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Swiss plants to be retrofitted for better hydrogen control

World Nuclear News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:13
All five of Switzerland's commercially operational nuclear power reactors are to be retrofitted to increase hydrogen control capabilities, according to new requirements set by the country's nuclear regulator ENSI.

Deal close for Indian reactor imports

World Nuclear News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:02
India and America are close to a deal that would resolve liability issues and enable the long-awaited import of US-built reactors. Other nations, too, stand to benefit from India's plan to import up to 26 large nuclear reactors.

Rusatom Overseas names key sub-suppliers for Hanhikivi 1

World Nuclear News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:41
Rusatom Overseas has signed contracts with several suppliers that bid for work on the Hanhikivi nuclear power plant project in Finland. A subsidiary of state nuclear corporation Rosatom, Rusatom Overseas is responsible for promoting Russian nuclear technology on the global market.

EPA Chief Jets to Aspen’s Winter X Games to Preach Global Warming

Climate Depot - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:27
http://coloradopeakpolitics.com/2015/01/23/buzzkill-epa-chief-jets-aspens-winter-x-games-preach-global-warming/

Outed by FOIA – EPA strategy memo reveals deep flaws in the integrity of the agency, and lack of integrity of the press

Climate Depot - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:25
Outed by FOIA – EPA strategy memo reveals deep flaws in the integrity of the agency, and lack of integrity of the press http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/01/26/outed-by-foia-epa-strategy-memo-reveals-deep-flaws-in-the-integrity-of-the-agency-and-lack-of-integrity-of-the-press Attorney Chris Horner writes in with this bombshell which shows how “evangelism” has replaced factual analysis at the EPA, which is helped along by a compliant mass media. See the attached [...]

Palaeoclimate: End of the African Humid Period

Nature Geoscience Advanced Online - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 00:00

Nature Geoscience. doi:10.1038/ngeo2355

Author: Peter B. de Menocal

The Sahara was more humid and habitable thousands of years ago. Reconstructions of North African hydroclimate show that the onset of aridity started in the north, with the monsoon rains weakening progressively later at lower latitudes.

Carbonate weathering as a driver of CO2 supersaturation in lakes

Nature Geoscience Advanced Online - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 00:00

Nature Geoscience. doi:10.1038/ngeo2341

Authors: Rafael Marcé, Biel Obrador, Josep-Anton Morguí, Joan Lluís Riera, Pilar López & Joan Armengol

Most lakes and reservoirs have surface CO2 concentrations that are supersaturated relative to the atmosphere. The resulting CO2 emissions from lakes represent a substantial contribution to the continental carbon balance. Thus, the drivers of CO2 supersaturation in lakes need to be understood to constrain the sensitivity of the land carbon cycle to external perturbations. Carbon dioxide supersaturation has generally been attributed to the accumulation of inorganic carbon in lakes where respiration exceeds photosynthesis, but this interpretation has faced challenges. Here we report analyses of water chemistry data from a survey of Spanish reservoirs that represent a range of lithologies, using simple metabolic models. We find that, above an alkalinity threshold of 1 mequiv. l−1, CO2 supersaturation in lakes is directly related to carbonate weathering in the watershed. We then evaluate the global distribution of alkalinity in lakes and find that 57% of the surface area occupied by lakes and reservoirs—particularly in tropical and temperate latitudes—has alkalinity exceeding 1 mequiv. l−1. We conclude that lake inputs of dissolved inorganic carbon from carbonate weathering should be considered for the CO2 supersaturation of lakes at both regional and global scales.

Long-term winter warming trend in the Siberian Arctic during the mid- to late Holocene

Nature Geoscience Advanced Online - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 00:00

Nature Geoscience. doi:10.1038/ngeo2349

Authors: Hanno Meyer, Thomas Opel, Thomas Laepple, Alexander Yu Dereviagin, Kirstin Hoffmann & Martin Werner

Relative to the past 2,000 years, the Arctic region has warmed significantly over the past few decades. However, the evolution of Arctic temperatures during the rest of the Holocene is less clear. Proxy reconstructions, suggest a long-term cooling trend throughout the mid- to late Holocene, whereas climate model simulations show only minor changes or even warming. Here we present a record of the oxygen isotope composition of permafrost ice wedges from the Lena River Delta in the Siberian Arctic. The isotope values, which reflect winter season temperatures, became progressively more enriched over the past 7,000 years, reaching unprecedented levels in the past five decades. This warming trend during the mid- to late Holocene is in opposition to the cooling seen in other proxy records. However, most of these existing proxy records are biased towards summer temperatures. We argue that the opposing trends are related to the seasonally different orbital forcing over this interval. Furthermore, our reconstructed trend as well as the recent maximum are consistent with the greenhouse gas forcing and climate model simulations, thus reconciling differing estimates of Arctic and northern high-latitude temperature evolution during the Holocene.

The remote impacts of climate feedbacks on regional climate predictability

Nature Geoscience Advanced Online - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 00:00

Nature Geoscience. doi:10.1038/ngeo2346

Authors: Gerard H. Roe, Nicole Feldl, Kyle C. Armour, Yen-Ting Hwang & Dargan M. W. Frierson

The time-transgressive termination of the African Humid Period

Nature Geoscience Advanced Online - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 00:00

Nature Geoscience. doi:10.1038/ngeo2329

Authors: Timothy M. Shanahan, Nicholas P. McKay, Konrad A. Hughen, Jonathan T. Overpeck, Bette Otto-Bliesner, Clifford W. Heil, John King, Christopher A. Scholz & John Peck

Monckton fires back point-by-point rebuttal at warmist critics of new peer-reviewed study: ‘Shoddy, rent-a-quote ‘scientists’

Climate Depot - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 17:41
Special to Climate Depot Named and shamed: the shoddy, rent-a-quote “scientists” By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley IT IS time to be angry at the intellectual bankruptcy of climate “science” today. We should also be fearful of the UN’s gruesome plan, aided and abetted by ministers and bureaucrats worldwide, to establish a global climate “government” by [...]

Report: Greenpeace Activist Calls for Climate Change ‘Deniers’ to be Beheaded

Climate Depot - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 09:35
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/01/25/greenpeace-activist-calls-for-climate-change-deniers-to-be-beheaded/

‘Seven ways climate change could kill you (really)’

Climate Depot - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 07:18
http://thefern.org/2015/01/seven-ways-climate-change-kill-really/

Climategate, the sequel: ‘How we are STILL being tricked with flawed data on global warming’

Climate Depot - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 19:11
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/11367272/Climategate-the-sequel-How-we-are-STILL-being-tricked-with-flawed-data-on-global-warming.html

UK mortuaries overflowing as freezing weather causes rise in deaths

Climate Depot - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 17:03
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/weather/11355906/Mortuaries-overflowing-as-freezing-weather-causes-rise-in-deaths.html

Media retreats: AP issues ‘clarification’ on ‘hottest year story’: Now concedes claim ‘falls within a margin of error that lessens the certainty’

Climate Depot - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 12:09
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Jan. 16, The Associated Press reported that the odds that nine of the 10 hottest years have occurred since 2000 are about 650 million to one. These calculations, as the story noted, treated as equal the possibility of any given year in the records being one of the hottest. [...]

No Warming In Antarctica During Satellite Record – Since 1979

Climate Depot - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 11:02
No Warming In Antarctica During Satellite Record https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/no-warming-in-antarctica-during-satellite-record/ By Paul Homewood According to GHG theory, it is the poles which should be warming fastest. Apparently, nobody told the South Pole. http://vortex.nsstc.uah.edu/data/msu/t2lt/uahncdc_lt_5.6.txt Even in summer months, satellites show no trend. http://vortex.nsstc.uah.edu/data/msu/t2lt/uahncdc_lt_5.6.txt And to complete the picture, Southern Ocean temperatures have been way below average since 2005. [...]

Electricity Rates Soar To Record Levels As Obama Shutters Coal Plants

Climate Depot - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 09:22
http://dailycaller.com/2015/01/14/pay-the-man-electricity-rates-soar-to-record-levels-as-obama-shutters-coal-plants/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

‘Dangerously in denial on climate change’ – ‘Denialism’ is ‘a symptom of a much greater anti-intellectual, anti-science epidemic’

Climate Depot - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:14
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/catherine-rampell-dangerously-in-denial-on-climate-change/2015/01/19/20796658-a01c-11e4-b146-577832eafcb4_story.html
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