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  • Helium leaking from massive earthquake fault under Los Angeles reveals giant rift

    07/01/2015 6:24:47 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 58 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 06/30/15 | Mark Prigg
    A huge fault in the Earth's crust near Los Angeles is leaking helium, researchers have found. They say the unexpected find sheds new light on the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. It reveals the fault is far deeper than previously thought, and a quake would be far more devastating. It follows a report from the U.S. Geological Survey has warned the risk of 'the big one' hitting California has increased dramatically.
  • A Deep, Dark Mystery [Helium leakage from Earth's mantle in Los Angeles Basin]

    06/29/2015 4:25:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    UC Santa Barbara ^ | 6/29/15 | Julie Cohen
    UC Santa Barbara geologist Jim Boles has found evidence of helium leakage from the Earth’s mantle along a 30-mile stretch of the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. Using samples of casing gas from two dozen oil wells ranging from LA’s Westside to Newport Beach in Orange County, Boles discovered that more than one-third of the sites — some of the deepest ones — show evidence of high levels of helium-3 (3He).Considered primordial, 3He is a vestige of the Big Bang. Its only terrestrial source is the mantle. Leakage of 3He suggests that the Newport-Inglewood fault is deeper...
  • Environmentalists are fighting to stop a huge solar power plant on behalf of ... 100 sheep?!?

    06/15/2015 4:29:32 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/12/2015 | John Merline
    This week, leading environmental groups cheered when the city of Los Angeles refused to buy electricity from a proposed new power plant. "The Sierra Club is delighted to see the city do the right thing and choose not to sign a power purchase agreement with this harmful project," Sarah Friedman, a senior campaign representative with the organization, told the Los Angeles Times. The Natural Resources Defense Council said it had "significant concerns" about the project. So what are we talking about here? A new CO2-spewing coal plant? Something that runs on "extraordinarily dirty" oil from the Canadian tar sands?
  • Where is All the CO2 Really Going?

    06/12/2015 8:14:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/12/2015 | Norman Rogers
    When fossil fuels -- coal, oil and natural gas -- burn, the major combustion products are carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor. Water doesn’t matter since it is already everywhere and adding a little bit more to the Earth won’t tip any balances. CO2, on the other hand is considered to be a great evil by those who believe in catastrophic global warming. It’s perfectly reasonable that adding CO2 to the atmosphere could cause some warming, probably minor. This perfectly reasonably supposition was turned into unreasonable dogma by certain scientific disciplines that sensed an opportunity. They realized that if CO2...
  • The EPA Myth of “Clean Power”

    05/18/2015 8:36:56 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/18/15 | Al Caruba
    What the EPA is attempting to impose on America is a drain on our production of electricity coupled with an increase in its price. It is an obscene attack on our economy There are many things I do not like about the Environmental Protection Agency, but what angers me most are the lies that stream forth from it to justify programs that have no basis in fact or science, and which threaten the economy. Currently, its “Clean Power” plan is generating its latest and most duplicitous Administer, Gina McCarthy, to go around saying that it will not be costly, nor...
  • The arguments that convinced a libertarian to support aggressive action on climate

    05/13/2015 6:05:00 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 46 replies
    vox ^ | 5-12-2015 | David Roberts
    To the casual observer, the American right can appear an undifferentiated wall of denial and obstructionism on climate change, but behind the scenes there are signs of movement. A growing number of conservative leaders and intellectuals have come to terms with climate science and begun casting about for solutions. Led mainly by libertarians and libertarian-leaning economists, they've begun to coalesce behind a carbon tax, which they consider the most market-friendly of the available alternatives. Jerry Taylor, a longtime veteran of the libertarian think tank Cato Institute who recently founded his own libertarian organization, the Niskanen Center, is a vocal proponent...
  • This Man Is America’s Best Hope for Near-Term Climate Action

    05/13/2015 9:59:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Slate ^ | May 13, 2015 | Eric Holthaus
    Conservative climate champions are often laughed off or ignored. But what’s happening within the American political right could change everything, and fast.Each year since 1989, the JFK Library bestows its Profile in Courage award to a public servant who takes a principled but unpopular position. This year,the award went to Bob Inglis, a former congressman from South Carolina who’s turned into America’s best hope for near-term climate action. Oh, he’s also a Republican.As you might expect, Inglis wasn’t always a climate campaigner. In his acceptance speech last week at the JFK Library in Boston,he described how and why he changed...
  • Plants encouraged as CO2 levels reach 400 ppm

    05/10/2015 9:48:52 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | May 9, 2015 | By Dr. Tim Ball
    The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that global monthly CO2 levels reached 400 ppm. They present this as threatening news, but it is good news for plants and animals. I was involved in a brief to the US Supreme Court opposing the EPA actions on CO2. I proposed we seek Power of Attorney (POA) for the plants. We would vote on behalf of the plants against any attempts to reduce atmospheric CO2 from the current claimed 400 ppm and for any increase, at least to a level of 1200 ppm. Seeking POA sounds like an environmental stunt for...
  • Al Gore: We Must ‘Put a Price on Carbon’ and on Climate ‘Denial in Politics’ (In Iowa)

    05/07/2015 9:43:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    EcoWatch ^ | May 7, 2015 | Cole Mellino
    Al Gore pressed Iowans on Tuesday to make climate change a major issue in the next presidential election. Since Iowa holds the first presidential primaries in the country, candidates have campaigned heavily in recent years to win the hearts and minds of the residents of the Hawkeye State.(TWEET-AT-LINK)“More and more Iowans care about the climate crisis. Iowa is a leader in renewable energy. And Iowans can exert influence in their conversations with candidates,” Gore said at Climate Reality Project′s leadership training event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The three-day event from May 5-7 is designed to bring together a global network...
  • Smoggy thinking on pollution

    05/06/2015 7:15:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/6/2015 | Viv Forbes
    The war on hydrocarbon fuels is based on two feeble legs – “it causes global warming, and it creates pollution.” 

Both legs are unsound, especially the pollution claims. 

No sensible person approves of pollution of air, water, land, or public places by humans.

 Have a look at some real pollution.
 But no pollution whatsoever is caused by the main product of the combustion of hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide. This is a colorless, non-toxic gas of life on which all plants (and animals) depend.

 In these days of carbon neurosis, coal power gets blamed for all bad things, even the Asian Smog.
  • 25 Years Of Predicting The Global Warming ‘Tipping Point’

    05/06/2015 5:49:47 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 05/04/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    For decades now, those concerned about global warming have been predicting the so-called “tipping point” — the point beyond which it’ll be too late to stave off catastrophic global warming. It seems like every year the “tipping point” is close to being reached, and that the world must get rid of fossil fuels to save the planet. That is, until we’ve passed that deadline and the next such “tipping point” is predicted. Would you believe it was eight years ago today that the United Nations predicted we only had “as little as eight years left to avoid a dangerous global...
  • How Did Earth Avoid Runaway Global Warming In The Past?

    06/24/2014 8:50:00 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 18 replies
    Science 2.0 ^ | 6/11/2014 | News Staff
    There have been times in our geological history when CO2 levels were 10X what they are today, yet warming was only slightly higher. Unlike what you often read in simplistic media accounts, there are a lot of variables in climate and weather and temperature. It takes a lot of things going wrong to turn Earth into Venus and we have never come close. At the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Sacramento, geochemists discussed one such period, but they say we just got lucky - a vast mountain range formed in the middle of the ancient supercontinent, Pangea.
  • Newsweek Disgracefully Links the Mt Everest Tragedy to Rising CO2

    05/01/2015 11:31:41 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 26 replies
    Watts Up with That? ^ | April 29, 2015 | By Jim Steele
    Its hard to tell if we are witnessing mass climate hysteria, or just loathsome fear mongering to promote a political agenda, but it is oh so predictable, and oh so sickening. Every weather event and every tragedy is now due rising CO2. To paraphrase Dr. Viner, “natural storms and earthquakes are now just a thing of the past”. With the help of a few alarmist scientists, the media bombards us with the meme that “Everything is caused by rising CO2.” Today the Seth Bornstein prize for yellow climate journalism goes to Newsweek. Last August they tried to infect our psyche’s...
  • Earth Day Heroes: Top 10 Countries With The Lowest Carbon Emissions [SLIDESHOW]

    04/22/2015 9:02:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 41 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/21/2015 | PG Veer
    Wednesday is Earth Day. Like Earth Hour in March, this celebration will be yet another complaint-fest about how our modern lifestyles, especially our CO2 emissions, are destroying the planet. Why not be positive, for once? Instead of blaming carbon “criminals,” maybe Earth Day should celebrate carbon heroes. Here are the 10 countries with the lowest CO2 emissions per capita, according to the World Bank.
  • Columbus' Arrival Linked to Carbon Dioxide Drop

    10/21/2011 11:02:39 AM PDT · by MoJoWork_n · 60 replies
    Science News ^ | November 5, 2011 | Devin Powell
    By sailing to the New World, Christopher Columbus and other explorers who followed him may have set off a chain of events that cooled Europe’s climate. The European conquest of the Americas decimated the people living there, leaving large areas of cleared land untended. Trees that filled in this territory pulled billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, Stanford University geochemist Richard Nevle reported October 11 at the Geological Society of America annual meeting. Such carbon dioxide removal could have diminished the heat-trapping capacity of the atmosphere and cooled the climate, Nevil and his colleagues have previously reported....
  • Obama Expected to Bind US to CO2 Reduction at Paris Climate Meeting This Year

    04/16/2015 7:37:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 4/16/2015 | Fred Singer
    In his State-of-the-Union address, president Obama again confirmed that “saving the climate” remains one of his top priorities. Yet an official December 2014 confab in Lima, Peru didn't really conclude anything -- certainly no binding Protocol to limit emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) -- but it "kicked the can down the road" to the next international gabfest in Paris, scheduled for 2015.
  • Agriculture poses immense threat to environment, German study says

    04/12/2015 12:37:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 04/10/2015 – 08:12 | Nicole Sagener
    Conventional agriculture is causing enormous environmental damage in Germany, warns a study by the country’s Federal Environment Agency, saying a transition to organic farming and stricter regulation is urgently needed. EurActiv Germany reports. Spanning over 50% of the country, agriculture takes up by far the biggest amount of land in the country, and is one of its most important economic sectors. But intensive farming still harms the environment to an alarming extent, according to a study conducted by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). The use of pesticides and fertilizers, as well as intensive animal husbandry, have a negative impact on...
  • Loyola-Chicago climate conference discusses 'nuts and bolts' of fossil fuel divestment

    03/25/2015 10:16:57 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 3-25-2015 | James Hug
    The second day of the three-day Loyola University Chicago Climate Change Conference began with a panel discussion on divestment from fossil fuels. The Friday morning panel, titled “The Risks, Nuts, and Bolts of Divestment,” was chaired by Bruce Boyd, principal and senior managing director of Arabella Advisors, a company that works with foundations to improve planetary health and is now measuring global commitment to divestment from fossil fuels and reinvestment in alternative, clean energy sources.  In his opening remarks, Boyd noted that divestments are currently at $50 billion and are expected to reach $150 billion by the start of the...
  • Why I am a Climate Change Skeptic [Human Emissions Saved Planet]

    03/20/2015 8:46:38 PM PDT · by grundle · 44 replies
    heartland.org ^ | March 20, 2015 | Patrick Moore
    Editor’s Note: Patrick Moore, Ph.D., has been a leader in international environmentalism for more than 40 years. He cofounded Greenpeace... Human Emissions Saved Planet Over the past 150 million years, carbon dioxide had been drawn down steadily (by plants) from about 3,000 parts per million to about 280 parts per million before the Industrial Revolution. If this trend continued, the carbon dioxide level would have become too low to support life on Earth. Human fossil fuel use and clearing land for crops have boosted carbon dioxide from its lowest level in the history of the Earth back to 400 parts...
  • Obama Will Sign Executive Order Targeting Gov't Greenhouse Gases

    03/19/2015 6:34:21 AM PDT · by PROCON · 27 replies
    AP ^ | March 19, 2015
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is directing the federal government to cut its emissions of heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. Obama will sign an executive order targeting greenhouse gases at the White House on Thursday. The White House says a number of major companies that sell to the federal government will also announce commitments to cut their emissions.
  • Obama’s Law School Professor: EPA Is ‘Burning The Constitution’

    03/17/2015 10:01:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller News ^ | 03/17/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    resident Obama has found himself at odds with his old law school mentor over the Environmental Protection Agency. Laurence Tribe, a liberal constitutional scholar at Harvard University, told House lawmakers that EPA carbon dioxide regulations are tearing the Constitution apart. “EPA possesses only the authority granted to it by Congress,” Tribe told lawmakers in a hearing Tuesday. “Its gambit here raises serious questions under the separation of powers… because EPA is attempting to exercise lawmaking power that belongs to Congress and judicial power that belongs to the federal courts.” “Burning the Constitution should not become part of our national energy...
  • New York City bill would pay for evidence of illegal vehicle idling

    03/10/2015 12:50:10 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3-10-2015 | Laila Kearney
    New York City, in an effort to cut down on carbon emissions, could allow concerned citizens to earn thousands of dollars by video-taping vehicles idling illegally, officials said on Tuesday. A bill to be proposed on Wednesday would allow people to submit video evidence of idling to the city and pocket up to half of the fines imposed on rule-breakers, officials said. The bill would continue to allow first-time offenders to receive warnings but would seek to raise the fines for illegal idling to a minimum of $350 from $220 and a maximum of $1,500 from $1,000 for second violations...
  • Green Fiasco: 92% Of Swiss Voters Reject Carbon Tax In Referendum

    03/09/2015 8:29:41 PM PDT · by Signalman · 23 replies
    WUWT ^ | 3/9/2015 | Anthony Watts
    Swiss voters Sunday overwhelmingly rejected an initiative that would have scrapped the Alpine country’s value-added-tax system and replaced it with a carbon tax. Roughly 92% of voters opposed the initiative while 8% supported the measure. The initiative would have encouraged Swiss households to use renewable energy sources, including solar and wind, which would have been exempt from taxes. The initiative, which was introduced by the Green Liberal Party of Switzerland, was designed to help lower carbon emissions and reduce global warming. A proposal replacing the main consumer tax with a new levy on non-renewable energy has suffered a blistering defeat...
  • The White House walks away from clean coal

    02/18/2015 4:23:44 AM PST · by thackney · 29 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | 1/17/2015 | MATTHEW PHILLIPS, JIM SNYDER AND MARK DRAJEM
    On the banks of the Illinois River, about 60 miles west of the state capital in Springfield, an old coal-fired power plant sits waiting for its future to arrive. First opened in 1948, it's been dormant since 2011, when its owner, St. Louis-based Ameren, shut down the plant rather than retrofit it to meet federal standards. Last year workers came to give it a makeover. Using almost $1 billion in stimulus money, the project was supposed to become the poster child for clean-coal technology. Rather than spewing into the sky, the carbon dioxide produced as the plant burned coal would...
  • Feds To Regulate Fake Fireplaces To Stop Global Warming

    01/31/2015 11:14:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 88 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Better go out and buy a gas fireplace and stove soon before federal regulations make them more expensive. Federal officials are looking to regulate the energy usage of fake fireplaces as part of the Obama administration’s effort to fight global warming.The Energy Department has proposed new regulations that would mandate that “gas-fired hearth products” like decorative fireplaces and stoves be more energy efficient and produce fewer carbon dioxide emissions. DOE says its rule would save $165 over the lifespan of the average hearth and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 11.1 million metric tons through 2030.The major change DOE demands is...
  • Physicist Howard Hayden's one-letter disproof of global warming claims [pre-Climategate]

    11/27/2009 2:01:23 PM PST · by sionnsar · 54 replies · 2,953+ views
    Mises Economic Blog ^ | 10/29/2009 | Stephan Kinsella
    Physicist Howard Hayden, a staunch advocate of sound energy policy, sent me a copy of his letter to the EPA about global warming. The text is also appended below, with permission. As noted in my post Access to Energy, Hayden helped the late, great Petr Beckmann found the dissident physics journal Galilean Electrodynamics (brochures and further Beckmann info here; further dissident physics links). Hayden later began to publish his own pro-energy newsletter, The Energy Advocate, following in the footsteps of Beckmann's own journal Access to EnergyI love Hayden's email sign-off, "People will do anything to save the world ... except...
  • Humans Push Planet Beyond Boundaries Towards "Danger Zone": Study

    01/15/2015 12:14:11 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 15, 2015 19:07 GMT | Chris Arsenault
    ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Human activity has pushed the planet across four of nine environmental boundaries, sending the world towards a "danger zone", according to a study published on Thursday in the journal Science. Climate change, biodiversity loss, changes in land use, and altered biogeochemical cycles due in part to fertilizer use have fundamentally changed how the planet functions, the study said. These changes destabilize complex interactions between people, oceans, land and the atmosphere, said the paper "Planetary Boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet" by 18 leading international researchers.
  • 1 million tons of pressurised CO2 stored beneath Decatur, Illinois

    01/14/2015 8:44:01 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 86 replies
    WattsUpWithThat.com ^ | 14JAN2015 | Eric Worrall
    7000 ft below the city of Decatur, Illinois, population 74,710 people, is a high pressure reservoir which contains 1 million tons of CO2. From the press release: "One of the largest carbon sequestration projects in the U.S., the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project (IBDP) has reached its goal of capturing 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and injecting it deep underground in the Mount Simon Sandstone formation beneath Decatur, Illinois. The project is designed to demonstrate the feasibility of carbon capture and storage. IBDP director Robert Finley talked about the million-ton milestone with News Bureau physical sciences editor Liz...
  • A Neutral View of Oceanic pH

    01/10/2015 5:25:48 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | January 2, 2015 | Willis Eschenbach
    Guest Post by Willis EschenbachFollowing up on my previous investigations into the oceanic pH dataset, I’ve taken a deeper look at what the 2.5 million pH data points from the oceanographic data can tell us. Let me start with an overview of oceanic pH (the measure of alkalinity/acidity, with neutral being a pH of 7.0). Many people think that the ocean has only one pH  everywhere. Other people think that the oceanic pH is different in different places, but is constant over time. Neither view is correct.First, here is a view of a transect of the north Pacific ocean...
  • Senate environment panel to hit EPA regulations early and often

    01/07/2015 7:29:22 PM PST · by PROCON · 14 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | Jan. 7, 2015 | Zack Colman
    Sen. Jim Inhofe said he plans to use a legislative maneuver that would allow rejection of environmental regulations by majority vote to take whacks at President Obama's agenda, signaling a contentious two years between the White House and Congress with the Oklahoma Republican helming the Environment and Public Works Committee. Inhofe said he intends to use the Congressional Review Act to strike down a proposed rule limiting carbon emissions from power plants along with other regulations once they are finalized. Any attempt to do so, however, almost certainly would be vetoed by Obama, who has said he plans to protect...
  • Carbon dioxide emissions help tropical rainforests grow faster:(truncated)

    12/31/2014 8:17:18 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/30/2014 | Richard Gray
    Nasa study shows tropical forests absorb 1.5 billion tonnes of CO2 a year Rainforests absorb more than half of CO2 taken up by vegetation globally Scientists previously believed tropical forests emitted carbon dioxide Researchers claim their findings emphasise the need to protect rainforests from deforestation to help counteract human greenhouse gas emissions
  • Look out, a soil model says more plants means massive carbon stores might be freed

    12/26/2014 12:11:20 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 42 replies
    Jjoannenova.com.au ^ | December 27th, 2014 | Jjjoanne
    The Doom message version 48.2a (subclause i) has been released.Forget methane clathrate pits, now extra plant growth (blame CO2) could cause  global soil to unleash massive amounts of carbon.Carbon dioxide (aka “pollution”) feeds plants. This is bad (didn’t you know?). An all new “first” computer model with plants, soil, and fungus, warns us that more plants could get soil microbes excited which might break down more soil carbon and release it into the air. Disaster! It’s a could-be-might-be-catastrophe. (At  least until paragraph 6 — see that caveat below).In the meantime this is is so big, it’s practically nuclear — the...
  • WH Science Adviser: Make CO2 Emissions 'Close to Zero'

    12/24/2014 6:53:05 AM PST · by rktman · 49 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 12/23/2014 | Eric Scheiner
    White House Science Adviser John Holdren says the global goal is to have world-wide carbon dioxide emissions “close to zero by 2100.” He admitted, "That will not be easy."
  • WH Science Advisor: Make CO2 Emissions 'Close to Zero'

    12/22/2014 1:57:05 PM PST · by PROCON · 54 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Dec. 22, 2014 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) -White House Science Advisor John Holdren says the global goal is to have world-wide carbon dioxide emissions “close to zero by 2100.” As part of the White House “Open For Questions” video posted last week Holdren was asked: “Do you know the rate of reduction in carbon emissions the world would have to achieve in order to prevent an unstoppable process of methane release from the Arctic areas?” “No one knows for sure how much warming would be enough to produce this result, but it's thought to be considerably less likely to happen if the ultimate warming is less...
  • #AGU14 NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory shows surprising CO2 emissions in Southern Hemisphere

    12/21/2014 9:42:09 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    Wattsupwiththat.com ^ | December 20, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    Global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations from Oct. 1 through Nov. 11, as recorded by NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2. Carbon dioxide concentrations are highest above northern Australia, southern Africa and eastern Brazil. Preliminary analysis of the African data shows the high levels there are largely driven by the burning of savannas and forests. Elevated carbon dioxide can also be seen above industrialized Northern Hemisphere regions in China, Europe and South America and Africa. Image credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechThe first global maps of atmospheric carbon dioxide from NASA’s new Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission demonstrate its performance and promise, showing elevated carbon dioxide concentrations across...
  • When you lose weight, where does the fat go? It turns into carbon dioxide.

    12/17/2014 8:43:25 AM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 48 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 12/16/2014 | University of New South Wales
    The most common misconception among doctors, dieticians and personal trainers is that the missing mass has been converted into energy or heat. "There is surprising ignorance and confusion about the metabolic process of weight loss," says Professor Andrew Brown, head of the UNSW School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences. "The correct answer is that most of the mass is breathed out as carbon dioxide. It goes into thin air," says the study's lead author, Ruben Meerman, a physicist and Australian TV science presenter. ------------------- The second most frequently asked question is whether weight loss can cause global warming.
  • Half of Republicans back carbon limits, [AP] poll says

    12/12/2014 3:29:27 AM PST · by wtd · 26 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Published December 12, 2014 | • Associated Press
    Half of Republicans back carbon limits, poll says "Six in 10 Americans, including half of all Republicans, said they support regulation of carbon dioxide pollution, although they weren't asked how. Nearly half of Republicans said the U.S. should lead the global fight to curb climate change, even if it means taking action when other countries do not. And majorities across party lines said environmental protections "improve economic growth and provide new jobs" in the long run, a popular Obama administration talking point." [snip] The AP-NORC Center survey of 1,578 adults was conducted online Nov. 20-Dec. 1, using a sample...
  • Scott Walker to EPA: Take Your Clean Power Plan and Keep Walking

    12/16/2014 9:13:50 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies
    pjmedia,com ^ | 12/16/2014 | Rod Kackley
    The nation’s state legislatures are about to become embroiled in a battle of epic proportions as they line up on either side of the debate over the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The struggle could define the future of, and indeed the very existence of, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisc.), 49 members of the Wisconsin Legislature and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin are part of a nationwide, state legislative backlash against the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. EPA officials proposed the plan in June 2014. It is designed to reduce carbon greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fuel fired...
  • To 'Beat' Climate Change, the U.S. Will Pick Up the World's Tab

    12/12/2014 6:49:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    RCM ^ | 12/12/2014 | Tom Tanton
    Representatives from the U.S. and 195 other countries are meeting in Lima, Peru for the 20th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, hoping to lay the foundation for a major treaty to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. But evidence shows this is the wrong approach to address climate change and negotiators would be better off focusing on market competition and innovation, which have proven able to reduce emissions intensity and promote economic growth. The U.S. is seeking an agreement based on voluntary reductions in carbon dioxide emissions by each nation. In an attempt...
  • A Coal Plant That Buries Its Greenhouse Gases

    12/12/2014 5:14:05 AM PST · by thackney · 40 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 12/11/2014 | Peter Fairley
    Boundary dam, a power plant in Estevan, Saskatchewan, is the first commercial coal-fired plant to capture carbon dioxide from its emissions, compress the gas, and bury it underground. The plant demonstrates that so-called carbon capture and storage (CCS) can work at a large scale—a crucial achievement given that CCS could play a significant role worldwide in reducing the greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Right now only two other CCS power-plant projects are under construction, both of them in the United States. That’s because CCS carries a hefty price tag: SaskPower invested $1 billion to equip one of the...
  • Comment On Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources Elec

    12/09/2014 7:49:12 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    instituteforenergyresearch.org ^ | 12/9/2014 | unknown
    EPA’s proposed guidelines for carbon dioxide (CO2)emissions from existing stationary sources are fatally flawed. The rule violates the language of the Clean Air Act; it arbitrarily and capriciously imposes emission reduction goals with no analysis from EPA on the actual warming impacts; it is not supported by the American people nor Congress; it will drive up electricity prices; and it will threaten the stability of the electricity grid. EPA fails to note that in exchange for higher electricity rates, the benefit of this rule is that the world is expected to be 0.018 degrees Celsius cooler than otherwise by 2100....
  • EPA: Coal Plants Should Spend $2B To Cut Emissions

    11/25/2014 10:06:49 AM PST · by robowombat · 23 replies
    Manufacturing Net ^ | Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:53pm | Emily Schmall,
    EPA: Coal Plants Should Spend $2B To Cut Emissions Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:53pm Emily Schmall, Federal regulators are proposing that the largest coal-powered plants in Texas invest $2 billion in new technology to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, a measure energy companies are likely to resist. The plan released Monday would require that 15 units at eight coal-fired plants be retrofitted with controls to help clear the air near national parks and other federally protected land in Texas and Oklahoma. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the proposal would cut about 230,000 tons of sulfur dioxide emissions each year. Brad Watson,...
  • Rise in Crop Production increasing levels of Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere

    11/21/2014 7:51:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Maine News ^ | 11/21/2014 | Betty Laseter
    Scientists have revealed that levels of carbon dioxide increase in the Northern Hemisphere during summers each year as plants absorb carbon dioxide to convert sunlight into food. The CO2 levels again rise as the plants release CO2 after the growing season. Scientists have found that corn, rice, wheat and soybean are the four leading crops that account for maximum CO2 release in the atmosphere of Northern Hemisphere. Crops act as sponge for CO2 and it could be said that the sponge effect has become bigger because of the advancements in agricultural techniques, leading to more production. There is a sharp...
  • Germany to Abandon Strict '2020' Climate Change Targets

    11/20/2014 2:49:35 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Breitbart-London ^ | 17 Nov 2014 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Germany’s Vice Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, has indicated that the country will abandon its commitment to reducing CO2 emissions by 40 percent by 2020, from a 1990 base level. In doing so he has won the ongoing clash with his own environmental minister Barbara Hendricks over energy policy, telling her that he will tolerate no further resistance to the change of direction, according to Der Speigel.
  • Germany gives up on emissions target. Japan emits more CO2 than ever

    11/20/2014 1:42:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | November 18th, 2014 | | Breitbart- London
    So much for momentum on climate change. Reality bites. Without nuclear power, Japans emissions have hit a new record high. At the same time, even with 17% of its energy from Nuclear power, and with 23,000 wind turbines, Germany stands no chance of reaching its emissions targets. The rich, technologically advanced nation that has spent more than any other on green energy admits they’ve failed. Those who want to stop producing CO2 have billions of dollars to spend on advertising and pointless windmills, but in the end, chemistry and physics can’t be bought. If renewables could provide cheap reliable power,...
  • Senate Dems Push $2 Trillion Carbon Tax Bill After Voting Down Keystone XL

    11/20/2014 9:51:14 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/19/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Fresh off their legislative victory against the Keystone XL pipeline, Democratic senators are pushing a bill that would tax carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels that would rise every year. Democrats argue it would raise $2 trillion, which could be used for things like paying down the national debt or funding green energy production. The tax would be levied on fossil fuels produced domestically or imported in the U.S. and cover large emitting facilities, possibly power plants or refineries. “Right now we are subsidizing big polluters to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars annually by allowing them to...
  • India Puts Its Poor Ahead of Pointless CO2 Cuts

    11/20/2014 5:04:27 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 4 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/19/2014 | Terry Jones
    The U.S.' much-ballyhooed recent deal with China to cut carbon emissions got a lot of attention in the media. So did Europe's recent pledge to slash its carbon output by a whopping 40%. But both plans seem to have run into a major snag: India.
  • Water, CO2 Converted Into Fuel Sources With New Machine

    11/19/2014 7:01:19 PM PST · by ckilmer · 58 replies
    hngn.com ^ | Nov 19, 2014 01:48 PM EST | John Nassivera |
    Water, CO2 Converted Into Fuel Sources With New Machine By John Nassivera | Nov 19, 2014 01:48 PM ESTGermany cleantech company Sunfire GmbH may have found a future replacement for fossil fuels, having developed a rig that can transform water into a synthetic fuel source. (Photo : Creative Commons) Germany cleantech company Sunfire GmbH may have found a future replacement for fossil fuels, having developed a rig that can transform water into a synthetic fuel source. The rig accomplishes this through "Power-to-liquid" technology, which converts water and carbon dioxide (CO2) into liquid hydrocarbons to be used as synthetic petroleum, kerosene and...
  • Wind energy firm sues to block bird death data release - (owned by Berkshire Hathaway)

    11/19/2014 4:22:56 PM PST · by dennisw · 20 replies
    pbs ^ | November 17, 2014 | Dina Cappiello
    WASHINGTON — A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities. Pacificorp of Portland, Oregon, is seeking an injunction in U.S. District Court in Utah to prevent the Interior Department from releasing information it considers confidential. The Obama administration has said it planned to turn over the material to The Associated Press, which sought it from the Interior Department in March 2013 under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. The...
  • UN: World not close to avoiding dangerous warming

    11/19/2014 3:17:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/19/14 | Seth Borenstein - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The world still isn't close to preventing what leaders call a dangerous level of man-made warming, a new United Nations report says. That's despite some nations' recent pledges to cut back on carbon dioxide emissions. The report looks at the gap between what countries promise to do about carbon pollution and what scientists say needs to be done to prevent temperatures rising another two degrees. The two-degree level is a goal that world leaders set in 2009. "The time window (for reaching that goal) is closing, closing," said United Nations undersecretary for environment Achim Steiner. And the...