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CSM:

Soy replaces silk in the world of sustainable fashion.  Eco-friendly fashion.  Price out a pair of hemp pants, though.  A lot of green, for green.

08/18/06 • 08:34 AM • ConsumptionDesignEnvironmental • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican/AP:

Engineered grass found growing in wild.  “... Ellstrand noted the engineered bentgrass has the potential to affect more than a dozen other plant species that could also acquire resistance to Roundup, or glyphosate, which he considers a relatively benign herbicide.  Such resistance could force land managers and government agencies like the U.S. Forest Service, which relies heavily on Roundup, to switch to ‘nastier’ herbicides to control grasses and weeds ...”  Like erosion management in the distant past, we consistently underestimate Mother Nature.  You’d think we’d learn by now there are no ‘closed systems.’

08/17/06 • 06:06 AM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Unceasing Monsoons.  Note the comment about the Hatch chile crop; I linked a story a couple of weeks ago about the bounteous harvest expected.  If rains continue, that may go far towards further proof one must never count chiles before they’ve “Hatch’d”.

08/16/06 • 07:20 AM • EnvironmentalFoodNatureSanta Fe Local • (3) Comments

It virtually never happens in NM ...

we’ve got fog this morning.  Glorious.  Can’t see the mountains.  Must make for interesting driving, with the sun dialing the intensity to “11.”

08/16/06 • 06:14 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • (2) Comments

CSM:

Back to the ‘70’s, for Detroit.  Caught out, once again.

08/15/06 • 09:29 AM • ConsumptionEnvironmental • (0) Comments

CSM:

Backstory: Where the fastest commuters are ... ‘slugs.’  Very cool.

08/15/06 • 09:27 AM • Environmental • (0) Comments

The Economist:

Really Big Oil.  Here’s some interesting information, that needs corroboration ... “Saudi Aramco’s proved reserves alone could keep the world supplied for several decades. But it is only exploiting ten of its 80 or so fields, so will be able to pump at the present rate for about 70 years even if it never discovers another drop of oil. In fact, Aramco and other NOCs are likely to find plenty more if they look, since their territory has not been very thoroughly explored.”  I’m seeing more and more that fear is the driver of profit in our modern world (economic, philosophic, political).  But I digress.

08/15/06 • 09:22 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Farming small - but smart.  “It is possible to grow $40,000 to $50,000 worth of vegetables on an acre of land.”  And that’s in New Mexico, I might add ... a bit arid.

08/14/06 • 08:35 AM • EnvironmentalFoodHome & Living • (0) Comments

CNN Health:

Reported U.S. bird flu probably no human threat, feds say.

08/14/06 • 08:22 AM • EnvironmentalHealthScience • (0) Comments

New Scientist:

Greenland’s ice cap may be melting at triple speed.  What will be more informative, will be differentiating the inland trend from the shoreline one.  Previous research I’ve seen pointed to slight thickening in the middle, breakup on the edges.

08/11/06 • 12:35 PM • EnvironmentalScience • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

LANL: Residents object to nuclear-weapons work.  Check the bottommost comment.

08/11/06 • 09:53 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments

Albuquerque Trib:

Study: First responders to 9/11 suffered lung-function decline.  We all knew, looking at the clouds of pulverized concrete, computers and worse ... that it must be a horrible cocktail to breathe ... despite EPA assurances.

08/09/06 • 11:56 AM • EnvironmentalHealthScience • (0) Comments

Albuquerque Trib:

Sweltering July was only second hottest on record.  “July 1936 still holds the record at 77.5, while July 1934 fell to third place at 77.1, the agency said.”

Later: The NCDC page on year 1998, compared to the ‘30’s, is of interest.  Particularly this chart.  Not quite the disastrous trend I’d imagined ... though it’s missing our current decade.

08/09/06 • 11:53 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments

New Scientist:

Monet’s art may reveal Victorian London’s smog.

08/09/06 • 09:50 AM • ArtsEnvironmentalHistory • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Commission OKs fish toxin in streams.  I doubt the toxin is species-selective; they may do more harm than good.  But I’d imagine this is being done in concert with fish hatcheries ... not exactly ‘natural.’

08/09/06 • 07:16 AM • EnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Public can weigh in on LANL’s future.

08/09/06 • 07:12 AM • EnvironmentalPoliticsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

NY Times Opinion:

A Reprieve for Public Lands.  Thank God for the courts.

08/08/06 • 08:32 AM • EnvironmentalNaturePolitics • (0) Comments

NY Times Business:

Biggest Oil Field in U.S. Is Forced to Stop Pumping.  One more international crisis, we’ll be at $100/barrel.  I’m hearing whispers from the local survivalist fringe, “time to stock the bunkers, they’re going to start releasing bird flu soon.”

08/08/06 • 08:28 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Quality chile crop this year.

08/08/06 • 08:04 AM • EnvironmentalFood • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

State’s gas price hits record high, is expected to climb again.

08/08/06 • 07:53 AM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Santa Fe national forest service to hold meetings on ATV trails.  Perhaps, with gas prices rising so sharply, making allowances for a nearly extinct species of transportation might also be considered short-sighted.

08/07/06 • 08:29 AM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

State probes contamination of lab well.  LANL tends to believe the rock layer underlying the Lab is impermeable in our lifetimes.  Recent tests are showing how wrong this premise is.

08/07/06 • 08:27 AM • EnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

CNN:

NASA joins search for elusive woodpecker.  Ivory-bills are not extinct as the result of high-speed foam loss, however.  Just in case you were concerned.

08/07/06 • 08:25 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

LANL Chemist creates a safer form of ammo.  Iron, instead of lead.

08/04/06 • 09:04 AM • EnvironmentalLawScience • (0) Comments

Food link of the day:

New Hampshire woman bakes cookies on the dashboard of her RAV4.  See? You don’t need one of those survival solar foil contraptions ...

08/03/06 • 08:44 PM • EnvironmentalFood • (0) Comments
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