Guardian.UK: Veteran scuba diver dies in underwater cave accident in New Mexico.
Aguanomics: Life is about to get much worse.
“The upshot is that economic cost-benefit models may be radically understating the cost of climate change (in exactly the same way as they failed to predict the financial crisis), which means that most discussions are far too conservative about the need to act quickly to reduce GHG emissions.”
Guardian.UK: What a fracking inquiry in Fylde tells us about planning, politics and power.
“For example, four different noise experts gave evidence to the inquiry and, to varying degrees, all disagreed. This either suggests a poor choice of experts - which seems unlikely - or else the possibility of legitimate disagreement, without anyone’s evidence necessarily being mistaken or untrue.” OK, Brits - here’s a tip. Cut to the damned chase. Pack up your decision makers, bring ‘em to either the Texas or North Dakota fracking areas, and let them see/smell/experience for themselves. Bring video cameras. Unfortunately, you can’t bring smell back with you, but if they ship some locals (public) along, it’ll make your best choice crystal clear.
Archaeology News Network: Fertilizer applied to fields today will pollute water for decades.
Yes, the Mississippi doth turn interesting colors, as temperatures change.
NY Times: Gas Prices Will Be Low for Easter, but Don’t Get Used to It.
Yes, we remember this from last time around. They use the refinery-bottleneck as a method of supporting prices. I remind you, once per-barrel prices start to rise, the prices at the pump will advance swiftly and devastatingly, beyond what is logical. So don’t go buying those V-8s in the meantime.
SF New Mexican: Fire officials plan 223-acre prescribed watershed burn.
“If the winds aren’t too strong, the air isn’t too dry and weather forecasts are favorable ...” Yeah, we remember the start of Cerro Grande. We just came off 50mph gusts the day before yesterday. And we’re deathly dry again. I’ve had to start watering the trees a month early this year. PLEASE BE CAREFUL. If we lose the forest climbing to the Ski Basin ...
Guardian.UK: American tribes are in trouble, and most won’t get $48m to flee climate change.
“A potent combination of accelerating sea level rise, salt water intrusion and subsidence of the land has caused devastating erosion and flooding, exacerbated further by regional oil and gas development and the shipping industry. Today, less than a quarter of the original inhabitants still live on the island, which has lost 98% of its landmass since the 1950s.”
SF Reporter: BLM Defers Oil, Gas Leases Near Chaco.
Halle-friggin’-lujah. Buys us time, anyway.
Guardian.UK: Climate guru James Hansen warns of much worse than expected sea level rise.
Guardian.UK: Welcome to the climate emergency. You’re about 20 years late.
Well, Jeff Beck was on it in ‘89 ...
My lords we can’t keep dancing along
Pretending everything is just fine
The consequences are devastating
We must strike out and rescue this
Fine earth upon which we live
Mashable: February obliterated global heat records, NASA confirms.
Yuba: Electric Cargo Bike Mid-drive Motor.
Love the concept. Because, if you really get down to it, you’re going to need to haul stuff at some point.
Archaeology News Network: Human influence on climate dates back to 1930s, new research finds.
“According to the new study, record-breaking hot years attributable to climate change globally are 1937, 1940, 1941, 1943-44, 1980-1981, 1987-1988, 1990, 1995, 1997-98, 2010 and 2014.” 40 year spread in the middle there. Wonder why.
Autoweek: No complete fix for Volkswagen California diesel cars may be available.
“Sax indicated that he does not believe that VW could provide some 82,000 affected cars in California with a technical solution that would allow them to be fully compliant with the state’s emissions standards or the onboard diagnostic requirements.”
InTheseTimes: Rebecca Solnit Explains Things to Us.
“The movement that put Obama in office was powerful enough to make really profound change, but everyone went home because they thought he’d do it. That’s what you see with Bernie Sanders: this infatuation with an almost savior-like figure who will do it all. No, actually, massive grassroots movements need to exist the day after the election.” Knock ‘em down, sister. Hallelujah.
BBC: Oil hits $40 a barrel amid commodities comeback.
If oil prices start to recover, I predict price rises faster than any we’ve seen in recent history. And not legitimate - which will be ‘exposed’ months/years later. The systemic pressure to make all those fracking plays profitable will drive an incredible amount of economic dishonesty.
SciAm: Clinton Would Limit Fracking; Sanders Just Says No.
Well, now. Makes me feel a *little* better about Ol’ Hill. She’s gone on the record, and mentioned “locality”. Just saying “states” puts the choice in too many GOP Governors’ hands.
Guardian.UK: Oil and gas industry has pumped millions into Republican campaigns.
And to a notable Democrat.
naked cap: Oil Giant Cuts Budget By 80 Percent And Suspends Fracking.
“These are some of the biggest spending cuts in the industry so far, and investors have responded positively to Whiting’s strategy for waiting out low oil prices.” What about the droves of workers who arrived for the boom? Unemployment out the wazoo, I expect. Check “County Employment Change” here - figures that don’t yet represent the above.
Guardian.UK: House Republicans seek to open up national forests to mining and logging.
As a local hunter (NM Republican) said to me: “When’s open season on idiots like these?” We love our National Forests here. The only thing these Washington nerks might win with would be more quad access.
Vox: Gorgeous new WPA-style posters celebrate the US energy revolution.
Hmmm. Not impressed. They look like vector autotraces of photos, with filters applied in Adobe Illustrator. Echo WPA, but only slightly.
NY Times: Volkswagen Memos Suggest Company Misled U.S. Regulators.
“According to the documents reviewed by The Times, a confidant of Mr. Winterkorn wrote to him in May 2014, warning that regulators might accuse the carmaker of using a so-called defeat device — software that recognized when the car was being tested for emissions and activated pollution-control equipment.”
TomDispatch: Rosner and Markowitz, Welcome to the United States of Flint.
We all have to keep watch on our water systems. Regulators love to jig with ‘allowable concentrations.’ So much lead back East in the water pipes, I wonder if my own IQ was stunted.
Atlantic: Should the U.S. Adopt Water Markets Like Australia’s to Solve the West’s Water
“Many droughts will occur. [snip] Many seasons in a long series will be fruitless.” My distant relation, ladies and germs.