A visible, inevitable environmental disaster that’s being ignored

This giant rusting ship holding over a million gallons of oil in a highly vulnerable location -- environmentally and economically -- gets no attention despite the horrendous impact either a break in the ship or fire would cause. I hope you can click thru to see the charts. I've added some bolding to the article. … Continue reading A visible, inevitable environmental disaster that’s being ignored

Super derecho not a labeled class of storm until 2009

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/this-day-in-weather-history-may-8-2009-the-super-derecho-of-2009 Recalling the 2009 U.S. event that prompted a new class of storm — super derecho Randi Mann Digital Reporter Saturday, May 8th 2021, 6:18 am - On this day in weather history, a derecho hit parts of the U.S. Midwest. On Friday, May 8, 2009, an extreme derecho struck areas of Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois.  … Continue reading Super derecho not a labeled class of storm until 2009

Amazon rain forest no longer taking in more carbon than it releases

This fact should scare people. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/30/brazilian-amazon-released-more-carbon-than-it-absorbed-over-past-10-years Brazilian Amazon released more carbon than it absorbed over past 10 years International team of researchers also found that deforestation rose nearly four-fold in 2019 A fallen tree lies in an area of the Amazon jungle that was cleared by loggers and farmers near Porto Velho, Rondonia State. Photograph: Ueslei … Continue reading Amazon rain forest no longer taking in more carbon than it releases

About time: Nestle does not have the right to drain fresh water whenever and wherever it wants

https://apple.news/AKg1mj6anTFeHi77nBmPvIA Nestlé doesn't have valid rights to water it's been bottling, California officials say Ian JamesJanet Wilson Palm Springs Desert Sun PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – California water officials on Friday issued a draft order telling Nestlé to "cease and desist" taking much of the millions of gallons of water it pipes out of the San Bernardino National Forest to … Continue reading About time: Nestle does not have the right to drain fresh water whenever and wherever it wants

The cicadas are coming, the cicadas are coming

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/04/15/what-expect-when-cicadas-emerge-spring/ What to Expect When the Cicadas Emerge This Spring April 15th, 2021, 6:00AM / BY Abigail Eisenstadt When eight inches below the ground warms to 64 degrees, the invasion of the Washington metropolitan region will begin. Countless young cicadas will erupt from the soil, molting into adults who will then buzz nonstop at a decibel level close … Continue reading The cicadas are coming, the cicadas are coming

California about to have a terrible year for fires

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/the-humble-shrub-thats-predicting-a-terrible-fire-season/ The humble shrub that’s predicting a terrible fire season Chamise is kind of a crystal ball for understanding how badly California might burn. MATT SIMON, WIRED.COM - 4/18/2021, 7:00 AM EnlargeBryant Baker, Los Padres ForestWatch 83WITH 61 POSTERS PARTICIPATING SHARE ON FACEBOOKSHARE ON TWITTER If you’re kind of judgmental when it comes to plants, you might … Continue reading California about to have a terrible year for fires

Another airborne killer web we largely ignore

The passage of the Clean Air Act of 1963 did do an admirable job of clearing visible pollution from the air in the United States. Other parts of the world, particularly China and India, have seasons during which it's almost impossible to see your own feet. Such polluted air isn't just ugly. It kills. And … Continue reading Another airborne killer web we largely ignore

Have you wondered why everyone yawns if one does?

And why in the world did they only look at the activities of lions? Anyone who's ever been to a meeting, class, or lecture that's gone on too long knows all about the irresistible contagion of one person's yawn. I'd think it would be useful to know if the first to yawn gains power in … Continue reading Have you wondered why everyone yawns if one does?

How plants can give hope in times of despair

https://www.elle.com/culture/amp35993812/plants-were-my-beacon-of-hope-during-the-pandemic/ Plants Were My Beacon Of Hope During The Pandemic Their undeterred maturation was a reminder that spring—indeed life itself—was moving on. BY BERONDA MONTGOMERY APR 6, 2021GETTY I planted tulip bulbs in November of 2019. I distinctly remember the process and timing of planting these bulbs. My father had died the month before and each bulb I … Continue reading How plants can give hope in times of despair

A keeper for books about environment, climate change, energy, the future, and more

This has too many lists and too much clickthru to include here in its entirety but it's produced by the people who interview top people in a field to get their top five recommendations. This contains a cornucopia of info. Enjoy. https://fivebooks.com/category/environment/climate-change/

Huge kelp forests being killed by urchins — so much for reducing cow methane

One of the most creative methods (which will stick in your mind forever, once heard) for reducing methane in the atmosphere is to feed kelp to cows. Turns out that methane is both a more dangerous greenhouse gas than CO2 and that the cows raised for dairy and for beef produce an enormous amount of … Continue reading Huge kelp forests being killed by urchins — so much for reducing cow methane

Vegetation can’t keep up with greenhouse gases

Amazing how many people have figured that trees, the Amazon Rain Forests, the greenery of Indonesia and the like would simply soak up the excess CO2 that humans have been producing. Unfortunately, the vegetation just can't keep up. One thing that's not mentioned here is the burning going on in both Brazil and Indonesia to … Continue reading Vegetation can’t keep up with greenhouse gases