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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

LATEST NEWS ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT AND RENEWABLE ENERGY

I subscribe to half a dozen weeklies and a host of internet newsletters.  This morning, the:


environmentalresearchweb

featured the following articles:


Arctic sea ice shrinks to lowest extent ever recorded



With two weeks of melting left in this 2012 season, Arctic monitoring agencies from several countries noted that only 1.6 million square miles of the Arctic were left.  In 2004, at the end of summer, the Arctic ice mass was 13,000 cubic km.  Last summer the volume dropped to 7,000 cubic km.  This year it will be lower, and in ten years there will be no Arctic.  Remember, the Arctic floats, while the Antarctic ice is over land, and is a continent.  According to John Sauven, Greenpeace UK director:

"These preliminary figures provide irrefutable evidence that greenhouse-gas emissions leading to global warming are damaging one of the planet's critical environments, one that helps maintain the stability of the global climate for every citizen of the world,"

What is particularly scary is that the thermohaline circulation could shutdown, which would significantly change the weather of the world, especially Europe.

Another article dealt with methane emissions, the basis of my Venus Syndrome.  Global warming is mostly inconvenient.  The Venus Syndrome could end life for humanity forever.

The following:


Climate-change study forces sceptical scientists to change minds



reported on the findings of a once global warming skeptic, Professor Richard Muller:

"Our results show that the average temperature of the Earth's land has risen by 2.5°F over the past 250 years, including an increase of 1.5 degrees over the most recent 50 years. Moreover, it appears likely that essentially all of this increase results from the human emission of greenhouse gases," Muller wrote in an opinion piece for the New York Times.

The following article came from:



Romney's Energy Plan Ignores the Success of Solar and Wind: View


Mitt Romney wants to attain U.S. energy Independence by 2020, using fossil fuels.  He will make it easier to drill for oil/gas and mine for coal.  He will not provide any more subsidies for solar and wind.  I'm not making this up.  Read the details.

Four years ago I wrote in the Huffington Post:


Why Do Republicans Like Fossil Fuels and Not Care That Much for the Environment?


If you click on that title, you can also read the 40 comments.  A few of my Republican friends took exception to the contents, but, clearly, I was right.

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Hurricane Isaac began slamming into New Orleans last night, and continues today, unexpectedly slowing down to 6 MPH, so that Louisiana and bordering states are getting inundated by rain.   The eye actually passed 50 miles west of New Orleans.  Plaquemines parish southeast of New Orleans got the brunt of the damage, as water rose high enough to flow over a levee, making the neighborhood look like the Lower 9th Ward during Katrina.  However, New Orleans reacted well, for Isaac, which as a tropical storm killed 23 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, will only cause storm damage in the U.S.  Electricity will be out for a while, and many lost their homes, but those Federal levees held.



In the west Pacific, former typhoons Bolaven and Tembin stormed through South Korea, leaving at least 18 dead.  Where there are couple of cyclonic disturbances in the Pacific and Atlantic that have or will attain hurricane strength, none of them appears to be a threat to land.

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