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NY Times Op-Ed Contributor:

If you suffer from SAD, don’t read this.

10/25/06 • 08:48 AM • EnvironmentalNatureNews • (0) Comments

NY Times Europe:

Swiss glaciers disappear, affecting tourism.

10/24/06 • 10:18 AM • EnvironmentalScienceTravel • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican/AP:

Mexico rejects biotech corn planting.

10/19/06 • 07:47 AM • EnvironmentalNaturePolitics • (0) Comments

Ars Technica:

Please stand by.  I disdain the fact that some modern electronics don’t even bother with on-off switches these days, going for the permanent standby mode.

10/17/06 • 04:17 PM • ConsumptionEnvironmental • (0) Comments

NY Times Real Estate:

Everything You Need to Know About Bedbugs but Were Afraid to Ask.  Ah, wimps.  I woke up one morning in Big Bend with a full-grown tarantula drinking sweat from my sternum.  Now that’s a ‘bed bug.’

10/17/06 • 08:17 AM • EnvironmentalHome & Living • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

State revises WIPP permit to allow so-called ‘hot waste’.  The incremental increase in risk was predictable ... and the longer Yucca Mountain is delayed, the more pressure there will be to accept ever higher levels of waste.  WIPP trucks pass by my community, which, if a truck spilled waste on 285, there is no evacuation route to remove the residents of 2000+ homes.  The WIPP plan was approved in spite of this risk to citizens.  But we have to survive the idiocies of modern politics ... the easiest remedy, to my mind, would be to improve the access road along the railroad down towards Lamy, to allow something other than 4WDs to attempt it.  I think the Feds should shell out for it; after all, it’s their hot garbage ...

10/17/06 • 07:56 AM • EnvironmentalPoliticsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Chronic wasting disease found in animals.  Elk and white tailed deer.  If you’re a hunter, don’t eat heart tissue.

10/16/06 • 09:45 AM • EnvironmentalFoodSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments

The Maui News:

Earthquake rattles the big island of Hawaii.  I point you direct to a Hawaiian source, because some mainstream sources indicate all the Hawaiian islands have succumbed to this earthquake.  Most don’t mention earthquakes are rather frequent in our favorite volcanic islands.  [Sow that fear and panic, guys; the for-profit nature of your business is showing.]

10/15/06 • 12:39 PM • EnvironmentalNatureNews • (0) Comments

CSM:

New combatant against global warming: insurance industry. Risk-averse insurance hedges its bets.

10/13/06 • 10:23 AM • EconomicsEnvironmental • (1) Comments

Treehugger:

Thorium may be a safer fuel for nuclear reactors.  Saw thorium mentioned on one of those 50’s or 60’s “what does the future hold?” articles listed on MeFi a week ago.

10/12/06 • 10:59 AM • Environmental • (0) Comments

NY Times Environment:

Study Links Extinction Cycles to Changes in Earth’s Orbit and Tilt.  “It so happens, the paleontologists say, that variations in the course Earth travels around the Sun and in the tilt of its axis are associated with episodes of global cooling. Their new research on the fossil record shows that the cyclical pattern of these phenomena corresponds to species turnover in rodents and probably other mammal groups as well.”

10/12/06 • 10:41 AM • EnvironmentalHistoryScience • (0) Comments

NY Times:

Bush Urges Quick Action on North Korea.  Here we go; I surely hoped we wouldn’t tread this path.  “Mr. Bush said he ‘remains committed to diplomacy,’ but that any transfer by North Korea of nuclear or nuclear-related missile technology to ‘any state or non-state actor’ would ‘be considered a grave threat to the United States.’”  Rhetorical wimp. ‘Grave threat.’  He doesn’t dare declare transfer of nuclear weapons technology as an act of war, because it would tie our own hands. The permanent members of the Security Council are making too much money in nuclear technology sales ... and there isn’t a country in the world who wouldn’t sell a bomb to a baby for the right price. 

Blast from the past, read the Gilpatrick Report submitted to President Johnson, 1965. The most obvious problem, comparing today to 1965, is that we must stop trading our long-term nonproliferation goals for short-term strategic interests.

10/09/06 • 09:17 AM • EnvironmentalHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments

Washington Post:

Bush Policy Irks Judges in West, Rulings Criticize Agencies for Not Protecting the Environment.

10/06/06 • 11:28 AM • EnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments

NY Times Business:

Oil Prices Rise on Reports of Possible OPEC Cuts.  Some of the more conservative sites have been crowing about lowering energy prices as a boon for the fall election.  OPEC made clear at least a couple of months ago, they will not allow the price per barrel to drop below $60.  Watch, as the high-gas-price blame game gets redirected from ill-conceived nation-building and foreign policy jitters to that ‘bad old OPEC’ once again.

Related: The Energy Diet.

10/05/06 • 08:43 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

The city’s lamenting running out of pot(s) ...

10/04/06 • 07:56 AM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

A Stark Monument.  But you can only visit it if you have a security clearance.

10/03/06 • 07:22 AM • EnvironmentalHistorySanta Fe Local • (1) Comments

Easy enough

to verify on one’s own.  Microwaved water and plants.

10/02/06 • 12:01 PM • EnvironmentalHome & LivingNature • (0) Comments

NY Times Africa:

Proponents of globalization need to take a hard look at it in practice.

10/02/06 • 09:32 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHuman Rights • (0) Comments

NY Times Autos:

Plug-in Hybrids.  Funny, I’ve just been noticing Sprinters everywhere these days.

10/02/06 • 09:20 AM • ConsumptionEnvironmental • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Céline Cousteau lives in Santa Fe.  “I enjoy the contrast of water versus desert.”  Exactly.

09/28/06 • 07:53 PM • EntertainmentEnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe LocalSportsTravel • (0) Comments

NY Times World Business:

Wind will remain competitive as long as the price of crude oil remains above $40 a barrel.”

09/28/06 • 09:02 AM • EconomicsEnvironmental • (0) Comments

NY Times Science:

Sounds like the Ivory Bill has become the UFO of ornithology.

09/27/06 • 10:13 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Groups challenge state engineer’s authority.  Water wars, continued.

09/27/06 • 09:13 AM • EnvironmentalLawPoliticsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

NY Times Environment:

Emblem of the West Is Dying, and No One Can Figure Out Why.  The aspens here are absolutely, positively stressed by the long-term drought.  If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the piñon die-off, we’ve learned not to limit our view of causes.  Many people blamed the bark beetle and looked no further; however, it was the drought that prevented the trees from being able to generate the normal amount of sap to encase and kill the attacking beetles.  Woodpeckers and other predators had no time to respond, it all happened so fast.  Months, not years.  Sometimes it seemed a week would stand between a healthy tree and that sickly desaturated sage-green of one about to die.  No amount of watering would save it at that point. Some say the trees were overpopulated anyway, due to an unusual amount of rain in the 80’s and early 90’s.  Well, they’re almost all gone now, the hills are becoming bare like Arizona as the trees rot and roll down the mountainsides. Junipers are all that’s left.  Pine nuts have gone up in price, certainly.

They say the grasses will come back and fill in.  In the meantime, there’s an awful lot of dead wood about.  The loss of the piñons I could almost handle; the loss of our aspens would kill me.

09/26/06 • 09:44 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican/AP:

Global temperature highest in millennia.  The National Academy of Sciences hasn’t put their latest Proceedings up on their website, but I’ll put the link up in case they do.  The above SFNM article is the usual fluff, I’d like to read more specifics.

09/26/06 • 09:28 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments
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