“What we have shown is that this system can potentially be deployed to a 100-meter height for a 2.5 to 3 megawatt system,” Sritharan said.
Moving from 80- to 100-meter towers is important for wind energy producers.
Sritharan said wind conditions at 100 meters are steadier and less turbulent. Taller towers also allow for longer turbine blades. Studies indicate all of that can increase energy production by 15 percent.
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Tags: "self-sufficiency", activism, activists, anti-fracking, clearn, destruction, discoveres, dissent, energy, environment, fossil fuels, fracking, gas, global warming, IEA, oil, oil shale, pollution, renewable, report, rights, shale, tar sands
US Shale Oil expected to be exploited without restriction…
“The [International Energy Agency (IEA)] said it expected the US to overtake Russia as the world’s biggest gas producer by 2015 and to become “all but self-sufficient” in its energy needs by about 2035.”
With the “self-sufficiency” justification in full swing, there is not going to be any real debate over the fracking pollution of groundwater, nor the global warming carbon increases. This self-sufficiency card will silence Americans and continue their slavish reliance on fossil fuels, instead of creating a clean, renewable infrastructure.
Anti-Fracking activists are set to be treated like terrorists, as anti-animal cruelty activists currently are, without a peep from middle Amerika. You think “Welcome to the New World Order” is a little over the top?
Tags: 2013, environment, news, project censored
Validated News Stories on the Environment (Part 1): GMOs, Fracking, Global Warming, Pollution, and More
Food Riots, the New Normal? Reduced land productivity, combined with elevated oil costs and population growth, threaten a systemic, global food crisis. Citing findings from a study by Paul and Anne Ehrlich, published by The Royal Society, Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed identifies the links between intensifying economic inequality, debt, climate change, and fossil fuel dependency to conclude that a global food crisis is now “undeniable.”
Public Awareness of Toxic Pollutants In August 2012, researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute released their fourth Toxic 100 Air Polluters (toxic100.org), an updated list of the top corporate air polluters in the U.S. The Index is based on air releases of hundreds of chemicals from tens of thousands of industrial facilities across the US. The rankings take into account not only the quantity of releases, but also the toxicity of chemicals, factors such as prevailing winds and height of smokestacks, and the number of people exposed. Among large corporations, the top five air polluters are: the German-owned Bayer Group, Textron Inc., General Electric, Precision Castparts, and Koch Industries.
Sandy Linked to Global Warming In November 2012, Daily Censored reported the link between super storm Sandy and global warming. Contrary to popular belief, Sandy can actually be linked to human causation – global warming. With the rising temperature of the Atlantic Ocean and changing of tides, this devastating hurricane could in fact be partly due to human destruction of the environment. Sandy is consistent with climate scientists’ predictions of more extreme weather events as global climate disruption gathers strength.
President Barack Obama exaggerated his administration’s track record on renewable energy during the 2012 campaign season. Obama claimed that the United States has doubled their use of renewable energy since he took office. He referred to the errant energy statistic in a rally at St. Petersburg College in Florida on September 9, 2012. Researchers have subsequently challenged the President’s use of the word ‘doubled’. In fact, statistics show that renewable energy consumption has only gone up by 25% from 2008-2011.
Peak Oil Matters Fossil fuel—oil, natural gas, and coal—production should peak within the next half century. The term “peak oil” refers to the point at which crude oil reserves reach maximum production rate, and then starts to decline. In “When Will Oil, Natural Gas, and Coal Peak?,” researchers G. Maggio and G. Cacciola explain two alternative mathematical models for predicting peak oil. Using historical data gathered from multiple sources, Maggio and Cacciola apply three models to global crude oil production, and conclude that oil production will peak within one decade, between 2015 and 2021. Following peak oil, the economy will suffer from increased cost of petroleum-based products to petroleum-dependent products, such as food. The US public will undergo a drastic lifestyle change. Petroleum costs will spike and cause an economic tidal wave of cost of living increases for the average American.
Laboratory Study of Rats Supports Dangers of GM Corn A study published in September issue of The Food & Chemical Toxicology Journal found that rats fed Monsanto’s genetically modified corn over several months showed significant health problems including premature death and tumors. The study found that over half of the male rats and 70 percent of the females who were fed a lifetime of Monsanto’s corn died prematurely with significant liver and kidney damage. Scientists also found the rats to contain cancerous tumors so large they blocked organ function. While numerous studies have examined their short-term impact, this is the first ever study to examine the long-term effects of GMO consumptions.
Widespread GMO Contamination: Did Monsanto Plant GMOs Before USDA Approval? Evidence shows that Monsanto’s genetically altered alfalfa may have been set free in 2003, two years or more before it was deregulated in 2005. A letter, obtained by Natural Society with permission to post for public viewing, makes clear that the USDA may have turned a blind eye to the entire situation, allowing widespread GMO contamination of GMO-free crops.
Has the Media Failed in Covering Climate Change? Wen Stephenson, a former editor at The Atlantic and Boston Globe, quit his job as a journalist to become a full time activist on behalf of raising awareness about the climate crisis. According to Stephenson, “The climate crisis is the biggest story of this, or any, generation,” but it is not getting the coverage it deserves.
Whole Foods Engages in GMO Deception Whole Foods Markets (“Nothing Artificial, Ever”) present themselves as distinctive, trustworthy sources to customers seeking local, healthy and pure foods. Nonetheless, as Mike Adams of Natural News reports, “Whole Foods deceives consumers into unknowingly buying GMOs while financially supporting a GMO supply chain that ultimately enriches Monsanto.”
Fracking Our Food Supply The effects of fracking on food supply and the environment are slowly emerging. A peer-reviewed study links fracking to illness in animals. The researchers believe that chemicals leaked from fracking sites could start appearing in the food supply due to lack of regulation and testing. Two major agricultural insurance companies now refuse to cover damages from fracking.
Hydraulic Fracturing- United States vs. United Kingdom Hydraulic fracturing is the controversial practice of injecting water, sand, and chemicals under extreme pressure into wells, which fractures shale so that previously inaccessible natural gas can flow to the surface. In the past six decades, this method has delivered 600 trillion cubic feet of natural gas to American consumers, but at a high cost. Professor Robert Mair, a founder of Geotechnical Consulting Group based in London, is optimistic about fracturing in the United Kingdom. Nevertheless he has serious concerns about operations in the United States. Practices in the United Kingdom call for mandatory risk assessment across the entire life cycle of gas extraction to prevent tremors and water contamination. Companies in the United Kingdom are required to disclose chemical mixtures put into the ground, whereas companies in the United States claim this information is proprietary.
Can Fracking and Carbon Sequestration Coexist? Natural gas production and carbon sequestration may be headed for an underground collision course. That is the message from a new study finding that many of the same shale rock formations where companies want to extract gas also happen to sit above optimal sites envisioned for storing carbon dioxide underground that is captured from power plants and industrial facilities. The problem with this overlap, the researchers found, is that shale-gas extraction involves fracturing rock that could be needed as an impenetrable cover to hold CO2 underground permanently and prevent it from leaking back into the atmosphere. “There is an obvious conflict between the two uses,” the study says.
Northern Gateway: Canada’s Other Tar Sands Pipeline Project Enbridge, the Canadian pipeline company, seeks to build a 730-mile pipeline, spanning approximately 800 waterways across the Rockies and Coast mountain ranges and through British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, in order to transport a form of oil known as bitumen from Alberta’s tar sands to the port of Kitimat. First Nations communities along the British Columbian coast, conservation organizations, and environmentalists oppose Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline on grounds that it poses catastrophic environmental risks and overruns First Nations communities’ control of their own lands.
Brazil, Host to Rio+20 Conference, has Environmental Problems of Its Own The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development,“Rio+20,” was held in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As heads of state, non-governmental organizations, and leaders from the private sector from around the world gathered to address possibilities for “a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all,” the host country Brazil faces significant struggles of its own.
Unconstitutional Dam Construction in Brazil’s Amazon In January 2012, the Brazilian Amazon rainforest was sentenced to death. The Brazilian government stepped over human rights, the rights of the indigenous people, and its own Constitution in the name of “progress” to begin construction on Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River and the Madeira Dam on the Madeira River.
Tropical Countries Struggle to Monitor Deforestation In 2010 the United Nations agreed on revisions to its Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) policy. REDD+ added the promotion of conservation, sustainable forest management, and enhancing forest carbon stocks to the existing REDD framework. However, implementation of REDD+ has been problematic. One study ranked the progress of tropical developing countries between 2005 and 2010 and finds that many countries lacked the resources to accurately monitor deforestation.
Tags: antibiotics, bacteria, crisis, environment, extinction, farm raised, fish, fish farms, free film, health, salmon, Salmon Confidential, salmon farms, viruses, wild
Salmon Confidential, Full Length Film
Bacteria and viruses from salmon farms destroying the wild populations in British Colombia.
Tags: citizens united, contamination, corporate, corporate personhood, corruption, environment, frack, fracking, hydrofracking, judge, natural gas, Pennsylvania, poison, poisoning, pollution, precedent, privacy rights, rights, ruling, secrecy, state law, state's rights, water
A Pennsylvania judge rules corporations have no right to privacy (and fuck them too). Unseals records of secret $750,000 payouts to families harmed by their water supplies being poisoned with fracking chemicals. Bodes well for going after these corporate thugs. Expect the corrupt feds to try and overturn it somehow.
Corporate personhood on the chopping block:
“Nothing in that jurisprudence indicates that that right [of privacy] is available to business entities.”
“There are no men or woman defendants in the instant case; they are various business entities,” it wrote, saying business entities are created by the state and subject to laws, unlike people with natural rights. “In the absence of state law, business entities are nothing.” If businesses had natural rights like people, “the chattel would become the co-equal to its owners, the servant on par with its masters, the agent the peer of its principles, and the legal fabrication superior to the law that created and sustains it.”
The judge said the U.S. Constitution’s 14 th Amendment “use of the word “person’ that makes its protections applicable to business entities” does not apply to Pennsylvania’s constitution. “The exact opposite is derived from plan language of Article X of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
“Not only did our framers know how to employ the names of business entities when and where they wanted them” they used those words to subjugate business entities to the constitution,” the Court held. “The framers permitted the Commonwealth to revoke, amend, and repeal “[a]ll charters of private corporations’ and any “powers, duties or liabilities’ of corpoeations”
Pennsylvania Court Deals Blow to Fracking Industry: Corporations Not The Same As Persons With Privacy Rights
The Sky is Pink
Tags: destruction, documentary, environment, fundraising, funds, kickstarter, plastic, plastics, pollution
Kickstarter Project is running out of time to go document the Atlantic’s giant garbage patch.
Tags: abnormalities, cancers, casualties, children, energy, environment, fukushima, growths, hazard, Japan, nuclear power, official, poisoning, policies, policy, pollution, radiation, studies, study, The Future Children of Fukushima, US
The Tenth Report of the Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey, released earlier this week, with data up to January 21, 2013, revealed that 44.2 percent of 94,975 children sampled had thyroid ultrasound abnormalities. The number of abnormalities has also been increasing over time as well as the proportion of children with nodules equal to and larger than 5.1 mm and any size cysts have increased. The report has also revealed that 10 of 186 eligible are suspected of having thyroid cancer as a result of the exposed radiation.
Tags: Argo, Ben Affleck, CIA, crisis, environment, Jimmy Carter, nuclear, nuclear energy, nuclear power, nuclear weapons, peace, war
Can Argo’s Best Picture Win Stop War with Iran?
by Ruth Hull
On February 24, 2013, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has thrown down the Gauntlet to Congress, the President, the corporate oil vultures and the Military Industrial Complex by presenting the Best Picture Award to Argo, a movie showing that peace is the way to save lives in response to an act of war.
On November 4, 1979, Iranian students stormed the American Embassy in Tehran and took Americans hostage. This was a violation of U.S. Sovereignty. America was attacked where it was supposed to be secure under international law. But Jimmy Carter refused to take up the sword. Instead, he took up the dove and got everyone home, alive and safe.
The takeover of the American Embassy was effectively an act of war – unlike any current actions of Iran involving the United States or its citizens. Iran has not taken over any of our embassies since 1979. It has committed no acts of war against the United States. Its peaceful nuclear energy plan (albeit an unhealthy and unsafe energy plan) is peaceful. In fact, if asked their opinion, most Americans living near nuclear power plants would gladly encourage the U.S Government to dig up and ship all 104 of our operational nuclear reactors to Iran as a belated Christmas present. I live near San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) and Californians have been trying to get rid of that plant for decades as it is the most unsafe reactor in America.
In 2013, Congress has been besieged with lies about Iran by hawks, eager to attack the country with the fourth largest oil reserves in the world, after “Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Canada.” Congressional warmongers are eager for war.
In the face of all this genocidal drive towards another future wasteland of dead babies and innocent civilians as a ritual sacrifice to the U.S. Military Industrial Complex, the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences has boldly stood up and reminded the blood-thirsty Congressional and Executive Branch hawks of the success of Jimmy Carter’s path towards peace.
As shown in Argo, while peace saved lives in 1979 and 1980, it did not save Jimmy Carter’s Presidency. Heroically, he put the lives of others before his own career. He could have taken credit for the rescue of six American from the Canadian Ambassador’s home instead of letting the Canadians have the credit. However, that would have risked Canadian lives in Iran. Carter was not about to risk lives to save his Presidency.
Also clear from the movie was the attempted undermining of Carter’s peace plan by a shadow government with ties to the Pentagon. Movie goers see that Tony Mendez, the CIA rescuer who conceived and carried out the plan for the Argo rescue, actually had to go against CIA superiors in order for the plan to succeed. If he had listened to his CIA bosses, the six Americans would have been captured and they and the Canadian diplomats could have been killed. This betrayal by the intelligence community is no surprise as a helicopter rescue plan was sabotaged by people in the Military Industrial Complex working against Carter and the hostages. The helicopter rescue idea was ridiculous, given the terrain and weather conditions in Iran. The military advisors had to know the helicopter plan would fail and embarrass the President even as they were working to sell the plan as a likely success scenario. Going against his bosses, Argo’s Mendez proved that he was one CIA officer who cared more about saving lives than about bringing down a President.
Tags: astronauts, cooperation, ecology, environment, evolution, planet, short film, survival, sustainability
Seeing the earth from a cosmic perspective, Astronauts speak about changes in perception.
Tags: artists, environment, environmental destruction, environmental movement, fracking, fracturing, gas, natural gas, New York, short film, Yoko Ono
It’s Yoko vs. Halliburton. The artists are banding together to fight back. Is all hope lost in Amerika for the environment and for people’s basic rights? It’s your water supply, people, and your kids’, and their kids…
Tags: Canada, degradation, destruction, endangered species, energy, environment, First Peoples, fossil fuels, global warming, lands, native, oil, rain forest, river, tar sands, ted, toxic, water, wild lands