SF New Mexican: LANL’s burst barrel has sister drum at WIPP.
Veritable time-bomb. My concern includes cousins still at LANL, sitting outdoors in canvas tents.
Reuters: Gas production blamed for rise in Colorado, New Mexico quakes.
“The USGS scientists said there are now 21 high-volume wastewater disposal wells in Colorado and seven in New Mexico, and that since mid-2000 the total injection rate across the basin has ranged from 1.5 to 3.6 million barrels per month.” Holy cats.
Guardian.UK: Texas proposes rewriting school text books to deny manmade climate change.
Stop it (again). I deal with so many clients overseas now, I find myself constantly apologizing for media-reported American idiocies.
Guardian.UK: Emma Thompson - ‘It’s a different patch of life, your 50s’.
“People wanting to be 35 when they’re 50 makes me think: why? Why don’t you be 50 and be good at that?” The interview is much more wide-ranging than this soundbite; but it’s good soundbite. I didn’t realize her mother was Phyllida Law.
A representative of NMPIRG knocked on my door ...
The very least I can do is link her cause ... Stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms. Something we should all get behind.
Guardian.UK: How Hillary Clinton’s State Department sold fracking to the world.
If she wins the nomination, I’m changing my registration to ‘independent’.
SciAm: Full Reopening of New Mexico Nuclear Waste Dump Could Take Years.
“The Energy Department has said it will be two years or more before the plant is likely to be fully operational, and has asked Congress for over $100 million to underwrite initial cleanup efforts. The head of the New Mexico Environment Department warned earlier this week of ‘significant penalties’ for the waste dump and Los Alamos for violations of state hazardous waste permits.” I can’t be sad over this; nuclear waste containers won’t be going by our development while WIPP is down.
Mashable: Forecasters Lower El Nino Odds, Predict Weaker, Later Event.
“Interestingly, she said that in the past 10 years, many El Niño and La Niña events have kicked off later in the year, in either late fall or early winter, compared to previous decades.” Snow is as welcome as rain.
SciAm: BP Found “Grossly Negligent” in 2010 Spill.
SF Reporter: House Rules - Republicans say vulnerable state seats could give them majority.
Ugh. The unmentioned winning motto will be, “Frack NM.”
365/2: 243. Smoke does nothing for productivity ...
Pinos Fire, over in the Jemez. I’ll say it again, I’m surprised there are two sticks to rub together over there, after Cerro Grande and Las Conchas. But the whole west side is still pristine, really.
Later: Just before sunset, same view. Better shot overall. That’s what I get for ‘not waiting.’
KOB: Pino Fire smoke will be visible across northern NM.
I’ve been smelling smoke-tinge on the wind the past couple of days. Look outside, the Pino Fire looks to have smeared across our western views. And the smoke smell is getting stronger by the hour.
SciAm: Sunscreen Floods Oceans as Warmer Waters Boost Tourism.
Now here’s something I haven’t ever thought about before ... the millions of gallons of Sea & Ski [et al] that have gotten dissolved in the oceans over the last 50 or so years ...
The Atlantic: The Urban Oil Fields of Los Angeles.
One of the lesser-known details of L.A. I was quite surprised when I found out about this a couple of decades ago.
Archaeology News Network: Monarch butterflies plummet 90 percent, need protection.
I’ve not seen one in at least five years. We used to have a couple dozen sail through and drink at puddles.
SF New Mexican: Study - Tree deaths outpace new growth across state.
“New Mexico trees are dying faster than they are being replaced with new growth across much of the state, according to a study on forest health released Tuesday. Brown trees dotting landscapes around the state are a highly visible sign of what’s happening.” Well now. I’m going to start giving trees as housewarming and general gifts.
Guardian.UK: Global warming is already here and could be irreversible, UN panel says.
Youtube: Robin Williams Tribute. Another, yes, but very poignant.
ProPublica, Report: Drillers Illegally Using Diesel Fuel to Frack.
“For many years fracking industry groups insisted their member companies never used diesel fuels in their operations. Then, in 2011, a congressional investigation found that in fact between 2005 and 2009, 12 companies had injected 32 million gallons of diesel fuel or fracking fluids containing diesel fuel in wells in 19 states.” This has been known, and ignored and/or buried, for at least a half-dozen years. Companies rely on semantics to dodge legal bullets.
Guardian.UK: Facts can convince conservatives about global warming – sometimes.
Guardian.UK: Get used to toilet-to-tap water, Californians told.
“The state’s main sources of water, snow melt from the Sierra Nevada, imported water from the Colorado river, and groundwater, are all in decline.” We know that feeling here in NM. Of course, folks don’t think about the fact that all sorts of animals are defecating in river and reservoir water. And ... fish spit! Nematode armpit excretions! Such great stuff to imbibe. If mere human excreta were going to poison you, you’d be dead already.
SciAm: Odds of El Niño Weather Pattern Drop, but Still Expected to Form.
“The updated probabilities mean that instead of a 4-in-5 chance that an El Niño would materialize, there is now a 2-in-3 chance it would.” We’ve had enough generous monsoonal activity that I felt the repairs to the back portal were necessary (if we get heavy snow, it could be damaged). See my 365 from two days ago. We now have lovely concrete supporting the pillars, as it should be.
The Salt Lake Tribune: Cobra rock formation near Moab topples.
SciAm: Global Warming Has Become “Normal” Climate for Most People.
“Global warming has been going on for so long that most people were not even born the last time the Earth was cooler than average in 1985 in a shift that is altering perceptions of a “normal” climate, scientists said. Decades of climate change bring risks that people will accept higher temperatures, with more heatwaves, downpours and droughts, as normal and complicate government plans to do more to cut emissions of greenhouse gas emissions.” Which makes mitigation efforts all the more complex. I was wondering when this would become a political factor.
naked cap: New Oil and Gas Drilling Financed Largely With Debt.
“Through the various peculiarities of the tax code, oil and gas companies already pay a much lower effective tax rate than the statutory 35 percent. ExxonMobil for example, paid a 19.3 percent effective tax rate between 2009 and 2013. But by deferring taxes, oil and gas companies can wind up paying even less than that. But the heady days of drilling might be drawing to a close.”