Daily Archives: July 13, 2013

BBC News – Typhoon Soulik: China coastline battered with waves

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23301953
13 July 2013 Last updated at 11:06 ET Help

Strong winds are lashing coastal areas in China where some 300,000 people have been left their homes as Typhoon Soulik moves inland, reports say.

In the coastal provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang, flights and train services were cancelled and fishing boats called back to shore.

Waves as high as 10m (32ft) hit Yuhuan County in Zhejiang Province and authorities have warned residents to stay away from the dangerous coastline.

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BBC News – China evacuations as Typhoon Soulik hits

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23300439
13 July 2013 Last updated at 09:32 ET

Waves as high as 10m (32ft) hit Yuhuan County in Zhejiang Province

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Some 300,000 people in eastern China have fled their homes as Typhoon Soulik moves inland amid warnings of floods and landslides, state media report.

Winds of 119 km/hour (74 mph) lashed the coastal Fujian Province, said China’s National Meteorological Centre.

Emergency response plans were being implemented, said Xinhua state media, after recent torrential rain reportedly left 200 people dead or missing. ….(read more).

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Glenn Greenwald Explains Why Edward Snowden Is Meeting With Human Rights Authorities

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Concerns Over High Levels Of Radioactive Cesium 137 Found In Fish

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Biofuels from food crops to be capped following MEPs’ vote

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jul/11/biofuels-food-crops-capped-meps-vote

Influential Environment Committee backs cap on crop-based fuels and moves to include indirect emissions in EU directives

Biofuels from food crops will be capped under new EU plans voted on by MEPs. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

EU Parliamentarians have approved proposals to limit the contribution of conventional biofuels toward its green transport targets, in a move producers labelled “complex and ineffective”.

MEPs in the influential Environment Committee (ENVI) voted 43-21, with one abstention, to set a cap for fuels made from food crops at 5.5% and include emissions arising from indirect land use change (ILUC) factors such as clearing of forests, wetlands, or grasslands in the Renewable Energy Directive and the Fuel Quality Directive when calculating official emissions impacts.

The Commission had already proposed a five 5% cap, but the EU Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) said last month this should be raised to 6.5% and recommended ILUC factors not be included until the methodology for measuring indirect emissions is more reliable.

The cap is designed to accelerate the development of so-called second-generation biofuels, which derive from materials such as waste, agricultural residues, or algae, which in theory do not compete with food production but have yet to reach industrial levels of production.

Green groups have blamed biofuel production for rising food prices and point to a number of research papers that suggest ILUC emissions mean that some forms of biofuel, particular biodiesel made from palm or soybean oil, are worse for the environment than the petrol and diesel fuels they are designed to replace. (read more).

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Fracking Water Injection Could Trigger Major Earthquake, Say Scientists

http://www.alternet.org/fracking/fracking-water-injection-could-trigger-major-earthquake
The Guardian / By Natalie Starkey

New studies suggest injecting water for geothermal power or fracking can lead to larger earthquakes than previously thought.

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July 12, 2013 |
Pumping water underground at geothermal power plants can lead to dangerous earthquakes even

in regions not prone to tremors, according to scientists. They say that quake risk should be factored into decisions about where to site geothermal plants and other drilling rigs where water is pumped underground – for example in shale gas fracking. (read more).

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Dangerous global warming could be reversed, say scientists | Environment | guardian.co.uk

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jul/11/dangerous-global-warming-reversed-scientists

A combination of burning trees for energy and capturing and storing carbon dioxide could offset and even reverse emissions

The bioenergy and CCS method is the most cost-effective way of tackling carbon emissions, say scientists. Photograph: Vinay Dithajohn/EPA

Global warming could be reversed using a combination of burning trees and crops for energy, and capturing and storing carbon dioxide underground (CCS), according to an analysis by scientists. But experts cautioned that trying such an approach after temperatures had passed dangerous levels could be problematic, as climate change reduced the number of trees available for “bioenergy”. (read more).

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Josh Fox on Gasland Part 2, the Fracking-Earthquake Link & the Natural Gas Industry’s Use of Psyops – YouTube


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http://www.democracynow.org – Scientists are warning that the controversial practice of natural gas hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, may lead to far more powerful earthquakes than previously thought. Fracking injects millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth in order to break up shale rock and release natural gas. A new study published Thursday in the journal Science by a leading seismology lab warns that pumping water underground can induce dangerous earthquakes, even in regions not otherwise prone to tremors. The new report comes as Academy-Award-nominated director Josh Fox has released the sequel to his highly acclaimed documentary “Gasland,” which sparked a national discussion on fracking. The new film, “Gasland, Part 2” exposes how the gas industry and the government’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is highly suspect. He also discusses how drilling companies have admitted to having several former military psychological operations, or “psyops” specialists on staff, applying their skills in Pennsylvania to counter opponents of drilling. “What’s really disappointing about this is that this is a moment, when an American president has come forward and spoken about climate change, and exhibited his obvious and earnest desire to take on the problem, however, the emphasis on frack gas makes this plan entirely the wrong plan,” says Fox, noting that methane released from fracking sites is more potent than other greenhouse gases. “Moving from coal to frack gas doesn’t give you any climate benefit at all. So the plan should be about how we’re moving off of fossil fuels and onto alternate energy.”

See more Josh Fox interviews and fracking reports on Democracy Now! at
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