101 uses for a dead oil right: #42 nature reserve
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2018-07-06 08:18:17 UTC

Call to turn oil rigs into nature reserves
Roger Harrabin
06 Jul 2018 01:16Z

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Marine wildlife could benefit if some de-commissioned oil rigs were
left on the sea bed, a survey says.

This challenges the conventional wisdom that the sea bed should be
restored to its pristine state when a rig's life ends.

The paper says over the 30-year lifetime of an oil rig, creatures have
often colonised the structure to form a reef.

It says this artificial habitat can be more valuable than the original seabed.

It can also protect sea creatures from fishing.

The paper from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, is
based on a survey of 40 experts from academia, govt and

Their focus was on the North Sea - but the authors say the principles
are applicable anywhere.

More than 90% of the experts surveyed said govts should abandon
the principle that oil rigs should always be removed.

Instead, there should be a more flexible, case-by-case approach to

It warns that the process of removing the rigs can be damaging to the
environment in its own right.


Fossil Fuels Account for Lowest Share of US Energy Consumption in More
than a Century
Yale Environment 360

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Desperate push to free boys from cave within 48 hours, before heavy rains hit
ABC News, 06 Jul 2018
A Thai navy source, speaking anonymously, told the ABC 3 factors are
driving the urgency - the water level inside the cave, the amount of oxygen
available, and the health of the boys and their coach.

Thai Navy SEAL working to rescue boys dies from lack of oxygen
ABC News, 06 Jul 2018
Thai authorities say a Navy SEAL working to rescue the trapped boys has died
from lack of oxygen.

`Noisy democracies' block climate progress for Shell
The Times covers remarks made by Ben van Beurden, Shell's chief executive,
during a visit to London in which he said that it is easier to make progress
on climate change in countries such as China than in "noisy democracies"
such as the UK. He complained that the world was spending too much time and
effort arguing about how to tackle global warming instead of taking action.
He added: "In places like China it works very well, govts work very
gratefully with us and adopt really incredibly pragmatic and powerful
policies, sensible, etc. Here, there are more participants in the debate,
let me put it that way." The Times reports that he also suggested that NGOs
opposed Shell's calls to work on carbon capture for industry because it was "
convenient" to disagree publicly even though they would privately accept it
was necessary. The Guardian focuses on Van Beurden's remark that he backed
calls for the UK to bring forward its 2040 ban on new petrol and diesel car
sales. He said it it would provide clarity and make it easier for companies
like Shell to make investment decisions and also shift consumer attitudes.
Meanwhile, the Financial Times, Reuters and the Times (in another article)
report that he said it would be "foolhardy" for Shell to to set itself hard
targets to reduce carbon emissions as it risked exposing the energy giant to
legal challenges. -- Emily Gosden, The Times

Evolving Relative Importance of the Southern Ocean and North Atlantic in
Anthropogenic Ocean Heat Uptake
Ocean uptake of human-driven warming over the past 15 years has mostly
occurred in the Southern Ocean, based on Argo float observations. This
agrees with CMIP5 models, where the Southern Ocean accounts for 72% of
global heat uptake, while the contribution from the North Atlantic is only 6%.
Aerosols preferentially cool the Northern Hemisphere, and the effect on
surface heat flux over the North Atlantic opposes the greenhouse gas effect
in nearly equal magnitude. Aerosols are projected to decline in the near
future, reinforcing the greenhouse effect on the North Atlantic heat uptake.
As a result, the Southern Ocean will be joined by increased relative
contribution from the North Atlantic due to substantial AMOC slowdown in the
21st century. In the RCP8.5 scenario, the percentage contribution to global
uptake is projected to decrease to 48% in the Southern Ocean and increase to
26% in the northern North Atlantic. -- Journal of Climate

Syrian seeds could save US wheat from climate menace
Mark Schapiro, The Guardian

Norway invites bids for storing CO2 on its continental shelf

Trump coal plan could lead to 1 pollution-related death
for every 2 jobs: study
Miranda Green, The Hill

The limits of America's energy independence
Editorial, Financial Times

French call for nuclear safety improvements
David Keohane, Financial Times

Scientists Slam Science Museum over Oil Company Sponsorship
Mike Small, DeSmogUK

Call to turn oil rigs into nature reserves
Roger Harrabin, BBC News

Ireland to lead the way on giving up investments in fossil fuel
Ellen Coyne, The Times

Climate change is already reshaping America
Amy Brady, Yale Climate Connections

Deniers Fail to Blunt Hansen's Accurate Climate Forecast
Peter Sinclair, Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Global temperature rises could be double those predicted by climate modelling
Lisa Cox, The Guardian

EDF customers suffer year's second price rise
Emily Gosden, The Times
2018-07-06 18:53:58 UTC
.""However, over the fifteen years to 2016 the HadCRUT4v5 and Cowtan & Way GMST trends, of 0.138°C /century and 0.160°C /century respectively, are equally close to the 0.149°C /century ERAinterim trend; the GISTEMP and NOAAv4.0.1 trends are both above 0.17°C /century..."""