Daily Archives: May 20, 2014

Should You Get Paid to Protect the Environment?: Sabina Shaikh


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Published on May 20, 2014

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Dr. Sabina Shaikh is an Economics Lecturer at the University of Chicago in Public Policy and the Program on the Global Environment.

Her research includes the valuation of economic benefits from improvements in natural resource quality in the Great Lakes region as well as the use of economic incentives for pollution control and ecosystem improvements.

Shaikh is on the Advisory Board of the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition and Director of the Environment, Agriculture and Food Working Group at the University of Chicago. She is also currently a member of the Advisory Board for Greenleaf Advisors.

Dr. Shaikh has published in numerous scholarly journals including Land Economics, Ecological Economics, and Economic Inquiry. She has recently contributed book chapters to Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services and the Handbook of Metropolitan Sustainability.

She holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis.

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Who wins BIG if Net Neutrality Dies?


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Published on May 20, 2014

Thom Hartmann talks Net Neutrality with Mike Papantonio, America’s Lawyer / Host-Ring of Fire Radio
Website: www.ringoffireradio.com

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FCC Chair grilled by Congress over Net Neutrality rules

RT America

Published on May 20, 2014

Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, appeared before a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Tuesday. He faced a number of questions regarding net neutrality regulation, including whether or not so-called “paid prioritization” deals violate net neutrality principles. The committee also discussed whether or not the FCC should consider re-classifying the internet as a public utility to allow for more net neutrality regulation. The representatives were sharply divided over these issues. RT’s Sam Sacks reports.

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North Carolina may criminalize disclosure of fracking chemicals


RT America

Published on May 20, 2014

North Carolina Republicans introduced a bill Thursday imposing fines and jail time on those who disclosed fracking chemicals to the public. The bill permits disclosure of chemicals only during emergency situations, and violations can result in several months in jail. One of the unknowns surrounding the proposed legislation is whether first responders may also be subject to imprisonment if they release the confidential information. RT’s Ameera David has more details on the controversial bill that has activists fired up.

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BBC News – Oil and gas fields in UK could become CO2 dumps, say MPs

20 May 2014 Last updated at 19:29 ET
By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst

The UK is looking to create another, post-oil and gas, North Sea income stream
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The UK’s exhausted oil and gas fields in the North Sea could be transformed into a lucrative dump for Europe’s CO2 emissions, MPs say.

The Energy and Climate Change Committee says nearby nations could capture the emissions from their power stations, then transport the CO2 offshore in pipes.

North Sea rocks that have been sucked dry of oil and gas could be pumped full of the unwanted CO2.

Critics say the idea is fanciful.

But Tim Yeo, the committee’s chair, told the BBC that “the key to carbon capture and storage is economics”.

“The UK’s geology under the North Sea is a potential asset to exploit and if we can find ways of getting another income stream by accepting someone else’s unwanted CO2 it might move forward the date when CCS (carbon capture and storage) in the UK is commercially viable,” he added.

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BBC News – Water goes ‘missing’ with snow loss

20 May 2014 Last updated at 22:03 ET
By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News

Natural ‘”water towers” – places that hold and release water for society
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A new study finds that if temperatures rise and more precipitation falls as rain rather than snow, it will reduce the total amount of water in rivers.

It is a surprising observation. One might expect the timing of water flow to change but not the overall volume.

But this is precisely what scientists discovered when they examined the histories of 420 catchment basins in the US spanning the period 1948-2001.

The researchers report their work in the journal Nature Climate Change.

The study compares places of similar climate and precipitation, but with differing fractions of that precipitation falling as snow and as rain.

And it seems there is a significant difference in total streamflow if the fraction shifts from snow to rain.

“At first we thought there could be all kinds of explanations for this, so we better dig a bit deeper and make sure that this difference between places wasn’t being caused by something else,” explained Dr Ross Woods from Bristol University, UK.

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BBC News – Study: UK cities becoming mosquito-friendly habitats

20 May 2014 Last updated at 22:01 ETBy Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News

A greater abundance of mosquitoes that act as vectors of human diseases are living in close proximity to people’s homes
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Changes to UK urban areas provide habitats for mosquitoes, including species known to spread malaria and West Nile virus, a study suggests.

Warmer ambient temperatures and more water containers in gardens are bringing mosquitoes into closer contact with people, say scientists.

UK mosquitoes are human disease-free but the team says more of the insects breeding in urban areas increases the chances of a potential outbreak.

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