies already have enough coal and oil on their books to blow us so far past two degrees … identified reserves, not resources, that are already priced into traded stocks, so that, … let me put it this way: in the unlikely chance that we decided not to commit civilizational suicide, it would cause a crash in fossil stocks, so they actually have a baked in interest in civilizational suicide. They have to do it.”

2:45 “Well you know the per capita thing is a bit of a problem, because people have a sense that what would be fair would be to cut the pie up into equal shares, but the thing is, the carbon pie has already been eaten, it’s a very difficult problem because we’re already over budget. … we’re at 392(ppm) now.”

Most in U.S. concerned about sea level rise, poll finds – latimes.com

Friday, March 29th, 2013

‘WASHINGTON — An overwhelming majority of Americans is convinced that sea level rise resulting from climate change poses a significant threat to the United States and coastal communities should invest in preparing for the risks, according to a survey released Thursday by Stanford University.’

via Most in U.S. concerned about sea level rise, poll finds – latimes.com.

Discovery may allow scientists to make fuel from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Mar. 26, 2013 — Excess carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere created by the widespread burning of fossil fuels is the major driving force of global climate change, and researchers the world over are looking for new ways to generate power that leaves a smaller carbon footprint.

via Discovery may allow scientists to make fuel from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

New Mexico Farmers Push to Be Made a Priority in Drought – NYTimes.com

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

‘CARLSBAD, N.M. — Just after the local water board announced this month that its farmers would get only one-tenth of their normal water allotment this year, Ronnie Walterscheid, 53, stood up and called on his elected representatives to declare a water war on their upstream neighbors.’

via New Mexico Farmers Push to Be Made a Priority in Drought – NYTimes.com.

New York State Bonds Include Warning on Climate Change – NYTimes.com

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

‘ALBANY — In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the administration of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has started to caution investors that climate change poses a long-term risk to the state’s finances.’

via New York State Bonds Include Warning on Climate Change – NYTimes.com.

BBC News – Oklahoma earthquake linked to oil extraction wastewater

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

‘Scientists have linked the underground injection of oil-drilling wastewater to a magnitude-5.7 earthquake in 2011 that struck the US state of Oklahoma.’

via BBC News – Oklahoma earthquake linked to oil extraction wastewater.

Arctic ice loss drives extreme weather patterns – latimes.com

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

‘At a Tuesday news conference, several researchers said that warming conditions in the Arctic may be weakening jet stream currents and causing extreme weather systems to linger in northern mid-latitudes.’

via Arctic ice loss drives extreme weather patterns – latimes.com.

China’s bailouts darken horizon for solar panel sector | Reuters

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

‘(Reuters) – China’s rush to bail out Suntech Power Holdings and other solar panel makers is condemning its solar sector to a worsening glut, as demand remains stubbornly stagnant, both at home and abroad.’

via China’s bailouts darken horizon for solar panel sector | Reuters.

Massive Energy Skyscraper Proposed On U.S.-Mexico Border – Forbes

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

‘A Maryland energy company is planning to deliver 500 megawatts of power to the electrical grid from a giant hollow tower on the Arizona-Mexico border that would be the second-tallest structure ever built.’

via Massive Energy Skyscraper Proposed On U.S.-Mexico Border – Forbes.

and the followup story fills in some of the details:

‘How much would it cost to build a downdraft tower? $1 billion, plus $100 million to pipe the water in from the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. Additional money would be needed to build a desalination plant, but the company has not yet arrived at a number…’

via Your Energy Skyscraper Questions, Answered – Forbes.