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Nearing Collapse? West Antarctica's Glaciers Speeding Up

Nearing Collapse? West Antarctica's Glaciers Speeding Up | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Six big glaciers in West Antarctica are flowing much faster than 40 years ago, a new study finds. The brisk clip may mean this part of Antarctica, which could raise global sea level by 4 feet (1.2 meters) if it completely melts, is nearing full-scale collapse.

 

"This region is out of balance," said Jeremie Mouginot, lead study author and a glaciologist at University of California, Irvine.

 

From satellite observations such as Landsat images and radar interferometry, Mouginot and his co-authors tracked the speed of West Antarctica's six largest glaciers.

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'Small' Nuclear War Could Trigger Catastrophic Cooling

'Small' Nuclear War Could Trigger Catastrophic Cooling | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Even a relatively small regional nuclear war could trigger global cooling, damage the ozone layer and cause droughts for more than a decade, researchers say. One potential consequence of such a global nuclear war was "nuclear winter," wherein nuclear explosions sparked huge fires whose smoke, dust and ash blotted out the sun, resulting in a "twilight at noon" for weeks. Still, nuclear war remains a very real threat; To see what effects such a regional nuclear conflict might have on climate, scientists modeled a war between India and Pakistan involving 100 Hiroshima-level bombs, each packing the equivalent of 15,000 tons of TNT — just a small fraction of the world's current nuclear arsenal.
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Steve's Thailand Dome

Steve's Thailand Dome | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Steve Areen's beautiful dome home in Thailand was built from cement and clay bricks and includes round windows and a roof platform where a hammock swings.
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IPCC report: climate change felt 'on all continents and across the oceans'

IPCC report: climate change felt 'on all continents and across the oceans' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Leaked text of blockbuster report says changes in climate have already caused impacts on natural and human systems.

 

Climate change has already left its mark "on all continents and across the oceans", damaging food crops, spreading disease, and meltingglaciers, according to the leaked text of a blockbuster UN climate science report due out on Monday.

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Exxon, PHMSA Withholding Key Documents on Pegasus Pipeline as Restart Nears | InsideClimate News

Exxon, PHMSA Withholding Key Documents on Pegasus Pipeline as Restart Nears | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The southern leg of ExxonMobil's idled Pegasus oil pipeline, a segment regulators say is susceptible to seam ruptures, might be restarted as early as this week. Residents along the pipeline and others, however, have no idea whether—or how—the pipeline has been made safe because the information is not publicly available.
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Keeping Secrets Has Been Exxon's Default in Ark. Oil Spill Case | InsideClimate News

Keeping Secrets Has Been Exxon's Default in Ark. Oil Spill Case | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sometime before April 7, ExxonMobil will finally tell regulators and the public why its 1940s-era Pegasus oil pipeline split open in Mayflower, Ark. last March, spilling thick Canadian dilbit into a neighborhood and nearby cove. Will Exxon just send out a statement announcing its conclusions about the cause or causes of the Pegasus spill?
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Be Worried: Climate Scientists Under Attack

Be Worried: Climate Scientists Under Attack | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate scientists are under attack like never before for telling the truth about about the growing dangers posed by unrestricted carbon pollution. Here's how to help.
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Counting the Costs of Climate Change

Counting the Costs of Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group 2, (IPCC WGII) is finalizing its report in Yokohama, to be released March 31. There has been a lot of noise and several purported leaks o...
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The Two Numbers Climate Economists Can’t Stand to See Together

The Two Numbers Climate Economists Can’t Stand to See Together | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Okay, fine. You're persuaded that climate change is a problem. So if we can work out the costs and benefits of reducing carbon emissions, we'll be able to decide on the cheapest course of action, right?
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Energy boom stokes population growth

Energy boom stokes population growth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
America's energy boom is fueling population growth west of the Mississippi River.
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Thorium: a safer nuclear power

Thorium: a safer nuclear power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the same month as the Three Mile Island and Fukushima nuclear disasters, China announces it is speeding up its research into so-called molten salt reactors that can run on thorium. If it succeeds, it would create a cheaper, more efficient, and safer form of nuclear power that produces less nuclear waste than today's uranium-based technology.
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Climate change influences landowner's tree choices

Climate change influences landowner's tree choices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

CLEARWATER, Minn. (AP) —  Cardinals tuck into the dark wall of Norway spruce, finding shelter in the tall trees. Prickly, round seed balls dangle from a slender sycamore like tiny Christmas ornaments. A dawn redwood, native to China and found in fossil records dating back about 150 million years, drops flat rust-colored needles on the deep March snow.

 

 

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North Korea Says It May Conduct ‘New Form’ of Nuclear Test

North Korea said it may conduct a “new form” of nuclear test if the U.S. challenges its efforts to enhance deterrence through military drills.
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Philippine supply ship evades Chinese blockade

Philippine supply ship evades Chinese blockade | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
SECOND THOMAS SHOAL, South China Sea (AP) — A Philippine government ship slipped past a Chinese coast guard blockade Saturday and brought food and fresh troops to a marooned navy ship used as a base by Filipino troops to bolster the country's territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea.
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Run on Sun March, 2014 Newsletter

Run on Sun March, 2014 Newsletter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When Governor Brown signed AB327 last October, one thing was clear: net metering as we presently know it was going to go away, we just didn't know how soon. Now, thanks to a ruling on March 27 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), we know: 20 years.

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Background

Around the country, utilities have been pushing hard against net metering—the tariff under which solar customers receive credit for surplus energy production (say during the day when no one is home or on a weekend when a commercial facility is dormant) that offsets energy consumed from the grid (for example, at night). The solar customer's bill reflects the "netting out" of those two quantities (total energy exported versus total energy imported from the grid) and the customer only pays for the difference. If the solar customer is a net energy producer (quite rare), the utility has to cut the customer a check for the surplus. (Unless you are an LADWP customer, sorry.) Last year's bill sought to end the squabbling and provide certainty to solar customers.

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Tiny House in a Landscape

Tiny House in a Landscape | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For hundreds of years houses in Norway have been covered with turf. And they come in different varieties.
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Officials warn of health risks due to oil spill

Galveston County officials are warning people of possible health risks due to the oil spill.

 

According public health statement from the Galveston County Health District, inhaling oil vapors or the particles in a wave's spray can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, and eye and throat irritation.

 

Health officials say young kids and those with respiratory conditions should avoid areas near the contaminated water.

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One Year After Exxon's Arkansas Spill, 8 Crucial Questions Still Unanswered | InsideClimate News

One Year After Exxon's Arkansas Spill, 8 Crucial Questions Still Unanswered | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's been a year since a broken oil pipeline sent an estimated 210,000 gallons of Canadian dilbit into an Arkansas neighborhood, but there's still a long list of unknowns about the spill.
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Here's why B.C.'s carbon tax is super popular -- and effective

Here's why B.C.'s carbon tax is super popular -- and effective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Just before the economic collapse in 2008, the Canadian province passed a tax on carbon emissions. Five years later, it's a case study in smart climate policy.
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One House Republican’s Latest Plan To Undermine Climate Research

One House Republican’s Latest Plan To Undermine Climate Research | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The bill's sponsor, Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), wants to shift NOAA's funds from climate change research to severe weather research.
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GOP: Predict storms, not climate change

GOP: Predict storms, not climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The House will vote next week on a Republican bill to require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to focus its efforts on storm predictions instead of researching climate change.

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Utilities looking at coal-fired plants to ensure stable power supply - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Utilities looking at coal-fired plants to ensure stable power supply - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With the nation's 48 nuclear reactors offline, utilities are looking to construct more thermal power plants, most of which are expected to be coal-fired facilities that are cheaper to operate than ones fueled with liquefied natural gas and crude oil.
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World's Biggest Coal Company, World's Biggest PR Firm Pair Up To Promote Coal For Poor People

World's Biggest Coal Company, World's Biggest PR Firm Pair Up To Promote Coal For Poor People | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -– Peabody Energy Corp., the world's largest private-sector coal company, launched a public relations and advertising campaign last month extolling the virtues of coal energy for poor people.

A Peabody press release announcing t...
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Can utilities avoid same fate as telecom companies? : Renew Economy

Can utilities avoid same fate as telecom companies? : Renew Economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The fixed line telephony business has lost nearly half its customers and more and more households go wireless. What can energy utilities learn from that experience. Is there anything they can do to stop customers going solo?
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