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America’s birds are in trouble — and that’s really...

  North America’s birds are in trouble. Climate change, finds a new report from the National Audubon Society, threatens half of our native species, which could see dramatic population declines should warming continue unabated. Of those, 126 face losing more than half, and sometimes all, of their current ranges by mid-century, after which they’ll have nowhere left to go; 188 more could lose their ranges by 2080. The...

CO2 levels in atmosphere rising at dramatically fa...

Levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose at a record-shattering pace last year, a new report shows, a surge that surprised scientists and spurred fears of an accelerated warming of the planet in decades to come. Concentrations of nearly all the major greenhouse gases reached historic highs in 2013, reflecting ever-rising emissions from automobiles and smokestacks but also, scientists believe, a...

Fighting Climate Change Makes Economic Sense; Citi...

OSLO/LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Investments to help fight climate change can also spur economic growth, rather than slow it as widely feared, but time is running short for a trillion-dollar shift to transform cities and energy use, an international report said on Tuesday. The study, by former heads of government, business leaders, economists and other experts, said the next 15 years were critical for a bigger shift to...

Transcanada has third (Benton Harbor, MI) catastro...

Early this morning (Sept 16, 2014) a natural gas pipeline owned by TransCanada ruptured in  Benton Harbor, Michigan causing the evacuation of over 500 people. This is the third catastrophic failure for TransCanada since January of this year. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office issued this release around 6 a.m.: “At approximately 2am on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 a natural gas line affiliated...

What’s the Latest with Fracking and Shale Drilling...

A virtual round table recorded by WCPN, Cleveland. Go to this URL to hear the program: http://www.ideastream.org/soi/entry/64163 For the last forty years America has worried about where to get its energy from. But the discovery of fracking and the apparently abundant supply of shale has turned those tables. Some say this boom in the local energy industry will lead to a renaissance in manufacturing. Others advise caution, and...

Buckeye Lake diving into causes of algae problems

Unfortunately, the problem is not a unique one, but the Buckeye Lake community in Fairfield, Licking and Perry Counties has come up with a unique approach to address the challenge of toxic algal blooms that are plaguing many Ohio lakes. “We have been studying the watershed now for around eight years with the Fairfield County Soil and Water Conservation District, ODNR, Extension, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and the...

Noble gases identify the mechanisms of fugitive ga...

Significance Hydrocarbon production from unconventional sources is growing rapidly, accompanied by concerns about drinking-water contamination and other environmental risks. Using noble gas and hydrocarbon tracers, we distinguish natural sources of methane from anthropogenic contamination and evaluate the mechanisms that cause elevated hydrocarbon concentrations in drinking water near natural-gas wells. We document fugitive...

Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utili...

HELIGOLAND, Germany — Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming. And towering symbols of that drive are appearing in the middle of the North Sea. They are wind turbines, standing as far as 60 miles from the mainland, stretching as high as 60-story buildings and costing up to $30 million apiece. On some of these giant machines, a single blade roughly equals the...