Guardian.UK: Fracking contamination more common than US states report.
“Wow, I’m very surprised.” She shouldn’t be. Even lives in the area. Eyes to see, ears to hear.
NY Times: A Lonely Quest for Facts on Genetically Modified Crops.
“Some compare the hostility to G.M.O.s to the rejection of climate-change science, except with liberal opponents instead of conservative ones.” Exactly the rat-hole I fell into, until Jeremiah woke me up (with a swift kick to the head). Note two distinct threads throughout this excellent article: one, the inability of naysayers to alter their strategy when confronted with facts that incontrovertibly disprove their opposition; and two, the lack of essential education in the process of genetic sciences.
Best thing anyone could do - but should be done by a disinterested third party - is put up a video course on genetics, free for all, so a lot of this angst could be eliminated and actual, relevant concerns could be debated.
Our world is advancing faster and faster, and we leave school at a very early age. This is, now more than ever, a real detriment. A more general philosophy of lifelong learning would be significantly more beneficial … for everyone on this planet.
SciAm: Seeping Arctic Methane May Not Be Linked to Climate Change.
“Our observations show that methane seepage west of Svalbard has been ongoing for much longer than anthropogenic warming.” Source warning (“ClimateWire”). But a quick search shows the research team feared the opposite just a couple of years ago.
Guardian.UK: Geologists identify trigger for apocalyptic ‘super eruptions’.
“The run-up to a super-eruption is different. Magma builds up so slowly that the rocky walls of the chamber heat up and expand, allowing the chamber to grow to a huge size. This relieves pressure inside the magma chamber. But as the chamber grows, more buoyant magma is forced upwards, and can eventually fracture the surface rock, causing a massive eruption.” Waiting for some wit to come up with ‘triggering the Yellowstone caldera’ as a means of fixing climate change.
Point panicking people here. We’ve all seen the colorful (and alarming) ‘radiation’ map - it has *nothing whatsoever* to do with Fukushima.
AutoGuide: Elio Motors Showing 89 MPG Three-Wheeler at 2014 CES.
ArtDaily: The Knightsbridge Estate unveils new lighting scheme.
Hmmm. Does everything need to be lit like it resides on the Las Vegas strip? Very attractive, certainly, but burning a whole lot of useless energy too.
PS Mag: What a Cute Ball of Fur Can Teach Us About Climate Change.
Pikas are unbelievably adorable. We have them up in the mountains here.
Guardian.UK: Fracking could be allowed under homes in Britain without owners’ knowledge.
“The associated underground extraction takes place very deep below the Earth’s surface, over a wide geographical area. [snip] As a result, it is often not possible to identify the exact route of any lateral drilling.” Oh, come on.
WaPo: Budget deal cuts oil and gas royalties to states.
Oil and gas revenues, filthy as they are, are the only thing keeping NM in the black. This is going to make for a mighty entertaining legislative session next year.
PNNL/News: Algae to crude oil - Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab.
MailOnline.UK: The tiny home built from scratch for $11,000 by architect.
Nice. Better than your average college dorm room.
The Guardian.UK: Fracking - huge impact of largescale UK shale gas industry revealed.
“In reality, many people will be unwilling to accept air pollution, noisy trucks, gas flaring and potential water contamination in exchange for the government’s bribe.” Brits need to be asking, “Who pays for the infrastructure upgrades to handle all this?” Shouldn’t be taxpayers.
SciAm: Salt Spray May Prove Most Feasible Geoengineering.
Well, it’s an idea. Less onerous than some.
SF New Mexican: Acequia Madre overflows, causing icy streets.
Whoopsie. Ice backed up against one of the gates, and is now flowing and freezing over the streets.
Denver Post: Blakes sell Taos ski area to billionaire conservationist Louis Bacon.
Big news in New Mexico. The Ski Valley will live on.
Guardian.UK: Taxpayers to pay for fracking pollution if companies go bust.
“Minister rejects proposal to amend regulations to make companies sign a bond to pay for potential pollution incidents.” MISTAKE. Don’t know if the UK is the same as here, but larger outfits set up smaller corporations, in order to shield themselves. They take the smaller corporations bankrupt before cleanup is necessary.
Syracuse.com: Snowy owls strike 5 planes at NYC area airports over past five weeks.
Waiting for the polar bears to show up.
Mainichi: Radiation 36,000 times permissible level found in water at Fukushima plant.
When is the world going to stop watching in horror and *do* something about this?
Guardian.UK: Canada to claim north pole as its own.
Oh, wonderful. Likely no Arctic ice by 2016, so everyone wants to move in for the ‘easy’ fossil fuels. Might as well light fires on your way to Hades.
Guardian.UK: Royal Mail to phase out post bikes completely in 2014.
“Royal Mail says the removal of bikes reflects the changing nature of mail: thanks in part to our growing love of online shopping; with more packages and fewer letters modern mailbags are bulkier and heavier. Royal Mail will now mostly deliver on foot using trolleys which, it says, are more efficient than bicycles.” My italics. Responding to the realities on the ground. I expect a bike/trailer combo would be too dangerous/unwieldy.
AZStarNet: Feds stymied probe into fire deaths.
“The probe determined state fire officials put protection of property ahead of firefighter safety, even though they knew the area couldn’t be defended. The report found commanders lacked key personnel at critical times, including officers focused only on safety, and that they knew a thunderstorm was brewing that likely would push the fire toward crews.” As everyone suspected.
Inspirationist: Wattman 200-Horsepower Electric Motorcycle by Voxan.
Lordy, look at that rake angle. Electric weighs a ton, too. Pretty, but this sure ain’t no buzz-around-the-city bike. Designed for a highway. But with 100+ mile range, where are you going to go?
Guardian.UK: UN’s 2C target will fail to avoid a climate disaster, scientists warn.
Youtube: NMELC/NM Copper Rule Video.
Hey, I know a lot o’ these people. Some backstory here, courtesy of the SF New Mexican. Debate the ‘logic’ of allowing groundwater pollution in a state that is still experiencing record-setting drought … if you can. Lined pits should be the law, at the very least. As we’ve seen with industries in the past, it’s too easy to set up a shell corporation and then bankrupt it before the expensive cleanup is required, dumping it on taxpayers. It’s a very common ‘rerun’ we’ve lived through many times before. It would be nice if our politicians would get on our side, for once. At this rate, ‘slippery slope’ is very likely. Donate if you can. NMELC does a fantastic job opposing these kinds of things, but they need $$ to do so.
Appropriate Disclosure: NMELC is a client of mine; however I get no compensation for agreeing with their actions. Only for occasional codesmithing.