In today’s edition, the impact of climate change is confirmed, on the Great Barrier Reef as well as on extreme weather now regularly occurring around the world. In the meantime, climate change deniers still get more media attention than scientists and a study shows that the Keystone XL pipeline will increase oil demand and CO2 emissions.
Quote of the day
“We have detected important changes in the upper-level wind fields that flow around the globe and we see an increase in the frequency of standing waves which we know can cause weather extremes. We argue that they are linked with a rapid warming of the Arctic which creates the favourable conditions for this to occur.”
Dr Dim Coumou of the Potsdam institute, in The Independent’s story Global warming: Rapid rise in Arctic temperatures linked to changes in extreme weather and global wind patterns
Global warming: Rapid rise in Arctic temperatures linked to changes in extreme weather and global wind patterns
Steve Connor, The Independent
Scientists have linked the rapid rise in Arctic temperatures over the past two decades to weather extremes in the northern hemisphere such as heatwaves in the US and flooding in Europe.
Great Barrier Reef’s greatest threat is climate change, says new report
Australian Associated Press
Warmer ocean currents are also likely to remain a threat to the Queensland coral ecosystem for many years, the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2014 said.
***LB: Also in this story ““It is already affecting the reef and is likely to have far-reaching consequences in the decades to come,” the 300-page report said.”
Keystone XL Will Spike Oil Demand and CO2, Study Says
Bobby Magill, Climate Central
The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline and the greenhouse gases that would be released because of it have been at the heart of the debate over whether the pipeline should be built in the U.S. since it was first proposed in 2008.
GOP rep: ‘Do Nothing Senate’ should vote on Keystone
Ramsey Cox, The Hill
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to allow votes on job-creating measures, such as constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
GAO faults cost analyses for EPA regulations
Benjamin Goad, The Hill
A government report made public Monday finds fault with the Environmental Protection Agency’s analyses of the costs and benefits of its regulations.
New study finds fringe global warming contrarians get disproportionate media attention
John Abraham and Dana Nuccitelli, The Guardian
A new study led by Bart Verheggen surveyed 1,868 scientists studying various aspects of climate change.
***LB: Also in this story “Specifically, 30% of those few who said that greenhouse gases have caused an insignificant amount of global warming (or even cooling) reported frequent media coverage, compared to just 15% of climate scientists who said greenhouse gases have caused strong global warming.”
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23 October 2014
Audubon forest in SC sells carbon credits
Bruce Smith, Associated Press
A black water swamp in South Carolina owned by the Audubon Society is helping companies in California meet their carbon emission goals to ease global warming.
Wildfires Cause Nearly a Fifth of Manmade Carbon Emissions
Alex Park, Mother Jones
Wildfires are raging around the western United States: As of yesterday, more than 10,000 firefighters were battling 20 fires in Oregon and California.
Natural gas / coal
Kinder Morgan’s Reorganization Puts Master Limited Partnerships in Question
David Gelles, The New York Times
What happens when the pioneer of an industry abandons its own legacy?
As coal struggles, the blame game begins
Peter Moskowitz, AlJazeera America
As the coal industry suffers through year after disappointing year in the U.S, there’s a growing divide in coal country over the reasons behind its current economic predicament.
Big Trove for Frackers at Airport in Pittsburgh
Matthew L. Waldaug, The New York Times
Where 600 flights used to take off and land every day here at Pittsburgh International Airport, there are now about 300. Partway down Terminal B, the moving sidewalk that used to lead to a dozen gates now stops abruptly at a plain gray wall.
Modi May Lose $3 Billion Plant to Iran as Coal Runs Short
Rajesh Kumar Singh and Abhishek Shanker, Bloomberg Businessweek
Domestic coal shortages are prompting India’s National Aluminium Co. to plan construction of a $3 billion smelter complex abroad, possibly in Iran, underscoring the task Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces to boost energy output.
Tanzania To Use More Natural Gas And Coal To Combat Energy Poverty
Despite facing a direct threat from climate change, Tanzania plans to rely heavily on coal and natural gas for its future energy needs as the country strives to develop its economy.
***LB: Also in this story “The east African nation has suffered from a growing energy deficit in the last several years, caused partly by recurring droughts that have crippled hydropower capacity.”
Government survey: UK opposition to fracking on the rise
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
The number of people opposed to the development of shale gas wells in the UK has continued to rise, according to new government figures.
Why solar may not be biggest threat to energy utilities
Giles Parkinson, REneweconomy
Much has been made about the massive disruption that rooftop solar systems and distributed energy will bring to traditional energy business models. But there may be an even greater threat – the emergence of smart technology and software.
Hanergy and CNECC “Global Renewable Energy Report 2014”: solar PV market, financing activity shift from Europe to Asia
According to the report, the global solar photovoltaic (PV) market is shifting from Europe to Asia.
***LB: Also in this story “China’s newly installed PV capacity grew 232% year-on-year in 2013 to 12GW, whereas Germany’s newly installed capacity fell 56.5% to 3.3GW and Italy’s PV deployment dropped 55% year-on-year to 1.6GW.”
California’s Brown Reaches $7.2 Billion Drought Bond Deal
James Nash, Bloomberg Businessweek
Governor Jerry Brown and California Democratic lawmakers reached tentative agreement on a $7.2 billion bond measure for water storage and delivery to drought-stricken cities and farms.
Bottled Water Comes From the Most Drought-Ridden Places in the Country
Julia Lurie, Mother Jones
Bottled-water drinkers, we have a problem: There’s a good chance that your water comes from California, a state experiencing the third-driest year on record.
***LB: Also in this story “Popular brands like Aquafina and Dasani source from catastrophically dry parts of the West.”
India cuts monsoon rains forecast but says no drought
Ratnajyoti Dutta, Reuters
India on Tuesday forecast June-September monsoon rainfall to be 87 percent of the long-term average, but saw no evidence of a drought, giving some reassurance to government officials worried by the risk of a surge in food prices.
In the Ocean, Clues to Change
Justin Gillis, The New York Times
A few weeks ago, some 300 miles off the coast of New Zealand, scientists aboard the research vessel Tangaroa gently lowered two funky-looking orange orbs into the sea.