SciAm: Companies Should Be Required to Reveal Climate Risks.
They should also have to explain how they’re going to clean up their operations ... without taking their companies or shell-companies bankrupt in order to lard it all on the taxpayers.
Mashable: Kuwait sizzles in 129-degree heat, setting all-time eastern hemisphere record.
SF Reporter: A top lawmaker says New Mexico is spending more than it has.
Non-renewables have been a bad investment lately. Illogical in a place with over 300 days of Sun, and almost as many days of wind a year. But you’ve heard that from me before, umpteen times ...
Slate: Trump’s wall would hurt wildlife and halt science at the border.
Let’s put this to bed once and for all. There will be no wall. Perhaps an invigorated fence, but there will be no wall. A wall vs. a fence requires much more material. How much more? I believe I’ve posted before - concrete calculators are available on the web. An 18’ high by 4’ thick by 1 mile long chunk of wall would be ~14,000 cubic yards of concrete. The entire border is 5,520 miles. That’s nearly 80 million cubic yards of concrete, longer than the Great Wall of China (built of brick-faced rammed earth). That wall didn’t keep out the hordes either.
The fact that Slate or any other media source is reporting on ‘the wall’ as if it is a serious consideration, is a breach of journalistic ethics if you ask me. As a joke only. A piece of idiotic tomfoolery.
But this is how media sources keep clickthroughs maxed, and make the contest more of a horserace (as I projected months ago).
[#ignoretrump. Thistles can’t grow where roses do. Use it - point to cat photos if you want. Anything but the blowhard.]
BBC: Hottest June ever recorded worldwide - NOAA.
Sure as Hell. Someone doubts global warming, I’ll give ‘em a kick in the keister myself.
Autoweek: CAFE standards won’t hit 54.5 by 2025, regulators say.
Mashable: A massive heat wave is poised to envelop the U.S. from coast to coast next week.
More?!!! Dear God, help us survive. We’ve had little break. Our night time temps are just not getting below 70 until midnight. Rough sleeping, sans A/C.
San Antonio Exp/News: Woman falls to her death at Grand Canyon after posting image on cliff’s edge.
“She was stepping out of the way for another gentleman to kind of squeeze in, and unfortunately, Colleen kind of got tripped up on her own feet and fell backwards, fell into the canyon.” Frankly, I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often. Ever been there to see a sunrise? People climb out all over the cliffs, hanging on by fingernails. I almost couldn’t watch the sunrise for worrying about multiple imminent deaths. It’s one thing for an adult to endeavor to win a Darwin Award, but when they take their toddlers/babies with them? [*shudder*]
SF New Mexican: Group seeks to restore historic forest fire lookout tower.
“The proposed project would restore this National Historic Place and launch the Santa Fe National Forest’s cabin rental program to share these spectacular views with the public and bring revenue to the forest for maintenance, recreation and future projects.” It’s about time!
Atlas Obscura: Would You Like To Be Buried In A Giant Eco-Egg?
I have to ask myself, why does this feel ‘better’ than a plain in-ground burial in a biodegradable coffin? Maybe it’s just marketing. Maybe it’s the symbology of the egg (life from death).
MessyNessy: Greetings from California, the Hellish Oil-Pumping State of Yesteryear.
I wasn’t aware of this history, until I travelled to CA for business and was planted in a hotel room near an oil pump (camoflaged, but still smelly as all get-out).
SFR: Major resources on tap to fight fire that began Thursday in the Santa Fe Watershed.
Guardian.UK: Graffiti artist banned from 20% of US [‘Creepytings’, Casey Nocket].
“A graffiti artist has been banned from all national parks and other federally administered land – that’s more than 20% of the US – for vandalism after Reddit users tracked her down on social media. Casey Nocket was also sentenced to 200 hours of community service and a fine for drawing faces in acrylic paint in at least six national parks: Death Valley, Colorado National Monument, Canyonlands, Zion and Crater Lake.” Good. Should have been more community service, IMHO, but they had multiple jurisdictions to deal with.
NMFireInfo: Battleship Fire on Santa Fe National Forest.
Shit. There’s no other word for it. Be safe, firecrews.
Mashable: Brutal and prolonged heat wave about to hit the Southwest.
Yeah, we heard. Not wild about it.
Smoke from the Dog Head Fire blankets our area.
I walked out to check the horizon. Can barely see the Jemez Mountains. Sandia Crest is obscured, as are the Manzanos (where the fire actually is).
I couldn’t believe it though - two people jogging, and a couple of bicyclists? Crazy. I stupidly went out during the last days of Las Conchas on my bike, drew enough into my lungs to be hacking up black stuff for a day and a half.
Experience talking - just DON’T.
KOB: ‘Dog Head Fire’ burns nearly 700 acres in Manzano Mountains; wind stokes flames.
Big gout of smoke to the south, this time. It may settle over us shortly. Here we go ... AGAIN. We end up having to close up the house, right at the hottest time of the year.
Star-Telegram: Earthworks says 2.3M Texans live close enough to oil & gas operations to pose risk.
Chart is #3 in the top image rotator.
Guardian.UK: Alligator drags two-year-old boy into lagoon at Disney World resort in Florida.
You know, I spent a lot of time supporting sales meetings down in Disneyworld and environs. Every lake, every water feature seemed to have that long silhouette of an alligator or three in it. I wondered why they were allowed to remain, even close to well-trafficked areas. Understand, this was fifteen-twenty years ago now.
Guardian.UK: UK fracking firm plans to dump wastewater in the sea.
“Under EA regulations, the water must be treated on site or elsewhere at a designated treatment facility, before a permit is issued to discharge it. Ineos and the industry trade body said any fracking wastewater would be treated before being disposed of.” But what does ‘treating’ render? What’s left in the wastewater?
BillMoyers.com: Small-Town America Has a Serious Drinking-Water Problem.
Tip of the iceberg. There are a whole lot of other nasties besides uranium.
Roads & Kingdoms: A Forest Built By Hand.
SF New Mexican: Regulator warns of long, costly cleanup at Los Alamos lab.
“It could take another decade and more than $4 billion to clean up the hazardous waste remaining at one of the nation’s premier nuclear weapons laboratories.” It is impossible, IMHO, to completely clean up the Lab. The 60+ year old deep injection wells are percolating to the water table (“Impervious rock layers! Geologically impossible! You’re ignorant if you think it can actually happen!”). As I’ve pointed to for over a decade now: See the Los Alamos Study Group page.
PS Mag: The Gulf Oil Spill Left More Damage Than We Previously Thought.
“As much as 10 percent — or millions of gallons — of the oil spilled during the Deepwater disaster may have ended up on the Gulf’s seafloor this way, the researchers estimate. Those contaminants likely entered the food web.” Color me unsurprised. I called this when the accident was in progress. Gulf (bottom-feeding) seafood? No way, Josè.
SciAm: New Study Finds That Roof Racks Are a Real Drag on U.S. Fuel Consumption.
I knew this already. Yet my roof rack stays on the car ‘just in case’. I should just go ahead and take the durned thing off. I’ve been chucking my bike in the back of the van, just because of the drag on the roof. In NM’s high winds and weather, a bent frame and tons of bugs are your reward for sitting on the roof. Better the back-of-the-car strap-on dealy.