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Event Processing Symposium 2010 Replays Now Online –

NEEDHAM, Mass., June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Event Processing Symposium 2010, Profiting from Continuous Intelligence online event, sponsored by IBM and Starview Technology, was a huge success. Missed the …
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Water as a Weapon?

It will be inevitable that water will be the next weapon of choice but the time frame may be sooner than we all expect.

While Tibet raises a number of controversial questions, one dimension will assume increasing political significance: its water resources. The Tibetan Plateau, known to many as the “Third Pole,” is an enormous storehouse of freshwater, believed by some to be the world’s largest. It is the headwaters of many of Asia’s mighty rivers, including the Yellow, Yangtze, Mekong, Salween, Brahmaputra, Indus and Sutlej. These vast water resources are of course vulnerable to environmental challenges, including climate change, but they are subject to an array of political issues as well.

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Don’t Like the Facts? Just Shoot the Messenger!

Don’t you just wonder about some people?  I don’t any more because it seems like more and more people are allowing their “lizard brain” to do the thinking for them.

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — A few years ago, Ben Santer, a climate scientist with Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in Washington, answered a 10 p.m. doorbell ring at his home. After opening the door, he found a dead rat on the doorstep and a man in a yellow Hummer speeding away and shouting curses.

Santer shared this story recently before a congressional committee examining the increasing harassment of climate scientists, and the state of climate science.

After the online posting in November of 1,073 stolen e-mails from climate scientists, including some from Santer, the threats took a more ominous turn, Santer told members of the Select Committee for Energy Independence and Global Warming, led by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass. Skeptics of climate change have dubbed the e-mail incident “Climategate.” Read more

Obama to push BP for damage fund

President Obama heads to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill Monday to begin a critical week that includes his first prime-time address on the growing environmental disaster and a sit-down with BP’s top executives.
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Expert Available to Discuss Environmental Damage to Gulf Coast

Professor and ecological engineering expert Marty Matlock is available to discuss environmental damage from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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BP – They have no idea how to Clean up Spill / Stop Leak

Did you really believe that they any other plan than to hide the oil with dispersant?  To maximize profits you have to make cuts somewhere and we all suffer for the greed and criminal behavior of another Corporation.

Source: BP exec admits clean-up technology is dated

BP’s Doug Suttles admitted Monday that the industry’s tools for cleaning up oil spills – such as booms and skimmers – aren’t ready for the 21st century.

“Part of the reason is there have been so few big spills,” the BP chief operating officer told NBC’s Tom Costello on the TODAY show. “The events haven’t driven the technology change that’s out there,” Suttles said. “I think this event probably will.”

The oil company has been widely criticized for its inadequate response to the largest oil spill in U.S. history, and BP execs are expected to be grilled by lawmakers in hearings on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

A recent Associated Press report highlighted embarrassing deficiencies in the company’s emergency planning, including discussion about what to do about sea otters and walruses – creatures that don’t live in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico – and having as a point of contact a man who died five years ago.

Suttles said that the plan was referring to creatures that could be impacted by spills, “not ones unique to the Gulf.”

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South Park Bridge and Jim Crow Laws – RedState

I have been writing about a little bridge, and a community called South Park. this morning I Googled TM South Park Bridge to see how the stories were faring in the blogosphere. Apparently some people have taken an …
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Why the BP Spill is not the end of Big Oil

The end of oil will only happen when we don’t need it anymore.

Even as the well gushes on, environmentalists see opportunity amid the BP oil nightmare. With the public riveted — a Pew poll found that 55% of Americans are closely following the saga — ecologists want to seize the moment. “This will begin a national conversation,” says Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, who says green groups are already coordinating political efforts around the spill.

Or will it? Two of the biggest man-made environmental disasters in recent years offer differing examples but suggest limited prospects for big change. At one extreme is the 1979 near meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear-power plant south of Harrisburg, Pa. Although no one was killed and studies later found limited long-term effects from radiation, the incident was viscerally terrifying: the governor ordered the evacuation of pregnant women and preschool children within five miles of the reactor. Fierce demonstrations against nuclear power sprang up around the country. The result was a near deathblow to the industry, which was frozen in place for decades. Not a single new U.S. nuclear-power plant has been constructed since the crisis.

Source: Why the BP Spill Won’t Mean Twilight for Big Oil

UWS project will monitor South Shore ecology – Duluth News Tribune

The Lake Superior Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Superior will get $971,714 from the Environmental Protection Agency to work with the Wisconsin Depart­ment of Natural Resources to monitor waters in …
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