Monday, June 6, 2011

In Case You Missed It - The Week of May 29-June 4

* The New York Times reported on how climate change is contributing to destabilization of world food supplies

* The New York Times reported on a model called the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (Grace), which originated at the University of Texas and was implemented by the University of California‚Äôs Center for Hydrologic Modeling.  The model allows scientists to identify groundwater depletion from space satellite data.  Scientists have pointed to California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley as one of the depleted areas.

* EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson commented on hydraulic fracturing at a House hearing on May 24, stating that "[t]his Administration is . . . committed to promoting timely and safe domestic natural gas development" but also recognizing the potential for groundwater quality concerns.

* On June 1, France's Senate will take up a bill proposed by France's National Assembly, which would ban hydraulic fracturing in France.  It appears that the Senate wants to allow limited fracturing for scientific research and the development of fracturing alternatives. 

* The parody newspaper, The Onion, included the following headline: "Planet Earth Doesn't Know How to Make It Any Clearer It Wants Everyone to Leave"

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