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What's Holding Back the Organic Food and Farming Revolution 23.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Air Testing Lapse At New Mexico Nuclear Waste Dump Blamed On Staff Vacancy 23.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Laura Zuckerman Aug 22 (Reuters) - State regulators failed to collect air samples in the week following a radiation release at a New Mexico nuclear waste dump because of a vacancy in the office responsible for monitoring the site at the time, a state official said on Friday. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, where drums of plutonium-tainted refuse from government nuclear weapons laboratories are buried in caverns a half a mile deep, has been closed since Feb. 14, when unsafe radiation levels were detected at the site. Preliminary findings from an investigation of the mishap suggests that at least one barrel of improperly packaged material underwent a chemical reaction underground that caused it to rupture. The leak ranks as the worst accident at the U.S. Energy Department facility since it opened in southeastern New Mexico near the town of Carlsbad in 1999. The plant, the only facility of its kind in the United States, is run under contract for the government by Nuclear Energy ...
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Climate Change This Week: China Out Competes US on Solar, Droughts & Chills, and More! 23.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Aug 22, 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US is experiencing much hotter than normal temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California. Much of the North Pole and surroundings are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures - not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats. (Add 0.3-0.4 C to have these anomaly values calibrate with those of NASA.) Daily updates of can be seen here for both the temperature anomalies map, and the jetstream map. For real time animated US surface wind patterns, click here , and here , for the ...
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The UN Strikes Back at ISIL's Black Economy 23.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
ISIS Controlled Territories in Iraq and Syria. The United Nation Security Council dramatically escalated the conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), Al Nusra Front (JNF) and other Al Qaeda splinter groups by passing UN Resolution 2170 in August 2014, thereby expanding the range of retaliatory measures (short of military action) against individuals associated with those groups. This UN Security Council is the latest in a series of draconian UN Resolutions against terror groups pursuant to its responsibility of Forgotten Obligations and affirming its primary role as peacekeepers enshrined in the UN Charter . The cumulative effect of these resolutions recognizes the long term threat posed by ISIL which was addressed by President Obama in a White House briefing on the 18 August . What Obama did not address however was ISIL's threat to global energy security, which forms (in part) the premise of this article. The implications of these UN resolutions for ISIL are clear. The UN Security ...
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More Canadian crude could soon flow across northern Minn. under State Dept. plan 23.8.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
The State Department has signed off on a temporary plan from Calgary-based Enbridge Energy to divert oil from its Alberta Clipper pipeline to an adjacent line before it crosses the U.S. border, and then return the oil to its original line once its in the country.
Varying Relative Degradation Rates of Oil in Different Forms and Environments Revealed by Ramped Pyrolysis 23.8.2014 pubs.acs.org

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es501354c
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EPA Expanding Crime Division As North Dakota's Oil Sector Booms 23.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's law enforcement arm has opened an office in Bismarck so that it will have a bigger presence in the North Dakota's booming oil patch. Jeffry Martinez, the special agent in charge of the EPA's Denver-based Criminal Investigation Division, said the new office opened at the end of July but isn't permanently staffed yet. "This is a first step and I'm hopeful that it will lead over time to a fulltime presence," said U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon. The Criminal Investigation Division is made up of 200 federal agents who are tasked with upholding environmental law. "Environmental crimes involve lying, cheating and stealing like any other crime," said Maritnez. "We try to pick the worst of the worst." In less than a decade, North Dakota's oil production has gone up tenfold, to over 1 million barrels of oil a day. The proliferation of oil infrastructure — more than 11,000 wells, along with pipelines, waste disposal sites and drilling rigs — has increased the ...
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State energy director praises local mineral rights advocacy group 23.8.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Jody Camilletti, of Hayden, confirmed Friday that she is among the 200 people who have submitted letters of application for 18 remaining seats on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s new task force on energy development issues. Camilletti was present at Saddleback Ranch near Milner on Thursday night when Matt Lepore, director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission, which regulates those industries in the state, said it is likely to take another two weeks before selections for the task force are final. “The governor recognizes how important it is for this task force to work well together and has taken direct interest in naming these people,” Lepore told an audience of about 100, who were invited to a barbecue by Citizens Supporting Property Rights. Camilletti said her motivations for seeking a spot on the task force are similar to those that led to a role in the creation of CSPR, which advocates for the interests of people who own subsurface mineral rights. “We feel like the stakeholders need a voice so that it’s not ...
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U.S. drilling rig count down by 17 to 1,896 23.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Houston • Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell 17 this week to 1,896. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,564 rigs were exploring for oil and 330 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Kansas gained two rigs while Arkansas, Louisiana, West Virginia and Wyoming each rose by one. Texas declined by 13 rigs, Al...
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Pollute less, employ more… 22.8.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs By: Sean Wright , EDF senior analyst, natural gas program, and James Frank, EDF graduate intern Cleaner air, more American jobs: that’s a potential reality for the U.S. if it acts to curb emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas emitted from oil and gas systems around the country. It’s a significant opportunity, and it’s one California Congresswoman Linda Sánchez encountered first-hand when she toured a Cerritos manufacturing plant last week. “I am convinced that we can reduce the risks from climate change with American-made products and create more jobs in California while we’re doing it,” the Congresswoman said during her visit. The energy industry likes to argue that methane controls are expensive, unnecessary, and bad for business, but more and more evidence is surfacing that’s not the case. In actuality, limiting methane emissions from oil and gas operations represents a significant economic opportunity. The manufacturing plant, which produces sealing technologies that help ...
Pollute less, employ more… 22.8.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs By: Sean Wright , Senior Analyst, Corporate Partnerships, and James Frank Cleaner air, more American jobs: that’s a potential reality for the U.S. if it acts to curb emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas emitted from oil and gas systems around the country. It’s a significant opportunity, and it’s one California Congresswoman Linda Sánchez encountered first-hand when she toured a Cerritos manufacturing plant last week. “I am convinced that we can reduce the risks from climate change with American-made products and create more jobs in California while we’re doing it,” the Congresswoman said during her visit. The energy industry likes to argue that methane controls are expensive, unnecessary, and bad for business, but more and more evidence is surfacing that’s not the case. In actuality, limiting methane emissions from oil and gas operations represents a significant economic opportunity. The manufacturing plant, which produces sealing technologies that help control methane leaks, ...
Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks 22.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Hexigten, China • Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away. This is the first of more than 60 coal-to-gas plants China wants to build, mostly in remote parts of the country where ethnic minorities have farmed and herded for centur...
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Ukraine faces difficult winter without Russian gas: PM 22.8.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
Ukraine faces a long and cold winter, Prime Minister Yatseniuk warned on Friday, saying the country needs a further 5 billion cubic metres of Russian gas and may need to import coal due to the impact of the conflict in its industrial eastern regions. Months of fighting between government forces and separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine has forced coal mines to cut production or close entirely, imperilling the country's electricity market. Asked in a televised interview if he thought Ukraine could survive without Russian gas, Yatseniuk said: "No ... The situation (in winter) will be extremely difficult." Ukrainian state-owned gas company Naftogaz has put aside $3.1 billion to buy gas for the forthcoming winter period, he said. Ukraine has also been trying to secure more gas from the European Union and cut consumption levels from last year's 50 billion cubic metres (bcm).
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Illinois is losing jobs because of fracking delays 22.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
When the General Assembly started drafting a bill two years ago to allow for fracking, international firm Kimmeridge Energy hired 65 people to work on land acquisition here. When the General Assembly started drafting a bill two years ago to allow for fracking, international firm Kimmeridge Energy hired 65 people to work on land acquisition ...
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China's Coal Gas Boom Holds Climate Change Risks 22.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
HEXIGTEN, China (AP) — Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away. This is the first of more than 60 coal-to-gas plants China wants to build, mostly in remote parts of the country where ethnic minorities have farmed and herded for centuries. Fired up in December, the multibillion-dollar plant bombards millions of tons of coal with water and heat to produce methane, which is piped to Beijing to generate electricity. It's part of a controversial energy revolution China hopes will help it churn out desperately needed natural gas and electricity while cleaning up the toxic skies above the country's eastern cities. However, the plants will also release vast amounts of heat-trapping carbon dioxide, even as the world struggles to curb greenhouse ...
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Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks 22.8.2014 AP Business
HEXIGTEN, China (AP) -- Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away....
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Coal gas boom in China threatens to spew greenhouse gases as world tries to curb emissions 22.8.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Germany gives nod to RWE unit sale to Russian investor: sources 22.8.2014 Terrorism
FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's economy ministry will approve the sale of utility RWE's oil and gas unit DEA to a Russian investor despite tensions between Russia and the West over the Ukraine crisis, two people familiar with the matter said. The economy ministry said in June it was investigating whether to block the 5.1 billion euro ($6.9 billion) sale of the DEA unit to the Letter One group of investors led by Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman, which was announced in March. Representatives of the ministry, RWE and the Letter One consortium declined to comment. Europe and the United States have imposed economic sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and its backing of pro-Russian separatists, who are fighting against government forces in eastern ...
Guest: B.C. is competition for Washington state trade 22.8.2014 Seattle Times: Opinion
British Columbia represents a model, and competitive threat, in its approach to trade and transportation, writes guest columnist Bruce Agnew.
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St. Paul Park refinery fined $40,000 for toxic release into lagoon 22.8.2014 Star Tribune: Local
St. Paul Park plant discharged benzene into unlined lagoon.
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