http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/sns-bc-us–houston-politics-of-flooding-20160518-story.html More nonsense from Seth Borenstein: With clay soil and tabletop-flat terrain, Houston has endured flooding for generations. Its 1,700 miles of man-made channels struggle to dispatch storm runoff to the Gulf of Mexico. Now the nation’s fourth-largest city is being overwhelmed with more frequent and more destructive floods. The latest calamity occurred [...]
Congressman Mick Mulvaney asks Deputy EPA Administrator Stanley Meiburg, “What does it take to get fired from the EPA? What do you have to do? Do I have to kill somebody, or is it a little short of that?” Administrator Meiburg responds, “Uh, it could be a little short of that, yes.” CONGRESSMAN MULVANEY: “Maybe [...]
Strigolactones are a group of plant compounds of diverse but related chemical structures. They have similar bioactivity across a broad range of plant species, act to optimize plant growth and development, and promote soil microbe interactions. Carlactone, a common precursor to strigolactones, is produced by conserved enzymes found in a...
Cooperation between microbes can enable microbial communities to survive in harsh environments. Enzymatic deactivation of antibiotics, a common mechanism of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, is a cooperative behavior that can allow resistant cells to protect sensitive cells from antibiotics. Understanding how bacterial populations survive antibiotic exposure is important both clinically...
Plasmodium vivax Duffy Binding Protein (PvDBP) is the most promising vaccine candidate for P. vivax malaria. The polymorphic nature of PvDBP induces strain-specific immune responses, however, and the epitopes of broadly neutralizing antibodies are unknown. These features hamper the rational design of potent DBP-based vaccines and necessitate the identification of...
Speaking at Planet Forward 2016, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says that climate change is “impacting public health” and “every human being on the face of this Earth”. McCarthy says that ‘Climate deniers are not about a lack of data. They’re deniers as to whether or not the solutions, once you recognize the problem, are going [...]
Examining Employee Misconduct at EPA House Oversight and Government Reform May 18, 2016
Testifying before Congress, EPA Inspector General Patrick Sullivan tells how EPA paid $55,000 to an employee to resign after being caught impersonating a police officer while also being a registered sex offender. He had previously been convicted of child molestation. Examining Employee Misconduct at EPA House Oversight and Government Reform Committee May 18, 2016
The UK government is confident "there is a deal to be done" with EDF Energy on Hinkley Point C, but notes that it would not and could not influence the speed at which the utility makes a final investment decision on the project. "We recognise that the matter now rests with the equity. That's a commercial matter and we have to allow that to play out," said Jeremy Allen, head of procurement and investor relations at the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
The two biggest tanks for the Iter fusion reactor's cryoplant have been completed in the Czech Republic. An exceptional convoy will be required to transport them to the Iter construction site in southern France.
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/trumps-energy-adviser-is-dangerously-anti-environment-kevin-cramer Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has elected a climate science denying, pro-oil and gas, anti-EPA congressman to head up his energy policy initiative. Fossil fuel advocate Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) has been dangerously portrayed as the lesser of two evils when held up against Trump’s staunch anti-climate change beliefs. In recent media reports, the [...]
The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) has approved the formation of Nawah Energy Company to operate and maintain Barakah units 1-4. Separately, an agreement with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will give the United Arab Emirates access to software tools to assist in radiation protection and assessment.
A huge electronic billboard in the city square telling residents exactly how much greenhouse gas they have produced in the past hour. Sounds a little futuristic? Not if you live in Newcastle. ClimateCam, the world’s first greenhouse gas speedometer, displays electricity consumption information collected from the 15 substations that supply homes and businesses in the [...]
http://isp.netscape.com/news/story/0002/20160517/KCN0Y82NW_2 Republican presidential contender Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would renegotiate America’s role in the U.N. global climate accord, spelling potential doom for an agreement many view as a last chance to turn the tide on global warming. A pull-out by the world’s second biggest carbon-emitting country would hobble the deal reached in Paris [...]
Computer modeling plays an important role in all of the sciences, but there can be too much of a good thing. A simple semantic analysis indicates that climate science has become dominated by modeling. This is a bad thing. What we did We found two pairs of surprising statistics. To do this we first searched [...]
Did you miss your chance to see Climate Hustle on the big screen on May 2nd? Would your organization, club, church, or company still like to have a day or night at the theater with the film one reviewer said “could be the most important movie of the year?” Well here’s your chance! Climate Hustle, [...]
http://energyindepth.org/national/new-foiad-emails-tell-a-very-different-story-about-how-ny-ags-rico-campaign-started-off/ Here are some other key revelations that come from these emails: #1: Activists were colluding with state AGs much longer than initially thought The activists pushing for the climate RICO investigations have been claiming that the “investigative reporting” by InsideClimate News (ICN) and the Columbia School of Journalism were what spurred them to action. [...]
Cell migration is controlled by various Ca2+ signals. Local Ca2+ signals, in particular, have been identified as versatile modulators of cell migration because of their spatiotemporal diversity. However, little is known about how local Ca2+ signals coordinate between the front and rear regions in directionally migrating cells. Here, we elucidate...