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Leak is Latest of Alaska's Pipeline Woes
By Brad Knickerbocker,
The Christian Science Monitor,
August 9, 2006.

"Some 500 spills a year occur along the 800-mile, three-decade-old pipeline system and at Prudhoe BayS When oil began flowing south from Alaska's North Slope to the port at Valdez nearly 30 years ago, it was a new era for US energy production and distribution. From the start, it was a technologically daring and politically controversial project. As evidenced by this week's shutdown of a portion of pipeline in the Prudhoe Bay oil field due to a spill, it remains so today. Despite what industry supporters say are more environmentally friendly ways of detecting and extracting oil from the North Slope today, the means of transporting the liquid gold south is old and - critics say - becoming dangerously decrepit. In some places pipeline walls have lost as much as 80 percent of their thickness as a result of corrosion, industry officials say."

Major Alaskan Oil Field Shutting Down
By Mary Pemberton.
The Associated Press,
August 7, 2006.

"In a sudden blow to the nation's oil supply, half the production on Alaska's North Slope was being shut down Sunday after BP Exploration Alaska, Inc. discovered severe corrosion in a Prudhoe Bay oil transit line."

Oil Slick Threat to Wildlife of Mediterranean,,1837757,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=12
By John Vidal,
The Guardian (UK),
August 5, 2006. 

"A major oil slick was spreading north from Lebanon along the Syrian coast last night and could devastate beaches as far away as Turkey and Cyprus, local ecologists and the UN have warned.  The slick, which has been growing since the start of hostilities, follows the bombing by the Israelis of fuel tanks at the Jiyyeh power station south of Beirut. Up to 35,000 tonnes of crude oil are believed to have escaped, making it one of the worst pollution incidents recorded in the eastern Mediterranean."

Nuclear shutdowns leave Swedes debating
By Ivar Ekman,
The International Herald Tribune,
August 4, 2006.

"An incident last week that led to the shutdown of 4 of Sweden's 10 nuclear reactors has thrust the issue of atomic power back onto the national agenda, with leading politicians calling for a broad investigation into the safety of the nuclear industry. Opinions vary on the seriousness of the incident at the Forsmark 1 reactor, about 200 kilometers, or 125 miles, north of Stockholm, where two backup generators malfunctioned during a power failure on July 25S Even though no damage was caused, the incident exposed a serious vulnerability and some analysts argued that the outcome was a matter of luck... Sweden is one of the European countries most dependent on nuclear power, with about 50 percent of its electricity produced by the 10 reactors"

Chile Planning a Series of Dams in Patagonia
By Larry Rohter,
The New York Times,
August 6, 2006.

"With Chile trying to manage both Latin America's most dynamic economy and a looming energy squeeze, the government has embraced a plan to build a series of dams here in the rugged, pristine heart of Patagonia that would flood thousands of acres."

China Plans to Divert Water From Tibet,,25689-2295170,00.html
By Jane Mccartney,
The Times (UK),
August 2, 2006.

"China is working on a £21 billion scheme to divert water from Tibet to the parched Yellow River through a 300km (190-mile) network of tunnels and canals. The country that has dammed the Yangtze River and built the highest railway is undeterred by the challenges and the cost of a project that has been under discussion for more than half a century."

Tribes Call for Removal of Dams That Block Journey of Salmon
By William Yardley,
The New York Times,
August 3, 2006.

"Indian tribes along the Klamath River rallied in Portland on Wednesday for the removal of four hydroelectric dams that block salmon from spawning in their historic habitat upriver, and they said they intended to pressure the governors of Oregon and California to help push for removing the dams."

Sweltering Summer Nights are a US Trend
By Seth Borenstein,
The Associated Press,
August 3, 2006. 

"From 2001 to 2005, nearly 30 percent of the nation had 'much above normal' average summertime minimum temperatures, according to the National Climatic Data Center. By definition, 'much above normal' means low temperatures that are in the highest 10 percent on record...Figures from this year's sweltering summer have not been tabulated yet, but they are expected to be just as high as recent years."

Natural Hazards: Heat Wave in North America
NASA's Earth Observatory,
satellite imagery. 
"Scorching temperatures swept across much of the United States during July 2006."

Jellyfish Plague in Europe Blamed on Climate Change
By Stephen Castle,
The Independent (UK),
August 9, 2006. 

"A plague of jellyfish along Europe's beaches has become the latest environmental hazard to be blamed on global warming. Holidaymakers heading for Mediterranean beaches are being warned to prepare for an unprecedented invasion of the invertebrates whose sting can, in extreme cases, cause heart failure."

Natural Hazards: Heat Wave in Western Europe
NASA's Earth Observatory, satellite imagery. 
"July brought sweltering heat to much of Western Europe in 2006."

Vail Ski Area and Associated Businesses to Become Second Biggest U.S. Corporate Buyer of Wind Power
By Joanne Kelley,
The Rocky Mountain News,
August 2, 2006.

"Vail Resorts Inc. will buy enough renewable energy to cover electricity use for all of its ski areas, hotels and headquarters, making it the nation's second-largest corporate user of wind power behind Whole Foods. The 'green' energy will cover power use at its five ski resorts, its lodging properties, including RockResorts and Grand Teton Lodge Co., all 125 retail locations operated through Specialty Sports Venture and its new corporate headquarters."

22 Cities Join Clinton Climate Initiative
By Juliet Eilperin.
The Washington Post,
August 2, 2006. 

"Twenty-two of the world's largest cities announced on August 1 that they will work together to limit their contributions to global warming in an effort led by former president Bill Clinton. The Clinton Climate Initiative -- which will create an international consortium to bargain for cheaper energy-efficient products and share ideas on cutting greenhouse gas pollution -- includes Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York as well as Cairo, Delhi, London and Mexico City"

If Blair, Schwarzenegger, and Big Business Can Step Up to the Plate, So Should Bush and Congress,%20Schwarzenegger,%20and%20Big%20Business%20Can%20Step%20Up%20to%20the%20Plate,%20So%20Should%20Bush%20+climate&sn=001&sc=1000
Commentary by Senator John Kerry,
The San Francisco Chronicle,
August 9, 2006. 

"British Prime Minister Tony Blair and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger met with more than a dozen top business officials to discuss climate change -- executives who have gathered in support of mandatory limits on greenhouse-gas emissions. Imagine that: Big Business stepping up to the plate, but the Bush administration refusing to take a seat at the tableSIt's time to put Washington to the testS  There are three big steps that are imperative to addressing global warming. -- First, we must establish a mandatory program to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. -- Second, we must provide the incentives and resources to transition to a low-carbon economy. -- Third, we must recognize that climate change is a global problem requiring a global solution."

Murray Bookchin, 85, Writer, Activist and Ecology Theorist, Dies
By Douglas Martin,
The New York Times,
August 7, 2006.

"Murray Bookchin, a writer, teacher and activist who began his political odyssey as a Communist, became an anarchist and then metamorphosed into an influential theorist on ecology, died July 30 at his home in Burlington, Vt. He was 85S Bookchin's writings had their strongest influence on Green Parties in the United States and Europe and on the radical edges of the environmental movement. His emphasis on human society and economic systems put him at odds with Odeep ecologists,' who believe that humans have arrogantly usurped their position as just another species to wreak environmental havoc."

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