Are you ready for this? It’s raining plastic

Rain and snow are known for their ability to clear out dusty, gritty, or dirty air. That's because the moisture coalesces around the debris. Given how light and small some plastic fibers are, it shouldn't surprise that rain and snow now include plastic -- but it does. Moreover, it makes me rather ill. Asbestos fibers … Continue reading Are you ready for this? It’s raining plastic

Swedes are making major life changes to avoid anything but emergency air travel

This article is eye-opening about the changes to their lives that Swedes are willing to make to avoid air travel and a discussion of why they're willing to do so. Unfortunately, the article doesn't copy so you'll have to click thru. Certain modern careers are totally reliant on jetting from one location to another throughout … Continue reading Swedes are making major life changes to avoid anything but emergency air travel

Electric scooters not as good for the environment as you’d think

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/8/8/20759062/electric-scooter-environment-climate-change-bird-lime We regret to inform you that scooters aren’t actually good for the environment Electric scooters are worse for the planet than the modes of transportation they’re displacing, a study finds. By Sigal Samuel Aug 8, 2019, 12:35pm EDT   Since their 2018 introduction in Lisbon, Portugal, Lime scooters have become very popular with tourists … Continue reading Electric scooters not as good for the environment as you’d think

Upcoming hurricane season has potential to be very nasty

The Capital Weather Gang at the Washington Post does a thorough and accurate job of both short-term and long-time weather forecasting. Worth noting. https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/08/08/noaa-ups-odds-above-average-hurricane-season-this-season-could-produce-quite-bit-activity/ NOAA ups the odds of above-average hurricane season: ‘This season could produce quite a bit of activity’ NOAA is forecasting a 45 percent chance of above-normal activity. By Matthew Cappucci Matthew … Continue reading Upcoming hurricane season has potential to be very nasty

Believe it or not we NEED insects, particularly bees, and we’re wiping them out

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/08/insect-apocalypse-under-way-toxic-pesticides-agriculture/ Environment Insect 'apocalypse' in U.S. driven by 50x increase in toxic pesticides Bees, butterflies, and other insects are under attack by the very plants they feed on as U.S. agriculture continues to use chemicals known to kill. Honeybees on the outside of a bee hive. U.S. agriculture has become almost 50 times more toxic … Continue reading Believe it or not we NEED insects, particularly bees, and we’re wiping them out

Animals and fish are starving without enough to eat — and it’s not just polar bears

The two stories below point out that the changes in environment brought about by the climate crisis are changing the availability of food for animals and fish. And that will mean less available food sources for humanity. First, a story about a herd of reindeer that starved in what should have been its natural habitat. … Continue reading Animals and fish are starving without enough to eat — and it’s not just polar bears

Car makers negotiate with CA for pollution standards despite federal effort to relax them further

California represents about one-sixth of the domestic powered vehicle market and has historically used that heft to insist on higher anti-pollution standards than required by federal standards. The current administration is attempting to relax the Obama standards to a level totally incompatible with California's demands. Solution: the car makers are negotiating individually for standards acceptable … Continue reading Car makers negotiate with CA for pollution standards despite federal effort to relax them further