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Columbia University faculty plan to send letter to Bollinger calling for fossil fuel divestment

Over 150 Columbia University faculty members including history professor Eric Foner and chair of the political science department chair Page Fortna, in the past week have signed and circulated an open letter to President Bollinger and the board of trustees asking that the University divest from holdings in fossil fuel corporations…

Bigger Ships or Coral Reefs?

Outside Miami's Biscayne Bay, coral reefs that were once a vivid rainbow have been turned a barren gray, choked in sediment, by a dredging operation run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.The Port of Miami is dredging its shipping channel in the hope of luring the mammoth cargo ships that will sail through the widened Panama Canal when that work is finished in 2016.
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Great Yarmouth can be hub for Southern North Sea decommissioning - Business

The forecast £40bn programme to decommission North Sea wells and platforms can bring significant jobs and investment opportunities to the Great Yarmouth area for a generation, it has been claimed.Nigel Jenkins, chief executive of Decom North Sea, the UK decommissioning industrys representative body, delivered his upbeat…

Oyster, Clam Farms Face Blow from Acidification

U.S. shellfish producers in the Northeast and the Gulf of Mexico will be most vulnerable to an acidification of the oceans linked to climate change that makes it harder for clams and oysters to build shells, a study said on Monday.The report said the two regions would be more at risk in coming decades than the Pacific Northwest…

Largest Offshore Wind Farm Approved for UK Coast

By Fiona Harvey, The GuardianPlans for the worlds biggest offshore wind farm have been given the green light by the energy secretary, with planning permission for an array of up to 400 turbines 80 miles off the Yorkshire coast on the Dogger Bank.The project, more than twice the size of the UKs current biggest offshore wind farm…

The US proposes the first-ever federal regulations for Arctic oil and gas drilling

The Obama administration yesterday proposed the first-ever federal regulations for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean, The Wall Street Journal reports. The rules would require companies to create contingency plans in the event of a spill or rig malfunction.The Interior Department's proposals, which would only apply to exploratory wells…
Sunset on the South China Sea off Mui Ne village on the south-east coast of Vietnam (Author MikeRussia; Wikimedia Commons)

Toward a Harmonious Pacific through China-led, Confucian-based Maritime Law

What goals should the United States seek in the South China Sea? Trying to preserve the status quo hoping that each country be ever content with its historic resources and territory is simply unrealistic, as demographics alter populations and climate change alters fish stocks, river flows, and even the land under ones feet, as sea levels rise. The U.S.

Strange clusters of metal balls found in deep sea

Dense clusters of large metal lumps have been discovered by scientists trolling for deep-sea creatures between South America and Africa. Photo: Thomas Walter/ReutersScattered along the seafloor, dense clusters of large metal lumps have been discovered by scientists trolling for deep-sea creatures between South America and Africa.The R/V Sonne…

A Q&A With Judith Helfand of Chicken & Egg Pictures on Supporting 'Vessel,' 'After Tiller,' and More

Chicken & Egg Pictures is the only nonprofit in the United States focused exclusively on funding and promoting women documentary filmmakers.Hatched in 2005 by award-winning filmmakers Julie Parker-Benello, Wendy Ettinger, and Judith Helfand, the organization has provided over $3.3 million in grants and over 5,000 hours of mentorship to filmmakers.
A conceptual rendering of a possible development at the Jamestown Yacht Basin included in the Shaping Our Shores plan. (Photo courtesy James City County)

Three Parties Seek to Buy Eco Discovery Park Land

WYDaily.com is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.Eco Discovery ParkThree parties are now negotiating with James City County to purchase about 37 acres of public land known as the Jamestown Yacht Basin, which is the current home of a marina and Eco Discovery Park.The nonprofit Eco Discovery Park…

Ice-blog: Norways polar satellite centre

Polar orbit satellites monitor whats happening at the ends of the planet -- and, of course, the regions in between.Ice conditions, land movement, shipping, pollution -- but how does that information actually make its way to the scientists and authorities who evaluate it and use it as a basis for all kinds of decisions?During my recent visit to Arctic Norway…
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Norway Divests, Siberia Melts, and More! | Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.OO Climate Change Elevator Pitch: Eric Rignotof NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab is one of the globe's most accomplished glacier experts.Atlantic Halibut, a commercial fish. Credit Joachim S. Muller at FlickrOO Climate Change Triggers Threats To Marine EcosystemsA…

San Jose: Scientists call for 'geoengineering' tests to find ways to cool the planet

SAN JOSE -- Scientists are so concerned about global warming that they're now calling for tests to find ways to cool the planet -- the first step toward exploration of a highly controversial field that sounds like science fiction."Geoengineering," which is aimed at changing the climate by blocking the sun's powerful rays…

Geneva climate talks, GMO forests, eco-justice in Port Arthur

Daily Tck: Day four of the UN climate talks in Genevaby Joshua Wiese: "Blaise Pascal, a French philosopher and mathematician from the 1600s, once famously opened a letter explaining I have made this longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter. His logic could explain why government negotiators more/less…

U.S. Economic Policy in East Asia and the Pacific

(As delivered)Thank you very much. Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Chairman Hasegawa, thank you so much for your generous introduction and for inviting me here today. It’s an honor to be with all of the membership of the Keizai Doyukai. I understand you’ve been early and strong supporters of the TPP – something I look…
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Between The Groins - Chamber of Horrors? - THE ROCKAWAY TIMES

Anyone who pays attention to local currents and their effects on the good people of the Rockaway peninsula and Broad Channel are keenly aware of latest fight against a huge Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Port which is planned again to set up shop less than 26 miles off the Rockaway beach coast.You are aware of the grass roots…

Federal agency releases revised Arctic offshore drilling review after court challenge

WASHINGTON The Obama administration on Thursday took a major step toward validating the government's 2008 sale of Arctic drilling rights to Shell and other companies.The move by the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management responds to a federal court ruling against the environmental analysis underpinning that seven-year-old sale, and leaves open the possibility that Shell Oil Co.

Your Cheeseburger Is Destroying the North Pole and the Other Top Food Stories of 2014

Ah, Christmas is almost herethat magical time when families all across the country pause to come together, tear through a pile of presents, stuff themselves silly, then try to find something to talk about.Once youve exhausted the chitchat about the weather and whatever gossipy tidbits are to be had regarding those family members who werent able to make it to this years gathering…

Climate, Satellite Gaps are Risky Business for Feds

In 2014, the federal government set aside $3.5 trillion in outlays for myriad programs. That’s a huge chunk of change exposed to a lot of risks, and according to a new report, two of the biggest threats are the impacts climate change and a looming weather satellite gap.The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released…
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Scientists Recommend More Research on Geoengineering | Climatology, Geoengineering

There is no substitute for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate the negative consequences of climate change, the National Research Councils Committee on Geoengineering Climate concluded in two separate reports on climate intervention techniques.Earth. Image credit: NASA.The reports consider the two main ways…