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Antarctic ice shelves melting 70 percent faster in last decade, study shows | MCT National News | McClatchy DC

March 28th, 2015

‘The frozen fringes of western Antarctica have been melting 70 percent faster in the last decade, raising concern that an important buttress keeping land-based ice sheets from flowing to the sea could collapse or vanish in coming decades, a new study shows.’

via Antarctic ice shelves melting 70 percent faster in last decade, study shows | MCT National News | McClatchy DC.

WASHINGTON: Seattle worries Arctic drilling would impact its port | Environment | McClatchy DC

March 28th, 2015

‘WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is poised to help Shell clear a major hurdle in its effort to resume drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean, despite opposition from her hometown of Seattle, where the company’s drilling fleet would be moored at the city’s port.’

via WASHINGTON: Seattle worries Arctic drilling would impact its port | Environment | McClatchy DC.

Mexico Sets 25 Pct Pollution Cut by 2030 for Climate Talks – ABC News

March 28th, 2015

‘Mexico has become the first developing nation to submit pollutant reduction goals for next fall’s Paris climate change talks, pledging Friday to cut greenhouse gas and short-lived climate pollutants 25 percent by 2030.’

via Mexico Sets 25 Pct Pollution Cut by 2030 for Climate Talks – ABC News.

The Simple Stove Curbing Climate Change in Africa | TakePart

March 28th, 2015

‘Women in countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, Chad, and Uganda have experienced financial gains, improved health, and safer living conditions thanks to the new 10-pound stainless steel stove.’

via The Simple Stove Curbing Climate Change in Africa | TakePart.

Climate change does not cause extreme winters, new study shows

March 28th, 2015

‘Cold snaps like the ones that hit the eastern United States in the past winters are not a consequence of climate change. Scientists at ETH Zurich and the California Institute of Technology have shown that global warming actually tends to reduce temperature variability.’

via Climate change does not cause extreme winters, new study shows.

Study: The Gulf Stream system may already be weakening. That’s not good. – Vox

March 24th, 2015

‘…a new study in Nature Climate Change argues that the Atlantic overturning circulation isn’t just fluctuating up and down. The researchers, led by Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research, created an index of the AMOC’s behavior going back centuries. They conclude the system is currently at its weakest level in 1,100 years, perhaps due to an influx of freshwater from Greenland’s melting ice sheet’

via Study: The Gulf Stream system may already be weakening. That’s not good. – Vox.

Nearly all fuel in Fukushima reactor has melted, says TEPCO – Yahoo News

March 19th, 2015

‘New tests show almost all of the fuel inside one of the Fukushima plant’s reactors has melted, its operator said Thursday, the latest step in the clean up after Japan’s worst ever nuclear crisis.’

via Nearly all fuel in Fukushima reactor has melted, says TEPCO – Yahoo News.

Is steam power the answer to our energy problems?

March 19th, 2015

“The technique works by turning water to steam, which is treated to remove oxygen and produce hydrogen. Carbon dioxide is taken from the atmosphere and mixed with the hydrogen to create what Sunfire describes as ‘high-purity synthetic fuels’, or ‘e-fuels’.”

via Is steam power the answer to our energy problems?.

Chernobyl: Containing the world’s worst nuclear accident – BBC News

March 18th, 2015

‘The project is to build what is called a New Safe Confinement – in effect, a giant cover, a kind of dome, to fit over the building that houses the reactor that exploded on 26 April, 1986.’

via BBC News – Chernobyl: Containing the world’s worst nuclear accident.

Interior Secretary Says Climate Change Must Factor Into Decisions To Drill On Public Lands | ThinkProgress

March 18th, 2015

‘The Department of the Interior manages the nation’s energy resources, including the coal, oil and gas, located on more than 500 million acres of public land across the country, and more than 1.7 billion acres offshore.’

via Interior Secretary Says Climate Change Must Factor Into Decisions To Drill On Public Lands | ThinkProgress.