The selfish case for saving bees

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/18/saving-bees-save-ourselves-pollinators The selfish case for saving bees: it’s how to save ourselves Alison Benjamin These crucial pollinators keep our world alive. Yes, they are under threat – but all is not lost Sat 18 May 2019 01.00 EDTLast modified on Sat 18 May 2019 18.18 EDT  Illustration: Matt Kenyon/The Guardian When I see a bee buzzing around my garden … Continue reading The selfish case for saving bees

Wild weather due in next few days, particularly in the middle of the US

https://www.axios.com/volatile-explosive-weather-pattern-on-the-way-94df6865-78ad-4cc7-85e9-cfbe3488a354.html Andrew FreedmanMay 17, 2019 Rare, explosive weather pattern targets U.S. with snow, tornadoes, heat Computer model projection of upper level winds on Monday, May 20. Image via earth.nullschool.net Depending where you live in the U.S., you might experience severe thunderstorms, flooding rains, sizzling heat, or unseasonable cold and snow during the next five days as … Continue reading Wild weather due in next few days, particularly in the middle of the US

Books this year in recognition of Earth Day 2019 (49th year!)

https://yaleclimateconnections.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1688ba4f33d819bf4152dceb9&id=b517f387aa&e=5fbaa68553 Bookshelf: 12 recommended reads in recognition of Earth Day 2019 Earth, humans, and climate get a special nod in this month's collection of new books recognizing the 49th annual Earth Day. By Michael Svoboda Monday, April 22, 2019   Ever since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970*, April has provided a launching pad … Continue reading Books this year in recognition of Earth Day 2019 (49th year!)

More extreme storms producing losses not traditionally insured

Insurance, in concept, is powerful -- pay a premium that has been (presumably) actuarially or experience-based to compensate the insurer for assuming the risk that an event might occur -- but it works best where the risk  is ascertainable, relatively predictable, and readily monetized. (How's That for a sentence.) For example, pure life insurance, without … Continue reading More extreme storms producing losses not traditionally insured

Another way our increasingly acidic oceans with its dead areas affects marine life

I detest the increasingly present comment in these articles that scientists can't evaluate or predict the future well because the conditions are worse than any for which they have records. That's scary folks. https://mashable.com/article/ocean-oxygen-blindness/ How the warming oceans can blind sea creatures IMAGE: SHUTTERSTOCK / GERALD ROBERT FISCHER BY MARK KAUFMAN4 DAYS AGO Pilots flying at … Continue reading Another way our increasingly acidic oceans with its dead areas affects marine life

Oxybenzone (in most sunscreens) goes thru skin to blood stream, kills coral and fish

Many marine parks now prohibit the use of many widely sold sunscreens for its toxic effects on the coral and the fish. Look for OXYBENZONE on the label and don't buy it. https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/06/health/sunscreen-bloodstream-fda-study/index.html Sunscreen enters bloodstream after just one day of use, study says By Sandee LaMotte, CNN Updated 4:18 PM ET, Mon May 6, … Continue reading Oxybenzone (in most sunscreens) goes thru skin to blood stream, kills coral and fish

Good news about sea stars (aka starfish)

With all of the bad news about nature, I was pleased to find one good news story from the San Juan Islands in Washington State. I'd seen broken sea stars during my travels and was saddened. I remember picking them up when a child (of course now you're supposed to let them be). So here's … Continue reading Good news about sea stars (aka starfish)