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Boulder County floods: Whats in the water?

Posted by Hadian 357 days ago in Water Quality from http://www.boulderweekly.com

The first dangers posed by the recent flooding were obvious: loss of life and property due to swift-moving water.
But now that the waters are slowing and the levels are in decline, it’s time to begin the difficult task of assessing the potential damage that the flooding has caused — and may yet cause — to human health and the environment, and what we can do to protect ourselves.
First and forem ... Read More

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Renewable Energy Predicted to Boom, Surpass Natural Gas

Posted by Hadian 360 days ago in Miscellaneous from http://www.scientificamerican.com

Within the next three years, renewable power could surpass natural gas as the second most prevalent source of electricity generation globally, behind only coal, according to a new forecast by the International Energy Agency.
Hydropower accounts for about four-fifths of renewable generation and will continue to dominate the world's renewable portfolio into the foreseeable future, according to the ... Read More

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Mexico scours for dozens missing amid floods as storms abate

Posted by Milad 362 days ago in Miscellaneous from http://uk.reuters.com

Rescuers cleared mud from shattered houses on Friday, searching for dozens of people missing after a mudslide flattened their village in southwest Mexico as some of the most destructive storms to hit the country in decades abated. Dozens of homes in La Pintada, a village about 60 miles from the beach resort of Acapulco, were swallowed up by a mudslide touched off by heavy rain and flooding at the ... Read More

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Chinese government sees its own reflection in water crisis

Posted by Milad 362 days ago in Miscellaneous from http://uk.reuters.com

On the eve of a global climate change conference in Stockholm, a U.N. climate body says shrinking glaciers in central Asia and the Himalayas would affect water resources in downstream river catchments, which include China. "Some regions are already near the critical temperature threshold," the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a draft summary report obtained by Reuters. "In ... Read More

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Colorado floods spur fracking concerns

Posted by Hadian 362 days ago in Hydrology from http://www.cbsnews.com

The mix of floodwaters and drilling operations has also spurred environmental and health concerns that industry and government officials say they are closely monitoring, and that activists have seized on as another demonstration of the dangers posed by hydraulic-fracturing.
Pictures and videos that cropped up on anti-fracking sites and in local news outlets in recent days show inundated oil pads ... Read More

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Horizontal drilling, fracking begins in old, shallow oil and gas fields

Posted by Hadian 362 days ago in Miscellaneous from http://www.post-gazette.com

If we could take a tiny glass elevator down the trajectory of a Marcellus Shale well, we would see slabs of coal, sandstone, shale and siltstone alternating and colliding with one another for thousands of feet until we finally reach the target rock.
Today, half a dozen local oil and gas companies are forgoing the full ride. They're getting off the elevator halfway down, before the Elk Sands ... Read More

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Carbon cleanup would save millions of lives, study finds

Posted by Amir 362 days ago in Miscellaneous from http://phys.org

Reducing fossil-fuel emissions to safer levels would save millions of lives annually by the end of the century, a study said on Sunday.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-09-carbon-cleanup-millions.html#jCp ... Read More

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Educational game teaches severe weather preparedness

Posted by Amir 363 days ago in Miscellaneous from http://www.nws.noaa.gov

The “Young Meteorologist Program: Severe Weather Preparedness Adventure” is a single-player educational game created through a partnership with PLAN!TNOW, NOAA, the National Weather Service, and the American Meteorological Society to teach kids how to stay smarter than the weather during hurricanes, lightning storms, flash floods, tornadoes, and winter storms. NWS served as science advisor for th ... Read More

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