Global Warming = Less Global Cooling (Huh?)

June 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm Leave a comment

Here’s a collection of what I have been reading and listening to recently:

From the climate change corner:

  • Climate Change Threatens Power Output (NY Times, 4 June 2012, Green blog) – Conventional fossil fuel and nuclear power plants boil water to make steam and the steam drives turbines. Cold water is used to condense the steam, but a new study says that global warming will raise the temperature of “cold” water and make these plants less efficient in the future. So more fuel will need to be “burned” to make the same amount of power.
  • On Not Reaching Carbon Goals (NY Times, 11 June 2012, Green blog) – International energy experts say there is still a chance that global warming can be limited to 2 C (3.6 F), but they are increasingly slim. Learn why.

News about Oregon’s forests and lakes:

  • Clearcut Chemicals (Living on Earth, 4 May 2012) – Timber companies in Oregon spray their forests with chemicals to prevent plant growth. The practice was banned decades ago in the state’s national forests.
  • Klamath in Peril (Living on Earth, 4 May 2012) – Fifty years ago, the Oregon’s Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge had the greatest concentration of waterfowl in North America. But in recent years, water destined for the wetlands is diverted for agriculture, leaving birds high and dry, and sometimes dead.

 

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