Guardian.UK: Republican witness admits the expert consensus on human-caused global warming is real.
They’re winning because they are tying us up by arguing over consensus, rather than allowing us to find workable strategies to deal with the crisis. They are engaging-while-blocking, an old martial arts technique.
NWS ABQ:1941 Anomalous Precipitation.
A really fascinating analysis of a NM weather anomaly. But also look at the precipitation graph! 1942-1959 was a pretty dessicated period. Bookmarked.
Smithsonian: Ordinary People Respond More Strongly to “Global Warming” Than to “Climate Change”.
“People also said that they prefer to use the term “global warming” in casual conversation with friends and family. And, finally, people ranked global warming as a higher priority for elected officials, the president and Congress to take action on, compared to climate change. ” Very interesting. After Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, ‘global warming’ caused a large uptick in outrage here in my comments and in others’ comment sections. I switched to using ‘climate change’, and people were able to be reasonable again. Now it seems, I should switch back.
365/2: 148. Storm behind Lamy, NM’s Cerro Colorado.
And a political statement: #nocrudeoilinlamy. We stand for, what we stand on.
NPR: From Yellowstone To Grand Canyon, WPA Posters Celebrate National Parks.
If you haven’t seen them in person, these are just wonderful.
PS Mag: The Disappearance of Fog on California’s Farms.
Fog is a fragile thing; you’d have to live in the desert to realize how fragile (and rare) it is.
Guardian.UK: Write-down of two-thirds of US shale oil explodes fracking myth.
“Given the incredible difference between initial projections of 15 billion barrels and revisions to 600 million, does this not call into account all such global projections for tight oil?” Abso-friggin’-lutely.
Guardian.UK: BP mounts last ditch effort to limit Gulf of Mexico oil spill settlement.
I wouldn’t limit a situation that hasn’t yet resolved.
Las Cruces Sun-News: State - WIPP must permanently close underground panels.
Nice to know the State’s not going to sit on its thumbs, as the Feds seem to want to do. More worrisome is the undelivered containers at various sites waiting to be delivered; if they are also compromised, or potentially flammable … they’re sitting parked out in the open. I wouldn’t want to be downwind.
The Atlantic: Breakfast Cereals to Get More Expensive, Thanks to Climate Change.
Seriously, you want me to panic over Frosted Flakes? The ‘staff of life’, bread, is more important on a worldwide basis, and just as under threat.
Mashable: Earth Just Tied for Its Warmest April on Record, NOAA Says.
Alarmed. And with potential El Niño coming, time to batten the hatches a bit more (heat-proof, waterproof).
Vimeo: Fracking Threatens Chaco’s Sacred American Heritage.
Longtime readers have heard me discuss Chaco Culture National Historical Park many times. The surrounding lands *must* be protected from fracking. Watch this video to understand more.
Vox: Why the US is always so unprepared to fight wildfires.
“Right now, Congress gives agencies like the US Forest Service a budget for fire suppression that’s based on the average cost of wildfires over the previous 10 years. Of course, if wildfires are getting bigger over time, that’s going to create constant shortfalls.”
Las Cruces Sun-News: Breaking - Obama to make Organ Mountains national monument.
BBC: UK’s oil, coal and gas ‘gone in five years’.
“The government recently announced it was cutting subsidies for large-scale solar energy and the Conservatives have said there will be no funding for new onshore wind farms if they win the next election.” Woof. Rock and a hard place.
Vox: Five horrifying maps of America’s massive drought.
Unless El Niño.
Mashable: Homes Destroyed, Emergency Declared as Fires Spread in California.
My California readers and friends, I am doing rain dances for you.
Youtube: Watch Tanker10 doing its thing over Lompoc, CA.
The video’s mislabeled, it’s a modified DC-10. But just look at how much retardant that baby can drop. Read more about the plane here. Check their video page for even more. (I’ve linked this before; probably at the start of each fire season.)
SciAm: Bacteria Left a Methane Mess after Gulf Oil Spill.
“Research published today in Nature Geoscience finds that although these bacteria consumed much of the gas, they slowed down considerably after a few months. In fact, bacteria only consumed roughly half of the methane …” Poor little buggers got full!
DeSmogBlog: Mexico’s Looming Fracking and Offshore Oil and Gas Bonanza.
ReadWrite: Our Climate Is Changing, And NASA Has The Proof.
NM’s down at the #3 spot.
KRQE.com: Fire erupts in Gila National Forest.
And in case you haven’t heard, fire season is in full shred all of a sudden. Like, yesterday. The ‘Signal’ fire has already burned 3,000 acres. Looking at the map, it may burn towards already-torched areas (hope).
When these things start now, they end up being immediate monsters. The fact this one started two weeks earlier than usual, indicates how desperately dessicated we are.
Guardian.UK: US failed to inspect thousands of at-risk oil and gas wells, report finds.
“The report said the BLM had failed to conduct inspections on more than 2,100 of the 3,702 wells that it had specified as ‘high priority’ and drilled from 2009 through 2012. The agency considers a well ‘high priority’ based on a greater need to protect against possible water contamination and other environmental safety issues.” The lack of oversight is well-known, and has been known for decades now … even before the present-day addiction to fracking. Texas alone has tens of thousands of capped wells that need to be monitored, yet this important function is rarely fully funded or staffed.
CO Springs Gazette: Parts of some Plains states drier than Dust Bowl.
“While experts say the possibility of another Dust Bowl is unlikely because of modern irrigation and farming techniques enacted afterward that are aimed at holding soil in place, greater erosion in recent years has resulted in an increasing number of dust storms, including one last month that lasted three days in Lubbock, Texas.” As I’ve mentioned before, the recent winds have done a mighty fine job of picking up our dirt roads and dropping them over in Oklahoma and Texas. It’s terrifyingly dry.
SciAm: Fracking Fluid Rules Considered by Feds.
“Although drillers fear greater disclosure may jeopardize commercially secret formula for the fluids they use to coax the maximum oil or gas out of a given well, the industry has become more transparent in recent years, responding to concerns about potential public health implications of fracking.” Okay, who wrote this?