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NY Times:

Pale Male and Lola are back.

03/10/06 • 09:04 AM • EnvironmentalNature • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

LANL blasts excess explosives: Mesa-top detonation rocks area homes.  I have heard, but not experienced, that some of these explosions will rattle windows in Santa Fe.

03/10/06 • 09:00 AM • EnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

LSU AgCenter:

Efforts under way to prevent spread of Formosan subterranean termites in mulch from Louisiana following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  And we use lots of mulch around these parts, especially during dry seasons.  We already have termite problems, thanks to the massive piñon die-off of the past few years.  Eldorado, terrible problems in Rio Rancho ... be careful with mulch!

03/09/06 • 03:41 PM • EnvironmentalHome & LivingNatureSanta Fe LocalScience • (2) Comments

BBC:

Almond farmers seek healthy bees.  “The US is in danger of running out of honey bees to pollinate its almond crop - the country’s number one horticultural export.”  You learn something new every day.  I never knew almonds were our prime horticultural export.

03/08/06 • 04:50 PM • EnvironmentalFoodNatureScience • (0) Comments

Foreign Policy:

The Green Bullet.  Making ethanol from switchgrass may be better than corn, better for the environment than corn, and put a small dent in oil imports.  I remain skeptical because of the pesticide/environmental component.

03/08/06 • 01:34 PM • EconomicsEnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

A bit of Capitol roundup: Governor vetoes eminent domain legislation.  Self-interest; he’s thinking of his railway.  Governor signs new DNA requirement, more money for fire departments.  The fire departments will need the cash, given our severe drought.  And finally, Governor signs bill to increase tax credit for film production.  I was hoping for more $$ for law enforcement, personally.

03/08/06 • 10:36 AM • EnvironmentalHuman RightsLawPoliticsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

NY Times:

Recent Spread of Bird Flu Confounds Experts.  Migration has become something to be dreaded, in Europe ... perhaps North America.

03/06/06 • 10:35 AM • EnvironmentalHealthNatureScience • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Proposed well sites up for discussion.  Do read the comments, for some local flavor.

03/06/06 • 09:45 AM • EnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Governor signs solar tax credit, education bills.  “The tax credit, when used in conjunction with a federal solar energy tax credit, could shave nearly one-third off the cost of installing systems for heating homes and hot water ...”  Great.

03/04/06 • 09:10 AM • EnvironmentalPoliticsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Congressman Tom Udall surveys the drought situation in the Santa Fe Watershed.  “He climbed up the steep canyon slopes stacked with still-unburned slash piles from the thinning project. And he drove past the city’s two reservoirs, which are at less than 60 percent of capacity.”

03/04/06 • 09:08 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

NY Times:

Loss of Antarctic Ice Increases.  If you’ve got seaside property, better sell now.

03/03/06 • 09:59 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (2) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Geologist says LANL needs to upgrade wells.  “Bob Gilkeson, who made a presentation to Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety on Thursday, said 14 of the lab’s 33 wells can’t properly detect pollution because they were installed improperly and had drilling additives like bentonite clay, which can conceal contamination, he said.”  I love the “said ..., he said.”

03/03/06 • 09:29 AM • EnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Santa Fe hit with driest winter since 1890.  And, fire season off to a hot start.

03/02/06 • 08:50 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Oh crap ... they’re going to close the National Forests again.  Maybe it’s time to move to moister environs ...

03/01/06 • 10:32 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

County wades into long-range planning for water allocation.  “Developers have already requested more water service from Santa Fe County than the utility can provide in the next three years. Now county officials are scrambling to decide whether to continue supplying water on a firstcome , first-served basis or to take a more comprehensive approach.”  We live in the high desert, folks, in the midst of severe drought (that runs in frequent cycles).  You’d think ‘more comprehensive’ would have been a ground rule a long time ago.  Again, check out the comments.

03/01/06 • 10:30 AM • EnvironmentalPoliticsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

NY Times:

DuPont Looking to Displace Fossil Fuels as Building Blocks of Chemicals.  This is huge, excellent news.

02/28/06 • 09:41 AM • EnvironmentalScholarlyScience • (0) Comments

NY Times:

Gone! Snowmobile Herds and Tourists.  “People come from all over for this experience ... [snip] ... If they can only snowshoe or ski, they’re not coming.”  Aaaaah, say the buffalo.

02/28/06 • 09:32 AM • EnvironmentalNaturePolitics • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Court: City can regulate domestic water wells.  I have the distinct feeling this isn’t going to go down ‘well’ with everyone.

02/28/06 • 09:00 AM • EnvironmentalLawSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

The Economist:

The aves, and ave nots.  Migratory birds may not be the main problem; chick imports are implicated.

02/27/06 • 04:12 PM • EnvironmentalFoodHealthNaturePolitics • (0) Comments

Washington Post:

Federal Wildlife Monitors Oversee a Boom in Drilling.  “Recent studies of mule deer and sage grouse, however, show steep declines in their numbers since the gas boom began here about five years ago: a 46 percent decline for mule deer and a 51 percent decline for breeding male sage grouse. Early results from a study of pronghorn antelope show that they, too, avoid the gas fields.”  This is why I went up to Wyoming for vacation ... if this trend continues, the Wind Rivers, and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, will be a distant memory.

02/22/06 • 11:00 AM • EnvironmentalNaturePolitics • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Preparing for the worst.  “Rossback said one key wildfire indicator — the energy-release component — is at the same level now as it was in May 2000 when the Cerro Grande forest fire broke out near Los Alamos.”  I have some brush piles I have to clean up.  Pray for rain.

02/21/06 • 08:37 AM • EnvironmentalNaturePersonalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

CNN:

Funds restored to energy lab before Bush visit.  Oh my, is this a flip-flop?

02/21/06 • 08:31 AM • EnvironmentalPoliticsScience • (0) Comments

CNN:

Tower of London cages its ravens.  The day hasn’t arrived yet.

02/21/06 • 08:29 AM • EnvironmentalHealthHistory • (0) Comments

NY Times Arts:

Picturing the West: Scarred, Flawed, Beautiful. “Many of the pictures in ‘Turning Back’ linger over stretches of cleared timber, branches littering the foreground like bones at a mass grave, the clinical affect mitigating pictorial theatrics.  The memorial mood is gradually superseded and overwhelmed by the uplifting sense of a photographer who really sees. The grace of well-made art is its own form of redemption.”

“Redemption.”  Hmmm. So many of us go out and shoot the ugliness of our industrial/mass-humanity nation, making ‘beautiful’ photographs of the hideous waste, the destruction, and the erroneous aesthetic that is much of human ‘progress.’  Are not we photographers becoming apologists for humankind’s lack of responsibility?  Some will say, no, you’re wrong ... we’re exposing the ugliness so that it will be changed.  Or, we’re depicting reality.  Ansel Adams put the ‘reality’ falsehood to rest years ago.  And I don’t see a whole lot of change as a result of these types of photos; in fact, more people are going to photograph those ugly aspects to make their own ‘beautiful’ photos.  Ugliness is now being sought out, even preferred.  Destruction is not just being made tolerable; it’s being digested whole. 

Living in the Western U.S. makes this more apparent.  A beautiful shot of multicolored mine drainage means nothing without context; the toxic stew is not really beautiful, smells awful, and rendering it as ‘beautiful’ comes close to celebrating a Holocaust.  If we continue, will this be all that’s left to photograph?

Should we not, at least sometimes, render the hideous ugly?

02/20/06 • 11:38 AM • ArtsEnvironmentalNaturePhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

NY Times:

Reach of Clean Water Act at issue in two Supreme Court cases.  If they build a mall in the sand-filled wetland, locals should wait for the spring flood sales ... I’ve seen it happen over and over.

02/20/06 • 09:32 AM • Environmental • (0) Comments
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