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Cumbrian nuclear dump ‘virtually certain’ to be eroded by rising sea levels

One million cubic metres of waste near Sellafield are housed at a site that was a mistake, admits Environment Agency

The Guardian, By Rob Edwards, April 20

Britain’s nuclear dump is virtually certain to be eroded by rising sea levels and to contaminate the Cumbrian coast with large amounts of radioactive waste, according to an [...]

What’s in the trash this Friday? –> US Delays Review of Contentious Keystone Pipeline

AP, By Josh Lederman & Dina Cappiello, April 18

Washington – The Obama administration is extending indefinitely its review of the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections.

In a surprise announcement as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State [...]

Old-school coal is making a comeback

McClatchy, By Sean Cockerham, April 17

Washington — Coal, the former king of American energy, is making a comeback after being left for dead in favor of cleaner-burning natural gas.

For years coal has been losing market share as the American fracking boom created a flood of cheap and abundant natural gas. But natural gas [...]

UN: greenhouse gas emissions nearly doubled in first decade of 21st century

Leaked draft shows emissions grew nearly twice as fast from 2000-10 as in previous 30 years – despite economic slowdown

The Guardian, By Suzanne Goldenberg, April 11

Greenhouse gas emissions grew nearly twice as fast over the past decade as in the previous 30 years, bringing the world closer to warming that will bring dramatic [...]

IPCC report: ‘Climate change is happening and no one in the world is immune’

From food shortages to loss of species, the latest IPCC report paints a bleak picture for the planet.

The Independent, By Steve Connor, March 31

The negative effects of climate change are [...]

And Teabagger Heads Explode in 3….2….

The UN has issued yet another firm and fact-filled statement with respect to global warming:

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Beautiful art expressing an ugly world

Politicians discussing climate change until the very end

Isaac Cordal is famous for tackling big political issues through a tiny medium. In his series “Waiting for Climate Change,” Cordal created a set of ephemeral and partially submerged installations to draw attention to rising sea level change. Laced with black humor, these grim and apocalyptic [...]

Deny This You Koch….ers

From the Register:

A trio of glaciers in a vast region of northeastern Greenland previously thought to be stable are thinning and moving into the sea, forcing climate scientists to reevaluate their projections of sea-level rise upward.

“We’re seeing an acceleration of ice loss,” study coauthor Michael Bevis of Ohio State University told USA Today. [...]

GAO: Climate Change Threatens Energy Infrastructure

Climate Central, By Bobby Magill, March 10

Oil refineries and drilling platforms in the U.S. are vulnerable to sea level rise and greater storm surge. Fuel pipelines, barges, railways and storage tanks are vulnerable to melting permafrost and severe weather. Warming seas and water shortages put nuclear and other electric power plants at risk. Power [...]

Speak the Speech, I Pray You

….Trippingly off the tongue:

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Obama to decide on Keystone pipeline within months, governors say

Los Angeles Times, By Michael. A Memoli and Kathleen Hennessey, February 24

Washington — President Obama told the nation’s governors Monday that a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline could come in a matter of months, signaling he did not intend to let a recent court ruling derail his decision on whether to approve the [...]

US and China agree to cooperate more closely to fight global warming

Deutsche Welle, February 15

The US and China have agreed to cooperate more closely in combating global warming during a visit by Secretary of State John Kerry to Beijing. The top US diplomat also urged Beijing to ease its internet controls.

Beijing – In a joint statement on Saturday the US and China said [...]

Just How Badly Do We Need Obama to Step Up On This?

Now our national power grid has become a matter of national security:

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2013 was the sixth-hottest year on record, UN says

The Australian AAP – LAST year tied for the sixth-hottest on record, confirming that Earth’s climate system is in the grip of warming that will affect generations to come, the UN’s weather agency says.

“This is confirmation of the trend of global warming of the planet,” World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) chief Michel Jarraud said on [...]

7 new ‘climate hubs’ to help rural areas adapt

AP, By Josh Lederman, February 4

Washington — Aiming to help rural communities deal with climate change, the Obama administration is creating seven regional “climate hubs” that will serve as clearinghouses for information and outreach about extreme weather across the U.S.

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Based at existing Agriculture Department facilities, the hubs aim to help farmers and [...]