Sept. 28 News: Drought Lowered U.S. Second Quarter Economic Growth By 0.2 Percent

The U.S. economy grew even more slowly than originally thought in the second quarter of 2012, according to new data from the Commerce Department. One culprit? The severe heat and drought that has dented crop production in the Midwest this summer. [Wonk Blog]

Temperatures high in the Norwegian Arctic are above those in a natural warm period in Viking times, underscoring a thaw opening the region to everything from oil exploration to shipping, scientists said on Thursday. [Reuters]

As has been the case throughout the month of September, the latest weekly drought update shows that drought conditions have tightened their grip on the Plains States and Western U.S., and the overall drought footprint expanded to encompass 65.45 percent of the lower 48 states, up from 64.8 percent on Sept. 18. [Climate Central]

Al Gore will lead Current TV’s coverage of the presidential debates, the network announced Wednesday. [Huffington Post]

Approved unanimously on Saturday before Congress adjourned for a fall campaign hiatus, the Senate bill drew relatively little attention. It was the “European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011,” the latest attempt to exempt American airlines from paying fees imposed by the European Union to cover the greenhouse gases their planes emit while flying to and from European airports. [New York Times]

Gov. Jerry Brown signed 19 bills Thursday aimed at making it easier to provide renewable energy and conserve power in California. [Los Angeles Times]

Northern parts of the country and the Himalayan region will be the worst hit by climate change in India and warming will be greater over land than sea, according to a latest report. [Times of India]

A Chinese icebreaker docked Thursday at Shanghai after becoming the first vessel from China to cross the Arctic Ocean, a landmark trip that is part of Beijing’s efforts to expand its presence in the Arctic. [Associated Press]

The vast majority of the world’s fisheries are declining but could recover if properly managed, according to a paper published Thursday in the journal Science. [Washington Post]

New Zealand’s energy industry reduced its greenhouse gas emissions for the third straight year in 2011 as polluters decreased their reliance on coal and gas in favor of renewable sources. [Businessweek]

7 Responses to Sept. 28 News: Drought Lowered U.S. Second Quarter Economic Growth By 0.2 Percent

  1. Merrelyn Emery says:

    How long before everybody realizes a healthy economy depends on a healthy ecosystem? ME

  2. Merrelyn Emery says:

    Even if we stopped all fishing immediately, stocks will continue to decline while we pour CO2 into the oceans, ME

  3. catman306 says:

    An interesting article that helps explain what is happening in the Arctic to release methane. Informative graphics.

    Expedition to study methane gas bubbling out of the Arctic seafloor

  4. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    90% of large pelagic fish are gone, a proportion that reaches 99% in some species. Yet the industrialised destruction of the oceans goes on. No change, no way, and no hope. I see that Northern Territory industrial fish harvesters have demanded the abolition of marine reserves (the only thing that would conserve fish populations) and I’m sure the new hard Right regime up there will be happy to oblige. Enthusiastically happy.

  5. Merrelyn Emery says:

    And the WA mob are going to kill endangered sharks that have the temerity to swim near beaches, ME

  6. Joan Savage says:

    Wonder what is the fishermen’s equivalent for shooting oneself in the foot.

  7. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Being a businessman, with large debts, rather than a fisher, and being brainwashed by a malevolent and poisonous MSM to support Rightwing politicians, who are little extrusions from the infernal regions.