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May 29, 2011


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    It’s always nice to start with a laugh:

  1. 2011/05/25: uComics: (cartoon – Toles) Three Little Piggies
  2. 2011/05/24: uComics: (cartoon – Auth) Global Warming’s A Hoax

    Oh Great. Now I need a “too weird-silly-stupid to be true” category:

  3. 2011/05/27: Wonkette: To Stop Climate Change, GOP Suggests Clearing World’s Rainforests
  4. 2011/05/26: TreeHugger: GOP Congressman Proposes Clear-Cutting Rainforest to Fight Climate Change

    And for those who enjoy challenging Poe’s Law:

  5. 2011/05/19: Onion: Nation Down To Last Hundred Grown-Ups — ‘Mature Adults Could Be Gone Within 50 Years,’ Experts Say

    It looks like Typhoon Songda will miss Fukushima, but typhooons will be an ongoing threat to the site:

  6. 2011/05/29: Scoop(NZ): New Alert For Fukushima in Japan Due to Typhoon Songda
  7. 2011/05/29: BBerg: Typhoon Songda Weakens, Set to Miss Fukushima, Agency Says
  8. 2011/05/28: BBC: Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan ‘unready for typhoon’
    Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is not fully prepared for heavy rain and winds of a typhoon heading towards the country, officials admit. Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), which runs the plant, said some reactor buildings were uncovered, prompting fears the storm may carry radioactive material into the air and sea. Typhoon Songda is expected to hit Japan as early as Monday.
  9. There is no good news coming out of Fukushima:

  10. 2011/05/28: ABC(Au): High radiation levels found in seabed off Japan
    Japan has detected radiation hundreds of times above normal levels on the seabed off the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Japan’s science ministry announced the highly radioactive materials were found in a 300-kilometre stretch of the seabed off eastern Japan, from Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture to Choshi in Chiba Prefecture.
  11. 2011/05/27: APR: Fukushima Daiichi Update: Friday
  12. 2011/05/27: CBC: Japan nuclear regulators trusted outdated memo
  13. 2011/05/27: BBerg: Fukushima Faces ‘Massive Problem’ From Radioactive Water
  14. 2011/05/26: ABC(Au): Greenpeace says data from its radiation monitoring in the ocean off Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant shows massive levels of contamination in seaweed and other marine life
  15. 2011/05/26: NatureNB: Fukushima nuclear plant is leaking like a sieve
  16. 2011/05/25: APR: Second Wednesday update
  17. 2011/05/25: APR: Fukushima Daiichi details… Wed.
  18. 2011/05/25: NakedCapitalism: WashingtonsBlog: IAEA Knew Within Weeks of Japanese Earthquake that Reactors Had Melted Down — Public Not Told for a Month and a Half
  19. 2011/05/25: CNN: Holes feared in two Japan nuclear reactors
    The holes may be as big as 7 to 10 centimeters – A hole in the reactor’s containment vessel means there is a high probability of leakage – The nuclear plant has suffered cooling problems and radiation leaks since March
  20. 2011/05/25: CCurrents: TEPCO Confirms Meltdowns In Three Reactors At Fukushima
  21. 2011/05/24: CBC: [IAEA] probe into Japan’s [Fukushima Daichi] nuclear plant opens
  22. 2011/05/24: CNN: TEPCO: 2 other reactors had meltdown — Fuel rods may have melted in more Japanese reactors, company says
    Reactor No. 2 fuel rods melt in the first 101 hours
    Reactor No. 3 rods melt in the first 60 hours
    Reactor No. 1 melts in the first 16 hours
  23. 2011/05/24: PlanetArk: Leak From Japan Reactor 100 Times More Than Permitted
    A water leak from Japan’s tsunami-crippled nuclear power station earlier this month resulted in about 100 times the permitted level of radioactive material flowing into the sea, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said Saturday. TEPCO said the leak discovered on May 11 at a storage pit outside the No.3 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi had started in the early hours of the previous day and lasted for 41 hours, releasing 250 cubic meters of contaminated water into the sea. An estimated 20 terabecquerels of radioactive material escaped as a result, a company spokesman told a news conference.
  24. 2011/05/24: Mainichi: TEPCO says core meltdowns also occurred at No. 2, 3 reactors
    Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said May 24 that meltdowns had occurred in the No. 2 and 3 reactors of its crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant — in addition to a meltdown in the No. 1 reactor that has already been made public.
  25. 2011/05/24: Guardian(UK): Japan nuclear plant confirms meltdown of two more reactors
    Fukushima Daiichi operator accused of delaying announcement of meltdowns in reactors 2 and 3 as IAEA inspectors arrive
  26. 2011/05/24: PeakEnergy: Japan nuclear plant confirms meltdown of two more reactors
  27. 2011/05/23: APR: Fukushima Daiichi update: Monday
  28. 2011/05/23: APR: Fukushima Daiichi No. 2 and No. 3
    Well, as expected at some point, we now have a statement by TEPCO (right now only seemingly carried by Kyoto News) that the reactor cores in No. 2 and No. 3 plants at Fukushima Daiichi are partially melted down. The story says that this information is “updating its earlier assessment that just the No. 1 reactor suffered critical fuel melting.”
  29. 2011/05/24: al Jazeera: TEPCO confirms extra reactor meltdowns
    Operator of Fukushima Daiichi plant says fuel rods at three of the plant’s six reactors melted early in the crisis.
  30. 2011/05/23: BBC: TEPCO confirms extra partial fuel rod meltdown at plant
    Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) has confirmed that there have been extra partial meltdowns in fuel rods at its damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. The company said that the fuel rods are in its Number 2 and Number 3 reactors.
  31. Post Fukushima, nuclear policies are in flux around the world:

  32. 2011/05/26: DerSpiegel: The World from Berlin — ‘End the Epoch of Atomic Madness’ in the EU
    Switzerland announced a plan Wednesday to follow Germany down the path toward a nuclear phase-out. This week, political movements in favor of renewable energy and nuclear safety concerns have led to a number of policy shifts in Europe, including what could be an end to Germany’s fuel-rod tax.
  33. 2011/05/26: Grist: Even the Swiss hate nuclear now
  34. 2011/05/26: EurActiv: Switzerland bins nuclear reactor plans
    The Swiss government has voted to scrap plans to build new nuclear reactors, but said it would not shut existing plants prematurely.
  35. 2011/05/26: EurActiv: Oettinger backtracks on nuclear stress tests
    In the absence of an agreement to include terrorism threats in nuclear stress tests, Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger said he was satisfied with a two-track approach, leaving a decision on this issue for later.
  36. 2011/05/26: EUO: EU calls for worldwide nuclear ‘stress tests’
  37. 2011/05/26: PlanetArk: Swiss Cabinet Agrees To Phase Out Nuclear Power
  38. 2011/05/26: NatureNB: Europe’s ‘stress tests’ of nuclear power plants will exclude terrorism
  39. 2011/05/25: ScienceInsider: Switzerland to Phase Out Nuclear Energy; E.U. Strikes Deal on ‘Stress Tests’
  40. 2011/05/25: PressEurop: Nuclear energy — Stress-test for nothing?
    Are the stress tests of the 143 nuclear reactors in Europe just a public relations massage to soothe the European public following the accident at Japan’s Fukushima reactor?
  41. 2011/05/25: BBC: Swiss to phase out nuclear power
  42. 2011/05/25: EUO: EU reaches uneasy compromise over nuclear ‘stress tests’
    The European Union has reached a broad agreement on the criteria for ‘stress testing’ the region’s 143 nuclear power plants, the bloc’s principle safety response following the accident at Japan’s Fukushima power station. EU energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger announced the compromise deal in Brussels on Wednesday (25 May), after weeks of wrangling between EU member states over whether to include terrorist strikes in the region-wide safety assessment. The government of non-nuclear Austria had insisted on their inclusion, backed up by Germany where Chancellor Angela Merkel has recently performed a sharp about-turn on nuclear energy as the anti-nuclear Greens surged ahead in the polls. France, the UK and the Czech Republic strongly opposed the idea. The European Commission and the European Nuclear Safety Regulators’ Group (Ensreg) eventually agreed to include both natural and man-made hazards in the tests, including the effects of an airplane crash into a nuclear power plant. Preventive measures for terrorist attacks will be dealt with separately, however.
  43. 2011/05/20: NYT: Regulators Find Design Flaws in New Reactors
    In a setback for the only model of nuclear reactor for which ground has been broken in the United States, government regulators have found additional problems with the design of its shield building, a crucial component, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Friday.
  44. 2011/05/22: Reuters: Swiss energy minister to back nuclear exit -papers
    Government may announce nuclear plans on Wednesday — After Fukushima, Swiss question nuclear power
    Energy minister Doris Leuthard is set to propose Switzerland gradually exits nuclear power, two Swiss newspapers reported on Sunday, citing sources close to the government. The multi-party Swiss government was expected to make an announcement on nuclear policy on Wednesday and may recommend an exit.
  45. And of course, the pundits. lobbyists and politicians have a lot to say:

  46. 2011/05/27: DerSpiegel: Japan’s Nuclear Cartel — Atomic Industry Too Close to Government for Comfort
    After the oil crisis of the 1970s, Japan embraced atomic power with a vengeance. Since then, the ties between the government and the nuclear industry have become so intertwined that public safety is at threat. Inspections are too lax, and anyone who criticizes the status quo can find themselves out of a job.
  47. 2011/05/27: S&R: Fukushima be damned, federal court brushes off seismic nuke risks
  48. 2011/05/26: CDreams: Is Fukushima Now Ten Chernobyls into the Sea?
  49. 2011/05/27: NatureN: Wildlife suffering around Fukushima — Leaked radiation likely to affect marine ecosystems more than terrestrial ones
  50. 2011/05/26: OilDrum: Ten Thousand Holes in Fuku Dai-ichi
  51. 2011/05/26: CSM: TEPCO’s handling of Japan’s nuclear crisis under severe scrutiny
  52. 2011/05/24: BBC: Japan crisis to delay Toshiba’s nuclear reactor orders
    Japanese conglomerate Toshiba has said plans to win orders for nuclear reactors may have to be pushed back. The company had been targeting 39 orders for nuclear reactors by March 2016, but those plans may be delayed. Governments around the world have been tightening safety regulations in the wake of the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
  53. As the devastation of Joplin became evident, The Questionarose once more:

  54. 2011/05/28: PeakEnergy: A link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never! [McKibben]
  55. 2011/05/26: DemNow: Bill McKibben: From Storms to Droughts, Devastating Extreme Weather Linked to Human-Caused Climate Change
  56. 2011/05/26: CJR: Tornadoes and Climate Change — McKibben is wrong; many reporters are “making connections”
  57. 2011/05/26: AlterNet: Killer Tornadoes: How Devastating Extreme Weather Is Linked to Human-Caused Climate Change
  58. 2011/05/26: TreeHugger: We Can’t Blame Climate Change for Specific Disasters (But We Should Still Worry)
  59. 2011/05/26: DeSmogBlog: Is Global Warming Causing More Tornadoes? Not So Fast, Says Harold Brooks
  60. 2011/05/25: CSM: Why has 2011′s tornado season been so terrible?
  61. 2011/05/25: KSJT: Lots More Twister Science ink: Why so many? It’s obvious. But maybe no trend
  62. 2011/05/24: ClimateP: Joplin disaster spurs media whirlwind on link between climate change, extreme weather, and tornadoes
  63. 2011/05/24: CBC: Deadly U.S. tornadoes not linked to climate change, meteorologists say
  64. 2011/05/24: Guardian(UK): Are tornadoes more common because of climate change?
    Number of tornadoes recorded appears to have increased significantly, but the real answer is no one really knows
  65. 2011/05/24: DeSmogBlog: No Need to Worry: Record Tornadoes, Raging Fires, Mega Floods, & Crop-Killing Droughts Are NOT What Climatologists Predicted
  66. 2011/05/23: WaPo: A link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never! [McKibben]

    While elsewhere in attribution:

  67. 2011/05/23: ClimateP: Study links 1,000-year Arctic storm to climate change

    The G8 held a summit. Didn’t talk about climate, as far as one can tell:

  68. 2011/05/27: EurActiv: G8 summit urges stringent nuclear safety rules
  69. 2011/05/27: PlanetArk: G8 Leaders Want Tougher Nuclear Safety Rule

    The Australian Climate Commission delivered their Critical Decade report:

  70. 2011/05/23: ACC: [link to 8 meg pdf] The Critical Decade
  71. ACC: Australian Climate Commission
  72. 2011/05/28: SkeptiSci: The Critical Decade – Part 1: The Science by dana1981
  73. 2011/05/24: HotTopic: The Climate Show #13: James Hansen and the critical decade
  74. 2011/05/23: SMH: The scale of the effect we have on the planet is yet to sink in [ACC]
  75. 2011/05/23: ClimateP: Australian Climate Commission says act now or “the global climate may be so irreversibly altered we will struggle to maintain our present way of life.”
  76. 2011/05/23: HotTopic: The Critical Decade: time is tight
  77. 2011/05/23: ABC(Au): Researcher says climate report evidence beyond doubt
    A University of Wollongong researcher says the Climate Commission report is evidence beyond doubt that global warming is occurring and it will have impacts.
  78. 2011/05/23: ABC(Au): The Federal Government’s Climate Commission has warned the window for limiting future and costly climate change is rapidly closing
  79. 2011/05/23: ClimateShifts: Climate Commission science update released
  80. 2011/05/23: BBC: Australia Climate Commission says warming risk is real
    The Australian Climate Commission has warned that the world’s sea levels could rise by 1m by the end of the century, much more than thought. In its first report, the commission says the evidence that the planet is warming is stronger than ever.
  81. Ongoing developments in FOI harassment:

  82. 2011/05/26: CSW: Court orders U.Va. to turn over climate scientist records under seal in denialist FOIA harassment request
  83. 2011/05/25: Guardian(UK): Freedom of information laws are used to harass scientists, says Nobel laureate
    Sir Paul Nurse says climate scientists are being targeted by campaigns of requests designed to slow down their research
  84. 2011/05/27: Guardian(UK): [Letter] Scientists could use FoI law safeguards

    And on the Bottom Line:

  85. 2011/05/24: MTobis: Pricing the Externality

    What are the global financial institutions up to?

  86. 2011/05/26: PlanetArk: Bonds Could Aid Shift To Green Economy: OECD
  87. 2011/05/25: Guardian(UK): Green bonds could spur on sustainable economy, reports OECD

    Norway has proposed a billion-dollar clean energy fund:

  88. 2011/05/26: Grist: Norway plans billion-dollar clean energy fund for world’s poor
  89. 2011/05/25: PlanetArk: Norway Plans Billion-Dollar Clean Energy Initiative For Poor

    Delving into the laws of thermodynamics this week:

  90. 2011/05/28: TSoD: The Mystery of Tau – Miskolczi – Part Six – Minor GHGs

    More shrinkology:

  91. 2011/05/19: AlterNet: Living in Denial: Why Even People Who Believe in Climate Change Do Nothing About It

    John Cook and friends continue their point-counterpoint articles:

  92. 2011/05/29: SkeptiSci: Of Averages & Anomalies – Part 1A. A Primer on how to measure surface temperature change by Glenn Tamblyn
  93. 2011/05/27: SkeptiSci: If It’s Not Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll, what is it? Creativity maybe?
  94. 2011/05/28: SkeptiSci: The Critical Decade – Part 1: The Science by dana1981
  95. 2011/05/27: SkeptiSci: The Stockholm Memorandum by grypo
  96. 2011/05/26: SkeptiSci: Even Princeton Makes Mistakes by Chris Colose
  97. 2011/05/25: SkeptiSci: The Climate Show Episode 13: James Hansen and The Critical Decade
  98. 2011/05/25: SkeptiSci: Monthly Climate Summary: April 2011 by Michael Searcy
  99. 2011/05/24: SkeptiSci: Can we trust climate models? by Verity
  100. 2011/05/24: SkeptiSci: Hooks, Roles, and the Climate Change Blame Game by grypo
  101. 2011/05/24: SkeptiSci: Carter Confusion #2: Green Jobs by dana1981

    The Arctic melt continues to garner a lot of attention:

  102. 2011/05/26: ASI: SIE 2011 update 7: Beaufort Gyre
  103. 2011/05/24: OSU: Two Greenland glaciers lose enough ice to fill Lake Erie
  104. 2011/05/22: ASI: Barrow Break-up

    As for the megafauna:

  105. 2011/05/26: BBC: Tests show Arctic reindeer ‘see in UV’

    As for the geopolitics of Arctic resources:

  106. 2011/05/26: WpgFP: Russia says Canada’s Arctic criticisms show lack of understanding of “reality”
  107. 2011/05/24: BBC:RB: Fears in Arctic over rigged energy choices
  108. 2011/05/24: CDreams: Danish Commandoes Wade into Greenpeace Arctic Oil Protest
    Armed forces called in to prevent environmentalists interfering with Cairn Energy’s exploration of Arctic waters
  109. 2011/05/25: CBC: Greenland offshore drilling is safe: Cairn Energy
    Cairn Energy PLC says it can safely explore for oil off Greenland’s western coast, but the environmental group Greenpeace maintains that drilling in Arctic waters raises the risk of an oil spill or other environmental disaster.
  110. 2011/05/25: PlanetArk: Greenpeace Sends Vessels To Protest [Cairn Energy] Greenland Oil
  111. 2011/05/24: CBC: Greenpeace ships approach Greenland oil rig
  112. 2011/05/24: Grist: Denmark calls in armed commandos to fend off Greenpeace
  113. 2011/05/21: al Jazeera: WikiLeaks: A battle to ‘carve up’ the Arctic
    Resource wars are possible as global warming melts polar ice – opening new areas to oil exploitation, cables indicate.
  114. While in Antarctica:

  115. 2011/05/27: Independent(UK): The Antarctic island that’s richer in biodiversity than the Galapagos
    Divers last year came up with so many examples of sea life that they still don’t know how many they found
  116. 2011/05/25: CCP: Antarctic grounding line mapping from differential satellite radar interferometry by E. Rignot, J. Mouginot & B. Scheuchl, GRL 2011
  117. 2011/05/25: Wunderground:RR: Sea Ice South (3): The Logical Song

    The food crisis is ongoing:

  118. 2011/05/26: FAO: Concerted international effort urged on African Swine Fever — African pig disease spreading in Eurasia seen as global threat
  119. 2011/05/24: FAO: Iraq and Syria under attack from devastating alien weed — Silverleaf nightshade takes root in Lebanon and Jordan too
  120. 2011/05/28: BBC: Russia to lift grain export ban after harvest increase
    Russia is to lift a ban on exporting grain from 1 July, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has announced. The export ban was put in place in August last year, following an unprecedented drought and the widespread outbreak of wildfires.
  121. 2011/05/26: CDreams: Europe Sowing the Seeds of Hunger
  122. 2011/05/27: PlanetArk: Analysis: China Drought Ignites Global Grain Supply Concerns
  123. 2011/05/27: TreeHugger: UK Cereal Farmers Experiencing Driest Spell on Record
  124. 2011/05/25: ProMedMail: Fungal diseases, cereal crops – Ireland: alert
  125. 2011/05/25: PlanetArk: Alien Weed Hits Cotton, Wheat In Syria, Iraq: FAO
  126. 2011/05/22: CCurrents: “Every 30 Minutes”: Crushed By Debt And Neoliberal Reforms, Indian Farmers Commit Suicide At Staggering Rate
  127. 2011/05/25: CCurrents: Food Crisis An Outcome Of Failed Agrarian Reforms
  128. 2011/05/23: ClimateP: UN food agency stunner: World loses one-third of total global food production

    Food Prices are still problematic:

  129. FAO: World Food Situation – Food Price Indices
  130. 2011/05/25: BPA: Two Impending Shocks to Current Farmland Prices: Falling Crop Prices or Rising Interest Rates
  131. 2011/05/27: PlanetArk: Analysis: Bidding War Heats Up For Low U.S. Corn Supplies
  132. 2011/05/25: BBerg: Food-Cost Gains to Quicken as Nestle, Whole Foods Raise Prices
  133. 2011/05/23: TCoE: Food price outlook

    The conflict between biofuel and food persists:

  134. 2011/05/25: AutoBG: Report: Ethanol plant in UK to temporarily close due to lofty wheat prices

    So, are these land grabs Colonialism V2.0?

  135. 2011/05/28: CCP: China’s Interest in Farmland Makes Brazil Uneasy

    Regarding the genetic modification of food:

  136. 2011/05/22: EnergyBulletin: Contamination: The totalitarian strategy of the GMO crop industry

    And how are we going to feed 9 billion?

  137. 2011/05/25: FAO: No more deaths from rinderpest
    [World Organisation for Animal Health] OIE’s recognition pathway paved way for global declaration of eradication by FAO member countries in June
  138. 2011/05/23: FAO: Good forest governance key for climate change schemes
    FAO, World Bank and Chatham House present ways to assess governance for sustainable forest management, mitigation of climate change
  139. 2011/05/27: BBC:RB: Fishing: A story of less for more — Paying fishermen to fish doesn’t pay
  140. 2011/05/23: BPA: Farm Inputs Versus Return
  141. 2011/05/23: AlterNet: Factory Farms Produce 100 Times More Waste Than All People In the US Combined and It’s Killing Our Drinking Water
  142. 2011/05/23: Grist: How industrial agriculture makes us vulnerable to climate change, Mississippi floods edition
  143. 2011/05/23: Eureka: Cover crop seeder pulls triple duty for small farms
  144. 2011/05/23: Eureka: Globalization exposes food supply to unsanitary practices
  145. 2011/05/23: Eureka: Fungi reduce need for fertilizer in agriculture

    Typhoon Songda glanced off the Phillipines and headed towards Japan:

  146. 2011/05/27: Eureka: NASA sees a 14-mile-wide eye and powerful Super Typhoon Songda
  147. 2011/05/26: Eureka: NASA: Songda becomes a super typhoon
  148. 2011/05/26: Wunderground: No new tornado deaths yesterday; Super Typhoon Songda hits Category 5
  149. 2011/05/25: NASA: NASA’s TRMM Satellite Sees a Well-Organized, Major Typhoon Songda
  150. 2011/05/24: Eureka: NASA’s infrared satellite imagery shows a stronger Typhoon Songda
  151. 2011/05/23: Eureka: NASA sees Tropical Storm Songda singing of rain and gusty winds for the Philippines

  152. 2011/05/25: ABC(Au): Cyclone [Yasi] takes toll on waterbird habitat
    A north Queensland volunteer wildlife group says it has seen an increase in the number of orphaned waterbirds after the summer of natural disasters.
  153. 2011/05/23: Eureka: Break up of New Orleans households after Katrina

    As for GHGs:

  154. 2011/05/28: Tamino: Methane Update

    While in the paleoclimate:

  155. 2011/05/26: NSF: Significant Role of Oceans in Onset of Ancient Global Cooling — Evidence that early Antarctic Circumpolar Current development affected global climate
  156. 2011/05/25: Eureka: Caltech-led team debunks theory on end of ‘Snowball Earth’ ice age

    While on the ENSO front:

  157. 2011/05/23: WMO: El Niño/La Niña Update
    Current Situation and Outlook — La Niña conditions continued across most of the tropical Pacific into early May 2011. After peaking in strength around January 2011, the oceanic components of the episode weakened considerably, with a warming of the equatorial Pacific Ocean during March and April, approaching neutral conditions by mid-May. Despite this warming, the atmospheric indicators remained at near record La Niña levels during April, weakening only in early May, suggesting that some La Niña impacts may continue into June. This time of the year is known to be particularly marked by low forecast skill, but neutral conditions are considered the most likely scenario for at least the season ahead. Development of El Niño or re-development of La Niña is not considered likely for the middle part of the year. Further developments during May and June are expected to enable a clearer outlook for the second half of the year.
  158. 2011/05/23: WMO: WMO Update: La Niña Episode Coming to an End
    The La Niña episode, which caused disastrously wet conditions in certain regions and drought in others, is coming to an end, according to the latest Update issued by the World Meteorological Organization. Development of El Niño or re-development of La Niña is not considered likely for the middle part of the year, but the outlook at this time is not clear for the second half of 2011.
  159. Regarding the solar hypothesis:

  160. 2011/05/26: SciNow: Did Quiet Sun Cause Little Ice Age After All?

    Regarding the cosmic ray hypothesis:

  161. 2011/05/27: RealClimate: An incremental step blown up

    The cliff, aka tipping points, aka planetary boundaries, put in an appearance:

  162. 2011/05/25: EnergyBulletin: How defining planetary boundaries can transform our approach to growth

    And the State of the Oceans:

  163. 2011/05/28: DeSmogBlog: World Oceans Day: A Wary Celebration

    What’s new on the extinction front?

  164. 2011/05/21: NatGeo: This week’s claim that the species extinction crisis is overblown is a sham
  165. 2011/05/23: WiredSci: The Global Extinction Crisis Is Indeed Very Serious

    Oh look! The Anthropocene came up again:

  166. 2011/05/26: Economist: The Anthropocene — A man-made world — Science is recognising humans as a geological force to be reckoned with
  167. 2011/05/22: CCurrents: Earth Has Entered A New Geological Age — The Stockholm Memorandum

    What’s up with volcanoes this week?

  168. 2011/05/23: NatureNB: In 2011, Grímsvötn is the new Eyjafjallajökull
  169. 2011/05/22: Guardian(UK): Icelandic volcano ash could enter UK airspace, forecasters warn
    The Grimsvotn volcano began erupting on Sunday…
  170. Meanwhile in near earth orbit:

  171. 2011/05/23: ClimateP: GOP cut crucial weather satellites with fierce hurricane season looming
  172. 2011/05/23: Grist: The coming decline of accurate hurricane forecasts

    More GW impacts are being seen:

  173. 2011/05/25: Eureka: New study provides global analysis of seagrass extinction risk
  174. 2011/05/23: BBC: Seagrasses face extinction threat

    And then there are the world’s forests:

  175. 2011/05/26: ScienceInsider: Furor Over Proposed Brazilian Forest Law
  176. 2011/05/25: Guardian(UK): Brazil loosens restrictions on Amazon land use
  177. 2011/05/25: TreeHugger: Two Environmentalists ‘Executed’ in the Brazilian Amazon
  178. 2011/05/24: MBL: Global Warming May Affect the Capacity of Trees to Store Carbon, MBL Study Finds
  179. 2011/05/24: al Jazeera: Anti-logging activist murdered in Amazon
    Brazilian police say Jose Ribeiro was likely killed in retaliation for speaking out against illegal forest loggers.
  180. 2011/05/25: BBC: Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies has voted to ease restrictions on the amount of land farmers must preserve as forest
  181. 2011/05/25: BBC:RB: Brazil passes ‘retrograde’ forest code
    They kept us in suspense for longer than an Oscars jury; but now, deputies in Brazil’s lower parliamentary house have passed a batch of reforms easing the decades-old Forest Code.
  182. 2011/05/24: BBC: Brazilian Amazon activist and wife ambushed and killed
    A prominent Brazilian conservationist and his wife have been killed in the Amazon region, police have said. They said Joao Claudio Ribeiro da Silva and Maria do Espirito Santo were ambushed in Para state, near the city of Maraba.
  183. 2011/05/24: Guardian(UK): Amazon rainforest activist shot dead [forests & USSA pol]
    José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva fought against illegal loggers and had received death threats but was refused police protection
  184. 2011/05/23: UN: UN presents new checklist to manage forest stocks

    This week in extreme weather:

  185. 2011/05/27: Eureka: NASA infrared satellite [Atmospheric InfraRed Sounder (AIRS)] sees severe weather in northwest Georgia
  186. 2011/05/23: BBC: Trees down and power cuts as 100mph winds hit Scotland

    On the tornado front:

  187. 2011/05/25: CDreams: Joplin Before and After
  188. 2011/05/28: BBC: Tornado death toll in Joplin, Missouri, rises to 139 [with 105 missing]
  189. 2011/05/28: CBC: Joplin, Mo., tornado toll now at 139 [with 156 still missing]
  190. 2011/05/27: CCP: Timothy Egan, NYT: Twister’s Tale
  191. 2011/05/27: BBC: Missouri tornadoes: First funeral held as toll hits 132
    The first funeral of a confirmed victim of last Sunday’s devastating tornado in the city of Joplin in the US state of Missouri has been held. It came as the death toll from the tornado – the deadliest in more than 60 years – rose from 125 to 132, local officials said. But they say a new list of 232 missing has dropped to 156 after dozens of people were accounted for.
  192. 2011/05/25: BBC: In pictures: US tornado destruction
  193. 2011/05/26: CNN: Severe storms to hit from Gulf Coast to Northeast
    Tornado warnings issued for wide swath of Tennessee, including Memphis and Nashville – Search teams are working to try to find a 3-year-old who went missing during the storms – At least 16 people have died in the latest round of storms
  194. 2011/05/26: Tamino: Math Fun: the Markov Tornado
  195. 2011/05/27: Tamino: Markov 2
  196. 2011/05/26: CBC: List of missing in Joplin tornado to be released
  197. 2011/05/26: BBC: Missouri to release list of tornado missing
    The US state of Missouri is to release a list of people missing since a devastating tornado struck the city of Joplin on Sunday. As many as 1,500 people remain unaccounted for, but officials hope many of those are will be found alive.
  198. 2011/05/26: al Jazeera: More storms pound US Midwest
    Dozens hurt as tornadoes and thunderstorms hit several states while search continues for missing in devastated Joplin.
  199. 2011/05/25: Tamino: Year of the Twister
  200. 2011/05/25: Wonkette: After Terrible Tornadoes, Eric Cantor Won’t Allow Fed Disaster Relief
  201. 2011/05/25: ClimateP: Another positive feedback? House GOP pays for climate disaster relief by increasing carbon pollution
    In a stunningly heartless move, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) put strings on emergency relief for the victims of the killer Joplin tornado, saying that other government services would have to be cut to offset aid spending.
  202. 2011/05/25: Wunderground: Deadly tornadoes rip OK, KS, and AR; high tornado risk today; Joplin tornado an EF-5
  203. 2011/05/24: NASA: NASA’s TRMM Satellite Saw Heavy Rainfall in Supercell That Spawned Joplin Tornado
  204. 2011/05/25: CSM: Tornado watch: Violent storm moves through Oklahoma
  205. 2011/05/25: al Jazeera: No respite for US from deadly tornadoes
    At least 13 dead as ‘supercell’ storms hit Oklahoma and Kansas, two days after 122 were killed in city of Joplin.
  206. 2011/05/23: Slate: The Year of the Tornado
    More people have died in tornadoes in 2011 than in the past seven years combined. Here’s an interactive map of fatalities.
  207. 2011/05/24: BBC: Oklahoma City struck as tornadoes sweep US Mid-West
    Tornadoes sweeping the US Mid-West have struck near Oklahoma City, hitting vehicles on a section of motorway west of the Oklahoma state capital. Official said at least four people had been killed and many others injured.
  208. 2011/05/24: Guardian(UK): Tornado-hit Missouri town calls for improved warning systems
  209. 2011/05/24: CNN: Deadly tornado leaves ‘twilight zone’ in its wake
    “It looks like a war zone,” a Joplin resident says – The death toll rises to 118, the governor says – 1 first responder struck by lightning is in ICU, the governor says – President Obama plans to visit Missouri Sunday
  210. 2011/05/24: NatureN: Can tornado prediction be improved? Advances in computer modeling still cannot overcome the fundamental complexity of tornado formation
  211. 2011/05/24: Wunderground: Joplin tornado toll at 116; dangerous tornado outbreak expected today
  212. 2011/05/23: CSM: Joplin, Missouri: Why are there no tornado building codes in Tornado Alley?
    Tornadoes kill an average of 80 people annually in the Midwest and South, and in some years, many more. The tornado that touched down in Joplin, Mo. yesterday has exceeded that annual average on its own, having killed at least 89 people. So far in 2011, the twister death toll has already topped 400. By contrast, no one has died in an earthquake in the United States since 2003. While earthquake-proof building codes are becoming ever more stringent for structures built in the country’s earthquake zones, why are there no tornado building codes in Tornado Alley?
  213. 2011/05/23: Guardian(UK): Missouri tornado death toll rises — At least 89 people killed in Joplin after twister damages up to 30% of city
  214. 2011/05/23: Guardian(UK): Tornadoes tear through US midwest leaving dozens dead
  215. 2011/05/23: Guardian(UK): Tornado damage across US midwest – in [19] pictures
  216. 2011/05/23: Guardian(UK): Missouri town ravaged by worst tornado in 50 years
  217. 2011/05/23: CNN: 89 dead after tornado in Joplin, Missouri; number expected to rise
    Weather Service predicts moderate risk of a tornado outbreak Tuesday – The tornado that struck the city Sunday night killed at least 89 people, city officials say – Severe weather and widespread damage slow rescue work, authorities say – City infrastructure is damaged, with numerous cell phone and power poles down
  218. 2011/05/23: KSJT: More, epic US tornadoes. Quick look for stories chasing a big picture (ie, it’s climate change)
  219. 2011/05/23: Wunderground: Deadliest U.S. tornado since 1953 rips through Joplin, Missouri, killing 89
  220. 2011/05/23: CSM: Missouri tornado killed at least 89 according to officials
  221. 2011/05/23: CSM: Joplin, Missouri, tornado: Warnings pale in season of violent twisters
  222. 2011/05/23: BBC: Missouri tornado: Thunderstorm hinders Joplin rescue
    A thunderstorm is hindering search and rescue efforts in a US city hit by a devastating tornado on Sunday. The tornado tore through Joplin in the state of Missouri, killing at least 89 people and injuring hundreds. Officials expect the death toll to rise.
  223. 2011/05/23: BBC: Missouri tornado filmed by storm chasers
  224. 2011/05/23: BBC: In pictures: US tornado in Joplin, Missouri
  225. 2011/05/23: CBC: Missouri tornado death toll hits 89
  226. 2011/05/23: al Jazeera: Tornado leaves scores dead in US city
    At least 89 people reported dead after powerful twister rips through the town of Joplin in southwestern Missouri.
  227. As for heatwaves and wild fires:

  228. 2011/05/28: CBC: Slave Lake cleanup begins — Rebuild likely to take several months
  229. 2011/05/26: CBC: Slave Lake residents can go home Friday
  230. 2011/05/25: CBC: Slave Lake evacuees begin return
  231. 2011/05/23: PlanetArk: Forest Fires Rage In Russia’s Far East, Siberia

    Acidification is changing the oceans:

  232. 2011/05/28: Guardian(UK): Ocean acidification is latest manifestation of global warming
  233. 2011/05/27: BBC:RB: Acid test for local action
  234. 2011/05/26: TreeHugger: Warmer, More Acidic Seas Spell Doom for West Coast Abalone

    Glaciers are melting:

  235. 2011/05/27: Eureka: Assessing the influence of Alaska glaciers is slippery work

    Sea levels are rising:

  236. 2011/05/27: Eureka: Human impacts of rising oceans will extend well beyond coasts

    As for hydrological cycle disruptions [floods & droughts]:

  237. 2011/05/28: CBC: Charest appeals for calm as Que. floodwaters rise — Premier urges Richelieu Valley residents to leave homes
  238. 2011/05/28: CBC: Flood evacuation ordered in northwest B.C.
    An evacuation order has been issued for a rural area just outside the town of Smithers in northwest British Columbia because of flooding along the Bulkley River and its tributaries.
  239. 2011/05/27: CBC: Flooding forces out some High River residents
    Heavy rain has caused flooding in Southern Alberta, where some roads are submerged and dozens of riverside homes in one town are under a mandatory evacuation order. Several communities have declared a state of emergency: the town of High River, the townsite of Redwood Meadows, and the Municipal District of Foothills.
  240. 2011/05/26: ClimateP: West Texas sees worst drought since Dust Bowl
  241. 2011/05/26: CBC: Brandon [flood] evacuees return home on weekend
  242. 2011/05/26: CBC: Water rising again in Que. flood zone
  243. 2011/05/25: Guardian(UK): China crisis over Yangtze river drought forces drastic dam measures
  244. 2011/05/24: ClimateP: Colombia’s disastrous floods make clear world isn’t prepared for catastrophic climate change
    President Santos: “The tragedy the country is going through has no precedents in our history”
  245. 2011/05/24: PeakEnergy: Perth’s Big Dry
  246. 2011/05/24: CBC: More soldiers called as Quebec’s Richelieu River hits new peak
  247. 2011/05/23: CBC: Strong winds push Quebec river to new record
    ‘It’s never ending, we’re fed up and feeling helpless,’ says woman in flood zone. Towns and cities along the Richelieu River are on high alert as strong winds force water from Lake Champlain to spill into the river southeast of Montreal.
  248. 2011/05/23: CBC: Rain, melting snow increase B.C. flood threat
  249. 2011/05/23: PlanetArk: Sun-Dried French Fields Cloud Farmers’ Mood
  250. 2011/05/22: Guardian(UK): Americans take a gamble with the Mississippi floods

    Elsewhere on the mitigation front:

  251. 2011/05/25: MTobis: Working Backwards
  252. 2011/05/22: GEP: Biochar Community Pledges Sustainability

    Consider transportation & GHG production:

  253. 2011/05/27: BBC: Japan’s car production plunges due to parts shortages
    Japanese car production plunged in April as manufacturers continued to face a shortfall in parts supply. Toyota, the world’s biggest carmaker, said its domestic production fell 74.5% compared with the same month last year. Honda’s Japanese output plummeted 81%, while Nissan reported a 48.7% decline at its factories in Japan.
  254. 2011/05/26: Guardian(UK): Jaguar Land Rover sees record profits of £1bn as sales soar in China and India — global sales up by 26% to 244,000 vehicles in the year to the end of March
  255. 2011/05/25: CalcRisk: DOT: Vehicle Miles Driven decreased 1.4% in March compared to March 2010
  256. 2011/05/24: DVoice: Steering away from Car Culture

    While in the endless quest for zero energy, sustainable buildings and practical codes:

  257. 2011/05/26: CSM: Rebuilding after tornadoes: two designs that could save lives in another storm
  258. 2011/05/26: BBC: Incentives ‘can help home-owners go green’
    Incentives, such as garden makeovers and fruit and veg vouchers, could help home-owners invest in energy efficiency measures, a pilot scheme has shown. But the study found that more had to be done to convince people of the merits of flood protection devices, even if they lived in high flood risk areas. The trial by the University of Salford set out to discover if non-cash incentives could change attitudes.
  259. 2011/05/23: CSM: Joplin, Missouri: Why are there no tornado building codes in Tornado Alley?
    Tornadoes kill an average of 80 people annually in the Midwest and South, and in some years, many more. The tornado that touched down in Joplin, Mo. yesterday has exceeded that annual average on its own, having killed at least 89 people. So far in 2011, the twister death toll has already topped 400. By contrast, no one has died in an earthquake in the United States since 2003. While earthquake-proof building codes are becoming ever more stringent for structures built in the country’s earthquake zones, why are there no tornado building codes in Tornado Alley?
  260. As for carbon sequestration:

  261. 2011/05/24: ERW: Reactions prevent spread of stored carbon dioxide
    The presence of even a simple chemical reaction can delay or prevent the spreading of stored carbon dioxide in underground aquifers, new research from the University of Cambridge, UK, has revealed.
  262. Large scale geo-engineering keeps popping up:

  263. 2011/05/27: UChicago:PB: Carl Zimmer and Penny Chisholm – A Billion Viruses in the Sea

    While on the adaptation front:

  264. 2011/05/27: NBF: Fudia Sea Wall and Prevention of death and damage

    Meanwhile in the journals:

  265. 2011/05/24: NERC:NORA: Deglacial history of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in the western Amundsen Sea Embayment by James A. Smith et al.
  266. 2011/05/24: NERC:NORA: A geological storage option for CO2 in the Bohaiwan Basin, East China by Ceri J. Vincent et al.
  267. 2011/05/24: NERC:NORA: Evaluation of carbon dioxide storage potential for the Bohai Basin, North-East China by Ceri Vincent et al.
  268. 2011/05/26: NERC:NORA: Turning on the heat: ecological response to simulated warming in the sea by Dan A. Smale et al.
  269. 2011/05/27: NERC:NORA: In search of an ice core signal to differentiate between source-driven and sink-driven changes in atmospheric methane by James G. Levine et al.
  270. 2011/05/27: NERC:NORA: Expression of the bipolar see-saw in Antarctic climate records during the last deglaciation by B. Stenni et al.
  271. 2011/05/27: ACP: Large-scale and synoptic meteorology in the south-east Pacific during the observations campaign VOCALS-REx in austral Spring 2008 by T. Toniazzo et al.
  272. 2011/05/27: ACP: Coherence of long-term stratospheric ozone vertical distribution time series used for the study of ozone recovery at a northern mid-latitude station by P. J. Nair et al.
  273. 2011/05/27: ACP: Atmospheric new particle formation: real and apparent growth of neutral and charged particles by J. Leppä et al.
  274. 2011/05/25: OSD: Sea surface temperature anomalies, seasonal cycle and trend regimes in the eastern Pacific coast by A. Ramos-Rodríguez et al.
  275. 2011/05/27: TC: In-situ multispectral and bathymetric measurements over a supraglacial lake in western Greenland using a remotely controlled watercraft by M. Tedesco & N. Steiner
  276. 2011/05/25: TC: Scale-dependent measurement and analysis of ground surface temperature variability in alpine terrain by S. Gubler et al.
  277. 2011/05/27: TCD: Comparison of MODIS-derived land surface temperatures with near-surface soil and air temperature measurements in continuous permafrost terrain by S. Hachem et al.
  278. 2011/05/24: Lancet: (ab$) Trends in selective abortions of girls in India: analysis of nationally representative birth histories from 1990 to 2005 and census data from 1991 to 2011 by Prabhat Jha et al.
  279. 2011/05/23: ESDD: MEP solution for a minimal climate model: success and limitation of a variational problem by S. Pascale et al.
  280. 2011/05/23: CP: Winter and summer blocking variability in the North Atlantic region — evidence from long-term observational and proxy data from southwestern Greenland by N. Rimbu & G. Lohmann
  281. 2011/05/27: CPD: he oxygen isotopic composition of phytoliths from tropical rainforest soils (Queensland, Australia): application of a new paleoenvironmental tool by A. Alexandre et al.
  282. 2011/05/25: CPD: Present and LGM permafrost from climate simulations: contribution of statistical downscaling by G. Levavasseur et al.
  283. 2011/05/24: CPD: Late Pliocene age control and composite depths at ODP Site 982, revisited by N. Khélifi et al.
  284. 2011/05/23: CPD: Sensitivity of interglacial Greenland temperature and O18 to orbital and CO2 forcing: climate simulations and ice core data by V. Masson-Delmotte et al.
  285. 2011/05/26: ACP: The influence of the stratosphere on the tropospheric zonal wind response to CO2 doubling by Y. B. L. Hinssen et al.
  286. 2011/05/25: ACP: First space-based derivation of the global atmospheric methanol emission fluxes by T. Stavrakou et al.
  287. 2011/05/24: ACP: Measurement from sun-synchronous orbit of a reaction rate controlling the diurnal NOx cycle in the stratosphere by J. C. Walker & A. Dudhia
  288. 2011/05/24: ACP: The relationship between 0.25-2.5 um aerosol and CO2 emissions over a city by M. Vogt et al.
  289. 2011/05/23: ACP: Impacts of future climate change and effects of biogenic emissions on surface ozone and particulate matter concentrations in the United States by Y. F. Lam et al.
  290. 2011/05/23: ACP: Worldwide trend of atmospheric mercury since 1995 by F. Slemr et al.
  291. 2011/05/26: ACPD: Isotope effects in N2O photolysis from first principles by J. A. Schmidt et al.
  292. 2011/05/26: ACPD: The summertime Boreal forest field measurement intensive (HUMPPA-COPEC-2010): an overview of meteorological and chemical influences by J. Williams et multi alia
  293. 2011/05/26: ACPD: Measurements of aerosol charging states in Helsinki, Finland by S. Gagné et al.
  294. 2011/05/25: ACPD: Characteristics of water-vapour inversions observed over the Arctic by Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) and radiosondes by A. Devasthale et al.
  295. 2011/05/23: ACPD: Accumulation of aerosols over the Indo-Gangetic plains and southern slopes of the Himalayas: distribution, properties and radiative effects during the 2009 pre-monsoon Season by R. Gautam et al.
  296. 2011/03/16: GRL: (ab$) The minimal solar activity in 2008-2009 and its implications for long-term climate modeling by C. J. Schrijver et al.
  297. 2011/05/26: GRL: (ab$) Antarctic grounding line mapping from differential satellite radar interferometry by E. Rignot et al.
  298. 2011/05/24: PNAS: (abs) Single nucleotide mutation in the barley acetohydroxy acid synthase (AHAS) gene confers resistance to imidazolinone herbicides by Hyejin Lee et al.
  299. 2011/05/24: PNAS: (abs) Active transport, substrate specificity, and methylation of Hg(II) in anaerobic bacteria by Jeffra K. Schaefer et al.
  300. 2011/05/24: PNAS: (ab$) In situ measurement of coastal ocean movements and survival of juvenile Pacific salmon by David W. Welch et al.
  301. 2011/05/24: PNAS: (ab$) Growth in emission transfers via international trade from 1990 to 2008 by Glen P. Peters et al.
  302. 2011/05/24: PNAS: (ab$) Synchrotron-aided reconstruction of the conodont feeding apparatus and implications for the mouth of the first vertebrates by Nicolas Goudemand et al.
  303. 2011/05/24: PNAS: (ab$) A 2,300-year-long annually resolved record of the South American summer monsoon from the Peruvian Andes by Broxton W. Bird et al.
  304. 2011/05/24: PNAS: (ab$) Reactive nanostructured membranes for water purification by Scott R. Lewis et al.
  305. 2011/05/24: PNAS: (ab$) Tracking single coccolith dissolution with picogram resolution and implications for CO2 sequestration and ocean acidification by T. Hassenkam et al.
  306. 2011/05/24: PNAS: (Letter$) Accounting for carbon dioxide emissions: A matter of time by Ken Caldeira & Steven J. Davis
  307. 2011/05/25: AGWObserver: Papers on global warming and Earth’s rotation
  308. 2011/05/23: TC: Landsat TM and ETM+ derived snowline altitudes in the Cordillera Huayhuash and Cordillera Raura, Peru, 1986-2005 by E. M. McFadden et al.
  309. 2011/05/24: OSD: Numerical simulation and decomposition of kinetic energies in the Central Mediterranean Sea: insight on mesoscale circulation and energy conversion by R. Sorgente et al.
  310. 2011/05/23: TCD: Derivation and analysis of a high-resolution estimate of global permafrost zonation by S. Gruber
  311. 2011/05/23: AGWObserver: New research from last week 20/2011

    And other significant documents:

  312. 2011/05/26: TCoE: Doc alert: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  313. 2011/05/26: TCoE: Doc alert: Drops of Energy
  314. 2011/05/24: IPS: [link to 904k pdf] Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools in the US: Reducing the Deadly Risks of Storage
  315. 2011/05/23: ACC: [link to 8 meg pdf] The Critical Decade
  316. 2011/05/17: SST: [link to 3.8 meg pdf] 1927 Engineer Corps flood control report

    As for miscellaneous science:

  317. 2011/05/28: ERabett: TIGR2 TIGR3 Dripping Wet
  318. 2011/05/25: Guardian(UK): Al-Qaida threat ‘catastrophic’ for west [African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis (AMMA)] project
  319. 2011/05/24: IsaacHeld: 11. Is continental warming a slave to warming of the ocean surface?

    Regarding Santer:

  320. 2011/05/23: CitizensChallenge: Unauthorized notes, transcript~Ben Santer~The General Public:Why Such Resistance?

    More Wegmania:

  321. 2011/05/26: JQuiggin: Tell it early, tell it all, tell it yourself
  322. 2011/05/26: DeSmogBlog: Nature Scolds GMU over Wegman Inquiry
  323. 2011/05/25: ERabett: Cut and Paste Makes Waste
  324. 2011/05/26: Nature: Editorial – Copy and paste — A slow university investigation into serious accusations of misconduct benefits no one
  325. 2011/05/25: Deltoid: Wegman’s defence makes him look worse
  326. 2011/05/24: ERabett: It’s not just your plagiarism, it’s your reaction to your plagiarism
  327. 2011/05/24: CCP: Andrew Gelman: A (not quite) grand unified theory of plagiarism, as applied to the Wegman case
  328. 2011/05/23: DeSmogBlog: Mashey Report Reveals Wegman Manipulations
  329. 2011/05/23: ERabett: Circle Jerks

    There is a steady dribble of 2012 Rio Conference news releases:

  330. 2011/05/26: EurActiv: Lalonde wants WTO-style talks on sustainable development
    As global environmental talks intensify ahead of next year’s Earth Summit in Rio, Brice Lalonde, summit coordinator at the UN, called for a binding agreement on sustainable development to be reached via WTO-style negotiating rounds on topics such as energy or agriculture.
  331. While at the UN:

  332. 2011/05/24: WMO: World Meteorological Congress reappoints Mr Michel Jarraud as Secretary-General
  333. 2011/05/26: PlanetArk: U.N. Climate Panel Sets One-Week Deadline To Fix Errors
  334. 2011/05/25: CBC: Canadian meteorologist to lead [WMO] UN agency — David Grimes begins 4-year term June 6

    The idea of a carbon tax is still bouncing around:

  335. 2011/05/26: MTobis: McKitrick’s Plan

    The issue of the law and activism is playing out around the world:

  336. 2011/05/24: Guardian(UK): Ratcliffe power station activists launch appeal over undercover evidence
  337. 2011/05/24: Grist: Denmark calls in armed commandos to fend off Greenpeace
  338. 2011/05/24: BBC: PC to be prosecuted for death of Ian Tomlinson
    A police officer is to be charged with manslaughter over the death of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson during the 2009 G20 protests. The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, said there was now a “realistic prospect” of convicting Pc Simon Harwood. An inquest earlier this month returned a verdict of unlawful death on the 47-year-old.
  339. What are the activists up to?

  340. 2011/05/25: PlanetArk: Greenpeace Sends Vessels To Protest [Cairn Energy] Greenland Oil
  341. 2011/05/24: CBC: Greenpeace ships approach Greenland oil rig
  342. 2011/05/24: TreeHugger: Greenpeace Activists Scale 450-ft Smokestack on 100 Year-Old Chicago Coal Plant
  343. 2011/05/24: OilChange: Chevron Guilty: Clean Up the Amazon!
  344. 2011/05/24: BBC: Mid and west Wales power protesters at Senedd
    Around 1,500 people objecting to controversial power and wind energy plans in mid Wales have gathered for a protest in Cardiff Bay. Four campaigners against a network of pylons have ended a six-day walk from Welshpool, Powys, and have been joined at the Senedd by wind farm opponents. Dozens of pylons, some measuring 154ft (47m), and a substation are earmarked to connect with about 10 wind farms.
  345. Polls! We have polls!

  346. 2011/05/25: USAToday: Americans say no to electric cars despite gas prices

    Regarding Water Politics and Business:

  347. 2011/05/26: JFleck: River Beat: Drop 2 From Space
  348. 2011/05/26: JFleck: Three Gorges: Spanning the Environmental Kuznets Curve
  349. 2011/05/26: JFleck: River Beat: On the lack of a plan
  350. 2011/05/25: NatureN: China admits problems with Three Gorges Dam — Drought forces State Council to confront downstream water-supply problems
  351. 2011/05/25: JFleck: The Water Pricing Dilemma
  352. 2011/05/24: TCoE: Stuck in the energy/water nexus
  353. 2011/05/22: JFleck: Why Some NM Schlub Cares About the Sacramento Delta
  354. 2011/05/23: JFleck: Stuff I Wrote Elsewhere: A Feud Over Lower Rio Grande Water Distribution
  355. 2011/05/23: JFleck: Leaving Water in the River

    And on the American political front:

  356. 2011/05/27: Grist: ‘Ag-gag’ bills face tough row to hoe
  357. 2011/05/27: Tyee: Why Keystone Pipeline Will Weaken the US — It’s just a ‘tar sands road to China’. Nikiforuk lays out a surprising analayis…
  358. 2011/05/28: RRapier: Democrats and Energy Policy
  359. 2011/05/23: GreenGrok: Climate Change Repartee: Report and Retort [America's Climate Choices]
  360. 2011/05/25: SF Gate: State’s energy system will need major overhaul
    California can meet its mandate to slash greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels within the next 40 years – but only with a virtual revolution in energy production and use, said a report released Tuesday. Fossil fuel use must drop dramatically in California, and reliance on renewable energy sources like solar, wind and geothermal power will have to rise significantly, according to the report by the independent California Council on Science and Technology.
  361. 2011/05/25: AlterNet: When Will Republicans Stop Saying Dumb Things About Rape? (Hint: When They Stop Hating Women)
  362. 2011/05/25: ClimateP: Bombshell: High and rising price for carbon pollution emerges as credible deficit reduction strategy
  363. 2011/05/25: CCP: Elizabeth McGowan: Koch Bros. Accused of Stonewalling Congress on Their Keystone XL Pipeline Interest
  364. 2011/05/24: LBL: Aggressive Efficiency and Electrification Needed to Cut California Emissions — Berkeley Lab joint report offers a variety of scenarios to reduce emissions to 80% below 1990 levels
  365. 2011/05/23: DemNow: Massey Energy Guilty: West Virginia Probe Finds Coal Giant Systemically Failed to Comply with Law
  366. 2011/05/24: CDreams: Rape As Flat Tire
  367. 2011/05/20: TP: GOP Response To Town Hall Backlash: Ban Recording Devices And Censor Citizen Journalists
  368. 2011/05/24: DeSmogBlog: Upton’s Efforts To Scuttle Climate Change Action Not As Popular As He Thought
  369. 2011/05/24: Grist: Climate policy for conservatives
  370. 2011/05/24: ScienceInsider: New ‘Clean Energy Standard’ Plan From Former White House Wonk
  371. 2011/05/23: NYT: Most of Calif.’s Carbon Law Unaffected by Court Ruling; Trading Date Could Slip
  372. 2011/05/23: DeSmogBlog: Former Bush EPA Official Confirms 2004 EPA Fracking Study Was Misused
  373. 2011/05/23: DeSmogBlog: Koch Brothers Exposed: Brave New Films Explains How Billionaires Could Profit From Keystone XL Pipeline
  374. 2011/05/22: ClimateP: Prayer as an adaptation strategy: Texas plans to cut budget of agency battling record wildfires
  375. 2011/05/22: RawStory: Iowa lawmakers push for ban on undercover filming of animal farms
  376. 2011/05/23: al Jazeera: The right’s mirror-image view of life
    Anti-abortion campaigners in the US fail to value life lost through war, or those taken by a punitive justice system.
  377. 2011/05/22: Guardian(UK): Americans take a gamble with the Mississippi floods

    The BP disaster continues to twist US politics:

  378. 2011/05/22: NatureNB: Role of bacteria in Gulf oil spill under the microscope

    On the 2012 election trail:

  379. 2011/05/28: Grist: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, climate crank, considering presidential run
  380. 2011/05/27: PSinclair: GOP Gov. Chris Christie: “We have an obligation to reduce our Greenhouse Gas emissions.” — Translation: I am running for President in 2016
  381. 2011/05/27: ClimateP: Confused Chris Christie embraces climate science, rejects climate action
  382. 2011/05/25: ClimateP: After calling the auto rescue “tragic,” Mitt Romney now claims he “had the idea first”
  383. 2011/05/23: CSM: Tim Pawlenty enters 2012 race: how he might win

    New Jersey has quit the RGGI:

  384. 2011/05/27: NatureNB: New Jersey nixes participation in US cap-and-trade system
  385. 2011/05/27: TreeHugger: New Jersey Governor Pulls Out of [RGGI] Regional Climate Initiative

    The actions of the Obama administration are being watched closely:

  386. 2011/05/27: Grist: Obama administration overseeing explosion in renewables on public land
  387. 2011/05/25: UCSUSA: EPA Improves Consumer Labels But Stronger Vehicle Standards Needed
  388. 2011/05/25: OilChange: Regulator [CFTC] Acts Against Oil Speculators
  389. 2011/05/25: AutoBG: EPA, DOT unveil updated fuel economy window stickers [w/video]
  390. 2011/05/23: AutoBG: DOE launches U.S. DRIVE – Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability
  391. 2011/05/22: AlterNet: Sec. Clinton Has A Choice: Protect Americans or Profit The Kochs [Keystone XL]

    As for what is going on in Congress:

  392. 2011/05/29: CSW: Fundamental impasse on U.S. climate policy evident in House Foreign Affairs hearing on UN climate talks chaired by denialist Rep. Rohrabacher
  393. 2011/05/26: UCSUSA: Rep. Rohrabacher Distorts Facts about Causes of Climate Change
  394. 2011/05/26: DVoice: Ideology Versus Decency — Eric Cantor and the Joplin Tornadoes
  395. 2011/05/27: QuarkSoup: A Republican Admits Scientific Reality
  396. 2011/05/26: ScienceInsider: Senator’s Criticism of Science Foundation Draws Fire
  397. 2011/05/26: TreeHugger: GOP Congressman Proposes Clear-Cutting Rainforest to Fight Climate Change
  398. 2011/05/27: AutoBG: Legislation requiring minimum volume of coal-derived fuels introduced in U.S. House
  399. 2011/05/26: RawStory: House votes to pull funding for abortion-related training
  400. 2011/05/26: ClimateP: [Rep. Dana] Rohrbacher (R-Ca) suggests trees cause global warming
  401. 2011/05/26: ClimateP: House Committee postpones wind and solar hearing to discuss more ways to grow Big Oil profits
  402. 2011/05/26: Oregonian: Sen. Jeff Merkley’s effort on electric vehicles gets a jolt of energy
  403. 2011/05/25: Wonkette: After Terrible Tornadoes, Eric Cantor Won’t Allow Fed Disaster Relief
  404. 2011/05/25: CCP: Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.): Time to Take Warming-Driven Extreme Weather Trends Seriously
  405. 2011/05/25: ClimateP: Extreme weather and climate science don’t move Missouri deniers such as Rep. Todd Akin
  406. 2011/05/25: ClimateP: Another positive feedback? House GOP pays for climate disaster relief by increasing carbon pollution
    In a stunningly heartless move, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) put strings on emergency relief for the victims of the killer Joplin tornado, saying that other government services would have to be cut to offset aid spending.
  407. 2011/05/25: ClimateP: The House wants to slow military’s clean energy march — National Defense Authorization Act allows dirty fuel use
  408. 2011/05/25: Grist: House GOP pays for climate disaster relief by increasing climate pollution
  409. 2011/05/24: UCSUSA: Senate Proposal for Clean Energy Bank Needs Significant Improvement to Protect Taxpayers, Science Group Says
  410. 2011/05/25: TreeHugger: House Rushes Keystone XL While State Dept. Sued Over Communication With Tar Sands Lobbyist
  411. 2011/05/24: ClimateP: Study suggests U.S. is falling behind in the integration of innovative technologies to cut CO2
    [Rep Darrell] Issa (R-Ca): Advancing “so-called clean energy” is “not good” for America
  412. 2011/05/24: ClimateP: With speculation running rampant, House GOP proposes 15% cut to [CFTC] oil market watchdog
  413. 2011/05/24: ClimateP: Rep. [Frank] Guinta (R-NH) suggests trading one Big Oil giveaway for another, faces backlash from Granite Staters
  414. 2011/05/23: ClimateP: Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA): Don’t raise the debt ceiling unless we abolish the Department of Energy
  415. 2011/05/23: ClimateP: GOP cut crucial weather satellites with fierce hurricane season looming
  416. 2011/05/23: Grist: The coming decline of accurate hurricane forecasts

    While in the UK:

  417. 2011/05/27: BBC: London electric car-charging scheme launched
    A scheme that will allow electric car users to charge their vehicles across London has been launched. Members of Source London who have paid the £100 annual fee are now able to use any of the points.
  418. 2011/05/27: BBC: Carwyn Jones says Wales must grasp ‘energy decade’
    Wales has to move to a green economy as fast as possible, says First Minister Carwyn Jones. The next 10 years must be “Wales’s energy decade”, he told a conference.
  419. 2011/05/20: BizGreen: Government to develop Oil Shock Response Plan
    Chris Huhne agrees to work with UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security to assess risk of soaring oil prices
  420. 2011/05/26: EnergyBulletin: [UK] Government to work with business on plans to tackle peak oil threat
  421. 2011/05/24: Guardian(UK): Green-o-meter: Is the government keeping its green promises?
  422. 2011/05/23: Guardian(UK): Cameron’s ‘green growth’ policy looks naive today. It will look cynical in 2027 [Monbiot]
    The promised 50% cut to greenhouse gases means little while rich countries continue to outsource pollution to poorer ones
  423. 2011/05/24: Guardian(UK): MPs’ report rejects moratorium on shale gas exploration
    Green campaigners express dismay as MPs back shale gas prospecting despite evidence of environmental dangers
  424. 2011/05/23: BBC: MPs urge backing for UK shale gas
    A Commons committee has urged ministers to support plans for controversial shale gas drilling in the UK. The energy select committee said environmental problems associated with it in the US could be overcome by tight regulation and good industry practice. But the MPs said the UK government would need to be vigilant to ensure the technology did not pollute water or produce excessive greenhouse emissions. Environmentalists said MPs should have called for a moratorium on shale gas.
  425. 2011/05/23: BBC: Clegg: UK green bank ‘to begin investing in April 2012′
    The UK Green Investment Bank, one of the major policies of the coalition government, will begin operating in April 2012, according to Nick Clegg.
  426. And in Europe:

  427. 2011/05/29: TreeHugger: Germans Mount Massive Protest Against Nuclear Power
  428. 2011/05/26: EurActiv: Oettinger backtracks on nuclear stress tests
    In the absence of an agreement to include terrorism threats in nuclear stress tests, Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger said he was satisfied with a two-track approach, leaving a decision on this issue for later.
  429. 2011/05/26: PressEurop: Regulate nuclear, not bananas
    The EU harmonises regulations on fruit and vegetables, but not on nuclear energy. After Fukushima, it’s madness that member states continue to decide nuclear safety standards alone, laments a German journalist.
  430. 2011/05/25: EUO: MEPs side with commission over limits to farm subsidies
  431. 2011/05/24: EUO: Gloomy message kicks off EU’s green week
    EU environment commissioner Janez Potocnik has opened the bloc’s 2011 Green Week, calling on Europeans to alter their behaviour in a collective effort to improve resource efficiency. Potocnik’s speech on Tuesday (24 May) kicks off four days of different events in the European capital, with electric cars, renewable energies and the green economy among the different topics to be addressed under this year’s overarching theme: “Resource efficiency, Using less, living better.”
  432. 2011/05/23: PlanetArk: Germany’s Merkel Backs Nuclear Exit Within A Decade

    Meanwhile in Australia:

  433. 2011/05/28: ABC(Au): BP drilling plans worry environmentalists
    Oil giant BP is winning more critics as it eyes off sensitive waters in the Great Australian Bight for exploratory drilling.
  434. 2011/05/24: ABC(Au):TDU: Climate change is real. We cause it. But then, you knew that
  435. 2011/05/27: ABC(Au): The Property Council says more incentives are needed for South Australians to build eco-friendly housing
  436. 2011/05/26: ABC(Au): Turnbull lashes out at ‘press release’ email
    Former opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull has accused his own party of ensuring an embarrassing email about him was leaked to the media.
  437. 2011/05/27: ABC(Au): Abbott denies leaked memo targets Turnbull
    Tony Abbott has refused to say if he approved an email sent by the Opposition whip that accuses his rival Malcolm Turnbull and four others of showing “great disrespect” to the Coalition for missing a division. Chief Opposition whip Warren Entsch now says Mr Abbott saw the email before it was sent, despite saying yesterday the Opposition Leader had “no involvement in it”.
  438. 2011/05/26: ABC(Au): Crook urges shift to alternative energy
    The federal WA Nationals’ MP Tony Crook says his stance on climate change policies represents the views of his electorate.
  439. 2011/05/26: ABC(Au): Queensland Premier Anna Bligh says the Australian Greens call to shut down the coal industry is a radical idea that does not help the climate change debate
  440. 2011/05/25: ABC(Au): [Preston Environment Group] says resources forum a missed opportunity
    Representatives from some of south-west Western Australia’s largest resources projects will meet in Bunbury today as conservationists renew calls for them to address the environmental issues stemming from their operations.
  441. 2011/05/25: ABC(Au): [Coffs Harbour MP Andrew] Fraser changes tune on solar rebate cuts
  442. 2011/05/25: ABC(Au): The Queensland Government says a resources company has shown contempt in taking too long to report a leaking gas well on the state’s western Darling Downs
  443. 2011/05/25: ABC(Au): Queensland Environment Minister Kate Jones says the summer of natural disasters caused more than $20 million to national parks and state forests
  444. 2011/05/25: PeakEnergy: Climate inertia shows ugly side of the Australian character
  445. 2011/05/25: ABC(Au): The Federal Opposition says its climate change policy would subsidise brown coal power stations to move to gas in order to prevent electricity price hikes for households
  446. 2011/05/24: ABC(Au): [NSW Premier Barry] O’Farrell cops heat over solar scheme compo
    The New South Wales Opposition says the Government has delivered a blow to 110,000 households by refusing to back away from plans to change the Solar Bonus Scheme. Almost two weeks ago, the Government announced the tariff paid to customers under the previous government’s scheme would be cut from 60 cents per kilowatt hour to 40 cents in an effort to rein in the scheme’s costs.
  447. 2011/05/24: ABC(Au): Protesters demonstrate against new power plant
    Environmentalists say they will continue to protest against a new coal-fired power plant in the Latrobe Valley.
  448. 2011/05/24: ABC(Au): Coalition divisions emerge over climate report
  449. 2011/05/24: ABC(Au): A Port Macquarie solar panel installer says the rapid take-up of solar power has attracted so-called industry ‘cowboys, to the area.
  450. 2011/05/24: PeakEnergy: Australian Energy generators betting on a shale gas future?
  451. 2011/05/23: ABC(Au): Gillard pounces on climate report’s support
    The Federal Government believes the Climate Commission’s first report is the circuit breaker it needs to counter Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s carbon tax campaign.
  452. 2011/05/23: ABC(Au): Australia’s major business lobby group [CoC] says the Federal Government should avoid a knee-jerk reaction to the findings in a Climate Commission report released this morning
  453. 2011/05/23: ABC(Au): Port Macquarie solar industry calls for release of Fair Trading report
  454. 2011/05/23: ABC(Au): Climate report affirms need to ‘get on with it’
    Labor and the Greens have seized on a report from the government-appointed Climate Commission to ram home the need for urgent action on climate change.
  455. The Australian carbon war rages on:

  456. 2011/05/29: ABC(Au): Parties move closer to carbon tax deal
    An intensive weekend of negotiations over a carbon pricing scheme has wrapped up, and while the Federal Government says progress has been made, the Greens are warning there is still a long way to go.
  457. 2011/05/29: ABC(Au): ‘Easy’ for Blanchett to front carbon tax ad
    Nationals Senate Leader Barnaby Joyce has criticised the appearance of actress Cate Blanchett in an advertising campaign urging Australians to “Say Yes” to a tax on carbon.
  458. 2011/05/29: ABC(Au): Blanchett fronts carbon tax campaign
    The Federal Government’s negotiations for a carbon tax are set to get an on-screen push from a celebrity-backed campaign to boost support for a price on carbon.
  459. 2011/05/28: ABC(Au): Climate Change Minister Greg Combet says the multi-party talks on a carbon tax have so far been very constructive
  460. 2011/05/28: ABC(Au): Business Council of Australia (BCA) releases its formal submission on a carbon tax
    A weekend of intense negotiations on carbon tax has begun in Canberra as the multi-party committee on climate change continues to thrash out the details of the Government’s pricing scheme. Just hours before the talks began the Business Council of Australia (BCA) released its formal submission on a carbon tax – calling for an initial price of $10 per tonne, and 100 per cent free permits for trade-exposed industries like steel, LNG and aluminium. The Federal Government welcomed the submission, despite the council’s initial price being much lower than the $20 to $30 figure the Government is expected to adopt.
  461. 2011/05/28: ABC(Au):TDU: Carbon solutions as political footballs
  462. 2011/05/28: ABC(Au): Carbon tax talks constructive: Combet
    Climate Change Minister Greg Combet says the multi-party talks on a carbon tax have so far been very constructive. The Government is hoping to finalise legislation for a carbon tax, which it wants in place by July next year, during closed-door negotiations in Canberra this weekend.
  463. 2011/05/28: ABC(Au): Business wants carbon tax waived for exporters
    One of Australia’s most influential business groups has swung its support behind the Government’s carbon tax, albeit with some hefty provisos.
  464. 2011/05/26: ABC(Au): MP criticises ‘no details’ carbon farming legislation
    The federal Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, criticised the Government’s carbon farming legislation during a speech in Parliament yesterday.
  465. 2011/05/26: ABC(Au): Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has told a gathering of Australia’s manufacturers they must fight the carbon tax or their industry will die
  466. 2011/05/26: ABC(Au): Labor pounces on OECD emissions report
    As the Federal Opposition continues its campaign against the proposed carbon tax, the Government has seized on the latest report from the OECD as further evidence for putting a price on carbon. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has urged Australia to pursue long-term changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  467. 2011/05/24: PlanetArk: Climate Change Warnings Add Heat To Australia CO2 Price
  468. 2011/05/24: PeakEnergy: When push comes to carbon shove

    After a 10 year drought and recent massive flooding, water usage planning is controversial and difficult:

  469. 2011/05/27: ABC(Au): State water sharing pushed back to 2019
    Federal and state water ministers have agreed to push back water-sharing agreements between New South Wales and South Australia, which were due to start in 2014. The decision to delay all state plans to 2019 was made at a meeting of the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council in Adelaide.
  470. 2011/05/27: ABC(Au): Water releases into the Murray but not ‘Bidgee
    There are questions today about whether there should be water releases from Murrumbidgee storage dams after the start of releases from the Hume Dam.
  471. 2011/05/25: ABC(Au): The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) says it expects to spend close to $40 million this financial year developing a plan to restore the health of the river system
  472. 2011/05/24: ABC(Au): Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke says he will tell Queensland Premier Anna Bligh she can enhance her electoral chances by capping bulk water charges in line with the CPI
  473. 2011/05/23: ABC(Au): Government pumps money into flood mitigation plan
  474. 2011/05/23: ABC(Au): Riverina mayor welcomes Murray Darling Basin Plan withdrawal
    The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists has walked out on the Murray Darling Basin Plan, describing the process as seriously flawed and a waste of taxpayers’ money. The scientists say they cannot support the plan that will cost billions and which they claim will not fix the problems in the river system.
  475. And in New Zealand:

  476. 2011/05/26: HotTopic: Hansen’s parting shot: show leadership, John Key

    While in China:

  477. 2011/05/16: WaPo: China hit by worst energy crisis in years as drought compounds chronic power shortages

    And in Japan:

  478. 2011/05/26: PlanetArk: Japan PM To Unveil Push For Renewable Energy: Media
  479. 2011/05/24: Grist: Japan to mandate solar panels on all new buildings

    In Canada, minority neocon PM Harper, continues his do-nothing policy:

  480. 2011/05/26: TStar: WikiLeaks exposes PM’s $3 billion Arctic illusion
  481. 2011/05/27: PI:B: Moving Canada toward a new energy vision

    The G20 controversy lingers:

  482. 2011/05/27: TStar: Anatomy of a G20 investigation
  483. 2011/05/28: POGGE: QOTD: The Worst Outcome of G20 Policing
  484. 2011/05/28: PaID: The G20, The Toronto Police and The Art of Critical Thinking
  485. 2011/05/28: OrwellsBastard: More allegations of police brutality at the G20: Gabriel Jacobs
  486. 2011/05/28: SNeigh: The Worst Outcome of G20 Policing
  487. 2011/05/27: CBC: Auditor general’s G8/G20 reports coming June 9
    The much-anticipated report from Auditor General Sheila Fraser on spending for the G8 and G20 summits will be tabled in the House of Commons on June 9, two days later than originally scheduled.
  488. 2011/05/27: DawgsBlawg: G20 Police Oversight
  489. 2011/05/26: OrwellsBastard: Put lying cops on the stand and make them do it for the record
  490. 2011/05/26: SWRWN: Third Time the Charm?
  491. 2011/05/26: PaID: A Couple of Video Reminders of Abuse and Duplicity By Police During G20 Summit
  492. 2011/05/26: SWRWN: Another G20 Rally *sigh*
  493. 2011/05/26: CBC: 3rd probe into alleged G20 assault ordered
  494. 2011/05/26: TStar: Witness to G20 beating was suspect officer’s roommate, SIU says
    One of the police officers who could not name a colleague accused of beating Dorian Barton during last June’s G20 summit was the suspect officer’s roommate, according to the head of the Special Investigations Unit. Furthermore, two of the other so-called witness officers to Barton’s arrest were supervisors, Ian Scott told the Star.
  495. 2011/05/26: PaID: And The Two Chief Culprits Remain silent
  496. 2011/05/24: OrwellsBastard: On CBC, a further demonstration of Toronto cops’ contempt for us
  497. 2011/05/24: CBC: Top officer denies culture of silence in G20 case
    The head of the Toronto Police Association says it is “absolutely absurd” to suggest officers conspired to protect colleagues accused of breaking a man’s shoulder at a G20 protest. Mike McCormack said in an interview with CBC’s Metro Morning on Tuesday that he felt justice had been served in the case of Dorian Barton, who was hurt at a June 26 protest at Queen’s Park.
  498. Some are wondering why Canadian GHGs are down, without mentioning the recession:

  499. 2011/05/23: NUPGE: Greenhouse gas emissions on the way down – but why?
  500. 2011/05/24: BCLSB: Canadian Emissions Down, Dalton McGunty Partially Responsible

    Regarding the Canadian Wheat Board:

  501. 2011/05/23: DtPB: Why the Canadian Wheat Board should matter to all of us

    The battle over the Keystone XL and Northern Gateway pipelines rages on:

  502. 2011/05/27: PostMedia: No real need for pipeline between oilsands and B.C.’s west coast, senior bureaucrats say
    A multi-billion-dollar pipeline project that would link the oilsands region to the coast of British Columbia offers new export capacity that the Canadian industry does not really need, senior bureaucrats have told the federal government. That conclusion is among a series of revelations about federal activity in recent months surrounding an ongoing environmental evaluation of the $5.5-billion “Northern Gateway” project proposed by the Alberta-based energy company Enbridge, which has argued in favour of its strategic importance. Enbridge wants to build the 1,170 km pipeline through mountains, forests and bodies of water between Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. and a new terminal and docking facility in Kitimat.
  503. 2011/05/28: 350orBust: Congressman: Tar Sands [Keystone XL] Pipeline Would Turn U.S. Into Canadian “Sewer”
  504. 2011/05/27: Tyee: Why Keystone Pipeline Will Weaken the US — It’s just a ‘tar sands road to China’. Nikiforuk lays out a surprising analayis…
  505. 2011/05/27: EnergyBulletin: Why Keystone pipeline will weaken the US

    Are you ready for more ‘carbon intensity’ BS, err PR?

  506. 2011/05/24: PostMedia: Upcoming oilsands brawl could forever change Alberta
    With the federal election over and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s majority entrenched, a monumental battle is looming over the oilsands. The provincial PCs have known for at least two years, of course, that the feds would come after Canada’s most valuable resource. In a frantic effort to stave off Ottawa intervention, Premier Ed Stelmach’s Tories have pumped up regulation, prosecuted companies, and wailed in anguish at the death of birds they would happily shoot in season. But Ed’s troops have never sounded all that tough with Ottawa because they didn’t want to weaken Harper. Worried as they were about the Conservatives, almost anything the Liberals or New Democrats might do was sure to be worse. Now the gloves are coming off in both corners.
  507. 2011/05/23: PostMedia: Harper Conservatives ‘hypocrites’ on oilsands: Alberta
    As Ottawa prepares to regulate Alberta’s oilsands, the Stelmach government says it’s “very concerned” about federal intervention and is accusing the Harper Conservatives of being hypocrites when it comes to the lucrative resource. Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent announced last week that Ottawa will introduce later this year environmental regulations for the oilsands sector designed to reduce greenhouse gases spewed from one of the country’s largest-emitting industries.
  508. In BC, the stage is set. Now what will Clark do?

  509. 2011/05/26: PI:B: Upgrade your home without breaking the bank: new loans from B.C. utilities can help

    Meanwhile in that Mechanical Mordor known as the tar sands:

  510. 2011/05/28: CCP: Emma Pullman: Documents Reveal Canada’s Secret ‘Oil Sands Team’ in Europe
  511. 2011/05/26: PI: Province’s draft plan for Lower Athabasca falls short — Blueprint protects oilsands developers’ interests more than the environment
  512. 2011/05/27: DeSmogBlog: Documents Reveal Canada’s Secret ‘Oil Sands Team’ in Europe
  513. 2011/05/27: CBC: Imperial’s Kearl tarsands project cost rises
  514. 2011/05/25: Dominion: Canada on Secret Oil Offensive: Documents — Foreign ministry’s tar sands team rebranding Alberta oil in Europe

    Also in Alberta:

  515. 2011/05/26: Tyee: Wikileaks Shines Light on Alberta’s $16-Billion Electricity Scandal — US cables signal project was for export, contrary to official claims
  516. 2011/05/25: G&M: Save resource money for the future? Nah, says Alberta
    Dead on arrival. Such is the fate that awaits the report from a blue-ribbon panel on Alberta’s future. So radical is the report, from a group who are the antithesis of radicals, that it has no chance of being accepted by the bulk of Albertans. Why? Because the report, in essence, requires short-term pain for long-term gain, a recipe for political defeat almost anywhere.
  517. 2011/05/28: CBC: Slave Lake cleanup begins — Rebuild likely to take several months
  518. 2011/05/26: CBC: Slave Lake residents can go home Friday
  519. 2011/05/25: CBC: Slave Lake evacuees begin return
  520. 2011/05/23: CBC: Alberta fire evacuees begin bus tours
  521. 2011/05/22: CBC: Alberta fire evacuees get bus tours Monday

    In Manitoba:

  522. 2011/05/24: CBC: The Manitoba government has announced $175 million for compensation and future flood protection measures
  523. 2011/05/22: CBC: Manitoba flooding compensation to be announced — Property owners on Lake Manitoba still battling rising waters

    While in la Belle Province:

  524. 2011/05/28: CBC: Charest appeals for calm as Que. floodwaters rise — Premier urges Richelieu Valley residents to leave homes
  525. 2011/05/26: CBC: Water rising again in Que. flood zone
  526. 2011/05/24: CBC: More soldiers called as Quebec’s Richelieu River hits new peak
  527. 2011/05/24: PostMedia: More troops sent to assist Quebec flood victims — Army deployed to build barriers as flood waters keep rising
  528. 2011/05/23: CBC: Strong winds push Quebec river to new record
    ‘It’s never ending, we’re fed up and feeling helpless,’ says woman in flood zone. Towns and cities along the Richelieu River are on high alert as strong winds force water from Lake Champlain to spill into the river southeast of Montreal.
  529. In the North:

  530. 2011/05/24: ChronicleHerald: Arctic history emerges from Northwest Passage
    Researchers locate 19th-century vessel that made historic discovery while tragically failing in main quest
  531. The movement toward a long term ecologically viable economics is glacial:

  532. 2011/05/26: UNEP: ‘Decoupling’ Rate of Resource Consumption from Economic Growth Rate – Europe Presents Mixed Picture
  533. 2011/05/26: UNEP: Dramatically Raising Low Metal Recycling Rates Part of Path To Green Economy:UNEP
    Less than one-third of 60 metals studied have end-of-life recycling rate above 50%; 34 are under 1% Among recommendations: Boost waste management in developing economies,end hoarding of old phones and other electronic products
  534. 2011/05/20: AlterNet: Vision: How to Change Our Laws So That Corporations Don’t Trump Communities
  535. 2011/05/26: SEasterbrook: Skillset needed for living sustainably
  536. 2011/05/26: UN: World metal recycling ‘discouragingly low,’ says new UN report
  537. 2011/05/26: Eureka: Dramatically raising low metal recycling rates part of path to green economy: UNEP — Less than one-third of 60 metals studied have end-of-life recycling rate above 50 percent; 34 are under 1 percent
  538. 2011/05/24: AlterNet: Freeing Ourselves From the Corporate-Ruled Global Economy [Korten]
  539. 2011/05/25: EnergyBulletin: Imagining Sustainability

    IPAT [Impact = Population * Affluence * Technology] raised its head once again:

  540. 2011/05/27: NatureNB: Family planning must be top of developing countries’ health agenda
  541. 2011/05/26: RawStory: House votes to pull funding for abortion-related training
  542. 2011/05/25: AlterNet: When Will Republicans Stop Saying Dumb Things About Rape? (Hint: When They Stop Hating Women)
  543. 2011/05/24: BPA: The UN’s Population Changes Expected through 2100
  544. 2011/05/24: CDreams: Rape As Flat Tire
  545. 2011/05/24: Guardian(UK): Families in India increasingly aborting girl babies, study shows
  546. 2011/05/24: USAToday: Abortion rates decline overall, increasing in poor
  547. 2011/05/23: al Jazeera: The right’s mirror-image view of life
    Anti-abortion campaigners in the US fail to value life lost through war, or those taken by a punitive justice system.
  548. Apocalypso anyone?

  549. 2011/05/26: CSM: Doomsday date was miscalculated, says Harold Camping
  550. 2011/05/24: DM:BA: Unraptured, Part II: The Rationalizationing
  551. 2011/05/22: MTobis: Thoughts on Avoiding Doom

    Okay hot shot, how are we gonna fix this?

  552. 2011/05/23: MTobis: The Great Rationing

    As for how the media handles science:

  553. 2011/05/25: Guardian(UK): Current TV chief claims Murdoch’s Sky Italia broke commitment
  554. 2011/05/25: KSJT: NYTimes, Wall St. Journal: Filthy carbon-spewing industries on the rise. What elephant?
  555. 2011/05/25: JQuiggin: Reality-based journalism: some updates
  556. 2011/05/24: ClimateP: Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto equates science with religion
  557. 2011/05/24: JQuiggin: Reality-based journalism in the US
  558. 2011/05/23: TreeHugger: Presenting: The New York Times’ Best Paragraph of Climate Reportage in Recent Memory
  559. 2011/05/24: TreeHugger: Sierra Leone to Start Offshore Drilling: UNEP, WWF Train Environmental Journalists
  560. 2011/05/23: G&M: Why the manufactured outrage over gas prices?
    In the business news on television, rising gas prices are all about supply and demand, about Mideast crises, about refinery and pipeline problems, about floods and bad weather, about the small profit margins at the retail level. In the headline news at the top of the hour, rising gas prices are about corporate greed and government collusion. Every time the price rises a few cents, TV crews are sent out to interview consumers filling up at a gas station, where they provide the obligatory sound bites about being outraged and being ripped off. It’s all so predictable. But why the disconnect between the news department and the business department?
  561. 2011/05/23: PSinclair: Get Popcorn. Mike Mann Throws down with Scientific American.
  562. 2011/05/22: CrTimber: Reality-based journalism?
  563. 2011/05/22: ClimateP: Scientific American & Lemonick pull a Charlie Sheen — or a Richard Muller, which is much the same
    Michael Mann requests retraction of defamatory claims; frankly, the whole piece should be replaced with multiple apologies.
  564. Here is something for your library:

  565. 2011/05/25: MLynas: Why we should be careful what we do with Gaia
    [Book Review] _Revolutions that made the Earth_ by Tim Lenton & Andrew Watson
  566. 2011/05/27: DeSmogBlog: DeSmog Interview with Curt Stager, Author of ‘Deep Future’ (Part 2)
  567. 2011/05/26: DeSmogBlog: DeSmog Interview with Curt Stager, Author of ‘Deep Future’
  568. 2011/05/23: HotTopic: [Book Review] _Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens our Health and What We Can Do about It_ by Paul Epstein & Dan Ferber

    And for your film & video enjoyment:

  569. 2011/05/27: WashingtonsBlog: Tornadoes Suck Up Fire and Water
  570. 2011/05/27: PSinclair: Gundersen Gives Testimony to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  571. 2011/05/26: Grist: NOAA’s terrifying tornado time-lapse
  572. 2011/05/27: TreeHugger: NOAA’s Eye-Opening Time-Lapse Video of April’s Deadly Tornadoes
  573. 2011/05/26: MTobis: Texas Drought Video
  574. 2011/05/26: PaID: A Couple of Video Reminders of Abuse and Duplicity By Police During G20 Summit
  575. 2011/05/25: DM:BA: From space: video of five days of tornadoes
  576. 2011/05/25: PSinclair: Throwing Elbows and (politely) Busting Chops, John Abraham shows how to defend Science
  577. 2011/05/23: PSinclair: Gunderson, May 23: Lessons of Fukushima for Operating Reactors
  578. 2011/05/22: TCoE: Peak oil made easy (to understand, that is)
  579. 2011/05/22: MTobis: Scary Peak Oil Video

    As for podcasts:

  580. 2011/05/28: HotTopic: John Abraham: How to give good radio

    Meanwhile among the ‘Sue the Bastards!’ contingent:

  581. 2011/05/27: S&R: Fukushima be damned, federal court brushes off seismic nuke risks
  582. 2011/05/25: Reuters: U.S. sues big oil traders for 2008 manipulation — Oil trader Arcadia to CFTC: See you in court
  583. 2011/05/23: ClimateP: Judge puts cap and trade in California on hold — Harvard’s Stavins: A “misguided objection to a progressive policy”
  584. 2011/05/23: NYT: Most of Calif.’s Carbon Law Unaffected by Court Ruling; Trading Date Could Slip
  585. 2011/05/23: Grist: Why the environmental justice lawsuit against California’s climate law is misguided [Stavins]
  586. 2011/05/21: SacBee: S.F. judge puts state’s cap and trade plan on hold

    Wrestling over a new energy infrastructure continues unabated:

  587. 2011/05/26: CleanBreak: Higher oil prices aren’t leading to higher clean energy investments… sadly, it’s quite the opposite
  588. 2011/05/27: PlanetArk: [Distributed Independent] Micro-Power Presents Slow-Burn Threat to [Centralized] Utilities
  589. 2011/05/26: EnergyBulletin: The short history of early pedal powered machines
  590. 2011/05/26: EurActiv: Solar power aids German nuclear shutdown
    Germany has imported more lignite coal and nuclear energy from its neighbours since the Fukushima disaster pushed it to begin closing its ageing nuclear reactors. But it is still exporting one source of electricity to France: solar power.
  591. 2011/05/26: ABC(Au): A new study has found the future prices of wind, thermal and solar power will only keep falling as more alternative power sources are switched into the energy grid
  592. 2011/05/26: Grist: How to get to a fully renewable power system
  593. 2011/05/26: Eureka: Estimating landfill gas potential
  594. 2011/05/24: TCoE: Stuck in the energy/water nexus
  595. 2011/05/24: PlanetArk: Germany Copes Without Bulk Of Nuclear Power
  596. 2011/05/24: MIT: Teaching algae to make fuel — New process could lead to production of hydrogen using bioengineered microorganisms
  597. 2011/05/13: DTU: We have the technology for creating sustainable energy systems of the future
    The fifth Risø International Energy Conference is over and the conclusions of the three-day conference are clear: The climate problems are becoming ever more urgent, but the energy systems of the future present even more issues. Technologically, we have good opportunities for creating sustainable energy systems.
  598. 2011/05/24: PeakEnergy: Geothermal without the Earthquakes
  599. 2011/05/23: ClimateP: Five hot, rockin’ geothermal companies
  600. 2011/05/23: OilChange: Dash for Shale Gas Undermines Wind
  601. 2011/05/23: NBF: Bulk thermoelectrics that are 22% efficient at heat to electricity conversion instead of 10-13%
  602. 2011/05/23: NBF: Siemens has world record super efficient turbine with 60.75 efficiency
  603. 2011/05/23: SwissInfo: How green energy could inherit problems
    Critics of wind turbines complain they are noisy and ruin the natural lanscape The Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan has renewed interest in green energy — but every energy source has a downside.
  604. Hey! Let’s contaminate the aquifer for thousands of years! It’ll be a fracking gas!

  605. 2011/05/27: DemNow: Sandra Steingraber on the Health Crisis Surrounding Natural Gas Extraction
  606. 2011/05/27: PlanetArk: Big Oil Companies Face Growing Concern On Fracking
  607. 2011/05/26: NatureNB: Shareholders inch towards responsibility for fracking risks
  608. 2011/05/25: ProPublica: Exxon Ad Makes Gas Drilling Seem Simpler – and Safer – Than It Really Is
  609. 2011/05/26: Grist: Pro-fracking ad accidentally reveals dangers of fracking
  610. 2011/05/18: Salon: How gas drilling contaminates your food
    We know the controversial fracking process hurts our water supply — but it’s also affecting the things we eat
  611. 2011/05/25: DeSmogBlog: French Vote To Ban Fracking: The End Of The Story Or Just The Beginning?
  612. 2011/05/25: PeakEnergy: Blow-out at well fuels concerns over coal seam gas
  613. 2011/05/24: Guardian(UK): MPs’ report rejects moratorium on shale gas exploration
    Green campaigners express dismay as MPs back shale gas prospecting despite evidence of environmental dangers
  614. 2011/05/23: DeSmogBlog: Former Bush EPA Official Confirms 2004 EPA Fracking Study Was Misused
  615. 2011/05/23: BBC: MPs urge backing for UK shale gas
  616. 2011/05/23: SwissInfo: Shale gas could remain out of reach in the ground
    Oil companies have begun prospecting for shale gas in Switzerland, but environmental and safety concerns could put these projects on hold permanently.
  617. On the coal front:

  618. 2011/05/23: CleanBreak: Get rid of coal: doctor’s orders
  619. 2011/05/23: DemNow: Massey Energy Guilty: West Virginia Probe Finds Coal Giant Systemically Failed to Comply with Law

    On the gas and oil front:

  620. 2011/05/27: BBerg: Closing oil prices Friday
    OIL (US$/bbl)
    Nymex Crude Future..100.59
    Dated Brent Spot….115.19
    WTI Cushing Spot….100.59
  621. 2011/05/26: Gregor: Speculator Ghosts in the Oil Machine
  622. 2011/05/26: EconBrowser: Oil price manipulation
  623. 2011/05/26: PeakEnergy: World’s Second largest gas field found in Turkmenistan
  624. 2011/05/25: BizInsider: The Operator Of The World’s Largest Oil Tanker Fleet Gives Up On The Global Recovery
    Norway’s Frontline, which operates the world’s largest oil tanker fleet, announced an 81-percent decline in net income for the first quarter compared to last year.
  625. 2011/05/23: OilDrum: The JODI-EIA Divergence
  626. 2011/05/23: PeakEnergy: $12bn Prelude floating plant has Shell fired for LNG

    In the gas and oil corps:

  627. 2011/05/26: AlterNet: Chevron Feels the Heat: Annual Shareholder Meeting Brings Huge Protests For Oil Giant’s Abuses Around the World
  628. 2011/05/25: PlanetArk: Chevron To Resubmit [San Francisco Bay] Richmond Refinery Upgrade Plan

    And in pipeline news:

  629. 2011/05/28: 350orBust: Congressman: Tar Sands [Keystone XL] Pipeline Would Turn U.S. Into Canadian “Sewer”
  630. 2011/05/27: EnergyBulletin: Why Keystone pipeline will weaken the US
  631. 2011/05/25: CCP: Elizabeth McGowan: Koch Bros. Accused of Stonewalling Congress on Their Keystone XL Pipeline Interest
  632. 2011/05/25: TreeHugger: House Rushes Keystone XL While State Dept. Sued Over Communication With Tar Sands Lobbyist
  633. 2011/05/24: Grist: Are the Kochs pushing for [Keystone XL] an international oil pipeline?
  634. 2011/05/23: DeSmogBlog: Koch Brothers Exposed: Brave New Films Explains How Billionaires Could Profit From Keystone XL Pipeline

    Yes we have a peak oil sighting:

  635. 2011/05/27: EnergyBulletin: Energy: Peak Oil and the Great Recession
  636. 2011/05/27: OilDrum: Peak oil and the Fall of the Soviet Union: Lessons on the 20th Anniversary of the Collapse
  637. 2011/05/26: EnergyBulletin: [UK] Government to work with business on plans to tackle peak oil threat
  638. 2011/05/24: EnergyBulletin: The case for a disorderly energy descent
  639. 2011/05/10: TPV: Reflections Before the Collapse of Oil – Jan Lundberg interviewed in Shanghai Oriental Morning Post

    Biofuel bickering abounds:

  640. 2011/05/26: RRapier: Air Force Says Biomass-Based Jet Fuel is 10 Times the Cost of JP-8
  641. 2011/05/26: ASU: ASU scientists develop secreting bacteria with green auto-recovery to eliminate cost barriers for renewable biofuel production
  642. 2011/05/26: Eureka: Study details path to sustainable aviation biofuels industry in Northwest — Political support needed to jumpstart growth of domestic biofuels industry

    The answer my friend…:

  643. 2011/05/27: CSM: Wind power project wavers after subsidy cuts
  644. 2011/05/25: EnergyBulletin: Addressing public concerns about wind power
  645. 2011/05/25: CBC: Google invests in California wind energy
  646. 2011/05/24: NatureN: No wind? No problem — Hurdles to integrating a variable supply of renewable energy into power grids are lower than most experts think.
  647. 2011/05/23: STimes: Wind industry demands NW grid overload solution
    The wind energy industry demanded Monday that the Bonneville Power Administration fix problems that have forced the shut-off of Northwest wind generators while hydroelectric dams fill the grid with power produced from a heavy spring runoff.
  648. Meanwhile among the solar aficionados:

  649. 2011/05/26: DerSpiegel: Desertec and Democracy — Arab Spring Boosts Dream of Desert Power
    Desertec is a multi-billion-dollar energy initiative that hopes to meet Europe’s energy needs with solar power from the Sahara. The recent upheavals in North Africa have put the project in question. But many experts argue that the Arab Spring will actually help Desertec’s grand vision become reality.
  650. 2011/05/27: EurActiv: Big boys enter solar race
    Traditionally a market reserved for niche players, the solar sector is now drawing increasing interest from energy behemoths like General Electric and Total as well as unexpected new investors like Google.
  651. 2011/05/26: EurActiv: Special Report: EU on track for solar grid parity by 2017
    Solar photovoltaic (PV) power is set to achieve the environmentalists’ holy grail of grid parity — the same cost price as fossil fuels — across the European Union by 2017, according to a UN expert.
  652. 2011/05/26: Eureka: Flexible films for photovoltaics
  653. 2011/05/26: Eureka: Solar inverters: Losses are cut in half
  654. 2011/05/25: PeakEnergy: Final Tests For Torresol’s [Spanish] CSP Plant With Molten Salt Storage Complete
  655. 2011/05/24: PeakEnergy: SolarReserve’s 24/7 solar thermal power plant for Nevada
  656. 2011/05/23: EurActiv: European solar wobble spurs China deals
    A slowdown in subsidies for solar power across European countries has encouraged companies to look oversees for greener pastures, threatening Europe’s lead in this promising high-tech sector.
  657. 2011/05/23: TreeHugger: Sanctuary Magazine Gets into Hot Water. Solar, That Is.

    The nuclear energy controversy continues:

  658. 2011/05/26: NBF: Russian Kalinin 4 nuclear reactor on track for November, 2011 start, new fuel pond cooling systems and Fukushima follow up
  659. 2011/05/23: NBF: World nuclear energy production and uranium demand to 2020
  660. 2011/05/23: NBF: Thorenco LLC presents a little 40 MW Liquid Flouride Thorium Reactor

    Nuclear waste storage requires long term thinking:

  661. 2011/05/26: BBerg: Fukushima Station Considered as Site for Nuclear Graveyard
  662. 2011/05/25: BBC: Kings Cliffe: Radioactive waste disposal approved
    Plans for low-level radioactive waste disposal to be allowed at a landfill site in Northamptonshire have been given the go-ahead by the government.
  663. 2011/05/24: NYT: Risk From Spent Nuclear Reactor Fuel Is Greater in U.S. Than in Japan, [IPS] Study Says
  664. 2011/05/24: IPS: [link to 904k pdf] Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools in the US: Reducing the Deadly Risks of Storage

    More people are talking about the electrical grid:

  665. 2011/05/26: GreenGrok: EnerNOC: Implementing Tomorrow’s Smart Grid Today
  666. 2011/05/18: MillerMcCune: Plugging High-Speed Rail Into Germany’s Power Grid
  667. 2011/05/26: ClimateP: EPRI: Smart grid benefits vastly exceed costs, enable sharp cuts in CO2 by 2030
  668. 2011/05/26: TreeHugger: Cost-Effectiveness Of US Smart Grid? Trillions To The Plus Over 20 Years
  669. 2011/05/25: TechRev: The Challenges of Big Data on the Smart Grid
    Installing “smart meters” and upgrading utility networks will force electricity providers to process far more information than they’re accustomed to handling.
  670. 2011/05/25: PlanetArk: U.S. Smart Grid To Cost Billions, Save Trillions
  671. 2011/05/23: BBC: Could pylons ever be pretty?
    Electricity pylons, little changed since the 1920s, may get a makeover with a new international design competition. Are transmission towers icons or eyesores?
  672. And then there is the matter of efficiency & conservation:

  673. 2011/05/29: HotTopic: Low hanging fruit: efficient lighting
  674. 2011/05/26: Grist: State by state, appliance standards save money, create jobs, and protect the environment
  675. 2011/05/22: SacBee: Home energy audits open door to big savings

    Automakers & lawyers, engineers & activists argue over the future of the car:

  676. 2011/05/26: AutoBG: Study: Consumer Reports says car buyers will pay for higher fuel economy, won’t compromise safety
  677. 2011/05/26: AutoBG: EPA rates Tesla Roadster at 111 MPGe
  678. 2011/05/23: AutoBG: Study: Energy usage attributable to electric vehicles could rise 1,700% by 2020

    This week in the Gee Whiz File:

  679. 2011/05/24: PlanetArk: Electricity From Microbes A Step Closer: Study

    As for Energy Storage:

  680. 2011/05/28: PeakEnergy: Temporal Power brings new spin to flywheel energy storage
  681. ESA: Discussions of individual storage technologies

    The reaction of business to climate change will be critical:

  682. 2011/05/26: TreeHugger: Corporate Climate Schizophrenia Noticed By Major US Investors

    Joe Romm posts a daily list of top energy and climate stories:

  683. 2011/05/27: ClimateP: May 27 news…
  684. 2011/05/26: ClimateP: May 26 news…
  685. 2011/05/25: ClimateP: May 25 news…
  686. 2011/05/24: ClimateP: May 24 news…
  687. 2011/05/23: ClimateP: May 23 news…

    Other (weekly) lists:

  688. 2011/05/27: IJISH: Mindless Link Propagation
  689. 2011/05/23: BPA: Agriculture News
  690. 2011/05/25: InformedComment: Top Ten Green Energy Good News Stories
  691. 2011/05/25: SkeptiSci: Monthly Climate Summary: April 2011 by Michael Searcy

    The carbon lobby are up to the usual:

  692. 2011/05/27: ERabett: Hero or crank?
  693. 2011/05/26: ClassM: So, if she weighs the same as a duck …
  694. 2011/05/25: AlterNet: Truth Decay: Conspiracy Theories and Hoaxes Are Blurring Reality
  695. 2011/05/24: QuarkSoup: Fred Singer’s Fact-free Lecture in Portland
  696. 2011/05/24: WottsUWT: Scientific American’s interview with Dr. Richard Muller
  697. 2011/05/23: ClimateShifts: Bolt distorts facts about the Great Barrier Reef again: doesn’t understand or wilful distortion?
  698. 2011/05/23: SkeptiSci: Humlum is at it again by julienx2k2

    Meanwhile in the ‘clean coal’ saga:

  699. 2011/05/27: TreeHugger: Cancer Now #1 Cause of Death in China, Coal Largely to Blame
  700. 2011/05/27: Grist: Cancer is now the leading cause of death in China

    As for climate miscellanea:

  701. 2011/05/26: CDreams: A Turning-Point We Miss at Our Peril
    We have the choice of burning all the oil left and hacking down all the remaining rainforests – or saving humanity
  702. 2011/05/27: BVerheggen: Judith Curry: We should not ignore the risks of global warming
  703. 2011/05/24: GreenGrok: The Great Generational ‘Green Thing’ Debate
  704. 2011/05/27: Wunderground: Invest now to improve tornado warnings; an early start to hurricane season?
  705. 2011/05/27: HotTopic: From science to ethics to action
  706. 2011/05/27: HotTopic: The view from on high
  707. 2011/05/25: BVerheggen: Eric Wolff on areas of agreement and on the public debate about climate science
  708. 2011/05/24: Grist: Getting green and happy by exporting pollution and misery: not cool
  709. 2011/05/23: Grist: Behavioral nudges on electric bills could save three coal plants worth of emissions
  710. 2011/05/24: TreeHugger: Google Experimenting With World’s First Seawater-Cooled Data Center
  711. 2011/05/23: ClassM: Good news and bad

    And here are a couple of sites you may find interesting and/or useful:

  712. WOD: World Oceans Day – June 8th
  713. ESA: Discussions of individual storage technologies
  714. The new charging network – Source London
  715. Wiki: CLAW hypothesis [CLAW := Charlson, Lovelock, Andreae & Warren]
  716. Fresh Air – The Scent of Pine
  717. ACC: Australian Climate Commission
  718. Wiki: Hydraulic fracturing [aka fracking]
  719. Dirty Oil Sands
  720. GBRMPA: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  721. TBAS: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
  722. UAF: AMSR-E Sea Ice Extent
  723. Ecologist
  724. Ecologist: Blogs
  725. Wiki: Ramsar Convention

    Low Key Plug

    My first novel Water was published in Canada May, 2007. The American release was in October. An Introductionto the novel is available, along with the Unpublished Forewordand the Launch Talk(which includes some quotations), An overview of my writing is available here.

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    -het

    P.S. Recent postings can be found in the week archive and the ancient postings can be accessed here, which should open to this.

    I notice moyhu has set up a monster index to old AWoGWN on AFTIC.

    “Watching the President serve up the tired narrative that speculators have driven the price of oil should dissuade optimists from thinking the US public is ready to face up to reality.” -Gregor Macdonald