InciWeb the Incident Information System: Diego Fire.
Now more than 2000 acres. It would be nice if local news and other fire info sites the public relies upon would get coordinated on up-to-the-minute acreage counts.
Latest, 4PM: 3400 acres.
Guardian.UK: Besieged by the rising tides of climate change, Kiribati buys land in Fiji.
“Within a few decades, small islands in the Pacific and Indian oceans risk being extensively or even completely submerged. In places the sea level is rising by 1.2cm a year, four times faster than the global average.”
Naked Cap: Arctic Seafloor Methane Release is Double Earlier Estimates.
365/2: 180 Outtake. Diego Fire smoke’s spreading towards us.
Opened all the windows a bit early, to get the envelope of the house as cool as I can before the smoke pours in and we have to shut everything down. #hateglobalwarming
NM Fire Info: Diego Fire Has Grown to 200 Acres.
Here we go again. Sizable smoke plume for ‘200 acres.’
Later: quick snap …
Day later: Morning news says ~750 acres.
Guardian.UK: Peru now has a ‘licence to kill’ environmental protestors.
SciAm: Wind Power Production Record Broken in Texas.
“The Lone Star State hit “peak wind” at 8:48 p.m. on March 26, when the state’s wind farms produced 10,296 megawatts of electricity. At that moment, wind turbines provided enough electricity to supply power for 29 percent of the total electricity load of the state’s main power grid.” Can’t get around it; the stereotype of ‘Big Oil Texas’ is only partly true anymore - they’ve hedged their bets quite effectively with wind power.
Guardian.UK: Earthquakes shake Oklahoma and Texas – and locals want to know why.
When considering the unexpurgated list of fracking’s costs, how do you value destabilizing the Earth’s crust?
KRQE.com: Assayi Fire erupts near Gallup.
“Watson says the fire was caused by a man burning weeds and tumbleweeds at a camp nearby.” You’ve GOT to be kidding me. In these winds?
365/2: 165. #savelabajadamesa
BBC: GM strains crash mosquito population in lab.
DeSmogBlog: Study Dismisses Geoengineering Quick Fix For Global Warming.
New Eastern Outlook: Washington‘s Shale Boom Going Bust.
“As a whole shale energy companies spend more than they are making in net profit, creating a bubble of “junk” bond debt to keep the Ponzi game going. That bubble will pop the second the Fed hints interest rates will rise, or even sooner.” It’s like a drug, a politico-economic pyramid scheme. When it goes crunch, it’s the people who live in fracking areas who are really gonna get the hurt. Via NakedCap.
Vox: A day after Obama’s new climate rule, China hints it may cap emissions.
“That sure sounds like a breakthrough in international efforts to tackle global warming. But as with many of China’s announcements on energy and climate, it’s worth parsing the details and remaining skeptical.”
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).