Environment

'Goliath' Melting Year Shatters Records in Greenland

It’s been a “Goliath,” record-setting melting year in Greenland, home of the world’s second largest ice shelf. On August 8th, a full four weeks before the end of “melting season,” cumulative melting on the island had exceeded the previous record set in 2010, which included the full season.
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Cargill’s Not So Secret Expansion Plans in Indonesia

A recent Indonesia Finance Today article clarifies that Cargill plans to expand its plantation land in Indonesia to 90,000 hectares in April 2013 and that while the company’s crude palm oil production (CPO) in Indonesia is currently at 300,000 tons, it’s targeting to reach one million tons.
This is an interesting turn of events. In response to RAN’s April 2012 exposé profiling the demise of one of the world’s most important tropical rainforests for oil palm expansion, Cargill aggressively argued in a public statement that it “does not import Indonesian palm oil to the United States” in an attempt to minimize its role as one of the largest palm oil traders in the world and evade responsibility for the Indonesia deforestation crisis.
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Oil Industry Chides Media Coverage of Shale, Doesn't Address Health and Safety Concerns

Quite often, rather than responding to the issues raised in a responsible fashion, industry PR shops have questioned the motives and qualifications of journalists who investigate the problems with shale gas development, and especially those who delve into the industry’s economic prospects.
How much longer can the shale gas industry attempt to play the victim, when all the evidence compiled by investigative journalists points to significant cause for concern about threats to drinking water and public health, as well as the economic fallout of the shale gas bubble?
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Consumer Group Urges Regulators to Shutter Refiner After Leak

Consumer Watchdog called on the Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, Debbie Raphael, to indefinitely close the Evergreen Oil waste-oil re-refinery in Newark, Ca. in a letter sent today. On July 6, a pipe leak spewed "superheated oil" and triggered an emergency evacuation of the facility. The company and Newark police warned the surrounding community, including a nearby elementary school, to expect a wave of "strong odors" from the leak. The accident marks the latest in a string of problems at the plant that re-refines used motor oil, including a burst pipe and major fire in March 2011 and repeated citations by the DTSC for safety violations and carelessness.
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New Study: Fluids From Marcellus Shale Likely Seeping Into PA Drinking Water

New research has concluded that salty, mineral-rich fluids deep beneath Pennsylvania's natural gas fields are likely seeping upward thousands of feet into drinking water supplies.
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MO Senators McCaskill and Blunt Diverge on Enforcement of Coal Air Pollution Regulations

McCaskill is proposing to delay the implementation of the regulations in order to give the coal industry more time to comply. Blunt, who voted to block the more stringent standards, claims that the regulations are "job-killing" without evidence, and ignores billions in health care savings.
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B: NH Tar Sands Oil may be Transported Across Northeast Despite Poor Safety Record and Risky Cleanup

Hey there, alternative energy fans -- here's the news you've been waiting for. A Canadian pipeline company may be looking to transport oil from the Alberta tar sands across northern New England from Montreal to Portland, Maine.
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B: David Roberts on How and Why to Talk about Climate Change

Some progressives say they're afraid to talk about climate science and the urgent need for climate action because it's too complicated.
In this TED Talk, Grist's David Roberts says it's easy to understand climate science, simple to communicate the danger of climate inaction, and he'll convince you if you give him just 17 minutes of your day:
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B: State of the Poles - June 2012: Arctic Ice Extent Below Normal; Antarctic Ice Near Normal

The  state of global polar sea ice area in early June 2012 has once again  fallen below climatologically normal conditions (1979-2009).
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B: U.S. Heat Spike Shatters Previous Record

 The latest report from NOAA reads as if it were science fiction. This stuff only happens in comic books and 007 movies I thought:
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