A yacht with a storm behind it in the North Sea off the coast near Craster.

via Craster, England — KRISHNA KUMAR SINGH

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As methane concentrations increase in the Earth’s atmosphere, chemical fingerprints point to a probable source: shale oil and gas, according to new Cornell University research published on August 14 in Biogeosciences, a journal of the European Geosciences Union. Ideas and perspectives: is shale gas a major driver of recent increase in global atmospheric methane? The […]

via Study links fracking to global spike in atmospheric methane — From the Styx by Peggy Tibbetts

New Aerial Methane Study Finds High Emissions from Oil and Gas Facilities EDF-coordinated study is the latest to underscore the urgent need for action (WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 7, 2014) A new peer-reviewed study, led by scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) […]

via High methane and benzene emissions in Colorado gas fields — From the Styx by Peggy Tibbetts

Climate Change is Here and Now

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Extreme climate change is here
Graphic:NOAA“[M]ore than 1 in 10 Americans— 34 million people — are living in rapidly heating regions, including New York City and Los Angeles,” according to an analysis of 3,107 counties in the Lower 48 states byThe Washington Post.The UN“warns that if Earth heats up by an average of 2 degrees Celsius, virtually all the world’s coral reefs will die; retreating ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica could unleash massive sea level rise.”71 countieshave already hit the 2°C mark.Alaskais the fastest-warming state, the Post analysisfound.Higher winter temperaturesmade Rhode Island the first state in the Lower 48 whose average temperature rise eclipsed 2°C.“Other partsof the Northeast — New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts — trail close behind.”Go deeper:Axios’ Kim Hart, “Rising global temperatures wreak havoc on urban…

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