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Scientists discover new genus of crustacean

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 22:36
Mongabay: In recent journeys to Madagascar, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, the Philippines, and French Polynesia, scientists from the Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes and the University of Barcelona have discovered not only five new crustaceous species, but also the existence of a new genus in the family. Through use of molecular data and the form and relationship between structures of the animals, the experts were able to distinguish 5 distinctly new species out of the 6 they encountered. While the species...
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Summer melt season getting longer on Antarctic Peninsula

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 20:38
ScienceDaily: New research from the Antarctic Peninsula shows that the summer melt season has been getting longer over the last 60 years. Increased summer melting has been linked to the rapid break-up of ice shelves in the area and rising sea level. The Antarctic Peninsula -- a mountainous region extending northwards towards South America -- is warming much faster than the rest of Antarctica. Temperatures have risen by up to 3 oC since the 1950s -- three times more than the global average. This is a result...
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Loss Of Arctic Ice May Be Cause Of This Chilly Spring

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 20:18
RedOrbit: Have you been experiencing the coldest spring weather in recent memory? It’s probably because of global warming. According to climate scientists, warmer than average temperatures have thrown a monkey wrench into global weather patterns by melting Arctic sea ice at record rates during the summer months. "Ironically ... as the ice pack retreats and the Arctic heats up, there`s a counteracting tendency in middle latitudes for colder winters, as well as hotter summers," said Stephen Vavrus, senior...
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Report urges New Jersey to rejoin regional greenhouse-gas initiative

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 14:00
NJ Spotlight: People who were stunned and sobered by how much damage was caused by Hurricane Sandy ought to be even more worried about global climate change, which could cause up to $2 trillion in damage along the stretch of the Eastern Seaboard from Boston to Baltimore, according to a new report. “In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and Irene, the Northeast must double down on its commitment to lead the nation in reducing pollution that’s warming the planet and changing our climate,’’ said Doug O’Malley, author...
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Arctic ice loss drives extreme weather patterns

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 14:00
LA Times: Anyone forced to shovel their car out of a snowbank this winter might wonder just how it is a blizzard can occur in a warming climate. The answer, climate scientists say, may have to do with record sea ice losses in the Arctic. At a Tuesday news conference, several researchers said that warming conditions in the Arctic may be weakening jet stream currents and causing extreme weather systems to linger in northern mid-latitudes. "Ironically ... as the ice pack retreats and the Arctic heats...
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Gov. Inslee's climate change bill passes, controversy continues

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 14:00
National Public Radio: A bill put forward by Gov. Jay Inslee directing the state to figure out how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has passed both houses of the Legislature. The passage is a big step forward for the environmental lobby and the governor, who has championed clean energy. But there is still a lot of pushback in Olympia. The new law aims to help Washington reach goals on reducing greenhouse gas emissions that it passed five years ago by bringing emissions down to levels seen 1990, over the next seven...
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Cape Wind wins billions in backing, launches offshore wind in the U.S

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 11:08
Grist: What do you do when local opposition to an offshore wind farm project dries up, when the NIMBY crowd runs out of steam, when the federal government gives the green light and extends every permit and courtesy the law will allow, when the technology is tested and proven, and there’s nothing left to do but build it? Well, then you go looking for money – lots of it. After more than a decade of preparation, the Massachusetts wind energy company Cape Wind has done just that – and the results are looking...
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EU steering ships towards safer recycling

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 10:40
BusinessGreen: A levy should be imposed on all ships visiting EU ports to cover the costs of recycling ships safely, Brussels lawmakers have said. The European Parliament's Environment Committee voted yesterday in favour of the scheme, along with proposed fines for owners of EU ships who sell vessels to be scrapped on beaches in developing countries. The draft regulation aims to reduce the adverse effects of careless scrapping, such as accidents, injuries or damage to human health and the environment, by...
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United Kingdom: Half of beaches judged unsafe for swimming

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 10:29
Telegraph: The Marine Conservation Society tested 754 beaches at the end of last summer for sewage and dirt in the water. The number recommended for swimming was down by only 403, 113 fewer than the previous year. The remaining beaches could be dangerous for swimming at some point of the year because of sewage and other bacterial flowing into the sea. The Marine Conservation Society said the fall in water quality was down to one of the wettest summers on record last year. The rain and flooding led...
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New Oceans Study: Global Warming Accelerated in Past 15 Years

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 09:00
Energy Collective: A new study of ocean warming has just been published in Geophysical Research Letters by Balmaseda, Trenberth, and Källén (2013). There are several important conclusions which can be drawn from this paper. Completely contrary to the popular contrarian myth, global warming has accelerated, with more overall global warming in the past 15 years than the prior 15 years. This is because about 90% of overall global warming goes into heating the oceans, and the oceans have been warming dramatically. ...
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Arctic: Ice loss in the polar north may deliver a frigid spring in the temperate zone

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 05:00
ClimateWire: Ice loss in the Arctic may be fueling extreme weather like the frigid spring conditions lingering over much of the United States, scientists said yesterday. While no one weather pattern can be tied to climate change, the ongoing chill is consistent with global warming in the sense that diminishing sea ice could be changing the jet stream, they said. Could April repeat February? Scientists say rapidly melting ice in the Arctic may extend cold weather storms in the United States. New Englanders,...
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Sea-level rise a part of Olympia comprehensive plan

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 05:00
Environment Health: The Olympia Planning Commission has finished its recommendations on the draft update of the city's comprehensive plan, an effort that has been years in the making. Planning Commission Chairman Jerry Parker gave the council a peek at some of the proposed regulations Tuesday night, but the full draft isn't expected to be released until May 20. Amy Buckler, a city planner, said city staff are working to have the plan ready for approval by the end of the year. It's up to the council to make the final...
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Tagging, satellite tracking reveals mystery of blue whales

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 04:11
Reuters: Balancing in small boats in choppy Antarctic waters, sometimes for hours and covered in ice, Australian researchers shot at endangered blue whales with an airgun to tag the giant creature with satellite tracking equipment. During a seven-week voyage the scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division tagged the world's largest creature and then tracked the rarely seen whales using sonar attached to special buoys to gain an insight into the threatened species. Little has been known up to now...
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Shore Rebuilding, Renters Go South for Summer

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 02:54
New York Times: In a typical summer, Terriann and Joseph LoVerde’s rental here makes for a listing a real estate broker called a real moneymaker. A block from the beach! Walk to town! Two units and a cottage in back — bring the extended family! This year, they would have to include a few caveats: Hurricane Sandy wiped out walls and windows, after washing away three houses between the LoVerdes’ and the beach. Here in the heart of the Jersey Shore, the warmer days of spring hint at the promise of summer:...
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Is Shrinking Sea Ice Behind Chilly Spring?

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 21:25
National Geographic: First it was the fault of Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who mistakenly forecasted a quick end to winter. Now climate scientists are saying that Arctic sea ice-or the lack of it-is a driving force behind the Northern Hemisphere's unseasonably cold spring. As Northern Hemisphere temperatures remain below normal more than a week into the official start of spring, a team of meteorologists and climate scientists are pointing to recent research that suggests sea ice cover is a likely culprit. Recent...
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Arctic Ice Hits its Annual Max and its 6th Lowest on Record

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 19:01
Climate Central: The skin of sea ice that covers the Arctic Ocean has reached its maximum extent for 2013, the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced Monday, and the annual melt season has begun. As of March 15, ice covered 5.84 million square miles of ocean, the sixth-lowest since satellite observations began in the 1970's, and 283,000 square miles lower than the 1979-2000 average. Reflecting the influence of global warming, the 10 lowest sea ice maximums have all occurred over the past 10 years. Last summer's...
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Netherlands: Parts of Low Country Are Now Quake Country

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 17:13
New York Times: Jannes Kadyk’s modest brick home suffered more than $5,000 in damage. Bert de Jong’s more stately home will need about $500,000 to get back into shape. Both houses, like thousands of others, were damaged during recent earthquakes that have shaken the flat farmland in this area dotted with villages and tucked up against the North Sea. The quakes were caused by the extraction of natural gas from the soil deep below. The gas was discovered in the 1950s, and extraction began in the 1960s, but only...
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Fierce northern winter linked to Arctic sea ice melt

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 14:00
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: TONY EASTLEY: There's more evidence today of the retreat of sea ice in the Arctic. Satellite pictures reveal the icy expanse reached its maximum size for the year on March the 15th yet the sea ice was the sixth lowest since satellite records began just over 30 years ago. Climate scientists say the ice loss is contributing to the massive snowstorms and bitter weather experienced in North America and Europe. Ashley Hall reports. ASHLEY HALL: It's been a particularly fierce winter and spring...
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Two miles of sea covers Big Oil’s next-generation field

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 14:00
Bloomberg: The oilfield of the future is taking shape two miles underwater. As explorers search for energy in ever-greater depths offshore, the technical challenges of ferrying oil and natural gas more than 10,000 feet through the ocean is spurring a drive to relocate production operations to the sea floor. Spending on subsea valves, pipelines and cables that will help build these underwater oilfields will grow to a record $13.9 billion this year, a 66 percent jump over the $8.4 billion spent last year,...
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United Kingdom: Aberdeen offshore wind farm gets green light

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 10:42
BusinessGreen: A £230m offshore wind farm that was vehemently opposed by US tycoon Donald Trump has today been given the green light by the Scottish Government. The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre in Aberdeen Bay is expected to generate up to 100MW and allow developers to test the latest technology ahead of commercial deployment. The project is owned by Vattenfall and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group and is part-funded by a EUR40m grant from the European Union's Economic Recovery Programme. Announcing...
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