Monthly Archives: June 2012

High US Heat, and a Zombie Hurricane

Temperatures in the northeast US soared into the upper 90s and 100s late last week reports Associated Press at the Washington Post, sending heat stressed people into emergency rooms.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s maximum daily US temperature map, … Continue reading

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Acidifying Coastal Waters Threaten California Fisheries – Study

Over the next few decades, coastal waters off of California, Oregon, and Washington will likely become acidic enough to harm the rich fisheries and diverse marine ecosystems there, according to a new study, reports Peter Spotts at the Christian Science … Continue reading

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Japan Will Subsidize Renewable Energy

  Japan recently approved  incentives for renewable energy that could unleash billions of dollars in clean-energy investment and help the world’s third-biggest economy shift away from a reliance on nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster, report Yuko Inoue and Leonora … Continue reading

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Melting Arctic Benefits Perpetrators, the Oil Industry

As Arctic ice recedes under global warming with the promise of ice free summers appearing within decades, oil companies such as Shell, spurred by better technology and high oil prices, are pursuing oil drilling up there, reports the Economist. Oil … Continue reading

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Pay One Dollar Per Gallon – If You Drive Electric

Americans already drive a variety of plug-in cars that take advantage of a cheaper, cleaner domestic fuel than gasoline, reports Max Baumhefner at Greentechmedia. There is no shortage of materials, such as lithium, needed to make advanced vehicle batteries. In … Continue reading

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US Coal Replaced By Clean Energy and Methane

US coal use is falling fast, and predicted to go below 40 percent this year, as electric utilities switch to cheaper natural gas and clean energy, reports Jonathan Fahey at the Associated Press.  New Environmental Protection Agency pollution standards mean … Continue reading

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Geo-engineering Is Highly Risky, Better Solutions Exist

Geo-engineering, schemes that massively manipulate the planet’s atmosphere to cool global warming, entails great risks because some of the results could be wildly unpredictable and destructive to planetary life, reports Michael Specter at the New Yorker. British geo-engineering researcher Hugh … Continue reading

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