Long past time for government to begin subsidizing agricultural practices that are not harmful to the environment

So much government money around the world is paid to keep farming operations solvent. Why aren't the governments making the payments more aware of the adverse environmental consequences of some of what agriculture is being paid to due? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/16/1m-a-minute-the-farming-subsidies-destroying-the-world? $1m a minute: the farming subsidies destroying the world - report ‘Perverse’ payments must be redirected … Continue reading Long past time for government to begin subsidizing agricultural practices that are not harmful to the environment

Plastic in the ocean is an even worse problem than we thought

This article is one I'd label fascinating for those interested in the Pacific Garbage Patch or the huge amounts of plastic, some of it very small, in the ocean. A large amount of creativity has been applied on the problem of how to remove the plastic. In the process, the scope of the problem has … Continue reading Plastic in the ocean is an even worse problem than we thought

Oil spills live on and on in nature

Oil spills in the ocean occur all the time and are often left unrepaired. The owners will claim that the remaining dribbles are inconsequential. Hogwash. Oil spills should never be ignored as oil simply doesn't disintegrate. Frankly I was surprised that it takes only 30 years for larger chunks of oil to decompose. In the … Continue reading Oil spills live on and on in nature

Children’s learning affected as the temperature rises

Serendipity strikes. The SAT and PSAT are tests that have been given to children in the US for generations. It's been easy to blame differences in regional results on a variety of factors. A researcher thought of folding in differences based on the temperature on the testing date. Odd patterns have appeared. Here's the core … Continue reading Children’s learning affected as the temperature rises

Trump’s lie about where a hurricane was going matters — NOAA scientists pursuing

The facts are that word came from the White House thru Wilbur Ross to direct NOAA to contradict their correction of Trump's lies about the path of Dotrian. Ross then called and threatened to fire NOAA political appointees if they didn't negat4e the earlier Twitter that made Trump look bad. All of those details are … Continue reading Trump’s lie about where a hurricane was going matters — NOAA scientists pursuing

Why has Dorian acted so strangely?

https://www.wired.com/story/why-hurricane-dorian-defied-forecasts-and-sank-the-bahamas/ Eric Niiler Science 09.04.2019 07:00 AM Why Hurricane Dorian Defied Forecasts and Sank the Bahamas The storm evolved swiftly and unpredictably. But it was other weather phenomena that caused Dorian to stall, devastating the island nation. Astronaut Nick Hague posted this photograph of Hurricane Dorian to Twitter from the International Space Station. By Tuesday … Continue reading Why has Dorian acted so strangely?

Doing the simplest thing possible for the environment — stop buying water in plastic

I agree with this headline. There's no justification for buying bottled water. One point not emphasized here is that Nestle (in particular, but there are others) are destroying rivers, aquifers, and other sources of water needed for agriculture, human consumption, and support of nearby life -- all to bottle it up in plastic and make … Continue reading Doing the simplest thing possible for the environment — stop buying water in plastic