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Existential threats, fast and slow

Existential threats, fast and slow | Climate Change | Scoop.it
In the past month US President Barack Obama has focused the world’s attention on two threats that may not, at first glance, appear to have much in common.
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Kennette Benedict writes in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists about the existential threat of climate change, and how the scientists who study and write about it are similar to the early atomic scientists who created, and then worried about, the threat that nuclear weapons posed to humanity: "Just as the Manhattan Project participants could foresee the coming arms race, climate scientists today understand the consequences of deploying the technologies that defined the industrial age. They also know that action now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will mitigate the worst consequences of climate change, just as the Manhattan Project scientists knew that early action to forestall a deadly arms race could prevent nuclear catastrophe."

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Using naval logbooks to reconstruct past weather—and predict future climate

Using naval logbooks to reconstruct past weather—and predict future climate | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Pity the poor navigator who fell asleep on watch and failed to update his ship’s logbook every four hours with details about its geographic position, time, date, wind direction, barometric readings, temperatures, ocean currents, and weather conditions.
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Did climate deniers just admit they don’t know what they’re talking about?

Did climate deniers just admit they don’t know what they’re talking about? | Climate Change | Scoop.it
The war on climate science has evolved rapidly over the past decade, with talking points surging and subsiding in wave after wave: The planet is not warming. The planet might be warming, but the scientific uncertainty is too great to be sure. The planet was warming, but the warming stopped. The planet is warming, but not because of anything that humans are doing. The planet is warming, but that could be a good thing. The planet is warming and not in a particularly good way, but there’s not much we can do about it.
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The EPA carbon plan: Coal loses, but nuclear doesn't win

The EPA carbon plan: Coal loses, but nuclear doesn't win | Climate Change | Scoop.it
The claims and counterclaims about EPA’s proposed carbon pollution standards have filled the air: It will boost nuclear. It will expand renewables. It promotes energy efficiency. It will kill coal. It changes everything. It accomplishes almost nothing.
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Renewable Energy: Clean, green and unobtrusive, wave and tidal energy projects appeal to Scots -- Tuesday, October 1, 2013 -- www.eenews.net

Renewable Energy: Clean, green and unobtrusive, wave and tidal energy projects appeal to Scots -- Tuesday, October 1, 2013 -- www.eenews.net | Climate Change | Scoop.it
STROMNESS, Scotland -- What looks like a 590-foot, orange caterpillar spends its days undulating on the frothy tips of waves here as they break several hundred yards off the rocky coast.

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Climate, food, and biomass energy

Climate, food, and biomass energy | Climate Change | Scoop.it
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The second installment in our excellent roundtable on biomass energy has just been posted. It's an exploration of what biofuels can do; couple with carbon capture and storage, it could save us.

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The second installment in our excellent roundtable on biomass energy has just been posted. It's an exploration of what biofuels can do; couple with carbon capture and storage, it could save us.

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Swiss engineers create hybrid car engine said capable of 117 mpg

Swiss engineers create hybrid car engine said capable of 117 mpg | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Zurich, Switzerland (UPI) Sep 16, 2013 -
Swiss scientists say they've developed a hybrid natural gas/diesel engine that emits less than half the CO2 compared to a regular internal combustion engine.

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How big is your carbon debt?

How big is your carbon debt? | Climate Change | Scoop.it
When I read Grist’s recent article about a stationary bicycle that could power “just about any gadget you might want to use around the house or farm,” my first thought was: How cool is that?
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This is great--the reality behind "low-carbon" technology

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Are Pipelines Safer Than Railroads for Carrying Oil? | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Are Pipelines Safer Than Railroads for Carrying Oil? | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Climate Change | Scoop.it
The glut of new oil in North America has been accompanied by a boom in moving that petroleum by train. Railway traffic of crude oil in ...
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Always thoughtful David Biello at Sci Am.

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This fantastic interview with climatologist James Hansen is in the subscription section of the Bulletin; short term subscriptions are available. Worth it!

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Israel's Secret Uranium Buy - By William Burr and Avner Cohen

Israel's Secret Uranium Buy - By William Burr and Avner Cohen | Climate Change | Scoop.it
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How Argentina fueled Ben-Gurion's nuclear program.
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The Reverse Of A Carbon Tax « The Dish

The Reverse Of A Carbon Tax « The Dish | Climate Change | Scoop.it
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Quite interesting: Jodi Beggs criticizes recent efforts by Virginia and North Carolina lawmakers to levy a tax on hybrid cars to make up for their reduced contribution to gas taxes:

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Obama unveils climate change plan that goes around Congress - The Hill's E2-Wire

Obama unveils climate change plan that goes around Congress - The Hill's E2-Wire | Climate Change | Scoop.it
By Ben Geman President Obama is launching fresh battles over climate change with plans to curb emissions using executive powers that sidestep Congress — including controversial rules to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants.
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Is it possible to have any fun at all without burning fossil fuels?

Is it possible to have any fun at all without burning fossil fuels? | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Is it possible to have any fun at all without burning fossil fuels? On a Saturday afternoon in my rural neighborhood, the woods reverberate with the sounds of ATVs and dirt bikes—or, in winter, snowmobiles. Even here, in an area on the Oregon-Washington border renowned for human-powered sports such as windsurfing, mountain biking, and skiing, people often drive a considerable distance to begin their recreation.
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Did climate deniers just admit they don’t know what they’re talking about?

Did climate deniers just admit they don’t know what they’re talking about? | Climate Change | Scoop.it
The war on climate science has evolved rapidly over the past decade, with talking points surging and subsiding in wave after wave: The planet is not warming. The planet might be warming, but the scientific uncertainty is too great to be sure. The planet was warming, but the warming stopped. The planet is warming, but not because of anything that humans are doing. The planet is warming, but that could be a good thing. The planet is warming and not in a particularly good way, but there’s not much we can do about it.
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Pacific Ocean takes perilous turn | Sea Change | The Seattle Times

Pacific Ocean takes perilous turn | Sea Change | The Seattle Times | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Ocean acidification threatens to scramble marine life on a scale almost too big to fathom.
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Marian Locksley's curator insight, October 3, 2013 3:07 PM

Contaminated water from Fukushima reactors could double radioactivity levels of US coastal waters  At the very least your days of eating Pacific ocean fish are over! 

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How many Hiroshimas does it take to describe climate change?

How many Hiroshimas does it take to describe climate change? | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Canadian rock legend Neil Young is worried about the environmental impacts of extracting oil from the tar sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
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What do Neil Young, James Hansen, and John Cook all have in common? They've all used Hiroshima as an analogy to climate change; Dawn Stover at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists explores whether that's an accurate, and appropriate, analogy.

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Arctic sea ice reaches lowest extent for 2013 | Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis

Arctic sea ice reaches lowest extent for 2013 | Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis | Climate Change | Scoop.it
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Closing the consensus gap: Public support for climate policy

Closing the consensus gap: Public support for climate policy | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Since the late 1980s, governments and policy makers have worked to develop policy to mitigate climate change.
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John Cook on his study of the public's general confusion over current scientific beliefs on the causes of climate change, and why they believe what they believe.

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Existential threats, fast and slow

Existential threats, fast and slow | Climate Change | Scoop.it
In the past month US President Barack Obama has focused the world’s attention on two threats that may not, at first glance, appear to have much in common.
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Kennette Benedict writes in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists about the existential threat of climate change, and how the scientists who study and write about it are similar to the early atomic scientists who created, and then worried about, the threat that nuclear weapons posed to humanity: "Just as the Manhattan Project participants could foresee the coming arms race, climate scientists today understand the consequences of deploying the technologies that defined the industrial age. They also know that action now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will mitigate the worst consequences of climate change, just as the Manhattan Project scientists knew that early action to forestall a deadly arms race could prevent nuclear catastrophe."

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Report: As coal declines, efficiency on the rise | Midwest Energy News

Report: As coal declines, efficiency on the rise | Midwest Energy News | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Utility-run energy-efficiency programs have grown robustly over the past decade and are one of the factors contributing to a cooling of the prospects for coal-fired power plants, according to a recent report.
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Nice report in Midwest Energy News.

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Ikea brings flatpack innovation to emergency refugee shelters

Ikea brings flatpack innovation to emergency refugee shelters | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Swedish furniture giant has teamed up with the UN Refugee Agency to develop a longer-lasting flatpack shelter
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This is great; I love that it comes with solar panels!

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Infographic: Sunday News Shows Ignored Obama’s Climate Plan But Late-Night Comics Picked Up The Slack

Infographic: Sunday News Shows Ignored Obama’s Climate Plan But Late-Night Comics Picked Up The Slack | Climate Change | Scoop.it
You may have heard that President Obama gave a big speech last week laying out his plan to cut carbon pollution.
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Invest, Divest and Prosper

Invest, Divest and Prosper | Climate Change | Scoop.it
With all the Supreme Court decisions and Paula Deen drama this week, some very important climate news was given short shrift.
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Paul Krugman with a defense of President Obama's Climate Plan

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Saving the ozone layer and the climate

Saving the ozone layer and the climate | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Although reducing emissions of carbon dioxide is essential if climate change is to be slowed and then halted in the long run, researchers are analyzing a number of alternative pathways for reducing human-related forcing on climate over the next few...
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Excellent, readable explanation of how HFCs are as damaging as carbon dioxide. Great info.

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BulletinOfTheAtomic's curator insight, June 25, 2013 1:08 PM

Nice explanation on why HFCs are actually as bad, if not worse, than carbon dioxide and why international agreement on limiting them is essential.