Daily Archives: April 28, 2013

NOAA: In 2012, Waters Off Northeast U.S. Coast Were Warmest In 150 Years

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/28/1931351/noaa-in-2012-waters-off-northeast-us-coast-were-highest-measured-in-150-years/?mobile=wp

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By Joe Romm on Apr 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Northeast Shelf Regions: Mid-Atlantic Bight (MAB), Southern New England (SNE), Georges Bank (GB) and Gulf of Maine (GOM)

A new “Ecosystem Advisory” from NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) reports, “Sea surface temperatures in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem during 2012 were the highest recorded in 150 years.”

The Ecosystem extends from Cape Hatteras, N.C. to the Gulf of Maine. The temperature record is “based on both contemporary satellite remote-sensing data and long-term ship-board measurements.” In 2012, sea surface temperature (SST) for the region was nearly  3°F above the average for the past three decades:

The advisory reports on conditions in the second half of 2012.

Sea surface temperature for the Northeast Shelf Ecosystem reached a record high of 14 degrees Celsius (57.2°F) in 2012, exceeding the previous record high in 1951. Average SST has typically been lower than 12.4 C (54.3 F) over the past three decades.

… The temperature increase in 2012 was the highest jump in temperature seen in the time series and one of only five times temperature has changed by more than 1 C (1.8 F).

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Terror War Profiteers & Their Presstitutes Go Into Overdrive Justifying The High Cost Police State


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Published on Apr 27, 2013

April 27, 2013 CNN

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I Keep Wondering Why George W Bush Is Not On Trial For War Crimes?


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Published on Apr 28, 2013

April 27, 2013 MSNBC News

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Fact vs. Fiction: How Renewables Outshine Fracking | Alternet

http://www.alternet.org/fracking/fact-vs-fiction-how-renewables-outshine-fracking

EcoWatch / By Jay Warmke
Just how real is the fracking “boom” when compared with other developments within the energy industry—specifically the exponential growth of renewable energy?
April 15, 2013 | Originally posted on EcoWatch.com

The practice of hydraulic horizontal fracturing or fracking to extract natural gas from the shale beds of the U.S. began, for all practical purposes, in 2007. Since that time, the production of natural gas within the nation has increased, gas extracted from shale beds more than making up for a decline in production from conventional sources.

And the industry has not been quiet about this growth. Hardly a day passes without some national media outlet expounding the benefits the nation will derive from this recent production “boom.” But just how real is this boom when compared with other developments within the energy industry—specifically the exponential growth of renewable energy? ….(read more).

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Fracking – EcoWatch: Cutting Edge Environmental News Service

http://ecowatch.com/p/energy/fracking-2/

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Harvard Study: FracFocus Fails to Provide Adequate Disclosure for Fracking Chemi cals – EcoWatch

http://ecowatch.com/2013/harvard-study-fracfocus-fails-disclosure-fracking-chemicals/
04-25-2013  By Alan Septoff

A message from TXsharon.

Thanks to two great stories by E&E’s Mike Soraghan, we know that the Harvard Law School has evaluated FracFocus.org and found government (and the public) shouldn’t rely upon it.

In short, Harvard says FracFocus is inadequate for at least three reasons:

  1. It is hard to determine when and if companies make disclosures.
  2. The data contained within FracFocus isn’t vetted—it consists of whatever the company reports.
  3. Secrecy claims made by companies aren’t vetted—FracFocus allows for unchallenged and extremely broad disclosure exemptions made at the company’s discretion.

In sum, Harvard says that FracFocus allows for disclosure on the fracking company’s terms without much regard for the community’s right to know. And the end product is inconsistent and unreliable.

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Listening Post – Boston: When the media gets it wrong

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