Trump Suggests US “Could Conceivably Go Back” To Paris Agreement

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Jan 122018
 

In a rambling and barely coherent defence of his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, President Donald Trump has opened the door to the possibility the United States “could conceivably go back in” to the Agreement. 

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Fracking in Britain could be limited by lack of specialist waste facilities, new research suggests

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Dec 172017
 

A lack of specialist waste treatment facilities could limit the development of fracking in the UK, say researchers from the University of Edinburgh. Safe treatment and disposal of the waste water arising from fracking could cost more than £1m over the …
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Many extreme weather events can be traced back to an atmospheric ‘traffic jam,’ study suggests – Mashable

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Apr 162016
 

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Many extreme weather events can be traced back to an atmospheric 'traffic jam,' study suggests
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When weather patterns hit a traffic jam, extreme events often result. This is particularly the case during the summer months, a new study argues. The research, published Friday in the journal Science Advances, focuses on a devastating flood event that
Extreme 2014 Balkan flooding linked to airstream slowdownSummit County Citizens Voice
Record Balkan floods linked to jamming of giant airstreamsPhys.Org

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Wind Could Replace Coal As US’ Primary Generation Source, New NREL Data Suggests

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Aug 042015
 

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Originally published on The Handleman Post. By Clayton Handleman The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released data showing that the Capacity Factor (CF) for wind power can reach 65%, which is comparable to that of fossil fuel based generation. While the headlines aren’t as sexy as Tesla’s ‘Ludicrous mode’, the transformative implications for climate [&hellip

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Study suggests fracking could release radon from ground

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Apr 092015
 

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, has spurred a boom in oil and natural-gas production. The fracking process blasts millions of gallons of water — mixed with sand and chemicals — deep underground to break apart shale deposits and release natural gas.
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Study suggests key Antarctica glacier melting from below – Boston Globe (subscription)

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Mar 232015
 

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Study suggests key Antarctica glacier melting from below
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They flew a number of research flights over the Totten Glacier of East Antarctica — the fastest-thinning sector of the world's largest ice sheet — and took a variety of measurements in an effort to determine the reasons behind its retreat. And the
Monstrous melt: Distant Antarctica glaciers have scientists worriedPittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Study suggests US gas leaks caused by faulty wells, not fracking

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Sep 162014
 

A new study has found that 130 water wells in Pennsylvania and Texas were contaminated by gas leaks caused by problems with the casing or lining of drilling wells, and not by the process of fracking. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder …
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Extreme Weather is Linked to Global Warming, a New Study Suggests – Universe Today

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Aug 272014
 

Extreme Weather is Linked to Global Warming, a New Study Suggests
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“When these high-altitude waves become quasi-stationary, then we see more extreme weather at the surface. It is especially noticeable for heat extremes.” It was a blocking pattern that led to the heat wave in Alaska in 2013, and to the devastating

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EPA Memo Suggests Tighter Fracking Wastewater Rules

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May 312014
 

A draft EPA memo leaked to DeSmogBlog.com details stricter standards for hydraulic fracturing permitting and makes clear that fracking wastewater discharges are covered under the Clean Water Act. The document sets limits to protect water-quality and …
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Californium — Element Is Potential Game-Changer In Field Of Nuclear Waste Storage, Research Suggests

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Mar 282014
 



One of the least known — amongst the general public — elements of the periodic table, californium, may hold the key to the safe and effective long-term storage of nuclear/radioactive waste, according to new work from Florida State University.

The new work from chemists at that university has demonstrated that californium (Cf) has an “amazing” ability to bond and separate other materials, as well as being extremely resistant to radiation damage. A very interesting set of properties…

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If you’re beginning to get the feeling that you’ve heard this all before, and wondering how useful any of this will really end up being, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The man behind the findings understands where you’re coming from.

“It’s almost like snake oil,” stated lead researcher Professor Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt. “It sounds almost too good to be true.”

But it apparently isn’t, and — according to Albrecht-Schmitt — should help researchers to design new, more-effective storage containers for radioactive waste, as well as likely aiding in the separation processes of radioactive fuel — potentially allowing for greater fuel recycling.

“This has real world application,” he reiterated. “It’s not purely an academic practice.”

“We’re changing how people look at californium and how it can be used.”

While the findings are certainly impressive, costs always need to be considered (even, or especially, with regard to things concerning nuclear waste). In this instance, the material in question is relatively expensive (the 5 milligrams used in this research cost $ 1.4 million), but not much of it necessarily necessary.

Despite the near-absolute necessity of beginning to deal with the issue of nuclear waste storage, if an approach is expensive, it will very likely not be used. We ‘ll keep you updated…

The new findings were just published in the latest edition of the journal Nature Chemistry.

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