$23 south of Manhattan’s 60th Street — enough to wipe out gridlock?

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/11/manhattan-congestion-pricing-charge-transportation No more car for me’: will a $23 toll finally rid Manhattan of gridlock? Congested traffic from Brooklyn enters Manhattan via the Williamsburg Bridge in 2019. Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP Planners say congestion pricing will slash traffic in the area – and offer a much-needed $15bn boost to public transit Wilfred Chan in New York CityThu 11 … Continue reading $23 south of Manhattan’s 60th Street — enough to wipe out gridlock?

1922 miscalculation drained the Colorado River by ignoring times of drought

https://www.vox.com/2022/9/23/23357093/colorado-river-drought-cuts How a 100-year-old miscalculation drained the Colorado River An epic drought in the West is drying up the river. But that’s only part of the story. By Benji Jones@BenjiSJones  Sep 23, 2022, 8:00am EDT The Colorado River at Horseshoe Bend in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area on June 8, near Page, Arizona.  By now, you … Continue reading 1922 miscalculation drained the Colorado River by ignoring times of drought

This power line could save California — and forever change the American West 

https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2022-08-23/wyoming-clean-energy-california This power line could save California — and forever change the American West  Billionaire Phil Anschutz — who owns the Coachella music festival, the Los Angeles Kings hockey team and L.A.'s Crypto.com Arena — is preparing to build the nation’s largest wind farm. We traveled the route. By SAMMY ROTH Photography by ROBERT GAUTHIER … Continue reading This power line could save California — and forever change the American West 

More details about the major changes being forced by a reduced flow in the Colorado River

for views from space: https://apple.news/AfQNkbWZmShGku3V1VYlJpA https://apple.news/ATIkmxXrtTte6NK0LQ3tPAA to see the charts in the article below Water trickles through an area of Lake Powell on March 27, 2022, that used to be underwater. As severe drought grips parts of the western United States, water levels at Lake Powell dropped to their lowest level since the lake was … Continue reading More details about the major changes being forced by a reduced flow in the Colorado River

Democrats designed new climate law to defeat Supreme Court tinkering — here’s how

http://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/22/climate/epa-supreme-court-pollution.html Democrats Designed the Climate Law to Be a Game Changer. Here’s How. In a first, the measure legally defines greenhouse gases as pollution. That’ll make new regulations much tougher to challenge in court. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, seated, and supporters celebrated the passage of climate legislation.Credit...Anna Rose Layden for The New York Times By Lisa … Continue reading Democrats designed new climate law to defeat Supreme Court tinkering — here’s how

With drought, it’s time to give up water-gulping non-essential crops

The point that's never hammered into our heads in this article is that it's time to stop using agriculture to feed livestock. We need to start eating the plants ourselves. If not now, in the very near future. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/12/colorado-drought-water-alfalfa-farmers-conservation ‘Water is our most precious resource’: alfalfa farmers asked to give up crop amid megadrought in … Continue reading With drought, it’s time to give up water-gulping non-essential crops

Water wars coming to the suburbs

https://apple.news/AQbrcg-sMTUGgbc2Vrirvnw The Water Wars Come to the Suburbs A community near Scottsdale, Arizona, is running out of water. Amid the finger-pointing, the real question is: how many developments will be next? By Rachel Monroe for New Yorker magazine June 29, 2022 he best gossip you’re likely to hear in Rio Verde Foothills, Arizona, is about water. … Continue reading Water wars coming to the suburbs

Big cats in urban jungle: LA mountain lions, Mumbai leopards

apnews.com/article/oddities-science-travel-c99fa72a760950adf0d1e168a1951219? https://player.vimeo.com/video/718365793?background=1 Big cats in urban jungle: LA mountain lions, Mumbai leopards By CHRISTINA LARSON and ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL June 30, 2022 Los Angeles and Mumbai, India, share many superlatives as pinnacles of cinema, fashion, and traffic congestion. But another similarity lurks in the shadows, most often seen at night walking silently on four paws. These … Continue reading Big cats in urban jungle: LA mountain lions, Mumbai leopards

How heat waves and record-breaking temperatures can affect your health

https://apple.news/AleVcq635R-2hw96oYkIbyA How Heat Waves and Record-Breaking Temperatures Can Affect Your Health What to know about the symptoms of heat stress as millions across the U.S. are under heat alerts People young and old trying to beat the heat in a water-based sculpture at Rockefeller Center Plaza in New York City.PHOTO: YUKI IWAMURA/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES By Dominique MosbergenFollow … Continue reading How heat waves and record-breaking temperatures can affect your health

Arctic warming up 4x as fast as rest of planet

https://apple.news/A1rRXBWXSQc2Hn78EK9S0fQ The Arctic is heating up nearly four times faster than the whole planet, study finds by Rebecca Hersher, NPR, published on August 11, 202211:04 AM ET Temperatures in Longyearbyen, Norway above the Arctic Circle hit a new record above 70 degrees Fahrenheit in July 2020. The Arctic has warmed nearly four times faster than … Continue reading Arctic warming up 4x as fast as rest of planet

NYC says don’t panic about splooting squirrels or cats or dogs or bears or…

A rare personal anecdote: decades ago I visited a sister who is no longer alive in her log cabin in north-central Washington state. As you might guess from the description, there was no air conditioning (or plumbing, electricity, and many other things I took for granted). At that time, really hot temperatures were rare. But … Continue reading NYC says don’t panic about splooting squirrels or cats or dogs or bears or…

Ukrainian invents solar for home balconies that can help wean Europe off Russian gas

techcrunch.com/2022/07/18/look-out-putin-ukrainian-woman-invents-solar-for-balconies-to-wean-europe-off-russian-gas/ Look out Putin — Ukrainian woman invents ‘solar for balconies’ to wean Europe off Russian gas Mike Butcher@mikebutcher / 1:52 PM EDT•July 18, 2022 Image Credits: WeDoSolar Much has been made of how European countries are, on the one hand, supporting Ukraine in its fight against the heinous and illegal invasion by Russia but at the same … Continue reading Ukrainian invents solar for home balconies that can help wean Europe off Russian gas