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Brazil to Build Huge Biomass Plant

BOLT Energias has secured the 150 MW Campo Grande biomass power plant.  The facility will be operational in 2017, and will be fueled with woody biomass. This will be Brazil’s largest biomass plant. Areva has already constructed 95 biomass plants globally with a total installed capacity of over 2,500MW.

French Energy Firm Areva will build the BOLT Energias 150MW Campo Grande biomass plant.

French Energy Firm Areva will build the BOLT Energias 150MW Campo Grande biomass plant.

 Areva secures contract to build Brazil’s largest biomass power plant

Clean Technology Business Review (CBTR)  15 October 2014

French energy firm Areva has secured a contract to build the 150MW Campo Grande biomass power plant for Brazilian utility BOLT Energias.

Planned to be built in the northeastern state of Bahia, the Campo Grande plant is claimed to be the largest biomass facility in Brazil.

The contract requires Areva to deliver engineering, procurement and construction services for the plant, which will feature three 50MW modules.

The facility, which is expected to commence operations in 2017, will be fueled with woody biomass.

Areva Renewables CEO Louis-François Durret said: “Awarded as part of the first biomass plant project undertaken in Brazil in recent years, this success illustrates BOLT Energias’ recognition of AREVA’s knowledge in construction and technological expertise.

“This contract will mark the first step of a successful collaboration with our Brazilian partner.”

Areva has already constructed 95 biomass plants globally, with a total installed capacity of over 2,500MW.

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What wood are you burning? Try some from the U.S. National Forests

The latest info from the U.S. Forest Service is nothing short of terrifying. According to an article on Earth Island Journal, the U.S. government is considering ripping through national forests for biofuels. The propaganda on this pillage concludes that forests are overgrown fire hazards and that a “burn the forest before it burns you” policy would not only help prevent fires, but also eliminate climate change.

1,600 acres of White River National Forest are being clear-cut. All of the trees are fueling the Eagle Valley Clean Energy biomass facility. Photo: Josh Schlossberg

1,600 acres of White River National Forest are being clear-cut. All of the trees are fueling the Eagle Valley Clean Energy biomass facility. Photo: Josh Schlossberg

So, for the U.S. Forest Service, here is an FYI: The number of trees and bugs in an area has nothing to do with causing forest fires. Wildfires are brought on by human action, drought and rising temperatures, which will all INCREASE if we tear down more forests.

Will National Forests Be Sacrificed to the Biomass Industry?
BY JOSH SCHLOSSBERG, Earth Island Journal, OCTOBER 15, 2014

The US Forest Service wants to sell our forests for fuel in the name of wildfire reduction
If we’re to believe the biomass energy industry, the US Forest Service, and a chorus of politicians from both sides of the aisle, we can solve the energy crisis, cure climate change, and eradicate wildfire by logging and chipping our national forests and burning them up in biomass power facilities.

The plotline of their story goes something like this: Years of taxpayer-funded logging and fire suppression in federal forests (at the behest of the timber industry) has resulted in “overgrown” forests crawling with icky bugs, ticking time bombs ready to burst into flames. And the fix, it just so happens, involves even more taxpayer-funded logging and fire suppression, with the trees forked over to the biomass industry to burn in their incinerators and then the “green” electricity sold to utilities and eventually the public — at a premium.

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A Climate Change of Mind: Yale releases study on American attitude toward Climate Change

The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication recently released its findings on the American perception of climate change. The study analyzed different beliefs Americans hold in regard to climate change, as well as compared the numbers to past percentages. Their study revealed what many of us already knew, that education on climate change still has a long way to go.

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Some interesting stats from the study include:

  • 23 percent of Americans believe that global warming is NOT happening, up 7 percent from 2013.

  • Half of Americans are “somewhat worried” about global warming, while about 38 percent are “very worried.”

  • Fewer than half of Americans currently believe global warming will negatively impact their lives, while 65 percent are confident it will impact future generations, along with plants and animals.

Want more? Read six more mind-blowing stats or, better yet, take a few moments to read the full study.

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Biomass-the Wrong Solution to Climate Change

Today’s post comes from our friends at the Energy Justice Network and the Biomass Monitor.

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Biomass Energy: Another Kind of Climate Change Denial

By Josh Schlossberg, Biomass Monitor. October 12, 2014

We’re all familiar with climate change deniers, cheerfully and/or willfully ignorant folk who refuse to accept that human-caused carbon emissions are responsible for the climate crisis — or that there even is a climate crisis. Those of us who value science and common sense typically have as much patience for these twenty-three percent of Americans as we do for anyone who believes that maggots arise spontaneously from rotting meat, witches cause disease, or the Earth is the center of the universe.

Recently, a subtler breed of climate change denier has emerged, spreading their propaganda and even infiltrating aspects of the environmental movement: biomass boosters. These advocates for the biomass energy industry often avoid detection by professing concern with carbon emissions. Yet, while cursing fossil fuels out of one side of their mouths, out of the other they bless the burning of one of the world’s greatest buffers against runaway climate chaos — our forests — for energy.

If the climate movement wants to win over the American people and influence policy, it needs to have credibility, which only comes through consistency, and that means distancing itself from the climate change deniers in our midst.

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U.S. Pentagon says Climate Change a major risk to national security

The United States Pentagon released a statement naming climate change as a top threat to the nation’s security. According to an article in the New York Times, the military links climate change to an increase risk in terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages. The report sees climate change as a present danger the country’s safety, as opposed to its pervious messaging, which viewed the climate crisis as an impending future event.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday at a meeting of defense ministers in Peru. Photo: Paolo Aguilar/European Pressphoto Agency

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday at a meeting of defense ministers in Peru. Photo: Paolo Aguilar/European Pressphoto Agency

The report outlines how the military will need to adapt to climate change, as opposed to addressing the changes the Department of Defense can make to reduce the momentum of climate change. While all governments need  to recognize the risks and perils associated with climate change, focusing on the risks and not the causes will not change the future. The U.S. Department of Defense is one of the largest consumers of energy in the world —  how about a report on how they plan to cut down on that.

Pentagon Signals Security Risks of Climate Change
By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times, OCT. 13, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Monday released a report asserting decisively that climate change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages. It also predicted rising demand for military disaster responses as extreme weather creates more global humanitarian crises.

The report lays out a road map to show how the military will adapt to rising sea levels, more violent storms and widespread droughts. The Defense Department will begin by integrating plans for climate change risks across all of its operations, from war games and strategic military planning situations to a rethinking of the movement of supplies.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, speaking Monday at a meeting of defense ministers in Peru, highlighted the report’s findings and the global security threats of climate change.

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New climate study says oceans are warming faster than anyone knew

(DRAFT) A just released study (5 October 2014) published on nature climate change  “Quantifying underestimates of long-term upper-ocean warming” says that global ocean warming may have been underestimated by as much as 24-55%.

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Experts are Stunned by How Quickly Oceans are Warming 

DeSmog Blog   8 October 2014  Mike G

Southern Hemisphere ocean temperatures have been rising much more quickly than previously thought, so much so that global ocean warming may have been underestimated by as much as 24 – 55%, according to a new study. Published by the journal Nature Climate Change and carried out by researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the study sought to determine just how much we’ve underestimated long-term upper-ocean warming given the scarcity of data collected on Southern Hemisphere ocean temperature increases. “It’s likely that due to the poor observational coverage, we just haven’t been able to say definitively what the long-term rate of Southern Hemisphere ocean warming has been,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Paul Durack.   Read the whole DeSmog Blog Article here

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Latin America farmers face harshest climate change challenges

Latin America and the Caribbean house a third of the world’s fresh water and a quarter of its medium to high potential farm land, according to the Inter-American Development Bank and the Global Harvest Initiative. However, a quarter of these farmers live on less than two U.S. dollars a day. In addition to that staggering poverty rate, the region is often at the center of hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters.

Photo: Upside Down World

Photo: Upside Down World

Clearly, as an article on Upside Down World points out, Latin American is positioned perfectly to fall hard due to rising temperatures, worker exploitation, land grabbing and other issues related to climate change. Without access to real, long-term system change that harmoniously intermixes with their indigenous way of life, the people in these areas will feel the full wrath of climate change.

Latin America on a Dangerous Precipice 
by Diana Cariboni, Upside Down World, 03 October 2014

(IPS) – “We could be the last Latin American and Caribbean generation living together with hunger.”

The assertion, made by Raúl Benítez, a regional officer for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), shows one side of the coin: only 4.6 percent of the region’s population is undernourished, according to the latest figures.

By 2030, however, most of the countries in the region will face a serious risk situation due to climate change. With almost 600 million inhabitants, Latin America and the Caribbean has a third of the world’s fresh water and more than a quarter of its medium to high potential farmland, points out a book published this year by the Inter-American Development Bank in partnership with Global Harvest Initiative, a private-sector think-tank.

It is the largest net food-exporting region, while it uses just a fraction of its agricultural potential for both consuming and exporting.

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Climate Change sets Australia’s hottest record temps

When questioned about real solutions to climate change, corporations and politicians love to shrug their shoulders, claiming there is no proof that the climate crisis is a result of human behavior. However, recent studies show the multiple heatwave records set in Australia in 2013 are unarguably and directly caused by man-made climate change.

In an article on the Climate News Network, scientists point out that without system change, records temps like the ones seen in 2013 will no longer make headlines, because they will be the norm.

Australian weather stations recording temperatures of 45°C (113 degrees Fahrenheit) in January 2013. Image:  Wikimedia Commons

Australian weather stations recording temperatures of 45°C (113 degrees Fahrenheit) in January 2013. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Human handprint marks Australia’s hottest year
by Tim Radford, Climate News Network, 4 October 2014

Despite the Australian prime minister’s climate science scepticism, research funded by taxpayers has unanimously found man-made climate change guilty of causing the country’s record-breaking temperatures last year.

Scientists are fond of saying that it is difficult to pin the blame for any one climate event onto climate change. But they have just made an exception by reporting that many things that happened in Australia in 2013 bore the signature of man-made climate change.

In that one year, Australia recorded its hottest day ever, its hottest month in the history books, its hottest summer, its hottest spring, and its hottest year overall.

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