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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

NY Times Science:

Beyond Black and White: Stalking the Skunks of Martha’s Vineyard.  A heavenly job, IMHO. I’m one of those rare (bizarre?) people who finds the smell of skunk delightful.  I cheerily volunteer to wash friends’ dogs with Skunk-Off.  There’s a particular story behind my adaptation to skunk, but it is so long as to require a separate part of the website.  Perhaps another time.

09/26/06 • 09:22 AM • EnvironmentalNaturePersonalScience • (1) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Critics speak out against tree-trimming project.  I have no problem with reasonable studies.  But I would respectfully suggest the homeowners adjacent to these areas do a test for termites around their homes.  The massive piñon death of recent years has created an enormous spike in termite population.  Perhaps a clearing of dead wood for fire protection would be more palatable, once they realize their homes are being munched on with abandon.

09/26/06 • 09:07 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

CPA, Texas State Government:

“El Cobalto.”  What’s in your foundation?

09/25/06 • 09:34 AM • Environmental • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Anastasio says competing weapons redesigns both “outstanding.”  Nuclear weapon redesigns; just to be clear.  “Another potential change for the lab is an NNSA proposal to quadruple the number of plutonium pits, or triggers for nuclear bombs, produced there.  Currently, the lab has the authority to make up to 20 pits a year, but some scientists fear the NNSA’s plans would turn Los Alamos into a manufacturing site, diminishing its scientific research.”

It would be the height of irresponsibility to turn LANL into Rocky Flats, just a couple dozen miles upstream of a major metropolitan area ... especially when the particular pollutants of nuclear research are making themselves obvious in the local water table.

09/25/06 • 08:16 AM • EnvironmentalHuman RightsPoliticsSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Deputies trap mountain lion.  Speaking of which, driving back from the hardware store after dark, I saw a good-size young mountain lion on the side of the road, where 285 meets Old Las Vegas Highway, east of Santa Fe.  Sleek, like an Abyssinian cat, but on a much larger scale.  Certainly no bobcat.

09/20/06 • 08:27 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • (2) Comments

CNN:

Scarlet elephant has animal lovers seeing red.  Hmmm.  I recall when they painted women gold for the Bond film “Goldfinger”, they had to leave a large patch open on the small of the back; if you completely cover the skin, it will kill you ... ?

09/17/06 • 09:37 AM • EntertainmentEnvironmentalHealth • (3) Comments

NY Times:

“We’re missing billions and billions of dollars owed to American taxpayers. It is inexcusable.

09/15/06 • 09:50 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalPolitics • (1) Comments

NY Times:

W.H.O. Rules May Increase DDT Use for Malaria.  The knee-jerk reaction, which I used to share in, would be to condemn this immediately.  Further reading, done the last time this subject came up, seems to indicate this use of DDT is relatively safe, with little exposure of nature and humans to the negative aspects of DDT.  The safety or danger is in the application.  I hope they begin monitoring women and children for long-term effects immediately, in concert with this.  The scientific consensus seems to be that it will save many more lives than it might harm.

09/15/06 • 09:39 AM • EnvironmentalHuman RightsNature • (0) Comments

CNN Science:

Study acquits sun of climate change.  I find this unconvincing, knowing of the historical trends in sunspot cycles.  2000, I believe, was even more active than previous cycles.  How can it not have any effect?

09/15/06 • 09:20 AM • EnvironmentalScience • (0) Comments

NY Times Europe:

In the Netherlands, Life Runs on 2 Wheels (Sometimes 3).  Hooray for my ancestors.

09/14/06 • 08:49 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHome & Living • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican/AP:

Acreage burned by wildfires in 2006 sets 45-year-high.

09/14/06 • 08:21 AM • Environmental • (0) Comments

BBC:

300 mile wide crater seen beneath Antarctic ice sheet.  “Some scientists have long suspected that the extinction at the boundary of the Permian and Triassic (PT) Periods could have occurred quite abruptly - the result of environmental changes brought on by the impact of a giant space rock.”

09/11/06 • 10:09 PM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments

The Economist,

which I will again remind some of my readers, is not an unconservative magazine ... and sees the need for addressing climate change.  “So is it really worth using public resources now to avert an uncertain, distant risk, especially when the cash could be spent instead on goods and services that would have a measurable near-term benefit?  If the risk is big enough, yes. Governments do it all the time.”

09/11/06 • 12:59 PM • EconomicsEnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments

NY Times:

Oil Prices Fall Below $66 a Barrel.  “... he [Iranian oil minister Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh] doesn’t want to see crude fall below $60 a barrel.”

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

BBC:

“Carbon dioxide levels are substantially higher now than at any time in the last 800,000 years, the latest study of ice drilled out of Antarctica confirms.”

09/05/06 • 03:03 PM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments

NY Times Environmental:

Landscape corridors work.  For plants, anyway.

09/05/06 • 10:27 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments
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