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Thawing of Siberian Permafrost Could Speed Up Cimate Change

Evidence from Siberian caves suggests that a global temperature rise of 1.5C could see permafrost thaw over a large area of Siberia.A study shows that more than a trillion tonnes of the greenhouse gases CO2 and methane could be released into the...

Posted February 25, 2013    

Carbon Tax vs. Spending Cuts for Deficit Reduction

Jeff Spross reports for Climate Change that “a recent poll found Americans would prefer a carbon tax to cutting spending for deficit reduction by a huge margin.”Commissioned by Friends of the Earth and conducted by the Mellman Group in December, the...

Posted February 6, 2013    

A Litany of 2012 Extreme Weather Records

Think 2012 across the contiguous U.S. was hellishly hot and, all in all, a hellacious weather year?The data, compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center (NOAA/NCDC) bear you out.Put it down as “a...

Posted January 24, 2013    

Carbon Dioxide Now at Troubling New Milestone of 400 PPM

Rebecca Leber reports that “the world’s air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant.”Monitoring stations across the Arctic this spring are measuring more than 400 parts per...

Posted June 1, 2012    

Renewable portfolio standards insufficient to meet 2030 GHG emission targets

Image via WikipediaThe least expensive way for the Western US to reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough to help prevent the worst consequences of global warming is to replace coal with renewable and other sources of energy that may include nuclear...

Posted February 15, 2012    

Cincinnati Explores 100% Renewable Energy Plan

Cincinnati is working on a new power aggregation deal right now that could lead to the entire city being powered from 100 percent renewable energy sources. The deal, city officials say, could be finalized within the coming months and be in place for...

Posted February 7, 2012    

Environmental World Review 2011

World CO2 Chart via Wikipedia -- Look to the top of right sidebar for the current month's CO2 level Via Climate Himalaya, The Guardian reports on the record greenhouse gas emissions, melting Arctic sea ice, natural disasters and extreme weather –...

Posted December 26, 2011    

Scale of Methane Plumes From Melting Arctic Shock Researchers

For those who read this blog, this following story from The Independent is nothing new. Dramatic and unprecedented plumes of methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide – have been seen bubbling to the surface of the Arctic...

Posted December 16, 2011    

Power Plants Suffer Water Woes

Union of Concerned Scientists Image via Wikipedia A previous reprint of an article originally published in Ecocentric noted that power plants need lots of water primarily for cooling. “Several Texas power plants that rely on cooling ponds are in a...

Posted December 5, 2011    

Limits on Detection

Hansen has an interesting discussion of extreme weather and attribution to human emissions: Global warming is expected to intensify climate extremes: (1) Warmer air holds more water vapor, and precipitation occurs in more extreme events. ’100-year...

Posted September 30, 2011    

15,000 Terabecquerels And Counting

Image via Wikipedia Greenpeace provided an update for August 26th-29th on the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis and this blog extracted the section of the report on contamination (including human exposure). Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA...

Posted September 14, 2011    

Community Scale Solar Power

John Farrell says, “‘Community scale’ solar is likely to provide the best combination of affordability, speed, and opportunity for local economic benefit.” But, what does he mean by “community scale” and does it fit with Big Eddie’s concept of...

Posted August 19, 2011