Science: Surface uplift and time-dependent seismic hazard due to fluid injection in eastern Texas.
Guardian.UK: 375 top scientists warn of ‘real, serious, immediate’ climate threat.
Bike EXIF: When the pavement runs out - Vintage Electric’s scrambler.
This could make commuting into Santa Fe on the Rail Trail a real blast.
Guardian.UK: Trump and the Republican Party are doing Big Oil’s bidding.
They’re bankrupting NM, and one can see how they’re ... shaking up ... Oklahoma. This is not good at all. And if you confront them, you’ll either be answered “because jobs” or “because war”.
The Atlantic: Bayer and Monsanto Announce $66 Billion Merger.
Two of the biggest GMO/pesticide companies. It’s not a monopoly, there are many others, but holy hell they’re going to wield a great deal of power.
EurekAlert: New genus of bacteria found living inside hydraulic fracturing wells.
Yeah, but wait for it. The oil and gas lobby will want them protected as an ‘endangered species’ if fracking regulations get tightened. We live in that kind of bizarro culture now.
DeSmogBlog: Obama Again Sounds Climate Change Alarm But Continues Supporting Fossil Fuel Industry.
Wishy-washy, but worth a perusal.
naked capitalism: Warrant Issued for Amy Goodman’s Arrest for DAPL Reporting.
“Some strange things going down in North Dakota, however, and they don’t augur well for those who are peacefully engaging in constitutionally protected activity, including peaceful protest and press coverage. I noticed, for example, that the state recently became the first to authorize the use of armed drones by police.” You think it can’t happen here, and then ...
Guardian.UK: Former EPA head admits she was wrong to tell New Yorkers post-9/11 air was safe.
If you were around in 2001, we bloggers called ‘bullshit’ on this at the time. It defied all logic.
c|net: Porsche’s 2017 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid plug-in rocks 31 miles of EV range.
“Rocks”?!! *Cough*. That won’t even take me food shopping on an average day, much less get to a client location and check my PO box.
Guardian.UK: Humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth’s wilderness in 25 years - study.
Obviously related to the drilling-in-Ecuador article below.
SciAm: Ecuador Begins Drilling Oil in a Pristine Corner of the Amazon.
“This is the worst imaginable place to be drilling for oil.” With oil prices where they are, insane. Humankind continues to operate as parasite on this poor planet.
The New Yorker: A Pipeline Fight and America’s Dark Past.
“The fight for environmental sanity—against pipelines and coal ports and other fossil-fuel infrastructure—has increasingly been led by Native Americans, many of whom are in that Dakota camp today. They speak with real authority—no one else has lived on this continent for the long term.” You know where my sympathies lie. How do you put an ancestor back on the path to eternity, after a bulldozer has desecrated their resting place? One of the most important news items of this year, and it’s not being discussed nearly enough.
Mashable: Costa Rica ran on 100 percent renewable energy for 76 straight days.
Guardian.UK: Toxic air pollution particles found in human brains.
“We also observed other metal-bearing particles in the brain, such as platinum, cobalt and nickel. Things like platinum are very unlikely to come from a source within the brain. It is a bit of an indicator of a [vehicle] catalytic converter source.” Holy flippin’ Hannah. Thanks, E, for the link!
SF New Mexican: Tensions soar as more and more drifters call national parks home.
National Geo: Are We Losing the Grand Canyon?
My God. Nat’l Geographic, in rigor mortis. Not a peep about Colin Fletcher - or more importantly, Harvey Butchart, without whom many sections wouldn’t have been known to be passable. These later through-walkers stand on the shoulders of giants. For shame, Nat’l Geographic. For shame.
PS Mag: Here’s Why the Navajo Nation Is Suing the EPA Over Colorado’s Mining Catastrophe
Devolving into quotes.
I always said I wouldn’t do it. But this is a good one, given natural and political events of this week: “If this earth should ever be destroyed, it will be by desire, by the lust of pleasure and self-gratification, by greed of the green frog skin, by people who are mindful of their own self, forgetting about the wants of others.” ― John (Fire) Lame Deer, Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions
Slate: Zika is spreading in Florida, but we know how to stop it.
“It’s because of Dengue that this country’s public health officials have figured out how to control Aedes aegypti, the disease-carrying mosquito that lives in coastal areas during the summer months. We do that with Naled, an insecticide that is almost 100 percent fatal for the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The chemical is already sprayed on about 16 million acres a year in the continental U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency.”
Metafilter: CO2 is bad for you.
“In 2013, researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that carbon dioxide had measurable negative effects on human cognition at levels as low as 600 parts per million.” Maybe that explains the Trump phenomenon, and more.
SF Reporter: Federal Land Grab.
The Republicans cut the funding, therefore management personnel. So now they cry ‘Federal mismanagement’! Own a mirror, Repubs? Bullshit. Leave it in Federal hands. Put more managers in the local areas. States’ll destroy our resources.
PS Mag: America’s Latest 500-Year Rainstorm Is Underway Right Now in Louisiana.
“Today’s rainstorm in Louisiana is at least the eighth 500-year rainfall event across America in little more than a year, including similarly extreme downpours in Oklahoma last May, central Texas (twice: last May and last October), South Carolina last October, northern Louisiana this March, West Virginia in June, and Maryland last month.” Um ... and we’re going to do what, exactly? Sit on our thumbs some more, in polluting vehicles?
Atlas Obscura: See the ‘House-Sized’ Boulder that Shut Down This National Park Road.
Impressive. Biggest we get, on the Santa Fe Ski Basin road are head-sized ... perhaps Kardashian-butt-sized on occasion ... but that’s rare.
Atlas Obscura: Forest Burns After Man Set Used Toilet Paper Ablaze.
“Attempting to be extra fastidious, he then lit the toilet paper on fire. Then he watched, presumably horrified, as the toilet paper began to light the whole forest on fire.” Old thinking. If you want to be fastidious, pack it out. Wag bags and the perennial fave ‘poop shovel’ are indicated. Can’t find it at the moment, but there also used to be a tube you could dump human ejecta in and compress.