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.
OilPrice: The Consequences Of Big Oil’s Exploding Debt.
Nice. Borrowing to pay dividends. We should all stand by ready to yell “boing”!
The Atlantic: Can a North Dakota Oil Town Break the Boom-Bust Cycle?
“Partridge cites Denver as an example of a place that grew beyond its early boomtown origins.” And boy, was that painful. Actually, multiple times.
NY Times: Embarrassing Photos of Me, Thanks to My Right-Wing Stalkers.
“When my daughter reports someone taking pictures of her at the airport, it drives me nuts. I have no idea if it’s actually this outfit; common decency would suggest otherwise, but that seems an increasingly rare commodity.” My italic emphasis.
Guardian.UK: The climate crisis is already here – but no one’s telling us.
Journalists failing us. You can go to your local library, borrow microfilm, look through past years for remarkable weather events. You’ll find we’re already in uncharted territory. It’ll scare the bloody hell out of you. Unfortunately - and this is to state things very baldly and cynically - until masses of humans start dying in Western countries, nothing will be done.
KQED Science: Disappearing Icons - Re-imagining the National Parks After Climate Change.
Joshua Tree as example.
SF New Mexican: Triple-digit temperatures, lack of moisture dry out the Rio Grande.
“Under a 2003 plan from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the river is legally allowed to go dry south of Albuquerque during irrigation season.” Good grief. If I were a fish, I’d complain. But I’d be dead.
naked cap: Oil Industry About To Be Burned Again By Fall In Oil Prices.
“This repeating process qualifies under the standard definition of insanity – namely, continuing to do the same thing that got you in trouble before.” Couldn’t happen to nicer people (being facetious, relax).
The Nation: Tell Democrats to Boycott Big-Oil Propaganda Events at the DNC.
Autoweek: Morgan EV3 electric 3 Wheeler limited edition production model.
Spider-faced. But I don’t mind it. Cool. Like or hate it, there’s no in-between.
Yahoo! News: EPA moves to regulate climate-warming airliner pollution.
About time. Airliners inject the stuff right where it can do the most damage. Thanks, @BillSaysThis on Twitter.
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 1,520 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.