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Return of the Dust Bowl

Could there be a repeat of the 1930s Dust Bowl today? Yes, says Scientific American, citing the heat wave of the past few summers, plus lack of rain and near-empty aquifers in the Great Plains. From the article: Read more about Return of the Dust Bowl

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Webinar: Sizing Up Sandy

The Union of Concerned Scientists is offering a free webinar on various aspects of Hurricane Sandy. The webinar takes place on November 27 at 7 pm Eastern Standard Time. You need to register at the UCS website beforehand. Here are the details:

After the largest Atlantic hurricane on record affected U.S. states from southern Florida to northern Maine and as far west as Wisconsin, analysts from the Union of Concerned Scientists wrote a series of blog posts on topics from the relationship between the storm and climate change, to the economic costs and health impacts, to how we can prepare ourselves and our infrastructure to be more resilient.

The webinar will be moderated by UCS climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel and will feature:

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Plantidote of the Day 2012-01-31

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Flowering peach

A couple days ago, Correntian ydrasl sent me a story about the USDA's new plant hardiness zone map, in which my former Zone 10 has become Zone 9B. First of all, 9B sounds more like a shoe size than a garden zone, so that's not good. Second, if this is all the PTB intend to do about climate weirdness, we are well and truly ..... But wait -- I'm not done! Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2012-01-31

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This Too Shall Pass?

I am now going to say something odd: The actions of government actually matter to the citizens of that government's country. Read more about This Too Shall Pass?

Drilling for Clean Energy?

Bipartisanship, perhaps an oxymoron already, brings us an apparent oxymoron: "Drilling for Clean Energy" from Representatives Jim Marshall and Roscoe Bartlett, writing in the WaPo:

...a strategic plan to use the remaining value of our federally owned oil and natural gas reserves to fund a clean, affordable and independent energy future for America, a goal worthy of short-term environmental concessions and risks.

Their idea is to open up ANWR and offshore for drilling, but under changed financial terms that would capture more of the revenues for the federal government, and ensure that the money goes to develop solar, wind, nuclear, and "better" biofuels. Read more about Drilling for Clean Energy?

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Nancy Pelosi, choosing our planet over the oil companies

Pelosi firm: No vote on offshore drilling

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday ruled out a vote on new offshore oil drilling even as Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said he might be open to a compromise that included it.

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Al Gore to speak in Washington DC

Via Marc Ambinder, Gore will lay out "an unprecedented challenge" on energy and climate change and will set a national goal for a "clean energy future."

Who: Former Vice President Al Gore

What: A discussion on the future of America's energy needs

Where: D.A.R. Constitution Hall ­ 1776 D St., NW, Washington, DC

When: Thursday, July 17 at 12:00 p.m. EDT Read more about Al Gore to speak in Washington DC

Taking the political temperature in the armpit of the armpit

This was going to be a single-payer post, but there was nothing new of interest on that topic; we already knew Republican Tim Murphy was on the wrong side and we already knew Democrat Jason Altmire had broken his promise to support HR676.

No big ideas here, just stuff for lovers of facts on the ground and anecdotal evidence. These are my notes on a "town hall meeting" in Monroeville, PA, the armpit of Pittsburgh, which in turn is said by some to be the armpit of the universe. Representatives Murphy and Altmire answered questions for about an hour. Read more about Taking the political temperature in the armpit of the armpit

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Well, This Can't Be Good

From the LA Times - "Chunk of Ice Shelf Collapses Putting Larger Area at Risk"

From the accompanying article:
Satellite images show the runaway disintegration of a 160-square-mile chunk in western Antarctica that started Feb. 28. It was the edge of the Wilkins Ice Shelf and had been there for perhaps 1,500 years.

British Antarctic Survey scientist David Vaughan attributed the melting to rising sea temperature due to global warming.

Scientists said that while they were not concerned about a rise in sea level from the latest event, it was a sign of worsening global warming.

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Why isn't this man in jail for killing nine coal miners who died in the Crandall Canyon mine (so far this month)?

Perhaps because he's a heavy contributor to the GOP?
More details are at TexasKaos.

He's also got a fan club among New York Sun customers
CEO with a Spine and an anti-union, anti-safety, profits-uber-alles history of operations. Read more about Murderer

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Canary in the Mine: Water, Water everywhere - Drought in Marshall Islands

The government of the Marshall Islands dispatched a ship to supply drinking water to outlying islands Wednesday after declaring a state of emergency amid a prolonged drought. Read more about Canary in the Mine: Water, Water everywhere - Drought in Marshall Islands


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