Archive by date | June 2010

Yucca Mountain nuclear project will not die

Yucca Mountain nuclear project will not die

America’s two-decade old proposal to store high level nuclear waste in a mountain in Nevada just will not die.

Geologists, local senators, and President Barack Obama have all tried to kybosh plans to build a waste storage facility inside Yucca Mountain.

But yesterday three judges from the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, part of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), ruled that Obama doesn’t have the power to kill the Yucca dream.

Can Cancun or Cape Town cap Copenhagen?

Can Cancun or Cape Town cap Copenhagen?

Six months after UN climate talks splintered in Copenhagen, pundits are still chewing over what went wrong. Do future UN meetings, in Cancun this December and in Cape Town in 2011, have any chance of rescuing a global deal in which countries will agree to set meaningful limits on their emissions? If not, where do we go from here?

Obama space policy: Share the sandbox

The Obama administration released its new national space policy yesterday, and the media and blogosphere are busy dissecting the wonk-talk. When policies like this emerge— 14 pages of obsessively crafted, careful words — the experts have a field day picking them part, tallying certain words and noticing the conspicuous absence of others.  Read more

GOCE depicts gravity in high resolution

GOCE depicts gravity in high resolution

Some 1,200 Participants of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Living Planet Symposium in Bergen, Norway, got a first glimpse today of a geoid map produced by GOCE, ESA’s Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer.  Read more

The Bering Sea Project: What is happening to pollock?

The Bering Sea Project: What is happening to pollock?

Good news! After a couple of days of bending metal, the crew fixed the Multi-Core and the mud team is once again collecting sediment as we continue traversing transects in the Bering Sea.

The fish team also seem excited. Their keenness is down to the ‘NP’ (Nunivak-to-Pribilof) transect line we just started and the fact that last year they caught more pollock here than anywhere else.

Carbon storage – what will the great-great-(…)-great-great grandchildren think?

Few of us think more than a few hundred years into the future when imagining the effects of carbon dioxide emissions, or the benefits and dangers of burying the greenhouse gas underground. That kind of timescale is but a blink in the eye for Gary Shaffer, a professor of oceanography and climate at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. In a paper published on Sunday in Nature Geoscience (doi:10.1038/ngeo896), he considers the effects of imperfect carbon dioxide storage, thousands of years into the future.