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How Icebergs Work

Ice­bergs -- giant floating chunks of ice. What else do we need to know? As it turns out, plen­ty. Th­ere's a lot that's deceptive about icebergs. It's true that most of an iceberg's bulk lies unseen beneath the surface of the ocean, but these seemingly sterile ice slabs also harbor their own complex ecosystems, and they shape the ecosystems that they pass through.

Icebergs can seem rather ominous -- they dot high-latitude oceans like mines, and after all, one of them sank the unsinkable Titanic. They also seem to hold a lot of promise -- could we really tow one to Los Angeles and melt it for drinking water? Could you live on one?

Scientists are s­till learning about icebergs. They're difficult to study. In fact, it can be hard just getting to one. While we know where icebergs come from and have a general idea how they behave, every expedition to an iceberg uncovers something new. From floating chunks no bigger than your car to massive islands of ice the size of Connecticut, icebergs come in many shapes and forms.

More: http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geophysics/iceberg.htm

Iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, near Iceberg Alley
Grant Faint/Getty Images
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Jan 9, 2015, 05:12 PM (7 replies)

NY pays most for gas despite falling prices

ALBANY – Gas prices across the nation have fallen to their lowest point in years, but New Yorkers still pay the most in the contiguous United States.

The main reason is New York has as many as seven different state taxes that add up to 45 cents per gallon, as well as 19 cents per gallon in federal taxes.

The average price of unleaded regular in New York on Wednesday was $2.70 a gallon, compared to a national average of $2.19 a gallon. Only Hawaii and Alaska have higher prices.

"I don't think the average New Yorker has any clue how much they pay in taxes when they pull up to the pump," said John Corlett, legislative chairman for AAA New York.

Much More: http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/new-york/2015/01/07/ny-pays-gas-despite-falling-prices/21411081/

This Gulf gas station, located at 688 Freedom Plains Road in LaGrange, offered a cash price of $2.49 for a gallon of regular unleaded gas on Wednesday.
(Photo: Alex H. Wagner/Poughkeepsie Journal)
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Jan 9, 2015, 01:40 AM (18 replies)

Here Are Photos of Frozen Fountains to Remind You How Cold It Is Everywhere in the U.S.

In case your numb limbs were not enough of an indication

Unless you live somewhere where it’s currently summertime, like Australia, you might have noticed that it’s, um, cold. Really cold. Like, consider renouncing all your possessions and moving to Costa Rica and just somehow making it work cold.

One aesthetically pleasing result of this bitter weather, however, is that fountains across the country are freezing, resulting in oddly beautiful ice sculptures. See, for example, the fountain in New York City’s Bryant Park:

But this bizarre phenomenon is also occurring in the South, where temperatures have also dipped well below 32°F:

More: http://time.com/3659773/frozen-fountains-cold-weather-us/
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Jan 8, 2015, 04:00 PM (16 replies)

Keystone, climate change and the US economy: the truth behind the myths

Six-plus years of robust debate has led to plenty of speculation about the perceived benefits of the pipeline – some of which are drastically overstated

America has 2.5m miles of oil and gas pipelines. But none of those pipelines are anywhere near as contentious as the Keystone XL, which would transport tar sands crude oil from Canada to refineries on the US gulf coast. Over the past six-plus years, Keystone has become a stand-in for a broader debate about climate change. It’s also the subject of much myth-making about climate change and the economy. Below, a look at some of the most prominent of those myths, and the truth behind them.

Myth #1: Keystone XL won’t contribute to climate change
The State Department said the pipeline would not have a significant impact on development of the tar sands or crude oil demand – and so would not have much impact on climate change. But even the State Department’s own analysis found found the pipeline, once operational, would cause the equivalent emissions of 300,000 cars a year, and it noted that tar sands were 17% more carbon intensive than the average barrel of US crude oil. Subsequent analyses by the Congressional Research Service have found tar sands up to 20% more carbon intensive than the average barrel of crude.

Myth #2: Keystone will create thousands of jobs
The American Petroleum Institute lobby group claimed in 2009 that Keystone would create up to 343,000 new US jobs over a four-year period, based on demand for new goods and services, and add up to $34bn to the US economy in 2015. However, the non-partisan Congressional Research Service found those estimates were based on an internal study that had not been subject to review. The State Department in its analysis found Keystone would create about 42,000 direct and indirect temporary construction jobs, and about 50 permanent jobs once construction is finished.

More: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/06/keystone-xl-pipeline-climate-change-us-economy-truth-behind-myths?utm_source=Daily+Carbon+Briefing&utm_campaign=64b48948b3-cb_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_876aab4fd7-64b48948b3-303441369

The endless debate over the benefits of these pipes has outgrown the proposed Keystone pipeline itself. Photograph: Sue Ogrocki/AP
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Jan 8, 2015, 01:50 AM (6 replies)

Vietnam Abolishes Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Taking Lead in Gay Rights

The revised law, while not officially recognizing same-sex marriage, places the communist country at the forefront of countries in Asia becoming more accepting of gay people. The National Assembly’s move is expected to attract more lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers and boost Vietnam’s $9 billion tourism industry.

“This makes Vietnam a leader in Asia,” Jamie Gillen, a researcher of culture geography at National University of Singapore, said by phone. “Singapore just reaffirmed its ban on homosexual behaviors. Vietnam is trying to pitch itself as a tolerant and safe country.”

Vietnam’s new marriage law, which went into effect New Year’s Day, abolished regulations that “prohibit marriage between people of the same sex.”

Same-sex marriages can now take place, though the government does not recognize them or provide legal protections in cases of disputes. The government abolished fines that were imposed on homosexual weddings in 2013.

No other country in Southeast Asia has taken as big a step toward accepting same-sex marriage as Vietnam, Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said by phone.


This picture taken on Aug. 3, 2014 shows some same-sex couples sitting in the compound of the American Club, the venue of the annual Vietnam Pride Parade party, in Hanoi.
Photographer: Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Jan 8, 2015, 01:07 AM (3 replies)

Women veterans can now purchase newly designed license plates in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Women veterans can now purchase license plates in Minnesota honoring their service.

The newly designed Women Veterans' License Plate bears the inscription "Woman Veteran." They are the first veterans plates in Minnesota that specifically refer to women who have served in the military.

The bill's author, state Sen. Alice Johnson, says the license plate is "a small way Minnesota can recognize, thank and honor" female veterans.

A group of women veterans will gather at the Town Square DMV in St. Paul on Friday to purchase the first plates. Any woman wanting a plate should bring her discharge papers to the DMV and request a Women Veterans plate. Motorcycle and disabled plates also are available.

Estimated costs for the application and fees are $20.

(no more at link)

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Jan 3, 2015, 02:04 AM (2 replies)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: New Year's Eve (Web Exclusive)

Published on Dec 29, 2014
New Year's Eve is the worst. John Oliver has some great excuses for getting out of it.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Dec 29, 2014, 08:56 PM (8 replies)

3 shot at Rosemary Anderson HS in Portland

Source: KOIN-TV

Shooting may be gang related and did not take place inside the school

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Three student-age people were shot outside a North Portland school in what police said may be a gang-related shooting.

The shooter was never inside Rosemary Anderson High School, PPB Sgt. Pete Simpson told the media in an impromptu press conference, and the shooting took place outside on Killingsworth Court. The school is located at 717 North Killingsworth Court

Two males and one female were shot, Simpson said, and they ran into the school after being shot. He did not have any word on their condition, but said they were conscious and breathing when they were taken to the hospital.

The gang task force is at the school, and administration at the school is being briefed.

Read more: http://koin.com/2014/12/12/shooting-at-rosemary-anderson-high-school-in-portland/

Three people were taken to a hospital after a shooting at Rosemary Anderson High School in Portland, Dec. 12, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Dec 12, 2014, 05:25 PM (18 replies)

U.S. tapping rich new energy source (and it's not oil)

U.S. oil production may be booming, but America is also hitting another gusher in expanding the nation's energy supplies: wind.

Late next month, the U.S. Department of Interior will auction off more than 742,000 acres in the waters off Massachusetts for the development of commercial wind energy. Twelve companies have qualified to take part in the January 29 auction for the Massachusetts Wind Energy Area, located about 12 nautical miles off the Massachusetts coast.

The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) says that, if fully developed, the area could support between 4 and 5 gigawatts of commercial wind energy. That would generate enough electricity to power more than 1.4 million homes.


Bay State officials have high economic hopes for the project. "This offshore wind energy area not only has the capacity to generate enough electricity to power half the homes in Massachusetts," noted Governor Deval Patrick, "but it will create local jobs and a renewable and home-grown source of power."

More: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-tapping-ample-new-energy-source-and-its-not-oil/

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Dec 12, 2014, 01:41 AM (2 replies)

Halliburton lays off 1,000 employees in Eastern Hemisphere

HOUSTON — Oil field giant Halliburton said Thursday it is laying off about 1,000 employees across multiple regions in the Eastern Hemisphere, effective immediately, a day after a company executive said it expects a $75 million restructuring charge in the fourth quarter.

The announcement comes as oil prices have plummeted in recent months. U.S. benchmark crude West Texas Intermediate fell below $60 for the first time in five years on Thursday.

“The decision to eliminate jobs is never easy,” Halliburton spokeswoman Emily Mir said in an emailed statement. “Our talented workforce is the foundation of everything we accomplish, and we place the highest value on the commitment and hard work that our employees dedicate to building our company. Yet, we believe these job eliminations are necessary in order to work through this market environment.”

Mir added the layoffs were unrelated to Halliburton’s proposed $35 billion acquisition of Houston-based oil field services firm Baker Hughes.

More: http://fuelfix.com/blog/2014/12/11/halliburton-lays-off-1000-employees-in-eastern-hemisphere/

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Dec 12, 2014, 01:33 AM (0 replies)
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