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NASA Points to Faster Sea Level Rise 
The latest analysis of 23 years of data has led to NASA scientists warning that the global sea level is rising ever faster. Al Jazeera America has the story: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/8/26/sea-level-rise-accelerating-nasa-says.html

Sierra Club Loyalties Questioned 
An editorial in the Oregonian, based on a Energy & Environment Legal Institute report, presents serious questions as to whether the Sierra Club’s priorities have been co-opted by deep-pocketed, environmental-business interests: http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/08/the_sierra_club_has_become_a_f.html#incart_river

Neonicotinoids Found in Half of Streams Tested
Neonicotinoid pesticides, strongly implicated in the decline of bees worldwide, as well as being suspected of other toxic effects, have been found in half of the nation’s streams that were tested. That includes a stream here in Oregon. The Statesman Journal reports: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2015/08/19/neonicotinoid-pesticides-found-half-nations-streams/32016051/

Plans for Oregon LNG Terminal Hit Setback 
Oregon LNG, the company trying to build a liquefied natural gas terminal near Warrenton, has had a suit against the Army Corps of Engineers dismissed. The company sought to prise the rights to land near Warrenton from the corps. The Oregonian has details: http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2015/08/oregon_lng_loses_lawsuit_over.html#incart_river

Some Permafrost Might Act as Methane Sponge
While carbon-rich permafrost has been shown to release methane on warming, the microbes which become active in warming carbon-poor permafrost may serve to process methane out of the environment. Ars Technica covers the potential good news: http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/08/some-permafrost-might-soak-up-methane-as-climate-warms/

 

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