Daily Archives: April 29, 2013

Carville The Tar Baby Sitting On The Keystone XL Pipeline – CounterSpin – Air Date 3-8-13

E130, e120,

The Stream – Uncovering America’s ‘dirty wars’

E120, e145,

Climate Collision Course: CO2 Levels About to Hit 400 PPM

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/04/29-2
Published on Monday, April 29, 2013 by Common Dreams

In a first in human history, “it looks like the world is going to blow through the 400-ppm level without losing a beat.”

– Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Concentrations of CO2 are nearing 400 ppm for the first time in human history. (Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography) The world is likely days away from a “sobering milestone” in our planetary history.

Concentrations of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide will likely reach 400 parts per million (ppm) for first time in human history, say scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and unless drastic action is taken, we’re on track to hit 450 ppm in the near future.

“I wish it weren’t true, but it looks like the world is going to blow through the 400-ppm level without losing a beat,” said Scripps geochemist Ralph Keeling, whose father Charles David (Dave) Keeling began the “Keeling Curve” to track daily CO2 levels recorded at Mauna Loa Observatory.

The last time the greenhouse gases were at 400 ppm was likely the Pliocene epoch, between 3.2 million and 5 million years ago.

The current reading is at 399.72 ppm — far past the 350 ppm level many, including noted climate scientist James Hansen, have warned is the upper safe limit before the planet hits a tipping point.

“At this pace we’ll hit 450 ppm within a few decades,” warned Keeling. Indeed, the rate of rise of CO2 over the past century is “unprecedented.”

The figure should serve as a call to act on the deadly emissions caused by our fossil fuel addiction, the scientists say…..(read more).

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Exploring Oil Sands Science – Parts 1 & 2


NRCanPrairiesNorth

Uploaded on Nov 26, 2009

This 22 minute educational video produced by Natural Resources Canada highlights the oil sands research taking place at CanmetEnergy in Devon, Alberta. The production features interviews with five scientists and covers the topics of extraction, froth treatment, upgrading, water use, tailings and bio processing.

Part 2:

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

To the Last Drop: Canada’s Dirty Oil Sands – Part 1 & 2


FauzInfoVids

Uploaded on Jul 27, 2011

Residents of one Canadian town are engaged in a David and Goliath-style battle over the dirtiest oil project ever known.

Filmmakers: Niobe Thompson and Tom Radford

The small town of Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta is facing the consequences of being the first to witness the impact of the Tar Sands project, which may be the tipping point for oil development in Canada.

The local community has experienced a spike in cancer cases and dire studies have revealed the true consequences of “dirty oil”……()

View Part 2

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

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Is The Keystone Tar Sands Oil Pipeline A Step In The WRONG Direction?


MOXNEWSd0tC0M

Published on Apr 27, 2013

April 26, 2013 NBC News

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

If Oil Spills in A Forest, Does Anyone Clean It?


TheLipTV

Published on Apr 23, 2013

Arkansas has been dealing with a major oil spill–one of 13 major oil spills happening in the last 30 days–spilling 1.2 million gallons of oil. But there is a media blackout surrounding the location of the disaster and the clean-up has been privatized to keep it swept under the rug. Tyrel Ventura and Tabetha Wallace of Buzzsaw shed some light on it in this clip.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Exxon Makes $9.5 Billion Q1 Profit After Arkansas Oil Spill


SecularTalk

Published on Apr 25, 2013

One month after dumping 500,000 gallons of tar sands crude oil from a ruptured pipeline in Arkansas, the most valuable and profitable corporation in the world ExxonMobil announced higher first quarter profits. Exxon earned $9.5 billion in the first quarter, compared to $9.45 billion last year, and Exxon’s total oil and natural gas production declined 3.5 percent.

Meanwhile, Exxon is exempt from paying taxes toward the oil spill liability fund that helps clean up spills like in Arkansas, where wildlife have been killed and covered by oil. The 1980 law exemption applies to diluted bitumen so companies escape paying the 8-cents-per-barrel fee to the fund that helps clean up hundreds of spills each year. At the federal level, Exxon’s tax rate comes to only 13 percent…

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Exxon covered in praise as it covers Mayflower in oil Jim Hightower – Air Date- 4-23-13


TheBestOfTheLeft

Published on Apr 29, 2013

This clip compiled by BestOfTheLeft.com
Subscribe to the original show this clip is from at www.jimhightower.com/air

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Thousands still homeless six months after Sandy


RTAmerica

Published on Apr 29, 2013

Monday marked the six month anniversary of when Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast. The aftermath of the storm left 147 people dead and nearly 161,000 families displaced in the New York/New Jersey area. To this day, there is rubble that remains untouched and many have found the recovery process longer than expected, but now reports have raised concern over mold growing in some of these residences that were in the path of Sandy. Also FEMA’s new flood mapping system is causing problems for some residents. Greg Horwitch, organizer for Occupy Sandy, gives us his take on the progression of recovery.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120