HeraldNet: Feds help New Mexico with road repairs.
“According to the federal DOT, repairs from the September storms in New Mexico are so far estimated to be at least $9 million. The number is expected to increase as officials continue to assess the damages. The initial $2 million will be provided through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program. It will be used to reimburse the state for emergency work.” Well, it’s something anyway. Not much, but it can start the process. Good thing we’re used to dirt roads and water crossings (wink).
ABC News: 2 National Monuments Reopen After NM Flooding.
That was fast. However, personnel at those two monuments have had a lot of practice with post-fire flooding and cleanup.
EarthWorks Action: PDF, Reckless Endangerment While Fracking The Eagle Ford.
As I’ve mentioned, you can barely breathe driving through the area. Imagine if your house sat a few hundred feet away.
NewsOK: Colo. flood evacuees get first view of aftermath.
Bad. And it sounds like flood insurance wasn’t a common rider.
SciAm: Colorado Rainfall Was One for the Ages, Weather Service Says.
Even when they say ‘never again’, I think I’ll still keep my raincoat with me, wait and watch.
OilPrice: Oil & Gas Exploration—Turning Middle Earth into Mordor.
“New Zealand, in the quest to diversify from the traditional agricultural exports, has opened up its land and sea for oil and gas drilling and seabed mining.” Oh, no. Everyone’s going fracking crazy.
KRQE: Campgrounds under water by Cochiti Lake.
Oh, don’t panic. Those aren’t the campgrounds. Those are the picnic areas. The campgrounds are on top of mesas on either side of the lake, nearly flush level with the top of the gravel dam. I saw this headline and thought, “No way!”
SF Gate: Nearly 40 percent of Rim Fire land a moonscape.
The third photo shows the effect most starkly.
SciAm: What is the Climate Change Context Behind the Colorado Floods?
IMHO, a balanced overview. Build next to a creek in a narrow canyon, or in a floodplain … there are no good outcomes. There’s no question this was an extreme event - but high population, building in patently risky areas, made the result worse.
Bloomberg: Kansas’s Self-Destruct Button—A Bill to Outlaw Sustainability.
I am speechless. [Thanks Eric in Santa Fe via FB, for the link.]
SciAm: Pig-Manure Fertilizer Linked to Human MRSA Infections.
“They found that people who had the highest exposure to manure — calculated on the basis of how close they lived to farms, how large the farms were and how much manure was used — were 38% more likely to get CA-MRSA and 30% more likely to get HA-MRSA.” I should think the smell alone would discourage proximity, and lower the number of infections. Someone started raising pigs near the home I rented when I first came to Santa Fe; after a storm, the smell would be so horrific, I couldn’t take a breath without gagging, prelude to vomiting. That bad. And I’ve lived with cows, chickens and horses! No stranger to manure. But pigs - you can have ‘em. I’ll just take the bacon (Double standard! Double standard!).
Flash flood bad news continues to show up in the local journo sites.
Mogollon, the little ‘ghost town’ in the Gila, was devastated. They can’t get in or out via roadway.
And Madrid, NM was also devastated. There is some video on the local TV websites, but I can’t seem to get a working link [Here’s one]. The creek nearly took a whole line of mining shacks away, while much of the coal tailings pile seems to have ended up washed through downtown.
TexasSharon: Is there a media blackout on the fracking flood disaster in Colorado?
“What we immediately need to know is what is leaking and we need a full detailed report of what that is. This is washing across agricultural land and into the waterways. Now we have to discuss what type of exposure the human population is going to have to suffer through.” Gawd. As if it weren’t bad enough already. Even our former ‘pit rule’ wouldn’t help with floods. Closed-loop systems, sited away from 100-year flood zones, should be the baseline.
New Mexico Interactive Drought Monitor Map.
It’ll be interestin’ to watch this at the next update.
Guardian.UK: Indonesia threatens to deport Harrison Ford over ‘confrontation’ with minister.
“He was emotional. I can understand that this is the first time for this American to come here and see Tesso Nilo. It seems that what he wants to see is any perpetrators involved in the damage immediately arrested.” You don’t send Han Solo out to be diplomatic, methinks.
Photo of Boulder flooding, by brandash on Instagram.
Looks like the bike path. YOWZER.
Guardian.UK: Thousands of fish dying as 1,400 tons of molasses ooze into Honolulu harbor.
The Durango Herald: BLM narrows proposed Chaco drilling sites to four.
“We’re really adamant – this is an area that should not be leased. [snip] This is bordering on crazy.” That is the understatement of the century. NO DRILLING AT CHACO.
BuzzFeed: Al Gore’s Incredible Shrinking Climate Change Footprint.
Tying it all to personality was the downfall, IMHO.
SciAm: How Soot Killed the Little Ice Age.
Guardian.UK: The Pacific Ocean fills in another piece of the global warming puzzle.
“Thus the scientific picture is becoming increasingly clear that the Pacific Ocean has played a large role in the slowed surface warming in recent years, but the warming of the oceans and planet as a whole have continued unabated. Thus the slowed surface warming is very likely to be a temporary effect, similar to the flat global surface temperatures between 1940 and 1970 when the Pacific Ocean was in another cool cycle.” I assume this behavior has been affecting our El Niño and La Niña weather patterns here in the Southwest.
TakePart: Why Oil Companies Want to Drop Acid in California
“No, it’s not the brown acid passed around at a 1960s rock concerts. Hydrofluoric acid is the most dangerous chemical you’ve never heard of, and it’s being trucked around California’s back roads and injected into oil wells, with virtually no oversight. How bad is it? HF acid is extremely toxic; it can immediately and permanently damage lungs if inhaled, and a spill on skin is easily absorbed deep into the body’s tissues and changes bone calcium atoms to fluorine atoms.” Oil and gas outfits will inject whatever they can get away with.
BBC News: Fukushima radiation levels ‘18 times higher’ than thought.
“However, the company said the equipment used to make that recording could only read measurements of up to 100 millisieverts. The new recording, using a more sensitive device, showed a level of 1,800 millisieverts an hour.” This is ridiculous. An ineptitude that’s simply unbelievable. And now the ‘ice wall’ concept, something that’s never been done before, and likely to fail. International response - now.
NY Times/Kristof: Beauty and the Beasts.
Discussing our public lands, our forests, our trails, our parks. “What our ancestors were able to create when we were a poor country, we are unable to sustain even now that we are rich. That’s not because of resources. It’s because they were visionaries, and we are blind.”
CNN: Why Fukushima is worse than you think.
Finally, someone who talks sense about this tragedy. Read it, understand the implications. It’s far more dangerous than we were ever led to believe.