Archive for August 9th, 2010

EPA Changes Rules For Cement Industry, Cleaning Up Mercury Pollutants
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The Obama administration has been on the receiving end of a lot of heat lately, and deservedly so after it chose to let the climate bill whither on the vine. But lost in the shuffle are many of the other positive steps the administration is taking to preserve our environment. Case in point: Today EPA finalized regulations the will require cement kilns to reduce emissions of mercury and other pollutants by more than 90 percent, a step that will save money and improve public health….
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BP Spill Still a Really Big Problem

BP Spill Still a Really Big Problem
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It irks me that I have to write a headline like that, but with so much of the media’s BP spill coverage painting pictures of a harmonious, oil-free Gulf, I can’t underscore enough the fact that this thing is far, far, far from over. Thankfully, CNN ran a report that got this 100% right, and spoke to scientists about the bevy of problems that still have them very concerned fo…
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BP Spill Still a Really Big Problem

BP Spill Still a Really Big Problem
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Photo via MSNBC

It irks me that I have to write a headline like that, but with so much of the media’s BP spill coverage painting pictures of a harmonious, oil-free Gulf, I can’t underscore enough the fact that this thing is far, far, far from over. Thankfully, CNN ran a report that got this 100% right, and spoke to scientists about the bevy of problems that still have them very concerned fo…
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17 Nations Beat or Equal All-Time Heat Records This Summer
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If Russia’s current heatwave being the worst in 1000 years and doubling the daily death rate in Moscow wasn’t enough, check out this sweaty stat: According to Wunder Blog (via Mongabay), already this summer 17 nations have set or matched their all-time heat records. Not to mention an all-time hottest temperature for Pakistan, and possibly all of Asia…. Read the full story on TreeHugger
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17 Nations Beat or Equal All-Time Heat Records This Summer
sun in pakistan photo
photo: Umair Mohsin via flickr

If Russia’s current heatwave being the worst in 1000 years and doubling the daily death rate in Moscow wasn’t enough, check out this sweaty stat: According to Wunder Blog (via Mongabay), already this summer 17 nations have set or matched their all-time heat records. Not to mention an all-time hottest temperature for Pakistan, and possibly all of Asia…. Read the full story on TreeHugger
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17 Nations Beat or Equal All-Time Heat Records This Summer
sun in pakistan photo
photo: Umair Mohsin via flickr

If Russia’s current heatwave being the worst in 1000 years and doubling the daily death rate in Moscow wasn’t enough, check out this sweaty stat: According to Wunder Blog (via Mongabay), already this summer 17 nations have set or matched their all-time heat records. Not to mention an all-time hottest temperature for Pakistan, and possibly all of Asia…. Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Financier Made $1 Billion Bet on Oil During BP Spill
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The billionaire financier Carl Icahn snapped up $929 million worth of shares in oil-related energy companies in the months following the explosion at the Deepwater Horizon site, new reports are revealing. Icahn made the nearly $1 billion bet as shares in the industry were falling to all-time lows, and it’s thought that this investment helped the energy sector rebound in July. But what I want to focus on is the nature of Icahn’s bet: His $1 billion bet was based …
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Video: New electric cars spark price war

Nissan and Chevrolet are launching the first volleys of the electric car wars. NBC's Chris Clackum reports. (NBC News Channel)Nissan and Chevrolet are launching the first volleys of the electric car wars. NBC’s Chris Clackum reports. (NBC News Channel)

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Video: New electric cars spark price war

Nissan and Chevrolet are launching the first volleys of the electric car wars. NBC's Chris Clackum reports. (NBC News Channel)Nissan and Chevrolet are launching the first volleys of the electric car wars. NBC’s Chris Clackum reports. (NBC News Channel)

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Sloppy Reporting as Symbol Of Why Getting Climate Legislation Passed Has Been So Tough
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Referring to the newly-formed iceberg four times the size of Manhattan which broke from Greenland over the weekend, John Rudolf over at the New York Times writes, in a piece titled Iceberg as a Metaphor for Inaction, ?”Despite the scientific uncertainty, Mr Markey used the image of the ice island as a logjam of Republican opposition to climate change legislation…
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Crabs provide evidence oil tainting Gulf food web

Freshly sorted blue crabs sit in a box in Hopedale, La., on July 15. Researchers wondering how badly the Gulf of Mexico will suffer from the oil spill are paying close attention to the blue crab.To assess how heavy a blow the BP oil spill has dealt the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are closely watching a staple of the seafood industry and primary indicator of the ecosystem’s health: the blue crab.

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Crabs provide evidence oil tainting Gulf food web

Freshly sorted blue crabs sit in a box in Hopedale, La., on July 15. Researchers wondering how badly the Gulf of Mexico will suffer from the oil spill are paying close attention to the blue crab.To assess how heavy a blow the BP oil spill has dealt the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are closely watching a staple of the seafood industry and primary indicator of the ecosystem’s health: the blue crab.

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Crabs provide evidence oil tainting Gulf food web

Freshly sorted blue crabs sit in a box in Hopedale, La., on July 15. Researchers wondering how badly the Gulf of Mexico will suffer from the oil spill are paying close attention to the blue crab.To assess how heavy a blow the BP oil spill has dealt the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are closely watching a staple of the seafood industry and primary indicator of the ecosystem’s health: the blue crab.

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Today on Planet 100: Top 5 Endangered Sharks (Video)
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